Posted by Flappers | Feb 15, 2006 @ 12:08 PM | 3,957 Views
I'm bored so here's a blog showing my planes
Posted by phillipwells | Feb 15, 2006 @ 09:04 AM | 3,784 Views
Plans for airplanes
Posted by Michael in Toronto | Feb 15, 2006 @ 08:53 AM | 10,816 Views
This photo was taken at our club (spring 2005) after a fantastic maiden flight of a Hangar 9 .60 size America P51D Mustang Miss "America", converted to electric using an AXI 4130-20 brushless motor and 6-series lithium batteries. The plane weighs about 8½ pounds.
Posted by slopemeno | Feb 15, 2006 @ 02:09 AM | 7,239 Views
Hey check it out...uh...yeah. Blog huh?

Man it figures. I maiden the mach dart in handlaunch weather on sat, sunday I have a CR Raider and an RnR Genesis ready...NO WIND.
But tuesday evening, WIND, but I cant go fly, i have to do valentines stuff. Oh well. I'll take the zipper to secret spot wednesday and tear it up. Oh, and of course I cant fly this weekend since I'll be in PHX. No Brown Slope action any more either, and that was a good slope.

Soooo- I'm going to build my ArtHobby Universal, which should make sure that winds will be 50+ sustained for the rest of the year. Anybody want to see me build a handlaunch? ...Could be worth it to some of you freshman Higgins Plane owners, and you know who you are...

Is it just me but dont Picabo Street, Kim Deal, and Muara Tierney all share the same wrinkley forehead?
Posted by Mike Kolesnikov | Feb 15, 2006 @ 01:30 AM | 11,168 Views
The 4 hours search downtime last night was for a reason - in an effort to track down why the "find threads started by ..." search queries were performing so poorly, I found this bug in vBulletin's bug tracker. Turns out something was wrong with the post table indexes. Rebuilding them took 4 hours, and fixed that particular search slowness.

So this index brokeness is another thing to watch out for. It may be worth investigating if it's fixed in MySQL 4.1.x versions, I don't particularly like the prospect of reindexing the post table every few weeks.
Posted by Screamin' Eagle | Feb 15, 2006 @ 12:42 AM | 11,009 Views
OK, this Blog thing might be more addictive than I originally realized. Thought I'd post a bit about flying on Sunday, same day the US F3f record was set by Kyle Paulson at Parker, but about 60 miles away at a small local hill in Ventura County.

JEB21 and I had planned to fly on Saturday, but when the forecasts varied from strong onshore to strong offshore, we figured we should hold out for Sunday. Saturday turned out to be a decent onshore day in the area, but we made the right call.

I arrived at the hill at about 12:30 after dropping off a spare Destiny fuse at JEB21's house (about two miles from the hill) so he could get his up in the air again. It had a scary maiden in very gusty Santa Ana winds at Little Mtn. a few months ago, and got blown down into the canyon. A lost model alarm helped find it, and there was some minimal damage to the tailboom. A new fuse will provide an easier fix in the meantime, even though this one had previously separated in the same area, at the seam in the tail.

When I got to the hill, it was barely flyable even though the NWS had forecasted 20-30 in the morning and building throughout the day. I flew the Weasel a bit but the wind was crossed up. I called JEB21 with a report (he was to come up later) that it was cycling but Weasel-able, and not to bother putting the finishing touches on his NCFM Halfpipe as a maiden was probably not in the cards given the conditions. He agreed and stated he would be up in about 30 minutes.

...Continue Reading
Posted by Montag DP | Feb 14, 2006 @ 09:11 PM | 34,612 Views
Posted by larsy87 | Feb 14, 2006 @ 07:40 PM | 6,249 Views
yay blogs...

Rundown - I mainly fly small electrics, would like to get into big electrics but I can't afford them right now. I have some glows, but they're being phased out. I've been flying for like 3-4 years, and hopefully will do it for many more to come.

That's it for now,

Posted by ib456 | Feb 14, 2006 @ 02:33 PM | 4,075 Views
All good things must come to an end, my personal favorite, the IPS P-51, came to a rather nasty demise.
It seems here in New Zealand, that where I live it is windy or has too much wind from November to I am unsure when it drops off.. Summer it seems, after 2 months of not being able to fly anything, took it out as the day before I had found a place sheltered from the wind. But not this day but not really bad, just a little gusty... due to it being over powered it was always a little twitchy...
wind flipped it, I'm not fast enough hits the ground, bits fly off..
the worst part was breaking the IPS mount on my cdr motor... but the P-51 is now bent... and the foam has ripped and buckled...
When you throw it like a glider, it goes in a straight line but the plane is sort of sideways....

Oh well, I was going to replace it anyway, but what to replace it with...
I saw a nice SR-71 in the foamie forum, or even try a Kingcat again... maybe a bit too fast for me..
I do like the look of the Gene Bond DC-3, but a little large and I would need to buy parts...
The hardest part of it all is deciding..
Posted by GliderKing | Feb 14, 2006 @ 01:27 PM | 6,251 Views
A routine day of Dynamic Soaring over 200mph

As an interested party to the ever increasing speeds of Dynamic Soaring, I was very excited about hooking up for some mid-week DS with Kyle Paulson, Jason Lilly and Andy McKittrick at Vincent on June 17, 2004. Kyle had laid the groundwork last weekend while racing F3F at White Point that we should get together at Vincent, and that the current weather conditions were condusive to record attempts. Personally, I’ve taken a break from DS for awhile, focusing on some other RC related topics so this was a nice entrée back into the record hunt.

Schedules coincided on Thursday, June 17 and the weather worked to our advantage. Back at White Point, Kyle explained how the early morning fog along the coast is denser in June(aka June Gloom) providing low cloud cover over most of the southland. This cool air is dramatically different than the hot air in the desert creating some smooth flow over the top of Vincent.

It would probably be good to describe Vincent slope, since most might know of it from past F3F races. Vincent, CA is actually on the map, but you’d drive right past if you didn’t know it was there. When you look up and see what is the last slope on the way east to Palmdale on highway 14, you’re struck by how tall and near vertical it is. When you are on top, you realize that the slope sits at the end of the long series of canyons and is the last hill before the desert begins. I’m unsure who originally began flying planes...Continue Reading
Posted by Cziltang Brone | Feb 14, 2006 @ 01:11 PM | 4,766 Views
This is not a blog. It's a flight log and a plane log. I will not be giving you my candid (and poorly spelled) opinoins on movies, news stories, and all of society's foibles. So sorry.

__________________________________________________ ____________

Here are the planes I currently own (and fly):

  • Mach Dart 60"
  • NCFM Moth 48"
  • (2) Richter R/C Weasel Pro 35"
  • Richter R/C Alula 34"
  • ArtHobby Hybrid-DL 60"
  • K&A P-51 36"
Here are the planes I have owned in the past:
  • ArtHobby Agena electric 60"
  • Cermark Breeze II 2M (recently added to this section )
  • GWS Slow Stick electric
  • GWS P-51 Mustang
  • GWS Zero
  • Northeast Sailplanes Zero Streetfighter
  • Unknown mfgr. J-3 Cub electric
  • Hobbyzone Aerobird Xtreme
  • Hobbyzone Aerobird Commander

Posted by Screamin' Eagle | Feb 14, 2006 @ 11:54 AM | 10,444 Views
I've picked up a few new ships in the past couple of months:

1. A Birdworks Zipper RTF from lv2soar. Great flying plane for good lift conditions. Kind of a pain to set up (like most planks) and I'm still moving the CG back slowly, but it DSs like a beast. Makes a great sound in the air too.

2. My old M60 has come home after being in the hands of ClayH and Woody1 for the last year. Flies better than I remember. I may have exceeded all my sloping speed records diving it vertically from speck height in 30 mph Santa Anas at Piuma a few weeks ago. It was rock solid in what I would estimate to be the 80-90mph range.

3. I'm picking up a RTF Carbon Banana from Surfimp this coming Saturday. It's got some miles on it but looks to be a nice flying ship to complement my Destiny in the 60" class.

4. PDXSlopePilot is shipping me a NIB 60" Carbon Scorpion II that I picked up for JEB21. Gonna try to light a fire under him to get that sucker built!
Posted by Screamin' Eagle | Feb 14, 2006 @ 11:49 AM | 10,022 Views
Two years ago this month, I re-kindled my addiction to R/C gliders. At age 13 I built and flew a Gentle Lady, but TD really wasn't for me. At age 30, I saw a guy sloping a combat wing at Lunada Bay and it all came back to me.

Two years later I'm on my fourth (and hopefully last) transmitter (a Futaba 9c) and have a hangar of about a dozen slopers ranging from 2m moldies to PSS ships to foam, and am loving the hobby more than ever. Whether it's dynamic soaring to get the blood pumping, or specking out in slermal lift with a Weasel, or sport flying with buddies, sloping combines a bit of exercise (I hike to most of our spots), the great outdoors, peace and quiet, and time with friends from the boards. You can't beat it.
Posted by lslewis | Feb 14, 2006 @ 11:29 AM | 4,881 Views
I have lived in Southwest Florida since 1993 until Hurricane Charlie in 2004 we did not have any bad storms. My home is new built in 2000 with all kinds of improvements for hurricane safety I was not worried about just another summer storm. I even went over to the hobby shop to buy some balsa for my B-58 project, planning on working even if by candle light. The storm was forecast to hit Tampa about 100 miles North, the forecast was wrong, it hit Punta Gorda and crossed about 12 miles north of our home. The local weathermen were first to realize the storm had turned and was coming our way. When they forecast a 15-storm surge I got excited our home is at 9 feet. We still had power and the Internet during the excitement somebody on RCGroups nicknamed me “Hurricane Larry.” We weathered the storm in a friend’s 7th story condo. Last year we had so many hurricanes I just continued to use the nickname. My Avatar is the radar image of Charlie.
Posted by noodle | Feb 14, 2006 @ 09:49 AM | 5,982 Views
Well, I'm a day late, but that's only because I was really sick yesterday.

This week's link isn't really model airplane related, but it's still a neat page:

It's Scaled Composites, the company founded by Burt Rutan (designer of the LongEZ, VariEZ, and many other homebuilt airplanes). They're the ones who built the White Knight and Space Ship One, and captured the X-Prize. They're a very interesting company; take look at the "projects" section of the site. Pretty wild.
Posted by Jack Lagerhausen | Feb 14, 2006 @ 09:35 AM | 2,998 Views
Good morning

Just joined the Fan Forum as new EZ owner. Have jsut unmpacked the model and all the parts are there.

I have been reading thru all the psoting regarding construction tips, mods., etc. and really want to take my time and do it right.

Any suggestions to get me started right will be appreciated.


Jack in Illinois
Posted by DrFragnasty | Feb 14, 2006 @ 07:16 AM | 10,643 Views
Renovating house. Sparky arrived this am. to do the electricals on my workshop.

The workshop is a cross between a Northrop Research Lab and my lounge. It's gonna be wicked!

I have a pivotelli to go in, a vac pump system, LCD monitor fed from digital set-top box & internet access. Have to get an engineer in to sign-off on the post removal/ beam reinforcement (there's a rotten support in the middle of the workshop that's going)

And not much flying ;0( The weather hasn't cooperated...this summer in Tassie has been north-north east! It's unflyable.

Thinking seriously of fitting an Escape for electrickery. brushless, LiPos etc.

And I'm spent.



Posted by maherrpca | Feb 14, 2006 @ 03:28 AM | 4,514 Views
Blog this!
Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 11:11 PM | 7,505 Views
Where I live there's snow and ice on the runway from December until April. So skiis are nice. My skill level was gradually improving, so I took a hand saw and sawed the wing in half at the dihedral joint. Then I epoxied it back together with no dihedral. Presto! Instant intermediate trainer. And by now the Webra was well broken in. I did lots of flying with the machine in this configuration. One consequence of flying in cold temperatures is that the PVC becomes brittle in the cold. Once I had to replace the fuselage PVC when I stalled and nosed in. In warmer weather, the PVC would simply have flexed and maybe cracked a bit, but in that cold it shattered around the weak spot where the big hole was cut out to access the radio compartment. But a new fuselage was only a couple hours work. This airplane was decommissioned during an experiment wherein I learned that the use of flaperons made the elevator less effective. I mean "less effective" in the sense that I couldn't pull the nose up before it flew into the gound. The motor and the radio equipment were undamaged, and the wing survived with only a few bumps and scratches. But before this I was noticing that the trim of the airplane was changing if I did a loop or a high-G turn, which meant that the wing was shifting around under the rubber bands. So I decided to build something else rather than rebuild this one. Some new that could fly a little more slowly, so I could keep up with it.