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Posted by mperaltaoz | Aug 22, 2021 @ 12:13 AM | 28,394 Views
I built this plane during the 2020 lockdown in Melbourne (about 3 months ) and I had forgotten to include it in my blog... so here I go.

It was built using a new XPS foam (Bastion brand) that, to be honest, I don't think I will ever use again.
It's ok to work with and the weight is similar, but it is too porous and I had to put quite a bit of spackle on it to be able to paint it... so not great.

Regardless of this, the result was very good and the Albatros is cruising the skies nicely since then. Find details and photos below.

Here's the build log:

Albatros DVa 2nd flight (2 min 36 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Aug 06, 2020 @ 06:47 AM | 5,622 Views
This was a very challenging build due to the complex curves involved, and I'm highly pleased with the result.
The P3 Revolution is a highly modified Pitts... so much that it doesn't even resemble a Pitts
I started from scratch doing the design in Sketchup, following photos of the real plane and comparing with the original Pitts.
The result was amazing. She is light, highly aerobatic, goes vertically really nice, and slows down nicely for beautiful landings.

Here is the Build Log in case you are interested in more details:

P3 Revolution 5th Flight (2 min 51 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Aug 04, 2019 @ 11:56 PM | 5,605 Views
What a plane!
Gee Bee's have always been a soft spot for me, with their unique look and record-breaking speed.
I built one in the past and she didn't end up well (lost to an electronics failure)...
This one turned out to be an amazing flyer and she really looks the part both on the ground and up there in the sky.

Wingspan 1300mm
AUW 1700g
Powertrain D3548 790kv, 60A ESC, BEC
Propeller 13x6 (wooden)

Build log:

Gee Bee R2 maiden flight (3 min 12 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Apr 15, 2019 @ 03:04 AM | 4,834 Views
Hi there,

I wanted to try something new this time around. I'm a bit over EDF's with their high demand on batteries and low flight times, so I decided to give it a go at a prop in slot jet.

I chose a great model for this experiment: Shumate's SU 37 Flanker.

My rendition uses a single motor (1400kv, 800w) swinging an 8x6 propeller.
She screams a lot and flies amazingly well (much better than my similar-sized F14 70mm EDF), with a lot of power on tap and without killing batteries

I must confess the noise is a bit too much (88dB) for my liking but I think I'll get used to it.

Build Log:

Maiden video:
SU 37 slot prop maiden (2 min 55 sec)

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Posted by mperaltaoz | Oct 16, 2018 @ 07:00 AM | 7,439 Views
After losing my other spitty to an electronics failure, I bit the bullet and built another one immediately after
This one has a few mods that made it better than her deceased sibling...
- Shorter and lighter tail for a better CG location without the need of ballast
- Much better retract mounts and wing doublers for reinforcing the mount area
- Better colour contrast for camouflage paint finish

Maiden was a huge success and I've been flying it regularly since then.
Awesome plane!

Build log:

Spitfire Mk IX V2 scratch build (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 23, 2018 @ 02:42 AM | 6,676 Views
Hi All,
I wanted to build a new profile plane capable of flying very slowly and in small areas (thinking of my backyard).
I decided to go with the Piaget 2 which looks pretty nice and seems to fly well.
My version is pretty close to the original, with the following specs:
- Wingspan: 800mm
- Motor 1500kv
- Prop 9x5
- ESC 12V
- 3x 9g servos
- Batteries 2S 750mAh

She flies amazingly well and I'm loving every minute! Those slow 3D manoeuvres are a pleasure to see, and I even flew her at night under a lightpole in a park nearby.

Photos and plans below

Piaget 2 Scratch Build (2 min 57 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 23, 2018 @ 02:35 AM | 6,651 Views
Hi all,
I finished this plane recently and flew it a few times.
It was an amazing flier and I loved it, until an electronics failure took it away from me
I liked it so much that I'm building a new one (V2) at the moment, expecting to finish it within the next few weeks.
Build log:
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Apr 18, 2018 @ 06:52 AM | 7,139 Views
I decided to sell my previous corsair and build a new and improved one.
This one is bigger (1300mm), more scale (retracts, plastic parts for scale details, etc), and with a solid wing and fuselage which makes it a bit heavier but significantly sturdier.
The result was great, she flies awesome and looks the part up in the air and also taxiing on the ground.

Build Log:

Maiden video (cut down version):
F4U Corsair 1300mm - Maiden flight (2 min 18 sec)

Photos below
Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 07, 2017 @ 03:36 PM | 8,277 Views
Back to the classics.
Always liked the good old Trojan and I wanted my very own instead of the available RTF's.
So... I built it

Such a great flyer, performed like a pro from maiden.

Build Log:

Maiden video
T28 Trojan Maiden (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 06, 2017 @ 03:49 AM | 8,645 Views
This was my winter project for 2017... Another amazing plane from the Golden Era.
It flies beautifully, almost like a balsa plane.
Very interesting build especially the wing and stubby fuselage, and highly pleased with the result.

Build Log:

Maiden video:
Hall Bulldog Racer - Maiden Flight (3 min 12 sec)

Another (better) flight:
Bulldog Racer tamed (2 min 38 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Jan 15, 2017 @ 06:51 AM | 8,842 Views
What a plane!

This was my end-of-year project. Started it on 24 Dec and maidened today.
Very happy with the result. It flies amazing and it looks the part.

Here's the the build log:

And here'so the maiden video:
Edge 540 v3 - Maiden Flight (6 min 45 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Oct 05, 2016 @ 01:39 AM | 9,263 Views
This is a plane I always wanted to have.

I've done this one truly from scratch as I even designed the plans from the Sea Fury's 3-views and some drawings of the real plane.

I was highly pleased with the result. She flies like she is on rails, fast stable and no bad habits at all.

Build log:

Critical Mass Maiden Flight (5 min 2 sec)

Photos below
Posted by mperaltaoz | Mar 30, 2016 @ 06:21 AM | 10,821 Views
I built this one modifying Steve Shumate's plans as follows:
- Modded centre section to allocate a single EDF fan
- Added ailerons
- Added a lot of scale details
- Added landing gear
- Increased size by 16%

- Wingspan:1200mm (wings open)
- Weight: 1190g incl battery
- Motor: EDF 3000kv
- Fan: 70mm

It flies really well. Not a speed machine but nice and scale with a lot of presence up in the air.

Maiden video:
F-14 maiden (3 min 38 sec)

Second flight:
F-14 second flight (3 min 30 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Jan 24, 2016 @ 05:14 PM | 10,591 Views
Time to try a new construction method, and since I was doing this why not do it with a twin engine?
I've always loved this plane, and now I have one!
I'm really pleased with her, she flies great and has no bad habits at all.

Buil Log:

Maiden video:
DH-88 Comet - Maiden Flight (1 min 3 sec)

Another flight:
DH-88 Comet (1 min 35 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 16, 2015 @ 04:48 PM | 10,848 Views
This one was built from plans I found in RCGroups.
Quick build (1 week) and it flies like a charm.
I liked it so much that I sold my HK Reaktor...
Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 16, 2015 @ 04:38 PM | 10,875 Views
I got enthusiastic about FPV recently. I started with my little J3 Cub and it was fun, but I realized it'd be better if I had a more docile and stable platform which can also give longer flight times.
I scratch built this plane from photos I found in Google, using the same wing profile as the original plane.
The wingspan is 1500mm and the weight is about 800grams, which makes it a plane you can literally fly hands-off (it would just float gently until it lands... A beauty of a glider).
Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 16, 2015 @ 04:22 PM | 10,875 Views
I've always liked Corsairs. I used to have a Durafly Corsair but sold it as I didn't like how it flew very much. I was then ready to buy a bigger one but I though... Hey! I can actually build this thing!
The result was great and very rewarding. I love how this plane flies and I had a lot of fun building it.
Here is the build log if anyone wants to give it a go:

Maiden video:
F4U Corsair scratch build - Maiden flight (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 30, 2014 @ 04:42 AM | 11,703 Views
Update: it flies great!
The Beast Scratch Build (3 min 40 sec)

I told myself not to build for a while and fly the planes I have instead, but I just can't help it with this windy weather in Melbourne.
So, after a bit of work I came up with this Spirit of Pitts modified to look like "The Beast". Awesome plane, my best one ever.
Here are some pictures.

Build Log:
Posted by mperaltaoz | Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:10 AM | 11,763 Views
UPDATE: it does fly well, but it's been quite a handful for landings. Anyone building it make sure you add enough dihedral and also keep it nose heavy.

Oh, yes!

Not only I'm building it but I'm also drawing plans myself this time.
I'm borrowing ideas from old balsa plans and also 3 views, but hey, that's kind of designing too isn't it?

Hopefully it'll fly well.

Build log:

Photos below
Posted by mperaltaoz | Apr 12, 2014 @ 02:12 AM | 14,205 Views
Time to build another jet!

Steve Shumate's Super Bandit.
Awesome plane.

Motor: Turnigy 3000kv 600W
EDF: HK 70mm 6 blades
Battery: 4S 2200mAh 40C
ESC: 60A
AUW: 855 grams

I modified the design to as follows:
- Symmetric airfoil for the wings (originally flat)
- Detachable wing
- 70mm EDF instead of 64mm

The result: a fast (176kph) and furious jet that flies like it is on rails!

Build log (post within another log):

Maiden video
Mario Super Bandit (Scratch Build) Maiden (2 min 5 sec)
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