thunker54
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September 14th, 2017, 4:18 pm #421

After all the crashes and strange behavior of my trusty Slow Stick, I kept seeing the tail wagging at times.  So I replaced the old tail section.  Yep - finally retired tail #1 and built a new one.
This time - real hinges instead of just tape.

Finally took it out to try today - so here's the "first" flight with the new tail section.  Everything else only has one flight on it - so in reality the whole plane is new.

And.  It.  Flew.  GREAT.  Finally - it felt "normal" - not like something could slip up and crash at any time.  Nice and solid.
Pilot?  Not so much.  Haven't been flying much and am kind of rusty.  OK.  OK.   Corny opening.....   but - why not have some fun with it?

Anyhoo - I think I finally have a reliable Slow Stick back now.  If you watch closely at the intro, you can see the crack in the tail boom running between the holes (about 0:19.)  The bottom of the tube is cracked and shredded even worse.  No wonder the tail was wagging around.   That whole rear boom was no doubt flopping back and forth once it saw wind loads.

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October 1st, 2017, 2:05 pm #422

After flying my new ParkMaster a few times, I could never get the aileron roll rates I wanted.  I kept working on it, but the ailerons were just soooo stiff that the servos couldn't move them far enough.  So, a couple of months ago, I just cut off the ailerons and installed some nylon pinned hinges.  Boy do they move freely now - and a LOT.  But this stupid psoriasis has put me down so badly that I just haven't had a chance to get out to fly very much - and hadn't had a chance to test my repair/modification.
But today was really nice - turned out to be a bit breezy at the field but a nice steady wind.  So I gave it a quick test.  It rolls nicely now - flies good.  I think I finally have all the "new plane" tweaks done and have it flying like I want.  It really is a nice flying little airplane.  But, BOY AM I RUSTY!  Woo hoo.  I didn't want to try pushing it too much. 

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November 3rd, 2017, 4:42 am #423

FMS PT-17 Stearman 1040mm (41") biplane.....

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November 10th, 2017, 6:31 pm #424

I took my Radian out to Chandler today to try and get some fall colors.  The colors are pretty much at their peak here in town, but looks like it's past peak in the country.  All I got was mostly rust colors.
But, the last time I flew this I had a bad vibration.  I replaced the propeller and nose hub assembly.  That appears to have pretty much corrected it.
I also spied another airplane on the ground over by the kiddie park!  ;-)

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November 22nd, 2017, 5:12 am #425

Boss Thunker, do you still have stainless Mcmaster blowgun you always love to share with us? Lol! I have not forgotten about that one, sir!
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November 22nd, 2017, 6:28 pm #426

crossliner67 wrote: Boss Thunker, do you still have stainless Mcmaster blowgun you always love to share with us? Lol! I have not forgotten about that one, sir!
Yup - still have my little .495 tube!  Don't use it much anymore though - after enough stun dart hits I think I finally about trained the neighbor's cats to stay away from my yard and wildlife!  ;-)
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November 23rd, 2017, 6:36 am #427

thunker54 wrote:
crossliner67 wrote: Boss Thunker, do you still have stainless Mcmaster blowgun you always love to share with us? Lol! I have not forgotten about that one, sir!
Yup - still have my little .495 tube!  Don't use it much anymore though - after enough stun dart hits I think I finally about trained the neighbor's cats to stay away from my yard and wildlife!  ;-)
Haha! Rock and roll!
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December 6th, 2017, 8:38 am #428

thunker54 wrote: After flying my new ParkMaster a few times, I could never get the aileron roll rates I wanted.  I kept working on it, but the ailerons were just soooo stiff that the servos couldn't move them far enough.  So, a couple of months ago, I just cut off the ailerons and installed some nylon pinned hinges.  Boy do they move freely now - and a LOT.  But this stupid psoriasis has put me down so badly that I just haven't had a chance to get out to fly very much - and hadn't had a chance to test my repair/modification.
But today was really nice - turned out to be a bit breezy at the field but a nice steady wind.  So I gave it a quick test.  It rolls nicely now - flies good.  I think I finally have all the "new plane" tweaks done and have it flying like I want.  It really is a nice flying little airplane.  But, BOY AM I RUSTY!  Woo hoo.  I didn't want to try pushing it too much. 

Awesome. It rolls nicely in the air.
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December 6th, 2017, 10:07 pm #429

ronwell73 wrote: Awesome. It rolls nicely in the air.
Yup - once I cut off the ailerons and installed pinned hinges it rolls great now!
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December 20th, 2017, 6:11 am #430

Well - it's been a long while since I managed to get out and fly, but today was nice and calm - and not too cold.  Dark and dreary though.  I bought this P-47 Thunderbolt warbird a couple of years ago and only flew it a few times before I crashed it.  I repaired it but never got around to flying it again.  But a while back I pulled it back out and put it back together again and got it flight ready.  This is the first successful flight with retractable landing gear.  They took some abuse but worked great...  Gotta be careful with those flaps - they'll slow you right down and stall you if not careful!  <eeks!>

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