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Posted by Max Headspeed | Apr 13, 2011 @ 04:54 PM | 12,238 Views
My HZ Super Cub Experience
My buddy, and fellow RCG'r >HarryWhite<, and I just started flying....or attempting to fly....EP RC model aircraft which included the HZ FBC, HZ FBF, PZ J-3 Cub, and the PZ Super Decathlon for about six (6) months prior to Horizon Hobby's release of their newest addition to their product line, the HobbyZone Super Cub RTF during the peak of the 2006 RC flying season.
We were pleasantly surprised when we first put our HZ SCs to their joint maiden flight. Right out of the box, they actually performed as advertised.
The decent main LG and a steerable tail wheel, along with having the... umph... to get you out of...,and sometimes into trouble, were attributes that really helped in making this model a very logical upgrade as not only a trainer, but as a great all-round regular flier, and a solid 'foundation' for future modifications as well.
It quickly became my exclusive 'GO TO' B1-RD.
I decommissioned my original stock configured HZ SC, aka 'FrankenCub' at the end of the 2007 RC flying season when we obtained a pair of the new PZ T28B RTF Trojans. Plus the fact that because of the increased AUW from all the tape, glue, Popsicle sticks, etc., that it no longer was able to fly properly with it's stock powered system despite it being powered by the optional eight(8) cell NiMh battery pack.

One day, in early 2009, I eventually obtained complete, unused, but damaged HZ Supercub which was a hobby store display, at the LHS
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Posted by Max Headspeed | Sep 07, 2010 @ 05:10 PM | 19,139 Views
The significance of Messerschmitt Bf 109 is that it was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, incorporating such forward thinking features such as the all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. The Bf 109 was the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter force in World War II. The Bf 109 was the most successful fighter of World War II, shooting down more aircraft than any of its contemporaries. The Bf 109 remained competitive with Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war, despite it's inherent weaknesses which including it's short range, and challenging take off and landing characteristics..

Below is a link to a brief history of the Messerschmitt Bf 109
Messerschmitt ME109 / Bf109 (8 min 57 sec)

The term 'Hun bucket' is a derogatory description, slang, in that the word Hun is a disparagement towards the German aggressors, especially during WWI and WWII. It's in reference to their ancestry deriving from the nomadic and warlike Asian people, the Huns, who sacked large sections of eastern and central Europe and who attained their greatest influence and power under Attila during 5th century a.d.
A barbarous, destructive person; vandal.
Bucket is slang for their aircraft they were in, referring to the cramped characteristics of an aircraft
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Posted by Max Headspeed | Apr 24, 2010 @ 09:22 AM | 18,573 Views
I highly recommend viewing Mike Llewellyn's very comprehensive Dec 14, 2006 article on this Great Planes ElectriFly Fokker D.VII WWI EP ARF....

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Here are a few related videos I think may be of interest....

Fokker D VII Mercedes D IIIau engine run (9 min 13 sec)

Fokker DVII flight (3 min 37 sec)

Three Fokkers of World War I (5 min 54 sec)

Butch's D.VII Maiden Flight (10 min 42 sec)

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Important notice from the GP Fokker D.VII owners manual..."More than any other factor, the C.G. (balance point) can
have the greatest effect on how a model flies, and may
determine whether or not your first flight will be
successful. If you value this model and wish to enjoy it for
. A model that is not properly balanced will
be unstable and possibly unflyable.

...and so it begins,

Der Mädchen-Flug meines ElertriFly Fokker D.VII Nummer eins last weekend was ein wunderbarer Erfolg which was made possible with the Unterstützung of mein guter Freund...Continue Reading
Posted by Max Headspeed | Apr 24, 2010 @ 09:06 AM | 17,192 Views!



We had a great day to fly on Christmas day at one of our favorite fields. This day we were in beautiful Litchfield. I readied my brand new PZ Focke-Wulf 190A-2 Würger (Shrike) RTF. I had already reinforced the fuse with fiberglass and broke in (seated the brushes), the motor.
I was now ready to offer it up to the sky gods, but it was immediately, and unceremoniously rebuffed.
It flew perfectly.....into the ground . Almost too perfectly. As suspected, the elevator was reversed. The servo arm was reinstalled 180 degrees out of position. So, after a quick and easy fix and re-inspection, which showed no apparent damage, I was, once again, ready to go.
It was climbing out from a good hand-launch and as it got out about 20 yards I started to turn to the right and at about 90 degrees into it's first circuit.....well,.....things started happening.
At about 100 yards down range, the plane started to roll out left..., and that's when the brain went into PANIC MODE!!! A total NOOB reaction sequence kicked in as I SPAZZED which resulted in my over-correction immediately followed by my counter over-correction, which then resulted in ended. Oh boy, did it end.
It ended up looking exactly like a lot of the real Nazi FWs did during WWII, BROKEN AND UPSIDE-DOWN in a muddy hayfield.
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Posted by Max Headspeed | Apr 24, 2010 @ 08:55 AM | 19,465 Views


For the legions of American G.I.s clawing their way off the bloody beaches of Okinawa in April 1945, the sweetest sound in the world was the distinctive whistling war cry of "The Angel of Okinawa", a queerly proportioned aircraft, the Vought F4U Corsair, which, in earlier Island-hoping campaigns, was also known as "The Sweetheart of the Marianas", but among Navy and Marine aviators, however, the aircraft was dubiously nicknamed "Ensign Eliminator".

This most important, and very capable naval attack fighter of WWII, the Chance Vought Corsair remained in production for thirteen years.
The Corsair's most unique and very prominent feature was it's"bent" wing configuration, which was significant in accommodating the mating of the most powerful engine ever installed in a piston-engine fighter, the 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial, and to extract as much power as possible, one of the biggest propellers in the world, a 13 foot 4 inch (4.06 m) Hamilton Standard Hydromatic three-blade propeller.
The inverted gull wing design also permitted the short, sturdy undercarriage required for carrier operations, but it's 90 degree wing root-to-fuselage junction also resulted in reduced drag by eliminating the need for wing root fairings. Additionally it gave the pilot better visibility over the wing and lowered the
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