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Posted by jarel design | Apr 30, 2010 @ 06:49 PM | 29,070 Views
Well, it's been a while since I've posted here... If you know me and know my other kits, then you know why and where I've been posting... Since my last entry (Has it really been that long?!?!?!?!?!!!!), I finally completed my new website at www.jarelaircraftdesign.com.

There have been several new kits including the DaVinci 1.5 meter electric sailplane (glider/slope version coming out soon!). The ICON has really been fun with several variations on it's way... Sammy over at the flying wings forum has a really cool Delta version that we are all waiting to see fly...

I have a new micro AP plane and some more surprises coming out in the next month or so including a larger AP/FPV twin boom pusher...

And as a surprise that captured my heart, this micro Ryan ST looks like it will be the next new release... Target price is $29 with all foam and plastic parts including clear windshields... Down loadable decals and a build thread with photos to follow once the final production prototype is build, photographed, flown and videos are taken... An extra with this kit: If you break it for ANY reason... step on it, your neighbor's dog "retrieves" it for you... anything that has you wanting a new one: Send me back the damaged plastic parts in the original box along with $10 plus $10 for shipping, and I'll send you all new molded plastic parts...

Earlier prototype has been flying for several months now and is a real hoot to fly... loops from level flight, rolls, inverted......Continue Reading
Posted by jarel design | May 14, 2008 @ 02:06 PM | 21,177 Views
One of my earliest... (Back when I didn't really understand that if this thing didn't work, dead, meant permanent! lol! (I can laugh now, but at one point I was pretty broken up with pieces of metal stuck in my body! (Don't try this at home kids, I am a professional! (Ha! Ha! Ha! ... You should see my scars!)

Glad I did it... grateful I'm still alive...

First design experienced a catastrophic wing spar failure being towed behind a truck! (I was 18... I was NOT wearing a helmet... I didn't know any better!)

Second design actually flew... This time I wore a helmet and launched atop a large sand dune (same place these photos were taken!) The contraption glided, but I wanted to soar back and forth along this hill the way the seagulls were flying!

This contraption actually soared! rudder elevator (later converted to two stick/aileron, elevator and rudder) I flew it for a while but ultimately crashed (Badly) competing in a spot landing competition... Classic, overshoot, hard banking turn, stall, fall down and scream in pain! *smile* Ok... got that out of my system! (I still have a set of plans for a full size B-2 Mitchell wing! 16:1 glide ratio!
Posted by jarel design | May 14, 2008 @ 01:52 PM | 19,638 Views
here are a couple of photos of my first Foamie scratch built:

Shaped pink foam fuselage with hotwire cut wings. The canopy, header exhausts and wingtips were vacuum formed. This plane originally was powered by a geared Astroflight 05 on ten large NiCads! Pulling her out of the hangar to install a brushless/lipo system.

This plane has mechanical retracts. It was covered quickly (not the neatest)using packaging tape, scotchbrite pads to scuff it up and rattle can (Krylon) camo with decals printed on sticky-back label paper through my ink jet printer. The "guns" are just pieces of rubber hose glued onto the leading edge.
Posted by jarel design | May 14, 2008 @ 01:34 PM | 19,743 Views
First off, please let me share that at this time, none of these kits or parts are available... Long story including my work in motion picture special effects, toy design and prototyping and a move from Los Angeles to Southern Oregon.

Here are a few info sheets on three of my kits and a couple of copies of magazine articles (If you know my work, there were tons of them.

I'll let the info sheet speak for themselves.
Posted by jarel design | May 14, 2008 @ 01:30 PM | 23,531 Views
Receiving questions about what I do when I'm not flying...

Building models and more!

Here's a few photos from a couple of films I worked on:

The 5th Element:
Fabricated fiberglass flying police car... fiberglass and Carbon Fiber along with assorted other parts... Model is about 38" long

Star Trek IX, Insurrection:
Designed and built Data's cloaking helmet

More info coming up as I upload more blog info... Mostly my history in flying and creating and producing RC kits... If you've been around long enough, You've probably heard of or flown my work.
Posted by jarel design | May 14, 2008 @ 10:27 AM | 23,659 Views
Shortly after getting into special effects film work, I began building toy prototypes for several major toy companies. This one was just too cool to not share.

Never designed to fly (other than in our imagination), this plane features an undercarriage that can be jettisoned to reveal a rocket powered "Battle Luge". Like all prototypes I build, everything you see is hand made. A project like this can take 4 weeks and I'm rarely allowed more than 6 to complete.
Posted by jarel design | Apr 28, 2008 @ 10:44 AM | 21,052 Views
This was a project I created a while back (not on my website). This is an exact model of an existing home in the Hollywood hills... lost of glass, concrete and steel...

The object of the shot was to implode (not explode) the house... the entire model was built then cut into hundreds of pieces... jagged edges, shrapnel, etc...

EACH piece was equipped with a small wire and then grouped together and special mechanical pulls... the house was then reassembled, spackled with special ingredients... some walls were built (molded) using a special foaming concrete that breaks at the slightest touch...

3 months of development and trials, 4 months of building and detailing and two high speed camera shots lasting 6 seconds to destroy it all... in one take! no second chances!

Wonder why I have grey hair???

I'll keep adding more photos of some of the projects I work on... mostly though I will start adding more about the RC kits I plan on creating...

take care!

Posted by jarel design | Apr 28, 2008 @ 10:37 AM | 21,357 Views
In the late 80's and early 90's, I created and sold three kits (I'll post photos later):

Fiberglass, carbong fiber/kevlar epoxy Canard slope glider with blue foam cores... tons of press in most of the magazines of the time.

Vacuum formed flying wing styled slope ship (Seems to have been the inspiration for many of todays Stryker type planes...)

Vacuum formed pod & boom multi-task and electric glider... sold thousands of them...

Then I was introduced to special effects film work and got totally lost in the fun of creating the most unusual objects, models, robotic creatures and for price tags that were just too incredible to turn down...

A lot of people thought my model airplane business (Jarel Aircraft Design & Engineering went "under"... In reality, "JADE" simply became Jarel Design (www.jareldesign.com) in fact going "over"...

I left Los Angeles in 1999, moving up to Oregon and the Rogue Valley... Instead of freeways, police helicopters and sirens, I now live by a private pond (with fish), two streams, waterfalls and tons of trees...

Still doing special effects work, toy design/prototype development and most recently, have gotten into fine art in the form of kinetic sculptures (visit the website for more info)...

Something was missing though...


I pulled out some old planes but wanted something fast like a hotliner... I bought a hobby lobby Free Bird and realized it...Continue Reading