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.
Here is a launch tip for anyone who’s struggled to get the Hobby Lobby MiG-15 airborne reliably:
First, recognize that at FULL throttle, there is a small tendency to want to pitch up (probably due to the large mid-T tail configuration more than thrust lines.
Second, recognize that this is not a prop plane so there is no prop wash flowing over the control surfaces. All control surface effectiveness is due purely to forward speed. During a hand launch, forward speed is at it’s slowest and control surface effectiveness is at it’s lowest.
Hobby Lobby recently introduced a neat P-47 warbird model. It has a 40″ wing span, 4-channel flight control, retractable landing gear, and comes receiver ready. It includes servos, motor, speed control, and even a suitable battery. All you have to do is some basic assembly, install your receiver, and you are pretty much ready to go.
Here are the tail surfaces as they come out of the box. Everything is pre-hinged.
Here is the fuselage as it comes. The motor and speed controller are already installed. Servos and linkages are installed. Even the cowl comes pre-installed:
My birthday present to myself this year was a MiG-15 electric ducted fan model from hobby-lobby.com. I bought this at Toledo in April (well paid for it in April … it’s a new item so wasn’t yet in stock.) It shipped in May and arrived on Tuesday.
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 … Read the rest... >>
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 … Read the rest... >>
Built by: Frank Monsoor, Onalaska WI. Purchased: October 3, 2004. Wing Span: 84 inches. Power: OS 91 4-stroke.
Here is a picture of a real Citabria which I grabbed from the net. Both the model and the real thing look pretty nice.
Frank built this aircraft several years ago from a Midwest kit and did a wonderful job. He covered it in 21st Century Film which has a fabric weave texture. It is powered by an OS 90 4-stroke engine with an on-board glow assist system. He included a scale instrument panel, nice color scheme, and … Read the rest... >>