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Posted by kansascloud | Jul 22, 2006 @ 12:13 PM | 4,704 Views
I really like the Magpie for the way it flys and for its' size. IT'S LARGE! I'm not totally satisfied with the fuselage however. If you just build it to the plans it would be just fine. Stock it is a throw together belly landing trainer that can easily epoxied back together.

Well, I'm 30 years past the trainer stage and I like a little fancier airplane. I don't really like all the radio equipment hanging out in the wind. Also I love making takeoffs and landings. The attach point of the stock landing gear is weak and can wobble. So here it is...my under construction kit bash of the Mountain Models Magpie. I basically hacked out a full fuse out of foam sheet. I'll continue to post details and photos here as she comes along. Right now I am actually covering the fuse.
Posted by kansascloud | Jul 06, 2006 @ 11:25 AM | 4,601 Views
O.K. I'll try the Blog thing. Not sure I know how but like most things it is figure it out as you go??

I've been building and flying models since I was just a kid. Went through rubber powered tissue models, control line glow and finally settled into RC when I finally saved enough money to buy a used radio at the age of 16. It was like a dream come true! That was great fun until I was about 20 and then life suddenly occured and interupted things somewhat for a number of years. However, I have never completely ever given up on my RC persuits.

The biggest setback to my hobby came when I moved to the City from a small town. Suddenly there were flying clubs and official flying sites and RULES. I tried to fit in for awhile but it was never the same. I for the most part gave it up, then I moved to a new home that sits out in the country a little ways. I started to think about how much fun it might be to fly a small airplane from the golf course. (no one golfs much here anyway) In 2000 a 1/2 glow airplane was constructed and successfully flown from my backyard! What a kick! Something I had dreamed of since I was a kid.

The gas plane worked but it was a lot faster and a lot noiser and a lot more dangerous then I really liked. Then....on a trip to the hobby shop in 2001 I spotted a GWS Tiger Moth kit. I bought it and was ready to test fly a couple of days later. Actually the very first flight was at night. (just a short hop of a few feet down my street)...Continue Reading