One of my buddies (Warlord6101) got me thinkin about float planes and flyin off the water the other day when he built some floats for his 40 size trainer. So, I had to go out to the garage, bust out my CAD program and CNC machine so I could design something for some water fun.
This is the prototype I came up with. A seaplane I have dubbed "The Splash 9". It is CNC hot wire cut 1.9lbs EPP, hollow fuse, with a 32.5" wingspan, 9.25" chord, 4 channel plane that will have an outrunner mounted above the wing. I'll try it as a tractor motor and as a pusher and see what works better. It still needs a spar put in the wing, servos and control rods installed and a motor/esc mounted.
Once I get the design tested, tweeked and finalized if anyone is interrested in them I'll cut some more and put them up for sale. So, if you think this is something you might like to have, or if you have any ideas on what changes would make it more to your liking, LET ME KNOW HERE! And, well, if you hate it, think it sucks, its ugly or whatever, well, LET ME KNOW! I got thick skin, so its all good.
Some days the planets all line up, the sun shines, the birds sing and everything just works out perfectly. Well, Friday, the 10th of July was one of those days for me.
I filed an IFR flight plan to Lexington, Kentucky, jumped in a UH-60, climbed to 5000' and off we went. I did the ILS RWY 22 into LEX, taxied down C taxiway to D taxiway and into parking at, get this, "Air 51" and shutdown the Blackhawk.
Joe came walking out to the helicopter to meet us. Joe an emergency room doctor, the owner of Air 51 AND the proud owner of "Hurry Home Honey", an original WW2 P-51 Mustang credited with 15 kills!
We met Joe a few weeks ago by chance when we stopped into Lexington for fuel. We all started talking and he offered to show us his collection of airplanes. The hanger door opened and OH MY LORD! Right there in front of us, a T-6, A PT-17, a P-51D and a couple others I cant remember right now! WOW was all I could say. Joe told us, that if we were ever up there again, to call him and we could get a ride in Hurry Home Honey! Needless to say, we planned our next flight to Lexington!
Again, we went down to the hangar, he opened it up, pulled Mustang 3751D out, did a pre-flight and fired up that big 12 cyl engine! The smell of the exuast is sooooooooo good!
Adam (my buddy) went first. I watched as the Mustang taxied out, took off and flew off over the city. About 20 min. later I watched Joe and Adam slide in on a perfect landing, taxi...Continue Reading
I finally got some more work done on my Pitts M-12 this week. The airframe is pretty close to complete now. There are obviously some details to finish like the cabanes that connect the fuse to the top wing, control horns and linkages etc... The AXI 5345 and 22x10 APC are mounted, the Castle HV-110 is in, 7 Hitec HS 645MG servos are installed and I'll be working on it bit by bit this week if all goes right.
I just couldnt stop myself from putting the wings on and snapping some shots of it in the living room. The covering is sooo nice on this one and the fiberglass cowling and wheel pants are simply gorgeous. This beast sure fills up a room quick!
Maybe its just me, but for some reason, one hobby is just never enough. Not only that, but one project is not enough. Does anyone else have this problem?
I started building a O.C. Sledgehammer and a R.W. Demon 40 a couple weeks ago. They are both almost done, and sitting on the plane rack waiting for the finishing touches. I had to stop working on them to rebuild a transmission in one of my trucks. So, now the trans is done and back in the truck. So, what do I do? Start working on my 72" Pitts biplane again that I started about 2 months ago.
Oh, but wait, theres more... I have an engine tore down in the garage that I got back from the machine shop about a month ago. I still need to build it. I have my 46 Dodge truck sitting there waiting for me to do some more welding on the front end so I can put the steering system into it and put the front end back together. I have my race car (truck acctually) sitting there waiting for me to put the rear end back into it. I have a Yamaha YFZ 450 4 wheeler that I was messing with last week and I need to re-jet the carb. My CNC machine is sitting dormant in the shop waiting for me to cut and design some more planes, my web site is still not completed and running. Im studying for my annual check ride for work (in a UH-60). I need to finish the inside of my trailer for hauling my planes around... and so on and so on...
Amazingly, I always finish all my projects but I just dont have the ability to work on one thing at a time! I guess ADHD is rougher than I thought!
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Jun 02, 2009 @ 10:38 PM | 13,961 Views
For some reason the guys at work say I have "the gift of gab". I cant say if thats a good thing or a bad thing on a normal basis, but, at times, it certainly helps the people around me (and me too!).
Last Wed. my company commander came to me and told me I am in charge of the fund raising event for our Battalion Organizational Day. The WHAT day you ask? "Org Day" is basically a day when the entire battalion (about 500 soldiers) shuts down. We all get together, have a BBQ and some "friendly" competition (Softball, flag football, volleyball etc...). Of course, all families are invited and we have events for the kids too.
Anyway, they want me to raise money for our Family Readiness Groups, or "FRG" (each company has one, and we have 7 companies in the battalion). I decided a "give away" is the way to go to accomplish this task. Since "raffles" are illegal, we will do a give away... no donation is necessary... but if you dont, Im guessing your tickets may accidentally get put in the wrong "container".
I have spent the last few days driving all over Clarksville, and even to Nashville to talk to local companies and collecting things to give away to the soldiers and families of our battalion. Let me tell you, driving around in my old beat up truck, with no A/C, burning through $2.50 a gallon gas in a flight suit for 4 days sucks. but, I have had worse jobs in worse places.
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May 26, 2009 @ 10:42 PM | 12,745 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)
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May 04, 2009 @ 12:31 PM | 12,025 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
Hey guys, wanted to let you all know, we will have about 50 Bagram RC Club T shirts, and hopefully some vinyl decals at SEFF! All the proceeds from the shirts and decals go to the Fisher house to help families of wounded soldiers. It all about donations guys. First come first serve!
I finished up the Slow Poke today. Got all the electronics in, hinged everything, balanced it, charged up the 6S 5000mah lipos, stuck on a 13x6.5 APC-E prop and took it out for a flight! I was surprised to know that balanced out perfectly with that big motor and big batteries! No shifting anything around, just slap the lipos in and fly. The box says it should weigh about 6.5lbs, mine, without batteries is 5lbs 8oz. I intentionally built it strong as heck (read: slightly heavy). The batteries are 1lbs 12oz so thats 6lbs 4oz RTF. Not too bad IMO.
I ran it on the wattmeter and came out with 1250 watts! That should do it just fine... pretty close to 200 watts per pound, might be over-kill, might be just right!
First thing I noticed is it wants to nose over when I ground taxin in thick bumpy grass... but what plane wont. Not ideal taxi conditions for sure, but it took off from my front lawn (which needs cut) just fine. After about 4 beeps of up trim it flew along really nice, even in a stiff breeze. Its a bit faster than I thought it would be. Of course, I have a ton of power in there. It rolls really nice, inverted is really smooth, loops are nice and big. I didnt try a knife edge or anything else just flew it around. I think I'll like it the way I built it without the dihedral in the wing.
I landed a little fast by mistake, and bounced it a bit. It took it like a champ and I taxiied in to put it away just in time before a rain storm came in.
All in all, Im happy with it! Now I have to cover the bottom of the front cowl (I havent sheeted it yet so I have access to the electronics). I might try to get some cool graphics made for it too. I have an idea, just have to have time to get it done. Oh, and I need a pilot in there. So, tomorrow it will be put up in the trailer for the trip to SEFF next week and I'll get back to work on my Pitts M-12.
Finally I covered the fuselage. I have been working on this one for a loooong time. I think its looking pretty decent. If all is good after a couple flights I'll try to get some lettering made for it. I just want it DONE!!
So, here is one of the many projects Im working on right now. Im tryin to get this Cox Models 72" span Pitts M12 biplane done before SEFF. I have an AXI 5345 motor, CC HV 110, 8 HS-645MG servos, a CC BEC and a bunch of Dubro hardware. It will run on 12S Flight Power lipos (If I can swing the $$ before SEFF). Either way, it will be there at least to look at.
My newest idea. A 32" span tapered wing "race" plane. It has a semi-symetrical wing, airfoiled horizontal stab and a solid fuse. With a Dons RC Wicked 3000kv outrunner on the nose and a 3S 1320 lipo it should scoot right along. I named it the CR-1. With any luck, it will fly great tomorrow morning and I wont have to come up with the CR-2!
So far, with the long nose, getting it to balance will be a breeze. No nose weight needed thats for sure. And with the short coupled tail, large elevator and full span ailerons it should be pretty responsive. I decided not to put a rudder on for now, just a simple verticle stab.
Im putting HS50s on the ailerons and a HS55 on the elevator. That should be enough to move the surfaces and keep the wieght down.
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Mar 29, 2009 @ 09:44 PM | 11,197 Views
I been playing with my new CNC machine and decided to design a "bird" type plane. They look pretty cool so why not.
So, here is what I have come up with. 1.9lbs EPP foam, 46" span, V tail controls, and hollow airfoil with a CF spar. Power is an AXI 2208-34, 3S 1320 lipo, 8x4.5 folding prop (in the video) and HS50 servos.
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Mar 18, 2009 @ 11:14 AM | 11,549 Views
Some of you may have noticed I have been "out of the loop" for the last week +. (probably not! lol)
On Monday the 9th I was given a task that no soldier wants to do, but all would be honored to do. The Casualty Assistance Center called my commander and told him "CW2 Stahr needs to report to the center with-in an hour." I was not expecting that call at all, nor was my Cdr.
After a mad dash home, thinking about this poor family the entire time, and wondering who, what, when, where, I put on my class A uniform, and I reported in to the CAC. During the drive, I knew I would be tasked with either CNO or CAO duties (Casualty Notification Officer, or Casualty Assistance Officer). The CAC told me I, and only me, would be the CAO for a CPT Victor Brown who had been killed that day. I contacted CPT Browns family that evening and made arrangements to meet with them on Tuesday. That was one difficult phone call to make.
CPT Brown was a Medical Officer from San Antonio and he was stationed at Fort Knox, KY. He had gone home (San Antonio) to see his children, two young boys, 6 and 3. He died there in Texas and I am not certain if he was able to see his boys or not first.
I was assigned to take care of CPT Browns family. So, Tuesday, early morning, I was off to Memphis to meet with the Brown family. We met, talked some, took care of some necessary paperwork and I was there with them until about midnight that night.
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Mar 08, 2009 @ 02:58 PM | 10,140 Views
Well, here is the new all EPP N2 that will soon be available at figure9rc.com
I threw some quick paint on it just so it wasnt all white and put in some HS 55s on the ailerons, HS 65s on the rudder and elevator, an AXI 2208/34 motor, TP 3S 2100 and a 10x4.7 prop. It balanced out just right.
What would a normal person do then? Fly it, right! Well, today we have 25mph winds gusting to 40! Yes 40! I live on a hill, and the wind just rips through here too. So,of course, I went and flew it! A maiden flight in 25+mph wind, makes sense to me! As you can imagine, it was a handfull in the wind, but I was able to fly it and it survived. Not quite enough power for that wind though. Maybe I'll get a decent day and get some video up soon.
Here are a couple pictures. It has a 51" wingspan so including the ailerons, so that makes 600square inches of wing area. Ready to fly weight is 27oz with the TP 2100. Not too bad.
EDIT: Calm winds this evening! Whoo hoo! What a blast to fly! This thing will do some awesome stuff. Loops are scarily tight (especially from inverted). It does some crazy spins with nothing more than rudder input. And slow, man will this ugly sucker slow down! I can tell you this, it may be ugly as sin, but its one of the most fun slow planes I have! I would say the design is finalized now. I'll get some video up ASAP