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Forum: Sport Flying
07-02-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,472
Posted By nickj

By quickest, I don't mean fastest. I'm talking...

By quickest, I don't mean fastest. I'm talking about responsiveness. Doing exactly what you want, immediately. To me, that's what makes a great flying plane.
Forum: Sport Flying
07-01-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 42,472
Posted By nickj

Over a hundred posts and not one mention of the...

Over a hundred posts and not one mention of the Goldberg Super Chipmunk. None of the 40 or 50 planes I've flown over the years handled quite as well or looked as good doing it. The Super Sportsters...
Forum: Beginners
11-14-2007, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,031
Posted By nickj

RE: sig 4* 40

Make sure the rudder and tailwheel aren't fighting each other.
Forum: Kit Building
11-12-2007, 03:44 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,106
Posted By nickj

RE: Kit Building Forum Activity

This is a great thread. It does feel like we're seeing a resurgence in kit-building. As previous posters said, building and flying are seperate hobbies, but one often leads to the other. ARFs...
Forum: Beginners
11-12-2007, 03:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,425
Posted By nickj

RE: I need help

IMO, if you're just getting back in, I wouldn't worry too much about dual rates or expo on the planes you'll start out with. One thing I noticed after being out for many years is the increase in...
Forum: Beginners
11-11-2007, 12:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,812
Posted By nickj

RE: Who has taught themself?

I taught myself the first time around, 20 years ago. The next two times I started back up I made sure I had an instructor.
Forum: Kit Building
11-08-2007, 03:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,334
Posted By nickj

RE: Is anyone interested in a GP Supersportster build?

Build threads are always welcome, especially when they have lots of pictures. I've built all the Super Sportsters at one time or another. I've always been a big fan, and I'd bet most people who've...
Forum: Beginners
11-08-2007, 03:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,785
Posted By nickj

RE: Why join a club

Who I fly with is more important than all the other factors combined. They don't all have to be good friends, but it's much more pleasant to fly at a field where everyone's considerate, helpful, and...
Forum: Kit Building
11-04-2007, 09:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,455
Posted By nickj

RE: TF Elder 40

I'm not glassing the center, either. On the other hand I didn't like cutting into a perfectly good wing. I decided to line the cockpit with scrap balsa to reinforce the cockpit ridge. Looks...
Forum: Kit Building
11-03-2007, 11:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,455
Posted By nickj

RE: TF Elder 40

Great idea about the cowl--wish I'd thought of it. Guess I'll live with the sharp edge. I went with the tailwheel also. The skid looks cool, but I'm too lazy to chase after the plane every flight....
Forum: Beginners
11-02-2007, 02:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,425
Posted By nickj

RE: Help, I can't seem to get my plane over the runway.

MinnFlyer's exactly right--landmarks. That's how full-scale VFR pilots do it.

A final approach from 100 yards away looks as if the plane's headed directly for you, so there's a natural tendency...
Forum: Kit Building
11-01-2007, 02:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,455
Posted By nickj

RE: TF Elder 40

I'm not quite at the rigging stage, but I'll be sure to post pictures of my progress. I just completed the forward wing fairing and soldered up the MLG last night, so the frame is rolling and ready...
Forum: Kit Building
11-01-2007, 02:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,582
Posted By nickj

RE: Need User's Advice on Sig Mini Plane Bipe

Such a great little plane, but yes, Sig doesn't go into a lot of detail on the build. Still, it's a very straightforward design with nothing to really trip you up. I put dural gear on mine to avoid...
Forum: Beginners
11-01-2007, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,751
Posted By nickj

RE: tank trouble

In the two Sky Raiders I've built, the nose of the tank wouldn't quite fit through the hole in the firewall, and I felt it should, so I increased the hole diameter slightly. I don't like the tank...
Forum: Kit Building
10-31-2007, 03:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,455
Posted By nickj

RE: TF Elder 40

I'm just about ready to cover my Elder 40. Years ago I built an Elder 20, and wired the fuselage with black thread by epoxying 1/4" lengths of 1/16" brass tubing in the corners. The thread was...
Forum: Beginners
10-31-2007, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,735
Posted By nickj

RE: the crash!

I'd give electro-mechanical failure a higher percentage, esp. for intermediate or better flyers. My last two crashes I was distracted/interrupted by another flyer during my normal pre-flight...
Forum: Beginners
10-02-2007, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 975
Posted By nickj

RE: 2nd high wing

+1 on the Sky Raider. A very well-engineered plane, goes together in a few hours and you can't beat the price.
Forum: Kit Building
10-01-2007, 11:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,433
Posted By nickj

RE: SSE Mods - Opinions/Suggestions Wanted

I built mine pretty much stock and it flew great--very light, plenty of vertical on a .46. I added wing bolts but they were a pain to attach--no way to get a screwdriver into the fuselage so I had...
Forum: Kit Building
09-27-2007, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By nickj

RE: Fuel tank access

The pre-cut hatch sounds like a great idea. I'd think the covering would hold it place, as long as you iron the covering to the sheeting. If you like to iron covering only at the edges, maybe you...
Forum: Beginners
09-27-2007, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,694
Posted By nickj

RE: 2.4Ghz

I'm also a very satisfied 2.4GHz user. I'm no expert, but I figure if the guy standing next to me with a 2.4GHz transmitter can't interfere with me, no one can.
Forum: Beginners
09-25-2007, 10:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,007
Posted By nickj

RE: Better Off-the-shelf Cleaner Than Windex?

I like alcohol, too, but I usually start with Windex (or any blue liquid I run across in the kitchen) to get most of the gunk, and then finish with alcohol.

Paper towels might clean slightly...
Forum: Kit Building
09-25-2007, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 892
Posted By nickj

RE: New Builder /Input on Kit and buying framing materials

I've always bought stock for scratch builds on an as-needed basis. That way you can never be sure how much you've spent on the thing. You want a hobby shop with a big selection of balsa, so you can...
Forum: Beginners
09-25-2007, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 850
Posted By nickj

RE: I recommend the Great Planes RV-4

I'm such a sucker for these recommendations. I'm ordering one now.
Forum: Kit Building
09-23-2007, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By nickj

RE: Elder 40 landing gear

I'm building an Elder 40 now. I've heard it can be hard to get the tail up on take-off with the mains so far forward. I built an Elder 20 many years ago and don't remember that problem, but I do...
09-13-2007, 12:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,785
Posted By nickj

RE: Finding your place in the hobby

I like building planes. Seeing them fly is just a bonus. I did free-flight and control line when I was younger, moved up to RC when the radios got better and I could afford them. But my place in...
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