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Reply #47 - Mar 20th, 2012 at 8:18am

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If I fly one, it will probly be the Guillows unit.  Currently, I have a plastic one with a display base. 

I may do a semi-scale unit later.  I am also fond of the Curtiss units of the time.
 

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Reply #46 - Mar 20th, 2012 at 2:53am

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Thanks for your comment, Eric.
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.....I also have that plane on the list.  Seems like it would be tough to trim.

Which Wright kit do you plan to build and are you planning to fly it?  I agree with you, it will be a challenge to fly it.
 
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Reply #45 - Mar 19th, 2012 at 6:35am

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Your Wright flyer looks good.  I also have that plane on the list.  Seems like it would be tough to trim.
 

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Reply #44 - Mar 19th, 2012 at 2:32am

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Swing the Wright Flyer!  Just kidding, of course.


I know you're kidding.  But these little gliders might be swingable.  IMHO, the Kalina/Scott version might be more successful.

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Reply #43 - Mar 18th, 2012 at 10:11pm

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Swing the Wright Flyer!  Just kidding, of course.

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Reply #42 - Mar 17th, 2012 at 11:25pm

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Only the wings of the laser-cut CloudBuster and FlyBoy were built and they went together easily and the laser-cutting was very well done in my opinion.

In addition, we have built the laser-cut Guillows Wright Flyer.  We have always been fascinated by this aircraft and its builders the Wright brothers, so we decided to build one a few years ago.  The kit was in my opinion very well done and it went together very well.  It is the most complex model that I have built to date, but it was a model that I had to build.  More pics of the model build can be seen at the 'virtual aerodrome' link at the bottom of this message.  When  you get to our VA hangar, click on  the picture of the Wright Flyer.
 

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Reply #41 - Mar 17th, 2012 at 7:55am

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How did you like working with the laser cut stuff?
 

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Reply #40 - Mar 16th, 2012 at 4:13pm

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Thanks, Tom, for the comments.  These models are simple to work with and a joy to fly.

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Reply #39 - Mar 15th, 2012 at 10:44pm

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SWEET....LOOKS GOOD IN THE AIR....NICE WORK

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Reply #38 - Mar 15th, 2012 at 10:35pm

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Now, back to our current tether flying models.  After the 14 inch span modified Cloud Buster, we built another modified Cloud Buster using the laser cut kit wing.

'bones' view.

Compared with the first modified Cloud Buster.

Covered and ready for flight.

Modified Cloud Buster #2 in flight.
 
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Reply #37 - Mar 15th, 2012 at 8:59pm

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I guess I should wrap up the story of our successful entry into control line flying.  In the picture a few posts back we were holding a stunt trainer model called the Hound Dog.  Below is an image of the model plan for the HD.  We promptly crashed the Hound Dog as we had crashed one a couple models prior.

After the second HD crash, we had the good fortune of meeting our CL mentor Gerald Jeansonne.  He and his wife ran a local mom & pop hobby shop.  He would often be a the local Cl flying field teaching new CL modelers how to get started with the Guillows trainer 2. After a couple of successful flights with Gerald's trainer we bought and built one and began to fly the wings of that puppy.  We flew it evey opportunity we could and developed our CL abilities. 

Below the Hound Dog is a blurry pic of our old trainer 2.

And below that is a clearer pic of the trainer 2.  Guillows suggested a .19 engine, but Gerald and I used tired old Fox .35s  The bigger engine gave it a bit more speed, but the model felt more secure at the end of the lines with the Fox and could be flown in windy weather.

The next pic is part of model fleet at that time.  Mostly CL models with one simple FF.  This was about 1957.
 

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Reply #36 - Feb 12th, 2012 at 8:40pm

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Reply #35 - Feb 12th, 2012 at 7:58pm

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We tried to upload a sketch of the Fire Baby, yesterday.  No go, so we will try again.  Worked fine today, so we will also show sketches of the Pee Wee Pup and profile P-51.
 
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Reply #34 - Feb 12th, 2012 at 12:15am

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I remember the Fire Baby.  Jim Walker, Right?


Right.  We received one for Christmas as a youngster.  We tried to make our first flights from a bare spot in the farmyard next to our home.  On takeoff the lines would snag tall grass causing the model to crash.  After a number of attempts it was badly damaged before a successful flight could be completed:(
 
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Reply #33 - Feb 10th, 2012 at 11:01pm

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I remember the Fire Baby.  Jim Walker, Right?
 

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