Alright! I am looking forward to a great flyin to kick off the new year. Man I just can' t believe the constant wind we are having though; it can be calm at the house but when I get to Wolf lake it is rocking and rolling. I sure hope we get a break for the flyin. It would be great if we could talk Jack into coming out with us.
I am loving the space in the A+; I packed 2 duffle bags of survival gear, a tent, two sleeping bags, sleeping pad, wing and tail covers, aluminum shovel, snowshoes, etc all in the rear area of my baggage compartment and still have the larger front area open. The good thing about the Avid was I could never really overload it with gear. I will have to watch that with the A+.
I am working on a cowling cover out of the aluminum bubble insulation covered with parachute fabric and a preheater similar to what you describe, so I hope to have them ready to go by then. I just bought a new jacket and over pants that are not as warm as I had hoped. Sure wish I knew of the Arctic Armor before I bought them.
I have about 4 hrs on my tail ski now. It is working great. Tried it in knee deep snow today with no trouble. Wore my Artic Armor while flying, that to worked great. The outside temps were about 12 degree's. I think that to is going to be a good investment. I ordered the suit from Reed's in Walker Mn. They seem to sell alot of the suits and can size you up over the phone.
Damn Mark, that sounds like one of my hunts. Seems that every hunt turns to an adventure
I will have to check out that suit. I really like the buoyant part! My Klim snow gear and fleece is good to very low temps, but it wont float me and I have lots of open water to cross when I head up to the lodge.
Have 10 days off starting tomorrow. Hope to do as much flying as I can. Snow conditions here are super again this year. If the weather holds I should be able to put a few hours on my new ski. Sure seems to work good so far, and the installation was super simple. Also hope to get a little late season bow hunting in. If you guys are interested I ordered a new camo suit this week,it is bibs,coat and gloves. Wanted it for hunting ,fishing and winter flying. It is called Artic Armor. It has 3 layers of Insultex,it is windproof, waterproof,and buoyant. I tried it tonight bow hunting and it seemed to work good. I will get to use it more next week. One other thing is that it is light weight and not real bulky,and you are not suppose to need anything but fleece underneath it. I am hoping it will work for flying to. Right now I use Carhart bibs and coat. That suit gets real bulky while flying. The Artic Armor suit also comes in other colors. Another good selling point is it is buoyant. Learned my lesson this fall while duck hunting a local river in my kayak loaded full of duck hunting gear. Tried floating under a dead fall across the river with a gun on my lap, backpack between my legs and decoys behind my seat with hip boots on under a rain suit. Every thing I did that morning was wrong. Well any way I rolled it and went under, scared the shit out of me. Lost my back pack full of gear, dropped my gun in the river, did geat that back after diving for it 3 times, wrecked my phone ect. So this new cold weather suit could be worth it for anybody living in a cold weather area that likes to fly, fish, hunt, snowmobile, ect.
I called the lodge and have them on high alert for the 7th to the 9th, or when ever I feel like leaving They have room for 20 peeps so it wont be an issue.
For the pre-heater, I bought an MSR multi fuel stove, a 50 cal. ammo box and some scat tube. Drill a bunch of 1/2" holes all around the bottom of the ammo can an inch or so from the bottom and put a couple outlets for the scat tube to fit on in the top lid. Put the stove inside it with the fuel bottle on the outside. Light it, shut the lid and put the scat hose on the outlets n shovem up in the cowling. Make sure you have enough holes around the bottom to get a good draft coming out the tubes and she will put out some serious heat!
I had done something like this in the past with a coleman multi fuel stove and dryer vent, but this one will all pack into the ammo can real neat. I got the idea from here
THe bonus with the ammo can like this and the two outlets is.... yep, stick both in the cowling to get that engine warmed up, then move one into the cockpit to get it thawed out while still keeping the engine nice and warm with the other one. You would be surprized how much heat these lil guys will put out!
I will keep it updated here on the flyin, and give you a shout when I get into town and see how many guys we can drag out there. You need to tell Jack he needs to come along to make sure you do not get his covers put on the plane wrong I am sure we can get someone to give him a ride out there if he wants to come out and play, hell, I will swing by your place and pick him up if I need to, I dont mind flying out of the way a little bit!
Hmm, Gonna have to think about this one. The Durabat, while a great concept, was a flying brick! That gutter material is HEAVY.
You may consider doing what I did with alot of my older stuff. Donate it to the local RC club, or talk to them and see if there are any kids in the area that are trying to get into the hobby, but dont have the recources. I have put a smile on many kids faces over the years by giving them RC stuff ready to go that I knew I would never use any more. Since I have gone to pretty much all Gas or Electric, I am giving away 2 cases of fuel to a couple local kids who love the hobby, but the parents done have the ability to get them as much fuel as they would like to burn.
I have also donated tons of stuff to the local club for things such as door prizes for taking the time to show up for the monthly club meetings, and prizes for club fun fly events to get more participation. It does not do anything for the ole pocket book, but it does help further the hobby. I know for damn sure that I would not have had the bug so bad to get into GA if I had not been such a model airplane freak (thanks Dad!). For the most part, RC Models kept me out of trouble with the law because I was too busy and spent every dime I had on airplanes instead of parties!
On the other hand, if I had not been so far into the modeling, I could have bought a very nice 180 by now
Got my tail ski installed yesterday and flew 2 hrs today. Seems to work great. Landed in plowed corn stuble with no problem. With out it my tail wheel would sink to the plowing and beat up my tail section. Tried knee deep snow with no problem. Well worth the money.
I'll make an inventory if you think it sounds like stuf you want the short list from memory is a complete and flying durastik with a tower hobbies .46 bb and a back-up motor os .40 that the mount is broken on one bolt hole, this has a 6 channel radio that is fm and only about 5 years old also tower hobbies brand. a project durabat that is incomplete but have the wings fuse and gear,empennage. Accessories are just alot 12vlt starter various servos glow plugs ect. also have another radio have to check it out but I think it's a 4 channel fm futaba. actually I'll take less for it cause shipping will be pricey! I haven't flown the plane or played with the T-Maxx since I got into my accident now that I have the Waga-bond and the cub project I need to let it go, would be stuff better suited for a beginner not someone already into it like you. I just hate to see it sit until it's no good. Merry Christmas fly safe!
That sounds good. I can take Friday off too so I could meet you out there on Friday the 7th. I got a primer on the plane now and it is a tremendous help in starting but still hard when it is down toward 0 degrees like it has been. It makes me nervous so I will plan to bring an extra battery and jumper cables plus a charger if you think we can get power to the planes. I know it could be well below 0 out there. I borrowed Jacks wing covers and will try to get an engine cover fab'd up. Jack said you built a compact engine pre-heater so I would be interested in the details on it; maybe I can get one put together by then.
Let me know what I should bring. Hope the weather and winds cooperate; we are in the typical winter high wind cycle. There were a few airplanes piled on top of each other at Wasilla from last week's winds; a 182 ended up on top of a Stinson, Chief on its back and a Taylorcraft beat itself to death at Anderson lake; some others out at Palmer, pretty ugly. I decided to fly on Saturday; first time with the skis on the A+. There is almost no snow at all left on the lakes; at an idle I was skating along on the ice at 15 mph, fortunately just a few small patches of snow left I could dive into to sort of slow down. I decided I could line up on those on landing so I took off. Once I got to about 700' the wind started; I only flew for about 45 minutes out west and started back . My ground speed dropped to 45 mph and it was a fun ride home. I managed to get down and turned without hitting the trees on the far end.
Here is wishing for severe clear and calm on the 7th - 9th.
I have done 10s of thousands of dollars worth of internet deals, and only got burned once early on by a guy in Hawaii over an RC engine. Was a $250 and I was a little shy after that for awhile, but now I am worse than ever about internet deals
Well the guy came through and was true to his word I cashed the Bank Check today, he even repaid me for the shipping, happy not to have to drive to MN to get my money! Still I'll think twice before I do any more high dollar internet deals again. Merry Christmas everyone!