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07-20-2007, 12:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Novice Soldering Help

For batteries I definitely recommend liquid flux sold by Trinity for car battery pack work. It tins in two or three seconds; used it for many years. JIM
07-20-2007, 12:24 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 38,429
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Sailplanes you have had?

1971-Astro Flight Monterey
1975-Dodgson Todi
M&S Curio (They sold at least two!)
1976-Dodgson Maestro Caliente
1978-Maestro Megan
1982-Dodgson Camano 112" wood wing
pre-retirement...
04-28-2007, 09:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,711
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Washout

Some full-size aircraft mfgs don't use washout at all; they attach a short piece of aluminum angle to the leading edge near the root. I have seen military trainers at a local airshow with an 18 inch...
Forum: The Clubhouse
04-20-2007, 05:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,437
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Kit Legal Disclaimer

This should be obvious, but INCORPORATE yourself as an LLC (limited liability corporation) at the very least, depending on your state laws. This may limit your liability to a maximum of whatever...
04-01-2007, 02:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,921
Posted By michpittsman

RE: OK Cub History

Herkimer also made an .074 and an .099 with no tanks. I had an OK .024; it was a reed valve I believe, and didn't start any easier than the bigger ones. My first R/C was a TF Schoolmaster (love Ken...
02-27-2007, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,395
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Good story. You will like it.

I tear up every time I remember my first trip to Oshkosh for the fly-in. Thousands of people line up along the full length of the active as the T-6's etc took of three at a time. Then we felt the...
02-27-2007, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,479
Posted By michpittsman

RE: RO8 Building Experiences?

I built a kit years ago; wood was usable but not spectacular; built it light with all CA for HL-came out 20 oz rtf. The fuse broke right at the step on a hard landing; a little beef there would be a...
09-01-2006, 10:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Scotch tape hinges is there a better way?

I found Blenderm at a local med supply pharmacy $1 cheaper than DuBro's price. JIM
Forum: The Clubhouse
05-25-2006, 07:45 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,272
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Favorite Mis-Spelled Words

Duel and dual get switched a lot; and it is Christen Eagle (non-denominational I guess), not Christian Eagle, for Mr. Christensen, the designer. JIM

Of course(coarse) you know(no) the only...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Sermos / Anderson Powerpole?

MrMulligan is right about crimping being the way to go. I sold lift truck parts for a while and sold Anderson connectors that were capable of carrying a thousand amps plus, and we never soldered them...
Forum: The Clubhouse
03-29-2006, 10:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,400
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Who's got the best signature line?

I believe the Al Franken quote is "If a**holes could fly, the sky would be dark."
03-29-2006, 10:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Making battery packs: Solder gun vs Iron

My 200W gun works fine; for many years I have used Trinity liquid flux on my battery packs with excellent results: one drop on the end of the cell results in a shiny flat tinned area with a minimum...
03-21-2006, 10:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 425
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Gyro in an airplane?

I tried an Ikarus three axis gyro in an Ultrastick 40 a while back. In limited tests, I could set up a heading on limbo poles in a stiff cross wind and devote all my attention to the throttle setting...
03-21-2006, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Orion Plans

I remember seeing the Orion in a magazine; it was "The most expensive airplane kit ever produced." It was $37.50. In my 1963 World Engines catalog the "New VK Cherokee" was $19.95. Sigh.
03-21-2006, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 856
Posted By michpittsman

RE: 3D Foamy

I would shoot for thirty oz thrust or so; more thrust means heavier motor and heavier battery. Too many variables go into thrust measurements. Watts per lb of airplane weight is a more meaningful...
03-21-2006, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,155
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Heathkit servos

Seriously, I wouldn't trust 30 or 40 year old plastic servo arms. Maybe one of the DuBro arms of which they make several different splines would work.
Replies: 4
Views: 846
Posted By michpittsman

RE: next generation JR system - an honest discussion

Regardless of brand, there is always new product in the pipeline. Personally, I sell off my number one airplane with radio gear every two or three years, depending on how much I like it; then if...
03-19-2006, 01:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,614
Posted By michpittsman

RE: if you had 100 million dollars to spend...

If I had 100 million I would pay off my bills; then, if I had any money left over, I might buy a Hooters and add on a hobby shop, sit inside and watch all my buddies' wives drag them out by the ear...
03-18-2006, 03:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 815
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Servo Speed reducer Help needed

Hobby Lobby Int'l carries a Simprop item that works very well; it's speed is adjustable. JIM
03-17-2006, 11:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By michpittsman

RE: a26

By the time you get motors, battery, ESC ( I don't think your choice will handle it-check with Hobby Lobby International) your wing loading will be pretty high, and that wing area looks awfully...
03-16-2006, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Dodgson "Taco Shell"

I called Bob the other night to touch base; flew his designs for many years. He had two hip replacements after he went to work for Boeing; doing pretty well now. He got called back to Boeing but is...
03-16-2006, 04:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,666
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Advice Needed - Value of 1970's Glider Kits & Contoller (all NIB)

A good friend still has an identical radio-even the same year-and was told by a service facility that with a change to a new frequency and little else besides new nicads it would be quite capable of...
03-16-2006, 04:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,827
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Windsong's or SailAire's

Just talked to Bob Dodgson tonight; flew his designs for many years. He works for Boeing in Bothell WA and doesn't do any serious flying any more. Sure wish I still had a E214 Camano; I'd go show the...
03-16-2006, 03:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,304
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Graupner Airbrake Spoiler

I considered adding the same spoilers to my BOT with a micro servo under each spoiler with the servo arm pushing open the spoiler against a light rubber band tension, but I sold the BOT but still...
03-16-2006, 12:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,155
Posted By michpittsman

RE: Heathkit servos

They might be the same as Kraft used since a lot of the Heath RC stuff was Kraft in kit form. Try Hayes Mfg. he was partners with Phil Kraft years ago and still makes fuel tanks etc. JIM
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