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Posted by flyinjrc74 | Nov 20, 2014 @ 07:57 PM | 2,098 Views
After 2 years, its done. Ready to fly! I will be doing a new blog posting on this soon with video, specs etc... If you go back a little in my blog there are more pics and info on this very unique camera hauler!

I am very pleased with the outcome and hope to get her skyward soon.

Spy in the Sky II showing off its lights.:
Spy in the Sky II showing off its lights. (0 min 25 sec)

100" Spy Drone with Navigation and Strobe Lights:...Continue Reading
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Nov 20, 2014 @ 07:15 PM | 2,082 Views
I recently got into short course racing with my sons. I started with two, then bought a couple more. Recently I ordered a bunch of aluminum bling for mine (the Lucas truck) and installed it after breaking several front a arms. It looks good and I am positive I wont break another one.

I found that race spec out of the box the truck is squirrely under acceleration and cornering. Subculture tires work the best at my track, the stock ones are not very good on dirt. I think the added weight will help that but havent had a chance to test it and get it dirty yet. I added a new body, clear slipper cover and installed beadlock wheels for display at home and have a full set of Subcultures for the dirt clay I run on. I still run the stock Reedy electronics but have upgraded the steering servo to a Savox after stripping the stock one. Ill ad pics of it in the next post. Thanksfor checking it out!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Nov 05, 2014 @ 02:03 AM | 2,929 Views
Yes, winter is on final approach once again here in Michigan. The snow will be flying soon so I have created yet another monster to give me something to do besides shovel the damned white bliss off my driveway. It is my Snow Machine short course street racer. This is one of three of my race trucks so while dirt racing is idle I can play around with this. I bought sand paddles and a set of Dubro airplane skis and went to work. The mod took about two hours. I used gull type a arms and installed them upside down to get proper height in the front end and then cut the fenders on the body to give it a different look. I wanted the rear fenders off to open up to allow snow to fly at will. The paddles were mounted on Traxxas wheels and I used Six Shot paddles. The lights took another two hours and look really good. They are powered by a separate 11.1v 1000mah lipo. Ill get some videos when the white stuff starts sticking to the ground!

Team Associated SC10 Short Course Snowmobile:
Team Associated SC10 Short Course Snowmobile (0 min 23 sec)

SC10RS Snow Machine Short Course Snowmobile:...Continue Reading
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Oct 31, 2014 @ 10:47 PM | 2,969 Views
I bought this airplane after having the 85" version. The big one was a pain to transport and keep foam from getting beat up so this one got my attention. I flew my brothers before buying it but it didnt have the punch the big one had so I had the remedy in mind before the purchase. I had a new Turnigy motor sitting on the bench fitted to a Turnigy Trust 45A esc. When my S2 arrived it took me about 20 minutes and the power unit was installed(very easy). It can be flown on 3 and 4S lipo. I used the Parkzone Icon A5 three blade prop and spinner. It can be used on the stock motor but if you go to that prop you may want to go up to a 25-30A esc to prevent a fire.

First flight was on a 3S 2200mah. Take off roll was about 2 feet and went like a rocket upstairs. Dont think it will nerd 4S but I have the option if need be. This plane is a blast to fly and looks very good.

I ordered a set of floats for winter flying and just tonight added a new set of Multiplex Fun Cub Tires and I already like it better. If you have been looking at this plane dont hesitate on buying it. It fits in the back seat of a car in one piece, flies on 3S 2200 and has a lot of options like carrying a GoPro, floats, glider tugging and mild to wild aerobatics! Besides that its a Cub...
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Sep 18, 2014 @ 10:43 PM | 3,177 Views
Its been awhile since last buying a UMX plane. I saw a Radian UMX and bought it just to check it out. I am so glad I did, two screws and a charged battery later it was headed skyward.

It flies amazingly smooth even in 10 mph winds. Controls are responsive and the folder prop works great when cutting the power to clean it up for soaring. On the stock battery it can easily get near 20 minutes of flight, that is numerous 300+ climbouts and then soaring to eye level repeatedly. This one is super easy to fly for a inspired newbie aviator young or old and would be great plane for any park or even flying up and down a city block as I do. I am very impressed with this sailplane thus far and look forward to many many more flights with it! Just wanted to share since I havent posted for awhile!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Aug 03, 2014 @ 06:35 PM | 3,812 Views
I went out flying with two of my favorites today. I strapped my gopro to the battery hatch on my FMS 1400mm Cessna 182 for a ride along today. Winds were at 17-20mph so it was a little bumpy but the video turned out well. Works well and easy to mount and has about 3/8" clearance from pavement in between all three points of the landing gear. Warm day today I Michigan but turned out to be a nice relaxing day to fly!

Cessna 182 Belly Cam GoPro (7 min 52 sec)

Posted by flyinjrc74 | Jul 16, 2014 @ 12:13 AM | 4,563 Views
I wanted to post a few pics of my Seawind plane I recently converted to ELECTRIC. I bought this a couple weeks ago new with a 61 OS engine in it. That had to go! No nitro touching this bird. I went with a 1650KV inrunner by Align and a 100A esc. Yes its a helicopter inrunner, I mounted it in a GP aluminum large mount and took less than 20 minutes to install. Prop is a 13x8 APC and I plan to use 4S5000 lipos. Those mounts ROCK! The servos in the wing are HS225BB Hitecs and the elevator and rudder are Futaba 3102's. I went with a 9 channel orange rx so once its maidened I can fine tune and mix the flaps for optimum control. This plane is gorgeous and I can wait to get it out to the lake.

No, it doesnt have lights(yet), the stripes on the wing and tails are reflective and jump out at the cameras flash.

Ill keep you posted on flight testing!!!

Seawind 71" Seaplane Take Off! (0 min 57 sec)

Posted by flyinjrc74 | May 29, 2014 @ 10:43 AM | 6,607 Views
Most of you now me as Flyin'J but when I am not being a father of four young boys, flying or building I am trucking in my 18 wheeler along the western shoreline of Michigan for a living.

Today started business as usual with sunshine and just perfect weather. Breakfast, kids off to school and a kiss on the way out the door from my wife! I set out for St.Joseph and after my first stop there on the way to Holland my dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree as the engine shut down. No clue why but that incident landed me right here at Hagar Shores county Park along the waters edge at Lake Michigan. What a spot!!! I have seen signs for it but have never stopped in. I found a nice quite little piece of paradise nestled in a wooded bluff overlooking Lake Michigan for future picnics and outings with my sons.

So in the meantime Im waiting for a hook to come grab my truck and I will be right down here at the beach daydreaming while on the clock sippin on tea and relaxing

Have a great day guys!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | May 22, 2014 @ 11:00 PM | 5,552 Views
I recently traded a couple airplanes for this. I have been flying it daily for the last few days and I am liking it more and more everytime I throw a battery into it. It flies on 6S and is powered by a Turnigy G46 linked to a Castle Phoenix 80ESC spinning a 13x6 prop. It is very stable and looks very good on the ground and even better in the sky! I changed the stock foam tires out for narrow rubber wheels and it made ground handling much better. I also added a larger tailwheel which helped it steer on the ground.

The detailed covering makes it look really scale but it is that sticky backed covering used on the older Hobbico and Royal ARFs so hopefully I don't get any holes or rash...

The main landing gear vertical struts are functional which was really appealing to me. They have a spring inside and work really well. Now all I need is a few Golden Knight skydivers and I can steal the show. Ill keep you posted on that, in the meantime I am looking forward to a great Memorial weekend flying it!

Happy Memorial Day guys and remember the men and women this weekend who gave all to keep us flying in the free world!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | May 22, 2014 @ 10:24 PM | 5,587 Views
Picked this up a few weeks ago. Little did I know it would be one of my favorites. It was a hangar queen sitting around since 2002 or so. It has a AXI motor and Jeti 70A esc spinning a 15x4 prop. It looks like a LSA homebuilt airplane and for its size is super lightweight. It features flaps and ailerons and was originally set up to fly on NiCad packs. I flew it on 3S 5000 lipos but I am going to try 4S next time out.

it has HS 85BB servos in it and I added a set of 5" Kavan wheels to have the ability to fly at less smooth airfields that I frequent. The Kavans are very light and really set it off.

I had put it up for sale and after guys started talking it up I had to take it out and give it a whirl. Glad I did! The only thing I was cautioned about was the fact that it does not have struts and NOT to do aerobatics. I fixed that issue since I have the tendency to test the limits from time. I added two 1/16' stainless cables to keep it easy to assemble and give it that true homebuilt look. Also added the "EXPERIMENTAL" decal on both sides!

Hope you like it. I surely do. Thanks for looking!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Apr 09, 2014 @ 06:05 AM | 6,501 Views
I was at the Weak Signals show in Toledo where I found this very neat looking body for my Blade 350QX. $75 bucks later and about 2 hours of time here is the result! I love the new look and added CARBON blades that do not require the use of hubs, it flies great and looks super cool! I also have a video I made to show it in flight. I am very pleased with the quality and performance of the Blade 350QX, very good platform for entry level video enthusiasts.

Hope you enjoy!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Apr 02, 2014 @ 08:57 PM | 6,539 Views
I made this light module to help with orientation while night flying. As anyone that owns a 350 QX knows at night if at low altitude when flying towards you it disappears because the factory lights are on the bottom. Well not mine, not anymore!

I built this mount using the stock cheapo Gopro mount originally included with the Blade 350 and fitted a couple of carbon fiber tubes to it. I added led lights and strobes to the tips to help see it and also to light up anything that may come into its path. The lights and strobe controller can be bought cheap on ebay and and the whole thing can be fabricated in one evening. I used a Turnigy 1000mah 3S lipo which will give you four flights. This mount makes it easy to switch to using the Gopro and back to lights in less than one minute. Have fun with it and hope you make one so you can bug that nosey neighbor, everybody has one of those.....

Here is a short video I put together of my Blade 350QX

Blade 350 QX Night Flyer with Carbon Body Led Upgrade (4 min 35 sec)

Posted by flyinjrc74 | Mar 16, 2014 @ 10:24 PM | 6,608 Views
In my attempt to have a CarbonZ Cub I wanted one that is one of a kind with lights and strobes. Should look really cool sitting on the water when it warms up when in float mode.

I am flying mine on 5S 4500 lipos using a APC 15x6 prop because I just don't think hovering a cub 3D on pontoons over a lake looks very life-like! I am very impressed with everything about this airplane with the exception of the 6" hard foam tires, I opted for Dubro 5" inflatables until my 6" Kavans show up from SIG.

It will take about 2 hours to assemble and have it ready to fly, add 1/2 hour if you bought the optional floats. Easiest floats to assemble hands down!

I also tossed out the rx because you cannot disable the stabilization unless you disconnect the battery once you have activated it. I am using a 9 channel Orange Spektrum compatible rx with two satellites to guide this cub. Anyways I just wanted to show off the lights and I recommend this plane to anyone with the desire to have a large scale foamy!

Video Link

Carbon Z Cub with Nav and Strobe Lights (0 min 31 sec)
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Mar 03, 2014 @ 10:28 PM | 6,706 Views
I had been searching for one of these kits for quite some time now. My friend Rick showed me his Gemini a year or so ago and I ask him everytime I see him "are you ready to sell me that Gemini?" quickly followed by a big NO!

Well I can quit asking him now, I found one NIB last week on RCU for $75 shipped. Never building or owning any Multiplex aircraft I was surprised on how well it was packaged. It got much better from there, the foam requires ca and not epoxy making assembly much faster. I used thick gap filling with kicker. All of the plastic parts fit into the foam parts with super precision. I was able to finish it in around 7 hours start to finish. There were no missing pieces and assembly was a breeze. If you build one apply stickers to top side of lower wing before gluing and the tailwheel was modded slightly because the way I saw it in the instructions I would be working on it later making a fix more difficult. I basically used a ez connector to assure the tailwheel arm would stay connected to the rudder steering horn. There wasnt any other problems encountered.

I used a RcTimer 1120kv outrunner and 30a esc swinging a apc 10x7 prop. The servos are 9g and I added a orange stabilzation unit to test out. This is the first airplane I have tried to use stabilization in so I will keep you posted on how that works out. I also added a 10mm led landing light inside the scoop below the spinner just for kicks!

The plane is sturdy and very light even with a 3s 2200 lipo inside. I can assure you another Multiplex airplane will be on my bench soon as I am very impressed with my first experience I had with Multiplex and their Gemini!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Feb 23, 2014 @ 08:21 AM | 7,860 Views
Want to do something other than shoot grainy pictures and video with your Blade 180 quad? Heres a simple DIY skydiver or ordinance drop module. Simply cut a 2" to 2-1/2" x 1" wide piece of thin plywood or plastic such as a credit card and glue a 5gram servo to it like shown. I used hot melt glue. Then remove the crappy camera and using the velcro stap insert the drop module facing downward. Attach a small rubber band to the skid strut. Plug servo lead into the port that the video cam plugs into and adjust servo arm so that when you press the camera button the rubber band slips off the servo arm releasing payload. Add your favorite ordinance or skydiver. Mine has worked everytime with no issues, takes under 10 minutes to build and install. I have been testing its accuracy and my skill locating then releasing above my cats. So far 6 kills and two misses and I have yet to get scratched Enjoy!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Feb 17, 2014 @ 12:39 PM | 6,852 Views
As most know the midwest has had a rough winter as the windsock in the first pic will indicate. Subzero temps and SNOW up the wazoo!!! It finally warmed up enough for me to get out to fly my Slow Stick on floats, I built this in December and was able to maiden it three weeks ago at night then it got cold again. It flies awesome and balances perfect with a 3S 2200 lipo. These are great airplanes for snow and water operations, this one has ailerons on it and uses a set of Hobbyzone floats. One fun $125 dollar floatplane! Now its time to warm up and think SPRING!!!
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Feb 16, 2014 @ 01:08 AM | 6,926 Views
Flies on 3&4S lipos. I added lights to it after a long run trying to sell it with no luck...

Oh well, she is tossed back into the night flyer line up. I soldered together red and white to make the eyes, i cut the foam out of the wing and layed them in sideways. Worked out well! Thanks for viewing.
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Feb 11, 2014 @ 11:29 PM | 8,607 Views
I have been wanting the Habu 2 but cannot see dropping $3-400 on a foam jet with par performance. I thought the answer might be in the Dynam Meteor with retracts, boy was I wrong!

Let me start by saying I have not flown this yet, according to reviews it flies great...

I recieved a email ad from Grayson Hobby showing it on sale for $159.99 so after doing some searching around I jumped on it. Shipping ran $15 bucks and only took it 5 days to show(much better than the 29 days it took them to get me my DX9)up. I pulled it out and had it mostly assembled in about an hour bur after retracting the gear I wanted to make sure impeller was spinning the correct direction, I applied the throttle about halfway and boom!!!! The impeller decided it wanted to eat its way through the right intake. The damn impeller screw was not tight fron the factory? I turned the hobbyroom lights off and walked away after seeing my new jet laying there with foam chunks all over and a tore up impeller. I guess I am lucky I didnt get hurt or lose some fingers!

Later I filed a claim with Grayson, after 4 days they finally responded, they told me UPS would be picking it up and they would let me know when they would get it and would ship me a new one as soon as UPS had the junk one in their posession. However they didnt??? I caught the Ups man on the third attempt to pick up. After waiting another 7 days I emailed grayson hobby, no response so I had to call them to convey my irritation with them. After only...Continue Reading
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Feb 09, 2014 @ 01:28 AM | 7,285 Views
I bought this PPG from my brother Donny a few days back. He designed and built the gondola a couple years ago. This one has about 50 flights on it using a 45a esc and Rimfire 3536 1200kv outrunner. It flies best using a Seabreeze 62" canopy and 3S 3000mah lipo. Heres the kicker, I want to fly it at night so here we go again. ADDING LIGHTS

I added white lights to the top of the prop ring to light up its red and yellow canopy(works excellent) and then a mix of red, green and white in other places so I know which direction its headed. This thing takes off easily from the ground and can carry a camera if need be. I added 4" inflatable main tires and a 4 blade prop to increase climb a bit. All I need now is warm and dry weather so I can fly it. I cant wait!!!

These are very easy to build but the biggest expense is buying the SeaBreeze parachute. The 62" canopy will set you back about $160 but it is made in the USA so you get what you pay for.....
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Feb 09, 2014 @ 12:58 AM | 7,397 Views
My friend Joe handed this off to me a few months back, I love rehabing these old Sig Seniors. I recently started rounding up items needed to complete it. It had stock landing gear on it and old electronics inside. It wont see wheels again, it is getting fitted with a set of 36" floats that I used on a V-tail Senior I converted a few years back(its in this blog).

It will also be getting strobes and nav lights, a electric power plant, fresh covering and a twin vertical stab set-up. I plan to recover it with Teal, Cub yellow and silver Monokote. I will be adding flaps or flaperons as it was built originally a four channel airplane. I am trying to keep the weight down on it and when finished should be a beautiful model to fly in the snow and later this year at the lake. I will keep adding pics as I go and hopefully some video when it goes out for maidening.

Currently I am looking for a power 60 sized motor and esc, two rolls of teal covering and a roll of Cub Yellow Monokote. If you happen to have these items for sale or have any suggestions on prop, motor, esc or lipo batteries please let me know. With the removable top battery hatch I added I have plenty of room for a large battery. Thanks for viewing!