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Posted by papasmurf | May 21, 2007 @ 12:09 AM | 4,178 Views
Wattage Hawk. Originally was going to put a microfan on top (this was originally a turbo hawk) but didn't think the performance would be all that great. Currently has a 2350kv outrunner up front, 3S 1300 pack, and a Phx 25. Prop is a 6x5.5 and performance is very strong. I do not think this plane was ever designed to go anywhere near this fast....makes a surprisingly good and cheap pylon type model. I swapped the stock FG spar for a CF one, glassed the wings and covered with ultracote. They are much stronger than stock and should be good up to 100 or so I would guess. The stock foam ailerons are now balsa and I just used some thing balsa for the stab and vertical fin. Top speed I would guess is easily in the 80+ range. I may put a 16-15-3 in it eventually to see how much faster it could go. Considering it was cheap, I am very pleased with how this one turned out.

3DHS Extra 300 SHP. Setup consists of a phx 45, 3S 2100, and a torque 2818-900. Really nice flying plane with great KE. Cannot get the harriers to be as smooth as the MFX but otherwise it is every bit the match of the MFX.

Carl Goldber Pitts P-12. Has one flight but I am currently looking for a new motor. Very nicely constructed plane. Needs a magnetic hatch and a bit stronger LG structure but definately looks the part. Looking forward to spending more time with this one.
Posted by papasmurf | Apr 04, 2007 @ 12:56 AM | 4,830 Views
Always kind of had a liking for this plane and the mirage 550 as well. Construction went together pretty quickly and easily in a couple evenings time. I am still looking at power systems and have a few minor details to wrap up before flying. I was a bit worried about the weight of the ply fuse so I took the dremel to it in a few places but surprisingly it came out pretty light considering it is designed for glow.
Posted by papasmurf | Mar 21, 2007 @ 12:14 AM | 4,540 Views
The compy and MFX are both fairly recent. The 3D Pro is an old friend with some new blades, and the riot just got out of surgery after getting recovered and the cabanes rebuilt/strengthened.
Posted by papasmurf | Mar 20, 2007 @ 11:57 PM | 4,542 Views
Finally convinced myself to start work on building the top wing yesterday. Got pretty far over the last two evenings and if I can keep up the pace it only needs a bit more time to be complete. My scale is too small to weigh the airframe but it does feel somewhat light....at least lighter than I expected.
Posted by papasmurf | Nov 16, 2006 @ 11:48 PM | 5,558 Views
assuming building an ARF for a few hours counts as a project. I do not do much building from kits so most of what I have will look familiar.

Planes in the photos are as follows:

--House of Balsa Pitts S2A (my baby)-hope to have it mostly finished by christmas. Has a power 32 up front,

--" " Pattern plane. Large and with very nice construction and flies pretty well on a power 15. Only have about 3 flights on it so far over six months time so I need to get to flying it or get rid of it.

--Brio 10 with a power 10. One of my favorites for sure. E-flite hit the nail on the head with dropping the CF gear for the aluminum.

--Riot 3D. Has a LS de novo on the front. Fun to fly and does the best high alpha maneuvers but that is offset by some pretty serious rudder coupling.

--Fliton Mini Extra 330 (I have a weakness for extra's and pitts and this is one of four I have had so far) Original gear wore out so I upgrade it with the CF gear from the mini katana. A20-20L up front

--Mini funtana...yes..I still fly mine and enjoy it quite a bit. It is quite 3D capable with a park 480 and 20C 1300's. Has upgrade aluminum gear from MS

--Hobbico Extra 300 ASAP...The one plane I always wanted as a kid. I remeber drooling over it during the early/mid 90's in the tower catalog. Has not flown yet, but has TP 3520-(6 turn I think)

--MUS...need I say more? Everyone should have one. Best windy day flier there is.
Posted by papasmurf | Oct 15, 2006 @ 01:58 AM | 5,104 Views
My dad has been restoring a 240Z in the shop for the past few months and the paint and primer dust has really made a mess of the place. Today was part of my periodic "cleaning up behind him" and removal of all my planes so I can get my work area clean again. This is not the entire fleet as off the top of my head I can think of another mustang, banchee, glider, 3 helis, 2 pylon racers and 5-6 flying wings that are missing from the family portrait. I really do have too many airplanes it would seem. Trying to get rid of a few of them at the moment as there simply is not enough room for them without taking some apart or stacking them on top of one another.