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Posted by Arecer | Sep 24, 2012 @ 10:06 PM | 5,075 Views

We decided that a mid-sized tow plane was needed for the HighPoint Aviation fleet, so we were very luck to find this one ready to fly and we traded our little 2M Porter for it.
Posted by Arecer | Sep 23, 2012 @ 04:34 PM | 4,453 Views
Here is a picture of my buddy Dave's recently completed 1/4-scale Schweizer SGS 2-33 (Aviation Concepts kit) on approach to landing at the HighPoint Aviation Airfield near Cumberland, MD:

A lot has happened since my last RCG Blog post. We have become very involved in aerotowing here in the northeastern USA. Where to start?

* March, 2011 – Hosted the Second Annual Spring Aerotow Event at the HighPoint Aviation Airfield. Put in 11 hours of flight time aerotowing with the 3.3M Porter.

* March, 2011 – The website launched on Saturday night at our Spring Event.

* April, 2011 – Participated in two symposiums at the Toledo Show on aerotowing.

* May, 2011 – Hosted a beginner aerotowing clinic at the HighPoint Aviation Airfield.

* June, 2011 – Built another small towplane from the new Hobby Lobby 6’ Electro Telemaster.

* August, 2011 – Completed the build of an electric powered Aero Works S2 Sport Cub tow plane for Alex.

* August, 2011 – Attended the SKSS Aerotow event in Newark, Delaware and helped with towing duties with both large and small tow planes.

* October, 2011 – Hosted the second annual fall aerotow event at the HPA airfield.

* November, 2011 – Hosted the 45th Annual Cumberland Soar for Fun at HPA.

* December, 2011 – Started the build of a scale 4M Schweizer SGS 2-33 sailplane. My flying buddy Dave started building his at the same time.

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Posted by Arecer | Nov 13, 2010 @ 09:02 PM | 5,893 Views
Between Thursday evening (11/11/10) and today (11/13/10) we have logged five hours of towing time with the 2M Porter. It has turned out to be a serious tow plane! The OS .91 4-stroke engine is starting to come into it own now and is making good power using a Master Airscrew 3-blade 13x8 prop. Total time on the airframe and engine now stands at 12hrs 28mins. Here it is at sundown today:

Posted by Arecer | Nov 09, 2010 @ 08:25 PM | 6,055 Views

Posted by Arecer | Nov 09, 2010 @ 08:23 PM | 5,987 Views

Posted by Arecer | Sep 19, 2010 @ 10:44 PM | 7,262 Views
The maiden flight is history and the second flight is in the log book too! What a little sweet heart. All went well (in spite of the wind). Here it is out in the light of day:

Posted by Arecer | Sep 18, 2010 @ 11:01 PM | 7,222 Views
This has been an interesting year for R/C. Seems we have done more building and more flying than the last five years put together! The building season started off with a 4M Lunak sailplane and 12' Electric Telemaster for Alex plus a 3.2M Pilatus Porter for me (at least that is what I thought at the time). These wrapped up just in time for flying season (not counting that snow ski flying in the winter). Well then the foamies started. Two Easy Glider Pros, two Easy Stars, a FunJet, and a Cularis were all built at the field in between flying sessions. Then we started to get serious about aero towing and Butch wanted a twin to my Telemaster 40 tow plane. No kits were available, so we did a full scratch build from the plans to my kit built Telemaster 40. Three weeks later, here it is:

Then we decided to make a road trip to Connecticut to see Lbuff and Spasierb in their native habitat! Since they are big (and I mean BIG) scale guys, I decided that I would need a scale tow plane. After nearly a month in transit, my second Porter arrived from ICare. This one is the 2M version and boy is it cute. Finally got it all together today and hope for a test flight tomorrow.

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Posted by Arecer | Jul 12, 2010 @ 09:55 PM | 7,232 Views
The big Gentle Lady has been flown numerous is one day at the field:

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Posted by Arecer | Jul 12, 2010 @ 09:43 PM | 6,024 Views
The Fliton Freestyle Extra 330 (pictured below) just didn't suit my style and was sold. A Fliton AJ Extra 330 was purchased in its place. The AJ had its issues, but mostly it was okay until it shucked a wing during a snap roll. Fortunately, only the airframe was damaged, so we purchased a Great Planes Edge 540T as a replacement. All of the radio gear, motor, esc, etc. bolted right in place on the Edge and it was flying six days after the loss of the AJ Extra. Have to say the Edge is by far my favorite of the two planes. Here it is on the day of the maiden flight:

Posted by Arecer | Jul 12, 2010 @ 09:31 PM | 6,144 Views
The spring of 2008 brought bad news for my Telemaster 40 plans, both of my 4-cell 4400mAh LiPo batteries intended for use in the Telemaster 40 died. This prompted an electric to glow conversion using an OS FS.52 that had been sitting NIB under the workbench for almost ten years. Off came the AXI and on went the OS engine! Anyway, It has worked out great and the Telemster 40 has been serving as tow plane for a gaggle of Multiplex Easy Gliders and a few other 2M and 2.5M sailplanes. Here is a glamour shot:

Posted by Arecer | Nov 05, 2009 @ 10:31 AM | 7,091 Views
Being an old balsa buster, it seemed like a good idea to make a 150% Gentle Lady. For size reference, the workbench top is made from a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood!
Posted by Arecer | Sep 30, 2007 @ 09:06 PM | 7,069 Views
The first flight is now history...actually the first four flights are now history! The trim scheme had to be put on hold so that the beautiful weather could be taken advantage of for the maiden flight. It was a vision in RED!

Posted by Arecer | Sep 25, 2007 @ 07:26 AM | 7,621 Views
Flying season always cuts into building time. Anyway, got back on the Telemaster this past weekend and the covering is nearing completion. Next will be the trim!
Posted by Arecer | Apr 08, 2007 @ 10:28 PM | 7,693 Views
The project is coming along and so far everything has gone smoothly. Have been "think building" the covering scheme...and it looks good! Now we will see if we can get it onto the plane!
Posted by Arecer | Mar 25, 2007 @ 09:08 PM | 7,791 Views
The Alfa Mustang made five flights today!

The first four were with a PolyQuest "Twenty" 1800 mAh 3-cell LiPo and the fifth flight was with a Thunder Power 2100 mAh 3-cell LiPo pack. Motor run time on the 1800 pack was well over ten minutes. Very nice little plane!
Posted by Arecer | Mar 04, 2007 @ 09:42 PM | 7,805 Views
The Alfa Mustang is now ready to fly, just waiting for the weather to be more suitable. Don't want to belly land on ice and snow! Decided to use the MP Jet AC 28/7-35D outrunner motor, APC 9X6 SF prop, and a Phoenix 25 controller. Battery will be a 3-cell 1800 mAh LiPo. Here is a picture of the little fellow.
Posted by Arecer | Dec 17, 2006 @ 07:33 PM | 8,275 Views
Another beautiful Sunday...a picture is worth a thousand words!
Posted by Arecer | Dec 12, 2006 @ 09:18 PM | 8,229 Views
Wow...what a beautiful day, and I had the day off! Obviously had to go flying! After a couple fast climbs and faster dives with the Jerry, just started flying back and forth on the slope and after a little bit the Jerry was looking small. The lift in the clear blue sky was smooth, big, and broad. Got comfortable in my flying chair and just kicked thing the 20 minute timer was going off on my transmitter...time flys when you are having fun.
Posted by Arecer | Dec 11, 2006 @ 07:22 AM | 8,222 Views
Beautiful day and mild temperatures...soaring was great! After forty years of flying, I learned a few new things about how these amazing toys work!
Posted by Arecer | Dec 04, 2006 @ 08:04 AM | 8,803 Views
It was the second outing for my second HL “Jerry” (the first got traded for this kit and some cash). For awhile there, seeing my buddy flying my old first Jerry, and still having the second one in the kit box, I had that momentary flash “What was I thinking!”

Anyway, the new Jerry is now finished and flying and it is sweeeeet! Reconfigured some things and went with a 4-cell Lipo and geared Medusa 28-56-1900 inrunner turning a 15x13 prop. Goes up fast and comes down fast and generally looks good in the sky.