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Posted by tailskid2 | May 26, 2016 @ 04:49 PM | 891 Views
Been very busy of late but to bring you up to date on the VQ Ki-61, the plane is finished and test flown a couple of times....Looking VERY good!!! Other than one off field landing at full power, it now flys BETTER! Don't know why but it does. Just replaced the struts and BINGO she loves that OS.91FS!
Posted by tailskid2 | May 16, 2016 @ 04:47 PM | 1,272 Views
Making a lot of progress on this bird.....this will be a 6 channel bird (flaps and retracts) and powered by an OS.90FS....

Wing was 'finished' before joining the two halves....flap servo linkage is somewhat of a pain; I would have preferred an arrangement like the ailerons.
Posted by tailskid2 | May 07, 2016 @ 11:51 PM | 1,838 Views
JB Hobbies introduced this model at the AMA Convention - introduced it to me for the first time although I think this bird has been out quite a bit longer than that. Going to put an OS 90 FS up front so this ought to be fun. I got the Camo one....first order is to beef up that front end....those 4S really can shake. So this will get a pinned firewall, some triangle braces and a coat or two of epoxy.
Posted by tailskid2 | May 03, 2016 @ 10:11 PM | 1,421 Views
My buddy dropped off his TF 60 sized Corsair with a broken rudder...don't understand why he likes to flip his Corsair over on landings...oh well...so I built him one he will NOT be able to break, no matter how many 'flips' he tries on landings

So from the scraps (on the left) to the finished product (on the right)...now to Epoxy that puppy in!
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:59 PM | 1,701 Views
Well we flew her today and what a sweet flying bird she is....even took some video....

4 22 16 (2 min 57 sec)


That's Lee with his Pride and JOY!!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:44 PM | 1,510 Views
Test flew this bird today....NICE....loves to respond to your commands and gets there in a hurry......here are some pics....

Also finished assembling the T-28 and hope to test fly it tomorrow!
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 19, 2016 @ 06:37 PM | 2,308 Views
Just about finished her up....only waiting on the receiver from Silas, installing the cowl and balancing her.....hope this one doesn't require any dead lead like the last one (4.4oz).

I found the extra trim sheets that are supplied and DEAD ON in the color department! I trimmed the bottom cowling with their gray and you can't tell the difference between the covering and the trim! Good job and the same for the green!

And yes, that is a E-flite T-28 I'm assembling for my bud Lee.....
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 17, 2016 @ 02:14 PM | 1,801 Views
Whereas I am assembling my second VQ P-40 a new set of retracts were needed so I picked up a set of 60-120 retracts from E-flight. They were an almost 'drop in' installation!

Got the wing joined and am currently putting in the fuselage servos. Going to send in the receiver for checking by Horizon as I am using it currently to set up the servos....and it works 'sometimes' and 'sometimes' it doesn't!!! Guess that explains why the first P-40 did a nose dive!
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 12, 2016 @ 05:45 PM | 1,726 Views
Well I think I have recovered from that P-40 crash....I bought another one from JB Hobbies (thanks James) and have started working on it. I discovered something while putting in the flap and aileron servos....using that same receiver that was in the previous (RIP) P-40, I was adjusting the servo throw, centering, etc. and at times it wouldn't work!

Plug and unplug and sometimes the servo would come alive, other times -ZIP! So I'm beginning to get a strong feeling to send that puppy in to Horizon and see what they have to say.

Took a week off to fly down to Mobile, Alabama where my youngest son got married - I'm so happy for him...his bride is a real winner and I couldn't of asked for a better one!

It rained in Arizona!!! About a 1/2" - and that is a lot of rain for here on Sunday so Monday I was worried about the runway (we fly off dirt)....but it was OK...........................so I TEST FLEW a Phoenix PC9 on 4 and 5 cells ...prop was wrong choice (Rimfire 46 and APC 10/7) but I did manage to get two flights in....the 5 cell was much better than the 4 cell battery, but still not very good....will try some different props Wednesday!

Then today I got a Carbon-Z T-28 from Horizon = but for a friend Man that box is HUGE!!!! Hope to get that ready for flying early next week as my wife in going in for some surgery on Thursday and will stay overnight. MAYBE able to fly on Monday - we will see how she feels.....
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 26, 2016 @ 07:58 PM | 2,213 Views
Build, err, assembled a P-40 for a friend...nice plane but like most scale planes, it takes a bit longer than normal plus it is a warbird and that makes it close to my heart.

First flight returned the ARF to ARF status in less than 30 seconds! Total loss of control Here is the video

P 40 (1 min 5 sec)


Sorry about the language...might have to remove this link shortly!
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 25, 2016 @ 12:00 AM | 1,900 Views
Weather being good, a test flight was in order.

First attempt at taking off resulted in an aborted take off just about the time full power was being applied. It seemed the Dauntless decided to make a left turn - a sharp left turn no less, so power reduced and as the plane turned left it skidded and bent the right landing gear. We straightened that out and our next attempt resulted in a relatively short flight with the engine quitting after a low pass - perhaps an overheated engine???

Anyway, the quick decent followed by a late flair resulted in TWO landing gears bent! Cowl suffered some scrapes but that was the extent of the damage.
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 09, 2016 @ 11:15 PM | 2,176 Views
Took the plane out for the first time to run the new DLE35RA....wouldn't start! Found out some solder flux was plugging the fuel line (I put barbs on the brass tubes). Once that was cleaned out....wow!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 05, 2016 @ 10:17 PM | 2,270 Views
It's getting close...the plane is getting heavier and there are less parts sitting on the work bench!

Good news - bad weather, forecast for Sunday windy; Monday windy with chance of rain and Tuesday windy....that is good so I won't rush to finish this bird. I figure maybe Wednesday or Friday....new engine so one day is needed to run that puppy and tune it, run a tank and see what falls off the plane and another day to 're-do' all those things that went wrong.

Finally put the receiver in and boy is there a mess of extensions! But I knew that and happy to report there is room in the fuse for all that.

Glued on the landing gear doors - they look good but the question is how long will they STAY ON
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 03, 2016 @ 09:58 PM | 2,032 Views
Well I'm done to the 'punch list' of about15 items - all small, but necessary. Coated the two elevator mounts with epoxy and added a servo reverser back there so I can free up one channel in the Rx for the Opti-Kill gizmo. I also added the ignition battery and made mounts for the two switches. Now to finish work on the bomb
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 02, 2016 @ 04:04 PM | 2,099 Views
Been working on the fuselage getting the tail feathers on, installing the engine, tank and servos for throttle, rudder and of course elevators. Rethinking the servos for the elevators - might want stronger ones back there BUT there is always the CG shift when you add heavier servos. Engine fits almost perfectly (DLE 35RA) with about 1/4" needed to be removed in order to fit the muffler in place.
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 25, 2016 @ 09:09 PM | 2,207 Views
The wing is finally completed...except for mounting the bomb - and all those extensions! BUT it all works (for now anyway.

Gap in one of the wing panels is a bit large, but they supply some black rubber tubing to fill that gap....the trouble is, the OTHER side is almost gapless! So now I have to go back and create a gap

I'm using a three wire disconnect to ease my field assembly...it helps some!

Just figured out I'm using all of my 8 channels on the RX and don't have a spot for a transmitter kill switch
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 20, 2016 @ 02:55 PM | 2,769 Views
Got the retracts in with the only problem being fishing the retract servo lead on the right retract to find its way to the center hole so it can exit the wing. That hole should be made larger because it will have 8 leads coming out of it! To reduce that number I used a "Y" connector for the retracts...still it is a mess

On to the wing...aileron servo (standard size) mounted on aileron hatch without any problems. Need a long extension to reach the receiver....18" should do the trick.

Next was the flaps....three servos needed - one in the center wing section, two in the outer wing panels....got to watch the orientation of the servo arms as all three have to work together.....
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 18, 2016 @ 02:42 PM | 2,582 Views
Got the retrats (cost extra, they are electric) in without too much trouble but can't go with the supplied gear doors as they stick out too far from the wing.

Going to have to change that as I think gear doors make this look better.
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 17, 2016 @ 06:41 PM | 2,249 Views
Just had to do it....bought a VQ Dauntless at the AMA Convention last month! Couldn't wait to start, so I did

Picked up a DLE 35RA for it and had to buy 11 SERVOS!!! This bird has two servos ailerons, two for dive brakes, three for flaps PLUS electric retracts - all in the wing!

Here are some preliminary shots....
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 13, 2016 @ 07:22 PM | 2,613 Views
Well I'm happy to report the plane has been finished given to its owner and a happy person he is....sort of....Maybe I should have followed my intuition and put that switch in the floor board instead of under the back seat. At that location it is difficult to reach!

Our first flights were uneventful, but the engine was giving us some dead stick training so Ron was called upon to adjust the needles and boy did he do a great job - once the clunk on the feed line was reattached!

So John is now happy and has a couple of flights on it. Here are some pics....