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Posted by Kenpilot | May 05, 2011 @ 08:31 PM | 4,047 Views
Had the new Lanyu 82" Cub out for a maiden on Monday, cut short by a call from the nurses office about my son not feeling well at school. Had to leave after a short 5 minute maiden flight. Good thing the flight was short because one of the wing strut mounts broke in flight. If it had stayed up much longer, it may have let go...who knows.

I had to modify the wing struts with a stronger mount. Used some robart hinges and some 30 minute epoxy, but not sure that will hold up so I ordered a set of World Models struts to modify for this aircraft.

With some more free time next week, hopefully will get a couple of good flying days to really run in this engine properly.
Posted by Kenpilot | Apr 22, 2011 @ 05:14 PM | 3,697 Views
These are pictures of my new "Lanyu" .60 size Cub 82 inch wingspan with the RCGF 15cc version 2 engine and an "Aerovate" pitts muffler. Had first run a couple of days ago. She's a bit heavy but I'm sure it will fly fine...it's a Cub. Looks and sounds really good, runs good too.

I modified this Cub with tail wires, articulating main gear and windows. The ARF comes with just clear monokote type covering over the side windows. Took that off and replaced with some plastic windows from World Models. Also used a Dubro .60 size tailwheel and ROBART hinges on all surfaces.

This is my first venture into gasoline engine power. Hopefully all will go well. With the extra battery for ignition system, etc, and a bigger nimh battery for the receiver, the models comes in at 9.5 pounds. She's a big girl...

I also had to reinforce some areas, like the hardwood blocks that the wing struts mount to in the wings. One elevator was bigger then the other but easily fixed. For an ARF I put a lot of time into this one, but I think it came out ok.

Bought the Cub and the engine from BPhobbies.com and found the muffler on the internet somewhere...can't remember where, but it is a beautiful piece of work.

Cannot wait for the maiden!...Continue Reading
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 18, 2011 @ 09:25 AM | 3,322 Views
Was a fun winter of ski flying, but very glad it seems to be over.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 04, 2011 @ 06:59 PM | 3,495 Views
Did some more flying with the new Cub today. Had camera on the ground for some flybys. Also had the hatcam going, FlycamHD works so well as a follow camera because of the cool clip they include with the camera. I had put it on my other cub, and was not impressed with the video due to the clip on mount.

Here are a few stills from video. This plane is a sweet Cub.
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 23, 2011 @ 07:18 PM | 3,159 Views
Electrified CG Cub maiden yesterday. Windy and cold, but a great day and successful 3 flights on the new airframe. Yes!
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 20, 2011 @ 05:43 AM | 3,280 Views
With all the gear taken out of the old bird and a new airframe waiting - and the flying weather terrible here in NJ, lets just say she will be ready to maiden very soon.
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 11, 2011 @ 07:13 PM | 3,416 Views
Since I "treed" my prized Goldberg Cub, my Son has decided we should build another one together. Since my Dad and I started building when I was a couple years older than him, and it runs in our DNA, what could I say but hell yea!

Ordered a Great Planes Cub from Tower and it arrived two days ago. I set up a new work area just for him, and we have already finished the fin and rudder. He has a natural talent for building, as evidenced by his many LEGO and puzzle projects, etc.

"I really love building planes, Dad," he told me. I couldn't be happier.

"When we are finished with this one, can I pick out another airplane to build?" Haha, addicted already? (I'd better start saving for airplanes AND college.)
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 06, 2011 @ 01:27 PM | 2,959 Views
What started out as an impromptu flight with the Goldberg Cub on skis to test out the new HD keycam and the HD Flycamone turned into a rescue mission. After three batteries worth of successful happy go lucky flights, pilot error caused the airplane to wind up in a tree. The damage was minimal as a result of tree contact, but the process of getting it down from 30 feet caused it to become much worse.

On that particular flight, the Gopro was onboard taped on the cowling facing the landing gear. I wanted to see how the skis and the articulating gear worked together. After coming to rest in the tree, the Gopro became separated and fell to the ground. Amazingly, it still works perfectly fine and the file is intact!!!

Here area few stills.

The HD Keycams worked great. The HD Flycamone made a great "hatcam" as I didnt get a chance to mount to the aircraft. Of course, the Gopro is phenomenal as always.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jan 16, 2011 @ 07:18 PM | 3,192 Views
Cub On Skis Sharing The Winter Sky With Geese (3 min 26 sec)

Getting better at beating those winter blahs.
Posted by Kenpilot | Dec 19, 2010 @ 08:33 PM | 2,820 Views
In flight Heli video catches a lightning strike on the Empire State Building in New York City.

Lightning Strikes The Empire State Building Helicopter Video. (0 min 29 sec)

Posted by Kenpilot | Dec 14, 2010 @ 08:57 PM | 3,004 Views
Edge 540 inverted Gopro still, and a shot of the BP Cub after some slow flying around the field.

The skiis are installed on the WM Cub, just need some snow and off we go.
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 27, 2010 @ 05:45 PM | 3,457 Views
Wouldn't it be cool to show up with one of these at the next Warbirds over "..." ?
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:28 PM | 2,535 Views
Engine Out Landing World Models Clipped Wing Cub with Onboard Gopro HD video. (4 min 36 sec)

Guess I should be shooting in r2, not r4...and maybe not using Pinnacle...

Learning curve.
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 12, 2010 @ 09:54 PM | 2,958 Views
R/C Clipped Wing Cub with Gopro HD Hero Onboard Unedited Video. (6 min 25 sec)

My simple design for a rotating camera mount for the HD Gopro Hero on my World Models Clipped Wing Cub went very well today. Amazing there was no shaking despite a torquey OS 81 FS on the front!

This is unedited "as flown" video of the camera mount in action. Enjoy.
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 02, 2010 @ 07:32 PM | 2,965 Views
With the Gopro firmly attached, I've been flying quite a bit in the last two days. Here are a few stills from video taken with the Gopro HERO on my World Models .60 sized Cub.
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 18, 2010 @ 05:26 PM | 2,887 Views
Still having fun with this setup. Got this still today that I think is pretty cool. Camera is great, takes fantastic video and weighs only 3 ounces "naked" that is without the protective case.