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Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 22, 2021 @ 02:48 PM | 11,607 Views
Yesterday, I adopted an old Kyosho Wingmaster 10 Ultralight. The model has been at the top of my bucket list for 30+ years, so a full restoration will be accomplished over the next month or so.

The plan is to fly this classic and capture flights on video. I've never seen one fly, so this will be a treat!

First thing to go is that huge spinner. Current restoration checklist items: Clean the aluminum airframe, replace wing struts, replace pushrod guides, minor rudder repair, repaint red on wing and stabs and thoroughly clean/run the Magnum .15 engine.

Keep the classics in the air!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 02, 2021 @ 09:40 PM | 10,715 Views
Here's a link to a great article in this month's issue of Model Aviation Magazine on 1/2A Model Aircraft by my buddy, Fitz Walker III: http://modelaviation.com/1-5a-model-walker
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 21, 2021 @ 01:31 PM | 12,562 Views
Two years ago, I started building an Ace R/C .049 Grasshopper but was easily distracted (focus man!) on a few other projects. On Thursday, after finding the missing horizontal stabilizer, I pumped the brakes on the Herr Cherokee and Simple Duster and committed to finishing the Grasshopper. I decided to build it stock and will fly it with a Cox .049 QRC engine. After a 10 hour build session until 1:30am this morning, she's a little closer to flight.
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 08, 2021 @ 10:52 PM | 15,484 Views
Here's photos from several recent outings with my good buddy Corey Dail. We are both committed to classic glow powered models flying for many years to come! ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 24, 2021 @ 08:20 PM | 13,097 Views
Successfully maidened two of my foamy glow conversion aircraft, last weekend. Good times!

Here's the flight videos:
MG-800 R/C Glow Conversion with AP Wasp .061 Engine (6 min 56 sec)

SD Models Condor with Cox .049 Medallion Engine (7 min 3 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 30, 2020 @ 04:44 PM | 19,452 Views
I'm honored to join friends Fitz, Lee and Terry on the RC Roundtable Live broadcast tomorrow at 7pm CST.

We will be discussing my 1/2A foamie conversions and other related topics. Join the conversation as we celebrate and promote 1/2A model aviation.
RC Roundtable LIVE - Giveaway time!! - 06/30/2020 (0 min 0 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 14, 2019 @ 06:54 PM | 16,617 Views
This morning, I had the rare privilege to hold and photograph Carl Goldberg's personal Gentle Lady. Yes, this bird was built and flown by Carl Goldberg...one of my model aviation heroes! The Gentle Lady debuted back in 1980.
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 23, 2018 @ 10:47 PM | 27,612 Views
Here's a short film I think many of you will enjoy! Our dear friend Tony Naccarato was the technical advisor and responsible for gathering all the Cox P-51s control line models used in the film. Tony is also shown flying a Cox P-51 in the park and our local hobby shop (Smith Brother's Hobby Center) is also featured.
FuN? (14 min 35 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 06, 2018 @ 01:25 AM | 28,046 Views
F-22 Raptor with 9-Blade 90mm EDF Jet from Freewing.

Available now to pre-order:
90mm F-22 6S PNP Pre-order:
https://www.motionrc.com/collections...mm-edf-jet-pnp

90mm F-22 8S PNP Pre-Order:
https://www.motionrc.com/collections...mm-edf-jet-pnp

90mm F-22 ARF+ Pre-Order:
https://www.motionrc.com/collections...mm-edf-jet-arf

The F-22 Raptor is the world’s first Fifth Generation fighter that delivers cutting edge advances in low observable “stealth” capabilities, enhanced computer-assisted agility, and precision combat capability. The F-22 represents the future of modern air combat, and its technology continues to set the standard against which all other Fifth Generation fighters are judged.

The Freewing F-22 is a flying RC replica of this innovative fighter jet. Boasting both the lowest stall speed and one of the highest top speeds among all of Freewing’s jets, be prepared to fly a wide flight envelope with this visually stunning model aircraft! Freewing’s F-22 is capable of maneuvers most other EDFs can only dream of –our design team considers it a Performer and a Trainer in one. The Freewing F-22 measures 1500mm in length with a wingspan of 1060mm. Assembled from an array of materials including EPO foam, aluminum, carbon fiber, steel, nylon, plastic, and wood, the Freewing F-22 delivers extreme maneuverability and reliable durability on grass runways. The model aircraft features a mixture of sharp panel lines, graduated paintwork, and realistic decals....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 07, 2018 @ 09:47 AM | 29,559 Views
Thank you all for supporting Evelyn over the years! You're our family and we are very grateful for your love, support and friendship.

Congratulations Pilot Evelyn! - Motion RC Extra (10 min 3 sec)


Evelyn watching Motion RC Congratulations Video (12 min 22 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 03, 2018 @ 08:53 PM | 28,688 Views
Enjoyed a beautiful day with our friends at Bear Valley Spring RC Modelers. Evelyn logged multiple flights on the FlightlineRC F8F Bearcat, E-Flite Opterra. During the afternoon indoor event, she flew the ParkZone Night Vapor and a Multi-Rotor. Always a treat to watch her fly.
Posted by xplaneguy | May 01, 2018 @ 12:11 AM | 31,400 Views
Here's photos taken during the SCAMPS and San Valeers Free Flight Contest at Lost Hills, California, held April 20-22, 2018.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 13, 2018 @ 11:42 PM | 31,950 Views
Here's a gathering of videos recorded during my Freewing F-4D Phantom flights at the Arizona Electric Festival 2018. Thanks to Pat & John!

Freewing F-4D Phantom II - DEBUT FLIGHT! AEF 2018 (3 min 58 sec)

Freewing 90mm F-4D Phantom II #1 (4 min 11 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:14 AM | 32,088 Views
Freewing 90mm F-4D Phantom II

The time has come! Developed in tandem alongside last summer’s Project Virtue (80mm A-4 Skyhawk), Project Bond was our codename for Freewing’s first F-4 Phantom. With the 64mm and 80mm series stocked with recent aircraft from the Vietnam era, we set out to bring it all home with a big 90mm F-4. We know many of us have been waiting for the venerable Rhino to get the proper Motion RC treatment, and we know you’ll enjoy flying the final result!

OVERVIEW
Aviation enthusiasts have long loved the F-4 Phantom, and Freewing and Motion RC are extremely proud to introduce our 90mm Super Scale Series rendition of this ultimate warfighter! For more than 50 years, the F-4 Phantom delivered the versatile capabilities required of an all-weather frontline supersonic interceptor, fighter-bomber, SEAD, and reconnaissance platform. Less than a year after its retirement from US military service, keep the F-4 Phantom flying in your RC fleet!

DESIGN
RC fans have consistently requested a large F-4 in true PNP format that performs excellently out of the box without endless modifications. We developed this F-4 to deliver reliability, durability, and performance from your very first flight, supported by Freewing’s parts availability and Motion RC’s customer service should you ever need it. We can also confidently state that dependable grass operation is a hallmark of the Freewing 90mm F-4. With its wide stance, tall main tires, Oleo suspension nose strut and...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 27, 2018 @ 09:45 PM | 31,409 Views
Well....I'm impressed!

I flew the maiden and one additional flight this morning in 5-7 mph wind and this bird was on rails. Performance with a Nano-Tech 4S 2200 pack was excellent, with outstanding vertical! Ground handling was great, though I'd prefer a tighter turning radius. The only issue I encountered was both gear door were rubbing on the tires during taxi. I just bent the doors out before both flights with no drag. I'm planning to add shims to the mount points.

As previously mentioned, the decals are a pain to apply. Don't attempt to apply with the transfer tape, as the transfer tape will pull off paint...ask me how I know. I found the decals will not stick without heat applied. I placed each decal on the model, made several passes with a Monokote heat gun to warm to it, then rubbed down the decal. They all held up great with no peeling during multiple high speed passes. Also, I had one cracked ball link which I repaired with fiberglass tape, coated with CA. It held up but need to find a replacement.

Bottomline: This model is a must buy for any BF-109 fan!!

Great job Tom Hunt and the Durafly Team. Looking forward to the next warbird...hopefully a new and improved A-1 Skyraider...my favorite early Durafly warbird.

Durafly BF-109E - Maiden Flight (4 min 37 sec)