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Posted by hunterhoward23 | Mar 30, 2015 @ 04:30 AM | 2,251 Views
My brushless Pro Pulse buggy running an inexpensive brushless system and 2s Lipo. This is a medley of clips and includes the buggy running in small (very crude) dirt track, in my yard, the buggy chasing ducks, and running in the road. If anybody has any questions about the setup please feel free to message me and I will be glad to answer your questions!
Brushless Pro Pulse/ Megatech B100 Buggy (4 min 1 sec)

Posted by bladefan | Mar 30, 2015 @ 02:12 AM | 2,085 Views
Blog is for my own use but hopefully it might help others.

Impressions- unboxing
Nicely packaged. Double boxed.
Fuse, wings, tail feathers bagged and taped down. 2 sections of the box. Hardware in box integrated with packaging. Labeled nicely. Secured so it doesnt float around the box. Wheels/landing gear. Prop and spinner and carbon rods bagged and taped down. Stickers lifting off at some of the edges. The tail emblem sticker got stuck on the bag but was reomved with no hassle. Plane feels substantial and solid to me.

problems during build.
Aileron/Flap screws for control horns were too short. Probably could have mashed down the foam and forced it to work but I replaced the screws instead.
Also as mentioned in the thread, the screws for the control surfaces are too short also. In mine they just barely reach at least 2 of the 4 holes in each control horn (only 2 screws per control horn are provided anyway). As mentioned in the thread, Dubro kit#175 3-48x3 work but I didnt bother since mine just BARELY fit and my hobby shop didn thave the dubro screws mentioned. ALSO mentioned in the thread is the elevator control rod is too long. I flipped my control horn on the elevator to force it to work but I am sure it wont work quite right. Probably cause some sort of up vs down differential. I bought some DUbro EZ links to fix this but havent installed it. The flight went fine without the elevator horn flipped in the proper direction.
Flaps have plastic hinges. I...Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:52 AM | 2,957 Views
So the very last attempt before going to sleep got GPS to go again. Some
years ago, Google dropped support for the LocationManager & switched to the
FusedLocationApi, which was far more complex. The general idea is in this
incomplete Main class:

public class Main implements 
	public GoogleApiClient mGoogleApiClient;

// start GPS
	void init()
                mGoogleApiClient = new GoogleApiClient.Builder(this)


// get location immediately
	void polling()
				Location location = LocationServices.FusedLocationApi.getLastLocation(mGoogleApiClient);

// manually stop GPS
	void close()

// callbacks from the location API
	public void onConnected(Bundle connectionHint) {
// Only getting 1hz
        final int locationInterval = 1000;

        LocationRequest mLocationRequest=new LocationRequest();


	public void onGpsStatusChanged(int event) {

// callback when location is ready.  This is more efficient than polling, but 
// doesn't happen at a known time
	public void onLocationChanged(Location location) {

Another step backward & another step forward. If anyone can make a serial
port require 2 API's & 10 million lines of code, it's the Goog.
Posted by twinster2 | Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:38 AM | 2,204 Views
Well my AT-6 is almost ready for flight. Added 6 oz of lead to the cowl and installed the air intake. Only thing left to do is set up the retractable main land gear and then it show time. All up dry weight is 11 pounds 4 ounces.
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:26 AM | 4,760 Views
Well it was out the door today....I hope the owner likes what I did...had to add a few touches here and there....for example, the cowl openings had to be closed and the full scale location of the grill had to be opened. Engine gets a blast right away and the exit air should flow over the muffler....which brings up another problem - you can't take off/put on the cowl with the muffler extensions on!

So poor Luis will have to mount the cowl and then secure the muffler extensions. Hope he doesn't have to remove the cowl too many times.

The owner wanted to use Xion Wing Lock System for the wing attachment method and that went on without any bumps in the road ( The kit has a working door on the right side and the pilot's window on the left opens so access to the wing attachment should not be a problem.

I would advise the next person to assemble this plane to install the functioning door LAST as you will be working in that area a lot installing the radio.

I forgot to weigh the plane! DAAAAAAAAAAA....oh well here are the final pics:
Posted by Joe Zip | Mar 30, 2015 @ 12:08 AM | 2,756 Views
Packed up with all the Flat-Cat Stuff I could come up with I headed out early
so to there 7:AM. No problem. Years prior this Event has been great. . .this Year
however was well, a bust. Out of Probably 80+ tables there were half empty.
I was able to muster up 9-pre drawn posterboard sheets, 4-precut ready to glue,
1-glued up plain, 1 glued up w/ motor & ESC, and one RTF Flat-Cat(s) as well as
6-Hardware Packs [motor mount, control horns, pushrods and connectors, servo wire extentions etc... everything You need to Build and Fly one. As well as a few
ARF projects I was glad to sell.
The gates opened and a pretty good flood of people came in. One Guy had an incredible collection of Vintage 1/4 and 1/2 scale planes that was the coolest, toward the end He had them marked down to 50-100 dollars each!!! Although there was a GOOD interest in Flat-Cat I ended up selling only 1 - printed posterboard and a Guy bought 1 - painted one and a Hardware Kit. Even so,
it makes Me feel good about Flat-Cat. On the way home I finally stopped in at
HobbyTown USA and the Owner said He would be glad to carry I left Him one of the Cut and
Painted ones. He said He had no interest in carrying the -Printed on Posterboard 'You Cut' ones. So I guess I'll stert workin in a way to "mass produce"
Flat-Cat as an ARF!!! Not what I originally planned, I thought it would be best as
a nice printed plan (easy to mail) but it's $9.50 ea. to have them printed and I wouldn't pay that much for one!!!!
Al in all I'm glad I did it, picked up a sweet 2 meter sailplane for $5.00 and met a few new Hobby geek Friends. Thanx All! \___o___/ .
FLAT-CAT Flight (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by Call sign Viper | Mar 29, 2015 @ 11:46 PM | 1,657 Views
Had lot's of fun flying with the Ancient River Eagles RC Club today.
Posted by LittleG | Mar 29, 2015 @ 10:44 PM | 3,521 Views
This blog will contain information regarding how to setup my racing quad.

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Posted by 3Deranged | Mar 29, 2015 @ 09:39 PM | 3,782 Views
Sorry about the weather in the rest of the country but it was 72 deg. sunny , no clouds and the wind was light right down the runway. That's why we live here! The day previous was a windy disaster but everyone soldiered through the day and Sun. was a vast improvement weatherwise. I didn't make it out the first day but I'm glad I took the day off to support the pattern community. Plus I got a much needed break from building and got to relax and unwind a little.

Kudos to Steve H. the CD and all volunteers and RCACF for hosting. He always does an excellent job of running the event and everything went smoothly. Since it was such an nice finishing day no one seemed to care what position they were in, just glad to be out flying with friends and getting a good sunburn! There were some pilots who traveled from Venezuela and Colombia who put on an excellent showing. Here's a few pics......Continue Reading
Posted by santanig5 | Mar 29, 2015 @ 07:50 PM | 2,882 Views
You fly everything you brought and they all come home in one piece and all the batteries are drained.
Posted by sodea63 | Mar 29, 2015 @ 05:18 PM | 2,172 Views
Well the wife is home from the hospital so I have had a little more time in the shop this week. One of the things that I was anxious to get to was finishing up the Playboy. I love the old models as they seem to have so much more character. This particular model was built many, many years ago and was showing her age when I got her. See my previous threads on her restoration for an idea of just how bad she was. My eventual goal was the avionics equivalent of a resto-rod.

At some point, some one had redone the wing and horizontals in transparent red and the vertical was a sort of metallic green. After repairing what needed to be fixed and lengthening the nose, I sprayed and covered the main body and new nose with a solid red and did the remaining fuse with transparent green in keeping with the original colors.

As it sits now,
FrSky V8R4 rx
Rimfire 22M-1000
Park Flyer 20A ESC
2 Tower Pro 9gm servos
Zippy 2200mah 2S 40C or Electrifly 1250mah, 2S, 20C

Should be doing the maiden now but the winds are not agreeing.
We'll see how she flies soon....Continue Reading
Posted by FSD | Mar 29, 2015 @ 05:03 PM | 2,694 Views
Assessment of My Slope Experience

Part 1

I’ve tried to start this particular entry many times. Sometimes when I think about what I need to say, it simply becomes too complex and even overwhelming. One thing seems perfectly clear…I’m really not writing this for anyone else but myself. Perhaps as a means of organizing my thoughts which will ultimately allow me to move forward.

I’ve been haunted by the notion that I don’t know nearly as much as I thought I did.

I think when you produce slope planes for nearly ten years and you hear back from customers about how great your design are and how well they perform, it is easy to think that you know a lot more than you do. I began to think that I knew just about as much as anyone about this industry. It’s clear that I was deceiving myself.

“Foamies” are only a small part of the slope world. When you consider glass planes, DS machines, racers, giant thermal ships…foam planes only occupy a small slice of the slope world.

There are even some that dismiss anything made of foam as not “real” slope planes. They are merely a stepping stone to the real world of slope soaring…highly technical machines that perform on a whole different level.

There is no question as to why I turned to designing small, light aerobatic foam planes. It is a direct result of 20 years of flying at Ellwood in Santa Barbara. So much of what we design is highly influenced by the slope(s) we occupy. Ellwood was my home slope. There...Continue Reading
Posted by Felipe Garcia | Mar 29, 2015 @ 04:21 PM | 2,521 Views
Posted by Hellysmack | Mar 29, 2015 @ 03:48 PM | 2,296 Views
FS-T6 V911 Settings
Helicopter fixed pitch.

Dual rates 1
Ch1 & Ch2
Rate 100
EXP 40

Rate 70

Throttle curve normal

Idle up

Mix #1
Master Ch2
Slave Ch3
POS mix 20%
Negative mix 0%
Posted by Hellysmack | Mar 29, 2015 @ 01:38 PM | 2,320 Views
Yes another review? Just my 2 cense.

I really tried hard to hold of on this helicopter for 2 reasons.
1. I believed from what I had heard from others this was a heavy 2S brushless, and that would be equivalent to a broken helicopter and a 3 week waiting period for parts on the slow boat from across the pond.
2. New products always seem to have issues (example) wish I had waited on getting the v2 80, it was like next day after it was shipped I read about servo lag.
As fate would have it Banggood puts the HCP100S in the US Warehouse. And I just sold a Quad I had built so had the funds in hand. I could not resist any longer.

My new adventure was started with plenty of caution, this was small but a monster in power. Firs thing I did was secure wires with hot glue by tail motor, antenna and motor wires. Mine did not have the over tight servo wires that some reported.
I did not want to lose factory set up so created a copy in my X-6S and named it S100 as opposed to factory set up 100S. So now I can play and still have factory settings to refer back to later. Below are settings I changed or played with.

Dual rates Have expo all at 0
1 0
For me it is easier to flip the switch forward if I get in trouble.

Throttle curve
Normal IDLE0 IDLE1
L=0 L=100 L=100
1=45 1=90 1=95
2=55 2=80 2=90
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Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Mar 29, 2015 @ 01:33 PM | 3,723 Views
I recently acquired 2 NIB engines and decided not to 'save' them for later. I put them on the stand and began breaking them in. At the time of running today the Saito has 2 tanks on it, the second being what is shown here, the Enya is on its third tank shown here. So obviously this isn't the best means to compare them, but this is how I did it.

The weather conditions were a perfect 65 F with humidity of 34%. I ran 10% Omega and identical 11x6 APC propellers. I started each engine up and allowed them to run at mid throttle for 1 minute to warm up. I then adjusted the high speed needle to peak RPM 1 time on the Saito and twice on the Enya. I did not let either sit at that setting for very long at all as you will see. I recorded a peak RPM and then showed a bit of the idling characteristics.

Each engine started right up once properly primed. Each engine reached a peak RPM of 11,040 RPM before I decided to back them off.

Here are some manufacturer specifications for each engine
Enya 46-4C
Weight 385g
Practical RPM range 8500-13,000RPM

Saito FA-50
Weight 435g

Saito 50 startup:
Saito FA 50 startup (0 min 38 sec)

Saito 50 runup to peak.
Saito FA 50 runup to peak RPM (0 min 46 sec)
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Posted by fhpe77 | Mar 29, 2015 @ 11:29 AM | 3,159 Views
The plywood forward fuselage bulkhead that was supplied with the kit seemed a bit too small. So I measured the front of my fuselage and drew it in CAD. From there I drew a bulkhead that fit better. My design has a larger opening for better access to the inside of the fuselage and it also provides some support for the fuselage planking. I printed it and transferred the shape to some 1/16" plywood then cut it out with a scroll saw (thanks Warren, again). 1/16" plywood gussets reinforce the screw holes and increase the glue surface at the front of the fuselage. 2-56 T-nuts fill the screw holes and are secured with medium CA. After some careful sanding the assembly was glued to the fuselage with 30 minute epoxy. 1/16" balsa planking was attached to the fuselage in the area beneath the pylon. The plans don't specify which way to run the planking grain but some other plans I have seen direct the builder to run the grain vertically. That would have been a royal PITA so I ran the grain horizontally. This allows the planking to follow the contour of the fuselage closely and sped up construction time. The hatch turned out surprisingly well. So well that I may consider a career change and become a cabinet maker.
Posted by DBSkyout | Mar 29, 2015 @ 11:27 AM | 2,282 Views
I love to watch crazy wing suit pilots!

Dream Lines Part III - Wingsuit proximity by Jokke Sommer (5 min 23 sec)