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Posted by pecanpatch | Oct 22, 2015 @ 08:23 AM | 1,492 Views
I like having control of my LEDs so i use a brushed ESC to turn them off and on. If you use a channel with a knob to turn or a slider, then it is like a dimmer switch.

I solder in a extra JST connector onto the brushless ESC..... then i plug the brushed ESC into that. If I am flying in the day time i can unplug it.
Posted by pecanpatch | Oct 12, 2015 @ 02:58 PM | 2,365 Views
My Ernie wing mid-aired and it split in half...
It went back together simple enough... but there was some places missing.... easy fix....
The red marker was to tell me where not to waste glue.
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 11, 2015 @ 10:26 AM | 5,868 Views

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Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 13, 2014 @ 08:25 AM | 4,746 Views
The Japanese Zero.....

and how we learned to fight it.

In April 1942 thirty-six Zeros attacking a British naval base at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), were met by about sixty Royal Air Force aircraft of mixed types, many of them obsolete. Twenty-seven of the RAF planes went down: fifteen Hawker Hurricanes (of Battle of Britain fame), eight Fairey Swordfish, and four Fairey Fulmars. The Japanese lost one Zero.

Five months after America's entry into the war, the Zero was still a mystery to U.S. Navy pilots. On May 7, 1942, in the Battle of the Coral Sea, fighter pilots from our aircraft carriers Lexington and Yorktown fought the Zero and didn't know what to call it. Some misidentified it as the German Messerschmitt 109.

A few weeks later, on June 3 and 4, warplanes flew from the Japanese carriers Ryujo and Junyo to attack the American military base at Dutch Harbor in Alaska's Aleutian archipelago. Japan's attack on Alaska was intended to draw remnants of the U.S. fleet north from Pearl Harbor, away from Midway Island, where the Japanese were setting a trap. (The scheme ultimately backfired when our Navy pilots sank four of Japan's first-line aircraft carriers at Midway, giving the United States a major turning-point victory).

In the raid of June 4, twenty bombers blasted oil storage tanks, a warehouse, a hospital, a hangar, and a beached freighter, while eleven Zeros strafed at will. Chief Petty Officer Makoto Endo led a three-
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Posted by pecanpatch | Jul 18, 2014 @ 12:05 PM | 5,746 Views
Part of the evolution of the GeoBat.
This plane (at least the 26" Version) is capable of sliding on grass to take off and land.
The first PDF uploaded here is the 36" version which actually has not been proven yet. The airframe is proven, just not the Slider Part of it

I had a computer glitch with the 26" version and am going to post it up ASAP.

Rule #1
This is a Blog not a Normal build thread so:
Dont get your itty bitty feelings hurt if I delete a post along the way to keep the focus on the build.

As of this writing there are 3 SliderBats flying and everyone loves'em!
Dont even think about building this plane if your not ready to embrace a 3 axis stability system or receiver. It makes a world of a difference and will fly like crap without it!.

Much more info to follow.... questions are welcome, just remember rule #1
Posted by pecanpatch | Feb 28, 2014 @ 11:09 AM | 7,178 Views
I am building a Combat plane designed by Larry Towner ....
It's featured here in the parkPilot web site....

I also wanted to include these pictures I took of BJ Thomas' blue Wonder at HHAEFFI
Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:16 AM | 7,159 Views
My Saito 80 bearings went bad and upon dissassembly the rear main bearing fell apart.
The main rear bearing outer race was stuck. Several hand tool methods were tried to no avail.
I had to come up with another plan... I measured the diameter of the ID of the stuck race... then cut a piece of 3/8 square key stock a little oversize.
I welded a dowel pin to the middle of that.....
Then I went to the lathe and turned it to size and tapered it for easy welding.
Then I dropped the dowel pin thru the front of the motor and wedged the cross bar into the race.
I Tig welded the bar to the Race on both sides..

after it cooled, I simply tapped it on the workbench and the stuck race came right out..... Skore!
Posted by pecanpatch | Aug 28, 2013 @ 09:14 PM | 9,947 Views
A big thanks to Tripp Grissom for videoing the TiggerBat Sunday at the Griffin field. This video is a dream come true for me for many years.... I'm glad I finally got it done... I hope ya like it....
Click on comments below to see more posts on this subject

TiggerBats big show (7 min 47 sec)

Posted by pecanpatch | Aug 16, 2013 @ 11:11 PM | 8,419 Views
I had this 12 Volt fan and wanted a way to keep my FPV transmitter cool when using it on the bench testing stuff. So I built this thing up from scrap material at work.... I'm pretty happy with it... It's also great for drying paint and glues , etc.
It's all pretty basic, I'll let the pictures tell the story...

I got to keep it from the wife as she wants to dry her nails with it

I drilled some holes in the base to hang it up when not needed...
The red thing is a funnel I adapted to direct the air a little better...(glued on with shoe goo)
It lays flat for storage.

Of course you could use wood or whatever for the base and such....
Throw one together, you'll like it
Posted by pecanpatch | Jun 10, 2013 @ 11:35 AM | 9,590 Views
As great as Walbro Carbs are ,I have always hated the throttle lever. It is too close to the center of rotation. I modded mine as presented here and it works so much better.

It made the throttle sweep match up to a typical servo throw.
It raised the ball joint higher to clear the engine mount bolts....
and I twisted the arm to be in line with the pushrod....

Now she has a much better feel on the throttle..... ...Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Mar 24, 2013 @ 03:39 PM | 15,234 Views
I thought I would share my trick of how to get better contact when soldering Ultra Deans connectors.
First off, I use a decent 40W Weller soldering iron ( I welded the custom stand)
Then I use a tiny drop of this liquid flux....
The wires come pre-tinned and they are fat in diameter...
I take a metal plate and a small mallet and beat the end of the pre-soldered wire flat...
Then solder it and heat shrink it up...
You will find even the heat shrink will fit better...
Instead of just the quadrant of the wire actually touching the Deans connector , this whole big flattened wire contacts.
The pictures should explain it pretty good (Thanks to my wife for the Macro work)...Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 11, 2013 @ 10:01 AM | 11,594 Views
The Snyder Fighter was born when I gave Lloyd Snyder a Hobby King Motor , ESC and servos and said "Go build a airplane".

A week later he came back with this wing

Yes there are a Hundred other wing builds on RCG's......
But people started asking for plans for THIS one so here we go.....

There will be much more to come in time so check back later.

This plane requires a LOT of expo!

Here is the top view of the wing and elevon.
Those are 1" squares on the drawing....Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 04, 2013 @ 09:13 AM | 12,043 Views
My recipe for Smoke Oil

1 part Super-Dri smoke oil
1 part Walmart automatic Transmission fluid
1 part Kerosine

This creates awesome smoke with excellent Hang time. Way better and cheaper than just the Super-Dri smoke oil by itself.
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 02, 2013 @ 10:06 AM | 11,512 Views
Make 2 of these (see PDF file), makes a good FPV hood for 19" TV
Posted by pecanpatch | Sep 15, 2012 @ 11:50 PM | 12,521 Views
I'm not a big fan of super clear canopies. I like just a trace of tint so you can see the canopy. Sometimes you'll see a plane with a canopy so clear ,at a distance you cant even see it. That's why I do this.

Years ago I picked up this single burner hot plate at a Yard sale. I use it to keep the water temp high so the dye can do it's deed. You must heat the water!
Posted by pecanpatch | Aug 20, 2012 @ 09:48 AM | 17,446 Views
Brushless Motors Explained.

If you have a better article or chart please upload...
Posted by pecanpatch | Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:27 AM | 14,551 Views
Hello and Welcome,
I had a full scale Condor 2 ultralight back in 1983. I always wanted to build a model of it, but the technology just wasn't there. Now it is.
But to keep things simple I thought I would use slow stick wings and make it look more like a Kolb.
I'm designing on the fly on the first one and if it flies decent enough I will post up some plans later on. This will be my 2nd plane with an animated pilot. Some of you may have seen my TiggerBat from 2011. Video is posted on down the thread.

On this build I'm going to try and hammer through it to meet a deadline. So the first plane may have some compromises , but bare with me.
Posted by pecanpatch | Feb 18, 2012 @ 10:10 AM | 13,530 Views
I love the old Aamco A-Ray advanced trainer.
Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 06, 2011 @ 08:29 AM | 33,266 Views
Hello and welcome... (EDIT: I would to suggest you read through as much of the thread as you can because some new ideas have come to light and there might even be and updated set of plans further in the thread)

This is a blog for these Foamie Flying Wings that we have been having so much fun with. It's not really anything new. It's just how we do it.

Everyone that see's them fly wants one and this is just to help guide them along through the process of getting one flying. It will save me time in the long run from not having to explain it to so many people.

Dis-Claimer and Credits.
KFC - Chris DeGraaff started bringing wings to SEFF to sell (see HoJazz Videos)
Matt Kloss Dissected his wore out DeGraaff wing, made some changes and built a bunch of them to use for paintball shooting at SEFF 2011. I had volunteered to help out with the event.
I got permission from Chris DeGraaff and Matt to present this build on RCGroups.

I want to keep the blog on point. Feel free to comment, but dont get your itty bitty feelings hurt if I delete a post or 2 to keep things on track.

I know guys will ask for tiled plans. It's not something I'm familiar with at all.
If someone else wants to step up and make that happen... then they can send it to me and I will post it here as well.


Here is a Grayson Hobbies set of links for the electronics if you are interested;

I love the Hobby King Turnigy Park 450 1200 KV with a 10 x 4.7 prop.
Matched with the Hobby king Plush 30 Amp ESC

This Motor combo^

This receiver

These servos^ its more than you need but you can build a second plane or have spares
2 of these^
4 of these ^
2 of these^
You will also need a charger.

Here is a place to get colored box tape to decorate with. They dont add much weight but they add a lot of strength and look great.