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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 03, 2013 @ 07:35 PM | 12,413 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 @ 08:19 PM | 13,774 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 @ 07:55 PM | 10,323 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.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 20, 2012 @ 07:38 PM | 9,920 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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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:13 PM | 10,962 Views
Another amazing BITW held in Buttonwillow, CA.

Here's the photos!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:01 PM | 10,319 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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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 10, 2012 @ 11:21 PM | 23,470 Views
FMS has sure come a long way from their V1 Mustang. This New V7 P-51 is a smaller version of their 1700mm Mustang and it looks awesome! I'll be flying mine on a 14.8 40C 4000mAh battery.

Improvements for this V7 Mustang included: new prop, upgraded motor, ESC, shock absorbing landing gear struts, slow actuating flap servos, sliding canopy, scale wheehls, retractable tail wheel, servo driven main inner gear doors and new paint schemes.

Special thanks to PW-RC.com!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 10, 2012 @ 11:04 PM | 11,225 Views
Below are photos of the Hobby King Me 163 Komet. She flies on a 14.8v 2200mAh battery. Looking forward to ripping the 163 across the sky!

Specs:
Wingspan: 900mm
Length: 600mm
Wing Area: 12.2dm2
Wing Loading: 65g/dm2
Flying Weight: 770g~800g
ESC: 80A w/BEC
Motor: 2850 3500kv Brushless Inrunner
Servo: 9g x 3

Requires:
Your Own 4 Channel TX/RX with Elevon Mixing
2200mAh 4s Lipoly Battery (Min 30c Rating)


Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 28, 2012 @ 07:38 PM | 12,427 Views
I'm not much of a German WWII aircraft fan but a few really cool axis aircraft have an amazing history and yes...look cool! The ME-262 is definitely one cool jet. This new 70mm twin EDF 262 is awesome! Awesome value, size, performance, scale appearance and great Dynam value. It flies on a 4s 4000mAh battery and stock speed is impressive. The only issue I've experienced during my 6 flights is lack of cooling in the fuselage for the ESCs. Adding cooling holes are a must, otherwise, no other issues...just pure fun!

Here's some photos of the new Dynam ME-262 available from Nitroplanes.com.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2012 @ 08:36 PM | 17,633 Views
Here's a few photos of the New Dynam Waco YMF-5D available from Nitroplanes.com. The Waco is powered by a BM3720A-650KV motor with a 40A ESC and uses a 14.8V 25C 2200mAh battery. The wingspan is 50in.

I painted the engine, prop, inside wing struts and hardware. Another amazing deal for only $109 during Nitroplanes 15% off New Arrivals sale last week. Looking forward to the maiden.

UPDATE: I just completed the maiden at 6:05am and only one word....AWESOME! Amazing stock performance and clean aerobatics. It flies around at half power and landings are gentle. Inflight photos to come later this week...my photographer was sleeping.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2012 @ 12:12 PM | 11,749 Views
This is the New Dynam F4U Corsair available at Nitroplanes.com. Like all Dynam products, the quality is really nice and the value is outstanding! Last week, this Corsair sold for $101 with Nitroplanes 15% discount on all new products. Outstanding deal! What a great way to introduce pilots to scale models at a low price.

I spent time painting/detailing this model and it really made a difference for me. The cockpit was painted black, pilot's face was painted skin tone. Painted the prop and added FMS decals. The only addition to the model was applying hinge tape to the control surface hinge points. My elevator was split on one side. Hinge tape is cheap assurance! This Corsair flies on a 14.8V 2200mAh battery but can easily take a 2650mAh pack.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 07, 2012 @ 07:11 PM | 11,868 Views
When it comes to cool warbirds.... it's hard to beat the North American P-51 Mustang. The new Durafly/FMS P-51D is not only a great looking foam example of the Mustang, it's a great flying model. Like many of the FMS products, this aircraft is an amazing example of scale detail and great features which include: electric retracts, flaps, scale paint/markings, scale prop, scale pilot, removable drop tanks and wing tip lights. It flies on a 11.1 v 2200 mAh battery. I painted the exhaust, control horns, antenna and wheel rims.

Another sweet warbird from Durafly!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 16, 2012 @ 07:00 PM | 11,998 Views
Way back in 1990, I saw the film "Flight of the Intruder" which featured scenes with Douglas Skyraiders (Sandy) and they were a thing of beauty. More than a year ago I contacted Horizon Hobby and suggested they do a 480 or Power 10 sized version of the A-1 Skyraider to go along with their T-28, F4U, P-51, etc. but I never heard back, so when I saw this 1100mm A-1, my wish came true! Thank you Durafly!

Needless to say, I pulled the trigger faster than a sharp shooter and I'm soooo glad I did! This is an FMS 1100mm Skyraider marketed under the Durafly brand name exclusive to Hobby King. Why do I say that? Well...I own too many FMS models and this Durafly Skyraider is exactly like every FMS model I own, even down to the font on the labels on the wires. Like many of the FMS products, this Skyraider does not disappoint. Assembly is straight forward and easy. The detail is awesome and the ordinance and tanks can be removed.

I airbrushed exhaust stains on the fuselage, repainted the props and wheel collars and it really gave the model realism. I fly mine on a 11.1v 25C 2200 mAh battery and needed no trim adjustments which was surprising....in a good way! I have 7 flights on it as of yesterday and I love it. I'd like to see this model in the USAF SEA Camo scheme, so I may have to break out the airbrush!

This one is a keeper!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 09, 2012 @ 07:49 PM | 11,305 Views
Several weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to fly this Stinson Reliant SR-10 and really enjoyed it. Though it's only been on the market two years, I recently discovered that the PnP version of the Parkzone Stinson Reliant had been discontinued from Horizon Hobby. Fortunately, I found one in a local hobby shop and had to get one! I added a 9 gram servo for the flaps and painted the prop silver and all hardware white. I'm flying it on a 11.1 2200mAh and love it. Get it while you still can!

Here's a few photos.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2012 @ 08:28 PM | 26,279 Views
This month, Evelyn and I became proud members of the "World Famous" Apollo Field B-17 Squadron. The Squadron Commander is Jim Christopherson (pilot40874). Jim is a great pilot and leader who has inspired many local pilots to join the Squadron. To join is easy, if you own an RC B-17, you're a member! The Squadron has more the 15 B-17s manufactured by Hobby King, Freewing and Starmax.

Evelyn and I happen to stop by the field one day while in LA and watched Jim fly his Hobby King B-17, which looked to be a very nice flying aircraft. After inquiring about the model and a brief introduction, Jim gave me the opportunity to fly his aircraft. He literally installed two batteries and handed me his transmitter. Yes...he knew I was an RC pilot and we had seen each others posts on RC Groups...but talk about trust and encouragement. What an honor and privilege it was for me to fly Jim's aircraft. Jim has more than 600 flights on his B-17. Talk about pressure on me.... I was very impressed with the B-17 and shortly thereafter, I purchased the Hobby King and Starmax B-17s. With the my Hobby King B-17 getting a complete re-paint, the first to fly with the Squadron was my Starmax B-17. Formation flying with 5 other B-17s last weekend was a blast and we are so honored to be associated with this great group of pilots.

Below is a collection of photos by several members of the Squadron's fleet.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 21, 2012 @ 06:46 PM | 12,680 Views
Back in 2003, I had an opportunity to be a Crew Chief on an Air Force Block 10 Global Hawk (Ship 6). Several years ago, Ship 6 went to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center here at Edwards AFB, CA , so... I couldn't resist the new 64mm NASA Global Hawk from Hobby King.

Assembly was easy with the two issues being: no manual included and the main gear installation. The main gear plastic mount plate holes need to be slightly enlarged to prevent cracking when installing the mount screws. An option is to replace the plastic mount plates with light ply, coated with epoxy. I painted all the hardware white and added pitot tubes to the verticals. Planning to fly the maiden this weekend. I'm using the 1/3 rule back from the leading edge for the initial CG. Once I get it fine tuned, I'll post my CG with a 14.8v 2200mAh battery.

Here's the specs and some photos:

Specs:
Wingspan: 2360mm (92.9 inches)
Length: 850mm
Wing Area: 23.6dm2
Wing Loading: 42.4g/dm2
Flying Weight: 1000g
EDF: 64mm with Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 50A w/BEC
Servo: 9g x 5

Requires:
Your own 4~6 Channel TX/RX
1800mAh 4s Lipoly Battery

Best,
Tony