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Posted by deckert | Dec 14, 2012 @ 09:06 PM | 5,426 Views
Unknown where the time went on this bird and not finishing it. It's been hanging here for 9 months with just a little bit to do for completion. 2 hours later and it's done. Power is around 138 watts/lb. Bird weighs 26oz. AUW. Huge thanks to Pat Tritle for the design and supply of this wonderful kit.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 13, 2012 @ 12:30 AM | 5,282 Views
I went looking for a neck strap balancer for my Futaba 7c. They only seem to make ones with holes in them instead of the ones like Spektrum makes that has an adjustable slide. Plus the Futaba ones are 20 bucks vs. 14 for the Spektrum. I then started wondering if the Spektrum could be adapted. Sure enough, it can be modified and takes about 15 minutes with a Dremel tool. All it requires is shorten the vertical mount by about 3/64" and radius the bottom on both sides to fit the 7c post on the TX. The insert spacer fits the 7c hole as well. FWIW; KDE mfgs. a Spektrum mount as well that 'should' be able to be modded as well. So now I have a nice Spektrum balancer on my Futaba.

As long as I'm talking Tx's, here's something every owner needs. It's screen protectors for your TX. I bought my original one 5 or 6 years ago for my DX7 and it's still on the tx with no signs of failing. They can be found here.. http://www.rcscreenprotectors.com/index.htm

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 08, 2012 @ 07:46 PM | 4,992 Views
  1. I love seeing vids on what you have and are flying.
  2. I DETEST the screaming loud music that overcomes the actual motor/engine sounds.
If you've built/mfg/fly something, I'd dearly like to hear how the motor/engine is pulling. I don't want/need to hear anything that covers the actual output. Most builders/flyers can hear the strain of a bird that's under/overpowered. Please just don't hide it with some loud music. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but some actual sounds can add another thousand.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 09, 2012 @ 12:08 PM | 4,632 Views
This happened this Spring at the big bird event. There's nothing doctored in the photo. Just took out the framing in the bottom of the fuse. I think it was out of fuel.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 05, 2012 @ 11:17 PM | 4,856 Views
A basically new Pilot 1 300 Extra taken out on the ground. (local accident) Unk of exact circumstances but the end result wasn't good for either bird. I do know the 40% Extra was built this spring. Something? happened with the fueled MX and the end results just sucked. No fail-safe nor kill switch were involved. That's a +1500 dollar airframe that's damaged. No injuries to flesh or bone.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Oct 21, 2012 @ 01:13 AM | 5,037 Views
Since I piled my UGLY schemed SeaGull Edge 540 in a few days ago, I've been on the hunt for a new airframe to stuff the gear into. I was running a Saito .82 in it and while it did OK, it just didn't have the umpf I'd like to have. It just flew heavy. After a few hundred hours (it seemed like) I finally found something from Great Model Products located in Lathrop, Missouri. I'm getting a new 60" WS SBach. The bird can be built with electric or glow. WaHoo baby! There's a lot of SBachs on the market but they're mostly electric or start @ 20cc and go up from there. A couple of phone calls with Gary, from GMP, answered all my questions. This bird is 1lb lighter then the Edge was, will take my .82 & it's a LOT better looking. I already have the 18% Pilot SBach in electric 53" WS so this should make for a nice change going to glow. The color scheme is different then most of the market offerings but is still pretty good looking.

There's been no build reviews, that I've been able to find, so one will be forthcoming once the package is in hand. The bird is mfg. by Gold Wing.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 15, 2012 @ 10:41 PM | 4,816 Views
WOW! I managed to pull off another trip & made the Zillah Big Bird event today. Talk about perfect weather, great food & great people! Just amazing. Thankfully, Zillah is only about 40 minutes from the house and all freeway driving. This was another one of those 'You shoulda' been there' events. Unfortunately, every darn vid I took went south so I just compiled the images into a vid. I have 'GOT' to get a better camera. I hope you can at least enjoy the vid of all the birds and people that turned out. A big thanks to the YVAM Club for sponsoring the event and all the hard work that went into it. One of the nicest fields in the Pacific Northwest. My own club is sponsoring IMAC District Finals on Sept. 28th~30th so at least I'll have some time to just fly and do a build review on a new bird. A hoo-rah to Gary Weaver for coming down and doing the auction again. The people are just fantastic.

September 15, 2012 (4 min 59 sec)


Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 09, 2012 @ 03:53 PM | 5,189 Views
If you live anyplace/anywhere close to this event and missed it, you definitely missed out. How can you beat 68 degrees, dead calm, sunny, friendly people and some wicked pilots? Plus I was sitting in the shade doing the vids.

I couldn't believe the amount or quality of raffle prizes.Talk about sponsorship! WHEW! Huge thanks to PAU, DA, Horizon, SWB, HiTec, Hobbico, 3DHS and so many others. Just unbelievable! A HUGE congrats to the Red Apple Club. This is without a doubt one of the finest clubs and fields I've ever seen or even had the pleasure of visiting. This is, or was, one of those "Ya shoulda been there!" events. I just hope Matt checked my tickets and I'm a big winner....

There's a ton of pics & vids on the Flying Giants forum, just use the included link. I 'suspect' there will be more coming.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 01, 2012 @ 09:58 PM | 5,963 Views
Well, it was a long day filled with unknowns. Unknown if there would be pilots or spectators as this was a 1st event. Even though it's a 2-1/2 hour drive just to get there, the wife & I loaded up and went for it. Granted we just went for photos and the BS but what the hey. We were not to be disappointed. We got there about 9:30am and there was a pretty fair gathering of pilots & spectators already. Goldendale, WA is not a big town. It's like 3400 population. During our visit, more pilots and more visitors just kept rolling in. The weather was perfect as there was a slight breeze straight down the runway, no clouds & plenty of sunshine. I even pinked up a little more with the sunshine.

Just guessing, I'd estimate there were around 150 or so people there at any givin time. I forgot to ask how many registered pilots were there but there were enough that planes were constantly in the air. Although the event was to be a War bird Event, it seemingly culminated into a fly-what-ya brung affair. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of warbirds there in different flavors. There was a group from the Spokane/Deer Park WA area that attended and they had a 250+ mile drive.

One pilot flew into the event in a 172 and brought planes to fly. But the best was yet to come. The organizers of the event had made arrangements for WAAAM to bring in a full scale Waco UBF. Reportedly, there are only 6 of these still flying in the USA. BTW, IF you have never made it to Hood River,...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Aug 25, 2012 @ 09:09 PM | 5,522 Views
This was one of the 1st birds I had. Flew the living snot out of it & had a blast. Unfortunately I went down the path of MORE. Bigger, faster, easier, harder blah blah. Where's that phone number for RC addicts?

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 31, 2012 @ 03:15 AM | 4,936 Views
I'm going to go off on my high horse again. I'm fed up with a couple of things.
  1. Mandatory registration of vendors just to buy from them
  2. Refusal to develop payment thru PayPal
What part of I don't want to register with your website don't you understand? I don't 'want', nor should be 'required' to login to to your stinkin site just to buy something. I don't want nor need you to have any personal info. I have no assurance you can guarantee my data is secure. Something there you aren't able to understand?

Secondly, IF you opt to have a way to purchase via PayPal, then let it be through PP and quit your forced registration just to pay for the products I'd like to buy. All the info you need to ship is via PP and your 'needing' anything else is absolute bulls#(&%*. You have the money and the shipping addy but you demand more? Kiss off! You are being fricking idiots!

I know, and am aware, there are websites that provide discounts for repeat business (with registration) and that's fine. But until I so choose to utilize such site (s) then quit trying to ram your policies up my backside. Otherwise, you've certainly lost my business and the business of how many others?

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 12, 2012 @ 02:34 AM | 4,877 Views
Bought a junker 7lb. extra 300 of unk origin. Junk/cr*p/worthless manual. Beautiful bird and covering is fantastic after shrink/tightening. Removed covering from fuse bottom and am re-gluing inside. (heat/age/unk) Going to convert to electric because I don't want to go to a 4s .91 or 17 gas. Will be interesting and $$ as time goes on.. Sure is pretty tho.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jun 26, 2012 @ 03:12 PM | 4,604 Views
Was in South Dakota this past week and had a bit of bad luck as well as some good luck. Took my little TC 450, Trex 250 & Trex 450 along to demo for the family as they've never seen RC birds before. Flew both helis and then the TC 450. Managed to hit a tree with the TC and broke the motor mount & battery tray. Then I seen the news that night and there was a Huckfest in Rapid City. I made the Fest on the way home to SE Wa. & had a great time there.

Now the BAD part. I made it to Gillette, Wyo. & my car engine blew up on Sunday morning @ 10am. Nothing is open, it's bloody hot & windy and I have no wheels. Thank my lucky stars it wasn't before or after Gillette because there isn't a stinking thing out there but wind & heat. Had to stay overnight, rent a car & sell mine to the local junk dealer on Monday.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:27 PM | 4,621 Views
Decided me & the wife would run up to Yakima Valley Aero Modelers & check out the IMAC event. (Bens Field in Zillah, WA.) Unnnn fortunately, the darn winds were kicking up there as well here. The pilots were flying but it was difficult to say the least. Here's some pics of the birds the people brought. Nice people, great food. While I don't fly IMAC, I can certainly appreciate the effort these pilots put in.

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Posted by deckert | Apr 21, 2012 @ 12:50 AM | 4,662 Views
I guess it was bound to happen. I don't have the area to fly planes in here at the house unless I get up around 60 feet or so. The usual trees, powerlines, buildings, etc. etc and I'm only operating on 1/4 acre. Sounds big but it isn't. It runs like 90' x 121' or 99' x 110'. But you have to understand, there are 30~60' treees on three sides and 20' powerlines on the 4th side. None-the-less, I dummied up today and sent my foamy into the the skies under 10~15mph winds at ground level. Understand I can only see about 100' in three directions because of tree height when I'm about 60' up.

Here's where & when things went wrong. I 'had' the bird pointed upwind on the only 'clear' side when the darn winds sucked that poor bird towards its eventual demise. Pretty much like a bird of prey grabbing a fish from a lake. It was there and then it was gone. My immediate reaction was to pull up and go vertical so I could see the bird. Alas, it was not to be. It disappeared. I pulled the power back and went looking. Much to my surpise, it was lodged in my neighbors tree about 40' up and in 1 piece. I knew it was there because I could throttle up and hear it running. For whatever reason, it quit running but I could now see it. Now the fun begins, how to get it down.

Let me preface this story by telling you I'm no longer 12, 16 or even 18 years old. But, I'm WAY to darn old to be climbing 40' into the trees to get a 100 dollar foamy back. But being the tightwad I am, I WANTED that...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Mar 13, 2012 @ 05:36 PM | 4,637 Views
Unable to decide on a scheme for my Trittle Cessna, I decided to take a whole different approach. I'm going with the Kulula Airlines scheme. Dark blue over white. Wings will be 'lifter-upper do-hicky's', pointer to prop will be 'finger getterer' and probably more nonsense to follow.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 01, 2011 @ 02:01 PM | 4,714 Views
It's only taken me a year to get this far. Since no one really made/sold a Cessna 150, I ordered some plans and have been setting them up in AutoCad for laser cutting. What a horrible pain.. Not like I was in a big hurry anyway but I swear I'll be blind before I'm done. Measuring off of blueprints and trying to figure out just what starts/stops where is killing me. A 64" here & there and the parts don't fit when modeled. I don't know how vendors/builders, like Pat can develop planes as quick as they do.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 11, 2011 @ 12:13 AM | 4,354 Views
I have to give TP some credit. I had a 610 charger fail and they opted to replace it with a new unit. Zero cost to me except shipping to them. Now that's service! Plus I still have 6ea 3s/1320 lipos of theirs that have been running for five years now. I think that speaks for their quality!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Oct 29, 2011 @ 09:29 PM | 4,440 Views
It was bound to happen sooner or later I guess, but it was kinda sad. I lost my E-Flite TaylorCraft 450 today. Been flying this litlle puppy for 3 years now? Flew it so much I completely run the tread off the Dubro tires I have on it. Never did ever bend the LG on it. Some hanger rash here & there, lost a tailwheel, a few props doing touch-n-gos and the usual stuff.

We had a little wind and I turned a downwind base leg going for a final approach. Given I turned downwind for the base leg, I'm 99% sure that led to a stall about 20' up. Broke the tail in two, crushed the motor mount, ruined the cowl and some other damage here & there. It's rebuildable I guess but I doubt I will. For $125.00 I sure got my moneys worth out of it. Bye-Bye little TC! sniff!!!

BUT!!!! I have a NIB $130.00 one sitting in the closet and a new Motrolfly motor/esc ready for it.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Oct 28, 2011 @ 08:28 PM | 5,497 Views
Ever see, or do, a field setup wherein you have to plug your wings in and have your ailerons reversed? You do a preflight check but your brain is dead because you've set the bird up a thousand times. The ailerons move but an AWShit moment is about to occur in the first few seconds after take off. Here's a solution. It's long winded (4 pages) and costlier in $ and time but guarantees you won't hook your wings up incorrectly.

Dan