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Posted by Micubano | Jan 07, 2015 @ 04:32 PM | 1,589 Views
Cal assembled most of the quad frame himself. The anti-vibration mounts were a bit tricky, so I had to help a little. We were about to start soldering when I decided we need some small bullet connectors for the motors to make it easier to change them out as we need to. It's going to be below 0 degrees out tonight so no rush on finishing it.
Posted by Micubano | Jan 05, 2015 @ 02:07 PM | 1,420 Views
Posted by Micubano | Dec 31, 2014 @ 10:54 AM | 1,174 Views
Anyone else coming to the local Fun Fly/Auction at Wyoming Valley Sports Dome tomorrow (flyer attached)? My son got a FPV vapor and profile foamy for Christmas. I can't wait to see him fly them.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 22, 2014 @ 09:43 AM | 2,721 Views
Here is a review I helped my LHS make. It is the second one of a weekly series we are doing.

Ares Optim 80 CP Review and Indoor Flight (6 min 13 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Oct 02, 2014 @ 03:04 PM | 2,785 Views
The Goblin 500 went down and in the end I determined it was the Talon 90. Then the 550X went down and I think a motor wire came loose, but I still have to check the logs on the CC Edge HV 80 to make a final call on that. My friend Bob thinks that is it the Ikon Flybarless system because that was the only item that I used from the Goblin and on the 550 I had a BEC installed. I have a 600 X kit (yes, the one for sale on RCGroups) and since I got the combo kit, I would be using the Beast X instead. So last night while talking to my daughter I nudged the box with my foot and mentioned no one was interested in buying it. She was surprised that I was selling it and then said I should build it because I told her never to give up. I love my kids. If it doesn't sell by Saturday, I am going to build it and this time all the parts are new and known to be reliable. Plus a lot of parts from the broken 550X, like the head and tail cage, will fit it because they are basically the same.

Planes are fun, but for me, nothing beats flying a heli. I'm almost at the point where I don't need to think about flying much. I have taken apart and rebuilt everything from the Nano CP X to a few 450's I have , but breaking the 500 size barrier has eluded me. hopefully the 600x will be the one. If not, there is always the 680's, 700's and bigger to try. If at first you don't succeed, go bigger!
Posted by Micubano | Sep 29, 2014 @ 11:55 AM | 1,950 Views
So my second attempt at building a 500+ size heli has also ended miserably. I checked over it for weeks and did 3 test runs in the back yard with no issues. The 3rd test was on high speed doing pitch pumps and I was confident enough in the heli that nothing would go wrong. Around the 2 minute mark I went to do a loop and the second it started I heard the motor spin down. At first I thought I didn't put it into stunt mode, but the throttle stopped responding. The only thing I can think of is a motor wire might have come loose. The motor was from the Goblin 500, so maybe it is just a bad motor. Whatever happened, I think I am done with anything bigger at this point. It is just too much money.

Blade 550X Pro - First Flight Ends Bad With a Hard Crash (5 min 27 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Sep 10, 2014 @ 09:43 AM | 2,174 Views
Well I finally found out why my Goblin 500 crashed. With so many parts broken and the battery melting part of the frame, it was hard to tell. But all the electronics survived (At least they were working) and I used them in a Blade 550X Pro. They worked during the build when testing the gearing, but then I was doing a ground test before a maiden flight and the motor cut out. I tried again and the same thing. I tried a different motor and same thing. I tried a different flybarless system and same thing. So it was the Talon 90 the whole time. That explains the total lack of control before it crashed. It also explains why only one main blade broke on impact. They weren't spinning! The Talon 90 was able to be programmed and worked on the bench, but it would not work under any real load. I emailed CC about the Talon, but I haven't heard from them yet. For the 550X I just build and 600x I am going to build I will be using the CC Edge 130 HV's. Lesson learned.

Until I pick up the new speed controllers and 2 new Pulse batts for the 600x, my first 12S rig, I guess I will keep flying the 300x, 300 CFX and 450X. I just got the 300 CFX tuned nice too. My first good flight was the one I recorded!

Blade 350 CFX - Stunt Flying and Quick Review (7 min 4 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Aug 14, 2014 @ 01:01 PM | 2,238 Views
If you read my posts, you know I crashed my Goblin 500. It took most of the Summer to get over it. This past Saturday I took the Blade 300 CFX, 300X and 450X all out for some lazy sport and mild 3D flying (in between Sukhoi SU-29mm flights) after 2 months of flight sims and just hovering slowly around the backyard.

I was surprisingly relaxed with the 300x. I even tried a crazy multiple piro flips with the tail whipping all around while it was in one place and almost pulled it off until at the end. It dropped fast while trying to end it. I was able to recover quickly, so no big deal.

The 300 CFX has a possible vibration issues because it will hover fine for a while, but then acts like I'm giving it a little left aileron at times and throws me off a little. I'm still working on that, but I have yet to have a comfortable flight with the CFX.

This was my first actual non-hovering flight with the 450 x. I started with a 10 second hover, did full 360 left and right and it was rock solid. No drifting or other issues at all. I did a few slow circles, flew inverted for about 10 seconds followed by a loop forwards and then back. What really got me going is when I went to do a stall turn. I loved doing those with the Goblin because I could get it really high while keeping the nose almost vertical. So I got the fast forward flight going, pulled back an the elevator and gave it full throttle at the same time to give it that kick into the air and boy did it just want to keep...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Jul 28, 2014 @ 10:27 AM | 2,207 Views
I loved flying up until I crashed my Goblin 500 at the end of one Fun Fly. At the next Fun Fly a few weeks later, I was jittery even just flying planes like the Yak 3X and Carbon-Z Cub. I ended up spending most of the time on the Apprentice S and my 300 X and CFX never came out of the van. So I spend the past few weeks on the flight sim and racing RC cars. Finally yesterday I took a new 450 X I picked up cheap at the LHS( out for a maiden flight and remembered how much I love flying. I tuned up the 300 CFX a little more to my taste too. It was pretty rough out of the box. Much smoother now. Then I pulled out the 200 QX for a little night flying and realized in agility mode that I had the expo at 0. Twitchy little sucker. Much better at 30% expo.

My son likes the 200 QX, but the 350 QX is just so much easier for him to fly. He credits all his time on the MSR X for making him as good as he is. It is always fun to let an adult try the MSR X, fail miserably, and then hand the TX to my 8 yr old to show them how it is done.

Now I want to get the big planes back to the field and I can't wait. Maybe this weekend....or sooner.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 24, 2014 @ 10:17 AM | 2,351 Views
I went camping over the weekend and I have taken aerial footage all over that park, so I left the GoPro and 350QX at home this time. After eating dinner at the camp site I checked my email on my phone and someone posted a comment about my footage from the park I was staying at. What were the odds?

So I scrolled down to the comment and it was from a person who used to go there all the time but now has cancer and has limited funds because of it. She thanked me for bringing back so many great memories. I read it to my family when we gathered around the campfire and I cried while reading it.

I make the videos and share them all over the place so people can share in where I am and what I am doing. But to know I made some one feel better for a little while when their life isn't going so well was really special.

I know that the federal parks just temporarily banned drones and I hope that they come up with a solution for that. As an AMA member who follows the rules, I would like to keep documenting places I visit. There are hundreds of parks here in Pennsylvania and all I want to do is see some of them from the sky.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 17, 2014 @ 01:25 PM | 2,473 Views
The Fun Fly started with this as I pulled in:

Dual Giant Scale Extra 330 SC Flying @ Fun Fly (8 min 34 sec)

I had a great time flying my new Sport Cub, Yak 3X, 300x and other stuff. I was really tired at the end of the day, but decided to take my Goblin up with the Ikon system in flight stabilization mode just to discharge the battery. A pop and some smoke later and it was on the ground on fire. It wasn't a total loss! I still have a tail cage! Time to rebuild from a new kit! I might go Beast-X this time.

Oh yeah, there was an auction and I got a Blade 300 CFX for $300! There was a DJI Vision 2 that went for $600. If I only had the money!
Posted by Micubano | Jun 02, 2014 @ 12:19 PM | 2,780 Views
It only took me 2 tries to come up with this prototype and it is pretty solid. What do you think?

Files are at
Posted by Micubano | May 27, 2014 @ 02:07 PM | 2,613 Views
I love it when dogs chase my cars, trucks and motor cycles because I know they can't catch them, but this was a first.

Aquacraft Revolt 30 RC Boat - Dogs Chasing it @ Promised Land State Park, PA (4 min 41 sec)

Posted by Micubano | May 24, 2014 @ 11:38 AM | 2,681 Views
That the Parkzone Icon does not have AS3X. At first I thought there was something wrong, so I did a fly by. Then I remembered it was always like this.

Camping this weekend with the Icon, Revolt 30 and 350 QX. Too bad I am too far from Harford PA for the fun fly there this weekend.
Posted by Micubano | May 13, 2014 @ 12:33 PM | 3,200 Views
I have 2 Helion Invictus that I love. My son's needed the clip on the bell crank put back in place out of the box. Not the easiest thing to do as the whole bell crank just wants to pop apart. That happened dozens of times before I got it. My favorite was it popped apart and one of the part hit the brim of my baseball cap and went into my soda. So when mine seemed not want to turn right I took it apart and nothing was wrong! Turns out my son let one of his friends drive mine and the kid reset my end points on the servo. Next time, I am checking the end points first.
Posted by Micubano | May 08, 2014 @ 10:43 AM | 3,232 Views
It was windy and the clouds were dark yesterday, but I wanted to fly the 300X. I had a nice stunt flying routine going and I leveled off for a quick orientation check because I lost it. Sure enough, when I gave it left rudder, the tail boom came out left telling me I was node in. I went to correct it but nerves took over. I was able to get it close enough to see the canopy and that it was still nose in and that it when I accidentally gave it down elevator and saw it heading for the ground. I hit the TH and let it slide in. I broke one main blade grip, tail fin and shaft is loose. I still have to take it apart and see what the total damage is, over 30 flights on it and that was it's first crash. So disappointing. And yet another rebuild.

Oddly, I flew the 130x yesterday the same way and never lost orientation. The 350QX doesn't even care about the wind and the lights help. Maybe I need lights on my helis to help with orientation.