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Posted by pjdog350 | Today @ 02:32 PM | 341 Views
Today the postman brought me four (4) new AR6100E receivers from Target hobby. I order them about a month ago. Normally they get here in two weeks. I was getting concerned. A few days ago I looked up my account on there site to be sure I ordered and paid for them. I did.

These receivers are only about 4 or 5 dollars.

Now I need for more PNP Rc planes to use them in. I'm thinking one of these.

Also another E-Flite Nieuport 17 250.
Posted by pjdog350 | Today @ 07:16 AM | 636 Views
When my wife and I moved to Florida I thought I'd be doing allot of RC flying. However it always seems to be way to windy or raining. The rain is a good thing. I not fussing about that, but the wind will just not stop. Most my planes are Ultra Micro (UM)'s so light wind is a must. I've been waiting for over two weeks for a early morning (7:00 AM) day with out any wind. I have two new planes that I'd like to try out.

I'd like to try my new PZ Mosquito and the PZ Mustang. These little planes are neighborhood fliers. Our neighborhood only has maybe 35 or 40 houses and there's room for over 300 so I have lots of space to do UM's here. I just step out side the garage and have fun.

Maybe tomorrow?

also thinking about this to add to my stable of RC Planes.

Posted by pjdog350 | Apr 08, 2014 @ 11:13 AM | 1,677 Views
Following all the postings on the UM RC Models I have found allot of thoughts on the brushed motors in the UM line of planes. They are pager motors so we should not really expect that much. However some folks think there pager motored RC planes are prefect and will last forever. Not so.

I took my new - never - flown and never run PZ UM Mosquito and used my Tower Hobbies digital Mini-Tach to see what the RPM's where on this model. It does seem to be off almost 100 RPM almost all the time. If I remember right the left (Port) motor is a little stronger than the right motor?

I also found that one of the main wheels on the Mosquito was way out of round. I had ordered a couple dozen wheel three years ago while I was doing UM scratch builds. I just happened to have a set that were the correct size. The hubs were white which I thought was stupid looking for a War Bird so I painted them alumunim and then put the faon rubber tire back on..

attached are some short videos of the process.

Bad stock wheel on PZ Mosquito (0 min 59 sec)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kirFUaIFsJs[/url]...Continue Reading
Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 31, 2014 @ 10:13 AM | 883 Views
I had some motor problems with the FZ Nieuport 17. I hated it as I really like the Nieuports allot. But I returned the Nieuport to the LHS (B&B Hobbies) here in Hudson Florida. She said they had another one coming in Thursday. I thought that would be fine but then saw the PZ T-28. I asked if I could swap it out for the T-28. She accepted and I went homw with that.

Charging batteries as I write this.

I finally got to fly the new UM PZ T-28. Great little plane.

I had the ailerons backwards. Checked it several times and still had it backwards for it's first flight? It rolled over and went straight in with full motor? But it was OK. Sitting there in the sand on it's wheels. Got lots of sand in the gears but was able to get most out. I have had four (4) flights sense. All good ones.

I had asked on RCGroups if it need any nose weight. All said no but she seemed tail heavy so I put a smidgen in anyway. Well - that made it nose heavy and I had to remove it for the third flight. Now - with the landing gear on and the battery as far forward as I can get it she flies great. What a sweet plane.

My Camera is one I bought to carry on the planes and Helicopters for videos. I currently have it under the bill of my baseball cap. Seems I never have the camera pointing where I want it. I'm either over the plane or under it.

Sorry that your seeing nothing most the time but I have a great crash landing at the end that you can see. Again - T-28 is OK.

Got a real video this time.

April 11, 2014 at &:30 AM I hit the Light pole in front of my house on the street with the T-28. Wrinkled the nose a little more!
Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:46 AM | 1,415 Views
Yesterday while at the LHS getting some foam safe glue for some modifications to my Champ I saw a FlyZone Nieuport 17. I really don't like the gear sound from FlyZone planes but I like the looks of the Nieuport so I bought it. After removing it from the box the first thing I saw was allot of right motor thrust? I seemed to me to be way to much? It's got allot more right motor thrust that the DR-1 I have from Flyzone?

Anyway I sent a email to Hobbico asking if this is correct. Of course I included pictures!

Well bad news. I decided to try the FZ Nieuport 17 this morning. It had no power at all. I like to try my new planes running down the street first, I've just never been a fan of hand launches. When I wnet to run in down the street it had almost no power at all. It was really a dud. I was really disappointed. I love Nieuports & Biplanes. I made a movie. It's real poor as most the time the plane is below the picture. That's because the camera is mounted on my baseball cap. I have to raise the cal way up or when the planes are flying they are above the picture?

But at the end you can see what the plane has no power? Can't get out of it's own way.

FlyZone Nieuport 17 maiden DUD (4 min 26 sec)

I returned the plane to the folks I bought it from. B&B hobbies on highway 19 here in Down Town Hudson Florida. She said she had another one coming in Thursday and she'd trade me out. Which was fine with me. But I saw a ParkZone (PZ) T-28 and everyone that has one say they are great fliers. I like to fly here at home so I asked if a swap for the T-28 would be OK. She said it would be fine. They were the same price. So Now I'm the owner of a T-28.
Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 26, 2014 @ 07:23 AM | 1,017 Views
Yesterday the Fedx man brought me 4 new Champ wings. Looking forward to putting magnets in the wings to hold them on the fuselage. Doing trim art on the wings. Making a clip wing to see if it really flies better in the wind. And lastly - make a extended wing for gliding. Maybe even carry my new little bitty China camera up over the neighborhood to see if I can see the gulf from my house. It's 4.6 miles to the west?

Pictures and movies to follow?

First to the local hobby shop (LHS) for trim items.

Also I want another E-Flite Nieuport 17 250 slow flier.

Today is March 28th. I have four wings to modify and yesterday I got several different kinds of foam safe glue. So I'm off to the man cave for some wing modifications for the Champ.

First set of wings I tried to clip didn't turn on well I don't think. I think my foam glue is to thick? The LHS only had two foam friendly glues in stock. I bought both but I'm not happy. I watched Gabe do his and it looks like his glue is thinner?
Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 25, 2014 @ 08:50 AM | 1,085 Views
I have a FlyZone (FZ) DR-1 that I got a few months ago. Had trouble with it from the start. It's double fragile. The maiden flight it was tail heavy and I broke the prop, ripped the top wing off, broke all the cabane's lose, ripped of the landing gear off. But foam safe glue put it back together again. However it's still a dud.
I think it was a waste of money. The J-3 UM flies great!

I saw a guy flying one on a video in a very confined area. I thought if he can do it so can I. This morning I got the FZ DR-1 down from the ceiling in the man cave and put the FZ J-3 Cub up in it's place. Put a battery in it and went out front of my house and put the little plane in the air. It flew. It's not happy but it flew. Out of the box the DR-1 is tail heavy. It did take some lead in the nose to make it a flier?

First flight I had full elevator and it barely got in the air. In fact I had to put it in the weeds down the street cause it was not going to fly. Put some up elevator in it and it flew then. I'm using the stock TTX402 TX. I don't like the Anylink for my DX6I's.
Then when it flew it seemed to lose power? So I had another controlled crash and got another battery out. Turns out I had put some spent batteries in the charged battery's place in the battery storage box. So now I have a full battery, trimmed damaged FZ DR-1 to fly. Up it went. I have to remember to move my camera up higher on my head. The planes always fly up above where the camera's looking. But you get the idea. The little plane did fly. But I don't like it.

I have fallen in love with WWI planes. I just bought a E-Flite Nieuport 17 three (3) channel at is so cool. I love it. It's so beautiful. I think I'll get another one. Maybe two more as I'm getting old and I want a fleet of Nieuport's before I go to the great airport in the sky. Thinking of switching out all my fixed wing fliers for Biplanes and Tri-planes.

FlyZone DR1 UM at home (4 min 8 sec)

Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:49 AM | 2,208 Views
Today the FedEx man brought me a E-Flite Nieuport 17 to assemble. The box was in great shape when it arrived. Opened up the models box and was real happy with the model. It's a three (3) channel inside flier. I've been doing the Champ and a Cub but wanted a little more of a model. While searching the Horizon Hobby site I saw the Nieuport 17 on sale. Looked at the little dog and pony show on the Nieuport and fell in love with it. If my age has me reduced to fly low and slow this is what I want for early morning no wind flying. I still love the Champ but this is more of my kind of model. It's a just put it together. All the hard part has been done by some poor 5 dollar a day china man. The workmanship on this plane is real good.

For the first time in my life I actually read the manual before I start assembling this model. It's way to nice for my normal trial and error building. Plus this is an assembly because the plane is already built when you get it. Just install your radio system, slap on the tail feathers and put on the wings. Bomb, you got a plane.

First I've installed the Hi-tech MG65 servos. They were what was in my new parts box. After installing the servos I got a Detrum A12 ESC, Spektrum AR6110 receiver (both new) and bound the package to my sweet DX6I. Had to put it over another model cause both the DX6I's are full. After binding I centered the servos and made up the servos arms along with the hardware for the push rods. Now is a good time to mention that...Continue Reading
Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 12, 2014 @ 11:32 AM | 1,342 Views
I just got a new ParkZone Mosquito. Hope it flies as good as it looks.

I was sitting here and just remembered that I also ordered two sets of spare propellers.
I went out to the trash to get the order slip and found a plastic bag with the four propellers in it>
That was a close call. almost threw them out?

Posted by pjdog350 | Mar 11, 2014 @ 04:20 PM | 2,104 Views
I'm not that proud of my magnet installation. Had allot of trouble. First started the job with hot glue. Not a good idea. Hot glue went through the wing. Plus when you push the magnets down into the wing or Fuselage your fingers get stuck and hot?

So I switched to foam safe glue with accullerator. That seems to have worked. I'm on the search for more little rare earth magnets. I have some but mine are twice the size I got with Gabes magnet kit. By the way, Gabes wing jig is great. It did a great job. I'm sure when I put the magnets on the other wing it will go allot better.

The proof is in the pudding. Flight test in the morning.

(Next Day)

Raining and very windy so I didn't get to try thr new magnets to hold the wing on the Champ. Weather looks poor for a few days?

I was not happy with the sloppy job I did on the first Champ wing installing the magnets. I have more rare earth magnets. They are twice the size of the ones I got from Gabe but I figure they will just hold on better. So I installed four bigger magnest into the first original Champ wing. Came out much better. I think I've graduated to a magnet installer.

Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 28, 2014 @ 01:11 PM | 1,408 Views
My ParkZone Champ has between 30 to 40 flights on it. I've never crashed it or had any hard landings. Just been flying it around trying to get the feel for mode 2 rather than mode 1 as mode 1 was what I learned on in the early 1970's. I've had great flights with the Champ. It's a sturdy plane and flies very well. Don't like the brushed motor but for under $ 90.00 complete what can you expect. It come ready to fly (RTF). Even has a little TX with it.

Anyway - I've been having problems getting the motor to start and keep running when I begin a flight. I've been thinking it was old batteries getting ready to give up. Been putting they in the trash after leaving the batteries in a salt water solution for three or four weeks to kill them.

While watching a boring TV show it occurred to me it could be the cheap brushed motor getting ready to fail. I went to my man cave and got one of the what I thought was a DUD battery and nursed and motor very slowly trying to get the motor to run. I was very surprised to see that the motor did run for well over 5 minutes with full power. and when running at about 1/3 power I was getting 10 minute run times. Does not look like a bad or dead battery to me.

This morning I had two Champ motors and gear sets from another project I've not completed yet. I took one of the motors and installed it into the Champ. Cleaned up the original gears, cleaned all the teeth and pushed the new motor into the motor mount. Tested the motor run direction. It was correct. Hot glued the motor, receiver and motor connection to the AR6400 (I think). Which is the way I found it when I opened it up.

Taped the fuselage back together. I have a Flyzone Cub and the ParkZone Champ. I find the Champ to be a much better construction. Foam is better and thicker. Location of all the RC and power stuff is much cleaner. Lends itself much better to perform maintenance to. I prefer the Champ 3 to one over the Cub.

Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 22, 2014 @ 09:09 AM | 1,218 Views
It's been three days sense I've been able to fly my little trainers. This morning there was no wind at all around 7:30. However it was super foggy. I could not see the house on the other side of our retention pond. But I thought if I keep it real tight I could get a flight. I first put a E-Flite 150 mah battery in the Flyzone Cub. First just to see if it would fit & work. Yesterday I went to the LHS to get a flyzone 130 mah battery and was shocked to see a $ 9.95 cent price. I could have two E-Flight 150 mah batteries for that. I do have a high School education. I passed math. So I passed on the Flyzone battery. The E-Flite battery worked fine. So I went out front and walked to the south side of the house. Gave the UM Cub a hand launch and off she went. I buzzed around for a while and Miss Kitty from down the street walked by with her dog. She walks Sophie every morning at about 8:00 AM. She stopped and was giving me compliments on the Cub. Her dog was also watching the Cub but didn't say anything. As she walk on down the street I went to the north side of the house for safety. I dropped allot of altitude as I was thinking of a landing in the street. I made a left hand pass and set up for a landing. I was of course flying rather low. About 8 to 10 feet. As I was going behind the street sign & stop sign 'smack'. I hit the stop sign. I thought - Wow - my depth perception is even worse than when I was 40. I turn around to see if Miss Kitty and her dog (Sophie) were...Continue Reading
Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 19, 2014 @ 08:28 AM | 1,294 Views
This morning I was going Up to the Civic Center to fly. Was even thinking of some test hops with the not yet flown ParkZone F4F. But being a senior citizen (72) your not always up to par everyday. This morning I was feeling very bad? I took all the pills I'm to take everyday and made a cup of coffee, went out on the patio to watch the sun come up. It was spectacular. Damn, I love the sun rises here in Hudson Florida. After the best part of an hour I started feeling much better. So I went out to the man cave and thought 'Today I'll try the cheap TTX404 FlyZone TX' I got with the UM DR1. However, I was going to fly the UM Cub not the DR1. The DR1 is retired. I had already done the bind to the little Cheapie TTX402 so all I needed to do was turn it on, plug the battery into the little bitty Cub and give it a launch. Here at home I can use the street to take off. I really never know how a hand launch will turn out. But take offs are always good so I did use the street.

I was so surprised at how well the little TTX402 did. The tension is a little weak on the throttle but it had full range that would normally fly. The response to the sticks was good and so I decided that this is the TX I will always use with the ParkZone planes I have. I don't like the Anylink at all. I'm afraid that it will screw up my DX6I. I don't know what's going on inside the DX6I when I shove the Anylink plugs in there. Just not comfortable with it.

SO what I'm getting at there is the TTX402 is an OK TX for the flyzone stuff. May even try getting a P-38.

Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 18, 2014 @ 11:20 AM | 2,295 Views
I've been flying a UM Champ & Cub. It does not take long to get tired of going around in circles. The Champ and Cub really can't do much. The Cub will loop! I've been flying them almost every day in order to get use to mode 2 rather than mode 1. I've switched to mode 2 because of flying RC helicopters and going back and forth from mode 1 to mode 2 is going to be a problem sooner or later.

I have a PK UMX Spitfire & P-40 but as soon as the wind starts all the trainers and UMX's are grounded. I was thinking that the PK (I Think) F4F just might be able to stand a little wind. I'll probably do almost all my flying early before the wind starts but still I'm thinking the PK F4F would be a nice next plane?

I've had the F4F for two or three years. But it's been in my Man Cave with several others just hanging around from the ceiling. Nice thing about just hanging out there is they will last a very long time. Well - As long as the Hurricanes stay away.

I put a full range AR590 Spektrum receiver I got from Horizon Hobby to be sure it was not a Clone like some of the others I had. I've never had a problem with a clone but still this is one of my better planes and I'd like to get some time flying it before it's retired.

I have everything installed, trimmed. Everything is straight. But all those years in a Hot garage has done some damage to the rudder. It has a little warp? It was not like that when I got it. It was perfect so the hot garage or the move from Louisiana to Florida has done something. I thought of a carbon fiber rod down through the rudder but I'm not that good free had drilling. I have a small drill press but it's not tall enough to do this job. I've messed up allot of things trying to get a straight hole in something. So I thought that maybe putting a pair of 10 inch carbon fiber rods down each side just might take out some of the warp? worth a try?
Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 14, 2014 @ 11:11 AM | 2,200 Views
I really misnamed this blog. I left out my MSR-X and all my RC boats and a little inside flying P-51 that is not completed yet. So I should have called this thread 'My current almost all RC Collection. But I thought I post what I currently have for flying RC aircraft.

I'm really happy with the ParkZone Champ. Anyone who is thinking of starting into RC fixed wing should for sure get this little plane first. It's very nice to fly. A real confidence builder. It has restored my ability to fly RC planes. I switched from mode 1 to mode 2 and the champ made that possible. I think I'll get another one and repaint it red & white and add struts and stuff.

Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 10, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 1,552 Views
This morning at 7:18 (Sun Rise) I was at the Civic Center here in Hudson Florida at the soccer fields. There are three Soccer fields side by side and foot ball fields and base ball fields plus tennis courts. Needless to say this is a great open place to fly. Very well taken care of. I've been flying at my house where there are allot of home site with nothing on them but there are still some house mixed among the open spaces. I think some of the neighbors are not happy with me flying here even though no one has said anything. I do have a few sorry neighbors.

This is where I like to fly:

So I thought last night if I charge up a bunch of batteries and go up to the Civic Center I could get some good flights in before anyone shows up. When I got to the civic center there were allot of people on the tennis courts and many people walking there dogs or just running around the site. But it's real big. There was no one of the foot ball or soccer fields. So I put a battery in the Parkzone Champ and hand launched it in the air. Of course the little champ took right off with a little left drift. I few it around for maybe 5 to 8 minutes. Landed right in front of myself. Put in another battery and hand launched again. The little champ was real happy. Did four batteries full battery cycle. Then went to the Truck to get the Flyzone Cub. Went out to the same site and hand launched it. It wanted to climb real bad. It was it's...Continue Reading
Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 07, 2014 @ 09:39 AM | 1,479 Views
Got another UMX flyzone plane today. Bought it just for the TX. I don't know what to think of the Anylink? I'm real disappointed in the flyzone TX. I get allot of nervous movement in the DR1's rudder. Using the 'Anykink' on my DX6I it does not do that.

Posted by pjdog350 | Feb 04, 2014 @ 09:38 AM | 1,726 Views
While looking at the ParkZone Champ posts on RC Groups I saw a set of floats made from 3mm Depron. I should mention that here's the blog where you can find the float plans for the champ.


I can never find Depron anywhere. I tried using Home Deport pink foam. It's way to waive so I gave up on that. Went to the LHS and got some 3/32 balsa. using the supplied plans I printed out on my computer I cut out the 3/32 balsa and made some floats. Not bad for a first attempt. I did made a slight error which I'll have to correct with another float. One float I tapered the back end of the float. The other I didn't. I don't think your supposed to have the tapper? So I'll make a replacement. In fact I'll make two. One with the tapper the other without. I also have a flyzone Cub so I'll use the tapered floats on the cub.

I put a coat of Minwax Polyurethane on the floats. I'm concerned that the weight added to the champ with sealer than paint but sense these are balsa I really have no choice. I must seal them. Had I used Depron as the plans called for the sealer would not have been as much of an issue. But - the Champ has allot of power and is always climbing with full power so I think the Champ can handle the weight.

Rather than try to bend wire to fit the champ I ordered two landing gear from Horizon Hobby. One will be used on the front of the floats and attach where the normal wire goes the other I will bend and make a bracket...Continue Reading
Posted by pjdog350 | Jan 29, 2014 @ 10:12 AM | 1,441 Views
While at the LHS getting balsa wood for some floats I want to build for my new FlyZone Cub that should be here on Jan 29th 2014 I saw a box that contained a ParkZone Champ. the world all says they are real good fliers. I would like to get my fixed wing skills back. And the big thing was seeing what Red Sneakers did with his champ. I was really impressed. Cause I think the Champ as you get it from FlyZone is really ugly. I needs something.

Well Red Sneakers gave the little Champ what it needed. I snatched it up. It was the only Champ the LHS had. The wife was in the Truck waiting for me but she never said a word about another plane that I don't fly. I think I have between 11 to 15 planes hanging from the ceiling in my man cave. Plus 9 RC Helicopters. I do fly the Helicopters. I can fly them right at home.

Anyway - I ordered some over sized wheels from Rc Fun Labs. Got two sets. One for the Cub and the second for the Champ. Headed to the shopping center to get numbers and an ultra thin Sharpie.

Let the fun begin! Life is good!

Today I got the Sharpie ultra fine black marker. Plus I got 1 1/4 inch black nuber and letters. Marked in the ailerons & doors on the champ. But when I went to remove the top wing decal so I put the numbers and letters on it the decale started pulling the top layer of foam and paint!! Nuts!! I stopped. Me needs to think and little and ask some questions from those who know?

The light bulb went off in my head and I realized that the guys on the RCGroups forum are building there Champs. They are starting with wings without any decals on them. Plus the Fuselage is also clean. I have a spare AR6400 receiver so I guess I could do the same thing. However buying all the pieces can get expensive. I think I'll look on EBay for someone wanting sell there Champ? maybe just replace the wing.

Posted by pjdog350 | Jan 24, 2014 @ 07:04 AM | 1,502 Views
In hopes of recovery my fixed wing flying skills I bought a Flyzone J-3 Cub Micro. I saw one at the Wednesday night inside flying here in Hudson Florida at the Civic Center.

Sense I learned to fly RC helicopters which is a mode 2 thing I have forgotten my mode 1 flying skills. I tried to fly fixed wing mode 2 but just could not do it. Back in 1972 I learned to fly Mode 1. So sense I converted one of my DX6I Spektrum Transmitters to mode 1 and bought a ASK-21 glider after putting two little MSR-X tail motors for power on the ASK-21 I thought that I could surely fly that? Didn't happen. I stuck the ASK-21 in a tree behind the house. Plus the little ASK-21 glider is pretty fast. I think I may need something a little slower?

So I'm thinking I maybe need at real trainer. I should have bought a ParkZone Champ ( they are compatible with my DX6I) but they are so ugly. I just don't like them. I think they use to have a Cub but I can't find one. I saw this guy at the Wednesday night thing that has this little bitty yellow Cub and I like how it looked and he said it flies great. It was his first fixed wing and he was doing great. I found a FlyZone Cub on EBay that came with the 'Anylink' So I bought it. Plus this was only $ 79.00 with the Anylink and free shipping. Just the AnyLink is between $ 14.95 to $ 29.00 so I'm thinking this is a good deal.

I have two (2) Spektrum DX6I radios. They don't work with a FlyZone planes but the AnyLink will use your Spektrum DX6I sticks and...Continue Reading