Posted by Dan.Cummins | Mar 16, 2018 @ 11:55 PM | 17,969 Views
Had a request for some Heinkel servo here are a couple layouts you can use. Print 1:1 (full scale), mist with 3M77, paste to 2mm G10 or ply, and cut/sand to the lines.


Posted by FireDad913 | Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:46 PM | 2,821 Views
Will list specs later. Built on Martian 2. Todays project. Really coming together.
Posted by jetpilotrich | Mar 16, 2018 @ 08:45 PM | 2,412 Views
Tim over at RED BARON HOBBIES gave me one of these to kick around and it quickly became my Primary Lipo Bag!

I found that i became very organized quickly!


Posted by jetpilotrich | Mar 16, 2018 @ 08:41 PM | 2,656 Views
See this totally UNCUT maiden flight and the second flight in this setup/flight review video!

FMS really kills it with this potent out-of-the box Pocket Rocket! ENJOY!

More flight demo videos coming!


Posted by jetpilotrich | Mar 16, 2018 @ 08:36 PM | 2,411 Views
Check out this detailed review of what comes in the box!


Posted by Bill M - RC | Mar 16, 2018 @ 08:00 PM | 2,227 Views
Hi fellow pilots & rc enthusiasts

This foldable gps fpv Simtoo Dragonfly Pro drone review includes flight tests, Mission Planner battery calibration & configuration. This best value, low cost hobby grade gps fpv drone has a 3- axis brushless gimbal, 4k wifi camera, smart gps watch, Follow Me, Point of Interest, Panoramic Shot, Auto Hover, Auto Take off / Land & Return.

You can get this here at a discounted price now:

UPDATED Simtoo Dragonfly Pro review - Flight tests, calibration & configuration (Part II) (23 min 9 sec)

Posted by blitzen | Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:13 PM | 2,311 Views
I learned something today. Recently, I found this toy camera drone in the clearance section of a store. The box was undamaged, factory sealed and marked 75 percent off. I bought it.
"Altitude Hold" is printed on the package. That means the left stick, up and down is spring centered. It is intended to make the quadcopter ascend or descend to a "locked" altitude. Take off, flight and landing are all managed by the flight controller and it's sensors. I was surprised to find out this feature is greatly effected by the weather. The altitude hold worked amazingly well when the air pressure was steady and low. Today there were fast changes in the weather with rapid air pressure changes. The drone was completely out of control at times. Basically grounded.
Posted by steve mahoney | Mar 16, 2018 @ 05:23 PM | 2,761 Views
This next tug is also 1/50 and also from New Zealand. I enjoy finding NZ boats to build and have discovered plenty of interesting subjects, all with a little bit of unique character. This one was the first tug of a 1960s fleet built to service the then new oil refinery in northern NZ. Parahaki and a twin sister ship Haumanga were designed to handle large tankers and for any open sea rescue work. After many years service in Whangarei both tugs moved up to the Cook Islands in the late 80s and are now stationed in the Marshall Islands.

Parahaki is not exactly attractive or even classic looking – some might say ugly but it does look powerful and business like.

The build was standard plank on frame/plywood superstructure and went surprisingly smoothly – apart from a hiccup with the railings due to me not being able to tell the difference between 2 and 3. But that's another story.

A full build log is on this forum and at: Reading
Posted by steve mahoney | Mar 16, 2018 @ 05:13 PM | 2,960 Views
During the Pacific war 30 YTL tugs were built for the US Navy by various yards in Auckland, New Zealand. They were a 75’ YTLs and 41’ YTL Sea Mules. Most saw service around the Pacific. 17 were built by Steel Ships Ltd in Mechanics’ Bay, Auckland and 3 YTLs were under construction when the US Navy cancelled the contracts towards the end of the war. All 3 were already stamped with their YTL numbers on the bow.

Only one of these fine little vessels (YTL625) lives on.

In 1946 YTL625 was launched and passed on the RNZN, renamed Kawatiri and then handed over to the Marine Department for distribution to one of the smaller regional ports – the coal town of Westport on the west coast of the South Island. Kawatiri (deep and swift) is the original Maori name for the Buller River which flows through Westport.

Just prior to the tug’s arrival in Westport, the Minister of Transport, the Right Honourable James ‘Briney’ O’Brien (miner, engine driver and social reformer), who had organised the deal, and was also the local member of parliament for Westport, died. YTL625/HMNZS Kawatiri was renamed in his honour.

This is how the JO'B looked on delivery from the Marine Dept. She stayed in Westport for many years as a harbour tug and pilot boat, and is now a private launch in Picton. I've been onboard and she's as solid as a rock, the original Atlas engine goes like a charm.

A full build log is on the scale boats forum and also at:

...Continue Reading
Posted by steve mahoney | Mar 16, 2018 @ 05:04 PM | 2,778 Views
The 1970s and '80s were a bit of a hey day for tug building in New Zealand.

Rangi and her sister ship Karetai were build in Dunedin for the town's Harbour Board. The hydroconic hull was designed in Sydney, Australia. At the time it was cutting edge technology. These boats have very pleasing lines and led a pampered life. After 30 years in Otago they are now working across the ditch (Tasman Sea), in Australia.

Fine tuned a few new techniques and processes on this model: drawing up hulls, brass photo-etching, laser cutting and 3D printing.

I like this little tug – the lines, colour scheme and big brass logo on the funnel make it look unique.

A more comprehensive build log is on this forum and also at: Reading
Posted by steve mahoney | Mar 16, 2018 @ 04:59 PM | 2,746 Views
After those two American boats I realised that there were some 'interesting and unique' looking tugs right under my nose, here in New Zealand.
Not many people are making models of our local tugs so I thought that I'd give it a go.

The first one on the bench was rebuild of a tug I had made as a toy for my young son 20 years earlier. For this one I was able to get onboard to get a load of reference photos and even got some hull lines and GAs from the original shipyard. This boat is a very hard working little tug, only 21m long. It's currently based in Auckland, pulling cement barges up and down the coast but has worked in many ports around the country. We first saw it in Picton while on holiday, many years ago and my son drew a picture of it , so I thought I'd make a toy one for him. He called it the Sea Monkey.

I'm quite happy with this one as well.

There's a build log on this forum and also at: Reading
Posted by steve mahoney | Mar 16, 2018 @ 04:52 PM | 2,615 Views
This one is a ship docking module (mark 1), also 1/50. The original and several sister ships operate out of Florida.
It's RC, but quite difficult to handle. Spins in its own length and crab walks but very hard to get it to go in a straight line. The hull had to be deepened to accomodate the drives, motors and electronics.

Just after completion I managed to accidentally destroy the superstructure. It needed a complete rebuild. Alcohol related incident – the less said about that the better.

A full build is on: Reading
Posted by JohnVH | Mar 16, 2018 @ 04:22 PM | 2,367 Views
RC Tarantula! (5 min 43 sec)

Posted by MrSmoothie | Mar 16, 2018 @ 02:34 PM | 6,799 Views
I thought I'd provide the links to my build logs in one place to make them easier to find when visiting my home page. These projects are in the order in which they were completed.

Revamped VQ Models A-26 Invader, Electric Conversion, with Retracts and added Detailing:

Alfa Models P-51D Converted to RB-51 Red Baron Reno Racer (with Contra-Rotating Props):

Martin Baker MB-5 WWII Fighter Prototype (with Contra-Rotating Props):

Durafly ME-163 Komet -- Rebuild, Repaint, etc.:

New & Improved Starmax F9F Panther EDF (775mm):

Republic XP-72 "Ultrabolt" -- Contra-Rotating Props, retracts, flaps:

"Bud Light" Super Corsair conversion:

Rebuild of Dynam's Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Repainting and Detailing the FMS 1500mm P-47D Razorback

Tora! Tora! Tora! "Hollywood Zero" conversion from Eflite 1.5m AT-6 Texan

CY Models: ME-163 Komet, 61" span, rebuild, repaint, detail

FMS 1400mm P-40B (AVG Hawk 81-A2 "Flying Tiger"), partial repaint, new markings, added details

Black Horse Models: Dornier Do335 Pfeil -- build log, modifications, detailing, etc.
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Mar 16, 2018 @ 02:32 PM | 90,609 Views
Sig Kobra powered by an E-Flite EF-1 racing motor, and an older (20 years old?) Graupner GeeBee Sportster, originally intended for a brushed motor and nicads, but with an E-Flite 480 brushless.
Posted by Absaroka | Mar 16, 2018 @ 02:18 PM | 1,455 Views
Forgot to put this up yesterday. Tundra cruisin'.
Leopard Tundra 3-15-18 (4 min 53 sec)

Posted by KristofferR | Mar 16, 2018 @ 02:08 PM | 6,720 Views
A used Summit for sale appeared temptingly on a local site. It has long been on my wishlist and I decided to go for it. Completely stock and in good condition, save for two of the four LiPO:s that had, according to my voltmeter, been stored fully charged and were quite swollen. NiMH:s were fine.

Driving the Summit was interesting. The appearance was familiar as I have had two 1/16 Summit VXL:s before. The increase in scale and the low/hi gears and lockable diffs were unfamiliar though. The big Summit has a better CG for its width and length than the small one and it really showed - it almost clung to steep cliffs.

With locked diffs and low gear it was tremendously capable and easily mastered one of my favourite difficult trails. Walking back on the wide gravel road, the high gear and open diff setting allowed me to slide around and send jumps of different obstacles.

I got about 40 minutes of driving on the stock NiMH batteries which is very impressive too.

The first drive - well lets say this drives exactly like the videos show. As a trail companion it is probably perfect, mixing a bit of crawl, a bit of trail and a bit of bash equally well.