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Posted by mperaltaoz | Apr 18, 2018 @ 06:52 AM | 1,237 Views
I decided to sell my previous corsair and build a new and improved one.
This one is bigger (1300mm), more scale (retracts, plastic parts for scale details, etc), and with a solid wing and fuselage which makes it a bit heavier but significantly sturdier.
The result was great, she flies awesome and looks the part up in the air and also taxiing on the ground.

Build Log:

Maiden video (cut down version):
F4U Corsair 1300mm - Maiden flight (2 min 18 sec)

Photos below
Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 07, 2017 @ 02:36 PM | 2,208 Views
Back to the classics.
Always liked the good old Trojan and I wanted my very own instead of the available RTF's.
So... I built it

Such a great flier, performed like a pro from maiden.

Build Log:

Maiden video
T28 Trojan Maiden (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 06, 2017 @ 03:49 AM | 2,530 Views
This was my winter project for 2017... Another amazing plane from the Golden Era.
It flies beautifully, almost like a balsa plane.
Very interesting build especially the wing and stubby fuselage, and highly pleased with the result.

Build Log:

Maiden video:
Hall Bulldog Racer - Maiden Flight (3 min 12 sec)

Another (better) flight:
Bulldog Racer tamed (2 min 38 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Jan 15, 2017 @ 05:51 AM | 3,177 Views
What a plane!

This was my end-of-year project. Started it on 24 Dec and maidened today.
Very happy with the result. It flies amazing and it looks the part.

Here's the the build log:

And here'so the maiden video:
Edge 540 v3 - Maiden Flight (6 min 45 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Oct 05, 2016 @ 01:39 AM | 3,616 Views
This is a plane I always wanted to have.

I've done this one truly from scratch as I even designed the plans from the Sea Fury's 3-views and some drawings of the real plane.

I was highly pleased with the result. She flies like she is on rails, fast stable and no bad habits at all.

Build log:

Critical Mass Maiden Flight (5 min 2 sec)

Photos below
Posted by mperaltaoz | Mar 30, 2016 @ 06:21 AM | 4,783 Views
I built this one modifying Steve Shumate's plans as follows:
- Modded centre section to allocate a single EDF fan
- Added ailerons
- Added a lot of scale details
- Added landing gear
- Increased size by 16%

- Wingspan:1200mm (wings open)
- Weight: 1190g incl battery
- Motor: EDF 3000kv
- Fan: 70mm

It flies really well. Not a speed machine but nice and scale with a lot of presence up in the air.

Maiden video:
F-14 maiden (3 min 38 sec)

Second flight:
F-14 second flight (3 min 30 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Jan 24, 2016 @ 04:14 PM | 4,943 Views
Time to try a new construction method, and since I was doing this why not do it with a twin engine?
I've always loved this plane, and now I have one!
I'm really pleased with her, she flies great and has no bad habits at all.

Buil Log:

Maiden video:
DH-88 Comet - Maiden Flight (1 min 3 sec)

Another flight:
DH-88 Comet (1 min 35 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 16, 2015 @ 03:48 PM | 5,140 Views
This one was built from plans I found in RCGroups.
Quick build (1 week) and it flies like a charm.
I liked it so much that I sold my HK Reaktor...
Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 16, 2015 @ 03:38 PM | 5,172 Views
I got enthusiastic about FPV recently. I started with my little J3 Cub and it was fun, but I realized it'd be better if I had a more docile and stable platform which can also give longer flight times.
I scratch built this plane from photos I found in Google, using the same wing profile as the original plane.
The wingspan is 1500mm and the weight is about 800grams, which makes it a plane you can literally fly hands-off (it would just float gently until it lands... A beauty of a glider).
Posted by mperaltaoz | Nov 16, 2015 @ 03:22 PM | 5,189 Views
I've always liked Corsairs. I used to have a Durafly Corsair but sold it as I didn't like how it flew very much. I was then ready to buy a bigger one but I though... Hey! I can actually build this thing!
The result was great and very rewarding. I love how this plane flies and I had a lot of fun building it.
Here is the build log if anyone wants to give it a go:

Maiden video:
F4U Corsair scratch build - Maiden flight (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 30, 2014 @ 04:42 AM | 6,116 Views
Update: it flies great!
The Beast Scratch Build (3 min 40 sec)

I told myself not to build for a while and fly the planes I have instead, but I just can't help it with this windy weather in Melbourne.
So, after a bit of work I came up with this Spirit of Pitts modified to look like "The Beast". Awesome plane, my best one ever.
Here are some pictures.

Build Log:
Posted by mperaltaoz | Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:10 AM | 6,320 Views
UPDATE: it does fly well, but it's been quite a handful for landings. Anyone building it make sure you add enough dihedral and also keep it nose heavy.

Oh, yes!

Not only I'm building it but I'm also drawing plans myself this time.
I'm borrowing ideas from old balsa plans and also 3 views, but hey, that's kind of designing too isn't it?

Hopefully it'll fly well.

Build log:

Photos below
Posted by mperaltaoz | Apr 12, 2014 @ 02:12 AM | 7,856 Views
Time to build another jet!

Steve Shumate's Super Bandit.
Awesome plane.

Motor: Turnigy 3000kv 600W
EDF: HK 70mm 6 blades
Battery: 4S 2200mAh 40C
ESC: 60A
AUW: 855 grams

I modified the design to as follows:
- Symmetric airfoil for the wings (originally flat)
- Detachable wing
- 70mm EDF instead of 64mm

The result: a fast (176kph) and furious jet that flies like it is on rails!

Build log (post within another log):

Maiden video
Mario Super Bandit (Scratch Build) Maiden (2 min 5 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Mar 07, 2014 @ 03:07 PM | 6,754 Views
I finished my P-51D Mustang.
Maiden was a huge success. It flies like an arrow, can go fast and slow, and it does amazing aerobatics (I'm particularly impressed with its knife edges).

Plans, specs and build log are here:

Mario's P-51 Scratchbuild - Maiden Flight (3 min 15 sec)

Mario's P-51 Scratchbuild Flight No2 (1 min 45 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Feb 03, 2014 @ 08:38 PM | 6,879 Views
From time to time I also buy planes
Here is a picture of my current fleet
In chronological order:
- Skyartec Cessna 182 (my first plane, still flying... Lots of crashes, glue and spars, and a motor upgrade)
- Art-Tech Pitts Special
- Durafly Corsair
- HK Reaktor
- SB (Scratch Build) J3 Cub
- SB F-15
- SB SE5a
- SB Horten 229 IX
- Durafly Dynamic-S (I'm loving it)
Posted by mperaltaoz | Dec 02, 2013 @ 08:05 PM | 7,121 Views
After doing all the forensic research on the previous Horten, I finally completed a new version.
Build log is here:

I'm pleased to report that this one flies and lands very well.
Mario's Tamed Horten HO229 Flying Wing (3 min 5 sec)

Posted by mperaltaoz | Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:28 AM | 7,717 Views
I wasn't very sure what to build next...
I was looking for something different, something I could take to the field and be sure no one else was going to have.

After going in circles for a while, my friend Mick came up with this idea: "Why don't you build a Horten Ho-229? It's a wing, a glider, and a jet with twin engines."

It looked like quite a challenge. I was dubious at the beginning, but then I found some plans for a big balsa version and soon realized I could build it in foam.
After a short while, I was totally sold on the idea.

I must confess, though... it's been the most challenging build I've ever done. But it's also been very rewarding.
Seeing that bird up in the air is quite a sight. It has a lot of presence, is very fast, it glides when cutting power... very interesting.

Here is the Build Log, and below you can find some videos and pictures.

Maiden flight:
Horton HO229 Maiden flight (6 min 42 sec)

Flight #3:
Horton HO229 Flight No3 (4 min 7 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:34 PM | 7,827 Views
Now I'm getting serious about this...

Since I lost the DR1 Fokker to a spiral of death, and after finishing the F-15, I decided it was time to replace the Fokker with another WWI plane.
I've always liked the SE5a, so it was a no brainer which one to pick.

This time I decided to take more risks and go for something more challenging, so I downloaded plans for a balsa model and converted them to foam on the fly.
After analyzing the plans in detail, I realized the conversion was doable with some analysis and re-design during the build process.

So, I got my hands dirty again and built it.
It wasn't easy, but I'm very pleased with the end result.

Here is the Build Log in case you are interested (plans and build pictures are there).

Wingspan: 1100 mm
AUW: 950 g
Motor: D4023 850Kv
Prop: 12x6 (on 3S 2200 mAh) or 11x6 (on 4S 2200 mAh)
ESC: BlueSeries 40A

Here is a video and some pictures... (it was quite gusty so the landing wasn't great)
Mario's SE5a scratchbuild (4 min 50 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:17 AM | 8,491 Views
My 3rd build was an F-15 Eagle, which I built based on Steve Shumate's plans.
I modified the plans to accommodate a 64 mm EDF instead of the original pusher used by Steve.
I had never flown an EDF jet before, so it was double challenge: build it and fly it!
Great experience. I've learnt a lot about EDFs and the plane flies great.

Here are some key modifications I made:
- Top section is attached with 6 screws that can be removed for easy access to all electronics.
- Landing gear with steerable nose wheel.
- EDF with thrust tube
- Both elevators controlled by a single central servo

I ran it originally on 3S but then upgraded it to 4S (a lot better). I've also cut cheater holes for better air intake and adjusted the thrust tube to 80% FSA of more speed.

Some pictures and videos below (sorry I don't have any more recent videos, but it flies a lot faster now).

Maiden flight (on 3S, underpowered):
Mario's F-15 Scratch build EDF - Maiden Flight (5 min 37 sec)

2nd flight (on 4S, much better):
Mario's scratch build F-15 4S Takeoff (1 min 27 sec)
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Posted by mperaltaoz | Sep 18, 2013 @ 01:25 AM | 8,310 Views
A little bit after finishing the DR1 Fokker, I got very enthused with scratch builds and decided to keep building.
This time I built a J3 Cub following the plans from Electric Orange in the forums.
I got a bit braver this time and did some modifications to the plans:
- Replaced the cambered wing for a Clark-Y profile which I cut with my hotwire cutter using cardboard templates
- Added ailerons
- Modified the cockpit structure to put windows in place
- Replaced the stick with a firewall for the motor mount
- Added detachable landing gear
- Added some scale details like struts, panel lines, etc

Again, the material is HD foam from container boxes which I've cut in boards with my home-made hotwire cutter.
This one is still alive and it flies like a charm. It's got a HK 2830 1000 KV swinging a 9x6 prop which gives the plane a lot of oomph to fly in high winds and do all kind of aerobatics. It is my preferred plane to put up in the air when it's really windy.

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