Herr J-3 RC conversion update

Sometimes it seems like a build can take forever. With my busy schedule at the studio it can. I did manage over the last few days with and hour here and an hour there get all the gear and electronics installed and operating. Ailerons, elevator, rudder, motor, ESC, and RX.

I have two micro Hitec servos in the wing and two digital micros in the fuse I had on hand. Every thing moves smoothly with no issues. Plenty of power from the Remfire 250 and 7 inch prop.

Next week at long last I can start covering. I did make my own vacuum formed cowl using the kits wood block I hand shaped for the free flight version.

This plane should be around 1/2 pound I hope. So far so good. If it does come in at 8 oz. I’m exempt from the FAA’s laws for a transponder and shrouded prop. I can’t imagine putting a shroud around a 7 inch prop not to mention how ridiculous it would look on a scale J-3.

Here’s a few pictures of this 36 inch plane in progress.

The latest-lets build a BAT

Here’s our latest studio weekly video:

I have started the frame up of a B.A.T. mono plane. This is a dimer kit made by Volare Products. The best place I know to purchase many of your Free Flight needs. https://volareproducts.com/wordpress/ I frequent both Volare and Peck Polymers site for kits and supplies.

Here’s some pictures of the build so far. It took about 3 days to frame up. Super well made laser cut kit. These have been known to fly for over 2 minutes plus and are good contest planes.

Finished…sort of…

The 1951 Flying wing from Retro RC is ready to fly. I used what ever Ultracoat scraps I had to cover it and came up with this interesting combination that I’ll be sure to see once in the air. Orientation will not be a problem!

The little Cobra motor puts out lots of thrust more than I’ll ever need for this 11oz. plane with a 56 inch span. When you pick it up it feels too light to believe. Only thing left to do is fly it. Hopefully this week although the weather looks like a lot rain over the next 2 days.

I’ll be back tomorrow to the free flight Koolhoven with it’s counter rotating prop mechanism made by the great Keith Steiner. Also I’m back to working on the Herr engineering J-3 cub that will be an RC plane for our local Viola Fields site.

I have a stack of Volare and Peck Polymers kits to build this year so I’m trying to catch up.

Hope you are all about to build those nice kits you got for Christmas!

Close to finish

This wing will be covered today. All the electronics are hooked up and functional. Hatches are installed to access the RX, ESC, and battery. A little light sanding of the balsa fill and it can be covered.

This plane weighs less than a pound currently. About 10 oz. Light for a 56 inch span.

Flying Wing Update

I have finally been able to get back to the 1951 Flying Wing. I’ve had a few people comment on the tail, the lack of need for it, and the size. I’m not changing a thing because this is how it was designed, built, and flown back then. One thing is certain, this will be a very stable ship with all that dihedral, 4 degrees of washout in the wing tips and that huge tail. I have seen this bird fly and it’s exactly that.

Another few hours and I should have it done. I have some basic sheeting to do still for the engine pod and belly. I’m getting all the gear in first and then I’ll finalize everything for covering. Nice built, nice kit. I give it 5 stars so far.

Looking for a new flying site in our area. Please help.

I don’t mean to berate any flying sites that people may enjoy and have spent much time with but for me personally this is my opinion about the available flying sites for free flight in Southern California.

I see in NFFS and FAC publications lovely green fields and rolling hills in the distance. Beautiful blue skies and puffy clouds with wonderful free flight airplanes majestically soaring through them. These sites are located all over the United States everywhere with the exception of one state. Mine, California.

What we currently have are desert land sites that can be hot and rough to land our planes on. I’m sorry but in my opinion this is not a nice place to go on an overnight trip with your family in the motor home.

Pictures of the rough conditions changed mind about going to a recent event. I was even warned by a friends I wouldn’t like it. Another friend had a family member contracted Valley Fever at this site. At my age this is something I won’t risk for Mary or myself.

We can convince ourselves we like anything in the spirit of our beloved hobby, this I understand. There has to be another solution for our squadron.

Up here in Ventura and Santa Barbra county we have cool weather, beautiful vistas and wide open land of green fields. Our current field, “Viola Fields” is only 5 acres but green year round, always around 66-73 degrees, locally facilities, bathrooms, and little wind. We can still hold small field events there but granted it’s not large enough for the kind of events held at other fields with the larger high flyers but the land here to do these things does exist. In addition it is a hardship for many to drive 3-4 hours to these locations. We need something nearer by for families and older people.

I have a list of potential land owners in the area that may allow us to hold such events for free Fight and I plan to send many of them letters this week to ask if this would be allowed. Who knows one of them might be an aviator and love the idea. If we never get off our complacent habit of settling for what we can get, rather than what we might have, we will be condemned to fly in inhospitable sites in the heat and dust.

If you agree (and I know many of you do) help us to locate such a flying site. Our hobby is safe, quiet, (no gas planes are allowed at our local fields, or off road motor bikes or ATVs, sorry) environmentally friendly, and extremely beneficial for youth education and community.

If you can help please send us an email or call. We need all the help we can get. I’m in the middle of making our Ventura Aviators Club and AMA chapter to acquire liability insurance which will help improve relations with the counties and private or county land owners.

Cool weather, green fields, and beautiful blue skies await.

1951 Flying wing begins

After getting the latest AMA magazine and seeing this article about Retro Rc’s flying wing kit, I had to get one! The video was the real seller for me this plane just flies great and is a perfect match for our new field.

So I put the free flight projects on hold while I put this together. Not to mention I have a brand new Cobra motor and ESC-bat combo I’ve had for awhile with no home for it.

This kit is amazing and the parts fit the plans exactly. This one won’t take long to do.

Flying for two days!

This short little video shot on my old Sony I shot between Friday at Viola Fields and this Sunday at the Grassy Knoll club in Van Nuys shows our two clubs really getting more flying in then we have. What fun.

Viola Fields is perfect for cool weather and little or no wind. The field is also ideal for launch 2 meter gliders. It has less public traffic there compared to the Grassy knoll in Balboa park.

It’s also perfect for free flight and it’s our hope that more of you will join us in the fun!