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Posted by KRProton | Aug 27, 2014 @ 03:21 PM | 2,517 Views
Sunday morning;
Well, here I am sitting at the gate with my transmitter case and my LiPo case full of LiPos (less one set of LiPos from the mid-air with one of my Avionics). Both cases went through the X-ray deal and received only a careful looking at - they didn't even open them...and the LiPo I use to power the LiPo heater box which also serves as the carrying case is over the regulation size.


Here's my luggage in the lobby of the hotel ready for the taxi.

Check-in was pretty easy because they sent me directly to the oversize baggage check-1n and there was only a group of three guys ahead of me. Looks like they were checking in guns for a hunting trip. They nicked me for only 75 Euros for the airplane case and since I ditched my charger and offloaded a few other things my suitcase didn't come in overweight and saved me some dough there. The X-ray guy at the oversize baggage area gave me the thumbs-up for my case which they didn't have to open.

So here I am at the gate writing my last entry of my trip. Of c ourse, I'm breathing cigarette smoke...you just can't get away from it. I think there must be a smoking lounge somewhere around here. I finally got sick from it and now have congestion, a little coughing and achy sinuses. Nothing a little tender care back at home along with some fresh air and some cat dander won't cure!

Okay, just another couple of hours here on the ground, then an easy 9-1/2 hour plane trip, then into the arms of my waiting wife and a...Continue Reading
Posted by KRProton | Aug 25, 2014 @ 02:58 PM | 2,612 Views
I ran over the photo limit per blog again, so here's Part III;

Wednesday morning (Page 12)

No internet anywhere in my room or in the lobby last night, so I'm writing this early this morning;

Here's a link to the Results page. As of this writing the results after nine rounds hasn't yet been posted.
http://www.f5-wc2014.at/5d/result5d.html

Well a miracle isn't going to happen today and all of a sudden I'm not going to rise above everything and get my times down in the mid or low 60;s.


Here's the view from my hotel room.

The weather started rainy, but as has been the case most of the time so far, the weather cleared and we had our best weather ever so far. Unfortunately, more delays (technical or personnel it doesn't matter) caused us to begin rounds today at least an hour late. What can we do but make the best of it and soldier on. I'm still sticking with my red Viper for today, but plan to “graduate” to my Avionik after today's rounds.


I'm not the only one. There's plenty of carnage in the trash cans all over the place! This is one of the Russian's Swist I retrieved from the trash can to take home as a souvinear. He signed the top for me.

My first flight was okay, but I cut pylon No. 1 on the first lap. Sometimes I have this habit of getting antsy and just turning too early disregarding my caller's prompt. I did it a few times in an EF1 race before the Nat's, but was able to heed my caller's orders at the Nat's for 6 cut-free rounds. Bad habits don't...Continue Reading
Posted by KRProton | Aug 22, 2014 @ 04:26 PM | 3,061 Views
Oops....here we go again....I've run over my photo limit, so I'll start another blog continuing my saga at the 2014 F5D World Championships here;

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...3#post29269603

Sunday evening (Page 10)

It's late and I'm tired, but at the last second tonight just before going to sleep I thought I'd give the internet one more try and I got it in my room and even on my phone so I could download some images....





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Posted by KRProton | Aug 15, 2014 @ 12:23 PM | 3,877 Views
Hello and welcome to my blog about the 2014 F5D (electric pylon racing) World Championships in Turnau, Austria. I plan to post entries in reverse chronological order with latest entries at the top (or would that just be regular chronological order?). So if you want to start at the beginning scroll down to the first entry near the bottom of the page. There I also have a little introduction to pylon racing and F5D pylon racing for friends and family who may not know about it.

For quick access, here's a link to the official World Championship site with links to a schedule, participants, map, etc.:

http://www.f5-wc2014.at/5d/index5d.html



Tim

Friday evening (Page 8)

Slight change of plan here...RC Groups allows only 40 images per blog, so I've started a Part II in this series. I loaded a few images this evening, so here's the link;

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...2#post29246257

Thursday evening (is it Thursday already?!?!) (Page 7)

I can't get any images to load from my phone right now, but I'll keep trying.

Anyway, had a fantastic day today. It rained ALL NIGHT, but when I woke this morning the sun was blaring through my window so hard I couldn't even look outside. I followed Aussies Barry and his son Beau to the field with Bruce and his dad in their car. We went to the primary site where all the competition will be held. They had the official F5D course setup. All the teams have about 20' x 20' heavy-duty tents set up with a workbench.

Everybody has...Continue Reading
Posted by KRProton | Sep 26, 2013 @ 06:44 PM | 5,924 Views
Some of you know about my exploits preparing for trying out for the US F5D team. F5D is electric-powered pylon racing on the international circuit. Top three from the team trials of participating countries compete in the world championships in Turnau, Austria August 23rd to August 29th, 2014. The US team trials are in San Diego, CA September 28 & 29. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me), though pylon racing is somewhat popular in the US, F5D (electric pylon racing) is not so popular. Perhaps the models are too fast or too exotic. And/or there are plenty of options on the US AMA circuit. The traditional glow-powered (model airplane glow fuel) classes seem to be pretty popular in the US and have a grass roots following maybe a little the same as NASCAR. Anyway, sounds like we'll have only two or three competitors in San Diego and if that holds true, looks like I better book my tickets to Austria. I'd guess there are probably a good 25 competitors at the WC.

Anyway, the amount of time, effort, and anxiety not-to-mention expense I've devoted (not to mention encouragement, understanding and support from my wife!) makes me feel as though I'll be earning a spot on the team should I make it. Unlike many in pylon racing, though I've been flying model airplanes for years I have little pylon racing experience - I've only started pylon racing this year (state-side in AMA EF1). So I've had to work hard to "catch up" in this new venue by logging laps every morning before...Continue Reading
Posted by KRProton | Mar 20, 2013 @ 01:57 AM | 6,223 Views
I guess a blog isn't just for build logs, but can also be your R/C resume. So if I was writing my R/C resume I'd have to include my StratAir Viper F5D racer from Soaing USA. From the maiden flight on April 1 2012 to September 30 I have 114 flights entered in my log book for my Viper. I've already documented the build over in the Viper thread. If you're interested, here's a link to my first post in the thread. You can follow the build with many images and my building and flying comments from there:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...122670&page=50

Other than that, here's a cheapie "hat cam" video that pretty much explains everything else:

StratAir Viper (3 min 16 sec)

Posted by KRProton | Jul 07, 2012 @ 03:35 PM | 9,248 Views
Great Planes Siren (2 min 4 sec)


Been flying small, fast, electric planes the last few years classified as “pylon” racers (though there isn’t an actual racing class for my Great Planes Rifle and my Sunracer). I’m also flying a StratAir Viper which is configured for racing in the F5D class (though there isn’t any F5D racing in the States other than the team trials for the World Championships every two years).

Anyway, for whatever reason I became interested in the Great Planes Siren. The Siren is similar to the pylon racers mentioned above in that it’s intended for speed (sort of), only speed of a different kind--the Siren is rather a beginner “hotliner” where you fly full throttle only for short bursts climbing vertically to rapidly gain altitude, then turn the motor off and glide around. You can search for lifting air (as you would a glider), or put the Siren into a power-off speed dive silently speeding by listening to it “whoosh” past, then power up and do it again!

I guess it was the carbon fiber fuselage and the mechanical aspects such as the gear box and folding propeller that intrigued me—besides, I always like to make things a little better than they come out of the box to suit my tastes! Although the Siren was first introduced in 2005, amazingly, the Siren thread is still quite active over in the Electric Sailplanes forum here on RC Groups. The thread starts out with a well-written and informative review followed by seven years of follow-up posts:
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Posted by KRProton | Apr 12, 2012 @ 12:03 AM | 7,627 Views
I used to think FPV airplanes were rediculous - until a friend at the flying field let me look through his FPV goggles. Then I thought it was amazing and now I want to get an FPV setup (sometime in the future when I'm not spending all my time on my pylon stuff).

I also used to think night flying was rediculous - until I went to SEFF last year and saw all the amzing night flying stuff. So this year I'm prepping my own night flyer. I'm using an earlier prototype of the FlyZone Calypso EP glider.

I don't know if I'm doing it correctly or the way everybody else does it, but looks good so far. Right now I just have the wings done. Hope to finish the fuse and tail next few days.

I'm using the HobbyPartz LEDs. First I powered them off the battery lead from the ESC, but when I powered up the motor the lights dimmed some, so instead I'll be going with a separate 3S LiPo......Continue Reading
Posted by KRProton | Feb 16, 2011 @ 10:44 PM | 10,622 Views
Here's a pic of my B-25 I re covered and re painted last year. Got a few flights on it before I put it away for flying my Rifle.
Posted by KRProton | Nov 01, 2010 @ 09:18 AM | 14,071 Views
My name is Tim and I work in the R&D shop at Hobbico. The Rifle project was assigned to me in 2008 (back then I called it "the widowmaker"!). I did the in-house development including flying and modifying the design from the first hand-made prototype on. I also wrote the instruction manual. Since then I've really fallen in "love" with the Rifle and currently have six different Rifles flying with various motors from around 250 Watts up to 600+ Watts! The Rifle is pretty much all I fly right now and by now have logged hundreds of flights between the six (and previous, "deceased" Rifles).

Regarding any modifications I’ve posted and about flying the Rifle over the recommended Watts limit; you have to think of me as just another modeler. These modifications may not be endorsed by the company and could void your warranty—especially when using setups over 350 Watts. Here, I’m the same as any guy who can post on the internet, so rely on your own experience.

My aim is to encourage you to grow into your Rifle as you learn how to fly it faster and faster as your timing, reactions, skill, intuition, decision making and confidence grow.

If there are any of you out there who are interested in the Rifle, but may be intimidated by its small size and speed, I highly recommend a 2S setup using a higher kV (4800 - 5,000) motor. As documented in posts over in the Rifle thread, 2S is still plenty speedy, but lighter so it can be flown more slowly--much...Continue Reading
Posted by KRProton | Nov 01, 2010 @ 08:54 AM | 6,513 Views
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