Flying - 2021

 

February 19, 2021 - First flight of the Season.

 
With less than normal snowfall this year, it was decided to open the laneway to the field with the snowblower. The pit area was also cleared (first photo), but needs to be larger to improve physical distancing.
 
Of course, I couldn't resist a test flight or two with the electric Barnstormer (second photo). The snow is very soft, and you need to keep moving briskly to avoid getting stuck (third photo).
 
Remarkable as it would seem, these are the same home-made fiberglass skis that were used with my slightly larger (56" span) O.S. Max .30 powered Barnstormer  - which flew early in the New Year of 1980. Some forty one years ago. There is a photo of this model, and other tidbits in the recently added: History - Northern Ontario Zone.

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(photos by Chris Moes)

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February 20, 2021 - Snow Madness!

 
With physical distancing rules in effect, four members met at the field for some ski flying on Saturday morning.
 
The snow was very soft, with a tendency to sink-in unless you were moving briskly. Takeoffs were not a problem, just give 'er and go. But landings were a special challenge. In addition to the perils of the soft snow, as each stranded model was retrieved - voila! - a new set of footprints to avoid!
 
It was great fun though, and everyone did lots of flying. No planes were damaged or lost, which is always a good thing. The temperature was just below freezing, but the warm sun and complete lack of wind made very pleasant conditions, and we flew from 10:00 am until just after noon.

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(photos by C. Moes)

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March & April 2021 - Ben's foamboard models - Airborne!

 
With travel restrictions in effect, our newest member has been unable to join us at the field here on St. Joseph Island. However, this did not stop him from getting in some "local" practice flights with his new foamboard creations - as featured in Members Models.
 

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(photos by Windsong Designs)

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May 8 & 9, 2021 - Spring is in the Air

 
Although the temperature is still quite chilly, with light frost both Saturday and Sunday morning, the light winds allowed for some excellent springtime flying both days. The first four photos (below) were taken on Saturday, the rest on Sunday.

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(photos by C. Moes)

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May 15 & 16, 2021 - An interesting weekend

 
Morning temperatures have warmed up considerably, and we enjoyed some fine flying weather both days. A wide variety of planes were flown - electric, I/C, and rubber powered!.
 
Chris' new Cox Babe Bee .049 powered "Sir Jasper" made it's first test flights, and both the model and vintage (1950s?) engine performed well.
 
With his new ARF Tiger Moth now ready for testing, Greg Farish. made excellent use of recycled materials to build a superb new starting bench for the use of club members. It has not yet been christened properly with glow fuel, and we look forward to this grand occasion!

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May 24, 2021 - Glow Power!

 

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Clockwise from top: Greg Farish's Tiger Moth (Saito .82) and Four-Star 20 (OS Max .20), Earl's L'il Wizard (Cox .049), Chris' Baby Flite Streak (Cox .049), Sir Jasper (Cox .049) and Touchdown (OS Max .15)

Although we've had a strong preference for electric power over the past decade or so, an unusual number of glow powered models showed up at the field on Monday morning (photo above). All these models flew, except Greg's big Tiger Moth, that awaits further engine and taxi testing. Despite the cranky starting, nasty fuel leaks, and slime, there's just something about the smoke, sound, and smell that gravitates us back to these "older" style models.

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(photos by C. Moes and Greg Farish)

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May 31 - Return of the Vampire...

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Pat, Greg F. and Chris enjoyed another fine morning session of flying and tall tales. The highlight was the return of Greg's Vampire EDF (above) which flies well, but needs a delicate touch on landing.
 
Greg also attacked one of Earl's tall trees West of the field with his Four-Star 20. It was just a glancing blow however, and the chainsaw was not required. Whew... Fortunately the wing mount assembly broke away from the fuselage and splintered the wing to preserve the integrity of the nylon "break-away" bolt. Murphy's Law in action,
 
Thanks Susan for the yummy treats!!!
 

 

June 6, 2021 - A Memorable Morning

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Al Wale poses with Chris's Taylorcraft, as Tom's Cub heads out on another mission and Earl's Paracoupe returns to te pit.

This morning, we had the pleasure to have a very special guest and lifelong freeflight aeromodeller extraordinaire Al Wale, accompanied by his son-in-law Jeff Bull, (from the Niagara region) join us for some flying fun  and hangar talk. The weather was perfect - clear skies and calm.
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Now 82 yrs young, Al got his his start with control line models in 1953, but when he saw high performance freeflight models in '57, he was hooked and has flown freeflight ever since!
 
Earl, Tom, and I were honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to meet him and share modelling tips and stories. His humongous photo album was of special interest - and we only saw a fraction of it!
 
After decades of practice, there's no doubt his hand launch technique has reached absolute perfection!      Click on the photo for the video >>>>
 
Al was also kind enough to donate a splendid collection of rare vintage model kits and engines, which have already been distributed amongst eager club members!
 
I couldn't wait to get started on the legendary Keil Kraft Phantom, under the the premise of being a "club trainer" This kit is especially rare in it's original form, although a modern repop is available.
 

 

July 10 & 11, 2021 - A Swarm of Bees

 
A busy weekend of flying - both R/C and C/L - under beautiful clear morning skies and barely a breath of wind. The highlight was the first ever flight's of Chris' new Half-A Twin - powered by a pair of two vintage Cox Golden Bee .049s screaming their little hearts out.
 
Click here for the Half-A Twin video
 

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July 17, 2021 - Saturday Morning

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After some earlier teething "issues", the vintage O.S. Max .20 engine in in Greg's Four-Star 20 (above) was performing quite reliably this morning. Patience pays off.
 
Earl brought a fleet of aircraft, and flew them all. Included were his Super Cub "Triple F" on floats and re-powered Taylorcraft..
 
Our experiments with the Half-A Twin continue. Chris demonstated that it is unwise to put the outboard prop on the right way 'round, as loss of line tension (and control!) is guaranteed if the inside engine quits first.
 

 

August 1 & 2, 2021 - The Tiger Moth flies!

 
Greg Farish's Saito .86 powered Tiger Moth made it's first flight on Sunday. Read on...

may 24

Photo above: Earl has a Pietenpol to suit every ocassion!

 
Photos Below:
 
1)  This very rare vintage Carl Goldberg Swordsman 18 is powered by a tiny Cox Pee Wee .020 - the smallest I/C engine yet to fly at our field! The model was expertly built,probably during the 1970s or earlier and was purchased (together with the engine) on eBay from an antique dealer. It appears to have never flown, and was safely stored away all these years - until now!!! The engine starts and runs well on our "special" 1/2A fuel blend, and the little model flies just fine, thank you!  Click here for the Swordsman 18 video
 
2)  Chris dusted off his electric DH-34 biplane after being in storage for almost a  decade. After some initial "issues" with a faulty Rx (broken antenna), the model flies well, although there is some risk of the passengers spilling their drink while taxiing.
 
3 thru 5)  Earl's foamboard Fun Cub "Triple F" now has a new wing, which is lighter (no flaps) and has an extended span. The model now flies much better. Earl reports it handles water takeoffs and landing without issues.
 
6 thru 9)  After installing a new motor mount, a finer pitch prop, and hours of patient tuning and testing, Greg Farish now has the Saito .82 (4 stroke) purring like a kitten. A tiger kitten of course!
 
After considerable taxi testing, the tiger was soon airborne, using less than half the runway and climbing steeply. This aircraft has no lack of power, and cruises quite nicely at a low power setting, and with outstanding fuel economy. The first flight was rather uneventful - which is a good thing! - and the 55" span biplane had no trouble slowing down enough to land on our small patch with ease. Greg reports that the controls are a bit "touchy" - and the throw will be reduced for the next flight. All in all, it was a very encouraging first flight! <<< CLICK HERE >>> for photos of this aircraft during assembly.
 
10 thru 12)  Trials with the control line Half-A Twin continue with the addition of some wing tip weight and right thrust on the outboard engine. It's an absolute hoot to fly with both ngines, and will fly with either engine - even with the outboard engine only (last photo).
 
Click here fror this week's video >>> Cox .049 Baby Mustang
 

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September 4, 2021 - Rainy Saturday

 

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Photo above: (l-r) Tom, Pat, Earl & Greg. That's Earl's Paracoupe far right about to touch down (in front of SUV).

The skies were overcast, with the occassional sprinkle - but there was no wind, and we were all quite keen to get out and do some flying today! Although everyone flew, several technical "issues" made their appearance this morning - including a missing Rx, an ESC with a bad solder joint, and a dodgy transmitter.
 
In addition to the R/C action, Chris, Earl, & Greg flew the brand new .049 control line Lil' Jumpin' Bean - built from a vintage (and very rare)  Carl Goldberg kit found on eBay. Power is supplied by a Cox Golden Bee. We all agreed that the model is a very smooth and responsive flyer - a noticeable improvement over the simpler "flat plate" airfoil planes - such as the Swordsman 18 & Stuntman 23.

 

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September 2021 - First flights

 
Several models made their first flights this month.
 
September 10th (photos 3 thru 6)
 
Greg Farish's new ARF Hangar 9 Twist 40 made it's first test flights today. The O.S. Max .46 runs smoothly and is quieter than the "vintage" O.S. Max .20 in his Four Star 20! The model flies well, but is a bit tail heavy - to be "adjusted" for the net session.
 
September 12th (photos 7 thru 9)
 
Earl's Value Hobby Piper J3 Cub (71" span ARF) has been roosting in the hangar for a while now, but he was brave enough to see if it would fly this morning. It flies "ok" but the cheapo servos have poor resolution and centering, and will need to be upgraded. The tailplane appears to be scale size, thus too small for adequate pitch stabilty at model scale. Therefore, he is also considering increasing the area of the horizontal stabilizer - aka tailplane
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September 18th (photo 13)
 
Chris finally finished his control line Corsair F4U-1 built (mostly) from the vintage (1950s) Sterling kit. Photos of this model under construction can be found <<< here >>>. The model is heavy and fast (like the full size version) and is a pleasure to fly. The "modern" OS Max .15 has plenty of power - the original was specified for .19 to .40 power. Engines have come a long way in 50 years.
 
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October 15, 2021 - Another first flight!

 
As we like to fly early in the morning, on occasion we have to wait for the fog to roll in and out, and often "test" the visibility with the smaller electric models. In the first photo (below), Earl digs for gold with his Aeronca Champ (seen doing a pirouette just above Chris' DH-34 on the table). He landed a bit short though, no gold to be found!
 
Yet another new airplane made it's first ever flight - this time it was Pat's new Four-Star 20 powered by a Saito 30 four stroke. It's a superb looking airplane, and flies equally well. Pat says it could use a bit more power, but is a fine performer - and what a sweet sound! 
 

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