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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2012 @ 11:12 AM | 12,095 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 @ 06:11 PM | 12,187 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 @ 06:00 PM | 12,326 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 @ 06:49 PM | 11,655 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2012 @ 07:28 PM | 27,574 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 @ 05:46 PM | 13,061 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

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2012 @ 02:50 PM | 12,077 Views
Here's a few photos of the 79" span Starmax B-17. Needless to say, this is an impressive size foamy B-17. The Flying Fortress features E-retracts with metal trunions, flaps, landing lights and working bomb bay doors.

Unfortunately, it has it's issues which need to be resolved during assembly. The major issue is all the servos with the exception of the tail wheel steering servo had to be pulled out with pliers and repositioned to allow the servo covers to fit otherwise you can leave the covers off but it doesn't look good. Also the plywood spar was sanded using a small finishing sander to allow easy installation and removal into the wing. The plywood mount for the four ESCs was broken in two places which required strengthening with crafts sticks and epoxy. I didn't like the look of the engine cowling, so...I painted the front of each with flat black paint to give them a more scale appearance. I'm currently airbrushing weathering and painting details. I plan to maiden it this coming week. I'll be flying mine on two 4S 3300 mAh batteries. It should be fun!

This thread is for our good friend Steve Wells, a WWII B-17 Radio Operator. His B-17 (43-37599) "Moonlight Serenade" which looked similar to this Starmax Fortress, was brought down by heavy flak damage and crashed in France on 5 Sep 1944. Steve evaded capture with the help of a French family for six weeks.

Steve, I salute your service to our great nation!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2012 @ 02:12 PM | 11,486 Views
Here's a few photos of the new FMS ASK-23 Powered Sailplane. Assembly is quick and painless. The wing is attached with four screws for easy removal. The ASK-23 uses a 3S 1800 mAh battery. Another sweet sailplane from FMS.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 06, 2012 @ 02:26 PM | 10,636 Views
Here's photos from another great CVRC Float Fly. Great weather and great pilots!

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Posted by xplaneguy | May 23, 2012 @ 04:18 PM | 11,477 Views
Evelyn and I made the trip to Visalia, CA to attend the CVRC Spring Aerotow. Unfortunately, we had another commitment that weekend so we were only there on Friday, 18 May 2012. It was well worth the drive to see everyone and enjoy the amazing aircraft.

Here's a few photos from Friday.

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Posted by xplaneguy | May 08, 2012 @ 12:30 PM | 12,384 Views
Here's a few photos of the new FMS ASW-28. This is a beautiful foam sailplane. Assembly was quick and painless.

I plan to fly the maiden tomorrow morning and hope it flies as good as it looks!

Wingspan: 90.5 in.
Length: 41.3 in.
Battery: 11.1V 3S 1300mAh 25C Li-Po

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | May 02, 2012 @ 04:13 PM | 12,399 Views
Here's a few photos of the New Dynam FW-190 from Nitroplanes.com. Assembly took less than 30 minutes. The plane looks great and I expect it to be another great flying aircraft from Dynam. It flies on the 14.8V 2200 mAh battery.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/60a-dy894...-eretract.html

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 16, 2012 @ 12:05 PM | 11,614 Views
This Friday, 20 April 2012, I'll be retiring from the United States Air Force after 24 years of service.

I would like to thank everyone for their support over these years of military life. This is the greatest country in the world and I'm proud to have served. Your support of our men and women in the Armed Services is very much appreciated.

I'll be enjoying 6 weeks off before starting my new job, the most time off since high school, so, you know what that means......lots of RC building and flying!

Thank you again,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 29, 2012 @ 02:59 PM | 10,867 Views
Last Sunday, Jet Fabara, a journalist with the Edwards AFB Newspaper "The Desert Wings" did a story about our base RC club -The Muroc Model Masters. The purpose of the story is to educate and inspire aviation enthusiasts, young and old to get involved in Model Aviation. This is a club that I'm proud to be associated with. The club has a long, rich history on the hallowed ground of Edwards AFB but more important, Muroc Model Master members support one another and kindly welcome new pilots and spectators. This hobby is about fun and friendship and MMM is all about both!

Here's the story:
http://www.edwards.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123291729

For more information about the club, feel free to send me a PM or contact Ron Scaggs at (661) 256-4167, Jerry Rice at (661) 943-4818 or visit the Muroc Model Masters website at www.murocmodelmasters.org.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 24, 2012 @ 06:07 PM | 11,500 Views
Here's a plane that my daughter Evelyn talked me into buying at our local hobby shop and I'm glad I did. The Gee Bee is one of Evelyn's favorite planes...so...I had too!

ElectriFly did a great job with this model. The manual was very well done and easy to follow. Assembly was quick with rare earth magnets being used in many places to put this plane together and they are strong. The majority of the assembly time was spent installing wing support wires/elastic thread which took about 20 minutes.

The maiden flight was very easy and the plane has good power on the 11.1V 25C 2200mAh recommended battery. The Gee Bee looks awesome in the air! Remember, it's a Gee Bee...so...keep the speed up on the landing.

For more info, check out the ElectriFly Gee Bee link:
http://www.electrifly.com/largeelectrics/gpma6020.html

Here's a few photos!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 23, 2012 @ 11:51 AM | 11,507 Views
Back in August 2011, I had the pleasure of flying my first pusher jet. It was the Nico Hobbies F-22 Raptor and I was hooked. I immediately purchased a RxR F-22 from Nico Hobbies owner Pat Gagnon during the West Coast Big Jolt Event and have been flying the Raptor for 6 months. This is one fun RC aircraft and I love it! In fact, several weeks ago, I sent Pat a PM for another RxR F-22 in Edwards AFB markings and a RxR SR-71 which is done in the markings of aircraft 955 which is here at the Edwards AFB Museum. I met Pat and the rest of The Chino Renegades in Ontario to not only pick up these models from Pat but to fly with some great RC pilots. We had a great time!

Here's photos of the Nico Hobbies RxR SR-71 which was photographed yesterday evening with the real SR-71 Blackbird (955). Note the 955 serial number and Lockheed Skunk on the tails of both model and real jet. Flying photos taken by my daughter Evelyn. Great job Eve!

Check out all of the Nico Pusher Jets at:
www.nicohobbies.com

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 31, 2012 @ 04:00 PM | 11,562 Views
My involvement in model aviation has been one of the great joys of my life but my greatest gift and joy is my daughter Evelyn. She always amazes me and recently expressed an interest in how I began flying RC aircraft. As I explained to her, it all started with the Cox .049 PT-19 control line model and then on to the Cox .049 Cessna Centurion which debuted in 1977. My good friend had one sitting on a shelf in his closet after it crashed during the maiden flight. I asked him if I could fix it and we could try to fly it. He said "Sure!" With the model repaired, my buddy wanted me to fly it since I had been hanging around RC fields for years and watched other pilots fly. I had no stick time when I started the .049 engine on that Cessna and I was nervous! My buddy hand launched it with a great toss and a solid runnning .049...the model climbed beautifully! I began a gentle left turn and kept the model off my right shoulder so that I wouldn't have to worry about control confusion. Remember it was my friends plane, so the pressure was on for this first time flyer. He trusted me and I didn't want to disappoint him. After 4 minutes of run time, the .049 quit and glided, still keeping it in a shallow left turn till I approached a 150 foot strip of grass. I over shot and landed safely in 7 foot tall corn field. We were jumping up and down in celebration then ran another 300+ feet into the corn rows trying to find the plane. A few minutes later, I spotted the plane resting on...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 23, 2012 @ 03:55 PM | 11,582 Views
Here's photos of the New Durafly de Havilland DH 100 Vampire Mk.6 from Hobby King. This is my new favorite 70mm foamy EDF jet! I've now flown the aircraft 5 times using an 14.8v 40C 2200mAh battery and I love it. Per the Hobby King description, she can easily handle up to a 3300mAh battery.

The maiden flight was a little tail heavy using the CG from the manual. I immediately landed and moved the battery to where the front edge of the 2200 pack is centered over the nose gear retract motor and the aircraft was a dream to fly. My flight times were right around 5 minutes with the 2200 mAh pack. Just like the Hobby King item description states, this aircraft is a glider power off yet moves out nicely at WOT. One of the pilots from my club said, "It floats like a Muliplex Easy Star!" That is does! Another nice surprise...the sound of the fan. You would think someone put a sound card and speakers in this thing. It has cool stock jet noise. The landing gear retracts slow and smooth and has handled all five landings on the Dry Lake here at Edwards AFB, CA. This Vampire is unique EDF jet subject and a lot of fun to fly! She's a keeper!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 10, 2012 @ 04:00 PM | 12,755 Views
This year's AMA Expo 2012 was packed with lots of great demos, featured projects like Aero Telemetry's Hughes XF-11 and NASA Droid as well as lots of vendors. One of the great rooms was the Free Flight/Make & Take room which feature the Black Sheep Exhibition Squadron. My daughter and I spent a lot of time hanging out flying free flight models and visiting with the finest free flight modelers in the AMA including Don Butman and Dave Gee. What a great way to introduce the public to such a fun part of Model Aviation. Free Flight and Control Line Models is where it all started for me more than 35 years ago and now my daughter is taking an interest in balsa stick and tissue models, all due to the AMA Expo.

Unfortunately, after two days of photographing the event, I returned home to find the auto focus feature did not like the indoors, so many of my photos did not make it on here. Time to invest in a new camera.

If you can, try to make it to the AMA Expo 2013....you'll have a great time!

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