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Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 11, 2015 @ 06:11 PM | 2,365 Views
Not sure if anyone on here follows the Crashcast and it's Host's... One of the Host's is Laine Stahr or LMopar69. He has designed a plane called the "Cuda" and is currently setting up to kit them in balsa in two different wingspans. I saw the pre production foam plane photos and fell in Love. To purchase one was not in my budget but to build one well that was. It is built using Dollar Tree Foamboard and assembled in the Flite Test Style. It has a 40 inch wingspan and for the most part it is done. I need to do the Elevons and the electrics still and then figure out the CG. Hope you Guys and Gals like it! Give Laines Planes a "Like" on Facebook for me...

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Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 05, 2015 @ 03:38 PM | 1,565 Views
I have been playing with the DX6 again... My PBY Catalina really needed the differential thrust to assist during water taxi so after searching the internet and just trying different mixes I finally found out how to set it up. The photos show the Mix 1, 2, and 3 setups and the video shows it working... Mudman1959



Differential Thrust on the DX6 (1 min 19 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Feb 12, 2015 @ 11:29 AM | 1,610 Views
Have you ever made a paper airplane? Have you ever wondered if it could be made into a RC model? The challenge was put out by the Crashcast Group to make one. The rules were up to interpretation and the building materials were up to the builder. Size had to be at least a 4 foot wingspan and as long as it looks like a paper airplane, all ideas were open game. Mine is based off of a "Paper" airplane I have folded for years and it flies great! My choice of building materials is Dollar Tree Foam board and Hot glue. I still need to add the electronics and flight controls but the airframe is complete. It even looks like the real paper airplane... Mudman1959

Warp 6 (0 min 23 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 15, 2015 @ 10:01 AM | 2,195 Views
A pictorial view of the foam airplanes I have built over the last several years. Looking back I can see the simplistic flatboard builds at the start progressing into the more complex builds of present. Some of the airplanes do not exist anymore but are not forgotten. The lessons learned of what works and what didn't... More to come... More to learn! How many more will come off of the build table this year? Who knows? Stay tuned...

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Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 12, 2015 @ 06:03 PM | 2,011 Views
A replacement for my F22 that did not survive it's last flight, the plans for the X-41 came along at the right time as I had some spare parts and foam. It was a easy build thanks to LetsFlyRC... http://flitetest.com/authors/droplow77 who redesigned the plane from T3chdad on the RC Groups forums into a Flite Test type design. Here is the link to his plans... http://flitetest.com/articles/let-s-...ild-free-plans I still need to do the maiden flight but where I live is not conducive to flying RC airplanes at this time due to the snow and winds... The build was straight forward using the Flite Test A/B type folds. LetsFlyRC used a quick motor mount like the type on the Versa Wing to mount the motor but I only had one of the plywood mounts from a power pod available so I glued it on to the fuselage after extending it a bit and squaring up the end. He has the Canards on his but I think I'll leave mine off as it looks cleaner to me. I will entertain the canards at a later date with a slide in pod using two separate servos to control the canards. I added a carbon fiber spar to my wing as I know how I fly and with the Grayson Hobbies Super Mega Jet motor turning a APC 7x5 prop I do not need the wings flopping around. Looking forward to flying this one... The design should be fast! Stay tuned... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 29, 2014 @ 05:24 PM | 1,702 Views
I received this little Beauty from my Crash Cast Secret Santa. It's the EFlite UMX Radian with the AS3X Flight Stabilization. I was a bit concerned for my first flight on Christmas Day due to the winds gusting to around 20 mph but this Little Lady flew Great! The wind knocked it around a bit but it handled it like a bigger model. The AS3X really makes flying this one really fun! Wingspan is only 29 inches and powered by a small brushed motor on a one cell 150 mah lipo battery. Flight times so far have been around 10 minutes or so. At $90 for the BNF I think it is a Good Deal. I can hardly wait for summer to get here again and see what it will do in thermals...

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EFlite UMX Radian (6 min 47 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:49 AM | 1,509 Views
With my recent Win from the Horizon Hobby "Selfie" contest I decided to upgrade my radio. I have been flying with a Spektrum DX6i and I have been looking at the New DX6... Well I now have one! Now to figure it out and get all of my planes transferred to it. With a 250 on board model memory I guess I'll have to start building more planes...

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Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 12, 2014 @ 07:25 PM | 1,936 Views
Hey guys... would anyone be interested in this for $4000.00? This is the prototype and it's already sold.
Features...
Interlocking all-aluminum construction.
Ridgid 1.5 HP compact router spindle with mount(may change upon request).
Ball Screw and supported rail drive system for minimum flex and optimum accuracy.
Steel enclosure control box with fused on/off switch and provisions for limit switches, spindle, flood, mist etc.
USB 4-axis controller with support for transformation matrix (see www.planet-cnc.com for details on the Mk 2/4 controller)
Affordable, dual layer and easy to change MDF top.
Cutting size 30 x 38 roughly.
Modifications coming soon with extra options available. Website for this is www.protocarve.com the site is not quite finished but the email address is there. If you have any questions about this machine please contact: piotr.papiez@protocarve.com He would be happy to discuss the technical details with you

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Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 24, 2014 @ 09:28 AM | 2,619 Views
The "Storch" Ready for it's maiden flight. This one is hand cut with all of the control surfaces working. Still need to do the leading edge slats and put some color on it and get a battery charged up. Came out good! Great design Flite Test!
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Flite Test Storch 2 (0 min 13 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Aug 05, 2014 @ 07:53 PM | 3,623 Views
I think I finally found a good "Base" to start building my N9M-B on... The Kraken from Flite Test has the right dimensions and with a extension of the outboard wing panels and a few mods going from a "Tractor" to a "Pusher" configuration and adding a cockpit and gear to it. This will be a stand off scale and all electric and maybe with retracts if I can find some cheap ones.
Stay tuned... Mudman1959


The N9M-B "Kraken" (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 17, 2014 @ 09:30 AM | 3,180 Views
A Flite Test design hand cut from Dollar tree foam board. I made a few changes in the build to personalize it a bit and add some structural support. I am impressed with the wing design... very strong for just foam board.

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Posted by mudman1959 | Jun 04, 2014 @ 10:33 AM | 3,457 Views
Had something Cool and Great happen to my Son over the weekend. Due to circumstances beyond his control he lost all of his RC gear and planes after getting out of the Army. This sounds bad, and it was. Now for the good news... A bunch of Great guys and gals that are part of the Crashcast got together and collected all the gear and several planes and a heli for him. The thought behind this is the healing properties of RC... I never thought of it in this way before. When you fly or are just building the cares and worries just seem to fade away and things do not seem as bad. The Vets are struggling with demons we the general public will never understand... They saw and did things that would give anyone nightmares forever but had to push on thru it and continue to do their duty. Now that they are out and on their own these memories come flooding back with no way to quiet them. Well RC is one way! I know how I feel as I am flying... nothing else matters. It's just me and the plane. The Crashcast is going to continue this cause and pick another Vet or two for the next assistance. We all have stuff that we just do not use, bits and pieces... planes gathering dust, lost and forgotten. There is a Vet out there that could with a little help from us that could use this to get better or just quiet the Demons... even if it is just for a bit. If you would like to help please contact the Crashcast on Facebook via Crash Hancock or via email to crash.hancock@gmail.com

Please give this a thought or two... I've seen personally what it can do and the results are fantastic! Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | May 05, 2014 @ 12:03 PM | 3,647 Views
Yup looks like a Radial to me... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | May 01, 2014 @ 05:27 PM | 4,652 Views
Had some spare time today since it's blowing and raining outside so I devoted some time to the PBY. The wing is now completely covered now, all of the electronics are in and working correctly. Now to work on the Nacelles and Cowls for the motors then lots of finish work to get it ready for the Styro Spray 1000 covering. I received the Master Airscrew 7x4 props I ordered and they work great. More to come... Stay tuned.

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Posted by mudman1959 | May 01, 2014 @ 09:06 AM | 3,847 Views
Wow!!! 24000 visitors on my blog... Now that's amazing!

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Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 23, 2014 @ 09:59 AM | 3,665 Views
Found out last week that I had won a airplane from GWS Us on Facebook and it arrived yesterday. It's a A-4. It looks like a real nice kit and the molded foam looks great! They also threw in the box 4 Ball bearing servos and a GWS hat. The kit came with a EDF-75 motor/fan unit and all the bits and pieces, quite a complete kit. I'll need to get a ESC and a receiver for it. Due to the build table being full at the moment the build will be awhile before it happens... So stay tuned as I'll post photos of the build... Mudman1959

http://seff2014.gwsus.com/home/
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 18, 2014 @ 05:31 PM | 3,690 Views
The electrics are finally starting to go in... I had the motors up and running today for the first time. I really need to balance the props as I cut them down a bit to fit. The small bay area just inboard of the L/H motor will be for the receiver battery. So far it all works
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 13, 2014 @ 07:51 PM | 4,683 Views
I finally received my parts and started working on the retractable wingtip floats. I am using a mini electric retract in each wingtip. Works good! I need to still do the other wingtip... Mudman1959

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGG8DAgD5Os
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:51 PM | 4,675 Views
The motors are on... But only temporarily as there is still more to do to the wing...

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