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Post  RknRusty on Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:46 pm

Well we got there late. about 3:15 and had to mow the grass. It was mid 90s and a perfect mild steady Southerly breeze straight up the runway. But first we wasted 45 minutes getting my buddy Mike and his Dad through security. I ran my lines out and fueled and burped the Cardinal while Wayne and Mike each flew one flight with their Lekkies. And as they landed, a black thundercloud developed nearby and was slowly blowing towards us. It looked to be fully charged, so we stowed our gear under the small pavilion, and everything still got wet. A chair blew across and landed on my Cardinal and Yak.

Two hours later I hooked back up, but everyone else was dubious because of a massively unstable wind. I did wait a while too, still fueled up. I decided I could handle it and launched with a good fast setting. The laps were still 5 seconds because it went to slow on the upwind side. I knew it was trouble when after a wretched reverse wingover I couldn't even do inside loops with controllable bottoms. I think my 3 insides were 25', 2', and 15' lol. That made me nervous, but I pressed on with the inverted laps. Oh yeah, level laps were awful too. The outsides were somewhat better(I always fly them better on every plane), and the inside squares were as unnerving as the inside loops. Knowing I couldn't control my pullout heights and with a real fear of grocery-bagging the Cardinal I gave up. I flew some lazy 8s and another wingover or two and got bold and pulled off a half decent V8. Then I tried a cloverleaf and ended up running to catch it when turn 1 got completely loose, and so then I just flew it out. No grocery bag needed.

After another hour the wind got better and we all started flying. I was rusty as hell, had lots of trouble with my squares all day, banging the corners too hard and flying short horizontal legs. Even on the last flight, you can see it in the video, but I got better with every flight, about 5 in all. The last one was my best, got it on video, but it still wouldn't have taken third place anywhere if there were more tan 3 contestants. But I felt better. By next time I'll be back to my May form and still intend to improve a lot from there. I never know when it may be my last chance, so I'm going to work hard on it.

Everyone liked the twister and were amazed at how light it was, with no engine and associated hardware yet, bit I took it for show and tell. Sorry, the Yak stayed under the pavilion. Oh well, I'll keep bringing it.

Okay, my alarm rings at 4:15, that's 3.5 hours from now, so my story must end here.
Good night all. Thanks for reading my abbreviated flight report.
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Re: Really? This is the first flight report by anyone since mine in May! - Fort flying July 17th

Post  batjac on Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:55 am

???

I admit it was only one flight, but I did post a flight report two days ago in my pipe bomb thread....
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:37 am

Yes you did, I read it and watched it. And posted there too. I'm the only one that writes about the details of every flying moment in  "formal" reports.

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Post  1/2A Nut on Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:04 am

I have 2 new planes built and flown since then with vids and performance reports posted Small Cox Logo
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Post  batjac on Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:23 am

RknRusty wrote:Yes you did, I read it and watched it. And posted there too. I'm the only one that writes about the details of every flying moment in  "formal" reports.

True. Formality isn't my strong suit.... Get it? Formal? Suit? Laughing

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:38 pm

1/2A Nut wrote:I have 2 new planes built and flown since then with vids and performance reports posted Small Cox Logo
Okay I'm retreating now, I know lots of y'all do ten times more stuff than me, be it building, testing, designing, flying, researching or other things. I was just exclaiming that my report about not having flown my Fox, was still at the top of the stack when I clicked into "Flying Discussions." No Snark intended.

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Post  ian1954 on Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:06 pm

i enjoyed the video, you do look relaxed flying.
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:47 pm

Thanks guys. Once I got a few flights to get my legs back under me, and the wind settled down, I actually did feel good. Glad I look the part. I was post-flighting the Cardinal today and the inboard flap is jammed when I pull the UP line, also restricting the elevator motion. That would make it roll inward when I snap a corner in a triangle or square... which it was doing, going loose on inside turns, so I eased up on my sharp inputs. That's why my corners were so soft in the video, I just thought it was all me. I saw something funny about it in the pits yesterday but didn't look closely enough. Heck, I might have flown even better if I'd known there's a problem. I'll figure it out tonight since it's my only stunter till I finish the Twister and the Nobler.


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Post  Ken Cook on Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:55 pm

Rusty, check the covering on that flap. The flaps are poorly covered and when they returned the covering up the edge, it sometimes stops in the center of the flap's edge. On the way up, the covering catches the fillet/fairing and causes a jam.I cut it off and take another piece of Monokote and wrap it onto the top down the edge and onto the bottom at least 1". That Chinakote on the model gets hard when ironed on a 90 and that area can certainly cause jamming.
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:01 pm

Ken Cook wrote:              Rusty, check the covering on that flap. The flaps are poorly covered and when they returned the covering up the edge, it sometimes stops in the center of the flap's edge. On the way up, the covering catches the fillet/fairing and causes a jam.I cut it off and take another piece of Monokote and wrap it onto the top down the edge and onto the bottom at least 1". That Chinakote on the model gets hard when ironed on a 90 and that area can certainly cause jamming.
Thanks Ken' I'll investigate and fix it tonight. It was rolling in with inside corners and I thought I was just being too ham handed.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:16 pm

Hey Rusty,

I just haven't flown at all in the last few months. To be honest I've been super busy with work. I'll try and post more about any flying that I do in the future.





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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:28 pm

You guys with regular jobs and young families have a lot harder time playing than us retired hootnanny hoppers. I understand.

In the light of day I realize my poorly chosen title is not even accurate.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:19 pm

I am pretty sure the intent of your post was to say that we need to be out there enjoying life a little more. That's the way I took it anyway. So, no need to recant your original statement. We all need a kick in the rear now and then.
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Post  getback on Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:00 am

I GET MANY MORE KICKS IN THE REAR I DONT KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE IT . I enjoyed the write up and flight vid. looked pretty smooth to me and just love seeing the plane fly like it not hooked to strings across the sky . Glad you got things right , I haven't flown since I whipped up on the REED SPEED Event Rolling Eyes Out of work and cash is not the way I intended it to go but for now is what it is , a little here and there sucks ! And this freaking heat and 54+ humidity is kicking my ass . Heck I am glad some you guys are having fun my time will come soon I hope ((( today is clean some engines day for the bay for a -$$ income , some mower work later this week , bush hogged the neighbors front grown up yesterday confused Eric Airplane
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Post  Ken Cook on Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:45 am

I've only been out a handful of times this season. Work has had me almost going 7 days a week and unfortunately has left little to no time for building/flying. I was fortunate to get out of work a bit early on Sat to get some flying in. My son and I had a great time flying some 1/2A combat planes. I had the luxury of testing some new planes I had made unflown here and all went well. In addition to trying out several engines that have been modified for 1/2A combat use. I switched to the newer Cox fuel and I have to admit I'm impressed by the runs I achieved on the 25%.
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Post  KariFS on Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:31 am

I really tried to get some flying done but...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JFvujknrBuE

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Re: Really? This is the first flight report by anyone since mine in May! - Fort flying July 17th

Post  RknRusty on Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:11 am

lol! Jake.
I really regret the title I chose for this thread. It was not meant to be as snarky as it appeared. I haven't flown since May 26 or thereabouts, until this past Sunday. Then after thinking I'd become incompetent from the layoff, I get home and found my inboard flap jammed when I pull the up line. It was debris, small sticks and sand probably kicked up into the hinge line by the heavy rain and wind I was trying to protect it from for a couple of hours under our shed. And a chair blew over onto the wing too, but I couldn't find any damage.

However, the ARF flap coupling is so flimsy it was still allowing the outboard flap operate. Meaning when I pulled up, the outboard flap alone was moving down, causing it to roll inward. That's bad. The flap was why I had to soften my corners as is obvious in the video in all of my square maneuvers. Those were getting to be my best ones back in May and since it was getting loose I figured I was banging them too hard, so I lightened up to keep it tight on the lines. That flight on the camera was as good as I got it to fly all day.

It's all cleaned out now, and I just need to reseal the hinge line.

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Post  KariFS on Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:47 am

I didn't find it snarky at all. But when I was thinking about my sorry excuses for excuses, I thought of Jake Smile

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Post  RknRusty on Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:30 pm

KariFS wrote:I didn't find it snarky at all. But when I was thinking about my sorry excuses for excuses, I thought of Jake Smile

I agree with Ron, all of us non-flying slackers need a kick in the butt and a reminder to go out and have some fun I Love This Forum!
Thanks Kari, I'm glad y'all took it that way, so I'll quit worrying about it. And I loved the "Jake" interjection. I was talking to someone the other day about Blues music and the movie came up because I have Blues Brothers Pandora channel, and this unnamed someone hated the movie. I thought it was one of the greats, what's not to love. It was freakin' hilarious. And that little sub-plot about Jake's ex was the definition of "Off the Wall." Lol
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Post  RknRusty on Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:52 pm

Ken Cook wrote:   I switched to the newer Cox fuel and I have to admit I'm impressed by the runs I achieved on the 25%.
Me too. I have the new 35% and it is absolutely faster louder stronger than Sig. I have the same experience with Fritz Glowplugboy fuel. You have to decide whether you want 50/50 oil with New Cox or traditional 18/2 oil with GPB.

Nothing against Sig though, for my stunt engines, their 10/20(50/50) is my backup when I run low on Powermaster and it's a seamless transition. Though once back in my churchyard flying days I had a batch of Sig that turned all of my glow elements white and useless, but only one batch ever did that.

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Post  KariFS on Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:00 pm

RknRusty wrote:
Thanks Kari, I'm glad y'all took it that way, so I'll quit worrying about it. And I loved the "Jake" interjection. I was talking to someone the other day about Blues music and the movie came up because I have  Blues Brothers Pandora channel, and this unnamed someone hated the movie. I thought it was one of the greats, what's not to love. It was freakin' hilarious. And that little sub-plot about Jake's ex was the definition of "Off the Wall." Lol
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So there really is at least one person out there who actually hates Blues Brothers Huh...

Most people I know are either nuts about it, or like it. Some don't "get it" but nobody actually hates it I think. Some may have not seen it yet but hopefully they will eventually see the light.

My sons and I were watching it last evening from a DVD. I know the dialogs by heart, but this was some kind of a special anniversary version and it had a few extra scenes so it surprised me a couple of times. Now I know how the spray glue ended up in Elwood's briefcase Smile My favourite of the extra stuff was the scene on Maxwell Street where John Lee Hooker was playing Boom Boom on the street with his band. In this version the entire performance was shown, Jake and Elwood watched it, smiling, and when the song ended, JLH thanked the audience and said, "this song was Boom Boom, I wrote it back in..." And then all the band members started fighting about who actually wrote Boom Boom lol! The fight was going on still when They got back to the Bluesmobile with Matt and Lou.

Oh man that is a great movie.
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Post  RknRusty on Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:22 pm

That made me smile big! I love Blues.

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