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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 16, 2014 @ 12:02 AM | 1,293 Views
Hello good people:

I hope you all are busy with the presents and checking out the lists twice as Christmas is just around the corner! Hoping you all are doing great and remember helping out others that are not doing so good as we are is the theme all the time and not just during around Christmas.

In this spirit, I have been helping out a family friend that has come across some issues that prevents to be able and keep up with unexpected repairs / breakdowns of an aging vehicle and needed a helping hand with one certain 1997 HONDA CR-V All Wheel Drive (4X4) Automatic with over 234,000+ miles.

Almost the entire A/C components have been replaced, turn-up has been performed and some education to familiarize the owner of the importance of OIL chances as well since the very first OIL change we observed nothing coming out from the OIL Filter and was missing at least 2+ Quarts of OIL. This is an amazing vehicle because of the mileage and the spotty maintenance ( not the fault of the owner since taking it to a so called family friend mechanic who turned out to be a turn-coat of sorts).

I have chipped in on various occasions for parts to this vehicle and my GOAL "is" keeping this vehicle for my family friend in operation and going down the road to keep the owner employed and not bear any new car expense. It has been a few months now and I am happy to have chipped in when I can and especially when I have noticed a significant CHOKE hold on my family friend to in trying...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 01, 2014 @ 06:20 AM | 1,507 Views
Hello good people!

Just trying to keep my old beater, 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with the 2.2 Liter, 4 Cylinder running at its finest and doing so, I had to replace the Distributor with a "New" one. No re-manufactured parts for my car!

Additionally, I had to replace the Oxygen Sensor as well after trouble-shooting and measuring at the diagnostic connector.

Recent other work can be seen at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2289373

A few pictures and video:

The Following produced no error codes what-so-ever!





Pictures of my Camry's "NEW" & "New & Old" Distributor pictures and receipt of how much etc...


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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 20, 2014 @ 09:45 PM | 1,281 Views
Guys,

My 1992 Toyota Camry XLE from Japan died four houses away from home. (466,000 Miles without Engine Overhaul).

I just switched it to Neutral and the car coasted all the way to the driveway.

Of course a good amount of arm force was required to negotiate the final turn onto the driveway and it made it!

On inspections of spark plugs it was noticed that three out of the four were completely full of motor Oil. Engine was missing for a few days so, I wasted no time and purchased four new Spark Plugs on the way home and I am glad I did!

Re-tightened the 30mm Nuts that secure Valve Cover to top of Engine.

A few pictures.....cleaned out the Body Throttle as well.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 06, 2014 @ 06:35 AM | 2,263 Views
Hello good people,

Just amazing that this larger RAV-4 is getting 37-MPG combined as my mother drives City and no highway.

I just took it to its very first Dealer Inspection yesterday, (used Highway) after buying it three months ago and it still has 1,200 miles on the odometer.

I am showing you all the TRIP Odometer so, you can see the actual TRIP miles driven on one Tank of Gasoline. Oh, I filled it up with Ethanol FREE Gasoline at $3.32 per Gallon at a new Racetrac in Orlando, Florida.
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 02, 2014 @ 03:30 PM | 2,068 Views
Guys,

Wow, I can't believe that I just shelved this wonderful RC Flying Wing (XE-2) Combat Wing and almost forgot I had it!

I spend a few hours in getting her ready (mostly tape and minor adjustments) and lets not forget Dusting Off!

Here are a few pictures of it still with the HITEC FLASH-4 Transmitter and Hitec 6-Channel Receiver. Talk about high Tech! LOL!

Detailed instructions on how to build one, once you get the kit!
http://curlysrcworld.com/files/CombatWingXE2_Manual.pdf

- 48 inch wing span
- Constructed entirely of EPP for Combat duty
- MEGA 16/15/4-turn Brushless Inrunner Motor
- Castle Creations PHX-25 AMP Brushless ESC
- Metal Motor Mount
- APC "Glow" 6 X 4 Propeller
- Hitec HS-81 Servos
- Hitec Electron-6 for Hitec Shift on Channel 48, 72Mhz FM.
-Hitec FLASH-4 Transmitter
- 2 - 2.5lbs fully flight ready depending on Flight "Li-POLY" Pack.

-The empty weight of my Combat wing is: 29 oz.
It's all that EPP foam and lead pellets in the nose.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 01, 2014 @ 09:02 PM | 2,082 Views
Hello gals and guys!

Just to share an incident I had with my Radian. A few months ago I replaced the FUSE as the original FUSE had been through hell and back. I used larger and more robust servos for Rudder / Elevator and used better Bite down Locks instead of using the supplied thumb twist locks for the Control Horn Adjustments.

Okay, after perhaps my fourth flight and using my KEY CHAIN camera, I captured an interesting development that up to this evening is still a mystery as to how the Retaining "PIN" blew out from the Propeller Hub assembly.

Of course the damage to the brand new FUSE was the cause and effect since I lost one of the folding Blades (Blades has been upgraded for free per the Product Alert Bulletin).

The only item that I asked Horizon Hobby to ship me was a brand new E-Flite 30-AMP ESC and that's it. Thinking out loud today, I believe calling them was too soon since I had no idea that the Propeller Hub was fractured and reason for the one of the Propeller blades ejected from the hub. However, I will not call them again and instead wanted to alert you all that when your Radian gets old, please....PLEASE consider to replace the SPINNER as the SPINNER "IS" the piece that keeps the retaining "PIN" from flying out when the motor starts spinning.

I hardly allow my Radian to land on the ground since I hand catch all of my flights with the Radian but, when I do allow it to land, its on smooth fresh cut grass...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 29, 2014 @ 09:10 AM | 1,887 Views
Tuesday Afternoon, October 28th, 2014:

Conditions: Breezy with Cross Wind!


Took this opportunity to demonstrate a few things with this Dynam Twin 64mm Electric Duct Fan (EDF) Remote Control Model. The example that this Model certainly packs good airspeed with just 3-Cells Lithium Polymer Batteries (Admiral 3-Cells, 2200mAH, 35c discharge). The other is the perfection in how this model handles with Flaps in Cross Wind and breezy conditions. Watch the landing carefully. I hope this quells the curiosity of some who has not seen me land this model.

Dynam Twin 64mm EDF Jet at Moon Port 10-28-2014 (5 min 26 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 27, 2014 @ 05:35 AM | 2,006 Views
Not only does it have great flight manners but, on the ground it just does not want to NOSE OVER! It is very well balanced and E-Flite (Horizon Hobby) team did a fantastic job on this model.

My buddy Gerry completed two flights today using the Admiral 3-cell, 2200mAH, 35C discharge and watch it zoom with zest appeal!

E-Flite Dallas Doll P-51D Mustang 10-26-2014 (4 min 52 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 26, 2014 @ 06:39 AM | 1,809 Views
Hello again, Good People!

This Part 4 is dedicated for the pure enjoyment of the vehicle and the following video shows me driving my mom around in her very first experience in a convertible car.

The 1987 BMW 325i convertible performed flawlessly and that straight in-line six (6) cylinder Engine never got warm! We had just wonderful weather conditions in Central Florida and had the TOP down all the time.

Excuse the Spanish conversation between my mother and I but, we come from South America so, we are bi-lingual. However, the laughter is universal and she had a great time.

For those looking for PART 3:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2266687

Here is the Video:
1987 BMW 325i Convertible Driving Mom2 10-24-2014 (1 min 35 sec)




UPDATE: Friday, November 7th, 2014

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 24, 2014 @ 08:26 PM | 1,957 Views
My buddy Gerry (simano) flew his this afternoon ( approximately at 3:03pm Eastern) with 12-MPH + Winds and most of it was cross-wind with referenced to the runway strip.

A few days ago he ordered two brand new Admiral (MotionRC) 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 35C discharge, Lithium Polymers and he flew one of those battery packs today with me as a witness and I video recorded the flight.

To my pleasant surprise this "New" battery pack transformed this model into a true Mustang!! Wow, I just could not keep up with the camera and most importantly, I have never seen Gerry with such an Ear-To-Ear smile while flying any model.

I am now a "true" believer of AS3X technology & stabilization as you will see the landing phase of this video capture and watch the landing with a high degree of Cross-Wind and just watch (Slow Motion) how the Electronics provide that extra level of assistance in a rather horrific windy conditions to make the model look like it is flying in calmer conditions and best of all, it made that landing look like cake walk for I would never try it in any of my models considering the windy conditions and cross-wind.

Here is the VIDEO Footage (Go Full Screen)!

E-Flite Dallas Doll P-51D Mustang 10-24-2014 (6 min 18 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 19, 2014 @ 04:48 AM | 2,153 Views
Guys,

Just an amazing Saturday morning in Central Florida. Dead Calm and cool slight breeze on occasion.

A few pictures by my buddy (SkyBro), Gerardo Rivera!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 16, 2014 @ 09:27 PM | 1,900 Views
Hello Again, Good People.....

Worked on the 1987 BMW 325i Convertible again this past weekend that included Monday, October 13th, 2014 and this time completed the Left Rear Wheel Bearing. This completes both the Right and Left Rear Bearings and the flip side is that I now hear all kinds of noise coming from the front!

Part 2 can be seen at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2259087

I finally finished my quest to bring the rear of this rag top 1987 BMW 325i back to full glory and not have to listen to the awful noise from the rear. The trouble "is" that now I hear all the bad stuff coming from the front now!:rofl:

A lot of interesting items I learned doing the Left Rear bearings, CV Assembly and brakes.

1. The Rear Spindle Hub is Discontinued and no longer readily available and the dealer wanted a cool $295.76 plus tax for one Rear Spindle Hub!:bawling:

2. Installing the these Rear Bearings can be done by using the Harbor Freight "Front Wheel Bearing Adapters" which are Pittsburgh Automotive - item#66829.

3. When installing REMAN CV Assemblies you have to take care and inspect the spindle shafts to make sure they will go in smoothly without having to jam and hammer the daylights out of them to insert them inside the Rear Wheel Spindle Hub.

4. The Left Rear CV Assembly (REMAN) from the Local Auto Parts needed a light filing on the frontal edges of spindles as some worn and flatten ends appeared to be troublesome...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 10, 2014 @ 05:23 PM | 2,293 Views
Guys,

This early morning got a great ground based video showing a super flight of my model. Unfortunately, someone had to land in an emergency , his batteries took a dump, and I was not able to taxi my Dynam Jet fast enough and his model hit the tail boom of the Jet.

Reviewed the ground based video and it captured the runway collision.

Still need to verify the onboard video and make sure the collision Didn't corrupt the file that key-chain camera used to record the flight.

Here is the Ground Based Video!

Amazingly the two models will fly again soon. The smaller Balsa Model by Charlie who was flying the Top Flight mini-Contender and not a scratch on it!

Dynam Twin 64mm Jet Flight and Crash 10-10-2014 (6 min 38 sec)


The Onboard Video Survived the impact at the Runway!

This is my Key Chain Camera mounted on top of the Left EDF Units and angled towards the Cockpit.

Enjoy!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 05, 2014 @ 08:18 AM | 2,476 Views
Hello Good People!

Incredible progress done for Do-It-Yourself (DIY)!

For Part1 go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2247009

My older mechanic Friend and I discovered a JUNK YARD CV Assembly that was installed by one of the previous owners and it does NOT appear that it belongs to this model year!!:thumbdwn:

I have NO idea how my good friend took it out of the Spindle hub because when the Wheel Bearing was complete, it just did NOT want to go in and we tried three times unsuccessfully. The next morning, I wasted NO time and got my hands on two NEW pair of Rear CV Assemblies for this car at a super price deal.:rofl:

Once I got back, the new CV went in very well without any issues. It appears that the SHOP that performed the last Rear Wheel bearings didn't realize that this Right Rear CV was not for this model year and they forced it in during installation and ruined the bearings and subsequent driving.

It is incredible how SHOPS are pressured to complete WORK at a rapid pace and NOT care of workmanship any longer that they submit to methods of poor judgement and using AIR tools to force things back together. It is obvious that there was something wrong if a CV is not going in correctly. I am glad I took this Bimmer Beauty to my Friends back yard to take our time with it.

Some pictures!

THE YELLOW PAINT IS AN VERY CLEAR INDICATION OF JUNK YARD PART!




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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 04, 2014 @ 06:05 AM | 2,726 Views
Well Guys,

I am totally HOOKED on this Dynam Twin 64mm EDF Turbo JET!

Flew it twice on Friday morning.....yes, played hookie from work since the best Weather Conditions in Central Florida were realized and they were fantastic since in a long time and cooler temps. Best of all, I am able to fly this JET for 5 Minutes with mixed throttle with the Admirals 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 30C, Lithium Polymers and they still have 11.4 Volts resting at the end of each flight.

I just can't get over how well its AIRSPEED with just 3-Cell operation as it zooms past me with very good speed.

EDIT: Dave (dbc) was the one who assembled and professionally setup this model. He took a good amount of time and effort to dynamically balance both Fan units in order to have them sounding sweet and smooth as they didn't come out this manner from the box. Dave enjoyed 137 flights before selling it to me and I like to report that all Motors, ESC's, Servos, Flaps and Retracts are original and still working beautifully. Dynam planes are amazing products. Easily the equal, or better, than the "name brands" that cost far more.


Here's another Video captured using my Cowboy hat setup.



Dynam Twin 64mm Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) Turbo Jet 2nd Flight for 10-03-2014 (5 min 41 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 15, 2014 @ 09:36 PM | 2,665 Views
Hello good people,

Just documenting my adventures with my newly acquired 1987 BMW 325i Convertible that needs some TLC.

To view the original Blog Discussion thread go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2240438

1. Performed lots of Electrical Trouble-Shooting due to the NO START condition.
2. Replaced the Engine Reference Sensor as the old one was in very bad shape.
3. Eliminated all relays, fuses, and Motronic Control Unit (1.1 version) and determined both fuel pumps ruined / failed.
4. Replaced both Fuel pumps and Fuel Filter.
5. Changed Engine Oil and Engine Oil fliter.
6. Replaced the Brake Master Cylinder.
7. Bleed brake lines in Progress (completed the front).

Background History:

One day the car just quit, it cranked, however, didn't want to start. Looked at the "BMW" 3 series Electrical Troubleshooting Manual and pages 41 & 42 Electrical System provides a Continuity Tests for IGNITION SWITCH.

Disconnected C200 and at the "Switch" side only three terminals ring okay when the Switch is placed in ON/START and one does not Ring.

The Bentley Manual itself says that there's two Violet wires but, I only see one. Additionally, the manual says there should be a BLACK/YELLOW and I don't see this color except a SOLID BLACK. The actual Switch harness has a Solid Green, Violet, Blue/Green, Solid Brown, Brown/Red and a Brown/Blue.

At first, it has failed the C1 -to- C continuity, however, looking at my Craftsman AMP-Meter...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 05, 2014 @ 10:43 PM | 2,642 Views
Hello Good People!

Two months ago I acquired this gem in the rough from a former Co-Worker who had it pretty much abandoned in his large back yard.

My BLACK Convertible reminds me of Goldie Hawn when she stared in Bird on a Wire!


Bird on a Wire (3/11) Movie CLIP - Chased by the Cops (1990) HD (2 min 52 sec)


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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 05, 2014 @ 04:40 AM | 3,375 Views
Hello good People,

Enjoyed my GWS pico Tiger Moth and I just had to fly it one more time and the only batteries I had left were 2-Cell, 1350mAH, 20C burst Lithium Polymer and did not have the Velcro and decided to fly it with just one rubber band.

I promised myself to take it easy and would you know what happen next, dumb butt decides to show off with some loops and hammer heads and the battery slipped off at one of the loops right in front of us.

I had wished someone would have captured the event on Video as it was so funny watching me PULL UP on the transmitter while the model was completely FREE FLYER. It floated level then, it zoomed upwards as the last command had a significant UP elevator and this caused it to stall and dive straight to the hard concrete surface from 4 feet off the deck.

The only damage was the upper wing root clean ripped off and the Square Motor mount. Nothing else!

A few pictures!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 25, 2014 @ 04:25 AM | 4,101 Views
On Saturday, July 19th, 2014, my buddy was Video recording my landing on a School Yard with an Oval Shaped Running Track and it is obvious that I just can't deal with curve smooth hard surfaces! I was attempting to land my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt at one of the end of the Track which curves! Needless to say the model landed short into grass and flipped upside down and broke off a small piece of the Top of Vertical Stab. We could not find that piece on that day and I came two days later after work and it was incredible that I found it after one half hour starring down at the ground!



Yes indeed, that needle in the hay Stack (Top of Vertical Stab) was Glued back on with precision and with the help of an actual needle to assist in keeping it nice and straight and level while the glue (Gorilla Glue) cured.

While the glue was being allowed to cure, I went ahead and performed a slight securing modification on the Main Gear Side Doors "or" what I call Skirts. Seems like those plastic Pressure molded Tabs on the Main Gear Side Doors (Skirts) get stressed (usually a white like stress mark is shown) and the tabs release the Side Doors on landing much easily.

Not to lose anymore parts on this discontinued model and I am well aware that the Main Landing Gear Assembly including the Side Doors are in STOCK for $9.99 plus shipping but, why risk in losing the original parts so, I opted to do something about it.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 08, 2014 @ 04:22 PM | 3,784 Views
Hi guys,

Looking for a new Camcorder (Real Action Video Camcorder) and came across this one:

http://www.costco.com/Canon-Vixia-HF...100117084.html



REVIEW VIDEO:
Canon HF R50 / HF R52 / HF R500 HD Camcorder Review - Video samples, first impressions, and WiFi (8 min 29 sec)


What say you? Trying to keep it at $400 US