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Posted by marksp | Oct 12, 2016 @ 11:32 AM | 776 Views
So after having bought & sold the TF Giant P-47 RTC, I was looking for a suitable airframe for my Saito FG-60R3 radial. I ended up picking up the 'bubble top' Tarheel Hal version as I suspect the bold colors will be significantly easier for my tired eyes to see vs the olive drab of the newer razorback version.

Build components:

Engine - Saito FG-60R3 (w/Ray English mods & run in)
Exhaust - Keleo exhaust ring
Standoffs - Secraft 45mm alum
Servos - JR DS8411 (DS8611A rudder)
Servo horns - Secraft
Receiver - Spektrum AR12110 PowerSafe w/4 satellites
Landing gear - Robart E-Retracts
Wheels - stock 5" foam
Tailwheel - Robarts e-retract
Tailwheel - stock foam
Battery - Spektrum 3,000 mAh LiFe (2)
Telemetry - Spektrum TM 1000
Sensors: RPM Telemetry ignition, Temp
IBEC - TechAero (green LED)
Propellor - Biela 19x8x4
Gyro - Powerbox Systems iGyro 1e (rudder)
Pull-pull linkage (tail wheel) - Secraft
Posted by marksp | Sep 11, 2016 @ 11:47 PM | 1,610 Views
Finishing my 1/3 Stearman project. Here are the build components:

BUSA Stearman kit (includes Sierra Giant Scale gear)

Moki S250
Emotec PowerFuel 380HV fuel pump
Powerbox Royal SRS
Powerbox 5.5v SparkSwitch
Powerbox Smoke pump
Futaba S-9156 (rudder, elevator)
JR 8611 (ailerons)
Custom machined tail wheel gear, main gear axles/nuts
Fiberglass Specialties cowl
Electrodynamics LED's
Advanced Radio I-charger on-board charger
Duralite Sentinel A123 batteries (3)
Soloprops 32" adjustable pitch w/scale spinner
Ace Wing Carrier wing bags
Callie Graphics paint masks
Posted by marksp | Mar 27, 2016 @ 10:25 PM | 9,960 Views
Picked up the new Carbon Cub 15cc

Here's the setup list:

- DLE20RA
- Xoar 17x6 wood
- Powerbox Sparkswitch
- Spektrum 9020
- TM1000 Telemetry module
- EVOA113 Ignition sensor
- 12oz gas tank
- Hitec 5645MG (2) rudder and elevator
- Spektrum 6180 (5) ailerons & flaps
- Dubro 5.5" balloons
- PRB Shock struts
- TM1000 Telemetry w/EVOA113 RPM
- Hangar 9 pilot dude
- Callie graphics

Weight (less fuel) - 13.44 lbs
Posted by marksp | Aug 31, 2015 @ 04:32 PM | 3,224 Views
Picked up a partially built Balsa USA 1/4 scale Nieuport 28c1 kit

Let the building begin!!!


Posted by marksp | Mar 21, 2015 @ 08:21 PM | 4,566 Views
After a long search, I scored an unbuilt Byron Staggerwing kit from 1983! Wow...old, old school!

My plan is to built it lightweight using contemporary components and fit it with the new Saito FG-60R3 4-stroke gas radial and paint it Miitary, either US Navy or US Ambassador livery.

As soon as I get the rest of the goodies, I'll get this build going!
Posted by marksp | Feb 11, 2015 @ 12:24 AM | 5,157 Views
After a year looking, I finally scored a "partially built" Top Flite Staggerwing! Coincedentally, I've been looking for either a new (un-built) Byron Original's Stagg or a Top Flite Stagg, and within 2 weeks, I now have both - wow!

Plan is to finish the TF electric and go with a 4-stroke gas radial for the Byron Stagg.

Here is the TF Stagg


Posted by marksp | Jan 02, 2015 @ 12:11 PM | 4,519 Views
Ordered - Apri l 15, 2014
Received - December 29, 2014





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Posted by marksp | Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:10 PM | 4,069 Views
I wanted to build an inexpensive twin motor water plane so I picked up the Multiplex Twinstar II. This ARF kit includes (2) brushless motors with a shared speed controller both of which I ditched. Instead, I picked up a couple a very low cost Hobbyking NTM motors and "Basic" ESC's which I promptly dunked in CorrosionX.

I had to pick up custom motor mounts from microDan - http://www.gobrushless.com/shop/inde...&ref=MDMTPLXMM

With the kit, motors, ESC's and mounts in hand, I can now start the build
Posted by marksp | Jul 13, 2014 @ 11:18 AM | 5,479 Views
I sort of stumbled across an opportunity to pick up a circa 2005 9 year old, unopened kit of a giant scale biplane that I dig - Curtiss P6-E Hawk! I immediately jumped on it! Great Planes re-released this kit and this one is a "Phase 2", from Dec. 2010.
http://greatplanes.com/discontinued/gpma1219.html


Posted by marksp | Jan 20, 2014 @ 08:29 PM | 19,223 Views
Decided to go with the new H9 Beaver as my first gas plane. Super excited to get started as there is much to learn along the way.

First step for me was to create the bill of materials for the plane, which will be followed with the list of stuff required for operating and maintaining a gas plane. So, here is the list in hopes that folks with gas experience might comment:
  • Hitec HS-5645MG (7)
  • VVRC 40 Twin [sold the VVRC 40; ordered Saito FG-33R3]
  • Servo extension (24") SPMA3005
  • Servo extension (6") SPMA3001
  • Servo extension (18") SPMA3004
  • Spektrum AR9110 PowerSafe receiver
  • ElectroDynamics LED light kit
  • Fuel filler T fitting (HAN116)
  • Prop Hub (TRUTTH1000A)
  • Prop Adapter (HAN99057)
  • Spektrum TM 1000 Telemetry module (SPM9548)
  • Spektrum Telemetry ignition module (EVOA107)
  • Hanger 9 DHC-2 Beaver 30cc ARF(HAN4545)
  • Zippy 2100mAh (2S1P) LiFe 30C
  • Secraft Ignition tray holder V2 [not big enough for Saito 3 cyl ignition]
  • DuBro 6" balloon tires
  • Secraft servo arms (5)
  • Tech-Aero Ultra IBEC

Comments?
Posted by marksp | May 08, 2013 @ 01:39 PM | 12,074 Views
Finally assembled all of the components for my first "giant" scale model, the 1/4 P/A-18 Super Cub. I love Cubs and am keen on attending a few large scale fly-ins, so the Hanger 9 kit seemed perfect.

As an electric only modeller, I opted for the following components:

- Tacon Bigfoot 160 (2632W @ 75A - wow!)
- Castle HV80
- Hitec servos
- Spektrum AR8000
- Airtop 7" balloon tires
- ElectroDynamics LED kit
- Xoar 19x10
- Zippy 30C 5S 5000 (2)
- Morgan Mill motor box and battery tray
- Interior kit

Build status - The build is moving along slowly. The targeted first fly-in is months away so I've got a few months to complete. Also, I'm challenged with the physical size of the model! It's going to take an entire garage bay just to assemble/store it - yikes!

Wings are built, with servos & control surface rods and connectors in place. Next step is to install the LED's, landing light cover and control rod covers.