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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #86 - yesterday at 1:08pm
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Mike,
It's always great to see your birds in flight!  Sorry to hear of the loss of the Rocket!  Look forward to it's replacement!  Keep up the great work! Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #85 - yesterday at 11:03am
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We found a new flying field and had a good time there last Saturday.  The Utility Special flew very nicely at higher power levels on a short motor.  The Sparrowhawk and Lark did some good flying too, but I underestimated the drift and lost the Sky Rocket...

Video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9o3yVcVwQ4

Looks like it's time to build another Embryo.

Mike
  
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Reply #84 - Oct 24th, 2020 at 2:14pm
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Love the SkyRocket and it's pilot!  Perfect choice of pilot!  Well Done! Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #83 - Oct 24th, 2020 at 12:41pm
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Thanks Bob, good to see you back on the forum.  Here's a quick Embryo to replace my Windindicator - a Sky Rocket from Volare Products.  Flies quite nicely, and makes me smile every time I look at it.  Pilot is the Rocketeer, of course.

Mike
  

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Reply #82 - Oct 23rd, 2020 at 2:26am
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Mike, she is a beauty and I like the TWA color scheme.

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Reply #81 - Oct 5th, 2020 at 12:06pm
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Great flights...watch out for Hung!  She looks like she'd just fly away if she hit some great air! Well done!!!
  

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Reply #80 - Oct 5th, 2020 at 9:13am
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Thanks guys.  It flies!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4lvZmXgbho

Cheers,

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Reply #79 - Oct 3rd, 2020 at 9:20am
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Art Deco at its finest, Mike...Utility Flyer is truly a work of art!  More than that...it's your craftsmanship this does it justice. When Rembrandt puts brush to canvas...well, we've come to expect this from you, Mike.  Beautiful.  Smiley

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Reply #78 - Oct 3rd, 2020 at 7:39am
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Wow that Utility Special looks fast even on the ground! 👏

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Reply #77 - Oct 2nd, 2020 at 5:57pm
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outstanding!!! Smiley
Every one of your builds makes me want to build one!  Love the scheme.  Fits this model perfectly!!!

You've got to stop doing this to me!!! Cry Grin Cheesy Wink
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #76 - Oct 2nd, 2020 at 2:49pm
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After the Miles I spent August and September building Frank Zaic's "Utility Special" from the May 1937 Popular Science magazine.  The plan and article are available on Outerzone at: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=1819

Some interesting construction on this one, with bulkheads laminated of 1/64" balsa sheet, more 1/64" sheet over the nose and tail, and a wing where the center section has to be partially assembled then slid through the fuselage and competed before adding the outer panels.

I made two props for it, one from the layout on the plan and another with narrower blades and higher pitch - it'll be interesting to see which flies better.  The noseblock has a Gizmo Geezer nose button and a Mulholland-style freewheeler embedded between the thrust ring and the spinner.

Finish is silver and chalked white Esaki, with black Esaki and red Mt. Fuji tissue trim.  The only printed items are the American flags on the forward fuselage.  Scheme was inspired by the TWA SuperConnies - seemed a natural fit for the streamlined fuselage and twin tails.

Hope to get a chance to fly it this weekend.

Mike
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #75 - Sep 6th, 2020 at 3:55pm
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July 2020 build - a Dime Scale Miles Sparrowhawk from a Mystic Models plan published in Flying Aces Newsletter #180.  16" span, covered in silver Esaki with tissue trim.  Kinda wild the first day out as the C.G. was just a bit too far aft, but showing a lot of potential - did manage to break a minute in the first session with the help of a nice mid-morning thermal.  Moved the cg forward about 1/8" for the next day out and some test flights on hand winds looked a lot better.  There's a short build thread for it in the dime scale section here on S&T.

Update:  Build and flight video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v071qtSKtUk.

Mike
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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #74 - Jun 18th, 2020 at 7:15am
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Agree with Tom, very nice model.
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Reply #73 - Jun 17th, 2020 at 1:00pm
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Outstanding model Mike!  Master Craftsmanship displayed here!!! Smiley Smiley
  

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Re: Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes
Reply #72 - Jun 17th, 2020 at 9:54am
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Been a while since I've done a peanut.  Over on HipPocket the Brits started a Walt Mooney cookup to pass the isolation time this spring - it took off rapidly and ended up with over 95 entries and as of mid-June 49 models completed.  I've been eyeing Walt's Keleher Lark peanut for several years and made that my entry.  This is an interesting build with lots of very thin sheeting.  Midway through the woodwork I got in contact with the owner of the plane I'd decided to model - he graciously sent photos and information that let me really dive into the details.  I also used this build to make my first try at a 3D pilot.  Had a great time and very pleased with how it came out.  It's a little portly at 11.6g without rubber.  Now waiting for the daily breezes to calm down enough to start flight trimming.

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