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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #64 - Sep 17th, 2019 at 1:30pm
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More jetcats - F-111Bs adapted from the Estes/West Wings kit.  These will be flown in the Carrier-Launch Jetcat event at WestFAC in Phoenix AZ this fall.
  

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Reply #63 - Aug 18th, 2019 at 2:52pm
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Looks like great fun had by all... Smiley
  

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Reply #62 - Aug 18th, 2019 at 2:30pm
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That's some nice graphics Tom - especially the side view with the wing and tail graphics removed.  Will make for a tidy model.  I'm playing around with an F-111B jetcat at the moment and thinking about just painting them and drawing on the markings.  Don't want to get too dependent on the computer...

Flew the F-16 on Friday with my local FAC flying buddy (who also has one of Tony's F-16s).  Had a lot of fun experimenting with it - video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQhaFyAdBEI.  We about wore out the local barn swallows.

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Reply #61 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 11:31pm
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I've been playing with Photoshop 7 to come up with a scheme for a Catajet F2H4 Banshee... I played with the side profile and cut and pasted the letters and numbers to get the orientation right once the profile was flipped from right to left.  Here's what I came up with....Will size them in the CAD program.
  

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Reply #60 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 8:47pm
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Sky9pilot wrote on Aug 15th, 2019 at 9:43am:
Where do you find the layouts for your printed tissue?  Paper model kits etc.? Do you have a link?
Tom


I just search online for candidates that interest me - as an example for this one I searched "F-16 Tiger Meet Decals", then looked through the resulting images until I found something I liked and thought could be adapted to printed tissue.  From there I searched on that airframe and decal set to find the highest resolution and most comprehensive diagrams of the scheme, then copied those and imported them to Powerpoint to edit and size such that they fit the model.

There's a bazillion sites and images out there - the trick is finding something that shows top/bottom/left/right with sufficient resolution, color accuracy and clarity to look good at the scale of the model.  Unfortunately, I haven't found a good single go-to site for graphics - just have to go looking each time.

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Reply #59 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 9:43am
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These catajets are a lot of fun...even addicting if you're not careful!!!  Where do you find the layouts for your printed tissue?  Paper model kits etc.? Do you have a link?
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Reply #58 - Aug 14th, 2019 at 7:33pm
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Squeezed in a jetcat build this week - 8" span F-16 from an unmarketed kit sent to me by Tony Ross.  Spectacular wood, very crisply cut on a craft cutter (the type used by scrapbookers to cut cardstock and vinyl decals).  Airframe weighed about 6g, but I dressed it up with printed tissue and came out balanced at 8.2g.  Test glides look promising, hope to put it on the catapult this Friday morning.

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Reply #57 - Jul 28th, 2019 at 3:49pm
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As documented in the "Forgotten Projects" forum, I built the Earl Stahl 28" Spitfire from a partially-completed Rockytop kit given to me by a friend.  Added a few surface and cockpit details beyond what's on the plan and did the model in a tissue finish depicting Pilot Officer Richard Hardy's aircraft as flown out of RAF Middle Wallop during the Battle of Britain.  In August 1940 P/O Hardy's Spitfire Mk.1a was damaged in aerial combat, resulting in his forced landing at Cherbourg, France.  He was captured and survived the war as a POW.  The Germans repaired the aircraft and flew it until at least mid-1942 for evaluation against their fighters.

After a single trimming session I took the model to the 2019 FAC Non-Nats meet in Geneseo NY and flew it in FAC Rubber Scale and the Battle of Britain Mass Launch.  Given the limited trimming time I was quite pleased with the flights - video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJqAD4qcINU

Looking forward to flying it some more!

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #56 - Apr 13th, 2019 at 7:51pm
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I posted this in the How's It Flying board, but thought I'd include it in the hangar as well.  Went to the Spring Opener meet at Gainesville last weekend.  Rained out Saturday morning, but got some trimming in Saturday afternoon and some good competition on Sunday.  I put a 15g motor in the Wicko (2x31" loops 3/16" rubber), wound to 5.5 oz-in (~1400 turns) and got a 2:56 thermal flight.  Video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcU7P3Q2AB8

Non-thermal flights were about 70-80 seconds.  The model had no problems handing this 25% motor.  For the Hamilton meet next month I think I'll try a bit longer motor, maybe around 36", which should be about 30% of overall weight (~20g).  From the video I also think it would benefit from a bit less downthrust and a slight reduction in tail weight.

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Reply #55 - Mar 27th, 2019 at 3:28pm
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Thanks Paul.  Looking forward to flying it some more at Gainesville Tx next month.

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Reply #54 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 8:36am
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Sweet vid. looks great in the air Mike Smiley
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Reply #53 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 7:25am
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Got a chance to torque trim the Wicko yesterday.  Went very well - added a little more right thrust after the first hand-wound flight, then didn't touch a thing as I worked up to 5.5 oz-in on the 10g 2x20" loop 3/16" rubber trimming motor.  I decided to call it a day after a close encounter with a bus at the end of a 1:47 flight...

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Trimming with the 14g competition motor will have to wait until the Gainesville TX meet next month.

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Reply #52 - Mar 10th, 2019 at 8:27am
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Mike - Thank you for the link. I copied it and put it in my techniques file for future use. Your stable of flyers is truly impressive and look forward to some flight videos.
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Reply #51 - Mar 8th, 2019 at 7:45am
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Thanks Mike, Marlin and Tom.  Marlin, the prop is surprisingly stiff for being fairly thin and light.  I'm pleased with how it pulled the airplane around on Thursday, I'm going to have to try props like this on some of my other models (particularly thinking the Tigercat, since that model has always struggled with the Sig props I put on it).

New Builder wrote on Mar 8th, 2019 at 6:59am:
I also remember seeing the adjustable horizontal stab pictures but cannot locate them, possible to show a link to the build?


Mike, the build thread is linked below, the stab mechanism is shown and described in posts 39 and 45.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3159292-CAP-2019-%28was-OZNoP-201...

Looks like we're stuck in a rainy pattern for the next week or so - I'm dying to get this one out again and try some longer flights, but it's going to have to wait...

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Reply #50 - Mar 8th, 2019 at 6:59am
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Mike - A beautiful airplane and the trim videos gave a couple of deep breath moments but all looks like a great flyer. I also remember seeing the adjustable horizontal stab pictures but cannot locate them, possible to show a link to the build?
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