Recent Attachments for Don Sims
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A chart with the stock brushed geared motor.
This was the AXI powered graph.
Prop and spinner on and the Magester is ready to go.
Overall setup showing battery, speed control, and AXI motor.
Very simple conversion, note the wires run under the motor mount.
Jeti Advance 40 speed control hooked up and ready to go.
Closeup of the AXI mounted where the stock motor was.
Upgrade items fresh out of the box. Note new background.
Setting up to do a loop.
Doing a bit of aerobatics.
After coming in for a landing.
Made it with no problems.
Coming in for a landing.
Looking good in flight!
Right after takeoff the Magister in flight.
I used the supplied 8 cell pack and the center of gravity was correct.
Come on, quit taking pictures. Lets go fly!
Side view of this quick building plane.
View of the finished Magister seen from the bottom.
Another view of the Magister.
One view of the Magister after all the decals were applied.
Control surface area decals after they were applied.
Can't you hear the plane asking for a test flight?
Bare plane with no decals.
Servos were already installed and control rods hooked up. Even the speed control was pre-wired to the included geared motor.
Slid the control surfaces in their precut slots and secured them down.
Tail group ready to fly.
I used rubber bands with the main gear. These acted as shock absorbers.
View of the gear almost ready to go.
Front gear was steerable.
Landing gear was well secured in the fuselage.
The landing gear did take a bit of time to properly install.
(Reading the instructions helped!)
Motor mount and motor are pre-installed.
Right hand Magister wing with decal.
Left hand wing showing decal.
The wingtips are curved down for more control at slower flying speeds.
Wings bolted to the saddles.
Well designed plastic pieces that held the wing halves together. As a safety precuation, Multiplex also recommended using strapping tape for added support, as shown here.
This Laser 4 radio and CD were also in the box!
There were a lot of items in this box once it was unpacked.
Multiplex did an excellent job packing the contents into this rather large box.
The box included almost everything needed to assemble and fly this plane.
One last shot.
Another angle of the Starlet.
Nice looking aircraft.
I did a quick walk-around of the plane.
The Starlet was ready for the maiden flight...since I made it a four channel plane I used my Polk's Tracker II radio.
A well used CG machine is all I use when making sure the battery is in the correct location on a plane.
All the supplied decals were peel and stick and they made application a lot easier.
The detailed decals were a nice addition to the plane. There were even two American flags for the upright stabilizer.
A quick pin prick smoothed out this decal after applying heat, then I pushed the air out of the bubble.
I used a heat gun to eliminate the wrinkles on the decals after application.
I painted the wheel pants the same color as the seat. They functioned well on landing on very short grass.
Be careful using CA glue on any of the very thin plastic parts. They came apart if I handled them before drying. I switched to model car cement.
Seven hours into the build and the Starlet was coming along quite well.
There were no covering or quality issues with the stabilizer group.
There was a lot of room in the fuselage for all of the electronics.
I used the provided motor mount with the Axi Brushless with no problems.
Carbon fiber rods helped to secure the wing.
Once in place, the wing was easy to insert into the brace.
The wing joiner was solidly made and had a carbon fiber spar.
I added hinges to make the ailerons work instead of leaving the wing stock.
Gebhart did an excellent job with safe packaging.
Hobby-Lobby packed the inner box well as usual -- no damage.
Wheels down for a landing.
Spectactors enjoying the sights.
Flight shot, great smoke effect.
Jerry making his speech.
AMA rep making the presentation speech.
Here is one of my personal favorites.
This prototype is an excellent flier.
Another BVM jet.
A couple of BVM jets.
Pilot getting ready to fly.
More of the flight line.
Another flight line shot.
A shot of the flight line on Saturday.
Lots of planes were for sale at the event.
One of the unusual jets at the event.
I didn't have the results at full screen on the Notebook so this is what we were looking at.
Nick taking a closer look at the results.
Testing a new pack of batteries for Nick Kings Devastator.
Current reading from the same plane and props. Changing the color of the graph lines takes a couple of clicks.
PowerPLUSview showing the voltage readings of three different props on the same plane.
Power Analyzer Plus under load.
I found the readouts easy to see.
I had to pick up a conversion cord to USB so I could plug the unit into my PC and notebook.
Unit in use, without the notebook computer.
The contents that arrived with the Power Analyzer Plus.
Power Anaylzer Plus by Medusa Research!
Don showing that one guy can throw it alone afterall!
Nick King at the controls while Don Sims looks on wondering what to do with the plane.
Setting up for a landing.
After a fly bye the Blitz II is coming around again.
Another overhead flying shot.
Coming out of a loop.
Coming in for a nice landing.
Nick King helping on the first takeoff.
Another view of a fly-by.
Blitz II making a pass for the camera.
This is how the plane looks with a single motor.
Blitz II showing off.
Different angle showing holes for mounting the booms to the wing.
Servo mounted in boom with pre drilled hole for servo wire.
Control tube runs through the boom.
Bottom side of servo cover is where I mounted the servos.
Servo covers were even precovered.
The Blitz II straight out of the box.
Making a nice landing.
Staggerwing making one of it's great looking passing by.
The plane looked great flying overhead.
Beechcraft right after the toss.
Author showing his best side while checking the power.
Author checking the servos. getting ready for a flight.
The Staggerwing as seen from above.
Doesn't she just scream, "Well, let's get flying!"
I had the option of adding simulated rigging (flying wires) to the plane.
I liked the way the cockpit looked in the plane. I could even install the battery through the clear windshield.
I took off the top wing and put the decals down the side of the fuselage.
Both wings on the plane, it's ready for the decals.
Here is a shot of the Staggerwing with the bottom wing attached.
The landing gear looked good on the Beechcraft.
Servos for the stabilizers and a tray for the battery.
The mega fit snugly onto the provided motor mount.
Easy servo installation. Even the wires were pre-installed!
Overview of the Staggerwing’s parts.
Parts were well packaged.
A well designed box cover.
Reduced rates made a huge difference on the flying.
Doing a quick fly-by with the American Beauty.
Another shot of the American Beauty by Hobby-Lobby.
Ready for flight #2.
More of the maiden flight as I was sweating profusely.
Doing my best not to crash during the maiden.
The exhaust decals would help the plane fly faster. I hoped!
On the way to the field, Nick King installed the stick-on decals, and he did his usual excellent job.
Come on! Lets go fly!
Ready to maiden.
Servos in the preinstalled trays, receiver Velcro™'d on the inner fuselage, the ESC hung inside of the plane so the breeze could cool it, and a tie wrap to keep all the wires together and out of the way when flying.
I liked the recommended prop, adapter and spinner. The CAM 9.5 x 5 carbon fiber folding prop suited the plane. (I know the purists out there would prefer a four-bladed prop, but the CAM is a proven performer.)
The American Beauty has a motor mount designed specifically for an Axi 2808/16 out runner style motor. Note the washer for some right thrust.
Inside of the fuselage as seen through the front of the plane.
Great progress on the build, things are coming together quickly!
I used a small builders square to make sure that the parts were properly aligned and CA’d them in place.
The wings provided in my kit did not fit flush along the fuselage and had a gap at the rear of the wing.
You have a choice of gluing the wings or taping them onto the spars, I chose to add a bit of CA glue to mine so that they would remain in place.
Be sure you have the spars pointing upward to add dihedral to your wings. If you don’t check, you will end up having the wings pointing downward instead of upward.
Spars inserted into the fuselage, CA them in place.
Most of the major components are assembled and the rest of the hardware comes with the kit. The hardware is of good quality and I did not substitute any of the items when assembling the Mustang.
The American beauty was bubble wrapped inside of an inner box that even had the plane itself and acessories bubble wrapped.
There was no damage to the inner carton or contents.
I took the box out into the yard and opened it up to survey the damage.
One evening after work I had the displeasure of seeing a shipping carton lying on my stairs that had obviously blown off our back porch.
Nose high attitude makes for slow flying.
Doing a slow fly by for the camera.
Making a close overhead flight.
One way of launching the SuperFly-Twin.
Bottom of SuperFly-Twin. Donnie did a great job.
Readying for the maiden flight.
Donnie Lyons finished creation, now it’s ready to fly.
Putting the finishing touches on the paint job.
Moving along well with the top.
Air-brushing the underside of the wing.
The first few passes of the Air-brush.
Donnie Lyons surveys the plane. Wonder how it will look?
Another shot taken before Air Brushing.
Completed SuperFly-Twin before painting.
Side view of the motors.
Front view of the motor installation.
Overview of both motors. Despite the illusion, they are even, not offset.
GWS motor on pylon waiting for the GWS slip-on props.
Close-up of the large control surface.
Overview of the plane with props.
Template helps get the proper alignment of the vertical stabilizers.
Motor mounts are doubled blocks of EPP foam. It’s dusty in the barn so there is a red tint to the white foam.
Vertical stabilizers ready to install.
Wing cores out of their shells ready to glue.
Contents of the shipping carton.
Open the box and the inner contents were well protected.
The SuperFly-Twin was well packed for shipping.
Doing a slow fly-by for the camera.
Author making a hand toss into strong winds.
Author showing off a little while doing aerobatics.
Mad Max making and overhead pass.
The Mad Max has a short roll and has a high angle of attack.
Author getting set for a take off. Sorry for the shadows!
The decals help with having a contrast for inverted flight.
Decals are easy to apply as well as add to the looks.
Time for the decals. It's tempting to test fly now.
Very unique reversed blade prop allows better performance.
All the Mad Max needs is the prop and decals.
I wasn't happy with the speed control location.
Geared 370 motor installed on a plywood mount.
Ailerons have plenty of surface area.
I couldn't resist putting things together for a sneak peek.
Wing after it was epoxied together and covered.
Side view of the wheels, they look good and are functional.
Wheels and gear have plenty of strength.
Landing gear attachment and wing tie down.
I used painters tape to hold the top and bottom together.
First step in building is putting the tail group together.
Elevator and rudder surfaces are plentiful.
I was worried about the decals being bent, but they went on fine!
Contents well packed no damaged parts.
The plane was well packed for shipping; the box is colorful with excellent information.
E-Starter doing a fly by.
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