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Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 29, 2017 @ 05:56 PM | 7,847 Views
Today a Friend and Mentor to myself and many a RC person passed away and flew on to a Greater Flying Field... Michael "Crash" Hancock lost his battle with Cancer. He was a Gentle Giant and a Friend to all. He would give you the shirt off his back if you asked. When my Youngest Son came home from Afghanistan he was really having a hard time with his depression and memories. Crash and some of the guys in and who listened to the Crash Cast sent a bunch of RC goodies for my Son and got him back up and flying and back to more/less normal. Never did I expect this. The first time I met Crash was at the Crash in Fly in at Saranac Mi. several years ago... It was like I knew him forever and we talked for quite sometime. I had been listening to the Crash Cast for awhile and Crash with his deep Radio Personality Voice imparted upon us his RC Wisdom and Knowledge. Sometimes the show went awry but Crash took everything in stride.
He will be Greatly missed! So in the words he ended all of his shows with... "Get out there and build something, Fly something and enjoy this Great Hobby of ours"
Wings Up and Wheels Down Buddy... You will be missed but Not forgotten.

Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 07, 2017 @ 12:10 PM | 7,841 Views
Started this a bit back... Almost ready to fly.

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 26, 2017 @ 06:03 PM | 8,527 Views
What would you do with a Old RC AM Transmitter? Well not much as it just a memory of by gone years in RC flying. BUT.... If you have a a good imagination you just might see something in that Old RC peice of junk. I took my Old Airtronics SR Series AM Transmitter and gutted it and installed the electronics from a Blue Tooth Receiver/Speaker unit by Rave. It took about an hour to make the transition from a store bought Boom Box to something a RC Nut like me would like... It sounds pretty good for a cheap cost. The unit was $30 from Best Buy and within an hour or so I now have something cool!


Jammin... (1 min 41 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 02, 2017 @ 08:08 PM | 8,437 Views
He's all of 17 or 18 and handles a RC Airplane with ease... If you have never seen or heard of him your missing a treat! This Boy can fly!!!!!! He puts his plane thru maneuvers, twists and turns... things a airplane should not be able to do. He is currently the "Ace" when it comes to RC Flying...

2x XFC Champion (2014, 2016)

2017 Weston Park "Best of Show" Award (England)

2016 Clover Creek Invitational Freestyle Champion

2015 Tucson Aerobatic Shootout Freestyle 3rd Place

2013 King50 Champion

5x XFC Finalist

And he just keeps getting better! Had the honor to watch him fly yesterday at the Walter RC Park in Saranac Mi. another Great place to fly and Great people who run it! Watch the video and enjoy! Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 02, 2017 @ 07:44 PM | 7,032 Views
A short flight with the New power system... no problems during the flight but the landing went long and ended up in a scrub pile with 2x4 boards ripping a wing off. Well being it is built out of DT foamboard... I will just have to make a New Cuda, better, stronger and faster. But enjoy the video and please pardon my "French" part of the way through it... Mudman1959

The "Cuda wanna Bee" (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | May 09, 2017 @ 06:12 PM | 7,116 Views
I have been following 3D LabPrint for awhile now... and when they came out with the Stearman I knew I needed one. I have a Dollar Tree Foamboard one but it came out rather portly. It flies good but it really needs more power. All of the electronics in it will go into the 3D printed one. One of my Co-workers at work just recently got into 3D printing and decided to print this plane. This one is going to be a Static display only. The next one will be mine and printed in the Blue and Yellow colors and fully flyable. So far I have most of the fuselage glued together but waiting on additional parts to be printed. I like the layout and the internal supports which makes for a sturdy construction while keeping the weight down. So far it weighs next to nothing. I do think the thickness should be a bit more maybe. The Detail is fantastic! More to come...

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 16, 2017 @ 05:31 PM | 7,402 Views
I acquired this one from a Friend this last year and decided to start putting it together. It came with a old power system "Brushed Motor" and a Ni-cad battery. Updating it to "Brushless" and a 3 cell Lipo. I need to finish taping the top and bottom of the wing first then it gets covered with a very thin mylar tape which was included in the kit. Going to use a 2700 Kva brushless motor on it turning a 6x4 prop and a 2200 Mah 3 cell lipo. Wingspan is 38 inches so this one should be a real screamer... The original motor mounted onto the preformed plastic center section so that needed to be modified to use the brushless motor. Added a spar to the center as this one will be going a bit faster than the original intended design... Hope it stays together! Stay tuned...


"Zagi" Fun!!! (2 min 8 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:15 AM | 7,267 Views
How many planes can you count? Running out of room! More up above in the loft area too... Obsession or Sickness I'm not sure which one... Hey there's always room for one more... Wow!!! That's a nice one....
Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 11, 2017 @ 09:48 AM | 8,663 Views
Can you guess what it might be?


EFlite "Timber" (7 min 28 sec)

The Eflite "Timber" (1 min 44 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Dec 27, 2016 @ 10:49 AM | 8,325 Views
Well this year several of the Members of the Crash Cast/Angle of Attack Pod Cast participated in a Secret Santa giveaway... TCCSS... The Crash Cast Secret Santa. The requirements was a $50 minimum gift... The first year I received a UMX Radian. The second year was a Flite Test Explorer. This year was a Hacker P51D with all of the goodies to go with it. Looks like it will be a Fun one! Power will be from a Suppo 1000 Kva motor and a 25 amp ESC. I will post photos or a video of the build... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 30, 2016 @ 07:38 PM | 8,836 Views
It was a nice day to be out in the build shed today so.... A new design was just released from Flite Test. I always did like the DR1 Tri-Plane so with a bit of free time available I spent half of the day and came up with this. I still need to do the cowl and the turtle deck yet and purchase some wheels that look more like the period correct wheels. More to come... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 23, 2016 @ 10:45 PM | 8,278 Views
UPDATE 12/07/16 Still a few left... Listing a bunch of Balsa and Foam kits for a Friend... Take a look, just click on the link.
Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 12, 2016 @ 06:59 PM | 9,707 Views
I like this one... Flite Test went all out on this one and really put some thought into the design. I still see some of the Flite Test "Arrow" in it but this one has had several mods to strengthen the wing for both positive and negative "G's". Also adding a larger center pod for FPV and more batteries. I was able to get the plans cut out and transferred to the foam then all the parts cut out and ready to assemble. It went together easily with the hardest part being the nose and hatch areas. Next is the Elevons and electronics......Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 06, 2016 @ 07:33 PM | 8,724 Views
I built this one awhile back and finally found a Motor/ESC combo that finally works. I tried to fly this one at the CIFI flyin this last July but the Motor/ESC combo I had in it just did not have the guts to do the job. Well if the taxi testing I did yesterday is anything... this one wants to fly now! I have a gravel driveway and it has a few pot holes... well in less than 15 feet of high speed taxi it came off the ground and I chopped the throttle and it glided for about twenty feet. Looks like the CG is good. Now the weather needs to cooperate a bit. Rain and wind does not make for a good Re-maiden! Like the Spinner? It was white but a bit of purple paint later...

Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 07, 2016 @ 03:07 PM | 9,209 Views
My last wing I flew was at the CIFI Flyin in Saranac Mi. It had a few "Landings with Style" due to receiver issues and on one of it's last flights it just looked strange flying by... Are Wings supposed to flap their wings when they are flying? I know birds do... Well after a good look at the wing it was time to retire that airframe. So today I built a replacement for it... Coming in at 58 inches I now have a replacement... My own design on a tried and true wing that I have built quite a few of. Seems like I always go back to this one. I have changed the way it's built incorporating some of the Flite Test ways into it. It has a folded box spar and a paint stir stick across the center section. Powered by a 3 cell 2700 mah Lipo turning a 7x5 APC prop.
Posted by mudman1959 | Aug 02, 2016 @ 05:06 PM | 8,998 Views
Round #3 (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 05, 2016 @ 10:50 AM | 14,227 Views
The 2016 "Crash In Fly In" at the Walter RC Park in Saranac Michigan. I had the honor to spend 3 days at the Walter RC Park... flying, camping and just enjoying the company of the other pilots. The weather was Great, a bit windy with the best day being Saturday. The day of flying was topped off with a Great Buffet that evening and a Fireworks show that rivaled some of the Big city ones. If you ever get in Central Michigan stop in and pay a visit to Dave Walter at the Walter RC Park.


CIFI 2016 (7 min 54 sec)

Jase Dusia cuttin up the sky at CIFI 2016 (1 min 11 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | May 10, 2016 @ 06:30 PM | 9,640 Views
I have been trying to figure out how I am going to launch my Cuda Para-noia safely without loosing my bits and pieces... So I did some searching and found the X8 bungee launching catapult. I was able to source out the 2 inch square and the 1 inch square aluminum tubing from a local metal manufacturing business, it was leftovers from previous jobs. I got a good start on the assembly of it but I need some additional hardware... Bearings or small roller blade wheels from the shoe skates. The rail is 8 foot long and split into two 4 foot pieces with a hardwood plug to join them back together held in place by two latches. The legs are 1 inch square stock. Looking at using a old Bow that I picked up for $10 and attach it to the front and run the bungees from it to the cradle. Still lots to do so stay tuned....

The "FAD" (0 min 42 sec)


Oh ya... "FAD" is short for "Foam Airplane Destroyer"
Posted by mudman1959 | May 04, 2016 @ 08:34 AM | 9,941 Views
I saw this beauty on the Flite Test articles forum and decided I needed one. Looking at the plans it looked like a fairly easy one to build but the wing needed to be a bit bigger... How about 90 inches bigger. Planning on splitting the wing in the middle to make it easier to transport as it is rather long. Hoping for a good powered "Floater" for some thermal action this summer...