Every month we feature a Club Member's aircraft of the month.  We showcase the builder, flyer, or collector and the interesting aspects of their aircraft.  If you have an interesting project, or know someone who does, please send nominations!  We vote on the nominations at the monthly club meeting.

Send nominations to info@tehachapicrosswinds.com


December 2017 - Plane of the Month

Mason Hutchison's Fun Cub Floatplane Night Flier

This is an old Multiplex Fun Cub, one of the funnest, easiest to fly super cubs out there.  Because I like to rough it up all the time, I ended up with a broken landing gear, and a perfectly new set of floats.  So, the floats went on right away.  Brite Lake is a great place to fly floatplanes.  This one also has a full complement of led strip lights facing inward into the thick of the foam structure.  The effect is a fully-illuminated airplane that's easier to maintain orientation that during a brightly-sunlit day.  Must have the landing lights too.  It's fun to fly from glass smooth water.


November 2017 - Plane of the Month

Matt Reed's Astro Hog Bipe, 60-size

I won this kit off eBay a couple years ago for 35 bucks! It had a few missing parts but was able to make them. I did a few years extra modifications it has a hatch to access fuel tank, landing gear moved forward 1/2-inch for better handling, dual-aileron servos sunk into the wings in custom made hatches.  It is powered by a .15 gas evolution engine, JR servos, and LiFE batteries.  It is a fun break from flying highly aerobatic planes, an old style barnstormer kind of flying. 


August 2017 - Plane of the Month

Jake Wyatt's Cessna 150B - N7327X -  A Full-scale Airplane!

Congratulations to Jake Wyatt for earning his Private Pilot License in a Cessna 150B, N7327X.  A locally available rental aircraft, this is the bread and butter of flight trainers.  Congratulations, Jake!

"I put 54 hours in this plane in order to get my Private Pilots license. I fulfilled all the requirements in this plane including my solo, my cross-countries and my check ride, and a lot of basic maneuver training( Stalls, steep turns, slow flight, emergency descents, engine failure practice, S Turns, rectangular pattern, and turns around a point). Also Bri and I did our first trip in this plane after i got my license to Oceano for a weekend."


April 2017 - Plane of the Month

Eric Brubaker's Spitfire MK XVIe

"It's a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe in 1:5.33 scale. The full scale is powered by the Packard Merlin engine which was manufactured in the US."

Approx. 74' Span

18 lbs

35cc-55cc gasoline power

composite fuselage, wood wing and empennage, all scratch built.


January 2017 - Plane of the Month

Mike Wilm's Wings Maker Ultimate 40

Congratulations to Mike Wilms for plane of the month.  Mike built and flew a Wings Maker Ultimate 40, and it is said to be a great flying airplane.  Sporting a 42-inch wingspan, this hot biplane is known to be a solid aerobatic platform, yet have docile landing characteristics.  We're looking forward to seeing it fly a lot this year!  Congrats, Mike!


October 2016 - PLANE OF THE MONTH

Brent Hecht's F8F Bearcat

Brent knocks it out of the park once again.  This F8F Bearcat flies like it's on rails, and it sounds great.  ESM's all-composite kit was re-painted in a more scale-correct color by Brent.  Powered by an XYZ-53 twin-cylinder motor and swinging a 21x10 prop, this airplane lifts off with authority.  Slow rolls are truly on the thrust line and the realistic gear retraction timing makes this thing a pro-build.  The retracts are pneumatic and canopy is custom-molded.  Also, Brent made the gear more narrow to bring it back to a scale-like stance.  At 71" wingspan, this airplane weighs in at only 20 lbs.  Great job, Brent!  We want the drop tank, next!


September 2016 - Plane of the Month

Kyle Reed's EXTRA 300

Who knows how this airplane started life?  It was rescued from a dumpster, sold to Kyle for a penny, and now it's living it's second life with a new covering scheme and radical flying.  The once "ketchup & mustard" covering was swapped for a race-driven orange on black and now Kyle flies knife edge passes with ease.  Check out Kyle's Plane of the Month!   


August 2016 - Plane of the Month

Justin Stinemetze's Great Planes Super Stearman

It's a Great Planes Super Stearman. Zenoah G-26 with a 16x8 Xoar prop. Spektrum DX-18. The pilot bust was provided in the kit but he looked like he was sitting through a really slow sermon. Grace got out her paints and did a number on him. Noted characteristics are that it's a great slow-flyer and has scale-like mannerisms.   


July 2016 - Plane of the Month

Neil Browning's Sig Kadet

Congratulations to Neil Browning, the clubs newest member, and already plane of the month!  This month we bring you Neil's Kadet, he's enjoying flying until he's got it dialed in and comfortable flying it on his own.  Nothing like a great flying trainer, no matter how advanced a flyer you are, a good airplane is always fun!  Neil, welcome to the club, we look forward to many years of watching you fly.  We also look forward to many years of watching this Kadet!  That's long-time club officer and club co-founder Wayne helping him out with the controls.  This is what the Tehachapi Crosswinds club is all about, folks.  Just pure flying fun!  Welcome, Neil, it's so great to have you!


June 2016 - Plane of the Month

Josh Burns' Thunder Tiger Raptor 50 Titan

"When I added a 700 class machine to my fleet, I decided it was time to turn my Raptor into a night ship. With the summer months coming up, and our club having regular night fly events, it seemed like a perfect fit. The Raptor is actually a bit easier to fly at night than in the day. The lights really help with maintaining orientation. The rotor disc lights up! With the added weight of the light systems, the engine was switched out from an OS50SX-H to a YS56SR. The YS has more than enough power, and the heli flies even better than before the lights!"

Thunder Tiger Raptor 50 Titan

12 degrees of collective pitch
11 degrees of cyclic pitch.
Ungoverned head speed in Normal mode.
1950 rpm governed head speed in Idle Up 1
2150 rpm governed head speed in Idle Up 2
VP Power Master 30% nitro, 23% oil.

2S 2000mah LiPo rx pack with 2 redundant 10A Castle BEC's.
Flybarless conversion with Align 600 rotor-head.
AR7200BX flybarless system.
120 degree ECCPM conversion.
DS615 cyclic servos
DS655 servos for rudder and throttle.
YS56SR with OS 55 Powerboost pipe. 8.5:1 gear ratio.
Align 600 landing skids.
Various aluminum and CF upgrades.

Switch 613mm night blades powered by a 1S 200mah LiIon
Switch 95mm night tail blades powered by hearing aid batteries.
Generic 12v LED strips of various colors wrapping the canopy, boom, and tail fin.
2S 850mah LiPo powering the LED strips.


May 2016 - Plane of the Month

Winners of the Mojave experiment fly-in 2016 rubber-powered event

Congratulations to the winners of the Indoor Free Flight contest held in Mojave on April 15, 2016.  The contest includes building from a kit your choice of two free flight models.  This year, it was the Super Delta Dart or the Peck Polymers R.O.G.  Kit.  Those that built the R.O.G kit had the option of performing a from the ground takeoff, thus rising off the ground, which gave them a 10 sec bonus.  For the volunteers efforts and time, for those that attended with enthusiasm and excitement, the indoor event was a fantastic evening held by all.  Thanks to everyone!  And, congratulations, winners, you have made the Tehachapi Crosswinds RC Club Plane of the Month!

Back Row Left to Right:  Dave Gee, Art Siordia, Jeff Gee, Chris Cheney

Front Row Left to Right:  JT Nichols, Brandon Gee, Graham Robbins, Nick Kreigh

Masters Class
Jeff Gee - 35.7 sec (ROG Bonus)
Brandon Gee - 35.1 sec (ROG Bonus)
Chris Cheney - 29.9 sec (ROG Bonus)

Delta Dart Class
Dave Gee - 30.8 sec
Art Siordia - 15.5 sec
Nick Kreigh - 7.1 sec

Youth Class
Nick Kreigh - 12.9 sec
JT Nichols - 11.2 sec
Graham Robbins - 8.9 sec


April 2016 - Plane of the Month

Tyler Reed's Tower Hobbies MILLENNIUM Master

This is Tyler Reed's Millennium Master from Tower Hobbies.  It is a "receiver ready " plane.  Tyler is 9 years old and bought the plane with his own money.  He took off and landed it from the very first time he flew it a few months back.  Tyler added a #9 to the wing to represent his racing number for his dirt bike.  He enjoys flying his plane when it's not too windy and when he's not busy riding his dirt bike or doing bmx!


March 2016 - Plane of the Month

Dave Metz's World Models Intruder 90R

State of the art in the mid-80's, Dave's World Models Intruder has all the attributes of today's pattern planes.  It has reminiscent lines, long tail moment, and a reliable OS powerplant.  This airplane is based on Jim Kirkland's 1970 Nationals winning design.  Inside, you'll find:

  • Radio: Futaba 9VAP Tx (circa 1988) with Hitec 2.4GHz conversion module
  • Hitec Optima 6 Ch Rx
  • Spektrum 6060 Digitial Servos
  • Engine: OS FS 90 4 stroke (circa 1985)

Dave says it's a nice flying airplane, even in the wind.  It's super easy to land, but sure would be nice with retracts!  Nice going, Dave.  As usual, you're throwing around a classic bird that seems to be magnetically attracted to the sky!


December 2015 - Plane of the Month

Eric Brubaker's Inversa 33

This is Eric's recent nod to the convenience of getting hours in the air without spending months building.  It doesn't mean he's not building, he's always got something cooking in the shop.  Which is exactly why he built the Horizon Hobbies' Inversa 33.  A little aerobatic practice, some good tail wheel time, and the convenience of a Valley View 40cc twin gas engine, all of it makes for a fun airplane to fly.  The unstoppable Eric Brubaker and his Inversa 33:


November 2015 - Plane of the Month

Matt Reed's Ultimate

This Seagull Models Ultimate is a 90-size, 55" span hot rod.  Matt rebuilt this will all new hardware from Miracle and Dubro.  It's got a DLE 20cc turning a 16x8 prop.  Hitec Digital servos in all corners, this model is aerobatic too.  Matt would like to thank Rick Landry, Bill Fisher, and his family for helping him complete this project.  Photo courtesy Epic Images.  Matt is the Vice President of the club and is proud of the work he's put into the flying field and his airplanes.  Tehachapi Crosswinds thanks you, Matt, for the hard work.  We enjoy it every time we fly!


October 2015 - Plane of the Month

Rob Heap's Christen Eagle

My Christen Eagle is a true locally-sourced project.  The kit came from TNR Hobbies in Mojave, during their "Going-out-of-Business" sale.  I horse-traded with Matt Reed to acquire Bill Fisher's old YS 140L four-stroke engine.   Dave Metz provided many helpful suggestions for completion and setup of the airframe.  Eric Brubaker and Cooper Parrish helped pit crew and preflight before the maiden.

I spent most of the early summer cleaning up and tuning the engine, finally getting it dialed in on the bench during our 4th of July fly-in.  The airplane was built over the summer while Jessica and Maddie visited family in Kansas, leaving the dining room table free for the build!

This was my first glow-powered ARF build in many years.  It's a Hangar 9 kit with Hitec servos and a FrSky 9-channel receiver.  The maiden flight was a success and I'm looking forward to getting familiar with the model.


September 2015 - Plane of the Month

John Sturgeon's Ugly Stick

Between his being the club treasurer and a proud dad/grandpa, John builds some seriously nice planes.  This time, he has produced from plans the original Ugly Stick, serrated trailing edges included!  Using the latest in laser cutting technology to cut the parts, John built this plane the old fashioned way, sticks and glue.  The covering is his own design.  Very nice airplane, John!  

Special thanks goes to Brubaker Models for the laser cutting!

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August 2015 - Plane of the Month

(Sorry, no photo submissions for August were received) 


July 2015 - Plane of the Month

Wayne Sewell's Sig Kadet

Wayne is never one to let a lack of parts keep him from flying.  In an innovative move, he installed a handy Folgers coffee container to the nose and fashioned what has to be one of the best cowlings ever seen.  Congratulations on being Plane of the Month, Wayne.  Our members love to see what you'll do next.  Keepin' it fresh.... That's Wayne!


June 2015 - Plane of the Month

Bill Fisher's Twist 60 Afterwards

Past club president Bill Fisher recently debuted his version of the Twist 60.  Changed from a glow airplane to a hot electric, the Twist 60 re-flight was described by Mr. Fisher as "exciting!"  It's got all the power one would ever want and is packed with some choice hardware.  Mr. Fisher is one of the founding members of Tehachapi Crosswinds RC Club, and consistently builds great models.  The Twist 60 is yet another example of his affinity for electric flight.  Great job, Bill, we look forward to seeing many "exciting" flights this summer and for years to come.

7.5 lbs

Rimfire .80 motor

Thunder power 6 cell 3300mah 65c battery

Castle Creations Talon 90 speed control

Spektrum 636 receiver 

Hitec HS-5625MG servos

Spektrum DX 18 radio


May 2015 - Plane of the Month

Brent Hecht's Byron 1/7-scale F-15

70" Wingspan

105" Length

35lbs Weight

Robart Gear, 2X Jetfan 120's, Ice2 120 ESC's, 2X 12S 5000mAh 40C's

Custom Glass Ducting, numerous structural upgrades, new landing gear design with scale gear doors

Builder's thread on RC Groups:  http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2314981


April 2015 - Plane of the Month

Dave Metz's Slipstream Models Chipmunk ARF

  • Moki 1.8 c.i. (30 cc) glow
  • 13 lbs. Hitec 645MG servos
  • Airtronics Rx
  • Landing gear moved from wing to fuselage. Going to change it back to the wing with some heavier wire gear.
"Found it advertised on RCU and bought it from a modeler (Jim Feldmann, who designed the Ultrasport 1000) down in Burbank, CA. It only had a few flights on it, and I didn't do anything to it but put my receiver in it." - Dave 

February 2015 - Plane of the Month

Jake Wyatt's PT-17 Stearman

After a few modifications, Jake's ARF Stearman demonstrates very un-scale-like vertical performance and very spontaneous maneuverability.  Of course, he flies it with full authority and control.  Jake installed a larger brushless motor and ESC than called for and now he can master the winds, and especially crosswinds, that our field sometimes offers.  Ever seen a Stearman with full vertical climb performance?  Me either.  This one will go and go.  Next time you're at the field flying with Jake, take notice of Jake's landing techniques.  He has excellent energy management and wind direction awareness all the way through to touchdown.  It's the kind of flying that takes some of us years to learn.  Jake, Tehachapi Crosswinds is really enjoying watching you fly, keep it up!


January 2015 - Plane of the Month

Rob Heap's Flite Test "Kraken"

“Shortly after moving from Kansas to Mojave and finding the Crosswinds club last spring, I got bit hard by the R/C bug again. I had sold almost all of my fleet and equipment before moving and what was left was buried deep in our mountain of boxes. In our temporary housing, I had limited space to work with and a tight budget. My wife and daughter were still in Kansas so I had lots of time to experiment with new construction materials and methods.

I’d been following FliteTest on youtube for for a while and when they released the plans for the Kraken, I had to build it! After all, who isn’t be excited about a 6-foot twin-engined flying wing made from $9 of raw material. With inexpensive power systems and servos from HobbyKing I was able to have the whole aircraft in the air for under $70! If you want a quick weekend project to use spare electronics you may have laying around, I highly recommend looking through the free plans on the FliteTest website. Construction is fast and very easy and while the materials used are not extremely durable, the airplanes will give months of hard flying fun - and when they crash or need replacement it’s very easy to just build another one.

The idea of night flying at the July 4th fly-in inspired me to fill the inside of the wing with 12-Volt LED strips from Ebay. They shine through the white foam board and light up the whole wing without being too bright to look at directly. I used red and white along the leading edges for orientation and white aft of the spar for visibility. The only construction change I made to enhance the lighting was to make the spar from black foam board to help separate the colored leading edges from the white trailing edges.

The airplane is very docile in the air and can be slowed to a walking pace. It flies inverted well and is more nimble than you’d expect for its size. I have the two electric motors mixed through my radio to provide differential thrust, which can produce a wild flat spin - not something you typically see from a flying wing.

After getting comfortable with the handling qualities I decided to enter the Kraken in our streamer combat at work, which is usually dominated by IFO’s. Instead of just one streamer, I hung 8 streamers off the Kraken and slowly flew through the IFO furball while the IFO’s swarmed trying to get a ribbon cut. From experience, we now know that an IFO collision will take out the IFO and barely scratch the Kraken! It was great fun and inspired a few new tactics from the competition.”
— Rob Heap

December 2014 - Plane of the Month

Cliff & Sharon Connelly's Spacewalker

Many years ago, Cliff built this airplane from a kit, meticulous and proud.  It has been a work in progress since, small details being completed as products come available and time permits.  To set this plane apart from all the rest, Sharon took over the finish work.  She did the covering, stitchwork on the cockpit coaming, and pinked tapes on all the surfaces.  The covering and finish of this airplane was so regarded by the local hobby shop, they asked Sharon to take over covering airplanes for their business.  In her characteristic way, she replied, as she tells it, "not on your life."  The airplane is just about ready for first flight after all these years, just a few engine tweaking details remain.  Unfortunately, Cliff & Sharon have announced their departure from the club for the bluer skies of Arizona.  Tehachapi Crosswinds wishes them a fond farewell.  Cliff & Sharon, may your next club enjoy many flights of the Spacewalker and the kids that are watching not have multi-colored hair.  


November 2014 - Plane of the Month

Bri's Tower Hobbies "Razor 3d"

"Safety Dave & Bri" stenciled on the side of this ARF, this project involves more than an ARF.  This airplane represents the community values of our club.  Originally finished by Dave Metz, Bri flies this airplane with authority, while enjoying the social value of being in a friendly, supportive club.  It's always enjoyable to see how much control this pilot exhibits in her flying.  Standing watch, her dad, Eric, provides a quiet confidence as Bri hones her skills at the sticks.  Bri, Tehachapi Crosswinds is proud of the RC pilot you've become!  Many happy landings to you!


October 2014 - Plane of the Month

Weston Hutchison's "Number 7"

Originally built by club member Dave Metz, this little beauty was finished by Weston's dad with the intent of using as a trainer.  It's built from a Prelude 20 wing and "Number 7" plans.  It has travelled the country, moving with Dave from the south to the west.  Weston is incredibly excited about flying it.  In fact, he's spent some time on the buddy box with his dad, learning the basics of turning and leveling out.  It's a balsa build with sheeted wing and aluminum gear.  Originally, the airplane was built for a glow engine, but using a 3D printer, it was converted to an electric.  The motor mount was printed in ABS plastic and includes the proper down-thrust and right-thrust angles, yet bolts into the same mounts as the glow engine.  As an electric, it is lively when needed and docile when throttled back.  Hitec digital servos and Diamond-tread wheels round this build out.  One day, Weston will be flying this airplane by himself, most assuredly with a proud dad watching from the pits.


September 2014 - Plane of the Month

Jake Wyatt's Goldberg Tiger 2

After weeks of crowded building in his room, Jake Wyatt has built a great flying Goldberg Tiger 2.  He truly put in effort and patience to build a kit, something that makes Jake stand out in the crowd.  Tehachapi Crosswinds RC Club congratulates you, Jake, for a job very well done.

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August 2014 - Plane of the Month

Stephen & Terri Lucy's P-47 Thunderbolt 

Stephen and Terri Lucy’s P-47D Thunderbolt. Zirolli design, Robart / Sierra precision landing gear, 3W 85xi engine, Hitec / Futaba radio gear, 37 lbs wet.

Modeled after Lowell K Bruland’s aircraft based in Rosieres- en-hey, France(A98), December 1944. 355 Fighter Squadron. 354th Fighter group.
— Stephen Lucy

July 2014 - Plane of the Month

Kyle's Lanier Stinger 40

This is Kyle’s kit-built Lanier Stinger 40. Kyle did most of the work himself with a little help from dad. The plane weighs in around 5 lbs and it has a 48” wingspan. It has a Thunder Tiger 54 four stroke and JR 537 servos. It is controlled using a Spektrum transmitter.
— Matt Reed

Tehachapi Crosswinds RC Club is proud of your progress, Kyle.  Beautiful job building and flying!


June 2014 - Plane of the Month

Bob's Phoenix Models Super Decathlon

This is my Phoenix Models Super Decathlon, powered by a Rimfire 46 and 4S LiPo battery. It was a good ARF kit but I did make some detail changes. First off, I did not like the decals included in the kit so I went on line and looked at actual pictures of Decathlons and came up with the black stripes on the fuselage and the white markings on the wheel pants. Using a label machine I made the “Super Decathlon” markings for the side of the cowl. The windshield/hatch was supposed to be held in place with 2 big ugly black plastic wing bolts on either side. Instead, I substituted rare earth magnets for a much cleaner appearance. The interior of the model was bare wood so I painted it all grey and then I copied an image of an actual Decathlon instrument panel, resized it and printed it out and glued it in the model. Later I added a detachable pilot (incase I need to access the radio gear). With battery installed and ready to fly the plane weighs only 5 lbs. It flies really well and the landings make me look better than I really am.
— Bob Golk

May 2014 - Plane of the Month

Eric's S-1S Pitts Special

After being grounded for twelve years, the Pitts biplane has taken to the skies. Eric flew his “maiden” flight, the first after an extensive rebuild. The story behind this plane is long; here is the short version. In 1998, the Pitts flew its first flight ever and crash “landed” in a cornfield. It was rebuilt enough to fly a handful of flights later, but never restored to finished condition. This spring, Eric spent many hours in the garage bringing the biplane back to life, fixing and repairing and building better than the original version. She flew today, looking exceptionally beautiful in the bright blue skies, after a dozen years spent on the ground. It’s good to have you back, Pitts biplane, and congrats, Eric Brubaker!
— Epic Images

April 2014 - Plane of the Month

Wayne's 1/4-Scale Super Cub - Hangar 9

It is from Hangar 9 and spans 106".  Manual says is will should weigh between 13 and 14 lbs.  The engine is a DLE 30cc gas.  Calls for a 20 to 26 so it has a little extra kick to it.  It has 3 position flaps which take about 4 second to move to each position.  I substituted the scale tires for 6" tundra tires.  Flies great!  Flies very scale-like and is easy to land. 

First flight of my Hangar 9 1/4 scale Super Cub. All went well. Flies great. First landing deadstick. Only one small bounce.


March 2014 - Plane of the Month

IFO Mk3 - Wild RC

Mason's Trusty Battle Axe

The IFO Mk3 is a great all around airplane.  Made of carbon rods, ripstop nylon, and kevlar thread, it's easy to build, very durable, and repairable.  The IFO can be built in a weekend and used for indoor flying as well as outdoors.  In the hands of an experienced pilot, it provides satisfying hovers, explosive power to weight, and stable inverted behavior.  To the beginner, it's a stable airplane that is durable.  

For more info, check out the website here:  http://www.wildrc.com/htmlpages/ifomk3.html

Excellent Night Flyer....

Beach Flyer.....

Snow Flyer.....

And COMBAT machine!  I won a couple of championship combats with it, was a lot of fun.

Easy to build.

Inventor of the IFO, Dan Kreigh (left), and Mason Hutchison (right).