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Posted by wmcneal | Aug 06, 2009 @ 04:55 PM | 6,278 Views
Even the Blue Angels can't do this. Awesome!


starlings on Otmoor (5 min 28 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jul 22, 2009 @ 10:07 AM | 6,232 Views
My fellow rc pilot Chris Harnois has been experimenting with aerial video with his Slow Stick and a flycam one2. He asked me to see what I could do with with editing one of his videos. Here it is. Turn up the sound and Enjoy!

To FLY! (6 min 26 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jul 19, 2009 @ 02:14 PM | 5,900 Views
Finally got a good copy of this aerial video taken from my T-rex 450x. This was taken with a Hobby-Lobby Fly cam one2.
Watch for the plane crash at 2:41!!

Thanks for watching.

News Chopper 5 T-rex 450x Aerial video (5 min 52 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jul 13, 2009 @ 05:33 PM | 5,376 Views
Here is a cool video shot from atop the fuse of a Lanier U2 free flight glider converted to rc, with the camera facing aft. Watch for the control surface movements and other rc planes flying in the background.
This was shot with a Hobby-Lobby flycam one2.


Aerial video from a Lanier U2 converted to rc (3 min 35 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jul 12, 2009 @ 07:50 PM | 5,060 Views
I borrowed Chris' Fly cam one2 today and strapped it in the cockpit of my Great Planes Eagle 580 looking out the left side. Here is the video.

Matt Chapman Great Planes Eagle 580 on board video (7 min 39 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jul 05, 2009 @ 04:21 PM | 4,879 Views
I made this little video of fellow rc pilot Steve DeLoach flying his Hangar 9 "Miss America" P-51 Mustang on the 4th of July.
Enjoy!

Hangar 9 P51D "Miss America" (7 min 33 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jun 27, 2009 @ 01:33 PM | 5,285 Views
Well, after two years of practice on a simulator I finally broke down and assembled my T-Rex 450x that I have had sitting on a shelf for all that time. I could not resist putting a scale fuselage on it so when i saw this one on sale I bought it. Here are some pictures of it and the real one.


T-rex 450x with scale Bell 206 Jet Ranger fuselage (5 min 27 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jun 23, 2009 @ 07:39 PM | 4,994 Views
Here's some video of my UFO flying at dusk. It looks even better when it is pitch black dark out. Thanks again Rockwell for the video!

UFO - JAX (1 min 4 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Apr 19, 2009 @ 07:22 PM | 4,961 Views
Posted by wmcneal | Mar 28, 2009 @ 09:34 PM | 5,254 Views
The weather has been so bad the last few weekends that I've been stuck working in the hanger. Here are my latest on the bench. The Great planes Eagle 580 is a fantastic ARF. Everything fit perfectly and the directions are very clear and easy to follow. I am just waiting on the receiver I just ordered to finish it. I installed the recommended .32 Rimfire motor. Can't wait to fly this one!
Yes, I am an Embry-Riddle graduate. Class of 1987, Daytona Beach campus. B.S. in Aeronautical Studies majoring in aircraft maintenance.

The F-22 is built from the Tomhe plans. They can be found at rc.tomhe.net/f-22 and parkjets.com. You can also buy a kit from 6mmflyrc.com. I still need to do the graphics on it, but I have flown it without the paint. Its hard to see as a white plane. Its going to be even harder to see on a cloudy day with this gray paint scheme.
It has the 2212-6 V2 parkjet motor on 3 cells 2250mah li-po. It is not really fast, but it will climb straight vertically and turn on a dime with the faux thrust vectoring.
Posted by wmcneal | Mar 20, 2009 @ 08:03 PM | 4,942 Views
I am posting this video to my blog to remind me to try this one day. It appears that the builder used the radio and motors off of an Aero Ace and installed them onto a flying wing. Then powered it all with 8 solar cells arranged across the top of the wing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7VHc...eature=related
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 19, 2009 @ 06:20 PM | 5,402 Views
Santa brought me a couple of new airplanes this year. So here is the first one I have finished so far. The old reliable Hobbyzone Super Cub.
I bought all the spare parts separately and assembled this one from scratch with a Turnigy 3536-1100 outrunner motor. I seached for a long time online to find a paint scheme that appealed to me and I finally settled on the blue starburst pattern. i think it came out pretty well.
The plane flies just great and has plenty of power for short takeoffs and vertical climbs. I may need to add flaps to shorten the landings a bit though. I replaced the flimsy landing gear wires with some more sturdy 1/8 steel piano wire and put on some 3.25" Dave Brown foam wheels. I am still looking for some better looking tundra tires, but these will have to do for now.

Oh yea, and the box its sitting on is my next project, already underway.
Posted by wmcneal | Oct 26, 2008 @ 12:06 PM | 6,099 Views
Just a couple of pictures of the Dawn Patrol from today.
Posted by wmcneal | Sep 25, 2008 @ 02:14 PM | 6,959 Views
I brought my old Gee Bee Tiger Moth out of mothballs and converted it to E power. I installed a Turnigy 3542D 1000kv motor turning a wooden 11x7.5 prop. It pulls only 26 amps and 260 watts on 3s2p 2500mah packs. The plane has a 46" wingspan and weighs in at 3lb-14oz. RTF. This plane has not flown since 1991 when it had an OS .40 4stroke engine, which was WAY more power than it needed. I bought a new cowling so the old muffler cutouts would be gone.
I'm hoping for good weather this weekend to get her airborne once again.

UPdate:
Success!
I took it out this morning (9-26-2008)to fly. Installed the batteries, faced it into the wind and throttled it up. In about a 25 foot roll she rotated and climbed out nicely. It took quite a bit if right rudder during climb out to hold it straight. A couple clicks of aileron trim and a couple on the elevator and she was flying nicely. Ailerons are not very responsive, but the rudder is, so coordinated turns are a must. Once I got the feel of it I even did some rolls and loops. After 8 minutes I brought it around on approach and made a shallow descent to a smooth landing. After a recharge I got in one more flight, then the wind picked up and I had to call it a great day!
Posted by wmcneal | Aug 31, 2008 @ 03:43 PM | 6,335 Views
This weekend I flew a 28 year old plane. It is an original Goldberg Gentle Lady that I built in 1980. It was originally hand launched, winched, hi-started, or .049 power podded. It had been re covered in about 1987, but here it is today converted to electric with my customary tower pro 2408-21 brushless motor. It was just a lot of fun to see my old friend fly once again.
Posted by wmcneal | Aug 02, 2008 @ 06:43 PM | 6,674 Views
The truth is out there. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...t=710640&pp=50
Here's my new UFO. It uses my favorite 2408-21 motor with an APC 8x3.8 SF prop. Flies great slow or fast.

UFO spotted over Florida (7 min 19 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jul 16, 2008 @ 12:19 PM | 6,727 Views
It just dawned on me yesterday that I have all my airplanes in my blog, but none of my boats.
Before I got into electric r/c planes I was way heavy into scale boats. So with out further ado let me introduce to you the "Karen Andrea" shrimp trawler and "Theodore" tugboat. Both are built entirely from scratch using plans I drew myself. They feature fiberglass over foam hulls, and 6 volt Dumas motors. The net booms raise and lower on the trawler and Theodore's eyeballs move back and forth.
Posted by wmcneal | Jun 14, 2008 @ 06:51 PM | 9,580 Views
This year has been about building and finishing those kits that I have bought and never got around to building. Here's one that sat for about a year, I've finally finished, the Skyrider kit by Dave Powers at rcpowers.com. Though no longer available as a kit, you can still purchase the plans. This plane looks intimidating to build and fly, but it really wasn't. The tabs of the cut out pieces line up everything nice and the plane flys just like any aileron trainer. I was really surprised at how stable it is. It will fly inverted just fine and it will hover at just over half throttle. I power it with a Grayson Hobby 2212-10 motor and a APC 8x3.8 prop and 3 cell 1300 Mah battery.

Skyrider flying taxi remix (7 min 15 sec)