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Posted by RCvertt | Apr 07, 2015 @ 04:35 AM | 2,804 Views
From the Zen Magnets website...

On April 1st (yest it's real and not an April fools joke), 2015, at 4:50 pm MST the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals granted our Motion for Stay, which temporarily nullified the magnet ban...

Hardly out of the woods yet but it is seen as a positive sign. I still hope small 5mm round magnets won't become illegal to all responsible adults but I still say there needs to be rules/laws in place preventing their sale to children 14 years and under, which is a large part of what created this mess.
Posted by RCvertt | Jan 16, 2015 @ 08:13 PM | 6,923 Views
I just got some small 5mm by 5mm cube magnets from Zen Magnets LLC. Included is a notice that the CPSC has banned round magnets in the US effective 4/4/15 because apparently parents are incapable of keeping small children from ingesting them. Zen Magnets is the last company that is fighting this ban.

I can understand a ban on including magnets in toys sold to children but as a responsible adult, a flat out ban seems excessive to say the least. Apparently the first child has recently died from ingesting such magnets. I am of course not for the death of children so it seems that banning them from toys marketed to children should be adequate.

However, if parents are incapable of doing their job as parents then I guess small round magnets should be banned from everyone in the US. I guess we'll have to cement up all the swimming pools next since parents are incapable of keeping many more children from harm from those.

I will be sending a letter to CPSC to suggest the removal of spherical magnets from toys targeted to kids. I will also suggest that companies should have to include a written "small child ingestion" warning message on spherical magnets, or any magnets, that are sold in the US. This makes more sense than a flat ban that will include adults that takes place this year on (4/1/15).

How does this relate to RC aircraft that I enjoy flying? Magnets are used on a lot of planes I fly to hold down hatches or inside the motors that we all use. The small cube magnets I just purchased are no less dangerous than if they were spherical and swallowed.
Posted by RCvertt | Jun 23, 2014 @ 04:41 PM | 5,242 Views
Es no bueno!
Squirrels only come in light brown around my neighborhood and this thing doesn't look brown to me. With those razor sharp teeth and large black oil filled eyes, it's clear that this is the infamous Chupacabra that I saw today. Looks like it's just waiting to pounce on people that walk under it so I didn't get too close.
Posted by RCvertt | Jun 22, 2014 @ 03:38 PM | 6,217 Views
Saw the film and really liked the QuadCopter that is in it so I thought it might make for a nice build. Flight controller will be a standard Wii sensor board with arduino Nano that I took out of an old build. Servos and motors are glued right into the foam.

Nice trailer with good reference in it..
Edge of Tomorrow - Official Trailer 1 [HD] (2 min 34 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by RCvertt | Jun 02, 2014 @ 11:27 PM | 5,150 Views
Tri-Airplane platform for future VTOL build.

4cell GoodLanding (3 min 33 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Mar 30, 2014 @ 03:11 PM | 6,140 Views
This was the second transition attempt. First attempt went just as well but I didn't have the camera rolling.

QuadAirpane Hover45Hover (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Feb 27, 2014 @ 10:48 PM | 6,031 Views
Posted by RCvertt | Dec 31, 2013 @ 12:42 PM | 6,375 Views
With this the last day of 2013 I couldn't help but remember a fellow modeler that passed away this year. Evett of Evett's model shop on Ocean Park boulevard. My first model, an AeroStar 20 with a K&B glow engine was purchased from him along with an AM radio. He was always very help full with any questions that my father and I had for him. He is the one that taught me how to fly. I would go out to the Apollo XI Field at the Sepulveda Basin with my father and Evett would be there ready to teach me how to fly. He was also instrumental in getting the Apollo XI Field at the Sepulveda Basin set aside for model aircraft and helped to maintain it. There is a nice plaque at the field recongnizing his contributions. He is missed but not forgotten.

His shop is still open and run by his wife. Luckily I am still able to go in for supplies and say hello from time to time.
Posted by RCvertt | Dec 08, 2013 @ 04:15 PM | 6,909 Views
Self designed swept forward flying wing.

SweptForward FinalDesign (4 min 10 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Oct 21, 2013 @ 07:40 PM | 7,063 Views
Here's an image and video of a self designed swept back flying wing I did recently.
Swept Back Flying Wing - Final Design (4 min 26 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Aug 18, 2013 @ 07:15 PM | 7,777 Views
Got my first up close and personal look at the world famous DJI quadcopter today. It was more impressive than what I expected. Nice small size and looks easy to control. I was surprised to learn it has GPS, compass and barometer for height hold all under the protective plastic frame.
Posted by RCvertt | Jul 24, 2013 @ 10:47 PM | 8,503 Views
Saw this quadcopter at Siggraph 2013 today. Never seen a quadcopter shown at Siggraph before so it was pretty cool to see one there.
Posted by RCvertt | Jul 03, 2013 @ 07:36 PM | 8,125 Views
Working on a quadcopter airplane idea.
Posted by RCvertt | Apr 23, 2013 @ 11:07 PM | 8,965 Views
Osprino-V3 is now working good. I've flow it on the wing for 8 minutes so far.

My crap camera can only record for 5 minutes but I've flown it for 8 so far.
OsprinoV3-1_OsprinoV2withExtendedWings (5 min 5 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Apr 14, 2013 @ 06:09 PM | 8,598 Views
On my way to the local hobby shop I found some cool stuff parked in the corner.

Looks like Starscream soaking up some rays with his pals while waiting to make the next Transformers film. Those hollywood type do live the good life.
Posted by RCvertt | Feb 12, 2013 @ 02:20 AM | 9,802 Views
One of my first full transitions with this aircraft.

TriSweptForward 2 (2 min 19 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Feb 01, 2013 @ 12:08 AM | 9,136 Views
Posted by RCvertt | Jan 14, 2013 @ 02:56 PM | 9,029 Views
4 minute flight of my little Osprino doing its thing. Tested out a smaller mah battery that is higher C and weighs 20 grams more.

V22 Osprey (RC Foamy) 4 minute Flight (4 min 13 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Dec 26, 2012 @ 12:47 AM | 9,663 Views
My first full conversion from hover takeoff to 90 degree motor tilt for forward flight and back to a hover landing.

RC Osprey Full Conversion (2 min 6 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | May 09, 2012 @ 06:13 PM | 10,572 Views
Wasn't sure if I could make it fly without a vertical stabilizer but the initial tests look very promising.

1_NoRudder.AVI (3 min 29 sec)