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Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 09, 2007 @ 07:31 PM | 4,103 Views
The site said I'd be able to post 40 pics at once. B.S. that it will!! So here is Set A and Set B!...Continue Reading
Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 09, 2007 @ 06:49 PM | 4,117 Views
Hello,All!
In my last blog entry I stated that I was in a funk about this hobby. I haven' t done any serious flying since Sept. '05. It's hard to keep focused when both of your 1/4 scale models fight with you to be airborne! I can thank my friend known on this forum as "thedonn" for turning me on to this forum. I have been regularly reading and coresponding here on this site. I feel my funk slowly melting away! I am still seriously thinking of selling a plane or two so I can afford to buy a heli though...
Here is my basic hangar in photos. The first set is the biggest reason why it's so hard for me to get to the flying field; My full-scale boat!
Set A) Boat
Set B) Ultra Sport built in '97. OS Max .46 engine, SpringAir retracts, Monokote covering & Airtronics radio
Set C) Lanier Ultimate Pitts built in '99. Saito 180 engine, TMJ Simple Smoke system, Ultracote covering & Airtronics radio
Set D) Lanier Laser 300 built in 2003. Saito 150 engine, switched back to Monokote 'cause I didn't like the Ultra paint match on the Pitts and Airtronics radio. NOTE: Every star was hand cut. Either in Monokote or blue tape depending on where they were applied. Seemed to take forever!!...Continue Reading
Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 04, 2007 @ 06:48 PM | 4,606 Views
Hello, Everyone!
I'm new to this "Blog" deal. All that I'd like to say is that I have been into model airplanes since I can remember. I've built stick & tissue planes when I was a kid. I got into R/C in 1983. 99% of the time I build from kits. That way when I crash, I have a plan to rebuild from. My last 2 planes are a Lanier 1/4 scale Ultimate Pitts (1999) and a Lanier 1/4 scale Laser (2005) The Pitts has a Saito 180 with smoke and the Laser a Saito 150. Both are controlled by Airtronics with "J" connectors. (Makes it compatible with JR and Futaba & vice versa) Lately my mood has been swinging towards helicopters. Anyways, my s/n comes from the time in 2001 that I got my Pitts into an inverted flat spin with the smoke on. I did 13 B4 attempting pull out. It made the prettiest corkscrew pattern of smoke in the sky!! The coolest thing I ever did with an R/C plane!! But it wouldn't pull out of it no matter what I tried. I eventually got it flat spinning topside up but it spiraled slowly like a maple leaf all the way to the ground. Knocked the landing gear off and broke a lower wing. Not serious.
Two years ago I was flying the Laser trying to maintain knfe edge when it sort of got ahead of me. I banked opposite and yarked full up on the elevator. Something gave and it went down in a shallow spiral dive. I saw it go down behind the tree line about 1/4 mile from the flightline and heard a loud bang. Just where a big swamp is. I trudged thru that...Continue Reading