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Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 30, 2021 @ 06:43 AM | 12,488 Views
I discovered OuterZone.co.uk when I first returned to the hobby in 2012. OZ was still fairly new, and I ended up volunteering to help clean and or redraw some of the plans that had been submitted. Long story short, one of the plans that I redrew was "The Irresistible Plank", a large flying wing from the late 1970's (MAN Jan. 1979). I never built it........well until now.....I've been searching for something different to build, so I'm going to give this one a try. Other projects are on hold for now....The original aircraft had a 110" WS.....gonna scale it down to ~ 72", and make it a powered glider...stay tuned
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 21, 2021 @ 06:08 PM | 14,785 Views
My friend Tom, chasing one of my flat jets

Einzpfeil Chase 1 (2 min 30 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 04, 2021 @ 04:40 PM | 5,251 Views
My friend Tom chasing the Bloody Mess

Bloody Mess Chase (2 min 56 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 02, 2021 @ 07:03 AM | 8,272 Views
Another flat jet......

Einzpfeil 4th of July (2 min 11 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 25, 2021 @ 01:28 PM | 27,064 Views
Not long ago, I was asked to join RC Pilot as a beta tester for their site.....it morphed into being asked to post articles for reference.....I posted three articles, all of which lost their formatting at post, even though the previews were perfect.....the articles were a mess.........whatever...RC Pilot can't seem to fix it....On top of that, the site is a nightmare to navigate with more filters than a desalinization plant....and now, the site is dominated by two morons that have to post how many pieces of toilet paper it takes to wipe their ass.......

Long story short, don't waste your time with this site....you'll waste a lot of it
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 24, 2021 @ 02:01 PM | 27,954 Views
As mentioned below, I took Dan Sponholz's Bloody Baron, and scaled it up tp a 36" WS, larger motor, ESC, servos, and battery....and adapted it to the way I like to build.....she turned out OK.. even balances where she's supposed to

The Bloody Mess (1 min 55 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 23, 2021 @ 07:12 AM | 14,927 Views
Just finished taking, and passing the TRUST Test....As it turns out, all the pushback on this subject is no more than a tempest in a teacup.

(23) multiple choice questions about how, where, and when we can fly for recreation....basically common sense and courtesy.....took about 15 minutes...
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 21, 2021 @ 05:39 AM | 28,836 Views
Geez, I'm in withdrawal.....one of the stepper motors on my CNC machine quit working last week, and I couldn't cut anything out. Got a replacement stepper within a few days, replaced the old one, and the machine still wouldn't work....OK...then it had to be software, firmware, or the controller/shield (Arduino). Long story short....Uninstalled all the software/firmware and started from scratch with the most recent releases and drivers. Low and behold, the machine fired right up....But just in case, I have a new controller on the way........On the positive side, this is the first failure I've had since I got the machine in 2015 !
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 11, 2021 @ 01:09 PM | 33,590 Views
I took Dan Sponholz's Bloody Baron and scaled it up to a 36" wing span, and adapted it to the materials and techniques that I normally use to build foamies. The power plant is larger as is the battery, ESC, and servos. Wish me luck.I'll post progress pic's and a flight video if successful.
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 05, 2021 @ 04:48 PM | 35,632 Views
We had our Scale/Warbird Fly in today at our club, the Memphis PropBusters....
we had close to 50 pilots and almost that many spectators....It was AWESOME..Enjoy!

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Posted by Old_Pilot | May 31, 2021 @ 01:02 PM | 23,432 Views
Even though the USAF never nicknamed the A9 like the A-10, I'm gonna christen her the A-9 Hedgehog
Once I got her trimmed (1st and 2nd flights) and changed to a heavier battery, she was easy to fly

Northrop YA 9A II (2 min 8 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 28, 2021 @ 06:33 PM | 28,732 Views
Just finished this one for one of our new club members, a 15 year old high school student.
He's the nicest, most polite kid I've encountered in a long time.
And he can fly the wings off almost anything .....

And he wants to learn to build !

27 "(685mm) WS, 70mm 6 blade fan, 3000kV motor, 65A ESC, 17gr metal gear digital servos,
Lemon 6-chanel DSMP receiver, 2600mah 45c 4S battery .. ..and my new coffee cup ..... lol
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 23, 2021 @ 09:11 PM | 20,497 Views
This is what happens when you put a high performance aircraft in the hands of a high performance pilot

Venom III (2 min 43 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 20, 2021 @ 01:15 PM | 33,821 Views
Down to push rods and control horns. A friend of mine is going to 3D print me napalm cannisters for the 10 hardpoints under the wing...The graphics are superb.....between a new Epson 2760 printer and the Avery vinyl, I can't buy anything any easier or better
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 15, 2021 @ 04:59 PM | 33,212 Views
All I can say is Wow.....this thing is a bullet

Venom III (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 06, 2021 @ 09:14 AM | 6,272 Views
Our club has a Scale/Warbird Fly-In coming up in early June, and I've been trying to decide what to build.......
Finally settled on the Northrop YA-9......I built her a year ago and she died due to a dumb electrical mistake
on my part.....Gonna try again

Build log will be here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post47079263
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 30, 2021 @ 03:22 PM | 5,625 Views
Venom I was underpowered, Venom II was tail heavy......Venom III.....Weather permitting, she'll fly either tomorrow or Sunday.......the Avery crystal clear vinyl graphics are superb.........The inspiration for this model came from my Einzpfeil, and the Concorde wing........so I mashed them together