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Posted by 1000MPH | Sep 20, 2016 @ 01:44 PM | 1,698 Views
I need a replacement for my Gyro Bee that I killed a few months ago.
I'm trying very hard to build this one simple, cheap and lightish.
Target weight is 30oz.
Build Specs:
Bee II cores
Std Hitec servos: HS 425's.
4 cell AA Sanyo Flat pack.
upgrade to .25" Fiberglass rod to replace the std carbon tube spar
.080" fg rod arched I-beam in stock location.
5mm x 1mm carbon ribbon sub TE spar.
Strapping tape: approx 2 full layers of standard 3" Bee tape.
thinned goop
spackle used sparingly
Oversized 2mm coroplast winglets
balsa wingtips (not winglets)
Orange Gyro/Rec'r
Posted by 1000MPH | Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:47 AM | 3,110 Views
I'm starting on a plan to build 3 JWs by next Spring. The idea is to develop a quicker building, lower cost, lower weight, more versatile airframe than my usual efforts.

All three will be built from the JW "Classic" kit available from
They will use standard sized servos and 4 cell AA nimh battery packs.
The current plan is to use only 2 layers of strapping tape and a simple covering design using Hobby King covering.
The fin will be the stock coroplast and the balsa elevons will probably not be glassed.
One difference is I will be building the first one with solid fiberglass rod spars instead of the stock carbon tube spars to prove if they are stiff enough and without a significant weight penalty for use in future builds.
Posted by 1000MPH | May 04, 2016 @ 12:24 PM | 2,623 Views
I was lucky enough to get one of these awesome planes a few month ago. I've only flown it twice with speeds less than 200.
This one is a lighter version. MKS 6125's with third bearing support frames, 4 cell AA battery in the nose. Quite an amazing plane and good looking in the air.

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Posted by 1000MPH | Nov 21, 2015 @ 06:02 PM | 4,608 Views
Windburner- 48" molded plank. Incredibly fast. Maidened last Christmas.
MKS 6125's in aluminum frames with external support bearing .
Oversized control horns
AA 4-cell Eneloop pack fits perfectly
Approx 52oz AUW

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Posted by 1000MPH | Oct 19, 2015 @ 11:42 AM | 80,677 Views
Started on a JW36 this weekend while waiting for spackle to dry on my Sonic.
The fuse was sanded round, thin gooped, and spackled.
4 pc .080 FG rods used for reinforcements.
I also cut out the noseweight bay using my standard method.
Pic is before I cut it out.
Posted by 1000MPH | Sep 28, 2015 @ 12:35 PM | 10,685 Views
This Moth was one of my first foamies. I loved this plane but constant rec'r problems (Berg) cause it's premature demise... twice.
I shelved it at least 5 years ago (edit: almost 8 years ago!). The fuse became a test for improving my "goop fuse" process and it came out beautiful. I knew it would no longer be a lightweight so I fully enclosed the sides and left only an access hole in the leading edge cutout. This meant all radio gear would go in the wing. At the time I was still using 72Mhz Electron rec'rs and they wouldn't fit. I ended up installing a Corona but then ripped it out last year and dropped in an Optima 2.4. New Hs-85s were moved further out and a custom 4 cell AAA pack was ordered from CanuckEngineering. I also added some spar reinforcements and a carbon TE. The elevons were reused, filled and glassed. The linkages are over/under style.
So much foam was missing from the rebuild that half this wing must be half spackle. It looks nice now but won't survive abuse, I'm sure.
I'm not expecting a 200MPH plane but will be happy if it flies nice up to around 150-175.
Current weight is 37oz but it looks like it might take 9oz to balance at the conservative 1.5" recommended CG.
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Posted by 1000MPH | Sep 11, 2015 @ 08:31 AM | 6,218 Views
Aaron over at jwglider has recently re-released the classic Bowman Sonic.
This one will be be built for medium DS. I'm not going for a record build just want one of similar weight to my DS Bees which are about 44-45oz.
Edit: AUW is approx 50oz. Must be due to less sweep and heavier main spar behind the CG.
I'm starting now with hopes that it will be ready by Thanksgiving.

5 cell AA Eneloop flat pack
Hitec Optima 6 channel 2.4 with battery telemetry.
Standard Sized Tower TS-64 servos. These are the old and excellent Hitec HS-635 Karbonite gear BB servos as far as I can tell.
.240 Solid carbon rods in stock location
.220x.092" Carbon subTE spars
3 layers of strapping tape
Monokote /Ultracote/HobbyKing covering. Edit: only HK covering was used with Ultracote flames.
Oversized "Bee Style" winglets
Fiberglass bagged balsa elevons
4-40 linkages
Posted by 1000MPH | Sep 01, 2015 @ 06:58 PM | 5,044 Views
This is the 4th of my "40oz Bee" series builds.
Again, this is not built for outright speed but for DS furballs and general DSing. I expect top speed to be under 170 and in the 100-150 range.
The kit is an old Bee with an extra exposed spar slot on the top of the wing.
It's also the first DS combat wing I've built with fiberglass bagged elevons.
I hope to maiden this weekend.
See my other blog posts for build threads and pics of this style build.

Here are the specs:

5 cell batt pack
4 - .080" Fiberglass rod spars.
.25 Solid FG rod in stock location
extra spar in the exposed spar slot, I think it was the stock carbon tube spar
.22" Carbon subTE spar
Standard Hitec HS-425 servos moved outboard and just in front of the stock spar location
3 layers of strapping tape
Monokote/Ultracote and Hobbyking covering
Oversized winglets
Upgraded balsa elevons bagged in 6oz fiberglass cloth cut on the bias,
4-40 linkages

Here is the extra spar slot I mentioned above. I bought a 6 pack of these when Ming switched production to the Bee II.

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Posted by 1000MPH | Jul 28, 2015 @ 09:10 AM | 5,696 Views
After reading a few threads on cheapo vacuum bagging techniques I decided to give it a try on some Bee elevons.

I bought a food saver at Costco a few months ago to actually use in the kitchen with an idea in the back of that my head that I might be able to use it for bagging fins or elevons. I had come across several mentions of the technique in RCG.

The food saver came with a 10 foot roll of 11 inch wide bag material. It has one smooth side and one textured side to help with the vacuum. I had already purchased a quart of West Systems epoxy on Amazon several years ago for finishing out a few molded planes. My local plastics store sells fiberglass cloth by the yard. I bought 2 yards of 6 ounce cloth for about 15 bucks.
In some of the threads I read about using dry erase instead of mylars. After talking to a couple friends while flying they suggested I simply use plastic sheeting from Home Depot, I was wary but willing to give it a try.
I bought some 4 mil. I also bought a few cheap disposable paintbrushes. I was concerned about the brush is losing it's bristles so I CA'd the bristles into the ferrule.
I thought about it for another few weeks and then decided I had stalled long enough, it was time to give it a shot.
I cut a 6 inch wide by 30+" long piece of 4mil plastic sheet. Then 2 pieces of glass cloth approx the same size but on the cloth's bias.

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Posted by 1000MPH | Jan 26, 2015 @ 02:19 PM | 6,504 Views
WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 29
Root Chord: 12.25"
Tip Chord: 5.25"

WS: 60"
Leading Edge Sweep: 16.5
Root Chord: 10.25"
Tip Chord: 4.5"

WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 20.5
Root Chord: 10.1"
Tip Chord: 4.1"

Predator Wings
WS: 36"
Leading Edge Sweep: 29
Root Chord: 11.75"
Tip Chord: 4.6"
Full foil cores

WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 29
Root Chord: 12.9"
Tip Chord: 6.4"
Full foil cores

Frank Cavazos Model Crafts
WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 27
Root Chord: 11.9"
Tip Chord: 4.9"
Elevons: 1.1"-2.6" (reverse tapered)

Wing Warrior
WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 30
Root Chord: 15"
Tip Chord: 6"
Elevons: 1.1" to 2.5" (reverse tapered)

Ridge Runner
WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 27.5
Root Chord: 11.8"
Tip Chord: 5"
Elevons: 1.1" to 2.5" (reverse tapered)

WS: 36"
Leading Edge Sweep: 30
Root Chord: 10.75"
Tip Chord: 4.25"
Elevons: .75" to 1.5" (reverse tapered)

WS: 25"
Leading Edge Sweep: 35.5
Root Chord: 7.4"
Tip Chord: 3 .2"

Combat Wings

Wing Span: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 30
Root Chord: 15"
Tip Chord: 6"
Elevons: 1.5" to 3" (reverse tapered)

Zagi LE
WS: 48"
Leading Edge Sweep: 30
Root Chord: 12"
Tip Chord: 4.75"
Elevons: .9" to 2" (reverse tapered)

Speed Wing
Mini Speed Wing
WS: 24"
Leading Edge Sweep: 37
Root Chord: 8.5"
Tip Chord: 3.5

WS: 48" (23-3/8"ea)
Leading Edge Sweep: 30
Root Chord: 11-5/8"
Tip Chord: 5-5/8"
Posted by 1000MPH | Jun 12, 2014 @ 01:15 AM | 7,787 Views
To celebrate the re-release of the JW kits I've decided to start another one. I need a fun flyer for Weldon.

Target Weight: 70-80oz
Solid spar "pro" version
Full span elevons.
Balsa and spruce fin
Gooped fuse
Metal geared Airtronics fast std sized servos
5 cell AA flat pack.
All gear in the wing
2.4 Hitec rec'r
Posted by 1000MPH | Oct 16, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 9,955 Views

Up next is the Bee II.
This is the second of the 3 Bee builds I'm doing for DS "furballing".
The main build thread is here in the DS Forum.

Here are the modifications:
5 cell batt pack
4 - .080" Fiberglass rod spars.
.25 Solid FG rod in stock location
.22" Carbon subTE spar
Standard Hitec HS-325 servos moved outboard and just in front of the stock spar location
3 layers of strapping tape
Oversized winglets
Upgraded balsa elevons
4-40 linkages

Target weight: 40oz
Posted by 1000MPH | Sep 13, 2013 @ 12:25 AM | 9,002 Views
I decided to build 3 40oz EPP wings.
All versions of The Windrider Bee 48" . The Bee, Bee II, and the BeEvolution.
I want these planes to fly fast but not too fast and I want them built tough.
I would like to be able to have three pilots fly them at the same time in what we like to call a "DS furball".
This is not combat, more like formation flying with a little bit of rubbing and bumping.
The Bee and Bee II should fly identical but the build will differ slightly.
I'm starting with the BeEvolution.

BeEvolution - a molded EPP combat wing from Ming at Windrider.

Here are the modifications:
5 cell batt pack
4 - .080" Fiberglass rod spars.
.25 Solid FG rod in stock location
.22" Carbon subTE spar
Standard Hitec HS-325 servos moved outboard and just in front of the stock spar location
3 layers of strapping tape
Oversized winglets
Upgraded balsa elevons
4-40 linkages

The build thread is located here.

Posted by 1000MPH | Jul 23, 2013 @ 01:01 PM | 9,331 Views
JW Fuses a la Stu:

I weighed my last fuse at various stages and will list if available. Also, the pictures are of several different fuse builds so try not to get too confused.

1. Glue the rear of fuse with full strength goop. Let dry. (2.1oz)

2. "Sand it round" with 50 grit. Not 80 or 120 etc. I use a belt from a belt sander cuz I can't find 50 grit at home depot or walmart. 50 grit seems to pull up less chunks, go figure.
Click this bar to view the small image.

3. Add whatever reinforcements you want. My latest and greatest is 4 pieces of .080" fiberglass. 80 cents for a 4ft rod. End result seems as stiff as the carbon ones I've made.

4 Create a noseweight space. I slice a long rectangle of foam out of the front of the fuse, cut the sides off and goop them back in their original spot.

5. Thin goop the raw EPP. Several coats if you feel like it but not too thick. I use 2 coats max.

6. Spackle over the gooped fuse. Hint, wet EPP or watery spackle helps with the first application, especially over thinned goop.

7. Sand, respackle, sand, Repeat until satisfied.
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Posted by 1000MPH | Mar 21, 2013 @ 06:02 PM | 8,995 Views
bee weights
2.4oz Wing cores ea
4.7oz total
.36oz ribbon spar
1.57oz Servo HS-325HB
3.14oz Servo x2
.47oz switch
.54oz Electron rec'r
1.97 oz AAA batt
11.18oz w/o glue
12.0 W/ all gear installed
13.2 after fully spackled and ready for thinned goop

13.7oz 1 coat of goop top and bottom before tape
14.1oz 2nd coat of goop in front of cg
13.9oz after 1 day drying
15.9oz 1 layer of 3" on bottom only. new tape pattern
17.7oz fully taped
18oz with extra extreme tape on LE. cg forward
cg at 7"
18.2oz thinned goop on bottom
19.2oz bottom covered w/stripes
20.6oz top covered w/o decorations
20.9oz w/ flames
.30oz ea Winglets
1.01oz ea elevons with one layer of 3M extreme, thin goop, monokote.
Posted by 1000MPH | Mar 07, 2013 @ 12:43 PM | 29,130 Views
Several people have asked how I do my flames...

The top is covered in one solid color and then the flames are cut out of Monokote or Ultracoat and added. I grabbed a gif from an r/c car site a while back and I modified it in PhotoShop (scale, skew) to suit my needs. Ultracoat is easiest because you can easily transfer the image to the paper backing. With Monokote it's best to 3m77 the stencil to the backing and cut around it.
It takes only about 1/2 an hour to cut out one wing.
Apply the flames in one piece (per wing) very carefully using the lowest heat setting that will activate the adhesive. Start near the leading edge and work along it. You can go back and adhere the flames then turn up the heat and seal really well. The Fluoro Monokote always makes an ugly gluey mess. Clean up with acetone.


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Posted by 1000MPH | Feb 11, 2013 @ 03:42 PM | 8,008 Views
  1. Build carefully and clean.
Search these topics:
Predator Bee, BeEvolution, Predator Rebel, Devastator DTV, HP60,
thinned goop (goop thinned with toluene or xylene)
Potted servos
New stuff

where you fly and how you fly are also factors in what or how to build.

For hard core DS foamy tips and taping techniques look here

Predator Rebel Build thread, great all around building techniques with "new stuff"
Posted by 1000MPH | Jun 21, 2012 @ 01:01 AM | 8,595 Views
I forgot to post this one. I finished it last year but was skunked at several attempts to maiden. This is my heaviest JW yet at 105oz. It's still a single spar kit but I upgraded to solid carbon rod and carbon subTE spars.
I've switched to using the fluoro on the flames to help see the wing when it's coming at me. It helps.
I got it to 200mph last month so I'm happy. I think that makes it 4 of my JW builds that have gone at least that fast. I think there's more in it if I can keep it together.
Posted by 1000MPH | Jun 21, 2012 @ 12:47 AM | 8,676 Views
Here's a great little 24" plane now being sold through Matin at NCFM.
The Half Bad.
I'm not really happy with my build on this one and it still needs some tweaking to get if flying well. Other folks are flying them from light to really heavy. I have another kit so we will see...
Posted by 1000MPH | Jun 14, 2012 @ 08:18 PM | 8,858 Views
I wanted to see what would happen if I built a Windrider Bee capable of 200MPH. I'm not sure it will go that fast but didn't want the build to hold it back.
The results...
4 layers of 3M 8959
Carbon Sub TE spar
Standard Tube Spar with steel rod insert
Leading edge I-Beam config carbon rods
Ribbon spar
5 cell AA pack
Standard Hitec Digital servos moved out to 9.5" from CL
Full TE w 4" fixed inboard and out.
4-40 linkages.
Spruce and balsa winglets
NO Laminate Film!!.
NO glassed or carbon elevons.
CG has been tested at the usual 8-1/2" but it's much more stable at 8-1/4". Inverted flight is still good but I'm going to have to do some tweaking.

Speeds: Maiden 166MPH at Weldon.
200? Maybe.

UPDATE: 2/19/13 - Got the Bee up to 190 at Weldon in winds 30-42. Really felt good just when I was about to rip off the fixed trailing edges and start over.

UPDATE: 5/26/13 - I broke 200 at Weldon in really smooth winds 30-50mph.
Final speed was 204mph. Really happy with the performance of the Bee. Pretty cool to do a punch-out to speck altitude in about 5 seconds.
The general consensus is I need to bag the elevons if I want to go any faster, they are quite flexible even cut down and covered with strapping tape.