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Posted by birdlives1955 | Aug 07, 2012 @ 10:33 PM | 1,867 Views
Flew again tonight after a 3 year hiatus. Forgot how much fun this stuff is! Also, my lipos still work, I can't believe it. Stored them at nominal voltage, guess it payed off. First flight back about 8 minutes into it, wind picked up something fierce outta nowhere. Caught the outskirts of a storm which was passing in the distance. Lost my TX Rangers ballcap to the wind (for a few minutes), almost lost the F16 too! Got her down in one piece. Waited for wind to settle, then back on it again before dusk. Second flight was much more relaxing and fun again, just how I remember it. Definitely getting the r/c bug back. Here's a pic in between flights waiting for the wind to die down. Cheers.
Posted by birdlives1955 | Jan 26, 2008 @ 04:39 PM | 3,895 Views
Well, I haven't posted in a while, so I thought I would make a quick entry. I haven't been able to do much R/C stuff lately, but I did get to do a bunch of flying and some building over the break. I haven't finished it yet, but I received an Ultrafly Hawk kit as a gift and I'm planning to paint it over the break. All that's left to do is paint it and set-up the battery, esc, canopy, and CG.
I got to do plenty of flying over the break and even got to fly with a friend. It was totally freezing on New Year's Day, but we braved the weather and flew about 2-3 flights each. There were some other days which weren't to harsh weather-wise which I got to fly on and that was a lot of fun. I don't have any new planes to take pictures of, but I figured that I would post a couple of pictures of my H-J F-16 outdoors since I've never done that before. The F-16 is my favorite plane that I've owned so far, it's very easy to fly and has some really neat flight characteristics. It has a heavy power set-up but it will still float in like a leaf on landings.
I have an F-5 which is about as big as the F-16 and a tiny F-16 which has about a ~20.5" wingspan almost built, but they both still need some finishing touches to their airframes and some finishing material and paint. I will try to post pictures of those when they are completed.
Thanks for reading!
Posted by birdlives1955 | Nov 30, 2007 @ 03:56 PM | 3,998 Views
Well, I haven't had a lot of time for R/C stuff lately, but I've recently finished my F-16 (finally). It's just a foamie built from Hans-Joachims plans but it's fun to fly. I haven't had a chance to fly it after it's been painted yet, but I'm hoping to get to that in a few weeks.
Other than that, I've just been slowly trying to put a little version of the F-16 together, and I'm also about 75% of the way through the construction of an F-5 airframe which is from the Steve shumate plans. I'm hoping to have those finished up before winter break so I'll try and post some pics of them here as well when they are done.
It's funny, right now it is practically December and yesterday it was really nice outside here. However, maybe the really cold weather is just around the corner. When it hits here, it doesn't go away for a long time!
Here are a few pictures of the F-16 built from H-J's plans.
Posted by birdlives1955 | Sep 01, 2007 @ 03:16 AM | 4,324 Views
Well, summer has come to a close for me, but I had a great time hanging out with my family and relaxing. I got two planes built this summer, one is a Mig-29 and the other is an F-16. Both are built from plans and are pusher jets. These little planes are a lot of fun and I am hoping to build more of them soon.
The F-16 is not finished yet, it still needs more paint on the bottom, some mistakes fixed, and it could also use some decals. However, I thought I would show both of these planes as they sit now. Take care and thanks for reading!
Posted by birdlives1955 | Jul 02, 2007 @ 07:52 PM | 4,687 Views
Well, I've never started a blog, so I figure I might as well start one now since it's rainy outside and I don't have anything to do right now.
I've only been flying R/C for about a year and a half, but I really enjoy it and have always had a fascination with airplanes. As a kid, I had access to some flight sims on my dad's computer including the infamous A-10: Attack, A-10: Cuba, and Falcon 4.0 (do these titles sound familiar to any mac users out there?). Now, with the huge leap forward computers have made in the last five years or so, they have much more amazing and realistic flight sims like X-Plane (check out www.x-plane.com if you haven't already, it's pretty sweet). One cool thing I've found about simulators is that if you fly an airplane at an airport from the "tower" viewpoint, you can kinda fly like you're flying R/C and I've found it to be a neat way to practice flying R/C before flying a new plane or something.
My first R/C plane was an electric Hobbico Superstar EP. It was the one that had ailerons on the wings. It had a brushed speed 600 motor and the regular old 7-cell ni-cad 2100mah pack that comes with the plane. The first day I tried to fly it, I had no idea what I was doing. My first launch attempt was to hand launch it...... Um..... Yeah..... Needless to say, loaded up with that ridiculously heavy 7 oz. motor and the ridiculously heavy 12 oz. 7-cell nicad 2100 pack, it performed a beautiful one point landing right after launch, straight into the...Continue Reading