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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #19 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 8:46pm
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Megow dime scale F5F Skyrocket, built Dec 2017-Feb 2018 for the S&T dime scale cookup.  15" span, domestic tissue finish with printed tissue insignia and numbers.  Props are hand-carved blades inserted into laminated turned spinners (and are the major weak point, I break a blade almost every flying day).  Very light.  Initial trimming flights were promising, but the weak props have stymied getting it truly dialed in.  Currently experimenting with a set of counter-rotating props, believe I'll eventually need to make another set of props with more pitch and a more robust blade material or more forgiving blade mounting scheme.

Trimming video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQWYI2RL0nk
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #18 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 8:34pm
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Outstanding models Mike... Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #17 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 8:27pm
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Built this Ryan Navion in Nov-Dec 2017.  Comet design, built from a Diels Engineering reproduction kit.  It came out light and flies very well.  All tissue finish, insignia and tail numbers printed on tissue then applied to the model.

Flight video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwuRm74fB1s
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #16 - Nov 19th, 2017 at 8:18pm
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Figured I should add the Tigercat to the hangar.  1/24th scale from the Diels Engineering kit (25.5" span).  Finish is all tissue; silver, red and chalked white esaki with black trim cut from domestic tissue.  There is a long and tedious build thread here on Stick and Tissue.

Flew it basically untrimmed in the Double Trouble mass launch at WESTFAC VI, made it to the second round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6pJJ5I_Rho&t=24s.  WESTFAC pictures below are from the WESTFAC site.

Still trimming it out, best flight so far is 33 seconds:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1IuhPLISrU
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #15 - Aug 6th, 2017 at 4:19pm
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Latest completion - peanut scale Miller "Little Gem", 1964 Reno winner.  This is from the Shorty's Basement short kit of "'Ole Tiger" (Bob Downey bought "Little Gem" after the 1964 season and raced it as "Ole Tiger" into the mid 1970s).

Heavy for a peanut at just over 20g, but it's got a big wing so wing loading looks pretty good at ~.4g/sq in.

Once the wind drops down here I'll start trimming and see how she flies.
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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #14 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 3:09pm
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Thanks!  It was a fun build, and I'm looking forward to flying it at WestFAC this fall.  Should be able to put a bit more rubber in it and let it really cover some ground.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #13 - Jun 28th, 2017 at 7:50pm
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Just watched your videos, Mike.  Your Waco biplane flew fabulously !!! So cool to see a biplane Free Flight!!  Smiley Gives me something to shoot for with my Sig 20" Customaire, that's for sure !
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Reply #12 - May 21st, 2017 at 9:25am
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For those that might be interested, I post assorted flight videos from our flying sessions here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYrDJLKAOVOet8iW5BDzBgA

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Reply #11 - May 21st, 2017 at 9:24am
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Bob,  thanks - the Waco is the best-looking model I've ever made.

The navy plane is Douglas Skyshark, rather than a Ryan Dark Shark.  Same era, different plane.  Maybe I need to do a Dark Shark too!

Cheers,

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Reply #10 - May 20th, 2017 at 2:38pm
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Mike, the Waco looks really good and I love that Dark Shark. the video shows that it does fly really well.

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Reply #9 - May 20th, 2017 at 11:44am
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Hi Huey, just posted an answer to this in the intro forum.  Did you ever get to fly the original Zippy?

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #8 - May 20th, 2017 at 8:45am
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Hi Mike. Was wondering how the Zippy did. My friend Ed Fisher designed the original Zippy, which flew hands off on first flight. Nice to see a model of it.
  
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Reply #7 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:44pm
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In the middle of the Waco build I needed a distraction.  Someone on HPA mentioned wanting to build a Douglas A2D Skyshark.  I had an old Airlane 50-cent sheet kit I'd picked up on ebay.  I posted the plan and scans of the die-cut sheet parts, then someone volunteered to turn the scans into a CAD part file.  I built the plane in a week to verify the part files.  Surprisingly, it flies really well!
  

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Reply #6 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:39pm
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Spring 2017 build is this Earl Stahl Waco SRE from a Bob Holman short kit.  My flying buddy here in San Antonio passed the kit along to me and told me to "do it justice".  I experimented with contest weight wood and inkjet-printed tissue on this one.  Still trimming it up, but it really likes to fly, so much so that I'm a bit scared to push duration on our small flying field.  I'm just about comfortable enough with the way it's flying to add the flying wires and small details.
  

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Reply #5 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:29pm
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Last fall's big project was a West Wings Tempest Mk V for FAC WWII mass launch.  This turned out heavy and was a bit of a bear to trim, but thanks to many suggestions and much encouragement from folks on the HPA forum and FAC members it has turned out to be a decent flyer.  Took 3rd (out of 4) in WWII ML at Gainesville TX last October and 2nd (out of 3, in very windy conditions) at Gainesville this spring.
  

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