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Posted by deckert | Sep 26, 2009 @ 11:03 PM | 3,940 Views
To low and to slow during a turn and stalled it. I don't feel real bad because the bird was a pain to build. 10e Hyperion Cessna. It was the only tri-cycle gear bird in the fleet and it was sure pretty in the air on a flyby.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 20, 2009 @ 10:18 PM | 4,165 Views
Thought I'd run these up for a look see. It was a beautiful day, 74 degrees and dead calm. Attendance was down from last year but it was sure sweet. Way to many images to upload... Too much good food and some really great people. If you haven't been here, you're really missing out.

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Posted by deckert | Sep 15, 2009 @ 10:30 PM | 3,858 Views
I have to say, this bird is PRETTY! The box came neatly packed and all the parts were there and undamaged in spite of the Brown shipping and their attempts to destroy the package. I was astounded at the room in the bird. I think I could stuff a 2 lb cat into this. The kit goes together quite easily and the directions are straight forward. The cf tubes are a bonus for the wings and tail feathers and REALLY aid in the assembly. On a scale of 1~10 for assembly, I'd probably give this kit a 7. On a scale of 1~10 for looks I'd give it a 9.5.

However, there are some mis-givings I have with the kit. Don't mistake my mis-givings as being as negative with respect to buying this kit but understand these are the problems I encountered during my build.

1. I'm unable to get more then 1 screw into the LG on either side. This IS going to be a real ball buster bear to get right.
2. The tubing for the pull-pull rudder was loose on 1 side and required cutting a hole in the bottom of the bird in able to allow the install of the cabling for the rudder. The supplied cabling, IMHO stinks. I used 80# Berkely plastic coated fishing wire instead. Same size and works excellent for a pull-pull system.
3. The rigging for the pull-pull setup is 1st rate, but it's next to impossible to setup because it's buried to deep in the fuselage.
4. The dual elevator servo setup is great. The HL instructions for fastening the servos down is STUPID for the back side screw. You need to drill an access...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Sep 14, 2009 @ 12:04 AM | 3,598 Views
4 planes to the field and two are sorta maidens. The maidens are my Stevens Aero Stella and the GP Fokker DRVII. The SA bird is SO SO sensitive I can't believe it even though it's dialed down to 25% throws. The Fokker is a beauty and fun. I should bought a bigger motor for it because it's pretty much flyin scale. Had more fun with the foamy but the TC450 had a bent motor shaft so no flight. Dang! No damage today!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 06, 2009 @ 12:32 AM | 3,631 Views
I crashed my baby a couple of months ago at the college due to radio interference. (E-Flite TC-450) Yea, I was stupid in flying there but...it just looked so sweet. I finally opened it up tonite to assess the damage. The Flying Gods were good to me. The major damage was the firewall and the pieces were minimal. Thank you O Flying Gods! She's back together and awaiting some wind under her wings. A little rougher for wear but still stout and ready to go.

I've blogged a bit about my first foamie from Lee Ulinger and I have to say, this darn thing has been an absolute hoot to fly. It just gives you a sense of being solid. I'm not done wringing it out but it's been one heck of a lot of fun to-date and I'm looking forward to more flights with it. Especially when I take it off the dialed down throws.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 04, 2009 @ 02:36 AM | 3,662 Views
Okay, I bought a new bird (Stinson) this morning from a member here at RCG. But now I need a motor & ESC. I shot off a combo e-mail to my two favorite vendors with the bird specs for the motor/esc. Needless to say, they both responded today, albeit I do have a bit of history with both for purchases. Not a GREAT lot but some. More importantly, they responded in a very timely fashion, as in TODAY. I also recently bought a couple of kits from some vendors here @ RCG. Neither of which I had ANY HISTORY with. None-the-less, both vendors answered ALL my questions in the same day I sent my requests for information.

We all seem to deal with multiple vendors during our excursions in search of the best prices and information. In spite of this, we tend to wind up hitting a brick wall with some vendors for whatever reasons.

The point being, I'm extremely happy there are some vendors out there willing to provide...hold your breath here..."Customer Support".

To that end, in no particular order, I'd like to honor the following, albeit not fully inclusive of all those vendors I've had the pleasure of dealing with;
http://www.reaperbrushless.com
http://www.subsonicplanes.com
http://www.stevensaero.com
http://www.leeulingermodels.com
http://www.maxamps.com
http://www.quietrcflying.com
http://www.hostetlersplans.com
http://www.e-fliterc.com
http://horizonhobby.com

Each of these vendors has been, IMHO, responsive in a very timely way for which I thank each and everyone of them. I'm not insinuating these vendors are perfect, I'm just stating I've had very good dealings with each of those listed and I hope they continue to provide customer support for everyone as well as they have to me.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 01, 2009 @ 01:40 AM | 3,566 Views
I had some TP 1320's laying around that needed a home and were in an E-Flite bird that had an older 20-20L Hacker. So I went searching for a new bird. I wound up buying a Stevens Aero Model (Stella/KIT) because it was designed around the Hacker. The frame up was 99.9% sweet. The darn build took a long time due to college. Someplace in this mess, I decided I needed a foamie that would also run this Hacker motor so I bought a Lee Ulinger foamie. I found out the older Hacker has a shorter shaft then the newer ones so I bought a new one for Lees' bird. The foamie got built and the SA is almost done as of today because I'm on fall break!

Both birds are virtually indentical in weight and bascially run the same components so I decided this would be a nice comparison of a foamie against a balsa kit. A little different in WS but...wth.

I managed to get about 5 minutes on Lees' maiden before the rain and winds hit and I'm really impressed. If the balsa SA flies as well as the foamie, I'm going to be one HAPPY camper.

Dan