Sonic 64

Hobbyking Sonic 64

This is 1230mm (48.4″) wing span flying wing.  It is powered by a 64mm electric ducted fan.  It is a simple build and flies great!

Here are a couple pictures before the maiden flight (temperature was about +18F, winds were calm, skies had a medium thin overcast.)

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My one gripe about the Sonic 64

Of course we buy airplanes like the Sonic 64 because they are inexpensive, quick to assemble, and fast to get out to the field and up in the air.  It doesn’t hurt that they look great and are a lot of fun to …
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Polaris Ultra

Manufacturer: Model Aero

Design: Polaris Ultra

Web sitehttp://modelaero.com/product/POL-ULT.html

Summary: Pretty awesome airplane

Model Aviation also has a nice review of the Polaris: http://modelaviation.com/modelaeropolarisultra

My story is that I missed one of the model aero sales by a day or two so I emailed the owner to see if I could sneak in my order late.  He replied that he had a couple unpainted polaris arf’s and he’d be willing to give me a package deal on one of those.  So I figured it couldn’t be that hard to paint a foam model and off I …
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Smart Trainer Photo Shoot

Design Observations

I really like the looks of this aircraft.  It is a unique combination of design choices that I think should provide a nice balance of good flying qualities and lots of aerobatic capability.

It calls itself a trainer, but it is not a “learn to fly” trainer.  Instead it positions itself as an entry level pattern ship.  It is light weight which means it should maneuver effortlessly and not have bad habits.  It has long lines so it should fly like it is on rails.  It has thickened wing tips so it should have excellent slow speed characteristics …
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Aerosky 185 Photo Shoot

 

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Don’t look too closely, but take a few steps back and I think she looks pretty nice.  I love the older style 185 tail and the tail dragger configuration.  The relatively large wheels help me imaging this is a bush plane intended to get in an out of rough strips.

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It is still winter here in MN and our ground is still covered in a foot of snow at least.  I’m hoping the snow melts quickly so I can get out and maiden this airplane soon!

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Yup, she looks pretty sweet I’d say!

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Aerosky 185 Build Notes

I was interested in the Aerosky Sky Trainer 185 because it looks a lot like a Cessna 185.  It has the 185 tail and is setup as a taildragger.  Technically the rear window is not correct for a 185, but there are a lot of things you could nitpick if you really wanted to go there.   The other interesting aspect of this kit is that it includes a full set of float for water operations.  I live near a little lake so I am hoping this will fly well off water on a nice calm summer evening.

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The Coolest Thing *EVER*

Formation RC Flying

This is a video of my seawind flying in formation with a small fishing boat.  The boat was running flat out while I was holding the aircraft on the edge of stall.  There was barely any wind that day so we were able to do several out and backs.  If you’ve never flown from a moving platform, let me just say it is really weird and really easy to let the aircraft get way far away from you.  Videography credits (if there are any) 🙂 go to my Mom.


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Great Planes Seawind EP

Great Planes Seawind EP (Rx-R)

Motor: RimFire 400 brushless out-runner.
Speed Controller: ElectriFly SS-25 25A Silver Series ESC.
Prop: 8×6.
Battery: TrueRC.com 11.1V 3 Cell 2100 mAh 10C.


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2.4Ghz

January 26, 2010: After taking a radio hit this summer and not doing anything with the airplane since then, I finally made my way to the hobby shop and purchased a 2.4Ghz receiver. The plan was to finally get around to checking the motor and speed controller and servos to make sure they survived the hard dunking. Then if everything else checked out, I would install this receiver …
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Shrike 40 ARF

Lanier Shrike 40 ARF

Todo:

  • Install 2.4Ghz receiver (?)
  • Switch from 10×5 to 10×6 prop for more top end speed.
  • I will probably leave the canopy off because it seems out of place, like they threw in a canopy because airplanes should have canopies, not because it looked cool or worked with the overall aircraft lines.
  • I will not cut and install the cowl until I’m happy with my engine choice.

May 23, 2009 – Landing gear repaired

Today I did surgery around the landing gear mount. The left wing was the guinea pig. Not knowing the structure underneath I …
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Rascal C

Sig Rascal C, 49″ Wing Span, HiMax Outrunner Upgrade


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Motor: HiMax HC2816-0890 brushless outrunner
Speed Controller: ElectriFly SS-25 25A Silver Series ESC
Prop: APC 11×5.5
Battery: 3 Cell 11.1v 1800mAh lipoly: 45(?) minute flight times when throttled back for a leisurely cruise.
Color: Purple (nicknamed Tinky Winky) 🙂

 

August 3, 2007

Here are a couple pictures from today’s flight out near Baldwin, WI. The winds were light, the atmosphere was really stable, perfect day for flying a light floater aircraft.

 


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May 25, 2007

I upgraded the tired old 7.4v battery to a fresh 11.1v …
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