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Posted by Kmot | Oct 14, 2012 @ 06:20 PM | 9,127 Views
I love Spektrum radios. I have a DX6, and a DX7. Been using them for several years now in both aircraft and boats. They are just awesome technology radios!

I wanted to get the new DX7s when it came out about a year ago, but did not have the funds.

Oh sure, would LOVE a new DX18.

But I am very happy to be getting a DX7s finally. I placed my order at my LHS, Smith Brothers in Reseda, California on Friday. The radio is supposed to come in on Tuesday.

I will be putting my faithful DX7 up for sale.
Posted by Kmot | Aug 26, 2012 @ 09:52 PM | 10,728 Views
I obtained a well used, abused, and very dirty Nautical Commander 5-channel radio from a friend of mine.

I wanted to clean up the case, but it was basically hopeless. So I decided to strip all the electronics out of the case and re-paint it.

I used Rustoleum Hammerite paint, in brown.

I also wanted to decorate the radio case with something nautical, since the original sticker with the ships wheel was not usable. Looking at nautical themed trinkets I found some mermaids and an anchor with rope and I thought the radio case would look good with these items on it. Turns out it looks great!

I also converted it to a 2.4Ghz frequency using the FrSky hack module. And I repaired several bad soldering connections made when my buddy did some modifications to the radio.

It's in pretty good condition now, nice and clean inside and out (except for paint stains on the inside) and all the wiring connections are good and the charging circuit has been restored back to original.

It definitely won't get lost in a crowd of Nautical Commander radio's!
Posted by Kmot | Aug 25, 2012 @ 11:40 AM | 9,447 Views
The other day a home in my area was burglarized. Didn't know at the time what was going on but I did notice the LAPD heli orbiting low over my house so I took that opportunity to shoot some photos of it. Here are a few examples I got.
Posted by Kmot | Jul 14, 2012 @ 10:47 PM | 10,011 Views
I built the Tamiya TXT-1 monster truck and completed it in January 2002. I ran it on the stock Tamiya silver can motors for awhile and then I installed Trinity black can Monster Maxx motors.

In 2004 I installed a set of Kyosho Magnetic Mayhem motors along with MP Jet planetary gearboxes. This was because rock crawling was just starting to get popular and this particular truck had participated in the 1st RC4WD Rock Crawling Competition and I realized it needed to be geared down for use as a crawler.

But shortly the TXT-1 fell out of favor as a crawler because dedicated rock crawler designs came about rapidly.

With the planetary gearboxes on the motors and the other gearing in the transmission and differentials, it had a final drive ratio at the wheels of 213:1

Yeah, ridiculous torque and pulling power. Nothing could stop it. But, it was slow as molasses in winter!

I decided recently that I was going to pull the gearboxes from the motors and return it to it's former fast self. But not with the same old Trinity motors.

I have some very high power brushed motors from the days before the brushless revolution. These motors are nothing to sneer at. They make mind boggling power. So I decided I would try to fit a couple of them into the TXT-1. Looks like they will fit.

I will be using a pair of Velkom 2828/4 motors. These were manufactured by Model Motors of Czechoslovakia, the same company that now makes the popular AXI line of brushless motors.

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Posted by Kmot | Jun 19, 2012 @ 04:14 PM | 9,828 Views
I am pissed off! I live on a quiet cul de sac street. No traffic at all except the people who live here. Well, some douche bag LA City parking attendant drove up our street and just gave my wifes car a ticket for being parked too far away from the curb. I went out and confronted the beeatch about what the he!! she was doing ticketing my wifes car parked in front of our house and she smirked as she said "too fah from da curb".

The ticket says 18". I measured it and the cars tire was 19". One inch over the beaatch's limit. Ticket is $58 bucks.

My wife has parked the car the same way for 13 years.

I hate L.A. I hate California. I hope every douche bag LA parking attendant has their organs fall off!
Posted by Kmot | Jun 10, 2012 @ 09:08 PM | 9,150 Views
This is a fun little truck. I have had it for a few months now. Today I painted up a new body for it. It is a Parma brand, dune buggy.
Posted by Kmot | May 28, 2012 @ 01:44 PM | 8,954 Views
20,000 posts!
Posted by Kmot | May 07, 2012 @ 11:01 AM | 8,273 Views
I use this monster truck to exercise my Beagle. She likes to chase it. And it gets dirty after a while. Since Traxxas has made all their products waterproof now, you can drive right into the water. Or, sit in front of an impact sprinkler.
Posted by Kmot | May 04, 2012 @ 03:32 PM | 8,195 Views
Part 1: My existing canopy got pretzeled by high winds. It got destroyed.

Part 2: I decided to make a huge shade canopy out of 1" PVC pipe. It held up to 30 mph winds, but not to the weight of rain water collecting on the top. It got destroyed.

Part 3: I ordered a Coleman pop-up from Walmart. It's huge, 12' x 12' and it cost less than the materials I bought to make the PVC shade frame!

I hope this one will last awhile.
Posted by Kmot | Apr 29, 2012 @ 10:32 PM | 8,240 Views
I love the Pilatus PC-6 airplane. I have a model of one. I have never seen one in person until today. Although, it was a few thousand feet high and away from me.

I was in my backyard, and had my camera handy. So I took a few photos as it passed by.
Posted by Kmot | Apr 15, 2012 @ 10:53 AM | 8,375 Views
If I was in the market to buy a new top of the line radio I would be looking at the new 18 channel radios available. Lots of bells and whistles, and more channels than I need so that allows plenty of room to grow for whatever model may come along.

So there are two choices available, Futaba and Spektrum

Futaba wants $3000 bucks for their version.

Spektrum wants $800 for their version.

Hard choice, eh?
Posted by Kmot | Mar 30, 2012 @ 01:17 PM | 6,129 Views
I feel pretty good right n ow actually, and I did not take a Vicodan pain pill this morning. I am able to sit upright and type with both hands, unlike yesterday.

We arrived at the hospital again at 5AM like before. But things moved a lot quicker this time, because the lab results were all in order.

I was taken down to the pre-op area where I was asked a bunch of questions (this is done to be sure they don't make some of those horrible mistakes like happened a while back) to make sure everyone was on the same page. The nurse introduced herself and said "we are going to take good care of you" and that made me feel comfortable. The anesthesiologist introduced himself, asked a few questions, etc. My wife then asked him what type of drug was he going to use and he replied "the Michael Jackson stuff".

Once I was rolled into the operating room I had to flop over to the operating table. Man, was it narrow. I told the nurses "don't let me fall on the floor, you won't be able to pick me up because it will be like trying to pick up a Volkswagen!"

Shortly the anesthesiologist said "okay, we are going to put you to sleep now". I then jokingly asked "Am I going to hear some Michael Jackson tunes?" ANd the nurse said yeah sure and turned on some sort of radio or whatever and although it wasn't MJ it was a music song and I only remember about 3 or 4 seconds of it and I was gone. Next thing I remember was starting to come too in...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Jan 21, 2012 @ 12:05 PM | 6,515 Views
Cold and flu season where you live?

My wife brought home a cold last Saturday, and I caught it last Tuesday night. It is a "cold from hell"! It is one nasty, miserable, head cold.

I am sick of being sick! I had my hay fever kick in three weeks ago because we have had a dry winter, and the winds have been blowing in pollen from the desert and mountains. Then I get this freakin' nasty azz head cold on top of it.

I just wanna SCREAM!!

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, that helped.
Posted by Kmot | Dec 24, 2011 @ 11:57 PM | 7,379 Views
Don't forget the true meaning of Christmas. Have a great holiday everyone!
Posted by Kmot | Sep 19, 2011 @ 11:44 AM | 7,964 Views
I went to the "Inland Nautical Society" of Riverside, California annual Fall Regatta yesterday with two of my model boats. I had my "Dutch Sloep", a work in progress; and I had my "Canadian Coast Guard 47' Motor Life Boat".

I drove both boats in the Navigation Course competition.

I won First Place in the Navigation Under 36" category with the Dutch Sloep.

I won Second Place in Scale Military with the CCG 47' MLB.


Posted by Kmot | Sep 16, 2011 @ 07:21 PM | 7,813 Views
I really do. I do not mope around thinking "poor me I always have bad luck".

But damn, sometimes I just really seem to have a string of bad luck!

I have crashed and destroyed two airplanes in the past month.

I bought a Hobbyzone Champ. It was defective out of the box, elevator did not work. My LHS guy exchanged it for me. I have been messing with the new one all day trying to get it to re-bind after losing its bind in the first minute or so of running. Nothing works. It won't bind. Gonna have to take it back too.....

Next, when putting some stuff away, a brand new built XPD-8 ducted fan jet that was sitting on a stack of magazines below my radio shelf, had a DX6 fall on it punching 4 holes through the styrofoam airplane, three in the wings and one through the top of the canopy. I took great care not to mess up the foam while constructing this model and now without ever having a single toss into the air it has been hammered.

What's next?
Posted by Kmot | Sep 11, 2011 @ 07:22 PM | 7,944 Views
Spent six hours covering today. I got the outer panels on both upper and lower surfaces done, and the bottom side of the wing done.

Have to take a break now, and spend time getting a boat ready for a regatta next weekend.




Posted by Kmot | Sep 09, 2011 @ 10:52 PM | 8,728 Views
I had been waiting a long time for Hobby King to restock their economical covering material and then when it came back into stock I immediately placed an order for some rolls of covering and it finally arrived yesterday. It's pretty good quality stuff, as it turns out.

Today I covered 4 parts: the two ailerons, the elevator, and the rudder. Took me hours and hours to do it. Covering is not one of my favorite things to do.

These parts represent 14 seperate sections of covering that was applied.


Posted by Kmot | Aug 17, 2011 @ 01:02 AM | 7,402 Views
I have been wanting a curio cabinet to display my customised engines in. I had priced some at the local furniture stores, and they are are all waaaay out of my budget range. Ridiculously so!

So once in a while I would peruse Craigslist and eBay for a deal. Well I finally found one!

A local seller had one that was just the right size to keep my wife happy, and just barely adequate for me but sometimes ya gotta compromise.

But I am very pleased with it, and I scored it for only $45 bucks. It is a mirrored, oak and glass 'half-hexagon' style and has three glass shelves. My radial just barely fits and I had to take the spinner off to get it inside. On my other engines I had to take the propellers off. But they still look good inside and it is really neat to finally have one.

Here it is when I got it home, without the shelves installed yet:



And here it is with the three shelves installed and some of my engines already in place:



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Posted by Kmot | Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:11 PM | 8,342 Views
Here are all the custom engines I have built so far:

Saito FA-45





Saito FA-40 MkI

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