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Posted by Ken Lapointe | Sep 17, 2013 @ 02:58 PM | 1,742 Views
I did finally get around to flying the Fury
90mm fan on 12S, flew great, landed pretty well

EDF Fury Maiden (2 min 29 sec)

Posted by Ken Lapointe | Sep 16, 2013 @ 06:27 PM | 2,655 Views
Some flight video of my Yellow Aircraft F-18 from the club picnic last week

Take off with a few fly-bys

Electric Kens F-18 fast fly by (1 min 31 sec)

Posted by Ken Lapointe | May 25, 2012 @ 05:39 PM | 2,840 Views
JHH Fury
9lbs 6oz empty
4 lbs for 12S 5500 Genace 25C

Total of 13.375 lbs ready to fly

Fan TJ90 with midi rotor, , Neu 1515 2Y,ICE 2 HV120
4 KW, at 87 Watts

yields 300 Watts/lb

Callie Graphics provided lettering and stars and bars

Hope to fly latter this summer.
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Sep 13, 2011 @ 02:19 PM | 3,409 Views
I liked the look of my BVM Maverick but it needed something. So I came up with a few ideas, sent my request to Callie Graphics and presto, Maverick is now properly dressed
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Sep 02, 2011 @ 03:26 PM | 3,533 Views
One of our club members broke out his new camera and took some nice action shots of my trusty ole House of Balsa F-86, thanks Fred

Its on a Midi fan, 8S, mega motor set up

First shot is straight off the bungee
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Aug 21, 2011 @ 06:22 PM | 4,227 Views
Maiden Flight of BVM Maverick.

Built from an old partially started kit.

EVF 5012 on 11S 5500 Gen Ace 25C packs
Tamjets trailing link struts
BVM retract units

Fastest pass was around 140 mph

Eats up the sky

BVM Maverick Maiden flight.wmv (3 min 40 sec)

Posted by Ken Lapointe | Jun 26, 2011 @ 03:54 PM | 4,086 Views
I finally did the maiden flight on my YA F/A-18C.

Used the Extreme Dynamax fan unit on 12S XPS 30C cells. I have to download the data to see how many amps and watts I was using.

Flight went ok, takeoff was a bit long, I had takeoff flaps set. A bit bumpy on the grass. Slight wind down the runway and the grass was just cut, so I am a bit concerned about the takeoff run being so long.

Gear stuck down, looks like an air line came loose I was not able to pull the gear up. The gear problem kinda started getting me worried , you know the first flight jitters, so I decided to land it early. Also because I was using more throttle with the gear down and did not want to empty the battery. I did not have to change the trim, but the ailerons were a bit touchy on the recommended settings.

I came in a bit high and fast, I had full landing flaps down but it did not slow down as quickly as I thought it would, so the landing was a bit long. Watching the video I should have gone around, but at the time I thought I had plenty of runway.

The nose gear bent back a bit, but that was the only damage to the plane.

Plane flew ok, kind of a tame flight. It does sound great though.

Heres to better flights next time around

Yellow Aircraft F-18 Maiden Flight.wmv (2 min 21 sec)

Posted by Ken Lapointe | Jun 18, 2011 @ 04:47 PM | 3,841 Views
I just finished up a old BVM Maverick kit. Almost done, still have a bunch of stuff to install.
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Mar 19, 2011 @ 08:28 AM | 4,353 Views
Finished Painting my Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Hornet. Most of the work is completed. I'll buy the batteries this spring and add the battery tray and do the final CG check. Fan is XPS Extreme Dynamax fan, probably will fly on 11S cells.
Now I have to wait for nice weather
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Sep 06, 2010 @ 02:17 PM | 4,378 Views
Flew the Sea Fury today

Top Flite Sea Fury with 5 Blade Prop.wmv (3 min 22 sec)

Posted by Ken Lapointe | Apr 12, 2010 @ 11:58 AM | 7,350 Views
I decided to build another jet since I had all the parts, well pretty much all of them. Mostly an HW-730 fan set up looking for a home.

I have Andy Conway's L-39 for the 90mm Midi fan and it flies great, so why not make a bigger one. I did some quick calculations and the 730 fan fits if I scale the plane by 120 %. So I took Andy's plans over to the local copy place and had them enlage by 120%.

Its an Old school time build, a real build, not an ARF assembly. Not even laser cut parts on this home build. All hand cut balsa and foam.

Break out the scissors and and the spray on glue and off I went. The formers are 2 sheets of 1/16th balsa layered cross grained and glued. It works ok, but I should have used lite ply in some of the spots.

Lots of gluing and cutting balsa.

Sheeted wit 3/32" as that allowed me to sand a bit to get the curves right.

The original 90mm version did not have retracts so some modifcations were made to fit retracts. I used the Tamjet retracts and struts.

Weight is 10 lbs , For Power it has an
HW-730 fan, Neu 1521/1.5Y on 9S XPS 5000 packs
81 amps, 2600 Watts @ 31.5 volts
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Aug 10, 2009 @ 09:53 AM | 5,440 Views
Flight video of my cougar

Not the greatest of landings

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...=2567329&stc=1
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Nov 21, 2008 @ 08:26 AM | 6,260 Views
Just finished my JHH F9F Cougar
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Oct 17, 2008 @ 11:15 AM | 6,320 Views
Its been a Tough Year for my planes

JHH F-86 : Airframe + 6S battery pack lost pilot error
RBC Panther : Airframe Lost , radio interfernce
Jepe Skyhawk: 6S battery pack lost, airframe repaired, pilot error

Albatros DVa: Airframe Lost (no picture); unknown cause
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Dec 09, 2007 @ 04:42 PM | 6,905 Views
Its been flown, crashed and flown more than once

build thead is
Jet Hangar Hobbies (JHH) F-86 Sabre Build
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=400247
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Feb 03, 2006 @ 10:20 AM | 13,328 Views
And Picture Too
Posted by Ken Lapointe | Feb 03, 2006 @ 08:05 AM | 13,670 Views
Hi to all the fellow RC groupies

I admit I spend way too much time reading here and should spend more time working on planes

My latest build, a conversion of the Jet Hangar Hobbies F-86 Sabre can be seen at

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=400247