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Posted by 13Flatspins | Feb 24, 2013 @ 01:56 PM | 1,600 Views
Shame on me! Almost 3.5 years since my last blog entry! Here's me flipping my mCPx!

BmCPx 6 26 2011 (6 min 54 sec)

mSR
Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 20, 2009 @ 07:59 AM | 3,010 Views
I did not want this to end up here, but anyways this is how to use the little red tool that comes with the Eflite Blade mSR. I found that this solves my controlability issues. Yes, you have to physically push the swash plate up against the tool. You need to get a firm grip on the heli and put some force to the swash plate to snap it back in place.
Posted by 13Flatspins | Feb 15, 2009 @ 12:24 PM | 3,900 Views
2-15-09
I have documented some of the work that I have done to the B 400. Pardon the misspellings, etc. It's hard to edit your blog because you can't see it untill after it's posted. One of the things that got left out of the comments on the photos is that I discovered that six turns on the lower swash plate linkages equals a 10 degree change in pitch. According to the Blade 400 manual, you need to check for zero pitch in throttle hold with collective stick centered. I was showing 5 degrees positive pitch. I took the rotor head off and lengthened the lower swash plate linkages by 6 turns. Then I got a reading of 5 degrees negative pitch. I then shortened the linkages by 3 turns and came out at zero pitch. I hope that takes the guess work out of the equation for someone else....Continue Reading
Sticky: B 400 flight
Posted by 13Flatspins | Nov 01, 2008 @ 02:40 AM | 3,544 Views
Six months pass and all I can come up with is this. Me trying to hover the heli. I know it looks like I know what I'm doing in the video, but I was trying hard to hover it in one spot! Didn't help that I had a couple of brewskies, but that's what you do when you visit Wisconsin!
This bird has been crashed 6 -10 times. I've changed just about every part at least once. The learning curve for helis is quite steep!!!

B 400 Flight (3 min 22 sec)

Posted by 13Flatspins | Feb 03, 2008 @ 03:10 PM | 4,464 Views
Greetings All!!
Here is the rest of my hangar. Here first is what I am presently working on. A. & B. are a Great Planes Electro-Streak bare bones that I've been building from a kit for my buddy “thedonn”. He has no patience for sticks & planks. The longer wing was his idea 'cause he wanted this plane to slow down plus act more like a sailplane. C. is a Fokker D-VII which is an ARF. Typically, I don't do ARFs. This one was too good of a deal to pass up.
Next are the rest of my R/C aircraft. D.& E. are my Zagi. I like to have a distinctive pattern between the top and bottom of my models. I lost a foam Cessna ARF in 1986 because I couldn’t tell if it was banking toward or away from me. F. is a Cox Double Eagle. It has a .049 engine that is mounted on a pod that attaches to the top of the wing. I’m thinking of fiberglassing it and converting to electric power. G. is my Eflite Blade CX-2. H., I. & J. are my Sig Kadet LT-40 that I built from a kit. Yes, I have to repair the crash damage. But what is interesting is how it went down. I had my friend on the buddy box and he was doing just fine. To prove a point, I took over & got 4 mistakes high. I rolled over and flew inverted to prove that it’s possible to do so with a high winged trainer. I split-essed out, got the plane level & returned control to my friend. Before I had a chance to tell him to get 4 mistakes high he rolled and pulled full up. All I could do was take over & chop the throttle...Continue Reading
Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 09, 2007 @ 08:31 PM | 4,157 Views
The site said I'd be able to post 40 pics at once. B.S. that it will!! So here is Set A and Set B!...Continue Reading
Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 09, 2007 @ 07:49 PM | 4,174 Views
Hello,All!
In my last blog entry I stated that I was in a funk about this hobby. I haven' t done any serious flying since Sept. '05. It's hard to keep focused when both of your 1/4 scale models fight with you to be airborne! I can thank my friend known on this forum as "thedonn" for turning me on to this forum. I have been regularly reading and coresponding here on this site. I feel my funk slowly melting away! I am still seriously thinking of selling a plane or two so I can afford to buy a heli though...
Here is my basic hangar in photos. The first set is the biggest reason why it's so hard for me to get to the flying field; My full-scale boat!
Set A) Boat
Set B) Ultra Sport built in '97. OS Max .46 engine, SpringAir retracts, Monokote covering & Airtronics radio
Set C) Lanier Ultimate Pitts built in '99. Saito 180 engine, TMJ Simple Smoke system, Ultracote covering & Airtronics radio
Set D) Lanier Laser 300 built in 2003. Saito 150 engine, switched back to Monokote 'cause I didn't like the Ultra paint match on the Pitts and Airtronics radio. NOTE: Every star was hand cut. Either in Monokote or blue tape depending on where they were applied. Seemed to take forever!!...Continue Reading
Posted by 13Flatspins | Dec 04, 2007 @ 07:48 PM | 4,667 Views
Hello, Everyone!
I'm new to this "Blog" deal. All that I'd like to say is that I have been into model airplanes since I can remember. I've built stick & tissue planes when I was a kid. I got into R/C in 1983. 99% of the time I build from kits. That way when I crash, I have a plan to rebuild from. My last 2 planes are a Lanier 1/4 scale Ultimate Pitts (1999) and a Lanier 1/4 scale Laser (2005) The Pitts has a Saito 180 with smoke and the Laser a Saito 150. Both are controlled by Airtronics with "J" connectors. (Makes it compatible with JR and Futaba & vice versa) Lately my mood has been swinging towards helicopters. Anyways, my s/n comes from the time in 2001 that I got my Pitts into an inverted flat spin with the smoke on. I did 13 B4 attempting pull out. It made the prettiest corkscrew pattern of smoke in the sky!! The coolest thing I ever did with an R/C plane!! But it wouldn't pull out of it no matter what I tried. I eventually got it flat spinning topside up but it spiraled slowly like a maple leaf all the way to the ground. Knocked the landing gear off and broke a lower wing. Not serious.
Two years ago I was flying the Laser trying to maintain knfe edge when it sort of got ahead of me. I banked opposite and yarked full up on the elevator. Something gave and it went down in a shallow spiral dive. I saw it go down behind the tree line about 1/4 mile from the flightline and heard a loud bang. Just where a big swamp is. I trudged thru that...Continue Reading