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Post  Kim on Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:28 pm

Converted this VHS video from 1994.  I had rebuilt my Sig "Kadet" after it's back had been broken by an ill-placed tool box, and these were it's first flights as a tail-dragger.



"Mud Dabber" was modified with an extended wing span, removable tail feathers and a Robart Bomb Release in it's belly that allowed me to tow banners and of course, occasionally bomb my pals !







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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:38 pm

Good flying Kim!

May of 1994 I was taking my ASVAB tests upon entry into the military. Looks like you were having much more fun than I.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:38 pm

GROOVY!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:40 pm

'94 i was makin babies, flying R/C...the Huskers just won there first national championship since '71
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Post  Kim on Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:18 am

Yeah, those were diaper factory days for me...getting a three year reprieve from swing-shift while I worked a stint in the quality control lab ! Sleep when you need it is STILL a wonderful thing !!!

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Post  Kim on Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:37 am

Following up on the previous subject of 'in the mood to work on stuff', my aged Sig MKI Kadet benefited from a surge of 'let's get the sucker flying!' syndrome,  and is at last ready to fly again.

The radio has been relocated, with newer servos installed, but the engine is still the same ole O.S. .35FP that dragged it around back in the day.  The outside still has plenty of dents, dings, and gouges to preserve it's character, belying assorted internal trusses and splints needed to overglue areas of fuel-soaked, but sentimental stretches of balsa.

It will shortly be packing a Go Pro camera into the heavens so, stay tuned !!!!

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Post  Aero on Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:00 pm

Hey, that airplane looks kinda familiar...
I also remember a Lazy Bee tearing up the sky at a high idle...
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Post  Kim on Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:55 pm

Aero wrote:Hey, that airplane looks kinda familiar...
I also remember a Lazy Bee tearing up the sky at a high idle...

Hey Allan! Missed your post here!

Yep, the Lazy Bee is STILL kicking...or will be...as soon as it gets it's new rudder !
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Post  Kim on Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:35 am

I know...'ENOUGH with the retreads!'...but my little Go Pro camera mysteriously started working this morning, and I about spilled my coffee trying to get it strapped back on Mud Dabber.

I've got a beautiful shirtsleeve day in December, and had yet to get some nice video/photos of the newly rebuilt Mud Dabber.  It is NOT happy packing all that weight into the sky, and registered it's displeasure by rocking it's wings to any rudder input.  But, I got it trimmed, and was able to fly it around with thumbs gingerly moving the sticks.  Figure another flight with the Go Pro out on the wingtip, and then move it to a more balance-friendly spot on Mud Dabber.

Gonna crunch a video for You Tube when things allow...









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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:41 pm

lol, gotta love the dabber, Mk I! I do like the the larger wheels!
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Post  Kim on Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:03 pm

Thanks Mark!   Yeah, the wheels I used last week were just to get the beast going...I KNEW I had some appropriate-sized wheels somewhere, and found them a couple days ago.

Ole Dabber needs them to navigate the mole-ravaged yard !!!  





I finally got enough video to suit me, and took all the camera gear off for some plain ole fun-flying around the yard.  A good day that was supposed to bring high winds, but didn't...so sometimes, you get a break.



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Post  RknRusty on Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:34 pm

Them's Tundra Tires! Hey, we're all about retreads here, what do you think I fly all the time. Kim, you make RC look more like fun than anybody.

I had to look back to see what the engine was. That 35fp is the best and most cooperative glow engine I've ever had the pleasure of using.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:56 pm

...lol, meanwhile my trusty o'l Mk I patently waits for that day when it'll see sunlight

p.s. would you want a set of Mk I wing tips, i think i got a pair laying around someplace?

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Post  Kim on Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:59 pm

Man...that'd be GREAT...save me from hacking up some balsa blocks !!! Yes, my grimy wingtip ribs were beginning to bother even me. A guy can stretch that whole 'gives it character' dodge just so far !

Get me a note and I'll shoot some electric cash your way.

Thanks Big Time!!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:05 am

no, don't worry...it'll be good to see somebody use them...i just gotta remember where there at?
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Post  Kim on Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:24 am

RknRusty wrote:Them's Tundra Tires! Hey, we're all about retreads here, what do you think I fly all the time. Kim, you make RC look more like fun than anybody.

I had to look back to see what the engine was. That 35fp is the best and most cooperative glow engine I've ever had the pleasure of using.
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Yeah Boy...and my yard IS sort of "Scale Tundra" !!!

Retreads are good, but the guys here keep posting photos that make me want to put the old girls back in the rafters and glue up some new balsa!  Your own Shoestring photos caused me to drag out my partially started Shoestring kit and sort it's ribs out on my building bench(thanks a lot for THAT distraction buddy!).  

If I can get some time and Building Mojo lined up, I'd like to get it done and painted in the colors of the Cosmic Wind I built back 1970.

Kevin, one of my flying buddies of years ago built a Mark I Kadet and powered it with a Fox .25 or .26 or something like that, but could never get it to idle.  He was still able to teach me to fly, but we had to keep an eye on the Fox whenever we backed it toward idle.

He called me one day, saying he'd gotten an OS engine for the Kadet.  When I got to see him taxi it around his yard, we were BOTH grinning!  The thing ran like an electric motor!  For the most part, I've stayed with the cheaper FP models...I don't do contests, and don't need top end performance as much as that great, low idle!
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Post  getback on Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:12 am

I was thinking the same thing Damn those are some BIG tires !! And I see Mark does have planes he can fly , Shoestring man you will get that thing built before I can get mine ready for recovering lol! Thanks for the Photos and update Kim . Eric Very Happy
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Post  andrew on Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:34 am

We've been having similar weather on this side of the river. Warm, calm, sunny days with temps in the mid 60's. I'm just waiting for the hammer to drop. Glad to see you're taking advantage of the good flying time. I've been foolin' with electrics lately, but a buddy sent me a BW to get cleaned up and running for him. Maybe the castor exposure will get the urge up and running again.
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Post  Kim on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:03 am

andrew wrote:We've been having similar weather on this side of the river.  Warm, calm, sunny days with temps in the mid 60's.  I'm just waiting for the hammer to drop.  Glad to see you're taking advantage of the good flying time.  I've been foolin' with electrics lately, but a buddy sent me a BW to get cleaned up and running for him.  Maybe the castor exposure will get the urge up and running again.

Fire 'er up Dude!! Sometimes, a small project can light up a guy. Hope that happens for you!

Yeah, the predicted winds appear to be finally arriving! The 'HAMMER' will be a threat we'll live with 'till April, so...I'm gonna try to get one project after another finished, parked, and ready for those times when Mother Nature gives us a break ! I got clobbered good and proper last March, stuck for three days, but survived on ham sandwiches with an occasional spritze of castor ! !



I'm still 'AMA'd, so the guys at the Paducah field might tolerate our presence for a bit...so, shoot me a note and maybe we can meet for another lunch.
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Post  Kim on Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:17 pm

And...the video:



https://youtu.be/lKb-VA08sk0
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Post  roddie on Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:53 pm

This is great! I'm so glad you got this airplane in the air again Kim! It's your original utility workhorse with so much history! Your vids are always a treat for me too! Happy Holidays to you and Miss Beth!
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Post  Marleysky on Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:05 pm

Yeaaa Kim!  Great video, really enjoyed the loops!  We don't have awards(yet) but if we did I'm sure you'd be nominated for best use of rubber bands in the production of a video!!  

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Post  Kim on Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:36 pm

Thanks Guys! I really appreciate your posts...and yeah..I DO go through a bunch of rubberbands for sure! Think I was warped decades ago when my PT-19 would launch several whenever I'd crash the poor dog !!!
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Post  Aero on Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:58 pm

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Post  getback on Sun Dec 13, 2015 8:05 am

Looked like a beautiful day for flying , Yes you would get my vote for VIDEO FLYING AWARD !! Thanks as always Kim keep'em coming and I'll keep enjoying Very Happy  Eric  Very Happy
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