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Posted by Micubano | Sep 10, 2014 @ 08:43 AM | 1,168 Views
Well I finally found out why my Goblin 500 crashed. With so many parts broken and the battery melting part of the frame, it was hard to tell. But all the electronics survived (At least they were working) and I used them in a Blade 550X Pro. They worked during the build when testing the gearing, but then I was doing a ground test before a maiden flight and the motor cut out. I tried again and the same thing. I tried a different motor and same thing. I tried a different flybarless system and same thing. So it was the Talon 90 the whole time. That explains the total lack of control before it crashed. It also explains why only one main blade broke on impact. They weren't spinning! The Talon 90 was able to be programmed and worked on the bench, but it would not work under any real load. I emailed CC about the Talon, but I haven't heard from them yet. For the 550X I just build and 600x I am going to build I will be using the CC Edge 130 HV's. Lesson learned.

Until I pick up the new speed controllers and 2 new Pulse batts for the 600x, my first 12S rig, I guess I will keep flying the 300x, 300 CFX and 450X. I just got the 300 CFX tuned nice too. My first good flight was the one I recorded!

Blade 350 CFX - Stunt Flying and Quick Review (7 min 4 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Aug 14, 2014 @ 12:01 PM | 1,362 Views
If you read my posts, you know I crashed my Goblin 500. It took most of the Summer to get over it. This past Saturday I took the Blade 300 CFX, 300X and 450X all out for some lazy sport and mild 3D flying (in between Sukhoi SU-29mm flights) after 2 months of flight sims and just hovering slowly around the backyard.

I was surprisingly relaxed with the 300x. I even tried a crazy multiple piro flips with the tail whipping all around while it was in one place and almost pulled it off until at the end. It dropped fast while trying to end it. I was able to recover quickly, so no big deal.

The 300 CFX has a possible vibration issues because it will hover fine for a while, but then acts like I'm giving it a little left aileron at times and throws me off a little. I'm still working on that, but I have yet to have a comfortable flight with the CFX.

This was my first actual non-hovering flight with the 450 x. I started with a 10 second hover, did full 360 left and right and it was rock solid. No drifting or other issues at all. I did a few slow circles, flew inverted for about 10 seconds followed by a loop forwards and then back. What really got me going is when I went to do a stall turn. I loved doing those with the Goblin because I could get it really high while keeping the nose almost vertical. So I got the fast forward flight going, pulled back an the elevator and gave it full throttle at the same time to give it that kick into the air and boy did it just want to keep...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Jul 28, 2014 @ 09:27 AM | 1,365 Views
I loved flying up until I crashed my Goblin 500 at the end of one Fun Fly. At the next Fun Fly a few weeks later, I was jittery even just flying planes like the Yak 3X and Carbon-Z Cub. I ended up spending most of the time on the Apprentice S and my 300 X and CFX never came out of the van. So I spend the past few weeks on the flight sim and racing RC cars. Finally yesterday I took a new 450 X I picked up cheap at the LHS( out for a maiden flight and remembered how much I love flying. I tuned up the 300 CFX a little more to my taste too. It was pretty rough out of the box. Much smoother now. Then I pulled out the 200 QX for a little night flying and realized in agility mode that I had the expo at 0. Twitchy little sucker. Much better at 30% expo.

My son likes the 200 QX, but the 350 QX is just so much easier for him to fly. He credits all his time on the MSR X for making him as good as he is. It is always fun to let an adult try the MSR X, fail miserably, and then hand the TX to my 8 yr old to show them how it is done.

Now I want to get the big planes back to the field and I can't wait. Maybe this weekend....or sooner.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:17 AM | 1,523 Views
I went camping over the weekend and I have taken aerial footage all over that park, so I left the GoPro and 350QX at home this time. After eating dinner at the camp site I checked my email on my phone and someone posted a comment about my footage from the park I was staying at. What were the odds?

So I scrolled down to the comment and it was from a person who used to go there all the time but now has cancer and has limited funds because of it. She thanked me for bringing back so many great memories. I read it to my family when we gathered around the campfire and I cried while reading it.

I make the videos and share them all over the place so people can share in where I am and what I am doing. But to know I made some one feel better for a little while when their life isn't going so well was really special.

I know that the federal parks just temporarily banned drones and I hope that they come up with a solution for that. As an AMA member who follows the rules, I would like to keep documenting places I visit. There are hundreds of parks here in Pennsylvania and all I want to do is see some of them from the sky.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 17, 2014 @ 12:25 PM | 1,668 Views
The Fun Fly started with this as I pulled in:

Dual Giant Scale Extra 330 SC Flying @ Fun Fly (8 min 34 sec)

I had a great time flying my new Sport Cub, Yak 3X, 300x and other stuff. I was really tired at the end of the day, but decided to take my Goblin up with the Ikon system in flight stabilization mode just to discharge the battery. A pop and some smoke later and it was on the ground on fire. It wasn't a total loss! I still have a tail cage! Time to rebuild from a new kit! I might go Beast-X this time.

Oh yeah, there was an auction and I got a Blade 300 CFX for $300! There was a DJI Vision 2 that went for $600. If I only had the money!
Posted by Micubano | Jun 02, 2014 @ 11:19 AM | 1,970 Views
It only took me 2 tries to come up with this prototype and it is pretty solid. What do you think?

Files are at
Posted by Micubano | May 27, 2014 @ 01:07 PM | 1,783 Views
I love it when dogs chase my cars, trucks and motor cycles because I know they can't catch them, but this was a first.

Aquacraft Revolt 30 RC Boat - Dogs Chasing it @ Promised Land State Park, PA (4 min 41 sec)

Posted by Micubano | May 24, 2014 @ 10:38 AM | 1,879 Views
That the Parkzone Icon does not have AS3X. At first I thought there was something wrong, so I did a fly by. Then I remembered it was always like this.

Camping this weekend with the Icon, Revolt 30 and 350 QX. Too bad I am too far from Harford PA for the fun fly there this weekend.
Posted by Micubano | May 13, 2014 @ 11:33 AM | 2,366 Views
I have 2 Helion Invictus that I love. My son's needed the clip on the bell crank put back in place out of the box. Not the easiest thing to do as the whole bell crank just wants to pop apart. That happened dozens of times before I got it. My favorite was it popped apart and one of the part hit the brim of my baseball cap and went into my soda. So when mine seemed not want to turn right I took it apart and nothing was wrong! Turns out my son let one of his friends drive mine and the kid reset my end points on the servo. Next time, I am checking the end points first.
Posted by Micubano | May 08, 2014 @ 09:43 AM | 2,443 Views
It was windy and the clouds were dark yesterday, but I wanted to fly the 300X. I had a nice stunt flying routine going and I leveled off for a quick orientation check because I lost it. Sure enough, when I gave it left rudder, the tail boom came out left telling me I was node in. I went to correct it but nerves took over. I was able to get it close enough to see the canopy and that it was still nose in and that it when I accidentally gave it down elevator and saw it heading for the ground. I hit the TH and let it slide in. I broke one main blade grip, tail fin and shaft is loose. I still have to take it apart and see what the total damage is, over 30 flights on it and that was it's first crash. So disappointing. And yet another rebuild.

Oddly, I flew the 130x yesterday the same way and never lost orientation. The 350QX doesn't even care about the wind and the lights help. Maybe I need lights on my helis to help with orientation.
Posted by Micubano | May 06, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | 2,030 Views
Well, we moved to a new building at work about 2 months ago and my new seat was cramped for a guy my size. In the first week my left hip started hurting. I got a new desk and chair after a few weeks, but the pain kept getting worse. My primary doctor said it might not be that bad and sent me to a specialist. I saw that doc this morning with some X-Rays and apparently I have Femoroacetabular Impingement, which in my case means my bone has slowly been growing in an odd shape to the point where I have arthritis pain. I am going to see a guy in Allentown about just shaving the bone down and putting off a hip replacement for a long time, but I have to see if I am a candidate for that surgery. Fingers crossed.

So what am I going to do? Well tonight I am going flying since standing or bending over doesn't bother me much. Most of the pain is while I am trying to sleep. I am going to get as much RC flying and driving in as I can until this is all sorted out.

I am going to have to take some time off of work. Hopefully they will just let me work from home. They probably will because I do programming for a really good company who takes care of us. It is funny because I recently told my wife that my RC collection used is worth a lot of money and that if we ever really needed to we can sell it off. I've seen a lot of post in the classifieds here from people who have had to do that and I hope it doesn't get to that point.

So what should I take out tonight? The only decision I really...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | May 05, 2014 @ 10:43 AM | 2,027 Views
Well I decided that it was a week for new batteries at the LHS. I picked up 3 3S 2200 that I use a lot and 3 4S 2200 for my rebuilt Venom Gambler and short Yak 3X flights. There was some money left over and I can't let that happen. My son has been asking for a Hubsan X4, so that is what we got. I like the controls for it. I even flew the ProtoX using it. So much easier to control both quads with this TX. So far I've only been able to flip indoors once without hitting the carpet with the Hubsan, but the ProtoX hardly drops. The only thing is someone unplugged a USB charger from a ProtoX but did not unplug the cable from the ProtoX and that killed the battery. I barely get over a minute with it. This is the second time that happened. So remember to not let the cable attached to the ProtoX because it will drain the LiPo all the way down! That being said, I have to get my own Hubsan soon.
Posted by Micubano | Apr 30, 2014 @ 05:32 PM | 2,346 Views
The Goblin 500 needs a minor link adjustment for drifting, but I was doing 3D at 2400 RPMs and it was awesome.

After the last Goblin flight, I pulled out the 300x. I have been practicing on the 300x all winter in Phoenix and flew mine for 2 batts. Practice paid off because all the 3D stunts I did in the sim felt identical to flying in real life.

Then I pulled out the 130x and over confidence took over. I have been trying to fly closer with it. I saw the tree right after a loop and it was too late. Nothing broke it bent, but that is 2 for 2.

Finally, my son flew the UMX Radian. He was a natural at gliding. I am so proud of him!
Posted by Micubano | Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:17 AM | 2,044 Views
I didn't get a lot of flying in this past weekend. Sunday morning I was waiting for a friend to arrive to help me fix a water pipe that suddenly started leaking right into my closet where I keep some planes. The apprentice has some minor stains on the wings and the Calypso had a small shower when the hole stopped dripping and starting misting, but nothing was actually ruined. The pipe is right between a gas pipe and wires, so I'm not touching it. With 1/2 hour to kill waiting for Rob, I grabbed the Carbon Cub SS that wasn't flying right and headed to the field by my house. Sure enough the elevator was way off even though it didn't look it. I was able to land, pinch the elevator down a little and fly perfectly. I was coming in for a landing when I nice breeze came up and I was hover a few feet in the air about 10 feet in front of me. The wind died, I landed and the plane skittered past me and the right wing hit the box and cracked a little. A quick fix, but annoying since it was only the second flight with this one and I usually land much farther away from myself.

Got home. Rob shows up. Pipe fixed quickly thanks to Shark Bites, which I now know work on copper too and not just Pex. I could have fixed that myself had I known. Anyway, up to the 130x that I just replaced the metal A gear (and landing gear) on but it was still slipping. So I slapped a new B gear on and it worked, but there was a lot of head wag. I see nothing with the servos for a minute and then the one...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Apr 25, 2014 @ 08:53 AM | 3,277 Views
My son's first communion is next week and his Venom Gambler bit the dust when the frame snapped right under the servo. I just can't get parts for it. He does have a Vaterra Kalahari and Kemora, but I let him drive my new Helion Invictus and he fell in love with it. So I took him the the LHS yesterday to pick out a new 1/10. They had the Helion Dominus 10TR in green, his favorite color, and he proudly carried it up to the counter and them immediately started crying. Being 8 years old, it took me a few minutes get out of him that he really wanted the Invictus. I am so glad I bought a blue one because all they had left was red. He was so happy.

Now mine I already have set up for 3S LiPos and on the drive home I told him I would do the same for him and he immediately said he does not want that and he wants to run the stock battery to go slow and so some crawling. Fine with me because now he has 2 batteries of his own and I don't need to solder on an EC3 connector. I wonder if he will feel the same after we race at the park.

Now about the Invictus we bought. I was worried about it because of the ESC and other issues I read about. But when I opened up and inspected it seems like a lot of previous issues had been addressed. The manual was a little outdated and I had to go online to find the proper ESC programming instructions. The ESC that was in it did not have the same amount of options as the original, but it runs great. My son was going full speed, hitting the breaks to...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Apr 22, 2014 @ 11:50 AM | 2,116 Views
The good thing about my RC hobbies is I share them with my son. The bad thing about my RC hobbies is I share them with my son. When the UMX Radian came out, my son saw the display model and said "It is the most beautiful thing ever" which translates to "Buy this". So I did because my son is a really good kid with straight A's. He wasn't around when I got home from work yesterday but the conditions were perfect for UMX gliding. I assembled it, grabbed a 45c battery and my EQ, and headed for the park. I was very surprised at how relaxing gliding is. When I hooked up the GoPro to the computer, I was surprised to find I recorded for 16 minutes! Sure I was way out of range of the camera most of the time, but I did get some footage and decided to make a review out of it.

E-Flite UMX (Ultra Micro) Radian Powered Glider Review, Tips and Flight (9 min 12 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 21, 2014 @ 08:48 AM | 2,032 Views
After talking to people about the issues I had with the Goblin the first time I was advised to go over my governor settings again and look at what the Talon 90 was telling me to set my throttle at. I went in and it wasn't telling me anything. Then I switch to RPM governor mode and then it showed me the values. So I set it up for 2000, 2200 and 2400 RPMs. Then I hooked up the Ikon and paid more attention to the TX screen and set my travels to all directions went to 100%. I originally thought that screen was to make sure the inputs were working correctly. I also noticed that my 3 modes were reversed on the switch with 3 being in position one. So I went and reversed the flight modes in the Ikon software and set 3 for low head speeds and auto level and 1 for high speeds. I hovered around for an entire battery and it felt much better. So I took it out for a flight and when I switched it to high speed I quickly found out that I forgot to uncheck auto level on that one . However, I was very happy with the way it performed on stunt mode 1 at 2200 set for sport flying. Over all, I am really happy with my first full heli build and I can't wait to start another one.

SAB Goblin 500 - Flight 2 (4 min 37 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 18, 2014 @ 06:39 PM | 2,359 Views
I love my new battery charger enough to do a review of it.

Hitec X4 AC Plus 4 Port AC/DC Multi-Charger (LiPo, NiMH, etc...) Review and Tips (15 min 13 sec)