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Post  Cribbs74 Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:33 pm

 I must have flown 50 or so flights since I have been here in NM and I couldn't end it without a bang so I decided to go inverted into the wind with my Ringmaster and plow it into the ground. The good news it's all fixable the bad news is it won't ever be as pretty as it was.

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Broken wing trailing edge/cracked ribs
Snapped horizontal stab
Broke the wheel off
Dented the tank
Crunched the cockpit and rudder
Fox full of dirt

Believe it or not the prop didn't break nor did the fuse. I guess I have Ken to thank for helping me to build a strong plane. It will fly agin. Don't feel like posting pictures.....Very Happy
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Post  Kim Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:10 am

Crap !!! Sorry to hear Ron. Know that sick feeling. Hope it can be restored to it's former Glory. No need for photos... I, at least, have plenty of mental ones already filed of my assorted mishaps.

Hope the rebuild goes quickly!

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Post  pkrankow Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:13 am

That's a shame, but it happens.

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Post  RknRusty Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:25 am

I read this first thing this morning and wasn't able to respond. Kim is right, no pictures are necessary. But it sounds like the up-side is that the fuse isn't broken. I figure if you cut out some new parts it'll be as pretty as before. Think back to what a sad pile of used up sticks and glue chips it was when you got it. I have to admit, I had my doubts, but you rebuilt it splinter by splinter and it came out strong and airworthy. And the other up-side is, you didn't wreck the Clown.

My best PCSD advice is to take a break for a day or so, and go fly the Clown without trepidation. When you get back to Okie, start building your new ones. The Ring can wait a while. I know it pales in comparison, but my BFS-II is hanging from the ceiling with no engine and a cracked nose.
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Post  ian1954 Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:44 am

It may be no consellation but remember "The worst that can happen is the worst that can happen!"

Have a look at these - particularly the Ringmaster.

http://flyinglines.org/crashes.html

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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:19 pm

Thanks all,

Things looked much better today. It should be an easy fix, some structural, but mostly cosmetic. Rusty I flew the Clown right after, but took it real easy. Almost had an incident due to my nerves I imagine.

Ian, those crash pictures make mine look pretty tame!
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:20 pm

Here is my last flight in NM, headed home on Friday. Back to contest flying!!!!!

If you listen close you can hear me yell wooooo! as I pull out of a very close outside. It's a boring flight though due to my stones shrinking after the previous one. Interesting to note that my tank run was 6:20 or so on 3.5oz. All I changed was the prop from a 10x5 to a 9.5x6. On the 10"  prop my runs were roughly two minutes less. Can anyone explain that?



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Post  RknRusty Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:30 pm

You probably needled it back for less fuel flow to swing the smaller prop and increased the run time. You got a lot of lean laps before it ran out. Uniflow might help that, but I'm certainly not the expert. Yeah, that was one low pass there, but your reflexes were good enough to save it. I heard you yelp.

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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:15 pm

That's right I did dial it back. I think maybe close to a full turn. Might have been less of a load as well.
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Post  Mark Boesen Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:53 pm


Nice flight Ron!

Sorry to hear you splatted the Ringmaster...but its part of the game, I'm just glad it wasn't the black n white Clown! I think if i were to build a 'oldie' i'd also do the black/white checker, i love it!

Hard to say about the props, but i'd think if they were the same make/type the 9.5x6 would have a greater load then a 10x5...so who knows?
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:06 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:
Nice flight Ron!

Sorry to hear you splatted the Ringmaster...but its part of the game, I'm just glad it wasn't the black n white Clown! I think if i were to build a 'oldie' i'd also do the black/white checker, i love it!

Hard to say about the props, but i'd think if they were the same make/type the 9.5x6 would have a greater load then a 10x5...so who knows?

Thanks Mark,

The 10x5 was APC and the latter a MA.
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Post  Cribbs74 Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:53 pm

I fixed it...... You probably can't tell from the picture, but the top of the cockpit and rudder are still dented in. I'll use some filler and paint on it when I get home

I removed the covering off of the bottom of the wing and repaired the ribs and recovered. Soldered and wire wrapped the axle back on and CA'd the cracked horiz stabilizer. I also cleaned up the old Fox. Back in the saddle again!


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Post  pkrankow Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:18 pm

Looking good!

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Post  Cribbs74 Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:28 pm

Thanks Phil!
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Post  GUS THE I.A. Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:34 am

Aw, sorry to hear that! I think I saw it's first flights. Right?

Man, that is some GREAT room service they have there! You can't even tell it was damaged. They did a good job! LOL!

My Super Ringmaster is done...glue is drying to hold the windscreen in place. You'll see it soon.I hope it works well! It has a Fox .35, 50th Anniversary on it. Keep an eye peeled...
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Post  Cribbs74 Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:57 am

Yeah the housekeeping was top notch!

Can't wait to see your Super Ring!

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