Its no secret that Howard loves autogiros. He has entertained club members for years with sweet flying giro's that meet and untimely end in horrific (and funny) landing accidents. They do fly really well, he is a true master builder and he is not afraid of finding the edge of the performance envelop.
Never one to quit looks like this is number 4 for Howard-the-giro
Randy Likes working with coraplast and is a big fan of the old television show "Voyage to the bottom of the Sea". This is his 1/2a entry to be powered by a rather worn out Cox product engine.
Mike is staring another one. This one is Beech Staggerwing biplane an I BEAM no less. This is his third entry.
I am going to build a few foamies this winter for speed limit and general screwing around. They will be about 52 inches in span with a 12 inch root and 8 inch tip chord.
The airfoil is a NACA0015-92, The -92 moves the high point forward from 30 to 20% and blunts the leading edge.
It will have a tapered spars top and bottom. The spar notch it too large on the pictures. I will cut the foam on my home brew weight fall foam cutter.
At least one will have a hard tank and all will allow mufflers when practice flying.
It will be a lot like the Yankee nipper except a little leading edge sweep helps in a crash and I think the boom needs to be a little longer.
Power will be one of my OS SFR 25's wiht metal motor mounts.
templates all ready for final polishing and wing cutting
Spar stock, some old growth douglass fir. cut offs from another project. beautiful grain
Not much progress, the templates did not product good cores. I need to rethink the lead in angles when using a feather cut system. While the feather cus system is really cool, many things have to be perfect to wok out.
The scrap however has been turned into some more 1/2A airplanes. The cuts were made with a single template and a fixed pivot. I get very good results wiht that method.
Mike is building an Electric Rat racer. Don't know much about it except the design sketches are below and it will be powered by and e flight 25 motor.
More updates the wing is shaped and the rest is cut out.
Trial fitting equipment 5 pounds in a 1 pound bag
Here's one of Mike's projects. A Super Geo lost foam wing that is going into an original design stunted. He will be also making an electric rat racer and a semi_scale stunt
Wayne's entry looks to be a profile super solution. We can see it looks like the 40 inch model designed by Allen Brickhaus. We can see a 3 line bell crank and 40 engine. We will be interested in seeing his progress.
The details on my entry as follows: This model, Laird Super Solution, is a 40 inch profile model built from Flying Models plans. I received them the week they went belly up. It will be powered by an old model O.S. .40 S which is a full bearing engine equipped with and OS carb so I will have throttle control. I do plan to enter it into the club contest next year providing that I can fly without falling down. I am building it with as close to scale as I can with the club contest in mind. There is a lot of balsa dust in my shop and I love it. Pictures to follow from my I pad.
It all framed up and ready for covering. The woodwork looks awesome and wayne does a nice job with paint.
The weather has been real good, so no building yet, but as the sponsor of this contest I need to get started. This is one of my entries. It has not been stated yet. With state of the packers season, Sundays should be good building days.
I hope to use a Norvel 074, and cover it with clear lamination film. Clowns are pretty small about 200 square inches, and will fly with a TD 049, but people use heavy .15's on them.
We are going for small and light. With minimum finish on it.
Fitted engine bearers. The engine is a Norvel .074 converted heli engine. It is a lot narrower and lighter than the fox 15 show in the plans. Shimmed it up to fit. Used the perma-grit to round the hardwood. That rocks!
More progress, going together quickly. Love using the weights rather than pins.
Wing is done and covered whit clear Mylar. Rest of the airplane is waiting for some warmer weather so I can a apply some dope and tissue and finish this clown up. orange Krylon on the framework covered up with doculam. A few wrinkles but still OK.
update 11/18 2017. The clown is done except for some clear dope and a little tissue trim. That will have to wait for warmer weather. Tried some new things on this one. the yellow is department store tissue paper attached with water based polyurethane. Tried the tissue on the horizontal stab and it warped badly.
The win is spray pained with orange krylon and covered with .005 Mylar. Still need to learn how to work with that. The Engine is a Norvel Helicopter engine. I added a uniflow line to the 1oz tank. The gear is single wheeled and a park flier wheel.
On line Plan sources:
There are a lot of places to get plans now some are free, and have a lot of designs. Here are some that have a lot of control line content. Usually the plans are in PDF, sometimes full size and you can take them to Kinkos to print them out. To support the building contest I have started a small plans page
The most well known plan archive is outerzone. This plan site gets a majority of its plans from RC groups. they have plans for all classes of model airplanes
you do not have to sign up and there is an archive list.
Other sites require a free membership. Aerofred ( I didn't pick the name) has a lot of airplane ship and other plans. It requires free membership
Hi Pocket aeronautical is a builders forum that has a plan site lots of CL and FF stuff there as well as scale information. You do need a free membership.
There are other sites that sell plans
Our AMA, god love them for $ 75 them plans should be free?
AMA plans service http://www.modelaircraft.org/plans/plans.aspx
Flying models: I hope the magazine comes back
Flying model plans service
Model airplane news
Model airplane news still has some ukie stuff in it.
Barry Baxter plan service
There are many others but you get the idea.
Attached is a picture of my Ringmaster which is waiting for paint on the fuse and final assembly. I have also added a picture of the various weight of the parts. It is presently at 26 + oz. My goal is 28 so I should be close. The only problem I have had is painting the fuse. Putting too much white Rustoleum on too soon causes the paint to winkle in spots. The wing is covered in monokote with a silkspan base. Once the painting is done I will seal it with water based Polycrylic. The stab and elevator will also be trimmed with blue and red strips.
This is a pic of my soon to be completed Ringmaster which is my entry for the club building contest. The fuselage and tail components are covered with water based polycrylic and silkspan. The wing will be covered with silkspan for strength, followed by a covering of Monokote. The power will be an OS FP 25. Target weight is 28 oz. I intend to fly this at VSC in March provided I learn the Old Time pattern by then.