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Posted by xplaneguy | May 01, 2018 @ 12:11 AM | 2,801 Views
Here's photos taken during the SCAMPS and San Valeers Free Flight Contest at Lost Hills, California, held April 20-22, 2018.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 13, 2018 @ 10:42 PM | 4,019 Views
Here's a gathering of videos recorded during my Freewing F-4D Phantom flights at the Arizona Electric Festival 2018. Thanks to Pat & John!

Freewing F-4D Phantom II - DEBUT FLIGHT! AEF 2018 (3 min 58 sec)

Freewing 90mm F-4D Phantom II #1 (4 min 11 sec)
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Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 09, 2018 @ 07:14 AM | 3,680 Views
Freewing 90mm F-4D Phantom II

The time has come! Developed in tandem alongside last summer’s Project Virtue (80mm A-4 Skyhawk), Project Bond was our codename for Freewing’s first F-4 Phantom. With the 64mm and 80mm series stocked with recent aircraft from the Vietnam era, we set out to bring it all home with a big 90mm F-4. We know many of us have been waiting for the venerable Rhino to get the proper Motion RC treatment, and we know you’ll enjoy flying the final result!

OVERVIEW
Aviation enthusiasts have long loved the F-4 Phantom, and Freewing and Motion RC are extremely proud to introduce our 90mm Super Scale Series rendition of this ultimate warfighter! For more than 50 years, the F-4 Phantom delivered the versatile capabilities required of an all-weather frontline supersonic interceptor, fighter-bomber, SEAD, and reconnaissance platform. Less than a year after its retirement from US military service, keep the F-4 Phantom flying in your RC fleet!

DESIGN
RC fans have consistently requested a large F-4 in true PNP format that performs excellently out of the box without endless modifications. We developed this F-4 to deliver reliability, durability, and performance from your very first flight, supported by Freewing’s parts availability and Motion RC’s customer service should you ever need it. We can also confidently state that dependable grass operation is a hallmark of the Freewing 90mm F-4. With its wide stance, tall main tires, Oleo suspension nose strut and...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 27, 2018 @ 08:45 PM | 2,914 Views
Well....I'm impressed!

I flew the maiden and one additional flight this morning in 5-7 mph wind and this bird was on rails. Performance with a Nano-Tech 4S 2200 pack was excellent, with outstanding vertical! Ground handling was great, though I'd prefer a tighter turning radius. The only issue I encountered was both gear door were rubbing on the tires during taxi. I just bent the doors out before both flights with no drag. I'm planning to add shims to the mount points.

As previously mentioned, the decals are a pain to apply. Don't attempt to apply with the transfer tape, as the transfer tape will pull off paint...ask me how I know. I found the decals will not stick without heat applied. I placed each decal on the model, made several passes with a Monokote heat gun to warm to it, then rubbed down the decal. They all held up great with no peeling during multiple high speed passes. Also, I had one cracked ball link which I repaired with fiberglass tape, coated with CA. It held up but need to find a replacement.

Bottomline: This model is a must buy for any BF-109 fan!!

Great job Tom Hunt and the Durafly Team. Looking forward to the next warbird...hopefully a new and improved A-1 Skyraider...my favorite early Durafly warbird.

Durafly BF-109E - Maiden Flight (4 min 37 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Jan 08, 2018 @ 10:37 PM | 3,404 Views
I recently had the pleasure of joining the guys from the RC Roundtable Podcast, back in December. Fitz, Terry and Lee are great guys! Their podcasts are informative and discussions fun. Educating and sharing their passion for the hobby is what these guys bring, and their podcasts are a must listen.

Check out them out at:
http://rcroundtable.com/
Posted by xplaneguy | Dec 26, 2017 @ 10:07 PM | 3,562 Views
I've been a fan of Mark's Models for over 30 years and flew a secondhand Wanderer for many years. As a teenager in the 80's, I would study/ stare at my Tower Hobbies Catalogs for hours, dreaming of owning many of the kits listed. Of the sailplane kits featured, Mark's Models, Craft-Air and Carl Goldberg Sailplanes were high on my wants list but never owned them, until recently.

Last weekend, my daughter and I walked into a LHS and hanging in the back of the shop was two Mark's Models Windwards, which had been there for many, many years. Both looking in sad shape and covered with dust. The orange and white bird had a sign on it with a price of $150, the white one had no sign. After looking around the rest of the shop, I asked an employee about them. We walked back to look the sailplanes over and in my mind, decided I wanted to "save/restore" them, if the price was reasonable? After sharing my desire to restore both, he said, "$50 for the orange & white and $30 for the white & black." I said, "I'll take them both!" As he was taking them down, I can hear him quietly saying to each model, "You're going to a new home!" That really touched my daughter and I.

After three hours of cleaning, painting and tightening the covering...the orange & white Windward is ready for electronics. The white & black Windward will require much more work. Covering has been removed from the wings and repairs are underway.

Current plan is to fly the orange Windward via Hi-Start or slope. The white Windward with get an .049 Power Pod.

My daughter and I plan to return to the LHS to show the employee both models when finished.

Have you ever felt compelled to save/restore an old model someone else built, especially one that's been ignored for years?
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 30, 2017 @ 09:51 PM | 4,525 Views
My tribute to the short-lived Navy Primary Jet Trainer....the Temco TT-1 Pinto.

I purchased the Freewing Base Gray PNP from Motion RC and spent weeks researching Hawk schemes but never found one that I liked. A month ago, I launched and recovered a rare flying Temco TT-1 Pinto at Edwards AFB, CA, and that yellow scheme was the answer. I still need to add the tailhook, single ventral fin and suspension struts to make it a proper T-45 Goshawk. Though not scale to the T-45, I'm leaving the nose light since the Temco TT-1 had one.

This is an amazing flying model! I'm flying it on a 6S 2700mAh pack due to the lighter wing loading. Flight time is right around three minutes.

Maybe the Navy will paint a T-45 in this scheme one day?

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 28, 2017 @ 05:26 PM | 4,417 Views
I ordered this 373mm span C-17 a few weeks ago for the amazing price of $23 and I'm absolutely blown away by this very cool RC model. Unlike many variable thrust RC planes I've flown over the past 8 years, this C-17 is in a class by itself. It flies exceptionally well with gyro stability and minimal power required to cruise, in both beginner and advanced flight modes. Flight times are 10 -15 minutes and charge times are relatively short, depending on use. If you do crash, the model is made of spongy EPP foam and just bounces off whatever it hits and keeps going...with no damage seen to date. Another surprise has been the range of control at distances greater than 500ft. The model features a red LED light on the underside...solid red indicates fully charged and blinking indicates time to land.

Everywhere I've taken this C-17, people have been amazed and are literally ordering this plane via cell phone as I'm flying it. Great value, exceptional flying qualities and incredible reliability makes this C-17....a must own RC model!

Distributors:
https://www.rcmoment.com/p-rm8422.html
https://www.banggood.com/C17-C-17-Tr...-RTF-p-1176723

RC Groups Thread:
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Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 23, 2017 @ 03:33 PM | 4,822 Views
This was very special for me. It all started with a Cox PT-19 more than 40 years ago.
Evelyn's first Cox PT-19 flight (1 min 39 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 20, 2017 @ 10:46 PM | 5,723 Views
Well guys...I'm happy to report that a crazy idea started by myself and my dear friend Tony Naccarato to gather at least 100 1/2A powered control line planes was...as the kids would say....EPIC!!! It was the most amazing day I've personally experienced in over 40 years dabbling in control line model aviation.

We had 127 1/2A control line models gathered and a perfect flying day. I would like to thank the Valley Circle Burners and the Knights of the Round Circle for coming out to celebrate 1/2A model aviation. Each of you made this happen and I'm forever grateful.

Looking for to the 2nd Annual Gathering.

Best,
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Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 31, 2017 @ 09:53 PM | 4,973 Views
Photos taken on Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 during the California State Control Line Stunt Championships, held at the Madera Airport. Great event with impressive models and outstanding pilots....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 30, 2017 @ 09:15 PM | 5,614 Views
Photos taken on Oct 21, 2017 of the SCAMPS and San Valeers Free Flight Contest.

Always a pleasure spending time with this amazing group of modelers....Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 27, 2017 @ 07:54 AM | 4,929 Views
Video by Pilot Evelyn:
E-Flite UMX Aero Commander 2nd Flight - Oct. 26, 2017 (4 min 16 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 26, 2017 @ 08:34 PM | 4,993 Views
The UMX Aero Commander arrived this afternoon and my daughter and I were pumped! First impression...the dang box is BIG!!

We immediately opened it up with camera in hand and were blown away. I put two flights on it with two 7.4V 850mAh Graphene packs. With mixed throttle I flew for approximately 6 1/2 minutes and had approximately 45% remain...though I was in the power a bunch! One word...AWESOME!!!

The model is having one issue with the elevator servo moving uncommanded/jumping on the ground and in the air about every minute or so. I still flew it and will get with Horizon to see if this can be done to resolve the issue.

Outstanding job by the Horizon Team!

E-Flite UMX Aero Commander Maiden - Oct 26, 2017 (6 min 40 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Oct 09, 2017 @ 05:12 PM | 5,661 Views
Photos taken at the 2017 Hi Johnson Memorial Control Line Contest, held Oct 7-8. Always great to spend time with the gang and enjoy the thrill of control line modeling. Good times! ...Continue Reading
Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 05, 2017 @ 10:47 PM | 6,532 Views
Warm and windy today...but that never stops us from having fun! Unfortunately, the video ended early due to a full SD card but there's enough footage to give you guys an idea how the Skyhawk handles the wind and thermals. Evelyn did a great job as always filming. Temp 88 degrees, wind 7 mph gusting to 10 mph, and humidity 51%. Flight was with an Admiral 6S 50C 5000mAh pack.

Love this Skyhawk!
Freewing 80mm A-4 Skyhawk - Playin' in the Wind! (4 min 6 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 03, 2017 @ 09:12 PM | 7,087 Views
Here's video of me flying the new Freewing A-4. Temp was 94 degrees, winds approximately 7-9 mph, humidity 60%.

As you will see, the stock PNP power system has no problem moving this jet through these conditions! I'm planning to own two!
Freewing 80mm A-4 E/F Skyhawk - Teaser! (3 min 46 sec)

Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 03, 2017 @ 08:48 PM | 7,470 Views
Here's another fantastic EDF jet coming soon from the awesome team of Freewing and Motion RC. I've been flying this A-4 since May 2017 and it is an awesome example of the famed Douglas Skyhawk. Scale fidelity, excellent stock PNP performance, large battery compartment, robust landing gear and easy to transport are just some of the outstanding features of this incredible EDF jet.

The Freewing 80mm A-4 Skyhawk will be available to preorder very soon from Motion RC, with deliveries expected shortly there after.

For more details, check out the Hobbysquawk thread on this sweet Skyhawk:
https://www.hobbysquawk.com/forum/rc...skyhawk-thread

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