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Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 15, 2014 @ 02:05 PM | 786 Views
Well, there ya have it! We won the best new airplane award at SEFF this year! The 7 builders, CAD man Joel, and laser guru RA Cores kicked butt!

Jim (www.racores.com) is taking orders now and compiling power system info for people who want to build one. It's an easy build. BIG, time consuming and pricey to outfit, but easy. I really enjoyed the build.

If you think your not ready or skilled enough, we had three first time kit builders in on the first seven that went to SEFF. They had no problems. A couple questions, yes, but no problem. It goes together so effortlessly it's hard to make a mistake.

So, if you want something BIG that will get a TON of attention, you just gotta build one of these monsters!
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 10, 2014 @ 06:43 AM | 1,048 Views
Here is our latest madness! 84.35" wingspan Gia-Normans! 7 of them!

On mobile, so I'll be short. Designed by me, CAD by Metro GTI, laser cut by RA Cores. Two piece fuselage, three piece wing, 1500-3000 watt power system, ailerons, rudder and dual elevator servos.

The laser cut Kits will be available at www.racores.com very soon, (a couple weeks) and I think he is taking pre orders now.

Laine....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 15, 2013 @ 06:56 AM | 1,949 Views
After 21 years, 3 months and 29 days (as of Dec 31 2013) I will officially be retired from the US Army. Lucky for me, I accumulated about 110 days of leave. What does that mean? It means I started my new civilian job on 7 October, and I will get full pay from both jobs until the 1st of the year! After that, I'll receive my retirement pay.

As of 7 oct, I am an employee of Midwest Medair in Nebraska. I was hired as a line pilot flying a EC 135 P2+ helicopter. Single pilot IFR, doing "life flight" for the entire state plus more.

The job and people and aircraft are GREAT! My schedule is sweet too. 12 hours a day for 7 days, then off for 7 days. How can ya argue with 2 weeks off each month! I'm certainly not upset about the salary either!

Currently the company is awaiting receipt of a second aircraft. It is scheduled to go to Hastings, Nebraska (about 50 miles from the farm I grew up on). That is where I am going to be stationed at. So, the wife and I are searching for houses, and I am slowly moving my fleet of real cars and Rc stuff to Nebraska.

It's a big transition, but it's one I have been enjoying so far. Once we get settled in our new home, I'll get back to work on designing and building planes again.

I'll be around.

Laine
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 23, 2013 @ 05:32 AM | 2,890 Views
Sorry I been so lazy/busy and not updated anything here lately. In short, I've built a Hangar 9 Corsair, and 3 quad copters since SEFF. That's it! Not normal for me at all. Heck, I've only gone out flying twice since SEFF and I live 100 yards from my runway.

However, as I said, I'm finally retiring! No more Army, no more shaving every day, no more formations to practice for the next formation, no more meetings about the meetings! I'm almost DONE!

Officially, 31 December 2013 is my last day. However, I have a ton of leave saved up, so my last day of work is 4 October! More to follow on that later.

I'm currently on leave until the 1st of Oct. then, I go to work for 3 days. Here I sit, in Virginia, at my good buddy FiremanBills house waiting for EOT to start on Saturday!

Bill and I just ran a 200 mile race from Charlottesville Va to Jamestown Va on Friday-Saturday. We each ran around 20 miles of the 200. Talk about challenging! It's Monday and I'm still walking funny, but we smoked that race!

Anyway, I got some planes to get ready while Bill is at work today. I better get to it!

Laine
Posted by lmopar69 | May 01, 2013 @ 11:19 AM | 4,886 Views
So, the FMP was an idea I came up with a few weeks ago. One plane, 5 pilots. Each pilot gets one control on the plane. So, I designed and built this 52" span airplane from EPP, powered it by a Eflite Power 25, Castle Phoenix 80, and put in a Castle BEC Pro to power the 5 recievers necessary to make this happen.

With Crash Hancock on throttle, Bill Sorrell on ailerons, Mason Sorrell on rudder, Tim King on bomb drop and myself on elevator we did it! In fact, we did it so well, that we were asked to fly it in the noon demos at SEFF on Friday and Saturday! There are various videos and pictures of the flights around you tube and RCG.

Well, on Saturday during the demo, we added a loop, a roll, and a touch and go to the mix. All went off without a hitch. The plan was if the plane survived, we would call out Mac Hodges himself and a group of professionals to give it a go. So, we did just that. 3D Hobby Shop, Extreme Flight, Castle Creations and Futaba all sent out a professional to join Mac in flying th FMP in the demo.

They did an outstanding job of it too! Here is a video of thier flight.

The 5 man plane at SEFF 2013 (2 min 13 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 14, 2013 @ 09:45 PM | 4,672 Views
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 11, 2013 @ 06:17 AM | 4,804 Views
This little 24" forward swept wing is a rocket! With a HET 4w I runner and 4s 3000s it zipping along at about 110mph. It's no light weight, at 2lbs AUW, but it flys great!

Laine
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 17, 2013 @ 09:02 PM | 5,874 Views
Making this Cuda for a customer in Florida. I think he will like it in red and blue with a little white in the nose and on the vert. stab. Obviously its not quite done yet, but with any luck, I'll finish it up for him tomorrow so I can get it shipped out this week.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 27, 2013 @ 07:30 PM | 5,475 Views
I designed this little twin awhile back. Finally got a video of it. Does some funky spins! Eventually I'll get used to it and see what else I can make it do. But, for now, its cool to see it spin like a top.

Laine.

The Twin (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 26, 2013 @ 09:08 PM | 5,694 Views
Been a long time (for me anyway) since I have flown or built anything. Felt a bit under the weather today so instead of working on my real cars, I put together a plane I had cut out a few months ago.

Introducing The Challenger.

41" span
Mega 16/15/3
3S 3300

About 100mph. Not insane fast, but still a lot of fun.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 24, 2012 @ 09:51 PM | 7,363 Views
Good old Fireman Bill wanted a Cuda, so I put one together for him and had a buddy airbrush it a bit for me. Turned out great and we had a ball flying them in combat out at Hodges.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 09, 2012 @ 07:41 PM | 7,093 Views
Built TWO of these over the last 3 weeks for HHAEFI! Cant wait to get them out there and get some flight time on them. 100" span, about 14lbs RTF and hand launched... yes, hand launched.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 01, 2012 @ 10:11 PM | 6,958 Views
Called up old Crash Hancock a few days ago asked him to cut me out a couple motor mount on his CNC for my two new projects.

I drew it up on a piece of paper, texted him the picture, and 5 days later I have two cnc cut adjustable motor mounts that will handle up to a 50cc size outrunner! Might need a bit of reinforcement to take that power, but its big enough that it would fit.

Anyway, it was here when I got home this evening. So, I threw it together, mounted an AXI 4120 and a 15" prop and its all ready to mount on my cool new planes. If all goes well, Fireman Bill and I will be flying two identical planes out at Hodges next weekend!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 23, 2012 @ 10:03 AM | 7,052 Views
The wife took a quick video of the Cuda for me yesterday. Such a fun little plane and tough as nails.

This one, original prototype, has been abused relentlessly. Round after round of full contact combat, multiple high speed crashes, mid airs, you name it. Its also the plane I hand to people who are interested in buying one from me. More than once its come back in more than one piece. A little hot glue and its back in the air in minutes.

Setup:
1800 kv outrunner, 7x4 APC prop, Castle Creations Thunderbird 18, 3S 1300 lipo and two 9 gram servos. 200 watts and 18 amps (static).

Lmopar69 24" EPP Cuda (3 min 46 sec)


Here is another one. This one is my night flyer with LED's
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Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 19, 2012 @ 08:49 PM | 7,324 Views
My DX-7 (original version) is getting a bit rough around the edges. Still works, most of the time, but, still rough.

Well, the wife decided that a DX7 wasnt good enough for me. Today, a big ol box sitting in my chair when I got home. Opened it up, and there was my new DX-18! Yes, 18 (and 9ch RX) This thing is friggin awesome!

Cant wait to try it out.

Thanks to my lovely wife... sure do love her!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 01, 2012 @ 08:40 AM | 7,629 Views
As of September 1st 2012 I officially have been Active Duty Army for 20 years! Its been a heck of a ride and I aint done yet. Wonder what will happen next. Only time will tell.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 23, 2012 @ 11:47 AM | 7,849 Views
Needs some cleaning still, but ya'll wanted to see the inside of my new motor home. Soooooo... here it is!
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 21, 2012 @ 09:00 PM | 7,888 Views
These little buggers are soooo much fun, I figured I'd build a dozen of them. Gonna take a bunch to Tullahoma in early Sep, and some more to Hodges for HHAEFI! So, save some money and buy one or two from me guys!

Planes are built and include:
Castle Creations Thunderbird 18
Suppo 1800kv motor
APC 7x4E prop
prop adapter
9 gram servos
Dubro 2/56 kwik links
Deans connectors

Just add your RX and 1300mah lipo.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 06, 2012 @ 07:34 PM | 8,007 Views
I made a couple new ones. The little green forward swept wing I cut the same day I left for SEFF then built it at Hodges. I love that little green bugger! So fun to fly and looks cool in the air.

The little 29" twin I made yesterday. It flies pretty darn good too. Should be better once I get the right props on it. Then I gotta dial in some differential thrust. Should be pretty funky then.

Both run on 3S lipos, and 2208 / 12 1800kv outrunner(s) from Lukes Rc, Castle T-bird 18s and 7x4 apc E props. Awesome vertical performance and great flight times too. Speeds are probably 50-60mph ish.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 02, 2012 @ 07:07 AM | 8,204 Views
On August 9th at 0630 in the morning the Chief Warrant Officer 3 promotion list will be published. My records were reviewed and I had my "first look" for CW3. I REALLY hope my name is on that list. If for no other reason, the pay increase is significant!

This Saturday I start an "add on" to my pilots license. Im adding a private, single engine land and tail dragger to my commercial rotary wing and instrument endorsements. I figure I better get it done since my buddy (a CFII) is gonna fly me for free, and my other buddy is going to let me use his 150hp fuel injected Decathalon for free.

Next week I will move to a different job also. Leaving Headquarters, 110th Brigade and going to A Company, 212th Battalion. Instead of flying UH-60s, I have been flying OH-58s. So, I am going to the OH-58 instructor pilots course in September-November. New job will be training flight school students on warfighting skills. REALLY looking forward to that.

Oh yeah, and on Sep 1st, I will have been in the Army for exactly 20 years. Its taken its toll on me with 5 combat deployments, moving the family a dozen times, several overseas assignments and multiple other things. But, I still love it!

Laine.