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Posted by moscow580 | Dec 08, 2011 @ 06:39 PM | 16,167 Views
With the Nieuport XI successfully behind and still alive (didn't maiden yet) I was looking for a new subject to build. I really like the Golden Age of airplanes and with the help of my good friend Owl he found some nice plans on Outerzone of the Laird Super Solution. Here is a quick read about the airplane at the Wikipedia.

I was looking for that Golden Era, Art Deco, look and Owl pointed out the Solution as a possible subject and I just loved its curves and huge Bull Dog Face. The plane in full size is not really that big with a 21ft top wing span, but the one that J. Doolittle flew is very pretty and sleek.

The plans that Owl found were for a free flight subject with a 15" wingspan, but I have increased that to a whopping 45". Ever since I been flying the 1400mm Nitroplanes P-47 it is hard to go back to the 30" (800mm) planes.

Lately I have just been observing the plans and trying to see how I wish to address each aspect of the airplane. Most like I will increase the wood size by 3x as well to make it very sturdy, and I plan on sheeting the plane rather than stick build. I will probably cover the model in MonoKote or the like, but the real question was the scheme. Owl has suggested a modern day scheme and I found Mike Goulian's plane scheme (see below) to be to my liking. A little of old meets new.

Hope people will stop by periodically to offer tips.

This is going to be Team Build, and Owl is going to build the same subject, but in the 800mm category.

I truly enjoy building as it allows me to explore hidden talents, I enjoy building together with a friend because it creates the excitement that one can not achieve alone.

Good Luck to us both.....
Posted by moscow580 | Nov 06, 2011 @ 09:46 PM | 8,412 Views
Today was a cold day in CT, but the weather was calm and it was time to Maiden the Nitroplanes 1400mm P-47D. Before taking this plane flying I was amazed at its sheer size. My dad (RIP) flew .60 size warbirds, mostly TopFlite warbirds, and I realized that this Thunderbolt is not so much smaller than those planes. That airplane is only 1600mm, which translates to 6 inches bigger (3 on each side) on the wingspan. Also the motor supplied by Nitroplanes is pretty massive.

The plane came RTF, and went together almost without a hitch. I learned the hard way (should have researched on RC Groups first) that the carbon fiber wing support does not go into the wing so well and after shaving it down a bit (and breaking a collar here and there) I was able to get the plane together. It does go together pretty easily, but for the wing issue.

I was just amazed by its size and was a bit intimidated, but was happy to have a large scale model. I did more research about the plane and watch the box review of PartyJohn69, which was quite extensive and informative, especially about the correct CG. I decided to use Partyjohn's numbers and the plans and sit some where in the middle. I added 6oz to the nose behind the "firewall" and it balance on my Great Planes balancer.

Well the maiden flight was not without moment. The minute it took off you can see the nose pop up and the tail do a dolphin, and I said to my son "this is not good." I got the plane level and...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Oct 27, 2011 @ 07:21 PM | 9,003 Views
I recently purchased the Park Zone Stinson Reliant. I first saw it out at a local field and thought that it was a very elegant looking plane. Since I got into architecture in college I always like the Art Deco time period and different styles that came out of that period. I find the art to be very balanced and somewhat cautious, but with an air of behind the veil desire to be uninhibited.

Take the Stinson's wing shape. It is like the wings of a bird as she stretches them out to take off. The wingtips taper down to a small oval shape. The Stinson Reliant is a true child of that Art Deco art form. I think that is why I liked it so much and find I might build more models from that same Golden Era of Aviation. The designers appear to want to keep the traditional shapes of aviation, but also let the design live on the fast side as well.

I took the Reliant to fly the other day at the baseball fields. It flies very nice. It does not have any bad characteristics, and if balanced and trimmed well the plane will fly hands off the length of the whole field. It is somewhat maneuverable. I performed rolls and loops, and just yesterday I did a lot of touch and goes. This model has flaps also installed and it really brings the model in slowly for a docile landing. You can hear in the video that it was a very windy day. The wind was throwing the Reliant around, but it was easily controlled. The best part was putting the Reliant into the wind, cutting the throttle to 1/4 and dropping the flaps, and it will hover into the wind. At this point the pilot can practice using rudder to keep the plane level as well as elevator to keep in in the wind.

Hope you enjoy.

Park Zone Stinson Reliant (4 min 12 sec)

Posted by moscow580 | Oct 08, 2011 @ 11:47 PM | 8,802 Views
November 28, 2011 - The Nieuport is done. Today I finished the little items and balance it. The battery compartment idea I had is a little tight, not impossible, but tight. I ran the motor to have the motor come lose, so I had to remove the dummy engine and re-tighten the motor. All said and done it is ready to fly. Look for separate blog entry for the maiden. Yeah.

November 24, 2011 - Getting Close. Last night I created a dummy engine (see photo below), I attached the cowl, installed the motor, ESC, and receiver - everything seems to work , now I need to paint the hatch for the bottom, and balance the airplane, and it is ready to fly. I was thinking to make a Lewis Gun on top, but that is not for now. With any luck the weather is cold, but not windy I will try to maiden it next week. Stay Tuned.

November 18, 2011 - I have hooked up all the servos and the surfaces are working fine. I added wood to the landing gear to make it look more scale. I need to attach the motor and I am thinking of making a dummy motor for more scale. Then the wheels, glue on the cowl, make hatch for the bottom, a fees other minor details, balance and wait for good weather. No wind.

November 3, 2011 - EXTRA EXTRA read all about it....the Nieuport 11 is presently a single part aeroplane. After speaking with a technician at the plant who requested that his name be kept anonymous has released two photos below showing the Nieuport with all surfaces glued on.

I did not...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Oct 03, 2011 @ 06:11 PM | 8,494 Views
API: Connecticut

The F-86 has flown it last flight. Badly riddled with battle scars the technical team could not repair it to flying form. Thus, all of the electronics has been removed and will be recycled in new 64mm EDF....decision on which one has not been released to the press as of yet.

The beloved P-51D from Hobby King (or Art Tech) has been laid to rest this past Saturday evening. The gathering was small. Some friends (HK P-38, unfinished Nieuport 11, and badly injured Ultra Stick 25e) were in attendence. In its last moments friends heard the P-51D saying, "I gave it my best." Doctors related that due to massive nose and fuselage injuries, the past plastic surgery was not holding. The final death blow was laid when it was learned that HK had no more replacement props.

A replacement has been considered, but due to the close relationship has been held in abeyance until time to mourn has fully abated.
Posted by moscow580 | Jul 11, 2011 @ 11:22 PM | 11,462 Views
I recently purchased the Hobby King P-38 out of the CA warehouse. The shipping was reasonable ($15) and it came within a week of ordering it. At first when I opened the box was surprised that it was a lot smaller than I expected, but after thinking about it I realized that just like my Art-Tech P-51D it is just to scale, but larger, because it is a larger aircraft.

I assembled the P-38 over a week period (we were very busy getting the children to NYC for camp) and there were not real building problems. The only issue, which is raised in the videos on You Tube, and the HK website itself, that the retracts that come with the model are no good. Well they were close--they are useless. Right out of the box when I checked the retracts the nose gear was very loose when fully extended. I literally could wave it back and forth. I attempted to tighten it by twisting the clevis closer to the servo, which created tension, but not enough (I was nervous about the first landing ). I then finished off the plane by installing the props and spinners, but the shaft on the motors are two short to accommodate, the prop, spinner, washer, and nut. I ended up removing the washer on one side and just used a larger nut (turns out the motor is the same motor used on the Hobbico Cessna 182 - Version 1 of the Nitroplanes and Banana Hobby Cessna as well).

This past Sunday I took the P-38 out for the maiden flight I was riddled with problems from the get go. I wanted to taxi a bit to...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | May 26, 2011 @ 12:19 AM | 9,841 Views
The title says it all. I bought the Hobby King P-51D for my birthday last year. Since then I have crashed it: 1) into a tree, 2) inverted into the ground, 3) thrown to the ground by wind, and recently 4) outside looped it into the ground. Yet I flew it again today. And how do you say....Just $2.29 and you are good to go....oh yeah...and good 3M packing tape. Let's step back a moment and see what happened.

I was flying my P-51 and was trying to fly inverted at low altitude. Unfortunately this plane can not keep a level inverted flight pattern. It's tendency is to go straight for the ground even with full down elevator. I subsequently checked the throws, but I am maxed out. Nevertheless in that fateful crash I busted the nose and the engine mount. I thought about buying a new fuselage, but instead I called Hobby Lobby and they had the engine mount, bought two and within a week a I was ready to go. Oh what is the $2.29, well it is the hot glue gun I got at the dollar store....the extra $0.29 is for the trigger one, and the other dollar is 24 sticks of glue. I put the plane back together and went flying again (I also ordered a new cowl, props and spinner from Hobby King).

Fast forward to last Thursday. I decided that I wanted to fly inverted again, but this time I took the plane up about 3 mistakes high, and sure enough when I put it upside down the plane started to dive and even with full down elevator it nearly crashed again, but I flipped it over and...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Feb 24, 2011 @ 12:17 AM | 10,839 Views
Well I got these plans from Peter Rake about 2+ years ago and starting building it about 6 months ago. I got very far in the framing of the airplane and just slowed down, because I lost interest in cutting the wood myself and the time constraints I had. I wanted to fly and building the Nieuport was going to slow that down. So I traded my larger airplanes for some smaller aircraft and flew those and put the building aside. Then I thought I would build the Guillow's Hellcat I had lying around, fully framed that one....and yes lost interest.

Well I am back at the Nieuport and had some good solid days of building. I have the fuselage practically finished structurally (i.e. landing gear, hatch (top battery, and bottom electronic), push rods, etc. I have glued upper wing together and my next project is putting in the servos for ailerons. The only thing at this point giving me pause is how I will attach the wings. The plans call for gluing them in place, but from past experience, I wanted to do something different, and presently I am putting those thoughts together (later I will have photos).

Getting back to the fuselage. The photos below show the full fuselage with the tail section pinned on. I have decided to go with a solid tail section, because being heavy handed I broke my other tail sections when working with them....and don't ask about how many times I hit the trunk of my car . I will cut fire holes into the tail section to lessen the weight.

The other...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Dec 22, 2010 @ 04:07 PM | 9,901 Views
Well the winter has come to CT. There is no snow, but lots of wind. I did not think the wind would be a problem with my planes, but I unfortunately made some bad decisions and killed three great planes.

Victim One - On December 5 my kids were visiting my mother in NYC my wife needed the whole day to write a paper she had due on the 6th. I charged up all my batteries and went to a quiet parking lot to fly my two airplanes. I recently traded for the Flyzone Cessna 182. The maiden was a success and I really enjoyed flying it (different day). I took the plane out of my car and should have realized the wind was too strong when I could hold the plane against my body (wing to my body) with just the wind. Yet I was so excited for the flying time I took off anyway...Wrong Move. First the plane tipped over and cracked the prop...was I going to let that stop me...NO! . I took off anyway....well....with only 7/8 prop the plane had no power, and to kick it off the battery door dropped off (forgetten to lock it in ) and the battery dropped out. I landed the plane right on the tricycle - Ouch!!! . That broke the front landing gear...but to tell you the truth the plane never flew again the same....Fast forward to last week...take into the wind (too strong of a breeze)....forgot to check the prop that came power...plane flips over onto nose and cracks plane in half....DOA...

Victim 2: Well did the crash of the Cessna on December 5 sober me up...NOoooooo... I can...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Oct 26, 2010 @ 11:44 PM | 10,002 Views
Well I finally got back to my Guillow's Build. I have been having so much fun with the other airplanes (breaking them also) that I have not put aside time to continue the build (all future build info will be on this blog). I framed the wing and created an aileron for the right wing. I am going to create an aileron for the left wing next. I basically cut out the ailerons over the plans that Guillows provides and then I created a form for the aileron area with a spare piece of 1/16" stock. Below are some of the photos of my progress. I am now trying to figure out how I want to operate the ailerons. I put a lot of thought into it (one friend showed me his corsair which had cables) and I think I am going to use a variation of a bellcrank system. I was rummaging through my parts drawers when I happened upon a circular servo arm that was the right diameter to fit between the very small space between ribs. I am going to mount the arm upside down and run one piece of music wire at 0 degrees and the wire to the aileron at 90 degrees. I am thinking that will work.....worth a try.
Posted by moscow580 | Oct 19, 2010 @ 11:07 PM | 9,552 Views
Being a religious person I guess I am always looking for G-d in everything I do. Well my modeling is included. Something happened the other day that is more than amazing it is down right miraculous.

I was flying a new model I traded for - the E-Flite Mini Ultrastick. I have an E-Flight 480, 30 Amp ESC that is from my Art Tech F4U, and a Turnigy 1500 battery. The first flight was ok, but when I landed I hit some higher grass and tore the landing gear right off. But that did not stop me.

I put the lame gear aside and checked the motor and it was working, picked up the Ultrastick in my right hand, turned on the motor and tossed that baby into the sky, and it flew just great. Well while I was do some rolls and loops all of sudden the battery hatch flies off the airplane and the battery shoots out of the hatch, and the planes starts doing a series of end over ends. . I keep my eye on the airplane (hey that is what dad said to do always and I thought I was controlling the end over ends - you know - keeping it straight). Well finally the plane end over end (Oh..that is loops, but the tail snaps around and starts over again). Finally with the plane about 15 feet off the ground it does one more loop and lands on its damage....amazing. Now remember this whole time I thought I was controlling the airplane.....Nah nah nah boys and girls, when I got home I realized that, "Hey wait a minute - no battery no power to receiver, this plane looped straight to the ground with no damage.....let me tell you it was at least 150 feet in the air when the battery flew out.

One can call that coincidence.....nah...that is G-d.

Nuff said on that topic.
Posted by moscow580 | Sep 16, 2010 @ 09:29 PM | 9,855 Views
The last couple of weeks has been very successful modelling weeks. As I stated in earlier posts I thought of hanging up the transmitter when things were not going well, but I realized that I was the problem in all cases.

I was excited to get back into the sport about 4 years ago, even scratch built a Thomas Morse Scout (36"). But from the get go I was in for trouble. I really wanted my planes to fly but was walking into the sport blindly knowing nothing about electric motors, escs, batteries, etc. I went to a local hobby shop (not DHC) and was not guided very well. I installed my E-Flite 450, 2100 MAH, 36 Castle Creations into the Scout and went out flying (I will spare you all the other mistakes). From the day I started flying you hit high engine (nitro) and take I watch the Scout scream off and do loop after loop after get the point. and it was nice airplane....

But what I did not realize is that I was a blind person walking on the bank of a river, where the damage to be caused was greater than the chance of success.

Then my father passed away (modeler after 46 years - my father, mentor, buddy, etc.) and I inherited his air force of 1/4 scale airplanes (See one below) all 27 of them (e.g. P-38, P-51, P-40, you name he had it. I also inherited 4 of his 3Seabees WWI 1/4 airplanes... gorgeous see them at (SE5A, Fokker DVII, Sopwith Triplane, and Fokker DV).

But I did not take it all home with me. I donated...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Sep 02, 2010 @ 12:12 AM | 10,183 Views
Another day another stick of hot glue. Well I haven't been on for a while, just been busy with life in general. I have been flying the foam off my Ultimate, and it has gotten banged up a bit, but take to the workshop, add some hot glue and I am out to the park the next day (sometimes right there by the car).

If someone tells you if you buy it at the $1 store your are wasting your money, is true for most of the cases, but I have found something that actually works. I bought for $1.29 a glue gun and a package of glue sticks ($1). I did not expect much since I bought it for a dollar, but I must tell you I have already bought three (get the ones with the trigger) and believe it or not it works great.

Back to the building. Well it was all my fault (as usual). I was set up to take off and I allowed the plane to track to the right as it rolled down the "runway" for take off. As it got airborne I tried to bring it around, but the nose shot up and I compensated with down elevator, unfortunately the plane was heading for phone wire and I 95 Interstate. So I brought it around to the left and thought, phew , but next thing you know it BAM right into the building. Thought I was clear of that structure, guess not. Well this impact broke my prop adapter, cracked the top wing, unglued the cabane strut, cracked the bottom wing, knocked a piece of the bottom right wing clear off, and minor damage to the tail feathers. Well I smiled, put her back into the car,...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Aug 16, 2010 @ 09:58 PM | 10,242 Views
As a small child I fell in love with the Guillow's models. I was seven years old and my dad allowed me to own my own X Acto Blade and he bought me my first Guillow's model, the J-3 Cub. I still remember how he sat with me and showed me how to remove the parts from the die cut sheets (before they were laser cut) and how I painstakingly cut those formers out and destroyed each one and spent most of my time repairing the formers and not building the airplane. One thing that rings in my ear today is my dad telling me how these models do not really fly but they are fun to build and I would sit there daydreaming how I wish I could figure out a way to make them radio control.

Fast Forward 35 years and one day I am surfing the internet and I found a chat group affliated with Guillow's models and they were successfully converting Guillow's models to RC. Then I found RC Groups and did a search for guillow's models and found a thread of list of the different models and their builds. Well I decided I would dust of my Hellcat and try to build and convert it to RC (I have a thunderbolt as well).

This past Saturday night I finished stringing the fuselage and was considering a hatch for the battery. I decided (with help from milesperpound) to create a hatch that traveled from Former B2 to Former B7. I wanted the full canopy to be part of the hatch. I proceeded to use my dremel tool and cut into each former level with the ground and then cut the stringers. I am going then create another B2 and B7 top half (recess it back on each side a bit) apply some earth magnets (purchased from RC Timer) and hopefully I will have the hatch. The question is what to cover the hatch with. Presently it is stringed, but I am thinking of sheeting it. Will think it through. Here are some photos of the work.
Posted by moscow580 | Aug 16, 2010 @ 12:24 AM | 10,026 Views
The question we must ask ourselves as hobbyists is whether it is more important to take the next flight or go home with an airplane that is 100% ready to fly tomorrow. The song states, "you have to know when to hold them...know when to fold them." The question is whether we can overcome the temptation not to hold, but fold them when there isn't even a pair in our hands.

This Friday was one of those days, where I decided to Fold Them and I still have an airplane. I decided before Sabbath (we are Sabbath Observant) to get a couple of flights in. My wife was happy to see me finally partake in my hobby and gladly agreed. I thought I would fly maybe for a half hour or 45 minutes. Two batteries two to four flights. Well I went to my local park (two minutes from my house) and the area I like to fly (all tucked in the back surrounded by beautiful foliage) was mine for the taking (a lone runner was circling the area). I connected the battery and took off. It flew just like a dream once again. While I was flying an unexpected right turn took place (actually my fingers executed the turn, but my brain was on Pacific Standard Time) and I landed without moment in the baseball diamond across the way. I picked up the plane - no damage - and proceeded to check it out for the next flight. All was well and I took off again. This time I started to hear a fluttering noise. I thought it was the decals peeling off, but my dad's voice reverberated - any problems just land...Continue Reading
Posted by moscow580 | Aug 13, 2010 @ 12:42 AM | 9,791 Views
I read a story in a magazine wherein the author described this great hobbyist as one who learned to fly his planes, through the build, fly, crash, and fix method. I was going through that as well and getting quite down with my performance. Even my wife, who is very supportive was questioning whether I should continue, but I felt that I wanted to continue.

I went to my local hobby store, Danbury Hobby Center, and asked Karl to suggest an airplane that will restore my confidence in the hobby and he directed me to the Ultimate. It was all foam and I was a little uneasy about the build, because my last couple were complete flops. Yet I said ok and I proceeded to build it. While building I came on here at RCGroups and read the different posts of what different situations that other hobbyists encountered and tried to incorporate those mishaps in my build. I followed the instructions and I did not follow the instructions (the true hobbyist). Well I finally finished the Ultimate right before we left for vacation and had to put the maiden on hold. After returning I was ready, balanced, and off to the field (with my wife as the biggest pusher).

Well I started it up and took it slow. I taxied around and finally decided that this time I would take off, but as I revved up the motor it made a funny sound....wouldn't you believe it the motor mount screws all came loose. OK this is for the happened on the ground and I came home with a 100% good airplane, but was...Continue Reading