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Posted by Gear Swinger | May 19, 2015 @ 01:43 PM | 1,327 Views
Well it is not really a new 2015 release, but a modified Flamingo 2001. It looks more like the 2006 version now except for the spoilers. Some of the details were listed in an earlier post of the complete airframe overhaul. The major modifications included adding flaps, adding wipers to the wing control surfaces, changing the planform of the wing and horizontal stab in addition to giving the fuselage a fresh start.


Tangent Flamingo with Flaps 3-21-15 (4 min 31 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 21, 2015 @ 06:28 PM | 1,867 Views
This video is compiled from a few different camera angles and includes some formation and racing with some Blackjack boats.

Float flying is a blast. I don't know why I waited so long to try it. This plane makes it easy to do.

Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver RC Model Fun - April 2015 (5 min 14 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 07, 2015 @ 11:43 AM | 2,170 Views
Some evening fun at the lake. I decided to try float flying. Cool stuff.
Posted by Gear Swinger | Mar 28, 2015 @ 12:57 AM | 2,467 Views
For some reason I haven't made any updates here for awhile. The past year was spent flying on the slope and working on a couple of planes. I sold a couple of planes and picked up a couple more.

I gave my Flamingo a total overhaul. It flew fine but needed some tlc. I wasn't real interested in working on it if I wasn't going to keep it. Well I made the decision to keep it and add some flaps. The project started off with a two week timeline. As things go... a year later it is done. I plan on doing a mini "how to" thread for adding flaps sometime soon.

I also managed to put together a Orca. Nice flying plane on the slope. Quick, crisp and responsive. In addition to finishing the Orca, a 3 meter Alpina took to the sky.

Until next time Happy flying.

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Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 18, 2014 @ 03:33 PM | 2,179 Views
I haven't posted too much about this plane and think I have had it over a year now. I got this one used from a fellow RCG member. It had been crashed and the nose of the fuselage repaired. Cosmetically it looked good but structurally it failed on the first flight. So after putting some bandaids on it for awhile it was time to actually get hands on and repair it. Most of the old repair had to be cleaned out and a new fuselage harness installed. The servo tray was reinforced along the edges with fiberglass up past the canopy lip. This allowed me to rebuild portions of the lip that were originally missing up toward the front. The inside got two layers of CF cloth extending past the break and tied to the ballast tube. I continued the CF up along the top rear of the servo tray as well to spread out the load. Once that was set up, the outside was ground down to reveal just how bad it was. Two layers of CF were added to the outside and then it got prepped and painted. Now it is back in action and will move along quite nicely in some good wind. This plane likes weight and small control surface movements allow it build some speed aka the "less is more" approach with this setup. In light wind it will fly fine but it is more fun in the 15-18 mph range at the slope I frequent. It is referred to as the Death Dealer at the slope and so I had some fun and ran with the theme. Callie set me up with a Grim Reaper graphic for the wing.

a Gen X'r

Schwing Gen X 10-27-13 (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 17, 2014 @ 06:08 PM | 2,771 Views
Here are some shots of the Aquila with the new wings. Same airfoil, size and planform. Fully sheeted with straight dihedral and extra control surfaces.

Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:39 AM | 2,787 Views
A fresh set of wings is coming of the workbench and getting ready for covering soon. This is a fully sheeted wing without the polyhedral and with the addition of ailerons and flaps. I will post photos in the old build log here -

Posted by Gear Swinger | Aug 22, 2013 @ 04:08 PM | 2,995 Views
Here is an older Flamingo that took to the sky. It is a heavy stable flier equipped with ailerons and blade type spoilers. Fiberglass fuselage with sheeted wings. Just some fun footage playing around on the hill.


Flamingo 2001 Maiden 5-27-13 (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Mar 31, 2013 @ 04:22 AM | 3,686 Views
Another maiden flight today and good time on the slope. Finished up the Aquila after a 5 month build and gave it a toss. It even came back in one piece.

Build log is here:

Aquila Maiden 03-30-13 (2 min 45 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:34 PM | 3,911 Views
I decided to do a build log on the Aquila. It can be found here -

Also put some footage together using a new keychain camera mounted to the wing and tail of one of the gliders. Just out having fun.

Ride the Wing of My Shadow (4 min 54 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 01, 2013 @ 12:05 PM | 3,882 Views
Rounded out 2012 with a little time on the slope with some formation flying and aerobatics at sunset. It has been a fun year meeting some new friends and also getting my father-in-law behind the sticks a few times on the hill recently.

Last year saw the addition of a couple of planes as well as a couple being sold. Most of my flying time now is on the slope and the electrics have a little more dust on them. I even broke out the building board and pieced together most of an Aquila kit that I have had since 1982. I plan on building a second set of wings for this plane and convert it to a full house ship. Maybe a build thread on this plane might be worthwhile. Also plans are in the works to take on a Merlyn build.

I hope everyone has a great New Year.

Posted by Gear Swinger | Sep 22, 2012 @ 02:01 PM | 4,140 Views
I had a chance to watch Endeavour making part of its tour of Los Angeles. Really neat stuff to see this in person and the timing of events just happened to work out. Not the best quality video but thought I would share it with those who might be interested.


Space Shuttle Endeavour Flyby and Landing at LAX 9-21-12 (2 min 34 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:10 PM | 4,462 Views
Had some fun on the hill breaking in a F3J glider this weekend. It did really well up there and was faster than I thought it would be. The Shadow is a real nice, stable flying glider and it will slow to a crawl for landing.


NAN Shadow on the Slope (2 min 46 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Aug 05, 2012 @ 05:03 PM | 4,867 Views
Got back to the building board to try a different airfoil on this glider. It originally came with an E374 and was covered with Kromekote paper adhered directly to the foam core. It worked pretty well and since this was designed for combat (read quick rebuild) it served it's purpose. My original wing had seen better days with a previous break (25 years ago) and getting rain soaked. It still flew and I considered it a beater. I tried my hand at DSing it one day a couple of months ago and stuffed it into the ground breaking the wing again at the previous repair. An aluminum arrow shaft that I stuck in the wing on the first repair held it all together and kept the wing from folding. It will glue back together but I thought about going a different route as an experiment.

I started the new wing with some foam cores cut by Flying Foam ( to the RG-15 profile. It has a straight T.E. and tapered L.E. I wanted to also change the original design slightly by adding a servo for each aileron and increase their surface areas and deflections. The wing also got lengthened about 6 inches. Not sure if this was the right choice given the length of the fuselage but I can always shorten it. It is sheeted with 1/16" balsa, has upper and lower spars with two wing joiners. It now carries the SP - special performance designation.

Here are some photos of the build and some flying video from yesterday.

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Posted by Gear Swinger | May 11, 2012 @ 07:05 PM | 4,752 Views
Pulled this one out of storage and re-fitted it with some modern gear. I think this was my first glider build, and what I learned on, using an Aero Sport 2 transmitter. So it flies again 30 years later.... and I am still waggin the tail all over the sky. This kit has a dowel for the L.E.


House of Balsa 2 X 2 (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | May 07, 2012 @ 05:05 PM | 5,294 Views
I have had this one since about 1983. It has spent most of it's life waiting to go flying. I got it back out of the box and put some new radio gear in it to fly it again. Just like having a NOS plane since, if I remember correctly, it only flew twice in my teens. If I get ambitious I might take the old servos out and replace them with something smaller so I can install the cockpit. I also made up some carbon fiber pushrods. The balsa rods were showing too much flex. I set the powerpod on there just for fun.


Carrera ASW-17 4-28-12 (3 min 19 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 17, 2012 @ 03:09 AM | 5,205 Views
Predator 3 Tests 4-14-12 (3 min 26 sec)

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The Predator 3 made it's way off of the workbench last week and has been out for a few test flights. This is my first 3 meter and V-tail glider. It is marketed as an affordable entry into the F3F world. When I was researching this plane I didn't find a whole lot of information out there on version 3. There is quite a nice thread on the V1 on RCGroups and some, on the changes to V2.

Assembly was pretty straight forward once you determine "the spot" for your fuselage gear and ballast tube. The P3 differs from it's predecessors by using a different wing construction technique (aviogate) and the continuation of the flaps all the way to the fuselage. This one is a single carbon version and I am using MKS servos throughout with 3rd bearings in the wings.

With the recommended settings I found this to be really sluggish getting those long wings around in a roll. A few tweaks here and there and it is starting to come together. I have also upped the rudder deflection quite a bit, coupled at 57%. Aileron throws are +10/-7 and flaperons used in both directions. I have played with the CG from 107mm to 115mm. At 115mm the elevators faired with the stabs but it was a little twitchy in pitch. Trying to find what works, on one flight at 115mm, I had it break loose in a tight right turn and it spun. Since then, I have backed the CG and some of the throws off a little and I am currently at...Continue Reading
Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 18, 2012 @ 01:32 AM | 5,500 Views
I picked up a RCRCM Typhoon awhile back and have been flying it alot lately. It is really a nice flying 2 meter glider. There is quite a wide speed envelope and I have flown it in 5 mph winds up to 40 mph (that can be a bit too sporty for me). Here are some shots from the build and a video of the maiden flight. Hyperion digitals in the wing and Hitec digitals in the fuse. Things get a little tight under the deck with all of the wiring. Photos are of two different consecutive builds. CG at 95mm.


Typhoon Maiden 12-4-11 (2 min 2 sec)
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Posted by Gear Swinger | Nov 13, 2011 @ 09:58 PM | 5,987 Views
I have had this 42" SOS for quite awhile and over the past few weeks got it finished up and maidened today. Winds were 9-12mph and generally pretty good for this slope. Other than a few clicks of down trim it flew off and started tearing up the sky. CG at 4" and weighs 16.3 oz. I got two flights in with this one today and look forward to many more.

Here is a short clip of it flying and some of the construction photos.


42" SOS Maiden (1 min 36 sec)
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Posted by Gear Swinger | Oct 23, 2011 @ 09:00 PM | 5,807 Views
Took the Super Cheetah and a flying wing out yesterday for some more fun. Wind was not as good last weekend but still flew them both. These like the other slopers, have been sitting for 20 years and needed a little prep time to get them going again. I knew I was saving all of those 72mhz receivers for a reason. Before any heavy refurbishing, I just wanted to fly them again. Nothing fancy, just some upright, frontside flying. Still playing with the CG's on these. The S. Cheetah was flying at 4" here but still felt nose heavy. The wing wound up back at 20% MAC and still needs some adjusting/flight testing.

I would like to cut some new cores and balsa sheet the Super Cheetah. Anyone know what airfoil it uses? Edit: I found it on the outside of the box E-374.


Super Cheetah and Wing 10-22-11 (2 min 3 sec)