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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #200 on: March 12, 2017, 06:25:42 PM »
I was bad this year. No VSC for me. But I will post a picture. Just have the control surfaces left to cover. Got distracted with some machining for the next plane and sharpening the chainsaws.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #201 on: March 12, 2017, 09:26:21 PM »
Don't feel bad. No VSC for me either. Just too many other things happening.

But your plane is looking great!
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #202 on: March 13, 2017, 02:26:02 PM »
Should say, this is just covered. No clear coats. I used thinner to attach it. Less trapped water. Worked well.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #203 on: March 13, 2017, 06:21:52 PM »
Should say, this is just covered. No clear coats. I used thinner to attach it. Less trapped water. Worked well.

 Thanks for the reminder on that routine Randy, I always forget to try it that way and I'm almost ready to do the P-38. How much clear did you have on the bare wood? I usually start covering after two good coats of 50/50 and a light sanding.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #204 on: March 14, 2017, 11:43:32 AM »
3 coats of unthinned clear prior to covering.
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« Reply #205 on: March 14, 2017, 07:19:38 PM »
3 coats of unthinned clear prior to covering.

 Holy cow.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #206 on: March 17, 2017, 09:55:27 AM »
Nope. It's a regular cow.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #207 on: April 10, 2017, 01:05:33 PM »
OK, I think I've go the warp in the outboard wing fixed. Back to finishing the, ah, finish.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #208 on: April 10, 2017, 07:56:17 PM »

 Uh oh.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #209 on: April 11, 2017, 02:46:13 PM »
Funny how something can be dead straight prior to finish then suddenly develop and issues after covering. But I got it. Looked last night and it's still straight to I think I'm good. Sheesh!
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #210 on: April 11, 2017, 06:50:04 PM »

 From here on out, cross your fingers with every coat.
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« Reply #211 on: April 12, 2017, 04:54:12 PM »
I vaguely remember a wing I painted that when I looked at it later had a warp.   Left it over night and next day it was a straight as it was before the coat of dope.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #212 on: April 12, 2017, 08:55:28 PM »
I vaguely remember a wing I painted that when I looked at it later had a warp.   Left it over night and next day it was a straight as it was before the coat of dope.

 I've had flaps do that, curl up for a bit and then be dead straight again once they fully cure. I've also fine tuned them if necessary afterward with a Monokote iron. A wing can be a much bigger problem though, hope yours stays put Randy.
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« Reply #213 on: April 24, 2017, 10:41:02 AM »
I got it fixed, but due to other demands, I haven't been in the shop for a week. Next weekend is the Jim Walker Memorial contest in Portland, OR and I hope to attend that. So not sure when I'll get back to it. I cut a slot in the bottom of the trailing edge of the offending wing and used a piece of carbon tow to basically pull it straight. Then filled with some catalyzed filler. Looked at it yesterday and it's is still straight a week after the fix, so I think I'm OK. We'll see.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #214 on: May 19, 2017, 02:20:41 PM »
This project is on long term hold. I managed to damage myself and won't be able to work on in for another month or so. Oh well.
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« Reply #215 on: May 19, 2017, 09:49:21 PM »
This project is on long term hold. I managed to damage myself and won't be able to work on in for another month or so. Oh well.

 That's a bummer Randy, hope the recovery is going ok at least.
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« Reply #216 on: May 20, 2017, 11:33:52 AM »
I guess I'm lucky Randy.  Told my rehab person about working on my planes while still using the brace, was told I should only be doing the required exercises.   I responded, "I guess that means I can't push the powered lawn mower.   The look I got and the reminded it has only been 2 1/2 weeks since surgery.  Still have to wear the brace another couple of weeks.

Now you take care of your self so we can meet up at the VSC again. H^^
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #217 on: June 30, 2017, 09:14:45 PM »
This project is on long term hold. I managed to damage myself and won't be able to work on in for another month or so. Oh well.

 How's things Randy? 
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #218 on: June 30, 2017, 09:16:55 PM »
How's things Randy?

He was at the contest in Chehalis last weekend, on crutches.  Sez he's doing well.  He can give a more complete report if he sees this.
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« Reply #219 on: July 03, 2017, 02:00:05 PM »
I'm doing OK. Couple of weeks and I can ditch the crutches (according to my physical therapist). Spent my first day in the shop in 8 weeks last Saturday. Still have a warp in the outboard wing. I had kinda hoped it would straighten itself out, but it didn't. So I straightened it. Now it's on to sanding.

I'm working on fixing the controls on my last stunt plane so I can finally get it back out and flying. And I have been machining a bracket to mount a new dehumidifier/filter for my compressor. Fun stuff.
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« Reply #220 on: July 04, 2017, 09:10:00 AM »
Hey kid you had better start taking care of your self.   Don't be surprised if you stumble around on that first flight when you do get back out. H^^
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« Reply #221 on: July 05, 2017, 01:23:41 PM »
Unlikely, Doc as my spouse will not likely let me fly until I'm somewhere in excess of 100%.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #222 on: October 12, 2017, 09:25:38 PM »

 Ready to get back to it yet Randy?
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« Reply #223 on: October 19, 2017, 02:28:41 PM »
Nice timing. I'm back at it. Finally started sanding again.
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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #224 on: October 23, 2017, 09:30:07 AM »
Based on all the contests I attended from 1964 through 1975, I never once saw any one that could tell me what their plane weighed and NONE on them ever actually weighed them. Many never even cared. So, any given weight from that era, with a few exceptions, are wild ass guesses, nothing more. Just  fly it. They did. D>K LL~ LL~ LL~ LL~ LL~ LL~

Since the pull test was based solely on engine disp. not weight, no one cared. Now they have to.


Since the early '70's I've never weighted a CL or RC plane just go by look & feel, and I've built so many can't even begin to pull a number up...


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Re: New classic plane started
« Reply #225 on: October 23, 2017, 10:13:41 AM »
Now Randy lay off the home duty chores until this is flying. VD~   At our age healing takes longer when we mess up.   H^^
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