Saturday, July 13, 2024

1500 square inch Anderson Pylon

I took my simple point and shoot camera (2meg. pix - 20yrs old) out to the field for some quick shots.

Have one in the distance flying.
Others are of me ( Meaghan) holding the plane and one of Jack in his chair with the plane.

Jack can fill you in on the flying/ handling of the plane.

Meaghan McIntyre

Yes, I flew the big Andersen Pylon this morning early at the sod farm.  Meaghan and Glen present and helped.  Perfect weather for first flights.  I made four flights.  Light wind and sunny sky.
The four flights ranged from 11:34 to just under 13 minutes.  I was hoping for 20-minute flights.  And the take offs were rather long.  10 cell 2500 mAh Ni-Cd motor battery.  Neu 1107/6D geared 6.7 with Falcon 21/14 CF prop.
I figured this power train would handle the 1520 sq. in. Andersen Pylon at the 9 pounds needed with the big Ni-Cd motor pack.  After the four flights we weighed the model with batteries and to my surprised total weight was 11 pounds 6 ounces.  That is a wing loading of 17.24 ounces per square foot.
At 11 pounds 6 ounces I could use a 4S2200 mAh Lipo motor pack.  I wonder what kind of flight times I would get with this size Lipo?  Maybe Jay can run the numbers on this change?  Would it be worth it to go with this size Lipo motor battery?
It is a nice handling model.  Also, glide is much better than I would have thought at that weight.  Just need to get flight times to 20 minutes early mornings.  If that is possible?


I can't run ECALC,  my computer crashed a couple of weeks ago and the disc is toast.
I won't be able to do tasks like that until I get a new computer and just haven't been able to to do so with other stuff happening. Plus I need to get the $$ together to make the new computer.
My old computer was about 20 years old.



Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024


I have the longer bolts needed for the motor mount ( arrived today (6/11/2024) 
Down/side thrust wedge flared into the nose of the plane completed. 
Blind nuts epoxied onto the firewall done. 
White spinner cut out for the clearance of the carbon prop done. 
Plane has been given a coat of Coverite's  formula sealer. 
And have covered the pylon with "white" Ultracote which took 5 hours to do. (completed) 
Plus, added decal on the pylon as it needed something on that big thing? 
About an hour for the vinyl decals. 
See attached photo. 
Just need to have the balsa block delivered so that I can cut and shape the nose cowl. 
Then cover the rest of the fuselage. (hope the weather doesn't get too hot as the fuselage doesn't fit in my building room?) 
Little background for Allan. 
The U505 was captured during WW-II by the US Navy. 
The Germans tried to scuttle the sub but someone forgot to pull the plug in time to sink it before the US Navy boarded it and also the Germans forgot to set the explosives to blow the sub up. 
Now it is on display in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry (pretty cool display!) 


Anderson Pylon maiden flight


Saturday, June 8, 2024


Great morning for first flight on new model.  A little after sunup temp around 60 F.  Cloudy with light and variable wind down low.  Light Southerly flow at altitude.
Meaghan test flew Glen's new Record Hound.  It flew well.  I took a couple pictures with one attached to this email.  Then I flew my Racer II for E-Texaco.  30 minute flight.
Jack Hiner

Happy Glen Poole with his new Struck Record Hound