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Posted by balesse | May 21, 2013 @ 01:49 AM | 1,748 Views
My old PBF is worn out from many combat sessions, so I built a new one plus some more for friends. I talked a friend into buying an airbrush and talked him into learning to use it by painting the new PBFs. He did a great job!...Continue Reading
Posted by balesse | Apr 23, 2011 @ 03:09 AM | 2,334 Views
These have all been around for a while and just getting to post some pics of them now, but here they are.
-The Alula flies great. I really need to take it to a good sloping place. So far I just DLG it at a normal field.
-The DLG is a used pod and boom with a new wing and tail that a friend helped me build. It took me a long time to get it back together, but it flies great and I'm really liking the DLG experience!
-The mini yak is a bit heavy for it's size, but has plenty of power. Originally I planned on putting lighter gear into it, but did not have it on hand when the time came, so just used what I had. It's pretty squirrely and can be easy to damage because it flies so fast. I might have to give it some surgery and put that lighter gear into it.
Posted by balesse | Nov 16, 2010 @ 04:39 AM | 2,976 Views
I've had the Pitts for a while, but both of these planes use Voltek Volara foam rather than EPP or Depron. It's a bit heavy, but the planes are real tanks and can take a beating.

The foam is great at bending, so these plans work well for it.

There is more info on both of them here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1339438
Posted by balesse | Aug 31, 2009 @ 12:50 AM | 3,486 Views
I built a Yak54 for a friend and a Yak55 for my brother. I'm really happy with both of them. The only problem is that I have not gotten to fly either one of them very much. Oh well, I guess I'll need to build one for myself.

The Yak55 is unpainted - I'm leaving that up to my brother. It flies great and I know he has been having a good time with it.

Here is the Yak54 with a short video of my friend flying it. We finished at night, but just had to find a spot to test it out. After ironing out a few problems, setting up expos and dual rates he finally got to try it out and I got a short video of him flying.
Yak54

I also built a Pizza Box Flier (PBF ) last spring just for doing a bit oc combat with. So far it is surviving quite well and is also great to fly in small areas with.
Posted by balesse | Jan 24, 2009 @ 01:24 AM | 3,613 Views
Just a quick video of my AceSim Carbon Prime night flying in high winds.
test
Posted by balesse | Oct 29, 2008 @ 10:32 PM | 4,214 Views
The I3D is one of the best fliers. It is incredibly smooth and makes me look like a better flier than I really am! If you have not built one yet - get going!

The Shark Bait is my replacement for my (sadly) retired SloFly22. The Shark Bait has been a great travel plane since it is so small and can fly in really small areas. It's a snappy little plane!
Posted by balesse | Oct 29, 2008 @ 10:24 PM | 3,883 Views
Here's my AceSim Carbon Prime all set for night flying. The video is some of the initial flights before I added lights to the tail.

Night Flying Carbon Prime

This is a great plane, fun to build, fun to fly, and you can take it apart (to almost any level that you like) and travel with it as well!
Posted by balesse | Oct 28, 2008 @ 02:14 PM | 3,824 Views
I finally finished my Cassutts. One for me the other for my friend. The AUW (with battery) is 125g. I've only gotten a couple quick flights on mine so far, but they are nice smooth fliers.