Posted by Curtis_Lloyd | 02-18-2009 @ 11:36 PM | 3,704 Views
I have just recieved plans for the Ultra Hots. Many of us have enjoyed this plan in various sizes. This plane is nearly impossible to acquire in kit form. I have the ability to semi-mass produce this plane in the form of pre-cut parts. No laser cutting or die cutting, just pure and simple custom cuts. Should I choose to do this, is there a gerneral interest from this audience? Please, let me hear from you.
Posted by flynz4me | 02-18-2009 @ 09:45 AM | 10,699 Views
"Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material I have. It is a sheer waste of time and soulpower to imagine what I would do if things were different. They are not different."

Dr Frank Crane

I chose this as the quote of the day because it relates to what I'm doing right now. I had a malfunction on my 30% which sent feedback to my 921 receiver and my plane went in on Friday the 13th. Just a fluke thing, but to be retroactive I traded a pair of CF landing gear for the fuselage of this old funfly plane that is unique looking and lightweight. The plane is to take my undamaged wings and build them onto that airframe. I havee to take a moment and publicly thank Gary Chezem, this guy is a class act and a master craftsman/engine guru. He is gachezem on the Giants and RCUniverse. He has taught me more things in the last couple weeks as we have worked on various projects. Now 2/3 the way through this unique build I'm learning at an astronomical rate about how incidence and squareness of a plane is built in. I've known of these things from building foamies but have only flown ARF's and have never checked the incidence. So in short THANK YOU GARY!

That's all for today.

Posted by flynz4me | 02-17-2009 @ 05:05 PM | 10,820 Views
"No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday."

Alexander Pope

My response is that; too few people can admit when they are wrong. People will even lie when they are brought the truth which hurts them all the more.

Image is something I've always been overly concerned about. Real people don't have to worry about this, their actions do the talking. I'm ready to let my actions speak for themselves and hold myself accountable to live by this from here on. It's time to live a better life.
Posted by MadMonkey | 02-13-2009 @ 12:29 AM | 7,167 Views
I was contacted by the North Texas Airsoft organization based here in DFW to get a small UAV system put together for an upcoming event.

A while back I decided that if I have a talent for something, I might as well use it as often as I can, and this is a prime example. The airframe will be very, very loosely based on the RQ-11 Raven observation drone... I'll be using a Multiplex Easy Star ARF with a hot EDF motor/ESC combo from Grayson Hobby (with a prop). The airframe will be modified to include aileron control, and the battery compartment will be enlarged to carry two batteries, one for flight and one for the camera equipment.

Since I'm in a time crunch, this version will be super-simple... one or two cameras, LOS remote control only (no autonomy or FPV flying), and easy to set up. It's possible that I'll use gyro stabilization, too (after all, we're trying to pick out camoflaged individuals from a few hundred feet).

I'll start ordering parts over the next couple of weeks, and hopefully begin flight tests late this month or early March. I'll keep the blog updated.

After this one is finished, I'm considering building a couple more.. a Global Hawk (EDF) with a head-tracking camera and autonomous flight capability, and a Reaper hunter-killer with a gyro-stabilized Airsoft gun turret (and possibly Nerf missiles).

Should be fun projects even if they suck at actually working
Posted by gregrussell | 02-12-2009 @ 02:12 PM | 1,929 Views
Hi Guys,
Greg Russell here. I am closing in on the production on [4] new Giant Scale composite kits. My web page is ready to post but I am wating on better weather to fly and video the new aircraft. I am putting out this message to get some feedback.I have considered offering all types of repair work/mods/and paintwork on composite aircraft.I have quite a few years experience in this area. This is a service I think may be needed and usefull to some of the modelers out there. I also design and build special accessories you may want to add to the aircraft. Loovers/fuel tank trays/composite formers/servo trays etc. Well, enough said.
Its been a long time coming but I am almost there!
Hope to here from you guys,

Greg Russell

Aquila composite Aircraft
Posted by john5909 | 02-11-2009 @ 08:14 PM | 3,032 Views
TBM rocks! I had the 30% yak reserved for purchase awaiting my direct deposit to bank, checked my acct for something to do & my check was deposited 24hrs early ! Immediately shot the paypal payment to TBM 10 mins before they closed and simultaneously called anthony to let him know the checking acct transfer of funds were on their way, he checked and BAMM it was there, anthony assured me the plane would ship on the 12th.not a minute ago I get the UPS shipping notice and it says the delivery of the 2 big boxes would arrive from sarasota to orange park on 02/12/09. RAPID TRANSIT Big Brown Truck! the guys stayed late to expedite the shipping. TBM thanks for making my weekend like Christmas ! you made a return customer for sure!
Posted by crashbuck | 02-04-2009 @ 04:39 PM | 3,790 Views
anyone have pict. how to make landing gear stronger. I would like to do work before i try to land plane. I only crashed 32 planes larning to fly. any help appreciated
Posted by yxlr8 | 02-04-2009 @ 10:49 AM | 3,568 Views
Can any one give me the dates fot the tuscon shoot out I am thinking off comeing across for a look thanks
Posted by mustangdriver | 02-03-2009 @ 03:47 AM | 3,161 Views
Does anyone have a A/W yak-54 120 with a OS 1.60 mounted on it? I was wondering if this is too much motor for this airplane. I want an all out 3d machine.
Posted by DJMETT55 | 02-02-2009 @ 03:14 PM | 2,683 Views
How do i start to design my own pattern for monocoate desgns !
Posted by Wildwings2 | 01-31-2009 @ 10:32 PM | 2,784 Views
Hi and Hello all im geting back in to this after a 10 yr Absence. i have a 28% cactus Aviation 540 Edge im Bringing back to live she has a 98 inch span and will weight about 20-22lbs loaded set up with smoke generator. been looking trying to figure out what power plant would be best for this. iml eaning towards a DA 85 .The radio il be using is a New Spektrum DX7 figure its easier then i can fly everything with one radio plus its layout is very easy. I built a Goldberg eagle 2 LOL its like flying a vW but it got me back in the Game. i also have 90 size Delta wing Pusher thats a blast to fly.Any feedback wil be appreciated .
Thanks John
Posted by erwin peters | 01-22-2009 @ 10:59 PM | 3,371 Views
I plan to install an aluminum plate in fron of the vent hole plate what gap should be betwenn the carb and vent hole plates?
Would be ok if I extend down the lenght of this same plate an 1" in order to get protection from erratic air flow over the carburetor intake


Posted by erwin peters | 01-17-2009 @ 11:19 PM | 4,222 Views
hello, I star using my BME 105 again , I was using in the past a 26 -10 zinger wood prop and the RPM numbers were about 6400 ; Them I switch to a Bolly wood 27-10 and got 5500, I cheked the gasket on the carburator at the reed valve everthing was ok, the engine conpressions is good, I think that the engine in total used dont have more than 3-4 galllos. That have something to do it for the poor rpm result for the 27-10??

I flew the plane with th 26-10 when I inverted the plane it almost went off, I kept flying and the engine behave good, I inverted the plane again and it went off (all this in the same fly). what could be?? never had this problen in previos plane.


Posted by tele1974 | 01-12-2009 @ 05:30 AM | 6,227 Views
Posted by MadMonkey | 01-04-2009 @ 08:32 AM | 6,939 Views
With other projects popping up in addition to having little time, it has taken me a while to make progress on the H9 Cap 232. I'm happy to say, however, that the initial assembly is finished and it's been sent over to a friend's house for engine, cowl, canopy, and radio installation (I ran out of time and the other friend I was building it for was getting antsy).

To be entirely honest I wasn't very impressed with the quality of the ARF. Assembly was fairly straightforward but they could have saved a LOT more work with a small amount of planning (and there were several steps that just didn't make sense).

All in all, it looks like decent construction... nothing exceptional though.

A Slimline smoke pump and 32oz tank will be installed also. We'll see how that goes.

It should be ready to maiden within a week or so! I'll be sure to post pics of it.

Now, to my projects...

Right now I'm in a massive saving crunch so I can buy a new vehicle. My 95 Acura Integra, although a great little car, was just not cutting it as a plane hauler. I'm looking for an early-2000's Mazda MPV minivan now... I should have the cash for one within a month if all goes well.

This means I haven't been able to buy myself all the toys that I've wanted. I sold my Ultimate recently and I've been without a gasser for a month now, and I'm really getting withdrawal symptoms. I did manage to pic up a couple of minor projects though:

1. A GP UCanDo .46 with a broken firewall... I bought it from a friend, repaired it, and it flies exactly like my old one (needs some tail weight though). If I crash it I'll throw the O.S. 91 4-stroke into a Twist. I think the Twist has slightly better flight characteristics.

2. .60 size Decathlon from an unknown manufacturer. Another one purchased from a friend getting out of the hobby... this one is a great "relaxation" plane that I use to carve figure 8's in the sky.

3. Yesterday morning I ordered a Phase 3 F-16 EDF, and convinced another friend (the Cap owner) to buy one also so we can do some formation flying. I had to scratch that buying itch...

Right now most of my planes are down due to mechanical issues so I gotta get some repairs done.

But, the good thing is that as soon as I buy another vehicle, I can start buying planes again. I'm going to hit up the Kansas City swap meet and buy whatever catches my eye. We shall see.

Also, a friend of mine is selling a couple of planes I might end up getting... an Aeroworks 50cc Python and Wild Hare 28% Sukhoi. Due to the cost I'll probably stick with 50cc for now. Another local guy has a ridiculous deal on an Aeroworks 35% Edge 540, so I might jump on that too.

Till next time...
Posted by tonyc9075 | 12-31-2008 @ 10:04 AM | 4,278 Views
Could not resit the bragging rights. New grandson born 12/26/2008. His name is Nick and grandma thinks he is perfect.
Posted by Vahn | 12-29-2008 @ 05:45 PM | 3,370 Views
H9/Carden 50cc ARF - First flight, canopy blows off on take off. Leaves all 6 bolts and the mounting tabs in the plane. This is nearly a month or more ago.

Pain: Still waiting for replacement parts. Been a month plus. Price for replacement parts are premium.

Lesson: Seal every piece of the engine box. Reinforce canopy tabs. Who cares that another at the field without a sealed box doesn't have this problem.

Airwild 50cc Extra 260 - The second time I owned this airframe. I pancaked my last one on a dead stick and decided not to repair.

Blinged it out nice. Carbon fiber wing tube. Hitech 7955s all the way around. 3 lipos, 2 for the reciever. on a Powerexpander Sports plus. Weight, 16 pounds, 15 ounces, which is 1.5-2 pounds heavier than it could be.

Had Airwild build it. Spent over $3000 with new radio, fancy pants wing bags, $600 with the building service, lightened Nova spinner, all gear new (gear that was on old one is in the new Yak) and ...

Pain: Doesn't fly nearly as well as the one I bought used for thousands less.

Lesson: Bling only sounds good and makes you feel better only temporarily. Trust your ability to assemble an ARF better than other people assembling it for you. It turns out that you can not "buy" your way to having a good time in this hobby. Just because you spend the most does not guarantee the plane will fly great.

Imac pilot to fly my plane and help me figure out my CG and trim situation.
Posted by rappid rich | 12-29-2008 @ 04:42 PM | 4,538 Views
show us your van int. pics.
Posted by Ran D. St. Clair | 12-28-2008 @ 04:20 PM | 3,998 Views
Phioto's of Past Projects

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Posted by extra330ss | 12-26-2008 @ 10:27 PM | 5,304 Views
Hey, welcome to my blog