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Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 11, 2018 @ 07:33 PM | 1,646 Views
It started with a mess all over the work bench... But in a two day period it became something. The Flite Test "Edge" looks really good! Well why not I asked myself... So the plans were printed and cut out. Traced to the foam and hand cut. Lots of Good Rock & Roll music playing in the background, Hot Glue was flying everywhere... And it slowly emerged. The plane is a bit bigger than the original FT one as I am thinking about powering it with a over powered Brushless Motor. I cannot leave it stock! And of course there will be mods as I see the need. More to come...

I finally got the tail and the nose finished up.

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Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 04, 2018 @ 08:30 PM | 1,415 Views
Hey all... Did anyone else see this new tool in the October issue of the Model Aviation magazine? I have one airplane that uses the “O-ring” to hold the prop on and have fought with it more than once trying to get it on. This tool makes it a lot easier! Speaking of making... well that’s what I did. The allen wrench from FT was bad so with the scrap piece of brass tubing and a little filing and drilling I now have the tool. Works great!
Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 27, 2018 @ 10:07 AM | 1,203 Views
Once again my Hobby is under attack! The Government, Private Parties and Corporations want to limit my access to fly my Radio Control Airplanes. The pending new rulings include that my Radio Control Toy must have a Transponder System installed so they know when and where my Toy is at... At all times. I follow the AMA regulations and am a current Member. I fear our Hobby is now threatened and this may make our Hobby disappear. We live our lives by Rules and Regulations but this is getting ridiculous! The New Bill has already passed the House and now is up for a vote in the Senate. Please help us keep our Hobby alive! Read the attached AMA write up on this. Please contact your area Senators and let them know to vote NO on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 26, 2018 @ 08:34 PM | 1,193 Views
The Old FT Explorer received a Upgrade today... No longer sliding in on it's belly that's so caveman... It now has landing gear, The next FT project... The New Long EZ. This one should be a challenge to see!

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 17, 2018 @ 10:08 AM | 1,507 Views
I acquired this one from Dave Walter at the Walter RC Park in Saranac Mi, and it was just the cut foam only. It is a West Michigan Park Flyers "McFoamy" but it was one of the early kits which is no longer produced. I finally received the missing wood and carbon fiber parts for it and started the assembly yesterday. Covering is colored packing tape I had leftover... Uncovered assembly Pics are from the WMPF site as I did not take any during the assembly...

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Posted by mudman1959 | Jun 27, 2018 @ 10:20 AM | 2,606 Views
A Modified Flat Build P-40

I thought I might be able to do a few mods to the Flat 40 and give it a bit of an upgrade. Going to do a Flite Test Motor Pod. Not to sure on what to do about the white areas at this point. Maybe colored Markers to try and match the printed colors. We will see....
Stay tuned... Mudman1959


Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 18, 2018 @ 04:39 PM | 2,081 Views
Just a quick built F22... 21 inch wingspan... Cut the plans out, traced them on the foam and cut the pieces out. All done this afternoon. Power is a 1350 Kva motor turning a 6x4 APC Prop with a 30 amp ESC on a 3 cell Lipo. Should move along nicely!


Plans are for a Nano F22 that I blew up to 400%
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 27, 2018 @ 12:03 PM | 1,682 Views
Traded off the Zagi Fixx for a New Zagi... The Zagi HP... EPP Foam, 48 inch wingspan. The build to start soon!


And the Build starts...
Got a chance today to start the build on my New ZAGI HP 48 inch EPP Wing. They have updated the kits with carbon fiber strips for the top and bottom of the wings to keep the "Ole Zagi Flap" to a minimum. It also has a Plywood main spar that gets reinforced with a carbon fiber strip. Mine came with a roll of Fiber reinforcement tape and two rolls of the colored tape. The hardware kit is very complete including the pushrods, pushrod control clips and plastic control horns, all good quality parts. I had a older Ducted fan laying around that has a great can motor, unsure of the KVA but I am sure it will turn a 5x5 APC on a 4 cell lipo with no problems , going to have to buy a few batteries. So after a bit of surgery it was removed from the fan assembly and now lives in the Zagi. The Plastic parts have all been updated to .060″ Styrene which is definitely stronger! This one should be a fun one to fly... Stay tuned


May 9, 2018 (0 min 55 sec)

Well it flew... One round around the patch to get it trimmed in and then I threw the juice to it.... It torque rolled into the top of a tree and made it all the way to the ground. Only damage was one wingtip fin was MIA. The prop even survived! Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 06, 2018 @ 06:51 PM | 1,780 Views
A all original in the box ZAGI "Fixx"... Even has the ZAGI candy in the parts bags... Looking at trading it back to ZAGI for an updated ZAGI. This one is too brittle to fly but it is a complete kit maybe ZAGI can reproduce a new one out of better foam someday... This one has some repaired damage from being bounced around for a few years......Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 02, 2018 @ 05:56 PM | 4,222 Views
January 1, 2018 (1 min 20 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jan 02, 2018 @ 04:51 PM | 4,246 Views
Snowy Wheels and Frozen Flying Things Fly In at the Walter RC Park in Saranac Mi. on 01/01/2018. A decent turnout for it... Good hot Chili and Hot Dogs... Cold Wind, Deep Snow and Frozen Fingers for some... All in all a Good Day!

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Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 29, 2017 @ 06:56 PM | 3,250 Views
Today a Friend and Mentor to myself and many a RC person passed away and flew on to a Greater Flying Field... Michael "Crash" Hancock lost his battle with Cancer. He was a Gentle Giant and a Friend to all. He would give you the shirt off his back if you asked. When my Youngest Son came home from Afghanistan he was really having a hard time with his depression and memories. Crash and some of the guys in and who listened to the Crash Cast sent a bunch of RC goodies for my Son and got him back up and flying and back to more/less normal. Never did I expect this. The first time I met Crash was at the Crash in Fly in at Saranac Mi. several years ago... It was like I knew him forever and we talked for quite sometime. I had been listening to the Crash Cast for awhile and Crash with his deep Radio Personality Voice imparted upon us his RC Wisdom and Knowledge. Sometimes the show went awry but Crash took everything in stride.
He will be Greatly missed! So in the words he ended all of his shows with... "Get out there and build something, Fly something and enjoy this Great Hobby of ours"
Wings Up and Wheels Down Buddy... You will be missed but Not forgotten.

Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 07, 2017 @ 01:10 PM | 3,380 Views
Started this a bit back... Almost ready to fly.

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 26, 2017 @ 07:03 PM | 4,446 Views
What would you do with a Old RC AM Transmitter? Well not much as it just a memory of by gone years in RC flying. BUT.... If you have a a good imagination you just might see something in that Old RC peice of junk. I took my Old Airtronics SR Series AM Transmitter and gutted it and installed the electronics from a Blue Tooth Receiver/Speaker unit by Rave. It took about an hour to make the transition from a store bought Boom Box to something a RC Nut like me would like... It sounds pretty good for a cheap cost. The unit was $30 from Best Buy and within an hour or so I now have something cool!


Jammin... (1 min 41 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 02, 2017 @ 09:08 PM | 4,470 Views
He's all of 17 or 18 and handles a RC Airplane with ease... If you have never seen or heard of him your missing a treat! This Boy can fly!!!!!! He puts his plane thru maneuvers, twists and turns... things a airplane should not be able to do. He is currently the "Ace" when it comes to RC Flying...

2x XFC Champion (2014, 2016)

2017 Weston Park "Best of Show" Award (England)

2016 Clover Creek Invitational Freestyle Champion

2015 Tucson Aerobatic Shootout Freestyle 3rd Place

2013 King50 Champion

5x XFC Finalist

And he just keeps getting better! Had the honor to watch him fly yesterday at the Walter RC Park in Saranac Mi. another Great place to fly and Great people who run it! Watch the video and enjoy! Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 02, 2017 @ 08:44 PM | 4,392 Views
A short flight with the New power system... no problems during the flight but the landing went long and ended up in a scrub pile with 2x4 boards ripping a wing off. Well being it is built out of DT foamboard... I will just have to make a New Cuda, better, stronger and faster. But enjoy the video and please pardon my "French" part of the way through it... Mudman1959

The "Cuda wanna Bee" (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | May 09, 2017 @ 07:12 PM | 5,828 Views
I have been following 3D LabPrint for awhile now... and when they came out with the Stearman I knew I needed one. I have a Dollar Tree Foamboard one but it came out rather portly. It flies good but it really needs more power. All of the electronics in it will go into the 3D printed one. One of my Co-workers at work just recently got into 3D printing and decided to print this plane. This one is going to be a Static display only. The next one will be mine and printed in the Blue and Yellow colors and fully flyable. So far I have most of the fuselage glued together but waiting on additional parts to be printed. I like the layout and the internal supports which makes for a sturdy construction while keeping the weight down. So far it weighs next to nothing. I do think the thickness should be a bit more maybe. The Detail is fantastic! More to come...

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 16, 2017 @ 06:31 PM | 6,185 Views
I acquired this one from a Friend this last year and decided to start putting it together. It came with a old power system "Brushed Motor" and a Ni-cad battery. Updating it to "Brushless" and a 3 cell Lipo. I need to finish taping the top and bottom of the wing first then it gets covered with a very thin mylar tape which was included in the kit. Going to use a 2700 Kva brushless motor on it turning a 6x4 prop and a 2200 Mah 3 cell lipo. Wingspan is 38 inches so this one should be a real screamer... The original motor mounted onto the preformed plastic center section so that needed to be modified to use the brushless motor. Added a spar to the center as this one will be going a bit faster than the original intended design... Hope it stays together! Stay tuned...


"Zagi" Fun!!! (2 min 8 sec)
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