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Posted by CKD315 | Jan 01, 2015 @ 12:32 AM | 1,600 Views
Sooo, I've been away from flying for about two years now and just returned to this hobby/pastime/obsession a few weeks ago.

When I'm away from flying for awhile I'll usually get the realflite sim out for some practice before I head out with a plane. Unfortunately, I lost the sim when my last computer crashed, so I had no choice but to just go for it and fly. I charged a battery, took the eflite Ascent down to the field and it was just as they say, like riding a bike again. I flew up a couple hundred feet a few times, floated around a while and made several decent landings without any problems...

The weather has been pretty good and I've been out flying almost every day I can. I managed to get the Extra 260 out two days ago and was able to really shake off some cobwebs. It'll be nerve-wracking each time I take another plane out of the hangar for it's turn, but I'm looking forward to those adrenaline rushes all over again.

This New Year is looking like it's going to be a good one as I've been lucky to find a fuselage (or two) for the Aquila I'm going to resurrect, and have already bought a few other planes and some more gear. I thought I'd honestly make an effort this time around to try and finish every plane project I start and not pile on more new projects, but already that resolution doesn't look like it's going to happen...

Meantime, I'm looking forward to posting photos here of the work I have to do, and hopefully some videos now that I'm flying again.

Guess I could get started by getting this Super V project out of the kitchen and back into the shop...

Have a Happy New Year
Posted by CKD315 | Dec 22, 2014 @ 08:30 PM | 1,146 Views
I started flying again after a two year break and wanted to post this (hopeful) Aquila restoration. My youngest brother built this back in the 70's and it was acquired by my middle brother after remaining untouched for over thirty years.

Somewhere on one of the Aquila threads here someone had a photo of an Aquila with a V-tail and middle brother saw it and just had to have it. Or one like it...

Sooo, he decided to pull a mold from the fuse and create an e/p pod and boom something or other. Needless to say, he didn't succeed and now the plane (or what's left of it) is in my hands...
Posted by CKD315 | Nov 19, 2011 @ 01:29 AM | 2,604 Views
WWI planes...

I'd love to have any of these models again with a 60" wingspan...

A lot of fun with some ultimate classics. I only wish I could have had the Sopwith, though the SE5A definitely made up for it.
Posted by CKD315 | Nov 19, 2011 @ 01:05 AM | 2,444 Views
Obtained from a fellow Veterans Park flier.

My Aussie buddy John let me have this after he had three unsuccessful flights on it. I watched him each time he flew it and he'd struggle for about twenty seconds and then crash land it as best he could. (I filmed it, I should post it here) Turns out he didn't have enough weight up front and it was extremely tail heavy.

Luckily it survived, and he was through with it, so he just gave me the airframe and wished me luck. I was fortunate to just have to replace only the motor/cowling piece and repair a landing strut.

A beautiful and slow classic flyer. Really enjoyed this one...

(Update 1/1/2015, two of them are for sale NIB here on RCG... I'd get one again but I've got another classic bipe already on the way, though I know it's not going to look as good as this Stearman)
Posted by CKD315 | Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:57 PM | 2,371 Views
Another of the planes that have recently passed through my hands...

The EFlite Pitts as designed by Quiqui Somenzini.

I loved flying this plane because of how solid it is. You are definitely flying a classic aerobatic/stunt plane and you feel everything you throw at it.

I bought it on RCG years ago from a Northerner and have just passed it on to another Southerner. I'd have probably kept the plane if I had that spinner...

I added the wing wires and rebuilt the landing gear mount at least twice. The weight makes it hard to float this plane in when landing, a bit of airspeed helps...

Awesome plane with a 4s...
Posted by CKD315 | Nov 18, 2011 @ 11:31 PM | 2,280 Views
The Fokker and the SE5A have been sold and I'll list the Electrifly Yak 54 and the WorldModels Voodoo Mustang next. I'm going to offer a few Texans and the Spitfire again...
Posted by CKD315 | Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:50 PM | 2,531 Views
A few photos of the planes I'll be posting for sale...


(Update 12/30/14, I decided to keep flying and only wound up selling the Fokker)

I'm going to get busy and start posting some of the plane pictures again for nostalgia's sake...
Posted by CKD315 | Nov 04, 2011 @ 11:37 PM | 2,454 Views
I'm getting ready to move and I'll be selling off the rest of my smaller planes. I'll miss the bigger birds and will soon be missing most of my smaller ones.

It's been fun having twenty plus planes to fly but the time has come to pick out a handful or so...

I'll post the keepers and will post some of the others that I've sold. (For nostalgia's sake)
Posted by CKD315 | Apr 20, 2010 @ 12:24 AM | 2,462 Views
I've had this plane flying for about a week now and have flown it about a dozen or so times. It seems like every time I fly it I have something happen with this plane that gives me that "pucker" factor. Today was no different...

Decided to amp the power up with two 3S 2250 connected together on a 45ESC and the Power 25 motor. My first 45 seconds of flight was uneventful until I heard a loud screech and then realized I had no throttle. I had already come around for my approach leg and decided to land. Tried to set the gear, no gear, sooo, belly landed in a nice grassy area without any damage.

I walked out to it and checked it over and everything was fine with it. Retracts worked, all the servos worked and the throttle was fine... Decided to go for a second flight...

Take off was just as fast as the first time, nice and smooth, and then I heard the same loud screech again and 100' off the deck I once again had no throttle. In a split second I decided against circling back around for another approach and instead dove for airspeed and managed to deadstick another landing without the gear down...

I thought I was damn lucky to have saved the plane twice, and as I was walking out to it I noticed smoke coming from the plane and realized it was starting to get thicker and darker and that it was coming from the battery compartment. I immediately hit my fastest stride and raced about a hundred yards and was able to get to the plane and rip the lipos out and extinguish the...Continue Reading
Posted by CKD315 | Jan 07, 2010 @ 12:24 AM | 2,159 Views
I'm reconstructing a Corsair that sustained damage when it fell from its ceiling mount onto a concrete floor. Not too much damage compared to some of the "crashed" planes I've had...


*update* I wound up selling the Corsair as it was going to be too big for my "rogue park flyer" field... Perhaps someday if I ever join a club I'll get another one. I've always liked the Corsair and still fly my Great Planes combat Corsair...
Posted by CKD315 | Jan 06, 2010 @ 11:46 PM | 2,080 Views
Photo of the latest planes in my fleet...
Posted by CKD315 | Dec 21, 2009 @ 11:21 PM | 3,520 Views
I crashed my P-47 on its second flight. I stalled after too slow of a roll about 40' off the deck. It nosed in after a quick spiral and everything forward of the battery hatch was destroyed.

I managed to reassemble and fly it within a few days after that...

I damn sure love Gorilla Glue...