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Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:14 PM | 10,968 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 @ 11:26 PM | 12,367 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 @ 12:10 PM | 11,928 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 @ 11:17 AM | 11,547 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 @ 08:30 PM | 12,916 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 @ 07:35 PM | 12,647 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 | 14,080 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 | 10,539 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 @ 07:38 PM | 10,097 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 | 11,140 Views
Another amazing BITW held in Buttonwillow, CA.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:01 PM | 10,484 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 | 24,119 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 | 11,452 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)


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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 28, 2012 @ 07:38 PM | 12,666 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 | 18,083 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 | 11,978 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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