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 on: Yesterday at 07:49:52 PM 
Started by Rusty Pieper - Last post by john e. holliday
Those were the days.  My Dad helped me by holding my planes.  The little 1/2A combat planes taught us a lot about launching.  Never stand behind the plane unless you want it for lunch.  My Dad never flew or built model planes, but he supported me as much as he could.  I always liked it when someone would ask him why he let me play with those.   His response was,  "I know where he is of an evening".   Of course had home work also.

 on: Yesterday at 07:44:11 PM 
Started by Rusty Pieper - Last post by Rusty Pieper
All I have to do is look at my right thumb to remember my youthful days with a combat plane.  When I was 12 my Dad and I built a Voodoo.  It had a KB Stallion 35 on it.  It was the first combat plane.  Anyway, one day we went fly it and I was going to test fly it.  He started the engine and asked me to hold the plane while he went behind it to hold it.  Somehow I let the prop hit my hand where the thumb meets the hand.  When I jerk my hand back the prop cut the tip of my thumb.  I ended up getting about 12 stitches.  We did not know how to properly handle the plane.  We didn't know how to properly launch it at first either, where I nearly hit my Dad as he launched it standing behind it and I didn't know how sensitive the controls were after only flying a Cosmic Wind. (when we finally did fly it.)  It almost looped back and hit him.   We were lucky we were not hurt more than we were.

We tried combat where I was up against my uncle.  Neither one of us knew much about flying.  We ended up tangling the lines and crashing the Voodoo and Cosmic Wind.  The only thing we left with was 2 handles, 2 engines and tanks.  The planes and lines were trashed.


 on: Yesterday at 07:43:21 PM 
Started by john e. holliday - Last post by john e. holliday
Going to wait and see if the event director posts the results and if someone else will post pictures.  My camera was in the car, but I was having too much fun flying my planes.  Two events and I my five attempts to get four officials.  I still retain the last place position of both events.  Anyway I now know more about my planes and what I did wrong.   I know I flew them.  The Imperial Ringmaster was on too long a line(.015 X 65 eyelet to eyelet).  The Gotcha Streak needs more work on trimming and I need to fly more.   But, if I get serious then I don't have fun.   To me Sunday was almost stunt heaven, not too hot and just enough breeze to blow the turbulence away. 

So today instead of going out to the field or even working on the planes I started my next project.  Will be taking more time with this one and may post progress on the correct location of this great forum.  But I wanted to show off my newest that I purchased to help my project and future projects along.  It is a Harbor Freight combination belt and disk sander.  Anyway, more later.

 on: Yesterday at 07:22:18 PM 
Started by C.T. Schaefer - Last post by Andre Ming

'Ya reckon' I'm pumped up about the GSCB's VCF event???  Think I'm bouncing off the wall??


Wow, just WOW!  What a fantastic work you're doing.  Seeing your museum is on my "Bucket List"... probably have to be after I retire in about 2 1/2 years... but I HAVE to see that.  Note to others: I'M the one that sold him that Vampire kit!! (Ain't I sumpthin'?)

Also, Bob, your Facebook page is excellent.  I do hope you can continue to digitize and post your very historic combat pictures.

 on: Yesterday at 07:04:43 PM 
Started by Rusty Pieper - Last post by Andre Ming

You're a good man, Rusty, a good man.


Who was that slim debonair guy holding that cool airplane in front of the Nova???   Layingdown

And you're right, the Scrambler is a very innovative construction design.  I remember yours and Dan's article in MAN, and remember showing it to Duke. He was VERY impressed with your construction technique.  They look to be a booger to cut/build... but once built, look like the cat's meow.  I am very likely going to add a Scrambler to my "to do" list!  Can't wait to see yours fly.

Lastly Frank, thank you very much for sharing your old Brownie photos.  Priceless.  I have duly saved all your pics to my "Friends and NetPics" subfolder inside my "Model Airplanes" folder.

(Edit) Howard:

You have some of the most OFF THE WALL stories to share!!!   Layingdown


This is what makes this hobby really great: Friends sharing experiences and the common ground we share together, in this case the love and appreciation of combat and its history.  Also, one of the things I like best about my vintage combat plane hobby is when I mess with the engines, or the airplanes, or especially flying them... I'm magically transformed into a kid all over again!  That part of it is priceless!!

 on: Yesterday at 06:46:39 PM 
Started by frank mccune - Last post by Tim Wescott
Hey Frank -- why not just get some cast iron rod and make new pistons?

 on: Yesterday at 06:37:23 PM 
Started by frank mccune - Last post by frank mccune
     Hi Al:

     Back in the early 70's, I tried growing worn out Fox pistons and here are my results:

     Heated to dull red and quenched in oil or brine.  These warped to a point where they were useless. They also became very brittle and shattered when run.  The oil also produced a very hard scale that was difficult to remove.  No, it did not form a seal where the piston could be lapped into the cylinder. The wrist pin holes became a laugh a minute when coked up with this coating of burned on oil

      Heated to 700 deg.F for 24 hours and permitted to air cool.  This did not make the piston grow enough to be useful.

     Then there was knurling! This appeared to form stress lines where the pistons would break.  It did increase the size of the piston to enable the piston to be lapped to size but he piston broke very easily.  I do not think that longevity of a knurled piston would be great.

     I was on the wrong track I think.  Perhaps I should have made an adjustable die that the CYLINDER could be pressed through to size it a bit at a time until it was reduced in size enough to enable the piston to be fitted to the cylinder.  I hear that there are things called axle nut that come in  different sizes that may be used for this.  Anybody know what these axle nuts are and where may they be purchased?

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the replies,

                                                                                                                                                                     Frank McCune

 on: Yesterday at 05:53:35 PM 
Started by peabody - Last post by Mike Keville
Just consider the source, guys.

Oh...that's already did.

 on: Yesterday at 05:26:49 PM 
Started by eric rule - Last post by Chris Behm
I can PP you anytime Eric.
Let me know what the total is shipped to me.
I'll probably get something else as well, a handle and lines, etc.


 on: Yesterday at 05:24:30 PM 
Started by Walter Hicks - Last post by Walter Hicks
Brett thank you for your time and answering my question

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