Posted by Sabin |
Dec 22, 2013 @ 01:46 AM | 1,496 Views
Back in my childhood, I used to buy a lot.. and I mean a LOT of guillows chuck gliders. Both free flight and rubber band powered. I thought to myself: "man, wouldn't it be so cool if I could actually fly these things for more than a few seconds?". Back then, I didn't think it would be even possible, so the dream sat dormant for years. Fast forward to the birth of the UM series of aircraft and especially their electronics.
I was happy with those, and flew them as much as I could before the season ended. It was such a massive amount of fun, that I didn't want it to end. Of course, the club president decided to donate to me a couple UM aircraft. A night vapor, which I repaired, maidened and flew regularly in a gym, and an UMX extra 300, with a busted up frame.
I knew I couldn't repair the 300 without adding too much weight, so I stripped the electronics off it hoping I could use them in a project. Initially, it would be a prototype aircraft; one you would draw out in class when you were bored. A few weeks later, while I was in the hobby shop, I saw the very thing that started my never-ending love for aviation.
A Guillows JetStream.
The old bird called to me again, so of course, I bought one.
And then I remembered the electronics I had pulled off the 300.
The lightbulb didn't just turn on. It burned so bright, it exploded in a hail of glass shrapnel.
And so, I spent about five hours cutting CF rod, heatsink and the balsa itself to create control surfaces and hinges. Taping up what I couldn't create a CF hinge for.
And so, this was the result.
The Guillows Jetstream. Now under full RC control and waiting for a maiden.
Posted by Sabin |
Oct 29, 2013 @ 01:15 AM | 1,603 Views
Seems I've been a member of this site for some time now, and never really bothered to write a blog entry. So tonight, I decided to do just that.
I'm a 34 year old male, and been involved with RC in some form or other since I was about eight years old. I don't remember what vehicle I got, but it was enough to get the bug.
Over time, I've owned many many different vehicles. Mostly toy-grade vehicles ranging from scale dump trucks to the Tyco Fast Traxx.
About ten years ago, I started making the transition from toy grade to hobby grade, starting with the x-mods and jumping into powertrain, suspension and tire modifications. Interest dried up as Radio Shack discontinued the entire line with a promise that a new version would come along... which never did.
Fast forward a couple years, where I started to seriously get into the hobby grade end of the hobby, with an XRAY M18 carpet racer and a TA05 chassis. Since then, I've owned a Yokomo MR4TC, an HPI RS4 rally, and then a Corally RDX. All touring car chassis have been retired save the Corally, which I run occasionally.
Now, I usually fly Airplanes, followed closely by Helicopters. Multi-Rotor aircraft is a new addition to my fleet and I find I fly those the most.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to be adding build logs soon. Stay tuned...