How many planes do you have in flyable condition?
I had another wondering thought tonight after seeing all of Nigel’s posts on the different planes he’s flying again and taking stock on what I have in the basement right now.
So the question is, how many planes do you have in flyable condition right now?
I have 16. Much more than I thought!
1. Mountain Models P-51
2. Mountain Models Firestorm
3. Mountain Models EVA with all 3 wing sets
4. Stevens Aero Daddy-O 525
5. Stevens Aero Groove G-480
6. Hobby Lobby Flame
7. DJ Aerotech Chrysalis 2M-E Glider
8. Pocket Rocket – From plans by pd1
9. Stevephoon 3D – Hobbyzone Typhoon 3D wings and tail with a scratch built fuselage
10. SSPR – Steve’s Simple Pylon Racer – Scratch Build
11. Pusher Jet – From plans by Chellie
12. Ace MachNone scratch built from fan fold foam
13. Fast and Furious - Streamer Combat plane
14. Delta Jet by World Models – ARF Ducted Fan
15. Parkzone Ember – (Ver 1 before DSM2)
16. Frankenplane – Mountain Models Dandy wing with a scratch built fan fold foam fuselage.
I don’t have picts of all of these yet… I’ll update this post with the missing planes someday.
I have flown everyone of these planes at least once this year! I think that's a pretty good year! (But it's not over yet!)
Also 2 unbuilt kits and 1 plane in need of repairs. That's a pretty good ratio of flyable planes! :D
ps. The wife is beginning to ask things that mean I may need to cut down the herd...
If you mean fully assembled with no damage then at last count 31. If you mean plug in a battery and fly then probably about 22. I've been yanking gear from a few planes I'll likely never fly again. I don't know how I let it get so out of hand. The problem is I keep building and I just don't have room for any more until I sell off the pile of cars and trucks taking up a good portion of the hangar. I've got to get that stuff on craigslist for a local sale. Then I can build more planes. LOL!
Estimated 35 to 40 currently...highest was 70
1. Viper . . . 600 Watts
2. Twist . . . 700 Watts
3. Scratch Built 150% Electrostreak 1200 Watts
4. Showtime 50 1200 Watts
5. Kantana 1200 Watts
6. Giant Scale Big Stick 3000 Watts
7. Giant Scale Redwing MXSR 2500 Watts
8. Edge 540T 500 Watts
9. Little Scratch Built balsa model 160 Watts
10. Foamie Jet 400 Watts
11. Horizon Hobbies UMX Beast 3D Bipe ?? Watts
Items one through 8 are powered by built in A123 battery packs, ranging from 4S1P to 12S2P packs. Total of 103 A123 2300 Mah cells!
All of them are ready to go with batteries, ESC, radio and servos. They all are flown on a regular basis, but have to admit my favorite model to fly at the field is the Giant Scale Redwing MXSR model.
I've downsized the fleet by quite a bit lately as I just flatout had too much stuff.
Currently in fleet flyable:
85" Hangar 9 Clipped wing Taylorcraft (gas 20cc Zenoah)
105" Dynaflite 1/4 scale Super Cub (1.80 Moki glow)
86" Taibi Powerhouse (Forster .99 engine)
78" Megow Super Quaker (Super Cyclone engine)
72" Gil Shuman Rambler (Ohlsson .60)
86" Steve Kowalik Miss Delaware (electric convertible to Brown Jr)
42"1/2 A Goldberg Sailplane
43" 1/2A DeAngelis Kloud King
Satellite 1000 free flight with K&B .40
Taibi Starduster free flight with K&B.40
Great Planes Siren
Sunracer pylon F5D
Kennedy Composites Longhorn 4 M sailplane for ALES
F5 Models Pulsar 3 .6 m sailplane for ALES
Stevens Aero Axis
E-fight Mini Ultra Stick
On the bench
96" Lanzo Record Breaker rebuild with electric power
The two sailplanes get the most time in the air
In flyable condition
3DHobbyShop 51" Slick
3DHobbyShop 58" Edge
3DHobbyShop 72" Extra
Aeroplus 76" Edge
Aerobeez 88" Slick
Eflite Beast 60e
Twisted Hobbys Beaver
Twisted Hobbys Laser (OK, needs a prop)
51" Sabre X
An A10 Warthog of unknown origin (Dynam?)
In need of repair
3DHobbyshop 41" Edge (needs a minor motor box fix)
3DHobbyshop 71" Slick (needs new covering on the belly after repairs and needs to have servos and power system put back)
Extreme Flight 48" Laser (needs a minor covering job)
Intact but retired/in hiatus
Pilot 53" Yak
ParkZone UM T28
Writeoffs pending scrapping
Dynam HawkSky (heavily modified and used unsuccessfully for full contact combat)
HobbyZone SuperCub. The trainer I learned to fly in. More tape than plane at this point...
Man - I've got around 30-35 planes, copters and quads. Probably two dozen or so in flyable condition. Many of the non-flyable models are in fine shape but have had their Rx or ESC stolen and put in another plane.
After the flooding in the spring I lost quite a few planes. But still ready to go are:
1.. Mountain models EVA
2.. Umx p-40
3.. Umx pits
4.. Micro j-3
5.. HK slow stick
6.. Sonic Modell stearman
7.. Ft viggen
8.. Ft racer
9.. Ft baby blender
10. Ft 22
11. Ft old fogey
12. Avro arrow. DT foam from plans.
13. Parkzone wildcat
14. Mini contender
Plus 3 quads and 2 helicopters.
Wow, I thought I was going way overboard with the numbers of planes I fly... It seems like I'm just the middle of the pack.
Now to convince the wife that most people have more and I should do something about that.....
I think about 10 (not home but at work trying to visualize the hanger). Of course all need balance check & a battery charge to be launch ready.
Nice thing about those overweight, oversized, undervoltaged A123 cells. I just top them off at the field after a days flying and put them in my truck.
Next time the weather is decent, whether it be next day, next week, or next month, I just pull them out, and go fly. They can be stored at full charge, and hold 95% of their charge after a year in storage.
That's the main reason my "little" models flying with LiPo's are flown rather rarely.
Does anyone have any info on a giant scale tail dragger model with about 80 inch wingspan, 1200 square inches or so, designed as a twin power system?
This would be powered by a pair of Hacker A50-12S motors.
My total reduced by 1 this last weekend .... too low ... too fast .... and too confident ! My Mini4 just disintegrated when she clipped the ground ..........
Shame as that was one hell of a model performer ... will just have to see about another one ... wing was fine but fuselage was a complete wreck and that's something for me to say ... takes a lot for me to accept the end of a model ...
Hey Guys ; Boy do I feel like a loser :mad: I only have 4 at present
DL - 50 dlg
Radian -Motor Glider
UMX Radian Very Small copy of the Full size Radian but flies great even in 5 mph wind
When I came into the hobby a few years back I made a lot of Big Mistakes. Bought a lot of Junk from that other websites Classified .I am sure you know which one , but it was my own fault because I had not a Clue of what I was doing or buying.
As a Result I have about 15 gliders and a few motorized planes in different states of repair that I have been working on seems like forever. Slowly but surely I am getting them in somewhat flying condition but I seemed to be getting side tracked with my fascination with Blue Core Foamies. I am retired and on a somewhat fixed income(Work Part Time as a Substitute Teacher at a local Middle School) so the foamies fit my budget.
Just by reading what you guys post has helped me greatly especially that nice lady from the West Coast Chille . I have picked up a lot of tricks and shortcuts from you guys over the past years and I thank you for that!! Oh well back to the work bench:cool: Hope everyone had flying weather for Labor Day. FDNYJERY
My squadron is thinning rapidly due to attrition.
HK 540T- Stall to uncontrollable spin to auger
FMS F4 Phantom II- Did not like nose first landing
FMS F-15- One and done
Jpowers F-18 ( RIP)
Jpowers L39- I liked it up until I destroyed it.
Unique Models T-50- Total loss
In need of repairs:
Freewing A6 Intruder- a complete mess after crash on Saturday. Will overhaul.
GP Piper Cherokee /Arrow- wing tip. Some minor balsa and covering damage
VQ Beaver- stripped aileron servo- easy fix just lazy
PZ T-28 - stripped rudder servo-easy fix One of my favs !
Phase 3 Squall- Needs new esc. Been a bugger
Durafly Spitfire- LG are a POS
FMS 1450 P-51- Starboard side retract is dead (again) Great plane but...
Jpowers 50mm T-45- elevator servo horn
Dynam FW-190- Needs major repairs
Eflight Deuces Wild- Need minors fixes . One motor has brake programmed
Have several flyable but are either a struggle to fly or just not that much fun:
Jpowers P-39, Katana, Texan, Screamer, Rare Bear
Phase 3 F-16
Freewing Stinger- Snaps on me
Flyable and currently enjoy:
Phoenix Model EMB 312 Tucano- By far the best ARF I ever bought. Have Mr. RC Sound (turbo prop) in the that one. Fly's great.
Gunfighter PZ P-51- Souped up with Powerup 15. Great flyer though taped together.
Freewiing Mosquito- Don't fly it as much as I should. Very nice plane though.
I must admit, I've been a bit hard on the equipment recently.
Let's see current fleet flyable...
1/4 scale Seagull models Shoestring racer
1/4 scale Pilot One Piper PA-12
1/5 scale Top Flite Cessna 182
Giant Norman... aka Sir William
Stahr models "Cuda"
Gentle lady motor glider
Sig Smith Miniplane
2x Ritewing IYF Night Flyers
Eflite Mini Pulse
Eflite Ultrastick 40
WAY TOO MANY MORE that can be ready to fly by swapping out a few parts here and there.
Pics of my favorites attached
It looks like I've got a lucky 13 at the moment, or 16 if you count the the few with flyable airframes but with their running gear borrowed for other planes.
Model Aero Polaris
Plans built KFM4 "David" flying wing
Parkzone micro P-51
Aerodrome RC Curtiss "Jenny"
T&J Models Waco YMF-5
Stevens AeroModel G-400
Top Flite Elder 20 (built 25+ years ago, recently upgraded from glow to electric, added ailerons)
Goldberg Gentle Lady (built 25+ years ago, recently added electric motor)
Blade MSR (rarely flown anymore)
Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E325
Intact but currently without running gear
Green Mountain Models DH Tiger Moth
Sig Monocoupe (FF to electric RC conversion)
Little bit off topic, but, for those also flying giant scale electric or gasoline/glow engine powered models, two of these 2300 Milliampere Hour A123 cells far outperform the "AA" sized 5 cell Nickel Hydride cells for receiver/servo power. A two cell 2300 Mah A123 pack is also about 1/2 ounce less weight than a 5 cell AA sized Nih pack.
Here is a bit of info on this use for these A123's
Flyable Fixed Wing:
PZ super cub (my fav right now)
UltraStick 25e with a 32
Phoenix Tucano with retracts
Hyperion Ki-84- weathering progress
Extreme Flight 48" 540T
Stinger 64 on wheels and dons wicked setup
Freewing F-86 (64mm hot rodded of course)
Starmax F5 - the big one
Multiplex TwinStar II
PZ P-47 (25 size motor)
Eflite UMX MIG 15- have 3 of these selling one off
Eflite mini Habu
Eflite Hawer Hurricane (selling)
Eflite Sport 450 (selling)
Flyzone Beaver (selling)
PZ T-28 Painted in Edwards Test Pilot Colors
Eflite UMX AS3Xtra
Sub Total = 20
In the hangar for repairs:
PZ T-28- been hard on the last three fuses.
FMS Strega - tweaked the fuse
Stinger 64 4s hopped up -- can't get fuses now
Sub Total = 3
In build progress:
UVAX P-38 what a POS
Hyperion Pitts Ultimate 70e (bought with some damage)
Sub Total = 2
Still in the box and not started yet:
Eflite Dueces Wild 32
MLX Fun Cub
PK BL Mustang
stryker f27q with mega motor
Sub Total = 7
Total Fixed Wing + 29 !!!!
ordering a couple here soon
Helis and quads:
Only 9 helis
Ordering a FPV quad soon
Recently crashed and canned
Hangar 9 40 size Cub (80' WS)
Flite Test Viggen
I might have a problem ;)
I just retired my original PZ Spitfire. I don't want to fly it anymore as there are NO parts anywhere. I stripped all of my mods to move to other planes and put original parts back in. I have turned it in to a hanger princess. So, that being said, I now only have 16 fixed wing and 3 multirotors, tri, quad, hex. Hello, my name is Chris and I have a problem :)
I've found that, despite once having said "This one plane is all I'll ever want," I tend to acquire planes at a rate of about one a month. Fortunately, I've only been in the Hobby for four years!
Ok, let's see.
Pop in a battery and fly:
Apprentice (non SAFE, my first plane!)
PZ Corsair (also the 1st version, my 2nd plane!)
E-Flite F-4 Phantom
Hobby Lobby F-4D1 Skyray
FMS 1400 mm P-51
HK F-104 Starfighter (though I really should correct the mismatched wing incidence problem)
MPX Pilatus PC-6 ( newest plane. Maiden tomorrow)
Flat foam XF5U (built for the $100 build contest here)
Blade MCX S-300
From minor repair to still in the box:
MPX Mentor (esc smoked after a flip in the lake)
P3 EF--16 (still in box. Couldn't resist sale price)
HK F--4d1 Skyray (still in box waiting for me to crash or wear out the 1st one)
UMX MiG -15 (need to fix h-stab)
FMS 800 mm P--51 (in process of repainting like Voodoo racer)
Unknown P-51 balsa slope soarer (given to me by a friend, converting to electric. Recover in Strega scheme)
Balsa mini-Drake seaplane kit (I'm waiting to build my courage to continue battle with it. ..)
Hmm. Don't think I missed anything. And still always looking for the next one. :rolleyes:
What a Great list of planes guys!
But yeah I feel like a loser too!!
1. 3dhs edge 540
2. st models 62" blaze
3. 2m "Big Yello" e-glider
4. 182 on floats
5. ICON A5
6. HL Voodoo
Wife & Life showed me I'm satisfied with 6.:D
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