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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 20, 2011 @ 01:48 PM | 10,253 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 @ 01:21 PM | 10,275 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 13, 2011 @ 04:39 PM | 11,083 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!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 06, 2011 @ 01:29 PM | 10,329 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!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 03, 2011 @ 06:16 PM | 10,131 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 @ 04:53 PM | 9,900 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 26, 2011 @ 01:17 PM | 9,659 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 @ 12:47 PM | 9,856 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2011 @ 07:01 PM | 9,431 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 13, 2011 @ 02:30 PM | 10,413 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 02, 2011 @ 07:18 PM | 9,482 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!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 01, 2011 @ 05:41 PM | 8,331 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

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 29, 2011 @ 07:16 PM | 8,471 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.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 29, 2011 @ 06:35 PM | 7,874 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2011 @ 02:49 PM | 7,643 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!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:14 PM | 7,337 Views
Here's a few early shots of the New Starmax 63" A-1 Skyraider. I'm still assembling and detailing the model and so far, I'm impressed! Looking forward to getting in the wind! More detail photos coming soon!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 16, 2011 @ 07:45 PM | 6,568 Views
Last week, I spent several days painting/detailing the Dynam T-28 from Nitroplanes. New national insignias were added and flaps servos installed. I painted the underside of aircraft, landing gear/doors, wing tips, horizontal stabilizer tips, prop tips and cockpit. In flight, the aircraft is a scale flyer and the electric retract perform beautifully.

Here's a few pictures.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 25, 2011 @ 09:50 AM | 8,655 Views
Here's a few pictures of the Dynam PBY Catalina from Nitroplanes. I'm hoping to get the maiden flight in this week. The power is impressive and the quality is nice. I color matched the plastic mount parts and repainted the prop tips. I can't wait to fly it!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 06, 2011 @ 05:11 PM | 7,086 Views
Here's photos of the Guanli Catalina (Brushless) from Nitroplanes. A truly great RC floatplane for $110. I added cutdown 3-bladed GWS props, scratchbuilt prop hubs, modified the elevator with CF rod to prevent split elevator deflection and went over all the seams with foam safe CA. I have several flights on the aircraft and after relocating the 1500mAh battery forward, this bird flies great and looks so realistic in the air. I just need a sound card of radial engines running to make it perfect.

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Tony