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Old 07-13-2014, 03:38 PM
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Mountain Models was well represented at the Mid-America meet in Salem Township, Mich. this weekend. Jim (SKYPILEIT) with his 6 year old Switchback Senior and my P-51 & Firestorm... were rippin' up the sky in Michigans' best E-flight event of the summer. We could have brought more MM planes, but without talking to each other, these are the ones we brought.

Jim & I...along with many other e-fliers throughout mid-America wish to thank Ken Myers, Keith Shaw & the Midwest RC club for hosting this 30th annual event.

http://www.theampeer.org/events.html

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2157728

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Old 07-17-2014, 01:24 AM
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The "Time Bandit" coming to some air space near you.

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Old 07-17-2014, 01:29 AM
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As usual I have trouble posting multiple pics. Thanks to Brian at MM's for making such a cool kit.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:03 AM
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Nice looking EVA, time bandit. I'm sure it will fly well for you -- they always do!

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Old 07-17-2014, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by buzzltyr View Post
Nice looking EVA, time bandit. I'm sure it will fly well for you -- they always do!

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Thanks Buzz. I'm itchin' to get 'er up in the air.

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Old 07-20-2014, 07:48 PM
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My EVA Sport a.k.a "Time Bandit" took her maiden flight today. I was nervous as can be beforeClick image for larger version

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Old 07-20-2014, 08:14 PM
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Congrats on the maiden! I love the EVA. I have two ready to fly as well as one kit still in the bag along with all the wings. In fact today I'm finishing up rebuilding a set of EVA Sport wings I bought years back from someone that started them and made some mistakes. Like the SwitchBack you just can't have too many of this kit.

Consider the MM Lucky Ace as your next kit. Put a Scorpion 2215-18 (or equivalent) on it and hang on! Great slow handling but awesome high speed aerobatics!

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Old 07-20-2014, 09:01 PM
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So great to see this thread is alive and well and that people are still building MM planes.

Nicely done David and glad to see you the maiden went so well.

I still plan on building an EVA Sport as the 4th in my series of instructional build videos.

I will post all the details here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2084941 and will keep you guys posted when I start.

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Old 07-20-2014, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Murocflyer View Post
So great to see this thread is alive and well and that people are still building MM planes.

Nicely done David and glad to see you the maiden went so well.

I still plan on building an EVA Sport as the 4th in my series of instructional build videos.

I will post all the details here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2084941 and will keep you guys posted when I start.

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Thanks and I'll be looking forward to your video of the build. I made some blunders with my EVA but she overcame them.

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Old 07-20-2014, 11:43 PM
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Well seeing the posts about your build and maiden gave me the kick in the butt I needed. I finished up the sport wing set I was working on earlier then drug out my original EVA and mounted up the bipe wings on her again. I had torn her down and cut off the 3D tail feathers and scratch built a more conventional rounded tail group. She hasn't been flown since the new tail. Might as well do the re-maiden as a bipe. I also pulled the 2212-22 and upped the power quite a bit with a 2215-18. Should be a bunch of fun if I ever get out to fly again.

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Old 07-20-2014, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Turbojoe View Post
Well seeing the posts about your build and maiden gave me the kick in the butt I needed. I finished up the sport wing set I was working on earlier then drug out my original EVA and mounted up the bipe wings on her again. I had torn her down and cut off the 3D tail feathers and scratch built a more conventional rounded tail group. She hasn't been flown since the new tail. Might as well do the re-maiden as a bipe. I also pulled the 2212-22 and upped the power quite a bit with a 2215-18. Should be a bunch of fun if I ever get out to fly again.

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Hey Joe I would love to see a pic of your tail feathers. That didn't come out right did it?
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:27 AM
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Hey Joe I would love to see a pic of your tail feathers. That didn't come out right did it?
I almost shot a pic you didn't want to see.......

Here are 4 different views. I just think the EVA looks great as a bipe! The tail change wasn't needed. I'm just not a huge fan of the counter balanced 3D style control surfaces. I prefer the more rounded old school look. I still need to wash down all the dust and dirt and tighten up the covering in places but she's pretty much ready to go again but it has to cool down a bit first. It's been so freaking hot lately that I don't go outside other than for work and groceries....

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Old 07-21-2014, 01:00 AM
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Wow Joe that's a very good looking EVA Bipe. I'm stunned at the great covering job you guys do, and the color schemes. I like the tail feather design by the way. Awesome job.

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Old 07-21-2014, 02:00 AM
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I've never had any creative talent. I have to steal every covering scheme I use. This one was a poor attempt to copy Chip Hyde's TOC winner from back in the 80's that I remembered from an RCM cover. It had a Circus Circus casino theme. I needed to use up the SolarFilm Blackberry (pink) covering. Chip's plane was the only one that I could think of with pink on it! It probably would have looked better with black instead of white for a contrast color.

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Old 07-21-2014, 02:10 AM
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I've done a few small mods to the EVA like the new tail group and a trike conversion. What have others done? I'm sure someone has done something pretty radical. Post up your mods.


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Old 07-23-2014, 02:46 AM
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I was asked to post some pictures of the trike gear mod on one of my EVA's. I could take all new pictures of the finished product but I'm basically just too lazy right now. These pictures are of the mock up stages. The only changes were rounding some pieces etc for no reason other than looks.
The whole conversion was dead simple. I used a Du-Bro #234 1/2a steerable nose gear, a chunk of Sullivan #578 Gold-N-Cable and some scrap wood. The pictures should pretty much cover what had to be done.

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Old 08-27-2014, 03:08 AM
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I really need to become more active here at WattFlyer. RC Groups is getting too big for its britches. It just doesn't have any soul anymore...... WattFlyers just seem to be more, I don't know.....human?

Looking forward to late September or early October when it's safe to stay outside for more than 15 minutes at a time without bursting into flames. Phoenix metro is absolutely miserable this time of year. It's paradise the rest of the year so it all works out in the end. Many are flying here now but not me. I'm building when I get the time.

I'll have possibly 8 maidens to do next time out. A few of them are very long term projects that finally got finished. The lightweight all balsa scratch built electric Goldberg Eaglet 50 being one of them. I've been messing with that one for seven years! A few are modifications of long flying planes like the EVA Bipe with new design tail feathers. One new one will be the new Tom-E-Boy 150 (my apologies to Brian for taking SO long to get her in the air!) The last build is the TYRANT 150F. A sinister combat version of the Molt/Mountain Models Tyro 150. I'll be using the wing I already updated for flaps (and twin) a few years ago on a newly built fuse with a few mods of its own. Trust me, a trainer this one ain't!

I love modding the Mountain Models kits as it couldn't be easier. You're already starting with a proven design and as long as you don't change the basic parameters you still end up with a great flyer no matter what you hang off the wings or add for landing gear etc.

So lets hear about some more of those mods you guys have made to Mountain Models kits.

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Old 08-28-2014, 01:10 AM
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This forum is pretty much going nowhere. It seems to get a few looky loos but that's about it. I will look forward to hearing about your maiden flights bro. You can also hit me up at [email protected]
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:52 AM
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This forum is pretty much going nowhere. It seems to get a few looky loos but that's about it. I will look forward to hearing about your maiden flights bro. You can also hit me up at [email protected]
Unfortunately bARF's have pretty much taken over the R/C hobby and building is for the small niche that truly enjoy the hobby and what we create from a box of wood. The general public seems to be looking for instant gratification now and it's destroying the hobby. Open a box, charge the battery, go out and crash, give up, sell it cheap and leave the hobby.

Building is therapeutic for me. The problems of the day disappear while I'm building a wing, a fuselage or making mods. It pains me to see so many people post that they just don't have time to sit down and build. Those are the people that are so stressed out that they will have their heart attack by the time they're 35. I'm 58 now. Everything else on me is falling apart but my heart (my ex-wife swears I don't have one) is still pumping away and will be for some time according to my doctor. I attribute it all to building R/C planes and especially Mountain Models planes.

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by time bandit View Post
This forum is pretty much going nowhere. It seems to get a few looky loos but that's about it. I will look forward to hearing about your maiden flights bro. You can also hit me up at [email protected]
It's just not this thread, but WF wide. I can barely get a few volunteers to sign up here on WF. http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69834

It just isn't the same forum I joined in 07 anymore. Such a shame. It seemed the folks here wanted to be helpful and teach others to build and to assist newcomers in this hobby, especially when it came to volunteering their time to help.

I wonder what happened?

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Old 08-29-2014, 02:04 PM
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Peoples lives can be very busy. There are many things grabbing for attention. I have yet to start one of the few kits I have bought but know I will someday. My biggest problem is just not being able to set up an area just for building. I have a plan but other demands keep me from getting started. I still follow this thread and many build threads with great interest. We have some fantastically skilled builders here and I constantly marvel at what they put together and share with others.

I just posted the following on a plans thread on RCG this morning:

"I really appreciate all you guys that build these extraordinarily beautiful models. I hope to build a few myself some day. I just don't understand the constant belittling of those who don't build.

I'm 62 and an avid cyclist. I typically ride 60 to 70 miles every Sunday on challenging clay roads. The hillier the better. It's what I love to do but I don't think I'm superior to you guys because you don't ride. I just have different interests.

orange&white, I understand that you will want to delete this post. I have no hard feelings for you or any of the other builders here. I will continue to marvel at the beautiful creations that pass from your hands. Try to encourage building without belittling or demeaning those who can't or won't regardless of their reasons. If they love to fly, isn't that enough?
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:21 PM
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I wonder what happened?
The expansion of the instant gratification society.
Parents not teaching children the skills they have (had).
Expansion of the "me me me" society.
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Old 08-29-2014, 03:36 PM
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Instead of complaining that "this thread is going nowhere" do something about it. Start a build with a MM kit and post it up.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:01 PM
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Instead of complaining that "this thread is going nowhere" do something about it. Start a build with a MM kit and post it up.
I already did that sort of. My point was, there doesn't seem to be a lot of traffic on this forum. Seems like it's going kaput.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:15 PM
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Yes, I get your point. I really do. But the only way to keep it going is to create content. We all appreciate and thank those who do. I do my little part here and there when I can and do have some projects planned but have been focussed on other interests lately.

One is to build a MM Tyro or Tyro 150. I'll definitely do a build thread and report here if I get going on it.
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