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Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 30, 2016 @ 07:38 PM | 1,265 Views
It was a nice day to be out in the build shed today so.... A new design was just released from Flite Test. I always did like the DR1 Tri-Plane so with a bit of free time available I spent half of the day and came up with this. I still need to do the cowl and the turtle deck yet and purchase some wheels that look more like the period correct wheels. More to come... Mudman1959
Posted by mudman1959 | Nov 23, 2016 @ 10:45 PM | 800 Views
UPDATE 12/01/16 Still a few left... Listing a bunch of Balsa and Foam kits for a Friend... Take a look, just click on the link.
Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 12, 2016 @ 07:59 PM | 1,548 Views
I like this one... Flite Test went all out on this one and really put some thought into the design. I still see some of the Flite Test "Arrow" in it but this one has had several mods to strengthen the wing for both positive and negative "G's". Also adding a larger center pod for FPV and more batteries. I was able to get the plans cut out and transferred to the foam then all the parts cut out and ready to assemble. It went together easily with the hardest part being the nose and hatch areas. Next is the Elevons and electronics......Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Oct 06, 2016 @ 08:33 PM | 1,515 Views
I built this one awhile back and finally found a Motor/ESC combo that finally works. I tried to fly this one at the CIFI flyin this last July but the Motor/ESC combo I had in it just did not have the guts to do the job. Well if the taxi testing I did yesterday is anything... this one wants to fly now! I have a gravel driveway and it has a few pot holes... well in less than 15 feet of high speed taxi it came off the ground and I chopped the throttle and it glided for about twenty feet. Looks like the CG is good. Now the weather needs to cooperate a bit. Rain and wind does not make for a good Re-maiden! Like the Spinner? It was white but a bit of purple paint later...

Posted by mudman1959 | Sep 07, 2016 @ 04:07 PM | 2,273 Views
My last wing I flew was at the CIFI Flyin in Saranac Mi. It had a few "Landings with Style" due to receiver issues and on one of it's last flights it just looked strange flying by... Are Wings supposed to flap their wings when they are flying? I know birds do... Well after a good look at the wing it was time to retire that airframe. So today I built a replacement for it... Coming in at 58 inches I now have a replacement... My own design on a tried and true wing that I have built quite a few of. Seems like I always go back to this one. I have changed the way it's built incorporating some of the Flite Test ways into it. It has a folded box spar and a paint stir stick across the center section. Powered by a 3 cell 2700 mah Lipo turning a 7x5 APC prop.
Posted by mudman1959 | Aug 02, 2016 @ 06:06 PM | 2,125 Views
Round #3 (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Jul 05, 2016 @ 11:50 AM | 7,341 Views
The 2016 "Crash In Fly In" at the Walter RC Park in Saranac Michigan. I had the honor to spend 3 days at the Walter RC Park... flying, camping and just enjoying the company of the other pilots. The weather was Great, a bit windy with the best day being Saturday. The day of flying was topped off with a Great Buffet that evening and a Fireworks show that rivaled some of the Big city ones. If you ever get in Central Michigan stop in and pay a visit to Dave Walter at the Walter RC Park.


CIFI 2016 (7 min 54 sec)

Jase Dusia cuttin up the sky at CIFI 2016 (1 min 11 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | May 10, 2016 @ 07:30 PM | 3,101 Views
I have been trying to figure out how I am going to launch my Cuda Para-noia safely without loosing my bits and pieces... So I did some searching and found the X8 bungee launching catapult. I was able to source out the 2 inch square and the 1 inch square aluminum tubing from a local metal manufacturing business, it was leftovers from previous jobs. I got a good start on the assembly of it but I need some additional hardware... Bearings or small roller blade wheels from the shoe skates. The rail is 8 foot long and split into two 4 foot pieces with a hardwood plug to join them back together held in place by two latches. The legs are 1 inch square stock. Looking at using a old Bow that I picked up for $10 and attach it to the front and run the bungees from it to the cradle. Still lots to do so stay tuned....

The "FAD" (0 min 42 sec)


Oh ya... "FAD" is short for "Foam Airplane Destroyer"
Posted by mudman1959 | May 04, 2016 @ 09:34 AM | 3,379 Views
I saw this beauty on the Flite Test articles forum and decided I needed one. Looking at the plans it looked like a fairly easy one to build but the wing needed to be a bit bigger... How about 90 inches bigger. Planning on splitting the wing in the middle to make it easier to transport as it is rather long. Hoping for a good powered "Floater" for some thermal action this summer...

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 22, 2016 @ 08:57 PM | 3,795 Views
Anyone on here ever use these and did you have range issues?
Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 20, 2016 @ 06:01 PM | 4,160 Views
My "Cuda Para-noia" is alive!!!!! Got a chance to work on it for a bit and got the Motors. ESC's and Servos installed. The first power up of the electronics looks good and everything worked...
It's Alive!!! (1 min 4 sec)

Twice the Fun (1 min 28 sec)
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Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:44 PM | 3,821 Views
The Turnigy 3648-1450 truly is a Beast! The power run shows almost a 80 amp draw and right at 1600 watts. I might have to get a higher C rated battery for this one... Mudman1959

Watt meter test (1 min 23 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 12, 2016 @ 10:01 PM | 3,883 Views
My first night flight with the Raiden did not go as planned... It was a jumbled mess of twisting, tumbling, turning colors without my glasses on. But you have to watch to see what happened... Mudman1959

Opps...!!!! The first night flight with the Raiden (2 min 31 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Apr 03, 2016 @ 07:47 PM | 4,298 Views
The Turnigy 3648-1450 putting out 1600 watts of power. I had it in the motor mount and locked down in the vise to the point I was afraid it would break the mount. Well as you can see the whole thing started to move in the vice and I quickly chopped the throttle... and that was at half throttle. This motor is a "Beast"!!!! I can't wait until it's mounted in the "Cuda wanna Bee". I should be able to hit "Plaid" speed and skip right past "Ludicrous" speed. Stay tuned for a up coming video of the flight... Mudman1959

"Holy Cow"!!!!!!!!!!! (0 min 46 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 27, 2016 @ 08:58 PM | 7,077 Views
Another one from Kevin Matusik... The "Slow Fish" I was looking for a real easy airplane for my Oldest Grand Daughter to learn to fly with. Kevin posted a video of it and it flew great! Slow stable flight with just rudder and elevator controls. The wing is a under camber wing with ribs and polyhedral tips. The fuselage is doubled for strength. Made using Dollar Tree Foamboard covered with vinyl lettering film in my Grand Daughters favorite color... Blue. I think I will put some stick on eyeballs on it and a cartoonish smile. I did add a peice of lite ply in between the layers for a later landing gear addition. I hope to have it finished in the next day or so. Video of the maiden... Soon.
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 21, 2016 @ 05:31 PM | 4,184 Views
Ok Guys and Gals... My oldest Son acquired several RC Gliders from a
gentleman that was getting out of the hobby. Here in lies the problem, we do not know what they are. If you recognize one or more please comment and identify the glider for me......Continue Reading
Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 09, 2016 @ 06:40 PM | 5,253 Views
Well another one emerges from the bench... Two planes in two days. This one is for my Grand Daughter who has a Birthday coming up. She asked me a little bit back, "Grandpa... when are you going to build me a airplane?" My reply... "Well I can build one you can throw and glide"... Her response... " No... I want one with a motor and a radio" sooo... the "FT Mighty Mini Sparrow" might just work. I put a mild power system in it and I hope it will be docile enough for her. If not... Well I guess I will have another plane added to the many. Of course I will have to upgrade the power system then and find something else to build for her. This one is a true "One Sheeter" of foam... I Like it!!!

The Flite Test "Sparrow" (1 min 14 sec)

Posted by mudman1959 | Mar 09, 2016 @ 08:55 AM | 4,232 Views
It followed me home... Can I keep it? 29 inches of Winged Awesomeness!!! Planning on powering it with a 2204-2300 kva turning a 6x4 APC prop. Should be a Sky Burner with this set up.

Posted by mudman1959 | Feb 16, 2016 @ 05:21 PM | 4,277 Views
You might remember that last year I made a plane called the "Cuda wanna Bee". It turned out great and flew fantastic! Laine Stahr (Lmopar69) designed it and is producing it as a kit in two different wing sizes.
Well he has designed another plane or should I say a twin... The "Para-Cuda". It is basically the "Cuda" times two. The same wing with an extension in the middle, two fuselages and yes two motors. Once again I had extra foam and decided I needed one... Sooo... The "Cuda Paranoia" emerges from my build bench. It has the same dimensions as my "Cuda wanna Bee" but it is now a conjoined twin. I built the wing in the FT style, it is essentially a "Versa" wing built backwards. The fuselage is double sided for strength and cut to fit and slid over the wing top and bottom. The wing has a aluminum arrow as a spar and some paint stirring sticks tying the three wing panel together. I hope to have ready for the CIFI (Crash in Fly in) in Saranac Mi. for the 4th of July weekend. Looking at dual Turnigy 3648-1450 motors turning 7x5 APC props. Should be interesting!

paracuda (4 min 28 sec)
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