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Post  Ken Cook Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:50 pm

Today in Philly we had a very nice get together. To my surprise some of the old heads made it out into the cold. It was cold not windy but cold. We've had less people show on nice weather days. My fellow club member Dan Banjock flew his TD-1 today. After a 33 year state of dormancy the TD-1 lifted off. Dan paid $1 for this beauty at a swap meet . Over the past 33 years he's managed to find the needed parts to make it airworthy. Dan made the gear for the TD-1 and also the aluminum elevator.  My son Shawn launced for him and it was just a really cool thing to witness. The Space Bug was singing away on this chilly day and off it went. First flight resulted in a near crash due to the tail heavy plane. I wonder how many never returned to fly again. We taped 1/2oz inside the cowling and off it went. Dan amazingly stunted the TD-1 in a series of loops. He also had with him his recently restored Rivets. Although Rivets didn't fly today it will soon.

I had recently finished a .15 powered F2D plane which Shawn is holding. Power is  a Billygoat.15. A bit on the outdated side but fun nonetheless. This is a 400 sq of my own design. It flew remarkably well for the first flight not showing any signs of funny business. I hope to get some combat action with it in the months to come. I was able to shave 3 oz's off of this version compared to my last build using the same wing cores. I think I can even do better without sacrificing strength. Dennis Moritz the Philly Fliers club president is holding his Brodak Galaxy and his Foxberg Shoestring with wings that were just covered after a mild mishap. Flying today however was most problematic. I will say from the forum I heard of placing yarn around the cylinder head. The Russian engines have a tough time holding in the needed heat in this cold and I truly believe the yarn was working for me.

My 1/2A's on bladder just wouldn't work regardless of engine type. The fuel was becoming too viscous and the bladders were delivering funky pressure which caused rich runs initially and going overlean midflight. I had switched to all synthetic fuel which did help but I couldn't launch the bird rich enough. No matter what, the engine would go overlean after 15-20 laps. It was just too cold and my engines are not tuned for this weather. Ken

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Post  roddie Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:15 pm

Hi Ken, I know that "Phil" mentioned wrapping between cylinder fins with yarn. Glad to hear it worked for some of your activities. What was the actual temperature there today? It's been in the low 20's here in N.W. Rhode Island.

Cool photos... flying on an even cooler   Cold  day! It never seems as cold when there's no wind.. then after a little while, you realize that your ears are numb and you've got frost on your mustache!  Cold 

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Post  Ken Cook Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:26 pm

The weather has been just all over the map around here. While it was supposed to be in the 40's yesterday, we never made it above 34. The snow started late afternoon and it's been getting colder and colder as were supposed to be in the teens tomorrow. Today however was saying 32 on my dashboard but it certainly felt colder. We also fly near the river which always seems to be colder. Ken
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Post  Kim Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:40 pm

Fantastic !!! Great job Ken and crew !!!
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Post  Ken Cook Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:47 pm

Kim your Rivets was the topic of discussion. I told Dan what happened to yours. He was bummed about it. He had growing concerns now of flying this one. He just made the canopy the other evening for this one due to not being able to find one. Dan is extremely talented and he's now beginning a 40's tether car. He has the rough castings and has to machine the remainding parts and gears. You two are very similar and if you met each other the conversations would be endless. Ken
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Post  RknRusty Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:13 pm

Glad to hear y'all had a good fly-in to welcome the new year. We had ours (the H'ville gang) on Monday with a few folks. You guys had a much more eclectic collection of airships than we did.
I'm interested in Dennis' canopy. Is that made from clear acetate? I understand it can be formed over shaped cardboard with a heat gun. Is that the same acetate that's used for copier transparency sheets?

Larry Wilkes sent me another smaller Philly Flyers decal, so I need to find something cool to apply them to. Maybe I'll put the little one on one of my wings as a salute to one of the coolest clubs around. I started to put the big one you gave me on my car window until I realized the black decal would be nearly invisible. Holley tried to tell me it would work on a shirt, but I'm pretty sure that's a bad idea.

If Dan is worried about flying the Rivets, tell him to just make sure the line clips are secured first. Lol Sorry Kim. Laughing 
Thanks for posting, Ken.

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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:21 pm

Ken,

Excellent photo's and writeup! That TD-1 must have been a neat sight flying through the air, not to mention looping.

All the other models look like a lot of fun as well. Good job braving the weather!

Tell Dan that his rivets will fly fine, flying over grass is a good idea.

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Post  RknRusty Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:31 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:...Tell Dan that his rivets will fly fine as long as he remembers to close the line clip... Very Happy Flying over grass is a good idea.
Oh, yeah, I meant Dan, not Dennis. Corrected my post.

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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:56 pm

Yeah well, now I have to correct my post! I didn't realize you already made the joke. Now mine looks lame.  lol! 
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Post  Ken Cook Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:34 pm

Rusty, Dan makes a balsa mold and I believe he soaked it in thin CA. He sands and polishes it extremely smooth. .030 plastic acetate sheets are then heated and pulled down over the buck . The smoother the buck, the better the finish results and this windshield looks pretty good due to no stress wrinkles or cloudiness within the plastic. Larry was supposed to be with us today as he was to provide the heater. Were now going to have to hang him when we see him. Ken
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Post  Kim Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:37 pm

RknRusty wrote:

If Dan is worried about flying the Rivets, tell him to just make sure the line clips are secured first. Lol Sorry Kim. Laughing 
Thanks for posting, Ken.

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Post  gcb Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:49 pm

I always wanted a TD-1 when I was a kid (back in the fifties). They were $19.95 at the time. Minimum wage was $.85/hr. so that was an investment beyond many kids' capabilities...but we could dream. :-)

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Post  Mark Boesen Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:32 pm

that was a lot of money back then, but apparently they sold, probably to adults...you could buy a real car for 19.95 back then, it would be a better but you could!
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