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Posted by Micubano | Apr 11, 2015 @ 09:36 AM | 1,824 Views
I finished eating dinner with my family last night and after cleaning up, I stuck my head outside. It was still light out. Cloudy, but no wind and plenty of time to fly. Time to keep some charged batteries lying around. I did have two ready to go, so the Adagio and UMX Icon it was. The best part was how green the grass was at the field. When I was there last week it was still brown.
Posted by Micubano | Apr 08, 2015 @ 12:10 PM | 1,842 Views
Here is the latest video from my LHS. If you are looking at FPV, he goes into what options are available and explains a lot. Enjoy!

FPV Equipment Overview - What You Need to Know to Get Started (16 min 40 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 06, 2015 @ 10:21 AM | 1,307 Views
When I walked into the LHS this weekend two of the regulars were drooling over a used IMax B6 Duo with a MaxAmps 12V 575W 47A power supply. They spent too much time drooling and I picked it up with the PS for $100 as a spare. After charging my Q500 batteries ( at 1C from a balance charge in only 45 minutes, it found a spot on the charging table instead of the travel box where I was going to put it. I dedicated 2 ports on the HiTec X4 to the the E-flite 3 wire balance/charge combo leads for the backyard batteries. I didn't realize how much these would improve my charge times on the larger lipos at 1C, but if the X4 ever goes I am getting another HV charger. I have to charge a 6S 5000 mah for the CZC this weekend. I'm hoping that is under an hour at 1C too.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 27, 2015 @ 03:19 PM | 1,300 Views
Those who know me know I spend way too much time at the LHS. I was there last night drooling over the new Blade 360 CFX. Yeah, I bought the battery and started payments on it but that is a different story. There were two other people looking at it when the one guy starts talking about how he is ready for it. Naturally those of us who have been at it a few years ask him about his experience. His reply went something like "I've gotten really good at flying the 200 SRX. I can do all the orientations and I have about 12 flights on it. " . At that point we all jumped in with a big "No, this is not the heli you are looking for". He thought the 360 had auto-leveling and would fly similar to his FP, at which point we found out he hasn't even flown in advanced mode. We steered him towards flight sims and the Nano CPX which took me 4 months and 100+ flights before I could fly it controlled. And that was with the mCXP2 and MSR experience. If he bought it, I could see his first flight going like this...http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6e5_1360811236
Posted by Micubano | Mar 09, 2015 @ 02:23 PM | 2,002 Views
I was at the LHS and a guy came in looking for an escape. We had no idea what he was talking about. Finally we figured out that he meant a speed controller. He insisted that everyone calls them that online. I've been flying a few years now and have never heard it that anywhere. He went on and on about how on YouTube and Facebook people say it all the time and, of course, how he was a very skilled pilot who is knowledgeable in all things RC .

So what do you call yours? There is a poll if you click the title and open this post.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:25 AM | 1,964 Views
OK. I was hanging out at the LHS last night and a lot of Taigen 1/16th scale tanks came in. We ended up playing...
Just Playing - Taigen King Tiger RC Tank Test & FPV Quad Chase (1 min 18 sec)

I ended up coming home with the Tiger I and my son and I ran it for a long, long time. Even though mine is plastic, it works just as good as the all metal one in the video. And it's a lot lighter. I think my son would have had trouble carrying the King Tiger.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 23, 2015 @ 12:02 PM | 2,518 Views
I've been meaning to take an inventory recently of all my RC stuff. I'm not home, but I decided to see how much I could remember and put together a list of everything that is in current working condition, meaning I could grab it and go out the door. I know I am missing some things too.

Planes
Mini Vapor
Night Vapor
FPV Vapor
Champ
UMX Carbon Cub SS
UMX Beast 3D
UMX Yak 54
UMX GeeBee V2
Time Flys HobbyTown 3D Foamy
Another Time Flys HobbyTown 3D Foamy
Apprentice S 15e
UMX Icon A5
Parkzone Icon A5
Yak 54 3X
Carbon-Z Cub
Carbon-Z Splendor
Sport Cub
UMX Sport Cub S
Parkzone Sukhoi SU-29MM
Adagio 280
Edge 280
Inverza 280
UMX Radian
UMX ASK 21
UMX Habu DF
UMX MIG
Stryker 180
Popwing 1000
C-Ray 180
AS3Xtra
Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver Island Wings

Helicopters (All Blade)
mCX2
mSR
mSRX
Nano CPX
mCPX BL
130X Stock
130X with upgrades
130X Red Bull
180 CFX
300 X
300 CFX
450 3D
450 X
500 3D

Quadcopters
Proto-X (2 of em)
Hubsan X4
Pico
Faze (2 of 'em)
Nano QX
Nano QX FPV
Nano QX 3D
Blade mQX (2 of them)
Blade 200 QX
Blade 350 QX V1
Yuneec Q500 Typhoon
Syma X6 Super Ship

Ground
Dromida 4.18 MT
Helion Invictus 10MT (2 of them)
Helion Dominus 10TR
DURATRAX VW BAJA BUG
Venom Gambler
Glamis UNO Buggy
Venom 1/5th scale motorcycle
Vaterra Kalihari
Vaterra Kemora

Boats
Traxxas Blast
AquaCraft Revolt 30
AquaCraft Bristol Bay
Posted by Micubano | Feb 18, 2015 @ 01:07 PM | 2,868 Views
My wife has been bragging about my RC skills and collection to other parents during my son's basketball practice. I guess she gave up complaining after I filled the basement rooms and took over parts of two or three rooms on the first floor.

--edit--
Actually, since I've start fixing and building things, I've been applying what I've learned to fixing a lot around the house. She does appreciate that. It is something I spend a lot of time doing with my son. Plus the aerial photos are great.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 13, 2015 @ 02:57 PM | 1,702 Views
Well I picked up the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon last night, but the weather looks like I will be staying indoors for a few days. That's fine because I have to fix the DHC-2 Beaver Island Wings and get the floats on it for some snow flying.

I did start off with heli's and love flying them. The new Blade 360 has caught my eye and I am thinking about getting one. The problem is where to put it. It might just fit on a shelf.
Posted by Micubano | Jan 07, 2015 @ 03:32 PM | 2,049 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 @ 01:07 PM | 1,853 Views
Posted by Micubano | Dec 31, 2014 @ 09:54 AM | 1,613 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 @ 08:43 AM | 3,233 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 @ 02:04 PM | 3,191 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 @ 10:55 AM | 2,382 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 @ 08:43 AM | 2,598 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 @ 12:01 PM | 2,632 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 @ 09:27 AM | 2,590 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(http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLADE-450-X-...-/321417672402) 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.