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Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 05:27 AM | 5,846 Views
You can find plans for this on the net. Great little indoor flyer and even ok outdoors in zero to light winds.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 05:23 AM | 5,470 Views
Another really good plane. Unfortunately when I made mine it was my first time with tape and glue and iron on coverings and I warped one of the wings. But it still flys ok. I really love getting this plane in close in a bowl with strong lift and throwing it around like crazy. I'm talking about 10 ft in front and up. I'm thinking of rebuilding it with a rudder as I reckon it's that aerobatic.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 05:18 AM | 5,313 Views
One of my best ever planes. A true sportster. You could buy only this plane and be happy for the rest of your flying days. But who can stop at one plane.

Well after a year and a half the Mini Pulse is no more. I was knife edging it rolled inverted and I pulled instead of pushed. Classic case of dumb thumbs. Geeeez it went in hard as you can see.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 30, 2008 @ 05:14 AM | 5,280 Views
This thing started out as Electric but I wanted to give sloping a go. So here it is. It was only polystyrene and ended up a squishy mess. But by that time I was hooked on sloping.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 28, 2008 @ 04:54 AM | 4,669 Views
EEEEK what a fragile plane. Make sure you can fly really really well before you buy this one. I couldn't!

It was repaired from the damage you see here but didn't last too long. Walls and ceilings can come up real fast when flying indoors.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 28, 2008 @ 04:50 AM | 4,289 Views
I found a new trick on how to hinge EPP when building this one. Tapes just don't stick to it. Anyway I stumbled across an idea in a magazine which seems to have worked fine. I'll post it here for anyone else building from EPP.

You cut the angles for hinging as you normally would. Then you butt the edges together and using a hot glue gun run a bead along the seam. Then while the glue is still warm flatten and spread it down using the back of a metal ruler or razor blade. Seems to work fine!

It's a really good 3der this one. But the EPP is a little thin and tears easily. Also I ended up with come carbon rods to reinforce the fuse as it flexes a bit too much.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 07:11 AM | 4,462 Views
This plane looked great, as do most EFlite planes and flew well at speed. But it had a wicked stall when it slowed down and I mean wicked. Also it wasn't that slow when it stalled. There is a lot of stuff about this plane on the web. Some love it some hate it. Ultimately the stall was it's demise.

hehehehe here is the log I wrote after it's last flight

flew the Edge around last night and it was twitchy as hell as usual but all was going ok. I had been going for about 6 minutes just doing general circuits when I came around again the same as I had already done about 20 times when BAM! It just drops a wing. From about 25ft up itís un-saveable and spirals into the ground. Both sides of the fuse were badly broken where the wing attaches (again) the motor was hanging out (again) the cowl was even more damaged than before. It was bad. I was pissed as I had done nothing different or wrong than I had been doing. I was looking at it, getting the battery out and thinking about the 4 hours plus of fix ups I had coming and then it would fly even worse again. So I punched itÖ I knocked it out.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 07:01 AM | 3,680 Views
One word


PA Electric Shock 6\7\2008 (3 min 55 sec)

Well after more than 2 years this plane is officially retired. It was such good fun and truly took massive punishment and repairs and kept flying. It's a great plane to just keep in the car and fly pretty much anywhere. With a Thrust 10 motor and 10x4.7 apc prop it's pretty fast and can eat up airspace quickly. It does slow down a fair bit on a 10x3.8 and is easier to fly like this in tighter spaces. Also battery life is a bit longer.

Get one of these and 4 or 5 zippy 1000mah batts from Hobbycity and try and wipe the grin off of your face.

I'm pretty sure I'll get another one and if I do I'll put it under a new entry EShock II
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:51 AM | 3,735 Views
I only got a few flights out of this before a failure of the weak depron elevator saw it crash hard. For a foamy it was a pretty long build, but it looked pretty good.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:45 AM | 4,020 Views
Another great plane!!!

I got it for $179 from Efly World. Plane, brushless, li-po, servos. Just added my reciever and away she went. This was my first flatty and I wasn't sure what to expect. The few bits I could find on the internet about this plane say it is an excellent 3D trainer. Now I hadn't done 3D before but I'd have to agree. It's pretty easy to put into the breeze go nose up and fly very slow. My hovers were kind of like really steep slow harriers and my slow rudder reaction often saw them roll out.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:40 AM | 2,788 Views
These planes are really pretty good. I upgraded mine to brushless pretty much straight away and flew the wings off of it. You can find them in hobby stores for $50 these days. Oh this photo was when it was near to death.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:35 AM | 2,585 Views
This was my first aileron plane. It flew really well but unfortunately didn't last long. I was flying it one day and having great trouble controlling it. I thought it was because it was too windy. It kept going full up elevator then settling, then full up, then settle, it was all over the place. I should have just landed, but being inexperienced I kept trying to fly it back to me, but it kept getting further away. It was last seen looping behind a school near where we were flying and by this stage it was about 200 metres away. One loop, two loops, vanished. I searched and searched but never saw it again. I later found out one of the wires on the elevator POT was loose.
Posted by Mr Kamikaze | Aug 23, 2008 @ 06:29 AM | 2,598 Views
The Hobbyzone Super Cub is a great place to start learning RC planes. It's cheap flys well and looks like a plane. It is also only 3 channels (no ailerons) so is easier to fly. It is very durable and easy to repair with a bit of tape or epoxy. I've still got mine and it now has a brushless motor and ailerons.

Oh well time to say goodbye to Supercub. It's been great fun and is responsible for this whole RC thing for me. It started as a rudder, elevator, big dihedral, brushed trainer and ended up having ailerons, brushless power and no dihedral. Every time I went to trash it I just couldn't do it and had to re-invent it. But finally I'm over it. I put it in today and just can't be bothered anymore. Bye old friend...

Here it is scaring the cr4p out of them at an indoor night.