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Posted by uptime4downtime | Jul 30, 2014 @ 12:42 AM | 2,054 Views

Dji Phantom 2 Compass Calibration Procedure (4 min 57 sec)

Originally Posted by uptime4downtime View Post
If I add manual mode to the right switch, it will remove fail safe. Is switching off the tx the only way to activate fail safe with this configuration? I want atti and gps retained on the right switch

IMHO, if you have Home Lock available on S2, then there is no need for Fail Safe. just flip into Home Lock and pull down the right handle and she will fly back while still completely under control.

Working on the two previous comments regarding using either HL (GPS functionality required) or CL (no GPS required) for an alternative to failsafe switch.

Can I ask if switching to CL (which I understand works without requiring GPS) disables GPS function while activated? Or does GPS functionality still remain 'on'? I'm working on the assumption that one could use this, as previously posted, in a potential flyaway/GPS glitch situation?That would then leave HL to be used as a 'regular' failsafe mechanism when GPS is experiencing no issues, but you are simply wanting to bring the craft home safely, say when out of visual range.
Any thoughts on that policy? I am thinking of removing the FS function on the right switch, and adding manual mode instead.

CL uses GPS to maintain position if it is available, but iirc you can switch to ATTI and CL and it will still work and drift in the wind. If you lose GPS lock in...Continue Reading
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jul 28, 2014 @ 06:08 AM | 2,568 Views
The prefabrication of the model is a dream, as finishing time is so short. Parts are well formed, and it actually looks quite decent. Did carbonize both upper and lower wings, and reinforced gear section using short carbon rods and expoy . Running 850 3s.

Decals are delicate, and prone to chip, or tear if you get any glue near the surface. Motor/battery bay is large, and RX servo bay is good size also. Servos appear to be a little slower than something like the Stuntmaster from multiplex, but time will tell. I used uhu por on the entire build, and must say the part alignment left little to do when measuring wing to tail alignment for example. Nice going there Durafly. I wonder if they may venture into more 3d/aerobatic models, as the plug and play ease is a nice change from building when time is short.

After the maiden, My initial impressions was that it files more like small balsa models I've flown, quite slippery and quick to react, and you need to keep on your toes if you are going to go low, even at full rates. One flight isn't enough however, and it may actually be flying too light on 850's, and may perform better on 1300, which I think is seen in the M. Wargo video of this model.

Three or more flights today, and I have to say that it is a pretty decent airframe!!
Small video of flight characteristics from flight 6 or so. Wind from behind. Gives some idea of flight envelope etc.
Durafly Hobbyking Hyperbipe (4 min 6 sec)

I think it could actually be...Continue Reading
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jul 25, 2014 @ 05:22 PM | 2,276 Views
Finally some time to fly, so time to maiden the HyperBipe. Reinforced as per thread suggestions. Taking other foam friends for the trip...
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jul 12, 2014 @ 03:40 AM | 2,619 Views

Squeezed in a maiden, and another 3 flights inbetween the rain today. In my opinion, Multiplex have produced a superb flying model here. Felt right at home as soon as it left my hand, which is not always the case with every 3d model I've flown. KE is precise and very predictable, and I don't recall any coupling issues whatsoever. Snaps, waterfalls are very nice, tight and nice to behold. Hover is decent on the small motor, and vertical is totally possible. The blender to flatspin is amongst the very best I've seen in foam models this size. Very tight and fast at the end if you want it to be. It is a born rolling machine, and rollers both ways are very predictable and doable. Rolling loops are very natural to this plane, as are nice turnarounds, inverted and low, slow flying. It is probably a little more slippery than EPP models, and that makes things like the blender to flat spin fast and snappy.

The RR version is a real treat, so quick and simple to install. Just watch the clevis pins, which are quite bendy, but totally hold up under fire.

Go out and buy one foam 3d lovers! I'd definitely replace with another if needed in the future. BTW: both flights were on tired old 3s 450's. Have some fresh lipo juice on the way. Flew on max rates, with both 60% expo on everything, and max rates with 25-30%. 60% rates make it possible to fly 3d plus some slower pattern type moves, but I enjoyed the agility of lower rates mostly.

Multiplex Stuntmaster Maiden (4 min 5 sec)

Here's flight 4, with just a little more flying time under the belt

Multiplex Stuntmaster #4 Flight (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by uptime4downtime | Apr 04, 2014 @ 02:18 AM | 3,069 Views
Learning turnarounds (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 21, 2014 @ 02:44 AM | 2,972 Views
Crack Yak Standard
Crack Yak - still my favourite foamie! (3 min 52 sec)

Latest Vampire settings 2014
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 17, 2014 @ 10:03 PM | 3,231 Views
Warning. This video contains copious amounts of eye-candy ground shots, and just a little in flight video. Specked out quick on wide view hat cam, so resorted to drooling over how great this plane looks..lol...song choice is also highly appropriate for us guys who have it bad for planes...lol... don't take me too seriously. I certainly don't. BTW: obscene wind for a maiden, but loved every minute flying this 3d monster. Can't wait for a still day to actually trim her up! Superb!! HS65mg, 85mg ele. Torque/Aiboss combo, APC 12x6, Revolectrix 2600 4s
Extreme Flight 48" Extra 300 EXP Maiden (4 min 1 sec)

Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 16, 2014 @ 01:30 AM | 2,912 Views
Finished the decals. One last elevator servo arm, then done!
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 4,558 Views
Bit of fun during some downtime... half way there
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 07, 2014 @ 12:10 AM | 3,215 Views
Started on the build today.
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 03, 2014 @ 05:08 AM | 3,363 Views
A few more shots of the club field.
Lot of long grass provides 'redundancy'.... nice touch and comes in handy quite often.
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 02, 2014 @ 02:45 AM | 3,320 Views
Posted by uptime4downtime | Jan 01, 2014 @ 08:36 PM | 3,287 Views
This is the very nicely kept clubsite on a beautiful hot summer's day here in New Zealand. Screen grab from a Multiplex Ezystar, mobius action cam. It got very busy not long after.
Posted by uptime4downtime | Dec 31, 2013 @ 03:45 AM | 2,947 Views
More than happy with the performance of this model:
2s 460
1700KV Twisted Hobby Crack series motor
Digital servos
8FGS - 60%expo

6A esc did not cope, and overloaded a couple of times. Will switch to 12A.
Windy maiden, but handled it brilliantly
RC Factory Crack Laser Maiden Day (4 min 46 sec)

Posted by uptime4downtime | Dec 27, 2013 @ 07:44 PM | 3,066 Views
RF 6.5 Multiplex Parkmaster 3d setup:

Rudder: 32 deg - 20% expo
Ele: 40 deg - 50% expo
Aileron: 34 deg - 30% expo
11x4.7 APC electric
Hacker A20 22L
1 deg downthrust

RC Factory Edge 540 39" Rates Futaba 8FGS

Switch E
IMAC - A:40deg/25%expo: E:18/20 R:30/20
Snap -A: 75/65 E: 28/30 R: 35/30
3d -A: 70/60 E: 65/70 R: 60/50

Switch A (full down)
Tumble - A:100/75 E: 100/80 R: 100/70
Switch B (full down)
Custom/Personal - A: 100/60 E:100/60 R: 100/60

Throttle Cut: switch c

Servo options Edge 39" or PM
Turnigy TGY-113MG Metal Gear Digital Servo 2.2kg / 0.10s / 12
SG92R Analog Servo 9g Motor Arm Set (TPro SG91R) Lot Wholesale (x5 pcs)

E: 140/40

Alternative CY motor
Micro 3D Single Axis Thrust Vectoring Motor Mount Kit Inc. 2206 Brushless Outrunner:

Turnigy 3020 Brushless Outrunner Motor 1800kv

EF 60" Laser
Servo: Hitec 7245's
6S 4000
6S 3300's or 6s 3700
16x7 or 15x8 Xoar PJN with power combo
two Hitec 24" twisted,and two 6" twisted extensions from tower hobbies
Posted by uptime4downtime | Dec 27, 2013 @ 06:08 PM | 2,950 Views
RC Factory 39" Edge Unedited IMAC/3d rates (3 min 54 sec)

Put a whole round of packs through on a great pretty much zero wind morning. Plane does indeed track very nicely. Wanted to pull up a little in downline, so moved batt back a little more. Pretty much zero coupling in KE, perhaps a very tiny amount on one side, but easy enough to mix out by hand.

Waterfall very nice, hover, as mentioned, is very good, excels at KE, and makes great IMAC type moves and pattern maneuvers if the pilot is up for it.

Blender axial, inverted flat spin nice. Excellent snaps or snap to hover etc. Totally agree with those who say this plane is excellent for getting things right and drawing pleasing lines and connecting moves. Very locked in, rigid feel. Great to fly all round

Harriers are totally excellent, upright or inverted. Very pleasing flight in harrier.

RATES: for the first time, I took my time and set up this plane with 4 rates as per Wargo's rate settings for EF MXS (he also has a more 'regular' rate setup, but I wanted to try the EF version as I plan on a 60" EF Laser some time ahead!)

1 - IMAC (incredibly small ele and rud)
2 - snap
3 - 3d
4 - tumble (full rates)

It was really great to feel the locked in feel on IMAC rates, but you have to leave enough room as ele is minimal.

I'm also moving all my rates to the left of my TX, and will add a 5th rate that will be combination that is customized to my liking.

I only have one issue that I'...Continue Reading
Posted by uptime4downtime | Dec 27, 2013 @ 05:24 PM | 2,900 Views
Quick 1 pack maiden just before sunset right after build complete. Very nice model
RC Factory 39 Edge 540 Maiden (1 min 45 sec)