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Posted by pdawg | Jul 28, 2013 @ 03:50 PM | 2,929 Views
For aviation enthusiast Edwards AFB is about as historic as it gets. All the X-planes and the Space Shuttle call(ed) this place home. As a kid the movie "The Right Stuff" told the story of Edwards and pilots like Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield. These guys became instant heros of mine! And their aircraft like the X-1 Glamorous Glennis and the Douglas D-558 Skyrocket became my favorites for their looks and achievements.

Well this past week a very generous individual invited me for a once in a lifetime tour of Edwards AFB. It felt like being home! The tour include the famous X-1 pit used to load it under the B-29, the area used to test the rocket powered X-planes, the Nasa Dryden test aircraft on display, and the Edwards AFB museum. Unfortunately these historic locations and aircraft are not open to the general public. Maybe one day....but for now here are some of my pics from this special day....Continue Reading
Posted by pdawg | Apr 27, 2012 @ 09:08 PM | 4,032 Views
Watching the Space Shuttle Enterprise cruise down the Hudson on top of the 747 was an unbelievable sight. Its sad to see this program end without a replacement.
Posted by pdawg | Feb 22, 2012 @ 11:43 PM | 4,537 Views
I recently became inspired to re-paint my new Micro Great Planes F-86. From start to finish this small project took just 4 days. The F-86 has a wide number of attractive paint schemes but I choose the high visibility Minute Men scheme. The construction techniques were very basic and with the help of Callie Graphics the model turned out very nic. In the next few days I plan to post photos showing the techniques....
Posted by pdawg | Apr 06, 2010 @ 11:57 AM | 8,497 Views
Before the advent of the internet I use to read and save every magazine I could get. but now a massive model airplane magazine clean-up is in order. Only magazines with special construction articles or model airplane kit reviews will be kept. Over the last week I have put aside kit reviews for Jet Hangar Hobby, Yellow, BVM, and Byron ducted fan kits that are now able to be electric powered. Over the next few days I will get them all uploaded for other EDFer to use in their conversion projects.
Posted by pdawg | Mar 21, 2010 @ 10:47 AM | 7,362 Views
The adrenaline rush for going faster with rc models became an early addiction. In high school with the help of my friend Dave Curtis I began racing in the sportsman Q-500 class with speeds around 100mph. Racing was fun and the speed made it exciting. If I came home with my plane in one piece after a weekend of racing then I considered myself a winner....even if not actually win. Early in college I moved up to the AMA Q-500 class which used the powerful Nelson engines and brought the racing speed to 160 mph. The next step after that was Q-40 racers. Those are the pinnacle for glow racing. Slick airframes and Nelson Engines makes for a few minutes of pure adrenalin. On the course they are going 180 mph but off the course 200mph is no problem. My first 200 mph model was a Q-40 Nemesis. Sport flying this at 200 mph was just as much fun as racing!

Toward the end of college I led a graduate level research project for the aerospace department. The goal was to design a successor to the space shuttle. The project required us to successfully launch and land a rocket powered lifting body. We knew the model would be fast but I figured it probably wouldn't be as fast as the Nemesis. I was wrong! After its successful flight the accelerometer calculated a speed of 236 mph.

I wasn't sure how to surpass the speed and adrenaline of glow and rocket power when moving on to electrics. The answer came with micro pylon racers. Half the size of a Q-40 racer but at more...Continue Reading
Posted by pdawg | Dec 28, 2009 @ 10:18 PM | 7,902 Views
My nephew Ethan is now 6 years old and fell in love with rockets after seeing the full scale space shuttle at edwards AFB several months ago. For the holidays I decided an Estes rocket set would be the perfect present. This weekend we launched his rocket as well as my scratchbuilt estes powered r/c lifting body. This was a college aerospace project from several years ago. We all had a great time!

Here is the video from the lifting body flight. It was taken from my cell phone (low def) so it looks the best if the screen is minimized...
Estes powered lifting body flight 12-09 (0 min 48 sec)

Posted by pdawg | Nov 18, 2009 @ 02:14 PM | 8,797 Views
Here is a new speed design called the Blowdart designed for a 30mm EDF speed contest. Its based on the Micro Stinger design but required some additional molded parts. I wasn't expecting much more than 70mph for such a small power system but so far its best dopplered pass is right around 90mph.
Posted by pdawg | May 03, 2009 @ 05:42 PM | 9,175 Views
Just like that it happened. I left in January of 08' for medical school. This 16 month successful adventure took me to the caribbean island of Dominica and the Grand Bahamas. It initially seemed like this tour of duty would last an eternity but all of a sudden its over. 16 months later I'm about to start my 3rd year of medical school in Miami florida. I'm finally back in the States! The casualty rate for fellow students not making the grades is high. I am one of the fortunate ones that made the cut but the fun has only begun. Now its time for grueling hours in the hospital and life altering exams.

In the last 16 months I have hardly done any building or flying. Hopefully I will find the time to re-sharpen my flying skills which may currently be a little rusty. I got my Micro Stinger with me and its ready to fly when I can find a flying site large enough for it.

Here are some pictures taken from my most recent semester in the city of Freeport in the Grand Bahamas.
Posted by pdawg | Jul 20, 2008 @ 12:18 AM | 11,620 Views
Its hard to believe I've already been here for 7 months. This nature island is beautiful but all the trees make it pretty tough to fly. That is, when your flying over land. A float plane would solve all the problems with limited airspace and hey, floatplanes are cool. Well it took almost five months to make it happen but today I finally got to maiden my newest project, a Cermark Lil Banchee easily modified for GWS floats. Its a perfect match!

Todays test flight was so much fun! Takeoffs and landings are very entertaining and the lil Banshee looks great doing rolling circles with the floats on . Though I'm still swamped with school, atleast now I have a plane that can easily fly over the water on the weekends. Just to be safe from the saltwater I have taken steps to protect the electronics. Everything but the motor has been wrapped in party ballons to try and keep the saltwater out. The best technique though is probably to land smooth and not splash down. Talk about motivation for a smooth landing . Enjoy the pics from the Island of Dominica. Its probably the only r/c airplane on the entire island. Special thanks to Cermark for this great airplane. Hopefully it will last for the next 7 monts on the island
Posted by pdawg | Jan 17, 2008 @ 10:40 AM | 11,532 Views
Well here I am on the small island of Dominica 3500 miles away from Los angeles and my beloved airplanes. Why did I do that? Well because I decided to attend Medical school at Ross university. Ross is an American Medical school whose main campus is located on the small island of Dominica. This island is one of the less traveled tourist islands but its very beautiful. The island is 75% tropical rainforests with amazing waterfalls and endangered species of animals. Yesterday I even saw a wild 4 ft. Iguana hanging out on campus. Being from los Angeles this move is a definite adjustment. There are only 75,000 people on the island and its considered a 3rd world country. So far I've been getting plenty of excerise walking to and from my apartment which is located on a hill above campus.

I will be here for the next year and a half but I was able to bring down one RTF micro stinger and also a kit to build when I need a break from studying. here are some pics from my first week here in Dominica.