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Posted by flyinjrc74 | Sep 22, 2010 @ 08:48 PM | 8,935 Views
I like to get to the field and go flying without assembly and tear-down. It is much more simple to keep the planes in one piece and strap them to the roof with bungee straps. I live 5 minutes from both fields where I fly so I have this luxury. No the van has not taken off yet as the speed limit is 25-35mph to both fields. Figured some may get a laugh so here are the pics! I have been looked at strangely by people walking, riding bikes, driving and even by the POLICE! I have not yet been stopped by police but they have pulled up along side at the traffic light and asked me a few questions. I don't think people mind it and enjoy seeing me drive by toting my planes in this fashion.
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Sep 16, 2010 @ 04:49 PM | 9,372 Views
I think I may have built the smallest radio controlled Ultralight. I completed this without any drawings or plans in about 12 hours. I built a 10 foot wingspan Ultralight years back and I recently have been toying around and trying to figure out the electric LIPO powered stuff. I am going to build a full scale ultralight someday and have many ideas on paper, this one was just to pass a little time.

I have not flown it as of yet (High winds in MI today!) but I did taxi it and even with a fixed nose wheel it turns very well on concrete. Powered by a Park 250 type outrunner and a 8Amp ESC, the ultralight is set up for 3 channel operation. The rudder is hinged but the elevator is actually a stabilator. Both of the horizontal surfaces move up and down in unison with no elevator. Very easy set-up. The frame is constructed of 3/16", 1/4" and 3/8" round aluminum tubes.

The wingspan and length are both 27" and it weighs in a 9.25 ounces with a 2cell 800mah lipo in the nose. The wing is from a Hobbyzone airplane but I do not recall which one? The hobby shop in Bremen, IN was selling some of the wings and tails cheap so I figured I'd put them to use someday and that turned out to be yesterday. I may add a small windscreen and seat, and pilot.

I hope to get out and test it in the next couple of days and I will update and hopefully get some good pics of it in the air... Enjoy!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Sep 10, 2010 @ 07:54 AM | 9,224 Views
This video was taken from my modified GWS Slow Stick with nav lights. Rain starts shortly after take off and is visible if you watch closely. This is one of my first attempts to film with my Creative Vado HD video camera.

The Slow Stick is powered by a Park 400 geared in-runner and powered by a 3 cell 2200 mah lipo. Good combo and will go vertical even with the camera. I fly at the local WAL*MART at night and hope to get some night video too! This video was taken over downtown Niles, MI.

I am currently working on a pan and tilt mount and also a bomb drop mechanism so I can release a G.I. Joe figure strapped to a 22" chute. I also want to use a Spektrum 6100e with small battery and two micro servos to steer the figure to a target on the ground via a separate transmitter. Winter is coming and I have many ideas in the works for testing in the spring of 2011. It is going to be a FUN winter...

Video Links!

GWS Slow Stick over Niles, MI ~ Flyin'J (7 min 54 sec)

GWS Slow Stick flying at Aunt Dawns! Flyin'J (7 min 45 sec)
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