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Posted by bobthenuke | Feb 15, 2012 @ 02:04 PM | 2,944 Views
I'm very new into this as having a phobia regarding helicopters, per se. I had an original DuBro "Whirlybird" when they came out and built a Kavan Bell Jet Ranger (which I sold before I could destroy it) and other than some jerk with a big heli flying through my sailplane wing I've had no experience to speak of since.

So here come the multicopters..Hmmmmm. Kind of technical which I'm attracted to and maybe more to them than helicopters which most flyers now seem to concentrate into "3D" flying. Not my thing at all, but I do respect the talent to fly one of those things.

I'm just learning, after having tried one out several years ago that was sold by NitroPlanes or some similar Asian rip-off place. It wouldn't stay in one place for more than a few seconds including Earths' atmosphere. Sold it to some unlucky fellow warning him of it's inability to function properly, but he took it. Perhaps he's one of the "Quad Experts" today.

So, after messing around with a few different Flight Controller Boards (FCBs) and several crashes I've now ended up with a Tricopter with a KK FCB and a Quadcopter with a DJI NAZA board. Just learning, but so far so good. I plan to oufit the quad with FPV equipment as soon as I get comfortable with it... the Tricopter doesn't support any auto-stabilization as does the NAZA, so this will be used just for sport, assuming it survives. :-) Both are outfitted with GoPro Hero cameras for flight recording. I now have a...Continue Reading
Posted by bobthenuke | Jul 22, 2010 @ 12:09 PM | 5,181 Views
Like many of you I have an interest in anything that flies. Here are (just a few) more past and present toys that are jamming up my house. I won't even get into the kits, free flight, control line, and engine collection. Of course I'm sick and am fully aware of it....Continue Reading
Posted by bobthenuke | Jul 22, 2010 @ 11:58 AM | 6,643 Views
I have a deep love for gliders and sailplanes and currently hold a pilot's certificate for full size. I was a half owner of an HP-18 and am checked out in the S 2-33, S 1-26, Let 13, B-4, and G-103 as well as being certified in aerobatics in those that are capable.. I've not been doing it for awhile now due to the costs involved but have been able to get satisfaction from the toy RC gliders. Here are some current gliders I've been flying as well as some older and new projects. There are plenty more including TD (Espada RL, Espadita, Escape, etc.) and as you can see I'm just another sick RC flyer. ...Continue Reading
Posted by bobthenuke | Jun 29, 2010 @ 11:16 AM | 5,193 Views
I recently came across some old photos of my earlier Antics. The only one missing is the first one I built back in the late 60's which was destroyed during my move to AZ from NY in 1976.
Posted by bobthenuke | Feb 12, 2010 @ 12:42 PM | 6,410 Views
This particular Antic (#4 for me) was built by my friend and flying buddy Gunther Engel. Gun passed away a number of years back and among other flying articles left me his Antic. The plane originally had a Saito .70 four stroke which I swapped out for electric a year or so ago, which didn't work out too well. I now have a new OS FS70 Surpass II installed and it's ready to go.

I humbly suggest that the Proctor Antic is one of the finest model airplanes on the market. If one wants to learn to build this is the plane and besides looking as it does (for those who like the old timers) it's a wonderful flying machine and can be set up for either 3 channel or 4 channel, just by changing the dihedral.

I recently completed the floats for it and got on a list of a group of flyers who go up to Bartlett Lake periodically for some off-the-water flying. Having done this extensively lyears back I'm quite excited about getting back into this type of flying which is really great fun. The side panels seemed a little stark so I added some hastily conceived decals that I think give it a bit more character. Also, I believe that with the floats the OS FS70 was just on the border of working a bit too hard so I've just purchased a Laser 90 from a fellow RCG member that should be more than enough to power it with something to spare.

The Laser 90 had problems with the carb so I piced up an OS .91 FS pump...just beautiful and I'm ready for the Lake Havisu float fly in a couple of weeks.

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Posted by bobthenuke | Dec 12, 2009 @ 09:39 AM | 7,835 Views
EDF kit from RBC, my first built up EDF. Power was low compared to today's EDF setups, around 400 watts into a WemoTek mini.

This one, unfortunately, did not live long but had the potential to be a great flyer if I was on the top of my game. I may very well build another some day (enlarged for a 90mm fan) as I really like these German "Secret Project" aircraft. I'm still puttering with a FW TA-183 from RBC that should be complete in time for Spring.
Posted by bobthenuke | Dec 11, 2009 @ 08:20 PM | 8,079 Views
I built this from one of the original Nieuport 28 kits when Lou Proctor was actually assigning serial numbers to them. I can't find that documentation now but recall that it was probably around 1980 or 1981. These were selling for the unheard of (at the time) price of around $250 or so.

It was covered in white Super Coverite which was doped with an OLD batch of Randolph nitrate dope that had turned a beautiful amber to obtain the yellow/brown finish which you see on the unpainted bottom of the wings. I forget what paints I used but they were probably Aerogloss mixed to match the samples of WWI French colors I purchased from Jim Keiger. The cockades, numbers, "Hat in the Ring" design, etc. were all hand painted after laying out the subject area with pencil. Decals were fabricated for the little numbers here and there that the full size would have had.

Power was a Tartan Twin which proved to be it's undoing as a Scale Masters participant. It got great scale points (it's worth it to add the details not supplied in the kit but cobbled from photos, etc. such as a scale cockpit, rib stitching and tape, various fittings, hatches, whatever) but the engine failed right after takeoff (nothing but trouble with this thing) and it crashed into the brush and ripped up the LG and some of the bottom. I should've changed out the engine long before as it was trouble from the beginning, but I'm a thick headed SOB sometimes and was bound and determined to use it. It was a shame...Continue Reading