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Posted by mudman1959 | Aug 05, 2014 @ 07:53 PM | 2,145 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 | 1,720 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.

Posted by mudman1959 | Jun 04, 2014 @ 10:33 AM | 2,125 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 | 2,312 Views
Yup looks like a Radial to me... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | May 01, 2014 @ 05:27 PM | 3,328 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 | 2,528 Views
Wow!!! 24000 visitors on my blog... Now that's amazing!

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 23, 2014 @ 09:59 AM | 2,332 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

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 18, 2014 @ 05:31 PM | 2,378 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 | 3,382 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

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:51 PM | 3,390 Views
The motors are on... But only temporarily as there is still more to do to the wing...

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 06, 2014 @ 09:11 AM | 2,529 Views
As you all know, I am currently building a 80 inch wingspan PBY Catalina and with that large of a wingspan I wanted the outboard sections of the wings to be removable for ease of transport. So what do you do? I did not want an access panel and thumb screws... Rubber bands will not work... It has to be secure... It had to be easy to use... Hmmmm..... What to do? While at work I noticed a hot water container used in a galley of a customers plane, and there it was... staring me in the face. A draw type latch on the container being used to hold the containers lid down. Could I find something like it to use on my PBY? Well a short internet search and a quick trip to Lowes... and I have a solution. 2 inch draw tight latches installed and adjusted to pull the wing halves together securely. Easy to use... no access hatch... and very secure. What do you think?

Posted by mudman1959 | Feb 27, 2014 @ 10:14 AM | 2,667 Views
I have a corner in the spare bedroom... It's cramped, crowded, messy, small and uncomfortable... But miracles do happen and planes emerge. Post your build areas for everyone to see and drool over... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Feb 26, 2014 @ 02:06 PM | 3,174 Views
I recently purchased one of these Stabilization units for future use in my PBY. The unit looks well built but did not come with any directions on how to set it up. After several hours of playing with it and a few "look-up" sessions on the internet I think I have it finally figured out. With the price only being $18 that was very attractive to me. With it also having no moving parts and all digital was another positive! I now have it installed into my Rascal for testing and I have the settings just above 50% to start with. I was trying to figure out the "Remote" turn on function with no success until I found a video on YouTube and I had an "Epiphany"... I had forgot to turn on the switch on the unit to activate the "Remote On" function. I used my flap switch on my DX6i as the Rascal has no flaps. I like the ability to turn this on or off when I want to. As soon as the weather cooperates I plan on giving it a try. More thoughts and the results of the testing and If I'll trust it in my PBY.

Posted by mudman1959 | Feb 26, 2014 @ 12:45 PM | 3,094 Views
Due to the Rascal having a fairly flat wing with little to no dihedral I decided to add ailerons to the wing. With just the Rudder for turning control and no dihedral the plane wanted to snap roll just a bit. I also added a bit of weight to the nose. Also buried deep inside is the Flight Stabilization unit I bought from HobbyKing. Waiting for better weather and less wind to give it it's first stabilized assisted flight.

Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 15, 2014 @ 10:20 PM | 3,086 Views
Some homemade snow skis for my Rascal... They work great!!! Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 27, 2013 @ 04:35 PM | 2,850 Views
Finally got a better video of "Round 3"... Proof that it does fly.

"Round 3" (9 min 36 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 09, 2013 @ 02:04 PM | 3,008 Views
Picked this remote switch up from West Michigan Parkflyers for my Divinity "Freedom" and I rewired the LED's so that the wingtips will be on all of the time and the remaining lights will be switched on after launch. Works Great!


NERS - Nano Electronic Receiver Switch V2.0 (1 min 12 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 19, 2013 @ 09:15 AM | 3,005 Views
I have a weakness... It's Wings! I Love Wings! So simple to build and a blast to fly! I had some gear that was begging me to fly again and I had seen this wing from "Flite Test" and I had some extra DT foam board laying around... well boredom prevailed and several hours later a "Versa" wing emerged from the build corner. Why buy it... when I can build it! I still need to do the motor mount and cut out for the battery and mount the ESC and the receiver. Should have it finished soon and I will post a few more photos and maybe a video of the maiden flite... Mudman1959

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 02, 2013 @ 05:43 PM | 3,679 Views
I finally got one of my planes in a RC magazine... Mudman1959