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Posted by wmcneal | Jun 11, 2008 @ 03:20 PM | 7,432 Views
My flying pal, the master of GWS Slowstick perversion, has yet another one to add to his collection. Its called the kitestick. It uses the same Harbor Freight kite as my ultralight, but he used a slowstick fuselage and various other slowstick parts to build the frame for his. Since his has a rudder and elevator it is much easier to control than my ultralight.

Kite Stick (5 min 42 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | May 21, 2008 @ 04:59 PM | 8,042 Views
I've decided to tread more into the 3d world. I can 3d pretty well on a simulator, but I wanted a real plane to practice with so I chose an easy to build plan from Dave Powers. Did I also mention it is free?
http://www.rcpowers.com/PDFplans.htm
My Extra 300 profile foamy has yet to maiden due to these locally high winds, but the forecast looks pretty good for this coming weekend so I am hopeful.

I chose a tower pro 2410-12 motor (because I had it in a box unused) with a 9x4.7 prop. I added landing gear and a tail skid so I can taxi and takeoff. It came to 15 oz. RTF.

Stop that Pigeon (5 min 13 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Apr 20, 2008 @ 09:00 PM | 9,574 Views
Well, In the last two weeks I've finished 2 new aircraft. The first is the EPP Eagle that I've had for 7 months sitting on my bench and the other is a Rogallo wing trike that I made in a record 4 days. Both are powered by my favorite 2408-21 motor and fly great!
Build thread for the Eagle > http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=701120
Build thread for the Trike > http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757624
Posted by wmcneal | Feb 09, 2008 @ 04:08 PM | 6,624 Views
This weekend I finished my scratch built Fokker Eindecker and flew it. It is a little squirrely in flight, but not uncontrollable. I think if I add just 1 ounce of weight to the nose it will be tamed. The pilot is a 1/6th scale Williams Brother's figure. The motor is a Tower Pro 2908-10 with a APC 11x4.7 prop.
Here is the build thread>
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=796167
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 26, 2008 @ 08:33 PM | 6,940 Views
Today was the maiden flight of a project mastrsn and I have been working on for the last 3 months. The Mega Stick. It is physically twice as large as a regular slow stick with a 92" wingspan. With only about a 20' takeoff roll at less than half throttle she lifted gently into the air and circled the field gracefully and landed on three points. Here's a link to the build thread and pictures of the maiden flight.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...t=778978&pp=75
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=98
This is the only double sized electric powered slow stick that I am aware of.
Video is here> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=808957
and Here>

Mega RC slow stick maiden flight (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Jan 21, 2008 @ 09:24 AM | 7,545 Views
A few people have asked for some close ups of the nose nose gear retract installation in my Trojan. Here they are.
Posted by wmcneal | Jan 01, 2008 @ 09:59 AM | 6,031 Views
Just wanted to blog this video of my T-28 retract installation.
Parkzone T-28 with mechanical retracts (0 min 45 sec)

Posted by wmcneal | Dec 30, 2007 @ 11:32 AM | 5,180 Views
I've finally got a good motor and prop combination. A Dualsky 2830CM-12 outrunner motor with a 11x4.7 APC SF prop. I put two flights on it this morning. I still have to make the guns and fabricate a pilot and add a few other details, but after sitting on a table untouched for almost a year I think it came out pretty good. It's not nearly as fast as my 70% size one, but still a lot of fun!
Posted by wmcneal | Dec 25, 2007 @ 07:18 AM | 4,679 Views
Just wanted to blog a new aircraft to the squadron. This is Jetset44's design F-18. I printed the tiled plans with the printer set to B5 size paper and it came out with a 23.5" w/s and 34" length. It is powered by an ARC130 motor with 3 cell 1345 mah battery. It has a good turn of speed, I estimate around 65mph.

This one I did as solo aircraft number 6 in honor of Lcdr Kevin Davis who was tragically lost this year at an airshow when his F-18 crashed.
Posted by wmcneal | Oct 14, 2007 @ 08:22 PM | 4,357 Views
I have uploaded most of my r/c videos to Youtube.
Here's the link>
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=wmcneal42

Be sure to check out my favorites too, there are some really cool r/c videos there too.