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Posted by PeterVRC | Jun 22, 2016 @ 08:56 PM | 987 Views
Did I need another 3D printer????
Hmmm, not really.....

The Printrite DIY printer is a bit large overall. It also needs a fair few additions to make it truly great, which cost money! And maybe you could buy something WITH all those things already.... maybe even for less total cost!!??
So what started as just looking around at things, became a BUYING of another 3D Printer.

What is good, or better about the Geeetech I3 ProB?

1) Only AUD $329 delivered to the door! Very prompt delivery too! just days.

2) Comes with a heated bed and a glass bed for that too.

3) A built in Power Supply, so you have a nice totally self contained printer!

4) The LCD control panel, to allow stand-alone control and printing.

5) A robust acrylic frame, forming a quite compact unit, with the same printing area/volume of the PrintriteDIY anyway.

6) The MK8 printhead setup.

So all in all that sound GREAT!!
Lower cost than the PrintriteDIY and you get quite a bit MORE!!

Well, it sounded that way.... and sort of does end up that way I guess.... just not as great as it all sounded....

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Posted by PeterVRC | Apr 19, 2016 @ 03:31 AM | 1,949 Views
It HAD to happen.... two weeks AFTER buying the Cloud Surfer the Powerzone2600 (my first choice) was on Sale again!
I decided to get one, and I will assess those two aircraft to decide which one is truly best to use... and sell the other.

But I am pretty sure the PZ2600 will be a clear winner!!
More Wing Area... MUCH larger internal space.... Fore and Aft wheels... and a more suited Wing mounting system, thus MODS will be far more minimal!
And it can be configured with C-Tail and T-Tail formats.

The Canopy/Cockpit portion does look a bit goofy.... but I am used to it now....

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Posted by PeterVRC | Apr 04, 2016 @ 06:41 PM | 2,223 Views
Yes, I have a Bixler 2 (the second one), but I wanted a larger form of the same aircraft type to set up for longer range FPV.
I was going to get the PowerZone 2600 - it was the easily leading first choice - but it costs a "lot" (AUD $300 with shipping), and when the Cloud Surfer came in at AUD $118 including shipping, well that slaughtered the value stakes! I really wanted the PZ2600, but at that huge price difference it just did not add up. Though the PZ2600 was about AUD $170 on the last sale.... and that COULD come around again.... one day.....

The PZ2600 has a lot more internal room, but the Cloud Surfer has enough. The CS also has wider chord wings so I would say the total lift amount would probably come close the PZ2600 which has a narrower wing chord.
So anyway, the Cloud Surfer "won the contract"....

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Posted by PeterVRC | Mar 20, 2016 @ 01:21 AM | 2,739 Views
With the Demise of the PT-17 I pondered what to do about having a Biplane....
Another UniqueModels PT-17, seeing it is a beautiful and well made (almost totally) plane?
Or something else?
The Dynam Waco was the leading choice in scale terms. But I was also thinking about Aerobatics and a STRONG bi-plane to cope with those!

I went to Hobbyzone (Victoria, Australia) to look over the Dynam choices....
The Waco, The Pitts Model S12 and the Devil 3D.
I was surprised to find they use alloy and carbon fiber strut systems = GREAT! When I checked them over I found them to be very strong - exactly what I needed/wanted!
So which one to get???

The Waco looks the best. Its "1930's nostalgic look".
The Devil 3D looks a bit too 'clinical' and modern. Plus was known to be a bit more twitchy and easier to stall in aerobatics.
The Pitts Model S12 Python looked a bit 'plain' but has the best credentials for aerobatics.... and it still does look quite good too.

The Waco out of stock.... hmmm.... but I could WAIT until they arrived....
With its scale sized, smallish, Ailerons they would need to be modded to be larger so that it could do better aerobatics - not a hard thing to do at all, but it does mean more TIME to get it going.

The Pitts Model S12 is really MEANT to be an aerobatic aircraft anyway.... so the real issue was ME, and altering my mindset from wanting a scale type OLDER biplane, to a more modern scale biplane!
So I accepted that and got the Pitts!!

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Posted by PeterVRC | Feb 28, 2016 @ 06:19 AM | 2,773 Views
I "needed" a 3D specific plane....

Unfortunately I made a poor choice!!

The Bravado is to costly normally! Not worth it. But it was on special for $137, down from $197, so that sucked me in.
Before buying it i read the forums info about it, and read reviews, and watched videos... as I always do for aircraft I might/will buy. And there were reports of ISSUES, as usual, and the reviews suggested it was more a half/half 3D and pattern aircraft - and not overly good at either task! But all other options cost a fair bit more, so I got the Bravado...
Now I wish I had not.......

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Posted by PeterVRC | Feb 28, 2016 @ 05:49 AM | 2,598 Views
Another DC-3/C-47 !!...???
As much as my Dynam DC-3 has turned out really great, I always saw the Hobbyking version as 'better'. Seeing it is a bit bigger, but also has Split Flaps, Retracts and various other 'better' things.
But when the KIT version was on special for AUD$99 with Free Shipping, well that made it a very good buy!

When I got the plane and looked over what it had and was, I was very surprised at all the great design methods, and all the detail it has! WAY more than the Dynam... it makes the Dynam look like the "2009 toy model aeroplane" that it is. Chalk and Cheese!

I had got the Dynam DC-3 on special also, I think for $163 for the PNF with shipping.
I bought all the HK DC-3 extra parts (motors, retracts, servos, etc) for approx $100. This makes the HK DC-3 close to $200 all up. So for the $37 more I will end up with a FAR, far, better DC-3!!!

But if you paid the normal "full" prices, then they are more like $240 and $435 with shipping. So then you are paying quite a lot more, for the lot more the HK DC-3 has. I would never pay that much for it!!

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Posted by PeterVRC | Dec 28, 2015 @ 05:54 AM | 3,279 Views
When Hobbyking/"Avios" made the Hawker Sea Fury they decided to make up a warbird camo version, but also the modern day modified Reno Racer version that is named "Riff Raff".
Seeing they were all on "Super Special" during the sales, I got one of the Riff Raff versions also!
It is quite a different looking plane.... basically very racey looking, lol.

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Posted by PeterVRC | Dec 13, 2015 @ 06:07 PM | 3,375 Views
AU$118 delivered on the HobbyKing Sale, so I decided to get one. I can;t even drive to any hobby shop and get a plane like this for under AU$230 (eg Dynam), so it is basically less then half price and 'zero effort' to order and get! (no driving anywhere!)

It looks great in pics!
Many reviews on it are good - though also some issues with the retracts are mentioned.
But at AU$118 even then it can't be a 'loss'.... can it ????

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Posted by PeterVRC | Dec 04, 2015 @ 12:04 AM | 3,892 Views
Huh, more planes?
Well HobbyKing did have a SUPER special on! Thus I bought a lot of new planes....
6 Avios Sea Fury's included.

I did not know much at all about the Avios Sea Fury, but at AUD$125 including shipping(!), for a 1200mm highly detailed model, that was impossible to refuse!! Thus why I bought 6 of them! I actually bought 5 Sea Fury's and ONE Sea Fury RACER... the "Riff Raff" Reno Racer version, which uses 6S instead of 4S (but the same output power level really).
I quickly read up forum info on them and it all sounded fine - the typical few quirks here and there, but I can fix those! So then I ordered them quick smart, before the sale could end.

When it arrived I was amazed! It is one of the best, if not the best. foam models I have seen! Very highly detailed - which Durafly are also, but this is just a bit more again.
Then all the design ideas and construction - THEY are the highlights of a new generation of foam models and strengths etc!

BUT... then I found out what that all costs in WEIGHT!! I saw it was listed at 2100g in the HobbyKing specs, but I thought that would be AUW with a battery. That is the 'EMPTY' weight! With a battery it is 2400g to 2600g or so!
This is one HEAVY foam model! Though I like heavy aircraft....
Maybe not THIS heavy!
But it is a work of art anyway....

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Posted by PeterVRC | Nov 26, 2015 @ 05:04 PM | 3,763 Views
I have had the FlyFly MB229 for many years, in a box...... so it was time to get it out and build it finally! Especially with the demise of the Lander RC F9F Panther, though I had started the MB339 the week before that crashed - hmmm, maybe the F9F was not happy about that!

At approx 1.4m wingspan by 1.4m long, the FlyFly MB339 is quite a big "90mm" plane. It has a TON of internal space. This is all because the full scale one is not a 'big' plane and when you keep dimensions at "1.4m" across all the planes you make (FlyFly) then a smaller full scale plane makes for a lower scale number compared to other larger full scale jets they make. This then means the overall 'volume' of the plane is large, versus the lower scaled plane of the same span/length dimensions. (eg a Lancaster bomber of this same scale will have a pencil thin fuselage).

Everything about the MB339 is "Typical FlyFly" - nothing better, nothing worse. A great blank canvas to work on, though many have been built just as they came - and probably had short lifespans due to all those typical FlyFly inadequacies in their stock form. One common thing is the wings folding up = crash.

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Posted by PeterVRC | Nov 24, 2015 @ 02:44 AM | 4,211 Views
I finally bought a 3D printer, after a long time of humming and harring over the cost and the uses for it. For sure it would have uses, but they need to be cost effective too!

When HobbyKing had the Print-Rite 3D printer on special for almost $100 off, which was AUD$383, I quickly read up on it and with all reviews etc sounding good I decided to get one!

I am no 3D Printer Expert!! Not yet anyway. But this was easy to assemble and set up - with a bit of added DIY usefully added. And then the first two test prints went PERFECT right away! That was a surprise bonus, after reading so much about setting up importance and issues etc. you can run into.
Well, they are a quite simple device really....

I also ordered a heated bed from ebay for AUD$19, but on the 6 prints I have done so far the stock bed and tape setup has been totally fine really! I had read how good it is - better - to have a heated bed.... hmmm.

It IS important to align it all! The two main things are leveling the 'cross beam' and setting the home Z Axis nozzle height. It seems best to do that every time you get the printer out to print again, as they can move/change.

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Posted by PeterVRC | Nov 15, 2015 @ 02:03 AM | 4,158 Views
Hey! This sounds familiar!.....

After my first FPV Bixler 2 was irreparably damaged in its 'flyaway' crash into a tree I had decided that was that - I would not get another one.
But everyone I know has one! So I eventually decided I will get one just for fun flying, relaxing flying, and for letting other people/learners to have a go etc.
They really are an excellent plane, even though they are a minimalist flimsy 'rubbish' plane, LOL. They are just what they are made to be.... something that flies extremely well, light, glides, stable and a trainer.

This time I was going to leave it 'stock' but I could not bear to do that! It NEEDS things done better on it....

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Posted by PeterVRC | Jul 23, 2015 @ 07:38 PM | 3,996 Views
HobbyKing had a "End of Financial year Sale", so what would you do to make the best use of that? BUY some stuff!!!
Many aircraft were notably reduced in price so of course I had to find something of good value to get!!
Seeing I have too many planes already I decided to "Not spend much" - though cost isn't an issue, SPACE is the real issue. Oh well.... what to pick....???

I ended up choosing the DC-3 Skybus made by Dynam. AU$129 was a 'bargain'... I thought.
1470mm Wingspan, so that seemed a fair size.... SEEMED.....

The much more costly Durafly DC-3 (and C-47) were greatly reduced in price too. I would never buy that at full price, but at the $100 or so discount I almost got that instead. But it was AU$262 still!! Normally AU$375!!
After reading reviews on it I decided it was NOT a good buy..... and especially when still at over double the price of the Dynam!

At HobbyZone (Melbourne) they sell Dynam planes but they only have the C-47 version (not DC-3), but I would have much preferred that one anyway - except it is AU$199. Though to have the HobbyKing one delivered it cost AU$161 in total... a lot of shipping cost! To be fair, shipping from Hobbyzone adds another $12 - though I could drive there to get it, and spend 'only' $10 on petrol, LOL.
$38 ($50 really) is a fair amount more, BUT in hind-sight... for the painting that the C-47 has, and the DC-3 is bare foam with decals, I would rather have bought that for the $199.
OR.... I could alter the DC-3 to suit what I want......

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Posted by PeterVRC | Jun 23, 2015 @ 10:28 AM | 5,065 Views
Yet another FlyFly kit....
I decided to make up a 70mm EDF version of the FlyFly Mirage2000 90mm jet. Apparently a lot of the FlyFly jets fly very well on 70mm EDF combos, but only "light" versions, typically a hand/bungee launch... no landing gear etc. That is because you typically get 1300W to 1500W from a powerful 70mm EDF combo - not 2000W to 3000W of a 90mm combo!

To make it more flexible, I am actually making it up as a 90mm and THEN change down the fan to 70mm. The reason for that is so that it is all setup for any future 90mm use, and adding retracts etc, but I will fly it as the 70mmm first.

I have a Jetfan/HET 1500kv combo that does almost 1800Watts on 7S. This is enough for the hand/bungee version setup, and I would expect all the extra weight of that fan and its batteries would pretty much end up the same as running a 1300W 70mm fan with its smaller/lighter batteries. So it will be interesting to see BOTH cases!!

Seeing it is being done as a very basic build, it should be VERY quick!
In one night I did all the wing and fuselage assembly, including modding the hatch/battery area to have a tray that can also fit two 4S 5000mAH in-line... allowing setups of 6S, 7S, 8S. But the main aim is the 7S for 90mm and 6S for 70mm.

It will be Fiber-glassed with WBPU, and painted up 'nicely'.... and hopefully will be a fair way under 2.5Kg for the 70mm AUW (2.2Kg?), and maybe a bit over 2.5Kg for the 90mm 7S AUW.

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Posted by PeterVRC | Jun 12, 2015 @ 09:04 AM | 4,604 Views
It seems like time for another jet..... hmmm, too many unfinished really!!!!

The FlyFly Twin 90mm Mig-29
Whilst "Twin 90mm" makes it sound BIG, it is really much the same size as any twin 70mm version.

One good thing is that seeing a full scale Mig-29 is not a large jet (similar to a F-16), it means this is a 'bigger scale number' than many others. Thus it is an aircraft of considerable 'bulk'. ie It is 1/10th scale
The Twin 90mm construction also means the ducting etc is large.... so no restrictions to airflow for fans - which you can actually use 70mm's, 80mm's, or 90mm's... and ALL will fly totally fine and great! But it is easier to get high... 'huge'... power from a pair of 80mm or 90mm fans. So if you want over 1:1 Thrust to Weight then 80mm or 90mm is best. If you just want a FAST jet... 70mm's will do fine!
I have still not decided what I will sue for sure, but 90mm is leading the way because you can use two LOW/Med power fans to still get a huge result, and 90mm fans are more efficient than smaller diameters.

I also had to decide over what to DO with it in total.... and I decided to once again go "Full House" with Retracts, Flaps, Ailerons, Rudders, All Moving Stabs. Seeing it can reasonably easily get well over 4Kg thrust anyway. Unlike the Su-35 Twin 70mm which struggles to get near 1:1 !

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Posted by PeterVRC | May 19, 2015 @ 07:13 PM | 4,517 Views
I have had this jet a LONG time now! It was my first 70mm EDF jet!
I actually have two of them....

Mine are Version 1's, but be sure to get the Version 2 if you buy one! They now come WITH retracts. I had to modify mine to have retracts - though I guess I got to do what I wanted and make it truly robust.

Hmmm, it looks like a HABU !! I guess it is a clone of that excellent flying jet, and thus why this one is excellent too!
It is totally fine to fly it as it comes in its 4S guise.
Or upgrade the ESC (only) to 90Amps so you can run the stock plane on 5S - which stresses the motor but MOST people have had theirs cope with that. Some go up in smoke....
Or change the whole fan combo to a higher Power setup. 1000W.... 1200W... 1300W... 4S, 5S, 6S.... CS10, 12, 14... Wemo EVO, Pro...

It is a very sleek jet, which means it can fly fast! Like a missile - though not so fast on the stock 4S setup. Still fast though!

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Posted by PeterVRC | May 07, 2015 @ 06:25 PM | 4,403 Views
After having bought all kinds of CHEAPER bits for EDFs and building up a bit of everything you can do that way, I decided to get an ExtremeRC ready to run combo.
I could still have done that the same myself, but it is not much more to have it all done and ready to use so I figured I would do that to check it out.....

The ERC Jetfan combo choices are here:
http://www.extremerc.com.au/estore/i...ath=146_11_375

I wanted something above 'average' in power, so I chose the 8S 3000W combo - you can always use lower Throttle! hehe

I actually already have two Jetfan Rotors and Wemo EVO Rotors, but have not assembled those because getting a suitable CHEAP motor is not easy/possible.
The HK Fandrive 3968-1500kv CHEAP BEAST ($74) is a really great motor... but it has an 8mm shaft which Jetfans and EVO's cannot fit! BAH.
A suitable HET motor costs $160

The ERC specs for this combo are:
29.58v / 101A / 2990w / 4.5+kg thrust (1.52 Thrust to Power)
And there is a video to show/prove that!!
Those are good numbers!! This shows the motor is coping with that load just fine.

When I set mine up and tested it I got:
28.1V 93.6A 2620W 4.00Kg - using 2x 4S 4400mAH 65C Turnigy Nanotech (also 1.52 Thrust to Power)
But you can see the VOLTS dropped a lot - the battery cannot do that load comfortably!
These numbers also show that the ERC numbers ARE in line with what you would get if you had a better battery.

Once in a jet, with reasonably decent ducting, you should get 1.3x to 1.4x the WATTS in Thrust. So mine at 2600W = 3.38Kg to 3.64Kg. Which should be the upper region of a jet's AUW for that anyway. WAY more Thrust than you truly need in most cases! But you do 'need' a lot if you want your scale jet to also be able to do a scale TOP speed!

Note this test below is using Revo batteries, but the HK Nanotechs (plain Nano) can drive the combo to another 200g higher Thrust. For almost 4 Amps more input.
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Jetfan-HET, HET650-1600kv 8S 4400mAH 60C Revo 90.6A 27.4V 2470W 3.87Kg (1 min 5 sec)

Posted by PeterVRC | Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:38 PM | 9,764 Views
Quite a while back I had bought a second FW Su-35 KIT with an aim to make it up for an 8S and 3000W+ setup. After badly damaging the first one I decided to get this underway and done ASAP. (this was a few months back now!)

The aim is to fly from GRASS.... have approx 4.0Kg AUW.... an 8S setup that can do 4000W on the bench, with 5.2kg total(!!), but who knows what amount for sure IN the plane.... and the main lenghened battery hatch/bay mod, with its strengthening gains, plus fibreglassing and a Flight Controller (Stabiliser).
But the least possible else than those things!

The first one was very good! And it is a very nicely designed and made plane - that flies great too! This one should be even BETTER!!

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Posted by PeterVRC | Apr 13, 2015 @ 08:50 PM | 5,583 Views
I finally gave in and got a "Twin"..... though I am not sure it was that great an idea....

Dynam make good 'cheap' planes, so I was confident this would also be in their typical style. And it is....
But as usual, as much as they have some great ideas and well thought out designs, there are things you can improve upon. Quite a few in this BF-110 as it turns out....

Another 'standard' of Dynam is the very average paint job they do. Very 'chalky' pastel colours, and the budget idea of painting the whole plane the underside colour (eg sky blue) and then ONLY adding the secondary Camo Scheme colour to the top where that goes.
But surprisingly, once this plane is coated in WBPU it dramatically transforms it into being a great paintjob finish!!

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Posted by PeterVRC | Dec 23, 2014 @ 07:24 AM | 10,263 Views
I had been keeping an eye on this jet for a LONG time!! I always wanted to get it, but anything from "LX" - also known as "Sky Flight" - costs a lot to get to Australia! Typically $300 to $340 for a kit version of their stuff! And that is not because it is 'good' stuff at all! In general LX (Lanxiang) have many weaknesses in each of their models. Things that are made too weak... fail... don't work properly.
This fact also makes the "$300 kit" a bit rich to even risk to get! But you can always 'fix' all the shortfalls..... and there is no other twin 70mm A-10 to get if you want that specific plane!

After LOTS of monitoring of forums about this LX A-10 I finally decided to RISK getting one, to see if it could be all 'fixed up'.....
AU$304 delivered.... that was using EMS post, and it took 7 days from order to the door. (Just the KIT remember!! sigh).

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