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Posted by Fred Sanford | Jul 12, 2016 @ 09:32 AM | 7,918 Views
Attended another great Sled-Works aerotow! Fabulous organization, tow pilots, site and attendees! Got some air time on my 1/4 Schweizer 1-26B, Minimoa, and Waco CG-4.
Posted by Fred Sanford | May 27, 2016 @ 11:12 AM | 8,080 Views
Went sloping with members of the MN R/C Soaring Society. Good weather and a chance to fly some of my favorite planes!
Thanks to Joe Chovan for the great pictures!!
Posted by Fred Sanford | Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:31 PM | 8,969 Views
This 1/4 scale glider was given to me. It was several years old and needed restoration. I stripped off the Monokote, replaced some servos and installed Spektrum telemetry. The new covering is Solartex Cub Yellow. It has four tows so far and flies like a dream. Next is a pilot and black trim.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Feb 15, 2016 @ 09:57 PM | 8,761 Views
I got this little model as a kit a long time ago. First flew with a GWS geared brushed motor. I flew it a few times, many years ago, at the evening indoor flying sessions the Toledo show sponsored at Bowling Green University.
Powered now with a micro brushless motor and ESC from Heads Up RC.
RC functions are motor, rudder and front wing incidence for pitch control ("elevator").
Posted by Fred Sanford | Jan 25, 2015 @ 04:42 PM | 9,897 Views
I am getting acclimated to Spektrum radio and their telemetry. This little Parkzone K8 flies great and has the vario feedback. The T1000 and vario fits nicely under the wing.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Apr 09, 2014 @ 12:19 PM | 10,553 Views
Attended the EAA Sun N' Fun Splash In on Lake Agnes April 3. This also happens to be the site of Kermit Weeks "Fantasy of Flight" museum. Fortunately for me Mr. Weeks flew and displayed my all time favorite airplane the Sikorsky S-39! I got lots of great pictures as well as viewing his low level passes!
Posted by Fred Sanford | Mar 16, 2013 @ 01:39 PM | 11,292 Views
This is my Tough Jets T-14V. Coroplast and EPP construction. It's noisy, different and fun!
Posted by Fred Sanford | Aug 19, 2012 @ 07:34 PM | 11,694 Views
Well the old Focus has hit the trail and this is its replacement. It's a 2011 Chrysler. Really like it so far!
Posted by Fred Sanford | Jul 25, 2012 @ 11:46 AM | 12,182 Views
This is my 84" Quaker built by flying buddy Wes. It has a Phazor 45-3 on three Li-Poly cells. With Monokote covering it is quite light and is a joy to fly. It features a two piece wing with removeable tail and landing gear. I will build a box for it as it will travel south in the winter.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Apr 19, 2012 @ 06:48 PM | 12,859 Views
Both of my" Sorta Sikorsky" Slow Sticks. Simple is fun,
Posted by Fred Sanford | Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:29 PM | 13,041 Views
I've had so much fun with my Sorta Sikorsky with Slow Stick flying surfaces I decided to build another one but with some refinements. This is the result. I've completed flight tests and will now give it my "woodie" treatment with wood grain vinyl contact paper from Ace Hardware.
Version II has a Parkzone Super Cub molded wing, TowerPro motor & ESC, and a slimmer hull with longer sponsons. It tolerates breeze much better than the original. Battery is in the hull which lowers the C of G.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Jan 06, 2012 @ 07:54 PM | 13,590 Views
This is one I've wanted to do for a long time after enjoying my first Slow Stick Flying Boat. (Plans in Waterplanes on RC Groups) The hull is white foam which was spackled a couple of times and then a coat of shellac. The hull and floats were then covered with wood grain vinyl contact paper. Wing and horizontal stab are trimmed stock GWS. Rudder from 6mm Depron. Motor is a E-Flite 370 in a E-Flite gearbox. Prop is a 10X4.7 with a 20 Amp ESC and 2S or 3S batteries. Plenty of power. Touch and goes are a blast.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Nov 11, 2011 @ 10:22 PM | 13,824 Views
Checked one off the bucket list and visited the Wright Brothers Monument. Was able to make a slope flight off the back of Big Hill 100 years and 2 days after the Wright's epic glider flight that launched soaring in America. A truly memorable experience.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Jul 31, 2011 @ 03:23 PM | 14,126 Views
This is my 54" Super Puddlemaster. It was built by my flying buddy Wesley Djonne. It uses a Grayson combo of 2814-06 motor and a 50A ESC. i'm using a CC BEC, 10X5 prop, HK 3S 2150 Li-Poly and a HK Orange 2.4 RX. It's a good flying plane with a "heavier" feel than the 48" version.
Flight photos by Bill Hare.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Jul 12, 2011 @ 03:21 PM | 14,151 Views
Just finished my Twinstar flying boat conversion. Park Flyer Plastics components for the bow and tip floats. I've added brushless motors (medicine bottle cowls), wide spray rails and a water rudder. Wing tip floats have both velcro mounts and rubber bands to prevent coming off in the water. I've flown this plane before adding the paint and trim and find it to be an exceptional flying plane. With 8X6 counter rotating props I have about 225 watts with under 20A of draw at full throttle. I am using HK 40A ESC's, the ones with the purple alum. heat sinks. They're wrapped in cling wrap and show no signs of overheating.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Oct 06, 2010 @ 11:17 AM | 16,457 Views
The Minnesota R/C Soaring Society sponsored an aerotow on September 27, 2010 at their Elk River, MN soaring site. I had my Ka-7, Waco CG-3 and World Minimoa towed. I also towed my flying buddy Greg's EZ glider with my taildragger Magister.
Had a great time and really appreciate the lunch and birthday cake provided by Greg and Pat!
Posted by Fred Sanford | Sep 02, 2009 @ 07:42 PM | 17,050 Views
If the weather cooperates the first tow is scheduled for Saturday. Plane has been modified according to fellow RC Groupers experiences.
Well it flies! Two tows with only some minor trim changes needed. Next stop will be the slopes of South Dakota.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Apr 17, 2009 @ 11:26 AM | 17,107 Views
After flying my Cularis for over a year I decided it was time to add some color to the top of the plane. Last fall I had painted the bottom of the wings and horizontal stabilizer flat black which improved the visibility some what. Encouraged by the ease of painting my EZ Glider I went to Walmart and purchased a can of Krylon Pumpkin Orange for $3.34. I taped off the radio compartment and a few other protrusions. Next I wiped the surfaces off with rubbing alcohol and over a period of an hour sprayed three coats of paint on the plane. I'm looking forward to flying the plane and seeing the improvement in the air if any.
April 23 flight Report: Definite improvement in visibility. Flying buddies are shaking their heads however.........
Posted by Fred Sanford | Mar 10, 2009 @ 09:32 AM | 17,634 Views
Here are a couple of photos taken by my son Matt this morning. Dead calm conditions, perfect for my Slo Stik Flying Boat. It's powered by a E-Flyte Park 370 inrunner in the GWS gearbox. Battery is a 3S.
Posted by Fred Sanford | Feb 06, 2009 @ 09:16 PM | 17,974 Views
This was my first aerotow experience. My Waco troop glider was towed aloft by fellow club member Fred Stiteler's (aka "Electric Fred") 1000 watt Multiplex Magister. Fred's tow plane has PLENTY of power. It was a lot of fun.