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Hangar 1080 - MKelly's Planes (Read 1724 times)
Reply #22 - May 1st, 2018 at 11:55am

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fantastic jetcat (catajet).  Love this model and sure makes flying rubber power almost take a backseat to the catajet.  Thanks for sharing this beauty with us!!! Smiley
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Reply #21 - May 1st, 2018 at 8:47am

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Watched your flying video Mike...great flyer...great looks...great model.  Smiley

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Reply #20 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 9:57pm

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Me-262 jetcat from a short kit designed by a friend in Canada.  17" span, 26 grams balanced and ready to fly.  Finish is printed tissue, with the graphics adapted from a flight simulator "skin" found on the web.  Trimmed easily and flies very well with a very repeatable climbout and transition to glide.  Best flight so far is 29 seconds.

Flight video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO6eSeYRn-0
 
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Reply #19 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 9:46pm

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Megow dime scale F5F Skyrocket, built Dec 2017-Feb 2018 for the S&T dime scale cookup.  15" span, domestic tissue finish with printed tissue insignia and numbers.  Props are hand-carved blades inserted into laminated turned spinners (and are the major weak point, I break a blade almost every flying day).  Very light.  Initial trimming flights were promising, but the weak props have stymied getting it truly dialed in.  Currently experimenting with a set of counter-rotating props, believe I'll eventually need to make another set of props with more pitch and a more robust blade material or more forgiving blade mounting scheme.

Trimming video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQWYI2RL0nk
 
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Reply #18 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 9:34pm

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Outstanding models Mike... Smiley
 

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Reply #17 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 9:27pm

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Built this Ryan Navion in Nov-Dec 2017.  Comet design, built from a Diels Engineering reproduction kit.  It came out light and flies very well.  All tissue finish, insignia and tail numbers printed on tissue then applied to the model.

Flight video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwuRm74fB1s
 
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Reply #16 - Nov 19th, 2017 at 9:18pm

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Figured I should add the Tigercat to the hangar.  1/24th scale from the Diels Engineering kit (25.5" span).  Finish is all tissue; silver, red and chalked white esaki with black trim cut from domestic tissue.  There is a long and tedious build thread here on Stick and Tissue.

Flew it basically untrimmed in the Double Trouble mass launch at WESTFAC VI, made it to the second round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6pJJ5I_Rho&t=24s.  WESTFAC pictures below are from the WESTFAC site.

Still trimming it out, best flight so far is 33 seconds:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1IuhPLISrU
 
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Reply #15 - Aug 6th, 2017 at 5:19pm

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Latest completion - peanut scale Miller "Little Gem", 1964 Reno winner.  This is from the Shorty's Basement short kit of "'Ole Tiger" (Bob Downey bought "Little Gem" after the 1964 season and raced it as "Ole Tiger" into the mid 1970s).

Heavy for a peanut at just over 20g, but it's got a big wing so wing loading looks pretty good at ~.4g/sq in.

Once the wind drops down here I'll start trimming and see how she flies.
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Reply #14 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 4:09pm

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Thanks!  It was a fun build, and I'm looking forward to flying it at WestFAC this fall.  Should be able to put a bit more rubber in it and let it really cover some ground.

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Reply #13 - Jun 28th, 2017 at 8:50pm

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Just watched your videos, Mike.  Your Waco biplane flew fabulously !!! So cool to see a biplane Free Flight!!  Smiley Gives me something to shoot for with my Sig 20" Customaire, that's for sure !
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OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH ... UP, UP THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE ... SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING MIRTH OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS ...
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Reply #12 - May 21st, 2017 at 10:25am

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For those that might be interested, I post assorted flight videos from our flying sessions here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYrDJLKAOVOet8iW5BDzBgA

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Reply #11 - May 21st, 2017 at 10:24am

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Bob,  thanks - the Waco is the best-looking model I've ever made.

The navy plane is Douglas Skyshark, rather than a Ryan Dark Shark.  Same era, different plane.  Maybe I need to do a Dark Shark too!

Cheers,

Mike
 
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Reply #10 - May 20th, 2017 at 3:38pm

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Mike, the Waco looks really good and I love that Dark Shark. the video shows that it does fly really well.

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Reply #9 - May 20th, 2017 at 12:44pm

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Hi Huey, just posted an answer to this in the intro forum.  Did you ever get to fly the original Zippy?

Mike
 
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Reply #8 - May 20th, 2017 at 9:45am

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Hi Mike. Was wondering how the Zippy did. My friend Ed Fisher designed the original Zippy, which flew hands off on first flight. Nice to see a model of it.
 
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