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Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 11, 2016 @ 01:18 PM | 1,883 Views
Yes, this is a prime example of true modeling skills from Tony Lombardo and Mark Shimei (Marked) from Titusville, Florida!

For now, all I have are these two Videos that I uploaded in raw form yesterday. I will try to post the High Res Pictures.

40-inch Scratch Built Tug Boat first run (AL KHADRA) at Titusville, Florida (Video1) 04-10-2016 (2 min 28 sec)


40-inch Scratch Built Tug Boat first run (AL KHADRA) at Titusville, Florida (Video2) 04-10-2016 (2 min 14 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 31, 2016 @ 08:50 PM | 1,308 Views
Hello, like to share a few pictures from a visiting B-17 Flying Fortress and this 71-year old World War 2 bomber is no where tired yet. According to the crew who I had the luck and pleasure to interview, the plane was built in 1944 by Douglas Aircraft Corporation at the Long Beach, California plant under license from Boeing. On July 12, 1945, she was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps as B-17G-95-DL 44-83872. Number 44-83872 was one of the last 20 B-17s built by Douglas.

The Commemorative Air Force’s Gulf Coast Wing "Texas Raiders" group maintains and flies the aircraft. She is hangared at Tomball Jet Center, which is located at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring, Texas. The crew told me that it was moved to Dallas, TX. as its new hangar home.

Needless to say, it came in for an early morning landing a few minutes before 0900 hours Eastern at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida and I was lucky to be at the right place and the right time! Believe me that the interior of this aircraft (Bomber) is pretty tight and my large over-weight physical condition didn't allow for me to complete my journey all the way to the open crew area where pilot, co-pilot and bombardier sits because of these large vertical plates right at the Bombay area crossing. At this point, it was walking on a large I-beam! I just carefully turned around. Nevertheless, it was an experience that I will never forget and just to know that this bomber...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 31, 2016 @ 12:16 PM | 1,236 Views
Hello good people!

Just like to share two neat Videos I recorded of one super nice (in flying condition), B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber.

Presently, I have the videos only and later, I will post high res pictures!

This happened this morning.

B-17 Flying Fortess at SLF Part1 03-31-2016 (2 min 51 sec)



B-17 Flying Fortress Part2 at the SLF 03-31-2016 (2 min 37 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 02, 2016 @ 08:00 AM | 1,399 Views
Check it out!

Rodney's World Models AT-6 Texan EP ARF, maiden flight!

Rodney's Maiden Flight World Models AT-6 Texan ARF 02-29-2016 (2 min 17 sec)


Of course the camera's battery was not charged the night before and right at the instant when Rodney's model was to land, the camera stop recording due to low battery level. It was really odd and strange happening as the cart wheel landing was to occur right at the instant when video camera quit recording!

No, I didn't crop or edit the Video in any way!

Here are some repair pictures of Rodney's model, the final Humpty Dumpty put it all together pictures and Gorilla Wood Glue curing!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 29, 2016 @ 05:32 AM | 1,437 Views
Hello good people!

Had a super time over at MARKHAM PARK RC CLUB in SUNRISE, FLORIDA!

Both Saturday and Sunday mornings! Attended my first RC Club meeting on Saturday morning and all were great and got to see some fantastic models. Here is my Hangar9 F4U 50-size Electric stretching its wings and performed just fantastic in blistery wind conditions.

The trip was great as I visited family down South Florida and made the trip a multi-purpose trip and all enjoyed it.

I am very glad to have had the opportunity to be down in South Florida again as it has been a long time since I have visited.

A few pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 22, 2016 @ 04:25 AM | 1,496 Views
Gals & Guys,

Keeping it simple and super enjoyable, my Park Zone Radian (Original Version) in Trim Setting Mode.

Park Zone Radian 02-21-2016 (1 min 5 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 16, 2016 @ 06:59 AM | 1,648 Views
Hello Good People!

Arrived at Moon Port Modelers RC Club on Monday (Presidents Day) at 9:00am and had the entire field to myself.

SIG SEņORITA flew delightfully even with the kick-up windy conditions and best of all for a whopper of 14 minutes using the 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 35C, Lithium Polymers as that E-Flite Power 25 always doesn't disappoint while swinging the APC "E" 12 X 8 propeller.

I can tell you that it was refreshing to have a transmitter (FUTABA T4EXA) without the need to charge the Transmitter Battery between flights as I purchased and installed the new Turnigy 3-Cell, 2500mAH, 5C, Lithium Polymer and after that long flight it still read 12 Volts on the Transmitter display. I have retired that cheesy 8-Cell, Ni-Cd 600mAH battery for good. I have three of these Transmitters and I made sure no issues were going to be as a result by using the slightly higher Voltage of using the 3-Cell Lithium Polymer so, I took precautions and charged the new battery to nothing over 12.2 Volts. After installing it, I left the Transmitter powered "ON" for a total of 25 minutes on the work table and didn't sense any over-heating of the Voltage Regulator circuit and display listed normal. The Voltage dipped down to 12.0 Volts after 25 minutes test sequence and this would have been another recharge experience using the old 8-Cell, Ni-Cd, 600mAH batteries.

Yes, I did consider the Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, but, the cost ($$$...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 30, 2016 @ 11:10 PM | 3,649 Views
Guys,

We finally had some of the best weather conditions here in Central Florida and it was almost DEAD Calm and I wasted no time and came with my Beloved Hangar9 F4U-1A 50-size Electric.

This model is just an amazing flying model. Everyone just stood and watched and yes, I was the only one at the Pilot's station.

Flew it for two wonderful flights and flew it like I stole it!

The landings were picture perfect!

Here is my buddy Gerry (simano) with his Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera with a new zoom lens!

Camera: Pentax K-X DSLR
Lens: Promaster 70-300mm, f4-5.6/w Tele-Macro Zoom.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 13, 2016 @ 12:12 AM | 1,922 Views
Hello good people!

I was rather amused to see a new FORD commercial that was aired on the FOX channel showing a third (3) Generation Toyota Camry (V-6 version according to the Wheels that came with the model) to denote FORD's efforts in convincing you to trade in your old and tired Technology?

This must be some desperate attempt to make you subconsciously go into a FORD dealer and trade your beloved true to its name (reliable and faithful) transportation that what the Toyota Camry is known for, especially the 3rd Generation.

Why?

Because I have one! In May of 1994, I bought it used at 15,653 miles and now it has 483,286 miles without any Engine Rebuilt history!

The following was taken Saturday, January 9th, 2016 during my efforts in replacing the windshield wiper material and sanding and painting the windshield wiper assemblies along with polishing and waxing the entire Toyota Camry XLE.

It was built in Japan (JT Vin = made in Japan).

There will be no chance in HELL that FORD or anyone else will make me depart from my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with the service it has given me all these years!

Here is the FORD Commercial Link:
http://www.ispot.tv/ad/An2P/ford-get...by-john-newman

Screen Capture of the beginning of the FORD commercial:



I am posting pictures of my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 483,286+ miles and counting!



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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 03, 2016 @ 09:31 PM | 2,832 Views
BOCA BEARING came through with great effort! I finally fixed my Emax BL3526/04 Brushless Outrunner and it will fly again! The shaft and front / rear bearings are now new and smooth operation is observed and better than new! BOCA BEARING exceed stock bearings in ever manner! I am super happy to bring this fine Motor back in operations status!
Carlos Marin's photo.


Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 02, 2016 @ 06:55 AM | 1,920 Views
The owners of XCraft have got to the "other" level and presented to the ABC network reality show known as SHARK TANK their inventions and they came out winning! More than three times the $$$ they expected in the deal with all 5 Cast members!

Seems like the cast (self made million / billionaires) Love DRONES!

Watch!
http://petapixel.com/2015/10/26/xcra...camera-drones/





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 29, 2015 @ 04:35 AM | 4,394 Views
Gals and Guys,

It all takes one Knuckle Head that thinks the NOTAM notifications don't apply to them.

I mean how can you possibly think this man didn't know the President of the United States was not in his vicinity?

You must be some sort of caveman not listening to the news!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, things just got worse!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/drone-brief...ry?id=35985796

http://abc7ny.com/news/secret-servic...cade-/1138946/
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 27, 2015 @ 04:04 PM | 3,165 Views
Hello Gals and Guys!

With all the FAA / AMA stuff happening I finally decided to fly my micro Estes Proto Z inside my own house which has its own rules and regulations.

The first Rule is the be Safe and not allow the device to go too far and run the batteries too low according to the instructions.

The Final RULE: TO HAVE FUN!

Weigh-In of the little micro Quad was exactly 3/4th of an ounce!
Way below the 0.55lbs (250grams) limit for the FAA, that "Is" should I decide to fly it outside. In any case I have complied and registered with the FAA on Monday, December 21st, 2015 and I am all set.

This micro Quad Copter is amazing! I marvel on how Tiny it is and all the Electronics it has that weighs next to nothing.

Estes Proto Z micro Quad Copter 12-27-2015 (1 min 23 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 11, 2015 @ 10:22 PM | 3,125 Views
Hello good people!

Just wanted to provide you all with my feedback from eBay in case you all are wondering since I have been trying to sell a few over at eBay.
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 07, 2015 @ 07:01 AM | 3,029 Views
Okay guys,

First, I believe that I have found the issue with why my model went in the drink. It appears that the used E-Flite 30-AMP ESC that I purchased from eBay had been overheated "or" suffered some overheating and the wires going to the motor were really lose and brittle causing the insulating to crumble easily and at least two wires going to the motor shorted out. Therefore, the possibility that my Spektrum radio equipment was not entirely at fault.

Second, at least on my E-Flite J3 Piper Cub the covering was just too much work re-ironing and so, I went ahead and completely took off the flimsy covering that was delaminating like crazy.

Third, the hardwood glued up front at the FUSE was completely warped and reason for the covering not to stick as it took in lots of water during the swim at the lake.

These models suffer from easy breakage at the wing saddle and I went to town in fixing it with some re-enforcing BASS wood.

Well, in case you all have not seen this model in the bones, here is mine!

Certainly, I have purchased a "NEW" Hangar9 Covering Roll to make her look like new. Yes, it was a mess taking off the old covering but, worth it.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 29, 2015 @ 02:22 AM | 3,397 Views
Guys,

For those that take-off and land their Trojans on Smooth Hard surface then, I have a real nice modification for you all.

Seriously, I just got feed UP with fixing my Trojan's Nose Wheel Plastic retainer and hair-line crack on the round bottom retainer (Firewall) where the NOSE Wheel "wire" strut goes in. Not to mention the occasional Plastic Steering arm during those really bad landings.

Taking this idea from another member that sold me the Flyzone Millennium Master, he sold it to me with Hobby King spring loaded strut on the Nose Wheel. Let me tell you the Spring Loaded Nose wheel strut will absorb those less than perfect landings.

The Wire I used was from an old Trojan Main Gear and I used bolt cutters to trim the main landing wire to the appropriate length then, fit checks and paying attention to the pitch angle.

Additionally, I inspected the entire model and found that the Left Aileron was coming out from the foam molded cavity. Since I don't have the factory glue, I settled on using some Gorilla Wood Glue and made sure I reached in and applied (glue) underneath the servo.

Here is the link to Hobby King 7075 Alloy Struts:
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...Strut_Set.html

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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 22, 2015 @ 07:51 AM | 3,441 Views
Guys,

You can visit my Blog containing my Modifications for using the E-Flite P-47 Jug's Checker Board Cowling at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2539697

As promised, here are some super in-flight pictures of my PZ P-47 Jug using the new E-Flite P-47 Checker Board Cowling.

My Buddy Gerry (simano) took these and the conditions were heavy overcast so, was forced to shoot at ISO 1600 which adds quite a bit of noise and dulls the contrast...but the idea was to show off the new cowling which I think shows on these.

Take-Off Roll.....



Into the Cloudy Sky!



What we been waiting for!
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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 10, 2015 @ 04:37 AM | 3,886 Views
Guys,

Okay, just sharing my installation of the new E-Flite P-47 "COWLING" onto my old but, reliable Snorting Bull by Park Zone!

I took me 35 minutes to paint, 5 minutes to tape and another 5 minutes to clean-up so, less than one (1) hour!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 29, 2015 @ 04:38 AM | 3,246 Views
Guys,

I am finally the proud owner and flyer of one slightly used E-Flite J3 Piper 25e size and power. The specifications are:

Specifications:
Wingspan: 62 in (1575mm)
Length: 35.5 in (900mm)
Wing Area: 552 sq in (35.5 sq dm)
Weight w/o Battery: 3.2 lb (1.45 kg); 4.5 lb w/Floats (2.0 kg)
Weight w/Battery: 4 lb (1.8 kg); 5.3 lb w/Floats (2.4 kg)

I say slightly since I traded with Budkeywest back in 2013!

Here is Bud's For Sale Ad:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2065604

Here is what I traded him for it:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2052619

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Flight Ready Summary:

The E-Flite J3 Piper was observed as repaired in the frontal wing saddle section and other minor scrapes and repairs on wing tips.

However, the J3 Piper is in very good shape and servos look new. Bud included some Piper Yellow trim sheet and with that I was able to hide many prior flight / landing issues. The windshield is still usable even though it has a missing side piece and trim Sheet was used used to secure to the FUSE and did a great job.

Over all spent was just 2 hours getting it flight ready and that's was taking my time.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 25, 2015 @ 07:17 PM | 3,134 Views
Hello good people,

Just sharing some pictures and video of my first two flights with this project. Yes, I had this model For Sale countless times and there were no takers so, I went Electric on it and glad I did. It really hauls the mail once it is in the air and the Propeller unloads.

Here are some neat pictures from my buddy Gerry (simano) who captured my 2nd flight from today.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=38

For the beginning of my Glow-To-Electric Conversion Thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2515921

For Video:
Hangar9 F22 Raptor Maiden Flight 10 25 2015 (3 min 21 sec)