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Posted by sobamaflyer | Jan 31, 2007 @ 01:43 PM | 2,729 Views
It would appear I've been busy for a little while. There are times when I try to figure out why an otherwise logical person involved in lots of time consuming activities continues to squeeze in any bit of free time possible to create more and more things that take to the air. Some of them actually come back down the way they went up!

My beautiful wife purchased me a Mini-Speedwing 250 for Christmas & my sister got me a Sylvan Air Frenzee, who knows where they got the idea I might want them??? The flying wings continue to be what I have the most fun flying, I can't say if they are just more matched to my abilities, if I have a stronger affinity for them or if there's some peculiar combination that allows me to fly them better than the other aircraft I attempt to tinker with? I've now got a dozen flights or more on each of these wings and they keep coming home with me most times just like they left. They are highly aerobatic and very fast!

I finally retired my first Fanfold wing, it was getting less and less precise so I gutted it a few weeks ago, aside from my slowstick it's the longest lasting bird I've had. I added an old C battery to the nose and taped the elevons w/ just a bit of reflex and have kept it in my car for the next time I get accosted at the high-school soccer field I fly at. Often I have young children come running up to me asking about my planes, could it hurt to give them a dead one?

The last 2 weeks have been filled with my attempt at fulfilling a recent desire for a plane that looks like a plane. I built an ill-fated attempt at GPW's Parkflyer Pete and last night finished up the 2nd new and improved version. Here's hoping it becomes a fine flyer.
Posted by sobamaflyer | Nov 19, 2006 @ 02:10 PM | 2,800 Views
So my wife comes into my office this morning, looks around for a couple minutes and smiles and starts to shake her head. I was working on a new full-size Zagnutz at the moment. When prodded about her amusement she was counting airplanes and declared that I was formally obsessed w/ foam and probably needed to seek treatment.

I have the feeling the treatment I may be needing on this blustery fall day is found in the bathroom we are remodeling so y'all have a good Sunday

The Big-Nutz will wait for a better day for her maiden.
Posted by sobamaflyer | Nov 14, 2006 @ 07:22 PM | 3,048 Views
I was looking around my office a couple weeks ago and saw a foamie combat plane that had been overly patched up, so I BUTCHERED IT .

I've had so much fun and success with flying wings recently I figured hey, this might work. Well it involved some trial and error (and error and error) but I got it sorted out this weekend and it's really a lot of fun to fly.

This was another of my scavenge what I had around (mostly) projects and I decided to make it a tractor setup. It's using an old GWS 300 motor w/ a 4x4 prop (till all of them broke now it's using a 5x4.3 which isn't quite as fast but still flies nice) and my trusty old Honeybee 4-channel radio (I only have 1 reciever at the moment for my DX-6).

Here's a few pics and a video:

P51 Mustwang (1 min 40 sec)

Posted by sobamaflyer | Nov 07, 2006 @ 03:30 PM | 3,020 Views
So the lovely Mrs. Sobamaflyer was off shopping which gave me plenty of time for flight. I quickly gave up getting my other 2 flying projects to work properly, it wasn't so much fun trying to fly my Slowstick in the 15mph winds so I settled into running a few packs through my 32" Flying Wing (I usually get 20 minutes out of a pack). On the last I had been enjoying inverted flight and many aerial antics when I bone-headed the poor thing onto the 2nd story roof of a building at the edge of my schoolyard soccer/flying field.

I came home pretty frustrated about this, not only did I have all my best equip. in that wing but I was out my best flying thing, already with at least 4-5 hours on it that I was enjoying the heck out of. I went next door to beg my neighbor who is a roofer for some help which he happily granted. 20 min. later I had my plane back in hand with no damage inflicted, tossed her back in the air and gave him a show for another few min. (His son seemed pretty excited about this, I gave him a wing glider I'd made to say thanks).

I'd recharged all my batteries, it wasn't dark and my wife was still out shopping so I figured what the hey! Went back, shot some video (
r/c Flying Wing at the Schoolyard (2 min 6 sec)
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more r/c Flying Wing video (3 min 30 sec)
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Posted by sobamaflyer | Nov 07, 2006 @ 03:17 PM | 2,907 Views
Who knows if anyone really cares about all this mumbo jumbo but not wanting to further muddy up the otherwise informative waters I'd try my hand at reporting my adventures, mis-adventures, failures and victories here.

I caught a glimpse of this hobby some 15-20 years ago but had no prayer of affording the price of admission at the time. The summer of '05 I wandered into a LHS and picked up a RTF Hobbyzone Aerobird Challenger. With no assistance from the outside world I think it took me about 3 weeks to drive that poor thing into the ground so much that no amount of tape was going to fix it. Rather dismayed but not satisfied I started soaking up every bit of internet info I could find and then bought a fixed pitch micro-heli (Esky Honeybee). This also met a quick demise and I spent the next couple months in a self (ok, maybe also wifey) imposed respite from buying more flying objects.

What the Honeybee DID give me was a 4-channel TX (that I still use for a couple planes) that had a link to my computer and I spent those couple months learning invaluable lessons on the free FMS Simulator. I found out that I was mistakenly flying too low and not giving me room to correct mistakes. I also found the value of tiny stick movements .

For Christmas I got a Blade CP & a Slowstick. The Slowstick has to be one of the easiest to fly starter planes ever and I still say everyone should start with one. Mine has been brushless and now back to stock still gets flown fairly...Continue Reading