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Posted by Justwingit | Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:19 PM | 811 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 @ 07:14 PM | 1,702 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 @ 03:26 PM | 2,817 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 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:

And here's the main RCGroups thread on the model:

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...

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Posted by Justwingit | Dec 07, 2014 @ 02:58 PM | 5,782 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:

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 @ 10:03 AM | 7,562 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 @ 09:57 PM | 7,267 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, 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 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 @ 12:45 PM | 7,496 Views
WOW !!

This thing looks too cool :

Looks like it's gonna be a great spring !
Posted by Justwingit | Feb 23, 2014 @ 11:55 AM | 7,220 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 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 @ 10:05 PM | 9,366 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 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 @ 06:08 PM | 7,252 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 !

Posted by Justwingit | Feb 07, 2014 @ 01:01 AM | 7,721 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 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 @ 12:52 AM | 7,553 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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Posted by Justwingit | Feb 04, 2014 @ 09:22 PM | 7,583 Views
Well, I finally did it....I took the plunge and joined the video revolution ! I recently plunked down $80 and picked up a Mobius ActionCam....and extremely glad I did!

The video quality of this little cam is simply superb, and it's as perfectly at home shooting video from your plane as it is on the ground...

It's capable of shooting true 1080p, and a 10 minute video clip will wind-up being around 2GB....not bad if you're running an 8GB Micro-SD card. The manufacturer claims the battery lasts about 80 minutes on a full charge, but I haven't tested it to find out.

My very first video was shot from the top of my Carbon-Z Cub and came out very, very nice. I rendered it in 16:9, so you get the full, wide-screen effect.

Here's the video, complete with my annotations:
E flite Carbon Z Cub with Mobius camera onboard in 1080p (9 min 16 sec)

Today, I shot video with the Mobius Vecro'd to the bill of my hat...worked fine ! I was flying one of my Parkzone F4F Wildcats, and narrated as I went along, talking about everything from how the model's set-up, to the maneuvers as I was doing them, to general info about flying RC in the Mojave desert...

Here's the Wildcat:
Flying the Parkzone F4F Wildcat with Mobius in 1080p (9 min 11 sec)
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Posted by Justwingit | Dec 04, 2013 @ 02:18 PM | 7,754 Views
I just finished this project that started out as an epiphany last night...

While looking at the Jim Griffiths' painting of George Gay hanging in my study, I felt I needed to do something in their honor...

I challenge you to get through it without crying....

Torpedo Eight, Heart of Courage (2 min 11 sec)

And as the famous line from "The Bridges of Toko-Ri" goes, "Where do we get such men?"...
Posted by Justwingit | Sep 11, 2013 @ 05:11 PM | 9,311 Views
Have you forgotten???

Do you remember where you were when you first heard???

In the memory of my brothers AND sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice...
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Posted by Justwingit | Aug 27, 2013 @ 11:07 PM | 9,015 Views
Okay gang,

I finally have had the time to really sit down and pour through the DOZENS of wonderful photos Bill took Saturday. I would have done it sooner, but we a little bit of a flood here on the outpost Sunday afternoon and it's been anything but business as usual out here on the frontier of civilization since...

In any event, as I said earlier, I poured over literally dozens of photos taken by the artist himself, and it's really, really hard to choose the cream of the crop when they're all so good. I've attached some real lookers for y'all, and there's a special surprise: the Storch and the Stuka finally made some formation flights this weekend ! Not surprisingly, it was actually easier to form up and stay together than with the Bf-109...DUH ! The Storch and the Stuka have an area within their respective flight envelopes where Dan and I can work together and Bill can snap away!

For those who've never tried formation flying, let me tell you, it's very, very nerve wracking. The pilots MUST be side by side and constantly communicating in order to pull it off...and I mean such mundane things as "throttling up" or "turning right, gently" and so on. In order to get the shots we do, I normally set-up waaaay out, flight straight and level, and let Dan form up on me. With the Stuka, it works like a charm, and after a couple of passes, we were even flying coordinated turns !

Bill also got numerous photos of me enjoying my little Storch up close and...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Aug 08, 2013 @ 05:36 PM | 9,740 Views
Well, it finally happened...the Storch is no longer a drone !

Due to RCG member hillbille's constant encouragement (or chiding, whatever the case may be...) I decided to finally fix the Storch's only real glaring issue; the fact that there's no pilot figure .

After looking at all the fantastic photos Dan and Bill have taken of the Storch as it slowly cruised around the dry lakebed, it sank in that there's just something missing that would really set it off. And frankly, Bill's right: it needed a pilot figure. While digging around my parts box earlier this week, I realized I had a relic from the past, a leftover pilot figure I had yanked out of a 1400mm FMS Zero a little over a year ago. I liked the Zero, but it was just too big and I sold it last summer. But before I did that, I took out the pilot figure as I thought he was just a tad too small for that model. Besides, he looked decidedly more Caucasoid than Asian, so I figured it was time for him to go. Tossed him in the box and forgot about him. No wonder he looked so melancholy...

Segue to this past Monday, when I was digging through the box looking for something else and stumbled across this little guy....Hmmm...I thought he just might do the trick. So with a little cosmetic surgery (basically just removing his oxygen mask that was already hanging loose near his chest) and a uniform change I think he looks the part.

I did some fairly in-depth research on this, and found out that there really wasn't a "...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Jul 14, 2013 @ 11:54 PM | 10,468 Views
Had an extremely enjoyable outing yesterday with "der klein Storch" and I think I finally got her really dialed in...this thing fly's like a dream !

A small adjustment on the c/g netted big dividends on the glide-slope and sink-rate. By moving my 1300 battery back slightly, she now floats down much more predictably and with full control. I normally maiden my models slightly nose heavy, and she still is...just not as much. I thought about it during the week, made the adjustments, and the proof is in the video. The model just fly's utterly fantastic, and I was able to perform scale t/o and tail-high landings all day long...

The wind was really cooperating as it was 5-6mph, steady out of the north-west; and, unlike the previous Saturday, there were no thunderstorms, just innocuous clouds floating high above...

With her new and improved c/g (and steady, predictable wind) I was able to really get her trimmed out and dialed in. Still looking at 2-3 clicks down, but mine seems to like 3-4 clicks right aileron and I even dialed in a click or two of right rudder...sweet!

RCGroups members hillbille and sgtoinkz were back down at the dry lake and Bill snapped dozens of photos and shot plenty of video while Dan did lots of flying. The first video clearly shows how smooth, scale-like takeoffs are easy to do, and on the first t/o, watch how the tail lifts off the ground within a foot and I gently rudder steer the model through to liftoff and casually climbout....this...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Jul 07, 2013 @ 06:55 PM | 13,572 Views
The Background
First and foremost, let me start by saying this is my first foray into balsa PNF models, so I really didn't know what to expect other than it must be a pretty cool model....I mean come on, a balsa PNF Fi-156 Storch?!? What's not to like...

I'll also start out by saying, or admitting , whatever the case may be, that I've always liked Gerhard Fieseler's ungainly creation. Ever since I was a small child, the Storch held a special place in my heart....even over all the Focke-Wulfs and Messerschmitts, which is especially odd given the fact that I actually had relatives fly FW-190's and Me-109's during the war...but none that flew the Fi-156, at least as far as I know...

The Arrival
The package arrived after about 10 days travel time from China (Int'l warehouse)...not bad. It was double-boxed and very neatly packaged inside. Although the model's various parts were so well wrapped (the term I would use is "mummified"), the prop nut had rust on it and noticeable scars from some sort of wrench or pliers....Hmmm....not cool, but oh well. BTW, I'm not the first to make note of this and probably not the last, either. Otherwise, all the somewhat delicate balsa and covering components arrived totally unscathed...good job on the boxing/packaging save for the enigmatic damage to the prop-spinner...

The Build
The assembly went as well as can be expected from a fairly intermediate modeler, but make no mistake, this is NOT a model for beginners. It is...Continue Reading