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Posted by Batmanwpg | Sep 27, 2014 @ 08:45 PM | 1,474 Views
Flying lots so I haven't posted for a while. I have some news on some of my planes. My Invictus has proven to be as fast as any of the local EF1's and handles well. The Sig SBach is an excellent airplane and I really enjoyed flying it. It did have a mishap which cost me the fuse and I think it was due to a radio failure shortly before landing.
Very fun and it helped me hone some more aerobatic skills. I plan to resurrect it for sure.
I reconfigured my green Funjet to a APC 4.1x4.1 and went to 4S which pumped up the speed a lot. Sounds more like a ducted fan model now with that little prop. It's almost as fast as my Ultra Fun Jet.
I finally got a Doppler reading on my Ultra Funjet but only one reading that was upwind. The wind was about 15 mph and about 45 deg to the flight line. It made a nice pass at 143 mph! I changed the battery to a 65C 4S 3300 mah because I had cooked a few other batteries. Pretty happy to achieve this, for now!
Posted by Batmanwpg | Jun 04, 2014 @ 09:59 PM | 1,561 Views
I liked my Fun Jet so much I had to do another, only faster! My first Fun Jet (green/black) has an NTM 28-36, 3000 kv motor, 3S with a 4.75x5.5 APC prop. Pretty fast. The Ultra (orange/white) has a Stryker Q 2200 kv motor on 4S with a 7x5 APC prop. This set up sounds narly! It is definitly faster than my first FJ. Need to get a radar gun on it.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Apr 21, 2014 @ 06:41 PM | 1,650 Views
After a good season of indoor flying foamies outdoor weather has arrived. This winters builds have included a new EF1 Invictus and Sig Sbach for 32E. Maiden of the Invictus went well and it's a solid performer. Assembly was fairly simple for such a nice flying airplane. I have yet to fly the Sbach but I am really looking forward to it. Still working on a new ALES 2.7M Odyssey for competitions.
Posted by Batmanwpg | May 13, 2013 @ 06:32 PM | 4,158 Views
Finally some warmer temps have shown up. I flew it yesterday for the first time and it was a nice calm day perfect for trimming her out. It went perfectly straight up on the HiStart. A bit of trimming and removal of nose weight and she flew beautifully and thermaled nicely. Turns, once banked where holding without any input on the sticks so I think I got the dihedral right on. The biggest surprise was the amount of elevator mix need when the one piece central spoiler was deployed. On my original Thermic with two spoilers and being equal area it only required about 17% up elevator mix to keep it level. The new one requires 40%! It is very effective though.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Apr 18, 2013 @ 01:51 PM | 2,883 Views
We have had a very long winter here as compared to the last few years. Usually I would have had a few outdoor flights in by now but we still have a lot of snow on the ground and it's not leaving quick enough! A long winter though means lots of building/assembling airplanes. These are all ready for the air and two still to come are a new RES glider and a 1/12 scale FW-190 electric. I've completed the interior today along with a bomb for a release mechanism I have. It's just fun scale so not real accurate for the interior.
The F-18 is a HET kit with 70mm fan and HET 2W-20 motor on 4S. My first 70mm jet and I'm getting anxious to fly her.
Multiplex Fun jet has the power system that drove my Mini Mach Racer to over 100 mph. This should be much easier to see! I could also up this to a 4S battery where as I could only fit a 3S in the Mach.
The Scimitar is a big beefy airplane compared to my old reliable Stryker. Hope that vectored thrust adds to the fun element. The Stryker has sure been a fun airplane to fly and it's one I always take with me to the field.
Beside my T-45 Goshawk is a 50mm Screamer EDF. I modified a 6 blade fan to 3 blades so I could run a 5300 kv 20mm inrunner in it. Hopefully once on step it'll be faster than the other modified Sky Angel planes at our field. I've test it static on 3s and at 11 volts it put out 12 oz thrust at 51000 rpm. So i'm at 1:1 thrust ratio static and hopefully fast!
Finally EF1 has started to develop here a bit and I just couldn't be...Continue Reading
Posted by Batmanwpg | Dec 17, 2012 @ 04:33 PM | 3,160 Views
After the success of my previous prop jet builds I decided to design one for myself. There are a few Rafale designs out there but none of just the flat foam variety. I also designed it more for indoor flying so it is lighter and less power than the typical flat foam pusher jet. I used a Turnigy 1811-2000 Kv motor on 2S which powers it OK but I think I'll up it to the 2900 Kv motor for a little more speed. It flies very well and looks great in the air!
Posted by Batmanwpg | Oct 19, 2012 @ 06:42 PM | 3,427 Views
Finished this up today and will try it out tonight at indoor. Techone M-Zone that has micro 4-Site gear installed. Weighs in at 32 grams with battery so hopefully it'll be a good flyer.
Two flights so far.
Flies very nice! The carbon rods make for a very stiff airframe with the milled depron. Power is good and handles nicely. I really like this one
Posted by Batmanwpg | Oct 05, 2012 @ 08:24 PM | 3,511 Views
Finished and ready for her first test flights.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Oct 01, 2012 @ 11:13 PM | 3,503 Views
Had to finally build myself some thing slow for indoor other than fast pusher jets. This will be my first F3P called Mercury. It's an older design and I didn't really want to get into milled foam yet. Built from Midwest Cell Foam and airbrushed with acrylics. Have yet to install wheels and electronics.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Sep 20, 2012 @ 03:19 PM | 3,448 Views
Summers just about over and indoors about to start!
I finally had success with my Mini Mach. It's not a plane that likes to be hand launched but it sure loves a catapult. It's heavily loaded and needs a good start to get it airborne. This year I packed in a NTM 28-36 3000Kv motor turning a APC 4.75x5.5 prop with a 60 amp ESC and nano Tech 2.2 3s battery. Tight fit but the planes a rocket now and suffers from gets small now syndrome!
I also picked up a Protech Onyx 15 nib for cheap for some needed precision aerobatics practice. My sticks are usually in the corners with my other planes so this will be a change for me. Nice flying plane added to the collection. You can never have enough as they say.
With indoor soon to start I got a MIG-29 pusher jet off the board. My F-35 from last year was too small and fast for indoor so the electronics pulled and put into the MIG's bigger air-frame. One flight this morning outside and perfection off the board! No trim changes needed. Nice axial rolls, better than my F-22. Looks great in the air too!
Posted by Batmanwpg | Jan 24, 2012 @ 09:34 PM | 4,312 Views
Well I've been working on this for a while now and it's time to show her off. Almost done, have to install the elevator servo, Rx and a few other small minor things. This started out as a HK replacement airframe for the T-45 Goshawk(see pic). I re-painted it to look like a T-45C I saw a picture of from the web. This color scheme is for the Centennial of Naval flight in 2011 and is painted the same as pre WWII naval planes. All decals are computer printed on Testors decal paper, some of the graphics done by myself and some from the "Post your decals for download" thread in the electric scale section. Many thanks to those folks who posted their work.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Dec 26, 2011 @ 09:18 PM | 5,378 Views
I finally finished off a new foamie pusher jet. I took the Techone mini F-35 and copied the parts and did a little re-design. Motor is now lower, fuse sides where moved out to make room for the prop (with the lower motor) and the vertical fins where moved inside of the new side locations. The bottom plate is now much shorter to clear the prop and the servos where moved forward to help with balance. All foam is Cell foam, acrylic airbrushed colors and decals made on Testors inkjet decal paper. Done in Canadian Military markings for it's future roll in the Canada.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Nov 11, 2011 @ 09:50 PM | 5,058 Views
Well I haven't posted anything for a while but I have some new models. I did a lot of electric flying this season with my Stryker F27Q, Great Planes P-47, HobbyKing ParkJet and Seagull X-Ray. All turned out to be great flyers. The P-47 is powered by a Turnigy 3010B swinging a APC 10x5 and this set up has blls!
Very fast and great vertical. Looks great in the air and does an easy knife edge. The Stryker has been a blast and I think every flight taught me something new about the plane.
Outdoors is over and now it's indoors with the profile Raptor and Micro Fly both built from plans on RCgroups. What can I say about the Raptor but it does great fast and slow and looks awesome. Highly recommend this design.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=795691
Just finished the MicroFly so it hasn't seen the air yet. Should be fun though.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=943610
Posted by Batmanwpg | May 16, 2011 @ 08:56 PM | 5,161 Views
Well after a 1/2 dozen good flights and prop change to a APC 5.25x6.25 the Quick Wing was even faster. Flying fast airplane with such a thin side profile should be flown only when lighting conditions are good, as I found out. Dark grey sky at tree top level wasn't a good idea and I lost site of it for a second and in it went!
For the last week I've been rebuilding it from the pieces I found and the motor planted 3" into the mud.
I think it came out pretty good considering I was thinking of writing it off.
A few colour changes to hopefully aid in visibility.
Posted by Batmanwpg | Apr 13, 2011 @ 10:17 PM | 5,312 Views
Well I managed to get 3 new planes test flown last week. All fly well. The E-Flite P-40 300 is hot on a 3S and very stable flyer. The Miglet is flying with a GWS 4600Kv 20 mm fan motor. This is my first EDF. Goes well but not a screamer. The Radical RC Quick Wing is just that! Power train is an Axi 2208/20 with a 5.5x4.3 prop on 3S and she's fast and vertcal climb is spectacular! This worked out to 195 watts/pound. This will be one fun plane for the summer.