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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 02, 2016 @ 12:20 PM | 1,480 Views
Here's some photos of the Hobby King Le Petit ARF. The model is impressive and a great candidate for 1/2A conversion. The only issue I've experienced was a pushrod not glued. The aluminum rod goes into a carbon fiber square and has shrink tube over the point where they meet. One pushrod had no CA and was moving as I was connecting the elevator clevis to the horn. I recommend pulling the pushrods out and checking them.

ARF PNP:
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/bi-plane-pnp.html

ARF Kit:
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/bi-plane-kit.html

This is a great model for the price. I like it so much that I bought a few more kit versions and plan to recover them in different schemes.

Hoping to test fly this PNP electric version when the wind calms, currently blowing at 25-35 mph.

My next one will be a conversion to a Cox .049 with throttle sleeve.

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 24, 2016 @ 12:25 PM | 996 Views
FlightlineRC F7F-3 Tigercat flown on Veterans Day, using two Admiral 4S 4000 batteries:
FlightlineRC 1600mm F7F-3 - Veterans Day Flight (5 min 50 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 24, 2016 @ 11:58 AM | 1,092 Views
During the week prior and during Veterans Day, our good friend Alpha allowed Evelyn and I to babysit/enjoy his Tigercat at our home. I can report that his Tiger was well-behaved, lots of fun, and a joy to have in our home.

As you all have seen thus far, this model is a work of art and in the preview video, I used a bunch of adjectives to describe the maiden flight experience. When you see it up close, you'll truly appreciated the level of detail and time invested in getting this plane right. As the old saying goes, if it looks right it will fly right......well, the FlightlineRC F7F-3 is the "BEST" twin powered RC warbird I have ever flown.

I can tell you that the FlightlineRC/Motion RC Team invest a lot of time and energy in getting these incredible models right for all of us. Working directly with the original aircraft manufacturer is the key, which they do. More importantly, by taking these important steps, the Flightline/Motion RC Team honor the men and women who built, flew, maintained and supported these iconic aircraft. Kudos once again for your outstanding efforts team.

https://www.motionrc.com/collections...at-pnp-flw302p

Best,
Tony & Evelyn
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 19, 2016 @ 03:37 AM | 1,242 Views
A wonderful and emotional tribute to Bob!
Bob Hoover Memorial 18 November 2016 (1 min 38 sec)

Bob Hoover Memorial & Celebration of Life Flyovers (1 min 33 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 09, 2016 @ 08:45 PM | 1,343 Views
Here's a video shot by Evelyn of the FlightlineRC F8F-1 Bearcat with the optional Sport Power Package installed. The model was flown on an Admiral 4S 4000 pack. It's a sweet upgrade for a great price!

FLRC Bearcat:
https://www.motionrc.com/collections...at-pnp-flw206p

Sport Power System:
https://www.motionrc.com/products/fl...t-power-system

FlightlineRC F8F-1 Bearcat with Sport Power Upgrade (5 min 47 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 19, 2016 @ 11:06 PM | 2,659 Views
Back in May 2016, I had the pleasure for flying the first pre-production sample of the soon to be available FlightlineRC TA-152H1 from Motion RC.

At that time, I didn't know much about this warbird but after flying it several times, I was impressed with it's flying characteristics, cool looks, and performance on a 4S pack. A really sweet flying warbird!

Here's a bunch of photos from the May flying session....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 31, 2016 @ 01:43 AM | 3,363 Views
Here's a collection of photos taken during our three day stay at Vandenberg AFB, CA. One of our favorite places to visit. We been coming here each Summer for the past 9 years and absolutely love the history and weather of this hollowed place. Evelyn brought her FlightlineRC 1200mm Bearcat for a photo diary....it's her favorite RC model. ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 24, 2016 @ 05:29 PM | 3,531 Views
Here's a fun video filmed by my daughter Evelyn of the FlightlineRC 1200mm F8F-1 Bearcat flying in the Mojave Desert. We wanted to try something a little different and it was fun. The 6 minute flight was flown with an Admiral 4S 2500 pack, 51% power left in the pack.

This plane flies like a Parkzone T-28 with flaps and retracts but on 4S power....sweet flyin Cat!

Thanks Eve for the Wild, Wild West flight and video work.
FlightlineRC 1200mm F8F-1 Bearcat Sunrise Flight (6 min 5 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 22, 2016 @ 10:14 PM | 3,420 Views
Here's new photos of the FlightlineRC 1200mm F8F-1 Bearcat with Navy marking applied, which are included along with Blue Angel markings. An amazing PNP model for $199. Photos by Alpha.

More info on this awesome Bearcat:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2697755

Pre-order available at Motion RC. The first shipment is almost sold out, so....if you're a Bearcat fan, this 4S powered warbird is a MUST for your fleet:
https://www.motionrc.com/products/fl...-1-bearcat-pnp
Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 12, 2016 @ 12:33 AM | 3,858 Views
Here's a bunch of photos of the outstanding FlightLineRC 1200mm F8F-1 Bearcat available to pre-order at Motion RC:
https://www.motionrc.com/products/fl...-1-bearcat-pnp

IMHO...one of the very best flying/performance foamy warbirds coming to the hobby. Unlimited vertical performance, even with a 4S 4000 installed and it still lands like a feather....I was very impressed! Flew it for 7 minutes and still had 46% left in the pack.

During model development, the project was given the codename 'Project Evelyn' in honor of my daughter for her contributions to model aviation and desire to inspire young people to get involved in the hobby. And yes, the Grumman Bearcat is her favorite warbird.

Congratulations FlightLineRC and Motion RC, your solid partnership resulted an exceptional flying model aircraft. Thank you!

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 18, 2016 @ 10:56 PM | 3,977 Views
Evelyn and I decide to take a trip to NAS Fallon this weekend and came across this great Air Park not far from our lodging room on the base. Pretty awesome collection!

Happy Father's Day!...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 10, 2016 @ 09:55 PM | 4,316 Views
Last week, Evelyn and I attended our favorite model aviation event held in Wrightsville, Arkansas on 2-5 June......S.M.A.L.L. 2016!!!!

At the event, you'll see and experience different aspects of model aviation which include R/C, Control-Line, Free Flight, and Model Rocketry. If you grew up with or have an interest in 1/2A powered models.....this year we had a great turnout of 1/4A to 1/2A models, most powered by Cox engines.

This event is laid back and so much fun. The local hospitality, lasting friendships forged, and the pure love of model aviation are what make SMALL so special. This event and it's attendees represent all that is great about our model aviation community. We're already looking forward to SMALL 2017.....Good times!!!

Check out the thread and photos beginning on page 19:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2553456
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:48 PM | 5,615 Views
The SAE Aero Design West 2016 Competition was held on 22-24 April 2016 at Apollo XI Field in Van Nuys, CA and it was an awesome event!

This year was my first time attending as a Volunteer Pilot for the California State University Northridge Team and it was an amazing experience, not to be forgotten.

If you're interested in volunteering to assist teams at the next event, check out the link below. I highly recommend getting involved in this rewarding team building opportunity.

http://students.sae.org/cds/aerodesign/west/...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:20 PM | 5,761 Views
This past week, I attended SEFF 2016 for the first time and though the weather was not ideal, I sure had a great time with old friends and made new friends. This is a must attend event, if you can do it. Great folks, awesome venue, amazing hospitality....all held in a gorgeous part of Georgia.

Special thanks to my good friend John Morgan for his trust in me to fly all of his amazing scratch built pusher jets and biplane. It was truly an honor! ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 01, 2016 @ 02:28 AM | 6,374 Views
I've had the pleasure of flying the new FlightlineRC Spitfire Mk. IXc several times recently and it is a fantastic flying model, with outstanding scale features. With it's stunning scale looks, outstanding flight characteristics, robust gear and exceptional price point...the FlightlineRC Spitfire is a winner!

As always, another outstanding offering from Motion RC.

http://www.motionrc.com/flightlinerc...-wingspan-pnp/

Specs
Wingspan: 1200mm / 47in
Length: 1085mm / 42.7in
Flying Weight: 1550g / 54oz
CG (Center of Gravity): 80mm from the leading edge of wing at the root
Power System:
3748-580Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Stock scale power system)
3648-880Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Optional sport power system)
Electronic Speed Control: 60A Brushless with T connector
Propeller: 12x7 4 Blade Propeller / 12x8 2 Blade Propeller High Performance Version (optional)
Servos: (2x) 9g metal gear (4x) 9g standard
Landing Gear: Electric retracts with metal trunions
Required Battery: 4S 14.8V 2500mAh - 4000mAh Li-Po with T connector
Required Radio: 6+ Channel 2....Continue Reading