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Posted by Troy | Aug 28, 2008 @ 12:32 AM | 12,579 Views
Keeping in tradition with my Tiger Yak, I decided to go for another one with the Tiger Demon. The visibility of orange is always welcome.
Posted by Troy | Aug 11, 2008 @ 11:43 PM | 13,051 Views
More work on the delta. Adding some carbon "Bling!"
Posted by Troy | Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:28 AM | 12,887 Views
A new project I started. To break up the norm I decided to build a noisey, greasy, smelly delta in the name of fun. This is a Screamin Demon from plans by Mike Connor. I have been scratch building this and am about 4-5 evenings into it now. I'll need at least another 4-5 to consider finishing. The motor is a K&B rear exhaust with a Mac tuned pipe. I added a carb for throttle to this motor years ago with another plane and it works quite well for originally being a venturi motor.
Posted by Troy | May 05, 2008 @ 10:31 PM | 14,615 Views
I went to the French Valley Airport near my parents house in Temecula, CA to have breakfast at their nice little cafe. Good food, lots of planes, and a cool BD-5 parked out front (on a stick). I've seen models bigger than this...
Posted by Troy | Mar 06, 2008 @ 11:34 PM | 13,428 Views
**Fast** F5D Pylon Racer (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by Troy | Nov 15, 2007 @ 12:21 AM | 14,510 Views
I finally got a chance to compile some pics and video of my Tiger Yak I built a couple months ago:

**TIGER YAK** DW Foamies Yak-54 (4 min 14 sec)

Posted by Troy | Nov 11, 2007 @ 11:54 PM | 12,816 Views
Just added some more videos to my YouTube site:
Cool! ME-262 German WWII Jet Fighter (3 min 27 sec)

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Posted by Troy | Aug 12, 2007 @ 11:12 PM | 12,322 Views
Wonderful day of flying! It was a beautiful morning... the birds were chirping, the sky was clear, the lipos were charged!!!

I set up my Yak with a Scorpion 2212-22 because I had one and knew it pulled over 22oz of thrust. Knowing Pedro was flying his on a smaller prop gave me confidence it would be fine with a 9X6 prop. I did my usual preflight, juiced the throttle, and under-hand tossed it into the sky. I immediately noticed I was twitchy and was going to need some more expo, but after the initial climb out I got the feel of it and just kept it light around center sticks. The motor combo I thought was going to be mild was, to my surprise, wild and fast. It had zoom galore and rocketed skyward like a home-sick angel. Me likes! A few clicks of trim and tested out some up lines to see how it tracks, very nice (Borat) Once it was flying straight I came in for some torque rolls. In the still morning air it locked into a hover and just started spinning. It didn't fight me at all. I zoomed out of there and tried some knife edge circles and a knife edge loop. Once again very nice... Got up high and blendered into a really nice inverted flat spin. I just kept thinking that this was going to be one of those planes that just makes you look good because it is so well balanced and predictable. I flew some basic pattern style lines and it tracked nicely there, too. After 11 minutes my timer went off and I didn't want to land. I was having too much fun. Brought it around, pulled up into a hover, and snagged it out of the air by hand. I was jazzed and ready to throw in another pack!!

My over all impression of the Yak is great. It is easy to build, easy to set up, and flies wonderful. Kudos to Mike and Pedro for getting this one right! I am definitely going to be adding some color to the bottom because by contrast to the top, stark white is tough to see out at distance.

I didn't get any video but managed to get some digital pics.

Build Log here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=718670
Posted by Troy | Jul 26, 2007 @ 12:06 AM | 26,128 Views
Building the new DW Foamies Yak 54 to give feedback to Mike on how it builds, flies, and 3D's. I have been flying the Double-X Bipe for a little while and this Yak is a new design by a fellow IMAC buddy Pedro Brauntas.

I really like the looks of this and wanted to do something fun with the paint job. I'm not sure what inspired me but I wanted a really wild theme and tiger stripes came to mind. While searching for good pics of tigers I came across a few tiger faces that I thought would look cool blown up big on one wing half. With flat foamies I always paint the parts separately so it's easier to mask and paint. The paint is Plasti-cote Glow Orange and the other colors are a variety of markers. The photos below show the process:...Continue Reading
Posted by Troy | Jul 19, 2007 @ 12:27 AM | 7,721 Views
Grabbed some cool pics after work tonight flying with Neil. Left when the mosquitos started to eat us and it was too dark to see
Posted by Troy | Jul 16, 2007 @ 04:09 PM | 7,368 Views
Video from the Desert Revver's get together:

Desert Speed Flying- RC Revver Brotherhood (5 min 39 sec)

Posted by Troy | Jul 16, 2007 @ 04:06 PM | 8,601 Views
Just some after work Park Flying from last week with my buddy Neil...
Thanks for the steady video hands Neil!
A Day Out Flying 3D in the Park (4 min 7 sec)

Posted by Troy | Jul 10, 2007 @ 11:41 AM | 5,754 Views
Gotta love your dogs...
These are Shiba Inus. They are a very old Japanese breed related to Akitas and their descendants are now Australian Dingos. Very smart, very stubborn, they don't bark much but they do like to talk.
Posted by Troy | Jun 01, 2007 @ 12:48 PM | 6,258 Views
In between all of my work on the GTP car kits, I needed to get another foamie built to fly at the local park. I am really lucky to have my weekend club field 10 minutes away and my local park almost walking distance. With daylight savings now working favorably for quick after-work sessions, I can sneak out and get some more flying during the week.

A buddy who lives in San Diego started up production of a line of kits at www.DWFoamies.com. He has an array of 3-D ships and a few unique warbirds. He even has a nice Pattern style plane to practice sequences with. They're all CNC cut depron and go together like an easy jigsaw puzzle.

I liked his Double-X Bipe for its size (it's a bigger foamie) and the fact my previous bipe's gear would be a shoe-in. It's AUW is in the 22oz range so it will fly in a little wind without much trouble. I was also in the mood to do a nice paint scheme since my last foamie looked a bit too Frankenstein for me. In the end I am really pleased with how it turned out and the flying charactersitics are equally impressive. It's a smooth flyer and is certainly capable of all things 3-D.

Here's a quick vid of my Bipe and my buddy Neil's Extra from DW Foamies on maiden flights.
Video: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...mentid=1319823
Posted by Troy | Apr 24, 2007 @ 02:07 PM | 6,172 Views
This is how not to fly a G.T.P.!!
Click to animate:

How to correctly fly a car
Posted by Troy | Apr 17, 2007 @ 03:20 PM | 6,414 Views
Well I am ashamed to say I had never learned html even though I spent many years on computers and in graphics programs. It's just something that was skipped in college and I never had a reason to learn it on my own. So I started tinkering with it for my website and using reverse engineering and Google, I figured out that html really isn't that scary of a beast. I won't say it's easy (I had to work out a few bugs) but the satisfaction of watching the buttons and links work is something to experience.

Anyway, www.TroysRC.com is up and running.
Posted by Troy | Apr 09, 2007 @ 12:00 AM | 10,566 Views
Hi guys,

Some may have already seen the posting not too long ago in the Foamie Kits section for a kit that I have produced. Some may know me from racing F5D pylon with the USA Team since '96, but many don't know that I love to build foamies and have bashed a lot of Depron over the years. I love to do a lot of parkflying to keep the thumbs in shape and so I keep a stable of 3D ships and other fun toys around so I can keep entertained.

I am launching a run of kits for a design I've been selfishly toying with since last May 2006. This is a new and improved version of a flying G.T.P. car I originally built as a gag for a foamie contest last May after watching the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Prototype races. I liked my original car but it was limited in ways to how it flew... It just went fast and straight. I wanted something I could fly as a parkflyer and something I could have fun with in front of the house. Several revisions tuning the design and the Grand Troy Prototype (G.T.P.) was born. I have had several flying prototypes since early last summer but when friends and folks kept asking for a kit (and I said nah! a few times), I finally decided to get things into production mode... and that part takes longer than anyone ever expects. The birth of my baby girl slowed things down a little too!

So, I will begin a build thread here to get things started, help folks out, and to see if it's something you may be interested in.

First, a general description of the...Continue Reading
Posted by Troy | Mar 29, 2007 @ 11:17 AM | 5,970 Views
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Posted by Troy | Oct 23, 2006 @ 12:26 PM | 6,196 Views
Davexxxxx took some video of the Orion flying this past weekend. Thanks Dave!
Orion Flys Again (5 min 34 sec)

Posted by Troy | Oct 19, 2006 @ 12:27 AM | 5,922 Views
Once in a while, when you've put something away for so long you almost forget about it, you find yourself dusting off the cobwebs and taking a fresh look at it again.

Many years ago, I was given a very special plane by someone I considered a great mentor. The Orion MKII airframe hung on his garage wall as a trophy of past pattern contests and everybody who saw it thought it was a cool looking plane. The story was that Ken (our club president at the time) had built it back in the mid to late 60's and had competed in pattern contests with it. He flew the plane for many years with great success. One fateful day, he had taken off and soon realized he had no control. The servo tray had broken loose and the controls were ineffective. The plane nosed over and hit the run way. The fuselage took the load of impact, but with great surprise, the damage was minimal. A few cracks and split covering was really all that had been done. Well, as what happens with many of our airframes that are due for quick repair but get shoved to the back of the pile, this one languished for many years in Kens to-do list.

As I had noted before, many of us young club members loved the plane and always begged Ken to "Give it to me and I will fix it up and fly it." The day came when Ken actually offered it to me and said, "I chose to give it to you because I know how well you take care of your planes and you will fly it as it was meant to be flown." It was an honor to...Continue Reading