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Posted by xplaneguy | May 29, 2014 @ 08:37 PM | 2,378 Views
Here's some photos of the Freewing F-86. This jet is a must for any F-86 Fan. I'm flying it on a 6S 60C 4000mAh battery. Flight times are 4 minutes.

Features:
•12 Blade factory balanced EDF with metal housing combined with 3530-1750KV brushless outrunner motor produces realistic jet turbine sound and an incredible 6 lbs of thrust
•Composite fan blades combined with metal EDF housing make the F86 AMA compliant (the fan blades themselves are NOT metal, so there are no flying restrictions)
•Super scale details include hand painted pilots, scale drop tanks, machine gun turrets, airfoil panel lines, and super detailed USAF "Jolley Roger" graphics package
•80 Amp Hobbywing ESC with 5A BEC
•Electronic retractable landing gear with all metal shock-absorbing struts
•Steerable, shock absorbing nose gear for enhanced ground maneuverability
•Full function drop down flaps allow shorter take-off distances and slow, scale landings
•Independently controlled elevators allow perfect trim and more responsive climb and descent capability
•Drop tanks are connected via rare earth magnets to allow easy attachment and detactment
•Carbon spars and EPO foam construction provide the perfect balance between strength and flexibility
•Nylon hinges on all control surfaces (superior to foam hinges)
•Outrunner motor, servos, ESC and EDF come pre-installed for your convenience.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | May 16, 2014 @ 05:54 PM | 2,369 Views
Here' s a bunch of photos of my Freewing A-10 which I'm flying on a 4S 3300 mAh battery. Too much fun!

Features:
•Ultra-scale design including US Air Force graphics, hand-painted pilot, detailed cockpit, machine guns, bombs, drop tanks
•Twin 64mm EDFs powered by two 2836-3500KV motors produces over 1700grams of thrust
•Electronic retractable main landing gear and retractable steerable nose gear both with metal trunnions
•Flaps ready (just add two 9g servos) for quick take-offs and slow, scale landings
•Metal gear servos for strength, precision, and long life
•Twin 40A ESCs are housed in a special compartment designed for effective cooling
•Nylon hinges on all control surfaces (superior to foam hinges)
•Brushless motor, ESC and servos come pre-installed

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | May 16, 2014 @ 05:10 PM | 2,277 Views
There's nothing better than sharing the hobby with good friends! In this case, how about giving a model to a good friend?

After I received my Durafly P-51 'Old Crow', my good friend Brent Hecht (Corsair Nut) stated that he really wanted to get one but he had just been through a tough medical situation recently, which put spare change for models on hold for a while. My first Durafly P-51D Ferocious Frankie (FF) was collecting dust and needed a good home, so I gave it to Brent knowing that he would not only appreciated it but would make it his own....he did! Shortly after delivering the model to his home, he went to work filling, sanding and repainting Ferocious Frankie as Glamorous Glen III. Brent and I are both fans of Gen. Chuck Yeager and his model is a stunning tribute to this great American Hero.......our Hero!

Here's photos of both models together. Again, nothing better than friends sharing the joy of model aviation with one another.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 10, 2014 @ 07:45 PM | 3,138 Views
This past weekend I had the pleasure of flying the maiden and second flight of the HET Mig-21. What a thrill! The Mig-21 is powered by a 5S 3300 mAh battery utilizing a Wemo fan and Arc motor. At WOT, the speed was impressive!

The jet is owned by my friend Tim, built by friend John and flown by me. Team HET Mig-21 pulled off two successful flights and more importantly, what made this project fun was that it was a "Team" effort.

Thanks to Tim and John for this fun experience. Sharing our passion for model aviation is the true essence of this hobby.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 12, 2014 @ 02:11 PM | 3,914 Views
Here's some great photos taken by my good friend Mike Gaasch of my Supreme Hobbies A320 flying at the Apollo XI Field, Van Nuys, CA on Sunday, 9 March 2014.

Thanks Mike!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 06, 2014 @ 07:07 PM | 3,810 Views
Here's another great offering, the Freewing SBD-5 Dauntless available from Banana Hobby. I picked this one up at the AMA Expo at a great show price from BH. This model is an impressive EPO warbird with awesome scale looks and stable flight charateristics. The Dauntless flies on a 4S 2200 mAh battery pack and performance is respectable and well matched for this scale model. The Freewing Dauntless is a model that looks fantastic on the ground and in the air, especially in the air!

More of the story:

This Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless is one of Freewing's best RC model reproductions yet. Measuring in at 1330mm wingspan (53-3/8") with a length of 1040mm (41"), one of the most striking scale appearances is the unique scale split "dive" flaps. Being the U.S. Navy's main dive bomber in the 1940's, the Dauntless was best known for delivering fatal blows to the Japanese carriers in the Battle of Midway.

Other great details are the very scale propeller and rotary engine design. High strength scale servoless retracts and perfectly replicated paint and color scheme add to the realism of this incredible RC model. Looks are nothing without performance and the SBD-5 delivers in spades.

Specs:
Wingspan 1330mm (52.4 inch)
Length 1040mm (41 inch)
Flying Weight 1750g (61.7 oz)
Drive System 3648 KV600 Brushless OutRunner Motor
Propeller 3-Paddle
Speed Controller Hobbywing 40A Brushless ESC
Servo 6X 9g
Retract System Servoless Retracts
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 27, 2014 @ 06:40 PM | 3,799 Views
Here's a bunch of photos of the New Supreme Hobbies 1100mm span Airbus A320 available from PW-RC.com. Two recommendations: Cut foam ailerons and install pin type hinges. Use a 3S 2200 battery for best flight times and better flying qualities. Great model with cool landing gear, 50mm 11 blade EDF fans and scale appearance. A keeper!

Here's the dedicated thread on the A320:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2087192

Specs:
Description:-
- Super Scale & High Performance Electric Ducted Fan Airway Plane.
- Twin 50mm 11 Blade High Performance EDF installed.
- Detachable Main Wing & CF Tube
- Both A320 & A320 NEO Wing Tip options .
- Electric Retract Landing Gear With CNC Metal Strut installed.
- Gear Door System Installed.
- Specific 8 Sec Sequencer For Scale Gear Door Action ( Door Open - Gear Down - Door Close , Door Open - Gear Up - Door Close ).
- Large Battery Room Which Can Fit With High Capacity Li-Po Battery For Longer Flying Time.
- Decorative Nozzle Of Nacelle ( Unpaint ) Include.
- Twin EDF Power System designed for 3S 11.1v Or 4S 14.8v Battery For Scale Or Speed Flying.

Specification:
- Material: Durable EPO
- Wingspan : 1,086mm ( 42.8in )
- Length : 1,200mm ( 47.2in )
- Flying weight: Around 1,200 - 1,400g ( 42.3 - 49.4 OZ )
- Servo: 9 x 5g Servo ( Installed )
- Landing Gear : Electric Retract Landing Gear With CNC Metal Strut ( Installed )
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 07, 2014 @ 06:29 PM | 4,128 Views
Here's shots on the new Durafly 1100mm P-51D Old Crow. The same as the Durafly 1100mm P-51D Ferocious Frankie, just a new color scheme.

This nice looking and great flying Mustang is yet another great addition to the Durafly 1100mm Warbird Series.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 06, 2014 @ 06:47 PM | 4,598 Views
This is the ARF version of the Blitz RC Works 50mm Viper Jet available from Banana Hobby:

http://www.bananahobby.com/3-ch-blit...f-jet-rtf.html

Features:
•3 Channel Full Function Radio Controlled (Aileron, Elevator &Throttle)
•BS2X 2 Axis Gyro Stabilization
•Detachable Nose
•Detachable Motor Hatch Secured with Rare Earth Magnets
•Pushrod Fairings
•Reinforced Winglets
•Winglets Provides Steady Flight Characteristics
•Factory Applied Decals
•EPO Foam

I have one flight on the Viper Jet using the 3S 25C 850 mAh battery and gyro not used....didn't need it. One ounce of weight was added to achieve CG but a 1000mAh battery would be the better option. Super stable flyer! I used 50% expo in the ailerons and elevator and it flew like a larger jet...even in a 10 mph crosswind. Inverted flight was rock solid with no bad tendencies.

This is a great flyer and a nice addition to the 50mm jet series.

Build thread for the 50mm Viper Jet:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2097128

Special thanks to Banana Hobby for providing this sample for review.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 29, 2014 @ 07:16 PM | 4,679 Views
This event was organized by RC Groups member Corsair Nut and RCG pilots turned out in force for an incredible, sunny Southern California day of fun, flying and fellowship. Sharing ideas and expertise, inspiring one another and just plain having fun is what makes these gathering so much fun.

Here's the thread on the gathering and below are photos from Saturday, Jan 25, 2014. Looking forward to the next get together.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2080028

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 26, 2014 @ 03:09 PM | 4,567 Views
Here's the latest EDF Jet from LX Models sold by Banana Hobby. This is one impressive size foamy EDF and it really looks the part. I spent a considerable amount of time hand painting the landing gear, exhaust area, U.S. National Insignia, pilots, control horns and added yellow stripping to the wing and horizontal stabilizer tips.

I decided to do a build thread on this Phantom after not doing one for quite a long time. The thread goes through the entire assembly of the LX F-4 PNP version with helpful tips and flight report here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2079938

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 20, 2013 @ 11:37 PM | 5,661 Views
Is there anything better than an Aviation and Space Christmas Vacation in Florida? No, not really...lots of cool aviation venues and of course...the Kennedy Space Center! One of our favorite places on the planet!

The first two days of our eight day trip were spent at Kermit Week's Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fl and at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. All are must see places while in Florida! Jawdropping, mindblowing, incredible, historic, geeking out fun!

Tomorrow's mission.....RC Hobby Shops of Central Florida! Bring it!!!!!

Here's some photos!

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 30, 2013 @ 08:37 PM | 6,771 Views
When it comes to warbirds, the DeHavilland Mosquito is one fantastic twin engine medium bomber and the new Parkzone Mosquito Mk VI is a great model of this classic warbird. Assembly was quick and painless! The model offer cooling slot for the ESCs in the leading edge of the wings and the optional flap servo installation was quick and easy. The model flies beautifully on the recommended 3S 2200 mAh battery. With the battery position forward in the compartment, CG was right on the money. The maiden was smooth, painless and required no trim changes. The maiden flight was 5 min 30 secs and still had 46% left in the battery.

The big disappointment was the lack on the retract legs in the box for pilots wanting to add retracts. I contacted Horizon Hobby and they are sending me the optional retract structs free of charge. This looks to be an issue with all kits shipped out this week and they are working to fix this problem. So....if you want to add retracts, you'll require the retract structs which are should be included but are not, please call Horizon Hobby.

I'm looking forward to logging lots of flights on this Mossie. IMHO, this would be an outstanding first twin model for anyone wanting to add a twin powered plane to their fleet!

Fly Safe and Have Fun!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 16, 2013 @ 12:31 AM | 6,955 Views
Here's the RocHobby P-51 Strega from Motion RC. One word decribes this latest offering...IMPRESSIVE!

You have the option of flying Strega on either a 3S or 4S 2200mAh batttery. I went with 4S and the speed is AWESOME!

With 7 flights on this model, it has performed flawless. Using the 4S battery, flight times are between 4-5 minutes depending on how long you're in the throttle wide open.

The higher price initially caused hesitation in pulling the trigger but I'm glad I did. The Strega is a winner!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 14, 2013 @ 11:46 PM | 6,018 Views
During LA Jets held on Sunday, Nov 10th, JetCat USA Owner John Redman gave Evelyn the opportunity to fly his Composite ARF Ultra Flash powered by a JetCat USA P120SX which flies more than 200 mph. Pretty Cool!

Here's John write up about their flight together posted on the JetCat USA Facebook page:
"I had the true pleasure to take a new modeling friend into the sky on the Ultra Flash this past weekend. Evelyn currently flies the ParkZone T-28 with her father and enjoys the hobby. As she sat in the chair under the shade tree at LA Jets, taking care of JetDog, I thought, hmmmm ... time to hand her a transmitter. She grabbed on and headed skyward. Five minutes of flight time on her first turbine flight thanks to the buddy box system from Spektrum and a couple of DX18's. She flew with grace and I look forward to handing the Ultra Flash over to her again at a later date. Great Flight Girl!!!!! The pleasure was all ours! Until the next time we meet Evelyn ,,, enjoy the flight."

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jetca...89056957802911

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...7802911&type=1

http://www.jetcatusa.com/

Thanks again John for this amazing experience for Evelyn and her proud father!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 04, 2013 @ 06:15 PM | 6,548 Views
Here's the latest edition to the fantastic Durafly Warbird Series from Hobby King, the Messerschmitt BF 110. If you're looking for a great twin powered warbird that is stable, fun and reasonably price, then this is the one you'll want. Evelyn and I took the model to the Apollo Warbird Squadron Fun Fly event for the maiden flight and it is now a proud addition to our warbird fleet.

I flew the model on a 3S 2200mAh battery though the model required three clicks of down trim with the battery position all the way forward. A 2500-2600 mAh battery would be the ideal choice though the model flew fantastic on the 2200. Flight times were approximately 5 minutes and the BF 110 flew fantastic inverted, even with the 2200. Rudders are very effective and rolls were impressive. Loops were smooth and clean. Landing gear worked perfectly as you would expect from a Durafly model. Like most PnP models, I'd like a little more power but honestly, the power is well matched for scale flying. This model does not come with flaps like the other Durafly warbirds but it it doesn't need them. I'm very happy with this latest offering from Hobby King and proud to fly it with the Apollo Warbird Squadron in Van Nuys, CA

During the four flights on Saturday, I was fortunate to receive fantastict photos from our good friend Mike Gaasch of this BF110. Thanks Mike!

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 07, 2013 @ 04:57 PM | 7,905 Views
Two months ago, our friend Corey decided to part with his trusty Phase 3 P-38 which had recently lost the right outboard horizontal stabilizer in flight and he was ready to let it go. I bought it from him for the low price of $25. My daughter Evelyn is a huge P-38 fan and just loves the P-38F "Glacier Girl".

The interesting part of this model story is that for years, there was a Phase 3 P-38 hanging in the Santa Clarita Hobby People and we both wondered if it would ever be for sale? This was several years after HP discontinued that model. We asked an employee and they didn't know if they could sell it. A short time later, the model was gone!

Fast forward a few years, that model was purchased from the shop by Corey, who knew the Manager and now is owned by Evelyn. Talk about coming full circle! Needless to say, when Corey shared that info with us, I decided to restore the old P-38 as "Glacier Girl" for Evelyn.

Evelyn has flown "Glacier Girl" three times and loves it! She showed Corey his old P-38 and he was glad it went to a good home. A happy ending!

Here's some photos.

Best,
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