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Posted by fearfactorfred | May 20, 2014 @ 11:14 AM | 1,385 Views
I have many planes I need to build but sometimes I loose my motivation. I've been building foam planes for the past few months and I have a nice collection of wings for every occasion. What I want to start next is my Zip 55 all wood wingeron and then I'd like to start building the 3 pss planes I have an Aircobra, Panther and Zephyr. I've only built one pss plane so far so I'm still a little intimidated by them. I also have a Moth and a Mini Zulu at Jenna's waiting to be painted.

Below is a few of my last builds. I had a blast building them and they fly great too. I also have been enjoying flying my Mamba, Viper and Halfbad....Continue Reading
Posted by fearfactorfred | Dec 22, 2013 @ 04:51 PM | 1,976 Views
Started rebuilding my JW awhile back but never finished. Might try finishing it over the Christmas break.

Just the other day I filled all the holes in the fuse with gorilla glue. Next need to sand it to a nice pointy round shape.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Dec 18, 2013 @ 06:01 PM | 2,145 Views
One of my flying buddies cracked his new Luna E fuse coming in for a landing. I offered to fix it for him and he accepted. (note to self) next time put a time frame as to when it will be completed because I guess he thought I would just take it home and wave my magic wand over it or say a few words to make it all better so he can have it back the next day. Needless to say he got it back in a few days paint still wet and not to my satisfaction but perfectly fine for more slope abuse.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Dec 13, 2013 @ 09:57 AM | 2,046 Views
I've been on a roll with finding cool new combat wings to build and fly. So far all have impressed me very much each with its own special charachteristics. But then comes the Kato. I read about it and watched videos of this thing just doing some amazing aerobatics so I decided I just had to have one.

Build went good. I did not look at the instructions though. I decided to get creative and try a few new things. Crazy I know why re envent the wheel right? I guess I get a charge from taking risks. I know I enjoy building but I dont have a lot of skills yet but I think by pushing myself to experiment Im learning faster. Trial and error is a learning process for me. I think I get it from my dad. He's always building stuff some useable and cool some not so but he keeps on doing it.

I tried to get all my gear as far foward and as far inward as possible. this is the gear I used;
Lemon 6ch rx
2- 9 gr Value Hobby servos
4cell 1/3a 480mah nimh Alloft Hobby
plug switch parts from Fry's

I decided to try a pull pull system for the elevons. Ive seen this setup on many planes but never on a combat wing. I've never had a plane with this setup before so I was traveling unchartered waters. You could say I was winging it pun intended. I built and flew it with my first attempt at it but was not happy with it so pulled them off and tried a different aproach. I'm very pleased how it works now and have flown it since. It gained about 1oz but it's still a floater . Right now it's final weight is 12.20 oz.

It's light so it's like flying a feather. It's a floater and with large throws will do some pretty amazing things. I just love flying it.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Nov 12, 2013 @ 05:40 AM | 2,006 Views
Recently purchased from Slopewings a Mamba and another Viper. Started the Mamba first and had it built in approximately 13 hours and maidened it the same day. Here is my assessment. Damm!! Wow!! Fun!! Fast!! Aerobatic!! Made me feel and look like a pro!!

To help come up with a paint scheme I googeld Mamba and it brought up mostly the snake called the Black Mamba but it also brought up the movie Kill Bill because most of the charachters had aka"s named after deadly snakes. Black Mamba was the main charachter played by Uma Thurman so being a big fan of the movie and Uma I went with it. In my opinion it suits this combat wing perfectly.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Sep 22, 2013 @ 09:28 AM | 1,916 Views
I've been busy the past month or so building. These are the most recent and I have one coming in the mail next week.
I've only flown them once each so I'm hoping to get out today and get them dialed in.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Aug 13, 2013 @ 05:14 PM | 2,296 Views
I finished this one about 1 month ago. Just a handful of flights on it so far. I'm still working out the bugs I think it's flies pretty well.
Posted by fearfactorfred | May 13, 2013 @ 11:38 AM | 4,102 Views
Started building this yesterday. So far so good. Looks like should be fairly straightforward build. I just need to figure out way to add ballast tube.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Dec 02, 2012 @ 12:08 AM | 3,828 Views
This will be my first pss and my first bagged wing project. Not really going for scale or perfection on this one. This will be my test/practice build.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Nov 27, 2012 @ 07:53 PM | 3,425 Views
Just finished this plane 4 my good buddy mark.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:32 PM | 3,616 Views
Sold my old poly Colibri x tail and bought the V tail version. Took me about 2 1/2 days to build. Maiden flight was today and went very well. I'm really liking this plane. Can't wait to get out and fly it some more.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:37 PM | 4,308 Views
Clearing off the bench today and will be starting on the GL today. I also have a BOT to build but decided to use the GL as a warm up first. It's been almost exactly 2 years since my last wood project (Maurader). I'm very excited to get started and hope the build goes fast so I can get to the BOT soon.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Dec 03, 2011 @ 11:58 AM | 4,324 Views
I have 6 kids and out of the 6 my very last child Bryce 9yrs old solo's his first flight last weekend. Had the video cam going that day but nothing recorded. I was probably so excited that I forgot to press record.

He got a Micro Champ for Christmas last year. We flew it a few times off and on during the year but he didn't catch on or show too much interest till now.

Yesterday I picked them up from school, took them to get an ice cream and then went back to school to fly. He's doing very well on his own and follows directions very well. He flew for about 30 min straight on his own. After about 10 min of just flying around then I had him shoot landings for about 20 mins.

Posted by fearfactorfred | Oct 25, 2011 @ 01:30 AM | 7,218 Views
Started building this a couple of day's ago. Got about 6 hours into it so far. I'm very excited and want to get this in the air quick. A few of my friends have or had this plane and love them. I did get to see one fly last week and was very impressed.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Oct 21, 2011 @ 12:37 AM | 5,381 Views
Here are some random pics that I have been taking or collected for the past year or two....Continue Reading
Posted by fearfactorfred | Mar 21, 2010 @ 11:58 AM | 7,137 Views
During our local TD comp yesterday. I was 5 min. into my last 10min round and noticed my plane starting to act a little funny. Decided to bring it in but as soon as I started back it went into a steep dive and hit the ground very hard.

After getting it home I started accessing the damage. The pod was broken completely off with the battery, rx, servos, volt meter still in tacked. I turned on the power and meter is reading max..hmm.. I look closer at the meter to see if it's set for a 5 cell and not a 4 cell..hmm.. looks like its set to 5 cell so it couldn't of been my battery, but wait..I reach into the volt meter and push on the switch to see what will it moves up past the 5 cell spot and now the meter is reading very low..arggg !! ...The one thing that was suppose to help keep me from killing my plane killed my plane.

I'm thinking about trying to bring it back to life even though I have very little experience in working with composites. If anything It will be a good learning experience. Wish me luck

Posted by fearfactorfred | Mar 19, 2010 @ 12:21 AM | 7,003 Views
Took this video a few weeks ago. We stopped in Los Banos to stretch our legs and wings on our way home from sacto.

This is maybe my 3rd video ever done on my own so I'm still learning. Been having fun making them. I'll post more here as I get them.


R/C Slope Flying in Los Banos (6 min 49 sec)

Posted by fearfactorfred | Feb 21, 2010 @ 12:11 AM | 8,551 Views
It has been over 30 years since I built a wood plane. I've only been flying gliders for about 3 years.

This will be the first RES woody built and flown for me. I have never flown a plane with spoilers yet. I'm looking forward to getting this in the air.

I started this build just a few day's ago (2-17-10). So far things are going well....Continue Reading