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Posted by Edge767 | Mar 27, 2015 @ 01:19 PM | 6,858 Views
Here in Houston, winds are 10-15 mph today and I decided since it looks so pretty outside, I may as well go out and fly.

Of the two, obviously, the Mustang flies much better, cutting through the wind like a plane much bigger. The only caveat is landing where the plane begins to feel more like a foamie and less like a bigger plane. The Corsair, on the other hand, feels like a foamie through the entire flight being thrown around and buffeted like crazy.

The obvious victor: Mustang.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 27, 2015 @ 02:14 AM | 6,683 Views
All that's left to put on the tail is the BuNo, but otherwise, this P-51D, named "Gellibean" (pronounced like "jellybean") after my daughter's childhood nickname, is done.

I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I did some light weathering/smoking but decided not to go overboard with it.

The markings, while fictitious, are accurately placed and sized. I'm really enjoying making my RC planes look like flying models almost as much as I enjoy flying them (which is A LOT!).
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 02:35 AM | 6,850 Views
This past Friday, I took my E-Flite Mustang out for a little low-level fun at the local club. My son took some video and I put it together into this short three minute video.

It was a lot of fun, and I love flying this plane! It goes to the field with me every time I go.

Parkzone Mustang Flying Low (3 min 9 sec)

Posted by Edge767 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:20 AM | 7,300 Views
After talking to some guys and watching planes that others at the club are flying, I've decided to get back into glow and even gas. I'm not looking forward to the cleanup and the slime, but I am looking forward to the speed and the ol' dirty mechanical aspect. The smell of glow fuel reminds me of when my father and I used to mess with the stuff back when I was a kid. I wish he was still around to experience the electric flight revolution, but I know he'd also still enjoy flying the ol' smokies, so that's what I'm going to do. A fellow club member sold me some planes and engines (and field equipment!) and I'm in the process of making everything flight-worthy again (very minor tweaks and repairs which are understandable for planes not flown in a long time; hence their being sold to me).

Here is the Q500 pylon racer (which has an OS .25 FX on it) and an OS .45 F and an OS .65 LA. I will figure out what to do with the two bigger engines at some point.

I also picked up another P-47, this one is a Razorbac, made by FMS, and is electric powered.

I'm in the process of getting an AR635 receiver setup and working properly with it and I've already stripped off the markings so that I can repaint it and get it ready for markings to make it Robbie Johnson's "Lucky" P-47C. After reading his book, I think it would be a great tribute to a pilot with 20 German kills in WWII.

Within a few weeks, I'll be buying a 30cc Yak with a 31cc DLA engine on it. I'm looking forward to getting into the bigger planes and the gas engines. I flew a 120cc Edge today, and it was amazingly smooth and tight, even in the winds we had today in Houston.

I never thought I'd "go back," but the lure is too strong. I love my warbirds, but it's time to branch out a bit. That's what's great about this hobby; there are so many ways to enjoy it!
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 18, 2015 @ 04:02 PM | 7,282 Views
Here is my list of Horizon Hobby's planes in order of where I feel they fall into a ranking. As always, these are just my opinion and I'm not in any way discrediting or challenging anyone else's opinions.

P-47D This is, without question, the best warbird turned into an RC plane ever. It's almost as if the designers at Republic thought ahead. "When radio controlled aircraft are cheap and easy to produce, this design will be perfect for scale modeling." Indeed, the P-47 hits all the right points for a great RC plane: four-channel primary control (rudder/elevator/ailerons/throttle) as well as two options that complete this "full house" warbird: flaps and retracts. With the optional flaps and retracts, this plane is one of the best performing and easiest to land warbirds I've ever flown. The wide stance of the landing gear make it a dream for ground handling, although if operating from grass, a washer on the aft screws to add a little more forward rake might be necessary to combat nose-overs. Takeoffs and landings with the P-47 are straight forward, and with little practice, ground handling is easy and stable. In flight, the plane is stable, relatively fast, and very well mannered. While not a trainer, I would consider it to be a great tailwheel and aileron trainer for those moving from a Super Cub or T-28. The one down-side would be the silver color which can blend in to overcast skies a bit too well, but on a sunny or partly cloudy day, this is a great...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 16, 2015 @ 03:29 PM | 7,428 Views
I'm now done with three planes after having utilized my airbrush and Valspar latex paints and Michael's generic paints. I am now very happy with the outcomes!

The Fw190A8 turned out really well. I finally re-did the mottling/spots on the fuselage and some subtle weathering. The results were very well received at the club flying field this past weekend.

The Bf109G is also complete, and while the ground handling still bothers me, now at least it looks as nicely as it flies.

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Posted by Edge767 | Mar 09, 2015 @ 12:34 AM | 7,348 Views
Well, I was able to get a lot more of the plane done today, but I think I will do a little more to make the spots on the fuselage bigger.

While I think it looks okay, I think once the spots are a bit bigger it will look better.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 03, 2015 @ 06:10 PM | 7,097 Views
Next up on the project list of repainting with the airbrush is my Parkzone Fw190A8. This plane has gone through three paint schemes in its life: The original German scheme, a poorly-executed Hungarian scheme, and a less poorly executed Hungarian scheme which, while not nearly as nice as what I'm about to do to the plane with an airbrush, was okay. Here it is with two of my other favorites:

Now, it looks like this:

It is oversprayed with the bluish light gray so that I can go over it with the green and gray to make tighter lines and then I will also repaint the wing/fuselage juncture and the mottling.

What is most interesting with this repaint is that I didn't have to remove and get new markings. I airbrushed over the decals I got from Callie Graphics and after the paint dried, I wiped them off with a wet Q-Tip. Here are photos after I painted and then after I removed the overspray with the Q-Tip:

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Posted by Edge767 | Mar 02, 2015 @ 06:33 PM | 6,583 Views
So, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I decided to add more mottling to the camouflage (which is correct/proper) as well as some weathering with exhaust stains and gun smoke stains. I also painted the nose cone/spinner the right color. The last thing I will have to do is get Callie to make me the squadron sticker I can put on the nose of the plane. I still can't believe this is all Valspar latex!!!

Here is how the plane looks now. I'm very pleased with the results!

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Posted by Edge767 | Mar 01, 2015 @ 10:10 PM | 7,229 Views
For my Parkzone foamies, I typically head down to Lowe's with the horizontal stabilizer and have them paint match the colors so that I will have touch-up paint available on the cheap. So far, I've been very fortunate in that the color matching has been spot-on for five planes.

While I've had an airbrush for over 25 years, I haven't pulled it out in over 10 to use on my RC planes. I, instead, painted by hand. While this yields sufficient results, it doesn't really look "good." After seeing so many planes posted on RC groups that look amazing, I decided it was time to dust-off the ol' airbrush and put it to good use on my planes.

The first decision I had to make was whether I would use the Valspar to paint the planes, or if I'd go and spend more money on getting more paint and hope it matches well. I decided to stick with the Valspar after reading some articles here on RC Groups and after watching some videos on YouTube on the subject. What I learned was that using latex paint is fine as long as it is thinned. What you thin the paint with was what had me wondering if this was a real solution. Everywhere I read recommended using automotive window cleaner; the stuff you put in your windshield washer reservoir.

So, I decided that I'd re-paint a plane I built from a spare airframe kit a few years ago: the Parkzone Bf109G. After some Valspar and an airbrush and about four hours, it now looks like this:

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