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Posted by Kmot | Jul 26, 2014 @ 02:10 PM | 2,502 Views
I have a Blade MQX mini quad and an Estes micro quad. I had been wanted a larger, camera capable quad like a DJI Phantom but the cost was out of my range.

Along comes Hobby King with their new Quanum Nova. I liked what I saw and so I ordered one. I have flown it 10 times now and I think it is pretty awesome.

I have mounted a GoPro camera on it and taken some video. I also wanted to be able to mount my Sony AS-10 camera and so I rigged up a mount using a Klinker clamp and some GoPro fittings.

Hansen Dam Lake - Quanum Nova - Sony AS 10 (5 min 52 sec)


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Posted by Kmot | Jul 26, 2014 @ 01:36 PM | 2,298 Views
I love the old "Air Knocker". Has always had a soft spot in my airplane favorites list.

I had the opportunity to buy a used E-Flite Aeronca 15e a few weeks ago. It sat unattended in my hangar for a few weeks until I had a chance to go through it this past week.

It needed a couple of small repairs to the covering, and the faux exhaust stacks replaced, and a strut brace re-glued.

Since I did not feel like buying an entire roll of covering to make the needed repairs I simply used clear packing tape to patch over the tears in the covering.

For the exhaust stacks, I glued in a couple of pieces of plywood, that I had drilled a 1/4 hole into and painted the surrounding area black. I next cut off a couple of 1" lengths of brass tube and glued them into place. Lastly I mixed up some paint to resemble oxidized steel exhaust pipes, and painted the brass tubes with it.

I also changed the connector on the ESC from a Dean's to an XT60.

I expect to fly her next week at the Basin....Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Jul 26, 2014 @ 01:03 PM | 2,342 Views
I got a Tidewater this week, assembled it, and flew it's maiden flight this morning.

It's a sweet, gentle flying airplane that cruises slow and smooth at 1/3 throttle. It's really a pleasure to fly.

It goes on the water very nicely, easy to steer and tracks very straight when accelerating for take off.

Some issues I had with the model were the pushrod connectors using 2mm Phillips head screws. I could not get a good purchase on them to really tighten down on them. So I swapped them out for hex head screws.

Another issue is the paint trim. It looks great, but it does not stick on the foam very well. I had a piece of masking tape over some painted trim, for about 2 minutes and when I peeled back the tape it pulled the paint off with it.

Lastly, I use a Ernst airplane cradle with foam strips on the support arms. Just setting up the plane while in this cradle, the paint on the foam part of the fuselage hull rubbed off.

So all in all it's a pretty decently made model but the paint is very fragile.

It sure flies nice though!
Posted by Kmot | Jun 21, 2014 @ 03:54 PM | 2,239 Views
I walked around and took some snap shot photos of some of the model aircraft there this morning. B-17's were growing on trees! I was particularly lusting after the Freewing F-86 Sabre and a SebArt Miss Wind.

I met "X-Plane" Tony there and also saw a lot of old friends. It was a good morning. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | May 21, 2013 @ 01:10 AM | 5,023 Views
The body comes clear and requires that you paint it. I painted mine in four colors over four days and added stickers on the fifth day.
Posted by Kmot | May 16, 2013 @ 07:32 PM | 6,353 Views
I bought my Traxxas Summit for $479 and at the time I thought that was outrageous. Now look at the price. Yikes!

oops, my bad! I just looked at my order history and discovered it was actually $569 back in Feb 2010, minus a $60 coupon so I paid $509.
Posted by Kmot | Apr 26, 2013 @ 12:15 AM | 6,136 Views
It has been a while since I played with a fast electric model boat. Used to do it years ago, but then got more interested in scale working boats.

But recently I saw a few Revolt boats at a local pond and I was smitten with the way it looks. I decided I wanted one for myself.

I did not care for the dull finish of raw aluminum, as all of the hardware parts were. So I polished it all up. I replaced all the stock screws, and used some anodized aluminum washers to set off the satin stainless steel machine screws I installed. It turned out pretty well.

Other things I have done to it are install a ball bearing thrust washer on the motors output shaft, and install an oak wood support under the stuffing box. I dressed, sharpened, and lightly polished the prop. And I removed a few of the less desirable decals.

The Aquacraft Revolt 30 comes in four different liveries. Three of them are race boat style and one is civilian style. I chose the civilian style livery. I think it looks like a Day Cruiser type scheme.

I intend to build a more sturdy wood boat stand for it. The included ABS stand is too small, thin, and very flimsy for my liking....Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Mar 21, 2013 @ 07:53 PM | 6,149 Views
Would you care for a Death cigarette with your Death Wish coffee?
Posted by Kmot | Feb 28, 2013 @ 11:28 AM | 5,811 Views
I have never seen the ISS fly over before. So I decided to give it a try. I sat down in a chair and looked toward the northwest. I watched a few airplanes fly by (I live very near Van Nuys airport) and looked at a few faint stars and wondered what the space station might look like.

Off in the distance, in the northwest, I spotted an airplane with its landing light on. Nothing unusual there as I see that often with planes coming into VNY at night. But this one had no other lights. No flashing strobes, no red or green. And it was moving pretty fast. I thought it must be an airplane. I thought this for a minute or two. Then I thought to myself, "wait a minute, that must be the ISS!"

I could not believe how bright it was. And how fast it was moving, once I realized it was up in orbit.

I snapped some photos with my 300mm lens. All I saw with my eyeglasses on was a bright round dot. Once I brought the images into my computer and saw them at 100% I was thrilled to see the ISS with its outer solar panels. Very awesome!

Most of the pic's turned out too blurry but a few came out decent enough.
Posted by Kmot | Feb 26, 2013 @ 06:42 PM | 5,840 Views
I was at a local scale fly in recently and one of my friends had a vintage Jemco PT-19 there. He built it many years ago and it has over 240 flights logged!

I remarked that I had the same kit, partially constructed, and that it had been sitting dormant since about 1975 or so. Seeing his on the flight line got my interest up again.

Today I went fishing in my garage. I pulled down a few boxes from the rafters. The Jemco PT-19 kit is in an enclosed box and all the parts and bits are in excellent condition. However, the fuselage was laying in an open box and has a thick coating of dust on it. So do all the pieces of balsa wood, plans, and other bits that were in the open boxes.

I totally forgot about having a Jemco P-39. It is also partially constructed.

The reason is that back in the mid-70's I really did not have any place to build, and especially to sand wood. So these boxes got put up into storage, and I just kept hauling them with me whenever I moved to a new home.

I also became a strong proponent of ARF airplanes.

I think I will probably finish these models some time this year. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Jan 06, 2013 @ 12:50 AM | 6,611 Views
I was going to get this Jenny ready to fly again. It has been hanging up in my workshop for a couple of years.

I was removing the battery from the cowl, when the fuselage crumbled.

The Lil' Rascal, on the other hand, is the same vintage but made from balsa wood and it is still fit as a fiddle.

The guys paying $300 and up for those foam airplanes being sold today are really going to hate it in a couple of years.

Balsa planes last forever.
Posted by Kmot | Dec 02, 2012 @ 04:29 PM | 7,673 Views
I have had an ASP five cylinder radial engine since 2006, and no airplane for it. But now I have an airplane, yay!

It is a giant scale, 28% Bower's Fly baby monoplane. The ARF is made by VQ Models and is imported into the USA by Hobby People.

M ost all of the Fly Baby mono's have been powered by flat four cylinder engines but there are two I have seen in photos with radial engines on them, and one of these, the "Hevle Classic", is quite famous as the flying demonstrator for Rotec, the Australian manufacturer of small radial engines for homebuilt airplanes.

So my Fly Baby will also be powered by a radial engine.

The kit is a combo birthday and Xmas gift and I will be waiting until after Christmas to get started on it. In the meant time I opened the box and checked the contents and also placed the engine in front to get an idea of how it will look.

More to come later......Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Nov 16, 2012 @ 07:04 PM | 7,163 Views
I recently purchased a Turnigy 1/10 scale 4WD SCT from Hobby King. I purchased from their USA warehouse and it took about a week to arrive via UPS.

Although it is listed as 1/10 scale it actually is more like 1/8 scale, at least compared to a 1/10 scale Monster Jam truck.

It is a pre-built model, only needing a radio system and battery to get it running. But it does require some going over and tightening, or loosening, of parts.

I installed a Fly Sky radio system and use a 2S LiPo battery. The truck is plenty fast. It will be used to exercise my dog in our backyard.
Posted by Kmot | Oct 14, 2012 @ 06:20 PM | 7,206 Views
I love Spektrum radios. I have a DX6, and a DX7. Been using them for several years now in both aircraft and boats. They are just awesome technology radios!

I wanted to get the new DX7s when it came out about a year ago, but did not have the funds.

Oh sure, would LOVE a new DX18.

But I am very happy to be getting a DX7s finally. I placed my order at my LHS, Smith Brothers in Reseda, California on Friday. The radio is supposed to come in on Tuesday.

I will be putting my faithful DX7 up for sale.
Posted by Kmot | Aug 26, 2012 @ 09:52 PM | 8,633 Views
I obtained a well used, abused, and very dirty Nautical Commander 5-channel radio from a friend of mine.

I wanted to clean up the case, but it was basically hopeless. So I decided to strip all the electronics out of the case and re-paint it.

I used Rustoleum Hammerite paint, in brown.

I also wanted to decorate the radio case with something nautical, since the original sticker with the ships wheel was not usable. Looking at nautical themed trinkets I found some mermaids and an anchor with rope and I thought the radio case would look good with these items on it. Turns out it looks great!

I also converted it to a 2.4Ghz frequency using the FrSky hack module. And I repaired several bad soldering connections made when my buddy did some modifications to the radio.

It's in pretty good condition now, nice and clean inside and out (except for paint stains on the inside) and all the wiring connections are good and the charging circuit has been restored back to original.

It definitely won't get lost in a crowd of Nautical Commander radio's!
Posted by Kmot | Aug 25, 2012 @ 11:40 AM | 7,702 Views
The other day a home in my area was burglarized. Didn't know at the time what was going on but I did notice the LAPD heli orbiting low over my house so I took that opportunity to shoot some photos of it. Here are a few examples I got.
Posted by Kmot | Jul 14, 2012 @ 10:47 PM | 8,367 Views
I built the Tamiya TXT-1 monster truck and completed it in January 2002. I ran it on the stock Tamiya silver can motors for awhile and then I installed Trinity black can Monster Maxx motors.

In 2004 I installed a set of Kyosho Magnetic Mayhem motors along with MP Jet planetary gearboxes. This was because rock crawling was just starting to get popular and this particular truck had participated in the 1st RC4WD Rock Crawling Competition and I realized it needed to be geared down for use as a crawler.

But shortly the TXT-1 fell out of favor as a crawler because dedicated rock crawler designs came about rapidly.

With the planetary gearboxes on the motors and the other gearing in the transmission and differentials, it had a final drive ratio at the wheels of 213:1

Yeah, ridiculous torque and pulling power. Nothing could stop it. But, it was slow as molasses in winter!

I decided recently that I was going to pull the gearboxes from the motors and return it to it's former fast self. But not with the same old Trinity motors.

I have some very high power brushed motors from the days before the brushless revolution. These motors are nothing to sneer at. They make mind boggling power. So I decided I would try to fit a couple of them into the TXT-1. Looks like they will fit.

I will be using a pair of Velkom 2828/4 motors. These were manufactured by Model Motors of Czechoslovakia, the same company that now makes the popular AXI line of brushless motors.

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Posted by Kmot | Jun 19, 2012 @ 04:14 PM | 8,621 Views
I am pissed off! I live on a quiet cul de sac street. No traffic at all except the people who live here. Well, some douche bag LA City parking attendant drove up our street and just gave my wifes car a ticket for being parked too far away from the curb. I went out and confronted the beeatch about what the he!! she was doing ticketing my wifes car parked in front of our house and she smirked as she said "too fah from da curb".

The ticket says 18". I measured it and the cars tire was 19". One inch over the beaatch's limit. Ticket is $58 bucks.

My wife has parked the car the same way for 13 years.

I hate L.A. I hate California. I hope every douche bag LA parking attendant has their organs fall off!
Posted by Kmot | Jun 10, 2012 @ 09:08 PM | 8,475 Views
This is a fun little truck. I have had it for a few months now. Today I painted up a new body for it. It is a Parma brand, dune buggy.
Posted by Kmot | May 28, 2012 @ 01:44 PM | 8,472 Views
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