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Posted by Fish99 | Jul 27, 2010 @ 11:22 PM | 14,808 Views
Well, ordered a bunch of stuff from Hobby King to upgrade my spitty ... watching the tracking info, it's been from Hong Kong, to Singapore, then to Zurich, and now on to who knows where ... long ways from Hong Kong to Canada, that's for sure.

In the mean time, I got tired of NOT flying the spitfire, so I put a new crank case in it, and had it up tonight. My son took some video I am uploading to YouTube. Once done I will post the link.

Wonder where my order is now ....

UPDATE: It's arrived. I have all the parts, except for the engine mount spacer. Thinking about taking some PHOTOS and showing this as a MOD / BUILD thread, in case others are looking to do something.

FURTHER UPDATE: All new parts in, new Servo for AIL, added a rudder, flying on AR6110e! Vid links within the attached comments ...

LATEST UPDATE: The thread now contains a detailed accounting of the complete re-build of the PZ Spitfire, including glassing the body, brushless motor and mount, DSM2 Rx upgrade, dual aileron servo mod, rudder mod, split flap mod, re-paint and soon retract mod. Pictures and video in the thread, along with many comments and tips from others who are following it.


Posted by Fish99 | Jul 25, 2010 @ 12:46 PM | 5,205 Views
My son took our low end, 4x Optical camera out with me to the park and we filmed a bit of flying. The wind started of STRONG, but manageable, but quickly started to get too strong. It was gusty, and changing direction by the minute, and at the end was just too unpredictable and strong to fly in so we shut down early, but it was still a lot of fun.

Here is the video from it. We had to edit out lots as it was pretty shaky, out of site / focus or off target, but we are both still learning.

Have a good one.

Windy Day flying of PZ ME 109 (5 min 46 sec)


Marlin

Posted by Fish99 | Jul 16, 2010 @ 02:37 PM | 5,351 Views
Been flying the 109, Spitty and SU-26xp at the local park a lot (between rain storms!) and having a great time! That 109 with Monster Power 15 is a winner! (Even getting the hang of landing in a ball diamond ... tight) and the Spit continues to be a beaut, though I am more and more finding myself not liking the fact that a 109 can fly circles around a spitfire ... more on that later.

The Su is sure teaching me a lot about acrobatic flying. Great little plane, light, quick and if you get it up there a bit, you can push it A TON past the edge of control and still recover from bad situations as it is so responsive. (Just have to keep reminding myself to BREATH!)

Well the virdict is in, I AM going to mod the Spitfire. Got some great help on the forums for a custom motor mount and suggested engines and prop sizes, so I took the plunge and ordered it last night! Can't wait to ge the new BL, Turnigy motor into it, Master Airscrew prop on it and see how it goes! (Should be able to give that old 109 a run then! Now just have to find a cheap Rx that is either from stectrum or one of those compatible products and I am good to go ...

Already planning the winter mod project. Going to by a second wing for the 109 and take on the retract challenge! Will be interesting and if I can get it done, awesome to look at. Should be a fun winter. I think I will upgrade to a Spectrum 6200 or some such 6 Ch full range on this, then transfer the AR500 to the Spitty for the engine upgrade.

Till then, will keep flying them as is and having fun ... if only work didn't get in the way of my flying addiction!

Have fun and watch out for gravity ... planes are alergic to it!

Marlin


UPDATE: Moded the Spitty, new BL motor, Spectrum Rx, servo, prop. See Spitty Blog thread for details and links to VIDEO!
Posted by Fish99 | Jul 07, 2010 @ 05:42 PM | 4,039 Views
Well, had the Su26xp, Spitfire and 109 all out last night, after the wind calmed down a bit. GREAT time, quite a few on-lookers by the time I wrapped up (loads of people find this hobby intersting, just don't see it in the parks much around here) but I can't decide which is my favorite plane!

Love the Spity, my favorite plane of all time, and the PZ model looks awesome in the air, just not a real performance flyer.

The 109, with my new motor setup is a powerhouse, and I love the flaps, it's big and has loads of go, very acrobatic and looks awesome in the sky and on the ground.

That little SU is just a BLAST to fly, very acrobatic, turns on a dime, great harriers, can be flown in next to no space, just a HOOT to fool around with.

Oh well, have to keep flying them all every day till I figure out which one I like best ...
Posted by Fish99 | Jul 06, 2010 @ 08:47 AM | 4,354 Views
Well, my little lady decided to treat me and got me a new PZ SU-26xp about 10 days ago. I had to take it with me on our Canada Day camping trip.

I have to say, bringing the brand new SU-26 along and putting on a couple of "airshows" was a big hit with the kids around the site. Little bird was a lot of fun, but a handfull to fly, with WINDS ALOFT above the trees, calm down below, and "bumpy" transitioning.

All in all though, the new SU-26 is great.
Posted by Fish99 | Jul 06, 2010 @ 08:45 AM | 4,241 Views
Gonna try to put on a bit of an airshow at the park tonight, if the winds cooperate. Bringing out the PZ Spitfire, the PZ Bf109 and the PZ SU-26xp. All three usually draw a few on-lookers. Can't wait to get the 109 up and flying on the new motor!

Will even try to snap a few pictures, if my wife doesn't mind coming along!

Wish me luck ...