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Posted by KristofferR | Feb 08, 2016 @ 04:42 AM | 2,462 Views
Yesterday I took the Alula in the backpack and went to Grundsö (Shallow Island).
I have been there before;
Dream Flight Alula Trek Hiking Soaring Hangflyg Hangflug Grundsö (8 min 54 sec)


This time the wind was stronger and more S than SW. I did a couple of launches and blew back and had to go pick up the plane on the top a few times so I'd say it was about the upper limit.

The Alula was pitching up and down a bit and I have triple rates and used the lowest, added some expo and tossed away. Just before that last launch a light drizzle of rain passed by, wind increased briefly but then ended a bit lower so I got in the air, trimmed the plane and it was flying well. There, I was pretty happy with myself, almost a bit smug admiring the new orange-blue stripes and mastering the tricky wind.

That lasted for a few minutes - the wind increased a lot, a guess would be from 8-9 to 14-15m/s and the rain came back. Perhaps a front was blowing in. I struggled to keep flying since I had no idea how to land, but the Alula flipped and went nose first into the rock face behind me.

I had to run to catch the parts blowing around and then take shelter behind a cliff to pack it up in the wind and rain. I found most of the parts, but all the plastic pieces were impossible to find among blue mussel shells and heather.

So back home to repair.
Posted by ttripp1985 | Feb 08, 2016 @ 12:50 AM | 2,441 Views
Finally posted my obsession build, P2de. Can't wait to share more with everybody.
Posted by Jerm357 | Feb 08, 2016 @ 09:59 AM | 2,388 Views
Lisam 210 frame
DYS 1806 BE 2300kv motors
Emax Simonk Series 12A ESC's
CC3D flight controller running BetaFlight
Runcam SkyPlus
ET200 vTX
Aomway 5.8G 3dBi antenna
CC3D PDB with led switches
Gemfan 5045 props
Lemon DSM2 Satellite receiver
Nanotech 1300mah 45c batteries
Mobius ActionCam C2 lens
3mm Leds and 22mm Motor spacers
Devo 7E TX


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Posted by theimacman | Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:43 PM | 2,387 Views
Large aerial video quadcopter, but a bit underpowered.

UDI R/C - U818S - Review and Flight (12 min 26 sec)

Posted by gazzaburns | Feb 08, 2016 @ 10:23 AM | 2,383 Views
hi everyone ive recieved my very first eachine 250 racer but iam having a problem with the video how do i connect or find the right channel for the video to my screen could it be a problem with my transmitter can any one help please
Posted by Division | Feb 08, 2016 @ 02:38 AM | 2,373 Views
Hello!

I'm Jussi from Seinäjoki, Finland. I have graduated as engineer of automation technology. I work for Finnish importer of Trumpf metal machinery, as service technician. Most of my work is maintaining, installing and fixing Trumpf laser cutters, tube lasers, bending machines and software.

I have quite good selection of tools, and biggest part of RC hobby for me is actually building and modifying my gears. One reason for this ofc is that Finland has not that many calm sunny summer days per year. Lots of darkness, rain and wind = perfect weather for bench, tools and RC.

I figured out I'd share my gears and hobby with you because basicly all of my platforms are DIY. Feel free to comment (good and bad) and ask any questions.

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Common gear

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Transmitter: FrSky Taranis Plus
UHF module: Hawkeye DTFUHF Deluxe TX V2
TX-pouch: Turnigy Transmitter Glove + TX Warmer by www.rc-thoughts.com
Video Goggles: FatShark Attitude V3 with Faceplate
Antennas: FinnSky FPV-Solutions Helix H3 LHCP and RaceSpec 5800 LHCP Clover
Charger: Turnigy Reaktor 20A 300W
Backpack: Mil-tec Assault Pack Large

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Mini flying wing for proximity bashing



Airframe: 580mm DIY from Finnfoam with hotwire cutter
Servos: HXT900
Receiver: FrSky D4R-II
ESC: Flycolor 20A 3-4S
Motor: DYS 1806 2300kv
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Posted by Crash Hancock | Feb 04, 2016 @ 11:03 AM | 2,371 Views
Spotted Dick

This week's show is quite an interesting one, as the title of this one may hint at. LoL There IS a some RC talk this week, so hang in there. We also have Ben 'BorneoBen' Warren on to add some international flair and discuss what he's been up to.

SHOW PAGE

FACEBOOK FAN PAGE (Show Announcements)

CRASHCAST LISTENER'S PAGE (Group Discussion)

NEXT LIVE SHOW - Starting at 8pm CST on Wednesday evening.


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Posted by Ralphtsp | Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:12 PM | 2,346 Views
Here are some mods that I am doing to my Radian. Actually it is almost a complete rebuild, new fusilage, wings, stab, and servos. Some of the mods are my ideas, but most are someone else's brainwork. Paul Naton for one. Below is a list of what I have done so far. Hopefully I will move this Radian from a beginner to an intermediate level flyer.
1. Reinforced the elevator at the narrow portion, with pushrod wire.
2. Mounted the the elevator arm inward about one half inch closer to the centerline.
3. Sanded the rough spots and mold marks on the wings with 400 grit sandpaper.
4. Reinforced the fuselage length with the fiberglass stiffner from my last fuselage. After cleaning the stiffner, I glued and taped it to the bottom of new fuselage.
5. Added a carbon fiber rod to the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer. I ran it down into tail boom and epoxied in place.
6. Changed the decalage angle by raising the front edge of the horizontal stablizer up 4mm. (per Paul Naton instructions)
7. Filled any dents and holes in both fuselage and wings with Dap "Fast' n Final" lightweight spackling compound.
8. Painted the wings and fuselage with Rust-Oleum Fluorescent paints in the crazy watermelon scheme.
Future plans:
9. Add new Digital Servos. (Hitech 5065mg)
10. Remount electronics.
11. Move the CG back to 3 inches (76mm) behind the leading edge of the wing.
12. Replace the prop with a 10x8 aero=naut CAM carbon prop.
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Posted by Oneblueyedog | Feb 08, 2016 @ 09:22 AM | 2,324 Views
I flew the Flash this last Friday and showed it at the club meeting on Saturday. Here are some photos before and after flying it. I flew it 4 times. The last flight that day revealed a problem with a control situation. The plane rolled without input at high speed and high angle of attack. I landed it and found that one of the trim pieces had not been ironed down correctly. See the photo. It cut the lift on the wing and blanked out the aileron until I reduced speed. Lucky.

I'm going to clear Monokote over the trim edge, leading edge and have it cover below the lower leading edges to solve it.

After the flight. I saw lots of grey metallic particles and the cowl was loose. Turned out that the engine mount bolts loosened and motor vibrated. I tightened the bolts up for the next flight.

I had my timer set for 10 min and that may be pushing it too long. There was hardly any fuel to drain from the tank. Maybe 4 or five turns of the fuel pump.

Next flight will be with a 12X8 prop. Still trimming and taking notes....Continue Reading
Posted by mfwilliams | Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:08 AM | 2,316 Views
Finally had a break in the weather. We had 6 inches of snow, Nashville had more that 8. By Friday the snow had melted off and the temps reached the 50's. Poh rang me up and I met him over at Eagleville for some winching. The field was a little wet from the snow, but not too muddy. He brought his red Shadow and I of course had my yellow Shadow.
We both had spectacular flights. Almost every flight was over 20 minutes. Finally, we decided to park our planes after the receiver battery testers showed us we were very close to “empty”. In the meantime one other hardy soul joined us. Local guy, Gary, with his e-BOT. Poh took one more risky flight (his Li-Fe was getting critical at this point) to fly with Gary. Fortunately, his Shadow had a short flight and made it back without incident.
Poh and I talked about our Oregon slope trip for this year. Trying to decide if the last week in May or the first week in June would be best. Lots of interest in flyers wanting to join up and setting a firm date. It looks like the first week in June would be best (the mid-south is the last week in May at Triple Tree and Poh would like to go).
After a brief discussion, I had to bow out early, without lunch. The wife had some furniture I had to pick up in the other end of the county by 4PM and I had to roll.

Mike
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Posted by del3d | Feb 04, 2016 @ 11:06 AM | 2,296 Views
fpv - spruce run (4 min 31 sec)

Posted by elbryan03 | Feb 08, 2016 @ 09:06 AM | 2,284 Views
Posted by BAF23 | Feb 04, 2016 @ 04:58 PM | 2,284 Views
Part 1: The assessment

The Cub was never on my list of favorites to buy, but after a PC9 got ruined during delivery due to exposure to a storm on the Tarmac of Vienna, the E-flite Super Cub 25e was close to the reimbursed value and I took it as a compensation. Somewhere it fitted my desire to learn aerotow and fly the Super Cub as still used nowadays by the Belgian Air Cadets as towships . Pilot in picture below is Polle, former F104/F16 colleague who amassed 3000hrs of towing in these Super Cubs and presently flies a civilian one restored by his father in law in the yellow early colors of the Belgian Army AOP's. Although I performed some towing (gliders and banners) in a 135hp Super Cub (OO-VZL), most of my 200 hours Cub flying was done as an instructor (from the back seat).



Being scale 1:6,2 it will be a good match to tow my 1:6,6 scale Parkzone Ka8b that I also vinyled in period Air Cadets colors http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1959173 . Although a quarter scale Super Cub must be better suited for towing, I really didn't feel like assembling and disassembling a strut equipped airplane on the field each time I'd go fly. This 187mm span model can be stocked home and transported fully assembled in my camper, a major advantage. It also is a nice field companion for my recently restored 1:6 scale Fournier RF5b Sperber motorglider in period Air Cadet color scheme http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2565923

a) A bit of history

When I...Continue Reading
Posted by AerialAdv | Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:23 PM | 2,264 Views
Better late than never, but here is Aerial Adventurer's best R/C flying and FPV moments from 2015 distilled down to a 5 minute supercut video, featuring FPV multicopters and aeroplanes.

I can't believe it is February already. Here's hoping for lots of good weather and great flying in 2016!

Radio Controlled Flying & FPV Highlight Reel (2015) (4 min 58 sec)


Happy flying!
Posted by mark_q | Feb 04, 2016 @ 02:38 PM | 2,194 Views
Here is a short article on what I call the "Mel Method" after learning this from RCGroups poster Melsailsnorth. Basically it is a method of bonding Kevlar fabric to an EPO or EPP foam plane using thin CA for the purpose of creating a skid plate or wing joiner that is darn near indestructible.

Enjoy!

Go to Article!


Posted by natester | Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:57 AM | 2,187 Views
Rctimer just released the new BeerotorF3 (BRF3) all-in-one (AIO) flight controller.

Check out the full review and guide here: https://nathan.vertile.com/blog/2016...ht-controller/



You probably know why having an OSD that displays current consumption is so important, but I'll reiterate it anyway. A current sensor measures the exact amount of battery that has been used and the OSD displays this information as text overlaid on your video feed along with all the other available sensor data like RSSI, Voltage, mA currently in use, total mAh consumed, flight mode, an artificial horizon and GPS coordinates. This way you know exactly when you're going to run out of battery.

The BRF3 adds a barometer which will give you altitude information as you fly.

Before the BRF3, to get all my stats to display on an OSD, I had to build something like this, with a mess of different wires and 4 discrete components:



With the BeerotorF3, the current sensor, dataflash logger, PDB and OSD look like this:

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Posted by JohnVH | Feb 08, 2016 @ 12:56 PM | 2,174 Views
Posted by unrauv | Feb 08, 2016 @ 12:14 PM | 2,142 Views
Ready for free download.

Vincent Unrau
RCFBAircraft
unrauv@gmail.com
http://www.rcfbaircraft.com
Posted by pnubtrnjly | Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:03 AM | 2,132 Views
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Posted by Bajora | Feb 08, 2016 @ 02:58 PM | 2,131 Views
Those of you whom are enjoying this little red speedster like I am may also have found themselves yearning for slightly better landing gear than the includes steel, coil sprung gear? RC Castle added a very nicely priced (US $25.88) set of aluminum, trailing link style suspension struts:

Top Design CNC Suspension Strut Set for Freewing 70mm Yak 130

They are described as being CNC machined out of 6061 aluminum, with the side note that they are also suitable for other 64-70mm EDF jets. Shipping to the West Coast of the US was around 5-6 dollars. It took about two and a half weeks for them to arrive from Hong Kong, including an almost one week stay in the SFO ISC.

I thought I would photo-document how I installed them. This is not necessarily the right way or the best way to do it but nonetheless the way that I did it.

It is easiest to first remove the white plastic gear overlays that cover all three gear openings. They are attached with a contact glue style of adhesive and all three of mine peeled off without damage, though I did work slowly and deliberately while pulling them off. The next step is to remove the electric retract for each gear as you start the swap out. This is necessary to access the grub screw(s) that hold the existing steel legs in the retracts. One of the grub screws can be seen in the photo below, in the brass colored insert. There are two per gear, one on each side of the retracts.



I did the nose gear first. Once removed, I used this existing...Continue Reading