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Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Jul 24, 2012 @ 02:09 PM | 5,188 Views
These days when a plane gets damaged its far to easy to just order a new ARF. Half of the fun for me is building, and repairing, but I also find my self taking the easy way out sometimes.

Recently I dumb Thumbed a fresh(two weeks old) airframe into the weeds, pulling the LG block out. Taking into consideration that the plane was so new, I immediately stated I would be fixing this one. To my surprise, I veteran pilot sniped, that it would never be the same. I was surprised by this statement, and just smiled.

When rebuilding a high performance airframe you need to keep two things in mind, Strength, and weight!

You need to make sure your fix is solid, and light. This is easier than it sounds. Remove all damaged wood, and replace it. Never add materials on top of the broken stuff, because this just adds weight. A good way to repair the structure is with Carbon fiber. Also be careful to not over do it, with the glue.

Balsa sheeting is very easy to replace, and with all new wood in place you can sand the surface to a factory finish.

Covering takes practice, and the best thing you can do is start with small patches, untill you get the hang of it, practice on a old airframe.

I wanted to show how well a plane can be fixed, so here it is! Not only does my Extra look like new, but it also flys like new, and the battery is in the same spot it was in before the wreck

I did replace the batt tray with a CF one, and some of the support posts were replaced with CF.
Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Jul 08, 2012 @ 05:05 PM | 5,086 Views
Chris recently posted the rules for a new contest, and it's a good one! The winner recieves a new 91" yak(not released) free of charge! All you have to do is design the graphics package..

I figured why not! Four hours later here is my entry.

If your interested the contest, and rules are posted on flying giants.

Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Jun 04, 2012 @ 02:07 AM | 5,577 Views
Light wind, no SFG's in this one

LASER!!!!!!ROCKS!!!!!!! Extreme Flight Laser EXP (3 min 38 sec)

In this video, it was crazy windy, but I was still able to get a pile of flights in. The new Laser is amazing! It feels like the Extra with more rudder and elevator authority. I felt way to comfortable, and caught the rudder during a high speed inverted maneuver, causing it to snap half way off, on the first flight! It harrier lands nicely with no rudder Five minutes with thin CA, and I was back in the air! Thankfully I didn't put the stars on yet.

It pays to keep color matched covering around.

Unfortunately most of the video from today was corrupt, but I was able to salvage a few cool clips from the forth flight..

Extreme Flight 48" LASER EXP (2 min 16 sec)
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Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Apr 14, 2011 @ 08:42 PM | 9,312 Views
Im flying my 60" Extra EXP in this video..

Extreme Flight 60 Extra EXP (4 min 20 sec)

Link to the New EF 60" Extra 300 EXP Thread

Im flying the new 60" Edge EXP

60 EXP EDGE.wmv (2 min 49 sec)
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Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Feb 17, 2010 @ 10:26 AM | 11,427 Views
I only write about products I like. I Rarely get a free plane, and I can honestly say, I pay for 99% of my gear. I thought that was important to say, because I'm going to really talk up this next plane.
From the first time I saw a add for the GP silhouette, I new it was my type of plane. Large control surfaces, prebuilt Airfoiled wings, and fuselage! The list goes on, and on.
The standard set up is a Rimfire 400 motor, 12amp ESC, ,HS55 servo's, and packs in the 700-1200mah range. I'm building mine for backyard, and indoor 3D flying, so I opted to use a much lighter set up. I went with a Rimfire 26/28/1300, 10amp FliteTech ESC, 4 HS55 servo's, Rhino 460mah 3cell 20c packs.
I was happily surprised when the light set up balanced. With the battery in one of the easiest area's to get to, and there was no need to add weight.
I did make a few modifications to mine. I increased the Rudder throw, and lowered the rudder control horn, in order to increase the elevator throw. Aileron throw is at Max,and I reinforced the Elevator. The wheels were a bit large, so I used a couple of SL Hyperion wheels.
I built this plane for full 3D flying, and it doesn't disappoint! KE flight is amazing, with no roll tendencies, rolling harriers are second nature. It hovers perfect, and backs up in a hover easily. This plane is the same size as my 3DHS 42" AJ slick, and its a blast to fly in my front yard.
The Silhouette is a super fast build, and it wont disappoint! It's nice to See that great planes is raising the bar, when it comes to ARF foamy's. with a price point set at $59.99 you cant go wrong
If you like this plane, See the Pluma Biplane. (also in this series $49.99).
Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Jan 05, 2010 @ 08:44 AM | 7,279 Views
We had a great time at NEAT this year..The Multiplex/Hitec guys were there and I was one of the fortunate few to get one of the New 2.4G FSSHS Kits. I installed the optima7 RX in my trustee 42" Slick, made a few fine adjustments and it was off to the races. It was the perfect venue to test the new 2.4g unit. It performed flawlessly and I could not have been happier. Sines then I upgrade the majority of my fleet to Hitec's new 2.4g system..(I'll have more info later)
Posted by Ducati Mechanic | Jan 05, 2010 @ 07:50 AM | 10,902 Views
My love of flying started at a early age. A friend of the Family started taking My mother, and I up in his clubs glider's. Walt, an older gentleman was a weekend warrior, and spent as much time in the air as possible.
I remember Him saying, "you had the touch", he would let me release the tow rope, and fly most of the flight. There were times I did everything from release right up to lining her up with the runway. Walt always landed it.
I don't Know were Walt is now, people fall out of touch. I'm sure by now Walt has passed away. His wife was very sick back then, and he was getting up there in years. We flew with him until his last year.Webere ever Walt is, I hope He knows what a Big impact he made on my life.. Thanks, Walt.. Safe travels..