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Update 12-11-19

Lots more going on at the studio. Rocket kit orders are keeping us busy. I have been sneaking in more time on the DVII and it’s almost finished. It could be flown as she sits now everything is working and all controls are solid.

I tried to print my own decals on clear decal paper but the camo showed through so I have switched to the white decal paper and this should work better. I’ll be putting on the markings today and we are just about done.

In addition to that I have been working on the big X-15 flying rocket model. I have been building this Beta models for the past few days now. I always do this before I release a kit and it’s going very well.

I wrote this about it for the forums:

Nowhere near finished and I only did a couple of passes with primer and paint to seal the wood grain. Decals are for a Frank Burke Dynasoar X-15 Boost glider that Sticker Shock sells. I have a bunch more to put on. I will have a special set made for this model that Mark is working on now.

I added panel lines just basic ones nowhere near scale accurate. I used flat black primer first then added the tape and sprayed semi gloss over the tape. Once removed it let nice crisp panel lines and they pop because they are flat.

Despite being sport scale she is looking the part and is a nice size.

I received my Black Friday order from Estes(how could I resist?) bothe these models were only 10 dollars. The Executioner alone is 34 bucks. They included two free ornaments and some free flight airplane kits what a box of joy. Really made it feel like Christmas. Thank you Estes!

I even framed up the Executioner. Nice big fat rocket. The paint job takes the most time on these.

Got the plans laid out for the Volare Corsair which is next up. But the Valley Flyers of which I’m a member has an event coming up next year called the “Leaf Blowers” I’m putting together my own kit for from 2004. This EDF ME P. 1101 was a kit I mastered and designed in the early days of EDF radio controlled jets. The company that made the kits went under but someone I knew had one and I bought it off him.

I have every part to finish this plane so I’ll be picking at this too.

And lastly I’m heading out to the Grassy Knoll this Sunday to fly the Boomer and the BF-109 for the first time.

BTW I attended the Valley Flyers Toys for Tots event on Dec. 7th. It was not very well attended due to the rain. The rain was very light if at all. No wind and I had the whole runway most of the time to myself. I wrote a story about it I’ll post later this week called, “Ghosts of the Field”.


1 Response to “Update 12-11-19”


  1. 1 Warren Fahy
    December 11, 2019 at 8:02 am

    My mom’s dear friend was Chuck Sewell, chief test pilot for Grauman. I still have an official Grauman model of the X-29, the forward-swept wing experimental craft he test-piloted, and a card he signed that he carried with him on the maiden flight. He died flying a restored WWII bomber at an airshow that flipped on take-off, but it’s so cool to see the X-15 you’re doing. Reminds of Chuck.

    I’m pretty sure the weird aerodynamics of the X-29 wouldn’t scale to RC. It was designed to maneuver at super-sonic speeds and was so unstable that every square inch of the fuselage had to be adjusted 40 times a second to slough off pressure!

    Warren

    p.s. Would love to see more of the 2001 space station some time! Love your work, Steve!


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