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Old 04-01-2020, 09:36 AM
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Thanks AndyNealG

Canopies are no longer available. I Check with Great Planes. And I don't have one myself. So no canopy for this one Just a wind shield.

Also a S.S would not fit mine any way. I made it slightly wider than stock so as to fit a 10 ounce tank in it.

Not ready to try and learn to pull my own canopy at this time.

I thought about 4 servos for the wing for a fair bit of time and doing crow. But this small a plane it is not likely to be any advantage.

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Old 04-01-2020, 09:49 AM
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Yes, there is only so much time, so the wind screen sounds good. I wanted a cowl fully enclosed because of the electric, but the fibreglass people had them for 40, 90, 120 but no 60. So I drew one up in solidworks and my friend printed it on his 3-d printer. Took a while altogether.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:15 AM
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Mom passed away last night in her sleep, peacefully in her sleep

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Old 04-02-2020, 08:27 AM
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Sorry for your loss. Thank God her going was peacefull.
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Old 04-02-2020, 01:00 PM
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Thanks Andy

It was expected. My wife and I took care of her the last few years even as it got harder to do. It is still not known if or what kind of funeral can be done. Virus.

For now I put both planes in a storage rack for safe keep. I am cleaning out the house. Will be getting ready to sell it and move from California to Kansas. So that is my main concentration right now. But I would like to get both planes covered before packing in a moving van. They will transport better that way. I have learned that one the hard way.

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Old 05-08-2020, 04:14 PM
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I need to get back to the 2 builds (airplanes) I have going. I have the glue for the windshield and the plastic. The plane is ready fro the next step which is the windshield.

I have an order in for all I need to finish off the Pacific Ace and to take the Super Sporster to the ready to cover point. The S.S. will still need me to buy a battery, receiver, and servos, unless I rob another plane. I forgot to buy the nyrods for the elevator, and rudder control runs. So I can't close the bottom up till then on the S.S.

It is real slow now for orders to be filled and shipping is also slow

I am also working on a mostly non plane related project. Once done it will bee useful for transporting planes.

I have price shells before for my truck a Ford F250. Forget about it!!!!!!. So I am building my own. It won't be as slick or pretty as a factory made solution, just a few thousand $ cheaper. Even second hand shells are way to rich for my blood. If I could even find one to fit my truck. The bed box is a standard size on the inside, but the outside is wider being a super duty.

So I have the framing done done except for the roof framing. I have the sides, front and back sheets cut to size basically. I have left the front and back a little bit bigger at this time. I have the window opening for the driver side cut out. It did come out slightly looser fit than I desire. I will fill that. Will add some ply and fiberglass the fill. I waiting till I do that before cutting the passenger side window opening.

I also have an order in for epoxy, West Systems 105, A gallon of resin and 1/5 gallon of hardener (5:1 mix ratio, and three pumps. A pump for the resin and two hardener pumps. I only bought the slow hardener but will have a spare pump for a faster hardener later. That's they way the kit comes 3 pumps. The kit was not cheap and will be more epoxy than I need for glassing the shell. I also have 25 yards of fiberglass on order. Again I will have excess cloth, but it is 3.75 ounce, so will have airplane use later on.

I have been pushing hard every day, till I am just to worn out and back hurting to much to do any other work, like get this airplane past the next step.

It' is not often the wife says order whatever you need for a project. But that is what she did for this shell.

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Old 07-24-2021, 08:53 PM
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This photo you posted is helpful



Here is what I am faced with. Easily do-able just time consuming. My problem is stopping everything else in my life in order to donate the time to it. I noticed lately that I am getting the desire to do some modeling again.


Sorry. This video looks like a re-post. Seems I posted it back at the beginning of this thread

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Old 07-25-2021, 12:27 PM
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What you have in the video is completely fixable. I am sure our approaches would be different.
When I do the gusset/fairing pieces, i don't glue them on to start with. Having the free lets me work them with knives and a sander, and work them down to the reference lines or slightly proud. There are Xacto blades that form a 360 degree circle. those are useful for blocks that are already attached. I do wear a Kevlar clove on the non knife hand, because it will sure as heck stop a blade.

I have been known to to remove the remaining tail feathers with a band saw, resurface a flat and true base and basicaly just start over. Each case is it's own.

Not moved yet. But almost every thing is ready load on a moving van, so obveisly the shop is packed up and redied for moving. That means I have not been able to work on any planes.

A big feild rat got into the Pacific Ace I built. I know their is some wireing damage, But have not done a full inspection.The plane itselve is fine. I finally got that rat. It ate holes in a lot of things. No rat traps would hold it. even one I modified a fair amount. I even put car anti freeze in penult butter for it. I may have put it in a rat comma for 2 or 3 weeks, the it was back again. Finally got it with some decades old gopher bait.

Our house is sold. We are negotiating for a place in north west Missouri. Friends of our from church our going to buy the adjacent properties. The end plan is to homestead. Chickens for eggs and meat, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs and cows for dairy and meat, large garden. The family that will be moving also is large with more than 12 kids.

Once moved I have to set up a shop again. Then I can resume work on planes in my free time. Getting the homestead up and largely feeding us will consume much of my time, but at my age I can't go at that for great periods of time, So that will give me some shop time.

I have started buying the electronics for a Andy Sheber Pitts s1s 1/3rd scale. Pretty much the plane in this thread.
I have the engine, a DLE 60cc twin, and all of the fiber glass parts and the canopy. Just bought the servos, Hitec HS-645MG High Torque, Metal Gear. Next will be 3 2000 ma Life batteries. One for ignition and 2 for Rx with 1 redundant bat. Then another order for Rx's Will run 2 for redundancy. 2 battery voltage sensors for the Rx bats. Thinking I will also add an air speed sensor. The Rx's will be FrSky RX8R PRO.

It is going to take some hunting to find a flying site that is not a hour away. Flying from our property is likely a no go as their is an air port 1/2 mile away, very small, but there. The population is 4000.

Ken



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Not for one second have I thought my Sportster tail feathers were not fixable. I admire the attractive contour of the fillet on yours but that was never my intent. There were times in my distance past when I flew a LOT and I crashed a LOT. The over strengthening of the joint between the rudder and horizontal stabilizer is done on purpose. I build my flying models to take a beating. Somewhere along my timeline (around 1970) I started making large strong fillets (sometimes including glass cloth). My concern was not to make it attractive but to make it strong. Back then, when I built a model to be entered in a contest, my attention to detail was EXTREME and I did win some contests. I could easily be an R/C Scale modeler except for one thing, I build them to fly. I know me and I know my models are going to take some hits.

I am prepared to remove and replace the rudder and stabilizer. I think I have decided to go in that direction.

ps: Was chatting with a modeler in a model shop the other day. He was much younger and was flying a large scale Blue Angel. I noticed his mentality was that he was never going to experience a crash. Its funny, I have that mentality when I am flying, but when I am not flying I know the crash is inevitable. It is just a matter of time


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Old 07-25-2021, 05:44 PM
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Al models have an expiration date is how I treat it. It just ain't printed on them. With that said I really work at not finding it with some planes, but would much rather find it with something that I don't have as much money, time, love in. I like to keep a couple of planes that I fly all risky like. Reduces the loss of the others.

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Old 08-19-2021, 03:58 PM
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Thanks Lee for alerting me to this item on Ebay poping up. Saw it, ordered it and it arrived today. A Canopy for the Great Planes Super Sportster 40.

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No problem Ken. I heated up 3 tee pins, pushed them through the edge of mine, and have it temporarily mounted on my fuselage. I purchased a new-in-the-box K&B .40 (circa 1970 vintage). I am sure it will end up on my Sportster. Although I have a well used Enya .45BB I can use also. I purchased it new circa 1977. I have my Sportster tail section rebuilt except for the fiberglass reinforcing, and finishing. I also have replaced all the broken wing ribs. The other day I purchased a Dirty Birdy 64" foam wing short kit with canopy. I purchased some Dirty Birdy plans and have the plans on the wall. I like it already and have not received the kit yet.

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I have Dirty Birdy I bought 3rd hand or so. Glass body, foam wing core, mechanical retracts. There are great planes. I did mod to have flaps and regular ailerons. Roll rate went up a bunch. OS .60 for motivation.

The main gear retracts were installed badly. The ply mount for them was just glued to the foam. I will have to fix that correctly. Will likely need to convert it to a tail dragger for flying off of sod. Wont be any paved sites near me once we are moved. At that point might be easier jst to make a new wing.

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I think the Dirty Birdy will suit me fine from a vintage perspective. I am thinking tail dragger also. I have a vintage 1986 OS61SF Ring/ABC. I plan to use it on the DB
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Hi Lee Taylor. You had mentioned you had Realflight 8 earlier in this thread.
Well while I was order the electronic bits for the 1/3 scale I went ahead and got a dongle that I can use my transmitter (Frsky Horus X10) with a sim for my computer. Then I ordered Realflight 9.5.
Took a while to figure out how to get my Tx to work with Realflight. Finnaly found the settings with a bit of help from YouTube. Not perfect yet but I have to dig into things a bit more to get the extra channels to work right. And then I could not for the life of me remember some of the programing of my transmitter. I have now wrote the programming steps down in my Open Tx manual. Then went thru and made sure all models were programed in a standard fashion.

I am finding that with triple rates I really like and feel comfortable with low rate at 50% and 10% expo. Mid rate at 75% and 15% expo. And for high rate 100% and 20% expo. I find that the controls feel pretty much the same unless I start horsing things around a fair bit.

I have done several planes in Realflight Right now I am flying the Hangar 9 Pitts S-2B 50-60cc ARF Bi-Plane. I am progressing fairly well with it. Good practice for when I build the Andy Sheber Pitts s1s. I have most of the electronic bits for it, engine and fiberglass parts.

I can't build a darn thing right now nor even fly as everything is packed for our move from Ca. to Mo. So I have been acquiring parts. The Pitts will be covered in SIG Koverall, and the aircraft dope.

The plans arrived for the Pitts, Andy Sheber Pitts s1s. That's a lot of paper. I got them from Rick Boyer. [email protected] for any one interested in building one. He also has several other plane plans.

The SS will continue after we are moved and settled in and I have my shop back in operation. As well as several other old builds or restores.

Ken

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