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Posted by John Glezellis | Jun 11, 2007 @ 07:29 PM | 23,477 Views
Hello Everyone,

While I have been extremely busy in preparation for the Extreme Flight Championships as well as getting flight time in a Cessna 152, I just wanted to take a moment and share a few pictures of one of my newest electric models.

It is truly amazing to see the development of electric aerobatic models. Within the past year, many manufacturers have designed models around the Hacker A30 and Axi 2820 series of motors. With a 49" wingspan and a light wing loading, this model has a lot of potential.

On my Raven, I have been using the Futaba 6-channel 2.4 system, which has been working flawlessly. If you have any questions on either the Raven or the Futaba 2.4 systems, be sure to ask. Either contact me via e-mail or through the Team RC Groups forum.

As a side note, if you are in the Muncie (Indiana) area this week, make sure you try to attend the XFC event. The XFC is a freestyle competition that will start this Friday and last until Sunday afternoon. Bring the family, and I hope to see you there!

Best Regards,
Posted by John Glezellis | Feb 16, 2007 @ 06:05 PM | 22,851 Views
I have decided to post a few pictures of my Pilatus Porter that many of you may have seen at this years E-Fest event.

I designed, built, and painted the model myself. However, my father helped complete the build by designing the fully-functional landing gear as I was pressed for time with school work.

The model is based off of 3-views from the full scale model with a few changes that were made to lower the wing loading. The model has a 55.0" wing span and a RTF weight of only 14 oz. The motor used was the Axi 2208-34 EVP system. The model does utilize variable pitch; the VP system is the Axi unit that is available from Hobby Lobby. The reason I opted to use a VP system on this type of a model was for scale landings. Being that the full-scale model is a "short take-off and landing" aircraft, the model should be as well. Lastly, the servos used were the Futaba 3110s (5) and a 146 6-channel PCM receiver (also from Futaba).

Enjoy the pics!

Best Regards,
Posted by John Glezellis | Jan 02, 2007 @ 07:48 PM | 26,530 Views
Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is off to a great New Year!

I just wanted to post a video that was taken this past weekend of my Katana S 30E. This is a great flying model, and as you will see in the video, it is a blast to fly.

This is a longer video than my first post (this one is about 3-1/2 minutes in length). Anyhow, I need to get back to building! Enjoy!

Click on the link below to view the video:

Best Regards,
Posted by John Glezellis | Dec 29, 2006 @ 09:04 PM | 26,660 Views
Good Evening Everyone,

I have now posted a video that was taken this afternoon of the Katana 30E. You can read more about my set-up in either my Blog or Team RC Groups Forum. Enjoy the link!

You can view the video at:

Best Regards,
Posted by John Glezellis | Dec 25, 2006 @ 03:40 PM | 27,346 Views
First off, Merry Christmas to all! Wishing both you and your families a very Merry Christmas and the best to a New Year!

I spent this afternoon having fun with the Katana 30E. Flying on Christmas... it doesn't get any better! I have had a ball with this airplane and it's flight performance is fantastic. Check it out at

Best Wishes,
Posted by John Glezellis | Dec 12, 2006 @ 12:22 PM | 31,717 Views
Hello Everyone,

I just finished up my Katana S from Sebart in Italy. The kit only took a few evenings to build, and the assembly was a breeze as this is a very thorough model. Also, some features that are included with this model are:

-a carbon fiber wing tube
-fiberglass wheel pants
-fiberglass cowling
-motor ducting is included
-cooling holes are located on the bottom of the fuselage

The specs on this airplane are as follows:

Wing Span: 125 cm (49.2")
Length: 125 cm (49.2")
Weight 1000 gr (+/- 2.20 lb)
Transmitter: Futaba 14MZ
Receiver: Futaba 6ch PCM
Motor: Hacker A30
Prop: APC 14 x 7 E

I will be posting a few of the "construction" pictures over the course of the next few days, and will also post a "flight log" of the first few flights. I am very busy at my University as Finals Week is approaching, but look for a "test flight" report after the weekend.

And to answer one of the biggest questions that is on your mind, this model is from Sebart direct in Italy, and there will be a US distributor that will have these models shortly.

Happy Holidays,
Posted by John Glezellis | Nov 22, 2006 @ 06:52 PM | 29,325 Views
Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to take a moment to talk about flight simulators in general. On the market today, there are many choices that a person can make. I realize that everyone is entitled to their own opinion of what product they choose to buy. Personally, I have always owned Realflight products and have experience with other simulators. I am pleased with the physics and overall feel of G-3.5, however, regarding all flight simulators, there are changes that can be made to enhance the flight performance of a given model. I feel that G-3.5 is a great flight simulator and is a great tool to use in learning new maneuvers. Personally, I like the flexibility that is offered in Realflight; for example, you can adjust almost any parameter of a model.

Recently, it has come to my attention that not everyone is happy with the results of G-3.5. However, we must first discuss a topic of interest. I find that today, there are some people (in general) that want to learn how perform 3D maneuvers with ease. Resulting, they love a flight simulator that makes it easy to perform such maneuvers. Then, their is your crowd that wants a model to perform, in a simulator, as it would in real-life. When making a flight simulator, for any manufacturer, it is difficult to please everyone.

I urge everyone to take full advantage of your flight simulator, no matter what brand it is. Simply said, fully explore the parameters and potential that the simulator can offer. If you are using an...Continue Reading
Posted by John Glezellis | Aug 31, 2006 @ 08:55 PM | 31,357 Views
Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to take a moment to share some pictures that were taken from the flying field today. The model in the pictures below is the Katana I will have at the Don Lowe Masters in October. It is a 39% Katana S and is set-up very similar to my XFC Katana.

The only exception between this Katana and my XFC Katana is in the exhaust system. Now, rather than using the MTW Canisters, I have the Manfred Greeves Pipes, which are available from Desert Aircraft. This system adds quite a bit of power and is very, very quiet.

Now, about the airplane... I am very happy with the results. This model (as well as all models in the first shipment) are light, and it pays off. This airplane performs every aerobatic maneuver in the book with precision. If you are looking for a strong, rigid airframe that will last you many flying seasons, composite airframes are the way to go.

At this time, contact Phillip Barnnett at: [email protected] with any miscellaneous questions, orders, etc.

At this time, I can only answer technical questions as quite frankly, my time is very limited.

Best Regards,
Posted by John Glezellis | Aug 24, 2006 @ 03:57 PM | 32,948 Views
Why choose a Krill Model? To list off a few benefits, Krill Models offer:

1. Superb flight characteristics

2. Thorough parts and aircraft inspection before the model is shipped from the manufacturer

3. A lightweight, but extremely rigid airframe

4. Spare parts are available

5. Very good customer service

Below, you will see some of the different color schemes that are available.

33% Velox (base color: one color top, one color bottom)
33% Velox (deluxe color scheme)

47% Velox (base color: one color top, one color bottom)
47% Velox (deluxe color scheme)

33% Katana S (base color: one color top, one color bottom)
33% Katana S (deluxe color scheme chosen from list below)

39% Katana S (base color: one color top, one color bottom)
39% Katana S (deluxe color scheme chosen from list below)

For more information, visit:

Best Regards,

John P. Glezellis
e-mail: [email protected]

Representative for Krill Models
Posted by John Glezellis | Aug 13, 2006 @ 08:54 PM | 32,607 Views
Hello Everyone,

After spending the day at the field, there are a few photos that I want to share as well as the flight report I promised on the Fliton Edge 540.

First things first. Let's talk about the Double Vision. This Double Vision is actually belongs to my dad, but I got some stick time on it this weekend. This airplane is powered by a Desert Aircraft 50cc engine with an MTW Canister. After flying this airplane, all I can say is that I love it, and so has everyone else that has tried it! There is very little knife edge mixing (rudder to aileron and rudder to elevator) and the model has the tracking of an F3A model, but is extremely 3D-capable--- an aerobatic pilot's dream!

The performance on this airplane is awesome. There is absoutely no wing rocking at all in upright harriers and this is the most stable airplane I have flown for torque rolls, etc. Also, the rudder authority on this airplane is great; knife-edges can be done with minimal rudder deflection. Below are a few pictures from today at my local flying field.

Now, let's move on to the Fliton Edge 540 Freestyle. I flew this model today and tried many props to help anyone that is interested in using a .46-size engine in this model.

I used an OS 46 engine on this airplane as this is one of the most popular engines out there. For props, I flew the airplane with an APC 11 x 6, APC 12.25 x 3.75, and an APC 12 x 4. Here are the results:

If you are looking for great sport performance with great...Continue Reading
Posted by John Glezellis | Aug 10, 2006 @ 07:48 PM | 35,425 Views
Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to take a moment to show a few pictures of my Fliton Edge 540 Freestyle.

The airplane went together without any problems and flies extremely well. This is the third Fliton airplane that I've personally owned (the first was the Quiet Storm, the second the Extra 330 Freestyle), and the quality keeps on improving. In particular, I was impressed with the all-up weight of the model, as well as little details like a fiberglass cowl, wheel pants, and a carbon fiber wing tube!

Enough said, I'll list off the equipment I used:

Airplane: Fliton Edge 540 Freestyle
Radio: Futaba 14MZ
Receiver: Futaba 149 9-channel receiver
Battery: 6.0V 1400 mAh NiCD
Servos: Futaba 3050's all around (1 per aileron, one for the elevator and rudder)
Engine: OS 46 w/ standard muffler
Prop: APC 11 x 6

I will post more information over the course of the next few days regarding the airplanes flight characteristics. I have been very busy getting registered for classes at the University of Massachusetts Boston and working on my Don Lowe Masters Katana.

Until Next Time,
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Posted by John Glezellis | Aug 02, 2006 @ 01:26 PM | 33,029 Views
Hello Everyone,

I recently recieved pictures of my Don Lowe Masters Katana. The airplane is currently in the United States and I will have the airplane by tomorrow.

I have been flying a 39% Katana from Krill Models for the entire flying season. It is a great flying model and I look forwards to getting this new baby airborne within the next few weeks.

I will be using the same radio equipment that is featured in my other Katana Blog entry with the exception of the muffler system. On this model, rather than using MTW Canisters, I will be using K & S full-length pipes.

If you are currently using a DA 150 with stock mufflers, expect between a 600-800 rpm increase by using full-length tuned pipes (with a two-pound weight increase).

I will be posting more pictures througout the building process, so stay tuned. Also, feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the airplane, set-up, etc.


Take Care,
Posted by John Glezellis | Jul 30, 2006 @ 10:41 PM | 49,641 Views
Hello Everyone,

This past weekend, I spent Saturday at Cape Cod attending the Otis Giant Scale Meet. I enjoyed the time spend with many old friends and also enjoyed making a few new ones.

Today, I test flew my Great Planes Yak 54. I got this model about a week ago, and have been working on it every night. It went together well, and it flew even better! Read on...

First, I'll go over some of the equipment I used:

Model: Yak 54
Radio: Futaba 14MZ
Servos: Futaba 9155 on ailerons and elevators, Futaba 9152 on Rudder
Engine: DA 50
Muffler: Stock Muffler
Prop: 24 x 8 Menz
Weight: 14.75 lbs

All I can say is, "WOW!" This model is a joy to fly and is unbelievable with a DA 50; I just can't get over how much power this model has. With 40-degrees of Aileron and Elevator deflection, the freestyle ability of this aircraft is awesome as it has a blinding roll-rate and the airplane is predictable.

After the first flight, I began "tweaking" the model. It does require some "Rudder to Elevator" mix (about 5% up elevator when rudder is applied) and 3% "Rudder to Aileron" mix (opposite aileron when rudder is applied). Take into account that there was a pretty steady cross-wind, so these values will change (more or less).

If you have any questions about the Yak 54 from Great Planes, feel free to send me a PM.

If you are attending the Woodstock, CT event next weekend, I will have both this Yak 54 and my 39% Katana S there. See you there!

Take Care,
Posted by John Glezellis | Jul 28, 2006 @ 03:32 PM | 32,889 Views
Hello Everyone,

This years flying season is in full swing and I have had my hands full. I wanted to take a moment to talk about the airplane I have been flying this year.

This year I have been flying a 39% Katana S from Krill Models. This airplane is all-composite; it is made from fiberglass, kevlar, and carbon fiber.

A little about my Katana:

Engine: Desert Aircraft 150cc
Muffler: MTW Canisters
Prop: 28 x 12 3-blade prop from Mejlik
Transmitter: Futaba 14MZ
Servos: 9152's all around (please read below)
Batteries / Power Distribution: 2800 mAh li-ion / Powerbox Champion

When the model was first built, I used 3 servos per aileron, 3 servos on the rudder, and one servo per elevator half. I have now taken (1) 9152 out of each wing and the model is performing better than ever. Not only is it a half pound lighter, but it's roll rate is unaffected by this change. This proves that (2) 9152's are all that is needed on a 40% model, even with ailerons as large as the ones on this model!

If you are not a Futaba user, just make sure that your servos have at least 180 in/oz or more if your 40% model has rather "average" size ailerons. If your model has ailerons that are about the same size as the Katana shown below, make sure your aileron servos have at least 260 in/oz or more.

If you have any questions about the Krill line of aircraft, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you are interested in a Krill Model, please send me a PM as there will be a shipment of models coming to the US in the near future. The Katana is available in 150cc and 100cc sizes. Check out for more information!

More information will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

Take Care,
Posted by John Glezellis | Jun 02, 2006 @ 11:38 PM | 32,920 Views
For everyone else interested, I am selling the following Duralite items:

(5) 4000 mAh Batteries ($46.50 each, which is 50% off street price)

(8) 6V Regulators ($26.00 each, which is 30% off street price)

(2) Wall Chargers ($52.98 each, which is 50% off street price)

***Please note that the Regulators are still factory sealed. Also, these prices do not include shipping***

Also, I have an assortment of props that I am also selling. Please visit my Team RC Groups Forum for more information.

Thank you for your interest.

Best Wishes,
Posted by John Glezellis | May 15, 2006 @ 10:57 AM | 31,303 Views
Hello Everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to talk about the model I flew last year. It is a 40% Extra 330S that is made by PLF Concepts in France. If you are a pattern buff, you will reckognize the name PL. PL has brought many great designs to our market like the Smaragd, Tornado, Onyx, etc.

My PL Exra has just left my workshop as it has undergone routine yearly maintenence; it is ready for another flying season. Some of the specifics are as follows:

Model: PL Extra 330S
Engine: DA 150
Prop: Mejlik 30 x 12
Exhaust: K & S 1090 Tuned Pipes
Radio: Futaba 14MZ
Batteries: Fromeco

All I can say is that this is one fantastic flying model. With the above motor combination, this model has tons of power.

I know that many PL Extra owners have asked me for my personal set-ups. I will post them within this forum in the near future. It will include rates, expos, and lastly, my personal Center of Gravity. If you are interested, take a look at my Team RC Groups Forum in the future for this information.

Below, you will find a few pictures of this beauty. I will get a video posted in the near future. Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Take Care
Posted by John Glezellis | May 12, 2006 @ 09:53 PM | 27,213 Views
Top Gun 2006 is now a part of the past. I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my experience.

I travelled to Lakeland to fly in the Noon Time Flight Demonstrations. At Top Gun, I performed two flight demonstrations per day. One flight was a "Formation Act" with Frank Noll flying the Great Planes 1/3-scale Cap 580's. My second flight was an independent flight to music in which I used my DPM 40% Edge 540T.

The event was a blast and my hat is off to Mr. Frank Tiano and everyone that made the event possible.

First, during the noon-time demos, there was a jet that was flown by David Shulman that featured an on-board video camera. During this flight, a few WWII models were flown and kept close to the jet and made for some really neat video coverage. Wildberry Productions will be making a video of the event. Be sure to check it out.

Also, Quique Somenzini flew a turbine-powered Yak 54. This model had a very distinct sound and featured a great smoke system. Who ever said a turbine model couldn't 3D??

Jason Shulman flew a Composite-ARF Extra 260 during his demo spot.

There were many great pilots there with many beautiful aircraft. Look for event coverage from your major magazine publishers.

If you haven't been to Top Gun, it is definitely a trip that is worth putting on your calander for next year. If you enjoy seeing a diverse fleet of aircraft, make sure you attend next year!

Below, you will find many pictures of the event.

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Posted by John Glezellis | Apr 21, 2006 @ 09:21 AM | 26,891 Views
This past weekend, my parents, my girlfriend, and I felt that it was time for a little escape. We visited the "Cape," or Cape Cod to everyone that isn't from Massachusetts . It is a great vacation spot and is truly beautiful.

I am currently in the final stages of leaving for Top Gun. To everyone that is heading south for the event, travel safe and I will see you all down there!

Take Care,
Posted by John Glezellis | Apr 21, 2006 @ 09:04 AM | 26,520 Views
The E-TOC is now a part of history, and I wanted to take a moment to post a few pictures that are of my Sequence Model and Freestyle Model.

The model I flew in the Sequence Portion of the E-TOC is called the Merlin and is from Northeast Sailplane Products.

The Merlin:
Transmitter:Futaba 14mz
Receiver:Futaba 4-channel FM
Servos:Futaba 3110
ESC:Jeti 4-amp
Motor:Baby Axi
Battery:Electrifly 350 mAh 3-cell battery
RTF Weight: 6.4 oz

The model I flew in the Freestyle is a model that I designed. It has a Reflection design concept, and excells at both variable-pitch and precision freesyle. It is called the Jam II.

The Jam II:
Transmitter: Futaba 14mz
Receiver: Futaba 6-channel FM
Servos: Futaba 3110
ESC: Jeti 12-amp
Motor: Axi 2208-34 VP
VP System: Axi
Battery: Electrifly 640 mAh 3-cell battery
RTF Weight: 9.5 oz
Posted by John Glezellis | Apr 13, 2006 @ 04:55 PM | 27,965 Views
Here are two pictures from the 2006 Electric Tournament of Champions.

The model that is featured in one picture is called the Jam II. I used some features from the Reflection in its concept, however, the Jam II is intened for precision and Variable-Pitch---a winning combo!

Look for more information in my Discussion Forum under Team RC Groups.

Lastly, I want to thank a few people that have had an impact on my career. I would like to thank my parents for the support they have given me throughout the years. Also, thank you to Phillip Barnnett for his support. Lastly, a special "Thank You" to the following:

Great Planes
BMW Gallery
Desert Aircraft
Krill Models
Hobby Lobby International
Axi Model Motors
Fromeco Batteries
Dave Patrick Models
Kirbys Kustom Vinyl Graphics
Kiona Publising
RC Groups

Best Wishes,
John P. Glezellis