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basslord1124 RC flight and Flitetest journey/diary - Perkyplanes & RC

PsyBorg

Wake up! Time to fly!
New video about venturing into glow and IC engines...

Nice catch up video mate.

Hey quick hint that may help you with that motor. You said somewhere that prop is stuck on the shaft if I remember correctly. there is a tool that screws in where the glow pug goes that has a rubber tip and reaches far enough in the cylinder the motor can not turn past that point. It is used for times like this or the reverse to be able to hold the motor from turning so you can tighten a prop nut good enough to not spin off.

There are also hard blocks of rubber that can be inserted into the exhaust port that do the same thing. Last tip is there is a solvent / rust remover better then Wd40 called PB Blast. That has never failed me in all my time wrnching on cars to free the most stuck or ceased up bolts and nuts to be found on old rusty cars. May try a squirt or two of that if you have exhausted all other physical methods to get that prop off. Just not sure if there would be a reaction to the prop as I don't know if that is a plastic or painted wood prop.
 

basslord1124

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Nice catch up video mate.

Hey quick hint that may help you with that motor. You said somewhere that prop is stuck on the shaft if I remember correctly. there is a tool that screws in where the glow pug goes that has a rubber tip and reaches far enough in the cylinder the motor can not turn past that point. It is used for times like this or the reverse to be able to hold the motor from turning so you can tighten a prop nut good enough to not spin off.

There are also hard blocks of rubber that can be inserted into the exhaust port that do the same thing. Last tip is there is a solvent / rust remover better then Wd40 called PB Blast. That has never failed me in all my time wrnching on cars to free the most stuck or ceased up bolts and nuts to be found on old rusty cars. May try a squirt or two of that if you have exhausted all other physical methods to get that prop off. Just not sure if there would be a reaction to the prop as I don't know if that is a plastic or painted wood prop.
Interesting little tip about the tool. I did manage to get the prop off but used a sorta similar method. I ran some small diameter rope into the glow plug hole and with enough of it, it was able to stop the motor from turning so far. And with that I was able to get the prop off.
 

basslord1124

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New video, and 1st video about the Wild Stick:


Hope everyone is still being safe during this pandemic. Just found out tonight my aunt, her mom, and one of their friends are in the hospital with CoVid. Prayers to them (especially her mom as she is older). They live in a further away but neighboring community and I haven't been around them in quite some time (definitely before the pandemic).

Normal life has been crazy...keeping up with a wild and crazy toddler. Meanwhile, plane life has been super slow. This is the year of balsa for me so been focusing more and more on my balsa kit and now the Wild Stick. All the FT/foamboard stuff has been put to the side...however I did bring my FT Corsair to the in-laws so I could tinker with it while I'm there. A part of me feels like I am abandoning FT by this balsa shift, but I think it was just time for a change. Time to dabble with some other stuff. And I know I've got probably 50 million half complete foamboard projects...maybe I'll finish them someday.

Oh, and here's some other good news...I just recently retired my old 2009 Ford Edge vehicle (121K miles) for a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. This is my first ever Subaru and honestly, it's a pretty nice car. Maybe a tad smaller than my Edge which I should still be able to haul planes in it.

Oh well, that's all from me. Be safe out there.
 

The Hangar

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New video, and 1st video about the Wild Stick:


Hope everyone is still being safe during this pandemic. Just found out tonight my aunt, her mom, and one of their friends are in the hospital with CoVid. Prayers to them (especially her mom as she is older). They live in a further away but neighboring community and I haven't been around them in quite some time (definitely before the pandemic).

Normal life has been crazy...keeping up with a wild and crazy toddler. Meanwhile, plane life has been super slow. This is the year of balsa for me so been focusing more and more on my balsa kit and now the Wild Stick. All the FT/foamboard stuff has been put to the side...however I did bring my FT Corsair to the in-laws so I could tinker with it while I'm there. A part of me feels like I am abandoning FT by this balsa shift, but I think it was just time for a change. Time to dabble with some other stuff. And I know I've got probably 50 million half complete foamboard projects...maybe I'll finish them someday.

Oh, and here's some other good news...I just recently retired my old 2009 Ford Edge vehicle (121K miles) for a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. This is my first ever Subaru and honestly, it's a pretty nice car. Maybe a tad smaller than my Edge which I should still be able to haul planes in it.

Oh well, that's all from me. Be safe out there.
Great video! The wild stick seems to be in pretty good condition - it doesn’t look like it will need too much work.
 

basslord1124

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Well on to a different note...

Our area is slowly recovering from a rather large ice/snow winter storm. Early last week the skies dropped almost an inch of ice on most of our tri-state area. Power lines don't like the weight of ice so as a result, we had a pretty massive number of power outages. The closest ones are my mom's house and our house. Mom had a brief period of restored power but have heard it's back out again today...supposedly it will return back tomorrow evening. In the time being, my mom has been staying with my sister who lives closer to her. As for our house, it was out on the 15th (we had luckily escaped the storm and are staying at the in-laws house until things return back to normal) and we just got power back on yesterday morning. House got down to 44 degrees and I had turned off the water and drained the pipes before it got too bad. We have co-workers and friends that are experiencing power outages and other issues. Power crews from all over have been in our area helping restore things for everyone. I would bet there may be some in more rural communities that may be without power for another week or 2. Folks have been looking/using alternate sources of fuel and heat (propane, gas, burning wood, etc) and of course trying to get their hands on generators if they can. It's been pretty crazy! We're not in Texas, but we've been hit pretty hard ourselves.Chiseling an inch of ice off of a car is a lot of fun *sarcasm*

As long as we continue to have power, we will more than likely return home in the next day or 2. Big thing for us, is having to restock our groceries as I am sure we have lost some fridge/freezer things during the outage.

I am ready for spring now and some warmer temps. We do have some sunshine today and temps will be above freezing tomorrow.

Plane stuff has been very very minimal during this crazy week. I did get a little bit of simulator time though which was needed. Worked on some inverted flying which is not something I have done much of. Overall, I am getting the hang of it pretty good.

Hope everybody else out there is doing well and staying safe.
 

The Hangar

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Well on to a different note...

Our area is slowly recovering from a rather large ice/snow winter storm. Early last week the skies dropped almost an inch of ice on most of our tri-state area. Power lines don't like the weight of ice so as a result, we had a pretty massive number of power outages. The closest ones are my mom's house and our house. Mom had a brief period of restored power but have heard it's back out again today...supposedly it will return back tomorrow evening. In the time being, my mom has been staying with my sister who lives closer to her. As for our house, it was out on the 15th (we had luckily escaped the storm and are staying at the in-laws house until things return back to normal) and we just got power back on yesterday morning. House got down to 44 degrees and I had turned off the water and drained the pipes before it got too bad. We have co-workers and friends that are experiencing power outages and other issues. Power crews from all over have been in our area helping restore things for everyone. I would bet there may be some in more rural communities that may be without power for another week or 2. Folks have been looking/using alternate sources of fuel and heat (propane, gas, burning wood, etc) and of course trying to get their hands on generators if they can. It's been pretty crazy! We're not in Texas, but we've been hit pretty hard ourselves.Chiseling an inch of ice off of a car is a lot of fun *sarcasm*

As long as we continue to have power, we will more than likely return home in the next day or 2. Big thing for us, is having to restock our groceries as I am sure we have lost some fridge/freezer things during the outage.

I am ready for spring now and some warmer temps. We do have some sunshine today and temps will be above freezing tomorrow.

Plane stuff has been very very minimal during this crazy week. I did get a little bit of simulator time though which was needed. Worked on some inverted flying which is not something I have done much of. Overall, I am getting the hang of it pretty good.

Hope everybody else out there is doing well and staying safe.
We got over a foot of snow here, but thankfully there weren’t any power issues, other than my car battery deciding to die...
 
Hiya once again to who all may be reading. Figured it was time for another post even though I really don't have a whole lot to report on...although this is one of my things to give me a break from the usual stresses of life. Weather has been crazy...ice storm which crippled us, followed by snow, and then just recently some flooding. Luckily the flooding didn't affect us, but other surrounding communities weren't so lucky. Whew 2021 has been a doozy already.

A part of me would wishes I had a video at this point, but just been another slow time. Plus like I said, nothing much to report on. I have been slowly cleaning up the glow engine on the Wild Stick. Actually just using Dawn dish liquid and warm water. Also used some de greaser as well. And then using a toothbrush and a wire brush to clean it. I just need to clean the main engine block a little and it'll be finished. I have gotten some pics that I'll share of the progress. It has came clean pretty decently. Also found a lot of supplies needed in that tote of stuff I also bought from the guy I got the planes from. Starters, glow plug, glow plug wrench, fuel tubing, etc.

Balsa build is still around. In fact, I have almost half the wing complete.

I love doing this stuff but some days it gets too exhausting with everything else, plus my mind goes so fast on so many different projects my hands (and time) can't keep up with the work. Although I've said this before...I figure we all have some unfinished projects. I have even pondered making a video of unfinished projects and taking a vote on who wants to see which project I should finish first.

Oh well, my mind and body are zapped for the day, so off to bed I go. Maybe I'll make some more meaningful posts later. Peace.