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Posted by specr | Jan 30, 2010 @ 12:04 PM | 5,521 Views
My third Kyosho. I tend to build in streaks. These planes have a very scale appearance and I love how detailed the foam is. I decided to change to a "full stab" taileron setup. Powerplant is stock with a new duct set. Power figures are 210w 19.5a 11.8oz thrust weighing 14oz with a Rhino 1050 3s.
And of coarse the stunning arctic aggressor scheme...



Posted by specr | Jan 24, 2010 @ 08:14 PM | 5,113 Views
Here's my first Kyosho aside from building the A-6 for a buddy. I repainted it to get rid of the "toy" look. I also chose to close off the large cheater hole and to clean up the intake/exhaust ducts. As a result, it flys nice for a small edf. Not fast but quick. Looks great and can be flown in a baseball diamond.


Posted by specr | Jan 18, 2010 @ 10:46 PM | 5,682 Views
A buddy of mine was set on getting an A-6. Kyosho made the only one that he was able to find. Even with the negative reviews, he really want one. The stock power unit was replaced with a Don's 4800KV/Alfa clone. The modifications included a cleanup intake and exhaust ducts and carbon spars were added to the wings.

The Intruder is very detailed and scale-like. The EPS foam is much denser than the traditional cooler foam planes. Decals and weather added much to the realism. We finished this build in a day...about 5 hrs with paint and decals.

Final result is a very nice looking Intruder!


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Posted by specr | Jan 13, 2010 @ 01:40 AM | 5,966 Views
This pusher is officially retired like the real thing. I only maiden it and it was enough for me and the crowd watching it. I almost lost it like 10 times in that brief 3 min flight. It torque rolled whenever throttle was applied. It would only turn when throttle was applied. So you can pretty much guess how the Black bird flew! A rocket in the straights and a pig in the turns. Roll rate was ridiculous. The black paint was intimidating if you could only figured which direction it was headed. I managed to safely land her back in the confines for the field and only wrinkled a styrene inlet cone. I'm happy to have her on display in my own hanger...



Posted by specr | Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:54 AM | 6,448 Views
I didn't like the intake on the factory kit so I reshaped it to look more scale- like. Ventral fins and a IAF scheme to finish her off.


Posted by specr | Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:50 AM | 6,766 Views
My most complex build. Spent way too much time on it. I haven't had the urge to fly her yet. It would just pain me too much to see her wrecked!



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Posted by specr | Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:44 AM | 6,203 Views
Built up using 2 x C20 GWS powerunits. I've never seen a rudder/elevator edf roll like this transport!



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Posted by specr | Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:23 AM | 5,942 Views
Setup using Don's 5400kv edf motor. Great performance on 3s 1550-2200. Easy to fly because of the lighter weight compared with 4s. Glide slope is much shorter making the landings easier. Thanks to OClightning for the free airframe!

Posted by specr | Jan 13, 2010 @ 12:16 AM | 5,809 Views
I build this up using a Turnigy 35-30 1100. Glassed w/ 3/4 oz. This plane flies with the typical P-40 fashion. Very pitch sensitive with the short fuse length. With lots of expo, it behaves much better. It looks better that it flies. In my opinion, Eflite P-40 flies even worst...



Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:49 PM | 6,536 Views
Here's my version of the BF109. Retracts and split flaps added. Plane flies nicely with the upgraded Turnighy 35-42. Retracts definitely worth the trouble!


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Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:44 PM | 6,143 Views
My biggest RC plane yet. I bought the 41" airframe only version. It's setup with 2 Don's 4800 wicked edf motors. Way too much power for scale flight, but, it's a heck of fun! Fully glassed and reinforced with carbon.



Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:37 PM | 6,585 Views
My first GWS kit. It came as a box of unpainted parts. After reading the thread on these, I decided to build it as sturdy as it gets. I used 3/4 oz glass and I doubled it around the nacelles. It's powered by 2 Jetscreamers on Alfa 5 blades. Plenty of power and easy to fly. Handlaunches and landings is what makes you cringe!



Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:29 PM | 5,546 Views
I decided to repaint this one as a FJ-4 Fury. I have Air Sally's duct set installed with Hole Digger's 4s Hoffman setup. Very fast and quiet! Landings are drawn out and scary!


Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:25 PM | 5,532 Views
This has got to be the easiest EDF to launch! It rises of the grass(ROG) nicely. Of course it helps to have it running a 4s setup!

Hoffman Mighty Mite
Phoenix 45a
Alfa 5 blade fan
2 hs-55
Rhino 2350 4s



Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:19 PM | 5,521 Views
This is my first FSK build aside from the rubber band driven 22" mustang. It's pretty involved compared to Alfa's kits. You have to assemble the wings, fuse, tail, firewall, and cockpit. Did I say cockpit? The box has to be built from a headscratching pile of vaccum formed sheets! The only thing worst...the canopy! You have to cut out all the frame work to overlay the clear section. It'll use up all your patience as well as #11 blades!

Flying wise, it needs more power! Scalewise, the setup is fine. It's well mannered. The large wing area will allow the use of 1000 to 1550 3s lipos. The limiting factor is the battery compartment. I only setup ailerons and elevator to keep it light. Flies almost as good as an Alfa ;-)

Axi 2208/34
Turnigy 18a esc
FSK 3 blade prop
Flightmax 1300
2x HS-55


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Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 11:06 PM | 5,480 Views
With this corsair, I decided to build it light and powerful. I used Microdan's brushless. Simply a blast to fly!

Microdan brushless
Exceed RC 25a esc
Rhino 1550 3s
FSK 3 blade prop
1 hs-55 1 hs-65




Posted by specr | Jan 12, 2010 @ 10:49 PM | 6,297 Views
Alfa Clipped wing Spitfire

Flys well fast. Otherwise lowspeeds cause tipstalls with the shorten wings. Roll rate is fast. Definitely a plane to keep you on your toes!

Axi 2208/26
Eflite 18a esc
Flightmax 3s 1300
APC 9x6e
2 hs-55


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Posted by specr | Jan 04, 2010 @ 01:00 PM | 5,780 Views
FW-190D9
As everyones who has flown one states, "The best flying Alfa yet". It is indeed a great flyer. Flys fast and slow real nice. The large wings allow the use of batteries from 1000 to 2200. The factory paint job is fine, I just want a more accurate one!

Scale repaint
Microdan 2505 1200
CC25
rhino 3s 1050
hitec HS-55
9x6sf


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Posted by specr | Oct 31, 2009 @ 01:22 AM | 5,811 Views
Nice and easy flyer. Precise and sharp handling. This was my first Alfa. It was such a pleasure to fly, I began to collect more Alfa's!

Specs:

Turnigy 2826b 1350kv
Turnigy 18amp esc
Prop 9x4.7sf
Flightmax 3s 1300
1 HS-65
1 HS-55
AR6100
Posted by specr | Oct 30, 2009 @ 05:19 PM | 6,536 Views
Build was straight forward. It does take a bit of juggling to get all the parts to fit neatly in the fuse. This P-47 is pretty much like Alfa's other ones except for the detachable tail version. This means the wing with flaps and retracts are interchangeable!

Setup with factory retracts and flaps

Specs:
Axi 2208/26
5 HS-55
CC 25esc
apc 8x6
AR7000
Rhino 3s 1050mah