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Sticky: umx RAD II
Posted by Red.Sneakers | Sep 24, 2014 @ 03:07 PM | 977 Views

Retired my first UMX Radian on August 3, 2014 after 18+ hours of flight time & many happy memories. Could not wait until next year, so I present my 'umx RAD II' placed into service on Sept 24, 2014.

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If you are interested in the UX Radian, you may want to check out my first blog.
It includes a series of links to forum contributions by others & myself.
=> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2163964

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Sep 04, 2014 @ 04:23 PM | 1,871 Views

I love my HiTec X4 Port 1s Charger. It has saved me many hours of babysitting my 1s batteries. I typically use 4 to 8 batteries on any given flying session. Used to charge them on my larger charger, 1 cell at a time. I wanted the peace-of-mind of having individual battery monitoring. For longer cell life, I charge them at a 1C rate. Enter a new heli that uses a 1s – 500mAh battery with a JST plug not covered by the X4. Not doing this one battery at a time business again plus I wanted to charge it inside a Lipo bag.

So I bought an Ultra Micro MX plug to JST, made an extension of the JST wire & now I can charge multiple batteries inside the Lipo bag. Simple solution.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Sep 01, 2014 @ 04:55 PM | 1,000 Views

Pilots of Summer Operations Crew HD (2 min 10 sec)

As background, an AMA Club member called my small Hobbyzone Champ plane a POS & tried to kick me out of the club for flying it 400+ feet AGL. Funny, last year many of us had a great time flying the Champ during our lunch break or after the big planes were done for the day. Many club members have a Champ & or have flown full scale Champs. So my wife & I thought, hum, what can we do with this? Thus was born the Pilots of Summer aka POS Team. Such a fine fleet deserves a theme song, operations crew, new planes & pilots.

Just want to take a minute to give credit to the artist who contributed to this video:
Announcer: banjoman15 => www.fiverr.com/banjoman15

For those shaking their heads, here’s a footnote: “Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a study by cardiologists at the UMMC.”

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 26, 2014 @ 03:52 PM | 1,167 Views
Today was the best day for the 2014 flying season at the Club. No pictures, just a story. I woke with a clear head & energy. Looked at the weather forecast & oh my, I must go to the Club today. Packed up La Belle Dame, Retro Junior, Champ Clipper, Champ Camo & Champ Xl Jr. When I arrived the weather was as expected. Slight breeze, no turbulence, etc. After a few hours I wondered why the ‘other’ guys had not arrived, then I remembered it was Tuesday which means they go indoor flying. Great, I have the entire field to myself.

The electricity was turned on so I could charge my batteries. I felt like I was babysitting a bunch of kids, could hear every plane saying ‘pick me, pick me’. Arrived at 09:30 & the last flight ended at 14:10 when wind & turbulence kicked in while I was flying LBD. Most horrible landing, no damage, brain fried, done for the day. When I filed my flight debrief report, I noticed I had flown a total of 2 hours of airtime. That mate, is a new record for me.

Now here is the funny story. I am flying, the sun at 12 o’clock, so not high and I hear someone approaching close to me. Cannot look so I say, ‘hello, who’s there?’ No answer & the person moves away. Well, I landed to make sure I was not being robbed blind. When I looked, the only other car in the lot is a police car starting to backup. Hum, wonder what caught his attention to make him park the car & actually walk to where I was? So on the way home got me thinking,
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 21, 2014 @ 07:48 AM | 1,247 Views

My new project is to develop a POS fleet. Ya, that’s right, the “Pilots of Summer”.
Planes will follow but I first have to commission artists to develop a theme song, secure the planes and recruit the pilots, chief mechanic & chief flight operations personnel.

The Pilots of Summer theme song is a collaboration of over 5 artists.
For some of you it may hit a cord, for others it may be a bit too ‘heavy’. Hope you enjoy it.
The Pilots of Summer fleet will be introduced in September, so stay tuned.

Pilots of Summer Theme Song HD (0 min 54 sec)


Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 17, 2014 @ 07:24 PM | 1,623 Views

The annual Red Sneakers Fun Fly was celebrated with the family
on August 17, 2014 at the Greenwood Lake Airshow in New Jersey.
My challenge is to present a gallery that captures our love for aviation.
Nothing beats experiencing our two year old G-son’s excitement seeing planes flying up & close.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 13, 2014 @ 01:54 PM | 2,327 Views

I ordered the Adagio 280 as it had a nice look. Forget those expert pilots flying it inverted, I just wanted a sport glider, a little summer thermal touring and sport flying at other times. When I opened the box I immediately re-packed it. Was disappointed it had micro components for a $180 BNF Basic. Wow, that is expensive. How can I justify the expense? Mulled it over for days and then decided it was a 56.0 in (1420mm) wing span Micro*** plane. OK, large micro plane, full house, AS3X for wind, Park Flyer, etc., so I kept it. My disappointment is the vertical stabilizer was not 100% vertical. It is molded to the fuselage & I glued in the horizontal stabilizer before noticing. Lesson learned; always check the vertical stab before gluing the horizontal stab. May fix later with a flat carbon fiber rod.

Two best pictures are included in the video.
Maiden Voyage of the Adagio 280 HD (2 min 34 sec)

*** Interesting, on Sept 15, 2014 during their Foam Frenzy Sale, Horizon Hobbies classified the Adagio as a Micro plane.

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 03, 2014 @ 12:55 PM | 1,526 Views

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From time to time, I find myself challenged with the placing the Rx module & antennas in very tight places. In the past I have taped or glued the antenna in place. Sometimes the only way is to stuff the Rx into a ‘tunnel’ either in the front or back of the fuselage. Problem I always have when doing it this way is I have no guarantee the antenna will remain straight.

Here is an idea. I bought a plastic tube used by the RC car guys to maintain the antenna vertical on the cars - no RF issues & about $1. Just cut a small piece & tac-glue the tube to the Rx. Walla, the antenna stays straight no matter how much I manhandle it.

The tube can also be used in places you want to ‘string’ an antenna maintaining your option to easily remove it.

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 02, 2014 @ 03:39 PM | 1,681 Views

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I always forget or second guess what servo setup does what
Drew up a simple chart with 4 servo configurations
Made a pdf that now is on my iPhone next to my Lipo Chart

Download the pdf below

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Aug 01, 2014 @ 06:34 AM | 1,604 Views

Knowing if your Tx & RX are working well together can save your model from disaster. With the phase-out of the Spectrum DSM2 Rx and the introduction of the DSMX Rx, we are able to get basic telemetry data from the DSMX Rx – no extra module or mods needed. I use a DX9 but a friend asked me to show him how to setup the basic telemetry for Frame Loss & Holds on a DX8. You may not have a DX8 but knowing what is in the vid, you may be able to work it out for your setup. Learn how to set up in less than 2 minutes.

Why do it? Simple, it will let you know if you have any issues with your Tx talking to the Rx. Why wait until you have a fly-away or crash. Monitor on each flight. In a 10-minute flight less than 50 Frame Loss and no Holds may be typical. Look at the file log & if you get many or consistently get them, do an investigation as to the cause. Holds are 45 consecutive frame loss (that's like 1 second of old-timer free flight) and is serious. Don't forget the 2.4 frequency is shared by many devices so flying next to a building housing many wireless devices may cause more frame loss.

The telemetry will record your flight log file on the micro card. You can transfer the file to your PC and view it using the Spectrum Telemetry Log File Viewer. A free viewer can be found at => www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=534058 Mac users please note the Mac comment.

If you have the new UMX planes or
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 11, 2014 @ 10:08 PM | 2,202 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 | 2,584 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 | 2,846 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 | 2,511 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.

May fair weather be in our future.

Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jul 04, 2014 @ 07:38 PM | 2,509 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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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jun 30, 2014 @ 08:47 AM | 2,354 Views

The work involved to maintain this list is too much. Use the "Highlighted Entries" section of my Blog to see what you may be interested in researching further.


Sticky: Retro Junior
Posted by Red.Sneakers | Jun 24, 2014 @ 08:59 PM | 4,760 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 | 2,469 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 | 2,995 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 | 3,512 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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