Going through one of our closets and found an old album. Surprise! It was full of pics of models that I had built many years ago. Thought it would be nice to share them. Might stir some memories of club members who remember the models.
These are the remaining pics from the album.
Thanks to friend and fellow club member Scott Thompson for this idea. If you don’t get it, there is a similar line in the movie Apocalypse Now.
This video reminds me of something that I did many years ago. Probably 1980 something. It was one of those years that I was working long hours and hardly got out to the field. It was the day before Thanksgiving. I decided to get one last flying session in the next day no matter what the weather. After Thanksgiving dinner I headed out to the old field. I had a gray .20 sized high wing model with a foam board fuselage; my first foray into foam board modeling. It was way too windy and after my first flight it started to snow flurry. I had the field to myself, of course. Who would go flying in that kind of weather. So glad that I did it, although some might say that it was ill advised. (Look at those tiny wheels.)
One of my other hobbies is off roading with my Jeep. I added some new stickers, got the oil changed, and am ready for the trails.
Stumbled across this video on FaceBook. He is a Russian modeler so the text is in Russian. But it looks like a possible solution to the problem of safe R/C flying during the pandemic. But you need access to an apartment a couple of floors up. First he flies a biplane. Then he flies a Chicken Plane. And it might be the best looking Chicken Plane you ever saw. If you go to the YouTube version you will find links to his YouTube Channel and also his Facebook page.
Just a few notes on the Duck fuselage. Enlarging the plans to 200% meant adding some reinforcement. So I added a couple of doublers inside the fuselage. They serve the dual purpose of adding strength and helping to align the formers. Makes assembly easier. I used corsage pins because the regular building pins were to short to go through multiple layers of Depron.
When it comes to hot glue guns one thought is that it works or doesn’t work. And that’s true. But there’s more to it. I just bought this Gorilla Gun to replace the Aldi’s Workzone one that began leaking hot glue. First impression is very positive. Here is what I look for. When I squeeze the trigger I would like a smooth, predictable flow of glue. Not all hot glue guns do that. Even pressure and amount of glue corresponding to how much the trigger is squeezed. So far this one is really good in that regard. Now it is a mini model, not full size. I paid about $12 for the gun on AMAZON and it includes 75 mini hot glue sticks! Good deal. So if you are shopping for a mini hot glue gun, check out the Gorilla Hot Glue Gun.
At one point last year I actually thought that I would have the Duck finished for the January 2020 club meeting. It’s called optimism. I decided to build a box for the elevator and rudder servos. And I made it from Depron. One of the things that I learned taking existing plans and enlarging them 200%, and then doubling the thickness of the foam; that is probably not enough. I needed to add some doublers inside the fuselage and BBQ skewers to the stabilizers. They were just too flimsy. So you live and learn. I couldn’t just glue the servos to the 6mm fuselage rear deck. Just too flimsy. The Duck designer is a German fellow named Thomas Buchwald. That’s why the notes on the plan are in German.
Hard to believe that I have been using the WorkZone (Aldi) glue gun since October 2018, Check out my first post on it HERE. I have several hot glue guns in both mini and standard sizes and switch between them. I was working on a Depron servo box for my Jupiter Duck and suddenly noticed hot glue on my index finger, right hand. Sure enough there was glue leaking out. This was after it was sitting unused for several minutes. Maybe 20. So my advice with the Aldi gun is don’t let it sit unused for maybe 20 minutes. Use it, then turn it off until you need it again.