Eloptac Hall - Pop's Toys

Pop's Toys

Cobb County Radio Control Club

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August 2004, Ezone's Stryker F-27 Park Flyer
This totally electric plane comes as a ready to fly airplane. Fifteen minutes after opening the box and charging the battery it's ready to go.
But the plane comes decorated in desert combat colors and is difficult to see in the air. So after applying some white spay paint and then some yellow and blue acrylic paint, I've got a plane that is easy to see.
There are three other members in the club who have the same plane. It's fun to get several up at one time. Sanford and I have had a midair collision. The plane is so robust that it's difficult to damage them to the point where they can't fly anymore.

July 2003, a Combat Wing XE2 Speed 400
Yes the Zagi was fun to fly, but.... The helicopter guys in the club have been flying Combat Wings. It looks almost exactly like a Zagi with a few differences. The CW is all EPP foam and has a carbon fiber spar. It's almost indestructible. The motor is a cobalt motor and has a lot more power than the Zagi's Speed 400 motor. The Battery is a nine cell 1800 mille-amp pack which provides more time than the Zagi's eight cell 600 mille-amp.
The graphic on the wing is a Maori (Native New Zealander) icon for wave.
So on it's first day of flight the CW required only a minor trim adjustment. And then the radio lost power and the CW ended up in a tree. There was no damage. It will fly again and again and again.

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Alas, these planes are no more. They've been sold, retired or crashed.

In the spring of 2002 Pops purchased this E-Flight Odyssey EP electric glider. It's powered by a 550 electric motor driven by a 2400 Mille Amp battery with a Maxx 25 Electronic Speed Control. The planes weighs in at about 52 oz. and has a wing span of 87 inches. That's 7 feet 3 inches. When built the plane was SERIOUSLY tail heavy and a few modification had to be made to get it flight worthy. Things like eight cell battery pack, 3 to 1 gear box and a 12" folding prop. It's a nice flying plane.

The final modification was a 2700mA Li-Poly battery that changed this plane from a nice flyer into a GREAT flyer.

On August 3, 2005 as the Odyssey was 15 minutes into a wonderful flight it stopped responding to the radio and spiraled into the ground. The battery and ESC were destroyed, the fuselage is not worth saving but the wings are fine.

Sig Fazer built 1997. Albert Einstein rides the wing while Dilbert is at the controls. With a JR8103 computer radio & a Magnum .53 engine this is a fun plane to fly.
After flying this plane for 5 years with a Magnum .53 the engine was replaced with an OS .46. Now why in the world did I waste five years with that Magnum. The Fazer & OS .46 is a much better combination!

Argh! My favorite plan is dead!
In late June 2005 as I was flying the Fazer a member of the club was attempting to take off. His plane veered off the runway and was heading directly at me. In the interest of self preservation I took my eyes off the Fazer and made sure I didn't get hit. By the time I re located the Fazer it was too late to save it.

In October 2001, Pops retired as Webmaster for the Cobb County Radio Control's web site. He set up that web site in 1995 and ran it for 6 years. The club presented him with a Hanger 9 "Ultra Stick 40" as a thank you. This plane has a wingspan of 58 inches and is powered by a Saito .72 4-cycle engine. This is Pops first venture into 4-cycle engine. The radio is a JR8103. The Ultra Stick was sold in January 2004
That's daughter Rebecca's hand prints from 1978 and her silhouette that decorate the plane.

Fall 2002 Pops' first Zagi suffered it's last crash. The spine was broken and had been repaired once too often. Since the plane is ULTRA fun to fly it was time for a new Zagi. Here it is. And there is goes. In June 2003 Pops sold this plane to a member of the club.

"Excuse me while I kiss the sky!" Well, it was the ground that got kissed a very short moment later.
It Lives! This ModelTech Great Lakes Biplane sat in the basement for 6 years after it's very brief flight in 1996. It finally made it to the top of the queue for repairs and flew again in September 2002. It has been returned to active duty. The plane is significantly tail heavy out of the box. The repairs and a little planning shifted the center of gravity forward enough to make the plane stable in the air. It's still a bear to fly. It does not glide well and requires constant attention. Not a fun airplane.
And after one more crash, and only minor damage it was retired to the garbage.

The oldest plane in the fleet is this Carl Goldberg Gentle Lady glider. Built in 91 she was retired in 2002 from active service when the Odyssey EP arrived. It sits in the basement and can be called into service if needed!

The first "flying wing" member of Pops' fleet of RC Aircraft is the Zagi. This electric flying wing was built in February 2000. Check out www.zagi.com The plane is virtually indestructible. It's a foam core wing that's been fiber glassed. But to many crashes broke the spine of this plane too many times and it was time to replace it with a newer Zagi.

ModelTech's China Clipper has seen the most air time. It was build in 1993 and in July 2001 it stopped responding to the radio and flew straight into the ground. The plane was powered by an OS .40 engine and carried a JR radio. ModelTech has discontinued this kit but has introduced and identical kit under the name Sonic 500.

An UltraSport 40 by Great Planes powered with an OS .46. In March 2001 the Ultra Sport stopped responding to the radio, turned it's nose earthward, passed through a large tree and then struck the ground at high speed.
The Ultra Sport is no more! This was an excellent airplane to fly but the kit has been discontinued.

This is a Sig Super Hots that was built by brother John. Alas, a tree jumped this plane while in the air and shredded the right wing. You know, a Super Hots does not fly very well with only 1/2 a wing! Sad Day!

Last updated 10/12/2002