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Posted by marksp | Mar 21, 2015 @ 07:21 PM | 2,182 Views
After a long search, scored an unbuilt Byron Staggerwing kit from 1983! Wow...old, old school!

My plan is to built it lightweight using contemporary components and fit it with the new Saito FG-60R3 4-stroke gas radial and paint it Miitary, either US Navy or US Ambassador livery.

As soon as I get the rest of the goodies, I'll get this build going!
Posted by marksp | Jan 07, 2015 @ 11:28 PM | 3,345 Views
Picked up a new FMS P-51 V8. This go round I decided to set up from the beginning with a few hop ups to make things interesting. Here's the list:

- FMS F3A 4258 550kV motor (6S capable)
- FMS F3A motor mount
- FMS F3A prop adapter
- Spektrum AR636 3-axis gyro
- 1mm shim "prop mod"
- Viper RC 120A Air ESC
- Warbirds Air Whistle

After setting up the receiver with relative gains on all surfaces, I installed motor and ESC for some static power testing.

Turnigy Nano-Tech 5S 4,000 35C - 1233 watts/72 amps
Zippy 6S 4500 45C - 2657 watts/120 amps (wow!). ESC rated 120 continuous with 150 15 sec burst. Prolly can get away with it, but will test without prop mod before flying 6S.
Posted by marksp | Jan 02, 2015 @ 11:11 AM | 2,260 Views
Ordered - Apri l 15, 2014
Received - December 29, 2014

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Posted by marksp | Nov 21, 2014 @ 11:10 AM | 2,330 Views
I wanted to build an inexpensive twin motor water plane so I picked up the Multiplex Twinstar II. This ARF kit includes (2) brushless motors with a shared speed controller both of which I ditched. Instead, I picked up a couple a very low cost Hobbyking NTM motors and "Basic" ESC's which I promptly dunked in CorrosionX.

I had to pick up custom motor mounts from microDan -

With the kit, motors, ESC's and mounts in hand, I can now start the build
Posted by marksp | Oct 19, 2014 @ 09:56 PM | 2,863 Views
Picked up a new Howard DGA ARF kit. Absolutely love the design 1930's civilian planes of this era and this model is well executed and the perfect size for me. Should go together fairly straight forward although I'm anticipating some drama in balancing the scale wheel pants with grass runway.

Here is my bill of materials:

Kangke Howard DGA ARF kit
VVRC 40 (small plug)
Spektrum AR9110 receiver
Spektrum TM1000 Telemetry
Spektrum EVOA107 ignition sensor
Secraft ignition mount II
Hitec HS5645MG (9)
Tech-Aero IBEC
DuBro 5" Big Wheel
ElectroDynamics LED kit
Truturn spinner
Posted by marksp | Jul 13, 2014 @ 10:18 AM | 3,469 Views
I sort of stumbled across an opportunity to pick up a circa 2005 9 year old, unopened kit of a giant scale biplane that I dig - Curtiss P6-E Hawk! I immediately jumped on it! Great Planes re-released this kit and this one is a "Phase 2", from Dec. 2010.

Posted by marksp | Jan 20, 2014 @ 07:29 PM | 11,473 Views
Decided to go with the new H9 Beaver as my first gas plane. Super excited to get started as there is much to learn along the way.

First step for me was to create the bill of materials for the plane, which will be followed with the list of stuff required for operating and maintaining a gas plane. So, here is the list in hopes that folks with gas experience might comment:
  • Hitec HS-5645MG (7)
  • VVRC 40 Twin [sold the VVRC 40; ordered Saito FG-33R3]
  • Servo extension (24") SPMA3005
  • Servo extension (6") SPMA3001
  • Servo extension (18") SPMA3004
  • Spektrum AR9110 PowerSafe receiver
  • ElectroDynamics LED light kit
  • Fuel filler T fitting (HAN116)
  • Prop Hub (TRUTTH1000A)
  • Prop Adapter (HAN99057)
  • Spektrum TM 1000 Telemetry module (SPM9548)
  • Spektrum Telemetry ignition module (EVOA107)
  • Hanger 9 DHC-2 Beaver 30cc ARF(HAN4545)
  • Zippy 2100mAh (2S1P) LiFe 30C
  • Secraft Ignition tray holder V2 [not big enough for Saito 3 cyl ignition]
  • DuBro 6" balloon tires
  • Secraft servo arms (5)
  • Tech-Aero Ultra IBEC

Posted by marksp | May 09, 2013 @ 12:02 AM | 6,318 Views
After watching virtually every YouTube H9 Twin Otter video I noticed that H9 was offering one or sale on eBay for a smokin price, free ship so I had to picked up. Shortly after doing so, I discovered that Horizon was discontinuing the model, so I scoured the web and found another to be used for parts as needed.

The H9 twotter can be fitted with gas or EP, and I elected to go electric. Here are the build components:

- (2) Tacon Bigfoot 32 motors (770kV)
- (2) Turnigy Plush 60a ESC's
- Hitec servos
- AR12120 receiver
- (2) LifeSource 2100 receiver packs
- MAS 12x8 props
- Turnigy Nano-Tech 4S 4000
- Callie's graphics

Build is progressing nicely and I'm down to last remaining steps, specifically, the rudder, nose cone and placement of batteries, etc. for CG.

Now that it's coming together, I'm struck with the physical size for both storage and transport. I may have to borrow my wife's minivan just to get to the fly field...and I'm not certain that it'll fit without taking off the wings.
Posted by marksp | May 08, 2013 @ 12:39 PM | 9,216 Views
Finally assembled all of the components for my first "giant" scale model, the 1/4 P/A-18 Super Cub. I love Cubs and am keen on attending a few large scale fly-ins, so the Hanger 9 kit seemed perfect.

As an electric only modeller, I opted for the following components:

- Tacon Bigfoot 160 (2632W @ 75A - wow!)
- Castle HV80
- Hitec servos
- Spektrum AR8000
- Airtop 7" balloon tires
- ElectroDynamics LED kit
- Xoar 19x10
- Zippy 30C 5S 5000 (2)
- Morgan Mill motor box and battery tray
- Interior kit

Build status - The build is moving along slowly. The targeted first fly-in is months away so I've got a few months to complete. Also, I'm challenged with the physical size of the model! It's going to take an entire garage bay just to assemble/store it - yikes!

Wings are built, with servos & control surface rods and connectors in place. Next step is to install the LED's, landing light cover and control rod covers.