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Posted by bwoollia | Apr 12, 2010 @ 09:30 PM | 5,374 Views
Here's a video of one of our local fliers' models - the motor is a special treat!

1/5 Scale PT-12C Biplane with Radial Engine (9 min 1 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Mar 28, 2010 @ 10:48 AM | 2,625 Views
Some late season indoor flying with crashes...

Radio Controlled Foamy Abuse - Multiple Crashes (7 min 54 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Mar 09, 2010 @ 01:18 AM | 2,754 Views
Posted by bwoollia | Feb 28, 2010 @ 01:28 PM | 2,663 Views
Another quick video of my Tiny 3D EPP. I've moved the CG back and the battery is above the wing. Flies even better!

Tiny 3D Part 2 - New CG, Flips, Hovering and Hand Catches (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Feb 23, 2010 @ 07:09 PM | 2,494 Views
We had a break in our west coast monsoon this past weekend, which gave us some great flying weather!

Tsunami with Retracts & Others (5 min 54 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Feb 22, 2010 @ 09:04 AM | 2,864 Views
Here's RCGroups' answer to the Micro 4-Site:

Tiny 3D EPP 18" Wingspan (5 min 21 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Feb 14, 2010 @ 11:13 PM | 2,736 Views
I got this heli back in August and promptly crashed it. It has slowly made its way back to the flight line - here it is! This is a very stable and capable little helicopter.

Art-Tech Genius 250 Flight - Eyeglass Cam (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Jan 27, 2010 @ 02:07 PM | 3,022 Views
Here's a cool little item I just evaluated - essentially a programmable receiver mixer so you can control a model simultaneously with two transmitters. Tons 'o fun!

Air Soccer - Desert RC (4 min 18 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Dec 11, 2009 @ 10:20 AM | 2,804 Views
Got the Club up and going! Here's a video of the first night's activities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN-rM_mYNA4
Posted by bwoollia | Oct 05, 2009 @ 12:59 AM | 3,083 Views
Had this for a couple of weeks so far. Flies great! Lots of power for easy hand launches, and fast, fast FAST!

Art-Tech Jetiger - SN Hobbies (4 min 43 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Sep 16, 2009 @ 01:15 AM | 2,940 Views
Got this one for my son. Pretty nice for such a little heli! The fuselage is all plastic (not foam). Quite a bit of power and the charge lasts at least 10 minutes.

It doesn't seem to have a gyro, but it's fairly easy to control anyways. Nice trim for both yaw and pitch. Great fun for spot landings! Very crash-worthy, make sure you watch the crash footage at the end of the video!

Syma S.026 Mini Chinook - SN Hobbies (5 min 59 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Aug 26, 2009 @ 02:23 AM | 2,789 Views
Another cool toy - this one my F-22 Raptor. Doesn't like the grass much, but if the bounces time just right it will come off nicely. No shortage of power, just doesn't roll well on grass (typical of EDF models).

Fair amount of thrust - check out my tailslide-ish manouevre at about 4 minutes into the video. Yowza!

Lots of roll rate, but surprisingly easy to control without expo on the stock radio. Stable all around, slows down very nicely without any wing rock. There is a no shortage of wing area here!

Cool jet!

FIY F-22 Raptor - SN Hobbies (5 min 7 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Aug 06, 2009 @ 03:13 PM | 3,751 Views
New toy. The video shows what's in the box. I've flown it once quickly in the backyard, works great - tracking, balance and trim was perfect. Gyro may need adjusting.

Art-Tech Genius 250 Helicopter - SN Hobbies (6 min 38 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Jul 19, 2009 @ 10:21 PM | 2,803 Views
Some FlyCamOne2 footage from my Flasher 500. Mostly working on funnles, some other stuff too.

Flasher 500 Onboard Footage (4 min 53 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Mar 24, 2009 @ 09:06 PM | 4,364 Views
Posted by bwoollia | Jan 26, 2009 @ 03:19 PM | 3,233 Views
Here is the second half of the build video series for the Flasher PE 450.

Flasher PE Build Video Part 2 - SN Hobbies (9 min 15 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Jan 24, 2009 @ 09:26 PM | 3,336 Views
Had a great flight today - no crashes for a change. Here's a part of it:

Flasher 450 Onboard Camera (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Jan 23, 2009 @ 11:25 PM | 3,553 Views
Since there are no instructions that came with this video I put together a build video for it. This is for the assembly of the helicopter, for setup information sites such as The Electric Helicopter Beginner's Guide or the forums here.

Flasher PE 450 Build Video Part 1 - SN Hobbies (8 min 29 sec)

Posted by bwoollia | Jan 18, 2009 @ 10:27 PM | 4,905 Views
I recently acquired the Flasher PE 450 model as an addition to my fleet. This model is a T-Rex 450 clone with plastic & anodized parts. This model is available from SN Hobbies

Opening the box revealed a complete set of parts and hardware neatly packaged and sorted. The kit is listed as "85% assembled", which appears to be about right. Most of the fiddly head and tail assembly has been done, leaving mostly basic assembly to complete. What is left is as follows:

1. Install flybar assembly to complete head;
2. Mount landing gear;
3. Install tail rotor assembly and tail boom;
4. Install motor & other electronics; and
5. Mount rotor blades and fly.

The quality of the parts seems to be very good. The fuselage had been well assembled and appeared true. The hardware is already 1.5mm hex. The head in particular seemed very tight - in my carbon Flasher 450 SE V2 I am using a CopterX swashplate which has a bit of slop - none in the Flasher PE. The head is made of a mix of anodized metal and plastic.

The motor is a 3200kv model, the same that came with my carbon Flasher 450. I found the motor worked well, but bogged down a bit during 3D flips (especially for an inexperienced flyer like me). With the included 11t pinion it should prove to be a capable sport flyer with some light 3D abilities. The speed controller looks to be of very good quality with a heat sink and card programmability. It is labelled "HW-30A" on the packaging.

This model seems to merit at least as much attention as the recent HobbyCity $35 clone. The Flasher PE 450 comes more assembled, has more metal components, includes a motor and ESC, all for $100 shipped. Seems like a better deal to me! I am building this model with generic 9g servos, and the GY-191 headlock gyro.

I will post more as the build progresses and when I get it flying.

Have a look at the photos for more details: