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Posted by AJ750 | Jan 17, 2011 @ 02:53 AM | 6,872 Views
yesterday i got to finally maiden my 'eye in the sky' camera plane and my readi-board pusher jet.

the cam plane was under proped and will need a 9"er. so i wasent able to get a whole lot of altitude with her. but the video was great and clear. the pivoting cam mount works like a charm and can be seen about halfway through the video. the plane itself flies nice and smooth and stable. exactly what i wanted.

as far as the jet goes, that thing just begs to go fast! i got a short flight out of it before i smacked the ground with it and broke off the motor mount. not too serious, but ended my attempts for the day. the problem is that it was nose heavy. i think all i need to do is move the battery back a bit and shell fly like a champ!
also, the controls were a bit sensitive, so ill adjust that as well and hopfully the next calm day itll be ready for round 2!

Cam Plane Maiden Flight (5 min 43 sec)

Posted by AJ750 | Dec 24, 2010 @ 10:07 PM | 7,256 Views
since i learned that i could strap a camera on my hat and take video, ive been in love with it. then i bought an on-board camera and was amazed at the things i could see. the only problem was by putting the cam facing forward, the spinning prop would always distort the image, and i disliked that a lot! also, i was hanging it off the side of my MM Special, and it acted like a huge air brake. so i decieded to build a plane to suit the needs of the cam. i like to call it my 'eye in the sky' plane. or cam plane.

at first, i was just thinking of sticking the cam in the nose and make a pusher high winger. simple enough, but then i thought it would be cool to make the cam pivot from looking straight to looking downward with the flip of a switch.

what i ended up making is a monobloc pusher with an UC 42" wing. im using a BW1500 with a 3s. gotta love those blue wonders! the wing is FFF but the fuse is foam core. i love me some readi-board. pretty straight forward. i jsut wanted a 3ch stable platform, and i think ive achieved that.

i have a feeling this may only be the beginning of a series of cam planes i build. my camera is kinda big and inexpensive, so i just had to build around that. next i would like to figure a way to make it move side to side as well as up and down.

weathers no good to fly, but when it is, ill post how it goes and hopfully some video too.
Posted by AJ750 | Nov 29, 2010 @ 06:50 PM | 7,625 Views
i built a delta pusher jet. didnt really do any research on it, i just started cutting and gluing. it's made of readi-board and has a KFm3 type airfoil to it. the motor is a 12 turn custom wound 22.7 StrongRCMotor with a GoBrushless can. im using a 7x4 pusher prop on it and 2s. its got a 30"ws.

i dont quite know what itll do, maybe itll fly, maybe not, but its bound to do something. hey, its my first attempt at a jet.
Posted by AJ750 | Nov 02, 2010 @ 07:27 AM | 7,269 Views
The painted version of the Low-Wing MM Special. 38" ws. 4 channels.

I made a whole new wing and built in more dihedral, so im hoping that helps it to handle better. I also got rid of the torquerod ailerons. Just too much hassle.

This thing should be somewhat fast. and more importantly be capable of good climbs. Power to weight is a lot higher than anything I've ever flown before so it should be fun. hopfully I'll get to maiden her tomorrow morning. As long as the winds are down and im feeling comfortable about it.
Posted by AJ750 | Oct 27, 2010 @ 05:59 PM | 7,199 Views
havent made an entry since june. havent really flown since the very end of august. life has been a bit busy over the last couple of months. i have been working on a couple of planes tho. i completely rebuilt my Low Wing MM Special. the first one didnt reflect the best of my ability. i thought i could salvage the wing, but nope. i dont like that either. so ill make a new one! ive got all the gear for it tho. i picked up a 2408-12 motor that should produce great power. im looking for good vertical performance. i have good feelings about this plane now.

i also built a 60" powered glider. should be pretty sweet. i think itll be fun and challenging to search out thermals. seems like a different type of flying. but i still need a ESC for it. i was thinking of using a BW 1700 on a 2s for it. should work out. my favorite part of this project is the T-Tail i constructed. never did that before.

(neither plane is completly done yet and they have no paint. but they will soon. stay tuned for the finished product! LOL!)

besides these projects, i recently got into a 2.4GHz computer radio. such a step up from my old Conquest. welcome to the 21st century adam! now i get to play the waiting game with hobbyking to get the Rx's i ordered.
Posted by AJ750 | Jun 05, 2010 @ 05:56 AM | 7,602 Views
Memorial Day 2010 at dawn in SE MI had the most perfect flying conditions. I had the best time flying my MM Special. it was calm and cool out. Any altitude i flew at, there was not a lick of wind. I was very impressed. I love flying early in the morning like that. there wasent a single person at the field, just me and the plane. Ive been working on making my flying smoother. Ive noticed that Im kinda jerky on the controls sometimes, so im trying to improve that.

Ive got 2 planes I built but I havent flown yet. I still need electronics for them. One is my interpretation of a 30" J-Bug that i made several months ago, and i keep putting it on the back burner. Then I have a Low-Wing MM Special. But im going to change it up a bit. I built it with a UC wing and only 3 channels. But then i was introduced to the KFM2 wing and the idea to add ailerons to it. So my plan is to make a KFM2 aileron wing for my High-Wing MM Special and learn how to fly 4 Ch. on that, then redo the low wing with the same wing. I think thats a good plan and a good way to go about it.

Then theres my helicopter thats been broke for a while and has been calling to me to fix. I just ordered a metal head for it to make it a bit more durable. I havent had a lot of luck learning to fly it tho. but Ive got a whole new plan of action to hopefully have a little more success this time around.

Hopefully I'll be able to get everything going and improve my abilities with the heli before the snow flies this year. But if i dont, theres always next year.
Posted by AJ750 | Mar 25, 2010 @ 10:33 AM | 7,600 Views
This is the newest MM Special ive made. Some call it the St. Paddy's Day Special, because it was finished up right around the holiday. Yesterday I went to a new site that I've never been to before. Compared to my regular site, this place is HUGE! It was so nice to have some room to play around and not be so worried about flying into a tree or house.
editied version of aerial special 3-24-10.wmv (10 min 0 sec)

Posted by AJ750 | Jan 31, 2010 @ 07:48 AM | 7,675 Views
Here it is. The maiden of my all new MV3. Compared to the MV2, this one is much smaller with a shortened under cambered wing, and weighs only about 7oz. This one flies so nice, its like night and day between the MV2 and 3. In the short 3 months that ive been a part of RCG, i have learned so much from all the great people on here. It's been a lot of fun! This plane would be right at home in an indoor enviroment. but as long as the winds are low she's great outside.
MV3 Maiden 1-30-10.wmv (3 min 53 sec)

Posted by AJ750 | Jan 20, 2010 @ 06:41 AM | 8,004 Views
Heres my first video taken on my newly made noggin cam. This plane is a 36" Readi-Board Blu-Baby with a 2208-1300kv motor and 3s. Flying off the snow is so much fun. i cant get enough of it! it was a bit too windy tho. if i didnt bring it down when i did, im afraid something bad was gonna happen.
36" blu-baby 1-19-10 (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by AJ750 | Jan 03, 2010 @ 04:29 PM | 8,674 Views
The newest edition to my fleet. Its made of Ready-Board and 1 1/2" pink foam. With a 36" ws. But dont have the motor/battery yet. Still waiting on HobbyKing.
Posted by AJ750 | Dec 24, 2009 @ 09:31 AM | 8,578 Views
heres another MV with different paint.
Posted by AJ750 | Dec 06, 2009 @ 11:11 AM | 8,481 Views
right when the sun came up at 7:30 or so this morning there was no wind. but by the time my brother got here with his camera, it was gusting a bit. i knew it was bad news, but i really wanted some new mid-flight pics. so needless to say, we went out to the field anyway. i was doing pretty good fighting the wind until i came in to land. the wind gusted and flipped me over onto my lid, and it was all over from there. the plane is fixable tho. so im not worried. my bro was able to snap a lot of real good pics. overall it was a good outting.
Posted by AJ750 | Dec 04, 2009 @ 06:30 PM | 8,174 Views
i just want to fly!! its been two days and the weather has been crappy. im going through withdrawls. but tomorrow and sunday are supposed to be nice so maybe ill get my fix. the field i go to is so secluded and private, and i love it. especially in the early morning hours. its so peaceful to fly there. no one bothers me and i dont bother anyone. is there anything better than that? i dont think so! but the better i get at flying, the less i mind people watching. the .last time i was out, i was actually wanting a crowd because i was flying so well.

you know what i dont get? the people who say this is the end of the flyijng season. there is no reason to stop flying! what, are you gonna get a little cold? oh poor baby. there is no reason why you cant fly all year round. you better believe ill be out there every calm day flying in the snow!
Posted by AJ750 | Dec 01, 2009 @ 03:11 PM | 8,686 Views
pics of my new M.V. i used a monoblock construction method similar to the blue baby for this plane, and what a difference. it went together so much faster and it weighs less than the last one. should hold up better during hard landings too.

oh yeah, and i painted this one.
Posted by AJ750 | Nov 28, 2009 @ 03:45 PM | 8,564 Views
just outstanding! i had the most perfect flight today. finally all the building and practice is beginning to pay off. i was able to put the plane where i want it when i want it. i was just cruising, doing laps around the field and in complete control the ENTIRE time. in the past, sometimes id just be along for the ride, but today was different. the more i tweek and make adjustments the better my M.V.2 is flying.
Posted by AJ750 | Nov 27, 2009 @ 12:08 PM | 8,668 Views
this is the first plane i came up with. i personally love it. it flys good, maybe not the greatest but good for it being my first design. i call it the M.V. 2
Posted by AJ750 | Nov 27, 2009 @ 11:59 AM | 8,276 Views
i have worked as a cook and in the automotive field until about a year ago when i had to go on disability . so now ive got a LOT of free time on my hands.

my RC career started in 1995 when i bought a tower trainer. i was 14. i was in a club, had an instructor, and was about to go solo until some family problems hit and i had to quit. over the years ive built a few stick planes from kits but i never flew them. then a year ago, i was looking through an airplane magazine and saw an article about scratch building from foam. so on a whim i bought a sheet of insulation and started to cut and sand. i just made a hand thrown glider and almost instantly fell in love with the foam. its so light and easy to fix. since then ive made some wire cutters and im getting pretty comfortable with building from foam.

ive had to learn to fly all over again, and im doing pretty good now. but i feel i still need lots of practice.