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Posted by MYC | Oct 27, 2017 @ 10:28 AM | 1,968 Views
I'm finally getting to work on my FlyFly F-100 project. Having built and flown several FlyFly planes, I can say that they are all basically good airframes but I have yet to find one that doesn't need at least some work to make it reach potential.

Luckily there is this guy, you might have heard of him, He goes by JePe and he comes up with some crazy mods/kits that can take a complete turd and make it into a high performance jet (see my park flyer f/a-18 conversion page). His website is ( I'm not affiliated, just a fan of his work ) That said, this plane is not from jepe and although I should've, I'm not using one of his "fast foam" kits either. Additionally I should note that this particular airframe is also NOT ideal for mods as it is EPO (eps would be easier to work with) but I have it... and I can be stubborn.
Posted by MYC | Feb 03, 2016 @ 07:46 PM | 3,990 Views
Ok, getting more PMs than my inbox is happy with. Here are the planes that remain... After posting this I'll clear space in my inbox

first up is my extreme flight 48" MXS in blue. Built as per extreme's directions using their motor and hitec servos. It's in great shape, ready to fly with your RX and 4s2200 LiPo's... $200

Next is a Black Horse F4-U Corsair. Currently the LADO retracts are back home in France for factory checkup as I bought them used and want to make sure they are 100% for this big beauty. The oracover is a little wrinkled thanks to my heat gun breaking... PS if someone has a heat gun to sell send me a pm about that and maybe I can buy it from you at wram... Seriously. Back to the plane, I will sell it bare airframe for $200 and then we can add the other goodies in the pics as you want but for the complete setup, ready to fly with your RX and 6-8 4000-5000 LiPo's I'll want $600. This plane is bigger and has many features that make it far superior to the top flite version. The wings separate for easy transport, the mains retract behind 3-piece doors and the cowl is affixed with rare earth magnets making battery changes very easy.

Here's one that I'm sure I'm going to regret selling. A New in very old box, Byron Originals F-16 Falcon. I took a bunch of pics with everything laid out. I do not have a spare byrofan to include with it it but I was planning on using one of the new jetfan 120s with a 800 series HET motor which not only would...Continue Reading
Posted by MYC | Jan 30, 2016 @ 05:14 PM | 5,405 Views
As a kid I used to read every issue of model airplane news and was particularly exited by the ads and reviews for Byron Models. Their jets were just so cool but my favorite was the F-16. Fast forward 30 some odd years and I finally have a chance to build one. Let's see how my childhood dreams stack up to the reality of building and flying one.
Posted by MYC | Feb 26, 2015 @ 07:21 AM | 5,285 Views
This is not a traditional build log as I built and maidened this plane more than two years ago. It flew ok on 6s but in flight the wing kept looking like it was going to "taco" at any moment and while the landing was pretty smooth the nose and one main collapsed. Disgusted, I put the plane on the top rack and moved on to another project.

Fast forward to now. I've all but given up on retracts. My clubs field is not paved, nor is it a finely manicured sod field. In truth it's a mess but the people are some of the best in the hobby and I enjoy flying there so I've adapted. I now have a bungee catapult system so I figured I'd give the Mig another shot.
Posted by MYC | Jan 22, 2015 @ 07:31 AM | 5,508 Views
Back in 2009 I built a haoye F/A-18 as a twin (In-Line) pusher. (See the other blog thread)

The air-frame was marketed as a "Park Flyer" by KMP which I found odd for a 68" long plane with a 44" wing!

Anyway, the problem with the air-frame is that despite its size, it is not very scale (or aerodynamic for that matter) out of the box. Over the years, several modelers have tried converting the plane to EDF but there is no internal ducting and all flying surfaces have large blunt LE and TEs. There was not a lot of success... Until JePe stepped in and created this conversion kit...
Posted by MYC | Jan 10, 2012 @ 08:47 AM | 7,980 Views
My brother has had this kit in his basement for almost 10 years now and after considerable harassment from me to get it flying, he finally decided that I should build it for him! What a guy, huh? Seriously though, I've wanted to do a giant-scale electric conversion and here was my chance!

Some quick details about the project...

Giant Scale Planes P-51 Mustang "The Flying Undertaker"

Wingspan: 98 inches
Wing Area: 1414.00 sq. inches
Length: 83 inches
Wing Loading: 42-45 oz./sq.ft.
Weight: 24.00 Lbs.
Airfoil: Semi-Symmetrical

Hacker A80-8 Outrunner (50-80cc Equivalent)

Powerange max. 5000W (15 sec.)
Idle Current @ 8,4V 2,8A
Resistance (Ri) 0,017 Ohm
RPM/Volt (kv) 218
Weight 1450g
Diameter 89 mm
Length 107 mm

Speed Control:
Castle Creations 160 High Voltage ESC

Radio Equipment:
Castle Creations BEC Pro
Hitec Servos

Retractable Landing Gear:
Robart 145-6 Mains
Sierra Precision TW3 Tailwheel
Posted by MYC | Jan 19, 2011 @ 07:22 AM | 14,634 Views
I've always been a Mustang Guy, so when the opportunity to pick up a 1/5 TopFlite ARC fell into my lap at a local swap meet, I jumped at it. Once home, I poured over the well built parts and began to notice some things, that scale-wise, were just not right. Apparently TopFlite took some liberties with this plane to make it easier to ARF/ARC and possibly to make it fly more like a pattern ship than a warbird as well. There are other areas that deviate from the original as well for reasons I honestly don't know. This said, the following is a list of the modifications I plan to make to my plane. I will chronicle them here for my own sanity but welcome any input from you guys as we go along.

In no particular order, here's what I've got in mind as of right now...

Horizontal Stab – it's 5/8" too low on my RTC kit – (Note: It is correctly located in the builders kit).
Addressed by Pacific Scaled Aircraft's Stab Relocation kit! See below.

Radiator Vent – The kit makes no provision for this
Functional radiator vent with ducting to carry air through fuse to cool electronics/batteries

Cowl – The stock unit is not the correct shape or size and fits too poorly for my taste. Additionally, the motor thrust line is too low and this results in a pronounced droop at the nose.

Spinner – Stock spinner is too small and is not accurate in shape.

Exhaust – The exhaust stacks in the kit are cartoonish representations at best.

Wing Fillets &#...Continue Reading
Posted by MYC | Jan 01, 2011 @ 05:53 PM | 6,557 Views
I saw a post by another member recently about how to get the larger GA wires onto a Deans style connector. I tried his 'mechanical binding' with brass tube but I couldn't get it to my satisfaction. Well necessity is the mother of invention so I came up with another method. Here is how I get 10Ga wires onto Deans connectors... If you have an alternate or better way, please feel free to post your method here too

Posted by MYC | Jan 01, 2011 @ 04:42 PM | 6,979 Views
Some shots of the mounted motor and wiring...
Posted by MYC | Oct 11, 2010 @ 10:17 AM | 8,817 Views
Just a few quick shots of my New (in Old) Box CBM F-15... It's for sale if you like it
Posted by MYC | Jun 15, 2010 @ 02:47 PM | 11,072 Views
Well, I've been working on this one for a while and have been posting progress in two forums so I figured the lessons I've learned and the pix i've shot should have a spot so... here's the spot.
Posted by MYC | Jan 01, 2009 @ 05:34 PM | 10,936 Views
Credit for this pusher conversion goes to EddieGigowatts. His thrust vectoring version is simply amazing and the video is a must see. It's post 357 in the "EJF Big F(oamy)/A-18" Thread.

This one came in at 4lbs AUW. It is a hand launch plane and has a metal skid arm to protect the C/F Props.
Posted by MYC | Dec 27, 2008 @ 04:56 PM | 8,188 Views
I HATE Monokote. Wait, that's not fair to TopFlite.


In the early days of my building, balsa planes were covered with tissue paper and this thick paint-like stuff called dope. Dope was aptly named, b/c if not done in a well ventilated area, you would get high as a kit and likely brain damage to boot!

I liked dope and paper. Working with them provided the building blocks for my current method of choice in covering. WBPU and 1/2oz F/G Cloth. Working with either system produces a surface that is ready to be painted and detailed to your hearts content.

With that said, here are some pictures of planes undergoing the paint process.
Posted by MYC | Dec 27, 2008 @ 04:19 PM | 8,257 Views
This is my modified GWS A-10. Upgrading this old design to high(er) performance GWS Blue can brushless and 3s LiPo Power presented some challenges... The following is what I did, your mileage may vary
Posted by MYC | Dec 27, 2008 @ 03:52 PM | 12,073 Views
Somewhere around the Y2K mark I began to move from traditional balsa construction to foam. A friend mentioned that a company from California was making cool foam pusher jets and a quick internet search revealed Combat Models. This is one of the five different models they produced and I have all but one (F/A-18). This CBM A-10 was powered by an OS .46FX with a perry fuel pump. Retracts are Spring Air and radio gear by Futaba.
Posted by MYC | Dec 27, 2008 @ 03:40 PM | 8,098 Views

This is my R/C blog. My name is Mark and I have been building, flying and re-kitting R/C Model Airplanes for 23 years

Here I intend to chronicle some of my past and present aircraft and hopefully someone will find it usefull...or at least entertaining