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Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 15, 2011 @ 01:44 PM | 4,198 Views
Was a great day of flying the electric Cub and the gasser Cub yesterday. Couple of nice video stills of the JCSF field looking mighty fine.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 03, 2011 @ 06:52 PM | 3,905 Views
After the crash of my first Lanyu Cub/RCGF 15cc bird due to elevator failure, Decided to build another one. Same engine torn down and rebuilt, and new airframe. Stock muffler installed for now, will fit new Aerovate 20cc pitts muffler eventually. Separate elevators, each with their own servo and pushrod, etc. Maiden flight was successful, but once again a wing strut vibrated loose and cracked off on landing despite my efforts to land in a sideslip to prevent this. Discovered that the wing struts are identical to the Great Planes Cub ARF struts. Need to modify with aluminum mounting points...
Posted by Kenpilot | May 05, 2011 @ 09:31 PM | 4,212 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 @ 06:14 PM | 3,931 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 @ 10:25 AM | 3,474 Views
Was a fun winter of ski flying, but very glad it seems to be over.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 04, 2011 @ 07:59 PM | 3,648 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 @ 08:18 PM | 3,290 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 @ 06:43 AM | 3,407 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 @ 08:13 PM | 3,545 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 @ 02:27 PM | 3,088 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 @ 08:18 PM | 3,336 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 @ 09:33 PM | 2,957 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)


Wow!
Posted by Kenpilot | Dec 14, 2010 @ 09:57 PM | 3,129 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 @ 06:45 PM | 3,648 Views
Wouldn't it be cool to show up with one of these at the next Warbirds over "..." ?
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 13, 2010 @ 01:28 PM | 2,688 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.