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Forum: Off Topic Chit Chat 05-08-2015, 01:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 878
Posted By Stevephoon
54 now. Didn't start flying until I was 47 or...

54 now. Didn't start flying until I was 47 or so. The poll results are about the demographics of my flying club. But we did just have a 15 year old girl join who is one of the best 3D pilot I've...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-03-2015, 01:39 AM
Replies: 550
Views: 38,990
Posted By Stevephoon
1st Flights of 2015

I got the Chrysalis out for the first time this year. 1st flights were awful. Maxed out the down trim and was still stalling out.... Not sure why, other than the wing has been hanging in the...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-01-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Thanks for the kind words Don, Gramps and JPF. ...

Thanks for the kind words Don, Gramps and JPF. On some of my other maidens, I did have a written check list... I forgot to bring it to the field... This was one of those rush to the field days. ...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-01-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Did you ever do something so stupid, that you...

Did you ever do something so stupid, that you couldn't sleep for 2 days.... Try a maiden with the ailerons reversed. :( It did not go well.

I was so nervous at the field all common sense...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-25-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Covering Complete

The basic covering job is now complete. I used Green EZ-Cote on the fuselage. It's not something I've ever used before. Unfortunately, I seem to just seem to get the glue to release when I'm trying...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-19-2015, 03:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Still working..... but the finish line is...

Still working..... but the finish line is finally getting close.

Covered and mounted the head rest and made a windshield from some thin clear plastic and striping tape. Slit some shrink tube and...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-11-2015, 03:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Tiny bits of progress still going on...

What little spare time I seem to find has gone into building, not posting. I've been working on the tail and controls... I made some metal strips from some old 35mm slide holders into scale hinges....
Forum: Power Systems 04-08-2015, 04:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 395
Posted By Stevephoon
Hi Nigel, I've attached a graph of Voltage...

Hi Nigel,

I've attached a graph of Voltage at the RX from telemetry data from my Firestorm. It has 4 12gm metal gear analogue servos and 2 electric retracts. The retracts can be power hogs when...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-30-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 696
Posted By Stevephoon
I just voted... Great work by all! These are...

I just voted... Great work by all! These are all really nice builds!

Steve
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-29-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Bare Bones Pictures!

Here she is in the "bones". Still a lot of sanding and final fitting to go, but all of the structure is now complete! This is by far the most complex build I have attempted and it seems like...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-28-2015, 02:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Struttin'

The struts are make from precut 1/16 ply that you sheet with 1/32 balsa and then insert 1/16 wire into.... The wire clips into the wing and holds with a spring/friction fit. In my case a lot of...
Forum: General Electric Discussions 03-18-2015, 03:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By Stevephoon
Wow... I'm very sorry to hear this. SJ and I...

Wow... I'm very sorry to hear this. SJ and I just last Nov traded plane kits and he sent me a copy of his Sleek Twin plans. I knew he was battling some health issues, but at that time he seemed to...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-17-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
One more small update... Wing filets... ...

One more small update...

Wing filets... There is precious little instructions on how to build these on this plane, and very little structure to attach them to. The actual plane has nice rounded...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-17-2015, 01:20 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,149
Posted By Stevephoon
That turned out really nice! :$ Good luck on the...

That turned out really nice! :$ Good luck on the maiden!

Steve
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-08-2015, 03:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
More Fuselage Work!

Some more steps completed! The horizontal stab and elevator are mounted in brass tubes. I needed to enlarge the holes some and then epoxied them in. I inserted the horizontal stab while gluing up...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-27-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By Stevephoon
Wecome to Wattflyer! .050 in? That is...

Wecome to Wattflyer!

.050 in? That is plenty straight. I wish my building table was anywhere near that flat. Right now I'm just using a plastic folding table with a ceiling tile on the top. ...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-27-2015, 03:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Forge, Thanks for the kind words and the...

Forge, Thanks for the kind words and the encouragement. This is my most ambitious build yet and so far I'm liking it!

I put on a couple more pieces tonight. The forward 1/2 formers, some 3/16...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-26-2015, 12:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Some progress on the fuselage

I've been very slowly building along when I have some free time. Getting a sinus infection didn't help either... But things are starting to progress along.

The fuselage is started with 1/16 ply...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-08-2015, 01:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
The entire assembly gets pinned into place. ...

The entire assembly gets pinned into place. Remove the pins and slide the whole thing out. Here's a video of the prototype build showing it.

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Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-08-2015, 02:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Battery Tray / Firewall

You start the fuselage by assembling the battery tray first. The battery tray and firewall are made from 1/16 ply. The firewall is two pieces laminated together. The big nose is assembled by some...
Forum: FMA Direct 02-07-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 701
Posted By Stevephoon
You should be able to do exactly what you are...

You should be able to do exactly what you are talking about. I usually charge at home from a power supply, but take it to the field for special events. The only thing I remember doing is selecting...
Forum: FMA Direct 02-06-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 701
Posted By Stevephoon
There is a max current draw setting in the PL6. ...

There is a max current draw setting in the PL6. I'm not sure what the default is...

From their manual

Battery Max Amps Out: Set for maximum supply battery current draw. If the charge rate is...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-03-2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 497
Posted By Stevephoon
What about the Polyurethane/Stain mix products. ...

What about the Polyurethane/Stain mix products. I have not tried it on balsa, but I've used some around the house.
...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 02-01-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Two Wings

I've got two wings now! The top builds pretty much just like the bottom. There are fewer 1/2 ribs so it actually builds up faster than the bottom wing. There has been only a couple of swipes of...
Forum: General Electric Discussions 01-26-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,084
Posted By Stevephoon
Yes, it was a quad.. ...

Yes, it was a quad..

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/26/obama-white-house-device-josh-earnest/22338781/
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 01-20-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 811
Posted By Stevephoon
Looks like a Texan to me. ...

Looks like a Texan to me.

https://www.google.com/search?q=SNJ-6+Texan&hl=en&biw=1680&bih=902&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=GN6-VJ2APcmRyASA6oDgDA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

Most old birds can be...
Forum: General Electric Discussions 01-18-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,217
Posted By Stevephoon
OMG, I'm so sorry, but glad to hear that no one...

OMG, I'm so sorry, but glad to hear that no one was hurt. I'm sure I speak for all of us here, that if there is anything you need we will do all we can to help you and your family out.

Steve
Forum: Combat 01-17-2015, 12:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,044
Posted By Stevephoon
We still do it occasionally, not enough. I gave...

We still do it occasionally, not enough. I gave away the components required to build a plane at our club Christmas party to drum up some more interest for this coming season.

We fly the Fast and...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 01-10-2015, 02:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Bottom wing complete and on to top.

The mirror side was created and caps put on top and bottom. It still needs a good sanding. I've only shape sanded the wing tips so the cap strips can get glued on in the right places.
...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 12-28-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,243
Posted By Stevephoon
Weekly Update

Getting started on the lower wing.

You start with the center section flat on the plans. The center rib is three 1/16 ply pieces laminated together. The front of the middle piece has a cut out to...
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