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Posted by Old_Pilot | Yesterday @ 08:33 AM | 1,338 Views
My version of Mike Castillo's 20" Speedwing....except......24" WS, Spec's: 3542 1200kv motor, 60 amp ESC, 2600 mah 50C 4S battery, 8x4 APC-E prop, ES-3104 servos, 27 oz all up..Wortmann FX76-120 airfoil....she should be flight ready by this afternoon.....

So far I've got (1) sheet of 3/16, (1) sheet of 1/8, (1) sheet of 1/16, a bit of ply, (1) stick of 3/8" sq, a bit of aileron stock.....and some thread....lol
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 20, 2018 @ 02:23 PM | 754 Views
Video of the Flite Streak......a bit of Dutch Roll and porpoising....... need to make the couple longer, and probably add an inch or so to the nose as well....she's touchy.......this flight was all on low rates (< 50% throws and > 50% Expo)...but she's fun to fly

Flite Streak (2 min 15 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 18, 2018 @ 09:04 AM | 1,380 Views
Done......had to rework the cowl.....used up some of the half rolls of MonoKote, which seemed fitting for an airframe I cut from the leftovers from other builds.......for you fishermen...she looks like a Kentucky Lake Crappie Jig....If I can't see this thing in the air, I'm gonna start building boats.....LOL

Spec's: 3542 1200kv motor, 60 amp ESC, 2600 mah 50C 4S battery, 8x4 APC-E prop, ES-3104 servos, 42 oz all up
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 12, 2018 @ 12:56 PM | 1,015 Views
I had one of those "Oh Crap" moments when I fitted everything up and checked the balance.....then I remembered the battery and ESC...DOH !....she balances right where she's supposed to
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 06, 2018 @ 06:04 AM | 1,272 Views
48" WS version of the venerable Flite Streak CL conversion to 4 channel RC.....modified the airfoil, moment couple, and tail volumes...I know that it's been done before, but the aircraft from RCM didn't maintain the lines of the original....Fuselage this week...

Drawings haven't been annotated, and probably never will be........Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 25, 2018 @ 03:33 PM | 1,787 Views
Nice CNC kit from Bob's CNC...expanded to cut 41"
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 11, 2018 @ 03:28 PM | 1,227 Views
Finally got a decent day to fly

Ugly Stik II (3 min 14 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 07, 2018 @ 11:26 AM | 994 Views
Altageera II......flight ready..3542-1200 kV motor, 8x6 APC E Prop, 65A ESC w/5A BEC, 19gr metal gear servos, Lemon 6-channel Featherlight receiver w/satellite, 2600 mah 50C 4S...and now you know the real reason I built the deck...LOL

now if the weather will only cooperate
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 02, 2018 @ 12:03 PM | 1,702 Views
ready to cover........made a mistake orienting the grain for the fin.....trying to maximize balsa use and just plain forgot...grain is supposed to be vertical.....laminated 1/64th birch plywood on both sides of the fin....sanded the edges
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 27, 2018 @ 02:23 PM | 1,100 Views
Built this one a couple of years ago...finally dumb-thumbed her into the ground (hit the flaps on approach, and the wind stopped. so the did airplane)....so I'm gonna build her again
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 27, 2018 @ 07:23 AM | 1,308 Views
Scratch build..60" WS with a FX76-120 airfoil, slightly modified tail volumes and couple..4250 800 kV G32 motor, 60A ESC with a 5A BEC, 12x5 Xoar prop, 4000 mah 60C 6S battery
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 11, 2018 @ 07:40 AM | 1,654 Views
As long as I've been flying, I've had a Stik.....until recently...my last one bit the safety fence due to flutter (hinge failed) and I started to build another one over a year ago....unfortunately, my first attempt at the right wing half resulted in the worst wing I've ever built..twisted to beat hell.......because of poorly cut ribs... so I programmed my CNC machine to cut a new Stik with a little faster airfoil....it went together like a...Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 02, 2018 @ 06:04 AM | 5,097 Views
52" Wingspan, (2) 70mm fans, 1/2" Rigid insulation fuselage and nacelles, Elmer's Board wing and feathers....what else !....LOL
Maiden when the weather gets better
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 17, 2018 @ 03:11 PM | 2,653 Views
I usually don't build for other people other than close friends at the field, and then it'll be one of my flat jets or a combat ship...nothing too complicated or time consuming......too much like work....lol ......However, the fellow that helped me with my very first maiden flight was an S-3 pilot in the Navy.....over 1500 hours and 450 cat shots/traps....can't say no to that....and you never forget those that help you.....So I tried to duplicate the squadron markings of his aircraft.

This is the second aircraft I cut with the E3......

Here's the maiden of Skip's S-3

Skip's S-3 Viking (3 min 28 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 08, 2018 @ 01:04 PM | 2,775 Views
"One click of down......."

S 3 Maiden (2 min 17 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 01, 2018 @ 01:49 PM | 2,375 Views
Waiting on one ESC.....otherwise she'd be flight ready.....48" 50% KFM-2 wing, (2) 6 blade 70mm fans with 3500 kV motors, ES-3104 servos, 60 amp ESC's and (2) 3400 mah 60C 4S batteries....same power plants that are in that big (and heavier) 60" bomber I built not long ago.....and we know it flies !
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 20, 2018 @ 05:44 PM | 2,361 Views
Bloody Hell III (3 min 43 sec)

Sorry about losing her on the vertical climb, but I was laughing so much I forgot what I was doing....she's a beast