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Posted by mudman1959 | Feb 03, 2016 @ 04:33 PM | 754 Views
It's started...
Well I decided to build one... I spent several hours out in my shed freezing but I did manage to get most of it cut out and glued up. Going to have to get a bit warmer here to finish it as the temps are dropping again and the wind is picking up... Desperately waiting for Summer!!!
Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 28, 2016 @ 02:51 PM | 904 Views
My old GWS Free Flight P51 Mustang I converted to RC a few years back now has a new look on life. I found the Flite Test Mini P51 on the FT site and decided I needed another small P51. I like the design but the top of the fuselage is just construction paper rolled and glued along with the canopy. This is where the GWS P51 came into the story. I am not one to throw something away unless it's totally useless. The GWS P51 had donated it's electronics to other projects and was just hanging around as a display but when I started the FT P51 I had an idea... Would the top half of the GWS P51 fit the FT P51 if I cut it off. Well the Photo shows that it did. I still need to finish it and paint it and add the stickers. The GWS P51 flew Ok but the foam was way to brittle and after several should I say... "Landings with Style". Well it was decommissioned and assigned "Display Duty" where it did a fantastic job until the other day. The parts that were not used went in the trash bin and the bits and pieces that could were salvaged. I think it will work and the Dollar Tree foamboard should hold up a lot better. I have a small power system in it right now but I think a higher KV motor... say 2300 kva is in it's near future as the power system right now will get it airborne but just that. The P51 was a High Speed, Advanced WW2 Fighter Aircraft and I think it needs more power...

Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 20, 2015 @ 07:52 PM | 2,236 Views
I've been published... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 17, 2015 @ 05:53 PM | 2,698 Views
Here is a letter I put together and have sent to my State Senators and Representatives... I am not against Multi Rotors and someday would like to have one. I see this as a issue for all RC Pilots... Be it Airplanes, Helicopters or Multirotors.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Recently the FAA has ruled that my Hobby is now to be regulated. I will now have to register to enjoy my Hobby. What is my Hobby you ask. It is flying RC airplanes. I am a current Member of the AMA (American Modelers Association) and have been for quite a few years. I follow their rules and regulations which state: Visual line of sight, Below 400 feet, Giveaway to any real aircraft, Do not fly within 5 miles of an airport, my airplanes are all marked with my name, address, phone number and AMA number. I am covered by the AMA insurance for any instance that might occur. I feel that we the few... 180,000 + members are being wrongly singled out. To regulate and enforce this FAA Regulation will be impossible and the cost to the tax payers will be phenomenal. The problem is not with the few that do follow the rules but the masses who do not. The ease and availability to acquire should I say a "Drone" or as we call them, Multi Rotors is very easy, sales this year for Christmas will be in the 100 of thousands. They are available everywhere and most are over the half pound minimum weight limit. The Ruling is vague in the description of what needs to be registered. It says "Drones"... Well I fly RC...Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 16, 2015 @ 04:51 PM | 2,524 Views
Looking back over 2015... How many RC Airplanes did you Build, Fly and Land with Style? All I can say is... LOTS!!!!! And the year is not over yet...

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Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 02, 2015 @ 12:59 PM | 3,076 Views
Well lets just say when I first saw their videos I was not really impressed. Here was a couple of guys taking nice airplanes and crashing them. To me a plane was a treasured item. I was upset about this... Well let's move the clock forward to present day. I now see where they were going with Flite Test and now have come to enjoy their videos and really enjoy their designs. I used to fly Balsa planes with gas motors and I was never really comfortable with it. I could fly but was always on edge for every flight, afraid I would mess up my plane if I "Landed it with style". Several years back I was introduced into the Electric Foamy World by Flite Test and I have not looked back. Yes I still have my favorite planes but now they are made out of Dollar Tree Foam Board and I am no longer flying on edge. The cost of the airframe is minimal with a short build time. Flight characteristics and flight times are equal to the "Gasser" planes but with no clean up after a day of flying. Yes the initial cost of the batteries is high but when compared to $30 to $40 for a gallon of fuel it balances out quickly. Back to the foam planes... like I said, they are cheap to build and I enjoy building them. I never thought that foam would stand up to my flying abilities. I look back on some of the foamy planes I have built and see an improved progression in my building techniques. I have went back and re-built several of my earlier planes but built them in the Flite Test way. They...Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 25, 2015 @ 07:31 PM | 2,111 Views
My Flite Test collection keeps growing... or I should say... Shrinking as is the case with this "Little" one. It's the Flite Test Mini Sportster. I still need to do the cowl and turtle deck and all of the electrics. Should make a nice indoor flyer for winter.

Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 10, 2015 @ 06:01 PM | 3,062 Views
When I see a plane I like I print out the plans and put them in the "To Build Someday" container. Well this one was next... It is the PT-17 "Stearman" with a 48 inch wingspan. Still lots to do but good progress for today. I cut out the plans, traced them to the DT foamboard and then cut it out and assembled it to the point you see in the Pictures. One like this was given to the guys at Flite Test and they posted the link to the plans...

Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 29, 2015 @ 07:07 PM | 3,003 Views
Help!!!! I can't stop... well not that it is a bad thing. Another plane emerges from the build table. It's the "Explorer" from Flite Test. I built it with the Standard wing and only 3 channel for now. A aileron and flap wing is available and will soon be an additional option for mine. This is Flite Tests Multi design plane as the base fuselage can be used for several different configurations or whatever your imagination can come up with. Take a look at the Flite Test videos for the Explorer and the FT Bronco.


Flite Test Explorer (6 min 27 sec)

FT Explorer - BUILD | Flite Test (2 hr 16 min 38 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 10, 2015 @ 08:15 PM | 2,788 Views
The "Tern" 2.0 Wing... A weakness of mine, the Flying wing. The last wing I had just did not perform like I wanted it to soooo... I have been looking for a replacement for awhile. I found the plans for this one on the Flite Test forum Articles page and I liked the design. The foam is stripped of it's paper and one side of the foam sheet is covered with 2 inch clear packing tape then the wing panels are cut out. A doubled foam spar and partial foam ribs form the airfoil. I covered it with vinyl sheeting leftover from work. I hope to have it up and flying soon... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 30, 2015 @ 07:43 PM | 3,046 Views
I done Bushwacked me a Piper Tri Pacer... The Flite Test "Bushwacker" with a few mods has become the Tri Pacer. I still need to do the wing which is the same wing as the Bushwacker but with the tips rounded off......Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM | 2,871 Views
The Flite Test "Bushwaker" on my build table... Extra parts and foam equals another plane.,, Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 08, 2015 @ 08:59 AM | 3,280 Views
The "God of Thunder and Lightning" ... The "Raiden" a design from Kevin Matusik (Blackkrystal73)...
From the videos and photos this looks like a very stable airframe. Built in the Flite Test style it goes together quickly with the A/B folding of the foam. 36 inches long and a 40 inch wingspan it will carry a good payload. Kevin is working on a FPV version with a redesigned nose. I made a few minor changes and also adding LED's in a Red. White and Blue layout with green trailing edge for a warp engine look. It will also have red and Green flashing wingtips.


The Raiden (1 min 22 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Aug 19, 2015 @ 05:53 PM | 3,501 Views
Storch #2 is on the build table as #1 had enough wrong with it to retire it to the circular file 13... With what I learned with the first one several mods are going into this one to make it more "Survivable" during landings with style. I doubled the fuselage sides, also modified how the gear attaches to the fuselage by using the outside sleeves from flexible control rods. These are glued in and Popsicle sticks over top of them for added strength. The gear rods just slide into the sleeves and are held in place by a zip tie going across the fuselage from rod to rod. This allows the zip ties to break on a "Landing with Style"... I need to get some more tape and then get the wings built with the mods added that are listed in my #1 Storch post.

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Posted by mudman1959 | Aug 11, 2015 @ 07:06 PM | 3,336 Views
Well the "Paper" airplane (Hoover) never really flew as it was just too heavy for the power package... Soooooo.... Time to Re-Kit! I have had these plans laying around for quite awhile and now with spare parts and a ducted fan and esc just laying there... Well you know what happened. This is just one days work, I started cutting the plans out at 9 am and by 5 pm there was a airplane on the work bench. Still lots to do so stay tuned... Mudman1959 Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 28, 2015 @ 10:18 PM | 3,770 Views
My latest addition to my hanger... It's the WMPF "Liberty Bipe" from It has a 30 inch wingspan made from EPP foam with lots of carbon fiber added for strength. A 1400 KVA motor turning a 8x4 prop powered by a 500 mah 3 cell lipo. I set it up with reduced throws and 40% expo but found out real quick it likes full travel and is a lot more fun. First flight went off without any surprises and it flew great! It does no like a lot of wind and because of its size and weight it gets pushed around a bit. I will post a video of it flying and will try not to embarrass myself too much as the plane can out-fly my abilities... Mudman1959

WMPF "Liberty Bipe" (1 min 25 sec)

WMPF Liberty Bipe Flying 1 (3 min 45 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 25, 2015 @ 09:50 AM | 3,558 Views
Foam laying around doing nothing... Extra servos... Hmmm...? Another plane emerges from the build table. It's the "Let's Fly RC" T-28 Trojan. 40 inch wingspan, Tri Gear, Built in the Flite Test Style and with the swappable power pod but with a twist... A steerable nose gear... Mudman1959

The "Lets Fly RC" T-28 Trojan (0 min 54 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | May 05, 2015 @ 09:50 AM | 3,742 Views
Well CIFI has come and went... Had a Great time flying with Mike "Crash" Hancock and Laine "LMopar69" Stahr and some of the listeners from the Crash Cast live show. I went Thursday and Friday and had a Blast!!!!! Flew all of my planes except for one. Crashed a Couple too... The "Cuda wanna Bee" flew excellent with the maiden flight going to Laine Stahr. I flew it two times after that and it is a blast!!!


"Cuda wanna Bee" (1 min 47 sec)

"Cuda wanna Bee" #2 (1 min 42 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 21, 2015 @ 06:55 PM | 4,172 Views
Ok I admit... I have an addiction. It's foam and hot glue... I can't get enough! Well it got me again... This time it was the Flite Test Guys who were the Enablers. One sheet of DT foam board and a few hours and this emerged. It is the Flite Test "Pun Jet" designed by Peter. I printed out the plans and copied them to the foam and hand cut it out. The silver, yellow and orange is duct tape for some quick color and to tell which way is up... This one will be the smallest in my fleet so far. Electronics soon to come...

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 14, 2015 @ 01:44 PM | 4,004 Views
Crash Hancock from the Crash Cast posted this plane on the FB page and I liked it... Well being bored and extra foam just laying there... well you know the rest of the story.


SLO BOAT (1 min 5 sec)