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Reply #677 - Mar 12th, 2018 at 11:33pm

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Another day of blue sky, light breezes, and light variable wind.  Just right to check out a couple different wing combinations on Droop Snoot and the Super CloudBuster.

1 & 2  -  Droop Snoot with the Berkeley Powerhouse wing.

3 & 4  Super CloudBuster with a Guillows Javelin.

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Reply #676 - Mar 8th, 2018 at 8:46pm

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Thank you, Richard, for your comment.  Our weather is becoming more like early spring each passing day.  More sunny days climbing into the 60s and 70s with fewer days dropping to the 50,s and 40,s.  An advantage of living less than 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.  However, we are threatened by hurricanes on occasion.  Hope warmer weather and good flying days come your way.

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Reply #675 - Mar 8th, 2018 at 6:57pm

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Hi Al  - very nice pics of your flyers, very inspiring pics.  You can bet that on the next nice warm day up here, I will be out flying too ...  Smiley
  But it is  30 deg F  right now (8:00 PM), 20 mph winds make it feel like  18 deg F, and over night the temp is going down to  23 deg F ( real feel of  10 deg F  with the wind ), at daybreak ...  Undecided    I still have to put on four layers of clothing to walk the dog.  We have no snow on the ground though.
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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 #674 - Mar 8th, 2018 at 12:05am

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WoW...you're building quite a fleet there!  Can't wait for warmer weather!
Tom

Thank you for your comment, Tom.  After a rainy night a couple of days ago, we've been blessed withe a couple of nice sunny days.

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Reply #673 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 11:49pm

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Yesterday was a nice sunny day for some test flights of the modified Super CloudBuster and Droop Snoot.

1- Super CloudBuster

2- Super CloudBuster with Berkeley Powerhouse wing.

3&4 - Droop Snoot

5- Droo Snoot with SuperCloudbuster wing

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Reply #672 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 9:33pm

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Only the glo-head, cylinder, and crankcase of the engine are used for the noseweight.  These provide enough weight for most of our quarter-A installations so far.  Not using the crankshaft and interior parts make the installation of the engine easier and allows it to be easily changed from model to model. 

To complete the installation, a1/8 is punched into the nose. (we use piece 1/8 brass tubing sharpen at the end) The hole is deep enough to accept a wooden dowel that will be used to connect the engine to the model.  The crankshaft of Pee Wee appears to be very nearly 1/8 inch.  Using a slightly oversize wooden dowel tightly fitted into the 020 crankcase.  Excess dowel is cut off to allow a small part to at the front end.  At the back end enough dowel is left to be inserted into the fuselage.   So far about  na inch and a half seems long enough.  The key of this installation depends on a tight friction fit between the engine, dowel, and fuselage.  If any looseness is found in the installation, we wrap a scrap of paper around the dowel in that area to increase the tightness of the fit.
 

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Reply #671 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 7:13pm

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A 1/16 sheet balsa nose former is glued to the end of the nose.
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Reply #670 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 7:00pm

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OK, let's do a quickie nose weight change.  First, the ends of the nose are cut off.  A couple of doublers a glued to each nose.
 

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Reply #669 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 5:36pm

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WoW...you're building quite a fleet there!  Can't wait for warmer weather!
Tom
 

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Reply #668 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 4:48pm

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A few of our quarter_A swingers.
 

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Reply #667 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 4:38pm

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A front view showing various nose weight installations that we've used over the years.

Left to right.  The first modified Cloudbuster had a laminated nose section with a narrow open box into which clay could be inserted. 

The Super Clloudbuster originally had a box in the nose for clay, but was closed over with balsa, and replaced with a bolt and nuts.

The second modified Cloudbuster had a laminated nose section.  A cavity was cut in the center section and filled withe needed lead shot before the side pieces were glued in place.

The Droop Snoot has bold and nuts fitted to the nose for a balance weight.

The Berkeley Profile Powerhouse on the end has a worn out 020 TeeDee installed for a nose weight.  The  020 is being the nose weight of choice for much of our current models Smiley
 

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Reply #666 - Mar 7th, 2018 at 4:05pm

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In our last post about a week and a half ago, we showed  some of the Cloudbuster family quarter-swingers in flight.  It was so much fun we decided combine the two and and to the fleet.  We'll start by adding PeeWees to the noses of the SupeCloudBuster and the Droop Snoot.

The   picture shows a few of the Cloudbuster family.  From bottom to top:  our first Cloudbuster modified to swing control, actually a Comet FlyBoy.  2nd is a scratch built highly modified swinger based on the AirBoy/Cloudbuster that we named the Super Cloudbuster.  3rd is scratch built modified CB with a rib set from a Comet AirBoy and a scratch fuselage.  At the top is Droop Snoot.  Scratch built-up sheet balsa fuselage.  Tail and wing surfaces based on the Jetco Lark with wing ribs from a Lark.

Al

 

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Reply #665 - Feb 26th, 2018 at 10:01pm

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Thank you, Dave, for your comment.  I'm glad that the pix moved you to do some backyard flying.  That is one of advantages of swing control, its convenience and simplicity to put into action and enjoy.  Our weather slowly continues to warm, but the moisture and rain is persistent.  As household chores continue to be accomplished, we shall try to increase our model building and flying.

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Reply #664 - Feb 26th, 2018 at 3:53pm

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Looks like you had a fun day Al. Glad to see your out and flying. Thanks for the inspiration. I think I'm going to head out back, and do a little flying myself. It is nice and sunshiny here in PA today, just like in your pictures. It is unseasonably warm here today in PA also. It is in the mid 50's. Somehow I doubt you flew in the mid 50's today Al? Lucky guy. Keep up the great work.
 
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Reply #663 - Feb 26th, 2018 at 1:56am

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Ended the session with another modified Cloudbuster fuselage with a Guillows Javelin wing attached.  A fine way to end the day.

Al
 

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