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Posted by mudman1959 | Yesterday @ 07:31 PM | 327 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 | 1,421 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 | 1,416 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 | 1,280 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 | 1,509 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 | 1,352 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 | 1,725 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 | 2,005 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 | 1,845 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 | 2,273 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 | 2,078 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 | 2,245 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 | 2,686 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 | 2,552 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)

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:11 PM | 3,851 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...


"Cuda wanna Bee" #3 (6 min 10 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 05, 2015 @ 04:38 PM | 3,135 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 @ 12:29 PM | 2,952 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

It tried to fly... (6 min 22 sec)

Warp 6 (0 min 23 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 15, 2015 @ 11:01 AM | 3,521 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 @ 07:03 PM | 3,326 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... who redesigned the plane from T3chdad on the RC Groups forums into a Flite Test type design. Here is the link to his 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 @ 06:24 PM | 3,002 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...


EFlite UMX Radian (6 min 47 sec)