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Posted by basslord1124 | Today @ 08:20 AM | 138 Views
As part of a build challenge that I participated in on the FT forums, I picked out the FT Bloody Baron as one of my next builds. So here is the intro video to the FT Bloody Baron. The Bloody Baron is a Dan Sponholz design which Dan is one of the main guys who helps with Flitetest downloadable plans. The plane looks like a lot of fun and gets all sorts of can't wait to try it out!

FT Bloody Baron intro... Flitetest Forum Build-ruary Challenge (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 12, 2019 @ 08:30 AM | 1,358 Views
Here is the maiden flight and crash of the FT Long EZ. Due to the spinning prop it made me a little nervous on launching this the first time so I definitely think my launch was weak. After the experience though and seeing what it was like, I don't feel so bad on launching...may even try some different techniques next time. The front canards did break in the crash but that should be a quick fix.

Motor: 2200KV Turnigy
ESC: Turnigy 30A
Battery: Zippy 3S 1000Mah 25C

FT Long EZ Maiden Short Flight & Crash (0 min 22 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 01, 2019 @ 10:55 AM | 1,914 Views
In response to Ethan RC, in this video I show a basic idea of the measurements for adding ailerons to the Mini Scout as well as a neat approach to doing your own control horns:

FT Mini Scout - ailerons and a neat approach to control horns (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 24, 2019 @ 05:10 PM | 1,626 Views
Here is the 2nd flight of the FT Mini Scout. No crash this time. Still got some more tweaking to do, but pretty decent overall for a 2nd flight.

FT Mini Scout 2nd Flight - FT Mini Scout Newbie Challenge - Flight #2 (3 min 27 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 19, 2019 @ 04:57 PM | 1,017 Views
Our RC club (Skyhawks-Tri State Model Flyers) holds a mall show each year to show people what we do and attract some new members. Here's footage from this year's mall show on Feb 16-17.

Skyhawks RC Club Mall Show 2019 - Ashland Mall - February 16-17, 2019 (1 min 59 sec)

Tri State Model Flyers website:

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Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 15, 2019 @ 01:44 PM | 1,695 Views
I had been wanting a transmitter glove for a while so I could do some RC stuff in the winter. Well I finally obtained one here recently and even though I've only used it once, it has proven to be a great investment. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to do some RCing in the cold temperatures. The one I got was made by a company called SENREAL and can be purchased on Amazon for under $20. Here is a link to the product and my video review:

SENREAL Warm Transmitter Glove Product Review (4 min 57 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 11, 2019 @ 09:22 AM | 1,371 Views
After getting some high praises from other folks and the Flitetest forums I decided to add the Flitetest Mini Scout to my list of Flitetest planes to check out. I would definitely rank it up there with one of the easier builds due to the limited number of pieces and not having to do any foldovers with the wing. Unlike the original design, I tweaked this one a little by making it a 4 channel and adding ailerons. There is not much involved in making this transition if you would want to do it. Just measure and mark out how big you want your aileron control surface to be and then glue in a control horn and servo.

Below is my introduction video to the plane as well as a short maiden flight video with a small crash. More flights to come in the future!

FT Mini Scout intro...another super easy build! (5 min 36 sec)

FT Mini Scout Maiden Flight & Crash - FT Mini Scout Newbie Challenge - Flight #1 (0 min 23 sec)
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Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 06, 2019 @ 09:19 AM | 2,577 Views
Actual maiden test run of the foamboard snow skimmer! One of those rare moments where we had just enough snow to try it out. Even managed to crash it as well, luckily damage was pretty minimal.

DIY: Foamboard Snow Skimmer Test Run-Maiden & CRASH! (5 min 4 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 04, 2019 @ 09:31 AM | 1,882 Views
Here is Part 2 of the foamboard snow skimmer build progress. Almost complete and a little demonstration/explanation of differential thrust.

DIY: Foamboard Snow Skimmer: Part 2 (10 min 35 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jan 28, 2019 @ 12:30 PM | 1,976 Views
That's right! The old Hangar 9 Easy 2 balsa trainer is pieces. Have plans to do some crash repairs to the plane as well as a new covering job. And once that is done, I'll be putting all the electronics back in. So, it's got a long road ahead of it. Here's the latest video on this project...

Return of Project MU111470: Electric Balsa Trainer...Updates, repairs, removing Monokote/Ultracote (16 min 7 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jan 21, 2019 @ 09:47 AM | 2,106 Views
New video showcasing the FT Seaduck's new paint job done by my father-in-law.

New and Improved FT Seaduck (2 min 40 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jan 15, 2019 @ 09:08 AM | 2,147 Views
In my latest video I look back at 2018 and then look forward to 2019 with a different outlook. An outlook that is nothing new, but more of the traditional RC plane hobbyists view on how things go in our crazy world. Hoping for an awesome 2019 experience as well as many more years to come. And hope everyone out there has a great new year as well.

Looking back at 2018 and looking forward to 2019 (7 min 45 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jan 07, 2019 @ 09:21 AM | 2,764 Views
My take on a foamboard snow skimmer to use during the winter/snowy months. This is Part 1 of the build process and what I got so far. It is a flat bottomed boat design with 2 motors on the back to use for propulsion as well as direction. They will use differential thrust to control the steering. So no servos are needed! More videos to come on this project.

DIY: Foamboard Snow Skimmer: Part 1 (5 min 27 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Dec 28, 2018 @ 09:05 AM | 1,853 Views
Here's an update to the glider project I've been working on where I tackle the wing. I even work out a way to split this huge wingspan up into 2 halves that can easily be transported in a small car.

Large foamboard glider (Galaxy) update... Wing joining and construction... (11 min 31 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Dec 10, 2018 @ 09:33 AM | 1,752 Views
Just recently did my first livestream on my channel Perkyplanes & RC. Here's the full video:

Perkyplanes & RC First Livestream! (1 hr 18 min 56 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Nov 29, 2018 @ 03:41 PM | 2,542 Views
I have created a Facebook group for my Youtube channel Perkyplanes & RC for anyone who wants to join and discuss RC goodness.

Perkyplanes & RC on Facebook! The channel now has a Facebook group! Please join! (2 min 50 sec)

And here is a link to the Facebook group:
Posted by basslord1124 | Nov 19, 2018 @ 09:26 AM | 2,114 Views
Tackled yet another Flitetest build...this time, the FT Long EZ. A super cool looking plane that only uses a single sheet of foamboard. So aside from electronics cost, it only cost $1 to build the plane.

FT Long EZ intro... cool design and an easy $1 build! (4 min 41 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Nov 09, 2018 @ 04:26 PM | 2,218 Views
Lost for approximately 8 months at our local RC field's "death valley", probably in the wooded area, the FT Super Bee has been found. Airframe is definitely seen better days. But how are the electronics after months of hot and cold temps, rain, snow, wind, etc. ?

FT Super Bee (Zipper) has been found! Does he still work? (8 min 15 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Oct 23, 2018 @ 08:32 AM | 2,346 Views
The Dynam PA-18 Super "Piper" Cub was actually the first plane I got to start back into the RC plane hobby. I got it as a gift from my my wife. Unfortunately, it spent more time being a lawn dart than a flying airplane. Now granted some of that was my inexperience. I went on to have successful flying with the Hobbyzone Champ and other airplanes.

I have now decided to dust the plane off and try to bring it back to life. And I have already been making modifications to it since parts are extremely hard to come by. Some of the modifications are even from my experiences with working with foamboard and Flitetest planes. Join me on this small journey to bring this plane back to life!

Dynam PA-18 Super/Piper Cub - "FrankenCub" Project..Lawn dart or will it fly? (13 min 21 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Oct 15, 2018 @ 09:20 AM | 2,615 Views
Been wanting to add a nice somewhat large glider to my airplane arsenal. Something for those lazy/relaxing days. Found some plans for a Flitetest style glider (called Galaxy) through the Flitetest community pages. Currently have the fuselage and tail section built. Next big step is the wing which I am actually going to make as a 2 piece wing with a split in the middle so I can take it apart for transporting. The original design was a full single piece wing that used 3 sheets of foamboard.

Here is a video on the start of this journey in constructing this big glider.

Large foamboard glider build progress & introduction... Flitetest style glider (Galaxy) (6 min 49 sec)

And here is the original Flitetest article on the glider: