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Posted by Micubano | Yesterday @ 06:39 PM | 698 Views
I love my new battery charger enough to do a review of it.

Hitec X4 AC Plus 4 Port AC/DC Multi-Charger (LiPo, NiMH, etc...) Review and Tips (15 min 13 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 15, 2014 @ 08:06 AM | 799 Views
So for months leading up to Christmas I was paying off my Goblin Combo Kit on layaway. It took another month to get the most of the parts and last week I finally remembered to pick up the last servo wire extender. After hours of tweaking the Ikon FC setting to make sure I understood them, there was no reason to delay any longer. When the power cut out during my first flip, I realized I did not set some stuff up the way I though on the TX. After a little tweaking, Normal and Stunt 1 are good and need more tweaking, but stunt 2 needs a lot of work.

SAB Goblin 500 Maiden Flight & Quick Hardware Review - Near Crash (7 min 25 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 01, 2014 @ 11:53 PM | 1,176 Views
I planned to go flying today with some bigger planes at a field, but my son got a call for baseball practice. So small planes at the park it was. I took the AS3Xtra, Beast 3D, Yak 54 180, foamy, Blade 300x, and Blade 350 QX out and flew them for about an hour. No crashes, no drama., all fun.

My favorite moment was a father walking by with his kids as I was getting the 300x ready. The kid said something about the wind taking my heli away and the father agreed with him saying they were a waste. It sounded like they had a few coaxials at one point. Then I took off, immediately went inverted and starting flying circles that way followed by a lot of flips, loops and fast flying. They all stopped to watch. I don't think they were expecting a heli to be flying inverted because they kept talking about that.

Blade 350 QX Flying Over Condella Park - Olyphant, PA (5 min 47 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:26 AM | 1,053 Views
After putting off finishing the Goblin 500 for months, my wife finally asked for the dining room back. So I finished putting everything together and all the electronics are in place and programmed. All I have to do now is fly it. Unfortunately, since I started putting it together I have picked up 3 other planes and helis that take a 6S battery. Looks like I need to invest in a few more of them.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 12, 2014 @ 01:27 PM | 1,478 Views
My used Hornet 460 had a regular Go Pro mount under the canopy, so I decided to try it out an review it a little.

DualSky Hornet 460 - Regular Go Pro mount tests and review (9 min 11 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Mar 11, 2014 @ 12:06 PM | 1,961 Views
I was at a Fun Fly/Auction over the weekend and I was just there to fly...until I saw a DualSky Hornet 460 and Edge QQ. The Edge QQ was a little beat up and needed a servo, but the price was right and it came with a new ESC. I have to get some ends for the ESC wire to go into the board, but they swear it works. The DualSky Hornet 460 was a great deal at $200 RTF. I've already put 2 batts through it. I have to turn up the rates on it tonight and try some loops.

The Carbon-Z cub finally got in the air, but the collet kept slipping. I don't want to over tighten it, but I think I am going to have to or switch to the bolt on prop adapter. Maybe this weekend I will get the Carbon-Z Yak 54 3X in the air. Wait, I still have not flown my Striker 180 and the Zephyr V70 needs a test flight after all the repairs. Longer summer days cannot get here fast enough.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 05, 2014 @ 08:48 AM | 1,338 Views
All I have to do for the Goblin 500 is assemble the tail pushrod, but the weather really hasn't motivated me to do that yet. I was in the basement and saw the used Zephyr V70 that flipped and crashed in the fall during my first flight taunting me, so I spent a few hours going over it and getting it flight ready again.

after it crashed in the fall I tried taping the wings but the way the surfaces were mounted I could see that would not work. I was going to do a Foam Tac hinge, but when I redid my foamy a few months a go the guys from the local http://www.timeflyshobbytown.com store talked me into using DuBro hinges and doing a minor mod with an razor to the wings to give it full range. That worked great so I decided to do that to all 4 surfaces on the Zephyr. It seems to have worked, but I did not take the decals off to get directly to the foam. I used a little strapping tape in between some hinges to reinforce them just in case.

Overall I had to do the following repairs/mods, but now everything feels rock solid and responds like it did when I first got it at the auction.
  • Put DuBro hinges and strapping tape on all surfaces and cut a small angle on the edge of the surfaces to get full rage of motion.
  • Reinforced the tail with CF rod, epoxy and tape where that natural split occurs on the top by design because the bottom part cracked a little.
  • Repaired the one shredded servo wire with solder and heat shrink.
  • Used epoxy to reseat the plastic where the wing bolts go and put some tape around that and where the wings and body connect.
  • Used some CA around the servos that seemed to wiggle a bit.

Posted by Micubano | Jan 13, 2014 @ 09:38 AM | 1,881 Views
After putting off starting my first build for two weeks, my wife took the kids out for a few hours and I saw the perfect chance to start. I had everything set to go just after 2 PM. At some point they came home, but saw all the parts everywhere and left me alone. At what felt like midnight, I was finally satisfied with my work. I looked up at the clock and it said 1:48 AM. So it took me almost 12 hours, but I felt confident about my work. Just to be sure, I took it into the LHS and had the guys look over it. They said everything was spot on and ready to fly.

I am going with the Ikon flybarless system and Talon 90 ESC.
Posted by Micubano | Dec 17, 2013 @ 09:12 AM | 1,374 Views
Jeff Winemiller, the LHS owner, sponsored a night of racing at Dunn Racing Park (DRP) in Old Forge, PA. I've never been to an indoor racing park, so I wanted to go and bring my son. First, I had to replace the wheel hub he snapped off his Gambler when launching off the big ramps Jeff keeps at the airfield. Jeff is REALLY into all things RC. With the tire fixed, we headed out only to find out during the practice laps that the frame was cracked in half right below the steering servo. The guys at DRP set us up with a novice truck and took my son's name. I didn't realize they took it to enter him in a race and we were surprised when they called him. I told him to do it for fun, but towards the end he was taking it really seriously. He is so competitive. So here is a video of DRP, which is very impressive, and my son's first race there.

Cal's First RC Car Race @ Dunn Racing Park in Old Forge (6 min 19 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:04 AM | 1,479 Views
I had a new AS3Xtra, a snow storm coming and a chance to fly in a gym so I took it. There were about 12 kids there and when the AS3Xtra took off they all started chasing it. They were good kids. Even when I landed after each batt, they did not run over and try to pick it up like a lot of 2nd and 3rd graders do. The AS3Xtra took a minute to get used to, but by the end of the 3rd batt, I was flying between the backboards and the posts that hold them in place. I was doing snap rolls, cuban 8s, and everything I haven't been able to do because of the weather. All with the kids cheering me on with my son being the loudest. When it was all done, my wife was actually smiling. Not sure if it was the flying or the fact that I exhausted all the kids who were running trying to keep up with the plane, but she was smiling.
Posted by Micubano | Dec 06, 2013 @ 10:57 AM | 1,898 Views
My LHS recently became a Goblin SAB dealer. They got in a few 700 and 770s along with a 500. I thought they were going to sit there, but last night the 500 was the last Goblin standing. I pulled the trigger and put money down on it. This is going to be my first kit. I have torn down and rebuilt most of my fleet, so I don't see that being a problem. I can't wait to have the feel of my 300x in the size of my 500 3D.
Posted by Micubano | Dec 02, 2013 @ 02:46 PM | 1,526 Views
I decided to pack light for Thanksgiving since 40 to 50 mph wind gusts were howling for most of the week in NJ. I had the Proto X to chase kids around with, the Nano QX which somehow never was touched and the 130x for when the winds died down. I also had my laptop with Phoenix on it.

Black Friday we do not go shopping anymore and despite the massive amounts of beer I drank on Thanksgiving, I woke up feeling refreshed and immediately noticed the lack of wind. I threw on some clothes, went outside and put 2 batts through the 130x before I realized that it really got cold overnight and I left my jacket inside. I was able to get 6 flights in total and they were all controlled, crash free and full of 3D. The whole time I was flying I was relaxed.

At some point, I checked Amazon and found the GoPro Hero3 Black Surf Edition really cheap. When it warms up and the days get longer, expect more videos from me.
Posted by Micubano | Nov 19, 2013 @ 10:59 AM | 1,972 Views
I've been leaving the 1S powered part of the hangar to my son lately but with winter coming I have most of my indoor fleet back in shape. About 4 batts were lo longer holding a good charge, but I had another 6 lying around. 5 are 25c and one is a 35c. The other night at the LHS the manager, Ray, showed me the new 45C. I picked two up and didn't expect much from them. I charged them and put them aside. The next day I went home for lunch and decided to pop on in a Nano CP X. Wow, what a difference. Since I put all aluminum parts on it the weight kept me from doing a lot with it. With the 45C batt, I was flying inverted in my living room again! I took the second battery into work and gave it to Bob S. because I just sold him a Nano CP X from an auction. He asked me to pick one up because his brushless set up died and he didn't feel like changing anything over. He agrees that a brushed set up with the 45C was a lot better and close to a mild brushless set up, which made us think what a wild brushless setup on 45C would be like. Anyone try it?

Since then, I have been flying everything from the MCX2 to the nQX again, but now with 45c batts. Just in time for winter, E-Flite! Thanks!
Posted by Micubano | Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:21 AM | 1,915 Views
After finishing up clearing the fallen leaves in the yard Saturday I ran out the front door only to find that my wife went somewhere with the van and one of my new gliders does not fit into my car without the possibility of damage. The sun was sinking fast, so I decided to settle for helicopters in the back yard.

I hovered my 500 first just to drain the batteries. Then it was the 450 3D and the sun was setting fast. Now, I've noticed that the 450 350 has nothing preventing the battery from rubbing up against the motor in the past and I usually check the space between the two. Usually. I had a great nose in hover going when the white smoke started pouring out the top and bottom of the canopy. My first lipo fire! I immediately dropped it for the landing and hit the TH a second later befire iut even reached the ground.

I was able to get the canopy off before it entirely melted. It only warped at the top where the fire started a little bit. I saw the one battery wire already freed itself from the battery, so I left the 450 on its side and waited for the second and third cells to blow. The velcro melted, the servo warped enough to die and the battery deck was a little melted. I think a little sanding, some new velcro and a new servo and it will be fine. The motor looked bad, but still worked. I have a spare of the exact same motor I picked up a while ago, so I will probably swap it out to be safe. Or at least open up the motor and clean it out. Overall I thought the damage was going to be worse. I am glad I picked up two new 3S 2200s last weekend.

I am also going to create some kind of barrier with thin plastic sheet and glue between the motor and the battery when putting it all back together. The 450 3D has taken the brunt of some of my worse crashes and I'd hate to lose it to something as stupid as another lipo fire.
Posted by Micubano | Nov 11, 2013 @ 09:28 AM | 1,616 Views
I passed up on a lot of good deals this weekend at the auction. A 130x went for $85. A Vaterra Camero went for $80. I ended up getting a floor model Nano CPX for $60. The guy who won the 130x actually works at the store it was the floor model at and told me it was hovered once. I flew it when I got home and I believe him. Unfortunately, I picked up that heli for a friend whose brushless set up is acting up, so I will not be keeping it.

I have been going back and forth about getting a Radian recently, but picked up a new RX-R Calypso for $80. I got the Zephyr V-70 for $70. It needed a speed controller and RX but I had some lying around. With a 80A esc, Spektrum RX with satellite and 3S 3200 battery stuffed into the nose, it is still a hair (about 50mm) tail heavy. My son wanted the ASK for $25. I told him that is for Christmas, but I don't know if I will be able to hold out that long. I want to see it fly. I also picked up the Stryker 180 for $70 and 2 Mad Dog 3S 2200 batts for $30.

So it turned into a night of gliders and wings for me and I am not sure why. There were over 20 other things I wanted to bid on. I think part of the problem is a lot of us have flown together and generally like each other. We just let each other have stuff instead of driving the prices up. There was more than enough stuff to go around, but that sucks for the guy running the auction. I hope in the end he actually made some money because he is a great guy and does everything he can to spread our hobby locally.
Posted by Micubano | Nov 08, 2013 @ 10:14 PM | 2,883 Views
It's going to be cold, but I'm going anyway. I just hope Jeff has a nice bonfire going during the day. If you live near Harford, PA come join us! It's free! Find Winemiller Field under places here on RCGroups.
Posted by Micubano | Nov 06, 2013 @ 02:04 PM | 1,626 Views
Well, the big closet in my basement workshop with the double folding doors and shelves is filled with planes. My bigger planes and their wings are standing against the wall outside the closet. Most of my helis are now on display in my living room and the boxes for those are hidden between a wall and a filing cabinet because the previously mentioned closet is now full of planes (and jets). The top of the filing cabinet holds an Icon A5 and my foamy. My RC trucks are stacked up next to my desk. I have an RC boat in the living room, a boat on a shelf in a storage area and a boat on the floor of my daughters room. I'm glad she picked an ocean theme when we did her room. Half the dining room table has quadcopters and various part on it. I try and keep half clear just to keep the complaints down about how my hobby is taking over the whole house. And now I made a deal with someone that may end up with me either coming home with one or two expensive and large RC pieces or a whole van full of stuff all new or slightly used. That happens Saturday.

I do have an unfinished side of my basement with a concrete floor and a lot of room. It is my non-RC workshop with 2 benches, if you call horses with old doors on top of them a bench. They work for me . I recently installed all new hanging lights in there. I think some rolls of burlap to cover the ceiling joyces and some pegboards on the walls and it would be good for hanging up my big planes in.

Then again, maybe it is time to build a shed, or a garage...or steal a T.A.R.D.I.S.
Posted by Micubano | Nov 04, 2013 @ 09:46 AM | 1,691 Views
What a weekend of flying. I love my new Blade 300x! of course my LHS in Scranton had a 25% off sale the day after I bought it, but the 25% off brought the Blade 500 3D price down so low that I had to buy that too. I will be going over every part and screw of it before I fly it. You would think that after flying the 300x for a few days that I would stay away from the flybar, but I love flying everything. Well, almost everything. I took my UMX Mustang P51-D and put it in the consignment section of my LHS. I just wasn't flying it and I'd like to put the money towards the bigger brushless version that came out.

Back to flying. I started off an extremely windy Saturday with my ParkZone Icon A5. At the last Fun Fly in Harford I was having so much fun that I forgot to put the support rod through the wings. That was funny to watch, unless you were me. A little tape and glue and it was good as new. If that wind didn't bring her down then nothing will. The crosswinds on my runway (that has phone ples down the one side of it) forced me to rethink my landing. I quickly realized I parked in the wrong spot. I had to come down over the roof of my car and had 30' before I hit the trees. I pulled it off and felt great about it. That was followed by the Apprentice S 15e, my foamy, Yak 54 180, both 130x, my new 300x, the 450 3D and the Habu. By the time I got to the Habu, the winds were so bad I thought I was going to crash on take off. I did a few laps while waiting for a break and brought...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Oct 31, 2013 @ 02:56 PM | 1,925 Views
Since Thursday I bought a Night Vapor, 120 SR, Habu 180 DF, Carbon Cub SS and a 300x. I spent all the money I had saved up for the Carbon-Z Cub because there were really good sales going on. And just as I was walking out the door with my 300x today, the Fedex guy came in with a Carbon-Z Cub BNF. Maybe it will still be there in 2 weeks.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 23, 2013 @ 10:00 AM | 2,132 Views
If I am going to a field, I throw my helis in their boxes to protect them, but a lot of the time I just like to grab and go to the backyard. I have slowly been taking over a set of book shelves in the living room and waiting for my wife to say something. I added the 450 3D this past weekend. So far, not a word.

The 2 helis and one quad on the bottom shelf are my son's. I think I can get our 2 mQX on there but the 350QX might be pushing it. Right now all of our planes are in the basement.

The Carbon-z Cub will be here soon. I will be putting it together on the floor. Do you think she will believe me if I tell her it is not new? Probably not because I told her I was getting a giant scale plane.