A quick distraction that is sort-of Stick related. I went to a swap meet this morning and ran across this beast, marked as a "Nothin' Extra", which is basically a variation of the Stick design. A buddy of mine picked this same plane up in a different color about 2 years ago, complete with an over-sized gas engine. We tried a few times but couldn't find anybody who knew what the heck it was, so we assumed it was some kind of "Frankenstein" build or maybe a bash of a few different planes. Turns out we were wrong! So this plane was sitting on a table for sale, with an asking price of $125 - no engine or electronics, never been flown. It's a big plane, probably worth close to their asking price, but nothing I wanted/needed, and I knew Mike wasn't looking to spend that kind of money for a second one as a bare fuselage.
About 30 minutes later the people running the swap meet started doing some auctions on various planes and this one came up so I gave an opening bid of $5.00 just to get things rolling. However, the bids did NOT roll! Nobody else bid on it, although quite honestly I don't think the organizers were making a big enough deal about the auction so many didn't even notice it was going on. No other bidders, so the seller declined to sell it for $5.00. Can't blame him, I wouldn't have sold it either. A few minutes later the auctioneer found me and told me the seller wanted to see me about making a deal so he didn't have to take it home, and he asked for $20. I couldn't argue with that price so the deal was done. Again, I didn't really want it (but I can't pass up a great deal) so after it was loaded I called Mike to see if he wanted a spare for $20 and he thought I was kidding. He jumped on it quickly, so now I just need to hand it off to him in the next few days. Some days I feel like a drug dealer for RC planes!
Here's a better picture of the new "Nothin' Extra" Stick, along with the 1.6 sized electric motor that is currently planned for it. I think it looks pretty good out in the daylight, especially compared to the dark indoor picture. It'll still never win any beauty contests...
I've been pulling your chain about the looks of this airplane but truthfully I found it very interesting for some reason I couldn't quite put my finger on. Today it dawned on me, the utilitarian design and big payload capacity remind me of some portable military field drones I've seen photos of. I think the Israeli army used something that looks like this for reconnaissance.
Back to working on the Stick, although at a slower pace as I'm spending more time on the road for work than expected. The pushrods and cables for the tail surfaces are going in now while I wait for delivery of my servos. The rudder is getting a pull-pull setup and I've decided to stick with standard pushrods for the elevators. I had considered doing pull-pull cables for the elevators as well but decided against it.
Here, the pull-pull "snakes" are installed and trimmed, and the elevator pushrod tube is being roughed-in.
Quite honestly I haven't touched any of my projects for the last 6 weeks or so. Work has me traveling much more than planned so when I'm finally home on the weekends I just want to relax. The plan for this long weekend is to get into the shop and do some re-organizing, and possibly even build some storage racks for my bigger birds.
Looks like I'll be able to start this build up again very soon, as Balsa USA has now released Oratex covering. It appears to be a direct replacement for the SolarTex I love so much for planes like this. It'll have the fabric weave visible, and isn't a gloss finish. But first, I'll need to finish up a couple other projects that need to be ready for spring!