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Archive for March, 2011
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 01, 2011 @ 12:08 AM | 15,779 Views
A good buddy of mine gave me this plane at SEFF 09. I built it in 2009, but had no motor/servos in it until tonight. It has sat on my shelf, built for nearly 2 years!!! Finally, it has come to life! Cant wait to fly the little bugger.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 27, 2011 @ 11:24 PM | 15,058 Views
Here is a preview of the paint job on my 73" span Redwing RC SBACH 342.

See ya at SEFF guys!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 23, 2011 @ 10:54 PM | 14,706 Views
Got the airframe done tonight, aside from the cowl bolts. If all goes well, I'll install the servos and control rods tomorrow. Then, its just a matter of finding just the right motor/prop/battery combo for this one.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 23, 2011 @ 12:10 AM | 15,233 Views
Got started on the Gee Bee R2 tonight. About 3 hours and the airframe is mostly together. Really really easy building plane so far. We'll see how it continues I guess. Gotta figure out a good power system for it.

Its supposed to weigh 10lbs and use an AXI 4120/18 with 5S and a 15x8 prop. I dont think that will be quite fast enough for my taste though.

More to follow as I get it ready to go.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:42 PM | 14,139 Views
The third plane I have built since gettin back from Afghanistan a month ago. The 25% Cermark Pitts S2B is done. Really easy build for a biplane. Power system is an AXI 5320/34 on 10S 5000mah lipos a Castle Creations ICE HV 80 a Castle BEC Pro, Hitec 645mg's on the tail and 635HB servos in the wings, currently an APC 18x12 prop (probably a Xoar 19x12 will go on it) and a Spektrum AR 7000 RX. Should be a power house of a Pitts.

Now it gets put aside and I just started on my 60" Gee Bee R2. Gotta get em all done for SEFF!!!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 13, 2011 @ 12:16 PM | 15,526 Views
I have been working on my big SBACH 342 from www.redwingrc.com. This plane is beautiful first off. I special ordered it from Tim at Redwing in blue and white. Its the only blue and white one in existence which makes it pretty cool to begin with. Well, then I had to go one step further and take it to an airbrush artist in Nashville, www.air2art.com. I told Shane at air 2 art that I wanted Castle Creations logo on the plane and the rest was free for him to do as he wished. When he told me his plan, I was skeptical, but after seeing the finished plane, WOW WOW WOW is all I can say! This thing is so cool its silly! Too bad for you guys, you dont get to see it until SEFF! Those of you who are not going to SEFF can see pictures of it after the show.

Power for this one is a AXI 5320, Castle ICE HV, Castle BEC Pro and 10S 5000 lipos. Servos are Spektrum 6010 digitals. I must add, this plane is soooo PERFECT for a E conversion! 2 screws pull the HUGE canopy off with very very easy access to the "battery bay/fuel tank area". You could fit 20S 20000mah lipos in this thing if you wanted to.

Here is a picture of the plane before the airbrush work was done... just a few more weeks and you can see the new paint job!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 09, 2011 @ 08:00 AM | 13,313 Views
Started work on my new 1/4 scale Pitts yesterday. Turns out, there is more damage to my wings than just the tips. So, looks as though I'll have to strip the wings and do some rib and tip repairs. Big bummer for me.

Since the Pitts will take some time to complete, I pulled out the 73" SBACH 342 instead. Wings are hinged and servos are mounted, I'll start on the fuse tonight.

Apparently I have the best wife ever.
While walking through our local hobby shop yesterday to pick up some basic hardware, the wife saw a 61" span Gee Bee R2 in a box and a really decent price. She said "buy this", and of course I said we didnt need to spend the money on another plane right now. Well, she stood there with her bottom lip out (seriously!!) so, we brought home a beautiful Gee Bee (she likes to call them Bee Gees). Just one more plane I want to get done before SEFF.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 06, 2011 @ 05:56 PM | 13,063 Views
Figured I'd add a few pictures of the Mega Dart with the lights on. Gonna be a nice night flyer with over 250 LED's in it.

Still need to add some pinstripes to it and get the graphics made for it. Other than that, its pretty much done.

Time to clean up the shop and start on my big Pitts biplane.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 06, 2011 @ 02:36 PM | 12,633 Views
The Mega Dart 60 kit I have been workin on is ALMOST done. Yes, its pink for a reason... you'll see later when I get the vinyl decals made why its pink. Besides, the wife is the one who decided what to do on this one.

Oh yeah, did I mention over 250 LED's inside of this one? lighted pics will come soon.

Next up is my 60" Pitts S2B. Gotta get ready for SEFF!!

Laine.