About Vintauri

steveI am an RC aviation enthusiast that has enjoyed the hobby for over 20 years.  I started out as a young kid enjoying the hobby with my dad.  I started out on Guillows kits then moved into RC gliders.  From there we got into glow powered planes and that’s where I stayed through high school.  After college and once I settled into my career I got more active into electric powered RC aircraft.  I played with helicopters though I admit that is one area I just can’t keep a focus on.  I am a member of the Southern Minnesota Model Aircraft Club outside Owatonna Minnesota where I enjoy flying all types of aircraft from micro electrics to giant scale warbirds.

A few years ago I decided to become a contest director for the AMA.  With this I helped run the Northern Alliance Military Fly In and then started WATTS over Owatonna.  Both events are must attend events in the Midwest and attract pilots from all over the country.  I have since then also become an AMA leader member.  I also write for Fly RC a popular magazine focusing on the hobby of model aviation.

I enjoy helping others as much as building or flying my own planes.  I have been instructing a few people including my own boys.  I hope to help others via this blog and just get some general information out there on what I’m doing or am interested at any given time.  It will all be RC focused though so no worries for a political rant.

I look forward to interacting with people reading my blog so feel free to leave your comments or e-mail me using the form below

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8 thoughts on “About Vintauri

  • January 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm
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    Hello,
    I found your website from a mention on the CrashCast. Your site has some great information and as I just found it I haven’t had time to watch all of the videos and read the whole site. What caught my eye right away however, is the introduction picture that came up in the banner. It is a plane I recently purchased and although it is up and flying as of the end of last year,I’d still like to know your setup. I am talking about the Seagull Yak 54, black and yellow covering. The plane has flown very well for me, so far!

    Keep up the great blog!

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    • January 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm
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      Thanks for the kind words. The Yak 54 belongs to a good friend of mine. I’ll check with him and post the setup info here for you.

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  • September 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm
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    Thank you for the pattern as I made three of them! I made one modification and that was to connect the bottom bars together. I cut each bar in half, added a T connector on each, and added a piece of pvc pipe to connectthe two. The craddle is super sturdy. I also painted the connectors while painting the pipe another color to match my plane.
    Rich

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    • September 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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      I’m glad you found it useful and thanks for commenting to let me know you built one. Sharing is what makes this hobby great!

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  • March 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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    Just got the plane stand kit in the mail. What type of CNC machine do you have? I have been thinking of getting one to see if I can cut a couple of planes with it. Looking on the internet is hard to tell which would be good for cutting balsa.

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    • March 11, 2015 at 12:52 pm
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      I have a couple machines. The one I use for cutting ply is a Hobby CNC board on a custom frame. If your interested in CNC’s the best way to get into it is by building it as you will need to tinker and adjust things as well as eventually troubleshoot errors and fix it. Look for the Shapeoko machine http://www.shapeoko.com/ Cutting balsa is easy but small parts are a little tricky.

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  • April 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm
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    I NEED GOOD INFO. ON CONVERTING RASCAL 110 TO ELECTRIC POWER.IM WANTING TO MAKE A TOW PLANE OUT OF IT.NEED INFO ON BATT.TRAY MOTOR MOUNT,SIZE MOTOR ,SIZE OF ESC,BATT,AND PROP ANY WAY I CAN GET PICS.OF THIS CONVERSION?THANK YOU SO MUCH.I WILL HHAVE TO HAVE SOME ONE DO THE WORK FOR ME AS IM DISABLED VET.THANKS AGAIN. rkreski@yahoo.com

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  • October 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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    Thanks for posting instructions on the stand – I built one easily, with a few modifications. One was to use T-connectors in place of the elbows. I can now add extensions with 45-degree flare-outs to raise the level to waist-high or above at the field. Great stand!

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