World War I
"Deadstick" Ducote: "I would be honored to add
my newly completed Morane Saulnier L, "Joie de Vie", to
Eric H : The Pfalz DIIIa is my first AerodromeRC build and I enjoyed it immensely. The model weighs about 26 ounces ready to fly. Its flight characteristics are fabulous. The plane is stable in the air, turns easily and floats in for pretty wheel landings.
Frank Borden: "Fokker and Pfalz I ordered 2
years ago are flying very well, and it make´s a lot of
fun to build and fly them. The Motor in the Pfalz is an AXI
2808//24 on 3 cells Kokam Lipo 2000 mAh with Prop APC-E 10x5."
Pat Daily: "a 2 cell 2100ma battery, the all up weight is 27 oz with 3 square feet of wing area or a 9 oz per ft2 wing loading. " "The Pfalz has a planked fuselage that was covered with silk and dope, flying surfaces are silk and dope. Aluminum enamel and Poly S Japanese Yellow. AXI 2808/20 power with 10x6 APC prop and 2x2100 Impulse lipos running a Castle Creations Phoenix 25 and an FMA Encore receiver and HS 55 and GWS (ailerons) servos. Note the dummy motor which serves as the battery hatch. " "Kay--you did a great job putting the idea and construction and design together. This is not a plane you can find very often--the planking takes a bit of work, but it replicates one of the most beautiful planes ever made IMHO. Piano makers in Germany did some amazing work." "I was shaking in the knees so much I almost fell down. After building this bad boy for 4 months I was really nervous on the first flight. I managed to loop her a few times after I dialed in a bit more down (needed a bit more downthrust or nose weight). Even did a roll. Finally I thought I better bring her in and she just floated in--that 9 oz/ft2 wingloading is wonderful with the undercambered airfoil. She landed with just a tiny bit of throttle and rolled out perfectly. Added a bit more lead in the nose and went at it again." "I only had one battery pack of the correct size. The fourth flight the bec kicked in and we had to quit. I am going to order a couple of more 2100 2 cell packs -- my guess is we got about 15 minutes or more time out it because she flys on about 1/4 throttle. She will go straight up with full throttle. Two things I really like--excess power and lightest possible weight. This plane has both." .."thanks to Kay for a superb design and great flying qualities. It is rock solid and loops, rolls, inverted and slows to a crawl for landing--couldn't ask for more."
Curren: "... I finally got her finished. Yesterday's
maiden flight went suprisingly well. The Pfalz was in the air
in about 10 feet and climbed with authority. Very scale like.
She was a little tail heavy, but that did not inhibit her performance.
She climbs, rolls and loops nicely. The landing, however, was
the "icing on the cake". She floated in and touched
down, ever so gently. To sum it up, at around 29 ounces, she's
quite the lady in the air. ..." "...I
had another successful flight today. This one was even better
than the maiden, now that I fixed the CG issue...."
Farr: Gday Kay, Just thought Id send a few photos
of my N11 attached. It was a good fun build, went together well
for my first build job of this scale.
Rob Trudnak "Here are the pics of the Nieuport 17 40 inch I just completed for your gallery. I used a torque 2818-900 brushless and an airboss 45-amp speed controller, which will supply the plane with more than enough power. Weight wise it came in at 33.60 oz. I used a Williams Bros. pilot modified with epoxolite. I added a little more dimension to the Vickers guns by printing them out on photo paper and embossed them with a piece of music wire and a hammer. A few taps on each of the cells gives you a more realistic gun that lends itself paint and depth. HiTec 55's were used all around and has workable bell cranks. The graphics were all done on inkjet water slide decal paper made in a Corel Graphics Suite. Covering is flat dove gray polyester film. I enjoyed this build very much and look forward to picking up another kit from you soon. Thanks again Kay for designing another great aeroplane."
Kenneth Blasius: "Just finished my Nieuport 17 built from one of your kits. Thought you might like to see some of the photos. It flies really well. Thanks for the super quality kit. Here are the pics"
Gary Ritchie added ailerons to his Nieuport 28.
Gary Ritchie: "I built this Nieuport Type 28 fighter from an AerodromeRC short kit. It's covered with two layers of doped medium silkspan. The second layer is dyed with tan Rit dye. The camo is silkspan that was dyed cocoa brown. All decals were downloaded from the internet, printed on silkspan, and doped to the covering. The power system consists of an E-flite 450 brushless outrunner, an E-flite 20 amp controller, and a 3s Cellpro 1,500 lithium polymer battery pack. It pulls about 14 amps at full throttle and generates 132 watts for a power loading of 86 watts per pound. It leaps off the ground at less than half throttle and I spend most of my time cruising at about 1/3 power. Fun to fly and looks sensational in the air. Thanks for offering such a great kit!"
DEOGRACIAS RODIL: "Just wanted to drop you an email to let you know that Mister Mulligan's second flight was a success! He is a great flying aircraft once I had my setup right. Thank you for making him possible. He was a joy to build and great fun to fly! I've attached pictures showing the hatch I made in the belly to make battery changes easier and one picture of the plane without the wheel pants before the second flight.
Here's an additional picture with the wheel pants. He flies great with the following setup:AXI 2808/24, APC 11x5.5 E prop, I Rate 2600mah 3s1p Li-Poly. It still amazes me how well he glides in for landings!"
SAM LEONARD: "Thought maybe you guys would like to see my E-1 that I just completed. This is the early version that Kay did. Wings, cowl with dummy engine, and landing gear are all removable. GWS 100 (280) with 3.75-1 gear ratio, 9-7 GWS prop,1200 ma E-Tec battery. Solite covering. 11 1/2 ounces ready to fly. Flies great, needs a little more power. I am going to put in the 3.22-1 ratio drive and see if that helps. I built it to fly in an indoor meet next week, but I think it is a little too fast for indoor. Will play around with props and see."
Walter Spilis: "The EI has also flown. Again, a great flying model. Only problem was keeping the pinion on the motor. Have thrown two in five flights. Tried more super glue to hold it on. Used an Ultrafly A/30/24 brushless motor, Olympus gear box, 2000 3S1P Li-poly and a 10x7.4 APC slow blyer prop."
John Oshust made this beautiful display model of a Crop Duster variant.
Donald Brodigan took a first prize February 2010 for his build of our PT Military Trainer at ARVADA ASSOCIATED MODELERS competition.
Flint writes: "Finally I finished the construction of the
Stearman PT 19 and hope by this
Gil Smetana writes:
"Recently I’ve accomplished some successful test flights of my AerodromeRC 1/8 scale PT-17.
It’s a replica of “Shalom 1” in which Abie Nathan- an Israeli AF pilot and peace activist- flew a historical flight from Israel to Egypt On Feb. 1966 carrying a message of peace.
The model uses:
AXi 35 2826/10 brushless outrunner
Jeti Advance 70 ProSB ESC
Jeti Pro power 3300mAh 4s 14.8V 30C Li-poly battery
Fiala classic E 14x7 propeller
HS-225 MG (E/R) HS-65HB (A/A) Servos
Spektrum DX6 Tx and AR620 Rx
Finished with Oratex and white spray-can color over a base coat
Decals by Callie graphics
I had to add 350 gram of nose weight!! To bring it to balance at the right CG spot.
That’s probably because I thought the tail surfaces might be a little too brittle so I reinforced them with balsa stock and inlaid carbon stripes... only later I read the instruction manual saying: “The model gets tail-heavy very quickly. Every bit of extra weight will need ten or twenty times as much balance in this short nose model”... And so it was.
As a result I was worried before the test flight about the model weight being 2.5 Kg... But as soon as it gained some speed It was flying straight and smoothly.
Increasing throttle above half makes the model climb quickly... I added more down thrust to the motor which improved things but recently I also added a condition switch that mixes throttle with a little down elevator.
At about third throttle The model is capable of flying at near scale speed - not too fast-which is relaxing and nice to watch. Landings are also easy at this speed.
The kit is very well designed and was a joy to build. The whole process of building, flying it , getting compliments from club members and then putting it in the back of my car in one piece (the advantage of smaller models) is very rewarding and satisfying.
Here is a link to a clip I made with the build and some flying."