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Posted by DustyPockets | Mar 14, 2010 @ 11:53 AM | 3,765 Views
My buddy Chubby uses my shop for building and hiding planes and it looks like he is getting slightly out of control. Brand new BNF Habu with retracts on order. New Stryker sporting a Mega 16/35/1.5 with a handful of Turnigy 5 cells. A Funjet with an ARC long can, not sure exactly what motor but he used it in a Stryker on 4 cell and it easily got it vertical, should be plenty fast on the Funjets smaller frame.


Well it should be an interesting flying year, finally warming up. Got in a few flights this past week. Really looking forward to those nice summer evenings. We plan on really getting into night flying this year. I think I will light up my Superfly first.

Take care
Posted by DustyPockets | Feb 07, 2010 @ 06:41 PM | 3,833 Views
Bout once a month or so we get my girlfriends grandkids for the night. Before long they want to go out to the shop where all big boys toys are kept (hidden). I have an old PC with Realflight 3.5 on it in there, of course they love it. The oldest Ethan is catching on to it pretty fast and from time to time flys a lot longer than you might think, his main problem is his brother resetting it.

Well we decided to get the trusty EasyStar out for the first flight of the year. It was pretty chilly but the sun was strong so it was bearable.

I forgot how much fun the EZ is, I kind of moved on after I bought other "fancier" planes but this year I am going to fly it more. The EasyStar really loves the snow, overshoot the landing? no problem, throttle up and bring it back. I about wore the kids out chasing it.

Come spring I'll dig out the AeroAces and a long pole for them. Maybe a Nutball in a couple years.
Posted by DustyPockets | Jan 30, 2010 @ 08:27 PM | 3,620 Views
Dropped by E-Fest this afternoon. Great to get interested again in flying after a long winter.

Picked up my flying buddy Ellis (Chubby) after work and spent a couple of hours cruising vendors and watching some good flying.

Picked up a few modest goodies along the way, an LED light set, a few servos and a small motor /ESC combo. A nice Multiplex Merlin was calling my name but I put it off for now. I was able to score a nice Spektrum hat from Missy at the Horizon Hobby's booth.....thanks Missy!

Chubby did get a chance to check out the Habu, he has one on order and should be here in a day or so. They offer a nice retract kit that would work on the Habu, looks like he is going to get one.

Well next year I need to sign up and fly.........Continue Reading
Posted by DustyPockets | Jan 17, 2010 @ 06:50 PM | 4,667 Views
Kicking around the shop today I decided to convert my Fling to electric. I bought it from a guy who was getting out of the hobby and it has never been flown, I considered flying it as a pure glider as intended but figured I would lose interest pretty quick.

I cut open the nose with my Dremel and added a 4300kv Ammo inrunner and 4.2x4 prop. Probably not the best motor choice but worked well enough to test it. I will look for a lower kv motor and a folding prop for it.

As a glider the servos are mounted in the front with a pull-pull system, but with all the gear I had to move them to the back of the fuselage. I cut them in the fiberglass and used music wire to run back to the tail.

The ESC and receiver went up front. As grandpappy would say it was like shoving a wet noodle up a wildcats ass but I finally got it all stuffed in.

800Mah 2 cell under the wing and a little bit of weight on the tail for balance and I was ready to go.

It was a bit windy and cold but I decided to run one pack thru it. Flew just fine, even heavy it glided well. It should make for some nice simple fun on a warm summer day.
Posted by DustyPockets | Jan 05, 2010 @ 07:23 PM | 3,146 Views
Well no damage!
Posted by DustyPockets | Dec 26, 2009 @ 11:46 AM | 4,111 Views
Santa brought me a RTF Flyzone Cessna 182 this year. I really like it, I have been wanting something with landing gear as all my other planes are belly landers.

Lights, stearable nose gear, flaps.........Now if just had decent weather.

It looks like it will make a good night flyer. My flying buddy Chubby just got his shipment of LED's from Hobby King in, maybe he will part with some.

Also a gift certificate from Advantage Hobby and Horizon!!
Posted by DustyPockets | Nov 16, 2009 @ 07:24 PM | 3,047 Views
If you are into scratchbuilding foamies you might consider picking up a 4" Rapala fillet and a fine diamond stone. These knifes are super sharp, inexpensive($14.00) and very thin. Great for EPP. I still use the old stand by #11 hobby knife but tend to go for the Rapala first anymore.
Posted by DustyPockets | Nov 15, 2009 @ 07:03 PM | 3,327 Views
I had an appointment with a client yesterday to possibly build a fireplace mantle. I had done some work for him before and knew he had done some modeling in the past. As we chatted he asked me if I wanted to buy some of his kits as he has gotten out of RC.

He had a pretty good pile of old kits and odds and ends. One thing that really caught my eye was the SlowJazz. I thought what the hell is that?, looks like a giant Vapor. Well it was unique enough I decided to buy it. I put it together last night and managed to take it out for a quick test flight. Wind was light but still enough to toss it around quite a bit, I will save it for a nice still evening next summer to fly around the yard. Comes with a IPS brushed motor, I do have a Ammo inrunner that will fit so I may swap it out.

He also had a Great Planes Fling. I liked the size and lines of the plane to I picked it up too. I have never Hi Started a glider but it should be fun, if not maybe an electric conversion?

Well I may go back for more, he had a pretty good pile of balsa and another thing that caught my eye was a Spectra kit. I will do some research on it, may be a good winter project.
Posted by DustyPockets | May 25, 2009 @ 11:54 AM | 3,121 Views
Picked up a Multiplex Funjet the other day at my LHS. It had a damaged box and one wing had been torn a bit and deformed but seemed easy enough to repair, I asked the guy how much he wanted for it.......$20.00....the Funjet was soon out the door.

After a much to quick browse of the Funjet thread in the Kit Foamies forum, I assembled the kit. It looks like most guys were building for speed with some 28mm Inrunners, I dug a ARC 28-37-4 out of my EasyStar, after a quick throttle run up I decided I had better go with a milder set up. This is my first jet and I expected it to be a real handful, I also had a mental image of my fingers getting into that prop. I ended up with a 3100 kv outrunner and a 5.5x4.5 prop with a Zippy 1300 3s.

The light set up worked out better than expected, and the Funjet turned out to be much easier to fly than I thought. I tend to fly it about half throttle to keep the noise down as I fly in our soccer field.

Thing went well for a week or so but clearly should have built it much better. First incident was a broken nose trying to fly with a 12v Bosch Litheon pack from a compact drill the little outrunner didn't have enough punch to get that heavy pack in the air. A Carbon Fiber tail boom from an old Blade CP Sumo glued into the fuselage, some CA and strapping tape soon solved that problem. Next I tore off the entire motor mount along with quite a bit of foam, simply not enough glue. I reinforced it with more Sumo along with a piece of 1 1/4" PVC pipe from an drain extension tube.

I plan on keeping it light and slow for a while then maybe step it up with a bigger motor later in the summer.
Posted by DustyPockets | Apr 21, 2009 @ 09:47 PM | 3,395 Views
Well it started a couple of years ago, a simple Aero Ace from Toys r Us. I had a ball with it on calm summer evenings, easy to fly, bounce them off trees, chase the cat, all innocent fun.......

Later in the summer I started to slide down the slippery slope. I always wanted a RC helicopter. On a trip to St. Louis I purchased a Blade CP, wise choice?.......probably not, but too late now.

I don't know how many hours it took me to hover that darn thing, but I kept at it and now am a "fair" Heli flyer. I jumped into fixed wing with a Slowstick, It was okay but I did not really get excited about fixed wing until I bought a Easystar.

I now have a Compy FP heli, 2 Kings, a modified Honeybee. Fixed wing hanger includes the Easystar and Superfly.I then got into scratchbuilt foamies so now a Firefly (a Superfly clone), 2 Nutballs, Drenalyn and a slofly.

Is all this money and time worth it?, you bet!