Editors Blogs

Spirit of “Ob”: Final Assembly

Jun 16, 2012 No Comments

It’s well into the second week of the build, time to get this project finished and ready for test flight on Father’s Day.  The fuse and wing are framed just a few things to do, mount wing, final sanding, covering, hinges, install hardware, engine, fuel tank, radio gear, balance and set-up. During the construction of [...]

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Spirit of “Ob”: Fuselage Construction

Jun 14, 2012 2 Comments

  The fuselage for most Ugly Stik (& Stick) models is basically a balsa box.  Many builders have modified the fuse a variety of ways adding a round cowl, canopy, guns, raising the wing saddle or lowering it.  It may be one of them most modified designs, one of my favorites is to flip the [...]

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Spirit of “Ob” : Wing Construction

Jun 11, 2012 No Comments

  Construction of the Das Little Stik began with the wing.  This is a 30 year old die cut kit, the quality of the balsa and die cutting was good.  If a kit is properly stored in a dry place it can be built many years later. The building board is as important as the [...]

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My first kit: Spirit of “Ob”

Jun 05, 2012 7 Comments

During the summer of 1977 my Dad bought me my first ‘real’ R/C airplane kit.  It was a Midwest Das Little Stik.   It still needed a motor and radio system, however it was a beginning.  The parts & plans must have come out of the box and put back in a hundred times or more before [...]

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New Trim Scheme for a New ARF

May 22, 2012 8 Comments

If you have been around this hobby for a long time you’ve seen many changes in recent years.  There are still some extreme craftsmen like Graeme Mears making master pieces in their workshops, many of us have limited time and look forward to getting out and flying.  It’s great to have that custom build, but [...]

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Helicopters welcome?

May 16, 2012 55 Comments

Some time ago, we asked fixed-wing pilots how they felt about flying with helicopters. Some were very accommodating while others wanted a total ban on helis at their flying fields. As a heli pilot, have you ever felt unwelcome at an AMA field? What’s your solution to flying with “plankers”? We want to hear the [...]

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Eagle Tree 2D/3D Guardian Stabilizer

Feb 23, 2012 4 Comments

Eagle Tree’s newest addition to their lineup of great Guardian electronics is the 2D/3D Stabilizer.  Engineered  as a small onboard addition, the stabilizer links your control inputs through the receiver and can provide flight coordination assistance for beginners through advance flyers.  Using a proven inertial technology, in 2D mode wings are leveled, but in 3D [...]

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MPI’s LiFe Charging Switch and LED

Feb 21, 2012 No Comments

If you fly LiFe battery packs, you will love the newest addition to the MPI’s lineup of charging switches.  These switches include an LED readout with green, amber and red lights to let you quickly know the condition of your flight pack.  Check out their complete lineup of charging switches for all types of batteries. [...]

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