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Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 05, 2016 @ 09:34 AM | 1,953 Views
Got to go down to Texas to Airbus to do some training for work. While there, I went and hung out with Crash Hancock and his family for a couple days. Matt V. came down and we all went and flew the ParaCuda prototype for the first time.

We did the initial flight on 3S 2200, then stepped it up to 4S 2200. It flew great on both, but boy is it quick on 4S!

Here is the video. Thank you Matt V. for the great camera work and editing.

The ParaCuda will be available on www.LainesPlanes.com very shortly!


paracuda (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 17, 2016 @ 08:32 AM | 1,395 Views
The new ParaCuda prototype is almost ready for its maiden flight! This version has the 26" span wings with the 10.5" center wing. Twin HET Typhoon 4W motors, with APC 5.5x6.5 props two Castle Edge 50's and HS82MG servos.

It can be flown as a twin or flown as a single 26" Cuda (as shown). All modular, mix and match.

Next prototype build will be the larger option. 35" wings with the 12" center.

Cudas are available at LainesPlanes.com, the ParaCuda will be available soon (if the test flights go as planned!)

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 13, 2016 @ 08:55 PM | 2,713 Views
Tired of looking all over the shop for your solder? No problem. Check this out. http://www.lainesplanes.com/buysoldercaddy.html

Put this thing on your work bench and you'll always know where your roll of solder is! Just dont buy the lead free stuff... it sucks. ;-)

Available with or without the drawer. Details at www.lainesplanes.com

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 12, 2016 @ 12:19 PM | 2,302 Views
Tired of eyeballing your parts before you glue that big project together? A set of PC Rib Jigs will straighten you right up.

Slide them over the part, pin them to the workbench and your all set! 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4". 1/16" on request. Also includes one multi size jig.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 07, 2016 @ 05:08 PM | 2,124 Views
Tired of your planes always being crooked? Makes for an interesting maiden flight at times!

Anyway, these 3" tall laser cut jigs will help out your crooked eyes a bit. They did mine anyway. They even come with the nifty storage rack so they are not laying all over the shop getting chewed up by the dog.

Available with holes for pins or holes for 1/4" magnets.

Details at www.lainesplanes.com
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 07, 2016 @ 05:00 PM | 2,126 Views
I got a bit tired of my building table being a disaster. I spent a couple hours and made up this really nice laser cut tool caddy. YAY! No more messy work surface!

Size and details are located on my site here...
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 10, 2015 @ 08:00 AM | 3,064 Views
After a long wait, the 26" and 35" Cudas are now being cut on my very own laser. The website is also up and running!

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 18, 2014 @ 09:32 PM | 7,499 Views
Went to a local fun fly here in Hastings, Nebraska. I'm actually a member of the club too' the Hastings Skylarks (first club membership ever for me).

As usual, Gia-Norman was a hit. He's so dang much fun to fly and always draws a crowd.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 30, 2014 @ 09:21 AM | 7,425 Views
Sky jets video of the Gia-Normans at night.

Gia Normans at Watts 2014 (4 min 16 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 29, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 7,364 Views
We attended Watts Over Owatanna last week. Had a great time out there. Awesome field, awesome food, and awesome folks!

Just so happens that they decided Gia-Norman was the best night flyer. He turns into "Zombie Norman" at night due to 19 meters of green LEDs inside of him, and then of course his red lit up eyes.

We put a watt meter on his lights... over 7 amps and more than 80 watts! Thats quite a bit just for lights.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 26, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 7,824 Views
We have had soooo much fun flying these things all together. What a hoot!
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 13, 2014 @ 11:18 AM | 7,844 Views
After a few successful flights, he now has earned his cow spots. Fun little plane to fly. At 27" span and light as a feather, he still does pretty good in the wind too.

I put a 1400kv blue wonder motor on him with a 3 blade prop. 2 or 3S 500s seem to both do fine.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:12 AM | 8,859 Views
Got my Be Be Norman from www.racores.com finished. I still need to add the cow spots to him, but dang he's cute.

27" span depron with a 85 watt outrunner and a Castle Creations Tbird 18.

I now have all 3 sizes of Normans from 27" up to the big Gia-Norman at 7 feet!

I love taking these to shows. Folks can't get enough of the cute buggers.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:07 AM | 8,595 Views
What's more fun than a fast warbird? A fast warbird at NIGHT!

Finished up this overpowered GWS Corsair night flyer. It's heavy, but it flys soooooo good. Just don't land slow! 75mph or so on this little sucker at night is a hoot.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:02 AM | 8,680 Views
Just finished up this quickie 500 plane on electric power. Using a Castle Creations Vertigo heli motor (1175kv) and a 7x9 prop on 6S, the calculator says 65 amps and for speed it says "holy crap"!

This thing should be a screamer. Looking forward to the maiden flight. I'll test it all out on 4S and a 8x5 prop first. Then I'll go up from there.

Hopefully I won't find the limits of the airframe!

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 04, 2014 @ 10:14 AM | 8,270 Views
Just finished my 73" Sig a Extra 300XS that I got from Fireman Bill. Power 160' 10S 5000 and of course, a Castle 120.

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Posted by lmopar69 | May 10, 2014 @ 07:46 AM | 8,810 Views

As you all know, Team Cobra and the CrashCast fellas that will be there tend to come up with "interesting" thing to do at events. Well, this year at Watts is no exception!

We are gonna do Be Be Norman pylon racing! Everyone is invited to join in. There are no formal rules, any power system is fine, any mods are fine. Just be prepared for anything! We may do a "slow race" (slowest plane around the course) we may do "speed" (yeah, speed and Norman in the same breath). Anyway, we are sure to have a good time.

I plan to put LEDs in mine for night time fun too. So, light yours up!

We WILL have some PRIZES for this event too! Good stuff, not some junk. Maybe fastest, slowest, "coolest" who knows.

The point is, go to www.racores.com and build a be be Norman so you can join in!

If you won't make the event, that's ok too. We will give away some kind of prize on the CrashCast prior to watts for the "best Be Be Norman". Submit your photos to the CrashCast listeners page on Facebook and we will pick a winner!

You have time! Get to it!

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 15, 2014 @ 02:05 PM | 9,270 Views
Well, there ya have it! We won the best new airplane award at SEFF this year! The 7 builders, CAD man Joel, and laser guru RA Cores kicked butt!

Jim (www.racores.com) is taking orders now and compiling power system info for people who want to build one. It's an easy build. BIG, time consuming and pricey to outfit, but easy. I really enjoyed the build.

If you think your not ready or skilled enough, we had three first time kit builders in on the first seven that went to SEFF. They had no problems. A couple questions, yes, but no problem. It goes together so effortlessly it's hard to make a mistake.

So, if you want something BIG that will get a TON of attention, you just gotta build one of these monsters!
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 10, 2014 @ 06:43 AM | 9,306 Views
Here is our latest madness! 84.35" wingspan Gia-Normans! 7 of them!

On mobile, so I'll be short. Designed by me, CAD by Metro GTI, laser cut by RA Cores. Two piece fuselage, three piece wing, 1500-3000 watt power system, ailerons, rudder and dual elevator servos.

The laser cut Kits will be available at www.racores.com very soon, (a couple weeks) and I think he is taking pre orders now.

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Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 15, 2013 @ 06:56 AM | 10,079 Views
After 21 years, 3 months and 29 days (as of Dec 31 2013) I will officially be retired from the US Army. Lucky for me, I accumulated about 110 days of leave. What does that mean? It means I started my new civilian job on 7 October, and I will get full pay from both jobs until the 1st of the year! After that, I'll receive my retirement pay.

As of 7 oct, I am an employee of Midwest Medair in Nebraska. I was hired as a line pilot flying a EC 135 P2+ helicopter. Single pilot IFR, doing "life flight" for the entire state plus more.

The job and people and aircraft are GREAT! My schedule is sweet too. 12 hours a day for 7 days, then off for 7 days. How can ya argue with 2 weeks off each month! I'm certainly not upset about the salary either!

Currently the company is awaiting receipt of a second aircraft. It is scheduled to go to Hastings, Nebraska (about 50 miles from the farm I grew up on). That is where I am going to be stationed at. So, the wife and I are searching for houses, and I am slowly moving my fleet of real cars and Rc stuff to Nebraska.

It's a big transition, but it's one I have been enjoying so far. Once we get settled in our new home, I'll get back to work on designing and building planes again.

I'll be around.