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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 21, 2013 @ 12:37 AM | 7,550 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 @ 09:37 PM | 8,935 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 @ 01:31 AM | 8,375 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 15, 2013 @ 12:46 AM | 6,673 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 @ 07:15 PM | 7,247 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 @ 05:57 PM | 8,563 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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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2013 @ 03:43 PM | 9,052 Views
Here's photos taken on Saturday, June 8th during from the 2013 Scale Squadron of Southern California Fun Fly held at the Prado Field in Chino, CA. Once again, this event had a great gathering of pilots and aircraft and the weather was great in the morning with mild winds in the afternoon. Looking forward to next year's event.

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 06, 2013 @ 07:51 PM | 10,009 Views
Here's photos of the 1875mm B-17 "Liberty Belle" which has been on the market for a few years now. The model comes as either the Memphis Bell or Liberty Belle. Though referred as the "Hobby King" 1875mm B-17, it's carried by several other distributors.

This is a wonderful flying model and excellent value for the money. They range in price from $250 to $330, depending who you purchase it from and if it's on sale. We have many pilots flying them in the Apollo B-17 Squadron and they absolutely love them. Our Squadron CO has more than 1300 flights on his aircraft and it has suffered several serious crashes and still flies today!

I'm flying mine on two 3S 3000mah batteries with flight times running between 7-9 minutes. The CG was right on the money with these batteries. The props from the FMS B-25. I repainted the top of the engine nacelles, detailed the engines, landing gear, wheels, exhaust, turbochargers, bombardier's seat and repainted the yellow markings.

Pick one up and start your own Squadron or join us in SoCal.

Apollo B-17 Squadron Thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1681309

Here's the HK B-17 thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1463141

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | May 21, 2013 @ 08:00 PM | 9,508 Views
Anytime there's an RC jet event in SoCal, we try not to miss it. Unfortunately, this year our visit was short but for good reason. We were attending the Excellence in Aviation Awards in Los Angeles which honored the Red Bull Stratos Team. Even though our stay at LA Jets was short, we saw many good friends and awesome RC jets.

Here's a few photos from our brief visit and one from the Red Bull Stratos event.

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 18, 2013 @ 11:21 PM | 11,688 Views
This is the new Dynam Hawker Tempest available at Nitroplanes.com. Here's another great Dynam Warbird! Again, Dynam brings a low priced, quality product to the market that will not disappoint. At a time when the RC market is flooded with P-51s, F4U Corsairs, Spitfires and ME-109s, it's great to see a different warbird at your local RC field.

The maiden was painless! Place a 4S 2200 forward in the battery compartment and the CG is perfect. Like the Dynam AT-6 and Corsair, the slow flight behavior is outstanding and stock power is a perfect match for this airframe. I spent a little time painting the exhaust, spinner, control horns and canopy to help improve and already impressive paint scheme.

IMHO, Dynam is one of the best manufacturers of low priced scale foamy warbirds. Yes, some of us have commented that we would like to see improved LEDs and metal trunions in the retracts but again, remember is is a low cost offering that really holds up well. At a price of $129, you will not be disappointed!

The great flight photos were taken by my daughter Evelyn! AWESOME!

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 12, 2013 @ 09:48 PM | 14,677 Views
Here's a few photos of the new LX Models YF-23 Black Widow II.

The Northrop YF-23 competed against Lockheed's YF-22 during the Advanced Tactical Fighter Competition in 1990. The YF-22 ultimately won the competition even though the YF-23 was the better aircraft. Remember, back in 1990, Northrop was building B-2 Stealth Bombers and Lockheed had nothing on the assembly line. Needless to say, the YF-23 was a beautiful aircraft. I had the pleasure of seeing both prototype YF-23s stored here at Edwards AFB in 1994 and after being assigned to Edwards in 1997, I'd spend many afternoons walking around PAV-1, the first YF-23 produced of the only two prototypes. Today, Ship 1 is in the National Museum of the United States Air Force and Ship 2 is now at the Western Museum of Flight at Zamperini Airport, Torrance, CA.

Flight Report:
Two successful flights on the YF-23 and one maintenance issue. With the 6s 4000 mah, she was a little nose heavy which I wanted for the maiden. I started with 50% expo in the elevator and 40% in the ailerons just for assurance and 50 degrees of full flap deflection. Since I was using a 7 Ch receiver, I did not connect the brakes. After a long takeoff roll, she broke ground and required four clicks of up trim, ailerons were right on the money. The first flight was conservative...sort of! After feeling her out in the downwind leg, I advanced the throttles to full, stayed low and she ripped past. It's very fast for a stock PnP foamy. The small group...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 01, 2013 @ 07:48 PM | 11,550 Views
This is the long awaited Durafly Spitfire Mk. 24 available from Hobby King. This beautiful example of the Mk. 24 was well worth the delay/wait. Immediately after removing the fuselage from the box, I noticed that the rudder foam hinge had been separated from the tail and remounted with plastic hinges. This possibly the reason for the delay along with ensuring the product was available at all Hobby King warehouse locations for world-wide release. Either way, this is a fine model and a great addition to the Durafly warbird series. The standard 35mm motor and 35 amp ESC are included and she flies on an 11.1v 2200mAh battery. I spent a little time painting the exhaust, prop tips, control horns, wheel rims and antenna to improve the already great scale appearance. The maiden was effortless with no surprises. Just point her into the wind, slowly advanced the throttle, counter the prop torque with a little right rudder, tail lifts off and you're airborne. Clean up the gear and off she goes. The speed is just a touch slower than the Duraly P-51 and P-47 and that is possibly due to the drag of the radiators under the wings. I plan to open the exit slots at the rear.

All in all, I'm very happy with the Spit!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 01, 2013 @ 07:35 PM | 10,786 Views
Here's another great Durafly 1100mm Warbird available from Hobby King.com. It flies on an 11.1v 2200mAh battery and assembly easily achieved in under an hour. I spent most of my time painting the engine, cowl, prop tips, wheel rims and control horn. The maiden was effortless and a real joy. Like most tail draggers, this P-47 requires a little right rudder as you slowly advance the throttle. Once your airborne and retract the gear, the speed is respectable for the stock 35mm motor and 35amp ESC.

I 'm very pleased with this Thunderbolt and looking forward to more formation flying with other Durafly warbirds.

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:30 PM | 11,576 Views
This is the first PNP offering from Windrider and it's impressive! The Boeing 777 is a stunning foamy example of the Boeing 777. It comes with Air France marking but you can order several different variants offered by Windrider or contact Callie Graphics for custom marking. I went with the Continental Airlines markings from Windrider. I'm still finishing up the markings and adding flaps for slower landing speed. Check out the link below for more info on the great RC Airliner from Ming Lou of Windrider.

Windrinder Boeing 777 thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1689223

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:14 PM | 10,737 Views
Have you ever been to a local RC club swap meet and found a good deal? Well....this E-Flite RV-9 is one of those great bargains and believe it or not, it was new in the box for $50. I couldn't say no. I've always thought this is was very nice looking model and wondered about it's flying qualities. Assembly took several hours and I went with a E-Flite 480 1020kv motor and 40A esc combo. The verdict....this RV flies as good as it looks. With flaps fully deployed, slow flight is fantastic with great control response. Pull the flaps up, advance the throttle and she really moves out with that 480 set up. If you're looking to get into this hobby with minimal expense, visit a club swap meet, you'll be amazed at the great bargains to be had.

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 16, 2013 @ 11:26 PM | 12,123 Views
This is the new FMS 1400mm P-51B "Dallas Darling" which is another stunning Mustang from FMS. This "B" model has all of the latest FMS V7.5 upgrades which include metal trunnions, aluminum landing gear struts, metal gear servos, scale prop, etc. FMS continues to raise the bar in scale appearance, quality and value. If you don't have an FMS bird in your hangar, you should seriously consider getting one for their awesome models.

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 14, 2013 @ 12:10 PM | 11,705 Views
This year's AMA Expo was another outstanding event. The attendance was impressive and the vendor/exhibitors area was stimulating. Really? Yes...... You'll be faced with the challenge of what to buy and what can wait as you make multiple trips around the Ontario Convention Center. The Expo gives you the opportunity to directly connect with the people of industry and even watch demos of products soon to be in the market. Sharing the passion for Model Aviation, as well many other RC hobbies is what the AMA Expo is all about. If you've not attended this great event, I encourage you to plan now for next year and we hope to see you there.

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 14, 2013 @ 11:17 AM | 11,331 Views
Here's the Auto-G from Hobby King. I've been flying this great autogyro for three months now and I love it. If you're looking for something different yet challenging to fly, get an Auto-G. Dave Herbert's (Nightflyyer) videos on YouTube sold me. I've been hand launching mine and it's works out great, just make sure the rotor speed is up.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:30 PM | 12,641 Views
When I saw the E-Flite Carbon-Z Scimitar go from $319 to $129, I couldn't pass up the deal. What a fun plane! A little heavier than I expected but a great flyer regardless and man does it look cool! The maiden was painless but the rudders were very sensitive. Some expo solved that issue. I just order E-Flite retracts because this cool looking aircraft demands retracts. Stock power is great!

Here's a few photos!

Best,
Tony