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Posted by 8ballfever | Nov 12, 2013 @ 12:35 PM | 1,355 Views
So I got a Sokol with a damaged wing from Mr. Rcwarrior for next to nothing.... managed to fix it to my best ability. I think she's ready for maiden tomorrow..along with the Skat... whoa,, 2 maidens on the same day... I'm beside myself... Here's the set-up for the Sokol:

Eflite Six Series 2700kV
Eflite Pro 25A ESC
Dymond (D60?) for elevator
2 X 4.4g Cirrus for ailerons
AR6100e
3S 1300maH
Graupner Precision spinner
APC 4.75 X 4.75
AUW 13.5 oz
Posted by 8ballfever | Nov 06, 2013 @ 09:52 PM | 5,052 Views
I just acquired this DMA Skat from a fellow flyer at Fairview Park today. It came with a brushed motor, but I swapped it out of course.. Here's the set-up:

Mega 16/7/7
Hacker X20
AR6100e
2 X (unidentifiable) 9g servos
3S 1300 maH
Graupner Precision spinner
4.7 X 4.7 to 5 X 5
AUW 11.5 oz

Maiden will have to wait til next Wed...
Posted by 8ballfever | Jul 25, 2013 @ 12:28 AM | 2,271 Views
I don't really enjoy building any more but managed to finish 2 more. Maiden has to wait as I've been crazy busy at work. As usual, here are the details:

Babyshark:

Feigao 20-30 3000 ish kV
Hacker 20A ESC
2 X 4g servos for ailerons
1 X 6g servo for elevator
Sky Lipo 3S 1000 maH
APC 4.1 X 4.1
Orange Rx
Graupner Precision spinner

Electrifly XPD-8:

This is my very first EDF.... I don't really like ducted fans but I really love the look of the Miglet/XPD-8.... I prefer the Miglet but these are way too hard to find now so I gotta settle for whatever's available.

Stock Hyperflow fan unit
eRC outrunner ~4200 kV
T-bird 18 ESC
2 X Cirrus 9g servos
Orange Rx
Sky Lipo 3S 1000 maH
Posted by 8ballfever | Jun 13, 2013 @ 05:51 PM | 2,399 Views
ZERO trim needed. Absolutely in the same category as the Avioniks in terms of build and flight quality. At 13.1 oz, it's truly a pleasant to fly, well, my sub 10 oz Avionik Stinger isn't too shabby either.
Posted by 8ballfever | Jun 08, 2013 @ 10:29 PM | 2,027 Views
So I managed to grab a used Voodoo made by Miro Urban from mkmkmk13... Thanks Moe... and the set up is:

Mega 16/15/3
T-bird 36
JR 241 for elevator
2 X Hitec HS-45hb for ailerons
Spektrum AR6110e
Sky Lipo 3S 1000 maH
APC 4.5 X 4.1
Graupner Precision spinner
AUW 13.1 oz
Posted by 8ballfever | May 16, 2013 @ 11:57 AM | 3,419 Views
No new plane this time around. Few are gone as a matter of fact. Current inventory is:

Avionik D05
Avionik D99
Avionik Stinger
Voodoo (Miro Urban) (added 6/13/13)
Sokol
VIP
CSD Switchblade
CSD Twister
Dynamic 400
Edit: the order of the above list might just be according to my most fav to least fav... not that I hate any one of them.

Multiplex Microjet
Multiplex Microjet Lite
Parkzone Super Cub (what???)

Unbuilt NIB includes:
3 X Wattage Hawks
Multiplex Microjet

GONE were: (from what I recall)

Adrenalin II
Rifle
Wattage Hawk Lite
2 X NIB Wattage Hawk
Wattage Reno Racer
NIB Wattage Reno Racer
Lynx
Alula
Posted by 8ballfever | Jan 17, 2013 @ 11:39 PM | 2,460 Views
Wow... it's been 11 months since my last entry. I just got a used Dynamic 400, made by Pelikan, from a fellow RCgroups member. It is now ready to maiden. Set up includes:

HET 3W
Thunderbird 36
AR6110e
Hitec hs-65hb
2 X 6g servos
Sky lipo 3s 1300 40C
APC 4.75 X 4.75
Graupner Precision spinner.
AUW 16.1 oz
Posted by 8ballfever | Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:35 AM | 3,045 Views
Well, the Rifle finally got maidened after a couple of tweaks from previous owner's build: removal of spars (carbon tows) glued directly on surface of bottom of wing and horizontal stab (wing airfoil, and stab incidence angle problems??), and lubrication of elevator snake. This plane flies and tracks very similar to my other molded sp400 ships except the elevator needed a full 5mm of deflection for normal "low rate" flying whereas the moldies require just 2-3 mm, at recommended CG. Here's the setup:

HET 3W
Eflite Pro 25A ESC
APC 4.7 X 4.2
MKS servo (according to previous owner) for ailerons
HS-65hb for elevator
Sky Lipo 3S 1300 40C
AUW: 18.4 oz
As always,,,,, Graupner Precision spinner.
Posted by 8ballfever | Feb 01, 2012 @ 11:46 PM | 2,872 Views
Well, I finally got back to the field today after about 10 weeks of winter weather nastiness. The CSD Twister now got a new power system: HET 3W, Hobbywing 30A ESC, and Sky Lipo 3S 1300 40C. Good speed w/ some nice gliding around. I also got a used Electrifly Rifle from a local guy thru the RCgroups classifieds couple days ago. Set-up undecided.
Posted by 8ballfever | Oct 19, 2011 @ 01:30 PM | 3,038 Views
It's my day off and the weather is too crappy to fly, gosh I'm bored. Anywho, I thought I'll make today a family picture day. We've got the Avioniks, the CSDs, the Wattages, the Multiplexs (we even got the twins), then there were, well, the orphans,,,
UPDATE: Merlin was sold at the end of October.
Posted by 8ballfever | Oct 19, 2011 @ 12:24 AM | 3,488 Views
Well I got this Alula (original version) from a nice guy from my field a while ago for absolutely nothing. It came w/ 2 Cirrus 4g servos. All I had to add was rx, bec, and battery. I flew it several times and didn't like it a whole lot, mainly because of very short flights. Not being a DLG guy, I kinda just put it away.
All of a sudden, I got the urge to pull it out from its resting place and give it a new life so to speak. This time around, I removed those 2 puny Cirrus 4g servos (I may have a use for them someday) and added 2 HS-55's, but moved them out onto the wings, instead of in the fuse. For the BEC, I use a Multiplex 8A brushed ESC. This thing is actually smaller than the CC BEC believe it or not. As of now, I don't have a battery for it, so re-maiden will have to wait. To get it to balance, it will have to gain another 0.9 oz or so, compared to its last AUW. Rx will be an AR6100e clone.
Posted by 8ballfever | Oct 13, 2011 @ 03:25 PM | 3,416 Views
Well,, if it's small, fast, and cheap, I'll buy it regardless of how many I already have. It's a disease I tell ya.
Anyway, the D-05 finally got maidened. Launch was uneventful, she went straight up after leaving my hand without dropping an inch. NO FLUTTER. Landing was LOOOOONG. I need to rig up some sort of spoilerons. One interesting note, in the midst of putting the wing on, between wiping the sweat off of my hands, putting a piece of tape on the wing (D-05's require a piece of tape at the back of the wing, just like the Stinger), and trying to stop myself from shaking, I must have forgotten to tighten one of the wing bolts. I landed and noticed one was gone . Luckily, nobody was killed by a 28.3 oz missile at Fairview Park, Costa Mesa today.
Posted by 8ballfever | Oct 11, 2011 @ 12:00 AM | 3,817 Views
Well, the Twister is complete except motor and ESC. I'm thinking a 28mm inrunner of course, 2500-3000kV, and a 25-35A ESC. Here's a partial setup:

Motor: HET 3W
ESC: T-bird 36
AR6100e
Sky Lipo 3S 1300 40C
JR 241 for ailerons
HS-55 for elevator
APC 4.75 X 4.75
AUW: 15.8 oz
Graupner Precision spinner
Posted by 8ballfever | Oct 06, 2011 @ 01:54 AM | 3,642 Views
Well, I got yesterday and today off, and guess what? we got rain. That's OK, I got lots of time to finish up the D-05, done w/ the wing and motor mount on the CSD Twister. To top things off, Mr. Mailman dropped off a BNIB Microjet. I'm in heaven.
Posted by 8ballfever | Oct 03, 2011 @ 11:57 PM | 3,459 Views
Well, the D-05 is almost done, just awaiting ESC, and batt, which are in the mail. Looks like the setup will be:

HET 2W-23
Phoenix 80
APC 4.75 X 4.75
Sky Lipo 4S 2200 40C
AR6255 (from D-99)
2X Dymond D60
JR DS281 for elevator
CC BEC
Thunder Power 3S 250

The D-99 will get an AR600, CC BEC and Hyperion 2S 240
The Sokol will get the Mega 16/15/3 and T-bird 36 (came from the Switchblade)
The Lynx will get a HeliMax 2500kV 28mm inrunner, and a (Hobbywing?) 30A ESC.
Posted by 8ballfever | Sep 23, 2011 @ 07:43 PM | 3,632 Views
Here she is.... drum roll please,,,, an Avionik D-05, just got it from Grobbins666... I'm so happy I think I'm gonna cry. It's just the airframe w/ 3 servos. I'm gonna take my time on this one, as I'm gonna move the aileron servos to out on the wings.. stay tuned.
Posted by 8ballfever | Sep 14, 2011 @ 12:25 AM | 3,774 Views
Well, the Reno Racer had a successful maiden flight, although the launch resulted in a couple of "look out" from the bench. For this first launch, I had a small amount of up elevator on a switch, tossed it underhand, approximately 30 degrees up at about half throttle, just like all of my pylon racer planes. Well, the plane went straight into a vertical, pretty much stalled and did a hard bank to the left toward the bench. I managed to save it after yelling out "my bad". It turned out I had CG a little too rear ward, mixed in w/ what seems to be up motor thrust angle, first flight was very chaotic. Second flight, no more up elevator on the switch, and I threw it up overhand. It was uneventful. I will mix in some down elevator to throttle to compensate for bad motor thrust angle.
Overall, this plane looks and flies very very nice. The turns are crisp and it tracks fantastically. Speed is not shabby at all w/ the HET 4W and APC 5.5 X 4.5 on 3S.
Posted by 8ballfever | Sep 08, 2011 @ 11:54 PM | 3,909 Views
Let's see if I could trace back and figure out where I got each plane from. Let's start w/ the pylon racers.

Avionik D-99: free (crashed but fixable) from RCgroups member Grobbins666. He flies at my field.
Avionik Stinger: traded my Projeti for it w/ RCgroups member ED3. He's from Pasadena. I met up w/ him near the Rose Bowl.
Sokol: bought NIB unbuilt from SoaringUSA. I drove up there (half hour drive, not too bad) to pick it up in person. It was just $150 then.
VIP: bought it from RCgroups member smokeytbear, he also flies at my field.
Adrenalin II: funny story: It was for sale here on RCgroups, but seller said LPU only. Someone jumped in and bought it. I then pm'ed this guy and asked if he would sell it to me. He said yes.
CSD Switchblade: bought it here, NIB and unbuilt.

Now the foamies:

Wattage Hawk: bought it from swap meet at my field
Multiplex Merlin: traded some stuff for it with a guy from my field.
Microjet (green wing): bought it NIB, factory built from a guy at the field.
Microjet (orange wing): Craig's list, local of course.
Super Cub: LHS
Hobby Lobby Lynx: Craig's list.
Wattage P-51 Reno Racer: local RC swap meet.
Alula: free from the guy that I got the VIP from (smokeytbear)

Possible future build: CSD Twister. I bought it NIB, unbuilt from a guy at the field long long time ago....
The 5 Wattage Hawk kits are sitting in the closet, waiting patiently for someday to be pulled out, built and raced. What I have in mind is my 3 nephews, but the oldest is only 8 right now,,, it will be quite a wait... assuming that they all will be interested in RC planes.
Posted by 8ballfever | Sep 07, 2011 @ 11:20 PM | 4,538 Views
Well, I spent a good 6-7 hours of my day off today putting together the Reno Racer. I must admit I don't enjoy building as much as I used to. Build went together without a hitch,, and I wish I would have done it way sooner because the finished plane looks and feels fantastic. Here's the setup:

HET 4W
APC 5.5 X 4.5
T-bird 36 ESC
Rhino 3S 1000 30C
2 X Tower Pro 9g
Orange DSM2 Rx

Will try to maiden tomorrow, but gosh, it's gonna be too damn hot. We'll see.

As for the Lynx, maiden was successful yesterday. Speed was excellent with the Mega 16/15/3 (HET 3W that was intended for it burned out after 3 seconds)
Posted by 8ballfever | Sep 05, 2011 @ 10:21 PM | 3,847 Views
Microjet (green wings):

HET 3W
APC 4.75 X 4.75
E-flite 40A ESC
Rhino 3S 1350 25C
AR6100
2 X stock Multiplex servos


Microjet (orange wings):

ARC 110 (20mm inrunner)
APC 4.1 X 4.1
Xtra 8A ESC
Align 3S 850 30C
Orange DSM2 Rx
2 X Cirrus 9g servos

Merlin:

Feigao 20mm X 40mm inrunner 3600 kV
APC 4.7 X 4.2
Hacker 20A ESC
Rhino 2S 1200 25C
Orange DSM2 Rx
4 X Hitec HS-55

Wattage Hawk:

Zagi brushed sp400 6V
APC 4.75 X 4.75
Brushed 20A ESC
Thunder Power 2S 850 30C
Orange DSM2 Rx
1 X Hitec HS-55
1 X Cirrus 9g servo

Super Cub:

Crappy HK outrunner
APC 9 X 4.7 SF
KMS 18A ESC
Rhino 3S 1350 25C
Orange DSM2 ESC
2 X Tower Pro 9g servos

Alula:

AR6100 clone
2 X 6g servos
No BEC and batt right now