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Posted by AirmanAirhead | Aug 25, 2013 @ 10:45 PM | 8,364 Views
First, a little context.

1. Mike's Airliner does not have enough ground speed to take off, though normally it does.

2. Mike tries and tries but it will not take off.

3. Mike asks innocent but very helpful bystander to hand launch it off his bicycle.

4. I try not to be the naysayer in this... but I'm pretty sure this is not going to end well!

Airliner Bicycle Hand Launch (0 min 12 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Feb 11, 2013 @ 09:47 PM | 8,768 Views
So I got a chance to fly the "American Mako" off the water today. What a difference! Really had fun with it. Sorry no video except a very short clip of our rescue boat bringing in a downed SeaWind. You can see my Mako in between the Rescue boat and the SeaWind. That's because I tried to bring in the SeaWind first, but got tangled up in the wreckage and couldn't push him straight enough.

Since all I had was my IPhone, I could only shoot in close to the shore line. Had a blast doing touch and gos with the Mako. Having had good fun with the Polaris, I like the Mako better, it turns better is a bit more forgiving and I like that the pod with all the electronics is "safe" above the water line. By the way, my "American Mako" was fine, no harm no foul.

Double Trouble Rescue.MOV (0 min 29 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Feb 03, 2013 @ 02:39 AM | 8,524 Views
After taking a break for a few months, I got the itch to start flying again, and build something. A fellow RC er suggested the "Mako"

Still need some final details..
Posted by AirmanAirhead | Dec 22, 2011 @ 02:06 AM | 9,348 Views
OK, this had nothing to do with RC, except that I found it being shared on an RC site. It's a a very cool landing of an Eagle Owl filmed at 1000 frames per second! There is something just majestic about watching this.

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Nov 11, 2011 @ 10:42 AM | 10,000 Views
Almost done, about ready to do the final test and button up the fuselage. I also came up with a sliding hatch idea. When I built my first Polaris, I got frustrated taping the hatch cover on and off.

The sliding hatch is not water tight. But of course if the Drongo flips over you will get leakage in through the rear wire passage unless that is all sealed up. I find in a flip over state usually there are other problems any way.

However I think for normal flying conditions this should work pretty well. Though as of yet, it has not been tested.

The small bass wood piece I used for the slides are from a LHS which sells miniature moldings for doll house builders. I used plastic styrene for the cover itself. We shall see if my theory works.
Posted by AirmanAirhead | Nov 07, 2011 @ 01:18 AM | 9,264 Views
One more amazing example of German engineering! This fully "operational" scale model airport is over the top! Once you clink on the link below, make sure you scroll down on their web-site to the video that's there. The stills alone don't do it justice.
Posted by AirmanAirhead | Nov 07, 2011 @ 01:11 AM | 9,386 Views
This is just an amazing video of some amazing flying. Just couldn't pass up posting it here just so I can look at it from time to time. If you have not seen this it's worth a look! click on the link below.

Joe Smiths Friday Noon Demo with the 3D Hobby Shop 104" AJ Slick --Joe Nall 2011 (7 min 11 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Sep 29, 2011 @ 12:18 AM | 9,841 Views
Below in this blog I listed a couple of stills of my rebuild of my F-22.

Here's a video of it flying.

F-22 Captain America Foamy (3 min 22 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Sep 20, 2011 @ 12:23 AM | 9,615 Views
Mike W. tries his Wing off the Rail Launcher... not enough push... he didn't think it would work but we talked him into trying, what are friends for???

Mike and the Wing Launcher... NOT (0 min 8 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Sep 20, 2011 @ 12:18 AM | 9,641 Views
A really nice foamy build by Mike F. coupled by a nice hand toss by Bill S. a great maiden launch.

Mike F. and His F-22 (1 min 36 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Sep 19, 2011 @ 11:46 PM | 9,578 Views
Mike likes to use his home made launcher for his jets. Here's his Ultra Jet taking off.

Ultra Jet Launches off the Rails (0 min 10 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Sep 18, 2011 @ 09:49 PM | 9,521 Views
It had been a while since I had flown by F-22 due to a wing separation in high wind. So I rebuilt it and transformed it into "Capt. America I" on my first flight I lost two servos... let's just say I thought there were in tight and they were not! Went into a dive and never came out. You can see the result of the nose completely gone. But since the rear wing was fine I decided to rebuild it. The result "Capt. America II"
Posted by AirmanAirhead | May 08, 2011 @ 03:41 PM | 9,567 Views
This is one of the the best Blue Angel videos you'll see!!
Great perspective with much of it filmed from the cockpit.
You see the formation then see it from the pilot or camera
view. It is in HD; I hope your computer can handle it.
This was recorded in Pensacola FL. And El Centro, CA

[High Quality] Blue Angels - censored, no Van Halen Dreams (4 min 51 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Feb 23, 2011 @ 01:34 AM | 13,468 Views
Here's my latest scratch build. DG calls it the Big Fat Ultimate. It's a foamy, depron wings and pink insulation fuselage. A great slow flier. Fun to build, even more fun to fly. Here's the link to the original designer and build thread
Big Fat Ulitmate Bipe.mp4 (1 min 38 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Feb 02, 2011 @ 11:40 PM | 10,041 Views
Some of you guys may have already seen this, but I just updated the audio portion of the F-22 with Wing Cam.
F-22 WingCam and Updated Audio (3 min 7 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:32 AM | 10,166 Views
Here's a video mix of land based camera footage and a wing cam and audio effects. The wing cam adds a bit more experience to the flight than the land based camera alone. I used a FlyCamOne v. 2 for the wing cam.

F-22 WingCam and Updated Audio (3 min 7 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Dec 12, 2010 @ 11:59 PM | 10,984 Views
Bill's Quad.mp4 (1 min 18 sec)

Here's Bill's MultiWiiCopter you can go here for more info on it. This was an early test run, but worked quite well even with a video cam mounted on top.
Posted by AirmanAirhead | Aug 11, 2010 @ 11:23 AM | 10,922 Views
Here's a video of my 75% Polaris. It was not a very bright day, and the baby still needs a bit more color on her. But she flies great! A little spicy on the sticks!

Polaris Sea Plane Reduced to 75% (2 min 13 sec)

Posted by AirmanAirhead | Aug 08, 2010 @ 11:43 PM | 10,886 Views
Here's some close ups of the 75% Polaris. No paint yet, but you get the idea of the lay out inside. Nothing fancy here, just a mono-block approach vs. the original hollow foam design that Steve Schumate supplied. Great flying little thing. More spicy than the full size.
Posted by AirmanAirhead | Aug 02, 2010 @ 10:01 AM | 10,866 Views
Here's a short video of my flying buddy's Sea Dart.
SeaDart Bill S. AKA Capt. Geek (2 min 22 sec)