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Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
21/08/2020 15:44:13

Chris, all that detail discussion with Phil about the aileron torque rod linkage is very helpful for me.  Your workmanship looks very good.

Q: Have you thought about using an AIR CONDITIONING unit device in your workshop? Seems the heat is a real problem for you there.


Edited By John H. Rood on 21/08/2020 16:29:55

Thread: Sackys FJ3 Fury
04/07/2020 19:00:24

Excellent, Sacky!

The Sidewinder missile was so aptly named -- developed and tested in the harsh desert of China Lake, California. Deep in memory is the fearsome presence of The Sidewinder, a desert predator that pushed all the right buttons for many of us warped 1950s/60s kids in the USA. We first learned of it in the 1958 Walt Disney Productions' documentary THE LIVING DESERT.

And here's a fun little audio-visual foray into the Sidewinder's mystique!

Turn your audio UP! kuloukuloukulou


Edited By John H. Rood on 04/07/2020 19:01:46

09/06/2020 15:51:29

David, two scans for you:

c.1962 aurora kit of cv62 indy.1.jpg

c.1962 aurora kit of cv62 indy.2.jpg

Your Captain Grey is looking good for an OK-3 on this one.  By the looks of the painting, I'm thinking the original art was done by the great John Steel?  Terrific action-perspective of CV-62, the Indy, one of the great Forrestal class "supercarriers".

You asked about my XFJ-2 Fury build progress: Zero!   But for weeks I have been focused on reorganizing my Cellar of Aeronautical Doom and it has been a colossal battle; a lifetime of STUFF and a glaring lack of discipline as to inefficient STORAGE vs functional WORKSPACE; as part of that war I found this circa 1962 model kit amongst the rubble.

I made these two scans off my small home machine for you; at 1/600th scale the kit is too large to fit on my scanner bed, so here are the two bits. No ideal, but there it is!

I have now declared a bloody stalemate/cease-fire in my battle with my mess; time for me to cut wood on the Fury. The workshop has never been better, all feels very good... so no more excuses! 

Meanwhile, thanks for checking in on me yesterday and kudos on your good work here.  That instrument panel is really COOL.  Sure looks the part!

Edited By John H. Rood on 09/06/2020 16:01:51

09/06/2020 03:36:13

David, I have this 1962 reboxing of a 1956 Forrestal-class plastic model kit.  Great old-school proper box art. 

I believe we see here your FJ-3 in action.  Cheers!

Indy circa1962 kit.jpeg

Indy c.1962 kit.jpeg

Edited By John H. Rood on 09/06/2020 04:05:30

Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
19/03/2020 15:20:04

According to the World Health Organization, any PSSA event will in no way whatsoever be a source of pandemic contagion. NEVER!


ALL THE EXPERTS AGREE: No way any bad bugs can survive in THAT "CLOUD OF ALL-KNOWING" smile

Thread: PSSA Sabre Mass Build Event T-shirt - NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER!
18/03/2020 17:03:51

Golly but I'm such a tiny mere wisp of a thing, but somehow I will nonetheless need a hefty, stretchy size XL !!!

Also ordering a smaller one for the Mrs. Rood; doubtless the consummate BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY / VALENTINE'S / EASTER / COVID-19 STAY HOME AND BUILD MODELS / etc. luxury romance gift!

Paypal & Particulars just now sent to the Cooke Mansion & Aeronautical Trust.

Thanks guys for doing this and everything PSSA!


Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
05/03/2020 21:51:45

Chris, beautiful job. And nice tip about sealing off CF rods!.

Thread: Pete's Cavallino Rampante Italian Aerobatic Team Sabre
05/03/2020 18:32:57

Pete, your fuselage process reminds me of my MiG-15 1/10th scale that I started but never finished some years ago.

Here I was laying on the first fibreglass strips over the packing-tape-covered pink foam... and yes, Sir -- that same unbelievably godforsaken messy "is-ness" that you encountered from A to Z... foam dust, static cling, resin, gloves, brushes, fiberglass shards, silica dust, the works!

Note the extra strips lying there in the foreground...


It was my first attempt at doing anything in fiberglass... and after the resin dried I was dismayed by how dang HEAVY the fibreglass monster seemed to have come out... as in, I likely fell prey to the impulse to add more resin than was needed... something I had set out to AVOID, but maybe it happened anyway?

So... here's how the thing looked during the next step, rough-sanding the now-cured White Whale:

The leftover pizza and gin helped me to cheer up, as did the shiny insides that emerged when I cut the thing in half... turned out that I didn't even need to destroy the foam original plug in the process!

So I can fast-forward to NOW and your Sabre build is a real eye-opener. Lots of info about where and how next to proceed on this MiG-15 someday soon, especially with all these new Sabres out and about.   Love your detailed, info-packed build threads!

Edited By John H. Rood on 05/03/2020 18:47:59

Thread: Sabre made in Belgium
05/03/2020 14:26:01

Q: Why the bandage on my silly face?

A: THIS sky-angel scratched me while I was trying to measure her canopy frame seam-width!

Miss Canopy Frame 2020.jpg

All to say, THANK YOU, DIRK, you are awesome !!!


Thread: XFJ-2 Fury: F-86E Modified for Carrier Operations
26/02/2020 21:19:08

LE, spars, and TE of hard balsa. Joints all cleaned up nicely.

Quick photo-op before securing everything back down on the jig so to (hopefully) ward off any warping.

Next is to box up the spars via the vertical-grain shear webbing and then install hinge blocks and servo mounts.



Thread: An Introduction to the PSSA 2020 Mass Build Project
24/02/2020 16:27:13

Andy, that's great, matey. I'll pm you.

24/02/2020 12:47:49

Andy that’s some Top Gear there!!! I’d love one!

Do you make pilots as well?

Thread: XFJ-2 Fury: F-86E Modified for Carrier Operations
23/02/2020 04:34:22

5 November 1952: Sea Trials aboard the carrier Coral Sea (CVA-43) for the Pax River-based XFJ-2 prototypes.7.jpeg

23/02/2020 04:28:08


Thanks, guys! I've been clamping the wing jig to a very flat and sturdy 1/2" thick glass table top with good results thus far. The clamps also have helped me forcibly "tweak" the jig to align properly with the rib positions et al. I'm using hard balsa for the spars and the false LE/TE strips. Gluing with Titebond "Thick & Quick" and Titebond II.

21/02/2020 02:38:30




Thread: Sackys FJ3 Fury
11/02/2020 19:05:01

I learned not to sandpaper my airframe in the house as this seems to initiate marital distress and anyway working in the garage is altogether quieter.


Oh, and never has a PSS problem ever "INTRUDED" on a otherwise blissful MARRIAGE !!! idea

Thread: Sabre made in Belgium
06/02/2020 05:30:01


05/02/2020 18:03:45
Just in case anybody besides me was curious, I was going to ask Dirk about what wax and PVA combo he used in his canopy frame molding process -- but seeing his photos I decided to just investigate them myself. So here are product links: Wax and PVA.


Edited By John H. Rood on 05/02/2020 18:04:54

Thread: Prostate Cancer
03/02/2020 16:51:23

I just this morning got my latest PSA blood test results -- all clear for me, a very low risk situation for me at this time. I feel very relieved and grateful. My dad contracted PC when he was about my age (64.7 years ancient), so I am on "the waiting list" as it were. Or at least it sure feels that way at times!

Hang in there, guys. My dad is now 93 and he beat PC. They removed his prostate (bad) and put him on Lupron (not great but hey).  And a pretty intensive macrobiotic diet (oh dear!), which really helped him lose some belly and get exercising again.  Eventually he got off the Lupron entirely, stopped the macro diet, quit exercising, and pretty much slid back into classic middle-age male-ness! 

AND thirty or so years later he is now remarkable healthy, all-told. I think he used a combination of nicotine and alcohol and steak and BBQ and a few other fun and toxic chem-trails!

It also helped him A LOT to get involved with PC peer support activities. Hang in there -- be well, y'all.


Edited By John H. Rood on 03/02/2020 17:05:04

Thread: Chris McG F-86 Sabre Dog build blog
03/02/2020 16:41:44

Chris, amen.

And if you're at all similar to me, keeping things SIMPLE might be a real good thing -- a real good DOG as it were -- as this is your first slope soaring build. Me? Keeping things SIMPLE is my NUMBER ONE challenge in trying to get my arse in gear. I love to defeat myself by over-complicating things.

I was actually thinking of you the other day as I was landing one of my very simple non-scale foamie gliders; whilst trying to bring the plane in properly I couldn't imagine myself actuating flaps, a rudder, speed brakes, ordnance, drop tanks, et al. I find it is PLENTY for me just to proper fly and land even just a very simple slope glider!

Remember, too, that, at least here in the USA, for decades the vast majority of PSS models did very well on just ailerons and elevator. As did Gordon & Martin's prototype Sabre in our PSSA Mass Build!

Managing things on a transmitter in wind and no wind and lift and no lift and sun and trees and rocks and Andrew Meade's hounds and my wild rantings and wailings (and a thousand other variables) is PLENTY for most anybody. Slope has a steep learning curve, as it were. I might even need to forgo having an operating in-flight pilot relief tube system on my PSSer. .


p.s. LOVE the EXCELLENT Dog Sabre tough guy look that's emerging on the nose and chin of your build! Very nice! WOOF-WOOF !!!

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