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Posted by w0ace | Apr 20, 2016 @ 07:34 PM | 2,803 Views
I'm covering a FMS SuperEZ for a friend of mine and have came to like it. I watched a couple Youtube vids on it, and decided I have to have one. It'll be here Monday!

I'm covering this one for him for several reasons. I like to cover foam to add strength, easy in clean up, and I think it just looks MUCH better! Everyone that sees my Sport Cub I covered loves it!

So I'm doing this one for him. It'll be Dark Royal Blue with White trim.

I'm going to strip and paint mine. Going with a Desert Sand look after a A-10 Warthog. Sharks mouth, US Army markings, some fake rocket and bombs, and just fly the heck out of it!

I'll post photos as I go along. Spent 2 nights stripping paint off with packing tape, but finally got out the Acetone and it works much easier! About ready to cover the wing.
Posted by w0ace | Apr 15, 2015 @ 09:38 PM | 13,623 Views
Traded a T-6 for my Sensei back! Still flies great after a year of teaching my buddy to fly. He never crashed it, only knocked main gear loose once. It was a easy fix several months back. Installed new tundra tires. About to have Sensei #2 in my club tomorrow!
Posted by w0ace | Dec 21, 2014 @ 09:55 AM | 3,319 Views
I just ordered a BUSA 1/4 scale cub kit, and have a brand new DLE20RA waiting at my office that arrived Friday. This will be my first Big Bird build! Looks easy, I've built many Sig Senoritas in the past and this looks to be about the same. I've read as many builds as I can find and plan a couple easy mods:

Slide horizontal stab forward about 15/16" for scale looks.
Remove top sheeting to create better for of covering from vertical to horizontal surface.
Add landing gear doubler after installing Robart scale gear.
I'm doing custom aluminum front and rear spar inserts to aid assembly.
Servos under rear seat area.
Aluminum wing struts.
Fiberglass cowl.
TPA dummy engine.
If I do decide to model a Flitfire then lighting!!!!
Rib stitching.
Solartex covering and spray paint.

Well stay tuned for future updates.....

Yeah, this will be Cub #3 for the hangar, Flyzone Select Scale, .46 ARF, and now this one!
Posted by w0ace | Dec 14, 2014 @ 10:14 PM | 4,103 Views
Well I'm at it again, this time with another ARF BASH! I got a Phoenix Models Sonic .25 size low wing ARF from Tower Hobbies. I've got a brand new OS .46LA on the nose, going with Hitec HS-81 on throttle, HS-82MG on elevator and ailerons, and a HS-225MGBB on rudder/nose gear. Using a new 2c 1,100mah LiFe RX pack, Tactic TR625 RX, and Tactic TTX650 TX.

So, first thing I did when opening the box was inspect for damage and then RIP OFF ALL THE COVERING!!!! It comes with sticky backed covering and I didn't like the colors, so off they come.

Covering it Aluminium and making it look like a '60's era military jet. Just got the elevator recovered so far. Here are some pics......
Posted by w0ace | Sep 06, 2014 @ 03:36 PM | 3,457 Views
Well here is my latest project, a 16.5% J3 Cub. Power is a new Thunder Tiger F54s four stroke. About 90% done, with 90% of the work left to do. Hopefully maiden will be next weekend. Real happy with it so far...
Posted by w0ace | Jul 18, 2014 @ 01:24 AM | 4,962 Views

Hope the wife doesn't notice this for awhile....

NEW PROJECT! Flyzone Select Scale Piper Super Cub!

Just ordered it tonight. Planning on a couple simple mods. Tundra Cub tires/wheels, smaller more scale tailwheel, 3 cell 1,600mah Lipos, 9x4 prop, and hopefully pull off almost all the weight from the nose! I like to fly tail heavy most of the time anyway, just flies better!!!

Should be a FUN little relaxing plane to fly. I'll be using a Tactic TR 624 receiver, 3 cell 1,600mah Turnigy Lipo's, stock motor/esc, 9x4 prop, stock servos, bigger wheels, and smaller tailwheel.

Stay tuned for the build/maiden flight. Plan on flying it next weekend!
Posted by w0ace | Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:13 PM | 5,208 Views
Well, here we go again! I got the Hobbico Hobbistar 60 project flying GREAT, so on to another......

Here is the next project coming tomorrow:


Going to tear off all the covering and turn it into a Eindecker looking plane. Cowling, pilot, machine gun, wire gear, vintage wheels, RCGF 15cc gas engine, servos in the tail mounted location(already cutout in the airframe). Tail skid.

Looking forward to a fun WWI looking bird!!!!
Posted by w0ace | Jun 09, 2014 @ 08:38 PM | 5,270 Views
Well, 2.0 is under way. Ordered another Hobbistar 60 ARF, and a RCG 15cc gasoline engine for it.

Here is the plan:

Hobbistar 60
RCG 15cc
Ignition Module In Old Tank Area
Tactic Dual Antenna RX
Hydramax 2000mah 5 cell Rx/Ignition pack on Y-Harness
Hitec Heavy Duty Switch Harness Mounted Aft Of Wing
Transmitter Operated Ignition Switch
Hitec HS-311 On Elevator and Rudder
Hitec HS-81 On Throttle
Hitec HS-322 On Ailerons(single servo this time as far back as possible)
Dubro Fiber Main Gear
Dubro 5" Big Wheels
Dubro Semi Scale Tailwheel
Split Elevator
Extended Rudder
Bolt on Wing
Plywood Wing Center Section
Reinforced Front Fuse Former For Wing Mount
Relocate Firewall Rearward
Battery Pack Under Servos
Recut Servo Tray For 3 Wide And Rx Tray On Front
10oz Fuel Tank In Fuse On CG
Cowl(either built up or formed)
Relocate Elevator Pushrod In Fuse
Pull Off Monocote Stripes
Custom Graphics

The above single aileron servo, single battery pack, single switch, and mini throttle servo should weigh the same as version 1.0, even with the heavier 15cc engine. Version 1.0 flew GREAT. Short takeoff, float like crazy, and crawl into landings. Looking forward to version 2.0!!! Also, the better running/sound of the 15cc gasser.

Posted by w0ace | Apr 28, 2014 @ 05:53 PM | 5,015 Views
Well, I sold the Top Flite Elder 40 and decided to do a ARF bash of the Hobbico Hobbistar 60 ARF MkIII . I have read and watched about the flying qualities of it, and I think it will make a great fun-fly plane.

Here it is.......http://www.hobbico.com/airplanes/hcaa2125.html

I don't know the fellow who built this, but he is the reason this build is happening!!! I went thru all the mods and changes he made and decided to go for it. He has done about everything I want to, so I know it will work!


I'm planning on a Evo 10cc gasoline engine, custom cowl, taildragger, flaps, dual aileron servos, and complete recover with a L-19 look like this....

I'm looking forward to a BIG slow easy flying plane!!! Should be lots of fun!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 27, 2014 @ 10:15 AM | 3,987 Views
Elevator and Rudder pushrods built, throttle pushrod installed, motor mounted on mount, mount tested to firewall, muffler outlet turn 180*, tailwheel test fit ok, lined up wing for mounting.

About to drill wing rod holes and wing mount bolt holes next. Pilot, switches, and clevises will be here tomorrow for final fitting. Coming together nicely now.

Club Funfly next weekend, will it be ready by then? Prolly not...... But, it will be great when it is done.....
Posted by w0ace | Apr 21, 2014 @ 07:04 PM | 3,935 Views
Painted the firewall, cockpit, under wing area of the fuse. Mounted servo rails. Made 1 pushrod. Sanded everything one more time with fine sandpaper. About ready to cover. Tested fit of tailwheel bracket.

Progress....slow but sure!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 16, 2014 @ 10:05 PM | 4,515 Views
One of the handiest helpers in my shop.....It was a old computer desk chair that the back broke on. I took the back off to try and fix it, then I started using it like this while it was in my shop. I can't work without it now! Keeps everything handy and easy to work on, rolls out of the way when not in use, and can even double as a foot stool!!!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 16, 2014 @ 09:24 PM | 4,522 Views
DONKEY power to the rescue! Flying the Flylite once again, with new Donkey power. Using the Donkey from HK, along with a APC knock-off HK 8x4E prop. I'm getting a little less power I think, which I figured I would. The Donkey is a 1550kv and the stock motor was 1750kv. I am going to try a 9x4 APC tomorrow night and see how it goes. I like the way it's flying now, it is heavier, I'm now 11.7oz flying. Most from the Donkey, it weights more than the stock motor. So the CG is further forward now, and it's more fun to fly to me. I ONLY fly outside, and I have around 5mph wind or more most of the time. One thing I did notice, when I enter spins, I chop the power and snap roll into them. It now goes over the top and spins faster than before!!!! I LOVE IT! I'm prolly going to end up augering it in sooner or later, cause I don't stop spinning till I'm like 10' off the deck, less once.....But, man, it's so freaking FUN!!!! I can spin into landing....

I LOVE THIS LITTLE PLANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the past problems with glitching/sputtering/crazyness from the old stock motor is GONE!!! Only fun and good times ahead!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 13, 2014 @ 12:24 AM | 4,410 Views
Flew the Sensei and Easy Star at the club today. Was the first one to brave it and go up with the Sensei. Wind was constant 15 mph, with gusts to 26 mph. Both handled it great. I did touch and goes with the Sensei, and several landings with the Easy Star.

Had lunch with the wife at one of our favorite local dives.

Worked on the AstroHog this evening.

It's been a great day!

Posted by w0ace | Apr 08, 2014 @ 08:53 PM | 4,631 Views
I think we have around 12 Hog Wild combat ready planes in our club now. I don't have one yet, but I am thinking that's my next build ASAP. Maybe even before the Hog gets finished up! I love to fly combat, so I need to get one going ASAP and a second airframe ready and on standby!

Posted by w0ace | Apr 07, 2014 @ 09:08 PM | 4,821 Views
I have been a loyal customer of Tower Hobbies for over 25 years now. I do hate it that they don't carry SIG any longer, but....

My last order I had a 3mm prop collet come drilled off center. I emailed Tower, got a response this AM, and they are shipping another one to me ASAP. Can't beat that. They have always done the right thing by me. I haven't had many problems over the years, maybe only a couple items returned for damage, which was usually UPS's fault, not theirs.....

All in all, Tower Hobbies is A#1 in my book!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 08:36 PM | 4,703 Views
So my Sensei, AKA Oklahoma Taildragger, has a bomb door I haven't used much. I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out how to drop a parachute guy that is just to big to drop reliably. So I abandoned that idea and moved on. I found the Fruit Loops during my search of the house for something light weight, easy to see, fun to drop, and safe for the environment, and it's a tasty treat also!!

So, now I guess I have the Fruit Loop Bomber! I tested it with about a 1/2 bay loaded up in the hangar, and it all dropped right out. The dogs were both very excited to help in the clean up. So I plan on making a bombing run at the spring club fun fly.....LOOK OUT!
Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 11:59 AM | 4,297 Views
I had the receiver and ESC both up front together under the battery tray to get the CG forward some and see how it flew. I noticed I was getting glitches on the throttle channel. Throttle only. If I pulled the power back to off, it wouldn't start back up again, instead, it would stutter back and forth for a few seconds and not restart. Seems to have stopped after relocating the RX to the front of the servo compartment, and keeping the ESC up under the battery tray. I'll be watching/listening closely to make sure this doesn't start happening again. First time I have had any glitches out of the Tactic TX/R combo. Using the small single antenna RX, and TTX650 TX. No other channels were effected? Weird....
Posted by w0ace | Apr 06, 2014 @ 11:54 AM | 4,244 Views
Goofing around....

Electrifly Flylite Rx-R (1 min 12 sec)