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Posted by ChrisBowker | Jun 23, 2011 @ 09:24 AM | 9,081 Views
It has now been 8 business day's and no word from fedex on my claim. I called them this morning to check the status. The person I spoke with told me it would take at least 10 more business days, they went on to say that it usually only takes 5-7 from the time the information was collected(that was 8 days ago) thanks fedex.

Also, this past week I had an item shipped to me from CO, it was shipped in an over size box via fedex(the box was of size to fit a nice flat screen tv in) When the truck was parked in-front of my house I ventured out to see what was taking so long. I found the driver taping my box closed....awesome.

Chris
Posted by ChrisBowker | Jun 13, 2011 @ 02:18 PM | 9,178 Views
Dear RCGroups user's,
I normally do not use my blog for such issues, but I feel the need to warn other's about the terrible service FedEX is providing. I shipped an EPP Yak kit to a customer in TX on the 31st of last month, The customer contacted me saying they had not received the yak kit as of yet and asked me to look into it. I was at a bit of shock as it had been more than a week since I shipped them out(He contacted me on the 12th of this month) I called fexed to inquire about the package as the tracking number simple said "on route" after being told by the customer service rep that they couldnt find out what had happened to my package until today(monday) I was frustrated and said I would bring down mail fraud charges if I was not provided with an answer. I was immediately transferred to a supervisor who immediately told me the box was lost in a fire that happened on the 3rd of this month, It was now the 12th and they never made any effort to contact me. After speaking with them again today they said I would have to wait another 5-7 days to find out if FedEX would even be paying for the lost property. This is unacceptable customer service in my book. I ask you all to please boycott FedEX to show the big business in America that they DO NOT HAVE DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY!

Thanks,

Chris
Posted by ChrisBowker | May 24, 2011 @ 06:35 PM | 9,956 Views
I have finally gotten around to doing the build on the X-3D jet, the X-3D is very maneuverable and a BLAST to fly! its very stable in harrier. I think a video or two says it all:

http://www.youtube.com/user/sr71afan#p/u/13/WHDna3FeYxs

Dark Side Models 3D Jet Indoors (4 min 46 sec)


A quick look:
Model:X-3D jet
Wing Span: 24"
Weight:3-5oz
motor:2200kv 2 cell outrunner
ESC:6 amp
Battery:350-450mah
Servo(s)4-6g

My setup
Motor:Hyperion hp-z1705(about the same as a hacker a-10-13s)
ESC:thunderbird6
Servo(s):JR S-185's
battery:nanotech 350mah 2s

Full kits come with:
All foam parts
All carbon necessary
Heat shrink
Music wire for Z bends
CNC cut control horns and motor mount

price: Discontinued

Short kits(all foam parts)$20

All kits come pre-beveled

I balance My model just behind the prop, But I recommend starting with it just in front of the prop until you get the feel for the model.

For throws I run aprox 45 degree's with 90% expo.

If you got a kit off of me in TX this year and have questions about the build please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks for looking. more video&pic's coming soon!

Chris Bowker
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Posted by ChrisBowker | May 19, 2011 @ 09:43 AM | 10,363 Views
Its time to start a build log on my new EPP Yak 55. This yak is designed to be an intermediate model. The Yak has great flight performance and feels much like a 3mm depron model on the sticks. The Yak is a great model for anyone looking to improve their own flying. Its the perfect model for people looking to break into the "low and slow" category of 3D.

A quick look:
Model:Yak 55
Wing Span: 31"
Weight:6-8oz
motor:1700kv 2 cell outrunner
ESC:9 amp
Battery:350-450mah
Servo(s)6g

My setup
Motor:Hacker a-109L
ESC:thunderbird9
Servo(s):hs-65(ail) hs-45 elev/rudd
battery:nanotech 350mah 2s

I get between 4-6 min flight times swinging a 8x4.3 on this plane.

Unpainted "short kits"(Foam parts only) start at just $25(ALL KITS COME PRE BEVELED & WELDERS GLUE HINGED)

Full kits are Discontinued, full kits include all carbon fiber necessary to build the model, CF aileron diff horn(with Du-Bro ez links), wheels, motor mount, control horns, music wire(for z bends), heat shrink, push rod guides. pretty much everything you need minus glue/radio gear.

The following will be a build log to help out with the construction of your EPP Yak. Before you start building you will need a nice flat table to work on, with out a flat surface to build your model on it will never come out straight. Also remember to take your time building the model, check your work with a square and leave the hack and dash attitude for chopping fire wood.

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Posted by ChrisBowker | Apr 30, 2011 @ 10:52 AM | 10,780 Views
Sorry about the delay, I made a few changes to the way I was building my model over my recent trip to TX and wanted the build log to reflect those changes. My goal is for this log to help out those that have bought short kits off me since I did not include instructions. I will also cover a few basics of doing a fast and easy airbrush job.



For paint on this model I used Createx Wicked colors thinned about 50/50. I use Createx wicked reducer mixed 70/30 with watter. I find this mix to spray the best out of my brush. Ive found that combo to also resist FLA when peeling the vinyl. I spray my base color with a fan tip around 20 psi, and a normal dot tip around 10-15 psi for my fades/detail work. I use the higher pressure for doing the long fades, I find this to be the easiest method for getting long constant fades. Doing airbrush fades/highlights is not a hard skill to learn, a little practice and anyone can do it. The best trick Ive found is to follow the edge of the template with my eyes and not the edge of the paint. I also do aprox 3 coats(see photo's) this helps keep the weight down as well as give a nice constant color. I flash dry my paint with a heat gun. Next post I start building!



EDIT: Video added from Gary's youtube channel, thanks Gary!
Chris Bowker's Yak in Plainview (5 min 13 sec)


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Posted by ChrisBowker | Dec 28, 2007 @ 12:20 AM | 9,382 Views
Just some pics of my new indoor planes