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Post  Kim Tue Apr 19, 2022 8:35 am

.................."Mud Dabber"..................
The Sig Kadet That Wouldn't Die

Airplane Nerd Alert...Exit now if you're bored by boring stuff.

So, it's always a good idea to use your time wisely on a sleepless night, by handling high speed cutting devices and knives as sharp as surgical instruments while good and groggy.  But, when the mood strikes, you got to strike back.

Mud Dabber, gets a "Rebuild of a Rebuild" because I wasn't in the mood to work on it the last time I worked on it...and caused it to assemble with a crooked tail.

This old toy airplane has been patched on both ends and the middle, with enough balsa and ply panels and gussets to nearly build another plane, but I like the decrepit thing, therefore...It Shall Live.

Its wing has fared much better with only three covering jobs and few other repairs over the decades.

So, its tail feathers should now attach straight and true, or nearly so.  It's got a new fuel tank, replacing the defective item that caused all this, and soon, its mighty O.S. .35FP Castor Slinger will haul it majestically into the ether.

As my first dedicated STOL (Short Take Off & Landing) model, it ain't no Draco, but has just as much character.

Now...off to my morning nap.


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Post  rsv1cox Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:36 am

A thing of beauty Kim, does the word "Crispy" justice.
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Post  Cribbs74 Tue Apr 19, 2022 10:44 am

Covering hides everything. A worthy project Kim.
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Post  Kim Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:04 am

It's all a COVER-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!
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Post  Kim Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:06 am

rsv1cox wrote:A thing of beauty Kim, does the word "Crispy" justice.  

Along with the word, "Brittle" !
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Post  andrew Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:43 am

Hey, I don't see anything wrong with the "Dabber".  It looks pretty much like most of my builds when they come off the bench the first time. Sad

Interesting choice of the words "Crispy" and "Brittle". Years back, we had a club trainer that had taken several dirt naps and gained considerable weight with progressive rebuilds. During one training session at a decent altitude, it finally gave up the ghost, folded the wing at the center section (brittle) and lawn darted. Since we determined it was more epoxy than balsa, it was finally retired to the trash can.
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Post  rdw777 Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:54 am

I like it with its battle scars…. Says its got lots of air time… Please keep posting its rehabilitation!…. For STOL, Would look good with a pair of oversized Trexler’s RC Plane
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Apr 19, 2022 12:10 pm

andrew wrote:Hey, I don't see anything wrong with the "Dabber".  It looks pretty much like most of my builds when they come off the bench the first time. Sad  

Interesting choice of the words "Crispy" and "Brittle".  Years back, we had a club trainer that had taken several dirt naps and gained considerable weight with progressive rebuilds.  During one training session at a decent altitude, it finally gave up the ghost, folded the wing at the center section (brittle) and lawn darted.  Since we determined it was more epoxy than balsa, it was finally retired to the trash can.

I just watched an episode of Air Classics on the Smithsonian channel.  Fourteen passenger commuter model. Five minutes out from the airport they lost all hydraulics, turned back then a passenger noticed smoke coming from the left engine.  Shut down the engine.  Then the same passenger said that the engine was on fire.  

Arriving back at the airport they manually dropped the gear, but the left side gear did not drop.  Seconds from touchdown the left wing folded and they cartwheeled into the ground.  All passengers and crew lost.  

Turns out nothing was wrong with the engine.  Take-off brake drag on the wheel when retracted melted a hydraulic line dripping fluid on the rotor igniting the fire which burned through the wing only seconds from touchdown.  

Be careful out there.
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Post  getback Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:06 am

Look foreard to seeing the Dabber in the air again ! If it flys let her rip Very Happy This Site Rocks!
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Post  NEW222 Sun Apr 24, 2022 11:53 am

Looking like it is coming along good. Who does not like a good rebuild story. Seeing more life brought back to these planes is very enjoyable. On another note. I really think that the pushrod exit farings look great. Never seen them like that before.
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Post  Kim Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:09 pm

NEW222 wrote:Looking like it is coming along good. Who does not like a good rebuild story. Seeing more life brought back to these planes is very enjoyable. On another note. I really think that the pushrod exit farings look great. Never seen them like that before.

Well, thanks for being kind about that! The giant block of balsa was (I think) the result of a long-ago late-night repair, and it has bugged me for years...but apparently not to the point that I'd hack it off, and install a more streamlined replacement! A simple plank of 1/8-1/4 balsa would do the job just fine, but well, this is what happened!Very Happy

I knew I wanted Mud Dabber's tail feathers to be fairly easy to remove back then as, being married, my cargo space could be very restricted if we took the car to visit the inlaw's.
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