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Posted by Kurt | Jun 04, 2015 @ 07:54 AM | 2,780 Views
After about 100 flights and over 2 years flying I finally put the 808#16 video camera on the X-Wing. The 20g extra nose weight didn't bother it much but I wasn't keen to go swimming for it through snake and snapping turtle infested waters if crashed so didn't do anything too radical.

Also flew the Vampire, SR-71 and F-14 off the "island runway". Was some of the most enjoyable RC flying I've ever done, with the sun setting behind lighting up the planes and water beautifully.

RC X-Wing and Vampire over flooded Scobee Field, Houston May 2015 (9 min 11 sec)

Posted by Kurt | Apr 28, 2015 @ 07:09 AM | 2,910 Views
The 64mm LX Blackbird is several years old, but still the only option in foam EDF Blackbirds out there so pickup up a kit with the intentions of adding 4S EDFs and uprated components.
Reports are that this one is quite sensitive to CoG and AUW, plus the stock servo-actuated retracts are fiddly and not exactly reliable.
Went with 4000kV 5-blade Dr. Mad Thrust EDFs from HK, 60A HK Blue ESCs, digital metal gear servos, DSMX Orange 6-channel RX (only 3 used) with satellite and ~2.5m of 1x6mm carbon strips reinforcing the airframe.

Came close to stuffing it on the launch, but once trimmed she flew well for ~1 minute at least until the rain starting coming down.

May try bungee launching next time, or at least waiting until there's a decent headwind to throw into.

Awesome plane

AUW: 1400g
over 1:1 thrust on fresh battery
battery: Zippy Compact 40C 4000mAh (gives ~3:45 flight time)
connectors: XT-90
CoG: ~75mm back from motor nacelle leading edge
needs ~5mm of 'up' elevons for hands-off level flight

SR-71 Maiden flight & Dynam ME-262 flight #9 [720p] (5 min 9 sec)

Posted by Kurt | Mar 16, 2015 @ 02:21 PM | 3,400 Views
[720p] RC Dynam ME-262 ESC fire (3 min 30 sec)

Believe it or not after burning from the inside for almost 1 minute there is no damage to the exterior of the plane. I've already cleaned up the inside of the canopy and fuse and will install 70A ESCs and enlarge the cooling holes

The Phoenix will fly again!
Posted by Kurt | Mar 02, 2015 @ 07:33 AM | 3,207 Views
fantasy racer Dynam ME-262 in Gulf colors, just waiting for a warmish day to clear coat.
Posted by Kurt | Jan 16, 2015 @ 05:15 PM | 6,718 Views
After 26 flights on the F-82 with L/R APC 2 bladed props gave two stock 4 bladed props (same direction) a try today. Squirrley takeoffs and less performance, so despite the cool looks on the ground going back to the counter rotating APCs.
Also adapted a spare cockpit to hold a 270degree servo and an 808#16 keychain cam.
Great POV! Now has me thinking about FPV....
Posted by Kurt | Oct 06, 2014 @ 07:08 AM | 3,594 Views
Brought out the fleet for a short visit to the big event last Saturday. I only had time for 1 flight each (2 on the X-Wing, second one hit LVC and barely made it back to the strip...) but got to put FF^2 next to Fitz's bf109z for some beauty shots, and briefly fly together. Heard his twin went down on Sunday after a midair during the 20+ plane mass warbird flight...
Posted by Kurt | Sep 21, 2014 @ 06:46 PM | 3,635 Views
After ~50 flights decided to dress up the X a bit with wing-tip laser cannons and some panel lines. Knocked at least 5mph off her top speed but she sure does look cooler swooping around.
Hoping to bring her, the P-38 and F-82 to the B.E.S.T event in 2 weeks but with a baby due next Friday it could be tough to get away for even a few hours :/
Posted by Kurt | Aug 04, 2014 @ 01:59 PM | 3,507 Views
Getting more comfortable/confident with FF^2

[720p] F-82 Twin Mustang 2nd and 3rd flights (6 min 33 sec)

Posted by Kurt | Jun 23, 2013 @ 09:05 PM | 4,391 Views
on the Green River Lake in Kentucky
RC PBY Catalina on the Green River Lake in Kentucky [720p] (17 min 33 sec)

Posted by Kurt | Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:34 PM | 4,791 Views
put together a video of a (finally) gorgeous day last weekend flying my custom X-Wing, Stinger EDF and Jpower P-38 LIghtning.
Equipment details in Youtube description.
RC X-Wing, Stinger EDF, and JPower P-38 at Richard Bong RC Field WI [HD] (9 min 4 sec)

Posted by Kurt | Oct 25, 2011 @ 11:27 PM | 6,920 Views
EFlight Blade MSR carrier landing
(HD) Blade MSR carrier landing June 2011 (2 min 50 sec)

NE Bravo SX backyard puppy buzzing
(HD) 2011 8 21 NE Bravo SX (2 min 40 sec)
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