Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude

Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
Where Great Intelligence Goes To Be Insulted

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Project Filthiebird

 Welp… there’s all kinds of ass-hattery going on down in the Reclusium Subterrainium these days. The Ugly Stik build continues apace, as more and more pieces get shaped and sanded and fitted into place. I don’t have a bandsaw or scroll saw so I have to nigger rig African Engineer my other tools to fill other roles. I can make the parts… it just takes me extra time and involves doing things that would get me fired for cause in a real shop, HAR HAR HAR! 



When yer a handyman ya gotta improvise.
Red Greene and Harold got nothing on me.


Preliminary fit up has started on the wing. I’ve taken the dihedral out of the wing as called for in the original plans, and will be adding some extra reinforcements as recommended by the various Ugly Stick aces across the innernet.


Bob the Crapcopter pilot is supervising the build and 
looks on with approval.

These things are beautiful just standing still. There is great beauty in the way the spars and ribs interconnect to distribute loads and counteract the forces that try to destroy our man made birds. The build stokes old fires - I was going to build my own bird years ago… an aircamper, or perhaps a flybaby. Those old ambitious fires went out when I crashed my ultralight. But I remember scouring the OyTube channels of the aviators. This morning I idly day dreamed of winning Lotto 649, and pictured a small farm in the country big enough for a shop and a 600 ft. grass airstrip. Then I came across a channel that I used to watch called Tango & Juliet - a married couple of intrepid aviators. I lost track of them years ago in the hustle and bustle of life and tooned in just today to find out they’d both been killed in a crash in Arizona in their little Cessna 140. Ugh. Tango was an excellent pilot capable of greasing most of his landings… but the aviation gods do not play favourites. When your number is up… it’s up. I said a prayer for them, and gave up on the 649 dream of aircampers and Flybabies. It feels wrong in my heart, though. Bah!

This bird will build out a little heavier than spec, so I put in a call to Scotty The Retard, and the water head said he might have the bigger .61 engine I will need to run this bird. It might still be a bit of a pig in the air but when you are a pig on the ground… how much horsepower do you really need? I am half expecting this thing to flip over and die on take off anyway so who knows. I am going into the fiddle-farting stage of the build… so updates may be sparse and far between for awhile.

Maybe in the next life, perhaps a Tiger Moth or an airborne two holer awaits.


11 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with a little "African engineering". It all looks good form here.

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    1. Do you still fly RC Mike...?

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    2. Never did fly RC. Only the real things. Cessna Beech and Pipers. Saw a sign on a little dirt field that read"learn to fly here". That was in the early 80s. I was single making good money then and could splurge the 35$ /hr for for the Cessna 150 and the instructor enough to fly a couple hours every weekend. Took me a couple years to get my single engine license. Mostly cause half way through I had a little accident on the job and fell two stories and broke both ankles. Later on I added the instrument rating. Then I got married and got a mortgage and that self indulgence went out the window.

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  2. Now you've got me itching again to do it too. I've been saying for half a century now that all I did in high school was build model airplanes and read science fiction. Ah, the heady aroma of acetone fumes, dope and fabric (I used real silk and dope). And getting everything gooey with hot castor oil, methanol and nitromethane.
    I've always dreamed of building a real plane, and settled for a Witchita spam can (a C-172M) which I sold when I retired. The stress and expense of maintaining one in airworthy condition just sucked the fun out of it for me. Always said that when I got tired of dealing with the FAA, I was going to go ultralight, and my favorite passion has always been along the lines of a Breezy. Sitting on a tube frame with the engine, wings, and most of the plane behind the pilot, there's nothing in front of your feet but space. Truly a motorcycle in the sky.

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    1. Also meant to say that I have that very Makita belt sander. When mine started to squall like a strangled cat, I went to a parts house and got a replacement set of bearings for it. Surprisingly cheap, and it ran like a new machine again.

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    2. It's all changed now, Greg. These new cyanate glues set and cure in seconds. I have seen a few purists that refuse to use them on the grounds that they make the build process too easy. I am using them for now because I need all the help I can get.

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  3. I bought the plans for the Affordaplane a couple weeks ago. I may or may not make it. The plans were cheap enough for an engineering study. (If I study, am I engineer enuf to build this?)

    I never successfully finished a wooden model plane. I got close though...

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    1. Terry Adair has a great Affordaplane channel on jewtube, STxAR. I looked long and hard at it and the only issue I have with it is that Rotax seems to be leaving the UL market. I think all they have left is the big 912's now...? Terry had some initial issues with the rear cylinder overheating, and then again with defective parts and distributor issues. He worked through them and now he is flying up a storm. I dunno what to think of the HKS engines. I am in love with the Legal Eagle and that 1/2 VW engine... but those have their issues too, from what I am seeing.

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  4. If you have never flown a plane with the wing held by rubber bands, you might not know what that
    Whack sound is when you get out of a high G pull.
    Good rubber is important in So many places in life.

    Looking Good!

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  5. My retirement project is a 1/8th scale B-17, l saw this on CIA-tube thought it would be a great idea for when l do it.
    home made "band saw" starts at 12 minute mark
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paXEsZnNDfw

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