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Posted by Yabba | Sep 15, 2010 @ 10:00 PM | 3,408 Views
Here's a vid I put together out of some video from a Radian flight at sundown.

The camera is a $8 (shipped) keyfob spycam from HongKong. These cameras are quite amazing for what they are and they have spawned a huge thread (and following) here on RCG.

The camera plane is a Radian and I happened to get some shots of my son'sRadian in the flight. The shots of his plane are mostly a matter of lucky by design, I was trying to frame him but this turns out to be much harder then you realize, really a function of trying to put yourself (camera) in a position where you HOPE you may get a shot of his plane flying by. I'm getting better at the positioning but it's still just a lot of luck when it works out.

While you're at it, check out my second video of us at the school where we fly. I got some rc parasails and a quick shot of a real one flying over the field next to the school.

Into the Sunset (3 min 46 sec)


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Posted by Yabba | Sep 15, 2010 @ 09:46 PM | 3,386 Views
I recently mentioned that the E-Flite Taylorcraft has replaced my DeHaviland Beaver as my favorite plane.

The reasons are quite simple, the Taylorcraft's groundhandling is straight, it flys at a slow enough speed to look realistic in the air and it will do wheel landings and touch and goes ALL DAY LONG.

What a neat little plane, it even makes ME look good.

On a more un-scalelike note, the Taylorcraft will loop, stall turn and fly inverted with little effort. Don't forget it has a flat-bottomed wing so she does require more elevator then a wing that is semetrical.

And guess what, she does a pretty nice looking knife edge as well. Just enter the knife-edge in a slow steady motion and be ready to feed in some elevator to counter the tuck and she will hold position all the way down thw runway.

Oh, to be honest, I'm running a 480 Hobbypartz outrunner and a 13.5x6 APC on 3 cells so enough power is not a problem. Once my initial climb to altitude I rarely use more then 50% throttle except during Knife-edge and uplines.

SWEET Flyer

Yabba
Posted by Yabba | Aug 19, 2010 @ 02:40 PM | 2,544 Views
Over on the keyfob camera thread guys keep asking about how to mount the camera. They've come up with some ingenious methods but I think the following works pretty well for me. It started as a joke but really the vid didn't show any waviness or "jello effect" and I kind of thought the camera perpective was cool.

This trick was to find a former or bulkhead upright so you had something solid underneath the film covering. Also I put a small 1/4 inch by 1 inch piece of double sided sticky tape along the side of the keyfob to keep it from slipping. I then used some blue painters tape to make sure it stayed level (and attached to the plane) and finally I used some flyline backing wrapped to the tail as a safety lanyard (just in case).

Here's a video of the end result.

The Beav (7 min 27 sec)


Yabba
Posted by Yabba | Aug 19, 2010 @ 11:08 AM | 2,642 Views
Well, I've done it. I've become a "blogger" !! Don't expect much, just some pictures of my planes and me. Maybe even an occasional....Helicopter !

The reason for doing this is because I've starting selling some small things on Groups and I realize that people like to put a "face" or at least, get a sense of the character or personnality of someone posting.

So, here I are.......

The Profile Photo is me at the Wings Over The Rockies air museum at the old Lowery AFB on the east side of Denver. I just could NOT believe that this little thing was actually a piloted aircraft. Heck, I had bigger props then that back on some of my 29% Extras.

Anyway, here's a FEW of my current aircraft to get you started.

Yabba