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Posted by madstick cliff | Jan 14, 2015 @ 09:54 PM | 5,516 Views
All sanded and ready for repairs. Quite a few more repairs needed than I thought. I removed all the hinged surfaces for repair and paint, so they won't get stuck after paint. I'll put a coat of epoxy resin then a coat of epoxy primer followed by paint. Definitely have my work cut out for me on this one.
Posted by madstick cliff | Jan 01, 2015 @ 07:50 PM | 5,438 Views
Started my build on the Me109 today. I got this sometime back from Craigslist for 30 bucks. Seems like an old Fermin sled, should be good for our South Slope when the winds are high. Working on the hatch now making it out of an old one from another glider. The other aileron is next. The weight before I started is 86.9oz. We will see what it weighs at the end.
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 14, 2013 @ 09:31 PM | 6,798 Views
Some pics of the Titan airfoils 1st one is of the older airfoil about 13/16" tall at the spar. Second is the newer airfoil about 9/16" at the spar. These are the plywood ribs for the wing tips.
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 13, 2013 @ 10:46 PM | 5,892 Views
Got some pics from John of my Terryplane Titan 120!
I received this plane from Steeg a couple months ago. It was delivered by Chip.greely. Thanks an awful lot for making this come together for me!!!
These were kitted here in Santa Maria at the airport by my Dad (Terry) and a couple other partners. Bob Angel I believe was one.
I remember working in the shop sanding ribs and such at about 13 Yrs old.
In 1977 I was learning to soar doing a few local contests, when we signed up for the A.M.A. Nats at March A.F.B. Well, long story short I was able to grab 1st place in the Junior unlimited sailplane class. See pic. I still have the trophy and some day I will build a copy of the plane.
I got to work on this one pretty quickly, getting plans copied and ribs made that I got from Jan so I could make new wing tips (he helped in making upgrades to the plans and designed a v-tail sloper). I beefed up the fuse to mount the Axi 2860/10 motor adding plywood sheeting on the sides. It came out a little nose heavy even with the servos mounted behind the cg. It has pelnty of power on a 2 cell 4200mah lipo, so I may try a smaller motor and battery combo later, but she flies fine now!
Thanks again to everyone for helping me get this plane together!
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 12, 2013 @ 12:09 AM | 5,885 Views
I finished rebuilding a couple things the last couple months .
First is an S.O.S (Son Of Savage) I had to rebuild the tail group, paint the fuse and put the electronics in. Haven't had a good day to fly it ( missed last Thurs.)
Second is a Kyosho Fairwind sailing yacht (yes it's RC not full size)
It was going to the dump, so I had to save it!
Posted by madstick cliff | Sep 06, 2012 @ 07:12 PM | 10,938 Views
Adding a couple of pics of my just finished Coyote.
I got this a few years ago from my Dad. He got it from the wife of a guy who lived and flew it in Santa Barbara. That's about all I know.
Mods include JR ds368 Servos buried in wings and elevator, added a few inches to the length and widened the ailerons and got rid of the stick pushrod to the elevator by using a golden rod embedded in expanding insulation foam. Seems to have worked out pretty good. I am going to do the same thing for my next project, a Speedo first version.
Posted by madstick cliff | Sep 03, 2012 @ 08:51 PM | 6,230 Views
Fred took a pic of the planes I took out to the Nipomo Mesa slope. I thought it was kinda funny they are all v-tails.
Front is a Renny 2. left middle is a Talon. Right middle is a Mach Dart. Back left is a heavily modified Ascent. Back right is a Sharon Pro.
Flew all Including an Alula, but the Talon and Mach Dart stayed down today.
Well, had a great weekend out there. Flew with my ol buddies and met a few new ones too!
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 09, 2010 @ 10:27 AM | 6,944 Views
Adding a video from Paul shot by Fred. It was done a week ago Friday on that great day we had on the south Mesa. You can just see me launching Le Fish at the beginning.
Paul Ormsby at the Mesa (5 min 5 sec)

Posted by madstick cliff | Feb 28, 2010 @ 08:54 PM | 7,226 Views
We had another exceptional day at the south facing Nipomo Mesa Slope. No less than 8 people showed! That's the most since I've started slopin again!! I'm glad I took a half day off .Great fun! Here is another Video from Paul. Yea, He's still around!! I think he likes it here.
Today we went to the west mesa where it was blowing nicely. Only four peopl showed today. You guys missed out! John, our newest sloper Gary and Jan were there. We maidened Gary's Wevo, it only needed a couple clicks of up trim and flew GREAT! I handed the tranny over to him and he was off and running. About a minute or so into the flight John came over with his Wevo and gave him a little smack to welcome him to the Axis!!! He did take to it rather quickly and looked like he was really enjoying himself. Too bad he missed out on friday.
Fun At The Mesa (2 min 56 sec)

Posted by madstick cliff | Feb 08, 2010 @ 08:59 PM | 7,214 Views
Here is a video done by Paul, our local visitor from Texas. Included in the video are John flying his new Merlin and Bob flying his Moth and of course me flying the Jart! Too bad we didn't grab Pauls camera and get him flying. John is really takin to the slopes lately Just got himself a Weasel Evo too! I hope he's signed up for the 'fest. Bob had to fix his Talon when I got there.
Somehow the tail feathers came off? At least nothing a little CA couldn't fix. He got the Moth dialed in though! It seems to be very CG sensitive. Thanks to Paul for another great vid! I think he's gotten the most flight time around here the past few weeks than most of the locals do in a year. He definitely came at the right time. He has been a great pleasure to have at our slopes. Maybe we can have a farewell get together before he leaves. :
Bob, Cliff, and John - North Slope - 2-7-2010 (4 min 16 sec)

Posted by madstick cliff | Dec 20, 2009 @ 09:17 PM | 7,863 Views
Took some pics of a few new planes I've added.
The first is nice Sharon pro I got from fearfactor fred WOOHOO!! He dropped it by yesterday on his way to the contest in Santa Margarita. How did You do!
Hopefully I'll get to join em for next months contest. It needs a canopy, Servos for the ele and rud, battery and receiver. Workin' on that now.
Next are the Sparky, converted to brushless electric, and the Floyd one design sloperacer. Waiting to for a good day to get everyone together to give it a try!
Posted by madstick cliff | Dec 15, 2009 @ 09:30 PM | 7,560 Views
Wow!! We had about three weekends in a row of great slope flyin with nice NNW winds. I haven't updated my blog in a while. So here is what's new to the hangar: Let's start with the Jart LT, got it in a sale awhile back from Reed. Very nice PNF plane, maidened about a month ago and flew sweet as could be!! Rolls are GREAT!! It will fly in 12 to 40 mph wind. (This last weekend was well into the 40mph range!!).
Next I built up a Great Planes U-Can-do .46 I converted it to electric using everything from Hobby King. It cost 50 bucks for the plane used and about 250 for motor, esc, servos, battery and receiver. Made my own motor mount, battery tray and hatch. It flew very well, just had a receiver problem that I need to sort out before I fly it next time. The only time I can fly her is at Elks Field with the Tri-valley RC club. Which I'll join next year, since I now have my AMA card.
Next I revamped the Scrappy with a Blue wonder 3000kv motor, which works awesome. I also put a 1700kv on the hyperflea, very awesome!!
Well that's about it for this update. Hope to get some more pics and video up but this one is all for now. It's from the day of the maiden of the Jart.
We had 5 folks on the south facing slope this last weekend so I should be able to get something up on that.
Posted by madstick cliff | May 11, 2009 @ 11:58 PM | 8,168 Views
Got some slopin' in on Saturday. The weather had changed for the better for Santa Barbara, GREAT NEWS! But it did change the wind direction also. It was mainly blowin cross for the slope, South to North, even though it was NW in Santa Maria. There was enough wind to pick up lift off the point to get some altitude and fly around. For about 20mins Jan and I flew our Talons in a good straight on wind, then it died off.
I got my Wevo at Weaselfest Ellwood. Took about a week to settle on a paint scheme. Lightning bolts from the 70s surf clothing seemed cool. I had forgotten about the Bolt movie. A couple evenings with a plasti-dip spray can and some Krylon and this is what came out!
I used the Plasti-dip spray as a base,(cool stuff!) then 2 coats of krylon and some sharpie outlines, topped off with another light coat of Plasti-dip.
The Elevons are covered in monokote and ultracoat. I used Micheals' setup for the electronics, Blue Bird servos, Mikro reciever, 700mah ni-mih battery.
The only mods to the build (What build!?) was gluing the wings and fin and gluing the control horns instead of using the nuts.
The weight came to 12.8oz after initial flights. I may take out a little nose weight for better inverted performance. It weighed 11.9oz before adding weight for Cg. My Ultracoat covered Weasel pro is at 12.3oz. So it should be better if he uses a lighter foam, and we use a light weight packing tape for the elevons. This is by far THE BEST executed kit I've found on the market today.
There was a Lady at the fest who learned to fly on one!! Amazing little machine.
P.S. Micheals house was spared from the fires!! But Smokinjoe22s house did not make it For more see

Good flying!!
Posted by madstick cliff | Apr 16, 2009 @ 08:31 PM | 8,082 Views
Got to get out to my fav slope site today. The maiden of the Le Fish went well. Winds were blowin 5-10 mph and getting stronger. Flew the Alula, Weasel, Le Fish then the Talon, followed by the Le fish again. No incedents to report. The only problem I've encountered is the elevator on the fish. It seems to stall out the plane when pulling up to do a loop. I reduced the throws, and added some nose weight to little effect. It has a little down trim in it, so the incedence might be off with a little up. I'll check out some threads and see if Ican figure it out. The stuntability (is that a word?) is fantastic. It will take some getting used to using the rudder. Barely checked that out today.
Weasel fest is next week, lookin forward to that and seeing everyone again.
If your in the Santa Barbara area April 25-26 stop by. Should be up to 30 planes in the air at once. Check out this Thread
Posted by madstick cliff | Apr 16, 2009 @ 12:24 AM | 9,305 Views
Just got finished with a build of my Lefish! I got this NIB about a month ago from Crashaholic. It's been a fun but long task. She weighs in at 38.6 oz. I built light for here (nice LZ). Hs85mg servos thru out. 5 cell 1400mah 2/3A pack. Hitec Electron 6 to receive my inputs.
Here's some pics. Hoping for a maiden tomorrow!
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 15, 2009 @ 07:29 PM | 8,019 Views
Just got back from a very nice weekend of slopin'. Had a great time in good lift. A little bit o' combat with me taking of the nose of Calebs' Stryker with my Weasel. Both kept flying.
Caleb posted this video he made last week of my Bob Martin designed Dynaflite Talon. All balsa & ply (don't want to fly this one near rocks)! I'm glad he got me doing my landing in the ice plant, It acts like a sponge when hitting it! Makes a nice challenge.
Thanks Again Caleb!!
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 08, 2009 @ 09:43 PM | 8,233 Views
Madstick Cliff - Old school Simitar Centron flying wing (2 min 12 sec)

Here's video of my Simitar Centron I posted here on rcgroups a year or so ago. It was taken at Farren Rd. in Santa Barbara.
Today was another great day at both the electric field and at the slope. I'm thankful I get to do so many forms of flying in one day. From slowsticks to 3d
to some fine slope flying in the afternoon. It's good to be on the Central Coast
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 07, 2009 @ 08:44 PM | 8,362 Views
Today was a mediocre day at the electric field. Wrecked the foamy extra 300. Found out it doesn't come out of a flat spin as low as I thought The Jack Flyer almost snapped its wing in half after doing a bunch rolls. All fixable though.
Caleb & I did get out to the slope and after waiting a few minutes the wind switched from offshore to onshore and had a great time with the Alula, Weasel, Talon and Easy Glider. All flew great in the first nice windy day I've had off this year. Hopefully Caleb will get some video up soon. We'll try again tomorrow.
Posted by madstick cliff | Mar 04, 2009 @ 11:47 PM | 8,285 Views
Here's some pics of my mini 3d I finished tonight. I just drew it up and this is how it came out. 24 in wing span. It weighs right at 3 oz RTF. I think I'll call it the Jack flyer. We'll see, depends on how she flys tomorrow.
It has a full flying stab.
3.7 g Hobbyking servos
Berg 4 reciever
6 amp Turnigy speed control
18-11 2000kv Micro Brushless Outrunner (10g) Hobbyking
6x5 sf GWS prop
2 cell 300mah lipo