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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 26, 2011 @ 02:17 PM | 9,773 Views
Here's the new Airfield F6F Hellcat available from Nitroplanes.com. Once again, Nitroplanes and UPS got the Hellcat to my home in 22 hours. The Nitroplanes Shipping is the Gold Standard in the industry. AWESOME!

Needless to say, the scale and detail of this new 1400mm Hellcat is stunning. I painted the control horns insignia blue, light blue and painted the prop hub silver. I'll be flying this bird on Sky Lipo 14.8v 40C 3300mAh batteries. Can't wait to get it in the wind!

Here's a few sunrise photos of my awesome daughter Evelyn holding this beautiful F6F Hellcat. We were having fun with her early morning giggles.

UPDATE-I put two flights on my Hellcat this morning (28 Sep 11). I used a 4S 3300mAh pack for both flight. The aircraft was a little tail heavy with those batteries. I added an ounce of weight and she flew great. A 4S 4000mAh pack would be perfect! This F6F looks so great in the air and the flaps are awesome. I was shooting approaches with full flaps right at sunrise with the wingtip lights showing up beautifully. The Hellcat looked and flew amazing. The retracts are working perfectly and I was flying off my dirt runway. She's a keeper!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 26, 2011 @ 01:47 PM | 10,014 Views
Back in 2005, I built the Dynaflite Butterfly 99 inch span powered glider from a kit I purchased from Tower Hobbies. It was originally powered with an O.S. 15 FP and covered with Monokote in an Edwards AFB Flight Test scheme. After watching it collect dust for the past four years, I decided to convert it to electric using the E-Flite Power 15, 60amp ESC and a 14.8v 25 C 2200 mAh battery. The conversion only took 45 minutes with another 30 minutes devoted to reheating/cleaning the Monokote. I have four flights on it now with the new electric set up and I'm very happy.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2011 @ 08:01 PM | 9,550 Views
For those of us who grew up with Carl Goldberg Models, the Gentle Lady was one of classic sailplanes from Goldberg. Needless to say, when I saw this beautiful ARF in a Tower Hobbies advertisement, I had to add this classic sailplane to our fleet. This ARF is nicely packaged and the instructions are the top quality product you expect from Goldberg Models, now distributed by Great Planes. Evelyn and I are looking forward to slope soaring this beautiful model and using a hi-start for local thermal flying.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 13, 2011 @ 03:30 PM | 10,561 Views
Here's a few photos of the New Dynam AT-6 Texan from Nitroplanes.com. I added new national insignias, painted the wheels, landing gear and plastic mounts silver.

UPDATE: I've flown this AT-6 twice and I'm very impressed! The power was much more than I expected using a 3S 40C 2200mAh battery. Truly a great plane at an awesome price.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 02, 2011 @ 08:18 PM | 9,618 Views
Here's a few photos of the new Airfield 800mm A-1 Skyraider from Nitroplanes. For any Skyraider fan, this is one nice looking 800mm warbird. After an initial delay in my order being sent, I contacted Nitroplanes Customer Service and they quickly shipped this plane to my home in less than one day. Big props to Nitroplanes!

Update- Flew the maiden and the aircraft really moves on a 2S battery. Faster than the 800mm T-28 and T-6. Inverted flight is stable it but barely holds a knife edge pass on a 2S battery. A 3S pack would do the trick. Very nice Skyraider!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 01, 2011 @ 06:41 PM | 8,424 Views
I was given the opportunity to fly a Nico Hobbies F-22 owned by alpea41 during the West Coast Big Jolt Event. Needless to say, I was hooked! Thanks Al!

I bought this beautiful RTF profile F-22 from Nico Hobbies owner Pat during the event and will fly it this weekend. Check out the entire line of aircraft offered at nicohobbies.com

Best,
Tony