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Posted by Ken1.8T | Oct 03, 2009 @ 12:39 PM | 5,142 Views
Well, I have not posted much lately but I now have a new project going: 3DHS Sukhoi 26. It's coming together nicely. Super sharp bird, high quality all the way...
Posted by Ken1.8T | Mar 25, 2009 @ 05:43 PM | 6,180 Views
The Kyosho Jet Illusion and Jet Vision...I could not decide which one I liked best, so now there are two!

Swing wing test 2 (0 min 31 sec)

Posted by Ken1.8T | Jan 18, 2009 @ 11:18 PM | 7,309 Views
This is my first EDF jet. I decided to go with the Jet Vision as I love it's swing wing design and F-14 outline. Plus it's made of fiberglass and built up balsa, a nice upgrade from the styrofoam madnees that is sweeping the forums!

I ordered the Vision from They have great customer service as well as competitive pricing.

The assembly is involved due to the swing wing design. You will not be flying in a couple of hours! This is good for me as I'm usually impatient with my "builds" and exciting about flying. The winter weather has me grounded, so I won't be flying anytime soon.

My first impression after opening the box is: "small!" But it's such a nicely finished aircraft. The paint on the fiberglass is top notch and the covering is professional. I was amazed at the DF-45 by Kyosho. I could not get over it's small size. I wanted to test the watt and amp draw on this little puppy. As I ran it up I was surprised by it's "pull" and thrust. This is no blow dryer! For my test, it ran 10-11 amps and I have to look up the watts! (sorry)

I'm using two HS-55 servos for the control surfaces and a HS-65HB for the swing wings as well as a servo slow down module. The battery will be a 3S 1000mah from Xcite Batteries. The ESCfor now is a CC Phoenix 25A. I plan on getting a Thunderbird 18 for it. The radio will be the DX6i and AR6100E receiver.

Here are the pics thus far. Video of swing wing in operation to follow. I'll post more on the steps I've completed up till now. Enjoy!
Posted by Ken1.8T | Dec 28, 2008 @ 03:15 PM | 5,858 Views
Aerial F-18 FCO2 Video (1 min 35 sec)

Posted by Ken1.8T | Dec 28, 2008 @ 02:32 PM | 5,809 Views
Posted by Ken1.8T | Sep 24, 2008 @ 10:31 PM | 7,552 Views

Now this is not a very exciting project but I received an old assembled plane from a friend for free. It looks like it has been sitting in a room for 10-years, never flown! I ditched the heavy coffee can brushed 550 motor and plan to order an outrunner motor. I plan to use it as a trainer for 4th grade kids in a club. Now since it's 3-ch, I'm going to swap a 56" wing from a 4-ch plane called the Coronet Acro from NESail. The wing actually fits right on the fuse!

I figure that I'll pick a good sized outrunner so that I can also fly some sport with the plane as well as possibly use it as an aerial video platform.

I've got parts on the way from Tower and Hobby Lobby. I'm going to put in an Atlas outrunner and install a steerable nose gear from an Electric-Star. Here are some pictures to get started....Continue Reading
Posted by Ken1.8T | Aug 20, 2008 @ 05:37 PM | 6,974 Views
Eflight Mini Pulse XT
3D Hobby Shop Yak 54, 47"
Align TREX 450SA
Yardbird RC YB-22
Multiplex Easy Glider Electric (camera shy)

Well, it looks like I won't be looking for any new planes soon!
Posted by Ken1.8T | Apr 23, 2008 @ 08:06 PM | 9,502 Views
The Aerocat is a simple and very fast profile pusher jet. It's a real joy to fly if you have the need for speed. Out of curiosity and the need of an engineering challenge, I went forth with a custom retractable landing gear system. The extended building season help a great deal as the weather in the northeast has been cold, windy and unpleasant, that is until this week!

Right now, you can get the ARF kit for $99.95 shipped. Includes a motor and esc! Get yours here:

Here are some pics of the Aerocat before I began the retract install:
Posted by Ken1.8T | Mar 25, 2008 @ 08:32 PM | 7,256 Views
Well I finally maidened the Yak today! The initial flight was flawless as the plane only needed minimal trim. I can not believe how quiet the motor is on this plane! I have the 13X6.5 prop and this craft simply wispers across the sky. You can hear the wind passing over the craft and through the cowling as it cruises by! It's a gem in the air, flies on rails, flies slow, hovers without effort and rips across the sky as well. Landings are initially fast but the plane slows down very nicely, this is great for our short field. I brought the video camera to the field but did not use it since my friend and I were simply distracted and impressed and just wanted to keep flying and flying! Perhaps another day!
Posted by Ken1.8T | Jan 10, 2008 @ 09:28 PM | 10,153 Views
Well, I've actually got it all together and balanced. I just need to wipe it down and get all of those finger prints off! I may bring it down to our monthly club meeting next week to show it off static and do some selling for 3DHS!

It took me some time to get all of the servo and control horns installed and links fitted into the holes. My one mentionable error was mounting the rudder horn too low. As a result, I needed to bend the wire. It messed with rudder endpoints but I was able to fix it in the radio. I may just move the link closer into the servo.

I'm glad it's not flying season up here in NY. Although we have had some real nice days in the 50's this week. I'm sure that old man winter is coming off break soon. I'm in no hurry to fly this bird, although I'm looking forward to it.

I programmed the radio as per 3DHS recommendations. Upon programming the DX6, I found that there is no EXPO for rudder. I'll need to look into this some more.

I'll be back after a maiden flight report. I'd like to get video as well.

Again, by far, this is the highest quality, most attractive model that I've owned since I reentered the hobby in 2003. The customer support from Ben at 3DHS is second to none. His business model is fantastic and I wish him continued success and growth in the years to come. I'll be back for more planes in the future! Perhaps a 55" Yak 54 once battery prices come down.
Posted by Ken1.8T | Jan 04, 2008 @ 11:00 PM | 7,290 Views
Here's the current bill on the 3DHS 47" Yak 54"
Yak 139.99
spinner 4.40
13x6.5E prop $4.89
motor/esc package: $120
shipping 10.00

subtotal: $279.28
4 HS-65 Servo $23.95ea $95.80 tot
2 Deans Male Ultra Plugs $ 2.75

Sub Total $ 98.55
2 EFLREX12L 12" Extension, Lightweight $3.49 $6.98
2 EFLREX6L 6" Extension, Lightweight $2.49 $4.98
1 SPM6000 AR6000 DSM DuaLink 6-Channel Park Flyer Rx $49.99
Subtotal: $61.95
Club discount: $1.24

Discounted subtotal: $60.71

GRAND TOTAL: $438.54 (so far)

Good thing I've already got the lipos and transmitter!