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Posted by J Morgan | Dec 17, 2011 @ 03:38 PM | 72,465 Views
With the Skyray done I decided to go ahead with the next build. It will be the Me-329( designed to replace the Me-410) at 1/8th scale. Fuse is 38" long and the ws will be 86".
Build log in Pusher Forum is here:

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Posted by J Morgan | Oct 20, 2011 @ 04:08 PM | 72,861 Views
Starting another big one. The Ford will be about 90" long with a 67" ws. Maybe around 12 lbs AUW.
Just started, build thread in Pushers Forum here:
I'll add pics when I get further along.

Finished before Xmas, at least one goal I met on this build.
AUW is 12.5 lbs after paint, still a very light 11.7 oz WL.
I added a few finished pics.

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Posted by J Morgan | Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:35 AM | 51,541 Views
I've started my next large build. It will be 92" ws and about 57" long. Build is progressing in the Scale Forum. Here is the link.

She's done and getting ready for Vegas in Oct!

Pics from Ace in the Hole Event in Vegas.
Great coverage of the Ace In The Hole Event in Vegas by
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Posted by J Morgan | Apr 27, 2011 @ 02:08 PM | 51,419 Views
This is the latest build. Link to the build thread in Scale:

After 42 days, here is where she sits. Still loads of work to do.

Now she's done, a few final paint pics. Maiden set for first week of October in Vegas prior to the Ace in the Hole Event....Continue Reading
Posted by J Morgan | Apr 04, 2011 @ 09:04 AM | 53,519 Views
Whipped this up for an everyday kick around plane and also for SEFF. It's 47" ws. I simply enlarged a good 3 view and kept the scale outlines except for the fuse width of course.
Has a RC Timer 3536-11 750 kv with a PZ Me-109 3 bladed prop on 3s lipo.
Also tried one of HK's orange DSM2 receiver's and it worked flawless on the maiden. This plane flies just great and with 250 watts and 32 oz AUW will surprise you with it's performance. With full up elev on low rates and the washout in the wing, it will glide forward in a very flat glide with no dropping of a wingtip. Amazing little plane and a whole lot of fun.

Posted by J Morgan | Mar 22, 2011 @ 05:39 AM | 48,859 Views
A little late in adding this one but here's a link to the build thread.

Built from an enlarged 3 view. Used a semi-symmetrical airfoil. Wing panels hot wired and balsa sheeted, glass with 3/4 oz cloth and epoxy.
1/8th scale, 57" ws. Fiberglass fuse and fillet section. Removable wing panels. Power is a Scorpion 3020-1200 with a 9x7.5 APC prop on 4 cells. Took two 4s-3200 lipos in parallel to balance. AUW at maiden was 83 oz. Flew right off the board, good speed, great glide of course. Trying to get it painted before SEFF arrives April 9th.

Video from SEFF

SEFF 2011 John vampire (2 min 47 sec)

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Posted by J Morgan | Nov 29, 2010 @ 10:59 PM | 48,265 Views
Started on this build. It is going to be a huge plane. Have an AXI 41030/16 waiting for it.
Build thread is here in pusher forum:

I'll post progress pics later. Here is progress to date and a couple of pics of the proposed color scheme.

Finished pics posted now.

Video from SEFF

Pics added from Ace in the Hole Event at Vegas, Oct 2011

Great coverage of the Ace In The Hole Event in Vegas by the crew from


Wonderful pics of the Cutlass too!

SEFF 2011 BIG CULTASS CORRECTED (7 min 10 sec)

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Posted by J Morgan | Nov 04, 2010 @ 08:28 AM | 45,060 Views
Here is my new build of a A-36 Apache. Ws is 50".

Link to build log in scale forum:

Nov 10, 2010
Maidened with canopy and rear sidelights taped on. 39 oz AUW with a 3s-2200.
First launch went bad, stalled due to rear CG and hit hard but very little damage. Added 1 oz weight to nose, launched again. Short story, flew great. On to paint.

Finished pics:
Posted by J Morgan | Oct 15, 2010 @ 06:48 PM | 43,745 Views
Thought I should add an old thread I did several yrs ago. It may be outdated somewhat on finishing methods but some things never change and still a ton of info in there. At the end there is a link to "Part Deux". They are both pretty long but a lot of interaction with others on finishing methods.

Posted by J Morgan | Aug 12, 2010 @ 07:13 AM | 41,517 Views
In progress now, co-build with my buddy Dave Stack
1/11th DO-335 Pfeil ~50" ws

Link to the build in scale forum


Video from Ace in the Hole Event in Vegas
video7 Do335 Maiden Flight (2 min 50 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Jul 26, 2010 @ 02:01 PM | 42,288 Views
Dave Platt, Mr Scale Modeler, maidened his new DH Hornet at SEFF this year. The plane crashed due to a battery coming loose and falling out. I asked Dave for the tail section and told him what I wanted to do with it. He graciously donated it to me and I made a plaque to mount it too. A great addition to my shop!
Checking it out, you can see the attention to detail and the quality work he does.

Here is the video of the last flight.
SEFF 2010 - Last Flight of the Hornet (1 min 29 sec)

Posted by J Morgan | Jul 18, 2010 @ 10:15 PM | 37,121 Views
Here's the build log:
78" ws B-24 J Model
Designed by my buddy Dave Stack it is my first retract bird and first 4 motor model too. Tons of help from Stacker on everything from setting up the retracts to selecting the correct power system to him even turning on his lathe the beautiful alum spinners. Basically all I did was build the plane and paint it.
Plan on maidening it at Vegas 2010 Oct 1-3.
The model I built is a replica of the "Shootin' Star", B-24J-25-CO-(42-73249)
It operated out of China and was lost on Mar 12, 1945
Fun build but let me tell you, 4 engine planes are a lot of work!

Pics added after maiden at Ace in the Hole at Vegas Oct 1,2010
Video here:
video1 B24 Maiden Flight (5 min 50 sec)
video2 B24 Second Flight (5 min 33 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Jan 21, 2010 @ 09:01 AM | 37,911 Views
1/8th scale F-84F Thunderstreak, companion to my G Model
50" ws, 65" long
Pusher power will be a Scorpion 3026-890kv on 4s
Here's the link to the build:

Maiden was done Feb 19, 2010.

Video taken at Ace in the Hole at Vegas Oct 2010
Due to an failed bungee launch, she sustained some aileron and flap damage that I didn't notice and we launched again. So she didn't fly as well as she could have. Amazing that it flew as well as it did but Nut had to fight it quite a bit the entire flight.

video13 F84 (3 min 26 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Jan 02, 2010 @ 08:48 AM | 36,816 Views
Here is a video from SEFF 2008 of several of my planes. The F-4, F-8, Panther, Tigercat, A-1H plus pics of a few more.
SEFF Pusher Jet Extravaganza! (7 min 46 sec)

Posted by J Morgan | Dec 18, 2009 @ 09:06 AM | 34,952 Views
Here's my JKA foam kit Corsair. I've converted a number of their kits and they all fly great. This one got the balsa skin treatment and then glassed. 1/12th scale, ~41" ws.

Posted by J Morgan | Dec 17, 2009 @ 09:56 AM | 31,309 Views
My first F-104. It was a struggle but finally got it figured out. Powered by a LSSPJ. My build starts at page 12. post #170 on Action Jack's thread. I traded this one away to Bob Vincent.

Here's video of Bob flying the 104
John Morgans Scratch Built F104 Starfighter (2 min 9 sec)

Posted by J Morgan | Dec 17, 2009 @ 09:10 AM | 27,733 Views
Here is my 1:8 scale Mig-15 off beanie's plan. My build starts at page #, post #5. This was a FG fuse too. Has since been remotored with a Scorpion 3020-1200 and flies GREAT on it on 4s-3200.
Posted by J Morgan | Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:48 PM | 26,219 Views
Sorry, no buld thread for this one. Too bad, one of my best fliers.
But there is video from ATIS at SEFF.
John Morgan's F9F Cougar at SEFF (5 min 31 sec)

Pic of the Cougar and Panther together. I don't have a thread on the Panther either, it was built right before the Cougar.
The Pantehr was built off Pat Tritles old balsa plan that used a brushed motor and nicads. His flew at around 50 oz AUW. I built this of foam and used BL and lipos and it came out about 34 oz. Flies Great! It did so well that I modified his Panther plan into the Cougar. Cougar flies even better!
Posted by J Morgan | Dec 10, 2009 @ 07:06 PM | 23,760 Views
To visit my latest build in progress, go here:

It is a 1/9th F6F Hellcat from fuelsguy's plans. Ws-57" L-45"

Finished it the 16th of Jan.
Here are finished pics.

And video from St. George UT in Sept 2018
Grumman F6F Hellcat (1:9 Scale) by John Morgan - St. George Utah, 2018 (7 min 31 sec)
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Posted by J Morgan | Dec 09, 2009 @ 09:02 AM | 21,700 Views
Another oldie but goldie.
SBD from a discontinued foam kit. Still have it in storage.