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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2011 @ 07:01 PM | 9,828 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 | 10,991 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 | 9,933 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 | 8,677 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 @ 07:16 PM | 8,824 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 | 8,268 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 @ 02:49 PM | 8,008 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
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:14 PM | 7,752 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 | 6,908 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.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 25, 2011 @ 09:50 AM | 9,127 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!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 06, 2011 @ 05:11 PM | 7,450 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.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 06, 2011 @ 04:54 PM | 6,863 Views
I recently got into float flying and my first is the Electrifly Seawind RxR purchased from Tower Hobbies. This is one fun float plane, very easy to fly off the water and looks great in the air!

Here's a few pictures from our recent club float fly.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2011 @ 07:02 PM | 7,585 Views
Here's a few pictures of my new "favorite" aircraft from the Airfield 1400mm series of warbirds from Nitroplanes. This T-28 is just too cool! From the scale prop, formation lights, beacon lights, landing light, to the retracts and even working cowl flaps and wing flaps. This aircraft is awesome!

Airfield/FMS have done an amazing job with the 1400mm warbird series and they keep getting better with each release.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2011 @ 06:53 PM | 6,623 Views
Here's a few images of the 1400mm Spitfire from Nitroplanes. Picked it up during a recent sale and it has been a fun aircraft to fly. I painted the exhaust and color matched the wing probes and antenna. Looks great in the air!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2011 @ 06:47 PM | 6,647 Views
Here's a few pictures of my daughter Evelyn holding the New 1400mm Airfield J-3 Cub from Nitroplanes. This aircraft has been a nice surprise! I have flown the smallerJ-3 Cub from Art-Tech and this Airfield offering is far better in stability, performance and scale appearance. It flies on a 11.1v 20c 2200mAh battery.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | May 27, 2011 @ 07:38 PM | 6,525 Views
Evelyn and I had an awesome 3 day camp out at the CVRC Spring Aero Tow. This event and the Fall Fest are a must for any sailplane enthusiast.

Here's a few pictures from the event!

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Posted by xplaneguy | May 26, 2011 @ 07:10 PM | 7,643 Views
My daughter and I attended the Central Valley Soaring Club Spring RC Aero Tow in Visalia, CA. this past weekend. During the three day event, I fell in love, yes in love with Ren DiLeo's 1/4 Scale Schweizer 1-26E.

Ren produces the 1-26 and it is truly a work of art. Ren is a master craftsman who's truly produced a stunning example of this classic Schweizer sailplane. The model brings back many great memories of visiting Glider Ports in Florida in the mid-70s.

The pilot in the cockpit is one of Ren's detailed pilots. You can purchase them at www.premierpilots.net

Awesome Ren!

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