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Posted by slothy89 | Jan 02, 2015 @ 07:43 AM | 1,388 Views
[Pictures Coming]

So I have a new toy for the New Year. The 1.8m Passer from R2Hobbies.

I had the choice of either Red/Yellow checked all over, or Translucent Yellow and White. Unsurprisingly I chose Option B.

Parts used to complete
  • Turnigy LSD 4.8v NiMH RX pack
  • 2x Hitec HS-5055MG Servos for the wings
  • 2x Turnigy 10g MG Digital Servos for the Tail
  • 6ch DSMX Lemon RX w/ Satellite
  • JR Style RX charging switch

First Inspection
Upon opening the kit it looks like they have made a few changes from what everyone has experienced in the numerous Passer threads. Most notable are listed below:
  • Removable tail mounting
  • Pre-drilled and installed locating pins in the wings
  • Pre-installed Servo and Battery Trays
  • Extra Glass layers and seamless finish
  • Longer more "streamlined" canopy hatch
  • Pre-installed blind nuts for the wing bolts
  • Wing Servo covers with wooden mounts preglued
Overall I was thoroughly impressed with the included accessories and the build quality and finish. EZ Connectors and Control horns are a little sub-par compared to the rest however, though not unusual. The included tail control rods were really nice, with perfectly matched wire rods inside hollow carbon tubes, cut extra long.

The Good
First off here's what I liked about the kit.

The bolt on tail; this made the tail install much cleaner and simpler than the previous method of gluing the fins to the fuse, and trying to get the right angle.

Pre-installed Wing alignment pins; My last attempt at...Continue Reading
Posted by slothy89 | Oct 15, 2013 @ 07:22 AM | 2,225 Views
Well I finally got all my stuff from Hobby King to get started on cutting the plane apart.

The motor turned out to be a perfect fit for the nose both in diameter and length.

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Then I proceeded to hollow out the fuse to make room for everything to fit inside, and cut holes for the servos to fit into. I also added Carbon straps to the H-Stab to straighten it out and get rid of the anhedral.

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Posted by slothy89 | Oct 03, 2013 @ 06:16 AM | 2,039 Views
So with the new Disney Planes movie out, I've gotten myself hooked in making the main characters RC. They're going to be based on FliteTest's Swappables and their already made Dusty and Ripslinger. However, that's a project for later on.

The Idea:

Instead, I have something even more challenging! Came across this little 30cm (12") toss glider at the local Target for AU$18:



After a little CG tweaking (rubber band behind the cockpit) it glides really stable and level for a good 10m (30ft).

Now so I didn't spoil the fun of the little thing, I thought that for an electric RC conversion I needed a second one, so if I totally wrecked the conversion I still had a good one left over.

Getting Dirty:

First step was to find a way to make room for the electronics. To do this, I found that the front half was in 2 main pieces and lightly glued. So I got out my trusty xacto knife and cut along the join to separate it. Here's how it looks now:



Eventually I will hollow it out to make room for everything, but I'll leave that until I receive all the electronics.

Only issue I can forsee is that the RC gear might make it too heavy, causing it to lose its nice glide tendencies.

Electronics:

Due to the size of the plane, I figured that 4ch would be over kill, so 3ch it is. Next I considered Rudder/Elev or Aile/Elev, and with the vertical stab so small, bank and yank seemed more suitable. Plus I've always preferred to have aileron control over rudder anyway....Continue Reading
Posted by slothy89 | Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:42 AM | 2,429 Views
MJX-F45 Indoors (4 min 27 sec)