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Posted by LKC | Aug 05, 2008 @ 06:27 PM | 4,489 Views
I figured I'm the first person in Canada to fly one of these, since I'm silly enough to pay the extra to get one shipped from Germany

I just maidened my Blizzard, with this setup:
DX7
AR6000
4xHXT900 servos
35-36C Turnigy outrunner
60A Turnigy EXC with switching BEC
4S-2200 Zippy-R
AUW 34Oz
40mm spinner from Hobbycity with a 9x6 prop

Flight was completely predictable, very little trim required in the end. My CG is around 59-60mm, and I may try move it back a little further. I am not using the 3 balance balls and I am able to slide my pack further back, thanks to my modified MPX plug, see below. I did have my Rudder set up backward to what I thought. It was my first rudder on a V-tail, so I guess I assumed the wrong surface movements. The blizzard does flex the wings a bit during hard pull out. I never got a flutter, but I am sure I will soon.. It does penetrate really well and I think a nice lighter weight setup would rock on the slopes. The durability of the Elapor would suit a lot of slope locations. Even maye a light electric setup dedicated to the slope..

All in all, a great parkliner flyer ! Typical Multiplex kit. Goes together how a kit should, all components are well matched and there was no real complications besides the MPX plug. The plug itself is a great idea, it just protrudes into battery space.

A few pics on this post

MULTIPLEX BLIZZARD (3 min 13 sec)

Posted by LKC | Aug 03, 2008 @ 04:57 PM | 3,365 Views
I know this is bad, and I probably shouldn't post the pic..
But couldn't resist.. (she will kill me later)
My daughter Devan, acting just like Dad !

Luke
Posted by LKC | Jul 29, 2008 @ 02:03 PM | 5,021 Views
Picked up this Superman on discount at a local store. Got it for $30. Originally it was designed for RC, with differential thrust. Came with a typical toy transmitter and built in 3cell nimh pack. I just couldn't resist to rip him open and convert him to real RC.

Power: home wound CDROM motor with a 4x4 GWS prop
Batteries: 2S-1320 (required for balance unless I change to a lighter motor)
ESC: CC Phoenix 10
Servos: 2x blue arrow 4.3g, Elevon control
Receiver: AR6100e

Superman turned out a little heavier than planned, which could maybe be reduced if I use a different lighter motor, but with the listed components he moves along pretty quickly (faster than a locomotive) and has just over 1:1 vertical (able to leep over tall building in a single bound) Just like the real superman.. I haven't weight him, but I can say he is heavy, but not as heavy as steel (remembr he is the man of steel)

He flew great ! A little instability when rolling over, I think it's due to the curlled up wing tips. When rolling it's slow to go over, but once past horizontal it whips over, maybe due to offset balance. Makes for some wild spins outs (like superman being blasted into space). I added a clear plastic vertical fin, that runs down the back of his cape (not shown in pics)

OK enough catch phrases.. heres the pic:

BTW: I'm not a huge suprman fan, jus a big RC fan who is using Superman as an outlet..

It's about the fun.. right
should I put this in the high performance thread ?

Heres a videoa friend put together for me..
http://www.vimeo.com/1629916

Luke
Posted by LKC | Jul 29, 2008 @ 10:05 AM | 3,581 Views
Not the best quality vid, taken with a CVS hacked camera.
Great plane, lots of fun for $100, and long runtimes too.

Parkzone Vapor flying inside (1 min 37 sec)

Posted by LKC | Jul 25, 2008 @ 09:43 AM | 4,457 Views
This has been a very satifying project. The flight characteristic of the vector thrust funjet is amazing..
The flat spins are probably 4-5 spins per second.. just blistering..

A short vid of my Vector Thrusted funjet's mechanics in action.

Vector Thrust funjet (0 min 22 sec)


Heres a new flight video taken and edited by my buddy Rob.

Enjoy , feel free to comment.

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Posted by LKC | Jul 15, 2008 @ 12:30 AM | 3,385 Views
A day trip to the local club field.
Posted by LKC | Jun 13, 2008 @ 11:16 PM | 3,662 Views
indoor RC planes collide (0 min 32 sec)

Posted by LKC | Jan 26, 2007 @ 11:06 AM | 4,405 Views
prop spin gif
Posted by LKC | Jan 22, 2007 @ 12:44 PM | 4,344 Views
The first real RC plane, besides the early Aires glider, that got me hooked was the Mini Speed Wing or MSW. It requred very little space, ran of relatively inexpensive components and only required a 3 channel radio. The need for speed and performance soon found me hooking up with Henry from Zebrahobby who designed and at the time produced the Whizzz, 24" WS, EPS and tape construction, which became my next wing. The Whizzz is currently available through Rob at flywhizzz. This was a huge building block for me. I have built about 8 of these now, each one slightly faster than the next. Henry has told me I am "taking the plane way beyond what it was designed for". I am still currently flying one right now, and it's the ultimate take anywhere plane and always sparks interest. It runs with a 1320-3S pack partially imbeded into the wing, CC thunderbird 18 and a ARC 110 motor from lightflightRC Great performance in a reasonably well priced package. I have had it radared at 164km/hr, not bad for a little toy wing..
Heres a video of one of the earlier version here

A friend of mine, Rob Mueller, another Whizzz flyer even dabbled in rocket powering a whizzz.. named the Plasma whizzz, check it out here
Posted by LKC | Jan 22, 2007 @ 12:33 PM | 4,180 Views
Well.. decided I needed to add a Blog entry but wasn't sure what to put.
Figured some kind of summary of what aspects of this great hobby that have grabbed me, throw in a few pics and that will be it.. I've titles it RC and ME.

In the beginning:
Well I got into RC in my homeland Australia, at around age 15, starting off with an Aires 2 channel glider, don't remember the manufacturer, but it was a great starting point for me, had a hi-start and some willing friend to run and tow me up. I soon got into other interests, bridging into RC car, electric, gas and electric boats. Then move away from RC for more teenage like activities.. Skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding.. ect

So, 15+ years, a career, wife and 2 daughters later, I've now been back into RC for about 4 years, in which it has been very addictive. With the advancements of lipoly, brushless motors, an addictive compolsive personallity, RCG, the internet and some equally enthusiastic friends I have found myself with a very obssesive RC habit. In a good way.. !!

I have found myself trying to cover every discipline there in with RC aircrafts. This is very dangerious, as we all know how many different areas there are. Such as Gliders, pylon, slope, 3D, micro indoor, jets, wings. While recently cleaning my RC workshop, I established that I have about 20 flight ready planes, and a pretty good supply of "stuff", all electrics of coarse.
The following is some of my planes and their stories that may accompany them.
Posted by LKC | Jan 18, 2007 @ 08:03 AM | 4,850 Views
Flash 5 TX and 2 GWS RX's