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Posted by Old_Pilot | Today @ 07:42 AM | 1,197 Views
Down to control horns, push rods, programming, etc......I did this one to honor two good friends.one crewed S-3's on the America, and the other is Joel Maddox.....hence the tail art.....LOL
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 24, 2020 @ 05:44 AM | 9,701 Views
"Oh Lord, I'm suck in Lodi again...."

Replenishing the "fleet".....I built two of these previously and gave both away...they flew great...got a couple of new fans ,Sooooooo......Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 06, 2020 @ 09:05 AM | 4,812 Views
I'm 2 for 4 with this little girl.....both failures occured when I tried to put the fans internal of the fuse..never could get the efflux cone right...so I'm going back to the variant that flew, with a few changes......this version will be 1/2" pink foam, Elmer's board KF-2 wing, (2) 6 blade 70 mm fans with 3500 kv Motors, 80 amp esc's and a 5000 mah 50C 4 cell....I'll use this post as a build log.....finishing the drawings now
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 05, 2020 @ 08:13 AM | 6,531 Views
Less than an hour....(2)small piece of 1x6 common pine, and one of those lawnmower frame T-bolts with knob...Ideally, the little "keeper collars" should be brass to better accept solder..but you get the idea
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 02, 2020 @ 10:03 AM | 5,636 Views
Last toy for a while...thermoplastic vacuum table.....a bit of 1/2" and 1/4" ply, a cheap hot plate, and my shop vac..
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 26, 2020 @ 07:23 AM | 3,785 Views
I got tired of wasting aluminum and or music wire trying to bend landing gear with a vice/pliers/hammer....So I built a 2 ton hydraulic press brake out of materials readily available at HD/Lowe's, and that doesn't require any welding and or special tools....worked like a champ..so I decided to build a wire bending tool.....same deal, no special tools.....drawings are included.....The press brake cost me less and $50 and the wire bender less than $10.....

Y'all have fun
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 26, 2020 @ 01:53 PM | 6,303 Views
On the downwind leg, my instructor shut down the port engine, and wouldn't let me relight........like flying a drunken whale with a hard starboard list.......

A300 Airbus, 07L Hong Kong Port engine out (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 20, 2020 @ 07:55 AM | 10,743 Views
finally finished her....spent yesterday and this morning finishing all the banjo work (push rods, control horns, sequencing, rates, expo, throttle cut, etc)

However, it's a brisk 23 degrees this morning....maybe this weekend for the maiden.

GForce 3542-1200 kV motor (2 down 2 right)
Xoar 9x4.3 prop
65Amp ESC with 5 Amp BEC
Power Up 17g metal gear servos
Lemon 6 channel receiver with satellite
2600 mah 50 C 4 cell
64 oz all up
100-80-60 rates all with 35% expo

Wish me luck..video if successful
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 08, 2020 @ 08:15 AM | 3,937 Views
One last time......

I got to fly for close to 2 hours with my best friend, swapping off take-offs and landings out of JFK and Hong Kong.....Our instructor is a fabulous person, but he has a mischievous side....on the downwind leg of my approach to 07L at Hong Kong, he cut the port engine on me...a bit of right rudder and and a little left aileron fixed that, but she (an A300 Airbus) was wallowing around the sky like a drunken whale.....exciting wasn't the word for it....

But I still painted the landing.........while both my friend and instructor were laughing their butts off....As a note we never flew with autopilot or auto land......the realism is amazing...sadly our instructor is moving on to fly commercial.....best of luck to him
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 28, 2019 @ 07:14 AM | 2,659 Views
Finally finished this one, but the weather hasn't been suitable for a maiden...Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 17, 2019 @ 07:04 AM | 3,423 Views
Two more.....the grey one is a 27" WS 70mm fan version....the black one is 30" WS 90mm fan.....

Made a few changes in the CNC programming, and the pieces fit better than ever.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 24, 2019 @ 03:05 PM | 8,086 Views
slowly plodding along.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 15, 2019 @ 08:19 AM | 3,240 Views
Decided to do a slow flyer / glider tug.......Everybody has a cub, or a Citabria, or a Cessna 188.....so I picked an Auster AOP.9.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 19, 2019 @ 06:21 PM | 3,801 Views
Started on this one week or so back....but this time decided to cut the wing on my CNC machine, so I guess this will be Rev 3.0
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 17, 2019 @ 05:28 PM | 5,286 Views
She's rather easy to fly

SU 25 Maiden (2 min 8 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 05, 2019 @ 06:54 PM | 5,182 Views
I've spent the last few months rearranging my shop to better accommodate the new CNC machine..finally got back to this little girl

36" span, 47" OAL, (2) 6 blade 70mm fans, 3500kV motors, 80 amp ESCs with 6 A SBECs, 19 gram metal gear servos, Lemon 6 channel with satellite, (2) 2600 mah 60C 4S batteries, throttle and elevons. AUW is 54 ounces
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 03, 2019 @ 08:07 AM | 6,811 Views
I know I'm one to preach about "taking your time" and "check everything" before starting a cut......well dumbo here just cut out an entire airframe and forgot to account for the kerf of the bit......and I didn't discover it until I started the assembly of the wing..couldn't figure out why everything was a 1/16th to 3/32nds off.....D'OH !

I feel like burning the mess I made of the last airframe.......what a moron.....lost all interest in building her ....on to something different....probably an A-10 Thunderbolt foamie.........