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Posted by wmcneal | Apr 13, 2010 @ 10:21 PM | 7,504 Views
I've been restoring my friend Steve's Sapac F-22 to its former glory after a crash. Cause of the crash is unknown, but I suspect it was because the receivers were located right between the two ESCs. Anyway, here are the before and after pictures.
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 05, 2010 @ 12:41 PM | 7,527 Views
This is just a copy of an email I sent to all the local people I fly with. I thought someone else here might find it useful.

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Fellow Dawn Patrol park pilots,

I just wanted to share some information with you about places online to sell your rc equipment, etc. that you might not want anymore.
There are several places online that will allow you to list your items for sale for FREE!

1st is of course rcgroups.com for sale/wanted forum. I have been very successful at selling many items here, both planes and boats. I paid for my Parkzone Corsair by selling my old 72Mhz radios here. Be sure to list your item in the proper category, give full description of item, condition of item, price of item and form of payment requested.
http://www.rcgroups.com/for-sale-wanted-201/

2nd is craigslist.
http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites
It's free to list your items for local sales to local people. The big advantage to this one is there is usually no shipping charges or online transactions to deal with. An interested person contacts you about getting together for the sale.

3rd is one I just found out about:
http://www.atlantahobby.com/classifieds/
I haven't tried this one yet as it's relatively new.

By the way, this works both ways and you can find some very good bargains on these same sites if you know what you are looking at.

I hope everyone is having a great new year so far! I hope the weather man will chase away Jack Frost so we can get back out to the
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Posted by wmcneal | Dec 25, 2009 @ 04:23 PM | 8,506 Views
This is a kit that I won in a raffle last summer at the Gateway RC Club of Jacksonville's first annual electric fly in and clinic. I just got around to building it.
It has a 50" wing span, 40" length, Turnigy 4250-700 motor, 60amp Turnigy Plush ESC, and will turn a 12x6 prop initially, until I see how it flies. It weighs about 71ozs with the 4100Mah 4s battery installed. With the 400 square inch wing, that is going to be about 25oz/sqft wing loading. That seems kind of heavy to me, but we'll see tomorrow on the maiden flight.


UPDATE: SUCCESS!!!
With gusty north winds and the temperature hovering around 45 degrees F, I took it out to the park, installed the battery, and carried it out onto the soccer field. I lined it up into the wind and pushed the throttle stick to full. It accelerated, rolled about 30 feet and lifted itself into the air.
I took it up to about 200' and trimmed it out. I did some nice turns and tested the power; more than enough to go straight up! After about 5 minutes I could barely feel my bare fingers so I decided to land. (nothing like trying to fly in your refrigerator) I made a right hand pattern and brought it into the wind throttled back to idle and made a nice landing on the grass. With that I called it a day and came home to warm up.
I need to dial some expo into the elevator and adjust the ailerons to center the trim, but overall I am very pleased with it's performance.

video of the one Hobby-Lobby sells>> http://s3.amazonaws.com/hobbylobbyvideo/GR9398-T28.wmv
Posted by wmcneal | Dec 22, 2009 @ 11:47 AM | 8,192 Views
I finally finished my Crop Duster. It's an Embraer 201 Ipanema. 38" wing span and 27" long. Powered by the standard tower pro 2408-21 on 3s 1300Mah lipo swinging an 8x4 GWS prop. I put three flights on it this morning. This plane is completely scratch built from plans found in this thread. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ht=crop+duster
The plans are in post number 1.

I also finally got some Trexler 3" inflatable wheels to put on my Supercub. Makes landing a bit bouncy, but these Tundra Tires really make it unique.
Posted by wmcneal | Dec 05, 2009 @ 06:56 PM | 6,622 Views
Just us turkeys flying our gliders with some hawks on a windy day at the park.


Flying gliders at the park, with some birds, on a windy day (3 min 49 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Nov 29, 2009 @ 05:59 PM | 6,718 Views
Here's yet another version of the slow stick by the master slow stick perverter, Mastrsn. Once we got the CG and the canard angle correct it flew as good as if not better than an ordinary slow stick. You too can make one of these with a Slow Stick Canard Mounting Kit from Radicalrc.com.



Slow Stick Canard (4 min 57 sec)


Also, here's are some pictures from this weekend's flying activities=> http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...7296013&ref=nf
Posted by wmcneal | Nov 16, 2009 @ 11:47 PM | 6,357 Views
Made three more aerial videos using different planes.

Ride on a Parkzone T-28 Trojan (6 min 16 sec)


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Posted by wmcneal | Nov 15, 2009 @ 08:59 PM | 6,413 Views
This is my pitiful 1st attempt at air to air video. It's harder than I thought it would be. The camera plane is my old Sig Curtiss Jenny. The camera is a gum stick spy camera taped to the left wing strut. Planes to watch for in this video are: Parkzone F4u Corsair, Hobby-Lobby Miss2, and a E-flite Curtiss Jenny. So get your sick sacks ready and press PLAY.

Air to air video at the park (9 min 10 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Nov 07, 2009 @ 02:32 PM | 6,498 Views
Great airshow in Jacksonville Beach today. Featuring the Blue Angels, and pilots Gene Soucy, Rob Holland, John Klatt, Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, Sean Tucker, and Matt Chapman.
As an 1987 graduate of Embry-Riddle, and because I fly the 50" Great Planes version of his plane, I had to get Matt Chapman's autograph.
Posted by wmcneal | Oct 16, 2009 @ 10:31 PM | 6,392 Views
Well, Halloween is almost here. I better get busy on my annual letter to Santa.

Dear Santa,
I have been very good this year. For Christmas I absolutely NEED the following:

1. Parkzone Ultra micro P-51 Mustang
2. Spektrum receivers
3. 2200 and 1300Mah 3s Li-po batteries
4. 1 box 6mm Depron
5. Nitroplanes.com Gift certificate
6. Align T-rex 500 or 600 or 700 helicopter
7. Bigger hangar

This list subject to change and additions as needs warrant right up until midnight Dec 24 2009.

Love, your favorite kid in the whole world,
Billy


Posted by wmcneal | Oct 11, 2009 @ 03:56 PM | 6,207 Views
Not really. Just another day with the Dawn Patrol.
My friend Chris Harnois made this air to air to tree video with his old Hobby-Lobby Miss2 following a HobbyZone Super cub around the park this morning. Yes, we did get the plane down from the tree with only minor damage to the landing gear when I caught it after someone poked it out of the tree with a long pole.

In the trees. (7 min 3 sec)


And here's a video he made over St Augustine beach with the same plane.

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Posted by wmcneal | Sep 20, 2009 @ 11:09 AM | 6,285 Views
I did some more aerial video this weekend at the Jax RC club's flying field.

GI joe Aerial video at jaxrc 09-19-09 (7 min 35 sec)



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Posted by wmcneal | Sep 18, 2009 @ 02:58 PM | 6,641 Views
Not that I ever have anything really important to say, but you can follow me on twitter.com under the name RCBill.
Posted by wmcneal | Sep 15, 2009 @ 10:07 PM | 6,343 Views
I just wanted to blog a link to the web page I created on Facebook for all the members of the Dawn Patrol to contribute to.
Please post any pictures or video you have from Dawn Patrol gatherings.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...0654289&ref=mf
Posted by wmcneal | Sep 04, 2009 @ 04:04 PM | 7,017 Views
I finally finished my surferdude designed by kram242 and cut on his phlatprinter.
Build thread> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...=1082461&pp=50
Posted by wmcneal | Aug 07, 2009 @ 01:35 PM | 6,695 Views
I just learned about a web site that allows you to upload your aerial photos and then will tilt shift them for you to make everything look miniature. http://tiltshiftmaker.com/
I tried it with a couple of my older aerial photos. Here they are. Pretty cool I think. Now I'll have to get out my old trusty Wingo and do some more interesting shots.