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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 17, 2016 @ 01:36 AM | 1,896 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 @ 04:03 PM | 2,196 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 @ 09:57 PM | 3,323 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 @ 08:04 PM | 5,635 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 31, 2015 @ 12:17 AM | 6,060 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 @ 06:48 PM | 4,988 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 @ 11:04 PM | 7,761 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 @ 10:48 PM | 7,643 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
Posted by xplaneguy | May 06, 2015 @ 10:06 PM | 6,513 Views
Here's the latest update from the RutanRC Team:

White Knight Prototype Test Footage (1 min 38 sec)


Please take a moment to check out the Kickstarter page and make a contribution to this really cool RC company:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...your-own-space

Also just announced: RutanRC will be at RCX 2015

http://www.rcx.com/
Posted by xplaneguy | May 04, 2015 @ 11:30 PM | 7,301 Views
I thought you guys would like to see just a few of the RutanRC developmental models. Again, not production models but these photos will give an idea of what is in the works. Dan Kreigh (RutanRC Designer) has granted permission to post these photos and he is truly one of the good guys in our hobby. Please consider supporting Dan and the RutanRC Team as they work hard to bring the model aviation community new and exciting RC models of Burt Rutan's legendary designs.

The RutanRC Kickstarter campaign needs your help to get these and many more models of aircraft designed by Burt Rutan into production.

To help support this American company get off the ground, go to the link below to make a contribution:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...your-own-space

Stay tuned for another exciting RutanRC developmental model next week.

Thank you for your time and support,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 21, 2015 @ 09:01 PM | 7,855 Views
Over the past few months, my daughter and I have had the pleasure of supporting the RutanRC team as they prepare to launch their Kickstarter campaign, which will enable the company to produce RC models of Burt Rutan's cutting edge aircraft as well as encourage design ideas by you. How cool is that? As we witnessed some of the early RutanRC test flights, my daughter and I were amazed by the craftsmanship and flying qualities of each model. With your contributions, you will have the opportunity to make this new company and their awesome RC models reality. Furthermore, you have the exclusive opportunity to own these models well before the public...OH YA! Be sure to check out the inspirational video and share with family, friends and our model aviation family.

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I share with you, the Kickstarter campaign link for RutanRC:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...your-own-space

Here's one of several great videos on the KS page:
Burt Rutan on the Inspirational Power of Model Airplanes (0 min 31 sec)


Thank you for your time and support,
Tony & Evelyn
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 21, 2015 @ 12:47 AM | 8,806 Views
Just a quick note to thank all who've contributed to help make this film about Burt Rutan reality. My first post about this film was on Feb. 28, 2015 and the campaign had only raised $13K of the $80K goal. As of today, the campaign has raised 95% of it's fundraising goal to get this important film made. Only $4K is needed within the next 7 days.

Here's the link to the Kickstarter page to make a contribution and be sure to watch the video:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...rt-rutan-story

A recent story about the film and this fundraising effort:
http://aerosociety.com/News/Insight-...ext-generation

Many thanks,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 28, 2015 @ 11:35 AM | 8,057 Views
When I think of Burt Rutan, I think of a modeler who took his PASSION and BIG DREAMS to NEW HEIGHTS! Burt took his passion for model aviation further then anyone else and is still making those dreams reality, even in retirement. In the link below, you'll see Burt not only building another extraordinary aircraft—in his garage but you have the opportunity to support this amazing project. Very, Very Cool!

If you are a Burt Rutan fan or would just like to support a fellow modeler and AMA member, please check out the link below to support a documentary on the life of Burt Rutan. This has never been done before and can happen with your support.

I'm proud to support this documentary and I know you will be too! Also, check out the cool gifts being offered with your contribution.

Be sure to watch the great video on the link and please share this link with others. Thank you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...rt-rutan-story

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 11, 2015 @ 11:37 PM | 10,323 Views
Here's photos of the Freewing 90mm T-45 Goshawk, soon to be available from Motion RC, date TBD (hopefully in a few months).

I had the pleasure of flying this amazing EDF jet and it is, without a doubt, the best Scale "PnP" Foamy EDF Jet, I've ever seen and/or flown to date....PERIOD! Freewing continues to knock each offering out of the park but this one is far beyond what they've offered in terms of scale detail and features.

More info and photos coming soon on the amazing jet.

Check out the photos below and see for yourself! I'm getting two!!!!

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 02, 2015 @ 11:56 PM | 10,287 Views
I recently had the opportunity to fly the soon to be released Freewing 80mm F-5N available from Motion RC. It's a sweet flying EDF jet that really looks the part.

It can be pre-ordered today and you don't want to wait, if you'd like one from the first shipment.

http://www.motionrc.com/freewing-f-5...m-edf-jet-pnp/

This one is a winner and a great addition to your fleet.

To view all images, click continue reading.

Wingspan - 800mm / 31.49in
Length - 1250mm / 49.21in
Flying Weight - 2200g / 78oz
CG (Center of Gravity) - Please refer to the manual
Power System - 3530-1750kV Brushless Outrunner Motor
Electronic Speed Control -80A ESC, 5A BEC, EC5 Connector
Propeller / EDF - 80mm Metal EDF with 12 Blade Fan
Servos:
5x 9g servos (two flap, two aileron, one rudder)
1x 9g metal gear servo (steering)
2x 9g metal gear digital servos (elevator)

Landing Gear Electronic retractable main gear and steerable nose gear with all metal shock absorbing struts

Required Battery - 6S 22.2V 4000mAh-5000mAh LiPo (required)
Required Radio - 6 Channel
Material - EPO Foam
Skill Level - Advanced Intermediate / Advanced
Build Time - 30 Minutes

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 16, 2015 @ 01:53 AM | 9,896 Views
Here's information and photos of the soon to be released FMS 980mm Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony available from Motion RC.

I had the pleasure for flying the Motion RC "Test & Evaluation Sample" back in Nov & Dec 2014 and this plane is a winner! Excellent speed, stability, quality and presence.....You'll love it!

NOTE-The model will only be available in the green scheme shown in the first two pictures. The aluminum scheme was only applied to the test sample but can be achieved using aluminum tape purchased at your local hardware store.

Specs:
Wingspan - 995mm / 39.7in
Length - 742mm / 29.21in
Flying Weight - 1,160g
CG (Center of Gravity) - 55-60mm from the leading edge
Power System - Brushless 3648-770Kv (installed)
Electronic Speed Control - 60A with 5A SBEC (installed)
Propeller - 10.5 x 7 3-Blade
Servos - 9g digital metal gear Servo x 4 (ailerons, elevator, rudder), 9g digital nylon gear servo X2 (flaps) - all pre-installed
Landing Gear - E-retracts with metal trunnions (installed)
Required Battery - 14.8V 4S 2200mAh 35C+ Li-Po (required)
Required Radio - Minimum 6 Channel full range Radio (required)

FMS and Motion RC are once again bringing a unique, quality product to the RC community. Get 'em in the air!

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 13, 2015 @ 12:29 AM | 10,286 Views
We had a great time at AMA Expo! This year we focused on spending time with old and new friends from all aspects of modeling. Meeting and building relationships with the vendors and some even recognized Evelyn and I from right here on RC Groups.

What a wonderful place to inspire and be inspired by modelers worldwide. After almost 6 years on RC Groups and 13 years on RC Universe, I'm still amazed at how powerful this medium is in connecting modelers around the world, sharing our interests/passion with one another and building life long friendships. All good!!

Here's photos from the event. Click continue reading below to see all photos.

All the best,
Tony &...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 29, 2014 @ 01:30 AM | 10,933 Views
Here's a few photos of mine and my daughter's Zeta BV-38s. Both were flown during the 'Ace in the Hole' Electric Fun Fly in Henderson, NV.....a few weeks ago.

Our Zeta Wings are too much fun and relatively easy to fly! Both have been upgraded with 65A ESCs, APC 6X4 props, smaller lite wheels and detailed via spray can and airbrush.

Best,
Tony