Clyde Crash Cup Contender

Ever have one of those days when you really want to go to the field, but now that you shouldn’t. Well yesterday was one for me.

I arrived at the field around 10 am, weather ok, winds very low. Shortly after arrival, a single cloud opened up and it started to rain. Another sign that flying was not in the cards for me. But I waited it out and the rain stopped.

I have been resurrecting an aircraft that Bill Bowen passed on, a beautiful BlueHawk bi-plane. The resurrection finished out very good, the plane looked great. So today would be its Maiden Flight.

Started the engine, warmed it up, did a bit of tuning and then off to the runway. A bit nose heavy, but controllable, I raised the throttle and headed down the runway for a fairly uneventful take off. As I climbed out, I noticed she was a bit heavy on the right side and needed a bit of left aileron to maintain level flight. Not a problem, continued to climb and make my right turn in preparations for trimming. As I came out of the turn, still climbing, the aircraft decided to do a trick of its own, an inverted dive. With little altitude to correct, the impact with the ground was inevitable. Picture below shows the rest of the story.

Not much to save here

After collecting the wreckage, I brought out my back up plane for the day. A high wing trainer that I have flown many times. I had just finished a modification to the wing mounting, by adding wing bolts and wood pins to hold the wing on. Was kinda tired of searching for and using the rubber bands.

So, off to the sky, flying pattern circles, figure eights, and then loops. First loop ok, second loop not so much. A the plane came to the top of the loop, the main wing decided to exit the airplane floating gracefully to the ground. The rest of the plane became a high speed lawn dart.

Not much to save here.

So, I loaded the truck with what I had left, gathered all the debris and headed home, to where no doubt, I should have stayed.

Cheers, Jim

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Easy Tips for Balancing Propellers

When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step procedure.
1.  To balance blades, place the mounted prop on the balancer with the blades in a horizontal position.  Remove material from the heavy side (the side that falls when placed horizontally), or add to the lighter side until prop stays in a balanced horizontal position.
2.  To balance the prop hub, place the mounted prop on the balancer in a vertical position.  Remove material from the heavy side (side that falls when placed vertically) or add to the lighter side until prop stays in a balanced vertical position.

Tips for Removing or Adding Weight

To remove material from wood or plastic props, scrape or sand material from the backside of the blade.
To add material use drops of CA glue, epoxy or “dope” (wood props).  Also, light coats of these adhesives work as well.

That’s it. Balancing a propeller is very easy and it pays big dividends by making your model last longer and operate more smoothly.

Safety note: Don’t try to repair a broken or badly cracked propeller.

Building Plans

Comment from Dan Royer:

At the weekly lunch with the club members I told several where you can find Goldberg Plans free. I have attached the listing of the plans available and where to get them to download;

CAD conversions are sent to OuterZone, here is the list so far.

Bridi Flipper – Hand Launch Glider 
Gnome 60” – Hand Launch Glider 
Gnome 2M – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Gnome 3M – 3 Meter Sailplane
GP Trainer 40 – Trainer
GP Trainer 60 – Trainer
Jetfire 40 – .40 Size Power Sport Plane
M.A.N. Trainer 40 – .40 Pattern Trainer
M.A.N. Trainer 60 Senior – .60 pattern Trainer
RCM Advanced Trainer 60 – IC R/C Cabin
RCM Trainer 40 – Trainer
Olympic 650 – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Olympic II – 100” Wing Span Sailplane 
Pussycat – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Shuttle 78 – 2 Meter Sailpane 
Soar Birdi – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Square Soar 72 – 72” Wing Span Sailplane 
Step Two – 2 Meter Sailplane
Birdi Trainer 60 – RC Cabin
Wander 72 – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Wander 99 – 99” Wing Span Sailplane 
PROTÉGÉ – cabin trainer
Ultra Sport 1000 – pattern trainer
Super Sportster 40 – low wing sport plane
Super Sportster 60 – low wing sport plane
Grand Esprit – high performance sailplane
Extra 300 – high performance aerobatic 

Coming Soon
TIGER 60 – Pattern Trainer
Super Sportster Bibe – 40 sized biplane
Spirit 100 – 100” Sailplane
Top Flite Elder 40 – sport plane

2020 Polar Bear Fly

New Years Day 2020 brought sun shine and wind, neither of which stopped the 25 or more club members, wives and visitors that showed up to support the event.

On arrival at the site, the tumble weeds had gathered in protest of the day’s events, but Charles and I were able to overcome them and get the gates opened.

Food for lunch was in abundance, with fried chicken, chili, split peas soup, chicken casserole, chicken soup, sub sandwiches, tater tots, chips and multi layer dip, chocolate covered donuts, cookies, breads etc. No one went hungry.

Flying was a bit of a challenge, with the winds, but this did not stop the many club members that brought planes to fly. There were a couple of nay sayers, who did not bring their planes, saying “they though it would be too windy”.

One or two small mishaps added some extra challenge to the day, with one mid air collision and an uncontrolled landing some what short of the runway.

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