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Reply #32 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 9:54pm

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That's all it takes, plus some strong line.  I use old half-A U-control nylon line that is in our 'stash' from when we used to fly U-control many years ago.

The pic below shows the steps in our 'learning curve' prior to our first successful flight with a Guillows Trainer 2.  Before the larger models shown we had tried a Walker Firebaby, a Joy products Pee Wee Pup, and a Musciano designed profile P-51, all half-A powered and all crashed.
 
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Reply #31 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 4:58pm

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Very cool!! Cool

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Reply #30 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 1:24pm

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Bill's P-51 flying in our back yard.
 
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Reply #29 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 1:20pm

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CB #2 covered and ready to fly.  This model was given to Bill Parker in return for a Herr P-51 received from him.
 

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Reply #28 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 12:54pm

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The second CloudBuster was a kit-bashed one, using only the wing and fuselage stick from the kit.  The wings were shortened by one bay and the  the tail surfaces were reduced in size.  The wing center section was well reinforced and fitted to allow a removable wing.
 
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Reply #27 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:41pm

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Thanks, Eric, for your comments.  The single nose wheel was for making touch-and-goes on the small slab at the back door that serves as the porch.  In our current swingers we have omitted the wheels as most of our landings are in the grass.

Frequent flying affords us the opportunity the capture some interesting cloudscapes for the background of our swingers in flight.

Our second CloudBuster one cloudy afternoon a couple years ago.
 

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Reply #26 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:27pm

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Looks good against the clouds.  The single wheel thing is cool.
 

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Reply #25 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:26pm

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One more for today.  More to come about the CloudBuster/FlyBoy evolution......
 
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Reply #24 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:24pm

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Another,
 
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Reply #23 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:23pm

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And for many flights thereafter.
 
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Reply #22 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:20pm

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It flew well from the first test flight.
 
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Reply #21 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:17pm

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Covered and ready to fly.
 
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Reply #20 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:11pm

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In February 2009 after much success with the modified CloudBuster, we decided to scratch build an improved version.  We kept the areas and general arrangement of the CB and simplified the shapes a little.

The skeleton of the scratch built version which we call the 'super CloudBuster'.
 
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Reply #19 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 8:04pm

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I'm glad that you liked the pictures, Eric, and thanks for your comment.

Yes, the pod with the removable wing is convenient for experimenting with various wing and fuselage arrangements.

Here is the old CloudBuster with a new Guillows FlyBoy wing.
 

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Reply #18 - Feb 9th, 2012 at 6:32pm

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I like the pod and landing gear set up.  That would be great for a person to compare different wings on an even platform. 

Thanks for posting the pics.
 

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