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Posted by Vapor Trails | Jul 08, 2013 @ 05:08 PM | 9,267 Views
I had been putting this off long enough, time to get back to tinkering on the P-47.

First I was delayed on funds, then when I finally got it all together I found I had some fuel-flow gremlins in my aircraft. Then I got sidetracked for SEFF, then for the Southeastern FPV Fly-In.

With my other projects mostly off the bench, I am going to get back to my warbird. First on my list is to install Robart giant electric retracts, then replace the fuel lines and system with this goodiebag from Hodges Hobbies and Jersey Modeler.
Posted by Vapor Trails | May 16, 2013 @ 12:02 AM | 11,400 Views
When plugging into my LED's during Tuesday night at SEFF, I had a series of shorts and burnt wires throughout the fuse. It was just before the first flight of the night... not sure if I will open her back up to do lights and recover. 501 LEDs and a lot of love went into this- Thanks for the countless fun nights! avatar is in order.
Posted by Vapor Trails | May 08, 2013 @ 11:14 AM | 12,284 Views
A big thanks to Weathervane for picking up this Cub for me and driving it down safely to SEFF. The original builder, VacoBob, did a fantastic job on this plane, it is unrecognizable from the stock H9 J-3 Cub. The detail is outstanding, down to the fly fishing rod tucked away in the cabin. Other notables include iflytailies pilot, hat, headsets, magazines, map, Cub teddy bear, matte finish, and 8" GoodYear air tires. My biggest thanks to Weathervane for taking the time to pitt stop, load it up, and delivering it safely. I could not have done a better job! Thank you!...Continue Reading
Posted by Vapor Trails | Feb 14, 2013 @ 12:39 AM | 10,715 Views
Explain this:

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.

John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.

John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost a child while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.

Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.

Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.

Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named "Ford."

Kennedy was shot in a car called "Lincoln" made by "Ford."

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the "kicker":

A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.

A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.


Lincoln was shot in a theater and the assassin ran to a warehouse...

Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and the assassin ran to a theater...
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jan 10, 2013 @ 03:29 PM | 10,417 Views
My efforts to gain weight have finally paid off- I have put on 20+lbs in the last 3 weeks

I am too fat for all my pants- wore jeans to work every day this week
Time for some new clothes that fit!
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jan 05, 2013 @ 03:06 AM | 10,347 Views
Looks like I will be back to RC in just a few days, but I had a helluva break!

We fished for about 4.5 hours today and hauled in over 50 fish (below is a portion of our catch). YellowTail, Porgy, Hogfish and Trigger.

(jump to blog to see a giant BullShark caught a few days ago)
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jan 03, 2013 @ 02:47 AM | 10,925 Views
Rekindling my oldest childhood hobby- fishing.

While in the Florida Keys this week, my cousin pulled in this beast:
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 23, 2012 @ 09:55 PM | 9,088 Views
Thanks to MLT for the flawless assembly and Callie for the excellent design and vinyl services; I maidened today and absolutely LOVE IT! ....Still a little more work to be done, a few more decals and a cockpit with pilot.

EF 64" MXS - Georgia Tech Scheme
Posted by Vapor Trails | Sep 30, 2012 @ 09:04 PM | 9,967 Views
She Flies!

Pic courtesy of WebDr.
Posted by Vapor Trails | Jun 04, 2012 @ 12:36 PM | 9,156 Views
Went out to fly the Ford TriMotor a few weekends ago, our club set up a display of model aircraft on the tarmac and a friend snapped this one for me- she looks so real!

Picture was taken by either Matt Gunn or Joel Levine- not sure...

This 1/4 scale ARF has been recovered in fabric. Still undecided on scheme, but I am leaning towards a the Navy Piper AE-1 air ambulance; I am also open to suggestions for other schemes...

It has been very difficult to find yellow versions of a military J-3. I have found a few Super Cubs but yellow military J-3's are few and far between. If you have any pics of one, feel free to post it up in this thread!

Posted by Vapor Trails | May 14, 2012 @ 11:30 PM | 8,381 Views
More video to come... lots to edit.

Here is what she looks like:
Night Flying landing at DFC with Burned Retina (PA Addiction X) (0 min 19 sec)

Posted by Vapor Trails | May 09, 2012 @ 07:51 PM | 9,892 Views
I will be posting up many more pics and video when I can get her in the air and in some good light.

This is my new H9 1/4 scale J-3 Cub purchased at SEFF 2012.

cub walkaround (1 min 31 sec)

After seeing this plane at SEFF on an Orange Rx (with 400+pilots), I knew I had to buy this plane before it met its demise.... here is the history I know and what I have learned after a thorough going over.

What I know:

The original builder passed away before it was completed. He recovered the entire plane in fabric; a set of J-3 plans and 2 views (top and profile) was used as a guide for the rib detailing and stitch work. The stitching was a rather clever DIY method I will share in the H9 J-3 Review thread by Michael Heer later (

The original builder tediously recovered ever square inch of the interior in expert fashion and I was told did the majority of the rib-work. I am not sure if these seats were recovered, but they are different than the seats pictured in the review. Mine are white leather with black piping. Also all hardware is heavy-duty quality stuff and beefier hinges with metal pins were used

The gentleman who completed the plane is who I bought it from. I was told it has around 15 flights.

What I discovered and assume:

There is a significant mix of high quality and dogpoop electronics- the guy I bought it from flew it on Orange Rx's. There is an E-Flite Power 110 with a CC HV ESC up front,...Continue Reading
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 24, 2011 @ 12:46 PM | 9,975 Views
Some pics my buddy James took as the sun was going down:
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 22, 2011 @ 02:18 PM | 10,694 Views
Well I picked up this ol Guillow F-15 forever ago on RC Groups. After being build the original builder was scared to fly it. It needed recovering and after removing the previous tissue, revealed it was not the most accomplished builder. Different size ducting and exhaust for each EDF unit, and a few bits of missing wood here and there were replaced, but not all of them. These were some of the "irks" I discovered but I got tired of this little guy sitting on the bench and went ahead and started to recover without fixing some of what I felt were non-crucial areas

In the future, when covering a model of this scale, I will not use a shrink film but a tissue and dope. I have only covered the bottom so far, but there where areas that when shrunk, removed some of the classic lines of the F-15. Like the little dip between the turbines, and in spots between the wing and fuse has more curves than it should.

This was a Build n Show model display kit No. 1401, converted to rc with twin 30mm EDF motor and fan units.

Bottom of fuse and wings have been covered, I also covered the the full flying stabs. (not pictured) More pics will be posted once she is buttoned up.

Overall, I am somewhat dissatisfied by the original builder's build, but do believe it will fly and hopefully fly somewhat well. I do not typically video maidens, but as there have not been many of this particular model flying (none that I know of at least; if this model has been converted before please do send me some information) I will try to get it on film.
Posted by Vapor Trails | Dec 11, 2011 @ 10:00 PM | 9,118 Views
After over a year on the bench since I LVC'd into the trees, the Addiction X is back in the air and had its re-maiden tonight.

At about 2x the recommended weight, she still flies well. Poor night for a maiden, cold and windy; but I hope to get more pics and night footage soon.

The CG was still way off and tail heavy despite having added nearly 40g of nose weight Anyway, we will get that sorted out with a few more flights.

Here is something to chew on; I present "Burned Retina":
(photo by WebDr)
Posted by Vapor Trails | Nov 08, 2011 @ 11:27 PM | 9,574 Views
501 LEDs installed so far, more to be added to the fuse, canopy and landing gear. Next update on this bird, I will have it covered.

Precision Aerobatics "Burned Retina" Addiction X Lights Part 3 (1 min 51 sec)

Posted by Vapor Trails | Oct 31, 2011 @ 11:40 PM | 9,441 Views
Weighing over 75lbs and just under the 77lb limit at which one needs an Experimental waiver, this Fly Eagle F-18 has all the bells and whistles. The twin turbines produce approximately 60lbs of thrust (30lbs each). Truly a spectacular creation.