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Posted by saucerguy | Jan 05, 2021 @ 02:05 AM | 2,732 Views
Years ago I built a 200% scale Guillows Javelin RC conversion and I got inspired to do the same with the Lancer. Guillows has nothing in stock at their web site for it so I had to order it from Amazon instead. These kits are going to be harder to find due to the balsa shortage and if Guillows sinks into the ground as so many other kit suppliers, at least I will have the plans for it saved to computer and keep a copy of it in original format as well. Upon inspecting it and considering I've been on the smaller scale tangent these days, I am going to be doing both it's original size/from the kit, RC conversion and also blow up the plans 200% for a regular park flyer size RC plane at 48" wingspan afterwards. This time, instead of jumping right into the 200% scale like I did the Javelin, I am going to fly the stock size version and see if there are advantages by temporarily tacking on longer wing tips. The idea with this is to get the larger one flying more like a glider rather then a rubber powered kid contest flyer and testing it on the smaller RC version is going to be helpful.

I am doing the build log in my blog because I am rather burnt out putting out these build logs and nobody bothers to even look at the photo's much less respond, they seem to at least lately take the time out to at least look at them on the blog, so might as well. There also are advantages to this by being able to remove offensive responses and just keep things happy and move along, along...Continue Reading
Posted by saucerguy | Dec 31, 2020 @ 02:20 AM | 6,186 Views
Non RC building here, latest food service cart and full size 3 compartment sink cart. Plumbing is self contained as well. Laminated marine grade ply, fully welded steel cage/frame, constructed. The Plexi/enclosures were something else to build, but they came out looking nice and rather overkill with today's trends in things. The doors on the main cart are easily removable so you aren't having to deal with them in the way during busy periods.

This is what I build, while building planes at the same time.
Posted by saucerguy | Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:44 PM | 8,895 Views
In 2009 I gave away my fleet and gear, it was quite a lot, I had to consolidate in order to move to Cali for a business partnership to launch a new Cafe only to find myself in the middle of nowhere with a failed prospect. As a builder I can always make more when I want, but getting much more heavy duty in it this year, this has been quite an eye opener and some good, some bad things on the scene for us builders and RC plane guys to have to deal with.

I am finding some stock to be around, rather cheap, mainly park flyer stuff along gear, but stick built kits to stock is scarce, so I opted to stockpile the balsa once I found a source, with the seller not really knowing how scarce this material has became. We still do not have a depron alternative, I was looking forward to building with it rather then foam board, and the hobby businesses are not selling sheets of their alternative foam stock. I am no fan of EPP, it's too spongy and the finish is terrible.

I have a love/hate view along kits. In some areas they let you fly through the process having the laser cut pieces ready to go, in other areas you are needing to learn their way of doing things, often unique to just that make and model of kit, often too they never revised them so they are made for outdated gear. I put together a Sig Breezy Day Cub, added ailerons, it took some extra's for the revisions, also it had to be reconfigured to handle the modern gear. This is normal for kit building in these days, which...Continue Reading
Posted by saucerguy | Sep 09, 2016 @ 07:15 PM | 50,199 Views
I find the build process is more enjoyable then just flying. There us only so much you an do in the air, on the build table it's endless. From taking just an idea, a chunk of foam, breath into existence something substantial, to in the mates build, started out with some simple plans, heavily revised build, I resurrect my old tried and true plane I used to enjoy flying years ago, old school balsa and tissue paper covering style.

I am taking note, there are not as many old timers still around. People, these guys have tremendous knowledge, and once they are gone, it is lost unless they are encouraged to share with the rest of us. I point out the fact they had to make things work without our modern gear, tons of things that they had to overcome.

I like seeing the sophistication the new generations have access too, Cad, laser cutters, cnc, yet still competing with China makes it hard to rebuild Amercan kits. Gear wise, another super hard area to compete with as well. Seeing also the steady decline of hobby shops, but since they have catered to prebuilt planes, ignore the fact cheaper gear can be stocked with an ethical mark up, its no wonder. Going back to the old timers, their lhs in their day was far different.

Building also, these little planes have given me real insight into building in construction. From painstaking detailed work to large scale, rounded, art deco designs I just see them as airplane parts, nothing to shy away from.
Posted by saucerguy | Aug 22, 2016 @ 08:22 PM | 49,808 Views
Its been quite some time since my last blog entry. The past several years a lot has happened. I stopped flying rc outside of tinkering with kids stuff, just didn't have the time any more and other hobbies took priority.

I regained an old one, playing trumpet in the process, something I should have gotten back into years ago.

Knowing myself too, getting back into rc, I can't just dabble with it, that is just not my style. Love seeing the new gear and a ton of options out there to choose from. I tried using hobbyking through their website because I used them before to no avail. Opted for Amazon instead and am a happy camper. This time instead of needing to recycle gear from plane to plane I have a beautiful stockpile of gear and more on the way. 😁

I gave away my old fleet and gear in 2009 so everything is new, also rebuilding my fleet along with to include some original new rc flying saucers which will be shared at a later date after patent land is addressed upon them. I still have photos posted on a couple of the old ones at wattflyer, but the others were deleted yet I know someone has copies of those to share for nostalgia purposes, not that the old ones were patentable.

Spending time in Cali was an experience, overall though I am back where I prefer, the Pacific NW is the most beautiful part of the country and its resources are vast.

Keeping this entry brief, God bless, Brian
Posted by saucerguy | Dec 03, 2010 @ 03:23 AM | 52,024 Views
I Just moved to Cali in September, got to spend my 43rd birthday with my new gal, it was nice. The weather here is far dryer then up north, have ample fields to fly at, and even in the dead of winter, it's totally practical to keep on with the rc gig, in fact, better during what they call "rainy" months then the best I had up north, lol.

I put in a bit of flight time, but opted to put the rc thing onto a slow cooker world for a bit, while I got used to the area and believe it or not, there is more to my world then just RC, lol.

I'm kind of waiting for things to settle before being super hard core on a new career direction, be it, still opening up a cafe or two locally, but the stuff I like to create still remains in the building world, coffee carts to rc planes, to alternative energy to home brew and I play trumpet and guitar as well, just for starters.

Currently building a new foamie, have it on the scratch built foamie section, gulp, I'm actually going to build something docile for a change. Might as well, will love being able to fly a plane on my front door step while drinking my morning coffee, or evening home made brew....
Posted by saucerguy | May 28, 2010 @ 04:38 PM | 52,241 Views
This year has been the rainiest year I've ever seen in my life, it hasn't stopped, literally almost every single day and it's cold to boot. We no longer have seasons, it's just between winter and fall, year round and there is no end in sight.

I left Tacoma a year and a half ago, gave away so many planes, drug a bunch down here, even tossed several, some of them with only a few flights on them, entirely because for me to enjoy this hobby, I have to build and I do love building, but man, would love to get full day's in for flying as well. I'm back into the building phase, and so thus, begins rebuilding a huge hanger of planes again, all to sit there and collect dust, awaiting that fateful day when there is no rain. A while back, I gave in and started building only planes that can handle a lot of wind, my flying skills of course improved, for knowing full well, it's enough to ask for no rain, if I waited for perfect wind conditions, I'd have less then a week a year to go flying.

So, as I build, might as well build extra kits to share with my friends that have areas they can go fly at, living vicarously through them in the process, but I have to add a note here, it takes a tremendous amount of time to kit out a plane, then to sit and wait on them to sell takes forever, not at all something one does for even a side business. The economy is tight as well these days which doesn't help in that area. I broke down my time in these little kits, it's around 50 cents per hour max, lol, I may just ARF them out to get that down to 25 cents per hour as well. I have time on my hands, might as well.