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Posted by rc808 | Feb 17, 2016 @ 02:54 AM | 1,249 Views
Well, it didn't last long. Only a few flights before i got stuck really, really high in a tree. Luckily with a small lead pipe and string I was able to rattle it enough to knock my camera off it. The quad is still in the tree though firmly hooked by it's prop guards . Just happy it wasn't a Phantom.

This was my first drone but i've been flying planes for years. Not exactly the same but it helped. I learned something though. I had a "faux pro" SJ4000 stuck to the bottom. It carried the weight ok but it required gentle, slow movements. Once it would turn or lose altitude past a certain rate it was hard to counter. Descending would result in a hard landing, etc. Good to understand when strapping your camera to a toy. Weak brushed motors. It flew much better without a camera. A Mobius or other micro camera would probably do better.

mjx x101 flight (0 min 55 sec)

Posted by rc808 | Feb 03, 2016 @ 01:28 AM | 1,704 Views
Last year at major surf contests there were often half a dozen Phantoms in the air at any given time. Often a few feet from the competitors. Now they are banned except official drones and only one at a time, and a higher altitude. Just on observation, no judging. It looked dangerous and being broadcast worldwide wasn't good for the hobby. Here's a couple shots of drones at the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro.
Posted by rc808 | Nov 17, 2015 @ 04:19 PM | 2,103 Views
Interesting sign of the times. No "unofficial" drones at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing starting this year. It was a little chaotic last year.
Posted by rc808 | Aug 23, 2015 @ 04:05 PM | 2,402 Views
Dug up this oldie. Flying my Superflea at Kualoa. Great versatile airframe.

Superflea 2 (2 min 7 sec)

Posted by rc808 | Aug 18, 2015 @ 01:31 AM | 2,190 Views
Posted by rc808 | Jul 12, 2015 @ 04:09 AM | 2,307 Views
Almost non existent wind demanded I fly the Extra 300 outside today.
UMX Extra 300 D (2 min 12 sec)

Posted by rc808 | May 22, 2015 @ 08:22 PM | 2,812 Views
Getting pretty serious with quads and surfing here. People with next to no experience flying into the lineup . Took this image from a couple months ago of Kelly Slater dropping in with a drone in his face. Crazy times.
Posted by rc808 | May 08, 2015 @ 02:40 AM | 2,710 Views
Picked this up for $26 on Ebay. Just came in. Gave it a toss in the living room and seems to fly great. Can't wait for a larger room or a very calm day.
Posted by rc808 | Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:47 PM | 3,404 Views
A new paint job for the Stryker and light winds this weekend. It's on.
Posted by rc808 | Apr 13, 2015 @ 03:56 AM | 3,616 Views
Not really rc related but flight related. Paragliding looks like so much fun and peaceful but the stakes are so high. Good conditions for paragliding today. Watching them made me consider trying.
Posted by rc808 | Mar 28, 2015 @ 02:15 PM | 3,693 Views
Will it fly? Elmers foam board, paper removed with a scrap epp kfm step. All i have for power is 2100kv aoxing motor. With gws 7035 or 8x4, not sure yet. And...either 900mah 2s or 1000 3s. I may need to order some new gear for a plane like this? Hoping it'll be a floaty calm day 3d plane but will probably need a small 3s for that. Adding electronic today...
Posted by rc808 | Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:12 PM | 5,265 Views
Rebuilt a Stryker I had only flown once. Put an old Tower Pro motor (unsure of kv), 18 amp mag 8 esc, 1000 20c 3 cell, 2 9gr servos, and AR400 rx. Flew slowish but with authority to loop. Not unlimited vertical. Was shooting for something lighter than stock for smaller parks. Video next flight...
Posted by rc808 | Feb 11, 2015 @ 12:39 AM | 4,647 Views
Grey skies at Makapu'u the other day. Typically windy but great flying when it's not. Although risky flying over water. Some occasional slope soaring from the cliff behind this shot but mostly paragliders and hang gliders land here.
Posted by rc808 | Feb 10, 2015 @ 08:42 PM | 4,320 Views
I've read about using denatured alcohol as a quick release for hot glue. I tried regular drugstore isopropyl alcohol and it was a clean break in 5 seconds. Game changer.
Posted by rc808 | Jul 02, 2010 @ 04:56 AM | 5,572 Views
Came across this cool pic of the cockpit of an sr-71.


Posted by rc808 | Jan 27, 2008 @ 05:12 AM | 4,545 Views
Been reading about the Robbe Gemini and Larry's Capricorn for a while now. I thought i'd get around to buying a Gemini but due to the difficulty of finding one and expense, i figured i'd build one.

This is made out of Cellfoam, similar to depron. 10mm in the center and 6 mm on the outer wings. Epp sponsons. Lightly glue gunned together, it will be powered by a blue wonder 1500 kv motor, 2s800 . 18 amp esc, and probably an 8x4 gws prop. I gotta add the gear and weigh it still. Hopefully maiden next weekend. Just wanted to post some pics of the build.
Posted by rc808 | Dec 26, 2007 @ 11:25 PM | 4,523 Views
This is a plane my Grandfather built. Probably in 92-93 or so. He was a B-17 pilot in WW2.

I remember him being very excited about the future of electric flight although i wasn't into the hobby at the time. I always went to the field with him as a kid and watched him fly gas planes. Due to the delicate nature and expense, i never got into it until recently.

He passed away in 96 and left a lot of gadgets behind. He lived in Kansas City and i'm now in Hawaii. I would have brought everything back with me but i was only able to get this one. I drove it to Denver and my Mom later flew it back at her side. I don't think it would have made it shipped. It's a beautifully crafted plane.

Just wanted to post some pics of it. Does anybody know if this was a kit or a specific model? I do know it was supposed to be electric and it seems pretty custom. Heres to you Grandpa.
Posted by rc808 | Dec 06, 2007 @ 11:21 PM | 4,753 Views
I had a lipo burst into flames tonight. I was lucky there wasn't more damage. It happened in between my computer, monitor, and external hard drive. I make websites for a living so theres a good 5 years of work. It was a Thunderpower 2 cell and a GWS charger c3-lp. It plugs into the wall and charges both 2 and 3 cells. Both are just a few months old and used maybe twice a week. Anyhow, i plugged a 2 cell into the 3 cell adapter, doh! I've always been really careful with this, just not careful enough. Only 1 adapter at a time from now on. I threw half a cup of coffee at it. Just had time to burn my desk a little. Just a reminder, don't be dumb like me.
Posted by rc808 | Dec 04, 2007 @ 09:20 PM | 5,197 Views
It'll be hard to exceed the Superflea but i hear good things about the Sofly 28. Just got the epp cut out and the spars installed. Hopefully finish her up this weekend.
Posted by rc808 | Sep 17, 2007 @ 04:41 AM | 4,532 Views
Just some pix of my freshly sharpied Superflea and some shots of the Thunderbirds ripping around last week.