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07-14-2008 04:31 AM  9 years agoPost 1
!2Old2Fly

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I'm in the process of tearing down my parents old house to build a new one on that site ( I inherited the property ).
In the process, I've had to go out and clean out the old house.
Contained in that house is my old treasure trove of fixed wing aircraft. It has been a real journey down memory lane.
I have one or two up there that I had finished right before I started traveling, and never got around to flying!! There's a biplane hanging up that is about 18 years old, and never been flown.
There are also several planes in various stages of construction that I didn't get a chance to finish.
And all the wonderful "old" motors.

Saito 45 4 stroke.
OS 60(something) 4 stroke (63? I'd have to look it up. That motor is on the front of a giant sized Kadet, and is covered up, so I can't see it - come to remember, it was WAY to much motor for that plane at the time.. had to fly at 1/4 throttle all the time. lol ).

A PAIR of brand new Zenoah G38's!! One has only been run once (on my giant stick), and the other is still in the factory wrapper... and has been for the last 18 years! My original plan for them was to break them in on the Giant Stick, and then build a twin gas powered DC-3 (nuthin like spinning a pair of 24" props!!). Might have to re-start that project some day. Bought the motors, and never got around to drawing the plane! Might have to include a drafting table somewhere...

My old float planes, some old timer slow birds,and a couple of hot performance sport fliers, even a couple of sailplanes! Gads, I'm like a kid at christmas!

I have no place to get my fleet back in the air at the moment. They're all going into storage for a while.
But once the house is done, I'll have a dedicated enclosed shop in the garage, and I plan on getting a good many of them back in the air. I know a biplane that is 18 years over due for it's maiden flight!

Today was a serious trip down memory lane.
There's a couple of planes that I didn't even remember! lol. At last count I believe there were about 21 (complete) planes in the fleet - not counting the half finished ones (I was at a recovery phase of my life, and needed a hobby).
That number is probably down by half now (attrition, and years have teken their toll). But I still have a sizable fleet that needs to be reborn.

I even found a stack of my old sketches, and some of my early designs.

Folks, I can see myself getting WAY re-involved in fixed wing.
It's my first love.
I'd forgotten that until today when I revisited my old fleet.
Helis are okay.. but all I can do it hover a little bit in front of me. But give me a good fixed wing, and I can rip the sky open!

Maybe someday, I'll get as much command over helis as I had over fixed wing..

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07-14-2008 04:32 AM  9 years agoPost 2
!2Old2Fly

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Okay, so that post is about as far off topic as one could get.
My appologies, but it was an exciting day moving my old fleet. I've known where they were, but I was ignoring them. I had to face the old devil today. Didn't know how much I missed them.

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07-15-2008 01:16 AM  9 years agoPost 3
jwhitacre

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Nothing wrong with a lazy afternoon of fixed wing flying My fixed wing fleet FAR outweighs my heli fleet 5:1 I'm almost done with my 100" Sig Riser and have a 60" SuperCub on deck after that

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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07-15-2008 01:45 AM  9 years agoPost 4
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I got a Aero Ace biplane with no motors and a mini Storm Launcher with a broken propeller...

A soul in tension is learning to fly

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07-15-2008 01:52 AM  9 years agoPost 5
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Ah the venerable Piper Cub.
I have a 60" Sig J3 that's about 3/4 built just waiting for me to finish it. Nice scale fliers for a lazy afternoon. If there's a down side to Cubs it's that you have to put a brick in them to get 'em to land. They hit ground effect and will float along all the way down the runway..

Don't get me wrong though, Helis are a perminent part of my fleet now. They'll never go away. I gotta love the challenge.

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07-15-2008 03:30 AM  9 years agoPost 6
jwhitacre

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If there's a down side to Cubs it's that you have to put a brick in them to get 'em to land. They hit ground effect and will float along all the way down the runway.
Not if you have flaps On my Husky 400 I drop the flaps to 60 degrees and cut throttle to 1/3 and get a perfect glide path I've landed it a few times without them in no wind and you aren't kidding about a LONG approach Overshot the runway twice when I maidened it Right now this little gem is my favorite of the hangar but the 60" might take that spot

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07-15-2008 04:03 AM  9 years agoPost 7
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Sweet little Super Cub! Very nice job!

Flaps on a Super Cub are great! It's one of the biggest improvements over the J3. But on a J3 they'd just be wrong.

The trick to landing these with no flaps is:
Give it some side slip when you're on final to shake off the speed & alititude. Straighten her up right at the end of the runway, and start your flair. She should be low & slow enough by then to settle in about 1/4 of the way down.
The whole trick is learning that slide slip.

Great little airplane. You're going to love that 60".
Toss a 4 stroke it in. That bird just begs for that sound.
I'm looking forward to getting mine in the air (next year..).

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07-16-2008 12:06 AM  9 years agoPost 8
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Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try this weekend

Depleting the world of parts, one crash at a time!!

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