So true for all of us in this wonderful hobby!
I’m on a role. I have two Zeros, and peanut scale Peck Polymer J-3, a 1951 flying wing and a bunch more of Peck Polymers and Volare Products planes to build. I’m set for awhile it would seem.
And I’m still trim flying the Square Eagle P-30 from Volare Products. What a great flying plane!
Just last week I was going through the new issue of the AMA magazine and saw the add for Esprit Models powered gliders. I went and took a look and ended up ordering one of their beautiful gliders, the Pegasus. 80 inch span, super light all composite carbon fiber and epoxy glass glider. The only balsa used are the ribs and trailing edges. LE and and spars all carbon fiber.
The quality is incredible. You get a lot of bang for your buck here.
I’m still installing gear in the plane but I got her framed up. Although an ARF there’s plenty for the builder to do still. Even the decals that come with it are the high end vinyl rub on type. Engine mount and control horns all cast epoxy glass. Can’t wait to fly this next week.
Friday we went to Viola fields for our Friday Flyday. This time I flew and electric powered glider and I maiden this small Hobby King P-51. Normally I don’t go for a foam pane but this was so scale and beautiful. The price was only 100 bucks and it comes with a gyro, safe mode, and everything you need except a receiver and battery.
I reluctantly throttled up and gave her a toss and she just flew on rails. This did fly like a Cadillac in the sky. I have never flown such and non eventful warbird ever. It landed like a feather. The scale 4 blade prop didn’t break on landing either. I took the gear off and belly landed it. Outstanding flying plane!
Another future project will be this plane Michael Kelly built I just can’t live without. The Utility Special. The plans are online for free. I’ll post them here. I plan to build one for both Free Flight and RC.
I also managed to finish my first E-36 I plan to fly at Lost Hills on the 24th-25th of this month. It’s already to go I just need to have the E-36 experts at the contest check it over first. I don’t want to re-kit this plane on the first flight!
I hope you are building and having fun with this wonderful hobby. Keep em flyin!
Been building and E-36. Herr Engineering J-3 and I just got a Guillows Zero to convert to RC. I also got a peanut scale J-3 from Peck Polymers I can’t wait to build.
E-36 is nearly there. Then I plan to finish off the RC J-3. And I have the counter rotating prop unit from Keith Sterner to mount in the KC.
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.
I created a new page with information about our new field.
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!
I get asked all the time. Why do you play with toy airplanes? Both of these gentlemen answer for me quite well.
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.
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!
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.