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Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Oct 09, 2008 @ 06:07 AM | 6,866 Views
This is a little 6mm depron Katana indoor jobby. It uses the same running gear as my Nutta and didn't cost much to get into the air. It will fly good on 2 cells but hover easily on 3 cells.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Oct 09, 2008 @ 04:19 AM | 6,427 Views
This one has been through a few iterations with me. I bought it already built and it weighed around 480 grams and was a real floater. I promptly taped it up and got it up to around 700 grams. It flew well in medium conditions I even got it in a light DS circuit a couple of times. But after I ditched my Alula I wanted another floater. So off came all of the tape and it's back to around 480 grams. I now use it mainly as a thermaller or when I just want to laze around on the sky, flying nice and scale like. As an inland thermal glider it is really good and will go up on a sniff of lift. I hooked a boomer one day and had to pull it out when it got so high I was having trouble telling it's orientation. Very cool.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Oct 09, 2008 @ 04:09 AM | 5,649 Views
Looked ok, got it for $30 (airfame). But flew like crap. Actually it didn't fly and that is what everyone on RC Groups said about it too. Lesson here is read about planes before you buy them because even at $30 it's a ripoff if it's crap.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Oct 03, 2008 @ 06:01 AM | 5,264 Views
My 2nd Chevron wing and the best news is this one is made in Australia (www.offtheedge.com.au). Heavily into combat now and this one is fast and hits hard. You need to be patient after a hit and let it go nose down and get some speed for the recovery, but when you get the knack it's easy. It will fly all around Bees and my old Fatboy. Also good for DS'ing if you have a spot for it. Build it smooth and you will be surprised at it's speed.

Update: Rebuilt it with the New Stuff and Monokote and damn it's even faster now!!!
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Sep 13, 2008 @ 07:27 AM | 5,891 Views
I got this in a local hobby shope very cheaply as it was a bit beaten up. I want to slope it and have had 2 unsuccessful attempts. Bit of a project plane, stay tuned.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Sep 13, 2008 @ 07:23 AM | 5,646 Views
Wow no pics of this one. They are a great little glider whether off the slope in light to medium conditions or down the local park side arming it. Mine got attacked by a dog at Neptune Park Coogee but kept going. I have to say though after a few months I was a bit over it.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Sep 12, 2008 @ 05:08 AM | 5,318 Views
The best plane I have owned to date. I pushed it hard and paid the price more than once. Read some reviews on this plane they are all true.
Some entries from my flight logs:
Man the thing rips up the sky. I was zooming around looping, rolling snapping and stuff amazed at how tight and quick all of the maneuvres were for such a big plane. Then I realised I was on low rates. HOLY CRAP it's mad on high rates. Snap rolls are absolutely blinding and it loops and just about catches its own tail. Maddddd. My favourite thing this arvo was going vertical non stop and rolling all the way up as far as I dared. Talk about unlimited vertical.
Flying like this the KMD absolutely rips holes in the sky. It's fast and agile. Unlimited rolling climbs, flat spins, knife edge spins, blenders, snap rolls, inverted passes all done with ease and looking very scale.
I have to make an effort to try and get a few flights a week on this plane so I can unlock it's and my potential.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Sep 12, 2008 @ 05:04 AM | 4,837 Views
My first combat wing. A very good flyer in light through to fairly heavy conditions. HOOKED ON COMBAT!!! Some of the guys reckoned they really wanted to take me out so I made it easier for them by putting my name and a target on it. They still couldn't get me.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Sep 12, 2008 @ 04:58 AM | 6,663 Views
These are great looking foamies! And they have a whole range of them. Unfortunately the CG as recommended in the instructions was about 3/4 inch to far back. So the first flight resulted in it pitching straight up, stalling and going in hard. I fixed that and put it up again, but a servo problem saw it go in again. Sheesh! It had more lives than my cat. But when it was flying it went great and looked awesome, I ended up with a 9x6 apc prop on it and it was plenty fast. Oh and they are a PIA in that you have to take the wing off to get to the battery.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 04:27 AM | 4,943 Views
You can find plans for this on the net. Great little indoor flyer and even ok outdoors in zero to light winds.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 04:23 AM | 4,595 Views
Another really good plane. Unfortunately when I made mine it was my first time with tape and glue and iron on coverings and I warped one of the wings. But it still flys ok. I really love getting this plane in close in a bowl with strong lift and throwing it around like crazy. I'm talking about 10 ft in front and up. I'm thinking of rebuilding it with a rudder as I reckon it's that aerobatic.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 04:18 AM | 4,511 Views
One of my best ever planes. A true sportster. You could buy only this plane and be happy for the rest of your flying days. But who can stop at one plane.

2/11/08
Well after a year and a half the Mini Pulse is no more. I was knife edging it rolled inverted and I pulled instead of pushed. Classic case of dumb thumbs. Geeeez it went in hard as you can see.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 04:14 AM | 4,291 Views
This thing started out as Electric but I wanted to give sloping a go. So here it is. It was only polystyrene and ended up a squishy mess. But by that time I was hooked on sloping.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 28, 2008 @ 03:54 AM | 3,591 Views
EEEEK what a fragile plane. Make sure you can fly really really well before you buy this one. I couldn't!

It was repaired from the damage you see here but didn't last too long. Walls and ceilings can come up real fast when flying indoors.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 28, 2008 @ 03:50 AM | 3,412 Views
I found a new trick on how to hinge EPP when building this one. Tapes just don't stick to it. Anyway I stumbled across an idea in a magazine which seems to have worked fine. I'll post it here for anyone else building from EPP.

You cut the angles for hinging as you normally would. Then you butt the edges together and using a hot glue gun run a bead along the seam. Then while the glue is still warm flatten and spread it down using the back of a metal ruler or razor blade. Seems to work fine!

It's a really good 3der this one. But the EPP is a little thin and tears easily. Also I ended up with come carbon rods to reinforce the fuse as it flexes a bit too much.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:11 AM | 3,577 Views
This plane looked great, as do most EFlite planes and flew well at speed. But it had a wicked stall when it slowed down and I mean wicked. Also it wasn't that slow when it stalled. There is a lot of stuff about this plane on the web. Some love it some hate it. Ultimately the stall was it's demise.

hehehehe here is the log I wrote after it's last flight

flew the Edge around last night and it was twitchy as hell as usual but all was going ok. I had been going for about 6 minutes just doing general circuits when I came around again the same as I had already done about 20 times when BAM! It just drops a wing. From about 25ft up itís un-saveable and spirals into the ground. Both sides of the fuse were badly broken where the wing attaches (again) the motor was hanging out (again) the cowl was even more damaged than before. It was bad. I was pissed as I had done nothing different or wrong than I had been doing. I was looking at it, getting the battery out and thinking about the 4 hours plus of fix ups I had coming and then it would fly even worse again. So I punched itÖ I knocked it out.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:01 AM | 2,826 Views
One word

AWESOME!!!

PA Electric Shock 6\7\2008 (3 min 55 sec)


13/4/09
Well after more than 2 years this plane is officially retired. It was such good fun and truly took massive punishment and repairs and kept flying. It's a great plane to just keep in the car and fly pretty much anywhere. With a Thrust 10 motor and 10x4.7 apc prop it's pretty fast and can eat up airspace quickly. It does slow down a fair bit on a 10x3.8 and is easier to fly like this in tighter spaces. Also battery life is a bit longer.

Get one of these and 4 or 5 zippy 1000mah batts from Hobbycity and try and wipe the grin off of your face.

I'm pretty sure I'll get another one and if I do I'll put it under a new entry EShock II
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 05:51 AM | 2,613 Views
I only got a few flights out of this before a failure of the weak depron elevator saw it crash hard. For a foamy it was a pretty long build, but it looked pretty good.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 05:45 AM | 2,935 Views
Another great plane!!!

I got it for $179 from Efly World. Plane, brushless, li-po, servos. Just added my reciever and away she went. This was my first flatty and I wasn't sure what to expect. The few bits I could find on the internet about this plane say it is an excellent 3D trainer. Now I hadn't done 3D before but I'd have to agree. It's pretty easy to put into the breeze go nose up and fly very slow. My hovers were kind of like really steep slow harriers and my slow rudder reaction often saw them roll out.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 05:40 AM | 2,065 Views
These planes are really pretty good. I upgraded mine to brushless pretty much straight away and flew the wings off of it. You can find them in hobby stores for $50 these days. Oh this photo was when it was near to death.