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Posted by simages | Sep 16, 2021 @ 02:42 PM | 7,919 Views
Never got into "correctly" programming of a 6 servo Sailplane, but started to program a few Acro models with Crow/Butterfly and implementing spoilers on a couple....... That's when I knew it was time to get serious about actually programing my Stealth DX18 to create models for a better experience and of course for flying success!

So, I started to search for help on the configuration and setups for my two 6 servo sailplanes and that's when I came across Sherman Knight, aka Duworm and Red Sailplane where his work is available.
Total of 250 pages, Holy C***, worth every dollar!
Posted by simages | Sep 08, 2021 @ 12:57 PM | 16,304 Views
Seriously, I haven't been into Gliders or Sailplanes, but have owned a Radian and do have a Blaster 3 DLG, the Kunai warm-liner and a HK Walrus 1.4m with Flaps. So, when I saw this Phoenix fly at my club field a couple weekends ago and had to have one. First, I liked the large built-in wheel it has flaps, then I saw that the fuselage was a very durable plastic. Other than my last club president who introduced me to DLG gliders, I hadn't been around any "die hard" glider or sailplane pilots in any other clubs so, I really never learned the setup skills. So, now it's time to get started........

Specifications:

Brand Name: Volantex
Item Name: Phoenix V2
Item NO.: 759-2
Material: EPO & Plastic
Wingspan: 2000mm
Overall Length: 1132mm
Weight (without battery): 1000g
Motor: 4023 1050KV outrunner brushless motor
ESC: BL 30A brushless ESC
Servos: 9g x6
Propeller: 1060 Folding Propeller
Flaps: Yes (optional)
Retracts: No, fixed 2-3/4" wheel

ARF construction thread HERE because I know I'll modify a few things....
Posted by simages | Feb 22, 2021 @ 12:59 AM | 9,590 Views
Version Info:
This is the High Performance V2 which includes a powerful 3672-1900Kv inrunner motor with new 9-blade fan.

This is the new version 2 (V2) of Freewing's Venom EDF Jet with Swiss red livery. This upgraded version has significant upgrades to both the power system and the airframe. This High Performance Venom V2 now includes a new 9-blade fan, 130A Hobbywing ESC, and powerful 3672-1900kV brushless inrunner motor. Structural upgrades include an increased number of carbon wing spars for rigidity, strengthening of the overall tail section, and a complete redesign of the horizontal and vertical stabilizer sections for improve performance and scale appearance. 

Features:
• New! 90mm 9-blade ducted fan and powerful 3672-1900kV brushless inrunner motor provides awesome power and incredible real life jet turbine sound
• Premium quality 130 Amp Hobbywing ESC with 8A UBEC
• Stronger tail section, with revised rudder and elevator
• Increased carbon spar count and EPO foam construction provide the perfect balance between strength and flexibility
• Incredible scale details including hand painted pilots, scale canopy, shock absorbing landing gear, sequenced landing doors, and stunning Swiss Air Force graphics package
• Large, nearly 5 foot, wingspan provides incredible scale detail and easy to see even at high speeds Bright LED navigation lights for enhanced realism and dawn/dusk maneuvers.
• Retractable landing gear with aluminum shock absorbing struts and sequenced gear doors.
• Full function flaps allow shorter take-off distances and slow, scale landings.
• Nylon hinges on all control surfaces (superior to foam hinges.
• Motor, servos, ESC and EDF come pre-installed for your convenience.

Includes:
Freewing de Havilland DH-112 Venom V2 Swiss Red High Performance 90mm EDF Jet - PNP

Requires:
6 Channel Radio
6 Channel Receiver
6 Cell 22.2V 4000mAh LiPo Battery with EC5

ARF construction thread HERE
Posted by simages | Dec 11, 2020 @ 05:09 PM | 17,575 Views
My wonderful wife just pulled the trigger on this Stearman.... to put under the Xmas Tree with my name on it.

What a Gal!!!!

Features:
• Highly detailed accurate model of the Super Stearman
• Balsa, plywood, and composite construction
• Realistic dummy radial engine
• Airfoil shaped landing gear with dummy oleo struts
• Detailed cockpit with instrument panel and pre-painted pilot however; it's not Susan Dacy!
• Unique battery tray to achieve the correct C of G without extra ballast
• Full hardware set included

Specs:
Top Wing Span: 55.1" (1400mm)
Bottom Wing Span: 54.4 (1383mm)
Total Wing Area: 884.6sq.in (59.43sq.dm)
Fuselage Length: 43.7" / (1110mm)
Flying Weight: 95.23 ~ 102.29oz / 5.95 ~ 63.9 lbs (2700~2900g / 2.7 ~ 2.9kg)
Channels: 4 or more

Required (Not Supplied):
1st Note Added by Me....... (You will NEED to DOWNLOAD the 34pg Manual and Print it.)

Motor: Propdrive V2 42-58 500KV with reversed shaft
ESC: 80A or greater
Propeller: 15x6 or 15x8
Battery: 6S 3500~4000mAh 30~50C or greater LiPo
Servos:Rudder and Elevator: 2 x 3.5Kg/cm micro
Servos: Ailerons: 2 x 4Kg/cm standard

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/kingcraf...composite.html

My Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Nov 23, 2020 @ 05:21 PM | 11,522 Views
After 2 separate flying days and watching a fellow club member tweak and fly this plane, I had to order it Tower Hobbies. I also; ordered the same power system as he did saving a good amount of dollars, should be under $200.

I will put up a "Build Log because there are a few things that should be identified since it's been available for for some time now. I'll start by saying that at the time of starting this post, I purchased the UPROAR V2 for $99 and went elsewhere for the Power System.

My Build Thread is HERE
Posted by simages | Oct 20, 2020 @ 04:42 PM | 13,388 Views
On October 4th was the World Wide Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon which was the 4th year in a row, the BCMA Ukie Squadron entered the
Controline Contest. We had 4-5 pilots entering to fly as many flights as they could to be logged into the World Wide Web Site and history books.
COVID probably affected beating the 2019 record logging; 554 pilots who made 6,127 flights
Posted by simages | Oct 20, 2020 @ 12:10 PM | 12,722 Views
Although, I have 2 other projects on the bench, I've decided to start building the Carl Goldberg Cub as an Electric "Clipped Wing" version. Going to modify the cowling with a Continental A-65-8 dummy engine kit from Top Notch Products as well as using the Landing Gear from Super Cub 25e.
I hope to use my Permax BL-O 4235-0480 Motor & 60A ESC from the Multiplex XL Cub which has the same WS, length and flying weight, plus (+-) 1 lbs........


EDIT: I ended up installing an E-Flite Power 60/470Kv as well as a Talon 90 ESC.


Specifications

• Wing Span: 76 1/2 in. ( 194 cm)
• Clipped Wing: 67 1/2 in. ( 171 cm)
• Wing Area 744 sq. in. ( 4800 cm²)
• Length: 48 in. ( 122 cm)
• Weight: 7 1/2 lbs. ( 3.4 kg)
• Engine: . 40 – . 61 2 – cycle. (6.6 cc – 10.0 cc 2 – cycle) . 40 – . 90 4 – cycle. (6.6 cc – 14.7 cc 4 – cycle)

Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Sep 21, 2020 @ 06:38 PM | 11,593 Views
The original Church was built in 1928 and 1929, by Jim Church of Chicago. He used basic Heath Parasol parts, ie the wings, body and tail. His plane was powered with the famous Henderson motorcycle engine. In 1929, Jim entered the Church in the Cleveland Air Races in the 100 cu in class. The Church, piloted by Freddie Lund, test pilot for Waco, lead the race for five laps before a burned valve forced it from the race. The airplane performed so well, Jim started kitting his modifications for the Heath. He also sold the complete plane and parts to potential builders.

General Characteristics

Length: 16 ft 9 in (5.11 m)
Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
Wing area: 110 ft2 (10 m2)
Empty weight: 367 lb (166 kg)
Gross weight: 584 lb (265 kg)
Fuel capacity: 4.5 Gal (17 L)
Powerplant: 1 Χ Heath-Henderson B-4 Inline 4 cylinder, 27 hp (20 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 78 kn (90 mph, 140 km/h)
Cruise speed: 61 kn (70 mph, 110 km/h)
Stall speed: 24 kn (28 mph, 45 km/h)

Classic Models BUILD thread HERE
Posted by simages | Jun 03, 2020 @ 09:51 PM | 13,468 Views
This has been way over due for me.......

Have always planned to finish this into a NASA Cobra AH-1G. I'm sure it will take a little time.....

Still on the fence regarding the finishing theme for the Corbra. I'm so leaning toward the Military version so, I can truly honor the designer of this kit, the late CW2 James R.V. Linder. James also founded Approach Engineering.

Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Jan 13, 2020 @ 10:55 PM | 13,944 Views
Just ordered this eStar kit from Esprit. However; I was going to purchase the eStar Aeronca C-3, but the Decathlon was right under it's listing. I've been wanting a Decathlon for some time, but wanting a smaller than 67". Actually less than 50" and there it was.........

Wingspan: 43.5" (1100mm)
Length: 30.5" (775mm)
Weight: 21-23 oz. (600-650g)

The Bellanca Super Decathlon is the best aerobatic trainer around. Powered by a Lycoming 180hp engine, this aircraft can be stressed to 6 Gs positive and 5 Gs negative. It's easily capable of 4 minutes of sustained inverted flight. The Decathlon's symmetrical wing makes it ideal for inverted maneuvers. This highly prefabricated kit belongs in the "super scale competition" models category. Once built, the airframe is extremely light and clean but still able to withstand the high loads and stresses associated with aerobatic flight.

The manufacturer uses the latest construction techniques including Laser CNC cutting to achieve high strength and low weight. Each part and every detail are meticulously made.

Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Nov 13, 2019 @ 06:36 PM | 12,658 Views
Going to start on this build before the AllStar Bipe.....


Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Oct 27, 2019 @ 10:24 PM | 11,779 Views
StevensAero - Pietenpol (Pi-a-ten-pol) Sky Scout (480) Laser Cut Scale Electric Park Flyer

Specifications:
Wing Span 48"
Wing Area 425 sq in
Length 28.5"
Flying Weight 24 oz
Loading 8.1 oz. / sq ft
Wing Cube Loading 4.7
Control Layout R/E/A/A/T

Build Thread HERE

Posted by simages | Mar 06, 2019 @ 04:32 PM | 17,756 Views
Reconditioned my Carbon Z into an Army L4 scheme using LTC Charles "Bazooka Charlie" and his L-4 Grasshopper, Rosie the Rocketer (s/n 43-30426) mounting a trio of bazookas


Build and updated Thread HERE

Posted by simages | Feb 11, 2019 @ 05:08 PM | 20,165 Views
Although I'm not a 3D guy, I have always loved my Addiction after I bought it on impulse, but most of all I love the technology, design, flight performance and quality of PA's aircraft! So, why the Extra 260?

Honestly; I had come across a special sale with Precision Aerobatics and bought a motor combo with the Thrust 30, Quantum 45 Pro and spinner combo. I put it with my other power systems and forgot about it. While recently listing some items in the "RCG Classifieds", I added this combo to the mix.

After 6 days and 126 views no bites so I asked myself, why would anyone look for a thrust 30 and what would they install it in? Crap, the Extra 260 of course..... after looking at it a little closer and saw the price, I clicked on the colors, but the yellow had no sample pictures.

That made me "Google" the 260 and boom there it was in yellow.

EXTRA 260

Specifications

Wingspan: 1219mm /48″
Length: 1094mm /43″
Wing area: 490 sq.in
Flight weight: approx 955gr/33.7oz
Wing loading: approx 9.9oz/sq.ft

Now I just have to wait for Delivery......

Because I already have the Thrust 30, 45 Quantum Pro and spinner my setup will be PA's recommended Integrated Performance Airframe-Drive System (iPA).

My Airframe order included;

Extra 260 ARF - Yellow, Airframe (New production run)
4x Nexatec NXT 70HV servos
Carbon fiber MD size long servo arms
Extra 260 Carbon Fiber Vortex Generators
4x PA V4 Lipo 2200mAh 11.1V 25-50c (by 3 get 1 free)
Thin gauge electric extension lead
VOX 13x5 Electric wooden propeller

Already have 12x6 and 12x7 props

Weighed in at 35.0oz / 992g - 35.5oz / 1006g with wheel pants

PA's flight weight is approx 33.7oz / 955g


Build Thread HERE

Posted by simages | Jan 16, 2019 @ 03:53 PM | 22,179 Views
Wing Span | 40 in
Overall Length | 19 in
Wing Area | 220 in2
Flying Weight | 9.5 oz
Wing Loading | 6.2 oz/ft2

Controls Required | 4 channel, R/E/A/A/T
Construction | Balsa / Ply
Category | Park Flyer

Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Jan 11, 2019 @ 09:31 PM | 21,832 Views
Wing Span | 23.75 in
Overall Length | 15.25 in
Wing Area | 100 in²
Flying Weight | 2.1 oz
Wing Loading | 3.0 oz/ft²

Controls Required | 3 channel, R/E/T
Construction | Balsa / Ply

Build Thread HERE
Posted by simages | Sep 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM | 24,638 Views
The Monocoupe 22, the prototype of the 70, was the first light cabin monoplane to be certificated under the Department of Commerce regulations established in 1927. In 1928, nearly 90 percent of all the light airplanes produced and sold in the United States were Monocoupes. The popularity of this light cabin plane lay in the side-by-side seating and the pleasant, though spirited, characteristics of the aircraft that made it fun to fly.

Build Thread HERE

• • Specifications • •
Recommended Flying Site: Flying Field
Airframe Type: Sport
Pilot Skill Level: Intermediate
Builders Skill Level: Intermediate

• RTF Weight: 10lbs / 160oz
• Wing Span: 82 in
• Wing Area: 1054 sq in
• Length: 50 in`
• Loading: 21.9 oz sq ft
• Wing Cube loading:

• • Power • •
• Engine: Saito FA90R3 / KELEO Exhaust
• Onboard Glow Driver: McDaniel MCD473 4.8v
• Propeller: 12x7 - 13x6 - 13x7
•Batteries: Mcd630 4.8V 4000ma NiMH / 2s 6.6v 900mAh
Spektrum LiFe 2s 6.6 900mAh


• • Control • •
• Control Layout: 7 Channels - R/E/A/A/F/F/T
• Aileron Servos: 2 x Futaba S3152
• Elevator Servo: 1 x Futaba S3152
• Rudder Servo: 1 x Futaba S3152
• Flap Servos: 2 x Futaba S3152
• Throttle Servo: 1 x Futaba S3004
• Receiver: Spektrum AR8360T
Third tank Break in......

FA90R3 - Field Break in (2 min 27 sec)
Posted by simages | Apr 29, 2016 @ 07:40 PM | 23,325 Views
This 55-inch-span Strega MK2 is designed for .46 to .55 glow power or electric, this plane comes built and covered and ready for radio and power installation.

Wingspan: 55.5 in (1410 mm)
Length: 50.3 in (1278 mm)
Weight: 7-7.5 lb (3.2-3.4 kg)
Wing area: 640 in2 (41.3 dm2)
Wing Loading: 24.5 oz/in2 (75 g/dm2)
Requires:
6-channel minimum radio
Five standard servos
800-1200mAh NiMH battery
2-stroke .46-.55 /4-stroke .52 glow engine
1000-1400kV outrunner brushless motor
4-6 cell 4000-5000mAh LiPo battery
50-80 amp ESC


Build Thread HERE