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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:00 pm 
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Not RC related but this came up in my recommendations on YouTube.

It's a little hair raising to say the least...


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:24 pm 
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Holy crap!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:31 pm 
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I made it to the field both Saturday and Sunday. We had a club meeting on Saturday so I took the DeJaVu and got two flights on it just practicing certain maneuvers for pattern.

Sunday was hot and windy but I needed to hammer in the PVC pipes for my plane starting station down some more because they were extending too far above the ground and took out someone's prop...

The ground has gotten dry so it might just be shrinking. I flew the TH Edge while I was out there and on the second flight I started doing stupid things close to the ground. I ended up nosing it in and it looked to be in one piece so I continued and noticed the aft of the fuse seemed loose. I had cracked part of the fuse so I brought it home, hit it with some Welders glue, and taped it up to hold it together.

I'm hoping to get the YS in the Sabre this week but we will see what happens.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:32 pm 
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Tonight I started working on the Sabre by drilling out the old engine mount bolt holes and plugging them with dowel rod. I will sand them down to be more flush with the motor mount.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:46 pm 
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I worked on the Sabre some more tonight. I cleaned all the dust from being in West Texas off and reworked the tail pushrods. The original ones had been bent up a bit so I wanted to get some new straight ones to put on it. Twelve inches of rod threaded with 4-40 on one end is pretty inexpensive.

I also realized that I needed a new tailwheel. I am not sure where else other than the drawers under my workbench to find a proper tailwheel.

In the short time I couldn't find one but I did find a spare set of landing gear from an Aeroworks E260 I had. The wheels are a bit larger than needed but fit.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:06 pm 
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I had a busy weekend with "honey-do" type stuff that needed to get done. I was pretty tired today but still wanted to get a few flights. It's also very HOT so with the direction the pilot stations face and the sun being in your eyes for much of the morning hours, there is a narrow window for flying. It is still hot during this period but you just have to try and get your flying in before the heat of the day sets in and the heat index gets too high.

I made it out about 11:30 and I just did 2 flights on the DeJaVu. I want to start putting the entire pattern sequence together so I quickly looked at the first third of the maneuvers and practiced doing those in order. Next time I am out, I will see what the next third of the sequence is and practice those with and without doing the first third. I used this method in IMAC when I was learning the sequences out at the field alone.

I need to do what I hope is a minor repair to the tailwheel on the DeJaVu, finish up the Sabre 47, and also see about what I can do to press out the bearings on the Yak 54 motor.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:55 pm 
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I had other plans for RC this week but work and the heat have gotten in the way.

The tire on my DeJaVu tailwheel keeps coming off and now the tailwheel came loose from the steering arm.

I took the assembly off to inspect and I cannot figure out why the set screw backed out. So I will watch it and maybe also build something support and hold the tail while in transport.

I am trying canopy glue to hold the tire to the rim for the tailwheel. I am hoping the support will also fix this problem.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:06 pm 
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The DeJaVu is back together. Putting the tailwheel back on went smoothly and I'm hoping to get some good practice in tomorrow.

I had to do some repair work to our research plot combine today and that somewhat got me in the mood to deal with the Motrofly motor in my EF 48" Yak. So I setup a piece of wood to take out the bearings using my drill press. To protect the stator, I cut a hole in some foam rubber and there doesn't appear to be any damage. I did notice that there is some damage on the backside of the motor where the rear bearings go. Best I can figure is this happened during the assembly and was not caused by me because I don't know how I would've been able to do it.

I also ordered a replacement bearing set. I don't know what the shipping it but they are not very big so hopefully just a few dollars. The bearing set was priced reasonably, or assume $4.55 for all 5 bearings to be reasonable.

Also back to thinking about selling the Dalton 300. I really shouldn't but an electric Typhoon sailplane is calling me...


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Made it to the field today just as everyone else was leaving so I just got 2 flights on the DeJaVu.

More practice of the first third and I did my first try at the second third on the second flight.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:46 am 
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Notorious B.E.N. wrote:
I really shouldn't but an electric Typhoon sailplane is calling me...


This one?

https://www.soaringusa.com/Typhoon-E-Glass.html

Pretty. 8-)

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