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Posted by wemattson | Feb 07, 2010 @ 11:08 AM | 2,137 Views
I figured it was time to start a new chapter in my RC story. After a lot of research into RC helicopters, I decided to start with the E-Flite MCX. This little chopper is extremely easy to fly around the house and tease my black lab by hovering over him while he is trying to sleep (please don't report me to the MSCPA). The added benefit to this helicopter is that it's very durable and does not damage furniture or walls, which inevitably happens.

This past fall I decided to step it up a notch and purchase the Blade 400. This was probably not the best choice for a second helicopter but I couldn't resist. The owner at my LHS said that if I was patient and disciplined in learning the basic skills, I could successfully fly this bird. He was right; to date I have only had two crashes, which weren't that bad (broken grips, bent main shaft, bent spindle, stripped servo gears). One of the thigs I like about this copter is the availability of parts and the ease of repair.

I'm looking forward to some nicer weather so that I can get out more often to improve my skills.
Posted by wemattson | Oct 13, 2008 @ 12:31 PM | 2,326 Views
It's been awhile since my last blog entry so I figured I would update it and post some recent photos.

Since my last post I have added an Alfa Models F-86 Sabre to my squadron. I built it with the components recommended by Hobby Lobby; Little Screamers Jet Screamer motor, 1500 mah LiPo, Jeti Advance Plus 18 ESC. This plane flies great. I think it may be the best overall flier in my meager collection.

The weather has been spectacular this weekend with temperatures in the low 50's and no wind in the morning and warming up to the upper 60's/lower 70's with a gentle breeze in the afternoon. As a result I have been able to squeeze in a couple of mornings of real nice flying.

Saturday I took my Fokker DVII, P-47 and newly built Sabre out for some flying. I was able to get a couple of good flights on each plane. On Sunday I was able to get a few more flights in with the Sabre.
Posted by wemattson | Oct 04, 2007 @ 09:48 PM | 2,558 Views
About a year ago I got started in this hobby and quickly discovered how addictive and fun it can be!

It all started when I stumbled across an ad for the Great Planes Fokker DVII. It looked so cool I just couldn't resist. Plus I always had a fascination for aviation. Long story short, I ordered up the whole package from Tower Hobbies and proceeded headlong into the addiction.

After some minor mishaps and many hours on the simulator I finally got the hang of flying. However, my landings still left a lot to be desired. Consequently, I am now on my second DVII which has many flights on it and is holding up well.

During the past spring and summer I have added to the fleet, which now consists of the following:

1. Great Planes Fokker DVII. This plane is completely stock and utilizes the components recommended by Tower Hobbies.

2. Great Planes Corsair. This model was modified somewhat. It is powered by an Esskay 400XT brushless motor fueled by a 1200 mAh LiPo.

3. Alfa Models P-47 Chow Hound. This plane was kept stock and was built using the components recommended on the Hobby-Lobby website.

4. Alfa Models Wildcat (not pictured). This plane is also powered by the Esskay 400XT motor fueled by a 1200mAh LiPo.

Out of the four planes, the P-47 is the best overall performer. It is very stable and dispalys no bad characteristics. The Corsair was the worst and has since been retired (not by choice ). The DVII wins for general overall flying enjoyment, plus it looks and sounds good in the air, especially on a bright sunny day

I have to thank RC Groups and the wonderful subscribers for the invaluable information they post on this site. Much of the success to building and flying these aircraft is due to this site. THANK YOU!