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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:39 am 
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Repairs to the Yak began last night. I just realigned what parts I could in the fuse and then hit them with some thin CA to glue them back together. I will eventually break out some fiberglass cloth strips and thinned epoxy to help reinforce the joints. Right now I'm just focusing on getting things back in place and figuring out where I need wood bracing versus fiberglass cloth bracing.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:21 pm 
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Glad you decided to fix it!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:44 pm 
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I took off early from work to take care of a few things and head to the field for some practice. First was to stop and get some dino oil to put in the generator. I didn't even warm up the old oil, I just dumped it into my oil change pan and that was it. The oil was a little discolored but I didn't see any pieces of metal. I put in the fresh oil and fired it up once I gave it time to settle so I could make sure it wasn't too little or too much.

The generator smoked a little bit and then it went away and ran fine. After I got to the field, I took it away from where everyone was and ran it. There were no problems so I plugged in my power supply and charged a set of batteries.

There were a lot of people out at the field practicing and it was a bit surprising to me but normal for a pattern contest. Good friendly people and were willing to help by calling or spotting.

It made me a bit nervous and my first practice flight was crap. I couldn't even remember the pattern sequence. The second and also last flight was much better after my nerves calmed down. The double loop is still going to kick my butt tomorrow.

I also lost another tailwheel...

So I put the old one on after I use a pair of pliers to pull the wheel collar off of the old one. Wheel pants were loosening up so I got them tightened up and I also changed out my arming plug to the white base finally.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:01 pm 
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I had an OK day flying wise at the pattern contest. There are 30 registered pilots and 4 of those including myself are flying in Sportsman.

I had to deal with a strong crosswind on the 2nd and 3rd flights but I've been getting some coaching and so my 3rd flight has been the best so far. I'm currently in second place and the guy beating me has a Allure with a 3 bladed prop. So he has a much newer and better airframe and he's probably flown more contests and had more coaching than I have so I'm not too worried.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:03 pm 
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AC Glenn who is on the USA Worlds Team is also at the contest. He is flying just to practice and not really competing.

He has 3 of these planes that he is trying to make as close as possible before the sending them to Argentina for the competition.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:05 pm 
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Well I got through the last 2 rounds and the DeJaVu is still in one piece. It was a solid second place finish and I believe I did pretty good considering I only have 32 flights on the plane now and I've only been through the sequence now 12 times.

Couple of things I learned is that I need to fly further out so the plane presents better, I need to fly faster, and by doing those two things I can get through the sequence without being rushed.

I don't think I will be taking the DeJaVu to the field next time I go but I am going to start working on the Intermediate sequence for next year. My goal is to make 2 contests next year. We will see what my son allows me to be able to do.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:57 pm 
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Congrats, Ben! That's awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:07 pm 
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Congrats Ben! That's an awesome accomplishment for your first contest!

As an aside, you have a good plane and should never be intimidated by flying against the latest and greatest. I know guys who have competed in Masters with 5S planes, about 60" wingspan and cleaned everybody's clock. It's all about preparation. Getting your plane trimmed and getting in the practice. It's all about who's on the sticks!


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:18 pm 
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Yeah, someone at the contest was saying the Advanced or Masters at the Nats this year or last year was won with a Great Planes Sequence 120.

The DeJaVu is a good plane and I just need to get some more time on it, fly it out further, and fly it faster. Ten years ago or so that was the 2m plane to get and I almost bought one new instead of the Dalton 300.

I'm proud to have it but also thinking about what to do for my next 2m plane. I mean, even the great pilots crash.

Trying to decide between getting the Inisght R/C Cadence kit and building it, the new CK Aero Caressa, or just looking for another good used airframe.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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I made it to the field today. I just took the EF Edge because I was in the mood to fly gas.

Just 2 flights because I was late getting out there and I wasn't sure how much was going on. I also found myself having to get used to how different this plane flies than my DeJaVu. I also tried some of the proposed Intermediate maneuvers and the outside loop is going to kick my butt for sure next season.

I was the only one out but an elder member of the club came out and we chatted between flights 1 and 2 and a little after flight 2. This older club member is building a 1/3 scale Albatross from Balsa USA. Apparently it's a kit for master builders and difficult and it's also huge.

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