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Fine so far... locked down in our houses, I go out to get groceries and check in at work from time to time since I'm technically essential personnel but I only need to be in a few times a week to check the high side and emails.

Hopefully I'll do the pump manana, it actually looks pretty simple to drop the tank out to do a pump. Then battery box install if not full relocation I'll at least get the box bolted down since the tank needs to come down for that. Fuel light is on so the tank should be light enough to lift out, I hope...
 

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Didnt get to it today aaaannndd... its gonna be pouring ass rain the next 5 days and as nice as my carport is I just don't want to deal lol. I'll get to it. Meantime I can start getting work done on my RC warbirds. Got a giant scale P-40 and a 70" wingspan Corsair. Both of those are gas powered. I have a Westland Lysander with a 70" span but that's a baby engine and slow and methanol fuel. Also an electric 70" Valiant that is sort of like a Piper Cub.

Been out of RC for like 4 months due to life, work and this Coronavirus now... I hope I know where everything is lol.

The good news is internet is great here and all my USA services work, everywhere that sells any sort of food sells beer as well and I'm g2g tonight with Tiger King on Netflix and some local Cerveza.
 

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Do you mean Westland "Lysander"?
All of the warbirds sound pretty darned cool!
So are these kits that you need to assemble? Or some sort of ARF affair?

The last time that I flew my plane, it did not require a FAA registration number. It must have been 5-6 years ago.
 

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Yes Lysander... lol. Edited. There are basically no kits nowadays in the mainstream, ARFs or foamies are what everyone flies. Lots of EDFs too which is the only type of foam airplane I'd fly. And lots of electrics and electric only clubs now. Batteries are so good you can fly 6-10 minutes or even longer on a single charge and recharge in 20-30 minutes so ppl with generators or clubs with power can fly all day. I still like fuel myself and longer flight times but I'm running some electric. I've got a 30cc boxer gas 2 stroke for the Corsair, a 35cc single piston gas 2 stroke for the P40 and a 4 stroke .52ci methanol engine for the Lysander. Valiant is going to be electric and I've got a Revolver which is kinda like an Extra 300 that I'm probably going to put a 20cc gasser in.
 

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Yes. It took dedication in the days when a kit, or from scratch with only a set of plans, were the only options. And then to go risk it in the air after all of the hard work.... That's why I bought a Multiplex! Very little emotional investment when it inevitably gets crashed! Lol

Well, post some pictures when you get them ready to fly!
 

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Yep will do, I have a tendency to crash so I usually get stuff easier to fly although that Corsair isn't exactly simple. Not exactly hard either. Stuff has come a long way since even when I started back in the mid 90s. Everything is "smart" now, radios are dirt cheap for crazy good ones (look up the Jumper T16 Pro), you only need one TX that'll bind to a ton of RXs, can put a gyro in anything and now with super long range stuff like the FrSky R9 you can FPV something like an E Flite Opterra out as far as your video signal can go. I'm half tempted to fly a quad off my roof deck this summer out over the beach and around the lighthouse which is probably only 2-3 minutes away for a regular speed quad.
 

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The inexpensive miniaturized electronics, that came about around the turn of the century, really made the hobby accessible and affordable for the masses.
My Multiplex Easy Star is just a slow, 2-axis trainer, and I have probably been ready for something with ailerons for a while now, but it is still a lot of fun to fly. I've never seen it advertised as such, but i was pleasantly surprised to discover that it actually works reasonably well as a motor-glider, providing the correct atmospheric conditions are present, of course. That's my favorite thing to do with it, is to take it up 3-4-500 ft AGL and hunt around for thermals in the evenings, and turn off the motor. Ive had many 30-45+ minute flights, several times, only having to land due to the impending darkness.
I think that it is because of the relatively lightweight of around 28 ounces, that a airplane with a 54 inch wingspan is able to do that. Probably a pretty efficient airframe as well.
In any case, even including the fact that it took me two airframes to learn how to fly a RC airplane, because, in my infinite wisdom, I thought that it would be a good idea to teach myself to fly, it has still been a enjoyable hobby for not a lot of money.... So far! Lol.
 

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Haha I learned to fly at a field/club with an instructor in the mid 90s. I didn't really fly a lot again until last year. I had a friend's used foamie to crash a bunch until I figured it back out and then a trainer that I piled in only because the ignition pickup game loose on the motor and it deadsticked way too far away from the field. I coulda probably fixed it but I have a bunch of other planes. I kinda want to get a really big Navy Piper Cub from HobbyKing since I can have it shipped free over here. It calls for a 20cc but I have a 26cc 2 stroke that is only a touch heavier and is basically a "hot rod" 20cc.

I really need to get the rest of them completed tho... I have 2 that are 90% done and then my P40 is started also.
 

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Well, so any update on the pandemic there in Spain?
They've been "baby-stepping" us into progressively longer self-isolation.... Currently until May 1, but I expect it will run into the middle of May here in California.
Hopefully, things are looking better for you guys over there....
 

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Parliment is voting on whether to extend it to 10 May with a gradual restriction of the lockdown or to let it end on 27 April but it will still be a gradual thing. Spain has been real good with the quarantine, nothing like the idiots in some places out protesting the lockdown with AR15s... I swear to god I don't get ppl sometimes...

Anyway, I've been busy banging away at the "honey do" list around the house since I've been home. All the projects that got put off because of work or whatever but now that I'm home all this time. Been pouring ass rain the last week and a half so I haven't been able to do **** with the car...

I also got our stimulus money that we really don't need but won't say no to $2900 for married couple with 1 kid. So I put $2k in the bank and used the other $900 plus a little more out of my "toy fund" to buy a 110" wingspan B-24 Liberator bomber lol. Free shipping to anywhere in the world from HobbyGulf= I save $500-$700 in shipping because its a massive box. I have a feeling this bomber will wind up being a single run and places that have it are looking to move inventory so it was now or never.


Damn, the price went up too... I paid $1260 shipped literally last night... wow...
 

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I was kind of hoping to hear you say "They've sounded the all clear over here. We're going dancing tonight at the club". (Wishful thinking)
Now I'm starting to think the end of May, over here....

I've been pruning walnut trees to pass the time....And everything else that grows on this property! Haha
I usually only have one big burn pile of brush and leaves every year. This year I had to build three!

That B-24 is AWESOME! Holy crap! That's a long wingspan!
Shouldn't be any problem seeing that in the sky.
When I was getting my Private Pilot License in the late 80's, there were still a bunch of the WW2 pilots kicking around the airport. One of them had built a RC B-17 with a similar wingspan as that B-24. It was huge! It took two transmitters, and two pilots to fly it. All hand built. It seemed pretty incredible at the time.
 

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Yeah that was likely a kit built from Don Smith plans. Those are pretty crazy and crazier is that Don drew everything by hand. People still build Don Smith stuff today, the person who owns the copyrights to the plans sells laser cut kits and licenses the plans out to other cutters as well. You can watch on Youtube Don Smith B-17s, 24s, 29s etc... Those 17s are 1:9 scale normally, this one is 1:10 scale. And almost every single damn one of them is electric. I don't mind electrics but this thing whirring by just kills any sort of soul this plane would have otherwise. I'm putting four .52ci 4 strokes in it all converted to CDI running on a custom home mixed 0% methanol. I remember growing up there were so many WW2 vets all over the place in the late 80s/early 90s and I even met a WW1 vet that came to our school, dude was in his mid 90s. Now the last WW1 vet died years ago and there are very few WW2 vets. Ah well... nothing screws you harder than time...

As for the lockdown over here... still no word if parliment is lifting the restrictions starting on the 27th but we'll see. I hope so... if not it'll be 10 May. Spain legit does have it under control but the worry is we'll have a 2nd round of cases if we go back to "normal" too soon. I'm seriously worried for the US tho... you have some States taking it seriously and then others protesting with AR15s out in huge crowds with no PPE or distancing to open the gov't back up... I swear if it wasn't so contagious I'd say just let them all congregate and may the odds be ever in their favor...

But... its all good here still. I've been getting paid like normal because active duty, I even got the full stimulus for me and my wife and my kid lol. I feel kinda bad but me getting it doesn't mean someone else doesn't so... into savings it went. Minus that B-24 lol. The house has never been cleaner because we both tag team cleaning every day, just like I'm sure your trees have never been so pruned lol. Built my wife a real nice home office, built new PCs for me, my kid, my wife and 2 friends. Been messing with the RC airplanes and the Max Motorsports front control arms finally came in so I can put the stang up on jackstands and get to work. I can't even really drive it till the lockdown is over and I get the front end aligned anyway.

Sorry for the long post, its legit that boring right now haha. Watching BBC America, a Hawaiian friend made spam sushi and left it on the door so I could go pick it up without it being dangerous and got a 6 pack so... it could be way worse. Stay safe over there and I really hope all goes well there. Cali seems like it at least has some of its **** together as far as dealing with the virus so... again stay safe man.
 

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Thanks. You folks do the same.

I feel bad for the people who are suffering a major economic setback during this crisis. I know personally that the prospect of losing everything that you've worked for is a damned hard pill to swallow. We are beginning to see the despair and frustration surface.
And what will next Fall bring us?
I don't think that we will be back to anything that even resembles "normal" for at least a couple of years.... But, I am hopeful that I will be able to get a haircut before that time! Lol

Yes, electric warbirds just seem wrong. Especially multi-engine. Probably more appropriate for something more modern. A giant electric C-130 wouldn't seem too far out of character perhaps?
These giant RC aircraft have got me thinking... "How big can you go?" The answer seems to be, "As big as you want!" As long as it weighs less than 55 lbs. Anything heavier requires additional scrutiny from the FAA.
Sometimes I peruse the aviation section of Craigslist, and I have seen quite a few ultralight aircraft that have been sitting for years. Nobody in their right mind would ever want to fly them without doing major restoration work, but what about installing a receiver and some servos into one? It would be the biggest plane at the flying field for sure! Haha
A person would definitely want to be covered under a flying clubs liability insurance policy!
 

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Yeah the ppl who fly out on their own in parks or even fields behind neighborhoods are asking for it. They lose control and crash they have a very real chance of hurting or killing someone or doing major property damage. Its like crashing a flying weedwhacker like... right into someone's kid or something... no.

As far as people losing everything... yeah we are seeing how jacked up the economy really always was. Very few have savings or captial to weather this for as long as its gone or much longer. Sucks... They are going to HAVE to reopen everything up in the summer regardless or ppl are just gonna start going out en masse. I still don't know if the lockdown here is going to get lifted slowly starting next monday or if I'm stuck inside till the middle of May...ugh.

And yeah I need a haircut... Its gonna be funny seeing some ppls hair the first few days back before we can all get haircuts. I'm very wooly...
 

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Pulled the whole console and cluster and radio/hvac out yesterday.

Was kicking around a terminator cluster... I can deal with PATS disabled but I would need to find one with similar mileage because I like having my low mileage displayed lol. In the end I decided to just do the bulbs and keep the meh steeda whitefaces. Maybe at some point I'll get a stock 99-04 GT cluster and swap the circuit boards and put some overlays on.

Also finally broke down and got a MGW shifter with the race handle. It is way way nicer than even the triax. Lmr leather shift boots for the e brake and shifter.

Pulling the autometer cluster bezel and finally painting it charcoal and installing my speedhut oil and water plus putting the wideband on the column.

What else... Interior wise that's really it.

Finally been nice out for a few days with no rain forecast so gonna drop the tank and do the pump today or I might blast all the paint off the longtubes with a torch and then work on painting them. Or both...
 
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