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Posted by Justwingit | Jan 08, 2017 @ 05:06 PM | 1,498 Views
Recently, I was able to attend the AMA "West" Expo and Convention in Ontario California on January 6th....

I've attended several past events, but had to skip last year's Expo because I was in El Paso and actually had to work !!!! (Truth be told, I was in Louisiana conducting a large-scale, month long training exercise with the Army....)

In any event, this year's Expo was a great event, and if you ever get a chance to go....BY ALL MEANS GO !!! In fact, the reason why the AMA is calling this one "West", is because for the first time (as far as I'm aware) they will actually be having one on the EAST coast of the United States, in conjunction with the renowned WRAM show, which will be held February 24–26, 2017, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/09/prweb13705217.htm)

That said, I had the opportunity to catch up with Chris Puckett, the Horizon Hobbies aircraft designer who is responsible for the E-flite 1.2m P-47D, and was on hand to answer questions regarding two of his latest creations, the fantastic new UMX Waco BL, and the E-flite Valiant 1.3m !

Chris was very cordial and polite, even allowing me to interview him as he described the design features of his latest planes....

First up, is an in-depth look at his stunning new UMX Waco BL:
The New E-flite UMX Waco BL - 06JAN2017 (5 min 26 sec)

Here's the RCGroups thread for the model: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...lane-BNF-...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 31, 2016 @ 08:29 PM | 1,335 Views
New Year's Eve greetings one and all!!!

First, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy and Festive New Year, and give a sincere "Thanks" to all of those who have frequented my blog, and watched all the various videos I've posted over the years!!!

Speaking of videos, here's the latest video I shot starring the UMX A-10, and this time at my new stomping grounds, Bennett Field in Fabulous Las Vegas, NV

As usual, it's filled fun and frivolity, lots and lots of low level work, and the occasional loop or reverse half-Cuban eight thrown in for good measure....
New Year's Eve with the E-flite UMX A-10 - 31DEC2016 (8 min 41 sec)


Hope y'all enjoy the video HALF as much as I enjoyed making it !

Here's wishing all of you a very happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy, fulfilling 2017
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:33 AM | 1,445 Views
Hi gang,

Here's the latest and greatest from Justwingit studios featuring the Lil Hog doing some close in, low-n-slow work !:
Low and Slow with the E-flite UMX A-10 - 14DEC2016 (9 min 11 sec)


Quite frankly, I was surprised at how locked-in this little model is, and flying it, at least to me, is really no harder than wringing out your favorite bush-plane down and dirty

This video is posted in response to a request for some low and slow work and I'm sure you're going to enjoy it.....to say I brought her in close to the camera would be an understatement ! And there's PLENTY of close-in slow work for y'all to really appreciate what this model can do.

I'm really liking this plane more and more every time I fly it....it's a winner for sure

Now strap in and hang on....this is one fun video !!!
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 13, 2016 @ 09:25 PM | 1,444 Views
Hey kiddies !

Here's the latest video of the UMX A-10 in action! I took her out this morning for a very well narrated flight demonstrating various fighter-style maneuvers, a demonstration of her vertical ability, and even tried out her stall characteristics :
A Morning with the E-flite UMX A-10 - 12DEC2016 (21 min 8 sec)


I follow the flight with a very detailed pilot's debrief so be sure to watch the whole video because, as usual, it's packed with information, fun and frivolity !

So sit back, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the show.....it's movie time !

Cheers friends and many happy landings
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 10, 2016 @ 09:05 PM | 1,903 Views
Hi all!

Here's the video of my maiden flight of this extraordinary UMX EDF Jet !
E-flite UMX A-10 Maiden Flight - 10DEC2016 (11 min 1 sec)


Pilot's Impressions:
First, let me quickly lay to rest any question about this model's vertical ability....it flat out GOES ! As you can see from the video (and I candidly exclaimed during the first loop!) this model has TONS of vertical ability - more than enough to accomplish any maneuvers you'd want to put her through, that's for sure!

As for cruise, this little Warthog will easily and effortlessly cruise around your local flying field at 50% throttle.....in fact, I found it quite easy to maintain level flight at 40% throttle! With the AS3X, and the very efficient A-10 wing, this little plane easily cruised around between 40-60% throttle and I can imagine one could easily milk well over 8 minutes out of the recommended 800mAh battery.

I would probably get bored fairly quickly flying it around like that, so I thoroughly tested mine on maiden by putting her through a battery of sport/scale maneuvers, all of which she performed with aplomb. I imagine I'll get the hang of this model's quirks very quickly and really look forward to picking up some more batteries for it as I only have the one for now....

She takes off effortlessly using the underhand "bowling" technique, and lands equally easily. All in all, this is one sweet micro EDF !!!

Conclusions:
I set mine up as per the manual and dialed in 30% expo on all...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 06, 2016 @ 10:43 PM | 1,572 Views
On the eve of this solemn occasion......

We are on the verge of recognizing the 75th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor by the Naval Air Forces of Imperial Japan, so I felt it was necessary for us ALL to remember the final act which would plunge a reluctant United States into World War II.

This fine print by Richard Taylor, "The Sleeping Giant Awakes", portrays the scene as "the Enterprise slips through the shallow outer channels towards Ford Island and the smoldering ruins that had been the Pacific Fleet. As ships still burn and the stench of destruction hangs in the air, ever alert F4F-3A Wildcats of VF-6 fly an air patrol overhead. Throughout the night the carrier will refuel and re-arm, the fires of the still burning Arizona lighting up the night sky. At dawn, she will return to sea with a steel resolve and a new mission, to avenge Pearl Harbor...."


.....may we NEVER forget....
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 06, 2016 @ 09:07 PM | 1,541 Views
Hi All !

Here's a couple of videos I shot recently while flying my trusty Durafly Tundra at Biggs Park on Fort Bliss, Texas....

First up, I'm trying to keep with the "Durafly Tundra Challenge" theme by performing a somewhat simple, but challenging maneuver: taking off, going into a reverse half-Cuban eight, and landing going the opposite direction !
The Durafly Tundra Challenge Part Two - 02DEC2016 (1 min 46 sec)


Next up, I'm just enjoying the Tundra for what it is: a wonderful park-flyer that is extremely capable of performing a bewildering number of aerobatic maneuvers and then going right into some pretty aggressive bush-flying :
Fun and Frivolity with the Durafly Tundra - 02DEC2016 (8 min 51 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | Oct 19, 2016 @ 01:19 PM | 2,021 Views
Hi all,

I'm starting this blog to preserve for posterity some of the videos I shot of the wonderful aircraft and of the good times had by all at the recent Electric Festival held in beautiful St. George Utah !

I'll be slowly adding to the collection of videos here in the thread as I render and upload the numerous videos I shot of planes flying, tour of the flight line, and just general shenanigans at the event

There are also a couple of heartbreakers in the mix as well.....a couple of one-of-a-kind scratch builds went in during the event, and those will be posted here as well...

For the record, this was my first outing with my brand new (to me, anyway !) video camera, a Canon Vixia HF200, I purchased from one of the local Pawn Shops. Not only was I trying to figure out how to work the thing, I am currently recovering from massive shoulder surgery a little more than two months ago so I can't raise my right arm more than 90 degrees.....makes things a bit difficult, to say the least.

The good news is, I actually got some GREAT video !!!

So break out the popcorn, crack open a cold one, and enjoy the show !!
Posted by Justwingit | Aug 02, 2016 @ 08:14 PM | 2,776 Views
Hi all !

Here's the latest batch of videos shot out at my favorite flying site, Sue Young Park, in El Paso Texas...

First up, is the Durafly Tundra, doing some great STOL work, including a very dangerous, but epic take off from a picnic table !!!:
Durafly Tundra at Sue Young Park - 25 July 2016 (10 min 36 sec)


Next, we find one of my all-time favorites (Okay, okay, my all-time favorite!!!) the venerable and sadly discontinued Parkzone F4F Wildcat, being put through a fine flight demonstration, if I do say so myself... :
Parkzone F4F Wildcat at Sue Young park - 31 July 2016 (7 min 4 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | May 29, 2016 @ 04:26 PM | 4,409 Views
It's been a long time since my last blog post.....far too long....

And while there's many things I'd like to write about, life all too often gets in the way, and, sometimes, just plain old laziness....

That said, there's a new kid in town, and it deserves a post.....so here goes!

I recently got my hands on a Durafly Tundra, and WOW, what a plane !!!

The Tundra is a fairly recent release from Hobbyking, and was designed by the Durafly brand manager himself, Stuart Warne, who happens to be a self avowed bush plane fanatic.

Here's the link to the model:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...laps_PnF_.html

And here's the main RCGroups thread on the model:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2413887

It should be noted here that the Tundra is a "sport/scale" rendition (an homage, in Stuart's own words), of the Just Aircraft Highlander/Super STOL line of high-performance STOL aircraft.

Here's a brief video showing Stuart's inspiration for this model:
Just Aircraft at SUN n FUN 2015 (4 min 18 sec)

(It probably also served as an inspiration for the color scheme of the model, but Stuart's been mum in that regard...)

Initial impressions:
The original package is very colorful and very well executed. The box art consists of a wonderful rendition of the Tundra flying over mountains with the exhortation of "No Limits"....a hint at the fun that awaits wrapped inside...

The packaging was very well done and everything sat securely and neatly in...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Dec 07, 2014 @ 03:58 PM | 7,087 Views
Although most people who are concious of history are aware of the great surprise incurred by the United States on the morning of 7 December, 1941, with the resultant massive loss of life by the forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, few realize the great level of grit and determination displayed by the shocked and dazed defenders....

America struck back that morning, and struck back fairly effectively given the total and complete surprise of the attack by the IJN....

If anyone is an aviation history buff, they'll undoubtedly have heard of George Welch and Ken Taylor....both pilots whose bravery and resourcefulness are depicted in the classic 1970 movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (which was fairly accurate, historically), and 2001's "Pearl Harbor", which was decidedly less accurate.

But few have probably heard of Lt. Harry W. Brown, and his undaunted courage flying an obsolete P-36 Hawk, from an auxiallary training field near Haleiwa, Hawaii.

Here's his story:
http://www.jackfellows.com/Aviation/aviation-067.html

Here's a profile of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk:


Clearly, however, the P-40 was the aircraft credited with putting up the most fight that fateful day...

From Wikipedia:
"At dawn on December 7, 1941, 2nd Lt. Welch and another pilot, 2nd Lt. Ken Taylor, were coming back from a Christmas dinner and dance party (with big band orchestra) at a rooftop hotel in Waikiki, that ended in an all-night poker game. They were still wearing mess dress when the...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Apr 18, 2014 @ 11:03 AM | 8,582 Views
Today I thought it fitting to remember an exceptional chapter in aviation history....the day a heroic band of Army pilots did the unthinkable....took land-based, medium bombers off of a pitching and heaving carrier deck and flew 600 miles deep into enemy territory with the mission of bombing their capitol city.

I originally posted this on the Wildcat thread, but thought the time and effort warranted posting it here in my blog as well, so please forgive my indulgence...

As is customary on this thread, we always look at chapters in our little 'Cat's history. One chapter not to be overlooked is the Doolittle Raid....

Although it was the USAAF pilots flying B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on that day that stole the spotlight (and earned EVERY word of praise for their efforts), our little Wildcat was there as well, with Wildcats from Enterprise's VF-6 flying both inner and outer CAP's just in case they were needed to repel any attacks on the Hornet as she came in close, and once the B-25's were on their way to Tokyo, Wildcats from VF-8 joined the patrols as well to give VF-6 some relief from the constant inner and outer CAPs.

Prior to the launch, however, on the morning of 18 April, Wildcats from VF-6 were involved in several sorties to attack and suppress Japanese picket boats, and Wildcats thoroughly strafed the Nanshin Maru and the Nitto Maru. Most of the fighter planes returned to the Enterprise out of ammo, prompting one of the Wildcat pilots, LT (jg) Wilmer Rawie to...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Mar 03, 2014 @ 10:57 PM | 8,281 Views
Here's the last couple of videos I shot with my trusty Mobius camera while out flying my Carbon Z Cub....

First up is another video I shot while shooting various approaches and doing all sorts of touch-n-go's. I'm doing different kinds of approaches, from no flaps, long approach path type stuff, to using flaps and dropping her in on steep, bush style approaches to my "postage stamp" sized runway.

This really is an excellent tutorial on how to do various approaches, landings and take offs with your CZC, so anyone interested in improving their technique would do well to watch this....plus, I'm talking my way through MOST of the flight, so you'll actually get a running narrative of what I'm doing on the sticks....talk about "virtual instruction" :
Touch and go with the Carbon Z Cub 23 Feb 14 (9 min 31 sec)


This video is one I made on the spur of the moment; I realized I could quickly cover some basic tips on the Carbon Z Cub that would help out a lot of folks just getting acquainted with the model, so I went for it :
Carbon Z Cub helpful tips (4 min 16 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | Feb 27, 2014 @ 01:45 PM | 8,531 Views
WOW !!

This thing looks too cool :
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...6#post27637960

Looks like it's gonna be a great spring !
Posted by Justwingit | Feb 23, 2014 @ 12:55 PM | 8,228 Views
Alright folks, here's the next couple of highly anticipated (yeah, right !) Carbon-Z Cub videos from the sprawling, highly advanced Justwingit studios....

First up is a pretty fun video flying the Carbon-Z Cub on a nice, sunny, but occasionally breezy Saturday afternoon:
Saturday afternoon with the Carbon Z Cub (9 min 16 sec)


Next up, is another video shot the same afternoon (yesterday), with this one being a bit more relaxed, flying the last of 4 batteries this afternoon. A tricky take off followed by an even trickier landing...at least from the pilot's view. The wind direction made things a bit interesting, to say the least !
Flying the Carbon Z Cub on a breezy Saturday afternoon (9 min 56 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | Feb 13, 2014 @ 11:05 PM | 10,419 Views
Here's a couple of fun videos I shot of my Carbon-Z Cub with my trusty Mobius camera Velcro'd to my hat...!

These are both pilot's view videos and this first one demonstrates basic flight and some simple, basic aerobatics :
Sunday Morning with the Carbon Z Cub 09FEB14 (11 min 16 sec)


This video I titled "Blown away" because I flew her in a little too much wind....like 17mph too much !
Blown away! Flying the Carbon Z Cub in wind 09FEB14 (19 min 6 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | Feb 07, 2014 @ 07:08 PM | 8,267 Views
I thought of this on the spur of the moment, thinking it might be a good thing to talk about what to look for when buying a used Wildcat.

I plan on doing a few more in this series, and will talk about things like what to look for, simple mods, c/g and basic flight, hand-launch techniques, and where to look for a PZ Wildcat

Here's the first video :
Buying a used PZ Wildcat Part 1 (6 min 46 sec)


Hope you enjoy it, and let me know if there's something in particular you would like to see....I'll do my best to oblige !

John
Posted by Justwingit | Feb 07, 2014 @ 02:01 AM | 8,756 Views
Well gang,

It's been along time since I've flown my T-28, so I had to break her out of retirement...

I recently bought a Mobius ActionCam, and this thing is just too much fun ! I've been shooting video of pretty much all my models, and recently got the trusty T-28 out for some fun in the sun...!

First up is a video of basically just flying the T-28 around, getting used to her again, and talking about her great flying qualities....
Flying the Parkzone T 28 Trojan 05FEB2014 (9 min 11 sec)


Next up is an absolute hoot! I Velcro'd on the Mobius to an extra canopy that I set up for an 808 KeyCam about a year and a half ago, and went up, up and away ! The fun comes in because, for some weird reason, the plane sounds like a slimer....it sounds really, really cool and I recommend you keep the sound up so you can hear me adjust the throttle as I put her through a series of basic aerobatic maneuvers. The landing sequence is pretty cool too as you can hear me make very slight adjustments all throughout the approach path:
Inflight video with the Parkzone T 28 Trojan 05FEB2014 (6 min 31 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | Feb 07, 2014 @ 01:52 AM | 8,575 Views
Here's a couple more videos I made recently with the PZ Wildcat in the starring role....

First up is an early morning sortie over the Mojave, with yours truly narrating as I go. I start out by giving you a quick tour of my flying field. The main teaching point I make during the flight is about "hooking" your loops....and how to avoid it !
Parkzone F4F Wildcat 05FEB2014 (9 min 51 sec)


Next up, is a tutorial video aimed at newer RC pilots, and those looking at getting a Wildcat. I discuss three basic maneuvers with the Wildcat: the loop, aileron roll, and then put them together to do a reverse half-Cuban eight. I also discuss basic RC model safety and functions checks:
Parkzone F4F Wildcat Tutorial 05FEB2014 (10 min 5 sec)
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