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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 26, 2010 @ 07:59 PM | 8,500 Views
My dream of getting my old Cox .049 Powered Sky Rally Ultralight back in the air with an improved powerplant was finally accomplished today. This model hung in my gararge for many years and just needed the right powerplant. My modification utilizes a Micro Jet V3 motor, APC 7x5 E prop and 30 amp ESC from Grayson Hobby. The battery is an 11.1v 25C 1300mAh pack. The entire mod took only 90 minutes. The maiden flight was this morning and everything went perfect! Of the two flights today, the second flight was the longest at 11 minutes with throttle management. This ultralight cruises beautifully just around 45% throttle. Landing approaches are at 15% power and smooth touchdowns in a light breeze are a piece of cake.

I first flew this aircraft back in 1986 and it was extremely underpowered. Each flight was a real struggle to keep this bird in the air while you were at the mercy of the Cox .049. If the motor was too rich, then hang on because you were on the deck, fighting to stay in the air. Now...with the Electric Micro Jet set up, this Sky Rally Ultralight from Cox is a real joy to fly.

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 18, 2010 @ 03:09 PM | 7,284 Views
Well...Toysonics came through as they promised. When I order these jet on-line, within minutes, I received a call from a CSR at Toysonics asking if I would like these jets shipped FedEx Next Day at no additional charge. Ah..Yeah! The next day (yesterday) I received both 50mm A-4 & T-33. That is a first for me from any RC distributor. Very cool and very much appreciated! Both the T-33 & A-4 arrived in one day and in great shape. Toysonics has been kind of under the radar for sometime and I hope that more pilots take advantage of their outstanding customer service. A+++++

Here's a few pics taken this morning. Hoping to fly them once the rain stops here in SoCal.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 13, 2010 @ 06:34 PM | 7,119 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 @ 04:51 PM | 8,670 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 @ 05:06 PM | 7,424 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 @ 04:40 PM | 6,423 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 @ 07:37 PM | 7,118 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 @ 07:39 PM | 7,083 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 @ 06:51 PM | 6,102 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 @ 01:47 PM | 6,623 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 @ 12:22 PM | 6,265 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 @ 01:51 PM | 7,067 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 @ 12:50 PM | 10,192 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 @ 02:13 PM | 6,486 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 @ 01:20 PM | 7,944 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 @ 11:47 AM | 7,477 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 @ 02:18 PM | 6,528 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