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Posted by wmcneal | Jan 03, 2012 @ 12:00 PM | 6,690 Views
I never thought of myself as a helicopter aficionado, but over the last couple of years I have managed to gather a small collection. ;-)
Flying these indoors will let you know if you need to dust more often. HA!
Description of each one is with the pictures.
Posted by wmcneal | Dec 12, 2011 @ 08:21 PM | 6,616 Views
I bought this ARF kit from my friend mastrsn's widow. He passed away on August 25th 2011, and this was in his collection waiting to be built. I sold most of his other planes on behalf of his family and donated almost $700 to them so far.

I still have a long way to go on it, but it's really a good looking plane. 62" wingspan. It will of course be electric powered with an equivalent 40-60 size motor. It was missing a few pieces, but I have manufactured replacements. Updates here as progress continues.
Posted by wmcneal | Dec 04, 2011 @ 02:33 PM | 5,516 Views
I just wanted to share these pictures of two very nice planes. Both were custom painted. The Airfield B-25 flew great with tons of power. The Dynam turbo jet did not fly because of our runway being too short for it to land on....Continue Reading
Posted by wmcneal | Sep 11, 2011 @ 06:25 PM | 7,084 Views
I just got a disc today of pictures from our annual Dawn Patrol Labor day picnic fly-in. It was a perfect day for flying and everyone had a great time.
There were over 700 pictures, so I just chose a few of the better ones to share.
Special thanks to Steve Betts AKA Bettsmumms for taking all these great photos!

Here's the video of me flying the Pitts:

Eflite Pitts Pilot: Bill Mcneal Owner: Rolo (3 min 3 sec)
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Posted by wmcneal | Sep 08, 2011 @ 04:53 PM | 8,944 Views
I started this a few months ago for my friend Rolando, and now I'm finally nearing completion.
This is the Seagull T6-A Texan II. It has an Eflite Power 90 motor on 6s 5000mah Lipos. I'm to the point now of getting all the pushrods properly rigged and mounting the batteries. Hopefully if the weather cooperates I can maiden it next week.
Posted by wmcneal | Aug 26, 2011 @ 08:53 PM | 6,761 Views
Today I learned that my good friend and flying buddy Bob Masterson had passed away.

I first met Bob about 15 years ago when I joined the North Florida ORCAS model boat club. We enjoyed many years together running scale model boats around various ponds around town. Then we got into RC planes and flew at the local park together. Our activities there drew many more RC pilots and one day we started calling ourselves the "North Florida Dawn Patrol" because we would fly very early in the mornings before the wind came up. The Dawn Patrol remains active to this day, but when we fly in formation it will be a missing man formation.

Just when you start to think that nothing really matters in this world, you lose a friend and learn just what really matters in this world.

I feel like a piece of my heart is missing. I will miss you Bob.

Rest in Peace my friend.
Mastrsn - http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=32082
Posted by wmcneal | Jul 29, 2011 @ 02:06 AM | 7,251 Views
So, I haven't blogged in a while because last month I discovered a dark mole on my back that turned out to be positive for melanoma. I've already had multiple surgeries and more to come. If I wasn't already depressed about being unemployed with no health insurance, now I really have a reason to be down. I can't even think about working on any projects right now. I thought maybe by writing this down It would make me feel better.

I want to tell anyone reading this that you MUST use sunscreen and wear a hat when you are outside. The UV rays from the sun WILL cause more than just a sunburn. So be safe out there and you may not have to be all cut to shreds by a surgeon like I am. It is a matter of life and death. Yours.
Posted by wmcneal | Apr 11, 2011 @ 09:12 PM | 8,952 Views
Here's a cute little plane I built for my friend Richard. It's a Bellanca Decathlon ARF from Hobbyking.com. It went together fairly easily despite the directions having almost no words, just some pictures. Anybody with a little modeling experience should be able to assemble one. Since Richard wanted to put a larger than normal motor in it I had to customize the motor mount to make it fit and then beef it up some to withstand the extra power. It has a Turnigy 3542-1000 motor. The only other issue was with the tail wheel bracket. The bracket is 90 degrees perpendicular to the tail wheel strut wire, but the bottom of the fuselage is not 90 to the strut wire. So I had to make a plywood wedge to accomodate this difference in angle. Now all Richard has to do is install his receiver, battery, and adjust the control rigging as needed, then go fly.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8591
Posted by wmcneal | Mar 29, 2011 @ 04:15 PM | 8,889 Views
This is a discontinued kit from Great Planes that someone gave to a friend of mine. (Pilot28)
He is paying me to build it for him. It will be an electric conversion from a .90 size nitro with a Turnigy C5055-600 running on 6s.
I will continue to post pictures of my progress in this thread until it is finished.
I figure it will weigh in at about 8lbs ready to fly....Continue Reading
Posted by wmcneal | Feb 06, 2011 @ 11:42 PM | 8,333 Views
This weekend I got to attend the 1st ever indoor fly in at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Fl. where I graduated from 23 years ago. It was sponsored by E.R.A.U. Eagles model airplane club. I was the president of this club back in 1985 and 1986.
I want to thank the current president Kevin Garland for putting on the show and inviting local pilots to come have fun.
The gym was divided in two with some cones. Racetrack flying on one side and 3D flying on the other. There was a spot landing contest and a freestyle contest.
I was busy flying and having fun, but I managed to snap a few pictures with my camera phone....Continue Reading
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 17, 2011 @ 08:36 PM | 8,396 Views
My friend Pilot28 was out at the field with his video camera again and put together these vids.

First up is him flying his Parkzone P-51 with another one nearby.

PARKZONE P-51 (HD) (4 min 13 sec)


And next up is Craig flying his Gravity Hobby's DX-220 sailplane. 2 channel rudder and throttle, 20" wingspan. http://www.gravityhobby.com/DX-220.html

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Posted by wmcneal | Jan 11, 2011 @ 02:53 PM | 9,107 Views
I just finished building another Twin Otter for my friend Rolo. Since his crashed last fall (due to a loose receiver battery plug) he decided he just had to have another one. So here is the new one. He wanted 3 bladed counter rotating props so I used the Master Airscrew 13x8, a normal one and a pusher flipped around backwards.

I had to slightly modify the 3 bladed spinner to accomodate the pusher.

It was cold (43deg F)and foggy this morning, but it flew great!...Continue Reading
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 10, 2011 @ 09:49 PM | 8,706 Views
My friend pilot28 was at the field again with his new camcorder and made these vids of me flying my venerable Parkzone T-28 with retracts and my old GWS Stearman.

Parkzone T-28 Trojan (8 min 45 sec)


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Posted by wmcneal | Jan 08, 2011 @ 04:50 PM | 8,464 Views
This is just a test of a previously published video to see how it displays from a different server.

http://exposureroom.com/members/RCBi...3381f3ef282bf/
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 06, 2011 @ 11:58 AM | 8,393 Views
My friend Arman (pilot28) got a new Panasonic HD video camera for Christmas and has been making good use of it.

This is a video of Rolo flying his E-Flite T-34

E-flite T-34 Mentor Touch And Goes! (2 min 41 sec)


This is the maiden flight of Rolo's Great Planes 1/4 scale Pitts 12S that has been converted to E power with a Rimfire 50cc motor. As you will see in the video we still have to work the bugs out of it.

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Posted by wmcneal | Dec 11, 2010 @ 05:20 PM | 8,810 Views
Got an awesome treat today. I got to fly the maiden flight of an SR-71 Blackbird belonging to my friend bettsmumms.

The airframe is HobbyCity which included the retracts and fans. Turnigy 2810 4600kv motors. Nanotech 3S1P 2200 90C LiPo. Commonsense RC Z series speed control 45 amp Opto. HXT900 servos. 46.5 inches long, 29 inch span, 39 ounces RTF.

It was a short flight to test the power system, but it sure was SWEET! ...Continue Reading
Posted by wmcneal | Nov 04, 2010 @ 10:21 PM | 9,213 Views
Well, after an entire month of great flying weather (October) the cold fronts are finally starting to make their way down to north Florida. The cooler temperatures are a welcome relief to the summers' heat, and my electric bill, but the rain will keep me grounded for this weekend. In the shop I have plenty to be working on to keep me busy.

My friend Arman, aka Pilot28, sent me these pictures today of our Cargo planes from earlier this year. He has a good sense of humor and I enjoy flying with him.