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Posted by Vicarious | Jun 24, 2011 @ 02:38 PM | 10,504 Views
This thread will be for showing planes that have found a happy retirement posing at parks, schools, monuments, etc. They can be mounted on pedestals or sitting on the ground. I will moderate posts that don't contain images. If you have any good pictures, please include the plane's location so readers can go see them - if possible.

(PS - I really thought there was already a thread like this, but multiple searches could not turn it up. If you know of one, please PM me.)

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Posted by Vicarious | Dec 01, 2010 @ 11:57 PM | 11,815 Views
Posted by Vicarious | Nov 05, 2010 @ 10:55 PM | 11,674 Views
Posted by Vicarious | Jun 20, 2009 @ 02:32 PM | 13,419 Views
I caught some early morning, no-wind days, and flew the EasyStar AP over the Sugar White Sands and Emerald Green Waters of the Florida Panhandle.
Videos - Short for the impatient, Long for more action, Extras for even more:
Greetings from Sunny Fort Walton Beach! (3 min 11 sec)
Longer version of above:
Greetings from Sunny Fort Walton Beach! (5 min 29 sec)
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Posted by Vicarious | Jun 24, 2008 @ 09:05 PM | 15,020 Views
Below is a link to a 2 minute flight that I posted on Vimeo. (You can also download it from the Vimeo web page by following the link.)
It seems to be the same quality as the video I posted last week here on RCGroups.

Blu-Baby Scoping the Neighborhood - Hang On! (2 min 0 sec)

Any thoughts? Complaints? I think I like it.
Some places also restrict youtube. Anybody have trouble seeing Vimeo?
Posted by Vicarious | Feb 01, 2008 @ 12:02 AM | 17,083 Views
Thank you Cox for creating these wonderful planes ! I remember as a kid thinking of an rc plane that was just this size... My dad would set me straight and tell me that they couldn't be made this small. It's great to be around now that they can be made.

I think Cox made a mistake not continuing these little warbirds. I bought this last summer at my LHS. I have seen very few since. I posted about it here in the massive Cox thread - read it when you have a spare week. Check Out The Maiden Flight In Post Six of this thread!!! (Click the comments link in blog above.)
Posted by Vicarious | Jan 11, 2008 @ 10:21 PM | 16,562 Views
The A7 modified in my Blog is still entertaining me. It's fun, and very easy to fly.
Modified A7 (1 min 33 sec)

Posted by Vicarious | Nov 18, 2007 @ 08:57 AM | 15,253 Views
Fall has been fun building and modding. Actually having more success flying! Latest creation is the Blu-Baby. Mine is documented in post 1945 of the thread. Great Design!
Posted by Vicarious | Nov 16, 2007 @ 11:35 PM | 15,343 Views
Since October, my avatar has been a little plane called the CC Flyer. It is a fast little plane - completely un-cublike. I converted it to 3 channel here. It is my second high-wing plane. There's also a third in my fleet.
Posted by Vicarious | Sep 22, 2007 @ 08:47 PM | 15,696 Views
I'd said earlier that I would add my build to the BluCub2 thread Mine is post 343 . How was your summer?
Posted by Vicarious | Sep 17, 2007 @ 11:59 PM | 16,689 Views
There. I've said it. I bought an A7 Tornado as my second ever RC plane, and I've had fun with it! It sounds cool - like a jet (Or an over-amped hair dryer.) It flies as well as most any other 2 channel. And like all 2 channels, that is its fault. But it's not one that can't be overcome...

I am disgusted with the prices I usually see for Megatech models, but that is just what the market will bear. Alot of this RC stuff is overpriced. It hasn't reached the commodity/appliance stage yet. It is a step closer with the PZ-Kyosho Cessna, but that's another subject. I paid $39.99 for the A7 and I think it was worth it.

I will admit that I was horrified to see the entrails of a Megatech Airstrike in one thread. But I am even considering a different Megatech model as my next plane purchase and mod. The trick is to just shop the Internet to find a decent price. They are out there.

Well, the first thing I did was to mod the A7 to use a lipo. The NiMH pack was 7.2 volts so a 2 cell worked great. In order to keep C/G the same I used a 450 mah that was about 10 g less than the 200 mah pack it replaced. I had to cut open a different place for the pack which was forward of the old pack. I got many flights in with that setup, and it taught me the hard part of flying. (Stick to low wing.) If it got into a dive, however, all I had was full power and prayer to pull up. After about my 18th one-point landing, I said I'd give anything for elevator control. So I added...Continue Reading
Posted by Vicarious | Aug 04, 2007 @ 04:41 PM | 16,169 Views
I have loved planes and most other transportation since I was a kid. Played with lots of paper airplanes and balsa kits from the 7-11. In 1971-1973? I got a Testors Fly-em Mustang. I loved just looking at it. They show up on ebay from time to time. I got it to run once, but tried many times. My mom bought it for me because it looked (a little) like her brother's airplane. My uncle was Thomas Mantell .

I had various other Cox gas vehicles, but after that it was all electric. My first electric plane was a Hasbro Air Devil. 5 D cell batteries in a tower attached to a hard plastic plane by two power wires. The plane had a flat electric motor that looked like a slot car motor. It flew around the tower on a pivot arm, and got faster if you pulled the wires in (decreasing the radius). It landed on a 6' cardboard runway. Toys like that should come back again...

My next electric plane was a Mattel SuperStar . It was a red and blue vacuum formed fuselage with styrofoam wings. It was a free flight plane with cams that turned the rudder. It flew well right in front of my house in suburban Louisville, KY.

At 17 I had a good summer job and bought my first RC system - a Cox/Sanwa 4 channel with 4 servos. The first thing I put it in (illicitly) was a Tamiya Lamborghini. My brother bought me a Guillow's DeHavilland Mosquito. I still haven't built it...That was 1981.

Typically, I started spending all my money on women by the time I was 18. The (over $300) radio...Continue Reading