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Post  Admin on Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:10 am

Here is where pictures, videos and stories will be posted for each members Traveling Engine experience.


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Tee Dee The Traveling Engine Over the Skunk Works !!!

Post  Kim on Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:25 pm

Well, Mother Nature has been messing with just about everything around here so, when I got myself a relatively calm Sunday morning, I figured to use the opportunity to get the Traveling Engine some flying time so it could be on it's way to Phil !

Once again, my 14 year-old 2-Meter "Bird of Time" Sailplane stepped up, with an engine pod modified to take a Tee Dee Tank/Mount.  I didn't need to use any of the accessories that came with the engine, so YOU guys get to use them!!!  I DID flip the needle valve assy to match the tank's fuel pick-up, but flipped it back as I packed up the engine.

I did this at my computer table as the shop warmed up from it's initial 19 degrees !  A pot of coffee later, the B.O.T. was hauled from beneath it's cover, and everything was charged and checked.  The GoPro was once again rubber-banded to it's servo/wing mount and checked.  I did a couple engine runs in the shop, using some of my last Glow-Plug-Boy Fuel, and the Tee Dee fired up just fine after I managed to flood it a few times.

Nothing to do now but to launch the thing, and the temp was clear up into the balmy 20's !  Our "Ice Fog" was coming and going, but mostly, I had at least a half-mile visibility...with no idea of the ceiling height.  I made a mental note to trim the B.O.T. nose down once it was up and sorted out.  On my scale, the 6 foot plane is alarmingly fast in level flight with a healthy Tee Dee hauling it, and with all the junk I put on these poor planes, each initial launch can be an adventure anyway...so I certainly didn't need the sailplane punching into a low cloud and disappearing.

The Tee Dee cranked up nicely, and everything was working, so I chucked the mighty beast into the frozen sky.  Airplanes, once they're going, LOVE cold air, and I was shortly nudging the elevator trim forward as the B.O.T. made climbing laps above the snow-drifted Skunk Works.  I half-expected it to punch in and out of some mist, but it stayed pretty clear the whole time.

The smaller tank ran the Tee Dee for a shorter time than I'm used to, but I had plenty of planning height when the engine quit.  The wind was from the North, so I set up the landing from over the vacated cattle lot next to my yard.  The approach was good, and I'd somehow pictured the Bird sliding to a graceful stop in the snow.  Instead, it made like a diving porpoise, pretty much disappearing except for it's tail and The Traveling Engine!

I'd intended to put in several flights, but even my transmitter had a thin layer of frost forming on it's case, so I decided just to deice the B.O.T. and shut down for the day.

That's it, and thanks again to Jacob and Jason for putting this together!

The Traveling Engine is now on it's way to Mr. Phil...insured, tracked, and blessed with Good Mojo from my favorite Postal Chick !!!!

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Post  dckrsn on Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:50 pm

As usual, great video and stills Kim.
Made my day just watchin'.
Thanks for an excellent post.
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Post  Admin on Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:11 am

Great story and video!  Clapping 

I'm glad you didn't have any trouble with it and that you had fun, even if the weather could have been better. Jason will be happy to hear that it ran well for you, he worked hard to turn that thing that once was frozen in a block of Lucite into what you see here.

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Post  Kim on Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:13 am

Thanks Guys !!! I am REALLY glad that I didn't 'refreeze' Jason's work !!!
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Post  RknRusty on Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:17 am

Thanks, Kim, for another classic BOT adventure. I just put some of those pictures in my computer's desktop rotation.

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Post  Jason_WI on Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:42 am

Awesome! Good to know it runs even though I ran it here. You guys have more snow than we do. It is -5F here tonight here though.  Cold 
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Post  Kim on Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:58 pm

Thanks Again Guys!

It's GREAT to be part of the Coolest Forum on the Internet, AND to be surrounded by "enablers" who allow me to somewhat justify my various "eccentricities" !!!
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Post  daddyo on Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:12 am

Very nice!  First time I've seen the piston strobe in a camera, cool to see it move.  Cold air seems good for the motor and lift, if not a caffeine substitute for humans!
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Post  OVERLORD on Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:53 am

I saw this piston movement as well. First I thought it was the propellor shade but you keep on seeing it while the glider turns so it must be that. I enjouyed the video too. The snowy landscape makes a good contrast to the plane. thanks Kim.

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Post  pkrankow on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:03 pm

It is here.  

Wow, what a package!  (It is huge for such a tiny engine!)

I got my Baby Flite Streak ready to go.

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Post  duke.johnson on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:22 pm

That reminds me, I need to finish painting the Black Hawk Nobler for the Traveling Engine.

Do we have a copy of the list? Where am I on the list? I better pick up the pace.
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Post  Kim on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:30 pm

The quickest way is to click on the tag up at the top, left-hand side of the page.
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Post  Admin on Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:23 am

pkrankow wrote:It is here.  

Wow, what a package!  (It is huge for such a tiny engine!)

I got my Baby Flite Streak ready to go.

Phil

Sorry, forgot to acknowledge this earlier. I'm glad you got it! I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

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Post  pkrankow on Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:05 pm

Yesterday was a bust, got too busy, today is snow (lots of it), tomorrow is out, we are going to try for early next week, and if it don't happen by Friday I guess I'll just send it on.

I PM'd dckrsn for his information.

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Post  dckrsn on Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:24 pm

Address sent 12\14.
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Post  pkrankow on Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:44 pm

Yea, I'll mail it tomorrow. I didn't do more than look at it...

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Post  dckrsn on Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:48 pm

Not rushing ya Phil. If you see
a window coming up, go for it.
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Post  Admin on Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:47 pm

pkrankow wrote:Yea, I'll mail it tomorrow.  I didn't do more than look at it...

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You didn't want to start it up? At least take it out and and snap a pic of it next to some of your other engines? Be sure to at least sign your name and location in the book.

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Post  Jason_WI on Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:31 am

At least fire it up. Its the holidays and we all realize spare time is limited. An extra 2 weeks wont matter much.

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Post  pkrankow on Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:56 pm

Supposed to get 8 inches of snow tonight (depending on the weather report) sheesh(I don't believe weather reports lately, they are loony). It is windy too.

I haven't sealed the box up yet.

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Post  Kim on Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:06 pm

Yo Phil!

I'm with the other guys. If the weather is just crazy...hang on to it 'till you get a shot. We know where the engine is and that it's safe, so some extra time to get your participation is not a big deal.

That's my take on it anyway !!!

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Post  pkrankow on Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:23 pm

OK, we'll see how next week is.
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Post  duke.johnson on Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:47 pm

I'm not done painting the new plane for my turn, so I'm in no hurry on the west coast. Very Happy 
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Post  Admin on Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:15 am

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