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Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 18, 2016 @ 07:04 PM | 2,265 Views
Got GiaNormans wingtips done today. Coming together nicely.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 18, 2016 @ 02:01 PM | 1,945 Views
Finished up the center of the wing today. Now to start on the wingtips.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 16, 2016 @ 12:23 PM | 2,256 Views
Sitting on a 8'x4' table. The fuselage is almost complete after just a couple days working on it in my spare time at work.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 14, 2016 @ 10:38 AM | 2,472 Views
My original Gia Norman prototype served me well for 42 flights. Well, he now has a new home in PA so we cut a new kit and the build has begun. Got to make sure it's done, lit with LEDs and ready to fly for HAAEFI!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 09:31 AM | 2,874 Views
If you have thought about building a very fast, agile, unique looking airplane, the Cuda is your plane. If you have never built a balsa kit and are scared it's too hard or takes too long, the Cuda is your plane. If you love adrenaline, speed, and having a plane that stands out in a sea of ARFs, the Cuda is your plane.

A customer decided to do a build thread on a kit he bought from us at Flite Fest. Check it out and enjoy the read!

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 06, 2016 @ 10:58 AM | 4,837 Views
We have made another modification to one of our best selling products.

The XL Desktop Tool Organizer! We will have these on LainesPlanes.com soon for $24.69 or $29.69 with the drawer kit.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 31, 2016 @ 12:45 PM | 3,356 Views
Figured I'd share some of the random things we have made here at Laines Planes this week. Yes, we do custom laser work also.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 05, 2016 @ 09:34 AM | 4,037 Views
Got to go down to Texas to Airbus to do some training for work. While there, I went and hung out with Crash Hancock and his family for a couple days. Matt V. came down and we all went and flew the ParaCuda prototype for the first time.

We did the initial flight on 3S 2200, then stepped it up to 4S 2200. It flew great on both, but boy is it quick on 4S!

Here is the video. Thank you Matt V. for the great camera work and editing.

The ParaCuda will be available on www.LainesPlanes.com very shortly!


paracuda (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 17, 2016 @ 08:32 AM | 3,452 Views
The new ParaCuda prototype is almost ready for its maiden flight! This version has the 26" span wings with the 10.5" center wing. Twin HET Typhoon 4W motors, with APC 5.5x6.5 props two Castle Edge 50's and HS82MG servos.

It can be flown as a twin or flown as a single 26" Cuda (as shown). All modular, mix and match.

Next prototype build will be the larger option. 35" wings with the 12" center.

Cudas are available at LainesPlanes.com, the ParaCuda will be available soon (if the test flights go as planned!)

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 13, 2016 @ 08:55 PM | 4,754 Views
Tired of looking all over the shop for your solder? No problem. Check this out. http://www.lainesplanes.com/buysoldercaddy.html

Put this thing on your work bench and you'll always know where your roll of solder is! Just dont buy the lead free stuff... it sucks. ;-)

Available with or without the drawer. Details at www.lainesplanes.com

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 12, 2016 @ 12:19 PM | 4,346 Views
Tired of eyeballing your parts before you glue that big project together? A set of PC Rib Jigs will straighten you right up.

Slide them over the part, pin them to the workbench and your all set! 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4". 1/16" on request. Also includes one multi size jig.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 07, 2016 @ 05:08 PM | 4,212 Views
Tired of your planes always being crooked? Makes for an interesting maiden flight at times!

Anyway, these 3" tall laser cut jigs will help out your crooked eyes a bit. They did mine anyway. They even come with the nifty storage rack so they are not laying all over the shop getting chewed up by the dog.

Available with holes for pins or holes for 1/4" magnets.

Details at www.lainesplanes.com
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 07, 2016 @ 05:00 PM | 4,222 Views
I got a bit tired of my building table being a disaster. I spent a couple hours and made up this really nice laser cut tool caddy. YAY! No more messy work surface!

Size and details are located on my site here...
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 10, 2015 @ 08:00 AM | 5,347 Views
After a long wait, the 26" and 35" Cudas are now being cut on my very own laser. The website is also up and running!

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 18, 2014 @ 09:32 PM | 9,587 Views
Went to a local fun fly here in Hastings, Nebraska. I'm actually a member of the club too' the Hastings Skylarks (first club membership ever for me).

As usual, Gia-Norman was a hit. He's so dang much fun to fly and always draws a crowd.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 30, 2014 @ 09:21 AM | 9,500 Views
Sky jets video of the Gia-Normans at night.

Gia Normans at Watts 2014 (4 min 16 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 29, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 9,412 Views
We attended Watts Over Owatanna last week. Had a great time out there. Awesome field, awesome food, and awesome folks!

Just so happens that they decided Gia-Norman was the best night flyer. He turns into "Zombie Norman" at night due to 19 meters of green LEDs inside of him, and then of course his red lit up eyes.

We put a watt meter on his lights... over 7 amps and more than 80 watts! Thats quite a bit just for lights.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 26, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 9,833 Views
We have had soooo much fun flying these things all together. What a hoot!
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 13, 2014 @ 11:18 AM | 9,929 Views
After a few successful flights, he now has earned his cow spots. Fun little plane to fly. At 27" span and light as a feather, he still does pretty good in the wind too.

I put a 1400kv blue wonder motor on him with a 3 blade prop. 2 or 3S 500s seem to both do fine.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:12 AM | 10,958 Views
Got my Be Be Norman from www.racores.com finished. I still need to add the cow spots to him, but dang he's cute.

27" span depron with a 85 watt outrunner and a Castle Creations Tbird 18.

I now have all 3 sizes of Normans from 27" up to the big Gia-Norman at 7 feet!

I love taking these to shows. Folks can't get enough of the cute buggers.