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Posted by bluesman101 | Jan 03, 2007 @ 06:56 PM | 2,375 Views
I arrived at AMPS Air Field in North Phoenix about 10:00 AM and began installing the wing. I had just a slight case of the jitters because I've been anticipating this moment for a month. I connected the ailerons, positioned the wing and lashed her down good with 12 rubber bands. I survived a bout with the flu, Christmas and New Year Holiday; now it was my time. Still, I was hesitant, you know, like when you feel like you're forgetting something but you don't know what. So, I did a leisurely range check. Then I checked and rechecked the trims. Well it looks like it's getting a little windy, maybe I'll wait or just start her up and warm up the Tower Pro 46 I've been didling with for the last month. Maybe it needs one more click of adjustment. No, it's perfect! I'll just just shut her down for a minute. Man! I'm runnin' out stall material! And my buddies are starting to stare. Crap! Now I've got a full blown case of the jitters! I hate that! No, I love it! No, I...crap! "What's the matter?" "Hurry up!" "Just go!" "Ya chicken?" "Uh no, I...I just got a cramp. I'm gonna sit down for a minute and work it out....and don't think I can't hear you snickering!" (10 or so minutes later) OK! I'm good! I worked myself in and out of my worst frenzy ever. It is the moment of truth. Go do it or leave in disgrace forever. I got up (pretending the cramp was still bothering me a little) walked to my plane and began...Continue Reading


Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jan 03, 2007 @ 06:03 PM | 6,380 Views
Posted by Mike Kolesnikov | Jan 03, 2007 @ 02:00 AM | 16,388 Views
What the onslaught of Engadget readers couldn't do, the aftermath of the New Year holidays did - we broke the previous online users record (3871 users) which stood for 1,5 years. And today there were 3944 online users on the forums! Thanks everyone involved! :)
Posted by srtsti | Jan 03, 2007 @ 12:49 AM | 2,183 Views
I'm moving to kiev ukraine in may of 2007, but i dont if ther are any flying fields or any other places to fly my airplane that is close to kiev. so if any of you live in or close to kiev let me know, i need to meet some people ther that fly.
Posted by graupman | Jan 02, 2007 @ 10:21 PM | 3,345 Views
The tail surfaces are now complete and I have started with the fuselage.
Posted by Inflexo | Jan 02, 2007 @ 07:16 PM | 6,067 Views
Sometimes when you're so happy with the way a design comes out, you can't help but try to scale it one way or the other and hope to still retain those characteristics.

The plane that I really am happy with is the Seether, however I also have always wanted something a bit -smaller- and so the MicroSeether was started.

Initially I tried for a 500mm span (roughly 50% downscale) but quick cutouts showed that it wasn't going to be an easy plane to get parts for (small RX, servos, batteries etc), finally I decided on a 600mm span version (2/3 scale), at this size it's just big enough to cope with standard micro gear (pico servos, 6ch naro receiver, 2S or 3S 450mA lipo).

Like the full size seether, the MicroSeether also has its own WWW site - http://pldaniels.com/flying/models/microseether

Currently prototype short kits are available and selling.
Posted by John Glezellis | Jan 02, 2007 @ 06:48 PM | 22,735 Views
Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is off to a great New Year!

I just wanted to post a video that was taken this past weekend of my Katana S 30E. This is a great flying model, and as you will see in the video, it is a blast to fly.

This is a longer video than my first post (this one is about 3-1/2 minutes in length). Anyhow, I need to get back to building! Enjoy!

Click on the link below to view the video:

Best Regards,
Posted by ecologito | Jan 02, 2007 @ 05:27 PM | 6,127 Views
Today I got the chance to go to the Airforce Museum in Dayton OH.

It is so cool.. so many planes, my digital camera ran out of battery, I need to get a new battery and go back again sometime. I will be around in the next month or so.

This are the small versions of my pictures

If you like planes this is a "must" place to visit.

Some shots might not be the best but the light conditions weren't the best so I tried my best with my camera....Continue Reading
Posted by gary theisz | Jan 02, 2007 @ 04:28 PM | 2,134 Views
I'm looking for some help on locating a tiny wind 400 glider in NIB condition
can anyone help? email gtheisz@yahoo.com
Posted by crash crazy | Jan 02, 2007 @ 10:53 AM | 2,359 Views
I'm flying a Slayer,similar to a Zagi.
Useing a 16/15/4 motor
How much spur weight can be added to it and what type is best.Square,round ect.
Also,is their much of a speed loss.
Posted by bluesman101 | Jan 02, 2007 @ 08:10 AM | 3,120 Views
I'm looking for kits n plans. I recently got the build bug and like everything else I dive in head first so if ya know of any websites dedicated to building vintage or...well heck, I'll look at anything right now. Post a link and thanks in advance.

Posted by tor_kamata | Jan 02, 2007 @ 06:45 AM | 3,351 Views
My thought behind this was i could us a single screw to hold the stick mount in the aluminum, and could be changed easily if broken. The firewall was just for fun.
Posted by target | Jan 01, 2007 @ 11:27 PM | 38,917 Views
*************************CLICK ON COMMENTS TO ^^ OPEN THREAD!
Soaring USA's Destiny, Built with Ballast Tube

NOTE: Please post any commentary in the slope forum:


And here is a mini-how-to on the ballast tube build:


My brother Mike had a second Destiny that he bought for a back up to his original Destiny, from Bob at:


He had the extra plane for over a year, and I suggested that he build it up, so that it could truly be the back up to his original 4-year-old Destiny, or at least, the other way around.

My brother is a fairly good pilot, and flys his Destiny more than any of his other planes, so his has been repaired many times. We have found that the plane is an extremely good value, but I figured I could make it a little bit better with a few simple modifications.

First off, we both agreed that the plane was a little bit light for really high lift, and the turbulence that often accompanies high lift into the landing zone.
So, the inclusion of a ballast tube was a high priority. We wanted to get the plane over 30 ounces ballasted, but stay close to 20 ounces empty.
Also, we wanted to avoid having to take the wing off to ballast. Heck, my brother, Mike, hates to take the wing off at all! So, ballast would have to be inserted through the canopy.

To help the fuselage cope with the extra strain of ballasted landings,...Continue Reading
Posted by FlyJumper | Jan 01, 2007 @ 10:31 PM | 3,948 Views
Posted by Diggs | Jan 01, 2007 @ 08:45 PM | 20,413 Views
I just found this site last week, and I spend more time reading posts here than doing anything else online at the moment. I have been online since about 97, got broadband DSL in early 98 and wish I got paid for surfing. I think I could retire now. Thanks to a little Picco Z knockoff, I am addicted to RC Helis. I have started out slow with a Blade CX 2 which I picked up at a local hobby shop. I have had my fair share of crashes this past week, and have made more trips to the LHS for replacement parts. I can certainly tell a difference in my skill level from when I started. Figure 8's and Piros are not an issue any longer, and I can hold it full speed ahead doing laps in my 2 car garage. I am currently waiting on more batteries and a new charger to arrive.

I have had 2 out door flights and they were exciting to say the least. The first one I ended up in a tree and found out the slightest of breezes will affect the flight of the CX2. I have also flown in my backyard, still a slight breeze, but kept it low and steady. Out doors is far more fun than the confines of the Garage. I can see with a few more weeks of real flight that I will probably grab a flight sim. I used to game a lot on the PC, so my specs should be up to snuff to run a nice sim package. But I see an out door bird to be my next stop. Still researching what that will be, but by the time I am ready for that step I am sure there will be newer more interesting products to choose from.

Posted by UBILDIT | Jan 01, 2007 @ 08:15 PM | 4,926 Views
Got a few pictures of my finished Mini Bird of Prey from Edge RC. Was going to maiden it today....new years day, but wind and cold got the better of me and probably lucky that it did.. Anyway, excited about finishing it and can't wait to fly it. Its going to be pushed along by a Hacker B20 26L and a 4.75 x5.5 apc prop and a 3 cell 2100 or a 3cell 1200 and 2 0z of lead in a baggie.. LOL...

Other notable points.. finally figured out how to mount the fan and ducting in the Fat Cat EDF modification that I'm working on. Note the 2 strips of Bluecore and up under the intake tube, the popsicle sticks used to spread the fuse bottom apart for more room. Should be able to mount the rest of the fuse and the wings in the next day or so.. It's going to be really nice..
Posted by bluesman101 | Jan 01, 2007 @ 06:17 PM | 2,836 Views
I finished my first build a few days ago but haven't made it to the field yet due to the holidays. It's a Duraplane Aerobat. I know some may not consider this a real build since it has a foam wing and a pvc fuse, but it was my first foray into putting something together other than an ARF. I really enjoyed it. I think I may have fueled yet another addiction. I have been scouring the esites and hobby shops for kits for a week or two now. I'm looking for the next perfect project. I started buying tools too. I guess that confirms it...another addiction. If anyone has built Duraplane kits I'd like to hear how you like them. I think the Aerobat looks like a real flyer. I'll find out in a couple days. I'm new at bloggin' too so I'll now figure out getting some pictures out for ya. FLY ON!

Posted by BenCain | Jan 01, 2007 @ 05:33 PM | 2,114 Views
I'd like to use the E-flite brand motors but don't know what size to use! It's a 10 lbs airplane and requires a 10x6 prop. Can anyone help me figure this out?