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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 11, 2014 @ 10:08 PM | 1,397 Views

World's Oldest Air Show ~ ILA Berlin 2014

Ever since it first took place in 1909 the ILA has been recognized as the world's oldest air show.
For those that did not get a chance to attend, here are a few of my favorite pictures.
Photos courtesy of photographer Tech Teacher.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 10, 2014 @ 11:06 PM | 1,621 Views

As more RC planes are introduced with the AS3X system, I thought I would share my own experience and those of others. If you are new to AS3X, read on. I trashed a $170 plane because I did not understand this step. Others have complained about a plane’s bad performance characteristics by not understanding this step. All the manual (I don’t need no stinky manual) says is “Keep the plane immobile and away from wind for 5 seconds.” I suggest you start with a count to 10 to account for a fast countdown & quick draw pickup.

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Initializing the AS3X: The plane can be in any orientation for the gyro to initialize, so what I am saying is even when the plane is upside down just leave it for 5 sec (10 sec), then secure the battery and go have fun.

Let’s try again ~ Initializing the AS3X: For best results, the plane needs to remain still IMMEDIATELY following plugging in the battery. After initializing the gyro, you can then secure the battery. If you attach the battery and then put it down to rest, you may get a bad result - bad results usually happen when you pause for a movement & the gyro sets before it is perfectly still.

OK, One Mo' Time ~ Initializing the AS3X: There is NO way you can connect the battery to energize the system and hold the plane PERFECTLY STILL while placing the battery in the holder. It is very simple. Yes after the 5 sec (10sec), you can pick up the plane, admire it, show folks around you, do what you want with the battery, let it hang (not recommended) or secure it to the fuselage (recommended).

Activating the AS3X: The system stays quiet while you take the plane to the launch point. Silence is golden. Before you launch, you will need to Activate the system. You do this by advancing the throttle on /off. No gyro setting here, the plane can be in any orientation & even shaken (not stirred) while you are completing this step.

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 08, 2014 @ 10:49 AM | 2,005 Views

I present my eHawkEye Weekender (the RC version of the HawkEye - Free Flight Glider).
I bought the plane while attending our son's graduation in California.
The box size made for easy carry-on travel & the color went well with my new
"Fear The Tree" hat & t-shirt.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 05, 2014 @ 06:05 PM | 1,697 Views
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Recently I encountered some heavy turbulence, so I landed where I could, walked, picked up the plane, packed up and went home to fly another day. Today is “another” day. Clear blue skies, organized air, slight breeze. Went flying for some relaxing touring flights. Clouds started forming and a little lift was being generated with no noticeable sink. After 40+ min of flight time, my neck started getting stiff so I packed up to fly another day.

We have all experienced flying in the wind . I have been looking for a good explanation of flying in turbulence & wind. Found this blog from our friends in New Zealand. It is titled “Flying in WIND”, click here. If you have been challenged flying in the wind, you may want to take a look at this excellent
Top Dog Blog.

Other Top Dog Blogs can be found here
May fair weather be in our future.

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 04, 2014 @ 07:38 PM | 1,643 Views

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I present my Champ Dreamer with streamer & sensor. Don’t change the channel just yet, I know, you’ve seen my other Champ mods. This mod has a new variation not done before. It answers a question asked by many. I enjoy flying the streamers on clear sunny blue sky days, doing sorties that are far & high. The streamers are twice the length of the fuselage, red on left & green on right. The color, size & reflection on sunny days makes orientation very easy & dreamy . At the end of an enjoyable sortie, nice relaxing flight, caught a thermal, nice landing but how high did I go?
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Sticky: Retro Junior
Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jun 24, 2014 @ 08:59 PM | 3,759 Views

I present my Retro Junior 1100mm. After a few flights: I love this plane. As they say "The #2 feeling in the world is flying. The #1 feeling is nice a landing!" Very easy to land. Flapperon will slow it down. The Ailerons Do work.

My First impressions: well boxed, well build, nicely painted, strong foam, no complaints. Repair parts are available, if needed. Love the retro balsa free flight look. The plane is heavier and bigger than I expected. Wings have a large area and large amount of dihedral. The stock plane is tail heavy. Everything screws on and can be taken apart for repair, storage or shipping. Decorated in honor of the bygone days when folks were proud of their AMA membership and displayed it on the plane.

Here's looking at you kid
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jun 08, 2014 @ 10:53 AM | 1,693 Views

The Safe Tag System is a passive ESC Lock-Out system. Very cheap to build. Easy to use.

Why use it? Have you ever left a battery in the belly of a plane by mistake? Do you have someone in pilot training and want a visual way of verifying they removed the battery? Have you ever had to scramble to see which plane has that ‘lost’ battery? Have you ever handled some else’s plane only to find out you were not told the system is armed? I know this is not for everyone. The larger the size of the batteries & props you use, the more seriously you should consider this system.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jun 04, 2014 @ 04:58 PM | 2,184 Views

Over the years I have used different methods for carrying & protecting my Lipo batteries, wing & helmet camera & voltage meters. For transportation & storage, I wanted something that would protect from accidental puncture or crushing and fend off normal heat. I saw two pilots using aluminum cases for larger batteries, each modified to suit their needs. So why not use the case for my micro & 2s batteries. I store each battery in a small zip plastic bag to protect against accidental shorting. The picture is staged, showing only one of each. I actually stuff it with over 30 batteries plus accessories. My name & contact info is on a card inside the case. The pictured case is the Da Vinci Aluminum Poker 200-Chip Case size. There are several makes, model & sizes to choose from.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | May 23, 2014 @ 09:40 PM | 2,567 Views

I just got my Pitts S-1S. I'll use it to continue my training in aerobatics. Maiden May 29, 2014 & loving it. RCG members have been posting some mods I want to capture. Check back for updates. I'll post them as I see them. Here is a series of links to forum contributions by others & myself.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | May 16, 2014 @ 09:30 AM | 2,273 Views

Two RCG readers have complained about the font size I use on my blog. One reason may be they have their PC set for a larger font so mine looks gigantic, to them. I have taken great pains to learn how to use the user interface provided by RCG. Let me tell you, it is a top-of-line system. The development team has provided us with a very powerful tool; it is a Top Dog system! I also take great pain and pride in my Blog, striving to make each Blog item fit on one screen, so you can determine if you want to read by clicking “… Continue Reading” or skip, without scrolling. I rarely link to images that end up showing up as large pictures. I attach many of the pictures, giving a neater look & feel while allowing the reader to click on it to see it larger. With over 1 million forum entries, information is scattered everywhere, so I link & cross-link forum posts to make it easy for the reader to continue doing research. All this takes time to learn, practice & execute.

So, if you ‘see’ my font as a large size, here is all you have to do on your PC. Hold down the 'Ctrl' key and touch the ‘ – ‘ key to reduce the font size. Ctrl + will make it bigger. I use this feature all the time when I encounter websites with either small or large font sizes.

Hope you enjoy my Blog. Hope I encourage you, like others have done for me, to try something different, generate an idea, learn something and enjoy the hobby even more. Most of all to have Fun & be Safe!

But please don’t ask me “What’s Up with the Font?”

Posted by Red.Sneakers | May 10, 2014 @ 06:07 PM | 3,829 Views

I love my UMX Radian aka Baby Radian. Have learned a lot about how the AS3X works and programming challenges. Here is a series of links to forum contributions by others & myself.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Apr 12, 2014 @ 12:59 PM | 2,534 Views

Disconnecting Ultra Micro Batteries ~ Just gently squeeze the sides of the connector tip and the battery will slip off with a gentle pull.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Apr 10, 2014 @ 02:10 PM | 3,064 Views

Having one fuselage with the ability to change the wings, wheels and battery to achieve different performance results is just great – lots of fun. My project has a total of 4 wings. The others will be posted as they are completed and their Airworthiness Certificate issued. So check my blog or the Hobbyzone Champ Mods forum for updates. The following wing / wheel combinations have been tested.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Apr 01, 2014 @ 06:31 AM | 2,944 Views

Tired of tearing off the paper from your bind plug? Ever leave a bind plug in the belly of a plane? Ever try to fly with one on? Here is a simple solution to help you avoid problems.

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~ remove the short laminated bind plug tab ~
~ replace with a long high visibility nylon rip-stop ribbon (I use a kite tail) ~

I shall call him "The Red Snake"
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 22, 2014 @ 09:44 AM | 3,309 Views

Looking at rare earth magnets but confused with all the terminology? N35, N42, N52 …

Here are a few links that may leave you technically perplexed but with a higher level of understanding.

Neodymium Magnet Safety - click here

Neodymium Magnet Information - click here

Neodymium Magnets Pull Strength Calculator - click here

Neodymium Magnet Physical Properties - click here

Glossary of Magnet Terminology - click here

Rare Earth Magnets ~ Wiki - click here
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 18, 2014 @ 07:33 PM | 3,022 Views

I present my Aeronca Champ NC

Runway Show ~ Video - click here

Original Build ~ Forum - click here

Questions about build answered ~ Forum - click here

I shall call him "Champ NC"
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 17, 2014 @ 04:04 PM | 3,051 Views

Calling all Champ lovers around the world. This is a gallery dedicated to show casing the proud owners of the Hobbyzone Champ.

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Add your photos - click here

60 hanger slots available

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 15, 2014 @ 12:08 PM | 3,725 Views

Screen wallpaper, soft, gentle, relaxing to the eye. Various sizes available to download. Taken Fall of 2013 over Northern New Jersey.