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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2019 @ 06:54 PM | 1,349 Views
This morning, I had the rare privilege to hold and photograph Carl Goldberg's personal Gentle Lady. Yes, this bird was built and flown by Carl Goldberg...one of my model aviation heroes! The Gentle Lady debuted back in 1980.
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 11, 2019 @ 07:17 PM | 1,922 Views
I made some progress today.

Used the new Willy Nillies covering material and very happy with it.

You can purchase this great laser cut kit and covering at: www.willynillies.com
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 01, 2019 @ 08:45 PM | 2,433 Views
This is the coolest balsa kit I have ever built!

The kit is basically a 3D puzzle and then you add thin CA glue. No instructions included in the kit, so I followed Doug's video (link below)….super easy! I added the glow engine/Cox .020 firewall and used epoxy to attach it.

NOTE: Manuals for all Willy Nillies' kits can be download:

Quality of the wood and fit is outstanding! Again, thin CA used with capillary tube. This is my fastest R/C balsa airplane kit build! For what you see below, approximately 2 hours, including 30 minutes to punch out al the parts from the sheets.

Willy Nillies is a new Veteran Owned Business, so please check out their great products and exceptional customer service @ www.willynillies.com
GLH 250 Fuselage Construction (23 min 41 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 29, 2019 @ 11:07 PM | 3,062 Views
Well... Christmas came early this year!

A box was waiting at the door this evening and inside were packages containing my favorite building material....BALSA!! Even better...how about new laser cut "1/2A" & electric powered R/C balsa kits in 2019!

YES, Willy Nillies' GLH 250 kits have arrived, along with a few surprises for my daughter and a kid in the neighborhood....Jetco Thermic Trio Glider kits. Also included were four rolls of Willy Nillies' Covering Material, which I will be using on a GLH 250. Thanks Doug & Becky!

I have to say, I'm really impressed with the packaging and labels on the kits. Lots of care and pride is put into each product and you notice immediately.

I hope to get started on the build this week or this weekend at the latest.

Check out the fine products and much more coming soon at: www.willynillies.com.

Willy Nillies' YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcK...CblftRgHz1SkEQ
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 23, 2018 @ 10:47 PM | 12,189 Views
Here's a short film I think many of you will enjoy! Our dear friend Tony Naccarato was the technical advisor and responsible for gathering all the Cox P-51s control line models used in the film. Tony is also shown flying a Cox P-51 in the park and our local hobby shop (Smith Brother's Hobby Center) is also featured.
FuN? (14 min 35 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 06, 2018 @ 01:25 AM | 12,691 Views
F-22 Raptor with 9-Blade 90mm EDF Jet from Freewing.

Available now to pre-order:
90mm F-22 6S PNP Pre-order:

90mm F-22 8S PNP Pre-Order:

90mm F-22 ARF+ Pre-Order:

The F-22 Raptor is the world’s first Fifth Generation fighter that delivers cutting edge advances in low observable “stealth” capabilities, enhanced computer-assisted agility, and precision combat capability. The F-22 represents the future of modern air combat, and its technology continues to set the standard against which all other Fifth Generation fighters are judged.

The Freewing F-22 is a flying RC replica of this innovative fighter jet. Boasting both the lowest stall speed and one of the highest top speeds among all of Freewing’s jets, be prepared to fly a wide flight envelope with this visually stunning model aircraft! Freewing’s F-22 is capable of maneuvers most other EDFs can only dream of –our design team considers it a Performer and a Trainer in one. The Freewing F-22 measures 1500mm in length with a wingspan of 1060mm. Assembled from an array of materials including EPO foam, aluminum, carbon fiber, steel, nylon, plastic, and wood, the Freewing F-22 delivers extreme maneuverability and reliable durability on grass runways. The model aircraft features a mixture of sharp panel lines, graduated paintwork, and realistic decals....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 07, 2018 @ 09:47 AM | 14,125 Views
Thank you all for supporting Evelyn over the years! You're our family and we are very grateful for your love, support and friendship.

Congratulations Pilot Evelyn! - Motion RC Extra (10 min 3 sec)

Evelyn watching Motion RC Congratulations Video (12 min 22 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 03, 2018 @ 08:53 PM | 13,646 Views
Enjoyed a beautiful day with our friends at Bear Valley Spring RC Modelers. Evelyn logged multiple flights on the FlightlineRC F8F Bearcat, E-Flite Opterra. During the afternoon indoor event, she flew the ParkZone Night Vapor and a Multi-Rotor. Always a treat to watch her fly.
Posted by xplaneguy | May 01, 2018 @ 12:11 AM | 16,150 Views
Here's photos taken during the SCAMPS and San Valeers Free Flight Contest at Lost Hills, California, held April 20-22, 2018.

Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 13, 2018 @ 11:42 PM | 16,694 Views
Here's a gathering of videos recorded during my Freewing F-4D Phantom flights at the Arizona Electric Festival 2018. Thanks to Pat & John!

Freewing F-4D Phantom II - DEBUT FLIGHT! AEF 2018 (3 min 58 sec)

Freewing 90mm F-4D Phantom II #1 (4 min 11 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:14 AM | 16,600 Views
Freewing 90mm F-4D Phantom II

The time has come! Developed in tandem alongside last summer’s Project Virtue (80mm A-4 Skyhawk), Project Bond was our codename for Freewing’s first F-4 Phantom. With the 64mm and 80mm series stocked with recent aircraft from the Vietnam era, we set out to bring it all home with a big 90mm F-4. We know many of us have been waiting for the venerable Rhino to get the proper Motion RC treatment, and we know you’ll enjoy flying the final result!

Aviation enthusiasts have long loved the F-4 Phantom, and Freewing and Motion RC are extremely proud to introduce our 90mm Super Scale Series rendition of this ultimate warfighter! For more than 50 years, the F-4 Phantom delivered the versatile capabilities required of an all-weather frontline supersonic interceptor, fighter-bomber, SEAD, and reconnaissance platform. Less than a year after its retirement from US military service, keep the F-4 Phantom flying in your RC fleet!

RC fans have consistently requested a large F-4 in true PNP format that performs excellently out of the box without endless modifications. We developed this F-4 to deliver reliability, durability, and performance from your very first flight, supported by Freewing’s parts availability and Motion RC’s customer service should you ever need it. We can also confidently state that dependable grass operation is a hallmark of the Freewing 90mm F-4. With its wide stance, tall main tires, Oleo suspension nose strut and...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 27, 2018 @ 09:45 PM | 16,117 Views
Well....I'm impressed!

I flew the maiden and one additional flight this morning in 5-7 mph wind and this bird was on rails. Performance with a Nano-Tech 4S 2200 pack was excellent, with outstanding vertical! Ground handling was great, though I'd prefer a tighter turning radius. The only issue I encountered was both gear door were rubbing on the tires during taxi. I just bent the doors out before both flights with no drag. I'm planning to add shims to the mount points.

As previously mentioned, the decals are a pain to apply. Don't attempt to apply with the transfer tape, as the transfer tape will pull off paint...ask me how I know. I found the decals will not stick without heat applied. I placed each decal on the model, made several passes with a Monokote heat gun to warm to it, then rubbed down the decal. They all held up great with no peeling during multiple high speed passes. Also, I had one cracked ball link which I repaired with fiberglass tape, coated with CA. It held up but need to find a replacement.

Bottomline: This model is a must buy for any BF-109 fan!!

Great job Tom Hunt and the Durafly Team. Looking forward to the next warbird...hopefully a new and improved A-1 Skyraider...my favorite early Durafly warbird.

Durafly BF-109E - Maiden Flight (4 min 37 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 08, 2018 @ 11:37 PM | 15,844 Views
I recently had the pleasure of joining the guys from the RC Roundtable Podcast, back in December. Fitz, Terry and Lee are great guys! Their podcasts are informative and discussions fun. Educating and sharing their passion for the hobby is what these guys bring, and their podcasts are a must listen.

Check out them out at:
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 26, 2017 @ 11:07 PM | 16,246 Views
I've been a fan of Mark's Models for over 30 years and flew a secondhand Wanderer for many years. As a teenager in the 80's, I would study/ stare at my Tower Hobbies Catalogs for hours, dreaming of owning many of the kits listed. Of the sailplane kits featured, Mark's Models, Craft-Air and Carl Goldberg Sailplanes were high on my wants list but never owned them, until recently.

Last weekend, my daughter and I walked into a LHS and hanging in the back of the shop was two Mark's Models Windwards, which had been there for many, many years. Both looking in sad shape and covered with dust. The orange and white bird had a sign on it with a price of $150, the white one had no sign. After looking around the rest of the shop, I asked an employee about them. We walked back to look the sailplanes over and in my mind, decided I wanted to "save/restore" them, if the price was reasonable? After sharing my desire to restore both, he said, "$50 for the orange & white and $30 for the white & black." I said, "I'll take them both!" As he was taking them down, I can hear him quietly saying to each model, "You're going to a new home!" That really touched my daughter and I.

After three hours of cleaning, painting and tightening the covering...the orange & white Windward is ready for electronics. The white & black Windward will require much more work. Covering has been removed from the wings and repairs are underway.

Current plan is to fly the orange Windward via Hi-Start or slope. The white Windward with get an .049 Power Pod.

My daughter and I plan to return to the LHS to show the employee both models when finished.

Have you ever felt compelled to save/restore an old model someone else built, especially one that's been ignored for years?
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 30, 2017 @ 10:51 PM | 18,203 Views
My tribute to the short-lived Navy Primary Jet Trainer....the Temco TT-1 Pinto.

I purchased the Freewing Base Gray PNP from Motion RC and spent weeks researching Hawk schemes but never found one that I liked. A month ago, I launched and recovered a rare flying Temco TT-1 Pinto at Edwards AFB, CA, and that yellow scheme was the answer. I still need to add the tailhook, single ventral fin and suspension struts to make it a proper T-45 Goshawk. Though not scale to the T-45, I'm leaving the nose light since the Temco TT-1 had one.

This is an amazing flying model! I'm flying it on a 6S 2700mAh pack due to the lighter wing loading. Flight time is right around three minutes.

Maybe the Navy will paint a T-45 in this scheme one day?

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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 28, 2017 @ 06:26 PM | 17,185 Views
I ordered this 373mm span C-17 a few weeks ago for the amazing price of $23 and I'm absolutely blown away by this very cool RC model. Unlike many variable thrust RC planes I've flown over the past 8 years, this C-17 is in a class by itself. It flies exceptionally well with gyro stability and minimal power required to cruise, in both beginner and advanced flight modes. Flight times are 10 -15 minutes and charge times are relatively short, depending on use. If you do crash, the model is made of spongy EPP foam and just bounces off whatever it hits and keeps going...with no damage seen to date. Another surprise has been the range of control at distances greater than 500ft. The model features a red LED light on the underside...solid red indicates fully charged and blinking indicates time to land.

Everywhere I've taken this C-17, people have been amazed and are literally ordering this plane via cell phone as I'm flying it. Great value, exceptional flying qualities and incredible reliability makes this C-17....a must own RC model!


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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 23, 2017 @ 04:33 PM | 17,318 Views
This was very special for me. It all started with a Cox PT-19 more than 40 years ago.
Evelyn's first Cox PT-19 flight (1 min 39 sec)