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Posted by J Morgan | May 27, 2015 @ 12:03 PM | 6,491 Views
Here is the new thread. It is a tribute to all Vietnam Vets and especially the brave men that flew and crewed the EB-66C Destroyers. Being my first EDF scratchbuild, this is a team effort with many offering their help and expertise. Hope you all will participate and join in the discussion while we honor all those brave men.

Taxi tests in Chino Valley Oct 2015
EB-66C Taxi Tests - 14 OCT 2015 (9 min 55 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Mar 04, 2015 @ 02:46 AM | 7,794 Views
Latest build is a 1/8th scale A5M Claude, the predecessor of the Zero. Sort of following Jack Sheet's plan that was published in a model mag several years ago but making any changes to scale it up a bit and to fit my building style.Here is the link to it in the ScratchBuilt/Kits forum:

Here's the video of the maiden at SEFF 2015
SEFF 2015 Claude (4 min 19 sec)

Posted by J Morgan | Jan 01, 2015 @ 03:22 PM | 7,869 Views
Started this thing to be a simple park flyer but things got out of control. So we're doing a bit more detail on it.
Here's a link to the thread in Scale forum.

Finished the 57" ws Buffalo and then built a park flyer at 47" of the B-239, export version of the F2A-1. Smaller one weighs about 45 oz.

Built another little Buffalo like the original and then finished this thread up with a 1/5 MXY-7 Ohka build powered by a SPJ and weighing about 42 oz.

Posted by J Morgan | Jul 07, 2014 @ 09:52 PM | 13,243 Views
Latest build is a 96" ws OV-10A from Palmer Plans. I'll be deviating a lot from the plans as usual but Palmer has very scale outlines so it works good for my methods.
This will be another co-build with Wade( wasn't easy but I talked him into it )and he has done a beautiful job on the booms and H-Stab.
We had the wings cut at a professional online shop, bought the nose cone, tail cone, cowls, and canopy set online too. The Bronco will have Robart gear & wheels. Powered by two Turnigy 5055-320 kv motors, Turnigy Delux 80A escs and Graupner G-Sonic 16x12x3 props. Batts will be 6s-5000s. This should give around 2500 total watts.
The plan is to have it done and ready to maiden at AITH at Las Vegas in Oct.
I have started a build log and it is in the Giant Electric Planes Forum.
Link to it:

I'll update occasionally here but the real action will be in the build log.
Video of maiden flight at Vegas AITH fly-in.

IMG 0172 (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by J Morgan | Nov 10, 2013 @ 01:47 PM | 17,832 Views
Started the latest build. Build Log is in the Giant Electric Plan forum.
Starting it with a quick build of a 49" ws park flyer.
Link is here:

Finally got to the point of having a fuse plug and laid up a fuse today( Jan 24th).
It's a big Beast.

Finally on the wing by end of February. Plan is to take it to SEFF as a static display.
It is on the gear but still a lot to be done. Nice to get it out for some pics though.

I tried the Turnigy 6364-245 KV but it is struggling trying to handle that big 20x10 Biela four blade prop. So I ordered the 6374-192KV and will probably run it on 10s.
Other than that, the Beast is pretty well done.
Soon, I'll post more recent pics and a short video we took when we had it out for a taxi test. The Maiden will not be until Oct in Vegas at Bennett Field.

Here's a short taxi video:
MVI 0492 (3 min 14 sec)

Video of maiden flight in Vegas at AITH. Short flight that ended early due to engine problems and then when Nut tried to get back to the runway the plane flew right into a dust devil!
John Morgans SB2C Helldiver 100" Maiden Flight (1 min 32 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | May 13, 2013 @ 09:09 AM | 23,358 Views
Just started the F7F Tigercat build in the Giant Electric Planes forum. Planning on maiden at AITH event in Vegas in Oct.

Been adding to the thread but not updating here. A couple of pics of the progress.

Finally on the gear Aug 13th!

Mock up for pics outside Aug 18th
She's painted and finished now. A few new pics and video link for the taxi test.
F7F Tigercat taxi test (4 min 36 sec)

Second flight a AITH Las Vegas Oct 2013
Las Vegas Ace In The Hole 2013 F7F video 2 John Morgan (6 min 26 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Jul 12, 2012 @ 09:56 PM | 26,220 Views
I just started the Stinger build in Giant Electric forum.
Here's the link:

Added video from the taxi tests before hauling it to Vegas for the maiden.

MVI 1311 (3 min 1 sec)

Here's video taken by acesimmer in Vegas. She few great!!!

John Morgan Gunship (5 min 22 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Mar 11, 2012 @ 03:28 PM | 27,333 Views
Started the build thread in foamie scratchbuild forum. Here's a link.


Showing some progress
New pics show progress as of 5-25-12
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Posted by J Morgan | Dec 17, 2011 @ 02:38 PM | 28,558 Views
With the Skyray done I decided to go ahead with the next build. It will be the Me-329( designed to replace the Me-410) at 1/8th scale. Fuse is 38" long and the ws will be 86".
Build log in Pusher Forum is here:

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Posted by J Morgan | Oct 20, 2011 @ 04:08 PM | 29,848 Views
Starting another big one. The Ford will be about 90" long with a 67" ws. Maybe around 12 lbs AUW.
Just started, build thread in Pushers Forum here:
I'll add pics when I get further along.

Finished before Xmas, at least one goal I met on this build.
AUW is 12.5 lbs after paint, still a very light 11.7 oz WL.
I added a few finished pics.

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Posted by J Morgan | Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:35 AM | 32,034 Views
I've started my next large build. It will be 92" ws and about 57" long. Build is progressing in the Scale Forum. Here is the link.

She's done and getting ready for Vegas in Oct!

Pics from Ace in the Hole Event in Vegas.
Great coverage of the Ace In The Hole Event in Vegas by
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Posted by J Morgan | Apr 27, 2011 @ 02:08 PM | 32,907 Views
This is the latest build. Link to the build thread in Scale:

After 42 days, here is where she sits. Still loads of work to do.

Now she's done, a few final paint pics. Maiden set for first week of October in Vegas prior to the Ace in the Hole Event....Continue Reading
Posted by J Morgan | Apr 04, 2011 @ 09:04 AM | 36,254 Views
Whipped this up for an everyday kick around plane and also for SEFF. It's 47" ws. I simply enlarged a good 3 view and kept the scale outlines except for the fuse width of course.
Has a RC Timer 3536-11 750 kv with a PZ Me-109 3 bladed prop on 3s lipo.
Also tried one of HK's orange DSM2 receiver's and it worked flawless on the maiden. This plane flies just great and with 250 watts and 32 oz AUW will surprise you with it's performance. With full up elev on low rates and the washout in the wing, it will glide forward in a very flat glide with no dropping of a wingtip. Amazing little plane and a whole lot of fun.

Posted by J Morgan | Mar 22, 2011 @ 05:39 AM | 34,037 Views
A little late in adding this one but here's a link to the build thread.

Built from an enlarged 3 view. Used a semi-symmetrical airfoil. Wing panels hot wired and balsa sheeted, glass with 3/4 oz cloth and epoxy.
1/8th scale, 57" ws. Fiberglass fuse and fillet section. Removable wing panels. Power is a Scorpion 3020-1200 with a 9x7.5 APC prop on 4 cells. Took two 4s-3200 lipos in parallel to balance. AUW at maiden was 83 oz. Flew right off the board, good speed, great glide of course. Trying to get it painted before SEFF arrives April 9th.

Video from SEFF

SEFF 2011 John vampire (2 min 47 sec)

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Posted by J Morgan | Nov 29, 2010 @ 09:59 PM | 36,814 Views
Started on this build. It is going to be a huge plane. Have an AXI 41030/16 waiting for it.
Build thread is here in pusher forum:

I'll post progress pics later. Here is progress to date and a couple of pics of the proposed color scheme.

Finished pics posted now.

Video from SEFF

Pics added from Ace in the Hole Event at Vegas, Oct 2011

Great coverage of the Ace In The Hole Event in Vegas by the crew from

Wonderful pics of the Cutlass too!

SEFF 2011 BIG CULTASS CORRECTED (7 min 10 sec)

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Posted by J Morgan | Nov 04, 2010 @ 08:28 AM | 35,055 Views
Here is my new build of a A-36 Apache. Ws is 50".

Link to build log in scale forum:

Nov 10, 2010
Maidened with canopy and rear sidelights taped on. 39 oz AUW with a 3s-2200.
First launch went bad, stalled due to rear CG and hit hard but very little damage. Added 1 oz weight to nose, launched again. Short story, flew great. On to paint.

Finished pics:
Posted by J Morgan | Oct 15, 2010 @ 06:48 PM | 35,130 Views
Thought I should add an old thread I did several yrs ago. It may be outdated somewhat on finishing methods but some things never change and still a ton of info in there. At the end there is a link to "Part Deux". They are both pretty long but a lot of interaction with others on finishing methods.

Posted by J Morgan | Aug 12, 2010 @ 07:13 AM | 36,074 Views
In progress now, co-build with my buddy Dave Stack
1/11th DO-335 Pfeil ~50" ws

Link to the build in scale forum

Video from Ace in the Hole Event in Vegas
video7 Do335 Maiden Flight (2 min 50 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Jul 26, 2010 @ 02:01 PM | 37,894 Views
Dave Platt, Mr Scale Modeler, maidened his new DH Hornet at SEFF this year. The plane crashed due to a battery coming loose and falling out. I asked Dave for the tail section and told him what I wanted to do with it. He graciously donated it to me and I made a plaque to mount it too. A great addition to my shop!
Checking it out, you can see the attention to detail and the quality work he does.

Here is the video of the last flight.
SEFF 2010 - Last Flight of the Hornet (1 min 29 sec)