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Posted by skydve76 | Jun 30, 2013 @ 10:15 PM | 2,386 Views
All I have is a $1 ripping saw from an auction and a 7 Amp drill I got somewhere, but no chuck. And a square.

I suck at building things out of wood. Short of a quick stand I built, this is the first thing I have ever built from wood.

The outside frame is not straight, but the entire trailer is only 1 degree off from being square.

I plan to put a shelf in the middle and have two levels. This is why I will have barn doors on both the front and the back so I can get into both ends and tie stuff down.

The big jets go on the floor, and all my EDF and prop stuff will go on the top shelf. The top shelf will stop 1 foot from the ends so the tail of my jets can stick up. So that way if I ever get bigger jets I wont be limited by a 2 foot stab
Posted by skydve76 | May 30, 2013 @ 11:21 AM | 2,707 Views
  1. Solenoids cost $2, cant function at more than 50 PSI, needs 3S lipo to function.
  2. I can fill the retract air cylinder with both butane and air for a single fuel source
  3. 30 millisecond delay on solenoid seems to be the scale rate of fire
  4. Using used shotgun shells as a cumbustion chamber, worked for about 10 seconds then melted
  5. 50 PSI only gives about 20 seconds trigger time.

  • Can solenoid operate on 5S (18.5V) and then be able to use more PSI?
  • Is having a air/fuel mixtured premixed a bad idea? Could it flash back?

I am going to spend a bit more on a solenoid, probably $10 to get one that can use up to 120 PSI on 6V. This way I can power the whole thing from the RX battery.
Posted by skydve76 | May 26, 2013 @ 10:33 PM | 5,599 Views
One of my first. Turrets will fire soon. Turret is controlled by small computer, all automatic. Computer is size of a postage stamp. Servo is a futaba s3001 modified to rotate 360 degrees.

Hangar 9 b-25 moveable turret (6 min 47 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:53 PM | 2,740 Views
I have high end models, turbines, EDFs, big msutang, large jets. Big stuff I need an AMA field for.

..And yet all my "golden days" seem to be memories of my flying at the local parks with a parkzone stryker, original parkzone mustang, GWS slowstick. The magic I had back then, the feeling of opening the stryker. the newness, the unknown, the learning!

Why? Is it because I was younger 5 years ago? Because I just remember things differently then they were? Or am I just becoming very negative and just cant have fun anymore?

I used to get made fun of for flying foam jets, how they require no skill and I need a "real" plane like all the built up old timers that dominate our fields. Now I fly turbines and all the guys that made fun of me fly foam jets themselves and tell me they are exactly the same as my turbine jets in skill level.

I am wondering if the reason I loved the park so much is no one else was there to bring negativity and fuel mine? Seems everything is a competition and too many use this hobby as a form of self esteem.

I need to keep my negativity down, any suggestions? I want to go the field and just fly, and not have someone trying to act like I am dangerous, unskilled, poor, rich whatever. I just want to fly with the magic! But it seems there is not any magic left
Posted by skydve76 | Jan 05, 2013 @ 07:12 PM | 2,842 Views
Santa did a good job making it!
Posted by skydve76 | Dec 16, 2012 @ 09:24 PM | 3,129 Views
1) Finish up HET l-39 repairs
2) Fix HET mig-15
3) Fix blade 400 so I can
4)Finish Mi-24 scale heli project
5)Build Jet Legend Viper jet
6) Build Hobbyking su-37 wint 90mm

I am nearly done with (1), will start (2) next. Then I know I will start (5) since I get it for xmas, then if there is time I will do (4) and (5).

(6) should be this winter but given Is till need to dump $450 into it and I also need $300 for servos for my viper the viper has precedence.

I am also getting a Dynam 262 and the new littl blade nano for my birthday on Dec 31. So those are in the queue too. They shouldnt take much though to get going. I havent touched the 262 yet so not sure what effort it will take, will need to read up on the forums.
Posted by skydve76 | Oct 28, 2012 @ 11:54 AM | 3,085 Views
Was flying and the winds suddenly picked up and switched directions, when I took off I had a decent south wind. During flight it went pure west and strong at about 25-30mph.

By the time I landed and got out there wind was now north and strong.


f-16 Near Crash (1 min 41 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Jun 23, 2012 @ 12:14 AM | 3,642 Views
This is my #6 turbine flight ever. Not my best, my camera did not record #7 and 8 which were actually what I wanted to post.

Modellbau f-86D with K80 on board (6 min 13 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Jun 19, 2012 @ 09:24 AM | 3,434 Views
Wife forgot the camera of course The maiden was filmed but I didnt fly it.

The ModelBau F-86D is EASY to fly. Much easier than my HET a-10. Why?
The F-86D has tons of power, it tracks on rails, bucks the wind. While it may be faster in top speed, it is also way bigger therefore I can make out the profile from far away. the little a-10 is not much slower and the thing turns into a dot very fast.

Now with that said I did bounce my landings a bit, only because I come in too hot. The thing has such a light wing loading it doesnt want to stop flying!

A couple more flights and I'll be greasing them in. Getting used to the slow landings will take some time!

Pics, video, etc coming!

F-16 up next!
Posted by skydve76 | Apr 25, 2012 @ 08:32 PM | 4,322 Views
They were expensive for some reason and dont work too well.
Posted by skydve76 | Mar 13, 2012 @ 11:01 AM | 4,124 Views
I must admit that I am not really an "RC" guy. This hobby, from what I have learned, was originally equal parts of building, fellowship, and flying. With the introduction of RTF and ARF aircraft, It has become more about flying with some fellowship. I am more into just flying.

I am not big into the fellowship side and found I dont fit in with most RC people. Its nothing personal, just more of a culture thing.

I find many obsess over the hobby, and take it way too serious. I consider all of these things to be toys. While there is some danger, they are still toys designed for nothing more than to entertain me. I do not think I am a real pilot becuase I do RC. I do not liken myself to the airforce because I do RC. I DO NOT consider doing rc a way to "honor the military". I am not High on my horse because I think RC is some sort of rocket science. I certainly never deter anyone from the hobby nor have I ever told anyone they cant fly something for whatever reason.

In my opion, in terms of percieved skill level, all it comes down to is how much money someone wants to spend. I know people who have tens of thousands into RC and they are considered experts (despite they crash fairly regularly). I also know people who only fly foam and never crash and have much more creativity. I find this interesting in the hobby that the "boy with the most expensive toys" is the expert. This is an aspect I do not like at all about this...Continue Reading
Posted by skydve76 | Feb 06, 2012 @ 02:33 PM | 4,423 Views
My first plane flight was one of those micro cessnas made by parkzone, back in 2008. This is before they were BNF and had to come with a special xmitter. I flew inside the local hobby town and had a blast. I remember that flight in detail.

I later went on to fly a slow stick. The excitment of putting the camera on it and rushing home to watch the vid. I was commited I would get up at 5am to beat the winds.

Tried a FlyZone cessna. To date this is the hardest plane I have to fly. Nearly 3lbs on 1 square foot of wing. No ground steering. What rush.

Then got my parkzone mustang (original brushed version). Oh the rush, and the way I flew all graceful and "way out". The fear of "will it handlaunch this time ok?" The feeling of sucess as it tips stalls and pulls out 3 inches above the ground right after I could tell it came off my hand wrong.

Time went on, f-27c stryker, then my first edfs, su-27 flanker and a gws me-262. With only one lipo, 35 flights was a nice milestone I clearly remember. Underpowered, energy management. Now they are just foam junk to me and I can fly them in my front yard.

Then I got my first HET f-18, moved on to a twin 90mm Mig-29 with thrust vectoring (fly fly). Later the habu 32, now a 90mm l-39 on 10s. I do have a twin 6+ lb 70mm HET a-10 that gives me some joy but who knows how long.

I tried props as well, I have 3d plane, and I had a blue nose mustang I didnt like. I have a helicopter as...Continue Reading
Posted by skydve76 | Feb 03, 2012 @ 11:02 AM | 4,859 Views
I have some big holes in the bottom I need to cover up so the turbulance stops but she's fast little machine.

This is a better vid than the last one with a low fly by. I will be modding for rudders soon to help with the cross wind landings.

het a-10 (5 min 32 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Jan 01, 2012 @ 04:18 PM | 4,210 Views
I recently built a HET a-10. Not much information on this one and very little video. So I will be adding some. The wings are glassed with 2 0z cloth and I use two 4s 3300 30C lipos with the HET 2w-20 power system. I was shocked at how fast it is. Its not light either.

Here is a flight my 2nd flight on my new radio which I am still getting used to. My next step with this is to add rudders so I can land in cross winds a little better There is also a big hole in the front for getting to the gear I need to make a hatch for it that be might by it looks shakey but that wind around those trees creates a lot of turbulance.

Het a-10 in 12 mph Cross winds (6 min 3 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Jun 26, 2011 @ 12:59 PM | 4,863 Views
Finally got it mostly done. Nearly ready to fly!

-Fully fiberglassed, 2 oz cloth
-4s setup, turnigy motors, fans and escs
-External BEC
-Runs off a Blue lipo 4s 3300 4s 30C
-Fully flying elevators ( no more wimpy elevator).
-Completely custom intakes, fully glassed
-Completely custom landing...Continue Reading
Posted by skydve76 | Sep 19, 2010 @ 11:11 PM | 5,709 Views
Blade 400 Scale EC-135 (4 min 16 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Apr 08, 2010 @ 11:52 PM | 6,033 Views
Bad landing, one lipo came loose and went aft. Ouch!

Need some practice to pull off some cool stunts.

First Thrust vectoring flight (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by skydve76 | Apr 07, 2010 @ 08:52 PM | 5,859 Views
FLYFLY Mig-29 Twin 90MM, Roughly 3000 watts.

I have a DX6i, and the GWS elevon mixer I got doesn't work. So here is what I have, video below:

1) Vectoring on/off (elevator only is switchable, rudder always on)
2) Elevator and rudder vectoring, follows elevator.
3) Nozzles fixed at positive pitch, full elevator control (high alpha?)
4) No roll control due to mixing limitations and GWS mixer not working.

I have more up vectoring than down, It was hard to get enough throw going. I figured up would be most benificial. I am trying to fill the gaps between the nozzles and the air frame, but testing shows most of the air is redirected with little seeping through the gaps.

Servos are HS-82MGs. All of the 82MG servos I have have some play, and buzz alot. But they are tough as nails.

Was tough to show them off with one hand holding the camera lol (had to work rudder and elevator with one hand)


RC FLYFLY Mig-29 Thrust Vectoring Nozzles (0 min 48 sec)

Going for this but with better music:
...Continue Reading
Posted by skydve76 | Oct 31, 2009 @ 02:41 PM | 6,545 Views
F27c Stryker motor in stock gear box. Under wing is done up nice too, will get a photo added.