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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 16, 2010 @ 03:40 PM | 6,112 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 | 6,812 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 | 6,778 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 | 5,817 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 | 6,354 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 | 6,003 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 | 6,772 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 | 9,854 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 | 6,191 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 | 7,606 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 | 7,141 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 | 6,246 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 | 7,366 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 | 7,010 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 | 5,826 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
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 11, 2010 @ 01:30 PM | 4,808 Views
More pics from last night. Here's photos of our new Parkzone T-28. I put off getting this aircraft for several years and I shouldn't have. What a great, well balanced aircraft for beginners and experienced pilots. Painted the prop tips and added black wing walking stripes.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 11, 2010 @ 01:22 PM | 6,211 Views
My daughter and I had some fun taking pictures of a few of our planes last night by our new home. Here's our new Dynam Skybus/DC-3 from Grayson Hobby. Added GWS 8x4 3-bladed prop cutdown to 7x4. Great scale flying aircraft! This one will be painted as a C-47 Skytrain in D-Day markings.

New update photos added- 20 Aug 10
Best,

Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 05, 2010 @ 09:37 AM | 5,328 Views
A few pictures of my daughter, an RC Pilot and now Sailplane Pilot. Evelyn has now, flown the Diamond 2500 from Banana Hobby and a real Sailplane at Skylark North in Tehachapi, CA. I am so proud of her!

Regards,
Tony