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Reply #11 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 8:46pm

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Terry, all I can say is WOW! What a beautiful array of photos, love the airplane.

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Reply #10 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 11:35am

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Beautiful model, Fantastic pictures!!!
Thank you for sharing that.
 

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Reply #9 - Jan 28th, 2017 at 7:59pm

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Superb shots. Beautiful aircraft.  Smiley
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Reply #8 - Jan 28th, 2017 at 6:42pm

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WoW Terry...you've done an outstanding job and the pictures are fantastic!!!  Especially love the last one shows off the scheme in the distance.  Keep marveling in the flight!
Tom
 

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Reply #7 - Jan 28th, 2017 at 6:03pm

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I'm happy with the new prop on The Flying Cloud Jr.  It's going higher and longer than with the previous smaller one.  I need a much larger field to go for max turns, it's currently about half that.  It's soo good I had to go home and fetch a 16 foot ladder to get it down from the school roof.  Smiley Smiley Smiley

Terry
 

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Reply #6 - Jan 20th, 2017 at 2:27pm

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Great looking prop Terry.  Not uncommon when props are changed the motor is changed also.  I think the new prop looks appropriate on that model!
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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Reply #5 - Jan 19th, 2017 at 11:31pm

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The shrunk Flying Cloud Junior is still one of my favorite and best flyers, and has been flown many times.  Even so the 6" plastic prop has never really satisfied my sense of aesthetics so I carved a balsa one.  So far the few flights with it have been OK. Though the new prop is slightly heavier than the smaller plastic one and takes a heavier motor to drive it, it handles a braided motor nicely.

I'm already considering sliming it down a bit to reduce weight and drag.  Does this look over built for the model it's on? I'm thinking narrower hub and thinner blades. There seems very little chance of it breaking as it is now.

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Reply #4 - Oct 28th, 2015 at 4:10pm

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The Flying Cloud Jr has had several sessions since trimming.  It has turned into one of my favourites.  Except for having way more potential than can be used safely in my small field it has developed no faults.  The motor will hold 1100 turns at 75% to 80% of breaking, I have yet to exceed 600 which produces greater than 25 second flights.  Right rudder is set so there is no noticeable change in the turning radius transitioning from cruise to glide.  This is the only model I've built that actually lands at a shallow angle onto it's wheels instead of plowing into the ground on its nose like most of my scale models.

Pictures show the rudder angle held by a balsa shim jammed between rudder and elevator.  Only the front 3/4" of the fin is glued to the stabiliser allowing some bending.
Not very elegant but gets the job done and can ultimately it can be glued in place without the shim.

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Reply #3 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 8:33pm

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Terry,
She looks great in the air!  Gotta get some still air to trim my planes! Sad Angry Wink Grin
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Reply #2 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 7:37pm

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bigrip74 wrote on Jul 1st, 2015 at 6:15pm:
Nice job Terry! How did you get the bird to pose for the photo.

Bob

Bob, 

That is the trick isn't it.  It has occurred to me it would be a heck of a lot simpler to forgo flying altogether.  Just hang models from a pole with a light blue thread or fishing line, the thread too small to be seen and the pole out of the frame.  Could get some really great "in-flight" shots that way!   Smiley Smiley Smiley.  The ultimate would be sending one to the moon, on film.  Oh yeah, that's already been done!  Smiley

Terry
 
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Reply #1 - Jul 1st, 2015 at 6:15pm

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Nice job Terry! How did you get the bird to pose for the photo.

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Jul 1st, 2015 at 12:46pm

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The Flying Cloud Jr is up to 500 turns and still trying to fly out of my field if there is any wind.  So far the only trimming was some right rudder early on just to get flying in a smaller circle.  I think the motor (15" loop of  1/8") would have no trouble up to 1100 turns.  I consider the energy stored is a little less than the square of the # of turns so there is definitely more flight potential.

Getting good pictures is another matter.  I'm not sure if the camera is not focussing well or just too much is being asked of it, 4 mega pixels with digital zoom.  Optical zoom takes it to 4X (28.8mm), digital up to 14X (where I'm shooting these).  In the last picture, of landing 200 feet away, the pixelation is definitely starting to be visible. 

Terry
 

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