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Posted by JayJay76 | Oct 17, 2016 @ 11:25 PM | 4,214 Views
Great building kit, definitely whetted my appetite for building sailboats. The fourgh former is a bit wonky, causing a bit of a bulge in the sweep of the chine. I'm going to build a 200% scaled up model based on the part tracing and the plan drawings, should be an impressive model to display, and I think I'll set it up for radio control.
Posted by JayJay76 | Oct 17, 2016 @ 11:19 PM | 4,845 Views
I bought a set of plans from the wooden boat store drawn by Italian naval architect Flavio Faloci and enjoyed building it so much that I reduced the plans and built two more to create a flotilla of these beautiful little catboats. The plans are extremely well drawn and a work of art in their own right. I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys scratch building....Continue Reading
Posted by JayJay76 | Apr 02, 2012 @ 04:08 AM | 6,998 Views
She still needs to be fitted out with mast and smoke stack, but we went ahead with a short harbor cruise to test her seaworthiness.

Lil' Salty electric RC tugboat (0 min 39 sec)
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Posted by JayJay76 | Mar 28, 2012 @ 05:23 AM | 8,036 Views
Here are some photos and renderings of the design and build of a box-keel tugboat, which is nearly complete....Continue Reading
Posted by JayJay76 | Jan 27, 2008 @ 11:31 PM | 10,573 Views
I finished this model in mid- December but I haven't had the occasion to snap any pics until today. Its pretty typical but has a few twists.

It is a 30" scaled-up version of the Micro Moth by chris3d. This is my third build of this model, the first in the original size, the second enlarged to 26" span. Both of those models were fantastic fliers, and I hope this one performs similarly.

The airframe is built entirely of 3mm "C" foam from balsapr.com, using my usual creased airfoil construction, but without the CF tube spar I usually incorporate into the leading edge. The flying and landing wires are tensioned, and provide a very stiff rigging. The wire itself is braided silk fishing line stripped from from an old fishing reel, and has worked very well on my other models. They are anchored to the top wing cabanes which are bamboo skewers that pierce a bulkhead in the fuse, and the "tank" in the middle of the top wing; at the lower wing root is a protruding music wire link that runs across the bottom of the wing to carry the flying wire tension load through the fuselage.

The landing gear are CF tubes, sandwiched between several layers of foam to set the splay angle. This gear is decidedly non-scale but has a clean appearance and seems durable. If I dork this model on maiden that will be where I start the rebuild.

The outboard ailerons are driven by a single Pico servo via pull-pull cable connected to bellcranks which drive the...Continue Reading
Posted by JayJay76 | Oct 26, 2007 @ 09:49 AM | 9,262 Views
This model is constructed of 2mm foam salvaged from a sheet of sturdy board that was headed for the trash. I was just about to fold it up and stuff it into a trash bag when I looked at the thin layer of foam sandwiched between 2 paper layers, so I peeled a corner back to test how cleanly it would come off, and to my surprise it came off cleanly without leaving any residue or paper behind.

This foam has a porous surface and is stiff along one axis, flexible in the other. it feels like a lower density than depron and can be creased without snapping, too. regular CA melts it, but foam safe works fine, as does polyurethane glue which expands into the porous skin and holds on tight.

It sat in my foam box for a few months till I needed a light thin foam for a small build, it was the perfect choice for a scaled-up old time sheet model, the Frog junior series featured sheet balsa construction and were designed to be stable and easy for a junior flyer to trim even at a scant 11" wingspan.

I scaled up the plans to 18.5" span and made a kit of parts, and before the night was through I had framed up the fuselage and hinged the tail feathers.

Another night to make the wings and install radio gear, and most of a Saturday afternoon pleasantly spent painting and detailing produced what you see here.

Full up flying weight is 76g including a 300mah 2 cell lipo.

It is motivated by a hobbycity.com 10g brushless motor and 6g esc spinning a GWS HD6030 prop, and...Continue Reading
Posted by JayJay76 | Aug 15, 2006 @ 09:32 PM | 12,486 Views
Here are some pics of my Gee Bee R-1 based on the free Fiddler's Green paper model, made from "C" foam and 2mm depron....Continue Reading
Posted by JayJay76 | Aug 15, 2006 @ 09:16 PM | 10,287 Views
Here are pics of my Electric Orange Piper J-3 Cub made entirely from bphobbie's "C" foam....Continue Reading
Posted by JayJay76 | Mar 16, 2006 @ 04:38 PM | 10,096 Views
Here is a mostly complete list of models I have along with their specs and their current flight status, listed in order of completion.

Bird dog (profile)
36" span
scrapped in favor of new improved model, smaller size

Pitts Special
28" span
formed peeled sturdyboard
Flight ready
GBx double

F-15 pusher
30" span
balsapr.com "C" foam
Komodo KH-283 brushless
Airframe is airworthy but flight gear was stripped for other projects

Gee Bee model D sportster (electric orange plans)
32" span
balsapr.com "C" foam
Esskay XT400 brushless
Flight ready, awaiting air trials

Piper J-3 Cub (electric orange plans)
38" span
balsapr.com "C" foam
Komodo KH-283 brushless
Flight ready, awaiting air trials
Also carries modified CVS digital video camera
Posted by JayJay76 | Feb 06, 2006 @ 11:50 AM | 11,957 Views
I've never done this before so I'll try to keep it interesting.