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Post  RknRusty on Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:28 pm

I was on such a roll in the shop for the last couple of days, getting the Yak finished, the Reed Speed and new Skyray started, I was getting sore from standing on the concrete floor. I figured more of the same for today until Wayne called late yesterday afternoon. He and Watt Moore are building a plane called a Fanfare, designed by Allen Brickhaus and Watt, and kitted by Tom Morris. Tom sent them one to convert to electric. At least I think that's how the story goes. Anyway, Watt is building the wing and Wayne is outfitting the fuse with the electrics. The plane is a full fuse with a Teosawki wing(The End Of Stunt As We Know It). So I figured I'd go watch someone else work and maybe learn something, and take my Skyray to fix, since it's still needing the stab glued and the wing covered. I'm surrounded by great modelers these days.

Wayne said to bring something to fly, so I loaded up the Shoestring and the Li'l Satan along with the ailing Skyray, and headed on up the highway to Watt's. We played in the shop all morning and W and W disappeared to drink coffee while I was waiting for epoxy to harden. I'd had enough fun with balsa and glue, so I drove on down to the field, I'm too creaky today to lug everything, and set up my 1/2A stooge and rigged up the Li'l Satan. I lit off a full ounce of 35% and was tearing it up when the other old boys appeared on the sidelines with planes. I got a great flight with the Satan, but it's tail booms and control linkage are going to let go on some flight really soon if I don't do some work... about like the rest of my sadly neglected 1/2A fleet.

I reeled it in and got the ol' Shoestring out of the car while they rigged up their planes. Wayne's eSmoothie and Watt's eLightening Streak. I swear a Skyray and a Flite Streak had sex to produce the Lightening. I'm pretty sure it's a Streak wing with a Skyray tail. I have no idea what the measurements are for what everyone calls moment arms. Rolling Eyes

I got some pictures of Wayne flying the Bast... uh, Lightening Streak.


It didn't occur to me to get a picture of the Smoothie in action... the one with the dummy engine I showed y'all last week with the 35mm film canister cylinder.

Now the Shoestring hasn't been flown since the contest in October, relegated to the shadow of the ugly old Skyray that flies so nicely. As you may recall, I bemoaned and whined about the fact that I learned too late that the SS is not a good pattern flyer. And it would always cut out when I turned too tightly... which I always did. But it's still a raving beauty with it's red and black scheme and silver canopy. While it was hanging in the shop, I had changed one thing that I had learned works so well on the Ray... I plugged the muffler into the uniflow vent.

Of course that meant it would run richer with pressurized fuel. It took me three tries to get it leaned out enough. It was so rich I couldn't come close to a wingover without chasing the line tension, very scary. Finally I cranked the needle in enough and the Thunder Tiger was singing and I began to remember how hard this plane pulls. With its short tail it snaps corners like I never do with the Ray. I also tried mark Boesen's handle that I had found fits my hand really well, but had never actually flown with. It has very narrow line spacing, just what the SS needs. The elevator throws were badly out of trim on those first over-rich flights. But all in one swoop, I fixed the throws with handle adjustments, and the needle setting fell into place, and I promptly knocked down the best beginner pattern I've ever flown with this plane. The engine never coughed in a turn. I should have hooked up that pressure line long long ago. Live and learn.

Speaking of learning... though the SS may not be an ultimate stunt configuration, a little practice with the Ray on my part, and the improved skills I have acquired since October, the pressurized tank, and the right handle combined for a Whole different show. I take back all the B&W I did as an excuse for my poor performance. I'm downright embarrassed for myself for going on like that. I turned better corners in squares and flat pullouts like I still can't do with the Skyray. Maybe the Ray (here I go again) is loosening up and getting mushier with all of its pre-existing repairs. I found cracks and fuel soaking that I think have been spreading for a while. I don't think my one wheel-hop last Thursday did all of that. The wing root is a soft mess. Hopefully the new Ray, on the table now, will bring me back to the quality of the first time I flew a Skyray. I seem to have been getting worse every time out lately. But the Shoestring was a shining success today and I left the field with confidence again. Something I've been losing lately and feeling very not so good about.

Here are my geezers lol! 
Me, Watt and Sonny Williams. Wayne is manning the camera.


So that wraps up my fun with airplanes and their people for this weekend. Lots of fun, and lots of learning from some true experts.
See y'all in the funny papers.
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Post  crankbndr on Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:42 pm

Pretty neat, looks like great fun, wish I was there. I had to wrench on a POJ Chrysler product all day. Sad 
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:39 pm

All that praise for the Shoestring and no picture of it?  Devil 

I am very pleased to hear that the Shoestring has redeemed itself. Your trials with that plane really squashed my plans on building the one I have.

About a year or so ago I watched Joe Gilbert wring one out and was doing the full pattern with it. I couldn't understand why you were having so many troubles.

Hope you enjoyed your day.

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:31 am

Cribbs74 wrote:All that praise for the Shoestring and no picture of it?  Devil 

I am very pleased to hear that the Shoestring has redeemed itself. Your trials with that plane really squashed my plans on building the one I have.

About a year or so ago I watched Joe Gilbert wring one out and was doing the full pattern with it. I couldn't understand why you were having so many troubles.

Hope you enjoyed your day.

Ron
It was out on the circle when they decided to take pictures so I had the Li'l Satan in my hand.

Sorry about that, I was just incompetent. Maybe you should put the plans back in action.

That's because Joe didn't suck.

Yes, I enjoyed my day.
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Post  Ken Cook on Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:32 am

Great stuff Rusty. While many of us were able to get together due to sunshine, the temp was still way down. It certainly was much warmer than earlier attempts this season. I feel that the sunshine gave us some false security. My hand went numb as I couldn't take it any longer and had to go sit in the car. The prop blast is brutal when your holding the plane waiting for a launch. I ran some engines I purchased from a swap meet which worked quite nicely. Ken
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Post  roddie on Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:48 am

Hey Rusty... I always enjoy reading your posts. You're really tough on yourself man... I know I'm not the only one who would say that. I feel bad when you get down on yourself.. because you always do the best that you can.

That said; we have all learned a great deal from your experiences in conception, building, finishing, tuning and flying... through your sharing with us here.

Glad that you had a good outing with your buddies!! Thanks as usual for sharing that with us!


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Post  Kim on Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:55 am

" we have all learned a great deal from your experiences in conception, building, finishing, tuning and flying... through your sharing with us here.

Glad that you had a good outing with your buddies!! Thanks as usual for sharing that with us!"
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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:05 am

RknRusty wrote:
Cribbs74 wrote:All that praise for the Shoestring and no picture of it?  Devil 

I am very pleased to hear that the Shoestring has redeemed itself. Your trials with that plane really squashed my plans on building the one I have.

About a year or so ago I watched Joe Gilbert wring one out and was doing the full pattern with it. I couldn't understand why you were having so many troubles.

Hope you enjoyed your day.

Ron
It was out on the circle when they decided to take pictures so I had the Li'l Satan in my hand.

Sorry about that, I was just incompetent. Maybe you should put the plans back in action.

That's because Joe didn't suck.

Yes, I enjoyed my day.
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Duuuude!

Sorry man,

I was totally kidding about that picture I should have used this  lol! instead of this  Devil 

You don't suck, not by a long shot. Roddie wrote it best. Don't beat yourself up. This crap is hard. You don't see many young folks doing PA because it takes a long time to get to that level.

Anyway, sorry if my post brought you down. If I was talking with you face to face you would have seen the smile as I was writing.

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Post  fredvon4 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:05 am

Great story and pictures, thanks Rusty, I look for your stuff every day
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:40 am

Hey guys, thanks, I really am my own worst critic. I usually don't act negatively, and I'm certainly not fishing for affirmation... I hate when people do that.

Back to reality... thinking back about it, when the Skyray came along I took a leap in pattern flying, rarely ever aborting a maneuver like I used to do so often with the SS. The fp35 ran steady and I got better and hit my peak the last Monday in December with some really nice flying. I've sort of fallen off since then, but have only had a handful of flights, one in January when I should be expected to be rusty, and two in February with winds in which Wayne refused to fly anything but Will's old beater Vector. And the crackup on the second one of those days, last Thursday. I suppose I shouldn't take a confidence hit from that. The only issue I really had is that I've been having a lot of trouble with flat pullouts from squares and occasionally a wingover. And those were about my only quality moves with the Shoestring.

The stab on the Ray has always been questionable with a missing hinge, and the rest are one pin hinge, three all stitched together with monofil fishing line, and a couple of peeling cloth hinges. This all with super flexible wood that's been glued back together several times in its past. That may be contributing to my pullout problems. Then I took to the air with a more solid plane yesterday and was nailing pullouts, squares and everydamnthing else.

That and my past inability to get the engine to run for such a simple reason served to highlight that I really did sort of suck back in the SS days. So like I said, I left the field feeling better about it all yesterday, and look forward to flying a solid new Skyray really soon. It's on the table now. I'm going to scour the plans and instructions while I finish the Reed Speed Mustang, maybe cut some ribs this week, and be more mindful of the upcoming windy season.

Thanks for the kind words. I'll try to temper my disappointments with reality, and enough mush already. And the best thing is, now I have another plane that I can fly well, the good ol' Shoestring. I'll get a fresh picture of it. I don't even have one of it with myself in the picture.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:12 am

It's all good.

If you think about it you didn't suck, it was just lack of experience. You went from 1/2A to full size to PA in a very short time.

I believe you have a trophy, which is more than most of us have.

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:29 am



One of my favorites is what Mark Boesen told me right after Huntersville last October. He said, "Now you will always be able to say,'I flew competitive precision control line stunt.'"
That's pretty cool all by itself.
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Post  Ken Cook on Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:38 pm

Rusty, don't forget you made it into 2 magazines as well. That in itself deserves a round of applause. Ken
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:41 pm

Ken Cook wrote:             Rusty, don't forget you made it into 2 magazines as well. That in itself deserves a round of applause. Ken
Hey, yeah. Holley even got her name in CLW for being a Combat, Carrier, Stunt spectator.
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Post  RknRusty on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:18 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:All that praise for the Shoestring and no picture of it?

Ron
Here ya go, I took this a couple of days ago. I need to get a picture of it with me in the pic. I've never had one taken like that. It's amazing she's still beautiful. A few dings close up, but still solid.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:21 pm

It does look good. I really like the look of those things.

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