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Posted by deckert | Dec 14, 2009 @ 04:12 AM | 4,415 Views
Well I finally got the Chipmunk done today except for 1 item, the darn throttle linkage. Nuthin the LHS can't help with supplying tho. Supplied linkage was just 1" to short, DANG!
I had to take the frame and cowl up to an old timers house and get some advice on how in the h^&* am I going to get this motor into this cowl. A 30 second explanation from him just laid it out. Ya gotta love experience. His way worked out perfect. I couldn't see the forest for the trees.

The raffle is now on, YAHOO! Now onto building the Extra 300 from a pile of sticks. I only have 25 days to get it done before college restarts.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 13, 2009 @ 01:52 AM | 4,111 Views
For an ARF kit, this thing has been a pain. It's an out of production Chipmunk from World Models with mechanical retracts. One of the guys at the club donated it and I, stupidly enough, offered to build it. I figured what the heck, I've never built a gasser before, how hard can it be? As I do all electric, I found out getting the motor in and making the cowl cutouts is taking me as much time as it does to throw an electric ARF kit together, and I'm still not done. Thank God for the old timers in the club to give me advice on some steps needed to get this done and supply some materials here and there. I spent 4 hours on the cowl today just getting the layout, unfortunately, it won't slide on because of the head height and the prop shaft length. I guess another trip is order for more advice. As Rosanna Rosanna Rodana from the old SNL used to say, "If it ain't this, it's that, if it's not one thing it's another." Truer words were never spoken, at least concerning this build.

On the plus side, I'm just building it to raffle off to raise funds for the club. My LHS offered to let me hang it up in the store so we can sell tickets for it. It's a beauty. It's got a 64" WS and will weigh in around 7~7.5 lbs powered with a 65 Magnum, Futaba 3004 servos thru-out and a JR88 retract servo. It'll just be an add your battery and rcvr. trim it with your tx and go fly. Maybe I'll finally win a gasser from the club, I've lost out on the last 4. You know I'm going to buy some tickets, again.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 09, 2009 @ 02:05 AM | 4,842 Views
Sometimes ya just have to bail into the old "what if" department. I decided to do so on my Hyperion 10 Cessna. I stalled her out a couple of months ago due to stupidity. So after extensive repairs, and I do mean extensive, I decided more power was needed just for the heck of it. I'm going for the, "fly it like I don't own it" aspect. I cut the nose off and installed a firewall/motormount. I decided on a MotrolFly DM 2210/2200kva motor pulling a 7 x 5 APC prop. In all fairness, Ken (http://www.subsonicplanes.com/) told me not to use this motor, however, stupidity reared its' ugly head and said 'aw what the heck, go for it.' Holy criminy, the run up was over 30 amps and I was so scared I forgot to check the watts but I do remember it was over 250. Well, all the sanding and repairs left her pretty ugly but so what. It's as is until I know what's going to happen in the air, or ground as may be. With all due respect to Hyperion, the knotheads 'should' have built this bird (IMHO) along this method albeit maybe not with this set-up. Hopefully this Sat. I can get her into the air. It's colder then a well diggers belt buckle here. 0 degrees in the morning warming up to 14 degrees at noon. My old age doesn't work like that. A warm bed, wife, breaksfast and hot coffee hold me back.

Dan

There's been a real vicious upswing into the foamy building in the past year. I know it's cheaper and faster but please people, don't forget, there's still as much fun as taking a box of sticks and getting it to fly as there is in foam. There's also a LOT more satisfaction!
Posted by deckert | Dec 06, 2009 @ 10:42 PM | 3,823 Views
I found out last week my 25e Hyperion Cap 232 is an excellent choice for finding trees. Unfortunately, I also discovered (newly for me) trees are an excellent choice for eating planes. I have an addiction to light poles! Having read about such experiences, as others have so eloquently expounded on, I never feared because just how darn hard is it to miss a tree for heavens sake? C'mon, they're really really big and green for heavens sake. Well apparently, not that hard when old age and depth perception come into play. All in all tho, a 30 minute fix and didn't even hurt the covering. How the damage came out minimal and the bird fell 30' through I don't know how many branches is totally beyond me. I'm gonna write this one off to great piloting skills.

On the other side of things, I pretty much hammered my Hyperion 10e Cessna awhile back. That was due to poor piloting skills. But, I've cut the nose off, built a firewall into it and bought a new motor with more power for it. The vendor told me I was nuts to put this motor into it, (Motrolfly DM2210/2200kv) but I figured what the heck. I've had more then my share of making poor decisions over the years. It's almost done and really really ugly with all the sanding. It's either going to be a real honker or a real spectacular crash. Either way, I'm gonna slice some air. Sometimes ya just gotta play stupid & dumb. You know, the old, "here hold my beer and watch THIS." scenario!

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Posted by deckert | Dec 02, 2009 @ 09:30 PM | 3,431 Views
No you tube videos under windows vista 64 bit os. Adobe flash player (64 bit) install failed 5 times. IE8 (32 bit) locks up continually and refuses to terminate. IE8 (64 bit) locks up but will terminate for the most part. Firefox refuses to terminate when closed. Sure glad I went to a 64 bit os...

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 01, 2009 @ 11:50 PM | 4,149 Views
Did the honey-do's asap this morning and am ahead of schedule due to the time change. Dead calm and 50 degrees...Look out gravity..here I come. Took out the;
TC 450
GP-DR VII
Lee Ulinger SF-1/foamy
Stevens Aero Stella
E-Flite Extra 260/480
Hyperion Cap 232/25E
Pilot-1 Stinson 108
All up and down and all ok.
What really surprises me is the difference between the SF1 Ulinger foamy and the Stevens Aero Stella. Both birds are the same weight w/o lipos but the SA bird just screams across the sky. And lordy help me if I run it on 100% throws. I don't know why I haven't ripped the wings off. The foamy just seems to have a lot of drag but is a hoot to fly. I've never had a foamy except for this one. (6mm flat Depron) I'm just going to have to get one of his lighter birds for trials. I run the foamy on a 1320 lipo and the Stella on a 2170 lipo. (The 2170 makes perfect balance) Both birds have the same Spektrum 6100, CC-25 esc and Hacker 20-20's. Hmm, interesting. I don't remember the props. Oh well..whudda thunk the weather would be so darn nice on Nov. 1 in this country.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Oct 25, 2009 @ 11:12 PM | 3,683 Views
Jeez, who'da thunk it? End of Oct. and the day was perfect fer flyin, at least in this country. (http://www.higginsfield.com/) NO WIND, overcast & 60 degrees. I sent up my,
GP Fokker DR-7,
Stevens Aero Stella,
E-Flite Extra 260/25e,
Hyperion Cap 232/25e
and my Lee Ulinger SF1.

Everything is back in the same condition it went up in. MY beloved Taylorcraft got grounded during pre-flight due to ANOTHER HS-55 SERVO FAILURE. It just quit working. I'm going to strip every one of these 55's out of everything I have and replace them, I've had it with these things. Look for a sale in the servo ads soon. I have at least 12 working plus parts. (cases-gears) None-the-less, what a day! YAHOO!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 26, 2009 @ 11:03 PM | 3,939 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 | 4,164 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 | 3,856 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 | 3,596 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 | 3,630 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 | 3,661 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 | 3,565 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
Posted by deckert | Aug 24, 2009 @ 01:42 AM | 3,606 Views
I have no idea why in the world I decided to do a foamie build but here I am. I don't even know what kind of foam the kit is. I searched around and posted here @ RCG for advice. I just wanted a foamie that could use my Hacker 20-20 and my TP 1320's that were out of service. Along came Lee Ulinger with his kit in the manner of something named a LUM SF 1. There were a few responses offered by RCG members that were very very close in the running. After weighing in all the factors, Lee's kit best fit the bill for what I had in hand. http://leeulingermodels.com/Details....=61&category=2

A couple of e-mails back and forth and the kit was on it's way. I paid on a Tuesday & the package arrived on Saturday via USPS. I didn't like the selection of options available on his web site so I just chose the basic kit. The buy options need to be expanded in my opinion. I believe the options/pricing can be changed via contacting Lee but I'm asking why can't I order what I want.

Thank heaven I watched Lee's build vids for this bird, otherwise I'd still be wondering WTH because I darn sure don't like his 'one size fits all' .pdf cd that came with the bird.

None-the-less, I'm really happy at this juncture as all is built and rock solid. I just need to install the electronics. The bird is pretty in a sort of ugly way.

Plus on the build.
The online videos are worth a million dollars.

Negative on the build.
No paper manual.
The pdf cd is, IMHO, an absolute waste. It's NOT compatible with Windows Vista for some stupid reason. The CD manual NEEDS to show the build of the kit and NOT just a general build.

I'm darn sure happy at this juncture. It's to bad I dummied up and installed the bottom SF generators on the wrong sides though. I'm quite impressed by the graphics, they're very well done. I would have to say this, a first time builder would probably have a HARD time understanding the pdf directions that accompany the plane. Just my 2 cents worth.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Aug 21, 2009 @ 12:44 AM | 3,282 Views
Speaking only for myself, I bypass, and will to continue to do so, any blogs from advertisers because I feel it's an inappropriate medium for the location. This being more so, when the English language is utterly destroyed with poor spelling and the usage of bold typeface in glorious colors. Furthermore, I will not consider your product line because of the aforementioned. That's just my 25 cents (Inflation) worth.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 16, 2009 @ 01:58 AM | 3,249 Views
Got the Taylorcraft out last night after class @ the college around 8:30 pm. Absolutley beautiful out. No winds, 1/2 acre of asphalt and the sun to my back. Just doing some short figure 8's back and forth. Life is great. Slow poking around until.. What the he**? The bird takes a left turn, while I'm in a gentle right turn, and is out of my control. I pulled the power and hit the AC in a not so gentle manner. The motor mount is gone for sure but I haven't had the ambition to open it up to survey the damage. Wing tips are light damage and the rudder bottom as well. Cowl is scarred up pretty good. The gear never bent and I have no idea how the bird hit because it was into the sun when it went down. All the controls worked correctly during the 'after' inspection so I don't know what happened.(HS-55's) I know the college has 2.4 wireless access all over the campus but...I've flown on the campus before with no problems, but not in this area. TX/RX is Spektrum DX-7 & AR7000. Absolute bummer....WAH!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jun 24, 2009 @ 12:12 AM | 3,048 Views
Ya gotta love it. Old birds never die, they're just reborn. Here's a couple that came in yesterday. This P-51 is puportedly the only living one set up with dual controls, albeit one of the oldtimers there told me he worked on a setup with dual controls when he was stationed in England when the Mustang was introduced during the war. They were offering P-51 flights for $2200.00 for a 1/2 hr and $4000.00/hr. with stick time. The B-17 flights were about $500.00/1/2hr per person when they had a full contingent. Unk about any stick time. Way out of my price range at these costs. Luckily, I had the opportunity to ride 3 times in a B-17 Slurry Bomber(used for fighting forest fires) when I was learning to fly as a kid. New planes are a hoot & wonderful but the oldies get your guts wrenching with all the shake-rattle and roll. I remember flying commercial on DC-3's. A Liberator was scheduled to come in as well but I had to go so no pics. The armament on the 17 is all falsework.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jun 14, 2009 @ 01:30 AM | 3,307 Views
Here's a you tube link to one of the IMAC guys that freestyled on the 2nd day.(May 16th)
Harv Dhiman's Incredible Aerobatics at IMAC Contest in Richland WA (4 min 9 sec)


Remember, if he dunked it, he'd lose out on points for the NW IMAC.

We're getting our new website up http://www.higginsfield.com/ and will be building more and more in time. We're located in SE Washington State and are going to provide info for our area and the surrounding areas for RC Planes, Helis' and Cars. We have 2 RC car tracks and are ever improving them. We have a great flying field and are improving it as well. Our landlord is the Benton County Parks Dept. so we have an edge in SE Wa. for RC events. Come and visit us sometime.

Dan
Posted by deckert | May 16, 2009 @ 10:01 PM | 3,479 Views
We're off to another year of events. Great weather, great pilots and one heckuva flying field. I'm not supposed to say this, but we had great food as well. I'm not ashamed, I ate like a pig. Being the lazy dog I am, I didn't get a pilot count. I apologize but I was so pumped up getting photos of the birds that were so fantastic, I messed up. Watching these IMAC pilots doing their circuits is amazing. Personally, I'm just glad I can get down in 1 piece. Irrespective of that, here's a few shots of the pilots with their birds. I should have some high def video and some better shots forthcoming. When I get it, I'll post it. In the meantime...here's a sample of the stuff I do have..By no means are these images a full compilation of the event. I took over 1 gig of stills on just the 1st day. W'e should have over 6 gig of images just for today.
This event is so cool, I can't believe it.
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