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Posted by quitcherbitchen | May 08, 2014 @ 08:45 PM | 2,986 Views
Picked one of these up from General Hobby. They are super close to were I work. They were really easy to deal with and I picked up so no shipping. They have tons of inventory. I modified the center section and put in a bomb bay to fit 5 or 6 Adam Bombs(explosive simulating bombs)http://dropadambomb.com/ . I picked the brain of a fellow RC Groups member Stacker for how he did his bomb bay. My bombs are slightly bigger so I had to do a little more cutting then he did and engineer enough room for all the electronics too. Now I can fit five bombs, but the servos get so strained that the bomb bay doors have trouble staying closed. I usually fly with 3 now. I plan to upgrade the bomb bay doors to a higher strength servo to get a larger payload in. 18oz torque servos aren't strong enough. I plan to put in some 40 oz torque ones to get the load to double.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Oct 16, 2013 @ 10:38 PM | 5,898 Views
Here is my tribute model to the VNAF or South Vietnamese Air Force. I plan on making this plane. Commentary by Bill Diebold sums up my reason for making this plane.

The Vietnamese Air Force

I can remember the first time I flew with the Vietnamese Air Force. My friends in the news office all made jokes. One wanted to have my cameras when I didn't come back, another my stereo etc. I laughed...but I was not a little concerned. That is why I was amazed when I arrived at Binh Thuy air base and noted the professionalism in the Vietnamese Air Force from top to bottom. There were no Americans involved at all. The mechanics who took care of the airplanes and the pilots that flew them were all Vientamese. Then, I was twice amazed at just how good their pilots were.

The Americans up to that time had lost 7000 aircraft and helicopters in the Vietnam war. The Vietnamese Air Force had lost seven. When we taxied to the end of the flight line we had four planes so that if anything did not check out on one of them we still would have at least a flight of two before taking off. As it turned out, we took off with four F-5's. When we arrived over the target the FAC was Vietnamese also. He put in four rockets along a bunkered gully and said "Hit my rockets." I laughed to myself because from what I had seen in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam it was rare for any pilot to hit a target right on the money. The first plane turned and made its run and nailed the rocket smoke right on...Continue Reading
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Aug 18, 2013 @ 07:59 AM | 5,814 Views
Decided to finally try and finish my A1H Durafly Skyraiders and put the last of the finishing touches---fully functional wing hard points. I used Dymond 2.7 gram servos and my Adam Bomb drop mechanisms to make a true "Flying Dump Truck". I am able to pickle off the center on one channel and then pickle off the outsides on another channel. Makes for less landing to reload and better chances of scoring a hit on the target per sortie. CAS (close air support) missions are super fun.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Aug 03, 2013 @ 12:57 AM | 7,093 Views
So many people have asked me to help them install metal trunnions in their Durafly Skyraiders and Corsairs I have made this blog entry to try and explain all the steps. It takes a little skill and very few tools. It's about one hour to complete each retract. The retract trunnions are purchased from PW-RC and are the minis. http://www.pw-rc.com/product_info.ph...oducts_id/3382 I have many flights on my Skyraiders and have done this mod now eight times. They make the planes much more reliable....Continue Reading
Posted by quitcherbitchen | May 06, 2013 @ 08:58 AM | 7,197 Views
I am going to bash a Dynam Waco YM-5 into a civilian training program VF-5 version known as a Waco UPF-7. They were very similar to the Waco YM-5s but had a Continental 670 radial that wasn't cowled and had wider landing gear. I plan to make a tribute model to my father who flew a Waco in the VF-5 program at Ball State University in 1943. The plane in the picture is the plane he soloed in. That plane (#53) later crashed and killed the instructor and student. My father later went on to fly PT-17s in Norman, Oklahoma, before being washed out of the flight program by the Navy in 1944. They no longer were losing so many pilots in the Pacific due to the introduction of the Hellcat. My father loved flying the Waco and since he passed away in 2007 I have been meaning to build a F-7. When Dynam introduced the 5 model I picked one up immediately for this purpose. A side note to this Waco was that my father met his life long best friend in the training program and they later married sisters. The Waco will be a sort of tribute to the whole family.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Mar 09, 2013 @ 07:35 PM | 7,910 Views
Love this airframe.Bought it as a kit this time. Decided to make another one (#3), but this time a little more visible color scheme. AD 4B model from China Lake Naval Ordinance Training Station (NOTS) seems to fit the bill. I used Dymond D90 digital servos for ailerons(which turned out to be overkill) and Hitec m65 on the rudder, and elevator. Bomb drop of course is mandatory and is an Adam Bomb http://dropadambomb.com/mechanism teamed with Dymond 3.7 gram servos. ESC is a Eflite Pro 40 and motor is a Durafly 850kv Stuka motor flown on 3s. I used one of my RC Custom prop adapters on a 12x6 two blade prop which proved on my Stuka to be the perfect combination. This plane is faster then my stock powered 750kv Skyraider on a 12x8 prop. I have also added metal trunnions from PW-RC and they have made the gear very reliable. This is my go to plane. I don't know how many flights (hundreds) are on her, but the wings are actually showing some stress cracks now.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Jan 28, 2013 @ 09:14 AM | 7,978 Views
I want to use higher PWM on my ESC, so on someone's recommendation from this website I bought the following items to make a shield to protect my radio reception using higher Pulse Width Modulation. Should make the ESC more efficient. Especially at mid range throttle. I will solder the resistor to the tape and then wire that into the negative of the battery.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:22 PM | 9,067 Views
Now that I changed props on my Durafly 1100mm Stuka to a 12x6 two blade, the plane is much more enjoyable to fly. Takes off without a hint of tail swing and flies super scale like. No longer a speed demon.gets way better flight times too. 9 minutes of mixed flight. Because its a G model it has anti tank guns that are always susceptible to breaking on nose over, I am converting mine to a D model bomber. Dive bombing is way more fun. Ordered up some bomb drop mechanisms from Yellow Aircraft and am waiting for them to arrive. In the meantime I thought "hey I am going to need a siren". I had a broken AirHog helicopter on my bench and said to myself "that thing looks just like what I need. Now all I need is a scale bomb and bomb release trapeze.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Jan 17, 2013 @ 10:37 PM | 8,370 Views
Here is my RAM machine gun sound unit. I lightened it up by shortening up all the wires and getting rid of the 9volt. It use to way 76 grams and now weighs 66 grams. All up weight with up the battery, servo and container it weighs 130grams. It use to weigh 119 with just the battery and unit no servo or container. Plan is to put it in the Stuka. It is too big for the Spad.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Dec 23, 2012 @ 07:41 AM | 8,269 Views
Put some extensions on my Durafly Stuka's flaps. Used my Robart pin hinge method. I had to reinforce the area that the pins went in the wing with fiberglass as there was a lot of torsional movement. Credit card material is key as it is flexible enough to let you take the whole thing apart if you need too.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Dec 09, 2012 @ 09:30 AM | 8,058 Views
Here are the dive brakes completed. All that is left is reinstall the radio and test fly. Unfortunately, my time this time of year to fly is getting less and less. Might have to wait until mid Jan to get a try.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Nov 26, 2012 @ 01:38 PM | 8,207 Views
After spending an enormous amount of time on the cockpit and other projects I have finally gotten back to the Razor conversion. I filled in all the deep panel lines and rubbed the whole fuselage with smooth light weight spackle. I then coated the whole fuselage in acrylic concrete sealer. I will then spray the sandable primer grey and use Chart tape to make all the panel lines and then spray with the finish coat of Olive Drab.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Nov 06, 2012 @ 11:12 PM | 8,556 Views
After pranging my Skyraider I have now decided to convert my next one to a H model which had barn door dive brakes. I tested the one servo serves three doors concept here on my now deceased Skyraider number 1. The concept proved to work perfectly as the full scale bird with no pitch changes or change of angle on the plane when deployed what so ever. The only thing you need to do is put these on a momentary button to make them go on and off as needed.
Dive brake test (0 min 16 sec)

Posted by quitcherbitchen | Sep 24, 2012 @ 09:10 AM | 9,287 Views
I took some better pictures of my second Super Cub wing that has L-5 Sentinal leading edge slats. These are very scale and use the 2 to 1 rule to opening to exit. They are a bit of a pain to make.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Sep 17, 2012 @ 05:46 AM | 9,157 Views
Here is a short video clip of the pin hinge Fowler flaps in flight. They worked beautiful. No flutter and very reliable.
Robart Large Pin Hinge Fowler Flaps (2 min 32 sec)

Posted by quitcherbitchen | Sep 09, 2012 @ 04:45 PM | 9,609 Views
Finally got around to a different Fowler design. Used big Robart pin hinges to simulate an external hinge. Very conventional actually, but this is now Fowler number 4 for me. This should be very fun. If they end up as robust as my number 1 design I will incorporate them into future designs as these were ten times easier to install.
Posted by quitcherbitchen | Aug 11, 2012 @ 11:36 AM | 9,212 Views
Almost finished with Ralph Hofer. First time I have used Bob Dively liquid mask and sorry to say not impressed. If you leave it on too long like a week in becomes almost too difficult to take off. Still going to keep trying it, but maybe I will have to rush to cut out the sections vs doing it at a leisure.