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Posted by fearfactorfred | Nov 16, 2015 @ 02:44 AM | 1,019 Views
Today I cut my first set of wing cores. I have been wanting to do this for a long time now. I finally put a super simple hotwire unit together and its working great. I used Ideas from TFLG's hotwire setup and mixed them with an idea I saw on you tube.

Over the past few weeks I collected all the necessary supplies and today I put it all together and cut my cores. I did a few practice cuts on a pice of scrap epp first. Then I just went for it. I think they came out pretty good for my first set.

Cant wait to get them on the Used Spitfire fuse I got from Andy. He also gave me the templates for cutting my cores. Its a RG 14 airfoil.
Posted by fearfactorfred | May 15, 2015 @ 02:19 PM | 7,617 Views
Super light JW60 (5 min 34 sec)

Posted by fearfactorfred | May 02, 2015 @ 01:51 AM | 2,127 Views
Im helping out a local sloper get his plane in the air. He bought a used but in good shape wing and a new but mismatched fuse. It doesn't have a canopy, rudder or horizontal stab. I will design and build my own from balsa and cover them with Ultracote.

Today I laid up a fg canopy using the bottom of the fuse. I used 3 plys of 4oz cloth.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Nov 03, 2014 @ 10:15 AM | 3,352 Views

This was a fun project I built for a friend. So much that I decided to build a woody for myself. I traded another friend of mine a rtf plane for a nib kit (Bobcat) a Bob Martin.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Oct 31, 2014 @ 10:30 AM | 2,884 Views
I have plenty of time but no money so I started scratch building a wing from a box of cores I got from a friend. The cores are made of a very flimsy Styrofoam. Airfoil unknown flat LE looks symmetrical. 48" ws cut to make a 16" micro wing for light lift days. Adding gear today so will post flight report soon.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Oct 11, 2014 @ 11:15 PM | 3,150 Views
The stand is made from an industrial telescopic light stand that was being thrown away at my old work place. The cradle is built from 3/4" pvc pipe and fittings. If anyone is interested I can take messurments but the pictures should be all you need.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Oct 07, 2014 @ 10:56 PM | 2,778 Views
My latest creation
Zephyr Maiden Nipomo Mesa Ca.:
Zephyr Maiden Nipomo Mesa Ca. (4 min 12 sec)

Posted by fearfactorfred | Sep 25, 2014 @ 02:45 PM | 2,859 Views
The Cobra is sold and I'm almost done with the Panther. I've started the Zephyr and will be hopefully finishing that one in a week or two. After that I hope to receive my B17 so I can just keep things rolling.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Sep 02, 2014 @ 06:23 PM | 3,563 Views
Finally starting to build my P-36 Kingcobra today.

1) washed fuse and sanded seem
2) Glued magnets in the fuse and oh hatch.
3) cut out tail pieces from 3/32 sheet balsa.
4) laminated them with 3oz glass.
5) sheeted the wing cores with 1/16 balsa using super 77.

Letting everything cure overnight and will get back on it tomorrow.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Aug 30, 2014 @ 10:46 PM | 3,244 Views
I've had this plane nib for a few years now and didn't really have any interest in building it till recently. I've been building and buying mostly light lift aerobatic planes for the past year. Light lift and cross wind conditions are common at my home slope so it's been nice to have planes that will fly in these conditions. Such as the Kato, Viper, Colibri, Zulu, Mini Zulu and now I have the WEDGIE !!

It's intended to be E powered but I don't fly power much so I converted into a sloper. I'm extremely happy and surprised on how well it turned out and how it flies. It's light at 4.95 oz, 32" ws, 1cell lipo, 3gm servos, lemon rx, 1.7 mil NS on entire plane and 10 mil on LE and nose forward of CG only no spar.

It's the first time working with an eps plane and was not sure how it would be to sand, glue and cover. I thought it would melt if I tried covering it but it handles heat very well. I thought it should take glue like epp but it doesnt. C.A. and Goop type products melt it but white foam glue and epoxy works well.

Flight performance is spectacular. It penetrates well and has very good slow, fast speed and aerobatic capabilities.

I'm not even sure these are still available but if they are I need to pick up a few more of these guys.

Got too excited to fly and didn't program in any expo or dual rates so my flying was a bit shaky for the first flight. Second flight was much smoother with a little expo.

"Wedgie" Maiden (3 min 42 sec)

Posted by fearfactorfred | Aug 27, 2014 @ 10:28 AM | 3,096 Views
I was very fortunate to get my hands on this plane. The cores and pod were given to me by Rob (Beunperro) but designed and cut by Zach ( Not many of these were made so I consider myself very lucky. It was painted by Robs daughter Jenna (HangerQueenDzine). It has 2-5gm servos, lemon rx and a 1cell 160mah lipo. It has the unique addition of drooperons. Im a true believer on them adding additional aerobatic performance. It weighs 2.90 oz. And I absolutely love flying this plane
Mini Zulu Maiden Flight:
Mini Zulu Maiden Flight (3 min 28 sec)

Posted by fearfactorfred | Aug 27, 2014 @ 10:08 AM | 3,037 Views
Built this Zip 55 about a month ago. It's a wingeron with 2 -9gm servos for wing and 2-5gm servos for the tail. This was a fun build and it's a great flying plane. This one will be hard to sell.
Posted by fearfactorfred | Aug 23, 2014 @ 12:02 PM | 3,138 Views
I started building my moth yesterday. I hope to be done with it and ready for maiden tomorrow. I'm building this one light so I can fly in light conditions.
Posted by fearfactorfred | May 20, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | 3,726 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 @ 05:51 PM | 4,234 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 @ 07:01 PM | 4,441 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 @ 10:57 AM | 4,313 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 @ 06:40 AM | 4,256 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.