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Posted by xplaneguy | May 21, 2013 @ 07:00 PM | 8,739 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 18, 2013 @ 10:21 PM | 10,370 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!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 12, 2013 @ 08:48 PM | 12,934 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 @ 06:48 PM | 10,312 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!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 01, 2013 @ 06:35 PM | 9,837 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 04, 2013 @ 11:30 AM | 10,493 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

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 04, 2013 @ 11:14 AM | 9,867 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 16, 2013 @ 10:26 PM | 11,159 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 14, 2013 @ 11:10 AM | 10,911 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 14, 2013 @ 10:17 AM | 10,499 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 30, 2013 @ 07:30 PM | 11,271 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!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 03, 2013 @ 06:35 PM | 11,322 Views
Here's the New Dynam Tiger Moth available at Nitroplanes.com. Dynam does it again with another great airplane. This plane has amazing power...like you need a Tiger Moth with awesome vertical...of course you do! If I had to choose between the Dynam Waco and this Tiger Moth for a first time biplane...my choice is the Tiger Moth! Awesome slow speed stability, gentle landings that are perdictable and nice aerobatics. Heck...this plane can hover with it's stock power. A keeper!

Flying photos by my awesome daugher Evelyn!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 20, 2012 @ 07:19 PM | 12,513 Views
Watching Quicksilver Ultralights in the sky as a kid was always a thrill but getting to fly one later in life was amazing, so....this New Drifter Ultralight from Hobby King had a date with my doorstep.

A simple model to assemble in under an hour with most of the time spent detailing the hardware. I flew the maiden with the recommended 2S 1000mAh battery but the model required 1 gram on weight in the nose to obtain proper CG. I'll be going to higher mAh battery shortly. A truly fun Ultralight which looks great on the ground and in the air!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 20, 2012 @ 06:55 PM | 9,365 Views
Several years ago, I purchased the Dynam Skybus/DC-3 and have been flying it for more the two years. I just love it! This new version as the C-47 is much better than the original release and only cost $89 from Nitroplanes a few months back. I finally put it together and what a wonderful surprise. The powered system is quieter and smoother. The thrust is greater with the three bladed props. The finish is matt green/more scale looking and the wing has the proper dihedral for greater stability and again, better scale appearance. I added a steerable tail wheel mod, painted the window silver, landing gear silver and cowlings OD Green.

I love this version so much that I put my original White DC-3 up for sale.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 20, 2012 @ 06:38 PM | 9,151 Views
Here's a few photos of the Starmax 70mm F-5E in Swiss markings. The model has been on the market for more than three years but it's on sale for $109 and I couldn't look the other way without pulling the trigger. A nice flying F-5E! The retracts required a little strengthening and the retract servos need to be upgraded.....it was cheap and I like my first one I put together two years ago. I painted the canopy white and exhaust steel.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 23, 2012 @ 07:13 PM | 10,189 Views
Another amazing BITW held in Buttonwillow, CA.

Here's the photos!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 23, 2012 @ 07:01 PM | 9,590 Views
Our visit was short this year but well worth the drive to see our good friends at this great event. The word is getting out because there were more pilots in attendance and flying some beautiful aircraft. Awesome!

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