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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 11, 2011 @ 09:11 PM | 11,909 Views
This is the Exceed RC 90mm F-18E/F available from Nitroplanes.com.

Upon opening the box, you immediately appreciate the size and appearance of this F-18. She's a thing of beauty! The next thing I noticed was the optional two seat cockpit which is very cool. I had the pleasure of supporting the very first F-18F here at Edwards AFB, CA more than ten years ago, so once I get a second pilot, I will be using the two seat cockpit. Assembly time for me was several hours. The majority of the time involved removing the paint from all attachment points for the wings, horizontal stabilizers, vertical stabilizers, nose cone and exhaust nozzle. I used two part epoxy to glue everything on. Loctite was applied to all landing gear hardware for added security. Foam safe CA was also appled to the nose landing gear rear wood mount to ensure a stronger attachment. The kit gives you the option to install thrust vectoring nozzles. I opted for fixed nozzles to minimize additional weight and additional work.

Once our weather clears, I will be flying this aircraft on a 6S 40C 4000mAh battery. I can't wait! More feedback to come after the maiden.

Here's a few pictures.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 31, 2011 @ 01:49 PM | 10,953 Views
Here's the New RTF Airfield F6F Hellcat from Nitroplanes.com. The assembly time was only 40 minutes and another 30 minutes devoted to painting the prop tips, push rods, landing gear and plastic parts for more scale realism. I used the included foam glue to install the wings and horizontal stabilizers. With the stock 7.4V 1000mAh battery all the way forward in the battery compartment, I added 1/4 oz. weight to the firewall to achieve the proper CG.

This was the first time I've flown an Airfield 800mm Warbird with the Airfield 2.4 Ghz. Radio and I was very surprised at how well the radio worked. I own several Parkzone RTF Micros and this Airfield 2.4 radio is as good if not better. The transmitter only requires 4 AA batteries and your ready to fly. Like all the other 800mm warbirds, the F6F required plenty of ground speed before lift off. Once in the air, I added a two right clicks of rudder to counter a little prop torque and she tracked beautifully. Even without expo, the stock radio was dialed down to minimize control sensitivity, A big surprise! The Hellcat flies very well! I did five slow speed pass as my daughter snapped a few inflight photos during the maiden and the Hellcat was very stable at slow speeds. After 5 minutes, the battery and ESC were barely warm. This is another winner from Airfield and it looks great with it's bigger brother, the 1400mm F6F Hellcat from Nitroplanes.com.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 25, 2011 @ 05:12 PM | 11,347 Views
Evelyn and I made our third trip to Visalia, CA in October to attend the CVRC Fall Float Fly on Saturday, 22 Oct 2011. We had a wonderful time! Thanks to Chris Pratt and John Wilson for hosting another great event!

Check out the CVRC Website for future event dates:
http://www.cvrcsoaring.com/

Here's some photos!

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 20, 2011 @ 03:36 PM | 10,932 Views
During the Air Force Flight Test Center 60th Anniversary held Friday, Oct 14 2011 at Edwards AFB, CA, I had a cool opportunity to display several of my EDF jets at the event and spend several days with Brig Gen Chuck Yeager.

Here's a few photos of my LX 70mm F-35 and Skyangel 50mm F-35 with the real AF-01 F-35 Lightning II. The reaction over the EDF jets from the crowd and the F-35 maintainers was really cool! We may have more RC pilots joining in on the fun!

Another photo of Evelyn with Gen. Yeager.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 20, 2011 @ 02:48 PM | 10,461 Views
Here's photos from Sunday, 16 Oct during the CVRC Fall Aerotow. Photos from Saturday are on the thread below this one.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 20, 2011 @ 02:21 PM | 10,484 Views
This past weekend, Evelyn and I returned to Visalia, CA to attend the Fall Aerotow hosted by the Central Valley RC Soaring Society. We had a great time visiting with friends and fellow pilots. This event and many other CVRC events are a most for any RC enthusiast and their family. The atmosphere is welcoming and family oriented. The aircraft are stunning and the pilots are skilled and supportive of one another.

Here's photos from Saturday, Oct 15, 2011.

Regards,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 13, 2011 @ 05:39 PM | 11,411 Views
During the West Coast Big Jolt Event, I picked up this Rich Models Long-EZ ARF. The seller wanted $70. I asked,"What's the best deal you could offer?" He said, "$40!" and I said, "Sold!" I've always loved aircraft designed by Burt Rutan and the Long-EZ is a favorite! Living only a short distance away from Mojave, CA where Rutan's Scaled Composites is based and many Long-EZ aircraft flying over my home weekly, It couldn't say no. This Long-EZ model was going to be a fun addition to the fleet and my first RC aircraft with a canard.

The Rich Models ARF kit took several nights to assemble and install the electronics. I used an E-Flite Park 370 with an APC 7x5E prop and a 30 amp ESC. I also installed 4 Cirrus 301 9 gram servos from Hobby People. There was no cockpit so I added a 1/16 sheet of balsa, painted it black and added two Dynam light weight pilots.

I flew the maiden with a Turnigy 3S 25C 1500 mAh battery but it made the aircraft a little nose heavy. I now have 5 flights on the aircraft using Turnigy 3S 25C 1300mAh and it flies perfect! Scale like speed with th e ability to do basic aerobatics. Landings requires power to keep enough air over the canard for solid pitch control. I've been told that Rich Models no longer produces this kit. I hope that's no true. It's is a cool little Long-EZ that looks and flies great! A definite keeper!

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 06, 2011 @ 02:29 PM | 10,540 Views
Evelyn and I attended the CVRC Soaring Fall Fest this past weekend and it was impressive! More than 200 pilots attended the weekend event and the weather was perfect.

Checkout www.cvrcsoaring.com for more info.

Here's the pictures!

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 03, 2011 @ 07:16 PM | 10,365 Views
My daughter and I attended the "Best in the West" Jet Rally held in Buttonwillow, CA. It was another stellar event with stunning aircraft and skilled pilots.

Here's a bunch of images!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 03, 2011 @ 05:53 PM | 10,135 Views
During the "Best in the West" Jet Rally held in Buttonwillow, CA, Evelyn and I had the opportunity to talk with John Redman of Horizon Hobby about the New E-flite F-4 Phantom II which he stated it will be available in 2 weeks. Needless to say, there is lots of buzz about this new 80mm EDF jet and we were glad to see it first hand.

Here's a few photos of my daughter Evelyn holding this new 80mm F-4 Phantom II from E-Flite.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 26, 2011 @ 02:17 PM | 9,910 Views
Here's the new Airfield F6F Hellcat available from Nitroplanes.com. Once again, Nitroplanes and UPS got the Hellcat to my home in 22 hours. The Nitroplanes Shipping is the Gold Standard in the industry. AWESOME!

Needless to say, the scale and detail of this new 1400mm Hellcat is stunning. I painted the control horns insignia blue, light blue and painted the prop hub silver. I'll be flying this bird on Sky Lipo 14.8v 40C 3300mAh batteries. Can't wait to get it in the wind!

Here's a few sunrise photos of my awesome daughter Evelyn holding this beautiful F6F Hellcat. We were having fun with her early morning giggles.

UPDATE-I put two flights on my Hellcat this morning (28 Sep 11). I used a 4S 3300mAh pack for both flight. The aircraft was a little tail heavy with those batteries. I added an ounce of weight and she flew great. A 4S 4000mAh pack would be perfect! This F6F looks so great in the air and the flaps are awesome. I was shooting approaches with full flaps right at sunrise with the wingtip lights showing up beautifully. The Hellcat looked and flew amazing. The retracts are working perfectly and I was flying off my dirt runway. She's a keeper!

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 26, 2011 @ 01:47 PM | 10,240 Views
Back in 2005, I built the Dynaflite Butterfly 99 inch span powered glider from a kit I purchased from Tower Hobbies. It was originally powered with an O.S. 15 FP and covered with Monokote in an Edwards AFB Flight Test scheme. After watching it collect dust for the past four years, I decided to convert it to electric using the E-Flite Power 15, 60amp ESC and a 14.8v 25 C 2200 mAh battery. The conversion only took 45 minutes with another 30 minutes devoted to reheating/cleaning the Monokote. I have four flights on it now with the new electric set up and I'm very happy.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2011 @ 08:01 PM | 9,691 Views
For those of us who grew up with Carl Goldberg Models, the Gentle Lady was one of classic sailplanes from Goldberg. Needless to say, when I saw this beautiful ARF in a Tower Hobbies advertisement, I had to add this classic sailplane to our fleet. This ARF is nicely packaged and the instructions are the top quality product you expect from Goldberg Models, now distributed by Great Planes. Evelyn and I are looking forward to slope soaring this beautiful model and using a hi-start for local thermal flying.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 13, 2011 @ 03:30 PM | 10,770 Views
Here's a few photos of the New Dynam AT-6 Texan from Nitroplanes.com. I added new national insignias, painted the wheels, landing gear and plastic mounts silver.

UPDATE: I've flown this AT-6 twice and I'm very impressed! The power was much more than I expected using a 3S 40C 2200mAh battery. Truly a great plane at an awesome price.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 02, 2011 @ 08:18 PM | 9,783 Views
Here's a few photos of the new Airfield 800mm A-1 Skyraider from Nitroplanes. For any Skyraider fan, this is one nice looking 800mm warbird. After an initial delay in my order being sent, I contacted Nitroplanes Customer Service and they quickly shipped this plane to my home in less than one day. Big props to Nitroplanes!

Update- Flew the maiden and the aircraft really moves on a 2S battery. Faster than the 800mm T-28 and T-6. Inverted flight is stable it but barely holds a knife edge pass on a 2S battery. A 3S pack would do the trick. Very nice Skyraider!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 01, 2011 @ 06:41 PM | 8,560 Views
I was given the opportunity to fly a Nico Hobbies F-22 owned by alpea41 during the West Coast Big Jolt Event. Needless to say, I was hooked! Thanks Al!

I bought this beautiful RTF profile F-22 from Nico Hobbies owner Pat during the event and will fly it this weekend. Check out the entire line of aircraft offered at nicohobbies.com

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:16 PM | 8,697 Views
This past weekend at the West Coast Big Jolt Electric RC Event, Nitroplanes debuted the New 1400mm F6F Hellcat. Antonio from Nitroplanes flew an awesome flight review on Friday. On Saturday, he gave me the opportunity to fly this first sample in the US and it was awesome! During the Noon Manufacturers Demos, Antonio and Tony from Nitroplanes invited me to lead a formation flight demonstation with our Airfield 1400mm T-28s. Needless to say, we had fun and it looked cool! The pilots in attendance and spectators all had great things to say about our demo. Fun stuff!

Here's photos taken during the filming of the 1400mm F6F Flight Review on Friday and a few shots taken on Saturday. Thanks to the entire Nitroplanes Team for making the event such a great time for Evelyn and I.

All the best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:35 PM | 8,121 Views
I picked up the Airfield 800mm T-28 from Nitroplanes and what a fun plane! I put it together and flew the maiden on Thursday in preparation for the West Coast Big Jolt Event this past weekend in Chino, CA. I flew this T-28 at the event on a 2S 20c 800mAh battery and the performance and flying qualities are outstanding for such a small model.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:49 PM | 7,870 Views
This morning at 6:30am, my daughter and I set out to get in the maiden flight of our new Airfield 800mm AT-6 Texan from Nitroplanes. It arrived yesterday and went together in less than 30 minutes, with another 10 minutes devoted to painting all the white plastic parts yellow. I flew two flights with 7.4v 20C 800mAh batteries and was very surprised at the performance on the 2 cell battery. Especially after reading about pilots going to 3 cell packs. Needless to say, it flies just fine on 2S packs with ample power. Rolls and loops are no problem and it cruises beautifully at half power. I added a 1/2 ounce of weight to the inside the cowl to compensate for the smaller 800mAh battery that I used. Several recommended 1000mAh batteries are on the way to solve the added weight issue. I'm not a fan of adding weight to a plane when I can extend flight times with a larger battery.

I'm very pleased with this AT-6 and look to adding a few more of these great little 800mm warbirds to our "Foam Air Force!" They are too much fun and you can get lots of them inside a Honda Civic!

Best,
Tony