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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2011 @ 03:49 PM | 7,876 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 @ 09:14 PM | 7,606 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!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 16, 2011 @ 08:45 PM | 6,783 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 @ 10:50 AM | 8,972 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 @ 06:11 PM | 7,304 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 @ 05:54 PM | 6,744 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 @ 08:02 PM | 7,410 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 @ 07:53 PM | 6,500 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!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2011 @ 07:47 PM | 6,511 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.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 02, 2011 @ 02:43 PM | 7,643 Views
Here's a few pictures taken of the Hobby King F-104 Starfighter the day I flew the maiden. Inexpensive and fun EDF jet!

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | May 27, 2011 @ 08:38 PM | 6,400 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 @ 08:10 PM | 7,497 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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Posted by xplaneguy | May 26, 2011 @ 07:00 PM | 6,764 Views
Here's a few photos of the new E-Flite Aeronca Champ 15e which really looks great and flies beautifully on the Power 15 motor.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 18, 2011 @ 05:10 PM | 7,779 Views
On Saturday, 16 April 2011, my daughter and I made the journey to Buttonwillow, CA to attend California Jets 2011. Wow.....what an awesome event! Our good friends Brent (Corsair Nut) and Rodger Hecht (Air Sally) allowed us an inside, upclose view of the event and we are grateful! Thanks guys for giving us the access and making it a special day for both of us.

More photos posted under comments to this thread. Many more images still to come.......

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Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 18, 2011 @ 01:50 PM | 6,084 Views
Last weekend, I took my Phase 3 U-2 and LX SR-71 out to our local RC field for a little Lockheed Skunk Works Tribute. Both jets are a joy to fly, especially over the High Desert of California where many of Lockheed's Chief Designer Kelly Johnson's aircraft first took flight.

Here's a few photos.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 18, 2011 @ 01:19 PM | 7,113 Views
Recently I purchased the Multiplex Funjet w/ Grayson Hobby SuperMega Jet V2 motor and 50 amp ESC. Wow!....this plane is FAST! I'm guessing well over 100mph. Once my buddy puts the radar gun on it, I'll post the exact speed. When Grayson Hobby states "INSANE SPEED", they are not kidding. What is really great about this plane and power combination is that it only cost $112 for the combo. Now....the new Funjet Ultra is selling for $109 without the power combo. IMHO...I think the original version of the Funjet for $71 at Grayson is the better deal. Just think, for $111, you get "insane power" combo and the original Multiplex Funjet!

I'm flying mine with a Rhino 11.1v 25C 2350mAh battery and APC 6x 5.5 prop.

http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/...mbo-p-463.html

Here's a few photos of mine. The paint scheme I used was inspired by the California Forestry Service Fire Tankers.

Best,
Tony