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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:40 am

I built this Sterling Nieuport 28 a few years ago when my hand shakes really started to become a problem. Did a terrible job. Put it away and mostly forgot about it. Noticed it the other day when taking pictures for another thread. Thought if I was ever going to fly it, it had to be soon.

I built it's senior about fifty years ago and flew it many times. Such a pleasure. Low and slow with no drama as opposed to some of my other models at the time. Perfect for me now. I used to fly the original on 52'/60' lines. Can't do that now, trees limit me to 35' max so I have got to cut down one of my old lines to fit.

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The original has an instant start trouble free .35 McCoy series 21 fitted, so when I built this one I installed another series 21 .35 too, new and never ran.

Tried to start it this morning - new Enya #3 plug and Traxxes 10% with added castor. Finger flipping I wasn't getting much joy so I got out the electric starter and got it running - rich. Reached over with my gloved hand (hold-over from finger flipping) to lean it out and caught the prop about wrist level stalling the engine. Thanks for the glove saving me from the Sharp edged APC. Turned in the needle a couple of turns and started it again this time running perfectly. Ran out the tank. Should be enough break-in to bring it to the field and fly it.

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Also want to fly this Walt Musciano F-100 Hollow Log I rebuilt from a crashed model awhile back and posted about here. Eager to see how the flying tail does. Well used and proven Cox Babe Bee powers it. I don't think I ever fuel proofed it so I sprayed it with the last can of my hoarded Top Flight clear.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:24 am

Glad you didn’t get hurt Bob. When do you plan on flying it? Are you having Mark do it?

Exciting times ahead!

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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:15 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:Glad you didn’t get hurt Bob. When do you plan on flying it? Are you having Mark do it?

Exciting times ahead!

Ron

Yes, Mark and I talked about it on the phone this morning.  He called just as I started flipping the prop..  He checks in on me every morning to see if I'm still around.  Smile
In the past when Spike was alive I told the kids - ignore the smell when you find me, just make sure Spike has water.  Gallows humor but I meant it..  Miss that dog.  

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No, I want to fly it myself.  At last count I had 42 flyable airplanes. Since then I have built/rebuilt several more.  It's time I thinned the herd.  If I have to dump it, I have only mowed half the field, the other half is tall grass.  

There has been a few times when I was running engines that I just let him listen on the phone.  I threaten to fly it myself using a stooge.  Get's him out here faster.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:55 pm

Funny, that’s a good attitude to have. Yeah if it goes down at least you were having fun doing it! Best of luck to you. By the time you fly those 42 planes you should get past the dizzies.
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Post  Ken Cook on Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:14 pm

My dad now walks with a cane and is so hunched over he's practically looking straight down. I yell at him all the time and it makes him mad but it upsets me to see him that way. Prior to his cane, I took him out flying and man what a mistake that was. I should've been out in the circle with him but I was on the sideline watching. He was flying a Twister he built and I probably should've set the needle a bit richer but the Fox .35 in a Twister needs to be running a bit strong or it can become a handful. Well he got dizzy, started walking oblong and then went over. I just remember my son saying words I won't mention and then the plane flying away. I saw the handle go flying, the lines and it was going straight up. So my son runs out to pick him up and when he gets up the plane was still going up. You know the saying, " What goes up, must come down". It came down but when it landed, it rekitted itself. It took a while but we came to terms that this was probably not a good idea and we chuckle about it but I feel bad I wasn't helping him out in the circle. I know the end result wouldn't of been the same.
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