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Posted by Beaves | Mar 31, 2014 @ 04:10 PM | 1,749 Views
After building the Noob Tube (which I’m still waiting to maiden), I thought I’d go ahead and begin building my Photon.

I’m torn between making the standard Photon and a larger version. I have a Parkzone 480 motor that I really want to use on a larger photon, but I also have an extra Turnigy 2826 to use on the standard 60 inch Photon.

I’m certain I will build both, but I really want to see this large one in the air; so, I’m starting with it.

The Parkzone 480 is a 107 gram, 960 kv motor. Parkzone does not disclose any “official” data on this motor that I’ve found (albeit a very limited search). Like I said, the motor proper is 107 grams and with prop adapter and mount it will come in at around 136 grams. For reference, Ed’s recommended motor for the 60” Photon is a Turnigy 2826 weighing in at 50 grams for the motor proper and likely pushing 60-65 max with adapter and mount. So, we’re talking more than 2x the weight on the motor.
This begs the question, what size photon to build?

Since I have limited motor data and I have no method for testing the thrust of this motor, my best approach is to look at other planes Parkzone puts this motor on. The weight of these planes range from 25 ounces to 41 ounces. Ed’s 60 inch Photon came in at 30 ounces. I suppose in reality I could put this motor on a 60 incher, but it would really increase the wing loading and have a lot of weight up front. Fortunately, this is the same motor used in both the Parkzone Radian and...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Mar 31, 2014 @ 03:50 PM | 1,709 Views
February 2014. My buddy Gabe221 sent me a message one day that he was ordering a Popwing and asked if I wanted him to grab one for me on the order. So, I ordered the all white kit so I could build and paint myself

After building the Divinity Wing and absolutely loving it, I wanted to see if I could make one slightly smaller with a similar power system absolutely scream!

It was recommended on the Popwing thread to use a Turnigy 2826 2200kv motor for good speed. So, that's what I used. That, and a 6x4e prop.

With the heavier motor on back putting out a lot more power than the stock system, going with a bigger battery kills two birds with one stone. Adds necessary nose weight and feeds the power hungry motor. I went with the standard 2200mah 3s.
The popwing is not designed to hold a battery this large, so I had to cut out the opening to accept a larger battery. Since I was cutting it out anyway, I decided to move the battery to the top of the wing to keep it from hitting the ground first on landings. For support, I added a plywood skid plate on bottom where the battery opening was. In addition, I added two carbon fiber rods to the front leading edge since I had removed so much foam in the nose. This should help the integrity of the plane on hard nose landings.

I made a hole in the wing to allow the battery lead to go through to the bottom and plug into the esc. I used a Hobbyking Red Brick 50 amp esc. and an Orang RX. I went with emax 12 gram metal...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Mar 19, 2014 @ 11:57 AM | 3,245 Views
**April 16, 2014 Edit......Added Fun Cub Tires!

Anyone on here into scratchbuilding has likely visited the Scratchbuild University thread and seen Ed's designs. The two that have caught my attention for some time are the Noob Tube and the Photon. They've been on my list to build and I finally got all the materials to build both. I'm starting with the Noob Tube.

Ed's build videos are great. They teach you step by step how to build the wings, fuse, and accessories. I searched for information on how to put all the pieces together and didn't find any other build logs. I'm sure they are out there if I took the time to search properly. Anyway, I thought I would share by experience here as a first time builder of one of Ed's planes.

I'll try to post lots of pictures of how I did certain things. Like I said, Ed does a great job of teaching us how to build each aspect of his designs, but putting it all together requires each person's own skills and techniques.

If you haven't visited Ed's thread, the link is here:

Most of his videos are found on youtube. His page is here:

Have a look and see what I'm building.

This is a 4 channel plane that will end up weighing around 20 ounces (567 grams) AUW with a 2200mah 3 cell. Made from Dollar Tree foam board and colored packing tape. Unlike a lot of foamboard builds, this plane has actual airfoil...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Feb 24, 2014 @ 09:13 PM | 2,171 Views
February 2014. Attempting to satisfy my need for speed, I stumbled upon the Steven's Aero Adrenaline. A Carbon fiber fuse, lightweight balsa hotliner.
The build was fairly straightforward and easy. The wings had to be sanded to an airfoil shape, but this soft balsa sands fast. Everything went together with thin CA glue. There really isn't a lot to say about this build. Not much to it.

The most difficult part of the build was bending the aileron pushrods. A single servo operates both ailerons and the pushrods must be bent allowing them to go over the elevator servo. It was a bit tedious to get this right. See picture below to see what I mean

I'm not confortable with the tape hinges recommended in the build instructions. They don't feel like they are going to hold well enough for the speed and stresses this plane is going to experience. I will likely end up replaceing them with a more robust permanent hinge.

The wings are coated with two light coats of Polycryllic for sealing. I did this before painting. They recommend putting a heavy coating of polycryllic on the wing tips, enough to soften the wings. Once soft, you're supposed to be able to massage the wingtips upwards to create a permanent flare. This is supposed to improve slow flight characteristics. I tried this but was unable to get the wings to bend up. I assumed I didn't have enough coating on them and ended up dipping each wing tip into the polycryllic and still was not successful with...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Feb 17, 2014 @ 05:58 PM | 2,814 Views
January 2014. I ended up with a HobbyKing 2810/1700kv motor and wanted something do with it. I decided on a fast nutball. It would have to size it just right to be light enough to achieve good speed yet able to withstand the stress as well. A lesson learned from my 13 inch nutball was that you can have too much power on thin foamies.
I decided on a single layer 20" with no KF steps. I dialed in about 12 degrees of wingtip angle. Used 5 gram servos and a 12amp esc. I'm running 800mah 3S batteries..
I made it fairly light. After adding a bit of packing tape I decided it was rigid enough without spars, so I left it as you see it in the pictures. I made my own motor mount this time all out of wood. The circular disks came in a bag from Lowes. Very cheap.
I'm using my first Lemon Receiver on this build. These come highly recommended. They are becoming very popular and have a really good thread on rcgroups. They are saying they get much farther range checks than spektrum receivers. So far it's working flawlessly. My only complaint is attaching it. It's designed as if they didn't intend for them to be firmly attached to anything, foam or otherwise. Not sure what they were thinking in the design of this. You have to put a bit of effort into figuring out how best to attached them.

Typically, Nutballs want lower KV motors with larger props. It's a bit out of the norm to go with a high KV. Am I ever glad I did. What a lot of fun this thing is! I'm...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Feb 06, 2014 @ 10:42 PM | 3,169 Views
In December, I decided I wanted a delta. I looked at the Superfly, Assasin, etc. There are a lot of Delta’s out there to purchase. Once I started watching videos of how well scratchbuilt deltas fly, I decided to build my own. I was watching videos of the simple delta when I stumbled on the FT Delta by Flite Test.
I had never built any of their planes before, but I love their videos. After spending the last few months reviewing their site, I think it’s the best RC related web site on the internet. Those guys have really done an incredible job with having resources that cover everything from a beginner to advanced.
The FT Delta is a part of their line of “Swappable” builds. The link is below. Both the plans and detailed professional build videos are on their page leaving no question unanswered. You can literally build this plane in a few hours.
My motor is a Turnigy D2822 1450kv swinging a 7x5 prop. This is a 38g motor producing 160 watts. A LOT of power for this plane! But, that was the intent.
The servos are 9g Hextronik HXT900. The pushrods are 0.47” Piano wire. I’m using a Turnigy 18am esc and an Orange Receiver.
This build calls for leaving the paper on the foamboard. This has some positives and negatives. The negatives are weight. The AUW using an 850mah 3S battery is 12.8oz. This 20 inch wingspan gives a wing loading of approximately 4.7 ounces per square foot. This is a little on the heavy side for such a small plane. It comes in hot, but...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Feb 05, 2014 @ 06:56 PM | 3,255 Views
Flight Video for this completed build is here:
Divinity 2 HD (4 min 21 sec)

In late October 2013, I decided I wanted to try a flying wing. So far, I have only flown fuselage type planes. I started watching fpv videos and saw that a lot of people were using large flying wings. That led me to other videos just to see these wings in action. The larger wings with low wing loading are so graceful. They seem to just glide for days and are very slow moving and look like a lot of fun. So, I hit the threads searching and asking questions to find a good 40+ inch wing span that had a lot of power, but would fly slow. Predominantly, the two suggestions I received were the larger Popwing and the Divinity II. I decided to go with the Divinity since I could build it from scratch at home.

It’s one of the neatest designs I’ve seen in a wing. I love the curved lines. When I first saw it I thought it looked like a difficult build, but it turns out the hardest thing about this build was cutting out the plans.

The design is by Apachepilot and his thread can be found at:

It’s a 48” wing built from several sheets of Dollar Tree foam. The airfoil is based on a KFm6. It’s quite thick being 6 layers of foamboard. With that thickness, I was able to sand a very nice round leading edge. Also being this thick no spars are necessary. The foam itself provides plenty of stiffness.

I used a new glue for this...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Feb 02, 2014 @ 01:19 PM | 2,734 Views
September 2013. My first Nutball met it's demise in my neighbor's tree. Hit it head on while flying inverted and failed to react in time.
No worries, it's $2 worth of foam and a few hours work. I decided to rebuild with a few modifications to give this one a bit more power and maneuverability.
In the build, I lowered the wing tips from 22 degrees to 14 degrees and mounted a Turnigy 2830D 1000 KV. Using the same 10x4.7SF prop and 1300mah 3S battery. Landing gear is the oem gear from my slow stick.
Instead of packing tape, I decided to paint with acrylic paint and coat with varnish. I forget how many coats, but it was too many. It looks great, but weighs a little heavy. However, it still flys great and really cuts the wind nicely. The all up weight is 22.8 oz. This calculates out to 5.3 ounces per square foot. The ideal loading is 2.5-3.0 opsf, so I'm obviously on the high side, but I don't have to worry about the wind! This is definitely the right motor for this plane. Tremendous thrust and speed. This build also incorporates a KF4 step.
The lower tip angle really makes this one fly aggressively. I definitely recommend the lower tip angle if you're an experienced pilot.
I really wanted to tell the difference between the top and bottom on this one. I think I accomplished that. No getting disorientated this time. The smiley face is complements of my Wife.
There's a lot more I could say about the build, tips, etc. Ask if you have any questions.
I've been flying the heck out of this plane for a few months now and I can't say enough about how well it flies. Again, everyone needs to experience flying the Nutball.
Once again.....thanks Goldguy and Davereap!
Posted by Beaves | Feb 02, 2014 @ 12:19 PM | 2,521 Views
September 2013. My first Scratchbuild….A 28 inch Nutball. I decided it would be cool to build my own plane from scratch. I initially set out to find plans for a scratchbuild similar to the slow stick. So, I went to the scratchbuild section of rcgroups and that’s when I saw a very large thread for this silly looking round plane called the Nutball. My first thoughts were that it looks like it would just float around and basically be blown about by the wind. Then I started watching videos. Boy did this thing fly well and look fun. And, extremely simple to build. No wonder the thread is so large and has survived so long. After basically reading the entire thread I decided on a 28 inch.
The Nutball was designed by Goldguy and has a basic size of 17 inches. Davereap has made some modifications and has some great info, videos, and scaled up plans. His 28 inch has very docile characteristics which I was looking for in my first scratchbuild.
Through the help of Goldguy himself, Davereap, Uberjay, Planemad Man, and Pardshaw I managed to put together my first scratchbuild. I can’t say enough about what a great plane this is. It was some of the most fun I had had yet flying. The 28” cuts through wind very well and is incredibly stable. It will hover as long as you want to hold it there. Can even hover down and land tail first like a heli. It loops and rolls and flies inverted better than any plane I have. Amazing that this much fun and such a great flying plane can come from $2 worth of Dollar Tree foamboard.

I used an Emax 2822 800kv motor with a 10x4.7SF prop and an 18amp esc. See next build for a new and better power system for this size plane.

I definitely recommend everyone build this plane!

Here's a link to Goldguy's thread. Make sure to check out Davereap's page also. You'll find both him and Goldguy on almost every page throughout the thread.
Posted by Beaves | Feb 02, 2014 @ 11:26 AM | 2,294 Views
August 2013. My first Nitro Plane. Most of the guys at my club fly Nitro, so I decided to try it out. I wanted to something with a large wingspan to get as much glide as possible for my first nitro plane. This one is 66 inches and roughly 6 pounds. It has a Saito 82 Black and Gold 4 stroke engine. Love the looks of the engine. Looks and sounds great.
I bought it used and once I got it to the field the guys noticed some problems with it, so I took it into the LHS shop for a bit of work. I got a new fuel tank and replaced all the fuel lines. Then I had them replace the bearings, o'rings, and seals in the engine. All that put as much money in the plane as I paid for it in the first place. But, she's growling like a tiger now.
The thrust in unbelievable. Far beyond anything I've ever felt with an electric. At WOT on the ground, it's difficult to hole with one hand. I can't imagine with this is going to be like in the air. Yep, you heard me right, I still haven't flown it. By the time I got all the work done and was ready to fly, it turned cold and I got busy with the holidays, so she's just sitting there waiting on me. The first good day we have this spring she's going up.
Talk about a lot to learn and equipment to buy. I had no idea where to even begin with Nitro. I had just gotten a good handle on electric and how I was diving into something else. Had to learn about fuel, tuning needles, glow plugs, etc. Had to buy receiver batteries, starter and...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Jan 30, 2014 @ 05:14 PM | 2,581 Views
My Scratch Build Motors and Data:

Hextronic Blue Wonder
Currently on a 17 inch Nutball
Kv 1300KV
Weight 20g
Prop 8x3.8,
Max Cur 7.5amps

Battery Size Propeller Size Thrust (oz.) Amps
3-Cell 11.1v 8x3.8 14oz

HobbyKing 2810
Currently on a 20 inch Nutball
Kv 1700
Weight 22g
Watt 132
Prop 6x5 ~ 8x3.8
Max Cur 12amps

Battery Size Propeller Size Thrust (oz.) Amps
3-Cell 11.1v 7x3.5 12 6.3
3-Cell 11.1v 8x4 14.46 8.8
3-Cell 11.1v 9.5 15.17 10.7

Turnigy Park 300
Not currently in use.
Kv 1380
Weight 24g
Watt 77
Prop 6x5 ~ 8x3.8
Max Cur 7amps
Suitable for sport and scale planes weighing 8-12oz (225-340g).

Turnigy D2822
Currently on a Flite Test Delta
Kv 1450
Weight 38g
Watt 160
Prop 7 x 4.5

Emax CF2822
Not currently in use
Kv 800
Weight 40g
Watt 140

Battery Size Propeller Size Thrust (oz.) Amps
3-Cell 11.1v APC 11 x 3.8SF 25 oz. 9 amps
3-Cell 11.1v APC 11 x 4.7SF 25 oz. 10 amps
3-Cell 11.1v GWS 1147 25 oz. 11 amps
3-Cell 11.1v GWS 1170 25 oz. 10 amps
3-Cell 11.1v APC 10 x 3.8SF 22 oz. 8 amps
3-Cell 11.1v APC 10 x 4.7SF 22 oz. 9 amps
3-Cell 11.1v GWS 1047 22 oz. 8 amps
3-Cell 11.1v APC 10 x 5E 21 oz. 7 amps
3-Cell 11.1v GWS 1060...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Dec 06, 2013 @ 02:15 AM | 3,408 Views
Also in June 2013, for Father's day, my Wife gave me a Fun Cub. This was my firs build ever. I had researched this plane a lot. Read much of the very large thread.

Along with the kit, my wife also bought the power pack which came with the motor, mount, esc, prop, etc.

So, I had no decisions to make in terms of power. I only had to worry with putting it together.
I read the manual and thought it seems pretty straightforward, but quickly realized I need A LOT of stuff I didn't have. I needed servos. And according to the thread, I needed good quality servos. The manual recommended beefier Hitech-82MG servos for the rudder, elevator, and towing hook. And lesser Hitech HS-65HB for the ailerons and flap.

I only had foam safe glue and you need regular medium CA for elapor. I needed all sorts of tools, tape, that I didn't have. Let's add up a bit of cash here...

Kit $119
Power Pack $115
6 Hitech servos $140
6 Channel Spektrum RX $50
Servo extensions and Y cable $20
Fun Cub Parts Landing Gear Mod $16
Sullivan Tail kit $13
David Brown Tires $19
Glue, Kicker, blades, etc $20
Foamtac for servos $12

You can see that my wheels up price is north of $500 by not knowing any better than to do it by the book. Had I known all this, I would not have purchased the plane.
So, a bit disgruntled yet excited at the same time I dove into the build headfirst. I quickly learned that I was in over my head. It's not that...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Nov 26, 2013 @ 05:23 PM | 2,665 Views
June 2013. I had decided to add a larger and more challenging plane to my hangar. Was there really any reason to think about what it should be? One of the most popular electric foamie planes available with a massive following for under $200! Part two of this plane's rcgroup thread is already over 2000 pages.Obviously people are drawn to it for a reason. And for this price, it's a no brainer.
I purchased the RTF version, so it's completely stock with the Parkzone 480 size motor, 30amp esc, and Spektrum 6 channel AR600 Receiver.

This was the first plane I sought out help with for the first flights. I took it to the flying field and a gentleman there gave it a once over, set up all my rates and expo, put me on a buddy box and took it off for me. Once he was at a safe altitude he's give me the controls. My goal, like with the Stratos in the beginning, was just to fly smooth, slow, constant altitude, basic pattern around the field. He was surprised at my ability to handle the plane (which made me feel good). I already had a firm grasp and feel for how to use the trifecta combination of rudder/aileron/elevator for my turns. Within a couple loops I was already banking turns as well as making some very pretty flat turns. He was ready to unplug me and let me have it until he saw me land.
Talk about coming in hot and high. I never crashed. Never had any damage. I was able to pull it off and have it under control by the end of the runway. I had to put wing skids...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Nov 25, 2013 @ 12:46 PM | 2,412 Views
This is my charger. I have no idea if it's any good or not as chargers go. It's the only charger I've ever owned. I've used it almost every day since April. I've never had a single issue with it. So, based on this experience, I think you'd have to say it's a great charger.

It's a single station, 100 watt, 8amp charge, 5 amp discharge unit. It has the balance board built in the unit which I find very convenient. Since I travel with it, it's one less thing to keep up with. It comes with both the AC charge cord and a DC aligator plug cable. My RC field has a solar power charging station and it's perfect for plugging in at the field.

It also comes with all sorts of connectors for various types of standard batteries. Unfortunately for me though, it didn't come with a single battery connector that I needed. My bucket of batteries consists of the following:

-1S batteries (rarely use any more). Had to buy a multiple 1s charging strip to plug into this unit. It allows me to charge 4 at a time.

-2S batteries. I have 1300 mah 2S batteries for my firebird stratos. They are eflite batteries that came with the mini ec3 plug used on the stratos. I had to buy a plug for charging these.

-3S 350mah batteries with JST plugs. I had to buy a plug for charging these.

3S 1300mah batteries with EC3 connectors. I have LOTS of these for various planes. This unit did not come with an EC3 plug. I had to buy one.

3S 1300mah batteries with XT-60 connectors. Once I realized how...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Nov 25, 2013 @ 10:20 AM | 2,421 Views
I got the bug to add LED's to my slow stick after surfacing the night flyer forums. That just sounded like a really cool thing to do. Knowing nothing about how to do this, I hit for forums for a bit of research.
It appears all the hobby stores sell strips of adhesive LED lights. You can either buy them with connectors already or just by the strips and solder on your own connector. You can cut the strips with scissors and solder them in basically any length or orientation your want. They are light weight and stick directly to the plane.
Another option is to buy individual lights and mount them in places like the wing tips, nose, tail, landing gear, etc for a more authentic scale look.

I was going for the "Clark Griswold in the sky" look myself. I didn't want to just fly this thing at dusk, I wanted to fly it in complete darkness. Hey, if you're gong to do it right.

It was a confusing thing to wrap my mind around in the beginning. I couldn't find any resource even on rcgroups that gave the basics for how best to power these things, how many can be in one strip, how many strips can be linked together, same color, different colors. I read somewhere that certain colors can't be linked to the same strip, etc. Do you use a separate battery to power them? Do you use the same battery as your flight battery? If so, do you splice into the main power out? If so, how? Can you tap into the balance lead? Do all the lights come into one plug and...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Nov 24, 2013 @ 11:58 PM | 3,082 Views
Late May 2013. I stumbled across the Slow Stick forum. Talk about a plane that everyone seems to love! I could not find anyone saying anything negative about this plane. I had already decided on some larger planes, but I wasn't yet ready to pull the trigger. The slowstick was not the type of plane I was looking for, but the more I read the more interested I became. Everyone from beginners to experienced pilots were praising and still flying this plane on a regular basis. It could be set up for speed, thrust, or slow docile flying easy enough to fly with one hand. I saw videos with people flying these things 1000FT high. Everyone was putting cameras on them! I had to have one. It looked like something that was slow and docile enough to fly in my culdesac. I was right!
Better yet, it only costs $30. I was shocked when I saw the price for such a large and popular plane.
I went to my local hobby shop that sold them and they had a blue one in stock. I told them I wanted a motor that would be a good combination of slow flying yet have a lot of thrust as well. They fixed me up the a 1000KV Turnigy D2830/11 motor with a 10x4.7 SF prop, turnigy 20amp esc, two hitech servos, a Spektrum AR6115e 6 channel receiver, and all sorts of accessories for building this guy. I had no idea what I was doing and when I walked out of there I had $150 in this thrity dollar plane.
I got her built and took her to my flying field for the maiden. Flew her the first time without a...Continue Reading
Posted by Beaves | Nov 24, 2013 @ 11:06 PM | 2,586 Views
In early May 2013, after having my Sbach roughly 2 weeks and realizing it wasn't for me, I took to the forums again and everyone recommended it's sibling, the Beast. Same motor and power system. Already had 5 batteries from the Sbach that also fit the beast, so I picked one up. It was my first bipe.

They were correct, it's much easier to land than the Sbach, but quite faster, twitchy, and sensitive. I realized quickly this just wasn't my cup of tea. I'm sure it's an amazing plane for 3d, but I was either given incorrect advice for what I was looking for, or I asked the wrong questions.

What I wanted, and what I thought I had asked for, was a plane that flew like the UM T-28, but with more power. I found myself longing for the smooth docile Champ and T-28. The Sbach and Beast were both entirely different planes. There is no amount of reduced rates that will tame these guys down enough for a relaxing experience. It's balls to the walls with these guys. They are stunt planes and they will tolerate no less than just that. I kinda put the heli, the Sbach, and the Beast all in the same category. Just not my style of flying.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE watching 3D pilots do their thing. It's a cool thing. I just like a different style of flying. I realized at this point that I was tired of the micro game. I had bought my last micro foamy plane.

I was ready to step up to something bigger. Something I could fly in the wind. I was getting tired of referencing the weather channel's iphone ap for windspeed everytime I wanted to fly. It's also very inaccurate.

I hit the forums again for something bigger, slower, with power. Something that would allow me to fly in a bit of wind.
Posted by Beaves | Nov 23, 2013 @ 11:01 PM | 2,701 Views
Late April/early May 2013. Spring found me itching for more speed and power. I hit the forums in search of the next natural evolution beyond the UM T-28. Everyone pointed me to the UMX Sbach 342. My first 3D plane. Boy was it ever fast. And twitchy, And sensitive.
I learned all about D/R and Expo on my DX6i with this baby. Talk about flying with low rates!
I loved flying this plane while it was in the air, but landing was a different story. For the life of me, I could not land this plane. If you go to this forum now you see that ALL of my posts are related to trying to land this guy.
This is where the floaty glidy type of planes with tip stall landings started coming back to bite me. This plane had to be flown in with power and have a good roll out. I just couldn't get it down.
It got to the point I was too stressed out to enjoy flying it for thinking about the inevitable landing. I basically stopped enjoying it. I bought 5 batteries and would go through all five doing nothing but trying to land over and over. I crashed it quite a bit. Never any damage. Just ugly landings.
I think a lot of it was with the AS3X system. I've since heard a lot of people having issues with it and reprogramming them. I didn't know enough about what it was supposed to do to know if it needed attention or not. Now that I know more, I think it was acting a bit squirlly. It was just all over the place and not reacting as it should the slower I tried to get it coming in for landings.
I eventually got tired of trying and put it back in the box. I haven't gotten it back out since May. I should try to fly it again. I'm using those 5 batteries on various scratchbuilds these days.
Going back to the same forum, everyone said the UMX Beast was a better landing plane. Considering the huge following it has, I decided to give it a try. Back to the Hobby Store....
Posted by Beaves | Nov 23, 2013 @ 10:25 PM | 2,735 Views
Still April 2013. I went with a friend to the hobby store to get him a helicopter. When I got there, they were offering a deal. Purchase a Spektrum DX6i and get a helicopter at half price. Why not?
So, I came home with a new DX6i and a Blade MSR-X. My first helicopter. Guess what, it also used the same little 1S batteries! Score!
Batteries crash times...infinity. It soon became apparent that being able to keep a plane in the air scored no points with a heli. It just sat there laughing at me. Daring me to try and fly it.
I crashed and replaced so many parts I ended up replacing them all with aluminum versions. It looked really cool with the mods. I read every forum on here I could find related to flying this thing and heli's in general. Downloaded Tx set up's designed for docile flying. No luck. I even bought a book some dude on here wrote discussing how to fly this very heli. I mean, in terms of knowledge and giving it the ol' college try, I put in my time. I now have a respectable amount of knowledge to help anyone fly this thing. Just don't ask me to do it.
I sold it on ebay and made all my money back considering the 1/2 price I bought it for with the tx.
Good riddance.....
Posted by Beaves | Nov 15, 2013 @ 06:33 PM | 2,226 Views
It's still April 2013. Ailerons! Am I ready for ailerons? I think so. By now, I'm consulting rcgroups for everything and everyone overwhelmingly recommends Parkzone's Ultra Micro T-28 for an aileron trainer. Off to the hobby store again!
Lucky for me, it uses the same little 1s batteries my champ and microstik uses. This is great. Now I have a stupid pile of batteries. I have enough to fly 1/2 a day!
Ailerons smalerions what's the big deal?? It was zero adjustment going from 3 channel RET to adding the 4th aileron channel. Maybe it was the sim that got me ready. I don't know. All I can say is it was a no brainer transition.

I LOVED this little T-28! The speed was off the charts compared to anything I had flown before. I basically stopped flying my champ and flew this guy all the time. It was great. I could finally do rolls! Life was good. I was becoming a real time 4 channel pilot.

The downside to the T28 was power. As I got better I began craving more power. The t-28 still required wot and sometimes even a dive to gain enough speed to do a proper loop. I wanted more. So I sold this little guy to buy something with more power.

I regret that sale to this day. I would like to have this plane back. I would trade in both my Champ and my Micro Stik for this plane. It was a blast. I didn't think I would miss it like I do. I crashed it only once, in a tree. No damage at all. I never had to put a drop of glue or tape on her. She and I had a great time together.

But more power was my goal.....