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Posted by UBILDIT | May 26, 2009 @ 12:39 AM | 9,314 Views
Earlier today, I was able to take advantage of a break in the weather and join some local buddies in an activity we call "flyin at the Met". It's actually the parking lot for the stadium that is home to our local Minor League team the Birmingham Barrons which I believe is a White Sox Farm team. It's wide open and lots of smooth pavement to take off and land from. We try to take good care of the place and pick up after ourselves and nobody has ever said not to do it, so we meet there all the time. Here's a few pictures of what went on in one of the most calm and beautiful evenings we've had here in a week or so.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Mar 01, 2009 @ 11:08 PM | 9,074 Views
I am completely enjoying taking a formerly nitro powered plane and converting it not only to electric, but into my personal vision of a sleek, simple Reno Racer that will not only look good, but be something different. I traded a few items for this World Models Dago Red Mustang even though I hated the color scheme. I wish I could find a picture or two of it as it was when I got it. Although it was in good shape structurally, and came with a brand new cowling all I could think of was how good it would look in any other color. So after some thought and the idea to name it after my good friend Vyceroy I came up with what I thought a Reno Racer Mustang named "The Vyceroy" would look like. Barring any unforseen problems, I'll have it flying at SEFF and cant wait to see if it gets a few extra glances from those who see it. The re-covering process has by no means been perfect, but it has been good enough for me to be happy with it. It won't win any competitions for detail or scale appearance, but the cool part is that it is actually turning out better than I had hoped it would. Here are a few pictures of the process and the latest picture I took when the last bit of the initial covering... no graphics or touch up yet... went on the plane. I hope anyone viewing this will enjoy seeing what is possible .... and I'm not really that good at it... LOL...

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Feb 18, 2009 @ 11:46 PM | 10,193 Views
Well, once again it's time to be already behind in the things I'm building for SEFF coming up in April/May. I've got my reservations, rented a huge RV for myself, Vyceroy and Hippo to live in ... now I just got to get a few things finished.
I like to bring at least one new and really cool thing to SEFF each year. Last year it was the big 8 Cell Super Chipmunk and the twin pusher large F-14 with retracts.

This year it's a 60 Size Nitro plane and a Deuces Wild. The 60 sized plane is a World Models Dago Red Mustang that I'm recovering in a black and silver scheme. It' will be powered by 6-8 lipo cells and should be quite fast. What's even better is that it was free. I'm calling it "The Vyceroy" and the graphics on it should be quite amuzing or at least cool.

The Deuces Wild ... I, with the help of mr. Vyceroy won on E-bay for a little over $100.00. It had a few cracked ribs that were easily repaired and I am begining the setup process on it soon.
I'm looking very forward to seeing everyone there as I do each year and doing some great flying and having some great fellowship as always. See ye at SEFF.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | May 29, 2008 @ 10:33 PM | 10,357 Views
Well,
I must say. It's been a while since I blogged anything. I've treated this blog in the past like a diary and just punched in my thoughts as they popped into my head. Now that it's been a while, I realize when looking at some of my other blogs, that people actually look at it.. Holy Cow!..
But, back to the topic... F-22 twin EDF kit by Hayoye and my fortune as a part time journalist... I am blessed and grateful for both these things which really have nothing to do with each other. The F-22 was a kit with no directions that I picked up at SEFF. I went to a lot of trouble to put it together and it was so badly damaged from the takeoff attempts that it was not worth trying to repair... a first for me for sure.. It looked great, sounded great, taxied and steered around the pavement really well... it just would'nt take to the air.. LOL...I'll enclose a few of the build pics... And before anyone asks questions, yes there was an exploded parts diagram with a "CG" mark on it... but the mark was so huge it was hard to tell where it should have been exactly... the plane was not identical to the drawing which presented another problem... maybe the whole thing was nose heavy... I did move the rear wheels forward for the second attempt which did result in lift off and an immediate loop at full speed 8 feet high back onto it's nose... done..
The gratefull part of that is that it was just some foam and some time.. No equipment that was in it was damaged and...Continue Reading
Posted by UBILDIT | Oct 12, 2007 @ 02:29 PM | 10,155 Views
Last night I was at a meeting and when it let out, one of my buddies asked me if I wanted a boat...an RC boat. I said of course. We went out to his car and he gives me this Dumas Crackerbox that he's already completed, with the motor. The boat has never been in the water and the motor has never run. He simply lost interest and had been building boats for years. I've never messed with any RC boat stuff or even 2 cycle or glow in an RC vehicle.. I have an idea that converting it to electric would be very expensive because it's really big and really heavy... and the only thing that takes more horsepower to move around than a plane in the air is a boat in the water... so I may have to stick with the motor that he gave me.. but what the heck.. it was free.. I'm kind of excited about it and it does'nt need a whole lot of work to be running around... Any input or comments from anyone who knows what the heck I've got here would be appreciated.. Here's a few pictures..

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Sep 17, 2007 @ 10:20 PM | 9,818 Views
Well, finally... after months of just letting him stand around looking stupid, I got to work and laminated some blue foam together and gave Beanie Boy a motor and prop on his Beanie... My daughter wanted a little boy with a beanie who could fly... she also wants him to take off and land from his converse tennis shoes that she drew on him... little did she know what she was asking for there...LOL.. But, doing my best, she drew him, I transferred him to foam, cut him out, put a carbon rod right up the middle of him and now he's got propulsion. I plan to make his hands move ... somewhere above the wrist for "elevon" control and the sneakers will have a connected moving rudder control. We put some clay on his beanie after first cutting him out and performed several test glides to make sure he would fly... and he glides really well. I marked the CG.. and he's been sitting around ever since.
The motor, I mounted firewall in the beanie .. is the medium sized GWS outrunner with a GWS 8x4 SF prop. It pulls really good on 3S and only draws 8.8 amps...AUW right now with beanie and motor attached is 5 oz. I'm trying to keep it under 10 or 11 oz.. Either way, he'll fly soon.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Sep 09, 2007 @ 10:54 PM | 9,601 Views
This is the log of a 200% size F15 designed by Steve Shumate (Jetset44). I have these two Wemotec MidiFans (70mm) and these two Mega 16/15/2 motors that have just been aching to go into a big big jet. These motor / fan unit combo's run really well on a 4S 1800 20C pack and I have 6 of them. Dont ask me why...and Vyceroy..dont laugh too hard.
Here are the first build photos. Just for a size reference..the plans cover nearly an entire pool table and I tossed a yardstick on to the top of the plane for one of the photos.
Wingspan is 42 inches... I don't know anything else right now. I am just laying the pieces together to see what it looks like. I may just build it and make the exterior very scale and put no motors in it at all... or just wait until I have perfected some of the ideas I had while thinking about this build.
It is definately the largest scratchbuild I have ever undertaken ... whether it gets electronics or not.. LOL..

Anyway..here's the pictures.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Sep 03, 2007 @ 02:59 PM | 8,418 Views
Well, after looking around my shop... because I certainly could'nt walk around in it, I decided it was time to clean house. So I got everything that currently flys and put it together for a group photo. This served 2 purposes. 1...I got everything out of the way so I could clean up and organize. 2...I got to take a sort of inventory of what I had. Man I have a lot of different planes and for that I am gratefull. Cant' figure out why I always seem to want to build something different and new. I guess I'm addicted for real. Anyway, here's a few shots of the plane stable and then a shot of how I am putting them back in the shop. Hanging from the ceiling. They look good up there and they're out of the way.
Also I've made great progress on the Wing for the Goose. Both motors installed and running in counter-rotating directions, all I have left for the wing is 1 aileron servo, glue the wing together and install the cowls. It's looking really good. Now I have to find some noseart that resembles a mongoose...cartoon style of course... LOL..

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Aug 31, 2007 @ 07:31 PM | 8,240 Views
I've been working on Vyceroy's version of the Goose for the last few days. Finally got both wing halves covered and the motor mounts mounted on both and even one nacelle fit and ready for covering on 1 of them. It's looking great.

The other pictures are of the Fox Hawk. A receiver ready EDF RTF from Foam Fly.com / Ready to Fly planes.com.. I was really impressed with the construction and the obvious thought that went into the molding of the foam and the kit goes together in about 1 hour, which includes the time it takes to charge the 1800mah 3s pack that comes with the plane. All you literally have to do is plug up your reciever, mount the nose wheel and landing gear, glue in the verticle and horizontal stabs and take it out the door to fly.
Flew it today and it's great... really looks good in the air. Steers on the ground and takes off like the real thing.. Enjoy..

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Aug 24, 2007 @ 01:34 PM | 8,132 Views
Well,
Here's a few pictures of the Katana MD kit I bought from Atlanta Hobby.com. It is a very precise plane and the build has been without a hitch, the easiest most precise build I've ever done. It's construction is so simple and strong and combines so many different materials that it is bound to fly well.

The other pic is the bottom covering and the red covered cowls on the Grumman Goose that Vyceroy sent me. Its coming along pretty well too.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Aug 14, 2007 @ 11:06 PM | 7,807 Views
Here's a Heli I found for myself and vyceroy at CVS.. Vyceroys is the one still new in the box...not broken and busted...

Then there's the bulldog bipe which only needs a few adjustments to make it probably the best flying foamie bipe I've ever built...other than the SE5A...

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Jul 31, 2007 @ 05:35 PM | 7,547 Views
Here's just a few pictures of my Super Chipmunk 90S. It's a World Models ARF that someone built and flew a few times.. Aparently they were discouraged by the fact that the retractable landing gear kept ripping out of the wing where it was mounted because a friend of mine (thanks Greg McNair) gave it to me and asked that I convert it to a large electric...the only stipulation being that he get's to fly it when it's done... I'll add some specs later.. but here's the pics... Its huge..

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Jul 10, 2007 @ 07:11 AM | 6,948 Views
Here's the Final version of the GWS ME-262. I maidened it with my friend Vyceroy in Charlotte N.C. this past weekend. Sonofagun and Rudedog and his brother were also there. It was good to see them again. Vyceroy flew his A-10 and P-38 then I decided it was now or never on the "Mega" 262 so I slapped a 4S 1800 into the nose and taxied it down the runway. The runway, was a finished but un-used section of an interstate bypass...it had a little dirt and a few rocks on it, but was very nice for planes with gear on it. Rudedog's brother said that when it rotated and the exhaust blast hit the ground behind it, it puffed up some dust in that swirling poofy way that the real jets do... I did'nt see it as I was too busy making sure it was still going up instead of another .." bad " direction. The first pack ran out quick and only one motor had power as I tried to get it back to me, which was bad because I did not add rudder controls...but it made it back in one piece. I then used a larger 3Cell pack for the next flight and no problems... 34amps at 312 watts if I remember correctly for the 4S pack... Anyway.. Here's a few pics... and also a few of an F-86 Vyceroy started but did'nt finish. He graciously allowed me to take it back home with me so I could make it scream. Looks good too...

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Jul 04, 2007 @ 03:30 PM | 6,827 Views
Well, heres a few pictures of my GWS ME 262. This is version II. The first one in a captured Russian paint scheme that resembled camo was lost due to EDF 64 rotor blades flying apart in the air. This one is also a Captured Russian Paint scheme that Vyceroy helped me find. It's supposed to be a metallic blue with a lighter chrome look in the front and the rear. But I can't decide if I have captured the look or if it looks like the Russians took a look at this one and said "hey lets pimp this one out dog"...Still needs some black on the bottom of the forward and aft fuselage and the servo's for elevator and steerable nose gear are not installed, but everything else is ready to go. I modified the nacelles to fit 2 Vasa Carbon Fiber 64mm fan units which each house a Mega 16/15/3. Running on 4S, it pulls 33 amps and 320 watts in static tests. I realize this is overkill, but I can guarantee you these won't loose a rotor blade in flight. LOL...

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | May 25, 2007 @ 04:41 PM | 7,371 Views
Here's a picture or 2 of my newest Frankenplane. It's the wing from the SX4 and a folded full fuse copy of the Pigi 3-D fuselage, except made from bluecore. The tail surfaces are made from grey foam like bluecore and the wing is Solid EPP. Homemade landing gear and the motor is an Extreme Flight Torque 2830T/1095 with a 12X6 APC prop and a 3S 2,100 mah Apex pack. Flew it before installing the LG and it flew fantastic... looks terrible...flys great.. going to decorate it a bit and see what happens.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | May 07, 2007 @ 01:07 PM | 6,277 Views
I think I'm just now recovering from SEFF. Traveled too much, had too much sun, too much fun and not enough sleep, but God willing I'll do it all again next year. I'm hoping to bring something that will be able to cross all the boundary zones and compete in speed and looks with Bob Violet's EDF jet that made many cool appearances in 2007.
Anyway, I bought a Mini Stick and finished it. Maidend it yesterday and let's just say it needs some minor repairs involviing CA and some thin balsa re-inforcement before I fly it again. Possibly tail heavy.. definately won't fly when the wing comes off in mid-air.
Also came home with some Gray foam that needs to be tested for strength and durabiltiy, so I come up with the great idea to also test some new ducted fan units from SuperFlying Models by putting MP Jet 25/25/26 MKII motors in them and strapping 2 of them to a folded delta wing made from the experimental foam. More news as events warrant on that.
Some planes came back from SEFF with just a little hanger rash from the trip and some came back needing a major overhaul and 1 just did'nt come back at all. The Blue Angels F-18 is a total Re-Do.
The folded Bluecore Fuselage with the white wing sticking in it is my attempt to revive a great EPP wing by putting it in a copy of a Pigi 3D fuselage I did when the Pigi died. I've made one for my FB Greg as well since he has one of these wings from our SX4's. Anyway, here's a few pics.
Posted by UBILDIT | May 02, 2007 @ 12:31 PM | 6,298 Views
Here's the Mini Stick I bought at SEFF. My first "sticks" build and cover, but it's going good. should have the rest of it together to maiden by the weekend if the weather permits. There's a small Himax outrunner behind the firewall and a T-Bird 9 esc in the compartment. We'll see how she does... I numbered it Luck 13 in honor of my friend Vyceroy.

Bo
Posted by UBILDIT | Apr 29, 2007 @ 11:23 PM | 5,404 Views
I arrived at Hodges Hobbies on Wednesday the 25th about 1:00 p.m. Pulling up to the Flight line in the Park flyers section I had my choice of spots with 30 yards on either side of me being nothing but open space. I immediately took out a table and some chairs and set them up on what appeared to be the flight line. Not more than a few minutes later a very helpful group of event staffers came by..explained how they wanted the flight line to look, helped me get my stuff in a space that should have been 2 spaces, and even sprayed some white lines they measured out and put my name in the middle.. but I told them I was saving a spot for my buddy Warreagle who was to arrive that night. Since I had been in Bi-hourly communication with Hippo and Vyceroy, who were coming from Charlotte in an RV that we rented..(from a place that will remain nameless,,,, since we have'nt decided how much we like that place or not....since the RV was rented to us in less than mint condition, however useable and not too smelly...and the lady who helped me rent it was like many of us... over-worked and underpaid..I know she did her best.. we'll see after Vyceroy and Hippo turn the R.V. back in to them tommorow.. Ha ha..)
The skies were partly cloudy... the cloudy part being very dark and foreboding.. rain seemed imminent, and I think we did get a spot of it Wednesday night or Thursday at some point, but that was all. It was the wind that was the killer. Our poor, well used, Rented R.V. Lost it's...Continue Reading
Posted by UBILDIT | Apr 17, 2007 @ 04:09 PM | 4,685 Views
The ME 262 is a flyer!... Man what a cool plane. It comes in at 1 lb 14 oz with 4S 1800 mah battery. Landing was a little rough, but it was rather windy. Part of me does'nt want to fly it again until SEFF, but the other part of me wants to fly it again before dark. One side will definately win. Anyway, here's the only good picture I have of it so far. It does'nt look any different after the maiden flight because I did'nt crash it. Thank God. If I had to guess, I'd say it was easily doing 60+ mph on some of it's faster passes. Looks great too.

Bo