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

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Thanks, Richard for your comment.

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- 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.

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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.

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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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Reply #643 - Nov 9th, 2017 at 11:03am

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Al...thanks for these videos.  Your's look so nice and gentle flying!  Great therapy!
Tom
 

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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 #642 - Nov 8th, 2017 at 10:21pm

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Thank you, Richard for your comment and the story about your twin engine pontoon boat. Sounds like it was fun.

Here are a few videos of swing control models.

Flying a Delta Dart in our back yard.

https://youtu.be/JnT2nA6NO9g

Flying the SS-40 in the back yard.

https://youtu.be/w0OwOtw31qc

Flying the Profile Powerhouse Qiarter-A in an unused R/C car track next to an abandoned RC Hobby Shop

https://youtu.be/EkRH6tXY910

Doyle Blevins has this nice introduction to swing control models on U-tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3JvyRjgiz0


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Reply #641 - Nov 8th, 2017 at 9:54pm

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Thank you, Tom and Bob for your comments.  The removable wings do allow me to try a variety of combinations for flying.  Often wings and tails are changed to allow for wind conditions in the back yard.  And it assures the availability of having a plane ready to fly at any time.

Al
 
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Reply #640 - Nov 7th, 2017 at 9:42pm

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Hi Al - those are neat little engines.  Smiley   I made a balsa pontoon boat when I was a kid, and used two Cox .049 engines from control line flying, as pushers - one engine over each pontoon at the back.  Me and my buddy would go to this pond at the park, him on one side, and me on the other, and keep sending it back and forth to each other - and refueling while both motors were still running ...
I gotta try that tether flying ... - any good links to videos ??
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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 #639 - Nov 6th, 2017 at 12:21am

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Sky9pilot wrote on Nov 5th, 2017 at 9:45pm:
That's quite a fleet of planes you're building there.  With the removable wings you have tremendous versatility!
Look forward to the progress on them all!
Tom


True, Tom. Al does not run out of airplanes to fly.
 

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Reply #638 - Nov 5th, 2017 at 9:45pm

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That's quite a fleet of planes you're building there.  With the removable wings you have tremendous versatility!
Look forward to the progress on them all!
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 #637 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 10:17pm

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Our current fleet of "quarter A" swingers.  The wings are not attached to the motor sticks of the models to the left in the photo.  More additions are soon to be added to the fleet.

Al
 

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Reply #636 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 10:10pm

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The conversion consists of removing the tank assembly and the moving parts from the cylinder/crankcase assembly.  The crankshaft is about 1/8 inch in diameter.  The allow one to use 1/8 square wood stock for mounting the weights to the model.  A very easy to build installation and easy to maintain.

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Reply #635 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 9:56pm

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We're expanding our fleet of "quarter A" swingers so we needed to make a couple more "quarter A" nose weights.

Al
 

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Reply #634 - Oct 27th, 2017 at 10:34pm

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The quarer-A  SS-40 in flight in the back yard.

Several years ago, I had envisioned flying 020 powered pylon models in the back yard under their own power.  But, by using a fish pole and some line, and doing some hocus pocus with the flight forces, I can experience this activity in an easier and simpler fashion, without the noise, expense, and tinkering with an engine.  It doesn't  get any better than this Cheesy

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Reply #633 - Oct 27th, 2017 at 10:00pm

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In the original nose section three holes were drilled lengthways in the front of the section and were filled with lead shot and a streamlined removable nose was constructed and attached to front.

In the 'quarter-A' nose weight system, finishing nails are inserted into two of the holes.  A dowel is inserted in the remaining hole and a C0x 020 core(glow head, cylinder, crankcase) is slid onto the dowel.  The dowel is shaped to have a tight fit with the fuselage and the Cox core.

Al
 

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Reply #632 - Oct 27th, 2017 at 9:17pm

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We repaired the nose section of the original fuselage of the SS-40.  A piece of wood was replaced at the slotted end.  The nose was changed to use a Cox 020 nose weight.  A new member to our Quarter-A fleet of swingers.

Al
 

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