This Areo-Star.40 was my first r/c plane. It is the plane I used to teach my self to fly r/c with. It is now restored after years of very hard use.
My Ugly Stick .60 by Midwest. A great airplane for everyday flying. It is much more aerobatic than the Aero-Star. I now use this airplane to test engines and radios as it is very easy to work with.
Sig Smith Mini-Plane, my first bipe. It has been totalled out 2 times but I keep rebuilding it. Presently down for recovering. A builders kit but great flyer.
Another Sig kit, 4 Star 1.20 with Saito 1.50 for power. I couldn't stand the square corners so I rounded off just about everything.... Still flys exceptional.
Sig Wonder kit with K&B .20. Bought at the Ankeny Airshow and built to take to Top Gun '97 for battle with friend Donnie Torgersen at the home field of Jimmy Jenks. Now belongs to Jim Casey for future battles!
R/C Butterfly project, still on going. 2 crashs and heading for three. OS .61, 6 pounds, 4ft x 3ft.
Calm winds on Friday evening 4-21-00 helped to provoke a 5 minute flight. While touchy to control, it sure is pretty in the air. More design work scheduled for next winter.
81 inch Midwest Citabria. 91 Saito weighs in at 7 pounds even. A fabulous flyer. Covered in Monocote. Belongs to my son David.
Davey Systems C-152 in a .20 size. Flaps, fiberglass and paint finish. One flight then given to my full scale instructor and friend Ken Godfrey as a gift after receiving my private license. Duplicate of what I learned in.
Pica Duelist, twin .40's. Fiberglasss and paint finsh, metalic burgandy underside. Handmade onboard glow drivers. Lasted 45 seconds into first flight, engine out spin into top of big Cottonwood tree. Complete devistation, looked like a bomb went off inside of it.Gone forever.
Goldberg Electra built with 3 piece wing. Shipped off to Washington state to my brother Larry so he could learn r/c. He has 30 acres with one phone pole, guess what shoved the motor through the rudder!
H-9 arf Cub. Firewall moved back 5/8 inch and 1.30 saito twin installer. Complete with pilot, passenger, onboard glow drivers, and gyro on rudder. At 11 pounds it has functional wing struts
House of Balsa .20 Mustang. It is 1/10th scale and was built to be displayed along with my B-17 so actual size could be compared. Decorated to honor my pal and WWII flyer Richard Spingler.
The Andy Clancey Lazy Bee. Built it right after they first came out and is still flying! Has had an Enya .09 but now has an OS .10. Not durable enough for a trainer in my opinion but one of my very favorites to fly anytime.
Tadpole funfly .40. Originally it was the Tadpole...crash, then the Tadpole II...crash, then the Tadpolio...crash... then the Tadpolio II.... I still have it under that nameplate.
Coverite Peashooter .40. This is a plans built plane that flys well and fine, looks fantastic! Built from my pal John Oswalts plans. He bought the plans, had them enlarged to .60 size and that is where this design comes to life....makes an outstanding airplane in the larger version.
Another attempt to humor myself. I found these Roundtuit plans on the www. and had to have one. It really does a decent job of flying even with a worn out .40 on it.
This is a Charybdis free flight. Sort of a Helicopter with a Cox .049. Plans were shown to me by pal W.R.Crane. He has a number of different size machines built using these plans. Lots of fun and totally different. WR has free access to plans, give me a holler.
The Nerd! A .15 size plane that can be dis-assembled and taken as carry-on baggage. Several of us designed it after a trip to Top Gun '97 in Florida. Jim Casey did a great job drawing the plans.
An r/c witch, everyone needs at least one. This one is .60 powered. Hand launched, the legs swing freely, she does a super nice loop! A very nice flying craft once the elevator was enlarged nearly double of orignal size. Everyone loves it, not just the kids.
A very little Kadet Senior. It is powered by a Norvel .061 and is a 3 channel airplane just like it's big brother. While not a floater like the Senior it is just as pretty in the air and nearly as much fun to fly on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
My first set of floats were built from John Sullivan foam cores. They were mounted on the Areo-Star and flew from water or snow equally as well. All floats built since then have been built from plans from RCM magazine.
Sig Kadet Senior, many engines over the past ten years. Used for float flying, bomb dropping, or just lazy flying. One of the best kits ever developed.
Top Flite Elder .20. A 3 channel plane with open fuse. I also built the Top Flite floats for this plane. We hand launched it from land to see how it flew then landed it on grass. Attempt to taxi back caused flight again! Have not used wheels since, land or water.
Britol from Balsa USA... without a doubt the worst airplane kit I have ever built or flown.......All other Balsa USA products I have used have been excellent.
Sig 4 star .40. This is my second one. First one lasted a week due to STUPID thumbs. ( it was solid yellow ). I flew this one for several years until somewhat bored with it, then the following plane came about.
I ordered a second wing kit, built it flat for the top wing. Chopped off a couple of bays on each side of the lower wing. Added a .60 motor and moved the gear forward an inch. Real nice flying bipe that gets attention at fly-ins due to 4 star popularity.
A poor flying craft but mostly due to my building habits and underpowering it. I will try this one again someday. Sort of a pusher Valkerie style.
Pussycat glider was my second glider. It has been flown from high starts, .049 power pods, and from a launch rack above the Kadet. I still put a radio in it and fly it every few years.
Ahhh.. a 747, I gotta have one of those! And I did thanks to Don Incoll. Much fun to build and fly. A broken elevator from a previous mishap destroyed this ship... I will build another, a very smooth fun fly ship.
From the brain of Bob Talley. A Flying Stop Sign. Built as a bit of fun it turns out that it flys much better than I would ever have guessed. Keep the motor running and you nearly have a trainer. Let the motor die and you have a rock.
Hobby Lobby Electro Jr. Nice electric sailplane with folding prop. Pre-covered wing and blowmolded fuse is strong and flys well. Nice to fly when you only have a few minutes, not a few hours.
One of my new planes for the summer of 2000. A .40 powered auto gyro from Airbourne Magazine in Australia called the Tango. Another aircraft that Don Incoll got me started on. This is a very unique model, I expect to have a lot of fun with it!
A Sirex Wasp. Designed by Don Incoll and built from plans he sent me. TT pro .46 twisting an APC 12.25 x 3.25 it is made for hovering. It has an optical auto pilot installed for hands off hovering when the conditions are right.
Grumman Ag-Cat. This has been my "when I ain't busy" plane. Working on in off and on for about 8 years. Built from Floyd Fitgerald plans drawn in '78. 7 1/2 ft span, 22 pounds, G-38 gas engine. Handbuilt dummy radial... The SP9CR ( Sewer pipe 9 cyl radial ) Sump pump flex hose, cloths hangars, cool whip bowl, spray foam make up the giant dummy engine.
My B-17 G, The Miss Rebecca D. All wood 1/10th scale, 44 pounds, built from Bob Holman plans. OS.61sf"s turning Graupner 11x7 3 blade props. Plenty of power and flies great. It has been rebuilt twice since construction started in '91. Once due to electronic malfunction, once due to pilot malfunction. : ) That is me in 1/10th scale back by tail.
My own design, the Lindy Twin Stick. At over an 80 inch span it is IMAA legal and uses .46 - .60 2 stroke engines. Weighing in around 12 pounds it is a floater and does single engine fly-bys, figure 8's, loops and rolls. It was designed as a twin trainer and warm-up plane for my B-17. Twin engine planes sound great even when they fly as smooth as a single!
Below are pictures and small descriptions of many of the models I have built. Some of my models are not listed as they were never photographed. Other photos are dark or fuzzy, they are the only photos I have.
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Be sure to scroll to bottom of the page to see my B-17 and read the story about it!
This is my newest Wasp. My original wasp was built from plans. This Wasp is built from a kit that is now in production. I finished it on May 14th, it has yet to be flown. Check out my Current Projects page for more pictures and info. on this outstanding funfly airplane.
For all you SouthPark fans....here he is ..Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo. The Poomiester is piloting my radio controlled paraplane. We ( the poo and I ) have never figured out how to take off easily, but once in the air the Royal .45 and 10x6 pusher prop only need to idle fast for the most relaxing, fun flights to be had. This 88 inch span paraplane from AirFoil Aviation is very easy to fly....I have about mastered the hand launch method of take off. A much more smoother take off than from a rolling wheels liftoff..
Electric Scout from Hobby Hangar. A beautiful cabin airplane kit that is designed to use the inexpensive 05 ( speed 600 ) can motors. It builds fast and flys great with a 7 cell pack. E-Zone has a construction article about this airplane written by Bernard Cawley. If you are intersted in an inexpensive electric aircraft that flys like an airplane, not a glider... read Bernard's article. The GWS Pico Litestick. Ready to fly at 7 oz. It is a great calm air day airplane. I often fly it in the mornings before work. Read more about this little wonder on my Lite Stick page. Titanic Airlines B-29. An electric kit that is fabulous. It uses 4 of the popular speed 400 motors and a single speed comtroller and battery pack. Pictured here with my friend and test pilot Ross. All the finsh work was done after the test flight. Go to the B-29 page for the constructon article and more photos. Great Planes F-4 Phantom. As far as kits are concerned this is a difficult kit to assemble. Fit and finish of all the ABS plastic parts, retracts, and a poorly designed fuel system require a lot of attention. It is a beautiful aircraft and well worth the time to build. See how I managed to build mine on the F-4 Phantom page.
One of the fad funflys. Nothing but a piece of coroplast, a few screws and zip ties. No glue at all. A real handful to fly with a .40 motor.
A couple of GWS foam fuslage Cubs. The yellow one given to me by Monty Shaw and is flown as it come out of the box. Friend Joe Hosey gave me the forward one and I painted it OD Green with Nelson's water based paint. They both fly great on the little electric motors...MUCH fun!!!
One of a very few aircraft I have bought complete. I almost always build my own. This Nosen 310 Cessna twin with it's Futaba equipment and OS 1.08 motors was too good to pass up this summer. It is wintered until the summer of 2003 when I plan to fly it for the first time in Kansas.
Finally flown in Sept of 03... flys fast and nimble....Outstanding!
I aquired the Sig 1/4 Cub ( Saito 1.20 powered ) at the same time I got the above 310 twin. My oldest son and I drove to Michigan to pick these up mid summer 2002. On the quick weekend drive from Kansas we stopped by the AMA museum in Muncie and the Indy Raceway museum and track. A fun, quick weekend. I've flown the Cub a lot this summer...Love it!
From 1/4 scale to indoor electric. I built this Sig Demoiselle late in 2002 and fly it in the early morning and late evening in still air. You can actually wolk along with it as you fly it around your yard. Beautiful kit that uses GWS micro servo and flight equipment. Beautiful scale machine. Weighs 11 oz with a large battery that flys over 10 minutes.
Shortly after the Demoiselle was finished I found this 1941 Playboy kit for sale cheap. 70 inch span and is electric powered with a geared 05 can motor and standard 7 cell pack. I'm still making decals on my printer and it is looking much nicer....great, geat flyer. Similar to a Kadet Senior except even more stable.
The Big project for 02...Read the whole construction article on another of my web pages here on my site. By far my most scale project ever. It got damaged during flight and is currently being repaired. Sequencing gear doors, gun sound, muzzle flash on each gun, rotating turret, and lighted dash panel are some of the highlites built into this Ziroli plans 101 inch aircraft. The Hobby Lobby Telemaster 40 was exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to have a big electric powered model. It only took a few weeks to build and convert. It is flying on 16 sub C cells that powers an Astro Flight geared 40 motor. NICE flyer! Check out my construction page..
GWS Slow Stick. Rear of wing cut smooth, and a square balsa tail. With a sheet balsa fuselage and a bit of paint it is now named the SlowStang...Maximum fun for a few bucks!
Everyone needs a Chicken. Mine is more of a BlueBird. We have flown as many as 3 of these at one time at our field, what a flock! I got mine from Hobby Lobby. Kavan model of the famous Ford Tri-Motor. It is to have a dummy prop in the middle but I mounted a GWS motor and gearbox from an old Lite Stick to make it a true Tri-Motor now. Another Hobby Lobby project.
"Happy Fly" That is the nickname we have given this Korean ARF that I bought on the Internet. It was built, covered, motor and gearbox...all under $50. With an old 7 cell car pack it flys great. It is one on my windy days flyers.
Fly happy was about all that could be understood in the instruction book.
Old Hobby Lobby kit with glass fuse built up to look like the small Texaco model I purchased at a local gas station. Flys good one day..horrible the next. Never have figured it out but it sure looks nice!
GWS Pico Tiger Moth. Given to me by my flying pal when he tired of it. I installed flying wires, profile pilot, and 7 cell Nimh pack...easy 30 minute flights. Was my favorite airplane for a year or so..I finally wore it completely out.
This is a $7 foam glider from Hobby Lobby craft store. It has a pair of 280 direct drive motors. It has brought about many hoots and hollers at the field..much fun, and looks very scale in the air.
GWS DC-3. Powered by an 8 cell Nimh pack. Awesome to build and I love flying it. Not a beginners kit or flyer but outstanding if you are careful in building and flying. A regular flyer that I enjoy taking to the field.
Formosa.. Probably the best flying airplane GWS has ever manufactured. The test flight included loops, rolls, and even a rolling circle. I slid it in on grass most of the summer then installed retracts which have worked flawlessly. The power system was upgraded to a brushless system and 3 cell Lipo. I formed a clear cowl to show off the neat but powerful motor system.
Micro Stick by RadicalRC.com This is one of the most unique little kits on the market. I bought it without much thought but got more impressed every time I was around it.
Highy reccomended!!!! Very easy build and great flying but too fast for normal indoor gym flying. 3.5 oz of pure fun. : )
Fliton Wright Flyer. Laser cut wood parts and formed depron wings make for a fast build. Very delicate and CG must be exact to fly properly. Awesome to watch fly by.
DJaerotech B-17. One of the Roadkill series. Comes laser cut to exact fit and has the 4 mini motors and gearboxes included in the kit. Great bargain for a 4 motor project. I'm a B-17 person and this fits in perfectly!!