Posted by OhioPete | Feb 09, 2006 @ 08:44 AM | 14,875 Views
This model has been moved from the build pile to the workbench! I've completed my PCW (except for some trimming and balancing) last evening and I decided to give a rubber powered model a try! For the whopping price of $8.00 you can't go wrong. I had no intention of purchasing this model, I didn't really even know about them until a flying buddy of mine pointed them out at the LHS. He's built and flown free-flight and rubber powered planes. He said that this particular model was a quick and easy build. For $8.00 I figured I would give it a go. I've seen a few of the larger Guillows planes made into electric flyers, I'd like to try that as well someday.
I scanned various parts of the plan sheet on my PC and printed out copies with my laser printer. I did verify that the scale had not changed. My workbench isn't wide enough to accomodate a set of plans laying flat. This way I can use an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper and I can keep the plans looking nice. The longest part of the plan, the fuselage, will fit on this size sheet going from corner to corner.
I started with the tail feathers last night and got the elevator completed before it was time for sleep. I'll upload a pic or two later.
Posted by Joe Ford | Feb 08, 2006 @ 08:17 PM | 15,253 Views
Pics of a few of my babies, and one of yours truly.
Stars and Stripes is an Acme Cyclone
Kawa green and deep purple is an Acme Hummer.
Posted by dmucop1 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 06:02 PM | 5,047 Views
I am getting ready for the

indoor pylon.... More to come!!
Posted by noodle | Feb 08, 2006 @ 04:31 PM | 6,566 Views
Well, I finished the hot wire bow. And guess what?

IT CUTS FOAM!!!!!!!!!!

After a little fiddling, I got the bow up and running.

The one major thing I had to change was the transformer; it had nowhere near enough power to noticeably heat the wire. So, I pulled a BIGGER train transformer out of the attic. It's a huge, 275 watt, 20 volt monster, proudly made in the USA. The wire really sizzles with this thing.

The pics show the basic layout of the bow and how I hooked up the wire. It's really very simple to build, and it works great. It's 48" long, so it has to be operated by two people, but it's very easy to use. I was able to cut a 48" cylinder and slide it out of the foam- way cool!

I have also successfully cut a wing core. It came out very nice, and I was amazed at how accurate it was- I was even able to cut spar notches. Very impressive.

Now, back to cutting foam!

Posted by GRW3 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 04:13 PM | 6,893 Views
Even when I quit flying four years ago, I kept going to the club meetings for a while but tapered off. I quit altogether when I started driving my son to acting lessons in Austin every Tuesday (and our meeting is on Tuesday). Now that I’m getting back in I find I want to go to the meeting again. When I found out the same venue was hosting a Bluegrass jam session on the same night (and playing Bluegrass music is a passion of mine) I told my son he was on his own for first Tuesdays. I packed my mandolin and my airplane and went to the meeting.

The meeting started about 7 pm and went through the usual club subjects winding up eventually at the highlights of the evening – show and tell, crash dummy, and raffle. Some people routinely spend $10-20 on the Raffle, God bless ‘em, but I just never got so excited. A dollar for two tickets and I’m satisfied. The “crash dummy” award is the typical misery bonding experience that many clubs have. I’ve won my share - no guts, no glory or crash dummy awards.

Show and tell is one of my favorite parts of the meeting. It’s amazing what you can learn about an airplane and its owner by just listening to the presentation. We vote on the best and the winner gets $10. Last night the highlight was really nice Top Flite P-39 Aircobra. The model was great but so was the presentation than covered a lot of lowlights of the Aircobra in service. I would call it fun scale but that doesn’t do it justice since that category includes ARFs and this...Continue Reading
Posted by Red 61 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 10:47 AM | 13,107 Views
I am no longer an RCGroups member!
Posted by k225 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 08:07 AM | 6,032 Views
Got my MTB project in the water at our clubs annual Dine and Cruse night on Feb 4. Every Year the Rideau Nautical modellers go to Perth for a dinner and then a night at the local pool for shake down cruises of our newly completed projects.
I really like the way she performs with that MCD SC480 ESC no glitches good acceleration. With the twin Robbe700/13 motors it really moves out. High speed runs had the 12v 7.2 amp lead cell drained after about 15 min of run time. To be expected with this setup. Still had some battery, mind you could only run at a very sedate speed, after an hour.
Some things I will consider:
1) I think that I will install a water cooling system for the ESC and maybe even the motors just to be sure.
2) Will consider using 35mm two bladed racing props to see if the performance and run times improve. The 3 bladed props are fairly agressive and move her along at very scale like speeds however.
Posted by David A | Feb 08, 2006 @ 01:18 AM | 6,648 Views
Great, got that trainer wing out of the way last night. First bit of solarfilming I've done in ages. I'm pleased with it and despite the poor photo it's free from wrinkles and nice and smooth. Now I can get back to my lovely big Sea Fury which I'll post soon with regular updates.
Posted by target | Feb 08, 2006 @ 12:00 AM | 77,966 Views
Just completed an old Airtronics RG-15 Eagle kit I found on Ebay. Maiden took place at White Point in San Pedro in about 5mph of slope lift. Everything went pretty well, except for right after the launch, when the plane was ballooning abit, due to the elevator trim being about 6 clicks off.
Landing was a non event, with my trusty EVO 9; I used the "digi adjuster" to set the elevator compensation for the "crow" in the landing mode, whil the plane was up.
It is one smooth flying bird! I am looking forward to my very first winch launch in a couple weeks at Field of Dreams, the S.U.L.A. club field.

Posted by mharms | Feb 07, 2006 @ 10:21 PM | 8,030 Views
Weather today was spectacular -- near 70F, wind was low, and not a cloud in the sky. Went out to Rancho San Antonio late afternoon and flew my little Q-Wing flying wing. I was flying pretty far out, and pretty high. My plane looked small up there, but I've had her out farther before (as I mentioned before, the Plantraco 900MHz RX/TX has much more range than I expected). Had full control and I was surfing on the light wind up there. Then I got momentarily distracted by some loud talk behind me and took my eyes off the plane. Just for a split second. When I looked back at the plane -- I couldn't find her. I put her into a continuous turn, gave some up elevator, tried to get the wings at an angle to reflect some light, but I could see nothing. Just miles and miles of blue sky. I cut throttle and kept her in what I hoped was a slow spiraling descent. Scanning, scanning, scanning the sky --- nothing.

Spent the next hour searching for her, but no luck. Gave a description and phone number to a park ranger passing by and called it a day as the park closed for the night.

Man, I had some nice gear in that plane. I hope someone finds it and turns it in. I'll go back tomorrow and continue my search.

In the meantime: Time to start building the Q-Wing v2.0.
Posted by erich | Feb 07, 2006 @ 08:09 PM | 16,747 Views
Working on a 170" Sagitta XC all wood plane. Have rib set, but will need to make rest of the parts. Have started a build thread on this plane in rc/groups thermal catagory.

Have finished all woodwork on XC. The planes span reaches to within 8" of walls on either side, and that's in the living room. All that's left is to final sand and then, cover (will be using Ultracote), and balance.

Project all done. Flies great almost like full size.

Posted by John Kim | Feb 07, 2006 @ 08:04 PM | 13,984 Views
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Posted by Gary Warner | Feb 07, 2006 @ 05:52 PM | 9,121 Views
It's Tuesday. 5 more days until I can go flying . Need I say more?

This weekend will be interesting (oh yeah, right). I have Arnold chomping at the bit to get the maiden flight in on his Piper Arrow. I'm the test pilot and it's his $1500 pride and joy.

The first $1500 "pride and joy" of Arnold's I test flew (Cessna 182) ended up in 10 feet of water (lake at the end of runway - oops, my bad ). "We" had a receiver battery unplug itself on final. Drop the flaps and the battery slid forward a bit. Enough to unplug from the harness. Judges gave the swan dive a 9.2 (points marked off for the large splash ) .

Cessna 182, part two. Arnold goes out and gets a new plane and finishes it in two weeks. Ready to take off and nothing. Then everything comes back on. Check and check, all is good. Arnold says "lets go fly". I'm not happy.
I notice one glitch in the receiver and insist that we look at it again. Sure enough, Arnold had cut through the battery wire with an Exacto blade while widening out an access hole. With the wire fixed, we fly. It is a good flying plane.

Next test flights are on Arnold's $1300 Lancair. It's a fair plane but snaps as fast as you can say SNAP. Pulling thru simple 30 degree banks at mid speed and the next thing you know it's inverted and 100 feet lower. Uh, "dude - when you fly this thing keep the speed up and for God's sake, use the opposite rudder input to stop the spin. BP 185 over 110.

Any who... I roll...Continue Reading
Posted by TimBlackwell | Feb 07, 2006 @ 04:37 PM | 3,841 Views
Hello from Ft. Lauderdale Florida... home of the ..... O.K. ... I don't know what it's home to... I have not lived here that long.

Reader's Digest version of my BIO :
California born, raised an Indiana boy, got out of the cold winters as soon as I could. Design Engineer by trade, Designer, builder, and dreamer by nature.

Owned a hobby shop with my dad when I was a kid. Got into fixed wing Ultralight aircraft during my young ages. Got interested in Gyro craft in my thirties, and designed/built an ultralight-tractor-gyro for myself at the start of my forties.

When I moved here, I did not bring the UL stuff with me (YET !) So to curb my flying desires, I started building foamies ! I have built 6 models in the past 4 months.

I just finished my own partial design. (based on an existing foamie)

I love to fly.... even when I'm stuck on the ground !!!

I love to design and build.... even if I can't get in it.... I can still fly it !

some pictures of my latest build.... F-22 Raptor with ducted fan/brushed motor.

More to come...... my name is Tim Blackwell. Nice meeting you all...... enjoy the Blog-blog-blog-blog!!!
Posted by szastoupil | Feb 07, 2006 @ 12:47 PM | 9,571 Views
Blog test entry.
Posted by Enitria | Feb 07, 2006 @ 12:25 PM | 3,475 Views
I was born in Rome, Italy and emigrated to the US with my parents when seven years old. Spent my tender years in Honolulu, attended Tulane University in New Orleans majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and spent six years active duty in the US Navy. After leaving the Navy I spent 21 years as an Electrical Engineer working for various DoD contractors. I think I'm all spent out... but wait, there's more!

Then, I finally grew up... since 1995 I have worked in the games industry as Producer and Executive Producer at The Avalon Hill Game Company (pre-Hasbro aquisition) and at Hasbro Interactive which was bought by Infogrames and years later renamed to Atari. My proudest accomplishment was being the Executive Producer for Civilization III.

At age eleven I was bitten (severly, mind you) by the Science Fiction bug when I accidentally cast my eyes upon A Princess of Mars at the school library, and immediately falling in love with John Carter, the incomparable Dejah Thoris, and Barsoom.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 07, 2006 @ 10:11 AM | 8,573 Views
Current builds on the workbench ****UPDATED 7/16/06****

-Received my new Futaba 9CAP Transmitter from ServoCity on 5-15-06. Has a lot more features than my Optic 6. I think I'll set up one TX (9CAP) for my DLG's and Gliders and use the Optic 6 for my "regular planes". Now I have to learn how to program it!

-Art Hobby Hybrid DLG - See build log

Build Pile

-QuickFlickII Discus Launched Glider - have a new short kit coming to build the wings w/o a warp this time

Built planes
-Goldberg Gentle Lady Glider - flies great!

EdgeRC Overlord 48" wing - Maidened it a few weeks ago, flies great.* Upgraded to a Warp4 4 turn, more speed!

Multiplex Easy Glider - Maidened it April 10th (my B-Day). First time ever using a highstart. It flew fine although there was no breeze or lift. No surprises.

Cox Micro Warbird - Spitfire - built in one evening, quick build. I'm using 2 GWS pico servos, 5 amp esc, GWS 4 channel RX and an Etec 2S 450 Mah battery. Balances fine, no dead weight needed. Still have to maiden.

E-Flite Ascent Powered Glider (bought from The Don - 3/11/06) - ready to fly now, need to maiden. 4-2-06 - maidened and crashed within about 2 seconds . Not sure what happened but it dove in hard from about 20 feet up. Servo was not reversed. Rebuilt - new speed 400 motor (bent the shaft on original) and had to re-epoxy the firewall since it broke free on impact. Ready for a re-maiden, hopefully with better success ***UPDATE -...Continue Reading
Posted by Kyle G. | Feb 06, 2006 @ 10:20 PM | 10,322 Views
Alrighty a blog. Cool stuff? Not a lot to say about myself, except I'm a student. I'm a big Rush fan! Best bend ever. Other interests include... Photography. I've got a gallery here .