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Posted by vil64 | Jul 05, 2013 @ 07:10 PM | 1,383 Views
Don't ask me how I got to this. Too much ego? Even I don't know. There were times when I believed I can fly anything.(yeah right) Racing planes always attracted me despite having constant inclination to aerobatics. One day I decided I'm gonna buy this huge wheelie bin on wings. I slapped DA150 in the nose and then I thought, what the heck, let's install tuned pipes in there for more speed. Spinning Xoar 32x12, this thing was going to screem through the sky. My first 3 flights were absolutely hair raising. To land this thing, you need to do a perfect approach. Anything less than that, forget it and go around. I've learned this rather quickly and just about when I started getting used to it, there come another brilliant idea. I can make this even faster, so I replaced 32x12 with 28x14. Untested, decided I'll bring it to our big fly day, where two clubs merged to make an air show. Gee Bee certainly looked impressive. When I took off, immediately I noticed there was a problem.
The pipes kicked in and the new prop was creating so much torque, that despite the built in rudder offset and the engine right thrust, the plane kept turning to the left, and didn't want to fly straight. I kept flying it and tried to trim it but the torque was just way too much to handle. I decided to land. After several passes, finally I was forced to go for it. It crash landed, broke fuse,wings from the root and that was the end. I should've stayed with initial set up and have more flights before making changes. Big expensive lesson learned. Here are some pics.

PS: There's definitely something special about these Gee Bees. It's the uniqueness that attracted me to it.
Posted by vil64 | Jul 05, 2013 @ 12:19 AM | 1,270 Views
This is my IMAC 33% Krill Katana and Comp Arf Extra (fooling around with 3D)
Posted by vil64 | Jul 04, 2013 @ 08:25 PM | 1,541 Views
This one was no doubt one of my biggest projects so far. It was build from Gary Allen plans that were enlarged from 33% to 35%. I know it's almost unnoticeable but it gave me just enough clearance to accommodate Moki 150cc radial in the nose.
It sounds and flies great. The all up weight is 14.5kg. I was trying to do my best to keep it as light as possible. This one is still in my arsenal.
Here is a short video with no cowling. Early days, only had about 10 flights on it. I hate the landing part on that video. I should've done better job...oh well...who cares anyway.
RC Bucker Jungmeister (2 min 6 sec)
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Posted by vil64 | Jul 04, 2013 @ 08:12 PM | 1,399 Views
Here is my down-sized Bob Nelitz Taylorcraft to suit 50cc. It's all been modified including wing section. This was an old plan that was extremely overbuild and if I was to follow it, the plane would end up very heavy. So light balsa combined with carbon was used to keep this whole thing under 7kg. Yes, it didn't need certification. The Mejzlik 20x10 three-blader with DA50 on canister gave me some fun power for this super versatile plane. I had lots of fun with it, doing aerobatics, some fun one wheel runs along the runway, low level knife edge passes and I could even hover it.
Well, everything has it's expire day and I felt it's time to move on, so just like I-16 ended up selling it to a club member as an airframe only....Continue Reading
Posted by vil64 | Jul 04, 2013 @ 07:40 PM | 1,269 Views
Here is my scratch build I-16 Polikarpov. Very challenging project as there were no plans at the time. The only thing I had was 3 view drawing from the russian web site. The undercarriage was completely scratch build including pneumatic pistons. It flew great but ended up selling it to make room for another project.