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Posted by Steve_ | Jan 22, 2015 @ 03:37 PM | 1,974 Views
Here is a quick clip from the park today.

200 SRX Funnels and Ultra Smooth Flight (0 min 51 sec)

Good stuff, love this bird !!
Posted by Steve_ | Nov 23, 2014 @ 04:36 AM | 2,676 Views
Flying 450's in both CP and FP configurations.

Me flying the HK450 with the V913 head

Giant V911 in some wind (HK450 with V913 head) (5 min 45 sec)

Here is my oldest son flying our highly modified Blade 400 (Basically a full carbon & alloy 450)

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Posted by Steve_ | Nov 21, 2014 @ 12:24 AM | 2,073 Views
Finally replaced our aging video equipment.

I had good luck with Sony equipment in the past, so I bought another one.


Here are the specs, for those that are interested:


27x optical/320x digital/54x Clear Image digital zoom - Helps bring you up close to distant objects and scenes.

2.7" Clear Photo LCD display - With 230K pixels resolution displays images clearly and simplifies option selection.

1/5.8" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor - With approximately 2510K total pixels and 2290K effective pixels with 16:9 aspect ratio (1710K effective pixels at 4:3) lets you capture crisp still images and 1920 x 1080 60p high-definition videos.

BIONZ X image processor - Promotes optimal performance.

29.8-804mm wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens - Allows you to capture large scenes in stunning clarity.

Autofocus modes - Include auto and manual to help bring subjects into clear view.

SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode - Compensates for camera shake to promote sharp videos. The 3-way shake-canceling feature adds electronic roll stability for smooth results.

Face detection - Automatically distinguishes between children and adults, can detect up to 8 individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure and white balance to ensure subjects remain clearly visible.

Intelligent Auto mode - Analyzes your shot and automatically selects the appropriate settings
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Posted by Steve_ | Aug 04, 2014 @ 08:02 PM | 2,800 Views
Some LED's we remounted on the legs.

They used to be in the tips of the skids (which looked awesome) but after two
"rough landings" I got lazy. It takes a while to drill the holes and route the wire.

The extra holes made the parts weaker, further complicating things.

This way also works better as far as orientation is concerned, since my skid
tip mounted lights did not have blinders.

With this mounting position, the canopy blocks the other color when you see
the side of the aircraft.

P.S. I'm still figuring out how I can use this Blade 400 canopy on my 450.

Time to break out the drill...

Love this stuff!

Posted by Steve_ | Jul 29, 2014 @ 10:31 AM | 2,511 Views
Here is mine.

There are many detailed tutorials posted already, so I will just show the results.

The components were salvaged from scrap, and I even got lucky and found a high
efficiency diffused red LED that runs bright on 0.007 Amps.

You have to unscrew the antenna support to mount the LED. I think my drill bit
was 0.112".

The hole was "started" with a very sharp hobby knife, to ensure precise placement
and no damage to my beautiful case.

It cost some money to heat the soldering iron, and you have to consider the
cost of heat shrink tubing, flux and solder. (Probably around $0.05)

Posted by Steve_ | Jul 14, 2014 @ 12:53 PM | 2,753 Views
I got this one used at the LHS. It needed some TLC, but after replacing
four bearings, the tail shaft, and tail drive gear / pulley she is as smooth as silk.
The rotating assembly should allow for some nice auto's.

It's in the final stages of the pre-flight check list, and should maiden soon.

The current configuration includes the following upgrades:

Alloy head and tail assemblies
CF boom and main / tail blades
Metal gear cyclic servos Hitec HS-65MG (http://www.servocity.com/html/hs-65m...l#.U8QUvEDpiOE)
Digital coreless tail servo JR DS3400G (http://stores.aeromicro.com/jr-ds340...ni-tail-servo/)
Futaba GY-520 Gyro ( works awesome ) (http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...y520_gyro.html)
Blade 450 3D canopy and stabilizers (slightly bigger and easier to see)

Here are some pictures of the work in progress.
Posted by Steve_ | Oct 20, 2013 @ 02:38 PM | 4,581 Views
There have been so many questions about my 250 conversion, I decided
to document this build, so others can share my joy with this awesome bird.

HK250 FP Conversion Flying like a crazy person. (5 min 0 sec)

There are a million ways to build it, this is just how I did mine.

Much editing was done, so I probably repeat myself in places, so please forgive
me if I don't catch the mistakes.


Today we will shim the head to allow a mounting to the smaller 3.5mm 250 shaft.

The FX059 (E-1003) head is designed for a 4mm shaft, and requires a custom
made shim to fit properly.

Pictured are the things we need to start. ( 3rd picture )

A small hobby size pipe cutter can be substituted for the Dremel and cut-off wheel.

In a pinch, a saw with a fine tooth metal blade would work, but you would have to
clean up the edge, and you might bend the weak aluminum shim.

The super glue is so we can glue the shim inside the shaft, and the razor blade is so we
can score the shim, allowing small crevices for the glue to "grab".

Brass tubing would be stronger than aluminum, but I also used aluminum on my
larger 300x conversion and it works fine, even with the higher stresses and loads.

Aluminum is also much easier to drill, and lighter.

First, cut a piece of tubing about 40cm long. It will stick out the end of the head when inserted,
so we have something to grip, and the excess will get cut off later.

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Posted by Steve_ | Feb 28, 2013 @ 02:15 AM | 5,066 Views
Just pictures. You can figure it out from here.

Bearings are 2 x 5 x 2.5 mm.

You need a 5 mm drill bit to enlarge the bearing mount.

Shaft is 2 mm, and 35 mm long.

My CF shaft came from the canopy mount for a Honey Bee CP3.

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