Flying again at Viola Fields 9-19-2020

Mary and I were all alone there yesterday and any free flighter missed a good time there with nearly perfect conditions. The lawns weren’t so wet this time. Winds nearly zero up and until 12:00 o’clock. Event then they were only 3-4 knots. Temp 73.

I flew RC and Free Flight but the real pleaser was George Bredehoft’s Volare Products Square Eagle P-30. It was my favorite flight of the day. What a flyer this plane is. It flies straight off the building board with very little adjustment.

I will be back next Friday for more fun. You guys should join us, it’s a great place to fly.

Cub report 9-13-2020

Having a field again sure does change things. Just knowing you have a close by field that you are legal to fly at makes you want to build all the more. Because you can fly!

Being the Cub is one of my favorite airplanes ever this probably won’t be the last Cub I build. And if things work out right next year I seriously want to buy a full size Cub. That would be a bucket list thing for me. But I digress.

This Herr kit continues to amaze me in it’s engineering accuracy. The way these parts key together eliminates any need for rib alignment tools or right angle jigs. It just goes together like a jigsaw puzzle.

The wing will have to have balsa added to the aileron locations so I can cut them away and add hinges. The tails are already set up in the build to do the same.

Enjoying the heck out of this build!

J-3 Cub progress

Slow go on this one. I want a clean and nice built. This Herr kits as always is amazing. Everything just fits together as it should. No problems.

Starting the tail next. Lots of lamination for those round Cub tail feathers shape and wing tips.

Viola Fields for Ever

The new field is great! Right on the coast it was cool, sunny and green. Nice grass and well kept made it nice for belly landing or on wheels. We were the only 5 people there except for the occasional runner or dog walker. We could ask for better.

The slope for gliders is 2 minutes away at the next exit off the 101 but unfortunately they closed the parking lot early and the beach so we didn’t get to fly gliders. Next week.

Video was poor. That large professional camera for Mary was a hardship and she couldn’t follow the planes well wearing a mask which was constantly fogged up the viewer lens. Next time we will use a small handheld for flight video.

A new member of the fleet arrived yesterday. A Japanese WW2 Zero. It’s beautiful and is the perfect size for our new field.

The Herr J-3 Cub I got a few more sticks and parts added to the fuselage. This is going to be a very nice scale plane! 

Migs and Cubs the best of both worlds

The Mig is all framed up. Now the daunting task to cover it. Covering compound curves with tissue is never easy. This man here shows you how to do it but as of yet I have not achieved the same results.

I ended up doing sing strips between each longeron running the length of the fuselage.

Covering this way took time and even pre-shunk looks OK. When I took this picture it was still a bit wet. The dope should really pull the sags out over time. I have found that 2 weeks later it is still shrinking enough to do this.

Starting The Herr-Sig 35.5 inch J-3 Cub. Always my favorite plane. Learned to fly on a J-3. Something about the Cub. This one will not be Free Flight but and RC conversion to fly at our new field.

The Volare Products Square Eagle P-30 has it’s new electronic timer installed and it works great! Did a test glide on her and she’s really a good flyer-floater.

I also finished the Peck Polymers Sky Bunny and gave it a test flight under lower power. Wow! What a great flyer. No adjustments at all were made on the first flight and she flew out of my hands straight as can be.

The line up for our filed this Friday