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#4459079 - 01/28/19 11:40 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Tiny window of flying weather the other day where I discovered that I really don't need a slip indicator.



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#4459125 - 01/29/19 05:57 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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With that curve in the river I thought you might be flying over the Seine for a moment. wink
https://youtu.be/W_NQUaCgENU?t=50s
Just needs to be a bit wider.


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#4459150 - 01/29/19 12:40 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Needs more ack-ack.


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#4459192 - 01/29/19 06:00 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Nixer]  
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Originally Posted by Nixer
Needs more ack-ack.

I think Dart just might disagree with you. biggrin


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#4459235 - 01/29/19 11:24 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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I have enough trouble without it!

Oh, and a little chase car for a take off. It was for science. Promise.



I probably should go back and fix the typo. But it's teh Interwebs, so mebbe not.


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#4459245 - 01/30/19 12:42 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Dart at the local VFW/EAA/PETA meeting winkngrin

BTW if you can't laugh at our mistakes...try laughing at yourself. (not you Dart)



Personally, I am absolutely astounded by your achievement of selecting, building and bloody FLYING your little Bebe. Freakin Marvelous. yep

Now, about that Personal Mars Escape Pod you should work on next.

I have a great big list of congressional test pilots to contact! RTFM


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I personally believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and that deficit spending is sustainable forever. We really do need more Admirals in the Navy than ships and that millions of more poor immigrants will jump start the economy.

"There's a sucker born every minute."
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#4459291 - 01/30/19 11:19 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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I'm glad that someone else noticed Dart catching a waspie and flipping over on his Betty Harpers Nixer!


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#4459372 - 01/31/19 12:15 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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LOL!

I mean Bloody Hell!

The Trogdelite Googlites noticed I (a complete anti social media dinosaur) had enjoyed that MP vid and immersed it in solicitor like rubbish!

Must be friends of Yoko Ono's living corpse...

Let's try this one then..

Hopefully Mr Hilter will straighten them out.



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Patrick Henry 1775

I personally believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and that deficit spending is sustainable forever. We really do need more Admirals in the Navy than ships and that millions of more poor immigrants will jump start the economy.

"There's a sucker born every minute."
Phineas Taylor Barnum

#4460623 - 02/09/19 06:21 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Hey Dart, you might be pleased to know that YouTube suggested one of your videos to me under the heading of "Kermit Weeks Hangar viewers also watch..."

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#4460746 - 02/10/19 04:35 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Hey, that's neat!

My YouTube channel is pretty much a vanity project based on the number of views and subscriptions. Oh, well, since the Internet is theoretically forever, it's a legacy thing that my ancestors can laugh at.

A couple of weeks ago I had my second real scare in the aircraft, and the largest of the two. The first was when a bit of coaming foam jammed a rudder cable for a minute, but freed itself. That was disconcerting.*

This latest was when I replaced the valve cover gaskets and the left one didn't seat properly and shifted on takeoff. Climbing out and diverting from the pattern early to let someone else take off, I did my usual scan of the aircraft to see a river of oil coating the left wing! I immediately told the traffic what was going on, did a nice little three quarter circle, and bounced her in for a very short landing for the first turn off.

She still had two quarts of oil left when I shut her down, temps were fine, as was the oil pressure. No harm done to the aircraft. I replaced the valve cover gasket, making triple sure the contact cement to hold in in place was at full tackiness before installing it on the engine.** It's amazing just how much oil goes through the valve covers.

The same day I had to do a little circle on the taxiway before the run-up area to allow a guy to land. First time I ever needed brakes, and it would have been nice to have them.

So yesterday I went up to the airport and put the brake shoes back into the housing, adjusting them to be very light, enough to slow and stop the aircraft from taxi speed in about a third the distance of rolling with the engine off (but with the engine on).They will hold the aircraft in place at and just above idle.

The oil leak was very annoying outside of the whole engine wrecking/forced landing possibilities. The Hobbs meter is showing 39.1 hours. While I actually have more flight time than than in the aircraft and have crossed the 40 hours to leave Test Phase, I decided long ago to use the Hobbs for that just to make the books look logical. I'm looking forward to putting the magic words in the logbooks and travelling to exotic places outside of the 25 nautical mile circle around the airfield such as Shelby County Airport, Fort Payne, etc.

Lots still to improve on the aircraft, though:

First, I'm going to pull the fuel level cork, dry it out completely, and put a thin film of JB Weld on it. None of the varnishes I've used on it have held up, and once again it's sodden and not floating properly. While I'm a firm believer that the only time one has too much fuel on the aircraft is when it is on fire (I generally fly with a full or near full tank), I also think it's a good idea to know how much fuel one has on board the aircraft.

Second, I'm going to have to pad the back of the seat. While she's a fun aircraft to fly, having a sheet metal back means it gets a tad uncomfortable after an hour. I have a cushion made for cars right now, but it's not cutting the mustard.

Third, those wheels need covering. While there were Nieuports flying around without them during the war, she'll look a lot better with them. I'm going to do them at the same time I epoxy the cork, as the plane will be down while the wheels dry.

Fourth, the coaming is still s--t. It's minor, but irritates me to no end that I seem to lack the skill for what should be a minor task.

Fifth, time to touch up the paint on the metal bits. I've got some Krylon flaking off here and there, owing to a poor job of priming the metal. I may resort to stripping it off, lightly etching, re-priming, and re-painting.

All told, though, I'm pretty satisfied with the aircraft. She does everything as advertised, both good and bad, and is just enough of a handful to make things interesting without being scary. Between her German accented French and my Southern drawl, we've come up with a common language to speak to each other with.***

Yes, there are some other minor things I want to tweak as well, but they're well down the list.

* Flipping the aircraft wasn't scary in the least. There wasn't any time to get scared, as it happened too fast. "Wait, what's going on here? Oh, I'm upside down. Crap."

** This is fairly standard practice in VW engines, as the cork gaskets can move away from the valve covers to allow leaks when seating them. Applying a bit of contact cement prevents that.

*** I figured out that while she's French, she must come from Alsace. She responds to German without question, as if it's her first language. And yes, I'm a nut who talks to his aircraft using bits of three languages. smile


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#4460748 - 02/10/19 04:41 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Oh, and the airport manager had words with Mike for chasing my plane down the runway in his car.

Since the airport is changing management from NASCAR to the city in a couple months, neither had their hearts into the discussion and nothing came of it. The manager tried to act stern and Mike tried to act contrite. Both agreed they were convincing enough to let the matter pass.

There are so many violations on the running of the airport that the manager isn't going to press any matter with the FAA, starting with the gate that grants access to the field being held in the open position because they don't want to spend the money to fix it, hoping to pass it on to the city when they take over.


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#4460972 - 02/12/19 06:48 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Do you get the impression the city will be monitoring things more in the future than NASCAR has in the past?


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#4461030 - 02/12/19 04:25 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Most likely. I think the guy who likes to take off from the taxiway (yeah, we have a guy that does that) and buzzing the field will come to a halt.

If - and that's a big if - they hire a competent manager. If they go cheap and just hire some dude (or any of the people that work there now) it might not change.

One of the supposed line guys could have had the job, but he's surly and rude; when the lady who will be running the new airport board came to visit he studiously ignored her and didn't seem to care who she was when she introduced herself. Part of running a small airport is like running a hotel - one has to make the guests feel welcome.

The biggest change is going to be that the people working the airport will only be working the airport. NASCAR only really cares about the track, and would have the airport guys out there picking up trash on the road outside the track, cutting the grass after they picked up the trash, etc., while the airfield grew tall and paper flew around. Any maintenance on the field is either slow or non-existent, and when it finally happens we hear about how they don't like to pay for it.

Hell, the current manager, who's an otherwise nice guy, likes to talk as if FAA airport funds are coming out of NASCAR's pockets. AWOS was broken for six months at one point, and it only got fixed because the governor flew in to our field and the pilot mentioned it to her. The main security gate remains in an open position because it would "cost too much" to run a new wire from one side to the other so the sensors knew to let someone out. The management isn't going to call the FAA on anyone for the latter - they're violating Home Security as well as FAA regulations.

There are upsides, though, that we're losing. When I flipped the aircraft, there should have been a call to the FAA, but instead they helped me tow the aircraft to the hangar behind a riding mower after I flipped it back over. Nobody saw nothing.

Our hangar rents are a little below market value. Not too much, but I can see rent going up fifty bucks a month. I don't think folks will complain too much if at the same time they patch the roofs to where they don't leak.


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#4461113 - 02/13/19 05:21 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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What I saw going on at your little airport was how Chino used to be according to the stories I heard from the old timers before the FAA cracked down on the place for runway incursions and forced the county to install a fully staffed Control Tower to boot. Crossing the Movement line with a car would have caused all sorts of headaches these days for the individual that made that mistake. Our access is gated but at least 3 to 4 times a week someone breaks off the gate arm at all of the access points with a trailer. It happens so often it almost seems deliberate. Maintenance guys never run out of work fixing them though.

Here is the driving test we have to take annually to be able to drive onto the airport. http://web.sbcounty.gov/airports/chinoairports/drivertraining/presentation.html
Riveting stuff....

Runway Safety @ Chino Airport



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#4462596 - 02/23/19 05:02 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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We don't have enough traffic to draw any real attention - other than race weekends, and all of us avoid the airport that week.

Since the weather has been completely uncooperative, I thought I'd share a story that I told on another forum.

My radio power issue resolved, I took her up around the patch that day for a quick flight.

I did a check to the traffic as I taxied and the FBO came back saying I sounded great - loud and clear.

So up I went, and on the way back did all the usual radio calls, saying my position, intentions, etc.

The guy at the FBO came back to say that my radio sounded much worse - I was understandable, but there was some sort of interference and noise.

Rats.

I continue on my way to land, and after leaving the active did a radio check with the FBO.

"Oh, yeah, much better - very clear."

Double rats. That means I have no range and will have to play around with the antenna location.

Pull up to the hangar, do a little whoop (hey, I flew the airplane), and then make some swear words as I put her in.

One of the pilots up the other end of the hangars comes sauntering up, smiling.

"What's the matter?"

"Blankety-blank radio is blank. FBO says I had some sort of interference when I was out of the pattern coming in and the whole way down."

"Um, I had my handheld on so I can watch you land, and you sounded just fine."

"No noise?"

"Well, other than sounding like you're in an open cockpit aircraft with a bunch of wind, no. That guy is an idiot."

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#4462613 - 02/23/19 12:05 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Good story. Open cockpit is different. I’ve been flying an Ercoupe with the canopy open. There is enough activity that I had to put a second windsock on my mike since the Bose A20 was being triggered too much with just the single sock.


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#4463248 - 02/27/19 05:19 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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We had a rare break in the weather yesterday so I popped up to the airport.

She flew great, and so I stayed up, just flying around and wishing I'd of opted for the scarf and mittens along with the parka. I started shivering on the way back to the field.

The Coosa river between the dam up towards Gadsden and the big one that makes Martin Logan lake is way up, thanks to all this rain we've been having. They've done their best to limit the flooding, but it's no joke:



I hadn't expected this kind of break, so none of the batteries for the cameras were even close to charged - the GoPro was flat, and my el Cheapo one had about a third of a charge.

The neat thing was that after I pulled the cowl for the post-flight checks, the Hobbs read 40.3 hours. I can put her out of Test Phase!

While I actually have more than 40 hours in flight in the plane, I decided that in order to keep the paperwork straight I'd go off the Hobbs. The reason they don't match is that since the Hobbs is connected to the master switch, any time I do maintenance or work on the electric stuff. Rather than have it inflated, I usually disconnect the Hobbs when doing such work. Naturally I forgot to re-connect it once or twice. smile


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#4463362 - 02/28/19 01:57 PM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Flying that kite without a scarf flowing in the wind?
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#4463915 - 03/04/19 04:37 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: Dart]  
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Got the shivers just thinking about flying in an open cockpit in that weather.


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#4464349 - 03/07/19 02:36 AM Re: 7/8 scale Nieuport 11. [Re: wheelsup_cavu]  
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Originally Posted by wheelsup_cavu
Got the shivers just thinking about flying in an open cockpit in that weather.


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It's not the cold so much as the cold with the humidity - it cuts right through a body.

Tomorrow morning is 31 degrees (either Zero or -1 in Metrics), which is cold. But it's also projected to have a humidity of 62 percent. Sixty-two. There's so much water in the air that it won't insulate properly against the cold.

How one can have water vapor in the air when the air is below freezing is beyond me, but that's winter in the South.

I lived off and on for ten years in Montana, and spent a year in Alaska - it never felt as cold as it does in Alabama.


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