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Posted by abjets | Mar 14, 2015 @ 10:45 PM | 2,887 Views
What a fantastic little bird! Thank you Dr. Brett/BBJets...and HK for bringing this little gem to us! Really enjoying the build and can't wait to get her in the air!

I'll add more detail shortly, but wanted to get some pics up for any proud owners that may want some different ideas pictures to assist in the build. Although, I must add that the components and the instructions for this speedy little jet are above and beyond most! A VERY nice product at a VERY low price...I now own a second

Added Equipment:
ZTW 25A Esc
3 Dymond D47s servos
Lemmon 6ch Featherweight Rx
Custom cut Carbon Fiber Options thanks to InvertMast...nice stuff!
Carbon fiber control rods and Du-Bro linkages
3S 1300 45C Lipo

Modifications:
NACA air intake for cooling of ESC
CF rod for Horizontal Stab
ELE Servo attachment
added modded inlet lip to fan...Continue Reading
Posted by abjets | Feb 03, 2015 @ 06:39 PM | 4,415 Views
For under $90...and some mixed reviews, I figured what the heck....let's see if we can make her fly.

Fan needed balancing, added a thrust tube and modified battery bay for 3S 2200mAh lipo. Added servo covers and gave her a few thin coats of Polycrylic.

Some CG adjustments and she flys great, certainly no speed demon and the vertical is short lived, but she looks great moving about the heavens. Added spoiler function to the AIL's and she is so very tame on the landings.

Some video:
64mm Mig 15 Last Flight of Day (3 min 35 sec)

64mm Mig 15 (FMS) (3 min 27 sec)
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Posted by abjets | Feb 03, 2015 @ 06:13 PM | 4,011 Views
Had this 'used' girl on the shelf for some time... She is all stock (old school) and simply cleaned up and tuned up...removed all of the stickers, added brass supports to the Elevon shafts, cleaned up the intake and re-built the thrust tube to 85% FSA.

Ended up giving it to my flying buddy as a gift...one of his favorite jets to fly and she does it so well!...Continue Reading
Posted by abjets | Feb 03, 2015 @ 02:55 PM | 3,486 Views
Traded a buddy of mine a couple of birds for this gorgeous beast...
I felt like she needed a bit of TLC and a complete going through as she has had many hours of fun in the skies with her last owner...and I wanted to ensure many hours of fun in the skies with me at the controls.

Basically went through everything...stiffened up the elevator and inserted CF rod into the Rudder. Re-hinged one AIL that had been damaged prior. Removed any excess weight, such as tail wheel and steering...
Added servo covers and wing tip protectors. Gave her a thorough touch up on the paint and got her a bit closer to scale look (I left the belly with the original color scheme for visibility). And finished off the painting with three light coats of Polycrylic.
Ended up pulling the old Power 15 and running an EMAX GT2820/04, a HobbyWing 60A ESC, 4S 2200 mAh 45C and turning that little 8x8 eAPC. Screaming fast!

Video link:
PZ F4U Corsair HatCam Test (3 min 37 sec)
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Posted by abjets | Feb 03, 2015 @ 02:36 PM | 3,309 Views
A wonderful flying aircraft...maybe one of the best as far as behavior in the skies.
Purchased just the airframe and added HS-55 servos all round...a Hobbywing 30A esc and a Power Up 480 Plus motor spinning numerous props, but my "go to" prop being the 9x 7.5 APCe prop and 3S 2200mAh lipos...

Had an issue with a cold solder on the motor side bullet connector...after direct soldering all wires, she is a GEM!!


Video Links: On-board cam
F4f Chasing EDF 16 (4 min 44 sec)

Head cam:
Wildcat chasing Wildcat (6 min 8 sec)
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Posted by abjets | Sep 30, 2014 @ 10:26 AM | 2,702 Views
Several things that I wanted to achieve with this build...a more aerodynamic intake and exhaust. A light but powerful set up, a fantastic scale looking bird with excellent flying qualities...

Bare airframe with CS11B fan and shroud, stock JP motor w/ cooling holes drilled in forward motor housing, 30A HW FF ESC, 2 HS-55 servos, all Du-Bro Connectors and CF rod, Callie Graphics...Foam-Tac hinges and modified ducting...

More details to come...


Video Link:
F-18 50MM Slow and Fast flight in the wind... (2 min 58 sec)
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Posted by abjets | Jul 08, 2014 @ 02:40 PM | 3,209 Views
Again...my apologies on lack of details...they will come shortly, just trying to sort through all of my accumulated photos first.

Main goal with this build is to get her somewhat light...but very fast and powered by Don's Wicked Wemo 4800Kv on 4S 1300mAh 45C.

Build includes "Dryer Sheet" glassing of Leading Edges and Scoop due to my foam eating flying field.

Flight Report: AWESOME!!! Took some serious de-tuning to really make her behave at the high speeds, very little movement needed in AIL/ELE at 100 mph :-) Will slow to a crawl...literally launches itself out of your hand. A joy to fly!

Some video:
May 16,2015
50mm SA Screamer (2 min 44 sec)

50mm 4S Screamer getting her grove on (3 min 11 sec)
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Posted by abjets | Jul 07, 2014 @ 10:44 PM | 3,903 Views
My goal was light...powerful...and to be able to easily carry a 3S 1300mAh 45C Lipo.
It worked...really well!!

For the 3S 1300 45C to fit (CG ) I moved the battery bay aft. Had to remove a bit of material on the bottom and made grooves for wires to go forward of the battery (Sat and LiPo feed). I did do a quick layer of "dryer sheet and CA to be bottom of the battery bay.

The Rx is mounted in the fuse aft of the battery. I cut a square out of the top of the fuselage to assist in placement and wiring (Silicon fastened). I did take the plastic plugs off of the servo wires and used heat shrink to protect each wire (Had to give the wires a slight bend to fit in the area(didn't have a slim Rx with plugs on the side...).

Intake was sanded smooth and exhaust received a thrust tube (95% FSA for the CS11B fan/shroud, and a J-Power stock motor).

I set up the AIL's to have minimal throw( This thing spins like a drill) and CG is at the stock position.

I used Foam-Tac for ALL joints and did add some short pieces of CF rod to both the wings and tail (not really needed for this light bird).


More details to come...

Fight Report: Next to the Screamer...this is one of my favorites. Fast, slow, well behaved and CRAZY maneuverable. Best 2:30 minutes of flying.

Some videos:
SA50mmF16 Getting her grove on (3 min 16 sec)

SAf16 OhSoQuiet (2 min 58 sec)
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Posted by abjets | Feb 19, 2014 @ 08:12 AM | 3,379 Views
Been a bit slow getting some of the details up as I was doing a lot of experimenting and sourcing of parts...but working towards a 5 blade main and a 4 blade cascading tail (rotating on the left side for more scale appearance), full lighting and the best part...easy instal and removal of the frame from the fuselage for any repairs/adjustments...more to come.

UPDATE: Lovin' this build, but ready for it to be DONE!! Almost there.

UPDATE 4/24/14: AWESOME!!! All systems go! Blades custom painted/balanced/tracked...re-zeroed swash and checked all control systems. Got rid of a small bind in max extent of tail pitch slider...tail is ROCK solid and sounds so good! Was getting frustrated with it, but so glad I kept pushing

I have some video that was shot early in the fine tuning of the frame...need a camera person for final footage in the fuselage w/ lights. The sound and smoothness of flight are fantastic...and handles the wind very well.

Here is the initial test flight footage...
MD500D Test (3 min 31 sec)


Running two 2200 3S 40C's in parallel...solid 4:30 minutes and packs are at 60%. I do notice a slight drop in "umph" at about 4:00 ...but it is a heavy bird.


Comments welcome!...Continue Reading
Posted by abjets | May 21, 2013 @ 09:25 PM | 4,640 Views
SKYANGEL T-45 Build/Mods include:

11-Blade Changesun 50mm EDF ("Factory" specs)
- Outside Diameter : 54.5mm
- Ducted Fan Length : 28.0mm
- Rotor Diameter : 50mm , 11 Blades
- Overall Weight : 66g ( Whole Unit )
- Motors : High Performance Outrunner Brushless Motor (4300Kv)
- Working Voltage: 11.1v (3S)
- Static Thrust : Around 410g At 11.1v (25A)

STOCK MOTOR FAN COMPARISON BY BENDWING(thanks!!)...

Stock EDF(5Blade)........................Change Sun 11 Blade

Bell length: 12.5mm........................................15.5 mm
Bell diameter: 25mm.......................................25.6mm
Shroud dia.: 52mm..........................................52.5 mm
Shroud length: 28mm......................................28.5mm
Overall length: 57.5mm...................................80.5mm
No. of blades: 5...............................................11
No. of stators: 4...............................................8
Total Weight: 50.3g..........................................65 .9g
***using a freshly charged NanoTech 1300mAh 3s 45C LiPo
and a Hobbywing 30A ESC:
Stock EDF 16.7A steady...............Changesun EDF 22.6A steady(29A)

OPTION #1 NOT USING THIS OPTION (Batt too small and ESC too small= too much weight!)
11-Blade Changesun 50mm EDF ("Factory" specs)
30 Amp Plush ESC
(Motor+ESC+AR6100= 107.5g Plus Thrust Tube= 111.9g BEW= 303.4g)
Flying ELEVONS(Painted and reinforced weight is 19....Continue Reading
Posted by abjets | May 21, 2013 @ 02:47 PM | 3,761 Views
USED Skyangel 50mm F-86

Carbon fiber control rods
Du-Bro linkages
Dual Aileron servo mod w/ spoilers
Intake "Mast" for AIL servo wires
"Dryer Sheet" reinforcing of intake lip, Canopy tab and battery tray
4S 1300 mAh 45C Lipo
2mm tail incidence adjustment
Thrust tube
40 amp Hobby Wing ESC
Stock motor w/ 5-blade fan

Empty weight 306.5g AUW with 3S 1300 mAh 45C Lipo 425.5g

CG @ 107mm

Some Video:
50mm F 86 Showing her stuff (3 min 23 sec)

50mm F 86 4S Fun (3 min 1 sec)
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Posted by abjets | May 21, 2013 @ 01:51 PM | 3,848 Views
Empty Weight 202g AUW with 1200mAh 25C= 261g
Carbon fiber rod stiffener under Horizontal Stab

CG @...Continue Reading
Posted by abjets | May 21, 2013 @ 01:00 PM | 3,711 Views
Skyangel 35mm F-15

Empty weight 154.3g 2 x 3s 460 mAh 25-40C AUW= 245.6g

CG @ 32mm

Carbon fiber control rods/ Du-Bro linkages/ 10 amp Plush ESC's/ Thrust tubes
Carbon fiber reinforcement for tails

Finally got set up with a video cam...after two years of flying this fantastic bird. A gorgeous weekend of flying and always fun to put some air under the wings of some old favorites. 1080HD is best...

Twin 35mm SkyAngel F-15 (2 min 46 sec)
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Posted by abjets | May 21, 2013 @ 12:35 PM | 3,742 Views
Skyangel T-45 Red Arrows Hawk

85.4 g out of the box
88.3g with 10amp Plush ESC/thrust tube/carbon control rods

3s 460 mAh 25-40C AUW=134.2g

CG @...Continue Reading
Posted by abjets | May 21, 2013 @ 12:21 PM | 3,591 Views
Skyangel F-86 Build and mods...

V1= 90.6g empty 3s 460 mAh 25-40C AUW=136.1g (Glassed nose-Destroyed :-)
V2= 86.0g empty 3s 460 mAh 25-40C AUW=131.3g
CG @ 59-...Continue Reading