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Posted by D_Dawg | Jun 30, 2013 @ 12:45 AM | 3,132 Views
I broke down a few weeks ago and picked up one of these little gems, with the intention of having something to have fun with and maybe try my thumbs with slope racing one of these little speedsters.

I always liked the looks of them but never had the need ... I had my Talons for the 50 inch fix.

But, they don't make Talons anymore ... and they also had a lot more room to stuff the gear ...

So, I am curious on what radio gear, servos, Rx, Battery packs, aileron and elevator throws ... and CG range people are using.

I chose to go the Hobby King route ... 3 Vigor VS-15 servos, A Corona 8 channel Full Range Dual Conversion Receiver and 4 AAA 1000mah stack in viper configuration ...

I am aiming for 70-75mm from the leading edge as a CG start point ...

Still trying to figure out how I am going to stuff the servos into that skinny wing cavity ...

I don't see them being a perfect fit ...
Posted by D_Dawg | Jun 03, 2013 @ 05:09 PM | 3,307 Views
And now, for your viewing pleasure ...

How to drive
"930 Miles in 4 minutes and 12 seconds"

930 miles in 4 minutes and 12 seconds (4 min 35 sec)





More like 20 hours and 30 minutes .... Craziest thing I have done (at my current age - now if it were 30 years ago ... no problem)

In addition, here is a pieced together video I took, which includes Bob Martin flying Katie's Hobie Hawk.

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Posted by D_Dawg | Apr 28, 2013 @ 03:59 PM | 3,893 Views
or ... buy a bigger garage!



Or not .... I can still fit a few more kits in there ... and still have a bit of room in the rafters ....


Posted by D_Dawg | Oct 03, 2012 @ 02:22 PM | 5,186 Views
After what seemed like a eternity to obtain, or ever find anyone that had one of these New in the BOX ...

I ran into this GEM on EBAY ... I thought I was going to die! ... I was prepared to pay a King's ransom for it.

Thank God not many bid on it and the one who did, was a noobie and probably didn't know what the plane was or its RARE history - Or, I am sure I wouldn't have got it for the price I did ...

The best thing is, I have a BRAND NEW CANOPY kit ... now, I wonder how hard it would be to make a backup of it without Destroying the Original ...

my original




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Posted by D_Dawg | Aug 22, 2012 @ 02:05 PM | 5,808 Views
I am still alive and well. Been busy with family, my son's sports, Riding and work.

I still plan on finishing my "Jalapeno sloper" ... Especially after I had a custom set of foam wings cut for me ... (that was to hurry up my finishing that project) ....

I have not abandoned my hobby ... it just taken a back burner ...
Posted by D_Dawg | May 10, 2012 @ 12:14 AM | 6,698 Views
Some Mustang Drivers are a credit to the history and preservation of this great breed ... Dr Ken Wagner is one of the few remaining 'stang drivers left ... the world could use more like him

RIDE IN A P-51 MUSTANG - COCKPIT VIEW FROM LADY ALICE (25 min 25 sec)



And also like the ones that have left us ....

this one is in honor of Jimmy Leeward .... his last flight in the ghost ... (tastefully edited without the final outcome)

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Posted by D_Dawg | May 04, 2012 @ 04:30 AM | 6,850 Views
Forever ...

You can't print them or copy them (I password protected them - besides they're distorted so don't try to be 'capone' to unlock them )... but, you can look at them enough to decide on ordering the plans and build your own ...

They fly great ... but, with today's electronics ... you can think about adding a rudder servo and put 2 servos in the wing for "flapperons" ... maybe even update that fat old e374 ....


My original 'stang ... I added "removable" Landing gear that was functional ...

Spinners are still available from C.B. Associates ... 2.25 "No Cut Out" plastic spinners ... Canopy is another story .... try searching for "SIGWC809 SIG CANOPY CLEAR 9 WWII"


Posted by D_Dawg | Apr 24, 2012 @ 03:12 PM | 6,759 Views
I got my wings at my targeted goal of 6:1 Aspect Ratio. Not scale-ish as I wanted ... don't have that stubby wing racer look I was after (as in the previous versions) ... at least I would expect this to still fly better @ 6:1 than 5.2 to 1 .... and it still should be a demon and a handful, depending on how much aileron you decide to give it ... like a 1.5" strip ...


I just provide the layout Idea ... how you wish to proceed with radio gear and push rod install ... is your decision.

Build-up, Foamie, Profile or a Slope Sled ...
Posted by D_Dawg | Apr 14, 2012 @ 12:21 AM | 9,336 Views
A proof of concept of the "Slope Sled" ... only 1/5th the size ...

probably be a catapult rubber band launcher plane ... or just sit around like all the other partly completed projects ...
And I will have to update the drawing .... someday ....




Yeap ... its a great little catapult glider!
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Posted by D_Dawg | Apr 10, 2012 @ 03:50 AM | 8,131 Views
Here is the finished rendition of what "should be" a good little project 2 channel glider.

I have a more scale version of the same that I will post as well if you want to play around with it.

Here is a RCM Scratch-build in progress (for like 8-10 years now ... maybe a bit more)


and here is the 1st RCM P-51 Scratch built I did almost 25 years ago ... Yes it had Landing gear ... I added them because I was told it wouldn't fly with them ...
I also flew it once with a paper bag over it's nose ...
(removable - but functional ... didn't affect the flying much ... landing was easy ... stopping it from rolling was tuff ... It was cool to land with wheels .... )

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Posted by D_Dawg | Apr 06, 2012 @ 05:39 PM | 7,439 Views
Drawing update ...

Now fits on a smaller, more conventional sheet of paper ... 56.25 inch by 35.88 inch ...

Most print shops can print up to 36" wide and the length is not so important as it is a paper roll ...

And a video ...
FH Phantom Fighter (17 min 58 sec)

Posted by D_Dawg | Apr 03, 2012 @ 05:32 AM | 7,444 Views
Just another fantasy of mine .... I have wanted to build one of these, since I was a kid ... I never could get a hold of the full size plans ...

I came close a couple of months ago when I was suppose to get a built Spiteful that needed work (with a set of the plans). I went to pick it up, the guy changed his mind ... so its been on the back of my mind ever since ... rather than to order a set of plans from RCM (and they raised their prices) I decided to create my own redacted version ...

This is not a scale version .... more like stand-way-off-fun-scale ....

This is still a work in progress ... like everything else I seem to start on ....

Spiteful History


Posted by D_Dawg | Jan 18, 2012 @ 06:03 PM | 7,634 Views
don't blame the grammar on me ... it's Rod Stewart's lyrics ...



Man, why did I have to build up the wing ... I'd been done if I would have cut the wing in foam ... or ... a lot closer to finished ...

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Posted by D_Dawg | Jan 16, 2012 @ 08:08 PM | 7,706 Views
had to do more cad work ... thought I was done ... nope ... never done ...

Had to figure out how I was going to deal with joining the wings ... one Piece or two ...



I chose the "LAZY" man way ... going with a one piece, when I break it, then it will be a two piece (or more) wing ...




Cad plan for the one half of the wing has been updated ... one day I'll go thru and package all drawings into one PDF ...

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Posted by D_Dawg | Jan 16, 2012 @ 03:33 AM | 7,641 Views
Wife came out of "THE ROOM" at 1:00AM as ... wondering why the house stunk of Fingernail Polish .... I told her it was my "accelerator" and she even got more ... told me I was nuts and just stormed off back to "The ROOM" ... guess I will be on the "Couch" tonight!

but. hey ... I got the other half framed ....


Posted by D_Dawg | Jan 15, 2012 @ 02:16 PM | 7,502 Views
but, with tabs and minor length fix that nobody would pay attention to except me ... (and/or other perfectionist that go way beyond the point of necessary)

I have learned to try and overcome this ... somewhat ...



Now to attempt to get re-motivated and start to skeleton the framework of the panels ...