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Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 21, 2014 @ 06:08 PM | 1,865 Views
The wing has been joined together with 30-Minute Epoxy mixed with shreaded fiberglass - THAT WING isn't going to be coming apart

BUT, just to be sure, some heavy glass cloth (6 oz?) was wrapped around the center section.

The tail feathers are sanded, hinged and ready for covering.

The fuse is now (almost) one piece, used Epoxy on the firewall, Titebond on the formers.
Posted by Toastermoore | Jun 21, 2014 @ 05:53 PM | 1,812 Views
I've been lurking here for a little while now and thought I'd try being more active on the forum. So hello, forumland.

I hope to post some of the planes I build and the modifications I do, if they work well. I know that I have found some great information here and sometimes failed to find what I am looking for.

Here are my aircraft:
Hobbyzone Champ
Parkzone Pole Cat
Parkzone Mini Vapor
StevensAero LiddleGee
Micro Stingray
Dumas walnut scale Tiger Moth
E-flite MSRx

All of these are flown with a Walkera DEVO 7e running Deviation. Perhaps I will start with my radio. This has to be the best deal in modern transmitters. It is a fully programmable computer radio with powerful mixing abilities for only about $60. It has perhaps a few flaws: one, you have to install the Deviation firmware, which isn't hard but makes some people nervous, two, the instructions for the firmware are a bit sparse, and three, it is crippled for range so as not to compete with their more expensive radios. This hasn't been a problem for me as my fleet is all micro and I like to fly close in so I can see what I'm doing. I'm aiming to help fix the second with this blog

Here are a few things which make this radio so cool:
  • Every plane gets a throttle kill switch
  • I have programmed a mix in for the Champ and LiddleGee to add some down elevator as the throttle is advanced. I can turn this off if I want but never do. It really makes flying these guys easier than holding down
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Posted by Helldiver | Jun 21, 2014 @ 05:17 PM | 2,576 Views
So I have been having car problems....I needed something that would cheer me up....so I contacted Adam from HelipartsDirect.com and now I have completed my MCPX BL DFC-Goblin-

she's actually more fun to fly than to admire...the fuse is made of a types reinforced material...not fiberglass

The BL Goblin flies reall well...once I get her out on the flying field I will report on how she does inverted. Sport flying so fur has been really entertaining! c'mon she's a beauty!

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Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jun 21, 2014 @ 04:28 PM | 2,235 Views

Self balancing motorcycles have been promised forever. Self balancing is the key to any robotic motorcycle. Some tried reaction wheels. Some tried legs to push themselves back up after falling over. http://litmotors.com/c1/ has been working on one since 2012 & recently bought a lot of advertizing.

There's 1 drawing of 2 control moment gyros. They claim thousands of ft-lbs of torque. The videos are carefully designed to have forces pushing at very low points, for short periods of time, to minimize the angular momentum & not saturate the gyros. No turns are shown. It needs a fancy turning algorithm to desaturate the gyros.

It needs to deploy its automatic kick stands or ask the driver to stick a foot out, if it's stationary for too long. It hardly seems worth the complexity & mass, just so the driver can be protected from the weather.

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Posted by FoamFlyinfool | Jun 21, 2014 @ 04:17 PM | 1,662 Views
Dirty Prop??? Clean it up..... for that Clean Feeling No matter what.
Posted by Kmot | Jun 21, 2014 @ 03:54 PM | 4,260 Views
I walked around and took some snap shot photos of some of the model aircraft there this morning. B-17's were growing on trees! I was particularly lusting after the Freewing F-86 Sabre and a SebArt Miss Wind.

I met "X-Plane" Tony there and also saw a lot of old friends. It was a good morning. ...Continue Reading
Posted by tonybam | Jun 21, 2014 @ 12:24 PM | 1,843 Views
Check out our Quadcopter Simulator with FPV, HUD, Control sensitivity, auto-stabilization, altitude hold and much more stuff..

Video Link:
QuadcopterFx Simulator (3 min 32 sec)

Apple Store Link Paid app No inapp purchases, No ads, without the Boat scene(will be added very soon in update):

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Posted by rdstarwalt | Jun 21, 2014 @ 12:12 PM | 3,014 Views
...Jack Headley designed a 'Northrop Flying Wing' glider? It was not published in the commercial magazines of the day but was a 'free' plan offered in the Northrop MAC newsletter.

As I continue my research for people that met or knew J.W. Headley, all references keep returning to the Flying Wing Contest (FWC) that was held annually. Last week I touched on the origins of the contest. Not often remembered is that the AMA often moved the location of the NATS and when it was held in the Los Angeles area (Riverside, 1977) a special event (unofficial) was added to the NATS for flying wings.

Headley's flying wing glider, an N9-M, was published in 1968 prior to the 2nd annual contest, 9 years before the NATS came to town. The juicy bits are in the attached pictures and essentially speak for themselves.

I remind you that Headley and Gus Morfis knew each other at Northrop. Gus published a build in RCM for another flying wing glider. August 1976 had Gus's N1-M glider version, a year before the 1977 NATS in Riverside.

The search goes on for more Headley information. This week I tossed a proverbial coin into a wishing well just to see what will come of it. It will be the subject of a future blog post regardless of the outcome of my 'coin toss'.


PS: Work travel has been pushing my posts into the weekend or late Friday but, I will still keep the title of these posts 'Friday's Did You Know (x)...'
Posted by HFPRCFF | Jun 21, 2014 @ 12:01 PM | 2,022 Views
Sadly, it's a fact that exclusion (not inclusion) is alive and well on Texas public lands. Lands which make it possible for private AMA charter clubs, to design and build safe places to fly their toys (i.e., model airplanes of all shapes, colors and sizes). And, that's a real shame.

Because, the owners of state lands, are all the people of the state. And the owners of county lands, are all the people of the county. And the owners of municipal lands, are all the people of the municipalities. All! All! All! Not just, some. Not just, the well connected. Not, just their friends, acquaintances and families either. But, everyone...

But yet, still a great amount of Texas public lands are being, in effected, transferred via one sided leases and land agreements to AMA charter clubs, that limit the use of said public lands to just their own local, private clubs.

Which is a raw deal, for the public. Because, where is there benefit? Plus, none of the AMA charter clubs are actually paying the going market rate for the land anyway. And some are just paying $1 (one dollar) a year, to have sole access to acres, and acres of wide open land.

But wait, it even gets even worse for a certain group of the public, and that group is other radio control model airplane enthusiast whom have paid their yearly dues to the AMA. Why is it worse for them? Because their dues, actually helped paid for their flying sites insurance. Even though, those exclusive private AMA charter club, won'...Continue Reading
Posted by HFPRCFF | Jun 21, 2014 @ 11:51 AM | 2,003 Views
As the summer of 2014 officially kicks off, America's RC flying community has something grand to celebrate. And, that's a brand spanking new public rc flying field in Southern Florida.

Located in the town of Okeechobee, which is just north of a huge lake with the same name. The good folks with the Okeechobee county department, have authorized the creation of a radio control model park, that current features a RC Flying field, and soon, will also include an RC Car Track as well as a place for Radio Control Boats to float.

And as a public radio control facility, which is located on the county fairgrounds. The county insisted that all the facilities be open to the general public. Therefore, no local club membership is required to fly, drive or float. So, as long as you got a AMA insurance card, your good to go.

Located off of Hwy 710 just south of 70 (NE Park St) in Okeechobee, Florida.

Use it or lose it, so go fly...
Posted by DesignGeek | Jun 21, 2014 @ 11:40 AM | 2,602 Views
Recently purchased a FatShark attitude FPV kit on 5.8 from readymaderc.com And just passed my Ham Tech license test this am. I'm On my way.

Now to build a suitable FPV specific plane to carry the gear. A few test flights on the F22 were successful but a dedicated plane would make more sense. Thinking an MPF version of IBcrazy's specter or a blunt Versa wing would be perfect.

Posted by samiluo | Jun 21, 2014 @ 08:13 AM | 2,126 Views
Hey guys, so this is the video of unboxing Cheerson SH 6057.

1 I'll contact the factory to provide English manual. (The warehouse said they ship this gear with English manual so no worry)
2 I was kinda disappointed when I got this egg quad, the drawing is somehow rough, the shell seems fragile but when I flied it for a while, it was OK, not that bad because the four feet design makes a good cushion.
3 For those dear buyers, if you are not satisfied with this quality, I will give away some gifts to make compensation. Because I'm a good and honest guy.

Only $34.99!!
Yellow: http://bit.ly/CheersomSH6057EB
Silver: http://bit.ly/SH6057SilverEB

Unboxing Video of Cheerson SH6057 (4 min 29 sec)

Posted by Blusky1 | Jun 21, 2014 @ 08:07 AM | 2,656 Views
Posted by Barney Boy | Jun 21, 2014 @ 06:43 AM | 2,646 Views
I just saw on CNN that the feds are now outlawing the use of "Drones" in all national parks in the USA. What next.
Posted by ilipin | Jun 21, 2014 @ 03:24 AM | 2,098 Views
3 planes (2 Skywalkers and FPVRaptor) was over city for filming video and photo.

One Sky and Raptor carried GoPro and Sony AS30 for video, second Sky have a Olympus PM1, mirorless photo camera.

Fireworks blast was up to 400m high, we flight at about 200-300m.

Here is result of our night flights.

Фейерверк в честь Дня Победы в Перми (1 min 30 sec)

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Posted by SuperRoach | Jun 21, 2014 @ 03:08 AM | 2,999 Views
Well, Settings that were preventing it to fly were luckily software based. I reset everything to scratch and got it working again, over a very tense night.

Have been able to get it hovering relatively well, almost to the point where I don't need to manually adjust the sticks. When I get a chance to take it out, I can fly a bit higher off the ground and not worry about prop wash.

I also broke the landing gear - Whoops! Will need to print some new ones. Any ideas for soft ends to put on it?