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Posted by yardboz1 | Dec 14, 2010 @ 10:11 PM | 2,567 Views
I've decided that I'm going to do a kit build balsa plane. Not my first plane, but certainly my first balsa plane. I think I've progressed enough with my flying skills that I'm ready for this step. Biggest problem......which one to do? What I'm looking for is fairly sedate flying, 3 or 4 channel with a 40" ish wingspan that will be a basic build. What I'm looking at so far (in no particular order) is StevensAero Shaft 400, a Mountain Models Cessna 180, a Sig Herr Cloud Ranger, and a Alien Aircraft Stormy. I like the looks of the Alien Aircraft planes, but can't locate much info on them. Any one heard anything on them?
Posted by yardboz1 | Jun 24, 2010 @ 06:38 PM | 3,153 Views
There was a recent thread asking if you suffer from Hobby O.C.D. While I don't suffer from that particular disorder, I've come to realize that I am in the grips of a problem with no way out of the vicious cycle I find myself in. So with that said..........................................
Hi! My name is Sterling and I suffer from Scratchbuilt Attention Deficit Disorder.

Like many of you, I check into RCGroups several times a day, always on the lookout for the Next Big Thing. Unlike some people who may watch a particular thread for weeks or even months before they build, I have no choice but to build every plane I come across that strikes my fancy. I wish I could be like so many others who post on a thread, build the plane, and then continue posting on that thread for months on end. But that's not me. I come across a plane, build it, post a picture on the thread and then move on. It's not that I'm anti-social, it's that I suffer from S.A.D.D. I feel much better now that I know it's a sickness and not something I choose to do. I've attempted to explain this to my wife to no avail. I think it's the hardest burden those of us who suffer from this disease have to bear when people think we do this of our own free will.
And here is my latest: Leadfeathers 32" EPP Edge 540 T. Powered by a 15t/25awg rewound Blue Wonder, 9x5dd prop and 3s460mah lipo. Somebody please help me.

Sterling
Posted by yardboz1 | Jun 12, 2010 @ 11:25 PM | 4,905 Views
And I thought I'd post a video of the Matchless Juka I shot while flying in my yard. It's a fun plane, probably capable of more than I am at this time. It's got a little coupling in knife edge that I could probably program out, but I just fly it.

Scratchbuilt EPP Juka (2 min 46 sec)

Posted by yardboz1 | May 29, 2010 @ 09:20 PM | 2,724 Views
Well, it's finally warmed up, only to be windy all of the time!! I figure a few more weeks and we should be into a more predictable wind (calm in the morning and evening). Anyhoo, I've added a couple more planes to the hanger. I've built my first successful wing, aK.E.S.L. Turned out at 9 1/2 ounces with a 3s760mah lipo. All epp (of course) powered by a 12t/24 rewound Blue Wonder spinning an 8x4dd prop. Loads of fun and I enjoy flying it regularly. I also built an EPP Edge 540 from Midwest Foam Planes. It's the biggest 3D plane I've got so far at 42" wingspan. It's also the heaviest at 16 1/2 ounces with a 3s1000mah lipo. It's also a ball to fly and I've been testing the durability of it on a regular basis. Mike does a fantastic job cutting these, and the service is fantastic! If you're looking at buying a kit, I think one of his would be your best bet. Also just finished up building a Matchless Juka made from 1.3 9mm epp. It's also a hoot to fly. More responsive than my Yak55, seems to hover better than my other planes. Probably more due to the fact that my building skills are improving, but I really enjoy flying it and think it will become another of my favorites.
And after seeing a post by Greg at WMParkflyers, I've become the proud owner of 6 packages of Welders!! Once WalMart stopped carrying it I was unable to locate any locally. Only way I could get it was a 2 hour round trip drive to the nearest Lowes. After trying every other kind of glue, I finally bit the bullet and just ordered it straight from Homax. Paid $3.19 per package (I see it's higher now) and free shipping. Arrived in about a week so no complaints. Now I just need something to build!

Sterling
Posted by yardboz1 | Jan 31, 2010 @ 06:26 PM | 3,159 Views
I hate the winter!! Haven't been able to do much flying this winter. It's either been extremely cold, very windy, or both. Did build a few planes however. Built Tony's Piper Pawnee and just loved the way it went together so I also did a 42" Blu-Baby and an MO-109. Haven't quite finished the 109 yet but I'm sure it will fly as well as the Pawnee does. Been making a list of stuff I need from HobbyKing and I've been thinking about buying the 42" Edge 540 from Midwest Foam Planes. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1149571
I just like the way it looks.

Sterling
Posted by yardboz1 | Oct 09, 2009 @ 01:24 PM | 3,617 Views
Had a successful trip to Camp Lejeune for my daughters graduation from Marine Combat Training. Worked all weekend, left from home Sunday night and drove straight thru to Jacksonville, North Carolina (about a 17 hour drive). She had no idea we were coming down so she was totally surprised to see us there. Spent 5 hours Monday just kind of wandering around the camp and the MCX. Graduation was Tuesday morning and we got to spend a little more time with her before the ceremony. Afterwards, she got on a bus and left for the airport. She is currently at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas waiting to be picked up for her MOS School. Rumor is that after her school is complete she'll have a couple weeks leave and then it's off to Okinawa, Japan for a couple of years. We'll have to wait and see if there's any truth to that.
Downside of the trip, I developed an abscessed tooth Sunday night, which ruptured Monday morning. Over the course of the next couple of days I continued to feel worse and worse (joint pain, dizzy, tired). Went to the dentist Thursday and was sent to the emergency room. Spent most of Thursday afternoon/evening hooked up to iv's, being pumped full of antibiotics to fight the infection that had begun traveling thru my body. Finally beginning to feel somewhat normal again.
Posted by yardboz1 | Sep 25, 2009 @ 08:47 PM | 3,459 Views
Last year I found out that there was a group of guys flying in a Grade School gymnasium during the winter. Wanted to go and try it, but didn't feel that my skills were up to the task. After spending most of this year working on some 3D type flight, I've decided that it's something I am ready to tackle. My initial thought was to build something fairly small, thinking a small area needed a small plane. I realize now that that might not be the best way to go. Smaller plane = higher wingloading = faster flight. I've now decided that maybe the best way to go is to build something in the 30" to 32" wingspan range and try to keep it as light as possible, somewhere in the 5 to 6 ounce range. And here is the question; Can I do this using equipment from Hobby City? Most of the indoor planes of this size I've seen are using fairly expensive equipment, something my wife would have some real issues with! And do I want to spend $100.00 on equipment for 1 plane to fly for a couple months when that same amount of money could equip 3 planes that I could fly all spring, summer and fall? Also, do I build a very lightweight version of Gene Bonds Yak, Leadfeathers Yak 54 (both are planes I've had a ball flying and are proven designs), or do I build one of the F3P planes in the Indoor forum? I've been looking at the Index 2.2 and it seems to be a fairly popular choice and a nice looking plane. As usual, the more I try to learn, the more confused I become.
Posted by yardboz1 | Aug 27, 2009 @ 10:18 AM | 3,597 Views
My Daughter finally graduated from boot camp at Parris Island Marine Recruit Training Depot!! It's been an extremely long 13 weeks! Home for 10 days leave and 7 days recruiters assistant, then back to North Carolina for 29 days Marine Combat Training. Then on to MOS School. Can't get over how much she's changed!!
Posted by yardboz1 | Aug 03, 2009 @ 09:21 PM | 3,543 Views
So this will be the last hovering vid I post. Promise! I think I've gotten much better than the first time. Issues I'm having now are more with balance and setup than anything else. This practice has taught me a lot more than just hovering. I've learned throttle management and how to be easy on the sticks, plus it has greatly improved my control and attitude. I know now that I can fly in a relatively small area and I can recover from problems much easier than before. Next up, rolling harriers. I think this one will take a while!

Sterlinghovering
Posted by yardboz1 | Jul 10, 2009 @ 09:43 AM | 3,561 Views
Still practicing on my hovering skills. Lack of skills is probably a better term!
And a picture of my daughter and I taken a couple of weeks before she left for basic training. SEMPER FI !!!

Hovering2 (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by yardboz1 | Jun 21, 2009 @ 01:13 PM | 3,619 Views
Just a quick vid of me trying to hover. Plane is the EPPYak55 from leadfeather. Powered with a rewound (14t26awg) Blue Wonder, 3s500mah zippy lipo and a 9x5 GWS dd prop. 7 amps at WOT, no tach so I've no idea what the rpm's are. Still need to make a thrust stand too.
I was surprised to learn that throttle managment is such an important part of maintaining a hover. That and gentle thumbs. Both are traits which I don't possess at this time! I think I'll get it though. I believe I also have learned the real secret to not just hovering, but all types of flight. Practice, Practice, Practice.


Sterling


practice
Posted by yardboz1 | Apr 11, 2009 @ 02:27 PM | 3,834 Views
And here's the end result. Not very pretty, due to the fact that I did it between yard chores my wife was wanting me to finish. Proves that there might be something to the thought that this is something that you have to have the time to finish un-interupted. Again, very Zen-like if you ask me. I don't see me actually using this motor as is though. It's too messy for my O.C.D. tendencies, so it will be done over the next time I'm at home and my wife is at work . Just wanted to get a picture of it completed in case someone has some thoughts about the low kv I'm getting.
Posted by yardboz1 | Apr 10, 2009 @ 06:50 PM | 4,163 Views
After lots of reading and trying to understand the basics, finally took the plunge and decided to rewind some of the 24g Blue Wonder motors I had that developed shorts in them. Got my newbie wire from GoBrushless.com (26awg and 24awg) and dug in. First up was 14t of 26awg because it was an "easy" wind. Turns out it wasn't bad. Just had to keep things halfway neat and it went fairly easy. First couple were questionable, but then it just sort of clicked and they were turning out pretty good. Re-wound the ones I had and then a couple that a friend of mine had. 1235kv / 7.9 amps / 8x3.8 Slofly prop / 3s500mah lipo were results I could live with. Should probably go with a 8x4 DD prop, but these are what I have. Works pretty good with the planes I normally fly (8 ounce foamies).
Then decided to try the 12t/24awg wind. Much more difficult and it took 4 attempts before I got one that looked halfway decent. HAD to keep every turn neat and tight, not much room for error on this one. But, same as before, everything just kind of clicked and I sort of figured it out. Wind out first layer, keep them tight, mash then flat with an old prop. If I've done it right I can usually get the last turn of the last phase on without having to use a toothpick. The problem is I'm only coming up with about 790kv and it doesn't sound right. I've rewound this 3 times, and it comes up the same (roughly) every time. I must be doing something wrong, but can't figure it out for the life of me. Only thing I know for sure is that I am really enjoying this part of Electric RC. I think it must be some sort of Zen thing. Dave might know, but I sure don't.
Posted by yardboz1 | Mar 16, 2009 @ 08:13 PM | 3,710 Views
It's been a long cold winter, but it looks like it's winding down finally. Spent the last 2 days beginning my 3D learning for this year. Thought I would begin with knife edge, and figured I'd do it the same way I learned inverted last year, by doing only one thing until I learned it. By the third battery in my Gene Bond Yak I was beginning to get the hang of it. Went thru 12 batteries in the last 2 days and I think I've got it. Not perfect yet, but I can do right, left, belly in and belly out for 50 to 75 feet with no problem. Maybe more importantly when it falls out I can keep it in the air! I'm thinking in a few more weeks I should have it down pat if the weather stays nice!! Next step, 4 point rolls.
Posted by yardboz1 | Nov 24, 2008 @ 06:13 PM | 4,307 Views
Just a quick video of the F-22 maiden filmed with my hatcam. Need a little more practice with it! And if you don't like plane vids with music, turn your sound down. It's not loud, but it's there.

Sterling

F-22 maiden
Posted by yardboz1 | Nov 21, 2008 @ 05:11 PM | 4,350 Views
This all started about 18 months ago. My kids bought me an Aerobird3 for Fathers Day. RC planes were something that I had always wanted to do, but the cost of raising 2 kids has a way of taking over. And the fact that I had always thought of RC planes as an extremely expensive hobby had kept me from really looking into it.
After the AB3 I found the wonderful world of scratchbuilt foam planes! So far this year I have built and flown 14 different planes and have learned something from each one of them. Now that winter is almost here my flying time has been drastically reduced so I've been thinking about next year quite a bit. I'm not going to build a different plane every other weekend. Next year I'm going to focus on becoming a better pilot, using the 3 planes I like the best, Gene Bond's Yak54 , MrFlash and firetrappe's Infineon i3D , and Soundman's Silent Mite . These 3 planes are the ones that I continually go back to and at least 2 of them are with me every time I fly. All have a tremendous following here on RCGroups for a good reason (except for the Silent Mite ). They fly extremely well. A person with little experience (me) can build the Yak and can keep it in the air easily. The i3D is a very good looking plane, not as difficult to build as it appears, flies great, and is just plain cool looking. The Silent Mite has all of these traits plus is the only plane I can kinda sorta hover, probably due to the longer tail moment. I just can't believe that...Continue Reading
Posted by yardboz1 | Oct 17, 2008 @ 06:06 PM | 4,303 Views
Since I started this hobby about 10 months ago, I've always built my planes using EPP. Didn't even think about using anything else because I was under the impression that anything else I might use would break beyond repair at the slightest rough landing. Turns out I was wrong.
I'd been thinking about building an F-22 Raptor from Dekan's thread . Figured this would have to wait for awhile because I didn't have the proper motor or spinner for it. Was cleaning up my work area in the basement and came across the brushed 380 motor from my old Aerobird, and old brushed esc and some 5mm Cellfoam. I have 3 sheets of 9mm epp, but didn't want to use it on this because I wasn't sure it would work with the 380. Long story short, I ended up using the Cellfoam for the main portion and some scrap epp for the fuselage. Figured this would last until it's maiden, but it was raining and I had nothing else to do. Besides, this thing didn't really cost me anything anyway.
Well, it flew. Really well in fact. I was very surprised when it actually took off the first time. No real speed demon, basically I guess you'd call it a "parkjet". But for a guy who up until this point had only done "low and slow" it was a real hoot to fly. So I threw some paint on it and took it with me to a park where I fly with some friends and they were also amazed that it flew. I set it down hard a couple of times but there was no damage. Took it out again at home in the wind to...Continue Reading
Posted by yardboz1 | Sep 24, 2008 @ 09:38 AM | 4,562 Views
Gratuitous off-topic pics of Mississippi River smallmouth fishing!

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Sterling
Posted by yardboz1 | Sep 24, 2008 @ 09:18 AM | 4,642 Views
Been quite some time since I posted a new entry here. Been pretty busy with vacations and building planes, trying to take advantage of the good weather before winter gets here. After I built the Amos Moses, I built a 30" Gene Bond Yak, another SloFly 28 (which turned out MUCH better than the first one), an Infineon i3D bi-plane, and another Gene Bond EPPiper for a fb to learn on. Then started doing a profile bipe based on the Slofly 28 mini 3D. No plans or anything, just started with the original plan and made changes as I went until I had what I was looking for. The Infineon was my first biplane and my first full fuse foamie. Learned a lot during the build and the plane looks great flying. I think it's hard to beat a biplane making a low pass. Real attention getter. My second Slofly turned out so well and was such a great flying plane that I started thinking about a biplane along the same lines. Was surprised that I couldn't find much info on a profile bipe, so I thought I'd just stick one together and see what happened. Again, learned a ton of stuff about plane design and how everything works together (or against each other). I'm pretty happy with how it flies now, but I might try a couple more things to it.
And big kudos to Gene Bond. His EPPiper is an amazing, stable plane. Can fly extremely slow and climbs like a scalded cat! I built it with ailerons for a friend of mine who has had trouble with EVERY plane he's had and for the first time in 7 months, this guy can actually keep a plane in the air for an entire battery. It's really great seeing a guy flying who has had so much trouble in the past!
Posted by yardboz1 | Jul 01, 2008 @ 08:37 PM | 4,541 Views
I've built quite a few planes in a relatively short amount of time (for a new guy anyway) and I've come across the perfect plane. Great flyer, really stable and yet capable of more 3D flying than I am at this point. More on that in a minute. First a quick list of the planes I've built so far and where they're at now;
First was Logical Psycho's FlopsALot. Extremely agile flyer and very tough. Met it's fate in the top of a very tall tree.

Next was Gene Bond's Dart. Built from Elmer's foam board, it just wasn't up to my dumb thumbs at the time. Only took about a week for it to get too heavy from repairs to fly right. I'm pretty sure that if I were to build another one the outcome would be different.

Then First Shirt's Wannabug. Extremely agile, very simple build and a lot of fun. It's still in it's original form and I still fly it from time to time.

And a Slofly 28, which I had some real construction issues with. Not sure why, just couldn't seem to get it right. Flew it a few times, but could never seem to get it balanced and trimmed out. Been thinking about trying another one for some reason, but I probably won't. Too many bad memories from the first one.

Then the best of the bunch so far, Gene Bond's Yak. This is without a doubt the best plane I've ever flown! I just love it and can't say enough good things about it. ANYBODY thinking about building a foamie should build one of these. It can make anybody look like they know...Continue Reading