Hangar 9 Piper Cub

Hangar 9 Piper Cub Ultra Series (ARF) w/ Floats

Purchased from ebay, March 19, 2006.


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This turned out to be a deal I literally could not refuse. It was listed as ‘local pickup only’ on ebay and I ended up being the only bidder. After church on sunday, I burned rubber down to Madison to pick it up. There was a major winter storm bearing down on us and I wanted to get back before things got too bad. The last hour or two of the drive home saw a mix of precipitation, ice, snow, rain, but the roads stayed good all the way home. We ended up getting 8-10 inches of wet, heavy snow by noon the next day.

History

Here is the history of the airplane as best as I know.

Originally this aircraft was assembled by an older gentlemen. He bought the Carl Goldberg Super Floats to go along with it and really did a nice job of assembling everything, and added a few nice touches along the way. Unfortunately he passed away before he had a chance to fly it.

This gentleman’s son worked with a guy who did R/C so he sold off his father’s fleet to him. This person flew it once (off water with the floats.) However, it turned out to not be his cup of tea and needed to clear some space in his shop, so he put it up for sale on ebay.

As far as I know, the aircraft and engine have only one flight on them. The covering has a few wrinkles in places that are typical for ARF’s and typical for the plastic type covering. I need to see if they will shrink out. Other than that, the airplane is in pristine and brand new condition.

December 31, 2006

I did a few maintenance tasks. 1. I replaced the wing servos. Something is drawing way more current than it should and this is my first stab at figureing that out. 2. I added some lead to the tips of the floats to help balance the aircraft with the floats on. 3. I still need to move the rear float mount to lower the tail relative to the rear of the floats.

November 25, 2006


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I finally got organized enough to get my Cub up to my parent’s lake. There is a small thin sheet of ice forming at the middle of the lake so this is most likely my last chance to fly off water this year. Β Check out how sweet the cub looks flying off water:

Piper Cub on floats photo shoot!

September 9, 2006

Finished float installation — needed another control horn on opposite side of rudder to drive the water rudders. I am ready for some water flying!

May 20, 2006: Battery update

I cycled my battery after the chirper went off yesterday. I still had 2 hours of time at the accelerated discharge rate, so the battery was good. I plugged in a voltwatch unit and that indicates full charge even after the chirper kicks in. So I’m confident I have a bad chirper, not a bad battery or an accelerated battery drain problem.

It might be time to rig up the old floats for this bird.

May 19, 2006: B-day flight

Weather: middle 70’s, almost no wind, mostly clear sky with some high cirrus clouds. Perfect, perfect, perfect day for flying.

I had planned a long late afternoon and evening of relaxing flying. Unfortunately my onboard battery minder started chirping after the first 1/4 tank on the first flight. πŸ™ Needless to say I packed it up and called it a day.

I have no idea. It’s a brand new battery, it’s been cycled a couple times with an accucycle and showed solid numbers. It performed well the first time I went out to fly, but was fading fast today after a good solid charge. I don’t know if I should debug the problem or get rid of this older radio equipment and just buy a new flight pack.

April 1, 2006: My Maiden

Weather: middle 40’s, light winds ranging from E to S, overcast. I had a bit of trouble getting the engine tuned up, and had to richen the idle mixture a bit, but having done that, the engine ran quite well. I had several succesful flights and started to get the hang of cub flying by the end of the day. One thing is for certain, this is no R/C trainer.

It is pretty easy to get too slow and with a bit too much up elevator you stall and immediately enter a snap roll. I did this once on the back side of a loop. I got too slow over the top and due to my low altitude, I tried to tighten up the backside on the way down by feeding in some additional elevator. But she snapped hard on me. I released the elevator and got some speed and then pulled back again to avoid the ground and she started to snap again. But I somehow managed to find some sort of middle ground with the elevator to keep pulling out of the dive while maintaining just enough aileron authority to somehow save it. Both wing tips were literally inches from the ground at various points in the manuever and I was still flying right on the ragged edge of the stall. I was one tremble short of another full snap roll. The spectators claimed that ground effect saved me. πŸ™‚ Somehow in the end I was back flying with no vegetation in the gear or wing tips. WHEW!

Lesson of the day: A cub needs it’s respect, it needs finess. You don’t go horsing it around the sky at any speed. One mistake can burn you.

But the good news is that with my new found respect, the cub is a great and gentle flyer. You just need to manage the rudder and the elevator and the throttle with finess and don’t do anything stupid.

ο»Ώο»ΏPiper Cub on floats wheels shoot!

Thunder Tiger Tiger Bipe 40

Thunder Tiger Tiger Bipe 40

Purchased: May 23, 2004 (from ebay)

This is a partially assembled ARF I bought in a moment of weakness. Much of the assembly work was already done so it only took me an evening or two to of work to get her ready to fly. She flies like a dream – tons of fun. She is very aerobatic; quick, nimble, and light to the touch, but has pretty long moments so is also stable. All in all a very nice flier.

October 3, 2005

Sold to a nice guy in Georgia who will provide her a nice home. πŸ™‚ Here are a couple picts I took as I was packing it up.


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July 5, 2005

After flying this airplane once this year I became totally fed up with it’s tendency to nose over on landing. I had the day off today, so I replaced the wire gear with an aluminum gear and moved the wheels an inch foward. This should help the ground handling quite a bit and I think everything looks nicer without that spindly wire gear.


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June 16, 2004

Posing with cowl and wheel pants and windshield.


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May 28, 2004

I was on a roll so I stayed up until about 1am last night to get this mostly polished off. The muffler that came with the engine was goofy (someone attemted to turn it into a tuned pipe) and one of the screws was hopelessly bent so I think I will chuck it. Turns out the muffler mount is exactly the same dimensions as an OS 40 FP down to the screws so I grabbed a muffler from a spare engine I had laying around and that worked perfectly. Whew I didn’t want to have to wait around a couple weeks ordering something new.

I haven’t put on the cowl the wheel pants, or the windscreen yet, those are the only remaining things to do.

Here are some pictures at the field before the maiden flight:


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I gassed her up, adjusted the engine to be pretty rich since the engine is relatively new and I wasn’t sure if it was fully broken in yet.

She flies really nice. Very nimble, kind of quick, but not overly fast. It has a very light touch and the engine has more than enough power. Half throttle loops are a breeze. It’s lighter construction than some of the other planes I have, so I backed off on the throttle on the down directions so I wouldn’t overload the airframe (but all indications so far is that the airframe will hold up to whatever I throw at it.) When you do cut the throttle and she eventually slows down, she can be really gentle on the landings. That’s something where I need a bit of practice. πŸ™‚ I always tend too high and too fast. But it will be possible to do really nice three point landings with this aircraft.

May 27, 2004

Posing in my living room …


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May 23, 2004

I bought this aircraft brand new from Ebay. We were in Chicago for the weekend so we did the pickup on the way back and fortunately it all fit in the trunk since the car was full and we had picked up an extra passenger on the way back. Much of the assembly work was already done and the craftmanship was excellent. Here is a picture of the box:


80_3 I was a bit surprised that the wings were so small, but I guess there are two of them so they need to be smaller than the wing of a similar monoplane.

Aerobird Challenger

Hobbyzone Aerobird Challenger

Purchased: October 13, 2003 (RTF)

August 24, 2005

Sold to the highest bidder … πŸ™‚

August 17, 2005

For Sale: Click here for my ebay add.

November, 2003

This little beauty comes ready to fly. I’ve been having a blast with it. I can fly it in the field behind my house. It’s a great plane for flying on a whim.


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Super Sportster Mk I ARF

Super Sportster 40 Mk-I (ARF)

April 6, 2003

I bought this aircraft used off of Ebay, mostly on a whim. I threw in a last minute bid, and to my horror I won. Now what do I tell my wife?!? πŸ™‚ I fixed up a number of things such as adding a tail wheel, putting checkerboard on the bottom of the wing, fixing some shipping damage, replacing a missing carburetor screw on the engine, etc. It is a very nice aircraft, a wonderful flyer, and looks very cool from every angle in the air and on the ground. I really like the Super Sportster lines.

April 22, 2003


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SS40-2 My wife and daughter came out to witness the maiden (for me) flights. Hoping for the thrill of victory, but expecting the agony of defeat. πŸ™‚


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SS40-4 I flew the aircraft for the first time on Tuesday, April 22, 2003. I was somewhat apprehensive because this would be my first tail dragger, and first low wing aircraft. But I figured how hard could it be, right? But I brought along my bushel basket just in case.

It turns out my nervousness was completely unjustified. This is a wonderful flying aircraft. The take off run tracked straighter than any tricycle gear aircraft I’ve ever flown. Just hit full throttle and don’t mess with anything. It tracks along the ground like it’s on rails. With a little up trim, it will gently rise off the ground on it’s own and head skyward … it’s about as easy to take as a trainer. (You can mess with the rudder on take off if you want to make it look like it’s a handful, but that is optional.)


SS40-5 She’s also a beauty in the air … very stable and she “flies like she’s on rails.” She’s not as fast as I was dreading (which was kind of welcome.) Full throttle, she flies at a manageable speed.

I was worried about stall behavior though, so I tried a few stalls with plenty of altitude. Look out, this thing drops altitude fast when you stall it and if you hold a lot of elevator you can hold the stall longer than you have altitude. But center the elevator and she flies right out of danger. I’ve heard of people stalling these sorts of planes on final approach and that’s something you definitely want to avoid… especially on that last low slow turn.

So for my landings I trimmed back (nose-up) a little on the elevator to slow the aircraft down and tried to resist the urge to pull back on the stick. I added some throttle through the turn to base and final to make sure I kept the speed up (I am getting a lot of nose drop in turns … maybe nose heavy with fuel?) and then coasted in. Update: I found I have much better luck if I push my down wind leg out further from myself so I can make a much wider/gentler turn to base and final. With my sweet stick and with a trainer you can really wind up a tight 180 and be all lined up for the final approach. However with this higher performance aircraft things work a lot better if you make wider gentler turns on final … less nose drop, less risk of a stall, and everything works out a lot smoother. Today the sun was in exactly the wrong place for my first landing approaches so I had to duck “under” it and fly my approach much lower and flatter than I would have liked to, and remember to keep my speed up, etc. etc. This resulted in some bouncing and long roll outs, but nothing major. The successful completion of my landing was never in doubt (at least not by me.) πŸ™‚

All in all this is a very sweet aircraft. I’m not sure I’d recommend it for a 2nd aircraft — but definitely a 3rd for after you’ve mastered something along the lines of a “stik”. Some people insist that all R/C modelers should have at least one stik. I think I will now insist that all R/C modelers have at least one Super Sportster. AWESOME AIRPLANE!!!! I definitely would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, great flying airplane.

June 30, 2003

The glue seal around the canopy began to peel away so I had to rip that off and reattach it.

The main landing gear also needs to be addressed. The stock main gear is in two pieces with each wheel mounted individual under it’s respective wing, but this aircraft has a more generic one-piece aluminum main gear mounted just forward of the wing. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that the person who made this modification, took any extra steps to beef up that area of the fuselage, so the mounting screws are just going into weak balsa. I need to beef that up a bit before my next flight because the main gear has gone all wobbly.

The other remaining issue is that I’m not getting full aileron throw. I think the aileron linkage is hitting the fuselage inside and limiting the travel. I may need to hack out a bit more of the wing mounting plate inside to give better clearance … that’s something I definitely need to address before the next flight.

Finally, the engine get’s a little dodgy when I pull inverted g’s (i.e. in an outside loop.) I’m not sure what’s going on there, but the clunk in the tank seems to be free to move and doesn’t seem to be getting hung up on anything. There’s something a little dodgy with the engine anyway … it has a small leak in the carburetor or needle valve assembly some place and seeps fuel or draws air depending on the context. Otherwise the engine runs good, so I need to keep my eyes open for a cheap OS 40 FP carburetor.

August 16, 2003

Ok, just for fun, I have converted my “Super Sportster” into a “Super Splashter,” or should I say “Super Floatster”, or maybe “Super Sploatster”? Hopefully not a “Super Splatster.” πŸ™‚


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August 27, 2003

Pictures from my failed attempt to get airborne off floats. But we still had a lot of fun. πŸ™‚


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March 18, 2005

Having flown this aircraft about all I wanted to fly it, and needing space for new projects, I opted to give it away to a good home. Hopefully the next owner can have as much fun with it as I did.

Ace High Mk-II

Ace High Mk-II

Built Spring 1987 – Sold July 2004.

This is a powered glider. It’s not the greatest flyer … it doesn’t glide all that well and really mushes around the sky, but can be fun diversion when I’m tired of punching holes in the sky with my Sweet Stik. I built it as a cheap project in college when funding was especially tight.


This is a picture I found on the web … I think this is from the original box art.


Posing in front of our Jewel St. house.


Posing with Hannah (about Age 3).

Midwest Sweet Stik

Midwest Sweet Stik Pictures

Built: 1984
Engine: K/B 40 (1981)
Pilot: Curtis Olson
Mechanic: Curtis Olson
Photographer: Bob Hain
Camera: Sony Mavica

This plane has seen on and off action through the years. I did very little with R/C through college, and for a few years thereafter. I flew this airplane once or twice about 8 years ago and had a slight mishap due to radio interference. It turned out that it only needed minor repairs (whew) and I got it back in the air about two weeks later and dinged up the aileron due to a gust of wind on the landing (it certainly couldn’t have been pilot error!) It then sat in my garage for a few years when I decided to take it out, fixed the aileron, charged up my batteries, bought some fresh fuel and got her up in the air again. What a blast. 4 flights and everything in one piece at the end of the day. Couldn’t have been better. πŸ™‚ That got me motivated and I ran a whole gallon and a half of fuel through this plane 2 summers ago.

Still Shots

These pictures were taken November 27, 1999.


Head on.


Engine Detail.


Me and my toy (1)


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Me and my toy (4)

Action Shots


Flying (1)


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Flying (4)

Video Clips

Fairchild F-24

Guillow’sΒ Fairchild F-24 Project

When I was in Jr. high in Peru I built the Guillow’s Fairchild F-24. It was myfirst rubber band model that I actually got to fly for more that 10 feet.It was great, I would wind up the engine, stand on top some low bleachers, andsend the plane skyward across our local the soccer field. It would fly straight and true, climbing steadily and solidly until the rubber band engine unwound. Then it would lazily circle back down to the ground. We moved back to the USA after I finished Jr. high, but alas, all my models had tostay behind.

I picked up an identical kit about a year ago and built up the frame in acouple evenings. It’s sat for a while, but I decided it was time to finishit. I completed the model right at the end of 1999. Here are a couple pictures and one bonus story.

May 12, 2005

A while back I bought a new rubber band for the motor, but must have gottensome old rubber from the LHS. πŸ™ After a moderate number of winds, therubber exploded inside doing some significant structual damage. It doesn’tlook to bad from the outside but as of today, this model is being officiallyretired from active flight status and now is on static display status only.

July 20, 2004

I replaced the old cracking motor, but haven’t test flown it with the newrubber yet.

The real thing


A real Fairchild F-24.


An image of a Fairchild F-24.

Click here for more information on the Fairchild F-24

The model


The frame is finished and I’ve just begun covering the tail.


Another view of the frame.


The bottom of the wings are covered.


Another angle.


The tops of the wings (sans wing tips) are now covered.


Another angle.


Fuselage is covered. The assembly process begins.


Another angle …


The horizontal and vertical stabalizers have been installed and everythinghas been given a coat of thined out dope to seal it a bit.


The wings have been glued on and the windshield installed.


Another angle …


Pretty much complete except for the decals.


Another angle …


That’s me. πŸ™‚


Decals have been added.


Pretty spiffy, almost ready to leave the nest. πŸ™‚

Other related information

      Gene Lehman

gene@vintagewings.com

      writes:The F24 was first produced in 1938. There were others before it but it was the first designated the 24. They were continued through 1947.

Benton Holzwarth bcgh@teleport.com has an F-24 story to share:

I had a chance one night a couple years ago to attend a local EAA chapter meeting where one of the local ‘old farts’ was speaking, filling in for another guy who had to drop out at the last moment. Dave Lewis of Lewis Aviation was a spry, old guy, and stood at the little podium and talked, recounting stories of his lifetime of flying adventures, for about 90 minutes before breaking to take questions.

One job, before the war, had been test flying airplanes off the production line at Fairchild. From the log books for that era (he brought a pile of ’em with him to show, or check dates I suppose) I looked in after the talk, he was flying about two of every three F-23s and F-24s (I think I’m remembering the models right — if F-24s came after the war don’t shoot me!) as they came off the line – according to the serial numbers logged. The deadpan remarks column was great —

Std test, OK
Std test, OK
Std test, oil temp high
Std test, OK
Std test, engine quit, deadstick landing
Std test, OK

and then the ones there’d been a squawk on would be flown again a day or two later, with the ‘Std test, OK’ remark. And it just went on for pages and pages. Later, he left there to fly P-51s off the production line at NorthAmerican. He was great, just a walking encyclopedia of flight from the 30s on. Still pretty sharp, the last time I saw him, back in the summer.

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Sig Kadet Mk II

Sig Kadet Mk II


Kadet Mark II Box Art

Built sometime in 1983.
Destroyed sometime in 1984.

Well, they say you usually learn by your second plane. The Mk II added ailerons and on one fine day flying this aircraft I finally “got the hang of it.”

A few weeks later I was flying it when my throttle push rod “failed” leaving the engine running wide open. Of course the solution was to fly until it ran out of fuel, but apparently my on-board battery pack was showing signs of age and ran out before the fuel did. The plane fought valiently, but finally succumed to jitter and dropped out of sight, but wait, it had one last gasp, but alas, it wasn’t enough. It winged over and flew full throttle into the rock hard Arizona earth.

Mental note: avoid cheap hacks to save a buck. (But on a high school budget you sometimes have to make do…)

Sig Kadet Mk I

Sig Kadet Mk I


For some reason, my parents kept the original box and used it to pack things in for their subsequent moves to Denver, Dallas, and Minnesota, so last I checked, the box from my first RC airplane still survives, even though the airplane itself is long since been a faded memory.

Built Summer 1982.
Destroyed sometime in 1983.

This was my very first R/C plane built back in the late summer of ’82. I bought it using the money I made working on my Uncle’s farm in Minnesota the Spring and Summer of ’82 after my Freshman year of high school. I don’t even remember the specifics of it’s demise, but I have vague images of cart wheels down the runway on a windy day so perhaps that was it.

I built it in the basement of our house in MN and got as far as having the engine and radio installed. There was a hobby shop off Rice St. called Mac’s Models where I bought everything, and one of the guys there helped me get the engine running for the first time.

We traveled a bit at the end of the summer, so the completed airplane spent some time in an attic in Denver before we finally ended up in Globe AZ for the start of my Sophomore year of high school. I found a little club in Globe that flew off a gravel field behind the Gila county fair grounds and commenced the process of learning to fly. By the end, this thing had been run through the wringer and looked like a patch work quilt. But then in the mean time I was building a Kadet Mk II (with ailerons) and was ready to transition to that.

Gene Gardner was the club instructor, and the only club member that actually knew how to fly. He was a good and patient instructor and taught me the basics. I guess you could call him an “old timer”. He had zillions of great model and real aviation stories. Β He could build and fly everything up to and including those tuned pipe, retractable landing gear, pattern zingers. I always remember how he could dead stick anything and plunk it down at his feet every time. I never saw him miss once. I didn’t kept in touch with him after I left AZ for college. I hope he’s still building and flying and teaching new students.

Pre-RC

Earlier Model Airplanes

Here is a picture of me in jr. high in my front yard in Peru. Β I’m holding a Comet Taylorcraft model. Β Pretty awesome huh!?! Β (The plane I’m referring to.) πŸ™‚

I don’t really have any other pictures to share, but growing up I put together quite a few plastic models, Guillows balsa and tissue models, and the occasional Estes rocket. These have all been lost or destroyed along the way … but they were a lot of fun to assemble and play with at the time, and led the way to the bigger and more expensive toys I play with now.


This is a picture I found on the web that is similar to the first plastic model my dad built for me.I remember the first model my dad helped me put together (well mostly put together himself for me and my little brother to play with.) That was a DC3 and I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing I had ever seen.

I should also mention “Uncle Bart” who used to fly his many R/C planes in the late afternoon when I was growing up in Peru. It didn’t matter what we were in the middle of doing after school, if we hear a little model engine buzzing around in the sky, my friends and I would jump up and run to the small airstrip to watch him fly (after we finished gasping and wheezing from our sprint.) This is where I was first introduced to the wonderful hobby of R/C aircraft.

This is also where I witnessed some really cool crashes. When I was a kid and it was someone else’s airplane, the crashes were the coolest part. Once I started building and flying my own airplanes, the crashes became the worst part. There is always an attrition rate with toys, but like anything, keeping your equipment in tip-top shape, repairing any problems that start to develop, and keeping your batteries well charged can minimize potential problems. (But no one is perfect!)