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Post  getback on Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:14 am

Very Nice that Spitfire looks good up front i hope she will perform as intended !! Popcorn sunny
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Post  ticomareado on Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:42 am

Elizabeth Warren is busy as we speak, buying up every Veco "Indian Series" kit she can find on Ebay.
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Post  Kim on Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:44 am

For the first time in at least 25 years, cousin Bill's Sanwa Q-Tee took to the air...AND returned to terra firma in one attractive chunk!

Unfortunately, I spent a little too much time sipping Folgers, and missed the morning calm, so I'll have to promise flight photos/videos on the next round.

The Q-Tee bounced around happily enough in the building breeze, but does need some expected trim adjustments before I let it pack cameras into the sky.

The Royal Spitfire hauled it along with authority, gurgling a bit with it's intentionally rich setting, and I was tempted---but resisted---to pull some low passes. We'll make time for those hi-jinx on a calmer day.

In the meantime, it sits, basking in Glory on my shop bench.

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Post  getback on Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:53 am

I bet it will fly Great when the wind calms . from what the sock thingy says you had a nice breeze going on . Glad you got her down in one piece . Cool
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Post  Kim on Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:50 pm

getback wrote:I bet it will fly Great when the wind calms . from what the sock thingy says you had a nice breeze going on . Glad you got her down in one piece . Cool

Thanks Eric!!

I kept it over the pasture the whole time, and was very pleased with it's glide once the engine quit. It's got just enough throw in it's elevator to pitch itself up, and literally mushed into the tall pasture grass on landing.

Looking forward to more flying!
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Post  Kim on Sun May 03, 2020 3:30 pm

Had some fun out in the pasture before the thunderstorms rolled through.  

The Q-Tee is flying well, and having no trouble packing along it's little cameras.

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Post  rsv1cox on Sun May 03, 2020 3:39 pm

You have the magic touch with those little engines Kim, they torment me.

Beautiful flight, looks so smooth and stable in the air. Beautiful little thing Kim, you must be proud of it.
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Post  1/2A Nut on Sun May 03, 2020 3:46 pm

Kim the muffler side cam made for quite a unique view!
WTG thank you for sharing!!!!

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Post  Kim on Sun May 03, 2020 3:52 pm

1/2A Nut wrote:Kim the muffler side cam made for quite a unique view!
WTG thank you for sharing!!!!

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Post  Kim on Sun May 03, 2020 3:54 pm

rsv1cox wrote:You have the magic touch with those little engines Kim, they torment me.  

Beautiful flight, looks so smooth and stable in the air.  Beautiful little thing Kim, you must be proud of it.  

Yes...lots of fun...especially since it made it home OK !!!!
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Post  Levent Suberk on Sun May 03, 2020 4:03 pm

Kim, thanks for video and photographs Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  66 Malibu on Sun May 03, 2020 5:27 pm

Totally love the vid Man !!!!!
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Post  ticomareado on Mon May 04, 2020 9:41 pm

Next (non-Cox) engine test on Q-Tee?
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Post  balogh on Tue May 05, 2020 12:56 am

Very enjoyable vid Kim, thanks for posting
I fix a small keychain camera with Velcro on the wing of my small Cox planes and for overall weight,balancing and castor splash concerns the camera location is restricted to the mid of the right or left wing. Hence the vision during the flight is less interesting in my vids.
I noted you must have synth oil only in the fuel because the engine left the fuselage without streaks of spent castor in the exhaust gas?
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Post  daddyo on Tue May 05, 2020 1:14 am

Great video, I particularly liked the long glide piece. What a really nice place to fly.
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Post  getback on Tue May 05, 2020 6:51 am

Very Vivid !! Did you clean the camera lens ? LOL Just poking some fun at ya , Very nice enjoyed the video /pics It does do a nice long glide even with the extra weight ! RC Plane sunny
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue May 05, 2020 7:12 am

getback wrote:Very Vivid !! Did you clean the camera lens ? LOL Just poking some fun at ya , Very nice enjoyed the video /pics It does do a nice long glide even with the extra weight ! RC Plane sunny

I agree Eric, those are some of the cleanest, highest resolution pictures that I have seen Kim post. Clear as a bell. You can almost see the mosquitos trying to keep up. Almost. Smile
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Post  Kim on Tue May 05, 2020 10:52 am

balogh wrote:Very enjoyable vid Kim, thanks for posting
I fix a small keychain camera with Velcro on the wing of my small Cox planes and for overall weight,balancing and castor splash concerns the camera location is restricted to the mid of the right or left wing. Hence the vision during the flight is less interesting in my vids.
I noted you must have synth oil only in the fuel because the engine left the fuselage without streaks of spent castor in the exhaust gas?

Thanks Andras!

Nope, still running Sig 25%. The side of the fuse LOOKS clean because the goop coming out of the the Spitfire's left-hand exhaust is being hurled upward by the swirl of the prop, and pools on the top hatch. I could have mounted the engine on it's side or inverted, but wanted to showcase the Spitfire in the video. I got plenty of good footage of it though, and the next engine will be slinging it's castor in a different direction!
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Post  Kim on Tue May 05, 2020 11:25 am

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getback wrote:Very Vivid !! Did you clean the camera lens ? LOL Just poking some fun at ya , Very nice enjoyed the video /pics It does do a nice long glide even with the extra weight ! RC Plane sunny

I agree Eric,  those are some of the cleanest, highest resolution pictures that I have seen Kim post.  Clear as a bell.  You can almost see the mosquitos trying to keep up. Almost.  Smile

Thanks Guys!

I've got no clue as to why it came out so much clearer than others.  Usually, I've got to let the engine croak to kill the vibration, and give me some clear images, but not this time.

And...sad to say, the Q-Tee is BACK in maintenance!!!  While working on the little plane, it never occurred to me to give the landing gear a good yank, and when parking it back on the bench...it collapsed onto it's belly!

After a few decades, the epoxy in the gear's ply sandwich had turned to putty, and the gear fell out.  SO, new ply is being sawed, and new epoxy is being mixed!!!!

Not sure what the next powerplant will be...will figure that out when the Q-Tee gets it's legs back !!!!

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Post  Kim on Wed May 06, 2020 5:04 pm

From my Facebook page:

Disclaimer...Yet MORE "Model Airplane Babble"

Proving the truth of the old model airplane builders' saying that it's easier to outright build a new plane than to restore an old one, the Q-Tee AGAIN goes on the operating table.

After congratulating myself on a restoration job well done, the little parasol collapsed on it's landing gear...oops.

The original 1980's vintage epoxy, bonding the ply gear sandwich together, had turned to moosh, letting the Q-Tee's landing gear literally fall from the model.

So, it's back under the knife, cutting/grinding away the old ply and gooey epoxy, and replacing some oil-soaked bulkhead sections while they were handy to get at.

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Got the Q-Tee wrapped up and ready after an afternoon of off and on work, so it's airworthy again...unless something else pops up.

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Pretty happy after getting the Q-Tee fixed, so Zipper got some attention.  I had a REALLY good run of covering it with the exam table paper Andrew sent me.

Everything tightened up nice with no wrinkles, and it's all getting clear-doped, with gentle sanding in between.

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So, we're now coming down to REAL FUN time, when the paint guns gets loaded up with some color!

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Post  rsv1cox on Wed May 06, 2020 5:24 pm

Ruby throated hummingbird Kim.  Their average heart rate is 1200 beats per minute.  Humans average around 72.

I get them in the garage all the time.  I have to open all four doors and vacate the area as they just hover around the ceiling and won't
come down.  Sometimes they leave but I have found dead ones on the floor.  Pity, they are beautiful little things.

Nice to see the Q-Tee up again, and with dual power plants.

Zipper coming along. SIG still hasn't shipped my balsa order. Wonder if they are in Covid shutdown.
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Post  ian1954 on Wed May 06, 2020 6:28 pm

Those were excellent videos - especially the view towards the engine.

What final finishing are you using? I find that anything over 10% nitro fuel tends to ruin any of my finishes even after "fuel proofing" - more like "fuel resistant".

I have had a few problems with wooden props in the smaller sizes. I really prefer the look of them and their lightness but I have had a few break on me, Luckily, only on bench running. The smaller sizes are difficult to find now though.
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Post  Kim on Wed May 06, 2020 6:47 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Ruby throated hummingbird Kim.  Their average heart rate is 1200 beats per minute.  Humans average around 72.

I get them in the garage all the time.  I have to open all four doors and vacate the area as they just hover around the ceiling and won't
come down.    Sometimes they leave but I have found dead ones on the floor.  Pity, they are beautiful little things.

Nice to see the Q-Tee up again, and with dual power plants.  

Zipper coming along.  SIG still hasn't shipped my balsa order.  Wonder if they are in Covid shutdown.  

Hey Bob,

I bet that being grabbed by a big ole goober had that hummingbird's heart rate up in the Tee Dee RPM range. I almost always get wrens in the shop...just about the snoopiest members of the avion community. The usual procedure is to cover the window and turn out the lights in the shop, so it's door is the only light source.

I couldn't take the time with this little sucker though, as he was about to break his neck smacking the window. So he got grabbed when he slid down to the lower corner of the pane and you saw the rest.

I'd taken a couple days away from the shop to continue the cleaning assault on my house. Funny how you can go along, thinking everything is just fine, then walk in the door and go, "Holy Crap! This place is a wreck (even by 'guy' standards) !!!"

Anyway, yep the Zipper got some covering (gonna have to start packing a bottle of dope and patches of covering paper like in the old days), got it's bellcrank test-mounted, and just generally doped and sanded about.
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Post  Kim on Wed May 06, 2020 6:53 pm

ian1954 wrote:Those were excellent videos - especially the view towards the engine.

What final finishing are you using? I find that anything over 10% nitro fuel tends to ruin any of my finishes even after "fuel proofing" - more like "fuel resistant".

I have had a few problems with wooden props in the smaller sizes. I really prefer the look of them and their lightness but I have had a few break on me, Luckily, only on bench running. The smaller sizes are difficult to find now though.

Thank You! I'm using Brodak dope on everything. It's seems to stand up better after it's cured a while, but the 25% stuff can still put marks on it.

Yeah, Brodak has some...at least they're listed. Gonna get a few, and also have some coming from a couple of buds here! Also, my bud, Breezy Hill Billy is an old prop carver, and has some tips for me, so I may be whittling on some maple sticks before too long!!
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Post  Kim on Fri May 08, 2020 11:21 am

In a painting mood, but got rain today, so getting the assorted paint projects all staged up for a good day when it arrives.

The Warrior, Zipper and it's parts, and the Thunderbird's cowling are ready for their base white coats.

Zipper gets it's Box Art scheme, and the Thunderbird's cowling gets a continuance of it's fuselage colors.

I'm a fan of Al Williams, and the Warrior (like my Winder combat wing) will be painted in the colors of his series of Gulf Oil Company/Gulfhawk military airshow planes (like my Winder combat wing---which could also stand some touching up).

All the paint colors are staged-up, so I can rock it when the mood and Mother Nature line up!

Here's a link for my fellow airplane nerds who might like to learn about Major Williams and his planes:

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