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Post  Kim Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:07 am

This is a copy of the note I just posted on my Facebook Page.  I'm apparently NOT saturated enough with other assorted hijinks, and now have chucked this into the pile.

I blabbed about this a few years ago, then the project stalled and got shoved back in the corner. Gonna try to "Make It Fly" this time, and have some people who are gonna hold my feet to the fire to get it done.

Besides, it's been a while since my friends started avoiding me for fear of my wanting money from them !

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Since I have designated 2014 as "Get It Done Year", I've restarted work on a project that's about four years old.

A while back, a good friend of mine gave me an "ARF" Sailplane Kit. "ARF" stands for: "Almost Ready to Fly"...(though their owners sometimes have OTHER words to fill the acronym!)...meaning that the major components of the plane have already been built, with the owner responsible for "gluing the big stuff together" and installing the radio gear.

Everyone knows that I love sailplanes for their grace and stability, AND for their weird, otherworldly ability to stay in the sky long their engines have stop running. A very popular size of these planes is "2 Meter", or about 6 feet in span...hence the "2M" on the Explorer's wing.

I struck upon the idea of using the plane as a fundraiser, much like the "Little Travelers" did for St. Jude Hospital....this time doing it for the Breast Cancer Fundraisers that take place in October. Other projects pushed it to the back-burner, and it's collected a little dust.

I intend to now revive the project for this cause, and see how much money we can raise (like many of you, I've several friends who have battled--and continue to do so--this terrible disease). I'll shortly set up a Facebook Page for this deal, once we get more of it figured out.

Miss Beth's daughter, Madison, will be the director/coordinator, and the Think Tank for the Explorer Project.

Unlike my other sailplanes, Explorer will have landing gear and a throttled engine. The engine itself is a "Pink Panther .049" from my pal Bernie's company "Cox International". The throttle assembly is also from Bernie.

I'll be airbrushing some "Appropriate Pink" across the plane's wings and tail surfaces, where we may be having donors' autograph it with Sharpie Pens.

As I said, we're still making this up, and any ideas will be appreciated, and figure on having some fun while helping with this great cause.

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Post  RknRusty Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:46 am

Good for you! That's really a sharp looking plane. I hate to think of spraying pink on it, but wth it's a good cause.
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Post  dckrsn Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:43 pm

A noble cause and a verry noble deed Kim.
Count on me to ante-up when the project takes shape.
Thanks for doing this.
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Post  rat9000 Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:42 pm

Kim, I'm in for any help you may need,after all it is save the TA TA's, rat9000
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Post  happydad Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:46 pm

Kim: Why not use an engine wingpod to keep all the castor from getting into the planes nose area? You used a pod on the BOT.
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Post  Kim Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:28 am

happydad wrote:Kim: Why not use an engine wingpod to keep all the castor from getting into the planes nose area? You used a pod on the BOT.
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Just breaking away a bit HD.  The front end is just cobbled together for the photos.  There's a sizable chunk of balsa back, under the canopy which will be deftly hacked to some semblance of aerodynamic shape, with a much better fit to the canopy.  This will also help with running the fine little push wire for the Pink Panther's throttle body.

In the 1980's, I lopped off the nose of my Allure Sailplane, installing a TD .051, and received my first lesson in just how fast a slick 2 Meter will go with a healthy engine in it's snout !

Also caught a lot of grief for my ugly color scheme...black undersides and gray upper surfaces. While I never followed through, I'd intended it as my first "Spy Plane" !

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