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Posted by Yabba | Sep 15, 2010 @ 11:00 PM | 3,837 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 @ 10:46 PM | 3,822 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