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Posted by mastrsn | Jan 01, 2010 @ 08:25 AM | 4,675 Views
Slow Stick Canard (4 min 57 sec)


New Stick Perversion with the help of some parts from Radical R/C. Flies GREAT!
Posted by mastrsn | Mar 29, 2009 @ 06:38 AM | 5,058 Views
I've been having fun with the E-flite Jenny. I stripped it of all it's decals and re- painted it with Model Master Antique White. It mostly went together as stock, but I re-drilled all the wing struts so that it could be wired more scale. Then I simulated the control wires and covered the landing gear with wood and stained them as close as I could. Sorry about the goofy E-flite wheels, but I have a set of 1 7/8" William Brothers antique wheels coming from Tower Hobbies, but they haven't gotten here yet and I need to use them for photos...

The Control wires don't really work. I laid in all the rigging close to the hinge line to give it the illusion it was connected, but the control surfaces still work independent of the rigging. After spending all that time working on the wings, I felt it only proper to 'go all the way'.

Lettering and Curtiss logo done on the computer, printed out on clear label paper and sprayed with clear lacquer to preserve the ink.

Can't wait to maiden if the wind will just drop below hurricane strength long enough...
Posted by mastrsn | Feb 12, 2009 @ 06:42 PM | 4,934 Views
At this rate, I'll have all my projects caught up. This is my E-flite SE-5a that's been hanging around for months. I managed to finish it today, but probably won't get to maiden it until next week. It'd powered by a Lazertoyz Blue Wonder with a Berg receiver. The only mods on this one are the popcycle sticks I used to cover the landing gear wire and the Spiderwire I used for the rigging instead of the supplied string. I've only got 2 or 3 more projects left so I had better get a job fast!
Posted by mastrsn | Feb 11, 2009 @ 07:58 AM | 5,220 Views
I've always liked the Parkzone Trojan, just not the fact that EVEYONE HAD ONE. Something about watching a squadron of the same airplane flying around just didn't 'do me'.

A while ago, wmcneal brought me a Trojan from one of his friends that was getting out of the hobby. A bit worn and beat up, the cogs in my head started turning. I remembered a T-28 on airliners.net that was a bit different. With paint brush in hand I started the transformation.

What I got was something noone at the field would have. Now, at the Dawn Patrol field, there a many different T-28s, and as soon as we can get them together, I'll post video here.

The only decals I used were the Stars and Bars from the replacement set. The lettering are 3", 1" and 1/2" letters from the local ace hardware. I am using the stock motor and servos, but using a Berg reciever on my 72 mHz channel and the 3 blade prop and nut from the Parkzone Corsair (because they look more scale). I am not 100% happy with the way it came out, but there is still a bit painting to do.....
Posted by mastrsn | Feb 11, 2009 @ 07:40 AM | 5,113 Views
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Hoopster Stick pt 1 (4 min 34 sec)


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Posted by mastrsn | Dec 17, 2008 @ 03:14 PM | 5,756 Views
No, not really- I don't use drugs (but I may want to when I fly this thing!)

Although not looking like a Slow Stick, all the hardware came from a Slow Stick. (Never throw out a wrecked Slow Stick, the parts come in handy) Looking for a new project, I was surfing the web when I found this neet little paper airplane called a "Hoopster". Almost imediately, the gears in my head started spinning and this is what I came up with. After blowing up the dimentions 400%, I was shocked to find out that the fuselage was the same size as, you guessed it, a Slow Stick! I found a coffee can for the 6" diameter hoop and a large sauce pan for the 12" hoop. After cutting my 4" strips of fan fold, I used my Monocote Heat Iron to help bend the foam around the can and pot. I glued the circles, then used strapping tape to re-enforce them.

I did add the control surfaces, not on the paper airplane. It has a functioning Rudder, and an Elevon mixer for Elevator and Ailerons. Power is a Tower Pro 2408-21 and 18 amp speed control.

I need to balence it , I think it should be real close to the paper airplane, and it should be ready to fly. I'll video it as I usually do this weekend if weather is friendly. (I don't think this will be a windy- day plane, but it could also surprise me.........)
Posted by mastrsn | Oct 26, 2008 @ 04:03 PM | 6,124 Views
This Slow Stick Perversion was called the "Heinkel Stick", based loosely on the WW2 Heinkel Jet Fighter. It was powered by an EDF-75 in a nacelle on the wing. Control surfaces were ailerons on the wing and a V-tail with mixer for rudder/ elevons. The Rudders were fashioned after the Slow Stick Rudder, but were not functional. The combonation of ailerons/ elevons made the Heinkel Stick quite menuverable, being able to do loops and rolls.

After the EDF burnt out (brushed motors don't like lipos), the motor was replaced with a tower pro 9Y swinging an 11*7 prop. VERY FAST!

The german marking were from Major Decals for a .40 size airplane. Paint was from the local Ace Hardware (Yes, they actually had paint close to the German Luftwaffe!)

I had so much fun with this design, I found and bought more dacals while flying at SEFF last year (or this year, just earlier...)
Posted by mastrsn | Oct 15, 2008 @ 04:48 AM | 6,413 Views
What do you do when you have a perfectly good Easy Star wing and lots of Slow Stick parts? You add a bit of perversion, spray on a bit of paint and call it an 'Easy Stick'. Dawn Patrol member Bill Birch has been flying one for years and has a lot of fun with his, so I figured it was my turn to try. I used my usual set up- a tower pro 2409-12 and an 18 amp speed control. I have tried to use the Aerobird Extreme wings before with little luck. The wings are too narrow and even though it was balanced right, it would loose altitude quickly in a turn. The Easy Star wing has more width and a nice airfoil. The wing also makes the Stick faster and more fun to fly. A welcome perversion to my fleet!
Posted by mastrsn | Oct 12, 2008 @ 02:15 PM | 5,797 Views
Two powered flights of the X-15 Rocket Plane this morning. Both went off flawlessly. I flew the Trainer and Bill Mc Neal flew the X-15. Steve De Loach videoed. Both planes flew perfectly without any problems. The X-15 responded to the Rocket ignition with no ill- effects. It was really cool hearing that rocket motor ignite and watch the plane scoot across the sky!

Now, to modify the X-15 for the bigger 'D' size motors and there's talk of a Rocket powered X-1 in the near future as well......

R/C X-15 (8 min 15 sec)

Posted by mastrsn | Sep 21, 2008 @ 01:28 PM | 6,148 Views
Well, the rains parted long enough to test the X-15 and the Tower Trainer togther this morning. Tests went great, with no change in CG on the Trainer and plenty of power to get the job done. Now to complete the launch cradle and actually fly the X-15 under Rocket power!
Posted by mastrsn | Sep 19, 2008 @ 02:39 PM | 6,526 Views
Here's some more Slow Stick Perversion- this time involving a $9 kite from Harbour Freight and some Slow Stick parts. My partner and Dawn Patrol member Bill Mc Neal (wmcneal) built an Ultralight from one of these kites, some alunimum and a 'G.I. Joe'. Not to be left out, I came up with this design.

Both use "wing warping" to turn- a servo pulls down on one side of the kite causing the plane to bank. It takes a while to get used to, but it is very effective. Bill's depends on the motor to rise and fall, but the Kite Stick uses the elevator, making it a bit more stable than Bill's

The rudder is functional also, but not so responsive. I'll be taking it out in the future. The Stick uses a BP-21 as a pusher and has plenty of power, but if I had it to do again, I'd use a higher kv motor.

Here's a movie we did for Youtube of the Kite Stick. You can see more of Bill and My projects at http://www.youtube.com/user/nfdawnpatrol and http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=wmcneal42

Kite Stick (5 min 42 sec)

Posted by mastrsn | Sep 19, 2008 @ 01:45 PM | 6,475 Views
One of my ongoing projects is my X-15 Rocket Plane. It has been on hold due to the need for a "Drop Plane".

I finished my Tower .40 Trainer this week. Powered by a Towerpro 3520-7 and a 50 amp speed control, this plane will have ample power to fly the X-15 up to altitude with no problem.

The X-15 is built from Frank Burke (burkefj) plans, but substitutes the parkjet motor for an Estes Rocket motor. The rocket will be ignited in flight with an old GWS brushed motor speed control with a small 2s lipo. Rocket burns have been timed to 2.5- 3 seconds. We'll fly it sort of like how Mac Hodges flies his B-29 and X-1.

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Posted by mastrsn | Aug 28, 2008 @ 07:50 PM | 6,783 Views
Here's what happens when you have either too much time on your hands or are really in need of a perversion 'fix'.....

A buddy of mine- wmcneal and I took the Slow Stick to the next level by drawing up the wing and tailfeathers, along with all the measurements and multiplied them by 200%. The end result is a Slow Stick with a 96" wingspan weighing about 7lbs! Motor is a Tower Pro 3520-7T-8△ swinging a 13x8 prop. Wing is Fan Fold that comes apart in 3 sections for transport. Elevator and Rudder is Depron. Wheels are Dave Brown 6" foam (largest I could find). We use 2- 2200mAh batteries in series for power.

Flies like a regular Slow Stick, but slower! Cruises comfortably at 1/4 throttle and doesn't want to land! We have flown it at Giant scale meets, SEFF and at all the local flying fields. Heck, we fly it at the Soccer Field it's so dosile!

'Mini Me' is a standard Slow Stick with a Tower Pro (BP-12) motor, painted up tp look like Mega Stick.....
Posted by mastrsn | Aug 28, 2008 @ 10:08 AM | 6,544 Views
Here are some more pictures I found.

The Twin Stick is an upgrade from my earlier designs. Powered by two Tower Pro- 21s, it has an elevon mixer incorporated with the speed controls for independant speed control. It can turn on a dime in the air! I also used the Dubro foamy landing gear, it is mush stiffer and helps with the CG.

Finnaly, my latest project. A Slow Stick frame with the wing from an e-flite 'Ascent' glider, it's fast under power, but can glide in a thermal with the best of them!
Posted by mastrsn | Aug 08, 2008 @ 12:34 PM | 6,308 Views
Here are my latest and fully- flying aircraft. Pictured below is the "Mega Stick", a 200% size Slow Stick, and it's little brother "Mini Me". Also, is a Tower Hobbies .40 trainer, electrified, as well as a 'The World Models' Sky Raider, also electrified, and my X-15 from Frank Burke plans that is actually "Rocket Powered" with an Estes Rocket motor.