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Posted by Olias | Jul 05, 2012 @ 03:42 PM | 1,780 Views
With the success of my 1st EPP scratch build I decided to try my hand at another one. This time though my boss said that if come up with a file that he could use that he would print out a design for me on our new Fujifilm oversize printer at work. So I did. I designed a plane after my 3DHS Edge 540 (Buck Huck). It came out pretty well. Here's a few shots of the printing process in action and the finished product. Enjoy!
Posted by Olias | Jul 01, 2012 @ 07:00 PM | 1,667 Views
As mentioned in my last blog entry I decided to try my hand at learning 3D flying and in order to take it slow at 1st and preserve my nice new 3DHS Edge 540 I thought it might be a good idea to start with something a little cheaper and durable. Hence, my 1st ever scratch build and 1st time ever using EPP foam. The plans were posted by a gentleman that goes by the alias of LeadFeather and can be found here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1119161 .So many thanks to him. It's a 32" 8.0 oz. version and just perfect for front yard and very small park type flying. Here's a few shots of the process I went through and the finished product.BTW....she fly's great!!
Posted by Olias | Jul 01, 2012 @ 06:39 PM | 1,606 Views
Decided to try my hand at flying 3D as well as owning/flying my 1st balsa plane. After much research I decided on the the 3DHS Edge 540, affectionately known as the "Buck Huck". I actually bought and built this last fall and only got to fly it once before the weather turned sour for several months. When spring rolled around I decided that in order to give myself the best possible chance of learning the basics of 3D flying and not turning the Buck Huck into a a pile of sticks that I should practice on a EPP version (see post above). So that's what I did. Meanwhile the Buck Huck is still sitting in the wings in pristine condition waiting her turn.
Posted by Olias | Jun 05, 2011 @ 12:32 PM | 2,410 Views
Out of boredom, a bunch of spare SC parts laying around and the desire of always wanting a J-3 Cub (mainly for the visibility of the golden yellow color in the air) I decided to make myself one. Mind you, not a true J-3 obviously as I do not have the skill to cut and properly reinforce a cockpit area that would still support the wing and allow me to put in clear windows etc, but something that at least from a distance has the overall look/feel of a J-3 Cub. I may still do some altering down the road and try to incorporate stuff like landing gear with the cross bars and springs like you see on all the J-3's out there but for now this is what I came up with. Not perfect, but it'll work for now. Oh ya...kind of blew it with the lightning bolts in that I put them on 1st and then realized later when I went to make the windows that I had placed the lightning bolts up to high. Had to make some skinnier than normal windows. Oh well...still looks great flying by!
Posted by Olias | Apr 18, 2010 @ 04:00 PM | 3,499 Views
Finally made the leap to the world of Micro planes and am loving every bit of it. Currently I only have the ParkZone UM J-3 Cub but plan on getting the ParkZone Micro P-51 and maybe even the Sukhoi. I just upgraded my J-3 with Micro navigation lights and thought I'd share a small little video so you could see what they look like. They are from "Tiny Brite Lites' at http://flightlights.net/index.htm I used set #2022 in the "SubMicro" sets. Only $19.95 and free shipping. They are excellent little (and I do mean little) sets and are all hand made right in the USA. They can take a little while to get as they are individually hand made as orders come (mine tok 13 days) but are well worth it. Check em' out!

Here's what mine look like...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzRy9T0HQ8w

And here's a video of my very first ever night flight...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YNq2rQz9sQ
Posted by Olias | Feb 10, 2009 @ 09:44 AM | 3,411 Views
Here's my latest pride and joy....my "Brushless Bumble Bee". Named as such because, well, I'm going with a Brushless motor on this puppy, and second because of the color scheme. It's my first ever attempt at covering a plane with "Econokote". That makes up the base yellow coat. Then for the stripes I bought individual 6"x3' sheets of "Ultrakote" and just cut them out and stuck them on by hand (with no heat) just like you would with a bumper sticker/decal. The "Econokote" of course was ironed on.
Just for reference the motor I put in is a combo I got from Hobby City for only about $19.00. It's the Tower Pro 2409-18T Here along with a 25 amp ESC and 9x6 prop. I'm not using the included 9x6 prop however. I'm using an GWS 10x6DD. This combo along with 1300-1500mah 3S 15C-20C lipos works great. Here's a few pics....
Posted by Olias | Feb 10, 2009 @ 09:24 AM | 3,322 Views
My camera (Kodak EasyShare M1063) weighs 4.8 oz.'s with battery and SD Memory card. The AP box weighs exactly 1 oz. (including servo and one coat of clear coat) for a grand total weight of 5.8's. A bit heavier than I wanted but with a 3S Lipo, 10x6DD prop and stock motor it fly's just fine. have not tried it with stock NiMH battery yet. I'm to chicken. LOL

Anyway....here are some pics of the box my son and I built. Oh, I just used some 3/32" thick balsa from the LHS, Elmers Glue, and some foam padding I had laying around for the interior. I can tell you that it is such a snug fit the camera is almost hard to get in and out. The snug fit with the foam should help not only for protection but hopefully also help with undue vibration. Here it is:
Posted by Olias | May 30, 2008 @ 08:40 PM | 4,457 Views
I finally joined the ranks of many happy Super Cub owners! I went about it a little different than most in that I got the "guts" (electronics) from a used one that someone gave me and just bought the main parts (fuselage, wing, etc.) little by little over the course of a few paychecks. Although in the long run I may have payed about the same as a brand new one I like building things anyway and the anticipation and satisfaction of watching it all come together. This also gave me the chance to decorate it exactly how I wanted without having all the "stock" decals on it like every other new SC you see. Anyway, I decided to go with my favorite College Football Teams colors...crimson & Gold, of the mighty USC Trojans. With that said, here she is....