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Posted by jbourke | Sep 19, 2014 @ 10:33 PM | 2,562 Views
I'm at the International Aerobatic Club US National Aerobatic Championships in Denison, Tx this week.

I got a practice flight in earlier today in some challenging conditions, with a 17 mph crosswind and an annoying scattered deck of clouds just low enough over the box to make things difficult.

The box is well marked for the contest but only a bit of it can be seen on Google Maps here: https://www.google.com/maps/@33.7135.../data=!3m1!1e3

Right in the center of that picture you'll see a white plus ("+") symbol painted on an inactive runway. That's the center of the box. There are two white Ts painted on the runway just north and south of that. Those are the northern and southern edges of the box. What you can't see on Google Maps are the east and west boundaries, but you can probably get the idea.

When you fly in the box you can't very well see all the markers all the time so you try to use landmarks outside the box to make sure you are lined up. In this case we have a white hangar lined up with the north edge of the box, the control tower lined up with the middle, and a red and white checkered water tower lined up with the south edge. Those are helpful markers when you are spinning or rolling around during a sequence.

It's very exciting to be here with all of these like-minded airplane-loving people. I'll try to check in with a blog entry once or twice during the competition.

I'm entered myself in the Intermediate category with my Xtreme...Continue Reading
Posted by Jurgen Heilig | Sep 21, 2014 @ 01:20 AM | 2,130 Views
Just a few impressions from Saturday, 20 Sept. 2014 and don't forget to press the button "View all Images ...":...Continue Reading
Posted by Andy Yuen | Sep 16, 2014 @ 12:57 PM | 1,611 Views
First of all, I would like to express my love towards Zeroes or to be precise, Japanese Aviation. YES! Iam dirt crazy about Japanese Aviation just some guys love Germans plane or US plane and would love to see more fomies focused on Japanese Aviation rather than just a Zero “A6m3”.

This MOD is not hard but “there is a will, there is a way”.

I have completed this MOD and would love to share out this wonderful idea to others in having different experience in flying your fomie models.
Posted by stuart warne | Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:28 PM | 1,601 Views
I had some time whilst recently in the UK to add some finishing (though only temporary) touches to my Spitfire and with that some photo's too.

I've gone for a Greek scheme from early 1945 as it was a 'quick and easy' all silver/natural metal scheme to do as the Savex Spitfire comes out of the mold painted silver so I just really needed to stick some decals on (thanks to Jonte for the decals sizes ). This is only a temporary scheme, the theory being that one day when I return from Hong Kong I'll find time to properly fill, sand and finish the surface of the model before then painting and weathering her up in a new scale RAF camo scheme. But for now, she is done and I'm happy to leave her as she is until that magical day when I have a work shop again

Also flew at an event with the model after I had the new markings on but before I worked on the canopy. A guy at the club shot a nice video, its posted below. The pictures are from last Monday with the canopy improved and aerial added.

Look forward to coming back to this thread in a few years for the next update

S.

Savex Supermarine Spitfire MK Vb (Pilot: Stuart, Durafly Brand Manager for HobbyKing) (2 min 38 sec)

Posted by Nightstone | Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:19 AM | 1,573 Views
Built this today. It was quite a challenge coming up with a yaw control that was light and effective. I think I succeeded. Frame with 11 gram servo came out to 64 grams. 209 grams with motors, esc, rec, props. Pretty light copter.

So far have only flown it in the work area. Will trim and tune it tomorrow.

Nightstone
Posted by MightyG | Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:10 PM | 1,549 Views
SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!



Skyartec X3V



This my 2nd X3V and is rarely flown now a days so it is in need of a good home. I fly my 450's instead now.
I've decided to sell her to fund another project (yet to be decided - but I'm thinking a Bix 3.0)

So I'll be letting these go:
  • 1 x Skyartec X3V heli
  • 1 x Skyartec NASA 701 computer TX (Mode 02 - throttle & rudder on the left stick)

With a bunch of spares to sweeten the deal:
  • 3 x Brand new OEM SCM-9A digital tail servos (I prefer the EMAX ES08MD metal gears ones though)
  • 2 x Brand new OEM VTS-05B analog cyclic servos (I prefer the EMAX ES08MA metal geear ones though)
  • 1 x Used OEM SCM-9A digital tail servo (removed from the heli)
  • 3 x Used OEM VTS-05B analog cyclic servos (removed from the heli)
  • 1 x Used OEM Complete Tail assembly
  • 1 x Brand new OEM main/tail gear set
  • 5 x Brand new OEM tail rotor arm sets
  • 1 x Brand new OEM tail belt
  • 3 x Brand new OEM VTS-05B plastic gear sets
  • 3 x Brand new OEM tail pitch slider & shifter sets
  • 1 x Brand new OEM nuts/bolts & screw set
  • 1 x Brand new OEM tail blade set
  • 1 x Used but straight main shaft
  • 1 x Used but straight feathering shaft

And if the buyer can pick up then:
Only AUD$60 + Postage. If you're interested PM me.

Skyartec X3V (Blackie) Final Flight Before Sale (3 min 28 sec)


She (along with her sister) were my 6CH...Continue Reading
Posted by alpea 41 | Sep 19, 2014 @ 01:01 AM | 1,543 Views
Reserved for the GOOD
Posted by kristjane | Sep 16, 2014 @ 02:27 PM | 1,538 Views
Since I got too much free time I decided to build my self little ground station with diversity. I found interesting blog here on RCGroups, where member used simple HK video switch and arduino board. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1955631

For housing I used external disk drive unit that died few years ago and modify it. For voltage monitor I used simple LED display with integrated PCB that I found on ebay for 2-3$. Most of other parts were laying around at home (arduino, resistors, cables, connectors and 3 RC305 receivers)....Continue Reading
Posted by drone19730602 | Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:47 PM | 1,530 Views
So here is the question.....Does anyone have this model ?
And what power set up are you likely to use ?
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 19, 2014 @ 09:37 AM | 1,528 Views
3/16x1/2 Bass with a piece of 1/16x1/2 x5 aluminum strip, sandwiched, epoxied and riveted. (My father owned a boat company so I've got a gillion aluminum rivets) And it's adjustable.....so long as you don't adjust it too much and work harden the aluminum strip......it'll crack

(4) 3/32" soft aluminum rivets with backing washers.

Solid aluminum spar weighed 2.34 oz....hybrid spar weighs 1.23......
Posted by glassfox | Sep 19, 2014 @ 01:52 AM | 1,523 Views
Posted by Nightstone | Sep 16, 2014 @ 05:23 PM | 1,504 Views
Finished off my second canard. This was built to fit an APM 2.5 Unit. Fuse in the back is wider to accommodate the size. Plane is roughly 40x30 in size. Fits in a trunk. 15-18 min flight time. More time with a 3k in it.

Plane flies very well. I have 2 of these right now. One for low FPV and this one for general flying. Yellow and black is the new one.

Nightstone
Posted by circuitfxr | Sep 19, 2014 @ 03:09 PM | 1,455 Views
Hey all....I'm going to change gears and go back to the rogallo tow. The build for the Slip Slider is still ongoing, but I have to report that I finally got the boat tow to work. There were many obstacles and problems along the way and I have to admit that the flight was rather short. That's the good news. The bad news is that when the rogallo crashed into the lake, she capsized the tow boat! Oh no Mr. Bill!!
LOL

I spent almost 20 minutes trying to retrieve the boat and rogallo. Although some water made its way into the overturned boat, all the electronics stayed dry and functional. Neither vessel sank. (Foam board Rules!) Unfortunately, the rogallo didn't fair too well and came back to me in splinters. (see photos in my thread titled "New Foam Boat build")

Here is a video of the flight :

RC boat tows a rogallo glider (0 min 27 sec)

Ss
Posted by gabe221 | Sep 17, 2014 @ 07:32 PM | 1,445 Views
I got a earlier model slow stick, going to fix it up, I hope. Maybe I can learn to fly on it.
Posted by Magoo76 | Sep 19, 2014 @ 01:37 PM | 1,434 Views
Hello All, I'm needing a place to put my thoughts into words on my plans and idea's and to maybe get some feedback from any interested parties. First off let me introduce you to my Squadron
1. I have a fully operational Hubsan 107D
2. I have a Hubsan 107D minus the vtx/camera module
3. I have a Walkera QR W100S that I have never gotten to work on Android
But I do have a Devo 4 Tx. to fly it with.
4. I have a WL V959 that I'm wanting to convert to FPV.
Now my idea/plans are to be able to fly all of my Quads in True FPV mode and to do that I have a HK DIY FPV Goggle kit. Now the 107D Tx. has a video output on the Tx. so I'll be able to just plug the Goggles into the TX., shouldn't be a problem there just need to fabricate a cable to do so which I do have the parts to do it. To do the QR W100S I have a couple of 2.4 Ghz. vrx.'s one of which I plan on mounting to the Goggles and run the vrx. and the Goggles off of a single 2S 1000 mAh. battery so that should accomplish that part of the plan.

Now it starts to get a little more complicated for the V959 I have a couple 2.4 Ghz. vtx.'s that are really small so there shouldn't be a problem mounting that somewhere. Then comes the camera, the V959 does have a camera that comes with it but it only records, it doesn't have a live video output. I have heard that some people have thought of hacking into it to see if they could get live video out of it but haven't heard anything past that point. I also...Continue Reading
Posted by TScott1118 | Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:07 PM | 1,433 Views
I got plans for a Mini Bird on EBay several months ago. They were dirt cheap, I think they were $5 shipped, and about a week later the plans were offered I digital format from the same guy for even less, so I bought them too.

Regarding the model's name ending with K10, I don't know what that stands for. Maybe K1 through K9 were failures. Just like WD 1 through 39 didn't work out.

Anyway, I've done a few build logs, and they have become very predictable. So I decided to do this one in a Blog. It will still be predictable.

Even-though I have several options on what to build next, I went with the Mini BOT because it will be a perfect small field flyer, and with soccer season coming up you can't have enough small field flyers as the large fields are full of soccer minions.

I have to plans for the RO8, the Zephyr 1100, Oly 650, and a few kits too. Drifter 2, Gnome 3 meter, Das Slupen Thing, and a few Stevens ultra micro kits. I know I have others, but I can't remember their names. Since I got back into building planes a couple of years ago I just keep building planes and I really need to thin out the fleet, but I just can't bear to part with any of them right now. I think I have around 20 e sailplanes, and several EFlite park flyers and ultra micros. I'm really going to sell off some of them, probably next year after I figure out how to ship them economically.

Before I start on the Mini BOT build here's some pictures of some of my models.
Not...Continue Reading
Posted by tearig | Sep 19, 2014 @ 01:02 PM | 1,428 Views
3DR Goes to Necker Island - Full Length (3 min 22 sec)


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Posted by Nightstone | Sep 16, 2014 @ 05:02 PM | 1,389 Views
Hobby Partz had a nice deal the other day. 4 Emax Motors. 4 20A Esc's and 8 props for $88 shipped. Decided to give them a try. Yes Emax stuff is not the top of the food chain. But I have yet to loose a single Emax motor. Thats 2 years of over propping and abusing the %^$$ out of them. I even use them on 2 of my FPV planes.

So I took the plunge. Free priority USPS had the parts to me in 2 days.

Motors were 935 KV. Same look as the rest of their line. 2 sets of screws and a prop nut. The motor shaft has the same kind if indentation as Naza uses. They also fit perfectly on a set of naza arms.

Emax Esc's. These I am sure are re-branded. They are slightly larger than the HK afro series. They do have SimonK firmware. Instructions were included. Throttle calibration was cake.

Emax props. These look a bit cheap. But time will tell. Going to try them out and see how they do.

I picked up a Disco frame from GetFPV for $75. Added 4 extra Naza white arms I had. Pulled my Second naza unit off my HK failure and we have a quad.

Flew perfect first go. Motors sound nice. Plenty of power. Was running with a 5K battery. Will do some FPV runs on it this weekend. Nice secondary quad.

Nightstone
Posted by STMPNGRND | Sep 19, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | 1,388 Views
Recently produced a mount for the Ronin to fly on the CK800.

Pretty sure there are not many Ronins flying and being on a single rotor has to be rare.

Will post results as they come in from the field.