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Posted by xplaneguy | May 10, 2017 @ 10:57 PM | 4,172 Views
For those of you who grew up flying Cox glow powered models, and for those who may want to try something different and fun, here's a link below to a thread I started filled with videos to enjoy and inspire:

Check out the links below to the RCG 1/2A Planes Forum and the Cox Engine Forum for more info about this fun and exciting part of model aviation:

"I love the smell of Cox engines in the morning!"
Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:23 PM | 5,392 Views
Last weekend, Evelyn and I spent three days at the Free Flight gathering in Lost Hills, CA.... and it was AMAZING!!!

For many of us in this hobby, we started flying rubberband powered models, then progressed to control line and finally RC. The world of free flight model aviation is a lot bigger than I ever imagined and very exciting. Evelyn and I have made it our personal mission to do what we can to help spread the word about free flight since we truly owe a lot to the pioneers and those who continue to keep free flight modeling alive today. We are so grateful for their contributions to model aviation!

Here's a letter I wrote to our new friends in the free flight community:
First, I would like to say what a thrill it was for my daughter Evelyn and I to spend time with all of you. Thank you for making us feel welcome and a part of the free flight community. Each of you represent the very best of model aviation and inspire us to share your passion for free flight with those who've never experienced or understand the various sides of the hobby. I'm hoping through the power of photography, videos, and personal experiences to bring more attention to your amazing world of free flight. The statement repeated by many of you was, "Our hobby is slowly dying!" Needless to say, I think we all would like to change or at least prolong that reality through our efforts to keep promoting and reaching out to those who may not have been exposed to this part of model...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Mar 17, 2017 @ 09:01 PM | 7,469 Views
Here's photos for a new version of my favorite Durafly warbird. The Me-163 is now offered in a brilliant "Red Rocket" scheme, with some nice upgrades including wider wheel base and new prop, just to name a few. Can't wait to get it in the air! ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 22, 2017 @ 09:44 PM | 8,220 Views
Here's a bunch of pics from a great event. We met some super nice folks and enjoyed two days of fun in the wind and rain.....the group was focused on fun, regardless. Looking forward to next year's event. ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 08, 2017 @ 12:35 PM | 8,652 Views
Here's an early landing gear durability test video I wasn't planning to post...but thought you guys should see the kind of beating this gear can take during unimproved takeoff and a short field landing tests.

I absolutely love the landing gear and thrilled that Freewing made this A-10 robust for everyone who wants to fly it off a variety of surfaces.
Freewing Twin 80mm A-10 - Hard Landing Test (4 min 21 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 28, 2016 @ 10:15 PM | 8,714 Views
Here's a few more videos of the New Freewing Twin 80mm A-10 Thunderbolt II (Prototype) coming early 2017 from Motion RC.

Freewing Twin 80mm A-10 - Prototype Flight Testing (8 min 16 sec)

Freewing Twin 80mm A-10 Prototype - Flight Test (5 min 38 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 25, 2016 @ 02:39 PM | 9,391 Views
Here's a photos of the NEW Freewing 6S-Pro 70mm F-16 V2 from Motion RC. I just finished assembling this stunning model and very impressive with the fit, finish and awesome scale detail of the V2. Once again, Freewing and Motion RC have done it again with this affordable F-16 on both 4S and 6S power options.


Freewing has modeled this brilliant aircraft in EPO foam with a 70mm electric ducted fan (EDF) power system. With a 1306mm length and 878mm wingspan, this 1/12 scale flying replica including many exciting features! An accurate scale outline with sharp surface details and panel lines make this model stand out at your airfield. Removable main wings and a magnetic nose cone make transport very convenient. The cockpit battery bay cover is secured with a sliding latch to prevent separation during flight, and the entire aircraft is reinforced with strategic placement of carbon tubes to withstand vigorous flying maneuvers. A control board helps to consolidate all the wiring for a clean battery bay. For pilots who want an extra “scale” touch, an optional ordnance set is sold separately, containing two AIM-120 AMRAAM and two AGM-88 HARM missiles.

The Freewing 70mm F-16C V2 features electric retractable landing gear for lower drag and better scale appearance during flight. This versatile jet is offered in three different powerplant options: 4s Standard, 6s Professional and ARF PLUS for those who want to put their own...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:03 PM | 9,490 Views
Here's a couple of videos recorded by Pilot Evelyn showing the incredible flight performance and stability of the NEW Freewing 80mm A-10 Prototype, coming soon to Motion RC. Truly an awesome flying jet and a must for any pilot looking for a very scale A-10 with outstanding features and comfortable/forgiving flying characteristics. Kudos to the Freewing/Motion RC Team!

Freewing 80mm A-10 Thunderbolt II (Prototype) - Dec. 11, 2016 (3 min 58 sec)

Freewing 80mm A-10 (Prototype) & LX 70mm A-10 Formation (3 min 18 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 11, 2016 @ 11:09 PM | 9,033 Views
AWESOME! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!! As an old A-10 maintenance guy and Desert Storm Veteran, this model and the efforts by all who've made it possible are greatly appreciated.

Today, I flew the "Prototype" Freewing 80mm A-10 four times and it is the BEST foamy A-10 ever produced....PERIOD!!! Excellent vertical on the twin 80mm power system, robust landing gear which can handle some rough terrain...(I purposely drove it off road), smooth handling in both slow and high speed flight envelopes, and painless 2 minute breakdown for easy transport. The Freewing 80mm A-10 is easy to fly, forgiving, predictable, comfortable, grooves, very scale, and has realistic presence in the air and on the ground. Get ready for an A-10 that ranks far above the rest. As local pilots watched our flights, we were told and kept hearing, "I will be getting this model!" or "I'll take it home for you!"

Over the coming weeks, I'll be posting more photos and videos as Evelyn and I evaluate this prototype at our unimproved runway and other sites here in Southern California. The Freewing/Motion RC Team have brought all of us some incredible models over the past few years and this A-10 ranks very high on that list.

Special thanks to our good friend Alpha and the entire Motion RC/Freewing Team for allowing us to evaluate/fly these amazing models.

Tony & Evelyn
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 02, 2016 @ 11:20 AM | 9,652 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 Kit:

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.

Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 24, 2016 @ 11:25 AM | 9,114 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 @ 10:58 AM | 9,577 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.


Tony & Evelyn
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 19, 2016 @ 02:37 AM | 9,315 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 @ 07:45 PM | 9,196 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:

Sport Power System:

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

Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 19, 2016 @ 10:06 PM | 11,148 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