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Posted by YarSmythe | Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:04 AM | 1,036 Views
One of my favorite pics from my collection taken at the JSC Warbird event down at NASA Clear Lake. Good times!
Posted by YarSmythe | Mar 26, 2016 @ 06:33 PM | 1,778 Views
Finally got the maiden flight in on my new (old stock) Hobby King PBY Catalina. This was the KIT version so I had to install all the electronics.

Maiden went well but the video camera wasn't set properly so here is the 2nd flight.

Hobby King PBY Catalina - 2nd flight (2 min 5 sec)

Posted by YarSmythe | Dec 02, 2015 @ 01:17 PM | 2,821 Views
These were taken 3 years ago but I always smile when I come across them. This is my youngest son Ryan holding my father's vintage Goldberg Skylane kit. It has been in the family for over 45 years!

Black and white image is my father with the Skylane in all its glory.

I hope my kids (& hopefully grandchildren) will cherish the planes I've built and fly today.

Posted by YarSmythe | Aug 06, 2015 @ 01:59 PM | 2,564 Views
I designed my Funder & Lightning nearly 10 years ago. Amazing how time has gone by. She's such an easy build and great flyer. I think I have 7 kits still in my garage, along with the prototype that still flies (but better motor)!

It's neat to see how many pilots have built one and even cooler to see an RC Club in Canada show off their "F&L Dog Fight Squadron"!!

Stop by and visit the thread. I have my registered domain pointing straight to it.

-Lee / YarSmythe
Posted by YarSmythe | Feb 22, 2015 @ 08:00 PM | 4,566 Views
Trying to finish my Craft Air Golden Eagle. It has been collecting dust for over 18 years and needs to be completed.

For fun, I made some time-lapse videos of the covering process.

Craft Air Golden Eagle / Covering the rudder (1 min 1 sec)

Craft Air Golden Eagle / Covering the tail surfaces (1 min 22 sec)
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Posted by YarSmythe | Feb 03, 2015 @ 09:47 AM | 4,237 Views
Sharing my buddy's video from EFEST in Champaign, Illinois. He compiled pics & video from the three of us (myself, Terry, and Fitz). His son created the soundtrack!


E-Fest 2015 (4 min 57 sec)

Posted by YarSmythe | Jan 27, 2015 @ 02:22 PM | 3,756 Views
He did this last month. Proud of this guy. Practiced hard with RealFlight and a Hobby Zone Champ. This is a mashed-up Apprentice from different versions. NO stabilizer. Handled it very well.

Austin's RC Solo Flight (1 min 57 sec)

Posted by YarSmythe | Nov 29, 2014 @ 02:24 PM | 3,838 Views
My son, Austin, received an Apprentice ARF from our club president. The plane was in several pieces with spare parts included. The fuselage is the "SAFE" version but we're flying it "old school RX" (no stabilization).

We had to get creative with a few missing parts but everything is in place and ready to go. Winds are pretty high right now so he'll have to wait another day or two before we can maiden it.

This is a MUCH better looking plane than my first kit.
Posted by YarSmythe | Sep 20, 2013 @ 04:55 PM | 4,885 Views
Bomber Field; Monaville, Texas. Thursday, Sept. 19th, 2013

We had fair weather most of the day yesterday. There was a 20 minute shower in the afternoon but we got right back into the air. Unfortunately, we are washed out today and the tomorrow has a 70% chance of thunderstorms.

I'm hoping I can get back out to the field in the morning and catch up with a few buddies before the field turns into a mud pit.
Posted by YarSmythe | May 16, 2013 @ 09:53 PM | 6,864 Views
I am really looking forward to this one. How about you?

Let's hope Great Planes buys marketing rights from Disney and sells a couple of these as electric kits. Heck, maybe even an add-on DVD to RealFlight 6.5!

Disney's Planes Takes Flight (2 min 34 sec)
Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 28, 2012 @ 08:27 PM | 6,278 Views
Just a handful of the ones that caught my eye. Great day for an airshow. A little breezy but the sky was blue and the temps very comfortable....Continue Reading
Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 17, 2012 @ 07:44 AM | 6,232 Views
Posted by YarSmythe | Sep 20, 2012 @ 10:00 PM | 6,177 Views
I've started a build log for my new garage workshop here:

Read several threads here on RC Groups to get tips and suggestions for my new building area. Looking forward to the final product next year.

Feel free to add your ideas or comments.

Posted by YarSmythe | Sep 19, 2012 @ 09:30 PM | 6,377 Views
Was able to get down to Ellington International Airport today to see Space Shuttle Endeavour before California takes ownership. Beautiful piece of human engineering. So glad my two young boys got the chance to see her up close.
Posted by YarSmythe | Aug 28, 2012 @ 07:32 AM | 7,020 Views
Here is a new video I put together for Mike Laible & Herman Burton of their beautiful giant scale B-24 Liberator. This is the bomber's maiden flight flown over at Houston's Johnson Space Center RC Club.

Nice plane & flight fellas!

B-24 Liberator Giant Scale RC Model Airplane - Maiden Flight (5 min 49 sec)

Posted by YarSmythe | Jun 13, 2012 @ 04:29 PM | 7,861 Views
This has been hanging up on the ceiling in my son's room for nearly 4 years. Before that, sitting on a shelf in the garage. Hasn't flown in 10 years. Both sons told me it was time to dust it off and give it some air time.

I love(d) this plane. This one is my third Starfire 40. Tower Hobbies made a lot of money off of me. First two flew great until I pushed them over the edge. Got this one tweaked just right and flew it for many years, as-is...until I got into electric. Since then, my glow fuel planes have been idle for quite some time. I still own three, one of them running my father's Saito 45 4-cycle that purrs like a kitten. Hmmm...maybe I should dust that one off too!

Good news...engine wasn't seized. Poured some After Run oil into the MDS .48 and it turns over nicely. Gonna let it sit for today and start working on it tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Here are some pics. The one of me and this Starfire 40 was on its first flight back in the 90's. The rest were taken a little while ago after getting it off the ceiling (hanging wheels up).

Posted by YarSmythe | Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:17 PM | 7,397 Views
My 'man cave' in the garage. Wife finally gave me permission to take over the other side. Moved my tool boxes over and put in a temporary table to finish a few planes. In the next few months, I'll buy a small shed to move the 'crap' out and install a nice building table in the middle. I doubt my wife will ever see me again once it's completed. where do I put the flat screen, the couch, and the George Foreman grill?
Posted by YarSmythe | Nov 21, 2011 @ 03:34 PM | 8,427 Views
Picked this up for my birthday last month. Wasn't a big fan of the blue stickers that came with it so I painted up a new scheme. Very happy with how it turned out. Now I've got to finish up the electronics and get her in the air!!

RCG thread on the Grand Cruiser.

Posted by YarSmythe | Nov 06, 2011 @ 04:54 PM | 7,874 Views
Started out flying gliders in the early 80's. Added glow powered planes shortly afterward. Kept flying both types until I began the "electric" path about 8 years ago. Now most of the stuff I fly is electric (some converted from glow) but something has been missing.

...until now.

I was given a gas trimmer a while back that has sat quietly in my garage. I was about to put it on Craigslist until a little voice went off in my head (okay, LOUD voice) saying I should consider building a large scale gas powered aircraft.

Long story short...I've gone from "trimmer" to "engine" in only a few days. Time to add the RC components (prop adapter, mount) and find me a 1/4 scale plane to strap it on. Hoping someone in Houston has a Piper Cub they need to unload real cheap.