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Posted by GBLynden | Yesterday @ 11:38 PM | 68 Views
This video features my buddy Tom flying his Tower Hobbies Millennium Master EP RC Plane. It is a nice little flyer as demonstrated by this fun flight for Bill and I. You can hear us both in the background throughout the flight.

Tower Hobbies Millennium Master EP RC Plane Fun Flight (4 min 12 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Yesterday @ 11:07 PM | 76 Views
Working on another UMX PT-17, this is the Test Flight of my experimental 1S UMX PT-17 Conversion to my rendition of a UMX PT-23A.

Eflite UMX PT-17 Conversion to a UMX PT-23A "Pegasus" - 1S Test Flight (3 min 26 sec)

RC Groups Initial Blog Write-Up Process with Photos:

Using the 2nd UMX PT-17 "Pegasus" in my fleet, I've decide to experiment with her as a test candidate for my UMX PT-23A Conversion. Being a single-wing Primary Trainer, she is a much faster 1S UMX Plane vs. the UMX PT-17 due to the reduced drag from the lack of the Top Wing. Although she has one less wing, her floaty and slow flight characteristics are still prevalent with this Conversion.

As most of the fields I fly at are currently encased under snow and ice, I chose to fly at the nearest thawed Track and Field location. Conditions at the field at 3:55pm were at a frigid 11 degrees F. Wind conditions were very mild with an average wind of 2.5 mph and a gust range of 3.9 mph. Using (2) of my Miniaviation 1S 3.7V 220MAH 45C Lipos, I was able to get 1-2 minutes of flight time out of each battery, as I normally would reach 5-6 minutes per flight. The chill was quite numbing to my fingertips and slowed down my tactile feel and reaction time. However, my newly converted UMX PT-23A was successfully airborne and flying smoothly and responsively, with an excellent roll rate due to her newly installed dedicated servos...Continue Reading
Posted by SuperAijaz | Yesterday @ 10:41 PM | 97 Views
Hi All:
I am having issue when trying to upgrade the firmware of my CC3D board . This is the first time I am going to use this OpenPilot CC3D board. After I click on the Upgrade (erase all settings) it gives me this message, ""Time out while waiting for a board to be fully connected. You will have to manually upgrade the board using the uploader plugin". Because of this error I am not able to setup configurations of my CC3D for my quadcopter.
Please see the attachment for the screen shot. Anyone have any advice?
Posted by kiwi_craig | Yesterday @ 08:25 PM | 178 Views
decided tav the V977 needs more speed, following Remlen's advise i've decided on the following;

there is a big tail motor which mates nicely with the v931 tail blade. good match to the longer 931 main rotor blades. trim to 42mm - 45mm to suit

remain suggested a heavier wire gauge so going to try this

can probably fit the stock tail motor holder but these look way better

and get the blink CF fin to match or miracle mart has the blue 911 tail fines for 99c, looks like it w=should have been on there from the get go........

going with the extreme swash

got CF drive shaft, they grip the drive gears way better.... but do eventually fatigue out, grab 2.....

and the 9t gear (need loctite retainer compound as its a loose fit

good looking set of mods, bits on the way !......

Remlen's Russian site is well worth translating, lots of good information there.
Posted by Cap'n Krash | Yesterday @ 08:12 PM | 181 Views
Decided to take a stab at changing the faceplates on the Taranis to something a little bit more interesting. Overall it was fairly easy. Did not require any soldering with the method I used.

If you like the faceplates they are custom hydro-dipped by godspeedseven on RCgroups.

Here are some links to guides I used:

Frsky Taranis X9D Plus - Case Swap. Part 1 of 2 (8 min 47 sec)

I did run into one issue at the end of the swap. My taranis would startup, but was stuck at the splashscreen and would not power down unless I pulled the battery out. This happened because the exit button was being pushed down due to how I originally glued in the button inserts. Re-gluing the inserts fixed the issue and exit button now functions normally!...Continue Reading
Posted by accel8or | Yesterday @ 07:57 PM | 167 Views
Multiplex needs to upgrade their Funcub.

They should start with the same basic airframe, but make the aileron surfaces much bigger, along with a larger elevator surface and larger rudder, with 45 degree throws all around.

The v2.0 Funcub should also incorporated a 4s motor & esc.

This should fill a niche created by the gas-powered 3D Hobbyshop Bigfoot.
Posted by Gimbal Guy | Yesterday @ 07:31 PM | 195 Views
After eye balling this quad for months and months, & at first I was in love with the 180mm Skink which of course I still am, but this 250mm frame that can fit 2204 motors and spin 6 inch props is such a crazy setup I had to own them both!!! Built buy Sector 3 Research, the design and look says it all!!!
SKINK 250mm (2 min 26 sec)

#modelreviews #diy #250mm #racingdrones #sector3research #gimbalguy
Posted by punkindrublik | Yesterday @ 06:01 PM | 260 Views
Deals galore and still adding more

Don't forget the codes below in addition to our Black Friday Category.

Posted by Drone Minds | Yesterday @ 05:37 PM | 291 Views
I'm always trying to learn how to fly better and not rely completely on GPS, return to home and the FPV screen, so I don't panic if the autopilot systems fail to work.
I'm by no means an expert pilot, and probably put myself a bit above novice so far.
I think a lot of people buy their drone, Phantom or Yuneec or whatever, and just hover about taking pictures and videos without taking the time to really get to grips with flying, which is what I'm trying to do.
This probably won't be a mind blowing video for anyone who's already good at flying, but if you're totally new like I was a few months ago it might be interesting?
Improving Drone Flying Skills with Yuneec Q500 4K (2 min 51 sec)

Posted by Hansondiandian | Yesterday @ 05:12 PM | 247 Views
Here is one of the two demonstrators from the current JHAC Aircraft Improvement Project (AIP)

JH-P2A2 "Wedge" UPA
JH-P2A2 Project flying wing UPA (4 min 57 sec)

The JH-P2A2 is the direct derivative of the JH-22A SurfWing UPA. Although they both share the same base, the P2A2 outplays the SurfWing with several innovations:

1. Stress-eliminating 3-piece integrated base airframe
2. Lighter empty weight (EW)
3. Heavier All Up Wieght (AUW)
4. Unnecessary components eliminated
5. Widened rear-central panel
6. Larger vertical stabilizers
7. Smaller control surfaces for more stability
8. Slightly slower maximum air speed

After all the P2A2 is a rigid, super-stable flyer for both recreational and commercial operations.
Posted by David Hogue | Yesterday @ 01:22 PM | 395 Views
This is a story thats been reposted many times on the internet, but I was reminded of it the other day and decided to post it in my blog. It was written in the point of view of a judge named Bruce Cameron:

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Recently I was honored to be selected as an Outstanding Famous Celebrity in my Community to be a judge at a chili cook-off because no one else wanted to do it. Also the original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's table asking directions to the beer wagon when the call came. I was assured by the other two judges that the chili wouldn't be all that spicy, and besides they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted this as being one of those burdens you endure when you're an internet writer and therefore known and adored by all. Here are the scorecards from the event:

Chili # 1: Mike's Maniac Mobster Monster Chili

JUDGE ONE: A little too heavy on tomato. Amusing kick.
JUDGE TWO: Nice, smooth tomato flavor Very mild.
CAMERON: Holy smokes, what is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway with it. Took me two beers to put the flames out. Hope that's the worst one. These people are crazy.

Chili # 2: Arthur's Afterburner Chili

JUDGE ONE: Smoky (barbecue?) with a hint of pork. Slight Jalapeno tang.
JUDGE TWO: Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously.
CAMERON: Keep this out of reach of...Continue Reading
Posted by Libelle201B | Yesterday @ 12:19 PM | 433 Views
Really excited, the hand launch test flights went perfectly, flew strait as an arrow with about 4 clicks of down elevator to get perfectly flat launches (the elevator was slightly up to begin with). 0-0 incidence was the design. CG seems quite fine, at almost exactly 30% mac with no nose weight needed, gotta love that long nose moment. Off to the Hill tomorrow.
Posted by Crazycanuck_r | Yesterday @ 12:04 PM | 443 Views
Hello all,

Going into the DIY side of things I want to document my first build. I have been flying for two years and enterining into my third year I thought it was time to dive into the DIY sude of things. I am going to try to keep this build cheap as I have my passions and need to consider them as well. Like the Bobber chopper I'm building called "project cheap trills" this project will have much the same focus.

In my first year I flew a Hudsan X4 H107D and just about a year ago I purchased the Q500 from Yuneec for APV. Now I want to build a fast FPV 250 size quad for my DIY experience.

To all the people who have been helpful over the past couple years I would like to thank them. I hope to continue to learn so much more this year with this natural next step of building m own quad.

For this build I've chosen to buy 2 of the H King 250 color frames (black and red) as the price was right.

For motors I will be running the Multistar Mini Monsters.

ESC's I will be using are BL Heli Opto SN20A

AfroFlight Nase32 for the flight controler

Some connectors and other things like shrink tubing (way too big oops) ordered as well are all outline below from my order list.

Also I will be using a Turnigy 9X for my first transmitter.

9366000061-0 1 H-King Color 250 Class FPV Racer Quadcopter Frame (Black)

206000045-0 4 DYS 20Amp Micro Opto BLHeli Multi-Rotor Electronic Speed Controller (BLHeli Firmware) SN20A

9171000578-0 1 AfroFlight...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Yesterday @ 10:23 AM | 507 Views
...that Sportwagon Jr. was the last Model Aviation article published by Jack Headley? The August 1983 issue was unique in that many of the photos were in color. Lisa Headley displayed the model while sitting on a wall. This is a park flyer version of the original Sportwagon that Jack recalls in the article. Jack gives us another glimpse into his pre-USA days with information from when he was in college. His modeling interests then were to compete in all disciplines (of the time) it seems.

If it were not for Jack's occasional snippets of information it would not be clear exactly how much diversity Jack had in the modeling world. He was the embodiment of Sport Flying, but enjoyed the gathering of peers for competition as well. Initially intending to build the original Sportwagon, Jack's own words tells the story the best.

A friend in Toronto happened to have a copy of the original magazine, so I prevailed on him to Xerox a copy for me (thanks, Mike). Then I set about scaling it up.

However, as usual, my grasshopper mind took a left turn. Rather than remaking the full-sized bird, I decided to produce a single-channel version to fly in my local park. This single-channel model is the subject of this article.

Jack intended to take the magazine view of the plans and redraw them to full size. His version differs in a few ways and I will let you investigate those as a homework assignment. As our RC tech today has advanced, Sportwagon Jr is an excellent candidate for our...Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Yesterday @ 05:26 AM | 885 Views
The Bezos mobile was a long time coming. Behind the hype over's neverending losses was an obscurity called Amazon Web Services. Unlike the headline store, AWS was churning out billions in passive income from nearly the beginning. Almost the entire internet has been hosted on AWS servers. Today, AWS contains most of the computing power in the world, an obscene amount of clockcycles which can't possibly all be dedicated to web pages.

While never announced, AWS probably makes a lot of money from government code breaking entities. It allowed Bezos to fund his own space program in complete secrecy, with no official government aid.

Going vertically to 62 miles & recovering all the components was quite a stunt, but without much point. It's been done horizontally, forever. Spaceship 1 went 7 miles higher. A fully recoverable system using today's technology can't be scaled to orbital flights, whether vertical or horizontal. Some expensive parts must be discarded.

No details of the Bezos mobile have ever been released, but it's probably similar in efficiency to the Delta IV. All Kiwipedia could gleam is the Bezos-3 engine uses the mane combustion chamber to feed the turbopumps instead of using a separate gas generator. It's the 1st time a cryogenic engine has emerged from purely private funds. With the debut of government money, he plans on developing another cryogenic engine using liquid methane.

Reading up on the Bezos mobile revealed a nugget about...Continue Reading
Posted by kiwi_craig | Yesterday @ 04:52 AM | 897 Views
The stocker bounces all over the place, the rear springs are to stiff it seems and no oil fill....... swapped in some nice oil filled shocks from hobbyking.

Springing is allot lighter, these are smooth as silk now.

And with decent rear control the front doesnt seem as bad ? But Now to sort something for the fronts and really get it floating smooth as