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Reply #30 - Feb 2nd, 2023 at 5:55pm
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LOL, yes.  Several.
  I drive a tractor trailer and sometimes you get stuck with more downtime than you want. I'm not the guy who stares at the phone for 3 days. I also read books, do puzzles and, believe it or not, color by the numbers.  Yep, I carry coloring books and colored pencils. Crayons melt if you forget to unload them during home time in the summer.   Grin
   The problem with building models in a truck is the storage and the smell of paint and constant vibration.  I also carried R/C planes and a car.  A truck cab is a small place and every corner and nook and cranny is hard. No soft spots. Bad roads can eventually beat that plane to death if you store it wrong. 
  btw, I'm not alone. I met a guy who details model trains and probly had a dozen with him. I have seen many folks do hobby stuff, rather than waste long hours waiting to get loaded, or get that restart on the logbook. 
   There's another guy on here who drives and is building a Guillows P38 in his truck.  He posts in the display section.  Haven't heard from him for awhile, buts that's how it is with truck driving. You just don't get to have a normal life and you don't get to join in normal things at regular times.

  
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Reply #29 - Jan 24th, 2023 at 5:24pm
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I think I must have missed a thread, here.

Now let me get this straight...
"I keep it because it's the first one I built in a truck on the road"

You built models while driving a truck?!  Shocked
  
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Reply #28 - Jan 22nd, 2023 at 11:46pm
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Yes I did. But they're finding that the average wing span that works best now days is around 16" span.  This is the catajets not some of the smaller high performance jobs you see on HPA. 

Mine or back there 10 or 15 pages back in the Building Model Airplanes category.  You could find them in catajet search I think.
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Reply #27 - Jan 22nd, 2023 at 6:53pm
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Thanks for the link.
Didn't you build a series of catajets back in the day?
  
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Reply #26 - Jan 22nd, 2023 at 4:27pm
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I think it was Mike Kelly that built a catajet 262 that was really nice. 
I think he posted it on this site or HPA  or both.  It's a silouette fuselage (sheet balsa fuse) with a built up wing.

Me 262 catajet: Click Here
  

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Reply #25 - Jan 21st, 2023 at 9:26pm
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LOl, I think we misunderstood each other. I should have been more clear, sorry.
The 262 in the pic is a plastic model. Revell. It is maybe 7 or 8 inches span, something like that. I built most of it while driving for crst, several years ago. For the camo spots, I cut holes in a cardboard carton side and sprayed thru it.  This was the last plastic model I built in a truck because of the fumes.  spray paint and model glue can stink up a truck for days, lol.

  I would like to try semi scale cat launch gliders and I think the 262 would be an interesting choice.  I adore the unusual shape. I think the plan I found would be light enough if you skip all the electric motor stuff. Maybe go with single channel so I don't have to chase it as far? maybe?
  There are several models I would like to build as only gliders because it would be alot of extra work to propel them and, just to see how they fly on their own merits.  The PBY Catalina seems like it would be an excellent semi scale glider.  Removing the props and LG just before a flight, solves a lot of building problems and expense. These are planes I like the looks of, but don't really want to do a full on powered  build.  Another example would be the gull like you have on FFA.  I bet that would be a gorgeous piece of wood work.   
 
Along those lines, I also have an interest in gliding a wright bros plane and use a scale launch mechanism like they had.  
  All these things to explore later. Currently on an old timer binge.
  
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Reply #24 - Jan 21st, 2023 at 6:36pm
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Try a couple of glids onto the bed or down the hall. If the weather is bad.  If you can get a decent glide go for the catapult.  Start soft in catapult launches and build up the high power launches!!!

That link says 40" span!!  Is yours a full 40"?
  

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Reply #23 - Jan 21st, 2023 at 10:28am
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  I think the fire truck is about 10 inches.
I love the 262 for the shape. Always wondered how it would do as a cat launch glider?

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6828

This one looks light enough for a glider and has decent wing area, I think. What do you think?
If nothing else it would look great as a ceiling hanger, lol

 

  
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Reply #22 - Jan 20th, 2023 at 6:24pm
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Love those grand-babies!!! They're special!  You've got a real cutie there!  Love her 57!  That fire truck looks good how big is it? 

You've been holding out...that 262 looks great!  Put a prop on the nose and you have the prototype!!!
I envy your work table.  Still haven't gotten my cleared off to do any work!!!
  

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Reply #21 - Jan 20th, 2023 at 4:50pm
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Thanks Tom. That's a good idea.

   Temporary build table due to weather, ect. The real table will be put off by a month or so because of "honey do's". This way I can hit it when she's not looking ..lol
    Needed to clean out way too many dead projects so here, A fire truck, a 262, and my granddaughters first model, a 57 chevy.
    Snap tite on the chevy and the fire truck.
She did most of the chevy herself. Learning to use knives and sand paper. We like sand paper alot better at this point.

   I have to clean out some stuff to make room for other things. Cant mount the good shelves till I can get to the wall.  Seems like I just move stuff around and never really clean up anything. The plastics only needed minor stuff, I just forgot about them.

   Next on the list is a winding/field table. I have a frame with fold up legs that I have been saving but it needs a new top and that will help clear out more space, I also have a pair of large wheels for it to move it around. Like a dolly type of thing.
   WAY too many projects. Junk piled on junk.
  

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Reply #20 - Jan 20th, 2023 at 2:05pm
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Looks great.  I've seen some fellas add a single gusset to one side of the T.E. and the tail of the rib for added strength and stiffening of the T.E.
Just a thought!
  

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Reply #19 - Jan 19th, 2023 at 8:32pm
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Back to it. Got a chance to glide test and it was horrible, lol. There's just enough minor warpage/hanger rash to the main wing to make it fly in a death spiral.
I flattened it all out buy pinning it to a board and getting the wood wet several times. Then I filed down the weak ends and glued a scab on and sanded.
I also removed the front part of the roof window frame, continued the slot the rest of the way out to the wing tips, and added an extra spar on top. For sure that stiffened things up. Then I recovered it in white mystery tissue. I seem to have alot of that around here. lol.
New glide tests are much more promising.
  

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Reply #18 - Dec 24th, 2022 at 11:29pm
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  Grabbed a prop out of the stash, Guillows. weighs 3.8 grams.
  Will probly need to lighten a tad. Or replace with a lighter wood prop, not sure. Will see after glide test.
  Found the foam tail for it.
  Replaced some tissue and still need to make a windshield. Will glide test first.
Whole thing, with 2 loops {4 strands} weighs 15.8 gams.  I should clean up/sand the nose block, but I keep hopeing I find the cowl that goes to it. I can always pretty it up later.

Now I just need some decent weather.

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Reply #17 - Dec 24th, 2022 at 9:03pm
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Ok, back on track.
I have several planes that need to fly or burn. I need the space.
We will start with this one.

I'm pretty sure it is a Sterling Monocoupe. I cant find the cowl anywhere. She is in rough shape, but the wood is still pretty good. If I recall, It tested pretty well in tall grass and indoors.
As for the LG, I never did make wheels for it. Cant believe the gear is still attached !  It does not even have wire support, but it did fly and land several times.
This will be a simple refresh so I can try it out. I don't have time for a proper rebuild.
The finish could be white tinted dope, or more likely, thinned laxtex or something like that. Back then I experimented with both. Pretty sure this is the latter.
  

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Reply #16 - Aug 7th, 2022 at 9:10am
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Pete,
  I look forward to hearing about your flight test data. I will maybe glide this one some day, but the plan is to build another one, full size maybe. This one is just too heavy. It would be more like throwing a dart, lol. Also, I have never flown a wet motor in my life, so there's that learning curve also. I hope to fly one next spring, as I can learn to start it on a bench this winter in the barn,
  I love the plane, especially the smaller versions. I really enjoy watching you build yours, thank you for posting it.
  

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