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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #110 - Dec 29th, 2022 at 11:26am
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Your skills are on display again with this small model!!!  Not just building but trimming and flying as well.  She's a great model!  Well Done!!!
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #109 - Dec 22nd, 2022 at 6:57pm
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Slipped in a quick build last week - H.K. Weiss' "Minute Model" Nieuport 161 from the June 1938 Model Airplane News magazine. A nice simplified scale model, 10.75" wingspan.

Built per the plan other than a removable noseblock, peg moved forward and a few tissue anchors and gussets here and there.  Airframe weighs 7.2g balanced for flight.  Motor is 1x18" loop 1/16" rubber (1.7g lubed and ready to go), giving an all-up flying weight of 8.9g.

Surprisingly, it flies quite nicely for such a tiny model.  A dozen or so trimming flights got it doing 40-50 seconds.  Lots of fun in a little package!

Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eK7SVCeUBY

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #108 - Oct 8th, 2022 at 8:36pm
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Finished a 30" wingspan Herr Corsair and got a chance to wind it all the way last month at the AMA flying site in Muncie.  Conditions at sunset were perfect, had a great time exploring trimming techniques with friends there.

Build and flight video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17ouHXEBKM0.

Printed tissue finish using flight simulator graphics - Eze Tissue sealed with Eze Dope.  This was part of a father-and-son Corsair build - my son built the Dumas 17" Corsair as his first full-fuselage flying model.  Despite coming out quite heavy he got some very nice flights out of his Corsair at the Flying Aces Nats last summer.  I had mine at the Nats but didn't fly it much as we were having too much fun with his there.  I went solo to the FAC Outdoor Champs at Muncie and took advantage of the big field and perfect evening weather to get mine trimmed out.

Really happy with this model, although I did have to make some minor repairs after I forgot to put the peg retainer on after swapping motors.  30g of rubber moving to the cowl all at once does change trim a bit...descent from ~40 feet was quite rapid.  Now ready to fly again with a more robust prop shaft and stab.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #107 - Mar 26th, 2022 at 8:44pm
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Finished another old-time rubber model this week.  Henry Struck's Triangle Sportster, from the Sep 1938 Model Airplane News.  Has quite a unique look and was an interesting build.  This was built as part of the Magazine Madness group build in the Vintage & Old-Timer forum on RC Groups - build thread at:  https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?4077689-MM2022-Triangle-Sportster...

More experimenting with Eze Tissue on this one.  The checked and white tissue is stock Eze Tissue; the red and black tissue trim was bulk-printed on white Eze Tissue, then cut from the printed stock.  This is the first full model I've sealed with Eze Dope.  I followed the instructions on the package and at Deluxe Materials' web site and YouTube channel, and I'm quite pleased with how the system works.  I'm not going to trade in my Krylon and Nitrate, but it's good to have another choice and nice to be able to do all the finishing work in my upstairs office.

Trimming went well.  It's very stable with the shoulder wing and long landing gear, took several flights to get it into a nice right-circling pattern.  Not sure how long I'll have this one - it's thermal bait.

Build and flight video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw6UVPSkMpQ

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #106 - Mar 26th, 2022 at 8:30pm
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Built a Scimitar embryo.  Build thread here in the Embryo forum: https://www.stickandtissue.com/forum/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1642024182/0

This is a Florent Baecke design, kitted by Lee's Custom Kits years back, now available through Retro-RC.  I experimented with printing on yellow Eze Tissue for this one, accenting the print with pearlescent PanPastel artists powders.  Scheme is inspired by Tiger Swallowtail butterflies.

Based on low-powered trimming flights at our local field it flies quite well.  The only significant trimming adjustment was a big Gurney flap on the right side of the fin - the model just didn't want to turn without it.  Looking forward to winding it up all the way at the spring and summer meets this year.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #105 - Jan 13th, 2022 at 1:06pm
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Outstanding!!!  Now adding a new plane to the "To Do List"  Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #104 - Jan 12th, 2022 at 3:32pm
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And here's a Jetcat I built over the Christmas break:  the Swiss N.20 Arbalete.  Scaled up to 14" span from a 1963 Aeromodeller plan (available here: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=3416).

Like most jetcats, simple to build and interesting to trim.  After a couple sessions it's flying nicely, still could use a bit more tuning to keep all the height gained from the launch (it carries just a bit too much speed over the top).

Build and fly video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X6i8XLgeQ0.

Mike
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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #103 - Jan 12th, 2022 at 3:23pm
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Here's the Waco C7 dimer I built for the 2021 cookup.  Based on a Mike Isermann plan out of the FAC newsletter.  16" span, weighs about 26g without rubber.  Alaska Airlines scheme and markings printed on white EZ tissue.  The skis gave me a few problems during trimming until I got them restrained (the tips would float up, turning them into a big speed brake on the bottom of the model.  Fought a bit more with the model, but after moving the CG about 3/32" forward of where the tail volume suggested it should have been the model settled down and now flies nicely.

Video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZkERp1b2o4

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #102 - Oct 1st, 2021 at 9:03am
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Hate you lost both of these beautiful aircraft! I loved these models because of your fantastic build and finish!  Whatever you choose to do, I can't wait to see what's next! Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #101 - Sep 30th, 2021 at 8:32am
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Well, the hangar has a little more room in it.  The Utility Special and Super Fike flew away at the Texas Cloud Climbers' Fall Annual meet in Hamilton TX 18-19 September.  The Utility Special got caught in a breezy thermal Saturday afternoon and drifted south out of sight after about 5-6 minutes.  Sunday the Super Fike got caught in a big thermal and drifted overhead for more than 15 minutes before disappearing against the scattered puffy clouds.

Videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2l_5s-CNOk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glrqiAIipBU

Time to pick some new subjects...

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Reply #100 - Jul 11th, 2021 at 2:46pm
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Outstanding...and I love the scheme that you don't see everyday!  Well done, as always! Smiley Smiley
  

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Reply #99 - Jul 11th, 2021 at 12:01pm
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Finished off another scale build yesterday.  P-47 Razorback from an original 1940s Model Craft kit.  19.5" span, weighs about 34g without rubber.  Built this one as part of the Vintage Open Kits group build on RCGroups, build thread at: 
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3827819-VOK-2021-Model-Craft-P-47...

Structure used the kit wood, with additional infill and assorted detail bits.  Carved prop with way too much gingerbread added to it.  Printed tissue finish representing Capt Charles Mohrle's "Touch of Texas from the 510th Fighter Sqadron, using a fantastic flight sim skin found here: 
https://www.lockonfiles.com/files/category/756-p-47d-22-razorback-skins/

Hope to get this one in the air in early August.

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #98 - Jun 12th, 2021 at 3:31pm
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Took a quick break from scale building last month and put together Jim Longstreth's Super Fike, a Bostonian/Embryo sport model featured in the Dec 1995 issue of Flying Models.  Covered it with silver and chalked yellow Esaki tissue, accented with trim and lettering cut from black Esaki and some printed insignia, nose and tail numbers.  Scheme was inspired by the USAF Air-Sea Rescue L-5s from the late 1940s. 

There's a short build thread for it in the Embryo board here on Stick and Tissue.

Didn't worry too much about weight during the build - covered and balanced the airframe with carved prop weighs 18.5g.  With a 6.8g motor (1 each 30" loop 1/16" + 3/32" rubber) flying weight is just over 25g.  First flights went well, approaching 1 minute on about 50% turns (1080 turns).  Calvin had fun...

Video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98uTaI1vbBs

Will fly it competitively in FAC Embryo at the Summer Standoff meet in Hamilton, TX the end of June.

Mike
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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #97 - Mar 22nd, 2021 at 11:25pm
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Outstanding models and flights! Well done! Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #96 - Mar 22nd, 2021 at 7:55am
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Had a good flying session this Saturday - the SBD and FW-190 are pretty well trimmed out.  Might do a bit more work on the FW to open up the turn under power, but I'm quite satisfied with the flights given how heavy the model is.

SBD:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl0a4l5WcU

FW-190
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlLAZA5w50Y

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