Topic: Saphir

Saphir practice

While I’m repairing and working on the 2-meters the trusty Saphir is a nice practice plane for the Nordic 09 schedule.  I had five flights yesterday, one being cut short by a low battery warning on my transmitter. I nearly soiled myself as the saying goes, when the beeper beeped and landed as hastily as is possible with a retract plane. The 9,6 volt pack accepted 986 mAh of current (it’s total capacity is 3.0 Ah).  

I found out the Hanno engine does two nordic schedules easily on a full tank. That would save the retracts, reducing landings by 50%…

I also got three things on my todo-list:

– Remember to add the 8mm spacer when changing spinner
– Do not use plastic links on retracts
– Don’t forget cowling screws @ home 

Selbst ist der Mann

What am I doing? Lots! 

– Repairing the Saphir II: New Tru-Turn spinner, new prop (APC 13×10 turning 9800 rpm), new covering on the wing (AGAIN!). And taping and sealing off every damned piece of covering I can, a piece flies off every time it flies.

– Repairing the red Laser, fitting new wheels (lost one in flight) and fixing a crack in the undercarriage, new bolts, fitting a Perry pump (damned 3,5 mm tap-stuff!) , moving the tank and moving and fitting a new throttle servo.

– Blue Laser – Fitting a perry pump on the OS 200 FS, attempting to fit a Hatori pipe in the nose (Damn that nose)

– Building a new fieldbox with space for 18 inch props. Pictures coming soon

– Buying stuff – a Proxxon table saw, Graupner fieldbox (I must have two dammit) and a Schulze Lipo Card (nice to carry in one of the new fieldboxes)

In addition to that my two kids are not in kindergarten this week so I have my hands full from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening. And we’re tidying up the house, cleaning out the attic, moving the lawn, painting the damned pipe and every other task that can fit into my cramped short-term memory. And tomorrow evening I’m going flying the Saphir. Gotta love flying!

PS- notice the kid behind the plane?

ModelTech Saphir II

ModelTech Saphir II, originally uploaded by aerowold.

Continuing to add to my list of planes, here’s the big beautiful and oh so smooth flying Saphir II. Weighing just 3,5 kilos with retracts, pipe etc it flies very nicely with the Hanno Special.

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