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Posted by PGregory | Feb 01, 2016 @ 10:47 PM | 1,685 Views
One thing I came across while reading the manual I downloaded for the Spektrum AR6100e Rx is that it explicitely said to only use for park flyers. I presume this was due to limited max current draw to larger servos. Perhaps there might be a range issue, too.

But is better to be safe than sorry, so I immediately ordered 2 OrangeRx R720X V2 receivers + satellites. I ordered the SBUS version versus the CPPM, which makes not much difference to me since I won't be using these 1 pin mode signaling interfaces on a plane. But, SBUS is newer and who knows, maybe I will end up selling to multi rotor guy. The Rx's come with telemetry, too, I guess.

I had read about the full-range capability of the 720x receiver after hearing that brownouts at NEAT Fair last Fall seemed more to do with full- versus park- range receivers than DSM2 vs DSMx. I have a bunch of 615X's which are not full-range, come to find out.

As I sat on HobbyKing website perusing the details of the 720x, I got an offer of about $1.50 off the $20 price, so I ordered 2. Now, there weren't any listed as available from US warehouses, so I had to order from International Warehouse. I only paid something like $4 shipping, something that has worked for me in the past one or two times. It did take 45 days to get to me, but I have other receivers I can use in the meantime.
Posted by PGregory | Feb 01, 2016 @ 10:05 PM | 1,632 Views
Here are a couple of the most interesting of my latest acquisitions: 1) a plastic Cox PT-19 Trainer C/L for this year's International Cox PT-19 Fly It If You Got It Day, date still TBD, and 2) an as-of-yet unidentified, Enya .40 powered trainer that I won on eBay for $35.

The first acquisition involved an hour drive upstate on last Friday to a half point location with the Craigslist seller. The plane had never been flown, it seems. The engine may have been bench run. It is the late-model .049 with the double slits for exhaust ports, presumably to thwart dirt getting into the cylinder - in the aftermath of a crash, I guess.

The .40 trainer took a 1.5 hour drive to NJ, and was flown right up to recent days by the owner. It had been updated by the owner, with advice from his club buddies, and looks to be very flyable. Not the prettiest, but it has been refined through some upgrades to probably fly very respectably. The owner had replaced the center metal gear servo for ailerons with individual slim wing-mounted servos for each aileron. Also, the elevator servo is mountd back on the side of the fuselage, which shortens the control rod.

My timing with building and flying seems to be improving as these early days of 2016 get noticeably longer.. My work has settled down a bit where there is more routine and less unexpected each day. I should be able to get into a routine of delivering on my building and flying aspirations now. Ididn't hit RCG build deadlines, O the...Continue Reading
Posted by PGregory | Dec 18, 2015 @ 11:35 AM | 3,024 Views
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See below for periodic updates on news about the FAA regulations.

Well, it took just over a month for signs of relief on the "drone" issue we the RC-flying public have with the Dec rulings by the FAA. I take this as a hint of progress - the article brings up some of the items I brought up with my Congressional Rep when I called a month ago.
FAA Reauthorization: Should the FAA Be Privatized? (I.e The FAA has no clue to what it's doing, has not control over its spending.)

These laws are onerous, horribly conceived, a last minute / last gasp measure by a confused agency, and wrought with inconsistencies. You know, Obamacare quality.
I wouldn't over-interpret the contents of this article, but it does seem like there may be a force that the FAA will have to reckon with. If nothing else, the FAA has brought the world of RC flying down on itself through careless operations that lead to the rules we now live under.

I support the only lawsuit against the trampling of freedom and destruction of quality of life this FAA reg represents, that I am aware of at this point.

I also fully support regulations on certain forms of RC.

If you fly traditional planes, heli's, multirotors, within LOS and no greater capabilities discussed below, then the AMA rules are sufficient, and the FAA should accept.

1. Add a camera
2. Add FPV
3. Add GPS
4. Add autonomous capaility
5. Fly BLOS
6. Fly...Continue Reading
Posted by PGregory | Dec 09, 2015 @ 07:54 PM | 2,142 Views
The days sure are short right now in NY State. I joined the electric-only club in my area and they hold indoor flying at a middle school gym once a month, about 15 miles away. Pretty convenient. I got an FPV Vapor, used, to fly with them this winter. Well, it was pretty hard to see in my front yard with only the outdoor porch light on. So, I watched for a used Night Vapor and got one here on RCG pretty cheap. I have now flown about15 of the last 20 days. It is amazing how still the air has been here. We haven't had much cold weather, nothing to complain about. I am getting 25 to 28 minutes on the 1s 150mAh batteries. Very relaxing evening, with 4 feet to travel out my front door. I am going to be able to hit my "fly at least once a month" target, no problem. I have three weeks of vacation after about the 20th Dec and hope to be able to complete my Duranita, which I started right at the end of 2014. Once the nice weather hit in March/April 2014 I got away from the bench.

Well, if you want to fly every month, get yourself a Night Vapor. You could almost achieve "fly every day" if so inclined.
Posted by PGregory | Nov 15, 2015 @ 06:11 PM | 2,541 Views
Got an FPV Vapor flying outside this eve in the dark. I bought used from seller here on RCG who sold without the FPV stuff - fine by me. I wanted an indoor starter plane because I joined the Mid-Hudson Model Masters. I mainly hung out last indoor season with them, then hit their meetings at their fair-weather outdoor field a few times over the summer. All electric club.

I got the plane flying no problem. It came in the original box and packing so it was very secure. It looks like the wing is shoved as far forward as possible and I had the battery as far forward too, taped it in. May still be a little tail heavy but was definitely within scope of flyability. With the bright LED on the RX brick I was able to use my porch light and light from garage floods - kept flying into the illuminated area and out again. Definitely had to grab my distance glasses though - wow it was murky without them.

I kind of binged on planes lately including a profile GEE BEE for .40, a new Dare UC-78 kit, a little 1.2a Sig Thunder Jet CL job off ebay. I need a real hangar, now.
Posted by PGregory | Nov 08, 2015 @ 11:15 PM | 3,564 Views
Well, last weekend my Echo PB251 Leaf Blower had something serious happen to it and it stopped running correctly. This is only the third season and how much use can a leaf blower get - this might have been its seventh use over a little over two years.

It was running perfectly fine - the worse thing that has ever happened is I've spooked myself that there was something wrong with the engine when all it was was that I forgot to turn the ignition switch on.

All I did was lay the engine down on the grass, turn off the ignition, rake a little, and then try to start it again. I noticed immediately that there was something funky in the throttle trigger - it had gotten gooched somehow, just by placing it on the ground. THen, the engine wouldn't run for more than fifteen seconds in any configuration of throttle and choke. It would run for 15 seconds and die.

I took the blower to the shop about a mile away that I originally bought it from. Suspicious that they stopped selling Echo brand and had moved to something else, is what I noticed when I walked in the shop. I fetched the blower and showed one of the partners the symptoms. I was glad they stayed open til 4 on Saturdays. I mentioned to him that it isn't often two unrelated things go wrong at once. The funky mechanical thing going on with the throttle rotor sticking when I depressed the throttle trigger, and the seriously rough / short runs I got.

He estimated it would take $100 to figure things out and I don't deny...Continue Reading
Posted by PGregory | Oct 10, 2015 @ 07:58 PM | 2,706 Views
I accidentally won a Hobbico Hobbistar 60 with this engine on it, on eBay. You take your chances bidding on these specimens site-unseen. The plane was in very good shape when I picked it up today - except I was concerned when I got to the car with it and turned the prop. I was hit with a bit of chill down my spine when it felt really crunky as I turned the engine over. Were the bearings shot? Worse.
Well, I resolved to give it the typical treatment I give these used engines when I get them. I was very motivated, high tailed it home (2.5 hour drive) and pulled it out of the plane, immediately. I removed the muffler and hit it with after run oil right in the exhaust port, into the carb, and around the prop shaft. It felt mildly better. So, next I hit it with the heat gun. Just a minute or two heating it up started making it feel even better. So, I threw it on the Dave Sexton test stand (highly recommend) and cranked it down really tight. I used 10% nitro / castor-synth fuel, not the 4S fuel I have because that would have meant actually going down in my basement and coming all the way back, when the 10% was sitting right there. I wasn't planning on running it at all hot. I took a guess this engine was left exactly as it ran the last time it flew. Didn't even touch the NV. I gave my igniter a little charge - I normally keep it full charged - then started flipping the engine. It gave a telltale kickback, first. I gave it about a dozen flips with a chicken stick, which is about...Continue Reading
Posted by PGregory | Oct 08, 2015 @ 12:59 AM | 2,904 Views
This entry is a reference to contests I enter(ed).
I'm not sure I shouldn't put this entry in as a Rant (against myself for not completing several models for RCG contests.)

Maybe there will be a chance to complete them for another contest.
I needed to record where the current/past contests I entered are found here in my blog because I have to go hunt them down each time.

6. Afraid to say I have had 0 projects finished on time. This is the season to catch up. I will get all of the projects done - none are too difficult. Since I never started the Miss America I re-entered it in the new 50 Plus Build Off (1 April - 30 Sept 2016).
A new Build thread for it:

5. YOBBO - Year of Birth Build Off, Del Gatto Fairchild 24K FF
Ends 31 Mar 2016

4. Complete a Project in 2015 Build Off, Duranita
I may be able to finish my other planes under this contest, too.

3. BBCC6 - 36" Midway Models Miss America, FF to RC not sure whether I will go electric or slimer on this- maybe diesel.
Contest ended 30 Sept 2015

2. Scale Build Off 4, Guillows Stearman to electric
Ended 15 July 2015

1. AMPLAN Build Off, Duranita
Ended 31 March 2015
Posted by PGregory | Jun 26, 2015 @ 06:12 PM | 2,795 Views
Hmm, I wanted to post a short video of the OS FS .26 I bought from Tucci here this week on RCG. Made some blocks last night to mount the engine. It was supposed to rain today but was fine, instead. I guess you are not allowed to post videos in your blog???

I was testing a couple of different fuel tanks, and really just wanted to get the new-to-me engine running for comfort's sake.

Tucci made it easy because in his sale advert here on RCG he included his own video. That makes me way more comfortable buying an engine.

Looking to put this in a slow poke or Lazy Bee, not sure yet. This may be a little on the heavy side, have to see.

I have a really really nice engine test stand from Ron Sexton, in fact I asked him to autograph it!
However, I cobbed this test stand together last eve in about an hour, than took about an hour today getting the tank set up, etc. to get the engine running. Not quite a looker, yet (until I clean it up a bit) but purrs so nice, as 4-strokes do. I was also not revving the engine up too much because neighbors were eating dinner outside, next door - can't press my luck(!)

Anyway, here is the first post on a new Youtube channel I created just for model aircraft and stuff - Welcome To CrossThread Aero Industries...

Testing the OS FS 26 - First Crossthreads Video (0 min 20 sec)

Poughkeepsie Pete
Posted by PGregory | Mar 02, 2015 @ 12:05 AM | 4,110 Views
Refer to my build log for the Duranita, but I thought I would show how far I am with the build, here on my blog. This, after 2 months expired from when I actually got serious and started building.

I already built the lower wing which was very straightforward. Photo below.
It didn't even have dihedral that adds a complication.
All spars straight thru.

However, the upper wing is a gull configuration.
So, has a flat, sheeted center section, two bays of lift from that surface at 14.5 degress, then the easing down of the outer panels to get a finished 5 degrees gullhedral.

I spent a lot of time working on a mitered "2D" scarf joint for the main spart that will bring a lot of strength and rigidity to the multiple joints in the upper wing.

Used a fixture I made to get the proper angles cut on my little Dremel table saw, which has been uber-handy for this build. I rip my own sticks from 3" or 4" x 26" stock. If i have an "oops" I just cut another one. I stocked up heavily from local hobby stores like Hobby Lobby (turns out very expensive), Michaels, and a store found on the US east coast, AC Moore. Each has 40% discount coupons every day for one full-priced item. That means I have to make daily stops - not too hard as they are generally on my travel pattern.

Here is a photo of the center section getting mated to the right, outer section. With a little sanding and fine tuning I had the the scarf joint really dialed in - just the natural friction was able to hold the wing out, without even gluing it. Yet, very light. This was a technique well worth figuring out - I will be using it in the future. I am exactly on schedule to finish for the AMPLAN build-off / contest that ends this month.

Finished model will be finished in translucent red and white, a color scheme I saw on a Powerhouse on RCU.

Posted by PGregory | Dec 30, 2014 @ 11:10 PM | 3,789 Views
Plans for my new build 115% Duranita founder here:

At first I thought I would increase the size of the plane from 43'ish inch WS to 50" - just to let it have a 50 inch WS - arbitrary.
Turns out this is the limit to enlarge to before two sheets of 3" wide balsa glued together edgewise were not large enough. A photo is shown below.

My build thread for this, which is part of the AMPLAN buildoff, is here:
Posted by PGregory | Nov 12, 2014 @ 10:03 PM | 5,180 Views
1. Brooklyn Dodger

2. Lanier Stinger 10

3. Great Planes PT-40

Photos taken off the internet - guys in photos are not me!
Posted by PGregory | Nov 08, 2014 @ 09:54 PM | 4,663 Views
Here's a photo for the member looking for a copy of plans for this airplane.
I bought the kit partially completed and the gent I bought it from had about 3 years of accumulated artifacts (i.e. junk) on top of the plans when I went to fetch them, some of the things being oily or greasy engine parts, etc. Nevertheless, it was a good acquisition, and I picked up a pristine Stinger 10 kit and a pristine Sig Clipped Wing Cub kit at the same time from him.

Anyway, Not sure if my local Staples would want to put this through their scanner.
Posted by PGregory | Nov 01, 2014 @ 10:14 PM | 4,274 Views
Well here in NY it was actually fall-like today - some people might miss the beauty in such a day but there was a time a day like this I would be on my bike, out fishing, maybe even in my canoe. Part of the day was putting the boat into hibernation at the county fairgrounds, where I store it until April.

I officially am in build mode, as of today, after 6 months of learnin' up and buyin' up. I have a host of engines to get into plains, with a few electric systems also along the way. I've learned that net-net electrics and fuel benefits/detractions zero out - I have the habit of uttering the mantra now "It's all good."

To be true to my original plans, I'm backtracking a bit and just printed out the RCM 1/2A Basic Trainer. My absolute favorite sport has been zig-zagging around - thanks to Steve, there - and even broke the ice and contributed two plans. Now, I have my eye out for plans Steve doesn't have and I will be uploading 5-6 next week. I have to get them scanned.

I'm stuck a little bit on capabilities - my build shop has been a bit too fluid and I keep getting interruptions. I still haven't spun a cowl on a lathe yet , and I haven't cut metal for the Twin Cox Golden Bee design. But I found a guy that build his own engines and I am going to have him show me a thing or two - maybe get him to cut the parts I need and teach me a bit. Too bad milling machines are so expensive - just isn't part of my spending profile right now.

However,...Continue Reading
Posted by PGregory | Jul 17, 2014 @ 11:37 PM | 4,358 Views
On a two different levels, I am on a trip of Great Circles.
On the big scale, I have returned to the joy of my early years in modeling, when I was around 10'ish or so. In April, what started as an innocent buy on HK of parts for a cheap foamie, and a move forward into the world of 2.4GHz Spektrum DX6i off ebay, I got totally hooked in this hobby again.
On a small scale, I am on a circle to get back to the Fun Jet by SNice - I am committed to finish one and get it flying super - like SNice's video - by the time the first snowflake falls.
On the path back to close this seasons loop, I just printed off plans for a 66" Cessna UC-78 / AT-8 / AT-17 / T50 / Bobcat / Bamboo Bomber (too many major versions of this plane(!))
I have 5 or 6 completed FliteTest $TFB (Adam's Readiboard) planes, of which two have to be maidened. I have binged on used glow engines off RCGroups and eBay - great deals abound. Glow Is Not Dead! I just went to the metal shop where I live and got a 6'x2' piece of 20Ga steel to use as a building fixture base for the Bobcat. My mini-workshop is pretty outfitted as I also binged on getting all the tools that make life easier in the shop I couldn't afford as a kid.

I listed this entry as Rave because I am so keen on this "hobby." Not because of any one product I would like to rave about, but the fact that there are so many levels of this hobby that it isn't really a hobby.

On my path back to building SNice's Fun Jet, I am building three 1/2A Basic trainers, RCM 748 plans. I'm putting two R/C engines in two of them, and the other will be an electric. I am planning on installing ailerons and using 5g servos in the wings. If I find I have some available lifting power I want to add flaps, as well - in the 50" design. I'll follow with build logs of everything.

Well, Cheers for now -

Peter from Poughkeepsie
Posted by PGregory | May 12, 2014 @ 09:29 PM | 4,866 Views
As the title says, instead of my first intentions of a "cheap" re-entry into the new-to-me 2.4Ghz RC world, after about 5 or 6 weeks I find that I am, as the title reads, All In. The fever has taken over.

I used to design and build things for a major US copier company. Then I got into the business side of things and left the bench behind. And, now I find the satisfaction of designing and building again thru RC. Its kind of like getting a fix of the engineering environment I lived in for 12 or 13 years. All those specs you have to match up, all those parts to spec out and order. Love it.

I also discovered that over the years my interest in flying RC was pretty much always there although my other many hobbies took precedent over really satisfying that need of build-em, fly-em, fix-em, fly-em, fix-em.... You get the idea.
In a future blog I will tell you about the collection of planes I accumulated in good faith that I would jump into the lifestyle time after time, again. I recollected them all over the last few days from different storage places where they had been sitting collecting dust. Two decades of impulse buys on ebay.

As part of my initially simple plan, I am now enabled to take the construction task of the SNice AirHogs Titan Sport Jet. That thing flies so great, it looked like it was carving butter. I am shooting to figure out a direct and straightforward method of using EPO to create the duct. Let's see how little work and time I can get it to,...Continue Reading
Posted by PGregory | Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:00 PM | 4,901 Views
Yes, this is my first blog entry.

I find myself here on this site because I was initially mesmerized by one of SNice's sleek Air Hogs Titan Chuck Glider Sport Jet conversion videos I found on youtube. I flew these type chuck gliders all the time when I was a kid in the '60's and '70's. They weren't as detailed as the AHT's but I probably had a dozen of them over time back then.
Some of that experience, as well as living under the flight pattern of the local county airport, impacted me enough to eventually get my private pilot certificate.

Well, under the guise of buying three AHT's for my nephews, I bought myself one, too, and have been staring at that guy along with SNice's build photos, trying to figure out how fast and clean I can put this together.

I really like what Snice did with changing the slow flying stock AHT. Half of the impact of the concept of using a $10 chuck glider was the incredible performance I saw on SNice's youtube video of the maiden flight. Really slices the air. Just go to your local park, jump out of your car, and flip the plane up for the prop to dig in and bore a whole in the sky.

The other half of the impact was the cool Thunderbirds paint scheme he used. I used to go to air shows in the 80's to see the real-life Thunderbirds perform at air shows. Seriously, I would have been lazy and totally happy if it were my plane and it flew that great - unfinished. But SNice has that style gene. He went the extra distance, obviously. He...Continue Reading