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Posted by budkeywest | Jul 12, 2009 @ 10:48 PM | 4,909 Views
We are trained professionals. HA!

Got a little bored at the field the other day and wanted to spice it up a bit.

How to catch a beaver (1 min 58 sec)


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Posted by budkeywest | May 02, 2009 @ 07:00 PM | 4,939 Views
Last year there was a thread on RC groups about a contest for a traveling RC Airplane. In the past, Owen has come up with some of the coolest planes that I have ever seen. This is his prototype for the contest of the "folding" traveling plane that would fit into a certiain size box for mailing. Even though the contest is way over...Owen has stuck to it and came up with his plans. The actual "BOX" plan flew today (April 26, 2009) - video to follow. I think Owens prototype, although small, will fly! Way to go Owen!!!!!!!!

Owen's Traveling "FOLDIING" RC Airplane (1 min 15 sec)

Posted by budkeywest | Apr 08, 2009 @ 08:42 PM | 8,329 Views
I got this idea from the July 2008 issue of Fly RC Magazine. I tried to email them this story with photos, but every e-mail address I tryed kept getting returned...

So....After months of thinking and planning this project, I asked Owen, a flying buddy at our field, if he could find an old front bicycle tire with a rim and axle. I explained to him my idea and not only did he procure a rim and axle, but he gave me a telescoping pole he no longer had any use for. I had some ripstop cloth material leftover from my homemade parachute (perhaps a story for my next e-mail). My internet research for a windsock pattern left me high and dry, so I took the Sunday paper, fashioned a cone, taped it together, cut the ends to form my windsock and cut it down the middle to form a pattern to cut the material. Funny enough, I had purchased a sewing machine for my wife about 15 years ago...and I have used it more than she has. I sewed together my windsock and made a tunnel on the big end to place a circular wire. I found an old clothes hanger and slid the material through the "tunnel" and attached the ends of the wire with 4 zip ties. I then carefully shaped the wire to form a circle, not a perfect circle, but a circle none the less. I then took the tire and removed the tire and the innertube. I them used my dremel and cut the spokes as close to the rim as possible. I remove all the spokes and chose 4 that were the same length. Accorrding to the instructions from the original...Continue Reading
Posted by budkeywest | Mar 15, 2009 @ 08:58 PM | 5,148 Views
This is a tribute to one of my favorites, My Tower Vista Glider.

I bought the nonpowered version and powered it. I used HS-81's, Spectrum AR6100e and a BP motor.

I has several great flights of 45 minutes with this bute....one day I lost all contact with the plane and it spiraled down out of control. It was not in a gazillion pieces, but enough to take my time in rebuilding. I think the receiver failed, although it is the 1.2 version...I know THIS one wasn't pilot error....

I'll get around to putting it back together soon...I can't wait for the Florida Summer Thermals!

> BUd
Posted by budkeywest | Mar 08, 2009 @ 09:53 PM | 5,145 Views
Gregg is one heck of a pilot! Just watch these touch and goes....amazing...

A display of some fine pilot skills! March 7, 2009 >> Bud


Gregg's Twinstar (7 min 49 sec)

Posted by budkeywest | Mar 08, 2009 @ 09:49 PM | 5,145 Views
This is really a cool little plane....just a nice stable, slow flyer.... This video was not in slow motion...it really was going that slow with quite a headwind.


Bobs Big Bee 10-12-2008 (1 min 8 sec)

Posted by budkeywest | Mar 08, 2009 @ 08:34 PM | 4,910 Views
This one one my flying buddy's creations....a plane that can be folded down and mailed to be flown by the next person and so on.... needless to say, Owen has a few tweeks to make. What a great time it was watching this test flight! > Bud

Owen's Traveling Box Plane PART 1 (4 min 40 sec)

Posted by budkeywest | Feb 15, 2009 @ 08:57 PM | 5,506 Views
This is my friend Gregg's plane. He has about 120 hours into the build. It is quite a plane.

I like to mix a bit of photography/video with my love for RC. /// Bud

Gregg's Arco Bipe (2 min 25 sec)

Posted by budkeywest | Jan 26, 2009 @ 09:27 PM | 5,312 Views
A big THANKS goes out to my buddy Chris for helping me build this beast...he built, I mostly tried to help and learn. The build was mostly spot on, only a few minor hiccups with the instructions and parts. The build took about 4 hours, and that's with an experienced builder (Chris).

I asked Chris to take the maiden....and wow was it nice! It took off like a rocket! Once I got on the sticks I had a blast! was a little thrown off when I cut the throttle and tried to turn...you need some air running over the elevons to turn this beast.

My Christmas present this year was this pretty plane. I got everything from Yardbird that was suggested: Servos, Motor, ESC, battery. I do wish that all the ends came pre-soldered on them.

Why can't we invent an easier Deans plug to solder, like having a bullet connector end to solder into...wouldn't that be nice?

Bud's Yardbird F-22 (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by budkeywest | Jan 19, 2009 @ 07:16 PM | 5,743 Views
Florida Jets RC Airshow in Lakeland Florida - March 2008.

It was a brilliant show with some fabulous aircraft...I was like a kid in a candy shop! I can't wait till the next one!!!!!...Continue Reading
Posted by budkeywest | Jan 17, 2009 @ 09:20 PM | 5,501 Views
One of my fly buddys....Ed, has the new Addiction. What a sweet flight. Here are some nice photos of it.

How about a nice flight vid of the Addiction...with a nice landing

BCRCF - Ed's Addiction....to RCaviation (3 min 21 sec)
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