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Posted by Dora Nine | Jun 01, 2008 @ 09:32 PM | 16,827 Views
As promised, my neighbor and I went out again for another early morning photo shoot with a few of my planes. Here are the pics he took my Alfa A-4 Scooter. Enjoy! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Dora Nine | May 26, 2008 @ 07:41 AM | 15,915 Views
For the longest time, I have waited to get some decent in-flight photos of my planes. Try and try as I and others might with the Sony Point and shoot, it would be crap shoot if the pic came out even half-way decent. Well, the other day I had the pleasure of taking a buddy of mine and his son out flying at my local field. Turns out he was able to get some decent shots of my Electrifly Fokker DVII. Little does he know but now he's goning to be employed to photograph the rest of my Air Force. Anyway, here are some pics. Enjoy! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Dora Nine | May 13, 2008 @ 02:20 PM | 11,869 Views
Well, I've been meaning to share pics of my Velox for some time now, but procrastination has been in the air. Anyway, my hat is off to Ben and the 3DHS team for producing such a great plane which was delivered to my house the day it was suppose to arrive in their shop! December 10th, if I remember correctly. How cool is that? It would be nice if other companies do the same, but I digress.

So far I've managed to only get a few flights on the plane, due mostly to the recent craziness in my crazy work schedule and that pesky snow that you still see some lingering in the background. I'm still working on perfecting the control throws which fit my flying style along with the CG. I hope to get that worked out soon.

My set-up is pretty much stock:

Torque 2814 outrunner
45amp Air Boss ESC
HS-65HB's all round.
DE 6V BEC
Berg 7 RX
3S 2200mah TP Exteme's
Xoar 14X7 Prop
Alfa FW-190 spinner(slightly modified to fit the prop.)
3DHS control horns for the servos painted up to help match.


Here are the pics. Enjoy.
Posted by Dora Nine | Oct 17, 2007 @ 03:06 AM | 11,519 Views
The other day while waiting for my barge to discharge at an oil terminal in Edgewater, NJ (just across the Hudson River from Manhattan) I noticed a raptor hanging out on a light pole. A quick scan with some binoculars showed me that it was a Peregrine Falcon. I little info can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrine_Falcon It's nice to see that these birds are making a come back and are actually doing well living in cities. Turns out, living on roof tops and the sides of buildings is much like their natural nesting habitat of cliffs. Plus with no lack of food supply (pigeons) the falcons are adapting well. Here's a few pics of the bird. I managed to get pretty close before the bird flew off. Enjoy.
Posted by Dora Nine | Aug 26, 2007 @ 05:08 PM | 8,677 Views
A couple weeks ago, I joined the crowd of folks who fly the Electrifly Fokker DVII. The thread in the "Park Flyers" section really covers the plane well...and took out 95% of the guess work for me. This is the first plane which flew hands-off without any trim adjustments on it's maiden. I currently have about 35 flights and absolutely love flying it. I love how slow I can fly it. The low speed handling is also great for super smooth touch downs and eases the burden of it's less than perfect groundhandling qualities. The plane makes a great addition to my hangar and I have been contimplating buying the Fokker DRI to fly with it. I still have some remaining detail work to do that'll I'll finish up as quality flying weather diminishes. Top on the list is: I'd like to do the plane including a Snoopy head to depict Snoopy's lesser known "cousin" who flew with the Red Baron. If anyone has one or know's where I can find one, please let me know.

Here's my setup:

Electrifly Rimfire motor
Electrifly SS-25 ESC
JR Sport Micro RX with micro antenna
GWS Dual Conversion chrystal
E-flite S-60's for ailerons
HS-55 for elevator
S-75 for rudder
Thunder Power Prolite 3 Cell 2100 for power
APC SF 10X4.7 prop

Flight times run roughly 15-20 min depending on throttle use.
Posted by Dora Nine | Aug 24, 2007 @ 03:42 AM | 8,683 Views
I'm doing a new blog entry to make sure everyone gets to see these pics. A little crazy story behind these though. So my Mom and Stepfather purchase me a framed photo of a local tug as a gift for my birthday. Well, while at the airshow, I came across the guy who took the photo---imagine that thousands of people and I run into that one particular guy. And the reason for it: I was asking about his camera and what I should be looking for in purchasing my own DSLR. Small world. Anyway, the pics!
Posted by Dora Nine | Aug 13, 2007 @ 01:57 PM | 8,410 Views
Hey Guys, here's the lastest off the bench-I have a few more coming -the Extreme Flight Yak-54E. So far, I only have a about 1/2 dozen flights on it, but I love it! Essentially it's the stock/recomended set-up with a few minor changes like the 3DHS carbon swept gear, and a Great Planes spinner. I orginally was going to buy the "red" version of the Yak, but when I saw a guy paint the inside of the canopy with the "yellow" version, I was sold on that one.
A month or so ago, I got a great deal on here for another Torque motor, Airboss ESC and DE BEC, so stay tuned to seeing the Vanquish sometime over the winter as I have few other projects on the table/wating list between now and then. Thanks for looking.
Posted by Dora Nine | Jul 31, 2007 @ 02:02 AM | 7,670 Views
As promised here's a few more shots of me hovering for the camera. Sadly though I am still cursed with somewhat fuzzy inflight pics of my planes. This time it was probably because of how foggy it was that day. Oh-well. Enjoy!
Posted by Dora Nine | Jul 29, 2007 @ 03:55 PM | 7,622 Views
I know, I know...not the warbird thing. I'm just trying some new avenues of flying-much like the float flying. Today I managed to get a break from driving the tugboat and do some flying at a local park in Brooklyn, NY. Same place as the Corsair pics below. I'll post more when i get home later this week when I have access to faster internet. Anyway in the meantime, enjoy!
Posted by Dora Nine | Jul 13, 2007 @ 03:56 AM | 7,771 Views
What a great plane. I've been messing around more with 3D flight...Not exactly my favorite style of flight, but still kinda neat to try things and expand my skill level.

My Set-up:

E-flite 480 1020KV
APCE 12X6 prop
CC-35 ESC
JR Sport Micro RX
GWS Crystal
HS-65's in the tail
HS-55's in the wings
Thunder Power Extreme 3 Cell 2070mah for power.
The Spinner is made by MP jet. 40mm with 4mm collect. High quality, super light and under 10 bucks.

Amps: Roughly 25 (static)
Watts: +/-250 (static)
Posted by Dora Nine | Jul 12, 2007 @ 03:21 PM | 8,615 Views
Alright guys, without being too biased here …let me just say this plane is awesome!! The construction is great and similar to other Alfa’s. The electronic set-up took roughly an hour.
On the down side, I am little bummed that Alfa changed the canopy size and set-up. I would have preferred that the two (FW-A and D) were interchangeable as they are on the real plane. This could have been fun to produce a “blown” hood version of the A or even a “F” model 190 out of the A model kit.. The same can be said for the battery hatch/machine gun hood. I didn’t actually check but it appears that the wings are not interchangeable as the wing is bigger on the Alfa Dora This too is an interchangeable part on the real plane, as many Dora’s were converted A model airframes.
With all this being said though, the scale outline of the plane looks very nice. I haven’t had a chance to see how it measures out against a scale outline, but the two have to be pretty close.

My current set-up is:

Esskay 400XT (Now Little Screamer Purple Peril)
Electrifly SS-25 ESC
APC SF 8X6 prop
2 Hs-55 servos
JR Sport Pos Shift RX
GWS Crystal
Max Amps 3 cell 1500 mah battery.

Amp draw is around 13 amps with about 115 watts
AUW--forgot to measure, must be around 15-16 oz’s


This flight report is based on six flights on the plane, one of which was done in winds of 10 mph. During the rest of the testing, the winds were calm.

Power plant: This topic seems to come up a lot in regard to Alfa...Continue Reading
Posted by Dora Nine | Jul 06, 2007 @ 11:02 AM | 7,937 Views
As you may be guessing, I'm pretty happy with the looks and the perfomance of my H9 Cub on floats. Despite having little float experience, I think I've done well. My landings still need some work...not a smooth as I'd like. Today was a little breezy...and the since the Cub flies so slow to begin with--the added head wind...the plane was doing all it could to keep flying.

Enjoy the pics.
Posted by Dora Nine | Jul 05, 2007 @ 09:56 PM | 7,884 Views
Today, finally the weather was decent enough to give my latest addition to the fleet a whirl--My Hangar 9 Cub--now with floats! Specifically, the new H9 floats for the Cub. The float assembly was pretty straight forward...it took roughly an hour to have everything all assembled. And so far I am pretty pleased with them. They seem to be pretty sturdy. Some people had warned me that this might not be the case. My only complaint is that I was unable to get both the rudder and the water rudder to operate in the same direction with the use of a "Y" harness as recomended in the instructions. I tried flipping the direction of the servo, but no luck, I ended up just bending the included push rod to have it come on the oposite side of the servo than it was intended. I don't have as much throw as maybe I could with the water rudder, however after tonight's flying, I don't think it'll be an issue. Anyway, here's some pics. Enjoy! Any questions..shoot.
Posted by Dora Nine | May 20, 2007 @ 01:07 PM | 7,417 Views
...and looky what I got to see in the airport! While taking these pics, I thought how this would make a great Alfa plane. One can hope! Enjoy!
Posted by Dora Nine | May 02, 2007 @ 03:07 PM | 6,273 Views
Well, today I'm pretty excited to say that despite being away at work on my tug in New Hork Harbor(see below for more pics of work), I am still able to enjoy my hobby. Where as before most of my life comes to stand still when I leave home for work. So far during my two out of three weeks of being away I have been able to get over ten flights in on my Alfa Corsair (also more pics below). The two pics-sadly somewhat blurry were taken by my Captain. If you look carefully in one of the pics you can see my tug and barge. Hopefully in the future, I'll have more and possibly better pics to follow. Thanks for stopping by!