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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 09, 2014 @ 10:35 AM | 4,400 Views
Hello Good People!

I finally tackled an unmanageable situation with my entire RC Airplane fleet, well at least 95% of it. I decided to hang those operational in the same location and did so, very carefully depending on how much they get flown and based on ease of transportation and other criteria.

I still have the another 5% in boxes and partially built in my master bedroom closet.

Here is the operational fleet as it stands today!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 05, 2014 @ 09:14 AM | 4,498 Views
Good morning guys!

Sharing my latest acquisition from Miami, Florida! Visited family and brought my last remaining New-In-The-Box E-Flite Hawker Hurricane 25e and Traded with a super nice gentleman in Miami, Florida for this beauty (Hangar9 P-47 Thunderbolt).

Oh, in case you missed it, it is next to my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 25, 2013 @ 09:04 PM | 4,589 Views
Guys,

Got this super deal a few weeks ago and finally getting around to it!

The only thing is that the SUPPO motor is taking a little longer than thought to get here!

Here are some pictures!




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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 24, 2013 @ 08:15 AM | 4,136 Views
Hello gals and guys!

Came across lucky late November 2013 and acquired this large Hangar9 Corsair .60 size from a gentleman in Orlando, Florida from eBay. I quickly contacted him to send me an invoice without the shipping costs since I was going to pick it up locally and he did and here I am with the start of such Build.

I am going to use the E-Flite Power 60 Brushless Outrunner motor with just 5-Cell, 4,000mAH, 40C, Lithium Polymer setup and swinging the APC "E" 14 X 10 propeller.

Here are some pictures of my .60 size Corsair as I saw it from the eBay For Sale Ad.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 08, 2013 @ 07:18 AM | 4,071 Views
Hello good people!

First let me start by showing you my most recent Electric Power System measurement values such as Amperes (Current Draw), Watts (Power Draw), and Volts (Under-Load Voltage at the Battery).

Battery Used: Admiral, 4-Cell, 4,000mAH, 40C Discharge, Lithium Polymer!
AXI 4120/18 Brushless motor and the E-Flite 60-AMP Switch Mode ESC.




Steady State Static @ 2:28.49
HALF THROTTLE:
10.25AMPs / 168 Watts / 16.05 Volts

Steady State Static @ 2:37.92 mark it measured:
FULL THROTTLE:
37.78 AMPs / 583 Watts / 15.45 Volts

Okay for Watts per Pound calculations:
583 Watts / 7.3lbs. = 79.86 Watts / lbs.

Here is the Video:
HANGAR9 F4U 1D Corsair 50 Size Electric WATT Measured 12 06 2013 (3 min 25 sec)


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Next up are some In-Flight Videos of my Hangar9 Corsair in action!

(November 17th, 2013)
I have viewed my own Video and found a few to be telling on my success with my Power System Setup as follows:

2:46 - Low Approach with High Speed Pass (right at 3/4 throttle)

3:29 - Cruising at 1/2 Throttle the model was commanded to climb for a Hammer Head and did with strong abilities.

3:50 - Another High Speed Pass at 3/4 Throttle

The only issue was at 4:20 after a nice High Altitude Roll and I was using Rudder to help it with smooth SCALE like Roll and forgot to let go of Rudder and she almost spin downwards!

Prior to my Maiden I carefully setup my DX7 (computer Radio) with the correct D/R and Expo for...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 04, 2013 @ 04:49 AM | 4,222 Views
Hello Good People!

Thinking of getting yourselves a new computer? Looking for a GOOD DEAL?

Well, most of the Good Deals in Windows clothing come with WINDOWS-8 preloaded. Nothing wrong with it just be prepared to get into some uncharted territory as it is totally different look and feel.

I purchased an HP 110-194 Desk Top PC with the following:
- 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3220T Processor
- 8.0 Giga-Byte DDR3 System Memory
- 1.0 Tera-Byte Hard Drive
- Super Multi DVD Burner
- HP 7-in-one Media Card Reader
- Intel HD Graphics 2000
- NO IT DID NOT COME WITH A Wi-Fi internal PCI Card!

The very first you have to do (Highly Recommended) is to connect the Computer to an active Live and working Internet connection such as a Hard Wired type.

Do NOT try and connect any Wi-Fi USB Adpater!

Why? Because it will crash the computer, over and over again!

The very first thing you need to do "is" allow the computer to Download the UPDATES for WINDOWS-8, period! Then, I would register with Microsoft to allow for access to the STORE and download (FREE), WINDOWS-8.1

It took about a full hour and a half to load everything from taking it out of the box and up to including the creation of the RECOVERY DRIVE and in this OS, it calls for a USB JUMP DRIVE with at least 16-GB. I used a 32-GB for good measure.

I bought two identical HP Desk Top computers and one went to my dear Uncle in South Florida who had a very difficult time in getting the...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 01, 2013 @ 09:45 PM | 3,934 Views
Introducing my good friend Mark Shimei of Titusville, Florida, a forced retired Aerospace Worker from Kennedy Space Center and who owns a few Ultra-Lite Experimental Aircraft, including the one depicted in this following Video that I just found amongst my stuff of things to do. Back in 2009, Mark gave me a DVD with at least 6 Video files and I used Windows Movie Marker (from Windows7 Home Premium) and threaded all of them to allow for one continuous Video file and did so, very effectively adding Credits at the end.

Mark is a super guy who always look for our Downed RC Airplane models over Moon Port Modelers RC Club in Titusville, Florida and never ask for anything.

He has also, assisted others and including myself on foot (after he locates it from his seat while flying his Ultra-Lite) and locates the model on the ground. He is an asset and a great person with total devotion to help his fellow person.

I salute Mark Shimei and praying that he continues to have wonderful flying experiences high up.

Here is the Video:

Just be patient as at 2:02 all the way to 2:43 there seems to be some sort of freeze frame effect but, the video will continue right at 2:44 time frame.

EDIT: Select at least 720p and Full Screen!

Mark Shimei flying in formation with SE5a over Titusville 01 13 2009 (19 min 49 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 17, 2013 @ 04:43 AM | 6,679 Views
Hello good people,

In my quest of fine tuning and bringing up a new model to setups and motor selection and most importantly Radio gear, I have come up with yet another update on my new Hangar9 F4U-1D Corsair .50 size (Electric).

For Previous Updates (Better Motor using Model Motors AXi-4120/18) go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2034951

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UPDATE 3: (Better Receiver!):

I have finally got my Hangar9 F4U-1D Corsair .50 Size (Electric) with a new motor and ran it for the first time and ALL I GOT to say is WOW!

Just 110Kv increase at the Propeller Shaft and this thing sings at Wide open Throttle. The Model Motors "GOLD Edition" AXI-4120/18 swinging the Master Airscrew 3-Blade 13 X 8 X 3 and using 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 30C, Lithium Polymer and it blew everything off the Bed and violently made the Bedroom Verticals flop all over the place!

Here are the Actual Measured Values:

1/2 Throttle: 9-AMPs / 145 Watts

Full Throttle: 30-AMPs / 475 Watts

Picture showing setup:

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The other task was to exchange (Change-Out) the Spektrum AR500 -to- the AR7000 with satellite.



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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 16, 2013 @ 08:47 AM | 8,524 Views
Hello Good People!

For those of you that maintain you Automobiles with tender Loving Care, that's great and do so, using a trusted mechanic shop, even better. I do as well (Trusted Mechanic Shop) and just dished out a considerable amount of $$$ for a complete Rack & Pinion assembly plus a Brake Master Cylinder.

I can tell you all that the Brake Master Cylinder was erratic and the Brake pedal came at times too low, especially when A/C kicked ON. The 1996 Toyota Corolla with 88,882 miles on it is my Lovely Mother's car and she has already received two (2) frighting episodes when the car just did not want to stop. She was fast with the Emergency brake and she almost always keeps a good amount of distance behind traffic. The two (2) episodes were when she was parking so, it was going really slow and thank goodness nothing worse happened.

The Rack & Pinion got ruin (old unit, original Feb/1996 assembly) when the shop replaced the high pressure hose going to the unit and created a breach at one of the Rubber Boots thereby, it was necessary to replace the entire Rack!

Anyway, today I wanted to share a DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY) tip for a Error Code that came up from just normal driving and took it to the local Auto Zone Parts who then, hooked up a Digital Code Reader underneath the Driver's side and it registered P0401 as shown.



Wasting no time, I removed the Air Cleaner Unit and carefully disconnected the Air Flow Sensor that is attached to the Air Filter Compartment and lifted the Air Cleaner Unit up and away where the work needs to take place.




Observing the EGR and its Bolts that need to be removed (10mm):




Observed a very dirty EGR:




Cleaning!




Cycling the Valve Assembly on the EGR:




Re-Installation:


Main Computer Re-Set:


SUMMARY:

No more CHECK ENGINE LIGHT!!!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 15, 2013 @ 09:31 PM | 4,402 Views
Hello Good People!

Can you look at these pictures!

This person stole my pictures to sell his Freewing F6F Hellcat RC Foam model!

http://www.generalhobby.com/freewing...led-p-492.html

I do understand that my pictures were not copy write as they were posted up for all to see but, at least you would think this person would have the decency thoughts to contact me and ask first!

Some people!

You can see my Tail wheel modification, you can see some damage to the underside of frontal fuse where I repaired my model and some unique SUPER WHITE trim sheet material on the wings and FUSE areas plus you can see that one picture my model is flying right over our flying site here in Orlando, Florida in a place I call EDWARDS!

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EDIT: Instead of being upset, I am happy that they are using my Model as their mascot as those pictures sure look super nice up at their web site. Oh, well, we can't be so pig headed and cry someone uses our posted (un-copy righted) pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 12, 2013 @ 04:05 AM | 4,224 Views
Yes, I have already flown my new Hangar9 F4U-1D .50 size Corsair "Electric" and did so, very scale like using the E-Flite Power 60 with just 4-Cells, Lithium Polymer and you can view that news at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2033692

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Okay, fast forward:

I have been studying the two E-Flite (Power 46 versus 52) all morning and just did not like the selections so, I look for more motors and....

I have found one brand new in the box Model Motors AXI4120/18 (510Kv) and the additional 110Kv will provide that level of confidence that it will zoom out just a little better and keeping the AMP (Current Draw) at a minimum and provide additional RPMs to the Master Airscrew 13 X 8 X 3 for additional margin.

I have to admit that the Power 60 will not work, even though it flew the model but, to squeeze in 6 Cells is just not possible without cutting and modifying the Battery compartment.

Therefore, I am going to give the AXI4120/18 (510Kv) a try since I have already have it for a number of years in my Hobby Drawer and it will allow the continued use of 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 30C, Lithium Polymer packs and keeping the model as light as possible which is my goal.

It may not be that performance oriented for some of you out there but, considering that I now know how it flew completely SCALE like any improvement in RPMs is better than keeping the Power 60 on the model.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 10, 2013 @ 11:38 AM | 4,263 Views
Guys!

What a Baby Doll of a model....this thing can fly really slow, I mean there is another RC Club member that has a converted Glow-To-Electric Eindekker E-1 with the same wing span as my Hangar9 F4U-1D .50 Size and it was seen flying faster! Well, at least the owner does not want to risk a stall on that Eindekker E-1. Additionally, that Eindekker is so big that the E-Flite 46 (yes, he is using the same power system) gets lost in that large round Cowling!

Anyway, going back to my new acquired (Discontinued) HANGAR9 F4U-1D .50 size Electric Corsair, it was a dream come true as the model behaved just magically with super gentle manners (I did take off and flew it with Low rates, Ailerons 78% Low, +20 Expo, Rudder the same and most importantly the Elevator the same) and never went to High Rates!

The Master Airscrew 3-Blade 13 X 8 X 3 (Part Number T1380) was rather a disappointment as it did NOT seem to have enough Get UP and GO but, I placed the model facing a good head wind coming from the North (Runway is North-South) so, it took off very scale like and once in the Air it finally unloaded a bit but, I was so scared from taking it off from FULL THROTTLE....it was not until perhaps 2 minute mark of the flight that I did reduce to 3/4 throttle.

Landing was something to look at and witness in person, really. This model does NOT need any stinking flaps like the HANGAR9 designer mention in the John Redman Video interview almost 2 years ago! In the last turn over the Lake,...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 31, 2013 @ 10:54 AM | 4,388 Views
For the beginning on this quest of being more careful where one decides to fly out of, especially taking note that many modern wireless devices are operating on 2.4Ghz band......

Here is PART1:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2026306


Okay, I have finally finished all repairs and today the cosmetic issues as well. I ran out of Silver Acrylic Paint but, not before I finished touching up all areas of my model that needed it.

I use nothing but, Model Masters Acrylic paints and they are super! Lets not forget the filler material known as Light Wall Spackle!

A few pictures!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 29, 2013 @ 06:24 AM | 4,264 Views
Well guys,

Sunday a bunch of us tried out the High School School Concrete Band practice area near my house and its one nice site that we have used for years. Just recently we have had several issues with RF jamming at one certain area and one nice FMS Henschel Hs 123 1030mm went down at the same very spot my beloved Park Zone P-47D Thunderbolt came down.

I was inverted (many flights prior) and the model was at its turning lap and all of a sudden the Model did not respond to my increased Down Elevator input to keep it level and she sunk downwards and nothing I could do...

We all heard a very LOUD BOOM and I just thought (SHE IS DONE). Walking and crossing the street, we found it at the sidewalk and not bad at all considering the hard hit and very LOUD and nerve wracking thud.

I have no idea how the model right side itself but, we found her on its belly!

I have already started on the repairs and got all the SPARE PARTS!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 13, 2013 @ 03:22 PM | 4,144 Views
Yes, I am a dummy, a fool and newbie, green as could be!

Just to catch up for those that have not visited Part-1:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=337685

I am horrified that I never thought to adjust the control surfaces on this fantastic flying Steven's Aero Cap232 with some sort of Dual Rate option and instead I have flown this model with 100% settings or in other words "RAW" mechanical settings and it is NO WONDER I almost CRASHED this model on my first flight not withstanding the WASH-IN Issues.

Summary:
As soon as the Cap232 took off on smooth hard surface at my RC Club while no one else was present, I knew that all the preset adjustments I made on the ground was PERFECT! Of course my good buddy Mark S. (Marked) assisted me over the telephone and gave me suggestions to the adjustments, most especially for the LOW RATE on the Elevator.

As I recall, the take-off roll was performed using the LOW RATE setting at 43% on the Elevator, 80% for Ailerons and 100% for Rudder. It took off super smooth and I allowed it to gain altitude and I was amazed how smooth and relaxing it was to fly this model at these settings. I am sure most of you are surprised at me for being so amazed but, I have never used any Dual Rates or Expo on any of my Models (seat of the pants flying!)

Once the model was up 80 feet up, I did try the High Rate for the Elevator at 78% and it allowed a spirited snap rate and tighter loop but, without any ill effect such as a stall, it...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 11, 2013 @ 10:35 PM | 4,555 Views
Hi good people,

Wondering if some of you can help me a bit on a purchase that I made yesterday on a used 40A Cap232 with 54 inch wing span. I bought it in Central Florida, local pickup and just trying to sort out a few things. Early this morning (Friday, 10-11-2013 was the maiden flight for me and I had to be on it at all times just from keeping it from CRASHING so, it was NOT fun at all.) The landing cause the APC "E" 14 X 7 propeller to break and the thick main landing gear wire to bend backwards and the Right wing servo to jam.

Upon inspecting the Wing carefully the wing tip that has some lose covering is just scratching the surface of issues with this model. I bought the model with the mind set that all was okay except the covering on the wing tip and never did I thought to check for any wing warp-age or uneven WASH-IN issues.

SUMMARY:

1. The entire Left Wing has a warp throughout its length assembly.

2. The Airfoil has more curvature on the bottom than on top. I am sure this model flys excellent inverted!

3. The correct thing to do is saw the wing in half (or in other words remove the entire covering and find out which is the best manner to use this wing airframe with the increased curvature on top). Of course, taking out the landing gear to allow the wing to ride upside down from how it is presently configured, however, this will take lots of time and energies so, presently, I am doing the simple stuff.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 03, 2013 @ 12:21 AM | 4,024 Views
Hello good people!

Just wanted to share a treasure troll of a WORK SHOP that provides 72 Degree F comfort and has everything you can think of to make your own parts!!

Introducing Tom Holmes Work Shop in Central Florida!!


Tom is on the Left!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 26, 2013 @ 06:04 PM | 3,919 Views
Clockwork Creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz


This video is just astounding.

I believe it is worth your time. If you are a teacher you may want to share it with your students. I am in total shock at when this was made--240 years ago



'The Writer' Automaton (4 min 49 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 22, 2013 @ 05:33 AM | 3,902 Views
Hi good people,

Just wanted to share a Fun Sail event with the North Florida ORCAS RC Boat Club and who invited me and my good friend Tony Lombardo. We traveled from Central Florida to meet with these dedicated RC Boat club members to experience their waters (Lake Park) at LOSCO REGION PARK located 10851 Hood Road South in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville.

http://nfloridaorcas.freeservers.com/about.html

I had a terrific time with two of my RC Boats and glad I came because I needed to work on both of these fine RC Boat Models that I have acquired within the past two years now and these boats always needs work for either making sure all systems are working correctly "or" appearance and scale work that might need attention.

Just a few pictures of my super LARGE PT311 (Torpedo Patrol RC Electric boat) that spans six (6) feet long. The smaller and fantastic looking and running PT boat is from an RC Club member from North Florida ORCAS.







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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 08, 2013 @ 02:46 PM | 4,506 Views
Hello good people,

There is a discussion thread over in the Electric Plane Talk section and this blog is just to record my very first flight of my new Dynam SMART RC Electric Airplane model.

Please note that this is NOT a beginner RC Model even though it does have some qualities and characteristics of a Trainer but, it requires someone with intermediate -to- Advance RC Pilot skills. Why? Because this model will give you two Snap Rolls for FREE when you even don't expect it, depending on your control settings.

First, allow me to provide you with some fantastic pictures made possible by my good friend, Gerry Rivera (simano) and who also, provided the Video Capture of today's Maiden Flight.

Okay, a few pictures......

Oh, yes, it is the largest RC Foam Model that I have ever flown and the best flying one at that!!!!

In the first flight, I flew it like I stole it and was very comfortable in rolling it very close to the ground and almost stalled it with high Alpha flight and got very close to the bushes far end of the RC field. I saw the shadow of the model right on top of the bushes!!!!

My buddy Gerry told me NOT to push the envelope so, I took it easy

This thing flew slower than a Slow Stick!!!!

I used the Spektrum AR611e Park Flyer Receiver, my Spektrum DX7 (older model) and Turnigy 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 25C Lithium Polymers. I believe Dave (dbc) changed out the ESC to a 45-AMP Black Label no-name job and did excellent!

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