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Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 21, 2012 @ 10:24 PM | 8,353 Views
Had an opportunity to go fly with the local sheriffs office this past week. We took the Ximango up for about an hour. 100hp Rotax, 57' span. Really cool side by side motor glider.

Anyway, about 7 miles from the airport at about 3500 feet, Larry (sheriffs office pilot) shuts down the engine, and feathers the prop to, well, flat I guess. Silence fell as I putted this thing through the sky at about 55 knots. A look over at the VSI showed a 100 FPM rate of decent. On occasion, we'd find some lift and climb just a bit, and of course, we found a little sink too. But, not much compares to flying this thing. I was simply awesome! Anyway, we dead sticked it into the airport from 7 miles out. I had to do some S turns to lose a bit of altitude along the way. Then, after a long downwind, base and final leg, Larry set it down on the numbers with judicious use of spoilers. All in dead silence.

AWESOME day. And THANK YOU to the Henry County Sheriffs Office for letting me get some time in the Ximango.

By the way, they run the plane off of sponsors/donations etc... Nothing in the budget for it as of yet. But, the primary use is looking for drugs, people running from the law and things like that. So, if you happen to feel the urge to give some of your hard earned money to a worthy cause, let me know and I'll get you their info. Good way to get your name/business on the plane! Yeah, they will be putting the sponsors on it.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 08, 2012 @ 10:36 AM | 8,971 Views
I saw this 1972 motorhome for sale while I was back in Nebraska and just couldnt pass it up. Dodge M350 chassis with a 413 big block.

So, it looks like I'll be putting my 78 Cobra motorhome (The Dodge Mahal) up for sale and my "new" Rectrans Discoverer 25 is gonna be my trailer hauler/SEFF ride.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:21 PM | 7,984 Views
Well folks, we kinda came up with an idea. Just want to get anyone/everyone's input.

Im sure many of you remember the SRT/10 and a few of my other projects. Well, its time for me to do a new "something big".

A couple folks and me thought it might be cool to involve all of you. Something to the effect of paypal donations. $1 each (or more if you want). Then and a "cut off date". We see how much we have, and build the biggest, baddest, meanest electric airplane that we can with that amount of money.

There are already a few BIG BIG companies that have offered sponsorship for this one. So, just want to know what you all think? Can we spread the word good enough to collect enough to build something rediculous?

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 04, 2012 @ 09:23 PM | 9,501 Views
Well, here is Norman! He's about 50" span, all EPP, with only elevator, rudder, throttle. I put a bomb drop door on it and we drop black and white easter eggs with streamers from him. We call them "Cow balls".

Everyone who flys Norman falls in love. I need to cut about a dozen more of them. Just hard to find the time.

Enjoy!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 02, 2012 @ 06:18 AM | 10,551 Views
SEFF 2012 BARRACUDA.avi (6 min 56 sec)


The beast flew pretty darn good I'd say!

Here is another video with the "not so good" launch and 2 other flights at SEFF.

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Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 17, 2012 @ 08:14 PM | 12,323 Views
Here it is! Done and flown!
I didnt edit the video, take off is at 1:05. Camera sucks too. But, it is what it is.

Untitled (6 min 55 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 16, 2012 @ 11:22 PM | 11,288 Views
I have been keeping this one under wraps. This is all you get to see of my new plane until Tuesday or Wednesday when I will post the pics and video of the maiden flight.

Maiden flight info is:

2370 watts and 53 amps from a Castle Ice HV 80, AXI 5345/14, 12S 5000 lipos.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 07, 2012 @ 07:30 PM | 11,581 Views
Well fellas, how does 26.5lbs of thrust and 127 mph grab ya? Calculated numbers anyway. They are usually pretty close.

Im just about done with my latest creation. I could test fly it tomorrow (Easter) but, chances are, I'll spend the day with the family doin fun stuff.

Since I dont have a proper scale, I estimate it at about 15lbs AUW. After tonight, the only thing left is covering. I'll probably do the maiden naked. (the plane, not me) (ok, maybe both of us).

Dont even ask for details or pictures, cuz ya aint gettin em! This one is top secret! I MIGHT post pictures of it the day I leave for SEFF. I will probably wait until the first day of SEFF though.

Thats all the info ya get for now! I will let you know how the maiden flight goes once I do it.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 29, 2012 @ 06:48 PM | 12,310 Views
Figured what the heck, why dont I need a 78 Dodge Sportsman Motorhome! This thing just emits "classy" from every orifice. When coupled with my super sweet 16x8 trailer, folks will think Im a millionaire driving down the road... or the clampets go to SEFF.

See ya'll at Hodges!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:43 AM | 12,757 Views
I cut this 44" span wing on my CNC not too long ago. Got it glassed and all the electronics mounted. Tossed on some covering I had laying around this evening. Figured I'd show ya'll a couple pictures of it.

I tried a few new things on this one. We'll see how it does this weekend, weather permitting. Should be over the 120mph mark easily. Not painfully fast, but fast enough to have some fun. Besides, how fast should you really go with a prototype on the maiden flight.

Maybe I'll throw some more power at it later on, maybe I'll leave it as is, maybe it will suck and I'll scrap it. Wont know till it flies!

Laine.

Edit: Covered and hinged the elevons this morning. Put some silver pin stripes on. Lookin pretty decent. Add control horns, winglets and a prop and its ready to balance and maiden.

EDIT: Well, there it is. Balanced without adding an ounce. Its all done and ready to go. BUT... a problem in the power system stopped me from doing the maiden flight. I'll figure it out.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 11, 2012 @ 06:22 PM | 13,130 Views
I cut a new flying wing on the CNC yesterday put in the spars and started glassing it today. Well, thats not enough to do so I set up the machine and cut another wing! This one should turn some heads at SEFF.

Who dosnt work on 3 scratch builds at the same time?

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 10, 2012 @ 08:53 PM | 12,232 Views
Got another wild hair today and cut a new wing on my CNC. 44" span on this one. I got the wing halves joined and put some spars in it. Getting ready to glass it and then toss a Mega motor and 6S on it. Pictures and more info to follow later on.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 08, 2012 @ 10:45 AM | 12,637 Views
Built this one last Sunday. The wife decided it should be a "Norman" (her name for all cows). We still have to add a few more details to it, mainly cosmetic, but its essentially done now.

She took a video of it for me the other evening after we applied the Norman spots to it. Really a fun plane to fly.

Didnt edit the video at all, its just as it was taken, so it gets out of focus for short times and what not, but, overall decent considering it was done with a tablet computer thingy.

Laine.

Scratch built Fat Cow Plane (2 min 41 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 04, 2012 @ 08:34 PM | 13,732 Views
I woke up this morning and while having a cup of coffee with the wife an idea popped into my head. I needed to build a "Lazy Bee / Mud Duck" lookin plane today.

At about 10am I finally made it to the shop and got started. Using nothing but scraps, and a wing that I had cut with the CNC for another plane months ago, I built me a new plane!

Finished it at about 5pm and did the maiden. This thing is a hoot! It simply flies good. I cant believe how lucky I get when I build stuff like this. First shot and it flies like a dream. Looks cute as heck in the air too.

About 30 seconds into the maiden I handed the TX to my neighbor. He giggled like a school girl as he did hammer heads, loops and some funky inverted flipper doodle. Then he handed it off to our other buddy. After about 10 minutes of goofin off with it, they decided this is the best plane I have built yet. Im happy with it.

Im still undecided if if is going to get wheels, floats or just stay like it is. It does the coolest touch and goes and will take off from the ground with no problem.

Its over powered by a Hacker A22 and a 3S 2500 with an 11x3.8 prop. I thought it would need more for sure, but it will hang on the prop with this set up and balanced easier than any plane I've built.

I'll cut a bomb drop door in the bottom soon and put another servo on it to actuate it. I built it with a 6"x 6" square right on the CG just so I could make a drop door for it.

Probably need to add some color to it also. All in due time.

Laine.

EDIT: Got the wheels done this evening and painted them. Also, got rid of the rubber bands holding the wing on and added front pegs and rear wing bolts. Maybe tomorrow I'll get the painting done. The wife made stencils tonight.

EDIT: Painted the wheels tonight and put them on. Also added some cow spots to it. Still have to put the "face" on it and add a couple other little things.

Got some video of it too... I'll post it later.
Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 11, 2012 @ 05:33 PM | 14,454 Views
Decided to try my hand building a forward swept wing. I cut this 43" span wing on my CNC about 10 days ago. After a few tests and modifications, it flew so good, I decided it should be a night flyer.

The power system is pretty sedate. Maybe 65-70mph is all on a 3S and a 6" prop.
Cant wait to get it out there at night and see how it does. in the dark.

Thanks to my beautiful daughter for for holding it for me so I could snap a couple pictures.

Now, what to name it?

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 29, 2012 @ 06:11 PM | 14,740 Views
Finally got the Super Citabria just about complete. It was pretty close to a bare frame when I got it. Still needs a few more things done/touched up, but over-all its ready to go.

I took it out and flew it this afternoon. Not too shabby! It was pretty breezy, but Im happy with it. I could probably make a few "adjustments" to the power system as the current setup is overkill at its finest. 2300 watts on 12S 5000 might be a bit much. I'll probably drop it to 8S 5000s and up the prop to a 22" x 10. That should be good for 1500 watts and 11 minute flight times.

I like the look of the plane though. Only thing Im not sold on is the wheel pants. Looks like its wearing a pair of white shoes from the 50's. I think I need to add a bit more black to them.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:42 PM | 14,692 Views
I had a bad crash with the new 61" wing the other day. About 80 or 90 mph, roughly 20 feet, nailed full throttle (knowing the prop I had just put on was WAY too much for the setup), heard a loud POP and the plane dove... I had no control. It hit so hard, that more than 50 feet away we FELT the ground shake!

Everyone cringed since we just KNEW the plane was toast. Walked over to the crater in the ground and stood in awe. A couple cracks in the glassed nose (not even crumpled!), 5S 5000 lipo banana'd, ESC servo lead ripped off, and a broken prop. Thats it. We were all amazed. The hole in the ground was friggin huge!

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY...

I wanted to try my CC Vertigo 1800 kv outrunner on a plane. Put it on the wing, 4S 4400 Thunder Power lipo, a new CC ICE 100. After 2 hours on the phone with Joe Ford from Castle and testing props on this setup, the APC 7x5 prop won. 1800 watts, and 29000 rpm. Everything is cool and thrust is great. Speed isnt too shabby either.

I think this will be the permanent power system on this wing. It flys so smooth, handles great fast or slow and is just down right fun.

Time to cut a new one to make a speed demon out of. Cuz I need an adrenaline rush that Im just not getting with this BIG wing.

Anyway, here is a video with no editing done of the flight. A few fellas stopped in while I was flying and asked some questions, son and wife talking etc....

61" Span Flying Wing.wmv (4 min 26 sec)


Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 19, 2012 @ 09:11 AM | 15,109 Views
Anyone care to try and guess what Im workin on now? I got it as a beat up partially fabric/dope covered bare airframe that used to have a gas engine on it. Of course it will be 12S electric now and, as you can tell, recovered in Ultracote.

So far, the only thing done is the wing. I'll start working on the fuse and tail and hopefully have it all covered by the end of the weekend.

So, what is it?

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 15, 2012 @ 10:26 PM | 14,967 Views
Flew the wing today for the first time. I put it up on 4S 5000 for the first flight. This thing is SMOOOOOTH! Great flying plane! It was fairly quick even on 4S with a 6x4 prop. I would estimate the weight at about 6lbs or more RTF. It slows down to a crawl too and still just putts along. Really fun. Cant wait to wring it out with a different prop and some more voltage.

I really cant think of anything bad to say about it in the air. Its kinda tough to launch being a tractor motor and being pretty darn heavy. But, other than that, I think its ready for some more power!

Scratch built fully glassed 61" flying wing. (5 min 55 sec)


Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 08, 2012 @ 09:51 PM | 15,605 Views
Got my new wing all glassed and covered. Looks pretty good I'd say. If it flys half as good as it looks I'll be thrilled.

Im diggin on the color shifting covering that the wife picked out too. Its purple, no its blue, no its gold... Change the angle you look at it, and it changes color. Too cool.

Laine.