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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 13, 2010 @ 05:34 PM | 6,844 Views
This weekend I built the kit version of this U-2. The build went well but I did discover a few issues. The elevator control rod was a little short, so I had to cut the elevator servo mount plate slot back in order to move the servo aft about 1/4 inch. The other surprise was stripped threads on one of the aileron clevises. That could have been bad! After getting all the control surfaces centered, I added a dab of epoxy to the threads of each clevis for a little piece of mind. I used a combination of the pre-installed 3M tape and foam glue for the build. The model was sprayed with Krylon Fusion Satin Black to allow for decals to be applyed without silvering underneath. I'll wait 7 days before applying a final dullcote. Testors flat red was used on the wing fuel caps and zinc chromate was used inside the intakes. The maiden was a piece of cake and I have a total of 6 flights on it with several more flights planned at Edwards AFB this afternoon during a few demos for friends. Two more builds coming. One in NASA markings and the other as the prototype U-2R/TR-1A flown in 1968 which was bare metal on the first flight here at Edwards.

Here's some pictures. Aerial photos by my daughter Evelyn.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 26, 2010 @ 03:51 PM | 8,345 Views
This week..I successfully maidened the PnP version of the Airfield 1400mm P-51D. The power and e-retracts are amazing. The aircraft is flown using the 14.8v 25C 2650mAh Turnigy Nano-Tech Batteries. I'm flying it off my dirt runway and the landing gear has held up and worked perfectly with 8 flights on this beautiful Mustang.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 16, 2010 @ 04:06 PM | 7,140 Views
I've always liked the looks of the F6F Hellcat and couldn't pass up getting this 1100mm version. It looks great in the air but suffers from torque turn with the stock three bladed prop at full power. I'll be making modifications to correct that issue. Still a blast to fly and great to look at in the air.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 16, 2010 @ 03:40 PM | 6,147 Views
Today, I posted a build thread on the 70mm F-5E from Banana Hobby. Here's the link and a few pictures here. Many more photos on the build thread:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1339670

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 08, 2010 @ 06:37 PM | 6,850 Views
Hey Everyone,

Below is a link for a build thread I put together on this amazing New Version 2 of the 70mm F-35 from Banana Hobby in the Foamy EDF Forum. Here's a picture of my daughter, RC Pilot Evelyn holding our F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and a few photos of this amazing EDF jet in the High Desert of California. For more than 50 images and build info, checkout the build thread:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1335421

You can also find this jet on the link below:
http://www.bananahobby.com/1947.html

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 21, 2010 @ 06:39 PM | 6,808 Views
Below is a link for the build thread of Blitz RC/J-Power 64mm A-10 from Banana Hobby which I posted with modification tips.

Below are pictures of my daughter Evelyn holding this great looking Hawg. She can't wait to fly it!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1318942

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 21, 2010 @ 05:51 PM | 5,845 Views
Last Saturday, my daughter and I attended the Best In The West Jet Rally, hosted by the Antelope Valley Tailwinds RC Club. Truly a first class event with a large attendance for a first time gathering.

Here's a few pictures of some amazing jets at the rally. Lookin forward to next year.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 20, 2010 @ 12:47 PM | 6,379 Views
Here's a few pics of my daughter Evelyn and her new Raiden from Parkzone. She is doing fantastic and I'm proud for her.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 20, 2010 @ 11:22 AM | 6,026 Views
My daughter Evelyn and I took our 50mm jets and other RC aircraft to the Mojave Airport 75th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, 18 Sep 10. There was lots of interest and great feedback.

SpaceShipOne Astronaut Mike Melvill came by our display and was amazed by these aircraft. What a fun day!

Here's a few pics from the day.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 15, 2010 @ 12:51 PM | 6,809 Views
Here's a few pictures of the new Blitz RC 50mm L-39 from Banana Hobby.

I did the maiden yesterday and this jet is fast!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2010 @ 11:50 AM | 9,894 Views
Just wanted to share some photos of this new Blitz RC Works Piper J-3 Cub taken at the West Coast Big Jolt. Banana Hobby will be offering two Cubs this year. This is the larger Cub. Thanks to Pete from BH, I was given an opportunity to fly this first sample several times this weekend during the West Coast Big Jolt. The power is more than enough for a Cub, the stability/handling is great and it has amazing scale looks for a RTF J-3 Cub. The Banana hobby site shows availability in early Oct.

Wingspan: 1400mm (55.1 inch)
Length: 950mm (37.4 inch)
Wing Area: 56dm2
Flying Weight: 1800g (41.3 oz)
Drive System: 3745 outrunner 700KV brushless outrunner motor
Speed Controller: 45amp brushless ESC
Servo: 4X 9g high speed micro servos
Battery: 14.8V 4S 2200mAh 20C Li-Po
Control system: 4 CH 2.4GHz Multifunctional Transmitter and Receiver
Radio Control Range: 3000 feet (1000m)

http://www.bananahobby.com/2075.html

The smaller Art-Tech Cub on this thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1294550

Regards,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 13, 2010 @ 01:13 PM | 6,221 Views
Here's a couple of sneak peeks at several jets under development from Jet Hangar Hobbies. Cool Stuff!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 13, 2010 @ 12:20 PM | 7,643 Views
Good news! I spoke with Mike Greenshields from Hobby People this weekend at Big Jolt and the release date for the Phase 3 U-2 is sometime in November. Now...that news was great, what was even better was that he brought it to Big Jolt and let me fly it. Get ready to spank your credit cards because you guys will love it. It looks real in the air and handles a 10 mph wind with no problem.

The power is perfect and the handling is nice. It's made of EPO, needless to say, be careful leaving the U-2 in the sun. That black paint on EPO does warp it and popcorn the foam.

Here's just a few pictures. I'll post more on my blog later today!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 01, 2010 @ 10:47 AM | 7,182 Views
Yesterday, I received and built my 64mm Alpha Jet from Banana Hobby. I had the pleasure of supporting German Alpha Jets overseas, so this was a must have addition to our fleet. This offering from Blitz RC Works really looks great and at $119.90, you can't go wrong! It runs on a 14.8 20C 2200 mAh Battery which should give it impressive speed.

http://www.bananahobby.com/1967.html

During the 2 hour build, I added pilots, painted exhaust with Testors Metalizer Burnt Metal, painted/color matched the control horns, intakes, fan hatch holddowns and servos.

Maiden planned for this weekend!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 31, 2010 @ 01:18 PM | 6,270 Views
Here's a few pics from post-flight of my HE-162 Salamander. I painted the cockpit, added lite weight wheels from my Blitz RC F-117, strenghten the horizontal stabilizer and added a tail skid. I'm thinking about adding a thrust tube. Neat jet!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 23, 2010 @ 11:33 AM | 7,411 Views
Obviously, with a name like xplaneguy, I must love X-Planes. You bet!

Here's a few pics of our new XB-70 Valkyrie. My daughter and I love this jet and are hoping to get the maiden done this week.

Our good friend, Col. Joe Cotton was the XB-70 Test Force Director and First Flight Pilots of both Ship 1 & 2. Back in 2000, I had the rare privilege of sitting in the cockpit with Col. Cotton for a hour, discussing the his career and the aircraft. Truly one of the many high points of my life.

If Col. Cotton comes back to Edwards AFB in October for the "Gathering of Eagles", I plan to bring him out to Rosamond Dry Lake to fly this EDF XB-70 for him.

All the best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 17, 2010 @ 11:10 AM | 7,042 Views
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to fly the first sample of the New Piper J-3 Cub from Banana Hobby. This little Cub was a blast to fly and even handled a 10 mph wind with no problem. I'm looking forward to adding it to our fleet in a few weeks.

http://www.bananahobby.com/2063.html

Piper J-3 Cub Super Scale Ultimate RC Parkflyer! FLIGHT REVIEW in HD! (10 min 20 sec)


http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1294550

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 11, 2010 @ 01:41 PM | 5,861 Views
Again more pictures from our fun evening of picture taking.

The P-38 from Banana Hobby is awesome! I did the maiden flight yesterday morning at 5:45am and it looked stunning in the early sky over the Mojave Desert. Back in the 1940's P-38s filled the Antelope Valley sky, flying out of Muroc Army Airfield (now Edwards AFB). Truly awesome to see this P-38 against the same backdrop.

Regards,
Tony