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Posted by jricchio | Jul 16, 2020 @ 06:54 PM | 7,784 Views
Another VQ build. Their newest addition, Supermarine Spitfire. Setup is a Eflite 40 with a 65amp ESC. Flaps, retracts, Callie-Graphics and the pilot is from Real Model Pilots. (http://realmodelpilots.co.uk). They do a superb job if you order the pilot painted.
This graphics depict Polish Pilot SQD LDR Jan Zumbach, who flew for the Brits during the Battle of Britain. This ride depicts his Mkv from the 303 Squadron in 1942. This was an easy build, and I added a few details to finish it off. Looking forward to a maiden in the next few weeks.
Posted by jricchio | May 22, 2019 @ 12:49 AM | 5,876 Views
Final build for the season, my Hangar 9 P-51D 40 ARF finished off as Captain Chuck Yeagers ride.
E-Flite retracts, E-Flite Power 46 with a E-Flite 60amp BEC ESC and 4 cell setup.
One of many maidens to complete this spring/summer. ......as soon as the field dries out!
Posted by jricchio | Apr 24, 2019 @ 03:40 PM | 5,297 Views
Purchased a Multiplex Funracer. Painted her up as "The Galloping Ghost".
Decals by Callie.
Posted by jricchio | Apr 10, 2019 @ 04:12 PM | 5,829 Views
Completed another winter build. VQ F6f Hellcat.
Eflite Power 46 motor, Eflite 60amp ESC, VQ retracts, Dynam 13x7 three blade prop, gear strut covers and gear doors. Decals by Callie.
Even though the markings replicate LTJG Alexander Vraciu's #19, I have the "Duke" at the controls. Thought he would be a fitting pilot since he flew Hellcats in the movie "Flying Leathernecks". I will be using a 5 cell 5000 lipo. The weather is finally warming up here in the Chicago area. I just need the field to dry out for a maiden.
Posted by jricchio | Feb 20, 2019 @ 01:32 PM | 6,693 Views
I purchased this VQ P-40 Warhawk ARF a few years ago and finally got around to building it. Powered by a Dualsky XM5050EA-8 and a Dualsky 80amp ESC. Electric retracts from FMS. The pilot was scanned from a gear shift knob and 3D printed by a club member. Decals from Callie Graphics. I will be going with a 5 cell setup for the maiden based on the info from Jerry Festa’s review and build in 2016 here on rcgroups. I just need some good weather for a maiden! Sayonara Suckers!...Continue Reading
Posted by jricchio | Dec 31, 2018 @ 06:29 PM | 8,623 Views
Found this BH Tornado ARF on line. Thought it looked very similar to the old MidWest Strikemaster Kit.
Recovered it and added some missels. I also installed an eflite bomb drop release below for fun fly events. Powered by a OS 46FX. Decals from Cali Graphics.
Posted by jricchio | Dec 31, 2018 @ 06:25 PM | 8,374 Views
Finally built this Red Bull Edge 540 from Fliteworks. Hitech micro servos and stock motor and ESC offered by Tower Hobbies.
Posted by jricchio | Dec 31, 2018 @ 06:19 PM | 8,347 Views
Latest build, Hangar 9 Spitfire 60. Has electric retracts and a Saito FA100. Used the last can of Top flight dul coat in existence, to give it a more realistic appearance. Decals from Cali Graphics.
Posted by jricchio | Sep 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM | 7,595 Views
I have not flown the Flyzone F4U Corsair for a few years. The poor original paint job always bothered me and found the decals started to peel. Repainted it and a fresh set of decals from CaliGraphics, breathed some new life into her.
Posted by jricchio | Nov 03, 2015 @ 11:16 AM | 10,675 Views
Purchased a "air frame" only and installed some spare parts to build this Col. Eagelston P-47D for my son.
Flaps, retracts, Eflite motor and and ESC. Durafly Prop.
Finished off with some nice Callie Graphics decals.
Posted by jricchio | Feb 20, 2015 @ 06:04 PM | 13,422 Views
Here is a few photos on my progress. Slow but sure.
Took off all the covering and went with Monokote silver.
Set up will be a Eflite BL50 and ESC/BEC 80, Eflite electric retracts with the stock struts.
Posted by jricchio | Jul 18, 2014 @ 08:25 AM | 11,090 Views
Installed a MrRCSound system in my Shangrila. I originally tried to install the speakers in the battery compartment, but it was just too tight to get the battery tray to slide in and out. I decided to go the route that "Shung" posted (#4557).
Color matched the paint at Home Depot.
.....now if I can only figure out how to sync the motor to the sound card. Its been a frustrating ordeal.
Posted by jricchio | Mar 10, 2013 @ 09:55 AM | 12,135 Views
Finished the build. It was nice and simple. I hated the large fuel tanks on the outer wings supplied in the kit. I had some 1/18 scale bombs and racks from a static P-51. I added them for a more realistic look that the SBD had. When I purchased mine, I made sure I ordered a spare canopy. I didn't go crazy with repainting the entire cockpit. I painted a few noticeable areas where the canopy was open and exposed.
Posted by jricchio | Jul 27, 2012 @ 08:42 AM | 11,937 Views
Aerosky 55" Midget Mustang from Nitroplanes


Moded the tail wheel. Worked well on the first flight today.
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Posted by jricchio | Apr 19, 2012 @ 04:39 PM | 13,394 Views
Since I was a kid, I had this fascination with the exploits of Manfred von Richthofen. It must have started when my father took me to the movies when the movie "Von Richthofen and Brown " came out in 1971.
Anyway, I bought this ARF about a year and a half ago. When Parkzone and Hangar 9 announced they were coming out with Albatros planes, I got the bug and started this build. Its not a exact replica of the Baron's plane, but its close enough for me.