I picked up a mSR for some indoor/outdoor flying.
It's a durable fixed pitch helicopter that will allow me to better myself with flying helicopters with minimal expenses.
Here's a video of me flying it.
I got this to fly in my house in 2008.
It flew really well and could practically hover. It flew really slow with a high angle of attack, but eventually got really boring so I sold it.
Very durable and a great indoor flyer for beginners.
I got this back in 2008 which came with a DX6i controller.
I flew it about 2 times and eventually sold the controller and the Heli for money towards my FPV Easy Star setup.
It was hard to tune and I didn't want to crash it and spend money to repair it.
This was the maiden test flight in my driveway - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ef_xVpnng
I mounted the ESC and vented out the where it rests, by making channels with my Dremal tool.
After the maiden flight, I modded the rudder and added a 1.8mm carbon rod to reinforce it.
I also added a 3.2mm Carbon rod where the antenna channel goes since I have a 2.4Ghz Rx with stubby antennas. The drilling of the hole for the ESC hot air exhaust slightly weakened the fuse, so adding the carbon rod made it stiffer than stock.
Also added a strip of packing tape on the bottom for those belly lands.
I also noticed during my maiden my wings were flexing a lot, so I added two carbon strips on the wing bottoms that mount flush to the bottom. If I need it stiffer, I will add a long 3.2mm rod inside the stock rod that goes further out into the wings inside.
I now have HS-81 servos, had a FPV kit with a EZPod KX-191 camera kit and video transmitter and receiver but sold that cause I never did the FPV I planned on doing.
These are the mods I did shortly after the build:
-Added 5mm outside diameter 40" CF tube inside wing tube and CA'd it in for less wing flex.
I got this in 2004 I think from my LHS. Some guy who designed them lives by me.
It was equipped with:
3 GWS Pico BB servos. (I did the rudder mod.)
GWS ICS-100 ESC
GWS 4Ch Pico Rx
GWS Dual IPS S1 gearing with heat sink. Flew well with 8x6 prop.
From 2003. I put this together originally to fly in my backyard and then modified it with a Slow Stick Fuse and a larger motor.
I put 3 blue LED's on and it's powered by a 2s 1020mah Kokam.
I also used superkote on the tail pieces to make them stronger and I like white.
The stock Pico Stick fuse was way to flimsy. I was not happy with the bending and twisting.
I had a extra Slow Stick fuse lying around so I decided to give it a shot.
I used the Slow Stick plastic mounts also. I cut the Pico Stick wing holder so it could fit right into the Slow Stick wing holder.
The aluminum fuse weighed 22 grams and the stock Pico fuse weighed 8 grams.
This was a build I made back in 2002/2003 if I recall. It was a Flying Styro Kit that was not meant to be remote controlled but I modified it to be.
I got the Flying Styro Corsair kit from www.hobby-lobby.com.
I completed it with a Dual IPS motor I had tried in my Moth, it was controlled by Rudder/Elevator but then I added ailerons with pico servos in each wing.
When I tested it, the thing felt like it was going to torque roll and go vertical.
Here were the specs:
4Ch Pico Rx with horizontal pins.
4 BB Pico servos.
2amp ICS50 ESC.
Dual IPS S2 geared motor.
2s or a 2s2p Kokam to power it.
It weighed 6 ounces with no battery.
This was another build from 2002 and my first aileron plane.
The maiden flight was on New Years Day 2003 in which my friend taped and edited and put together a funny soundtrack. I ended up crashing it at the end with very little damage when I tried to motor off it and glide . I had a lot of fun flying it that day and it was night and day difference from the other planes I had.
When I get the video uploaded I will post the video here.
Here's a video with some of the maiden flight and others and some of the Tiger Moth below. -
This was the next GWS plane I got after the Beaver.
This model was the older model with a aluminum fuse.
I experimented with Ailerons on this model but they had very little effect since the way the wing was designed.
I eventually added lights to it for night flying.
I'm going to blog a few of my older builds before I move on to my newer builds and videos.
This was my first GWS Plane that I picked up at my local hobby shop along with a GWS transmitter in late 2002. Before that I had a Firebird 2 channel which didn't provide me with enough controls. I wanted a 3 Channel plane and this one turned out to fly great.
Here is a video of it flying off a pond and landing:
This is my newer GWS Slow Stick that I use for Aerial Photography/Video and the various add-ons I have made.
I built this Early 2008.
It also has a steerable tailwheel for taxing during takeoff and landing.
I used spider wire fishing line to brace the wings instead of the stock thread.
It came to 225 grams ready to fly without the battery. The 500mAh battery I use weighs 50 grams making the plane 275 grams ready to fly with the battery.