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Posted by mtdoramike | Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:25 PM | 2,664 Views
I recently finished a Mountain Models Lucky Ace and shipped it out to a buyer in AZ. I LOVE the silver and maroon colors on this plane. I hated to sell it.
Posted by mtdoramike | May 24, 2011 @ 03:51 PM | 2,783 Views
You all will be sorely missed. All have been sold. Now I'm relogated to the building table due to health issues. My flying days are over I reckon.

I finished the Manzano's Spad XIII, which was sold with the lot. I also finished the Pietenpol By Old School RC. What a fun plane to build. I built this plane to ship with fuse, tail surfaces & wing seperate for shipping. I had to ship in two boxes to make sure the wing made it. My fingers are crossed.
Posted by mtdoramike | Nov 15, 2010 @ 08:08 PM | 3,406 Views
I just finished & maidened the Manzano/Peter Rake 36" Sopwith Camel that I purchased from Charlie a few months ago when he had his inventory reduction sale. It;s took me about 6 weeks to build working on it a few hours each day.

It's covered in Doculam, which I painted forest green with Fusion spray paint and it seems to work great on the doculam. The silver portion is China coat iron on covering the I bought from Hobbypartz awhile back.

It came in about 20 OZ without battery. It flew great with no bad habits at all. It floats nicely when coming in for a landing.

My setup is:

2410-12D 110watt outrunner
30amp ESC
(4) 9 gram servos
9x6DD prop.

I still need to add details like graphics/decals and such.
Posted by mtdoramike | Sep 30, 2010 @ 08:06 PM | 4,794 Views
I just finished this Aerodrome RC seconds kit of the 36" DV&a. It's yet to be maidened due to the weather here.

The second edition is a Hobbyzone Stinson Reliant SR-10. I have been chomping at the bit waiting for the release of this plane. It's one of those I HAD TO HAVE IT type of buys. I got it at Redrocket Hobbies for $184.00 with free shipping. Not a bad deal. It's yet to be maidened as well.

UPDATE: OK, I have maidened both the Stinson Reliant and the DV&a.

Now for the Reliant= I find this plane to be a very docile flyer and would make a good second plane or aileron trainer. I found it to have no bad habits like tip stalling at slower speeds. It is a nice floater so it takes a bit of room to land unless you have the flaps activated, which I wouldn't recommend until you become familiar with the flight characteristics of this plane. But all in all, I'm very pleased with this plane. I just wished that it didn't cost $184.00, which I find to be a tad expensive for a foamy. Also they should offer it as a bare bones airframe only so you could use your own electronics in it, which I have a ton of and it would offset the cost a little.

Aerodrome's DV&A WWI Bi-plane = This plane was a joy to build (once I figured out how to install the center wing cabanes) and an even bigger joy to fly. It has a 36" wing span and weighs like 24oz without the battery so it's a perfect park flyer. I use a 3s 25c 1800mah lipo in it and I have it outfitted with the following:

TP 2410-18T cheapo brushless 180watt motor
10x6DD prop
30amp ESC
4 9gram metal geared servos.

I have a couple of flights on this plane and it flys very nice. It can fly scale or you can punch it and give it some zip with that 180watt outrunner.
Posted by mtdoramike | Aug 21, 2010 @ 10:35 AM | 4,193 Views
I obtained a Aerodrome PT-17 Trainer kit for something to do during the hot summer months here in Florida when it's to hot to fly. I finished it in two and a half months. It was a fun kit to build and turned out to be a beautiful plane. Unfortunately it's a bit too big and heavy to fly where I fly at which is usually vacant lots where there is no runway and my planes have to be hand launched.

It has a 48" wing span and weighs in at a little over 4 pounds. It's equpit with the following:

Turnigy 3542-1000 outrunner
Hyperion 80amp esc with external 10amp BEC
4 SG90 metal geared servos
12X6 Prop
Flightmax 3s 30c 2650mah lipo.

It's covered in yellow Solarfilm. Build log is located here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1247073
Posted by mtdoramike | Mar 30, 2010 @ 08:25 PM | 4,596 Views
Lanier S.E.5a. I've yet to maiden it though. The winds here have been kickin at around 20-30mph. Hopefully in a day or three the winds will calm down enough to give it a go.

UPDATE: I have since maidened the SE5a and it flys spendedly. It's a real floater and a tad more aerobatice with the quad ailerons than the Lanier DVII. I LOVE these Lanier planes and wish they hadn't stopped making them.
Posted by mtdoramike | Mar 16, 2010 @ 07:11 PM | 4,563 Views
The Greatplanes/Electrifly Nieuport XI. I've yet to maiden it though. But it sure is a purdy plane.

I figured I better do some updating. This paticular little gem was shot down over eastern Europe a couple of weeks ago by a narly Fokker D7. May she rest in peace
Posted by mtdoramike | Feb 01, 2010 @ 03:11 PM | 5,260 Views
Here I am about 60 pounds ago with one of my Pushy Panthers. I also just completed a Mountain Models Lucky Ace, which I maidened and lovethis plane. It has become the new flavor of the week for me. I found out the Lucky Ace aint so Lucky, it bit the bullet a couple of months ago. The wing is history, but the fuse and control surfaces are still good. I may buy and build another wing for it one day.

I also just finished a Mountain Models Eva Bi-plane. But I've yet to maiden it because contrary to popular belief, Florida does have bad weather ever now and then. But Hopefully I will be able to get out with it this week. I maidened the Eva Bi-plane, which although is a good flyer, after two flights I realize I don't particularly care for 3d style planes. So this plane just sits in the hanger.

UPDATE:

I just finished the Lanier Fokker DVII, which I was fortunate to find a forum member who would part with one.

Here is a Picture of my latest GWS Beaver. I have had 4 of them. The GWS Beaver is my favorite plane. If I could only haveone plane, it would have to be the Beaver. It goes with me to the field every time I go and it's the first plane I fly when I get to the field.

Heres a few pictures of my GWS Tiger Moth that I just finished up and awaiting it's maiden flight. I figured I better post pics now, it will never look as good as it does right nowSo true was this statement, the Tiger Moth only lasted about a month with about 20 flights on it before it got stuck in...Continue Reading
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Posted by mtdoramike | Sep 15, 2007 @ 11:11 AM | 7,121 Views
Here are a few more pics of some of the models that I built over the past 10 years or so. This is a model of the USS Constitution. It was a commission for a ceo of an insurance corp in CT.

I forgot to mention that this particular model of the Constitution actually has wood from the REAL USS. Constitution (Old Ironsides) incorporated into the model like the anchor collars, cats heads, cross trees etc....... It also has real copper from the waterline down to the keel just as the real ship does. I think this is my finest model to date.
Posted by mtdoramike | Sep 13, 2007 @ 12:32 PM | 7,321 Views
I soloed at my club field yesterday and am now an official R/C pilot. It took about 5 months but I did it.

I attached some pics of one of my other hobbies that I enjoy. I build wooden ship models either for myself or on a commission basis. One is the Danish training ship Danmark, one is a side paddle wheeler called the L'orenoque and the smaller one is called the Seawitch.
Posted by mtdoramike | Aug 08, 2007 @ 08:03 AM | 6,745 Views
It's been about 4 months since I have been in this hobby. I'm just now practicing landings at the club field with an instructor. But, I have since bought a Push-e cat trainer about 2 months ago and all I can say is, where has this plane been for the last 4 months. I take the Push-e cat out to a vacant field about 2 miles from where I live and I have been flying it and learning runway approaches as well as landing eventhough it has no landing gear and the flield is weedy. I have crashed the hell out of the Push-e cat and it still keeps on flying. I have learned muscle memory with the Push-e cat even more so then with the Superstar EP and a club instructor.

I also have just bought a GWS Beaver, I was so impressed with Scalebrad's Beaver that I had to get one myself. It has landing gear and can fly in a smaller area then the Superstar so I can practice my landings on my own a bit as well as at the club. I haven't had the beaver up yet, I'm still building it and have to wait on the servos. Hopefully I will solo at my club field soon.
Posted by mtdoramike | Apr 14, 2007 @ 09:01 PM | 6,972 Views
Well, I'm now close to $800.00 into this hobby within the last 6 weeks and just a tad closer to getting airborne then I was a few weeks ago. I at least met a very nice fellow ScaleBrad, who lives about 25 miles from me, who invited me down to his neck of the woods to assist me in getting in the air.

He brought his GWS Beaver and a buddy box ready system and within 15 minutes of meeting Brad, I was in the air with the Beaver flying her with a little imput every now anagin from Brad. I also had Brad take the Superstar aloft to check her flying ability and she fly great. I really do like that Beaver, it's a very nice plane to fly and Brad is a jam up and jelly tight kind of guy to. He's definitely one of the nicest guys that I have met so far in this hobby.

Had I met Brad 6 weeks ago, I would probably be $600.00 richer right now.