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Reply #658 - Jan 18th, 2018 at 11:40pm

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Thank you, Tom and Richard, for your kind comments.  Yes, the flight session was a bit of a challenge.  We wore extra outer clothing for the cold.  We had gone outside to  check our exposed water pipe insulation, and while outside decided to take a few pix and try a  few flights on a short line.  Forecast for the next ten days shows no overnight freezes and a few day temps reaching the 60's Smiley

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Reply #657 - Jan 18th, 2018 at 6:56pm

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Hi Al.  Thanks for posting some inspirational pics!   Smiley   It was really cold up here first thing in the morning a couple days ago  -  3 deg F with a wind chill real feel of minus 9 deg below zero F.   That looks like a pretty thick Hoar Frost on your car ... good pic - I see it does get a little bit cold in Texas  Smiley
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OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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Reply #656 - Jan 18th, 2018 at 10:49am

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I hear you Al...We're tired of this low temp weather also.  You're a real trooper getting your birds in the air even when it's cold!!!   Smiley Smiley
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #655 - Jan 17th, 2018 at 11:20pm

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Yesterday, we received a visit of the white icy stuff, again..  The past weekend was almost warm.  Then, freezing temp with light freezing showers arrived before noon and continued to dark,the temp continued to drop to below twenty degrees overnight and did not get over the freezing mark until almost noon today.  However, the skies cleared and it warmed up to a tad above 40 degrees.  Tonight, freezing temps arrived again, predicted to drop to about 25 degrees before leaving us about mid-morning, tomorrow.  I will be glad to see the freezing temps go away.

First pic shows the neighborhood yesterday afternoon.  Next pic is Norma's car this morning.

Last three pics are the Simple-Swinger S-40 and the profile A-26 as we tried to take advantage of the nice afternoon weather, but kinda cold.

Al
 

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Reply #654 - Dec 13th, 2017 at 5:04pm

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Thanks, Richard.  Your Cloudbuster looks good and I'm happy it flies well for you.  It's an interesting coincidence about the tissue color schemes.  Our tissue scheme was simply accidental.  I had some scrap red and blue tissue and used it to replace torn panels as they happened.  The Air Tractor and P-40 need some finishing touches which hopefully will be done someday.

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Reply #653 - Dec 11th, 2017 at 10:33pm

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     I love those
GREAT
, close up in-flight pics too Al !! Smiley  Cheesy Cool  Hey Al, coincidentally, and strangely enough, my   17 3/4"   wingspan Guillow "Cloudbuster" has a very similar color scheme to your Cloudbuster.  My rubber powered, stick fuse Cloudbuster - in the summer of 2014 - used to try to fly right out of Jackson Park -
WAY
up too high, and
GONE
with the wind - fly into Windsor Stadium and fences and get stuck way high up in the top canopy of trees.  No wonder they call them "Cloudbusters" !!   And I was just finger winding back then!
     We have a five inch dump of snow now at 11:00 PM Monday Dec 11 2017, and it is still coming down over here in the Windsor/Detroit area.
PS  I see that engineering wonder - the Air Tractor plane ...
LWM
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OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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Reply #652 - Dec 9th, 2017 at 9:20am

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Thanks, for the comments, Tom & Bob.  Gotta be quick with this comment, Norma is busy loading up her baggage for our trip to LA to visit extended families there.  C U when we get back(tues-next week).  No thanks, Bob, we'll pass on the snow offer. 

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Reply #651 - Dec 8th, 2017 at 8:53pm

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OK! Al, Ill send you the snow from Austin and this cold weather then maybe Ill get to fly some Grin

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Reply #650 - Dec 8th, 2017 at 6:44pm

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If you have to have snow...that's the way I want it!  See it fall, doesn't stick and back up to the mid 50's. 
Around here if anyone says they're praying for a blizzard, we send them to Dairy Queen!!! Roll Eyes Grin Wink

I always love seeing your birds in the air Al!!! Great inspiration!
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #649 - Dec 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm

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Rest of the flight pix.

Pic #1 - A scratch built profile Monarch 26 modification of the A-26.  An On Mark Tradesman mod of the A-26 is on our soon to build list.

Pic #2 -  A scratch built profile P-40, one of three P-40s in out 'swinger fleet'.  For our next build, we're planning a P-40 modified to a Hawk 75.

Pic #3 - A scratch built profile Air Tractor 402.  Another on our soon to build list is the Air Tractor 802L Long Sword.

Pic #4 - At days end the snow is gone and the sun is out with clear skies and a promise of a temp in the low  30's  in the morning, but midday should approach 50 degrees or more-hopefully.

Al
 

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Reply #648 - Dec 8th, 2017 at 5:46pm

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Flight pictures.

Pic #1 - the long-winged SS-40.

Pic #2 - one of the reliable FlyBoy wings with a scratch-built sheetwood fuselage.

Pic #3 - the old reliable modified CloudBuster that started our serious interest in this 'swinger' stuff.

Al
 

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Reply #647 - Dec 8th, 2017 at 5:35pm

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This morning we awakened to outside temperatures near the freezing mark and snow showers.  So after taking care of a couple of household tasks we decided to take a few of our favorite 'swingers' for a flying session in the snow.

Pic #1 - our flying field covered with thin layer of snow.

Pic #2 - SS-40 in the center, modified CloudBuster on the left,  FlyBoy wing mounted on a sheetwood fuselage on the right.

Pic #3 - Profile Air Tractor 402 in the center,  profile P-40 to the right and profile A-26 modified as a Monarch 26.  Some day I hope to put some finishing details on these models Wink

Al
 

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Reply #646 - Nov 10th, 2017 at 12:04pm

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Thanks, Richard for your comment.

Quote:
- so THAT'S how you do it!!


Yep, simple as dirt, and cheap, easy to do, quiet, and can be done in any airspace that can contain the diameter of your swung circle.  Primary requirement is a stable model trimmed to fly straight and level.  I prefer models with lower wing loadings, they seem to fly better for me.

Al
 
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Reply #645 - Nov 10th, 2017 at 11:52am

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Thanks for the comment, Tom.  I like the gentle flyers, too.  They're easier to fly and like to fly, except strong and gusty winds are sometimes a bit of a challenge.

Al
 
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Reply #644 - Nov 9th, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Hi Al - I just watched your videos - so THAT'S how you do it!!   Nice smooth fliers  Smiley  Wink
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OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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