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Posted by gquiring | Nov 06, 2013 @ 04:54 PM | 4,630 Views
I moved last year and the club I now belong to had very few sailplane owners. Once I started flying my sailplanes at the field, the interest in sailplanes skyrocketed fairly quickly. Before long the peanut gallery started making comments about too many sailplanes. Next thing you know they coined it the "Sailplane Mafia". I decided to make a logo. The sailplane is my Elegant 700 and I used a Godfather font I found online.
Posted by gquiring | Oct 10, 2013 @ 01:07 PM | 2,704 Views
I got a better video of the Elegant. This is by far my favorite looking sailplane. I love the colors. It's very easy to see.

Elegant 700 RC Sailplane (5 min 6 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Oct 02, 2013 @ 07:01 PM | 1,821 Views
The maiden went well with no issues. I used the suggested balance point on the wing joiner. It flew really nice. I had a rookie camera crew and could not get a good video. Get ready for a roller coaster shaky video

Elegant 700 sailplane (2 min 26 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Sep 28, 2013 @ 07:41 AM | 2,605 Views
I have been wanting one of these for years. I found one recently on eBay and bought it. I used a KDA 36-10XL motor from Hobby King with a 12x8 folding prop from AeroCam. The ESC is a Yep 60 with a 3s 3000 lipo. I used Hitec 125MG's for flaps, Hitec 65MG's for ailerons and Hitec 85's for rudder and elevator. The radio is an Aurora 9.

During the build I decided to use carbon rods to support the music wire for the rudder and elevator. That made it much easier than running supports down the narrow boom. I also had to replace the included horns for the flaps, they were too small (height) causing a lot of slop.
Posted by gquiring | Aug 03, 2013 @ 07:18 PM | 2,402 Views
I am 100% done with Castle Creations smoking controllers. I had an ICE 75 wipe out my heli last year and just had a TBird 18 go up in my foamy. Why is it that my cheapo Turnigy and YEP ESC's last and last. And every freak'n Castle controller I ever owned is in a landfill somewhere. I can't count how many Phoenix controllers died on me over the years. I am so worried about their crap products I am grounding the rest of my planes that still have one until I can replace them with some reliable stuff.
Posted by gquiring | Jul 07, 2013 @ 06:35 AM | 2,563 Views
To celebrate the 4th this year I decided to try and tow an American flag with a UZI XXL which Hobby Lobby used to sell a few years ago. It was a bit tricky to get the flag to hang vertically.

I used a carbon rod in the leading edge of the flag and initially attached 4 earth magnets to the bottom of the flag (both bottom ends). The flag flew horizontally which is not what I wanted. I doubled up on the magnets and it was no better. I finally stuck two pieces of those lead (14 g) to bottom leading edge and it finally hung correctly. I mounted the tow hook on the CG of the lower wing.

Towing the American Flag with a RC Biplane (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Jun 25, 2013 @ 06:40 PM | 2,822 Views
I found a $5 amp meter on Hobby King's site that I used to measure how many amps my quad charger is pulling. Here is the video:

Amp meter from Hobby King (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by gquiring | May 31, 2013 @ 08:17 AM | 2,716 Views
I got my Omega 2.5 meter in the air this month. This was an old ARF that my local hobby shop had acquired from an estate sale. For $150 bucks I jumped on it.

The build went easy enough except for the hinging on the ailerons and flaps. The hinge was part of the sheeting and it was very stiff. I had to score the hinge line with a knife to loosen it up. I really liked that the pushrod guides were pre-installed. Routing the servo wires was difficult in the wing, the guide the provided was a tad small to get two sets of wires in there.

I used a YEP 60 ESC, KD 36-10XL HK motor, 12x8 prop and Hitec 85 for the vtail and Hitec 125MG's for the ailerons and flaps. I used a 3000 3S pack and it balanced perfectly.
Posted by gquiring | May 12, 2013 @ 02:11 PM | 4,279 Views
This is my newest addition. I built this sailplane during the winter months and started flying it in April 2013. It flies great. I used a KD 36-10XL motor from Hobby King, a YEP 60 amp ESC with 6 amp BEC, Graupner 12x6 prop, Hitec 65MG servos in the wing and Hitec 85's for rudder and elevator. The radio is a Hitec Aurora 9.

The build went well but Top Model made a couple of glaring design errors. The elevator is driven by a large bell crank that is supported by two balsa bushings that are pre-installed for you. The balsa wears out very quickly (in my case 7 flights) and then the elevator flops around with several inches of movement! It's easy enough to fix if you know of the problem before assembly. I did not and was not going to rip out the rudder to fix it. I used some thin G10 material on the outside of the fuse to support the carbon rod which goes through the bell crank.

Another issue are the flaps. The wing is only held down with two screws which means it does move slightly. If it does move during flight the flaps are so close to the fuselage they will jam. When I hinged my flaps I went as far out as possible which created about a 1/8" gap between the fuse.

The model CG's easily with a Turnigy 3000 3S pack. The reason I used the KD motor is it's heavier than a Turnigy equivalent. I hate using lead weight to balance. You will want to make sure you have a setting for 90 degree flaps. This sailplane is a real floater and I have used the flaps...Continue Reading
Posted by gquiring | Oct 04, 2012 @ 08:23 AM | 3,381 Views
A few years ago going to the Thomas Edison field in NJ was all about watching what Bob Marz and Mr C were going to do. These two guys were so much fun you did not even have to fly your own model, they were going to provide all the entertainment. I wanted to share a video I took back then that I recently found on my computer.

Some comedy at the local flying field (1 min 37 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:35 AM | 3,544 Views
I recently moved from NJ to SC. I had lived in NJ for 49 years. A day before the move I decided to stop by to say goodbye to an old friend, Horace Hagen. I met Horace back in 1976, the year I bought my first RC helicopter.

Horace was the guru of guru's back then. He had a couple of Kavan Jet Rangers when I met him. Horace spent countless hours with me trying to get my Dubro Tristar off the ground. It had a Heathkit Pack 17 radio in it that was not doing well. Horace figured out all the issues and more importantly taught me what to do and look for. We finally got the Tristar to fly and I was hooked on the hobby since then. I had lost touch with Horace over the years and just wanted to touch base before my move.

Horace worked for Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. I enclosed a couple of photos from back then.
Posted by gquiring | Jul 11, 2011 @ 08:44 AM | 6,287 Views
Two in one week is very hard. Another friend, Bob Marz passed this past weekend. Bob was full of energy, he was the field comedian, he had more energy than most small kids. He added so much life to the flying field. He just recently retired and was enjoying the RC world more than ever. Bob we are going to miss you more than anyone....Continue Reading
Posted by gquiring | Jul 09, 2011 @ 03:07 PM | 5,867 Views
This is a tough one, a good friend at the flying field past away last week. He had a difficult life fighting diabetes where both of legs were amputated in the last two years and was on dialysis because of kidney failure. He was a great guy, well loved by everyone at the Edison field. His favorite plane was the Contender, anytime he had that plane he was one happy camper.

Mr C was his nickname, very few knew his real name was Charlie Cunningham, everyone knew him as Mr C. Here are some photos of Mr C and his friends....Continue Reading
Posted by gquiring | May 12, 2011 @ 09:45 AM | 5,364 Views
I found a nice 6 banana output channel strip at Tower Hobbies to cleanup my charging mess in my car. I always had alligator clips daisy chained in a mess that would easily disconnect while charging my lithium batteries. This strip is made by Integy and costs about $22. Itís a bargain for what you get. Itís fused protected and 4 of the 6 outlets are switched and have individual power LEDís. There is also a master power LED for the entire strip. It also includes 3 sets of banana plugs to retrofit some of your chargers.

I decided to remove the feet off the back and use Velcro to mount it to my marine battery. The cable going to battery is about 4í which is great if you prefer to keep your chargers out of the car while charging.
Posted by gquiring | Oct 25, 2010 @ 06:00 AM | 6,165 Views
We are getting more scale heli's lately at our local flying field. Here are a few photos of all of them....Continue Reading
Posted by gquiring | Sep 07, 2010 @ 09:27 PM | 6,729 Views
I added some LED's from Hobby King to my old Flash EPP foamy. These lights from HK are amazingly bright. They run off 12 volts which is perfect when using a 3s lipo. You can cut them up and splice in colors and lengths as you please.

Flash with LED's for night flying (1 min 37 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Aug 10, 2010 @ 11:00 PM | 6,030 Views
We have a good group at the Edison flying field in NJ. Today was some turnout, the weather was very hot and humid but there were no winds. The guys came out and we had a blast. A total of 22 pilots. I even got a very good crash photo.
Posted by gquiring | May 16, 2010 @ 10:26 PM | 7,553 Views
My first couple of flights were very disappointing, the plane had a very odd feel. My good friend Chris pointed out that I was not flying with the canopy which he said was probably causing some rough airflow. I had not bothered to install it because the battery was in the cockpit and I left it off for easy access and good venting. Well he was right, I took the time to make a mount using ring magnets and the next flight was a charm.

Complete build thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ighlight=pitts
Posted by gquiring | Apr 29, 2010 @ 07:16 AM | 7,160 Views
This goes way back. I dug up some old photos from my first heli days. I was 15 years old. I built a Heathkit Pack 17 radio and the heli was from Dubro. Yes Dubro actually made helicopters back then. They had the 40 size Tristar and the larger 60 size Shark. I will never forget what sold me on that heli, it was seeing Nick Ziroli on the front cover of Flying models hovering a Shark with pontoons on it. At that time my only RC experience was a couple of boats I built from Dumas.

The Tristar had it's maiden flight at the Bell Labs field in Holmdel, NJ. Back then helicopters were not very well known or reliable! Luckily I found Horace Hagen who was an early pioneer in helicopters in the USA. He spent many hours with me going over all my mistakes. The Tristar was powered by an OS 40.

I never really learned how to fly that helicopter. It would constantly fall apart. But what an adventure those days were and it bit me good, I have enjoyed the hobby all these years.