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Posted by w0ace | Apr 12, 2014 @ 11:24 PM | 1,031 Views
Flew the Sensei and Easy Star at the club today. Was the first one to brave it and go up with the Sensei. Wind was constant 15 mph, with gusts to 26 mph. Both handled it great. I did touch and goes with the Sensei, and several landings with the Easy Star.

Had lunch with the wife at one of our favorite local dives.

Worked on the AstroHog this evening.

It's been a great day!

Posted by w0ace | Apr 08, 2014 @ 07:53 PM | 1,279 Views
I think we have around 12 Hog Wild combat ready planes in our club now. I don't have one yet, but I am thinking that's my next build ASAP. Maybe even before the Hog gets finished up! I love to fly combat, so I need to get one going ASAP and a second airframe ready and on standby!

Posted by w0ace | Apr 07, 2014 @ 08:08 PM | 1,517 Views
I have been a loyal customer of Tower Hobbies for over 25 years now. I do hate it that they don't carry SIG any longer, but....

My last order I had a 3mm prop collet come drilled off center. I emailed Tower, got a response this AM, and they are shipping another one to me ASAP. Can't beat that. They have always done the right thing by me. I haven't had many problems over the years, maybe only a couple items returned for damage, which was usually UPS's fault, not theirs.....

All in all, Tower Hobbies is A#1 in my book!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 07:36 PM | 1,361 Views
So my Sensei, AKA Oklahoma Taildragger, has a bomb door I haven't used much. I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out how to drop a parachute guy that is just to big to drop reliably. So I abandoned that idea and moved on. I found the Fruit Loops during my search of the house for something light weight, easy to see, fun to drop, and safe for the environment, and it's a tasty treat also!!

So, now I guess I have the Fruit Loop Bomber! I tested it with about a 1/2 bay loaded up in the hangar, and it all dropped right out. The dogs were both very excited to help in the clean up. So I plan on making a bombing run at the spring club fun fly.....LOOK OUT!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 10:59 AM | 1,013 Views
I had the receiver and ESC both up front together under the battery tray to get the CG forward some and see how it flew. I noticed I was getting glitches on the throttle channel. Throttle only. If I pulled the power back to off, it wouldn't start back up again, instead, it would stutter back and forth for a few seconds and not restart. Seems to have stopped after relocating the RX to the front of the servo compartment, and keeping the ESC up under the battery tray. I'll be watching/listening closely to make sure this doesn't start happening again. First time I have had any glitches out of the Tactic TX/R combo. Using the small single antenna RX, and TTX650 TX. No other channels were effected? Weird....
Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 10:54 AM | 979 Views
Goofing around....

Electrifly Flylite Rx-R (1 min 12 sec)

Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 10:53 AM | 985 Views
Maiden flight 4-6-14

Electrifly Flylite first flight (0 min 39 sec)

Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 10:52 AM | 951 Views
Quick SPIN around the patch this AM!

Electrifly Flylite (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by w0ace | Apr 05, 2014 @ 09:09 AM | 905 Views

It's happening in my hangar!!! I bought a Flyzone Sensei a few months back and pulled off the stock tires/wheels and turned it into a taildragger. I put bigger Tundra tires on it.

Today, I got a Eletrifly Flylite and found the Sensei tires/wheels work perfectly for Tundra tires on it, and that the old main tires from the Flylite work perfect for tailwheels for Sensei sized models!!!

Going to the field.....Peace!
Posted by w0ace | Mar 29, 2014 @ 10:09 AM | 1,379 Views
Yeah, noticed this will be #500 for me! So, here goes....
Posted by w0ace | Mar 28, 2014 @ 08:40 PM | 1,284 Views
So I ordered a Flylite RxR from Tower Hobbies tonight. I am planning some mods like I seem to do with all my planes! So, here goes:

Remove the prop saver hub and install collet prop hub with spinner.
Install "Tundra Tires" from my Sensei.
Reinforce gear mount box structure in fuse.
Bolt on wing.
Remove all paint with packing tape and repaint.
Use 950mah Lipos.
Build a motorcycle safe hauling box for my Harley Davidson Ultra Limited.

Ok, so I plan on flying outside only. I will be beefing up the wing with the center section included in the kit as well as the packing tape. I also plan to tape the leading edge for hangar rash protection, as well as the tail feathers. Also, run a strip under the horizontal stab. Add a couple small plywood wing mounts inside fuse and use small nylon bolt in front and back center of wing to bolt it on.(I hate rubber bands!)

Plan on adding the plywood reinforcement to the landing gear box in the fuse. I will be using the tires from a Flyzone Sensei I have left over spare, since it was upgraded to larger Tundra Tires as well!!

Remove goofy prop saver/o-ring mess and install a collet hub with spinner nut. this will add a little weight, looks more scale, and I like it better, no o-rings to mess with!(I hate them like rubber bands!)

Will be using Turnigy 2s 950mah Lipo's I ordered tonight from Hobby King US. I will either convert them to micro Deans, or the plane to JST. We'll see which happens when the time...Continue Reading
Posted by w0ace | Mar 15, 2014 @ 10:03 PM | 1,921 Views
Well, I ordered covering today for the Sig Astro Hog project, and pulled the trigger and got a Elder 40 as well. It's next up on the building table. I ordered the gun, wheels, and plan on doing all the little scale details to it to make it look like it might have been a real WWI plane!

Won't begin this build till the Astro Hog is finished. Should be done in 1-2 weeks. Will be installing a Evo .10cc gasoline on this for power.

Posted by w0ace | Nov 25, 2013 @ 10:13 PM | 1,458 Views
Started tonight to convert over to taildragger! Real airplanes all have the little wheel in back!!!

Pulled out the nose wheel arm, and pushrod so it won't hang up in the future and cause problems.

Will be installing the tailwheel tomorrow and hooking it up.

Going to add Tundra Tires, and cover the plane I think. Prolly go with a color scheme like the GWS E-Starter on down in my blog from years ago. It was White, with Red and Black trim. I really loved that little plane, sold it after a couple years flying it.

EXCELLENT flying and handling now! I LOVE THIS PLANE!!!!! Wish I would have done this conversion ASAP when I got the plane.
Posted by w0ace | Nov 24, 2013 @ 05:08 PM | 1,099 Views
Ace RC Air Scout will be my next project after the Sig Astro Hog is finished up. My buddy's farther build and flew one of these back in the day, like around '92ish. Was a cool little plane that's built like a tank! Going to use a TT .28, Hitec HS-81's, and 5c 1000mah AAA battery pack, Tectic 2.4ghz RX, 4oz. tank. Will be covering it as a traditional Champ, Cub Yellow with the Orange belly and lettering.

So, my next few months of RC are planned out and waiting!! Let the snow fly!
Posted by w0ace | Nov 17, 2013 @ 06:59 PM | 1,293 Views
Worked a couple hours tonight on the Hog. Just started the right wing. Planning on 5 channel, adding flaps run from 1 center servo, and ailerons using a servo in each wing. Will have landing gear mounted to the fuse in front of the wing like the Sig 4* series of planes. Will be installing a Evolution 10cc Gas engine, Tactic dual antenna RX, 6 standard Hitec servos, 8oz tank, 6 cell 2000mah NiMh RX and Ignition pack.
Posted by w0ace | Dec 25, 2012 @ 08:08 PM | 1,724 Views
Flyzone Sensei Sport Trainer EP RTF 58"

Ordered a Sensei from Tower Hobbies this evening. Planning on some mods, going to cover it for strength, looks, and durability. Might make it a taildragger like my old E-Starter was. Also, think I will add a couple HS-55's and cut in flaps just for fun. This will be my first 2.4ghz system as well!!

Stay tuned for updates as we go along....


Posted by w0ace | May 09, 2009 @ 05:42 PM | 2,809 Views
Here is my Multiplex Easy Star built to teach my son to fly this summer. Pretty much stock. Speed 400 6V, Great Planes C-12 ESC, 2-2c 1650mah Lipos Y'ed together, Hitec Electron 6 RX, Hitec HS-81, Multiplex stock prop, aluminum collect type prop hub. Painted with Krylon spray paint. Magnets holding on canopy.

Maiden flight in 10-15mph winds 5/9/09. Flew nice. Very smooth, handled the wind ok. Couldn't really tell much about trim, as we were getting a real ride in the wind! But, can't be far off, would hands off ok between gusts.
Posted by w0ace | Apr 25, 2009 @ 06:38 AM | 2,563 Views
I sold out and quit flying for a year or so. Lost interest after 20+ years! I'm back again! Just finished a Sig 4*40, working on a Sig Sealane, have a Sig Seniorita on the way for a kitbash, and thinking about a Sig Riser 100 for my next glider build! YES, I do like to build. SIG has the best building and flying kits around IMHO!
Posted by w0ace | Jun 23, 2006 @ 08:50 PM | 3,426 Views
Sitting next to my Estarter is my GWS Pico Tiger Moth. It has about 8 flights on it now, and 1 crash due to flying in HIGH WINDS! Its tough! Not too many mods, added tail wheel, bent new scale landing gear, using scale wheels, cut new struts from 1/16" plywood, added scale flying wires.

Using Hitec 5 channel single conversion RX, 2 GWS Pico servos, a 2 cell 800 CommonSense lipo, and GWS 100E ESC.

Not sure about numbers on this yet, just haven't gotten around to checking them. Its got the stock IPS motor system with 9x7 slofly prop. I'll update when I have more. It flies GREAT!
Posted by w0ace | Jun 20, 2006 @ 09:40 PM | 3,472 Views
GWS Me-109
BP12 Motor
ThunderBird 18 ESC
APC 8x8 Prop
3 cell 1650 CommonSense Lipo
Hitec Electron 6 RX
3 GWS Naro HP servos

Has removeable main gear from a Estarter, 1/2" Dubro tail wheel. Built with 18" long 1/8" carbon TUBE in wing, and about 10" in fuse. Leading edge of wing, ailerons, and elevator halfs are covered in Towerkote covering for added strength. Control surfaces are hinged with covering, and the entire plane is painted with Model Masters spray cans. They are $$, but work GREAT!

AUW of airframe: 12.8oz.
Ready to fly with battery: 17.4oz.

BP12 with APC 8x8=6800RPM WOT @ 11.5A on 3 cells.

Clocked on radar at 54 level flight, TOP SPEED clocked 71 MPH!!!!