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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 18, 2016 @ 09:56 PM | 1,196 Views
Evelyn and I decide to take a trip to NAS Fallon this weekend and came across this great Air Park not far from our lodging room on the base. Pretty awesome collection!

Happy Father's Day!...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 10, 2016 @ 08:55 PM | 1,635 Views
Last week, Evelyn and I attended our favorite model aviation event held in Wrightsville, Arkansas on 2-5 June......S.M.A.L.L. 2016!!!!

At the event, you'll see and experience different aspects of model aviation which include R/C, Control-Line, Free Flight, and Model Rocketry. If you grew up with or have an interest in 1/2A powered models.....this year we had a great turnout of 1/4A to 1/2A models, most powered by Cox engines.

This event is laid back and so much fun. The local hospitality, lasting friendships forged, and the pure love of model aviation are what make SMALL so special. This event and it's attendees represent all that is great about our model aviation community. We're already looking forward to SMALL 2017.....Good times!!!

Check out the thread and photos beginning on page 19:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2553456
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:48 PM | 2,949 Views
The SAE Aero Design West 2016 Competition was held on 22-24 April 2016 at Apollo XI Field in Van Nuys, CA and it was an awesome event!

This year was my first time attending as a Volunteer Pilot for the California State University Northridge Team and it was an amazing experience, not to be forgotten.

If you're interested in volunteering to assist teams at the next event, check out the link below. I highly recommend getting involved in this rewarding team building opportunity.

http://students.sae.org/cds/aerodesign/west/...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:20 PM | 3,058 Views
This past week, I attended SEFF 2016 for the first time and though the weather was not ideal, I sure had a great time with old friends and made new friends. This is a must attend event, if you can do it. Great folks, awesome venue, amazing hospitality....all held in a gorgeous part of Georgia.

Special thanks to my good friend John Morgan for his trust in me to fly all of his amazing scratch built pusher jets and biplane. It was truly an honor! ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 01, 2016 @ 01:28 AM | 3,346 Views
I've had the pleasure of flying the new FlightlineRC Spitfire Mk. IXc several times recently and it is a fantastic flying model, with outstanding scale features. With it's stunning scale looks, outstanding flight characteristics, robust gear and exceptional price point...the FlightlineRC Spitfire is a winner!

As always, another outstanding offering from Motion RC.

http://www.motionrc.com/flightlinerc...-wingspan-pnp/

Specs
Wingspan: 1200mm / 47in
Length: 1085mm / 42.7in
Flying Weight: 1550g / 54oz
CG (Center of Gravity): 80mm from the leading edge of wing at the root
Power System:
3748-580Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Stock scale power system)
3648-880Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Optional sport power system)
Electronic Speed Control: 60A Brushless with T connector
Propeller: 12x7 4 Blade Propeller / 12x8 2 Blade Propeller High Performance Version (optional)
Servos: (2x) 9g metal gear (4x) 9g standard
Landing Gear: Electric retracts with metal trunions
Required Battery: 4S 14.8V 2500mAh - 4000mAh Li-Po with T connector
Required Radio: 6+ Channel 2....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 09, 2016 @ 09:27 PM | 3,752 Views
Here's the latest offering from Horizon Hobby and it is their best Corsair yet. I have four flights on mine and I absolutely love it. Rock solid flying with active AS3X and incredibly slow with full flaps deployed. Scale power for all the aerobatic maneuvers and quality you come to expect from E-Flite. Bottom line - This is a must have for Corsair fan!

Key Features:
•Easy to complete final assembly
•AS3X® technology for rock-solid flight stability
•Accurate multi-sectional flaps with servos
•Retractable 90° rotating electric main landing gear
•6-channel control with a steerable tail wheel
•Spektrum™ 6-channel AR636A DSMX® receiver
•Powerful 15-size, 850Kv brushless motor
•E-flite® 40-amp brushless ESC
•Accepts 2200mAh 3S 11.1V Li-Po battery packs (sold separately)
•6 × Lightweight Spektrum micro servos
•Constructed with durable Z-Foam™ material
•Authentic US Marine Corps VMFT-20 training squadron trim scheme
•Realistic cockpit, 4-blade propeller and radial engine detail
•Removable wing tanks included

Needed To Complete:
•Full-range 6+ channel transmitter with Spektrum DSM2/DSMX technology
•Flight battery – E-Flite 2200mAh 3S 11.1V 25C Li-Po (EFLB22003S30) recommended
•Suitable charger
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 06, 2016 @ 02:14 PM | 3,320 Views
I had the pleasure of flying the new RocHobby Nemesis 1100mm High Speed Racer from Motion RC recently and it was impressive. Outstanding performance and stability in the high and low speed flight configuration. Another winner from FMS/RocHobby and Motion RC.

http://www.motionrc.com/rochobby-nxt...-wingspan-pnp/

Features:
•Slick red & white color scheme for high visual appeal and orientation
•Comes with a powerful Brushless 3648-KV870 motor combined with heavy-duty 70A ESC
•Digital metal gear servos on the ailerons, elevator and rudder for maximum strength and durability
•Can be tuned to reach speeds in excess of 100 mph
•Nice scale appearance including hand painted pilot, chrome spinner and detailed cockpit
•Simple construction with no glue required for assembly
•Rugged electronic retractable landing gear with metal trunnions
•Durable EPO foam with reinforced one-piece wing
•Flaps for quicker takeoffs and slower landings

Requires:
•Minimum 6 Channel Radio - Click Here for recommendations
•6 Channel Receiver - Click Here for recommendations
•4 Cell 14.8V 2500 mAh Li-Po Battery with T...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 17, 2016 @ 12:36 AM | 4,871 Views
I had the wonderful opportunity to get in three flights on the soon-to-be-released FlightLineRC P-38L available to pre-order now at Motion RC and it is absolutely AWESOME!

Bottom line: This is simply the best foamy P-38, I've ever flown. Vertical performance is outstanding, it's super stable in the slow, dirty configuration and it looks so freakin good.

If you're a warbird fan, the FlightLineRC P-38 is a must for your fleet.

Pacific Silver:
http://www.motionrc.com/flightlinerc...-wingspan-pnp/

Allied Green:
http://www.motionrc.com/flightlinerc...-wingspan-pnp/...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 10, 2016 @ 03:03 PM | 4,986 Views
Evelyn and I had an awesome time at AMA Expo 2016. We were encouraged to see more fixed wing aircraft return to the event since multi-rotors dominated last year....not that there's anything wrong with that.

We spent quality time with many old friends and were thankful to gain many new friends...by far, the best part of the event. Thanks everyone and we hope to see you to AMA Expo 2017! ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 21, 2015 @ 08:57 PM | 6,026 Views
Here's a collection of photos and videos of the New Freewing F-14D Tomcat at Chino Valley, AZ from Oct. 15-17, 2015.

Special thanks to Bajora, justwingit, beanie, crxmanpat and Hans for your outstanding images and videos. Looking forward to next year's gathering with our family.

Two Exciting EDF Models from Freewing: F-14 and F-15 (1 min 5 sec)

Freewing Twin 80MM F-14D Tomcat - 17 October 2015 (5 min 37 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 20, 2015 @ 07:04 PM | 8,855 Views
Alright 'Top Gun' Fans, this new offering from Freewing should make you happy.

This is the Freewing twin 80mm F-14 Tomcat, available soon from Motion RC. The ULTIMATE Foamy EDF Tomcat.

The model has been in development for more than a year and I've had the privilege to fly the first prototype almost a year ago and six flights of the production model as of 26 Sep 2015. This is an amazing offering from Freewing and they have once again raised the bar. Pre-orders available now:
PnP - http://www.motionrc.com/freewing-f-1...m-edf-jet-pnp/

Here's the specs and photos. Special thanks to Alpha, Motion RC and Freewing!

Specifications:
- Scale: ~1:8.3 scale
- Length: 61.5/1563mm
- Wingspan (wings forward): 61.5"/1562mm
- Wingspan (wings swept): 38"/965mm
- Dry weight: 4162g
- Power system: Twin 80mm 12B metal shrouded EDFs and twin 80A ESCs, powered by twin 6s 4000-5000mAh 8A UBEC
- Channels: 7 minimum. Ailerons, Flaps, Elevator, Rudder, Throttle, Gear, Sweep.
- Sweep Mechanism: Aluminum wing box with four second worm driven actuators....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 30, 2015 @ 11:17 PM | 9,097 Views
After almost a year of watching and flying this model as a CNC white foam F-15 prototype, to following development though pre-production flight tests as well as flying it, I'm proud to say....the new Freewing 90mm F-15 is coming soon to Motion RC. You can preorder it now, and the model is well worth the wait.

I've flown the production model six times and I gotta say, the Freewing team have done an outstanding job! Great development and fine tuning work by my buddy Alpha@MotionRC.

Check it out:
http://www.motionrc.com/freewing-f-1...m-edf-jet-pnp/

Features:
•Large scale electric ducted fan RC jet sporting an accurate livery
•Powerful 1550kV outrunner motor provides the optimal balance of thrust/top-end speed and overall flight time
•12 Blade factory balanced EDF with metal housing for realistic jet turbine-like sound (PNP only)
•Composite fan blades combined with metal EDF housing ensure AMA compliance (the fan blades themselves are NOT metal, so there are no flying restrictions - PNP only)
•Hobbywing 130 Amp Hobbywing ESC with 8A UBEC (PNP only)
•Electric retracts with scale, shock-absorbing struts and main operation, CNC'd from 6061 aluminum and suitable for pavement or short grass
•Electric worm gear-driven air brake
•Sequenced gear doors provide added realism and reduced drag
•Removable wings and flight surfaces, including a magnetic nose cone, for easy transport and compact storage
•Machine screws and...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 30, 2015 @ 05:48 PM | 7,803 Views
Here's a few photos of the soon to be released Freewing 70mm Yak-130, available to pre-order from Motion RC:

http://www.motionrc.com/freewing-yak...p/#description

I've flown this jet seven times on an Admiral 6S 60C 4000 mAh battery and it has very nice performance. Though I'm not a Yak-130 fan, this is a great flying, fun EDF model for a reasonable price. The red and white scheme really helps with orientation and looks great.

Features:
•Simplified EPO construction for comfortable handling at all speeds
•6 Blade factory balanced EDF with 2849-2200kV outrunner motor (6S PNP only)
•60 Amp Hobbywing ESC with EC5 connector and 5A BEC
•Removable wings and carbon spar
•High visibility “Red 02” scale trainer scheme
•Electronic retractable landing gear with 3mm steel wire struts and metal trunnions
•Nylon hinges on aileron and elevator
•Plastic-sheathed nose cone and wing tip missile rails for added durability
•All electronics come pre-installed for your convenience (6S PNP only)
•Some gluing and assembly required

Requires:
•Minimum 6 Channel Radio
•6 Channel Receiver
•6 Cell 22.2V 3000 - 4000 mAh LiPo Battery

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | May 11, 2015 @ 10:04 PM | 10,436 Views
Here's a few pictures of the RutanRC 70mm EDF SpaceShipOne development model. This is larger than the one shown in their videos. I've scene this model fly several times and it is SWEET!

Check out the website and make a contribution to the Kickstarter campaign though the link below.

RutanRC website:
http://www.rutanrc.com/

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | May 11, 2015 @ 09:48 PM | 10,300 Views
Below is the latest video from RutanRC. Be sure to checkout their website and contributor to the Kickstarter Campaign:

www.rutanrc.com

White Knight and SpaceShipOne Takeoff and Landing 5-8-15 (1 min 32 sec)


Best,
Tony