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Posted by lmopar69 | May 27, 2009 @ 08:01 PM | 13,071 Views
Well, a little more work on the Sledge and the Demon tonight netted me some more color on them. I dont think I'll lose them in the air with these colors on them!

In the next couple days I'll get the elevons and hatch covers on.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 26, 2009 @ 10:42 PM | 12,577 Views
I have had two planes sitting on the shelf (seperate shelves) for nearly 2 years awaiting their turn on the building table. Well, FINALLY I busted out the 42" Ohio Combat Sledgehammer and the 40" Ritewing Demon and got to work.

Normally, building two similar planes at the same time is no problem. However, these two have "history". They just cant seem to get along with eachother. Every time I put them next to eachother on the table they argue and bicker back and forth about who is faster, who is stronger or who is this or that. So, after numerous times having to seperate them and smack them on the noses with a hot covering iron they are FINALLY getting along better.

Both planes have "reccomended build techniques". I said, screw that and I am building them both identically and Im doing it "Laines way". Basically Im using little bits from each method plus some of my own. Doing this keeps them "equal-ish" and makes it much faster and easier for me.

Both planes will run on 3900 kv Neu motors, Castle Phoenix 80 ESC's 3S lipos and AR 500 RX's.

I am now to the point where the electronics are installed and I have started covering the planes. So, without further blabbering about this and that, here is a picture of the bottom of both of the wings. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce, my O.C. Sledgehammer and my R.W. Demon.

(Bottom of the Demon is black, bottom of the Sledge is orange)

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 10, 2009 @ 12:14 PM | 11,762 Views
For Mothers Day, the kids and I went out to my shop yesterday, grabbed a hunk of 3/16" steel plate, my plasma torch and mig welder and this is what we ended up with.

Carson, Leslie and Kameron finished it off this morning, after making mom breakfast, with some decoration. I think they did great.

Yeah, its solid steel, its heavy, its kinda big, but it made Kristy smile more than anything they could have bought her at a store!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 06, 2009 @ 04:12 PM | 11,827 Views
Cremating the SRT10 (4 min 15 sec)


Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 04, 2009 @ 12:31 PM | 11,877 Views
Well, lets see. Where to start!

As you all know, this plane was a big project. There are so many people that helped out along the way I could never remember to thank them all.

Kristy, Carson, Leslie and Kameron helped me with this thing from start to finish. They put up with daddy being outside in the shop for weeks on end so it could fly just 10 days or so before I went to Afghanistan. Then, when I got home, they put up with it again to get it ready for SEFF. Thanks for being right there beside me through the entire thing. What a great family I have. Love you guys!

Without Jeremy at Ohio Combat, this thing would still be an idea in my head. Thanks for helping me make this thing real Jeremy! Be proud man, it flew at SEFF! There is no better place to have it die either. It was your airfoil, your foam, your design and it was awesome just like the rest of your planes. Thanks bud.

Of course, then there are the companies that helped. Ohio Combat, Castle Creations, Ecubed RC, Action Hobby, Horizon Hobby, Maxx Amps, Hobby Lobby, and Thunder Power. There is no way I could have afforded the electronics for this beast without all the help from these great companies. So, lets keep buying thier products guys, thats the only way they can afford to help with huge projects like the SRT/10! And if any of you get the chance, shoot them an email and tell them thank you for helping make the plane real. It might just help the next guy who wants to do something...Continue Reading