Relaxing at the " Ridge "

Friday, August 17, 2018

Stinson Reliant SR9

Where Are We Today

It's Been Awhile
If you follow "Chilin with Patsy" , you would have read that we recently attended the Forest City Flyers Fun Fly in London Ontario. Forest City Flyers is a Radio Control (RC) model airplane club, where members build/assemble model airplanes and fly them.

Sign at the Entrance to the Field

This is a hobby that I have been involved in since the early 80ties, building from kits and flying many different airplanes. This post is about one of those planes, the Stinson Reliant SR9. The real Stinson Reliant SR9 was originally built in 1937, mine is a scale model of that plane.

Stinson Reliant SR9

I started building this Top Flite kit eight years ago and after four years and many hours it was finished. It has taken another four years to get its maiden flight in. Mine has a fuselage of about six feet long and a wing span of 104 inches, powered by a DLE 35 cc. gas engine.
Bob showing me some control settings on my radio
First flights are always nerve wracking, and on scale models, I like someone else to make that flight for me. This time a new friend, Bob, agreed to that. Being this has sat for four years with little run time, it was difficult to get started. Many other flyers have helped to trouble shoot and get it running. So big thank you goes out to Keith, Al, Paul, Walter and of course Bob.

Taxing out for take off

There were three successful flights, with Bob reporting it was a good flyer, with little trimming needed to fly straight and level. That means, I did a decent job building it. 

In flight

Smooth Flying

On the third flight landing, there was a little bounce, which broke one side of the landing gear. With such a small bounce, I think there is a weak spot in the construction. 

Low pass

Back on the Ground
Definitely fixable, and once I get that new shed finished, I will have a spot to fix it.
The RV life style and the RC life style are similar. We come together to help each other out and to socialize, sit and discuss our experiences, places we have been or going to and have fun.
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed a small incite of my hobby. Comment if you wish and until the next time, take care and be safe.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Short Post

Where Are We Today
Rock Glen Family Resort
A Small Project
I am sure that you all have been following Patsy's blog and know what we have been up to. Along with the daily routine at "The Ridge" ,  my trips to London, to work at CanAm RV a couple of days a week, all is well with the Richards.
The Richards relaxing at " The Ridge "

I would like to thank all those who passed on condolences and concerns to my family and me, when my dad passed away last month.
Remembering good times with my Dad

I  thought I would do a short post on a small project that I recently did. We carry a step ladder on the ladder at the back of our trailer, not where I really want to carry it.
While in Quail Ridge RV park in Huachuca City, Az. last winter, we met a couple who have a Mobilesuite similar to ours. The gentleman had made a couple of brackets and hung his step ladder under and near the front of the trailer. I thought it was a good idea, so once home, I wanted to do the same.

All made ready for paint.

I found some pieces of metal, drew up some plans and asked my good friend Rob if he would help me, Rob has a welder. We, I should say Rob cut the pieces of metal to size, bent pieces and welded them together to make the brackets.  Thanks Rob!
Holes drilled and painted, ready to mount

After I got them home, I painted them and then fastened them to the bottom of the trailer. The ladder fits perfect on the brackets and I feel it is a better place to carry it.
Brackets mounted with the ladder in place

View from the other side

That's it for this post, yes I'm still around and will post again. Thanks for staying tune, until the next take care, safe travels and keep up with Patsy.