I74 shared a photo. 3 months ago

Designed & made an alum. upgrade strut for the QQ out of 1/8 bar stock, & milled it down to 3/32.. Bends & angles were pretty tricky.. It also has about an inch more ground clearance now,, & is ''way'' stouter than the stock wire gear .. Think the stock strut design was definitely figured to short .. Also only added about 35g... Needed the extra nose weight anyways.... I

Smokin Joe Nice! 3 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 5 months ago

QQ Extra 300 V1 ''blue'' scheme.

''Happy 4th everyone'' !!!!

I74 Down loaded this with the Aura 8 Gyro system ect. on my sim today,, & all I gott'a say is ''wow''... Never flew with that stuff before, other than my new little Citation EDF jet ..I always thought it was like ''cheating'',, especially a 3-D plane. LOL .. It sure smooths maneuver's out though,, & gives lot's more confidence,, especially when like hovering ect. close to the ground. 5 months ago
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Smokin Joe So that stuff really works? 4 months ago
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This post is going to be some extended reading, so it will be broken up into multiple sections,,, due to limited word space per post.
Anyways,, We are getting closer everyday on our ''still'' going full time RV,, here in the near future... Have been down sizing & reconfiguring my fleet of planes,, & currently have 2 left that are up for sale,, because they don't break down good enough for full time RV.

I74 ''2' .. Have been looking @ top shelf mid size 3D planes to replace my S-bach, that the wings don't come off of unfortunately,, & got a reply the other day from a wanted ad on RCG,, with a Guy from GA. that has a QQ Extra 300 - NIB,,in the ''blue'' V1 discontinued scheme that I have been ''specifically'' looking for... This plane is rated pretty much as the best EPO- carbon/ply layup 3-D plane... Show more 5 months ago
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I74 ''3'' Have done this rudder mod trick to a few of my other planes already, & it works ''real'' slick,, & is also very strong & precise.. 5 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 7 months ago

Got me a new plane!, first ''brand new one'' in over 6 years. This is an E- flite twin 30mm edf UMX micro jet. Wing span is just over 25'. Has lights & everything, & is BNF. Am using a 1000ma 25c - 3S pack. Picked up a ''like new'' first gen DX-6 @ the swap meet for 8 bucks this winter, & that DSM frequency is useless on new stuff. Installed & soldered in a Lemon DIY full range DSM2/DSMX module.

I74 Ran out of typing room ''as usual '' lol. . Anyways,, have a total of only 42 bucks in this radio with the module.. Haven't flown it yet as I just finished up the module install, & set up on the plane,, plus it's been really windy... Looks like these little suckers will potentially do 80mph+ ! , but I probably will just cruise it, & save batt. ect.. Nose gear is steerable also... Horizon had them... Show more 7 months ago
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Smokin Joe You are going from "Gliding around" to "High speed" overnight. That's a hell of a transition! 6 months ago
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I74 Yea Joe,, I' am all about ''variety'' . LOL ! 6 months ago
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I74 Update,, finally got the maiden in on the little Citation 6/7/22... Little sucker flew great, & felt like a bigger jet in the air.. Was just a touch nose heavy, but no big deal... About 6 1/2 min. on a 1000ma 3s - 25c pack, @ around mostly 1/2 throttle, ''which is plenty'' ... Definitely a keeper... I 6 months ago
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I74 shared 3 photos in the Stream Photos album 7 months ago

Very rare Gem that I scored on this winter. It is a JR models 1.53m Mini Discus ''back pack'' semi scale Sailplane.
It was designed in Germany & the kit came out of CZ back in the early 90's. I got it from a Buddy in Colorado, & it had been ground looped crashed @ least once.. I fixed the wings, & made semi up sweep tip blocks, then covered with Ultra cote park lite... Also made the rudder.

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I74 Ran out of typing room on last post. Anyways,, It was a ton of work getting this fixed up ect.,, but turned out awesome. AUW is 18.5ozs., with a wing loading of just over 8ozs. sq/ft ! This set of pics is before I had the ailerons finished, but you get the idea...It's going to be a glorious little ''back pack'' sloper,, & it all packs down into it's original box of 31 by 6.25 by 4.25 ! .. I 7 months ago
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I74 I also made Ukraine tail flags & a blue & yellow stripe for under the left ''outboard'' wing, in recognition of the people in Ukraine, as I pretty much started working on it @ the beginning of this horrific war. 7 months ago
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I74 7 months ago
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Smokin Joe That looks nice! 6 months ago
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Smokin Joe Dobri halupche! 6 months ago
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I74 Thanks Joe ! .. Tried looking up that word or name,, ''on your last reply here'', & couldn't come up with anything ?? 6 months ago
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Smokin Joe dobre or dobri means "good" in chech! Hardashowe means "good" in russian. Halupche means. "Boy". 5 months ago
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I74 Thanks Joe, for the translation lesson ! LOL 5 months ago
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Wat to go Bengals !!! . . . . Doesn't look like the ''sore looser'' Mahones even went out on the field after the game & shook hands with anyone... Go figure. ….. If SF wins,, I 'am rooting for the Bengals in the SB. …. if the Rams win,, I will be rooting for them instead.

Hope Mahones gets a schelacking today.! '' Go Bills '' !!

I74 Can't believe they lost,, really thought they had it in the bag... Guess it's not over until it's over … Am rooting for the RAMS now. … 10 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 10 months ago

Steelers fans,, the Raiders just got you into the playoffs !! .. Unbelievable 2 games today !! . . There was Steelers fans @ the Raiders game cheering on the Raiders,, how cool is that !! - feeling happy

Smokin Joe Yep, how lucky can the steelers get. Won a game they weren't supposed to. Jaguars beat the colts! and then with2 seconds left, avoided a tie. Crazy! Now to beat the Chiefs is an impossibility. lol 11 months ago
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I74 That would be glorious if the Steelers one, especially to see Mahone's stomp off the field again,, like the sore looser he is. LOL !! 11 months ago
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I74 Sorry Guys. 10 months ago
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Smokin Joe We are screwed. Don't have a starter or backup! 6 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 11 months ago

RIP John Madden... Pic taken in 1970 with ''my Wife's cousin'' - Daryle LaMonica.

Smokin Joe He was a good wide receiver. And so was Fred Belliticoff with the long blonde hair. 11 months ago
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I74 Daryle was an ''all pro'' QB.... Fred,, ''Mr. stick'um'' was his receiver. 11 months ago
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I74 Added,, Daryle & Fred used to hold the ball for kicker George Blanda also,, mostly Daryle though.. ''That's class'' !! 11 months ago
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Smokin Joe Wasn't he replaced by the "Snake" when he retired? 11 months ago
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I74 Yes, ''I think'' Kenny was Daryle's rookie. 11 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 11 months ago

Finally got the Ninja fuse finished. It took 25 covering panels, & ''a lot'' of time,, but was well worth it. Looks ton's better... Happy New Years everyone !! .. Ian - feeling happy

Smokin Joe I see the pic of the cars on the workbench! lol 11 months ago
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Smokin Joe Are all the trophies for the car or glider competitions? 11 months ago
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I74 Trophies were from the 'cuda , Joe... Had ''a lot'' more,, but gave a bunch away to some of the Guy's in the Mopar club ect. 11 months ago
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I74 We are still planning on hitting the road full time RV, here in the next few years Joe,, & when we come for a visit, ''on our east coast excursion'',, I can bring a 1st. place trophy from the 'cuda for you, if you would like to have one. 11 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 12 months ago

Streamlining & refinishing my ''old'' Sig Ninja & FVK/Sig Obsession ''slope ship'' fuse's.
Been wanting to do this for a long time...
Good early winters projects !!

''Merry Christmas everyone'' !

I

Smokin Joe Is that a fiberglass fuse or carbon fiber? I always though that fiberglass was rather heavy? 11 months ago
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I74 It's both,, & yes it is heavy... ''18+mph Windy day sloper''. .. Ninja fuse has carbon tow sheet in that also. Fuse on that is pretty light though. 11 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 1 year ago

Aluminum motor heat sink that I designed & made out of aluminum shower door channel & alum rivets... It works ''real good'' in keeping the motor cool. - feeling cool

I74 . 1 year ago
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Smokin Joe Looks good! 1 year ago
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I74 shared a photo. 1 year ago

Got the wing mounted, turbine cowl painted,, & modified a duel water pickup rudder, & have that mounted. Missing graphics,, I 'am ordering from Callie, @ Callie graphics. She has awesome prices, & does excellent work. A lot of R/C'rs get graphics from her. After the graphics order, I will be ordering the 3660-2150 kv inrunner. That's coming out of Chiner,, so it will probably take a bit to show.

Smokin Joe A real beauty! 1 year ago
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I74 Thanks Joe ! Every time I look @ it, I can't believe it's actually in my possession.. It's now going to be a winter project, as flying season starts for me this Tues. morn. 9/14. .. Am all about flying in the fall,, with the cooler temps. & conditions,, for what we mainly fly. 1 year ago
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I74 shared a photo. 1 year ago

Look'ie what I got yesterday !!
Had 2 of these ''way'' back in the day. They were originally powered by 2 - brushed 05 car motors in a gear drive,, with a micro switch ''so called'' speed control., & powered by 2 - 6 or 7 cell NIcds… They ran like the dickens for around 30sec.,, & were pretty much done within a minute & a half. LOL !!.. They were also ''very heavy'' with that set up...

I74 Ran out of space on last post.. Anyways,, Have been looking for another one for years,, to put in a light weight water cooled brushless set up ,, & power it with 2 -3s 2200 30c lipo's in parallel.. I was real lucky to find this one from a wanted ad that I posted on RCG.... This kit is from 1991,has never been finished,, & is over all in very good shape. 1 year ago
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I74 Added again,, The motor I' am going with, is a Surpass Rocket - 3660- 2150kv inrunner. It will have a silicone water cooling jacket,, & the ESC will be a 60/70a water cooled ''shark'' one. Free rpm's @ the prop, should be over 27k ! Under load should be around 23k. Figure it will be ''at least'' 2lbs. lighter than my originals, & should do 40 easy,, plus run 8 - 10min. with out breaking a sweat. It's... Show more 1 year ago
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I74 Forgot to mention,, It will sound pretty much like an EDF jet,, as the real ones were turbines. 1 year ago
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I74 Getting Her spiffed & painted. 1 year ago
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I74 Made the aluminum adjustable/breakaway turn fin & mount assy. Hardware's all stainless. 1 year ago
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