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Post  RknRusty on Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:38 pm

It's about time we got a break in the weather. Sorry, snowbirds, not meaninig to wave that in your face, but March is the month where we get great teaser days, and today was one. Low 60s and light winds... on the ground, but the wind in our overhead maneuvers was batting our planes around like flies. I don't have a decent stunter right now. The borrowed Ukey had technical difficulties and I only had the Yak-9.

The Magnum isn't good for situations like Watt's field where the MCLS meeting was today. Last time flew there I de-freakin-moished the best beater/stunt trainer I ever flew. It was horrible. So I was conservative, given the distractions associated with flying there. I took two Baby Streaks, the Li'l Satan and the Yak.

And this was the first ride for them in my new plane hauler

It's a Hyundai Santa Fe, a mid sized SUV. V-6 with 270hp and a 6 speed automatic. This sumbitch flat hauls ass. It is unbelievable. It corners tight enough to be scary. I'm used to my hot little Mazda P5, which sits low and tight. Never even thought of rolling it over with the steering wheel, it just goes where I point it at any speed. Anyway, I got all the stuff I wanted... until I drove a 2015 version while mine was being prepped. Mine is a 2011 with a 5 yr. additional 60k mile full warranty. 50k on the odometer now, so I'm covered until 110k miles. Sunroof, navigation, backup cam, bluetooth, etc. After I paired my phone with it I was punching buttons and the music from the phone in my pocket started feeding it the 5 hours of music I have on its SD card. Koool!. Today was it's first road trip and it tracks perfectly and has huge passing power.

Sorry that's the only pic I took. Will Davis got some video of me flying the Yak. I'll post it if he does. We elected him club president today. Lots of us flew today.. Don Jenkins has become a build and finish expert with beautiful hand created graphics. I'm talking 20 point planes at some big contests if he were to enter. I hope he takes them to Brodak in June.

Since it's been 6 weeks since I flew, I tuned up on the Li'l Satan. That plane is always a real jaw dropper with these CLPA Stunt guys. I got carried away and pumped Sig 35 into it until the bladder looked almost like a bratwurst, and let her rip.John Gibson launched for me. He's a CL Combat and RC Pylon guy, so his jaw didn't drop Lol. It flew so fast and so long I got really woozy. I lost it from view for too long once, and found it doing mini-loops straight over my head. I sure was glad when it ran out of gas. Howard Shenton, another combateer, told john it was a Norvel. That's what they thought it was until I came weaving back over and commented on how the Tee Dee ran. There was not one single wrap in the lines when I walked back down the lines.

The Yak/Fox Stunt-35 ran great too, didn't have to touch the needle. I flew all of the pattern that didn't involve overhead loops. I didn't want an October rerun. But I can forget that now, after a good day flying.

Watt gave me this. It's a fuselage and stab/elevator. 1/2" fuse, 34" long, and elevator/stab is 1/4" thick with 24-1/2" span. That's a big stab. Looks like it will take a nice fat wing. Anyone recognize the shape? I asked Watt what it was, and all he said was, "It's anything you want it to be." So, anyone have a guess? Great day. We'll call that the season Opener!
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:45 pm

Looks like a SIG Banshee to me.

Glad you had a good day.
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Post  Kim on Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:04 pm

Oh yeah! Ready for this post and more like it!

Good luck on the project, and congrats on the new Hauler !!!
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Post  RknRusty on Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:32 pm

Yes, more to come with increasing frequency.
Ron, what can you tell me about the Banshee?

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Post  Oldenginerod on Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:55 am

RknRusty wrote:
It's a Hyundai Santa Fe, a mid sized SUV. V-6 with 270hp and a 6 speed automatic. This sumbitch flat hauls ass. It is unbelievable. It corners tight enough to be scary. I'm used to my hot little Mazda P5, which sits low and tight. Never even thought of rolling it over with the steering wheel, it just goes where I point it at any speed. Anyway, I got all the stuff I wanted... until I drove a 2015 version while mine was being prepped. Mine is a 2011 with a 5 yr. additional 60k mile full warranty. 50k on the odometer now, so I'm covered until 110k miles.

Hey Rusty.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but in my experience with Hyundais here in Aus I would think that 110K miles will be a great time to get rid of it. Real nice when new, good price to buy, wickedly expensive to repair (out here anyway) and don't age well at all. Maybe it will serve you well in your milder climate, but they certainly don't handle our Aussie conditions long term. Hope you don't need to use it, but the extra warranty will be real handy. Consistent thorough servicing is a must. That's my professional opinion, anyway.
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Post  Ken Cook on Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:34 am

Rusty, you can still order a wing rib kit from Sig for about $25. You would also require the flap horn hardware which is a additional $6. Ken
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:29 am

Rusty,

I don't know much about them. Ken does as does Mark B.

I've heard they are decent and need a little nip and tuck to get the most out of them. Like Ken said rib kits are still available.

It a Mike Gretz design that came out around the same time as the Twister.

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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:10 am

270 hp and arrest me red. Be careful out there Rusty. Smile

I used to go through cars like potato chips, then I bought a new 2007 Honda CRV with all the stuff. That car will outlast me and then some.
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Post  pkrankow on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:41 am

All I know about Hyundai is that a large number of the smaller engines in the cars are "interference" engines which means if the timing belt goes and breaks, or even just slips, then the piston will crash into the open valves breaking things which will require a new engine. On these models used engines are not available since they are all "crashed" internally. I suggest you have a conversation about this with your mechanic and take appropriate maintenance steps, if necessary.

Nice ride. Can always tell an avid glow power modeller by the smell of the car interior.

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Post  RknRusty on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:59 am

I'm going to hate selling my Mazda P5, it's been like my best friend ever. I treated it well, drove it like it was stolen and it treated me well in return. Still looks great and nothing has ever gone wrong with it. I believe i will actually shed tears when i watch it drive away. I did the timing belt kit 16k miles ago, as well as replaced the front struts and top engine mount. At 86k I think it has another hundred k left easily. On the other hand it appears a car guy and former porsche lover is going to buy it. Can't tell you who it is yet.

The Hyundai will be fine for me. I only put 3K on a car every year. I wish it had a proximity key like the loaner did. Holley's '07 V-6 Sonata was a good car, but never got to be a high miler. T-boned by an older BMW at 70mph. We were doing 20 on our little road a block from home. They found the abandoned Beemer a block away, called in stolen after the wreck. All we ever saw was the bumper and some under-hood parts in the road by our upside down wreck. My Son has a newer but same generation I-4 Sonata with a straight drive. I consider myself a Mazda man, but this one i bought fell right into my wheelhouse.

I will get a banshee rib kit and hopefully a wing plan. Looks like Watt made the stab twice as thick as the stock one. Is 24.5" wider than stock? That's a big stab.

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Post  RknRusty on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:04 am

pkrankow wrote:All I know about Hyundai is that a large number of the smaller engines in the cars are "interference" engines which means if the timing belt goes and breaks, or even just slips, then the piston will crash into the open valves breaking things which will require a new engine....
Nice ride.  Can always tell an avid glow power modeller by the smell of the car interior.

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Yeah, started coating the interior with castor oil yesterday. Mine has a timing chain. The Mazda is a non-interference twin cam engine. The timing belt kit came with a new NPW(Nissan pump Works) water pump, idler and all the seals for just under $300 bucks and two days of my time in the carport. I finished the job an hour before the Sonata rolled.
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Post  getback on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:57 am

Plane ? Damnifiknow, looks big and solid // Glad you got some fly time in sounds like a day of fun and nothing like a new to you ride Very Happy
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