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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:21 PM | 29,991 Views
FMS has sure come a long way from their V1 Mustang. This New V7 P-51 is a smaller version of their 1700mm Mustang and it looks awesome! I'll be flying mine on a 14.8 40C 4000mAh battery.

Improvements for this V7 Mustang included: new prop, upgraded motor, ESC, shock absorbing landing gear struts, slow actuating flap servos, sliding canopy, scale wheehls, retractable tail wheel, servo driven main inner gear doors and new paint schemes.

Special thanks to PW-RC.com!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:04 PM | 13,892 Views
Below are photos of the Hobby King Me 163 Komet. She flies on a 14.8v 2200mAh battery. Looking forward to ripping the 163 across the sky!

Wingspan: 900mm
Length: 600mm
Wing Area: 12.2dm2
Wing Loading: 65g/dm2
Flying Weight: 770g~800g
ESC: 80A w/BEC
Motor: 2850 3500kv Brushless Inrunner
Servo: 9g x 3

Your Own 4 Channel TX/RX with Elevon Mixing
2200mAh 4s Lipoly Battery (Min 30c Rating)

Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 28, 2012 @ 06:38 PM | 15,358 Views
I'm not much of a German WWII aircraft fan but a few really cool axis aircraft have an amazing history and yes...look cool! The ME-262 is definitely one cool jet. This new 70mm twin EDF 262 is awesome! Awesome value, size, performance, scale appearance and great Dynam value. It flies on a 4s 4000mAh battery and stock speed is impressive. The only issue I've experienced during my 6 flights is lack of cooling in the fuselage for the ESCs. Adding cooling holes are a must, otherwise, no other issues...just pure fun!

Here's some photos of the new Dynam ME-262 available from Nitroplanes.com.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2012 @ 07:36 PM | 24,269 Views
Here's a few photos of the New Dynam Waco YMF-5D available from Nitroplanes.com. The Waco is powered by a BM3720A-650KV motor with a 40A ESC and uses a 14.8V 25C 2200mAh battery. The wingspan is 50in.

I painted the engine, prop, inside wing struts and hardware. Another amazing deal for only $109 during Nitroplanes 15% off New Arrivals sale last week. Looking forward to the maiden.

UPDATE: I just completed the maiden at 6:05am and only one word....AWESOME! Amazing stock performance and clean aerobatics. It flies around at half power and landings are gentle. Inflight photos to come later this week...my photographer was sleeping.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 19, 2012 @ 11:12 AM | 14,364 Views
This is the New Dynam F4U Corsair available at Nitroplanes.com. Like all Dynam products, the quality is really nice and the value is outstanding! Last week, this Corsair sold for $101 with Nitroplanes 15% discount on all new products. Outstanding deal! What a great way to introduce pilots to scale models at a low price.

I spent time painting/detailing this model and it really made a difference for me. The cockpit was painted black, pilot's face was painted skin tone. Painted the prop and added FMS decals. The only addition to the model was applying hinge tape to the control surface hinge points. My elevator was split on one side. Hinge tape is cheap assurance! This Corsair flies on a 14.8V 2200mAh battery but can easily take a 2650mAh pack.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Aug 07, 2012 @ 06:11 PM | 14,072 Views
When it comes to cool warbirds.... it's hard to beat the North American P-51 Mustang. The new Durafly/FMS P-51D is not only a great looking foam example of the Mustang, it's a great flying model. Like many of the FMS products, this aircraft is an amazing example of scale detail and great features which include: electric retracts, flaps, scale paint/markings, scale prop, scale pilot, removable drop tanks and wing tip lights. It flies on a 11.1 v 2200 mAh battery. I painted the exhaust, control horns, antenna and wheel rims.

Another sweet warbird from Durafly!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 16, 2012 @ 06:00 PM | 14,104 Views
Way back in 1990, I saw the film "Flight of the Intruder" which featured scenes with Douglas Skyraiders (Sandy) and they were a thing of beauty. More than a year ago I contacted Horizon Hobby and suggested they do a 480 or Power 10 sized version of the A-1 Skyraider to go along with their T-28, F4U, P-51, etc. but I never heard back, so when I saw this 1100mm A-1, my wish came true! Thank you Durafly!

Needless to say, I pulled the trigger faster than a sharp shooter and I'm soooo glad I did! This is an FMS 1100mm Skyraider marketed under the Durafly brand name exclusive to Hobby King. Why do I say that? Well...I own too many FMS models and this Durafly Skyraider is exactly like every FMS model I own, even down to the font on the labels on the wires. Like many of the FMS products, this Skyraider does not disappoint. Assembly is straight forward and easy. The detail is awesome and the ordinance and tanks can be removed.

I airbrushed exhaust stains on the fuselage, repainted the props and wheel collars and it really gave the model realism. I fly mine on a 11.1v 25C 2200 mAh battery and needed no trim adjustments which was surprising....in a good way! I have 7 flights on it as of yesterday and I love it. I'd like to see this model in the USAF SEA Camo scheme, so I may have to break out the airbrush!

This one is a keeper!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jul 09, 2012 @ 06:49 PM | 13,650 Views
Several weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to fly this Stinson Reliant SR-10 and really enjoyed it. Though it's only been on the market two years, I recently discovered that the PnP version of the Parkzone Stinson Reliant had been discontinued from Horizon Hobby. Fortunately, I found one in a local hobby shop and had to get one! I added a 9 gram servo for the flaps and painted the prop silver and all hardware white. I'm flying it on a 11.1 2200mAh and love it. Get it while you still can!

Here's a few photos.

Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2012 @ 07:28 PM | 35,700 Views
This month, Evelyn and I became proud members of the "World Famous" Apollo Field B-17 Squadron. The Squadron Commander is Jim Christopherson (pilot40874). Jim is a great pilot and leader who has inspired many local pilots to join the Squadron. To join is easy, if you own an RC B-17, you're a member! The Squadron has more the 15 B-17s manufactured by Hobby King, Freewing and Starmax.

Evelyn and I happen to stop by the field one day while in LA and watched Jim fly his Hobby King B-17, which looked to be a very nice flying aircraft. After inquiring about the model and a brief introduction, Jim gave me the opportunity to fly his aircraft. He literally installed two batteries and handed me his transmitter. Yes...he knew I was an RC pilot and we had seen each others posts on RC Groups...but talk about trust and encouragement. What an honor and privilege it was for me to fly Jim's aircraft. Jim has more than 600 flights on his B-17. Talk about pressure on me.... I was very impressed with the B-17 and shortly thereafter, I purchased the Hobby King and Starmax B-17s. With the my Hobby King B-17 getting a complete re-paint, the first to fly with the Squadron was my Starmax B-17. Formation flying with 5 other B-17s last weekend was a blast and we are so honored to be associated with this great group of pilots.

Below is a collection of photos by several members of the Squadron's fleet.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 21, 2012 @ 05:46 PM | 15,366 Views
Back in 2003, I had an opportunity to be a Crew Chief on an Air Force Block 10 Global Hawk (Ship 6). Several years ago, Ship 6 went to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center here at Edwards AFB, CA , so... I couldn't resist the new 64mm NASA Global Hawk from Hobby King.

Assembly was easy with the two issues being: no manual included and the main gear installation. The main gear plastic mount plate holes need to be slightly enlarged to prevent cracking when installing the mount screws. An option is to replace the plastic mount plates with light ply, coated with epoxy. I painted all the hardware white and added pitot tubes to the verticals. Planning to fly the maiden this weekend. I'm using the 1/3 rule back from the leading edge for the initial CG. Once I get it fine tuned, I'll post my CG with a 14.8v 2200mAh battery.

Here's the specs and some photos:

Wingspan: 2360mm (92.9 inches)
Length: 850mm
Wing Area: 23.6dm2
Wing Loading: 42.4g/dm2
Flying Weight: 1000g
EDF: 64mm with Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 50A w/BEC
Servo: 9g x 5

Your own 4~6 Channel TX/RX
1800mAh 4s Lipoly Battery

Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2012 @ 02:50 PM | 14,499 Views
Here's a few photos of the 79" span Starmax B-17. Needless to say, this is an impressive size foamy B-17. The Flying Fortress features E-retracts with metal trunions, flaps, landing lights and working bomb bay doors.

Unfortunately, it has it's issues which need to be resolved during assembly. The major issue is all the servos with the exception of the tail wheel steering servo had to be pulled out with pliers and repositioned to allow the servo covers to fit otherwise you can leave the covers off but it doesn't look good. Also the plywood spar was sanded using a small finishing sander to allow easy installation and removal into the wing. The plywood mount for the four ESCs was broken in two places which required strengthening with crafts sticks and epoxy. I didn't like the look of the engine cowling, so...I painted the front of each with flat black paint to give them a more scale appearance. I'm currently airbrushing weathering and painting details. I plan to maiden it this coming week. I'll be flying mine on two 4S 3300 mAh batteries. It should be fun!

This thread is for our good friend Steve Wells, a WWII B-17 Radio Operator. His B-17 (43-37599) "Moonlight Serenade" which looked similar to this Starmax Fortress, was brought down by heavy flak damage and crashed in France on 5 Sep 1944. Steve evaded capture with the help of a French family for six weeks.

Steve, I salute your service to our great nation!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2012 @ 02:12 PM | 13,489 Views
Here's a few photos of the new FMS ASK-23 Powered Sailplane. Assembly is quick and painless. The wing is attached with four screws for easy removal. The ASK-23 uses a 3S 1800 mAh battery. Another sweet sailplane from FMS.

Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 06, 2012 @ 02:26 PM | 12,161 Views
Here's photos from another great CVRC Float Fly. Great weather and great pilots!

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Posted by xplaneguy | May 23, 2012 @ 04:18 PM | 12,952 Views
Evelyn and I made the trip to Visalia, CA to attend the CVRC Spring Aerotow. Unfortunately, we had another commitment that weekend so we were only there on Friday, 18 May 2012. It was well worth the drive to see everyone and enjoy the amazing aircraft.

Here's a few photos from Friday.

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Posted by xplaneguy | May 08, 2012 @ 12:30 PM | 14,539 Views
Here's a few photos of the new FMS ASW-28. This is a beautiful foam sailplane. Assembly was quick and painless.

I plan to fly the maiden tomorrow morning and hope it flies as good as it looks!

Wingspan: 90.5 in.
Length: 41.3 in.
Battery: 11.1V 3S 1300mAh 25C Li-Po

Posted by xplaneguy | May 02, 2012 @ 04:13 PM | 14,184 Views
Here's a few photos of the New Dynam FW-190 from Nitroplanes.com. Assembly took less than 30 minutes. The plane looks great and I expect it to be another great flying aircraft from Dynam. It flies on the 14.8V 2200 mAh battery.


Posted by xplaneguy | Apr 16, 2012 @ 12:05 PM | 13,086 Views
This Friday, 20 April 2012, I'll be retiring from the United States Air Force after 24 years of service.

I would like to thank everyone for their support over these years of military life. This is the greatest country in the world and I'm proud to have served. Your support of our men and women in the Armed Services is very much appreciated.

I'll be enjoying 6 weeks off before starting my new job, the most time off since high school, so, you know what that means......lots of RC building and flying!

Thank you again,
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 29, 2012 @ 02:59 PM | 12,501 Views
Last Sunday, Jet Fabara, a journalist with the Edwards AFB Newspaper "The Desert Wings" did a story about our base RC club -The Muroc Model Masters. The purpose of the story is to educate and inspire aviation enthusiasts, young and old to get involved in Model Aviation. This is a club that I'm proud to be associated with. The club has a long, rich history on the hallowed ground of Edwards AFB but more important, Muroc Model Master members support one another and kindly welcome new pilots and spectators. This hobby is about fun and friendship and MMM is all about both!

Here's the story:

For more information about the club, feel free to send me a PM or contact Ron Scaggs at (661) 256-4167, Jerry Rice at (661) 943-4818 or visit the Muroc Model Masters website at www.murocmodelmasters.org.

All the best,
Posted by xplaneguy | Feb 24, 2012 @ 06:07 PM | 13,530 Views
Here's a plane that my daughter Evelyn talked me into buying at our local hobby shop and I'm glad I did. The Gee Bee is one of Evelyn's favorite planes...so...I had too!

ElectriFly did a great job with this model. The manual was very well done and easy to follow. Assembly was quick with rare earth magnets being used in many places to put this plane together and they are strong. The majority of the assembly time was spent installing wing support wires/elastic thread which took about 20 minutes.

The maiden flight was very easy and the plane has good power on the 11.1V 25C 2200mAh recommended battery. The Gee Bee looks awesome in the air! Remember, it's a Gee Bee...so...keep the speed up on the landing.

For more info, check out the ElectriFly Gee Bee link:

Here's a few photos!