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Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 17, 2019 @ 11:35 AM | 1,370 Views
down to push rods, control horns and markings/livery.....

Flight Ready
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 13, 2019 @ 09:12 AM | 1,172 Views
Finally got to go back to building airplanes......getting closer to looking like an airplane

I used up some scrap MDF and some aluminum channel, and built a fuselage jig
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 30, 2018 @ 09:06 AM | 1,153 Views
Figured out how to cut a swept tapered wing in one piece.took me about 30 minutes to draw and program....took 3 hours to rough and finish cut and about 10 minutes to sand the finish marks...46" wing, SD7037 airfoil......
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 27, 2018 @ 11:31 AM | 1,466 Views
Whew....Christmas is over, and I can finally get back to building.....been playing with the capabilities of my design software and my CNC router.....
Figured out I could cut wing cores and canopy plugs.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 21, 2018 @ 08:03 AM | 1,804 Views
HOLY CRAP....I didn't get to sleep until 12:30 last night, and here I am up at 5 already..Why you may ask......because I got to "fly" an Airbus A300 sim at FedEx Pilot Training for a little over 2 hours....can you say adrenaline rush ?

It was the third time in 2 years that I've had the privilege to play with their $20,000,000 "toy".....doing landings and take-offs etc....Last night however was different....Our host and instructor (a consummate gentleman) set the aircraft at 10,000 feet, told me I had the airplane, and then cut both engines ........so I'm flying a 300,000 pound airplane ...dead stick...we couldn't make Mem Intl, so I "landed" at the old Millington Naval Air Station....managed to get it stopped in a soybean field.......Andy had to pry my hands from the yoke..lol

And yes, I'm still spooled up

There may be video later.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:25 PM | 2,549 Views
There's an airplane in there somewhere
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 06, 2018 @ 02:10 PM | 18,839 Views
I've been busy with this beast.......24x48 cut area..
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 20, 2018 @ 07:29 AM | 1,898 Views
Since I'm not going to compete in BBCC 9 (not a conversion contest anymore), I've decided to revise and rebuild my SU-25, taking what I learned from the original build and flight and incorporating that into the new one..here's a pic of the first one
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 15, 2018 @ 03:48 PM | 2,392 Views
Needed a new combat and a new jet
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 08, 2018 @ 02:34 PM | 2,377 Views
Haven't maidened her yet....snarky weather....Not my best effort, but for stand-way-the-hell-off scale, she'll do.....and y'all really didn't seriously think I'd put RAF roundels on this bird did you.....LOL
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 27, 2018 @ 05:43 AM | 2,922 Views
Since BBCC 9 doesn't start until September 1, and the fact that I need to rebuild the foamie fleet, I'm gonna cave in to my friends Darrell and Graham and build a Vulcan. Will use what I learned from the F4D Skyray and keep it simple....Will cut her out this morning
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 25, 2018 @ 05:39 PM | 4,035 Views
I like the 54" version so much, I'm building a 36" park flyer version
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 13, 2018 @ 04:13 PM | 3,136 Views
My own version......9% Joukowski Airfoil, 4250 900 kv on 6S....I'll start covering tomorrow
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 24, 2018 @ 12:07 PM | 3,011 Views
Done

She was too nose heavy, with a lot of torque roll......no damage, so I changed the motor out to a 3530 1200kV (had to build some standoffs)....will try again tomorrow

Flew this thing yesterday...even at 20% throws and 50% expo she was like trying to fly an epileptic monkey on meth
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 23, 2018 @ 08:33 AM | 4,474 Views
My version of Mike Castillo's 20" Speedwing....except......24" WS, Spec's: 3542 1200kv motor, 60 amp ESC, 2600 mah 50C 4S battery, 8x4 APC-E prop, ES-3104 servos, 27 oz all up..Wortmann FX76-120 airfoil....she should be flight ready by this afternoon.....

So far I've got (1) sheet of 3/16, (1) sheet of 1/8, (1) sheet of 1/16, a bit of ply, (1) stick of 3/8" sq, a bit of aileron stock.....and some thread....lol
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 20, 2018 @ 02:23 PM | 2,776 Views
Video of the Flite Streak......a bit of Dutch Roll and porpoising....... need to make the couple longer, and probably add an inch or so to the nose as well....she's touchy.......this flight was all on low rates (< 50% throws and > 50% Expo)...but she's fun to fly

Flite Streak (2 min 15 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 18, 2018 @ 09:04 AM | 3,350 Views
Done......had to rework the cowl.....used up some of the half rolls of MonoKote, which seemed fitting for an airframe I cut from the leftovers from other builds.......for you fishermen...she looks like a Kentucky Lake Crappie Jig....If I can't see this thing in the air, I'm gonna start building boats.....LOL

Spec's: 3542 1200kv motor, 60 amp ESC, 2600 mah 50C 4S battery, 8x4 APC-E prop, ES-3104 servos, 42 oz all up