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Posted by JimNM | Feb 02, 2015 @ 01:45 PM | 1,734 Views
Working along. size of Vaillancourt Hurricane keeps me in awe. Working on landing lights before we close up the rest of the wing.
Posted by JimNM | Dec 21, 2014 @ 02:43 PM | 2,103 Views
Paul Harvey " Policeman " One of His Best Narrations (2 min 10 sec)

Thank you, brothers and Mr. Harvey for speaking out for them. There is honor in service to others and no "Thank you " is ever expected.
Posted by JimNM | Oct 02, 2014 @ 02:34 PM | 3,531 Views
Giant Lanier Stinger 70cc (2 min 12 sec)

A short video of my first wet power plane. I still have a lot of learning to do
Posted by JimNM | Apr 10, 2014 @ 06:35 PM | 3,520 Views
Posted by JimNM | Jan 02, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 3,808 Views
Here is an older version of windmap - uses local reported windspeeds.

Here is a new version that covers the whole earth, not just the contiguous US.,31.96,512
Posted by JimNM | Nov 22, 2013 @ 05:05 PM | 3,867 Views
Got the big one flown today. Elegant 700 from RCM/Pelikan that has been on my build bench for 13 months. 42 degrees with winds 8-10 mph on the leading edge of a massive winter storm. It was today or not for the next month or so.

Scorpion 3026 on a 13x7 graupner
4000 mah 3s battery
6x HS81
A9 radio and 7 channel rx

Effortless climb on ~600 watts. Single 14 minute flight due to weather. Some minor trim issues not worth working on in these conditions and a loose flap servo. 4 channel control for me today. It is not a fast handler but it should thermal dang nicely. Landing took almost the whole field thanks to 90 degree cross wind and sunken field with plane eating trees all around.
Posted by JimNM | Oct 11, 2013 @ 10:48 AM | 3,981 Views
Jim's Launch Video (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by JimNM | Jul 15, 2013 @ 06:18 PM | 4,019 Views
This is the re-re-maiden of my PasserX. Broken prop on the first maiden and an esc overheat on the second has made this plane a pain to get dialed in.

I am turning the 11x7 prop a little over the max rpm at full throttle (7000 rpm max) and I have had trouble with the set screw attachment. Half Throttle launch to about 100 feet for trim.

Passer X launch (0 min 26 sec)

Posted by JimNM | Jul 05, 2013 @ 09:35 PM | 4,084 Views
Here are two more flights on the P40 from today. I found how to make the head can record at 125 degrees rather than at 175 degrees of view. The trade off is that it costs me more band width and I have the basic vimeo. Short videos...

Both flights were on same pack. Loose motor mount cut the day short. I broke a hinge on the flap, so flying flapless for now. Back to stock prop, 7 mins or so on a 4000 pack. My field is at 4000 feet ASL, so I am about %12 down in performance compared to our sea level friends.

Number 2
Posted by JimNM | Jun 26, 2013 @ 08:27 PM | 4,285 Views
Flying Tiger Flyin' (5 min 59 sec)

Nice flying plane.
Posted by JimNM | Mar 05, 2013 @ 05:40 PM | 4,564 Views
Same video, loaded in HD this time. Got to the vimeo page to see it in HD

Still love this plane

Aviator Pro without compression (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by JimNM | Feb 28, 2013 @ 08:16 PM | 4,704 Views
Here is a video of my boy running his SWAMP DAWG airboat from Hobby King. 2s lipo makes for decent control - 3s causes too much vibration. We have a car esc setup, so it will back under power. I'm thinking 'ol dad needs one too - hey it worked for the r/c car

Swamp Dawg by Hobby King (1 min 13 sec)

Posted by JimNM | Feb 18, 2013 @ 12:31 PM | 5,120 Views
I am making progress in getting this micro DLG dialed in. I am rusty with launch technique - and a little stiff from too much time at the desk. So far launches are around 45-55 feet. With the 1s battery I am a little aft of design c/g - but the positive is that there is ZERO pre-set needed for launch/cruise. I have a few clicks trimmed in for thermal trim, but have yet to really work the thermals. I have gotten a 5+ minute flight, but never got up and away.

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Posted by JimNM | Jan 16, 2013 @ 09:50 PM | 5,173 Views
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Taken with a contour POV, not the best tool for this job but it was on hand.

Nice flying Fred.
Posted by JimNM | Oct 23, 2012 @ 11:32 PM | 5,923 Views
This sweet little plane got a maiden flight today. More details to follow as I have time. Looks very similar to the famous SIG Rascal - but at 1/5 the price.

AviatorPro in .25, .40, .60 size and your choice of RED or BLUE

I did not get any photos of the build, but I can easily share the issues/workarounds that I had. I have the.25 size BLUE.

1) The push rod guides do not cross at the rear of the fuse, like they should and the heavy duty wire was hard to move in the tubes. I used a smaller diameter rod.

2) I bent the tail wheel the wrong way and then glued the hell out of it. I uncoiled the strut far enough to get the wheel behind the hinge line, so the wheel turns the same direction as the rudder

3) I bought small digital servos - I should have stayed with what I know to work well. I replaced them all with HS-81, which are my gold standard for electric sport planes

4) LG, Wheel pants and cowl painted with a gloss white to make those match the covering.

5) +++ BIG PLUS +++ The hinge slots are pre-made - thank you Mr. plane guy and the wing bolt holes are pre-drilled.

6) I will need to add cooling for the esc if I plan on flying in the heat.

7) The Aviator Pro tipped over on me a few times during taxi testing - will put some kind of skid on the wing tips

8) Balanced like a champ - did not have to move anything around.

9) Still need to glue the wing together. Flew very gentle today with a friction fit. For my piece of mind I will glue the wings together.

10) BIG PLUS - the wing fits in my car while still wired to the RX, but it takes up so much room that I can't take the other .25 size planes on the same trip in my commuter car {EDIT: The Aviator can ride with the other planes with the wing detatched from the RX }
Posted by JimNM | Dec 28, 2011 @ 11:17 PM | 6,051 Views
Another series of DLG launches from the locals.

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