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Posted by Eatch | May 20, 2012 @ 09:07 AM | 2,532 Views
Wow, what a long winter here in Misawa, Japan! We had record breaking snowfall this year, equivalent to 18 feet. Needless to say, it seems like I shoveled snow all winter. No flying at all between early December to mid April. The long winter did allow me to work out all the kinks of this little sport plane I began designing last summer. I'm calling it the Super Cardinal. Powered with a 400 size AXI motor (2212/20) and 1500mAH 11.1V. Not a 3-D plane, but she scoots across the sky quite nicely. Landings are nice and slow. I designed this plane with off the shelf Turbocad and am looking forward to many flights this summer.
Posted by Eatch | Nov 27, 2011 @ 01:53 PM | 2,837 Views
Just about finished with a twin motor sport plane that I've been working on. I designed this model with a simple over-the-counter CAD program. I'm hoping to get a chance to fly it in the next few weeks before winter really sets in.

The plane has a 48" wingspan and weighs in at 23-24 ounces with two Rim Fire 370 motors and a 2200 mAh battery. Propellers shown are 7 x 5, but I think I'm going to need a little more than that to fly at a decent speed. Since this is the prototype and extreme rough draft of the concept, covering is going to be minimal for testing purposes.

Wish me Luck!
Posted by Eatch | Mar 04, 2009 @ 08:10 PM | 2,329 Views
I just completed this Sport 300 this weekend. This is third version of my self-designed Sport 300. Originally I installed an E-flite 300 which offers more than enough power for plane, but in this model I opted for a BP hobbies 2208 (Yes, I know it's a low quality motor, but I wanted to run a few tests with the cheap motor before I install the AXI 2208) The model is covered with Coverite Microlite. Now, if only the 1.5ft of snow would melt off of our club runway...
Posted by Eatch | Feb 07, 2009 @ 07:35 PM | 2,329 Views
Over the past week I've been able to get the wing of the Sport 300 put together. Everything is fitting according to the plans, and shouldn't be too much longer before I start the covering. Only major construction left is routing the control rods for the elevator and rudder. Got to get a better covering scheme than the previously built Sport 300.
Posted by Eatch | Feb 04, 2009 @ 05:15 PM | 2,817 Views
Maine flying at it's best! It's freaking! The best thing about flying in winter here is when the deep snow gets a nice sheet of ice (between 1/2 - 2 inches) over the top of it, creating an infinite runway in all directions. It reminds me of the slat flats in the desert back in Utah, except for the fun of frostbite. Generally, I keep my batteries in the warmth of the cab of my truck. They are only in the cold for the duration of the short flights, but maintain their warmth from the discharge. Honestly, after four years of flying winters in Maine, I've yet to have any of the cold weather battery horror stories you hear about. It's the fingers that suffer in the cold, and that's really the only inhibitor to some excellent ice flying!
Posted by Eatch | Feb 02, 2009 @ 07:38 PM | 2,668 Views
This week I was able to just about finish the Fuselage on the home designed Sport 300. So far the frame is contructed with both the motor and Rudder/Elevator installed. I'll be updating with wing construction soon.
Posted by Eatch | Jan 20, 2009 @ 09:03 PM | 2,612 Views
Currently working on perfecting the Sport 300. A small field concept involving a plane that is light and durable enough for a small field, yet has the characterics of a typical sport/scale flying aircraft. I'm working on Version 3.0, and finalizing a few details on the plans. Version 2.0 is flying routinely and taking adjustments as needed. Version 1.0? hmm... well, haha, it was the prototype after all