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Archive for July, 2008
Posted by SPasierb | Jul 26, 2008 @ 03:20 PM | 5,097 Views
My RC Groups friend Chris in Missouri had a complete Spit kit that he was not planning on building. He sold it and all the supporting servos, motor and supplies (all HXT from HobbyCity) along with the Alfa retract set -- at a fantastic price. I simply could not resist. My intention was to put it away for the future.

Flash forward to last weekend. The heat and humidity were insane. Not wanting to be in the great outdoors oozing, I retreated to the great basement and much cooler temperatures.

Here's the result. I fly from a grass field, so the retracts were out. I did use the wheels and covers to make the dummy look a bit better. This is the first Alfa model I have seen with seperate aileron servos -- nice! This will permit using differential in the radio programming to make certain rolls are perfectly axial. The old single servo set-up was fine, but limited the ability to fine-tune surface travels.

I just couldn't bring myself to use the HXT servos while the HXT motor would have required a firewall modification. So, I went with pretty much my typical Alfa + MP Jet set-up. That is... Hitec HS55 servos all around. HXT 18A controller on the blue MP Jet 35D outrunner turning an APC 9x6 SF prop. 1500 Mah 3S LiPo. 2.4G receiver. Looks pretty nice for a rush build.

What's your favorite Alfa?



PS: Update as of July 27. Maiden flight was this morning. What a fantastic flyer! Really moves around the sky and very nimble on controls. As I...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Jul 21, 2008 @ 07:53 PM | 4,883 Views
Basta! Enough! Amazing what one can do with an 8GB card and 8 points of IQ. Here are a few final (no really, final) shots to share.

I appreciate the comments and feedback the other posts have received. I enjoy writing about airplanes for Fly RC, but a picture truly is worth a thousand words. This was the first time I really focused (no pun!) on photography beyond a few personal snaps of planes I would one day like to model.

That's all until the next event!

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Posted by SPasierb | Jul 20, 2008 @ 12:10 PM | 5,580 Views
A good week all around. Took a break from airplanes to enjoy the All Star Game.

No, we did not stay until 1:37AM! Yes, the living legends presentation before the game was fantastic!

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Posted by SPasierb | Jul 17, 2008 @ 10:55 PM | 7,025 Views
The finish on this bird was superb. “Very most wonderfully excellent special” -- to borrow Japanese game show parlance.

A few static and take off shots. He made the departure interesting......Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Jul 17, 2008 @ 07:28 PM | 6,856 Views
Okay, how about some actual combat aircraft!? A few more of my "too many" shots from Warbirds Over Delaware. Some sweet A-1 Skyraiders, P-51, P-47, P-40. And, some damn fine formation flying -- or close to it. Joy!

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Posted by SPasierb | Jul 15, 2008 @ 02:55 PM | 5,242 Views
Transport. Various shots of the big heavy stuff (and one pip squeak by comparison). So much fun just to see on the ground let alone in the air!

Here's the gang, less the Connie that is featured further down in this blog. Let's kick it off with Carl Bachhuber's C-124A. This 200 inch span airframe is motivated by four Zenoah G45 motors turning 20x10 3-blade props...

Enjoy,
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Posted by SPasierb | Jul 15, 2008 @ 02:34 PM | 5,012 Views
Not usually my cup of tea, but I have to admit many of these were impressive flyers.

On Saturday during the lunch demo they put 22 into the air at one time -- by my count actually 21 as one poor guy just could not get his started -- to great frustration. Twenty one aircraft all flying together is a wonderful sight!

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Posted by SPasierb | Jul 14, 2008 @ 09:27 PM | 5,713 Views
The high point of the flying demos was Mac Hodges' masterful performance with the B-29. A lot of photos, but such a majestic subject!

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Posted by SPasierb | Jul 14, 2008 @ 11:20 AM | 4,946 Views
One of my favorites. I love everything about the lines of the Connie. One day I hope to have one in TWA markings. For now, I'll have to live through others.

Enjoy these shots of Carl Bachhuber's giant taken this past Saturday......Continue Reading