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Posted by pecanpatch | Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:19 AM | 1,890 Views
1st annual Warbird Rally at the Pecan Patch

I want to thank all the guys who came out and supported my first annual Warbird Rally..

I believe the number of pilots was 16 which wasn't too bad considering Hurricane Irma had rolled thru the Monday before. So there were a lot of people that could not make it due to having to make up work or clean up debris from the storm.
We had a nice variety of Birds from a tiny Screaming Rare Bear to a 1/3 scale Stearman with a Moki Radial and smoke system.

The new flight line seemed to work out well...... and only 1 plane was lost (the dreaded down wind turn)

It got really hot during the day and hardly a breath of wind....... BL Prosser and I hit the pool which I have never done in Mid-September before!
Everyone seemed to have a good time and for sure we will do it again....Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | May 31, 2017 @ 08:32 AM | 5,243 Views
This is a blog to document the building of my Slow-Boat.

Most of the pictures were taken with my old phone.....
My new phone takes much better pictures, but oh well.
I did my wing spars different, as well as the way I established proper dihedral.
There are usually a lot of questions in that area of the build....

This plane is not difficult to build , but for me the sequence of it is a lil strange......
So all you aspiring Slow-boat builders, I hope something in here is of help.

Feel free to ask questions...... but after a time, they may get deleted to keep the flow.

Thanks for your interest!

This is the Build thread for the slow boat.........
Posted by pecanpatch | May 11, 2017 @ 02:07 PM | 3,955 Views
I paint my own pilots and other details..... if you do as well , this may be of some interest!

Paint Shaker DYI (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by pecanpatch | Apr 10, 2017 @ 01:39 PM | 5,689 Views
Repairing a big wing. (0 min 54 sec)

Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 09, 2015 @ 08:08 AM | 7,497 Views
This is a link a friend sent me and it is a great tool for uploading models from one transmitter to another.......
I put it here to make it even more easily available to all......
All credits to the original poster!
Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 05, 2015 @ 09:00 AM | 8,337 Views
In regards to Ultra-light flying verses RC flying........

For me:

RC flying is way more fun because my ass isn’t on the line.

Ultralight flying is like long periods of grandeur and amazement, thrown in with a few minutes of sheer terror that something bad is about to happen.

When you fly ultra-lights, non-cool people see your plane, and then proceed to tell your wife to get good insurance because “he is certainly going to die”.

When you fly ultra-lights it’s like you are a bottom feeder, the dumbest of the pilot world. "Real" pilots call your plane a flying lawn chair. They have laughed at me for having a GPS on board as if “how can you get lost in a plane that slow?”
“Real” pilots tell others that; “Those ultra-lights are dropping like flies”. That may be true but at least they don’t need 2000’ to land, and the crash synopsis usually doesn’t include the terminology; “Charred bodies” or “Spam in a Can”.
The first thing “Real” pilots usually say to me is “Ever thought about getting some more ratings?” …. As if; how could anyone be satisfied with this kind of flying?
I have radioed my intentions per all stated normal flight practices and had “Real” pilots bust right in front of me on final approach…. This; just because their plane is faster and they don’t want to wait. No radio warning or anything. Just bullying. No apologies. Nothing. (Of course I had to go around the pattern to avoid their wake turbulence)
People make fun of me because I wear...Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Oct 22, 2015 @ 08:23 AM | 8,070 Views
I like having control of my LEDs so i use a brushed ESC to turn them off and on. If you use a channel with a knob to turn or a slider, then it is like a dimmer switch.

I solder in a extra JST connector onto the brushless ESC..... then i plug the brushed ESC into that. If I am flying in the day time i can unplug it.
Posted by pecanpatch | Oct 12, 2015 @ 02:58 PM | 8,788 Views
My Ernie wing mid-aired and it split in half...
It went back together simple enough... but there was some places missing.... easy fix....
The red marker was to tell me where not to waste glue.
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 11, 2015 @ 10:26 AM | 13,020 Views

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Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 13, 2014 @ 08:25 AM | 11,259 Views
The Japanese Zero.....

and how we learned to fight it.

In April 1942 thirty-six Zeros attacking a British naval base at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), were met by about sixty Royal Air Force aircraft of mixed types, many of them obsolete. Twenty-seven of the RAF planes went down: fifteen Hawker Hurricanes (of Battle of Britain fame), eight Fairey Swordfish, and four Fairey Fulmars. The Japanese lost one Zero.

Five months after America's entry into the war, the Zero was still a mystery to U.S. Navy pilots. On May 7, 1942, in the Battle of the Coral Sea, fighter pilots from our aircraft carriers Lexington and Yorktown fought the Zero and didn't know what to call it. Some misidentified it as the German Messerschmitt 109.

A few weeks later, on June 3 and 4, warplanes flew from the Japanese carriers Ryujo and Junyo to attack the American military base at Dutch Harbor in Alaska's Aleutian archipelago. Japan's attack on Alaska was intended to draw remnants of the U.S. fleet north from Pearl Harbor, away from Midway Island, where the Japanese were setting a trap. (The scheme ultimately backfired when our Navy pilots sank four of Japan's first-line aircraft carriers at Midway, giving the United States a major turning-point victory).

In the raid of June 4, twenty bombers blasted oil storage tanks, a warehouse, a hospital, a hangar, and a beached freighter, while eleven Zeros strafed at will. Chief Petty Officer Makoto Endo led a three-
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Posted by pecanpatch | Jul 18, 2014 @ 12:05 PM | 12,724 Views
Part of the evolution of the GeoBat.
This plane (at least the 26" Version) is capable of sliding on grass to take off and land.
The first PDF uploaded here is the 36" version which actually has not been proven yet. The airframe is proven, just not the Slider Part of it

I had a computer glitch with the 26" version and am going to post it up ASAP.

Rule #1
This is a Blog not a Normal build thread so:
Dont get your itty bitty feelings hurt if I delete a post along the way to keep the focus on the build.

As of this writing there are 3 SliderBats flying and everyone loves'em!
Dont even think about building this plane if your not ready to embrace a 3 axis stability system or receiver. It makes a world of a difference and will fly like crap without it!.

Much more info to follow.... questions are welcome, just remember rule #1
Posted by pecanpatch | Feb 28, 2014 @ 11:09 AM | 13,780 Views
I am building a Combat plane designed by Larry Towner ....
It's featured here in the parkPilot web site....

I also wanted to include these pictures I took of BJ Thomas' blue Wonder at HHAEFFI
Posted by pecanpatch | Dec 30, 2013 @ 11:16 AM | 13,766 Views
My Saito 80 bearings went bad and upon dissassembly the rear main bearing fell apart.
The main rear bearing outer race was stuck. Several hand tool methods were tried to no avail.
I had to come up with another plan... I measured the diameter of the ID of the stuck race... then cut a piece of 3/8 square key stock a little oversize.
I welded a dowel pin to the middle of that.....
Then I went to the lathe and turned it to size and tapered it for easy welding.
Then I dropped the dowel pin thru the front of the motor and wedged the cross bar into the race.
I Tig welded the bar to the Race on both sides..

after it cooled, I simply tapped it on the workbench and the stuck race came right out..... Skore!
Posted by pecanpatch | Aug 28, 2013 @ 09:14 PM | 16,476 Views
A big thanks to Tripp Grissom for videoing the TiggerBat Sunday at the Griffin field. This video is a dream come true for me for many years.... I'm glad I finally got it done... I hope ya like it....
Click on comments below to see more posts on this subject

TiggerBats big show (7 min 47 sec)

Posted by pecanpatch | Aug 16, 2013 @ 11:11 PM | 14,659 Views
I had this 12 Volt fan and wanted a way to keep my FPV transmitter cool when using it on the bench testing stuff. So I built this thing up from scrap material at work.... I'm pretty happy with it... It's also great for drying paint and glues , etc.
It's all pretty basic, I'll let the pictures tell the story...

I got to keep it from the wife as she wants to dry her nails with it

I drilled some holes in the base to hang it up when not needed...
The red thing is a funnel I adapted to direct the air a little better...(glued on with shoe goo)
It lays flat for storage.

Of course you could use wood or whatever for the base and such....
Throw one together, you'll like it
Posted by pecanpatch | Jun 10, 2013 @ 11:35 AM | 16,323 Views
As great as Walbro Carbs are ,I have always hated the throttle lever. It is too close to the center of rotation. I modded mine as presented here and it works so much better.

It made the throttle sweep match up to a typical servo throw.
It raised the ball joint higher to clear the engine mount bolts....
and I twisted the arm to be in line with the pushrod....

Now she has a much better feel on the throttle..... ...Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Mar 24, 2013 @ 03:39 PM | 27,933 Views
I thought I would share my trick of how to get better contact when soldering Ultra Deans connectors.
First off, I use a decent 40W Weller soldering iron ( I welded the custom stand)
Then I use a tiny drop of this liquid flux....
The wires come pre-tinned and they are fat in diameter...
I take a metal plate and a small mallet and beat the end of the pre-soldered wire flat...
Then solder it and heat shrink it up...
You will find even the heat shrink will fit better...
Instead of just the quadrant of the wire actually touching the Deans connector , this whole big flattened wire contacts.
The pictures should explain it pretty good (Thanks to my wife for the Macro work)...Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 11, 2013 @ 10:01 AM | 18,046 Views
The Snyder Fighter was born when I gave Lloyd Snyder a Hobby King Motor , ESC and servos and said "Go build a airplane".

A week later he came back with this wing

Yes there are a Hundred other wing builds on RCG's......
But people started asking for plans for THIS one so here we go.....

There will be much more to come in time so check back later.

This plane requires a LOT of expo!

Here is the top view of the wing and elevon.
Those are 1" squares on the drawing....Continue Reading
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 04, 2013 @ 09:13 AM | 20,120 Views
My recipe for Smoke Oil

1 part Super-Dri smoke oil
1 part Walmart automatic Transmission fluid
1 part Kerosine

This creates awesome smoke with excellent Hang time. Way better and cheaper than just the Super-Dri smoke oil by itself.
Posted by pecanpatch | Jan 02, 2013 @ 10:06 AM | 17,701 Views
Make 2 of these (see PDF file), makes a good FPV hood for 19" TV