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Posted by ViperZ | Jul 31, 2011 @ 03:57 PM | 3,104 Views
Just got back from the flying field with the newly modified P-51. WOW!! It's got speed, power for unlimited vertical, and talk about roll rate! Before it would more barrel roll, now it axial rolls like an auger screw so fast I lost count And power...!!

The new scheme looked so beautiful in the air, it was such a pleasure to watch fly. In fact I let a few other club members fly it as well so I could admire and take pictures. They were all impressed withthe charateristics and power of this set-up. This plane flies so scale and looks so pretty in the air... I LOVE THIS PLANE!! It flat out moves for a war bird

I brought 5 x 2200 battery packs with me to the field, and 2 planes. The P-51 was the only one I flew. The poor P-47 was grounded because Moonbeam McSwine was so much fun to fly!

Sorry no video, but a few pictures as promised....

I was getting 6 minutes flight time if the WOT throttle was used in moderation. my last pack I flew lots of wide open throttle about 74%. When my 6 min flight timer alerted I swung around for a landing approach, and as I was coming in, the juice ran out.... Looks like about 5 Min's should be about right.

Mods:
  • E-Flight Power 10 Motor
  • Turnigy 40A Plush ESC
  • Extra 300 10.5x9 Prop cut down to 10
  • Nanotech 3s 2200 30C - goot for about 5min lots of WOT
  • Parkflyer Plastics Canopy and cockpit kit
  • Callie Graphics "Moonbean McSwine"
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Posted by ViperZ | Jul 29, 2011 @ 01:39 PM | 3,185 Views
I`m working on my car in the garage when I come inside to find another box waiting for me! It`s my Blitzworks 70mm F-15 Eagle!!

What a great start to a 4 day weekend!

I have always loved F-15`s and while this plane is a bit underpowered from what I've read, this is a future down the road project that I just had to get.

It comes with a 70mm EDF and retracts. I`ll most likely upgrade the motor and the ESC in addition to removing the retracts, and hand or catapult launching this one. I got it in the Dessert Camo which looks wicked!!
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 29, 2011 @ 12:16 PM | 3,302 Views
So the 4 day weekend started with a quick trip to our flying field where I got in 2 flights with my P-47. It was nice to get in an early morning flight to start the day

I came home worked on the "Marie" P-51 for a bit. Last night I had glued the wings together and glued the rear tail feathers on. I was a bit miffed as the foam hinges look weak and I will need to hinge or apply tape to secure them down. Not a big deal, but I tried some tape, and it didn't work well, and it lifted the paint when I removed it (I knew it would). No matter I touched it up and it's not perfect but it will do. I removed the silly power sliding canopy, and the goofy pilot and it's goofy placement. I'll need to clean out the cockpit area, but I don;t want to spend too much time with this as I think it's more a fly until it flies into the ground machine than a show bird....

I bought a new plane and I'm so excited! It's a Sundowner 50 that I've been wanting for some time! It was on sale so I had to do it. My daughter will be picking it up for me in Edmonton this weekend, and I should have it Sunday! It will be electric powered, and there is a great thread here on people pushing the envelope of speed with it. I'm not looking to do that rather I just want it to burn holes into the sky with



So, no sooner did I finish ordering the Sundowner when my doorbell rang! It was Canada Post, with parts! Not just any parts but the ones I've really been waiting for. From HK, 3 x 4s 2650-30c Nanotech packs for the Pogo, and a Turnigy 40A Plush ESC for the PZ-P-51.. ANd...! my Power 10 motor from ebay for the PZ-P51!! My weekend is set!!

Thanks For Reading! VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:39 AM | 3,619 Views
Here are some shots outside today. It was tough to get the gleam coming from the finish as it just bombards the cameras sensors, and underexposes the value. Regardless, it close to being done.

Canopy is glued on, and all the decals and final touches of paint has been completed. Now I'm just waiting for my Power 10 motor, and Turnigy Plush 40A ESC. I have the T-28 prop on and I'm tempted to just install my E-Flite 60A ESC and go flying as i want to see this in the air. I promise pictures soon of it in action.
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 23, 2011 @ 12:10 AM | 2,855 Views
Some things are planned with great timing and planned execution, others are just go with the flow and just start doing... This project is more the latter. Sure I had planned to redo Gunfighter, and with the help form forum members like Moonbeam, Alrus 1, LICobra, 19000RPM, Econoline and many others, I had been setting the stage for this project. However it just feels unplanned with no real execution plan other than just start doing.

Hopefully the results show better than the planning. As I started removing the decals and left with a crappy looking airframe, I asked myself what the heck are you doing..?

Gunfighter is being redone as Moonbeam McSwine. I have deviated from the original plan somewhat and decided to try to make it more like the show version with the shimmery silver finish and French Blue Nose and tail.

Stay tuned as try to tackle my first foamy paint job and redo.

(*edit*) Added photos with new paint
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 22, 2011 @ 06:54 PM | 2,911 Views
I finally got some parts for my Pogo LR 1A project... I was hoping to have it completed this weekend to maybe test fly, however 2 of my servos have been split shipped. So it looks like I will not get them until next week.

Oh well, I'll have lots to keep me busy on the Pogo, and my Calli Decals came in for my PZ P-51 Mustang, so I can start planning for that too.

Going into the Pogo:
  • E-Flite Power 25 1250kV BL Outrunner
  • E-Flite 60 A Pro Switch Mode BEC ESC
  • 2650 4s 30c Nanotech LiPos
  • Spektrum 6210 6CH Receiver
  • Spektrum SH5000 HighSpeed Digital Servos
  • APC 8x8e Propeller
  • 2" Aluminum Spinner

I can't wait to get this puppy in the air!
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 18, 2011 @ 07:19 PM | 2,891 Views
This was waiting for me when I got home from work. It's a HK 1200mm P-51 Mustang in the "Marie" trim scheme... I'm not sure what possessed me to order this other than I like the color, the price was right, and I wanted to see if I could make something of it.

Let me start by saying I was not expecting a whole lot, especially when you get basically a PNP plane for $135 bucks. This is with retracts too However I was hoping that it would be passable and that in the end it would be a fun plane to fly, once it's been upgraded and tinkered with. At this point, I'm not disappointed, nor am I surprised either way. Time will tell once I start assembling it.

Of particular note... First impressions, This plane is nowhere in the same quality league as a Park Zone kit... Not that it was expected, but I had to say it. Moving on....

The box it comes in is really flimsy. It's amazing it actually can protect the plane during overseas shipments. I suppose it did it's job. I did notice the wing chord at the trailing edge was a bit mashed, however nothing serious. Also some on the top wing is marked up form don't know what, again, nothing I can't live with.

The really funny thing is the pilot. The plane comes with this RC retracting/slide canopy. I have always thought this to be a bit on the hokey side, but I suppose different things float different boats. I had intended to disable this feature from the get go.... Back to the pilot In the picture of the...Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 17, 2011 @ 11:14 PM | 2,756 Views
OK, so this is a small for many, a large step for me... I received my "A" Wings from the club today. So that means I can fly solo and unassisted... Yee haw!!

As I was taking my test with 2 instructors beside me, somebody joked about it not being to often seeing somebody taking an A wing exam with a low wing war bird, as most times they are Kadets, or some other 3 Ch high wing trainer. LOL, good for me I suppose. Anyway I would like to thank Bob, John and Terry (of HCRCC) for their assistance and tutelage. I learnt so much from watching you guys today.

Here are some shots from the day....Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 17, 2011 @ 12:41 AM | 2,745 Views
I've been waffling over this plane for some time... I'm not sure what took so long as I knew deep down I would eventually buy one, sooner or later... I suppose what held me back was I also wanted a Starmax or Airfeild giant scale warbird, and trying to decide, held me back in the process.

In the end I rationalized that it would take time to get a Starmax or Airfield up to the same level of reliability or performance of the PZ P-47 out of the box. Cost and time was another factor as I wanted to be flying this weekend so that salted the decision I would get on of the Giant scales next time, but the time was now to get the PZ Jug!

I'm really looking forward to flying this tomorrow! The glowing reviews of this warbird is nothing short of impressive. Looks wise, this airplane is inspiring. I find I so love the big cigar tube frame of this Jug. It seems so iconic to what a warbird was back then. Old, big, round, vintage classics.

Thanks for Reading!
VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 05, 2011 @ 11:24 PM | 3,696 Views
Well after a great morning of flying my Park Zone P-51 last Sunday at a local park in my area, I was packing up when a police officer on bicycle approached me. He asked me if I knew there was a city bylaw that prohibits operation of any radio control aircraft in public parks. He was actually quite nice about it, and said he had been watching me for a bit and said I seemed responsible, and he really didn't want to come chat to me, but he did have a job to do. He was sort of apologetic...

I asked him if flying the Ultra Micro is prohibited? I said this is so small and light weight it could hardly do damage, so much so an errant thrown Frisbee or baseball could be much worse... He said I would have to look up the city bylaw website to see if there was a size restriction. At any rate he took down my name and said he didn't have to write me a ticket as he thought I really didn't know (I didn't). He then said that the fine is a directly go to court, unlike something like littering which is a $25 payable fine.

I packed up and went to my local club and chatted and watched them fly, I then knew I would have to rejoin after all these years.... When I got home I looked up the the city web site and it does not list a a size and summarily states no operation of Radio Controlled air craft, which would mean even the Ultra Micro Park fliers.. This sort of bummed me out as I really enjoy walking down to the park at the end of my street to fly my micros and Helicopters...

At any rate I have rejoined the HCRCC, and become a MAAC member again... I suppose it was inevitable, however I just wished I could keep flying my UMs in the park


Thanks For Reading! - VZ