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Dwain Dibley.26/05/2019 19:24:06
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I tell you what Percy, I was just browsing in the LMS. Having got what I wanted, I was nattering to the Gaffer, Ian, and my eye fell upon those stripes, they had been on the shelf for donkeys years, the ticket had faded, and they were covered in dust. I took a chance that they would even stick to anything, but I reckon I did OK Matey......

Any of the earlier civilian types do it for me Percy, I admire the Warbirds, but you can have a bit too much of them

I put the 120 on the scales, everything in, and on that has to be in and on...... She came out at 2438 g,

that is 5 lb 5oz.

I had forgotten the Rx battery in the last weigh in, so ESC, Rx battery, struts, stripes, a couple of aileron extensions, the prop and the prop nut, added another 12 oz.

D.D.

Percy Verance26/05/2019 19:33:40
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Hi again DD.

I'm not a warbird man DD. I do actually have one of the old Ripmax Electric Spitfires I acquired as part of a job lot I bought, but I wouldn't have gone out and bought one. It does fly well on the rare occasions I fly it.

The weight of the Cessna seems good enough DD. Brian Taylor was/is known as a light builder. Those whom often build from his plans are sometimes surprised at the finished AUW of his designs.

I just remembered that early radial engined Cessna was a 95 DD......

Dwain Dibley.26/05/2019 19:51:16
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Do you mean the Cessna 195 Percy ?? I was building one from Belair but it was a bit too big for my workshop and the build stalled. I still have the plans, cowl and wheel pants plus the ribs and bits and bobs.yellow 195.jpg

Percy Verance26/05/2019 19:53:47
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I do mean the 195 DD. I was wrong......... sad

And I do recall your build, as I was looking in regularly...... That's the thing with those Hostetler designs. They're all BIG.......

Edited By Percy Verance on 26/05/2019 19:55:13

Dwain Dibley.26/05/2019 20:01:59
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Only one digit out Dood.....LOL

Here are some pictures of the 120 in the Garden.

B.T.W. I did a finger balance and she was spot on the C of G with the Lipo up against the fire wall. I can move the Rx battery forward a little more if needs be. 

D.D.

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Dwain Dibley.26/05/2019 20:07:03
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Posted by Percy Verance on 26/05/2019 19:53:47:

That's the thing with those Hostetler designs. They're all BIG.......

Edited By Percy Verance on 26/05/2019 19:55:13

I often look on the Belair site and maybe one day I will get another part set and have another go, I also like the Chester Jeep.......in fact I like a lot of them............Oh Dear !!!! dont know There will be more time when I retire LOL.

D.D.

Percy Verance26/05/2019 20:26:08
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I wouldn't count on it DD. I gave up working full time a few years ago now, and although I occasionally get the chance to go flying nice and early in the morning (100% electric) - sometimes before 10am - the days often don't seem long enough as there's usually something to do.....

I do sometimes wonder how I found the time to go to work from Monday to Friday........ 

P.S. On the days I don't get to fly in the morning, I make pretty damn sure I'm out there at about 2pm in the afternoon. Retirement is ok DD, but you do need to work at it.........

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 26/05/2019 20:30:50

Geoff Sleath26/05/2019 20:44:18
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The trouble with being retired is that you don't get any holidays crying

That's a cracking build, DD. I haven't been saying much but I have been following it in the hope of getting me out of my aeromodelling lethargy. It will happen but I haven't done any building since Christmas and it's weeks since I've been flying.

Geoff

Dwain Dibley.26/05/2019 21:05:55
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Well I have 7 years max and about 5 min to work yet, but I don't intend to stay slaving too long. LOL

Seems like you need a schedule more after retirement Percy.

Thanks Geoff, What is next on the bench Matey, maybe if you get the bits out and have a mooch, it will get the juices flowing again.

Or maybe it's something you have to do and once it's out of the way you can get going again. With me it was the kitchen refurb....I just had to stop everything else until it was done

D.D.

Andrew76727/05/2019 00:25:27
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I always enjoy your builds D.D....and this one has been particularly well done!!...Keep up the good work mate....Whats next??

Andrew

Percy Verance27/05/2019 07:57:39
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Don't get any holidays Geoff? Well I'm off up to Scotland for a week or so in August to lose myself up near the Highlands. The stunning scenery never fails to take my breath away, neither does the malt whisky...........

I may even pop a small model in the boot too........

DD

Much of my spare time - in 2014 and 2015 at least - was taken up project managing the onset of our bungalow renovation DD. I was still working full time at that point, and it wasn't easy. However, we have now got to the point where just about everything needing renewing/replacing (literally from the roof down) has been sorted, plus a whole new *wing* has been added, so now we can go into retirement safe in the knowledge that there are no big bills looming over the horizon......

My partner still has a few years to go before she throws the towel in, but we're both happy knowing it's an ok situation to be in as it were......plus where I fly is but a half mile drive down the road from my village. yes

Yep, it's been hard graft but worth it.

Here's the lounge before we took ownership...complete with it's grotty decor and corner 60's tiled fireplace.

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And the same room today.......

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Edited By Percy Verance on 27/05/2019 08:25:25

Percy Verance27/05/2019 10:18:58
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Anyway DD, getting back to the Cessna. I'm looking forward to seeing how the maiden goes. It looks so right, I can't imagine there will be any issues - as long as you get that receiver aerial outside the fus......

Dwain Dibley.27/05/2019 22:23:18
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Nice, I see you like the minimalist look, no clutter. Is that your spot by the magazine table ?

I did test the signal strength yesterday. I left the model in my workshop Rx in cabin, with daughter no 2 keeping an eye out (only the Rx battery connected) I went into the lounge, which is 3 rooms away. the model did not display any glitches or control problems, and responded to inputs. I moved rudder, daughter shouts rudder, I move elevator, Daughter shouts elevator.......................You get the picture...... wink

Anyway, three solid walls between model and Tx and all OK.

I will do more testing just in case, but so far so good.

I will also get video of the maiden. won't be for a week or too tho as it is half term and I have to work from

11.00 - 7.30

D.D.

Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 27/05/2019 22:24:26

Percy Verance28/05/2019 05:45:53
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Yes, by the (10ft 6in wide) window DD. I prefer to read using natural light if I can...

I look forward to the maiden DD....... yes

Edited By Percy Verance on 28/05/2019 05:46:56

Martyn K29/05/2019 14:48:00
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DD - that model looks absolutely stunning... Beautiful

Martyn

Dwain Dibley.29/05/2019 16:35:32
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High praise indeed, thanks Martin.... blush

Sorry Andrew767, only just saw your post. Thanks for the compliments. I would like to build a Mr Mulligan. I did have one in the workshop a couple of years ago that belonged to a friend, sadly now departed. We were doing it up, it was about 40 years old and had a Tartan 44 cc twin glow engine in it. We got to the stage of taxiing it around wingless, having got the engine running sweet. I have a pic somewhere.

Whatever I build will be civilian tho, as I have had my fill of warbirds for now.

D.D.

Here you go.

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fly-navy30/05/2019 00:42:28
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That's a cracker Steve done a lovely job there, will have to come and have a butcher's at it sometime.

I have been retired thirteen years now and madam makes sure we have plenty of holidays, we got back from Scotland last week Isle of Bute for a week then over to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, beautiful weather. Wish I could get my mojo back building and flying. Sorry back on topic. All the best for the maiden matey I'm sure it will fly as good as it looks.

Dwain Dibley.30/05/2019 09:47:14
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Thanks John, Hope you are well Mate.

I will probably see you at Weston Park, are you going ??

Is Halesowen Flyers Club still going ??

Kettle will be on, just remember my shifts LOL

D.D.

Nigel R30/05/2019 11:05:52
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Looking very nice DD.

Dwain Dibley.30/05/2019 15:27:50
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Thanks Nigel. 

I have some decals coming soon, reg no's wing and fuselage.

D.D.

Edited By Dwain Dibley. on 30/05/2019 15:28:43

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