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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  duke.johnson on Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:34 am

I did see the flaps, that why I asked. They look great. Tell your son some strange guy on the computer say great job!Very Happy cheers Hand Shake Clapping Fireworks  We have all those fish here, too. I'd love some day to get into a very large school of crappie. Mmmmmm!
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Post  RknRusty on Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:10 am

People my age still pronounce crappie the old way, just like it looks. I love fishing and eating them. That was the best kind of first fishing trip. I'm glad he had fun. They've changed the names of half the fish I've caught all my life.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:19 am

Yeah, I know what you mean about name changes. Some of of it has to do with location. The old pond is no lake or ocean, but it was convenient.

I just calculated my wing area and I am looking at roughly 168-175 sq" I am expecting great things!
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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:25 am

duke.johnson wrote:I did see the flaps, that why I asked. They look great.  Tell your son some strange guy on the computer say great job!Very Happy cheers Hand Shake Clapping Fireworks   We have all those fish here, too.  I'd love some day to get into a very large school of crappie. Mmmmmm!
I'll let him know Duke.
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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  pkrankow on Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:41 am

I want to know how that flies. I want to try a flapped stunter, but lack the space for a bigger airship at home. Yes, I can go to the school or something for more space, but that is much more effort than walking across the driveway.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:38 pm

No problem. I'll take a video of me fumbling through the OTS pattern.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:46 pm

Here it is all set up. Just need to mount the engine.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  pkrankow on Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:47 pm

That linkage is cheating.

Seriously, it looks good, ready to go.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:04 pm

Tell Larry Renger that, I stole the idea off of him....Laughing 
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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  duke.johnson on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:22 pm

Looks great! Can't wait to see the video.
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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  RknRusty on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:50 pm

That Larry Renger coupling is awesome. I definitely see that in my future. You've got a lot more wing now.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:36 pm

I fixed it since that picture and the flap coupling runs true now.

What I liked about it is it eliminates a point of failure and if I lose flaps I still have control.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:37 pm

Ok guys,

Here is a couple last pictures before I fly the thing. Still have a couple small things to complete.









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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  duke.johnson on Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:04 pm

That's a pair to draw to. Love the checker board!
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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  OVERLORD on Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:27 am

Well done Ron. That stiching turned out OK.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  JPvelo on Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:01 pm

That fuselage looks pretty glassy gor as quick as you put it out. What was your finishing technique?

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:10 pm

Nothing special Jim,

Basically sanding, Rustoleum, Top Flite crystal clear fine sanding and then more clear. It's not glass smooth, but it's good enough for a stunt trainer/sport flyer.

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Post  JPvelo on Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:09 am

How long does the Rustoleum dry before you spray the clear? How long after spraying clear untill you can sand?

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:51 am

I't depends, temp humidity etc. I usually wait a couple days before applying clear. Your baking in the car method will probably speed things up. For the sanding of the clear I just wait until it's no longer tacky which is usually overnight. That TF stuff dries super quick.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  JPvelo on Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:58 pm

Ron,
I just ordered a baby clown kit to replace mine that I destroyed. Were the flaps worth the extra work?

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:32 pm

Yes.

It makes your shapes better, but it will also help get you out of a jam as it will turn on a dime if needed.

Also, the plane glides like a big bird on landing. If I were to do it again I would make the airfoil thicker to slow it down a little. A Medallion might be a good power choice for it. The TD really makes it scoot even though I am pushing almost 9oz

Keep the throws small like 15 degrees or so.

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Post  JPvelo on Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:19 pm

Yeah, my last one hauled. @$$. I'm planing on a Tee Dee case, non spi cylinder, and a muffler so I can fly at the park down the street from my house and not make too much noise.

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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  RknRusty on Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:17 pm

This Super Clown is my favorite of all Ron's planes. I have a full screen of it doing a wingover in the bright blue sky with the lines glinting. It's always invigorating when I wake my computer up and there's the checkered Clown!


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Re: PDQ/Brodak Baby Clown rebuild

Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:05 pm

Thanks Rusty,

I have had it for a while now and I wish I had built the thing lighter!!!!

I didn't really know how when I first built it. Now I do, maybe if it goes splat one day I can lighten it up. It's no PA stunter, but it flys well enough. I have an original PDQ kit that I could use to build one out of contest balsa. Would like to fly this and a light S-1 in OTS sometime. Here it is today, still looks ok. I haven't really banged it up yet. Although I did scrape the spinner thinking I was good enough to have a conversation while flying. I ended up bouncing it off the gear on concrete... Rolling Eyes

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It's actually quite small, I have seen them flown with .19's when built light. That is why I want the Veco. Right now it sports an old wide bypass '54 Fox with a Hemi conversion and a ST NVA.





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Post  RknRusty on Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:24 pm

That sure is a clean Fox. They don't get quite as brown with the 50/50 oil. I was a little intimidated by the Fox 35 until you gave me the one for the Yak. And then I helped Matthew with his Fox Ringmaster. I've kind of developed an affinity for them now. I think I'll take the old warbird out Tuesday.
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