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Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 01, 2009 @ 05:32 AM | 3,285 Views
And here is a link to a movie I made with the F18 last fall.

Wringin' out the Yardbird R/C F-18 powered by Dualsky brushless motor. (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by Kenpilot | Jul 31, 2009 @ 06:42 PM | 3,360 Views
My landing gear design for the EP BP Cub is working very well. Addition of the "shock absorber" mechanism to the CF cross brace has made all the difference. The gear does not want to depart the airplane on a hard landing now...a verrrry nice feature.

Here are some stills from recent video on the BP Cub. The sequence where the entire gear assembly departs the airframe is kind of funny to watch, especially when my kids run over to the airplane to see why the wheels went flying. Since then I have had 40 landings on thick grass with excellent results. Maybe I'm on to something.... or maybe that 60+ year old design on the full scale Cub really works after all.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jul 26, 2009 @ 04:32 PM | 3,142 Views
Playing with the Aerocam on the Extra. Got some great pictures yesterday while I had one on each wingtip, pointed toward the canopy. On the next flight, I put the flycam pointing toward the tailwheel. Weather was a little breezy at the baseball field, but I managed to get in a few flights before the first T'storm hit. Would be flying today, but same pattern, Level 3 storms moving from SW to NE right over the field. Enjoy.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jul 23, 2009 @ 09:32 PM | 3,220 Views
I love this E-Extra 330S 41" w.s. from Great Planes. With the recommended power setup from Tower Hobbies, Electrifly, etc...it has ample power. 3S 11.1V 2100 mah batteries...one from Electrifly and two are EVO lite power.

Now to learn aerobatics for real....
Posted by Kenpilot | Jul 16, 2009 @ 07:52 PM | 2,754 Views
My BP Cub has been such a great little airplane for almost a year now...I love everything about it except the landing gear, until now. It's a little tall for scale, but it should be quite an improvement over the wire gear setup that comes in the box. It lasted all this time with many repairs, but it was time to create what I've been contemplating ever since I opened that box to build her.

One change I've made since taking these pix was to cut the crossmember CF and add fuel tubing to add some shock absorbtion.

The Dubro 3" foam tires are big, and again the stance is taller, but I think it works well. Now gotta make sure the skis will mount. :-)
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 29, 2009 @ 04:30 AM | 2,823 Views
YardbirdRC has come out with a neat little rotating camera mount for the Aerocam. I had a few flights on it yesterday, it works great. Mine needs a little tweaking, but I managed to get some good video on the first few flights. I installed a servo slower to make it pan a little more gracefully. More later, here are a few stills.

Have a good week. I'm outta here. Headed for MSP, SLC, then Aspen...no, not on vacation. My vacation is now OVER.


Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 28, 2009 @ 11:11 AM | 3,639 Views
While I am new to the group, it is obvious that JCSF is a great bunch...like family who all love building and flying R/C, and enjoy each other's company. The field is a beauty, and yesterday was a great day for the club to show it off once again while enjoying some GREAT fun. One brief heavy rainshower was all that interrupted the fun...oh and the mid-air caused a delay as well. Wow....

This day was definitely one of the highlights of my year so far.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 25, 2009 @ 07:40 AM | 2,673 Views
Flying the electric BP Cub yesterday with the Flycamone on board. Dodging rain showers and mosquitoes, having more fun than a human should be allowed to have just flying a lazy pattern.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 24, 2009 @ 12:33 AM | 2,425 Views
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers is the new "CAVU" here in the northeast. Had some great flights today with the CG Cub, TF 182, Yardbird F15, Yardbird F18 and ExceedRC F35. What a day!
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 20, 2009 @ 08:47 PM | 2,245 Views
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 18, 2009 @ 08:42 AM | 2,369 Views
Sunny days have been few and far between lately here in NJ. That does not keep us from flying, however.

I have been getting some pretty good ground and inflight video of the TF 182, Exceed RC F35 and the BP Cub. Here are a few stills from video.
Posted by Kenpilot | Apr 19, 2009 @ 07:12 PM | 2,020 Views
This is my first blog entry. Slow to catch up with the times I guess. Better late than never...

Finally, the Top Flite 182 that my father started building 14 years ago is ready for flight. Can't wait for that day, although the thought has crossed my mind that perhaps I should leave this model as a static display only because of it's special history. However, I am a pilot, and aircraft are built to fly.....therefore.... stand by for more pictures and maybe a video or two.