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 on: Today at 10:49:52 AM 
Started by Tim Wescott - Last post by Tim Wescott
  • Weight of elevator half core with perimeter: 0.22oz
  • Weight of elevator half core + skins: 0.46oz
  • Weight of elevator half freshly glued with Sig Bond: 0.63oz
  • Estimated weight after more thorough drying: 0.53oz

Downside to using water-based glue: it's been 8 days since I originally glued it up, four of them have been stacked with airflow and a fan, and the pieces are only down to 0.56oz.  Either that last bit of water is there but coming out really slowly, or it's just not going to come out.

At any rate, I got the braces for rounding, and the LE and TE pieces glued on to the stabilizer (with less glue, too).  You can see that I believe in using weights for clamping.  It's mostly brass, with some scrap bits of steel and one treasured hunk of tungsten.  It's too bad you can't get blocks of degenerate neutronium on Amazon.

 on: Today at 10:18:28 AM 
Started by John Ashford - Last post by Chris Berardi
Well, I went ahead and spoiled myself. I purchased an Enya 61 CXLS and a Brodak/Brad Walker T-Rex. I've been flying helicopters for 15 years almost exclusively plus Senior Pattern and some IMAC. I hadn't flown control line since I was a teenager though I built and flew many classics by Goldberg, Sterling, Keil Kraft, Veron.

One thing that turned me on to CL again was watching Windy and tons of YouTube videos, some of the Brodak fly-in and others showing combat, team racing and stunt. To me, stunt is a wonderful avenue to explore - the equipment needs are modest, the models are readily available and the videos of some of this flying are inspirational. Also, I'd like to credit Shug Emery for his series of fun and informative videos - if you watch through them you can see how his flying has evolved and improved.

Coming from the complexities of helicopters (and the expense), you would think that CL was simpler and less demanding. That's a misconception I probably had until watching some of the videos and reading articles. While definitely less expensive, it is every bit as demanding and rewarding as flying my Hirobo Turbulence. I think the beauty of CL - the models, motors and flight patterns deserve more recognition by our fellow modelers. Fortunately, after a period of hibernation, it seems that CL is finding somewhat of a resurgence. I'm seeing that at my club and now in Model Aviation.

I've actually been talking with fellow r/c modelers who are now actively interested in CL and we've all purchased models at swap meets, from Brodak and others - I also got a Sakitumi from Walter at BuiltRightFlyRight - what an incredible kit! But, in my humble opinion, ARF's will be what get pilots "in the door" to control line flying, and punchy web sites that show and tell the fun and excitement of CL flying. Not to say that the Brodak site is boring, but you can barely get a good look at the models there as the photos are small, and I don't think I've found much in the way of videos there either.

Stunthanger is a great site, once you get past the CAPTCHA which I found nearly impossible to complete - there are CL resources spread around, but I still find myself doing a lot of searching for information, and especially places to buy models and particularly engines.

I sure hope we can get a few more articles into Model Aviation and distribute more electronic magazines to promote interest - sure, I understand that you have to be a PAMPA member to get current issues, but if you want to stimulate interest have more than one dated issue as a sample; we're trying to encourage people here - not lock them out.

I don't know if anyone has done an article for the T-Rex or any of the Brodak models or ARFS in Model Aviation for example, but I bet that an article such as that would generate yet more interest.

Despite the technology all around us in the forms of electronics and computers, massive online gaming and so forth, I think there is plenty of space for CL. We just have to foster the interest.


 on: Today at 10:03:43 AM 
Started by Frank Imbriaco - Last post by Larry Borden
Here is a pic of mine built from the Blackhawk kit. Kit was 60. Wood was all good stuff.

 on: Today at 09:17:56 AM 
Started by mike londke - Last post by John Paris
Is that Jim Morway 2nd from the left in the back row?

 on: Today at 08:10:03 AM 
Started by Mike Griffin - Last post by Bootlegger

  That's another great thing about this forum, Christians gather and pray for one another as the need arises.
   Praise be to God thru Jesus Christ...

 on: Today at 07:17:42 AM 
Started by Motorman - Last post by proparc
As someone who both,builds up wings and cuts my own foam wings, I can say they are about equal in terms of skill and difficulty. That said, I personally believe the foam wing to be virtually unbeatable for long term stability and section fidelity.

 on: Today at 07:00:21 AM 
Started by Charles Carter - Last post by John Cralley
For what it is worth, the Wikipedia article on the P 38 says that the counter rotating props on the plane were originally setup to turn towards the canopy. Later they were changed to rotate away from the canopy because this made for a more stable platform for firing the guns. I've no idea why this would be the case.

 on: Today at 06:59:00 AM 
Started by frank mccune - Last post by RandySmith
The 5-40s will generally thread right into the older SuperTigres, but the Max-S thread seems finer to me.  I didn't push it, but the 5-40s wouldn't thread in any of my OS engines.

The 4-40 will  fit the 35S  fairly well, the 5-40 is too large, many people just use the 4-40 bolts


 on: Today at 06:44:33 AM 
Started by bob jablonski - Last post by bob jablonski
The first batch of Sig items have arrived.
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 on: Today at 06:25:23 AM 
Started by BillLee - Last post by BillLee
The annual Dallas Father's Day contest. Racing and Stunt events.

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