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Posted by mtdoramike | Sep 13, 2021 @ 07:24 PM | 14,721 Views
This was a little orphan project that I picked up and felt sorry for so I decided to finish it. It had been kicked around from pillar to post with noone taking the time to give it a little love so I adopted it. I put about 150 hours in it to get her presentable enough to be adopted out. I named it "How's it Hangin? BR549.
Posted by mtdoramike | Sep 13, 2021 @ 07:18 PM | 14,153 Views
I loved building the Pat Tritle design Yoda's Ark so much, I desided to build a larger version. The original measure like 26" in length. So I found a fiberglass hull 33" long and thought this work make a good candidate for this project. I had to do quite a bit of build up on the front deck of the hull about 1 1/2" to get the right profile and cut 1/4" off the top of the sides and transome. Built the wood framing to install in the hull and about 400 hours later, here she is. I call her the Lucky Lady.
Posted by mtdoramike | May 27, 2021 @ 02:29 PM | 26,903 Views
This boat was scratch built using Pat Tritles plans and design. It is based on a 1920-30's pleasure boat. It was an absolute pleasure to build. I'm planning to build another Yoda, but this time add another rib or three and extend the length from about 27" to 30" or possibly 32".
Posted by mtdoramike | Mar 26, 2021 @ 09:45 AM | 11,932 Views
I finished working on the Dumas 1930 mahogany run about also known as Aces High.
Posted by mtdoramike | Jul 04, 2020 @ 07:15 AM | 12,905 Views
This is the latest build fresh off the bench. It's was a Artesania Latina kit of the Hellen, which is a discontinued kit. I went with a Caribbean fishing boat theme. I named her the Caribbean Dreamin BR549.
Posted by mtdoramike | May 01, 2020 @ 11:22 AM | 13,450 Views
I finished the Dumas Typhoon and it will be going to a new home in New York very soon. I enjoyed building it and the only modification was to the stern section, where I cut out a section of the top deck and made an access hatch to the rudder and servo area. This allows adjustments to be made to the rudder servo and rudder arm without having to remove a screwed on panel on the bottom of the boat. I think it turned out nicely.
Posted by mtdoramike | Jan 31, 2020 @ 09:17 AM | 10,547 Views
Both are Dumas Chris Craft mahogany run abouts, one is a 1930 run about and the other was a 1940 barrel back. The 1930 I named her the Ratlin Rita, if you look closely at the stern, you will see why.
Posted by mtdoramike | Jun 16, 2019 @ 05:42 PM | 11,528 Views
This was the first RC boat build that I did. I finished her last year.
Posted by mtdoramike | Mar 03, 2019 @ 08:11 AM | 13,557 Views
I finished this Creole Queen, which was half built when I received it, but after about 300 hours later, she is finished.
Posted by mtdoramike | Nov 04, 2017 @ 05:42 PM | 15,452 Views
After 2 1/2 years and over 2500 hours.
Posted by mtdoramike | Nov 13, 2016 @ 05:22 PM | 17,392 Views
Which I also intend on making it a donation hopefully to a hospital or something so they can auction or raffle it off to help the hospital or display it if they have the room.


I've started on the standing rigging and shrouds. I hope to be attaching the sails to the Monte within the next month and completing the running rigging.
Posted by mtdoramike | Nov 12, 2016 @ 07:56 PM | 17,520 Views
For the past 20 years, I have been wanting to build ship model and donate it to a public institution so that it can be viewed by all walks of life without it costing anyone anything. I have built better than 30 ship models over the past 20 years and most all have been sold to private collections or to corporations for offices or lobbies. So I contacted my local Library in Mt. Dora and asked if they would accept the ship model and display it for the public to view it and afterward if they decide they need the space they can auction it off and use the money for something needed. They agreed. So I began the project in July of 2015 and finished it in December of 2016.

I chose the HMS Victory because it's rich naval history. I even contacted someone in England who was able to locate a piece of the real Victory ship which is moored in Portsmouth England and shipped the wood to me. I used this wood to make quite a few piece of the ship model like cat heads, cross trees, anchor davits and collars to name a few. When finished the model was 49 inches long. I chose to house the ship model in a mahogany display case, which was also part of the donation.

Here is a couple of pictures one is where my son in law and myself delivered it to the Library, the other is where The Victory rests today.
Posted by mtdoramike | Jun 22, 2011 @ 11:25 AM | 19,570 Views
I recently finished a Mountain Models Lucky Ace and shipped it out to a buyer in AZ. I LOVE the silver and maroon colors on this plane. I hated to sell it.
Posted by mtdoramike | May 24, 2011 @ 02:51 PM | 19,531 Views
You all will be sorely missed. All have been sold. Now I'm relogated to the building table due to health issues. My flying days are over I reckon.

I finished the Manzano's Spad XIII, which was sold with the lot. I also finished the Pietenpol By Old School RC. What a fun plane to build. I built this plane to ship with fuse, tail surfaces & wing seperate for shipping. I had to ship in two boxes to make sure the wing made it. My fingers are crossed.
Posted by mtdoramike | Nov 15, 2010 @ 08:08 PM | 20,242 Views
I just finished & maidened the Manzano/Peter Rake 36" Sopwith Camel that I purchased from Charlie a few months ago when he had his inventory reduction sale. It;s took me about 6 weeks to build working on it a few hours each day.

It's covered in Doculam, which I painted forest green with Fusion spray paint and it seems to work great on the doculam. The silver portion is China coat iron on covering the I bought from Hobbypartz awhile back.

It came in about 20 OZ without battery. It flew great with no bad habits at all. It floats nicely when coming in for a landing.

My setup is:

2410-12D 110watt outrunner
30amp ESC
(4) 9 gram servos
9x6DD prop.

I still need to add details like graphics/decals and such.
Posted by mtdoramike | Sep 30, 2010 @ 07:06 PM | 21,493 Views
I just finished this Aerodrome RC seconds kit of the 36" DV&a. It's yet to be maidened due to the weather here.

The second edition is a Hobbyzone Stinson Reliant SR-10. I have been chomping at the bit waiting for the release of this plane. It's one of those I HAD TO HAVE IT type of buys. I got it at Redrocket Hobbies for $184.00 with free shipping. Not a bad deal. It's yet to be maidened as well.

UPDATE: OK, I have maidened both the Stinson Reliant and the DV&a.

Now for the Reliant= I find this plane to be a very docile flyer and would make a good second plane or aileron trainer. I found it to have no bad habits like tip stalling at slower speeds. It is a nice floater so it takes a bit of room to land unless you have the flaps activated, which I wouldn't recommend until you become familiar with the flight characteristics of this plane. But all in all, I'm very pleased with this plane. I just wished that it didn't cost $184.00, which I find to be a tad expensive for a foamy. Also they should offer it as a bare bones airframe only so you could use your own electronics in it, which I have a ton of and it would offset the cost a little.

Aerodrome's DV&A WWI Bi-plane = This plane was a joy to build (once I figured out how to install the center wing cabanes) and an even bigger joy to fly. It has a 36" wing span and weighs like 24oz without the battery so it's a perfect park flyer. I use a 3s 25c 1800mah lipo in it and I have it outfitted with the following:

TP 2410-18T cheapo brushless 180watt motor
10x6DD prop
30amp ESC
4 9gram metal geared servos.

I have a couple of flights on this plane and it flys very nice. It can fly scale or you can punch it and give it some zip with that 180watt outrunner.
Posted by mtdoramike | Aug 21, 2010 @ 09:35 AM | 21,073 Views
I obtained a Aerodrome PT-17 Trainer kit for something to do during the hot summer months here in Florida when it's to hot to fly. I finished it in two and a half months. It was a fun kit to build and turned out to be a beautiful plane. Unfortunately it's a bit too big and heavy to fly where I fly at which is usually vacant lots where there is no runway and my planes have to be hand launched.

It has a 48" wing span and weighs in at a little over 4 pounds. It's equpit with the following:

Turnigy 3542-1000 outrunner
Hyperion 80amp esc with external 10amp BEC
4 SG90 metal geared servos
12X6 Prop
Flightmax 3s 30c 2650mah lipo.

It's covered in yellow Solarfilm. Build log is located here:
Posted by mtdoramike | Mar 30, 2010 @ 07:25 PM | 21,401 Views
Lanier S.E.5a. I've yet to maiden it though. The winds here have been kickin at around 20-30mph. Hopefully in a day or three the winds will calm down enough to give it a go.

UPDATE: I have since maidened the SE5a and it flys spendedly. It's a real floater and a tad more aerobatice with the quad ailerons than the Lanier DVII. I LOVE these Lanier planes and wish they hadn't stopped making them.
Posted by mtdoramike | Mar 16, 2010 @ 06:11 PM | 21,381 Views
The Greatplanes/Electrifly Nieuport XI. I've yet to maiden it though. But it sure is a purdy plane.

I figured I better do some updating. This paticular little gem was shot down over eastern Europe a couple of weeks ago by a narly Fokker D7. May she rest in peace