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Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 04, 2016 @ 06:12 PM | 5,691 Views
I had a chance to check out the function of the water rudders on the Beaver last week. They worked very well and proved to be a solid mod. The modification is detailed a few entries below.

Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 01, 2016 @ 10:21 PM | 4,891 Views
Some shots from the day.
Posted by Gear Swinger | Feb 28, 2016 @ 01:29 PM | 6,539 Views
Just wanted to share how to modify the water rudder control setup for this aircraft. The factory setup left a little bit to be desired as far as functionality. I found that my water rudders would not always work as intended so I added a servo to each float.

This will take a little bit of time to do but it is relatively simple. I did have to plug the Y harness into an additional receiver channel so I could reverse the servo movement. I used Savox waterproof servos - SW-0250MG. The wires were long enough to make the connection at the fuselage.

Don't forget to recheck the CG.


Here are some photos and a video that explains the steps.

Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver Water Rudder Mod (5 min 53 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 10, 2016 @ 11:04 PM | 5,907 Views
Lots of nice planes. Thought I would share some photos. More photos below the top 8 shown.

Added some video of the same aircraft.
Static Display Aircraft AMA Expo 2016 (3 min 59 sec)
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Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 30, 2015 @ 02:24 PM | 10,411 Views
Added some body armor to the shoulders, front and chest to test aerodynamics. There is a notable pitch up moment with the front plate installed which is contrary to what I would have thought given its overall airfoil shape indicating a negative lift vector.


Iron Man Mk III 12 24 15 (1 min 21 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 24, 2015 @ 02:28 PM | 6,127 Views
Here is a break from my normal routine. I started building a T-34 for scale competition. I could see that project was going to take awhile and it suddenly got side tracked. It was time to build a flying man. This is a Fly Guy version 3 (designed by Otto Dieffenbach) that has been going through some testing.

It is built as a twin but I also added a motor mount to fly it as a single center mounted motor. The twin version proved to be a much nicer flying platform. Here is some video of it flying from a couple of weeks ago. Powered by Cobra motors, APC 10X7 props and two 3s 2250mah packs. This produces a little over 1 h.p. and a WAG of around 80 ounces of thrust. Flying weight here is 55 ounces. I tried some MAS screw props but they did not produce as much thrust.

The first flight was a total disaster as both motors went into a hard cutout just after it was released. A short 3 second flight that blew apart the styrofoam head on impact. It was time for some new battery packs and a session of puzzle head assembly. Problem solved and now flying well. I also had issues with blowing out the knee hinges on landing as it nosed over and decelerated. Some reinforcements at the knee and a double layer of CF strip formed into a bow now provides a springy skid for the front so it does flop forward.

Fly Guy is moving forward and has since begun a transformation with the addition of body armor as it builds into the latest Mk 42 Iron Man (only 40 more changes to go to get there from Mk 2). War Machine was a strong front runner but the kids voted for the star of the show. Time to figure out more details and try to keep the weight down...


Fly Guy v3 Flight Tests Mark II 12-13-15 (4 min 47 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 23, 2015 @ 03:46 AM | 7,148 Views
Here is some footage of the maiden flight of the 4 meter Alpina on the local slope. This is manufactured by Tangent and has a GRP fuselage with a sheeted foam core Obeechi and Carbon Fiber wing. This is my heaviest sailplane at around 10 pounds and a 156" (13 feet) wingspan. It takes up some real estate on the work bench. It is a full house ship and also has blade style spoilers. GPS telemetry speeds on the front side showed 75 mph as the fastest speed recorded this day.

I added a ballast system using a segmented bar from an Xplorer and also reinforced the fuselage in strategic areas based on my findings with the Flamingo. The servo tray is glassed in. Can't wait for a nice strong wind day. CME stands for Carbon Master Edition.


Alpina 4001 CME Maiden 9-6-15 (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 20, 2015 @ 03:43 PM | 6,810 Views
Here is some video footage from the maiden flight of the Alpina 3 meter. This is produced by Tangent and once was marketed by Graupner. GRP fuselage with obeechi sheeted wings and tail. Full house setup. Nicely made sailplane.


Alpina 3001 Maiden 5-17-14 (2 min 59 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 20, 2015 @ 03:15 PM | 5,983 Views
Here is some older footage of the Orca flying on the slope. This has the mid-size wing tips on it and spans 3.6 meters. Designer Stefan Eder. I spent some time re-doing the install and the wiring.


Orca X-Tail 3.63m First Flights 8-23-14 (3 min 53 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | May 19, 2015 @ 12:43 PM | 6,175 Views
Well it is not really a new 2015 release, but a modified Flamingo 2001. It looks more like the 2006 version now except for the spoilers. Some of the details were listed in an earlier post of the complete airframe overhaul. The major modifications included adding flaps, adding wipers to the wing control surfaces, changing the planform of the wing and horizontal stab in addition to giving the fuselage a fresh start.


Tangent Flamingo with Flaps 3-21-15 (4 min 31 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 21, 2015 @ 05:28 PM | 6,857 Views
This video is compiled from a few different camera angles and includes some formation and racing with some Blackjack boats.

Float flying is a blast. I don't know why I waited so long to try it. This plane makes it easy to do.

Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver RC Model Fun - April 2015 (5 min 14 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Apr 07, 2015 @ 10:43 AM | 7,067 Views
Some evening fun at the lake. I decided to try float flying. Cool stuff.
Posted by Gear Swinger | Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:57 PM | 7,469 Views
For some reason I haven't made any updates here for awhile. The past year was spent flying on the slope and working on a couple of planes. I sold a couple of planes and picked up a couple more.

I gave my Flamingo a total overhaul. It flew fine but needed some TLC. I wasn't real interested in working on it if I wasn't going to keep it. Well I made the decision to keep it and add some flaps. The project started off with a two week timeline. As things go... a year later it is done. I plan on doing a mini "how to" thread for adding flaps sometime soon.

I also managed to put together an Orca. Nice flying plane on the slope. Quick, crisp and responsive. In addition to finishing the Orca, a 3 meter Alpina took to the sky.

Until next time Happy flying.

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Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 18, 2014 @ 03:33 PM | 7,261 Views
I haven't posted too much about this plane and think I have had it over a year now. I got this one used from a fellow RCG member. It had been crashed and the nose of the fuselage repaired. Cosmetically it looked good but structurally it failed on the first flight. So after putting some bandaids on it for awhile it was time to actually get hands on and repair it. Most of the old repair had to be cleaned out and a new fuselage harness installed. The servo tray was reinforced along the edges with fiberglass up past the canopy lip. This allowed me to rebuild portions of the lip that were originally missing up toward the front. The inside got two layers of CF cloth extending past the break and tied to the ballast tube. I continued the CF up along the top rear of the servo tray as well to spread out the load. Once that was set up, the outside was ground down to reveal just how bad it was. Two layers of CF were added to the outside and then it got prepped and painted. Now it is back in action and will move along quite nicely in some good wind. This plane likes weight and small control surface movements allow it build some speed aka the "less is more" approach with this setup. In light wind it will fly fine but it is more fun in the 15-18 mph range at the slope I frequent. It is referred to as the Death Dealer at the slope and so I had some fun and ran with the theme. Callie set me up with a Grim Reaper graphic for the wing.

a Gen X'r

Schwing Gen X 10-27-13 (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Jan 17, 2014 @ 06:08 PM | 7,725 Views
Here are some shots of the Aquila with the new wings. Same airfoil, size and planform. Fully sheeted with straight dihedral and extra control surfaces.

Posted by Gear Swinger | Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:39 AM | 7,637 Views
A fresh set of wings is coming of the workbench and getting ready for covering soon. This is a fully sheeted wing without the polyhedral and with the addition of ailerons and flaps. I will post photos in the old build log here -

Posted by Gear Swinger | Aug 22, 2013 @ 03:08 PM | 7,886 Views
Here is an older Flamingo that took to the sky. It is a heavy stable flier equipped with ailerons and blade type spoilers. Fiberglass fuselage with sheeted wings. Just some fun footage playing around on the hill.


Flamingo 2001 Maiden 5-27-13 (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Mar 31, 2013 @ 03:22 AM | 8,325 Views
Another maiden flight today and good time on the slope. Finished up the Aquila after a 5 month build and gave it a toss. It even came back in one piece.

Build log is here:

Aquila Maiden 03-30-13 (2 min 45 sec)

Posted by Gear Swinger | Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:34 PM | 8,520 Views
I decided to do a build log on the Aquila. It can be found here -

Also put some footage together using a new keychain camera mounted to the wing and tail of one of the gliders. Just out having fun.

Ride the Wing of My Shadow (4 min 54 sec)