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Posted by BladeHead | Dec 12, 2010 @ 05:18 PM | 8,351 Views
Recently had an opportunity to drag my son, "IhateBees" out to the flying field and shoot some Flip Cam video of my Dynam Skybus painted up as a C-47 Skytrain with D-Day invasion stripes, doing low passes and generally irresponsible flying.

Check out the many variations of this model at the RCGroups discussion thread, "Dynam Skybus DC-3."

C-47 Flight (4 min 24 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Nov 22, 2010 @ 09:15 PM | 8,286 Views
Check out this video from my YouTube channel. It showcases the fleet of C-47 aircraft from the RCGroups discussion thread: "Dynam Skybus DC-3." Stop by the thread to see these designs plus a large feet of civil DC-3's and all the discussion about this inexpensive, highly modifiable RC bird.

C-47 designs for the Dynam Skybus (3 min 25 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Oct 30, 2010 @ 01:24 PM | 9,111 Views
Video of the first JetapultŪ shot of my F-86 EDF jet. The thing works perfectly...Don't think I'll ever do a hand-launch again.

JetapultŪ from: www.rc-electric-jets.com

Jetapult® First Shot (4 min 26 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Oct 24, 2010 @ 08:41 PM | 8,985 Views
This is a video of the Maiden of my C-47 version of the Dynam Skybus. I used ideas and information from the guys in the RCG discussion, "Dynam Skybus DC-3" to finish out this airplane and get her flying. They are credited within the video.

Suggest you view in full-screen, as the vid is "low-definition."

C-47 Maiden Flight (7 min 37 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Oct 07, 2010 @ 08:03 AM | 9,436 Views
The markings and registration of my just-completed warbird are not based on a real airplane, but rather a conglomerate. Nobody in the Dynam Skybus DC-3 RCG discussion has asked about the two enemy kill markings under the cockpit window, so here's how I envision it...

During the height of the invasion, two Bf 109E pilots spot the easy target, a C-47 laden with paratroopers of the U.S. 82nd Airborne. Intent on turning the vulnerable Skytrain into a blackened spot in a field South of the town of Ste-Mere-Eglise, the Messerschmitt pilots don't see each other and converge while diving for the "kill." The 22 year old commander of the Gooney Bird and his co-pilot watch as the mid-air collision causes both fighters to loose a wing and they spin in. The result is those two unlikely kill markings on the nose of one of Donald Douglas' faithful, lumbering transports.
Posted by BladeHead | Oct 06, 2010 @ 04:49 PM | 10,043 Views
It takes an hour or two to build the Dynam Skybus airframe, but the rest is up to how far you go in finishing it. Thought it might take until June 6 to complete this one, but here she is. (C-47 Skytrain D-Day Invasion).
Posted by BladeHead | Oct 02, 2010 @ 03:04 PM | 9,124 Views
Took my Park Zone "Day Vapor" out in the early morning for some calm-wind flying. With a balance of stick and power, this plane will fly inverted by pulling up as if entering a loop, but stopping it at the top of the arc. This is a quirky little plane so turn on your speakers to hear the quirky soundtrack I chose for the video. Please right-click to watch on You Tube and comment on the vid.

Park Zone Vapor Inverted Flight (3 min 25 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Sep 30, 2010 @ 06:29 PM | 10,424 Views
Mounted the FlyCam on my EDF for a flight around the field and nearly augered it in. Caught the moment on cam. Please right-click to view on You Tube and comment.

Near CRASH of F-15 EDF Captured by Onboard Cam (6 min 51 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Sep 23, 2010 @ 05:33 AM | 10,958 Views
The Dynam kit goes together in an hour or two and is a really scale looking DC-3 / C-47. I'm in the process of configuring her as a D-Day C-47 Skytrain. The olive drab and gray basic paint is sprayed on and once that's good and cured so it will take masking, I'll start the invasion stripes.

This model lends itself well to being finished in many different versions, just like Donald Douglas' original design. Examples can be seen in the RCGroups discussion: Dynam Skybus DC-3

Posted by BladeHead | Sep 18, 2010 @ 03:39 PM | 10,645 Views
The guys in the RCGroups discussion, "Dynam Skybus DC-3" talk quite often about doing mods to change the stock free-castering tailwheel to steerable. This video shows the way I did it.

Visit our active, lively RCG discussion: Dynam Skybus DC-3

DC-3 Steerable Tailwheel Modification (6 min 3 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Sep 16, 2010 @ 10:12 PM | 9,687 Views
Shot some flight video of my Blade 120 SR heli at the soccer field. This little heli really wants to fly outside. I used my FlyCamOne2 hat cam and it's a small heli, so best to view it full screen.

Blade 120 SR Flight Around the Soccer Field (3 min 33 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Sep 16, 2010 @ 08:19 AM | 9,690 Views
Just finished the build of my F-86 so now I'm waiting for a calm day to do the maiden. I plan to have my son do the first toss so I can be ready to dial in trim. Then I'll be doing the underhand toss per the You Tube EDF launch instruction video by Jason from Hobby-Lobby.

I installed an AR500 rx and did the tank pin and plywood equipment tray support mods. I added skewers to support the tanks and to beef up the tray for my "occasional" hard landings I put two carbon fiber rod supports though the fuse as I've seen done in the RCG F-86 thread. The tray mod was easy, I eyeballed the holes by first pushing a pin through the foam, then drilled the holes, cut and glued the C-F rods in, and finished off the ends with a bit of Hyundai silver touch-up paint.

She's ready to go out and blaze some sky.
Posted by BladeHead | Sep 01, 2010 @ 08:57 PM | 10,523 Views
There's nothing quite like opening up that brand-new box when it comes, is there?

I'm really looking forward to finishing the build so that I can have that "More Relaxed Experience Happy Flight" just like it tantalizingly promises on the box.

Posted by BladeHead | Aug 01, 2010 @ 10:04 PM | 10,590 Views
My old (unlit) Parkzone Vapor has flown lots of missions and taken a beating. I decided on the Night Vapor because I wanted more opportunities to fly micro planes outside in my yard at the spur of the moment, without having to load the car and drive to the flying field. The best chance for zero-wind around here is at dusk so the lights just made sense. I purchased the BNF version and use my DX6i radio with it.

This was my 1st attempt at night flying and I loved it! The lights kept me oriented perfectly. I've been known to lose orientation with planes in the daylight because the eyes aren't what they used to be, but Night Vapor gave me no grief at all. The secret is, if you start to lose orientation, just make a gentle turn in either direction. That line of bright white lights at the leading edge of the wings swings around and jumps right out at you. Now, you know you have the plane headed back toward you, and you're ready to resume maneuvers.

With everything stock, I did loops, spins, hover and brief inverted flight. I flew in front of my house tonight and the only hazard was from passing cars with drivers looking UP at my Night Vapor instead of ahead as they motored by. If you have doubts about your ability to stay oriented during night flying, try this cool little plane...You won't be disappointed.
Posted by BladeHead | Jun 08, 2010 @ 07:44 PM | 8,908 Views
Just wanted to comment about the durability of my brand-new H-L MIG-15. It has to be unsurpassed in crash-worthiness in order to survive 8 of my 9 unsuccessful hand-launches before breaking it's back. I've attached a pic of the pranged airframe AND my resulting mods! I'm very excited about my highly-modded MIG which yields these benefits:
  • No more overheated LiPo's
  • No nasty surprises with handling characteristics
  • No touchy CG issues
  • Lands with a satisfying "thud"
  • Gets all the looks at the flying field
  • Depending on your throwing arm, will fly higher and glide longer than the stock airframe

I'll have PDF plans up on my blog, soon! (I also want to mention that I LOVE my two other models from H-L... My Waco bipe and my desert camo F-15 Aggressor).

Hey, like the man said...If you didn't laugh, you'd cry.
Posted by BladeHead | May 30, 2010 @ 09:08 PM | 6,382 Views
Turn on your speakers for the full "Surround Sound" effect of this flight. (F-15 EDF jet with FlyCamOne2 mounted aft of the nose gear).

F-15 Onboard Belly-Cam (4 min 18 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | May 30, 2010 @ 10:28 AM | 5,892 Views
Made four hand-launch attempts with my MIG-15 this morning before the right wing separated. CG is good but each level throw resulted in a pitch up of the nose, roll on it's back and nose-in. I may be involuntarily commanding nose-up on the stick but it all happens too fast to know for sure. The YT video is of the aftermath, since I don't take vid of maidens.

Fail. (2 min 8 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | May 29, 2010 @ 07:26 PM | 5,478 Views
Well, H-L sucked me in...The brown truck arrived with this yesterday. The build was pretty easy with no surprises. It's my 2nd EDF and once I get past the near-stall hand-launch, I should be ok with it. I'm looking forward to being able to SEE this plane at a distance.

So, weather permitting, tomorrow's maiden day.
Posted by BladeHead | May 17, 2010 @ 10:36 PM | 6,228 Views
This is vid of my Esky Nemo, a 4 ch "trainer" that I used to teach myself to fly RC fixed wing. I still love to fly this plane and it comes along any time I go to the flying field. I've taken many onboard vids with my FlyCam mounted on this plane. I don't see many guys flying these things, but if you find one, they go for around $80-90. I've since done a couple of mods; a $25 brushless/ESC combo, 1000mAh lipo and a 2.4ghz rx. I use my DX6i radio with it.

Esky Nemo flight (3 min 51 sec)

Posted by BladeHead | Feb 02, 2010 @ 12:29 PM | 6,198 Views
I'll award a brass figlagee with bronze oak leaf palm to the first person who correctly answers these questions about the airplane in my avatar:
  1. What kind of aircraft is this?
  2. What # engine is this?