Post by Desertguns on Dec 25, 2014 17:59:28 GMT -5
A company called Sterling introduced the Ringmaster series of stunt/combat control line kit planes in the late '50. I built the Beginners in 1970 & the Baby Ringmaster in 1971. At some point Sterling was acquired by Estes then folded. They were a great plane but haven't been made in several decades. So, I'm going to build one from scratch. These are "profile" planes, meaning only the wing is built up with ribs & covering. The rest is sheet balsa, plywood & spruce. I'll cut most of it on a scroll saw. The engine will be a Cox .049 Golden Bee, also not made for years. I see an sweet ironic synchronicity in an obsolete guy making an obsolete plane for an obsolete hobby using a obsolete motor. Balsa gets here end of next week hopefully. Will again post step by step stuff for anyone interested.
Post by Desertguns on Jan 20, 2015 13:59:15 GMT -5
Since it's been about 40 years since any control line flying, I decided to start with something cheap & dirty to practice with. This is a circa late '80s Beginner Ringmaster I found on ebay for $25. All sheet balsa - no built-up wing or components. It has a never-run Cox .049 on it. The tail is backward & the horizontal stabilizer & elevator were broken off & the control horn was not placed correctly. The engine mount is funky but functional. So, as Tim Allen would say, I rewired it. Built a new tail section for it & increased control surface area, and increased the wing area. Still needs paint & I'll be trying 3 kinds to see what is really hot nitro proof. I know lacquer is but want to try krylon & newer acrylic epoxy too. First flight next weekend.
Post by Desertguns on Jan 22, 2015 13:22:25 GMT -5
The Beginner's Ringmaster is reborn... The top is done in Krylon plastic paint. The bottom is Rustolium lacquer. Going to make another tail & just coat it in clear Minwax polyurethane for a fuel test too. This is not my best work but more of a test of paints & a plane I won't mind crashing (too much). Also made templates of the tail section components so reproducing them will be easy next time.
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