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Short Skyvan build.

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UMX FrankenDelta

It all started with my JAS-39 Gripon (retired). After a serious nose-in, it’s nothing more than a twisted hulk of foam that I trip over occasionally. But I noticed the wings were still in pretty good shape. What if, I … Continue reading

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SkyBuggy 300 Build

This is the StevensAero SkyBuggy (300), the subject of my next build: Planned setup: Emax CF2822 1300kv outrunner, or … AX 2308N 1100kV outrunner (2X) Emax 8g ES08DE digital servos #6 Trexler balloon tires Turnigy Plush 18 amp ESC OrangeRx R610 receiver AeroLITE … Continue reading

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Time for a new cutting mat

After over three years of nearly continual use and abuse, my cutting mat is grimy, bumpy and fugly. I decided it was time for a new, clean mat, and ordered one of these 24″x36″ Alvin cutting mats from Amazon. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Slowly build

After a year or so of dithering and building other projects, I’m finally ready to start on a Slowly (for my wife.) I’ll be using 1/4″ Dow blue fanfold. The wingspan (before folding the wing) is about 36.5″ / 93cm. … Continue reading

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Scotch Heavy-Duty Fasteners

Scotch Heavy-Duty Fastener is the only Velcro-type fastener I use on my planes. It’s very strong; I’ve never lost a camera or battery in flight and, in fact, they stayed attached thru some pretty surprising crashes.  

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Antonov An-2 scratch-build

It was time to do another build, but what? I gave some thought to doing another Tiger Moth or similar – I love biplanes! But I also really wanted to do a ‘bush plane.’ Most bush planes, though, are Cubs … Continue reading

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New calipers

For the past few years, I’ve been making do with a cheap, Imperial caliper but no more. I just got in my new digital vernier calipers from HobbyKing. At the price – 13 bucks – they’re probably not the most … Continue reading

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Laundry room workshop

One of the advantages of having my work table in the laundry room is that these handy cart/basket/trolley things are conveniently near. They’re the perfect place to set a plane while glue dries. I can always get them in there … Continue reading

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Unnamed pusher “jet” build thread

While looking thru my hard drive, I came upon this 3D sketch I’d created a couple of years ago but never built. I decided to rectify that. The plane will be built mainly from 1/4″ blue fanfold foam. The bottom of … Continue reading

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A flying … me? RCFlyGuy build thread

In the quest for something a little different, I came upon these Depron kits from Hoosier Cutout Service. You can download plans for free and cut your own, but I opted for the laser cut kit to save me all … Continue reading

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“Bipie” build thread

Based on the “Bipie” plans from RCGroups, this little guy will have an 18″ wingspan and be built from a single sheet of Dollar Tree foam board. I’m hoping to use the guts from an E-flite UMX Gee Bee to … Continue reading

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