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This Week at the Toyground! - Who's Flying Today? / Re: Wednesday
« on: January 18, 2020, 08:48:32 AM »
Yes, Tree D, I have not only heard of that but can tell you that it doesnt work on me!
Gary skin is too thick, perhaps? And it may not "taste like chicken", more like something from over on Vultures Row?

Ain't this fun, TD ?

I just thought of something from back in my working days. I had a technical assistant, Alex - he was a Scotsman, bagpipe lover and all that, but otherwise a good fellow. I somehow acquired a little spray bottle of air freshener. Alex could not stand it. So, on occasion, just as he was about to come in and disturb my concentration (or mini-nap?), I would give a little shot of it and he would hightail it off down the hallway. The secretary thought this was hilarious, so we made up a label for the bottle.
You may have heard of the weed killer with a similar name. My little bottle of repellant was now called "Alex B Gone". Very effectively targetted - everyone but Alex thought it smelled really nice. Alex passed away a few years ago - nothing to do with my sprayer.

Oops, the raft is about to crash into the island, gotta go. Nght night, Tree D!

This Week at the Toyground! - Who's Flying Today? / Re: Wednesday
« on: January 18, 2020, 06:22:40 AM »
Pretty good, pretty good! (As our old friend Flypaper used to say.)

Is that your big fear, Tree D, the reason you are hiding back at home instead of joining the NTFs out at the Toyground these days? Afraid of the snow fleas now? Note: They have been a tad jumpy this year, so you had better wear your tinfoil cap (and underwear, of course! They tend to  avoid pink - so I have heard).

Aside: You do realize that the video was from last SUMMER, not last week? Please try to keep up!

VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / The Aero 120
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:27:09 PM »
Here is a sort of backgrounder video comprised of some clips I shot this Summer. I never managed to get video of the plane in flight; hopefully, we can get out there soon and do that. The Aero 120's ancestors stretch way back, perhaps 25 years. Seven 40-size glow versions emerged, each one slightly different, both low wing and high wing types. Dwayne took my plans and built the 10th one (this 120-sized one being #9 in the family) and has powered it with electric motor. He has the wing from my original plane, plus the one which he built. The latter was expanded by 1 bay to yield what he considers to be a somewhat slower and perhaps more sedate flyer. To each his own!

I cobbled together some video clips that were lurking within my Handycam. This was an perfect flying day, nice group of flyers and guests, some other observers dropped by, hamburgers were devoured. Our thanks to Jamie and Walter for arranging this!

This Week at the Toyground! - Who's Flying Today? / Re: Wednesday
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:06:59 AM »
Brief update: I dumped the videos from the onboard Mobius and the Sony Handicam. I have only swooped quickly through the Mobius ones so far and, yes, we got some segments of Reg's Magnum during the chase. I hope tow get better at this with practice, now that I know the Swan works well for the purpose, i.e., plain video and probably for some FPV. I did get the mid-air, only a couple of frames worth, as there was no plane in sight and then suddenly a crunch and splash of color, followed by a quick but normal landing for me.

I shuddered when I first played this, had a flashback to The Great Deer Hunt of 28 March 2003.  There I was, tooling along on my motorcycle and suddenly there was a crunch, a wall of brown fur and a great big eye in front of my face shield, followed by a 60 mph tumble and slide down the road. The landing was a bit rougher than yesterday's little adventure, not to mention the associated pain!

Thank you to my videographers, Harold and Roger. I hope to work up some ambition soon to work on your products. Just don't hold your breath!

This Week at the Toyground! - Who's Flying Today? / Re: Wednesday
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:11:06 PM »
Amen to that, D !

I got a lot of video, both from the ground and in the air. Perhaps some of it will be decent so that I can throw together a good look-see.

We got video documentation of the mid-air between Reg's Magnum and my Swan, both from the ground (thanks to Harold) and from the air via the Mobius on my Swan. Fingers crossed ...

 Even better  - both planes landed safely, their pilots recovered, a microscopic amount of the magic hot glue was applied and they  each flew shortly afterward. Yay!

This was also a two glue gun day! My 12-volter and the D-man's 110-volt  job. Flypaper would be proud!  Neither one used up much of the "precious" but they both came in handy for minor repairs.

What happens at the Toyground stays at the Toyground! Well not really, especially on good days like today. We each get to take home a bit of the good times had by all, methinks.

General Discussion / A passing
« on: January 11, 2020, 07:59:42 AM »
Neil Peart has passed away. Arguably the best drummer of all time, he and Rush brought a lot of joy and fame to our world.

When he flew Challengers for the Toronto-based ImageAir executive aircraft charter company, my boy Dan flew Rush for one of their North America tours, as well as for their last European tour. Neil was quite averse to flying and, whenever possible, he travelled between locations on his BMW motorcycle, sleeping in his chase vehicle in various parking lots, etc.

Neil's book, Pale Rider, is quite interesting and depicts his early journey after losing his 19-year-old daughter in a traffic accident and then his wife less than a year later due to illness, his departure from the music scene and solo riding through North America as he re-constructed his life, followed by his return to Rush.

There are several good YouTubes out there regarding him, and Rush. One of my favorites was the time that Rick Mercer and Neil got together at the "Rush bat cave" for a drum lesson!

 Rush's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was finally achieved just a few years ago - long overdue.

At the end of a concert or tour, as the plane approached Pearson (YYZ), Dan would put their homecoming song on the sound system as a welcome back. This video explains the origin and meaningfulness to them of that particular piece:

Just in case you missed Mercer's session with Peart, here it is:

General Discussion / The Arrow
« on: January 08, 2020, 06:45:57 AM »
Contrary to specific orders and to what was believed by most folks, not all of the drawings were destroyed. Recently, the CBC did a report on the retrieval of drawings from the home of a former AVRO engineer. These drawings are now in the Diefenbaker Museum in Saskatchewan. Here is a very interesting feature on the plane from back in the late 1950's - not long before the project was terminated. (Note: the violin player was certainly working up a storm in this, per the documentary style of the day!).

As I view documentaries of all sorts from back in those days, I always wonder how that one narrator ever found the time to do them all. It sure does sound like the same guy, to me.

Upcoming Events at KRCM and elsewhere / Re: KRCM Annual Auction
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:38:23 PM »
According to the minutes of the last meeting, chillifest is Jan 12, or this coming Sunday for those that dont own a smart phone with a calendar.
Is this the weekend fore Chillyfest ??

Yes - casual dress (that includes underwear, Tree D!)

Upcoming Events at KRCM and elsewhere / KRCM Annual Auction
« on: January 03, 2020, 04:22:47 PM »
The Annual KRCM Auction is Saturday, Feb.15, at the RCAFA Club, Kingston Airport, where the Harvard is mounted.

The doors will be open at 0900 hours, to allow for set-ups and registration.

Clear out those Hangar Queens. If you haven't flown them for months or years, you don't need them. Dig out and dust off that old kit that you're never "gonna get around to" building. Tools, engines, radio gear - it's all welcome. Turn this into cash, then buy someone else's stuff.

Plan to get there in good time, register (FREE, of course!), set up your stuff on a table (no charge) and relax. The Club receives a 10% commission on all sales.

Make use of the RCAFA bar for soft drinks and other libations, popcorn, tater chips, etc. Bring your own sandwich, as the action is non-stop!

Throw a buck or two into the 50/50 draw - you may become a very RICH person!

Browse around, check out the wares, meet others, and get ready for the main event.

Then, the fun really begins We have a highly experienced Auction Team eager to spring into action. Keep them busy, make them happy:

* The Auction itself will get underway as soon as Registration is completed, planning for 1030 hours.

* The 50/50 draw will take place around noon.

* Our Auction System allows Participants to settle up at any time, in case you have to leave early.

* We expect to wrap things up by mid-afternoon.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas whadja get?
« on: January 02, 2020, 11:40:49 AM »
A nice shiny new Lamborghini! At least that's what the little Xmas Post-it note said.

It should be here any day now ... I think ... watching , watching , waiting , ... dreaming?

I hope it can slide on and off Roger's Raft to journey over here onto the rock. Should be big fun on the local roads! Yippee kiyaaay!

Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Re: Shrimp and Swan
« on: December 18, 2019, 04:59:29 PM »
Now, it has started! (at last).
Blame Bill!!!!
Kill Bill (it's just a movie, folks, nothing to do with this mess)

My dirty little mind has been just boiling with all of the clever retorts I could have come up with after that guy started into it. You got there first, Tree D.

Next thing we know, you will warp my report about  my "Shrimp" into something nasty, right? Bring it on!

Meet you at the Toyground at high noon Friday, if you don't chicken out. The NTF will be congregating then and we will probably talk about you, unless you arr there to defend yourself. Just warning you, because of our bigly friendship.

Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Re: Shrimp and Swan
« on: December 18, 2019, 06:57:04 AM »
The Thrust Angle makes the difference, I have heard that before, can’t quite recall where
Hmm ...
No, never mind :)

Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Shrimp and Swan
« on: December 17, 2019, 07:18:29 AM »
Here are the results of one of my current adventures. I came across a cheap and cute little machine called the Jupiter Swan, a somewhat replica of Canada's entry for the 1930 Schneider Trophy. The link to the location follows, below.

I built one, pretty close to the drawing but with a couple of significant differences. If anyone else is interest in this, let me know and I can provide more information. One visual deviation from the original full scale and everyone else's models is that I gave up on mounting the engine pod with skewers and made a pylon from some trailing edge stock. Not only did this work out much better, it simply slides into place and requires only a smidgen of hot glue to secure it. The overall result is a plane that has a very Spitfire-ish wing planform with a slight resemblance to a Seamaster. This one uses a KFm2 airfoil (flat, top layer extending 40 to 50 percent average chord length), no dihedral nor spar.

Now, my Shrimp flies pretty well but exhibited one nasty characteristic - it wanted to pitch over as soon as I gave it power. Handlaunching, holding it by the motor pod and simply letting it loose, went fine. I did get sort of used to the difficult takeoff from snow, impossible on bare grass. Meanwhile, I decided to evolve the design a bit, slightly enlarge it and see how that goes.

I enlarged the basic Shrimp somewhat, along with a couple of other changes which included using a KFm4 airfoil (both top and bottom layer with step back the same distance on the chord as with my Shrimp. I think this one looks nicer, a bit more sleek than the Shrimp, so I called it the Swan. This time, unlike with the Shrimp, I found a Lemon Stabilizer+ receiver in my stash.

As with the Shrimp, the ground takeoff was still a problem, despite the change of forward hull shape and lengthened tail moment. However, in the air, she is a real beauty! It flies better than the Shrimp and the stabilizer makes it pretty much perfect in the wind and at crawl speeds.

I decided that something had to be done about the nosing over situation. When I checked both planes, I found that the thrust angle of the motor was almost parallel to the fuselage. The original drawing had shown a 6 degree upthrust, overall, and I had somehow screwed up! (Not a totally unheard of situation down here in the Cave). So, I set in some upthrust on both planes, a combination of measuring and TLAR, which probably ended up at about 6 to 8 degrees. I would fly then and eventually measure it if things went well so that I could create and save a final set of paper templates.

Takeoff problem solved! Landing problem solved!

I much prefer my Swan to the original Shrimp and will probably build another variation very soon. Dwayne commented upon the Shrimp  as if he may consider building one. I told him that, if he decides to do so, to hold off and I will give him the improved design.

This plane (the Swan, or whatever it morphs into) may also be suitable for indoor flying. As soon as I get a chance, I want to try water takeoffs. Lake Ontario is too cold to take a chance on having to retrieve a plane from my bay! Any reasonably large puddle should suffice. Another approach is to do as was shown for the Seamaster: run a small tube, across and through the fuselage just ahead of the step such that an axle could be pushed through for light wheels. Instant conversion for land to/from sea.

The Swan is a great plane. Simple and quick and cheap to build. Everyone should have one!

Even Maggie flies better with it off than on!

Yes, because she is the "stable genius" of foamys. Treat her well, sit down and just watch her fly!

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