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Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 24, 2012 @ 05:11 PM | 5,997 Views
I've completed my first scratch build, the Polaris Seaplane


I had first flight last weekend and found I needed to re-check the down thrust. All else was good... very good.

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 24, 2012 @ 04:56 PM | 6,515 Views

I've printed off the plans for this one, to build upon when the glue is drying on the Cartoon C-119.


Added: I'll wait until it's almost finished but, I'm thinking about giving my "Slowly" a 1925 era automobile styling, with headlights and a grille... sort of like "Chitty, chitty, bang, bang!"

An antique white wing and empennage, faux wood structures aft, a black Model-A-ish cabin, a pilot in cap and goggles, with perhaps a pet dog wearing goggles hanging his nose in the breeze would certainly set the plane off.

This is going to be fun!
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 21, 2012 @ 10:44 PM | 6,635 Views
Back in 1963, I received several toy airplanes as Christmas presents.

Among them was a toy C-119.

Finding the photograph, I am tempted to make a cartoon RC out of the idea, based on my memories.

The fuselage was an dark blue plastic and the wings and booms were silver.

I wonder if I can build something around the PZ UM Mosquito brick, motors and props, keeping the weight down to overcome the added drag.

I'll start drawing up plans and making weight estimates.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 13, 2012 @ 11:22 PM | 5,105 Views

My name is David Terrell. I currently live in Herndon, Virginia; where I work as a contractor, supporting a government agency.

For almost 20 years, before the events of 2001, I worked as a manufacturing engineer. For most of those years, I worked for Bell helicopter but I also worked for Martin Marietta Denver and Lockheed Martin in Georgia.

I am reentering the hobby after some 20 years. Long ago, I was very active in rubber powered free flight, especially peanut scale.
My, how the hobby is changed.

I am a user of the real flight simulator, and started with a hobby zone champ. Then, I purchased a ultra micro T 28. They have been a great deal of fun. I have also purchased the buzz 100 from Stephen's Aero. I really like it. I did use covering that was a bit heavy and the aircraft really needs a high current battery to fly well. So, I will probably recover it with something lighter. I also purchased the larger Park Flyer T 28 and have enjoyed it. My latest purchase was the carbon cub and, like many people, experienced the servo problems that seem endemic to that aircraft. I flew for a total of about 4 min. before the elevator servo drove up and burned out. I'm still waiting for that 200 dollar aircraft to return.

I went ahead and bought subscription service from Stephen's Aero and I am beginning to receive the kits that are part of the subscription. I purchased enough ultra microelectronics to keep five in the air.

I'm doing my first scratch build now....Continue Reading