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Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 15, 2009 @ 06:03 PM | 12,781 Views
Finally got a chance to snap a picture of some of my fleet together today. These are some of my favorite planes.

PS all of them except one are FOR SALE too! Gotta get ready for my next year tour in Afghanistan. The red/yellow plane with flames on it is NOT for sale. That is my baby!

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 08, 2009 @ 04:23 PM | 12,685 Views
What a great day! I went down to John C. Tune airport in Nashville, TN this morning and met up with Steve Johnson. Steve is the owner of an MX2 (serial number 009).

We took off from Rwy 20, headed NW out of the Nashville Class C area and it was off the hook from then on! Steve did rolls, loops, quban 8s, snap rolls, stall turns, knife edge and combinations of all of thee above. Full deflection aileron rolls are a blurr! The first one bounced my head off the canopy when he started, and when he stopped! AWESOME to say the least! That dude is an awesome pilot!

Then it was my turn! WOW is that thing responsive! Very similar to a Blackhawk acctually. So, I did some rolls and loops and general screwing around. Its surprising how my RC experience and helicopter flight time really make that stuff easy. Im sure my manuevers were not nearly as pretty as Steves, but over all I dont think they were bad. With a .93 to 1 trust to weight ratio in a 1200lbs airplane, that flies as smooth as that thing does, everything looks and feels "right"!

So, if you are ever wondering what to do late on a Sunday morning, find a guy with an MX2 and go for a flight!!!

You can see more pics and info about Steve and his plane at www.stuntplane.com

THANK YOU Steve!!!!

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 01, 2009 @ 07:55 PM | 15,145 Views
A couple hours ago I decided to get another ARF built this afternoon. I chose my new 51" span Bobcat from NeoPlanes.com. I would have to say, this was one of the easiest ARFs I have ever built! It took about 3 hours from pulling out of the box, to what you see here. Sure, there are no electronics in it yet, but, pretty much everything else is done.

Once my servos and brushless motor arrive, I'll have it all together and ready to go in no time.

Click on the "Comments" for this post and you can check out some more pictures and my "mini build thread".

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 01, 2009 @ 04:21 PM | 12,425 Views
Well, I figured out what plane to build today the easy way. I asked the wife. She is a HUGE fan of Gee Bees (she calls them Bee Gees cuz she's silly). Her favorite is the R1, but, I dont have one of those yet. So, I put this one together today. I'll install the electronics in a couple days if all goes right.

Now, lets see if I can get another ARF put together today. Might as well have the airframes ready for the electronics!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 31, 2009 @ 12:24 PM | 11,666 Views
Well, Im home from 11 days of flying an Army Blackhawk for high altitude training in Colorado. It was fun for sure, but, now Im home, and I have planes to build!

So, Im trying to figure out what to do next. I have a few planes waiting to be built/finished/repaired. An Eflite Extra, a Gee Bee Senior Sportster, an Ultimate Bipe, a 51" Bob Cat, a 60" flying wing, a Combat Corsair, a H.O.B. Mustang, a Bullit Delta, and a small Pitts S2 that needs a quick repair. Plenty of planes to choose from thats for sure.

I have power systems for most of them, but, I need a ton of servos and recievers to get them in the air. I guess I just need to figure out which one to work on first and order up some servos and a reciever to get-r-done.

Or, maybe I should work on my 46 Dodge... Or, maybe I should put the transmission back in my 1SGs Jeep... Or, maybe I should fix the transmission in my sons 93 Dakota... Or maybe I should work on my race car... Or maybe I'll just sit on my butt, relax for a few days and just hang out with the wife and kids. The latter sounds the best, but I just dont know if I can sit still that long!

Decisions decisions!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 18, 2009 @ 07:32 PM | 12,117 Views
Well, we had our fun last weekend at the Fun Fly in Tullahoma, TN. Time to get back to Army life. Im rollin out for Colorado for 10 days +/- to do some high altitude flight stuff. So, no more workin on my planes, and flying in the evenings for a week and a half. At least the scenery out there is awesome!

In other news, my 16 year old maidened the first plane he has ever built by himself! Its a 44" Cox 380 trainer. We chucked the brushed system and put in a Ultra Fly FRIO 9 brushless outrunner with a 10x4.7 prop and a 3S 1320 lipo. I took it up, trimmed it, handed it over to him and he flew out the entire battery himself! He did about 10 -15 patterns, 3 takeoffs, some "low approaches" and finally brought it in and landed it by himself. He came in a little steep, and broke the prop, but hey, the plane is still in one piece! Proud daddy I am! Now, to get him an AMA card so he can come to the field with me.

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 06, 2009 @ 11:01 PM | 13,626 Views
I got all the electronics in tonight. I put the Scanner RC servos from Hobby-Lobby into it that used to be in the SRT/10. A 6S 5000mah lipo supplies the electricity to run the Venom V-50 outrunner mounted on the nose with a 14x7 APC prop and a cute little Dubro plastic spinner. It has a Castle Creations HV-85 in it (overkill for sure) and a Castle Creations CC BEC to run the servos.

I made the top part of the fuse in front of the wing into a battery hatch held on by magnets. I replaced all the hinges on the control surfaces with dubro hinges. Of course, the covering is now Monokote with some automotive pinstriping on it. I also put some new Dubro control horns on it and I replaced the 2.5" foam tires with some 3.5" rubber tires to give it a tad more prop clearance.

I put the motor on some stand-offs to help get the balance just right. In "flight trim" it balances out perfectly with no added wieght anywhere. The only thing left, is to put a battery tray into the front over the top of the ESC then its ready to go.

So, now that its done... whats next? I have 2.5 more days before we head out to Tullahoma with the trailer in tow for the fall fun fly. Hmmm... there has to be another plane or two around here I can fix up real quick before we go. We'll see I guess.


EDIT: Put it on the wattmeter tonight. 1250 watts and 65 amps. So I could go with just a little more prop if I needed to, but, it wants to climb straight up out of my hands at about half throttle. Should be a fun plane! If I get home in time tomorrow, I'll put it in the air and find out.

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 04, 2009 @ 06:02 PM | 13,804 Views
On Wed, September 30th (my 35th birthday) my new (to me) .60 size H9 Super Stick showed up in the mail. Sent from a new friend down in Floriday, the SS had seen its share of use. I stripped it down, made some minor repairs, cleaned, cleaned, cleaned and cleaned the goo and slime off the plane, put on a coat of poly, sanded it and started recovering the beast.

4 days later, with a little help from my little lady (and a big mess in my building room) its done. Now, its on to installing the new power system. 6S 5000mah lipos, Venom V-50 400kv outrunner and of course, a Castle Creations ESC and BEC that should zing this thing around pretty good.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 30, 2009 @ 08:41 PM | 12,720 Views
A new aquaintance, srwtippler here on RCG, was kind enough to ship his old .60 size Hangar 9 Super Stick to me pretty darn cheap. I have a 1200 watt 6S power system sitting here and some servos, so, I figured what the heck. It looks pretty rough right now, but seems to be nice and solid.

Tomorrow, my two teenagers will be hard at it again stripping the covering off of another one for me. With any luck, by Sunday night I'll stick some pics up here after I make this stick stick out by sticking on some new sticky stuff to make this into a Super Stick we would all stick in our hangar. Wow, that stunk! Pics of the progress will follow of course.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 28, 2009 @ 10:06 PM | 12,710 Views
Recovered the little bugger yesterday during the NASCAR race and on into the Colts game. Took a bit longer than I thought it would, but its done. I used up some "short rolls" of metallic charcoal, pearl green and metallic silver. Of course, I ran out of silver pinstriping too, so that will get put on in a day or two. The bottom is red to match the landing gear. Looks kinda Christmasy with the green and red though.

The entire thing is kinda a concoction of random leftover stuff. Came out ok, not my best job thats for sure. But, the 700+ watts on board should make up for anything it dosnt have in the looks department.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 24, 2009 @ 10:55 PM | 12,332 Views
Well, that was quick! About 2 hours to strip the bugger down. One Cracked wing rib, a couple iffy glue joints, a little sanding, and a warped horiz. stab. Thats the damages I guess. Not that bad for a plane that has been through the hell this one has. That includes spending 2 weeks on the covered front porch at one point.

So, given that I have time I want to get it fixed up, recovered and back in the air in just a couple days. Heck its been 4 months or more since it flew last already. Im sure its happy just to get a little attention!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 24, 2009 @ 10:32 PM | 12,245 Views
So, I spent a couple weeks at Ft. Bragg about 2 years ago. While I was there, I found this Ultra Stick 25E for sale RTF with an OS 25 on it for $200. So, I needed a plane to fly while I was there and figured what the heck.

After 2 flights on the slimer motor, I pulled it and put on an AXI 2820/08 and a 4S 3700mah lipo. MUCH better.

Well, 2 years of flyin, one minor crash, landing gear ripped out a dog chewin on the tail section and hangar rash do a number on a "beat around" plane like this. TIME TO RECOVER IT!!!

With the help of my teenagers we started stripping down the old beast. So, I present to you, part 1 of the "Chronicles of the Beater Stick".

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 19, 2009 @ 06:45 PM | 11,581 Views
Hey all. So, after months of "life" getting in the way, I finally got the Demon and the Sledgehammer done today. They are RTF now. Fully glassed, and built nice and strong but not excessively heavy.

Both of them have identical power systems, Neu 1112 1Y motors, Castle Creations Phoenix 80 ESCs, and 3S 5000mah lipos. I will run an APC 5x5 prop on both of them for the maiden flight and we'll see where we go from there.

The Sledge is Blue and Orange.

The Demon is Yellow and Black.

Hope to maiden them tomorrow if the weather straightens up some. Stupid rain.

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 09, 2009 @ 08:52 PM | 12,427 Views
Here is a short flight video my son took for me. Nothing special, but, now you can see it fly! Hopefully I'll get it down to the water soon.

Splash 9 (1 min 10 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 30, 2009 @ 11:13 PM | 13,677 Views
One of my buddies (Warlord6101) got me thinkin about float planes and flyin off the water the other day when he built some floats for his 40 size trainer. So, I had to go out to the garage, bust out my CAD program and CNC machine so I could design something for some water fun.

This is the prototype I came up with. A seaplane I have dubbed "The Splash 9". It is CNC hot wire cut 1.9lbs EPP, hollow fuse, with a 32.5" wingspan, 9.25" chord, 4 channel plane that will have an outrunner mounted above the wing. I'll try it as a tractor motor and as a pusher and see what works better. It still needs a spar put in the wing, servos and control rods installed and a motor/esc mounted.

Once I get the design tested, tweeked and finalized if anyone is interrested in them I'll cut some more and put them up for sale. So, if you think this is something you might like to have, or if you have any ideas on what changes would make it more to your liking, LET ME KNOW HERE! And, well, if you hate it, think it sucks, its ugly or whatever, well, LET ME KNOW! I got thick skin, so its all good.

So, here it is, the Spash 9.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 13, 2009 @ 04:50 PM | 14,470 Views
Some days the planets all line up, the sun shines, the birds sing and everything just works out perfectly. Well, Friday, the 10th of July was one of those days for me.

I filed an IFR flight plan to Lexington, Kentucky, jumped in a UH-60, climbed to 5000' and off we went. I did the ILS RWY 22 into LEX, taxied down C taxiway to D taxiway and into parking at, get this, "Air 51" and shutdown the Blackhawk.

Joe came walking out to the helicopter to meet us. Joe an emergency room doctor, the owner of Air 51 AND the proud owner of "Hurry Home Honey", an original WW2 P-51 Mustang credited with 15 kills!

We met Joe a few weeks ago by chance when we stopped into Lexington for fuel. We all started talking and he offered to show us his collection of airplanes. The hanger door opened and OH MY LORD! Right there in front of us, a T-6, A PT-17, a P-51D and a couple others I cant remember right now! WOW was all I could say. Joe told us, that if we were ever up there again, to call him and we could get a ride in Hurry Home Honey! Needless to say, we planned our next flight to Lexington!

Again, we went down to the hangar, he opened it up, pulled Mustang 3751D out, did a pre-flight and fired up that big 12 cyl engine! The smell of the exuast is sooooooooo good!

Adam (my buddy) went first. I watched as the Mustang taxied out, took off and flew off over the city. About 20 min. later I watched Joe and Adam slide in on a perfect landing, taxi...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 06, 2009 @ 01:11 PM | 13,067 Views
I finally got some more work done on my Pitts M-12 this week. The airframe is pretty close to complete now. There are obviously some details to finish like the cabanes that connect the fuse to the top wing, control horns and linkages etc... The AXI 5345 and 22x10 APC are mounted, the Castle HV-110 is in, 7 Hitec HS 645MG servos are installed and I'll be working on it bit by bit this week if all goes right.

I just couldnt stop myself from putting the wings on and snapping some shots of it in the living room. The covering is sooo nice on this one and the fiberglass cowling and wheel pants are simply gorgeous. This beast sure fills up a room quick!

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 01, 2009 @ 10:35 PM | 12,882 Views
Maybe its just me, but for some reason, one hobby is just never enough. Not only that, but one project is not enough. Does anyone else have this problem?

I started building a O.C. Sledgehammer and a R.W. Demon 40 a couple weeks ago. They are both almost done, and sitting on the plane rack waiting for the finishing touches. I had to stop working on them to rebuild a transmission in one of my trucks. So, now the trans is done and back in the truck. So, what do I do? Start working on my 72" Pitts biplane again that I started about 2 months ago.

Oh, but wait, theres more... I have an engine tore down in the garage that I got back from the machine shop about a month ago. I still need to build it. I have my 46 Dodge truck sitting there waiting for me to do some more welding on the front end so I can put the steering system into it and put the front end back together. I have my race car (truck acctually) sitting there waiting for me to put the rear end back into it. I have a Yamaha YFZ 450 4 wheeler that I was messing with last week and I need to re-jet the carb. My CNC machine is sitting dormant in the shop waiting for me to cut and design some more planes, my web site is still not completed and running. Im studying for my annual check ride for work (in a UH-60). I need to finish the inside of my trailer for hauling my planes around... and so on and so on...

Amazingly, I always finish all my projects but I just dont have the ability to work on one thing at a time! I guess ADHD is rougher than I thought!

Oh well, I could have REAL problems.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 02, 2009 @ 10:38 PM | 14,628 Views
For some reason the guys at work say I have "the gift of gab". I cant say if thats a good thing or a bad thing on a normal basis, but, at times, it certainly helps the people around me (and me too!).

Last Wed. my company commander came to me and told me I am in charge of the fund raising event for our Battalion Organizational Day. The WHAT day you ask? "Org Day" is basically a day when the entire battalion (about 500 soldiers) shuts down. We all get together, have a BBQ and some "friendly" competition (Softball, flag football, volleyball etc...). Of course, all families are invited and we have events for the kids too.

Anyway, they want me to raise money for our Family Readiness Groups, or "FRG" (each company has one, and we have 7 companies in the battalion). I decided a "give away" is the way to go to accomplish this task. Since "raffles" are illegal, we will do a give away... no donation is necessary... but if you dont, Im guessing your tickets may accidentally get put in the wrong "container".

I have spent the last few days driving all over Clarksville, and even to Nashville to talk to local companies and collecting things to give away to the soldiers and families of our battalion. Let me tell you, driving around in my old beat up truck, with no A/C, burning through $2.50 a gallon gas in a flight suit for 4 days sucks. but, I have had worse jobs in worse places.

So far, I have $...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | May 27, 2009 @ 08:01 PM | 13,887 Views
Well, a little more work on the Sledge and the Demon tonight netted me some more color on them. I dont think I'll lose them in the air with these colors on them!

In the next couple days I'll get the elevons and hatch covers on.