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Posted by Michael in Toronto | Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:24 AM | 907 Views
I sold my wonderful Dave Patrick Clipped-wing Super Cub, and so I am changing my avatar to show a model that I currently own.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Sep 02, 2013 @ 06:40 AM | 2,339 Views
Flown at our club on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.

1/4 scale electric Tiger Moth (2 min 22 sec)

Posted by Michael in Toronto | Aug 04, 2013 @ 04:01 PM | 2,553 Views
A few guys in our club went float flying at the south east end of Toronto.

Heavy winds were coming straight for us so the best photos were taken as the planes turned and flew away from us.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Jul 02, 2013 @ 09:10 PM | 2,983 Views
A fun model airplane, won Best Sport Plane award at the 2013 Kingston Electric Fun Fly.

It flies great!

Also flew my brushless-powered Multiplex Twinstar from water.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Jul 02, 2013 @ 09:07 PM | 3,054 Views
I've been flying my RCGuys Piper Cherokee for a few weeks now, and it's really a terrific model. The assembly was straight-forward and the electric motor installation was easy. The model flies extremely stable, and takeoffs and landings are within the skill of most sport flyers.

My model weighs about 20 pounds, and I have flown it on 12 5000mah lipo cells and on 10 5000mah lipo cell, and I can't tell the difference. Most flying is done at about 50 to 60% of throttle. The flaps make landing easier.

My flights last about 6 minutes, but I could easily fly for 10 minutes on one charge. It's a great airplane, and I'm glad I bought it.

The photos are from the 2013 Kingston Electric Fun Fly, where this was the biggest model at the event.
(Photos by Greg Hazelton.)
Posted by Michael in Toronto | May 18, 2013 @ 11:02 PM | 4,772 Views
Finally, after major readjustments, my big (20+ pounds) Tiger Moth had a great flight, takeoff to landing.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | May 03, 2012 @ 03:44 PM | 4,266 Views
This plane flies so smoothly and at a relatively slow speed, it lends itself to good photos. Another club member sent me more photos.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | May 03, 2012 @ 08:23 AM | 4,599 Views
This is my Seagull Pilatus Porter, powered by a Neodyme .40-size brushless motor. I have added flaps and shock-absorbing struts.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | May 03, 2012 @ 08:20 AM | 4,272 Views
A few images of my BAe Hawk ducted fan in flight.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Apr 26, 2012 @ 09:26 PM | 4,646 Views
A fellow member of our RC club took this video yesterday, of me flying my TopGun BAe Hawk. It's got a 90mm fan unit and flies at what appears to be nice scale speeds on 6 cells, and has robust E-Flite 46-size electric tricycle retractable landing gear. It's a nice gentle flyer.

The video is accompanied by music, on which I played every note on every track, guitars, drums, bass and harmonica included.

Top Gun/Fly Fly Hawk RC plane at TEMAC, Ontario (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by Michael in Toronto | Mar 01, 2012 @ 08:51 PM | 5,101 Views
Just finished my Kyosho Ryan STA 50E, which I ordered from Esprit Hobby in Florida. It`s a nice plane, close to, but not quite as good as, the quality of Horizon Hobby. It has a 62" wingspan and it's powered by a Neodyme 40-size brushless motor, E-Flite 60amp speed control and a 5-cell lipo battery.

Full speed on the ground produces enough power to challenge the speed control, so may go to a 12/7 instead of a 12/8, which is pretty small already. I don't want to use a 4S pack, since I have 2 5S packs sitting and doing nothing.

First flights should be in about a month.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Oct 22, 2011 @ 07:51 PM | 6,298 Views
I just purchased a used model airplane, a discontinued Hangar 9 P51D Mustang, approx. 17 pounds, 77" wingspan, E-Flite 160 brushless motor, 120 amp speed control, slow flaps, retracts, etc., and a custom 4-blade prop.

Bought it yesterday, flew it today on a 12 cell-5,000mAH lipo battery pack, for approx. 6 minutes.

My maiden flight went very well. Except for not being able to do a roll (aileron rates were too low), the flight was exceptional. Takeoff was straight down the field, flew mostly at 1/2 throttle, and had one of the smoothest landings I have ever controlled.

Someone else took some in-flight photos. I'll post them if/when he sends them to me.