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Archive for February, 2010
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 25, 2010 @ 09:12 PM | 4,081 Views
So I am back from my first night flight with the radian It was awesome! The blue LED lights worked amazing! We got the field about 5:45 and the wind was blowing every direction so we had to wait until about 6:30. So as we were flying some turkeys decided to walk through the field we were flying at. Well the first thing that came to my mind was "FLY-BY!" so that is what I did. Well I got a little too low and clipped a turkey with the wing tip. All the turkeys promptly decided to leave very quickly So we started to fly (both the slow stick and the radian) for a good half hour before the first person decided to slow down and look at the UFOs. It was about 7 or 8 minutes after the first person stopped that another person found us and told us that he had seen them from down the road....3 MILES AWAY! I had to measure when I got home on google earth and I still dont believe it. In total we had two cars full of people and kids stop and talk and ask questions. We stayed until the cops told us they were closing the park and we needed to leave. A very successful day indeed.

Radian Landing at night

Slow stick taking off
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 25, 2010 @ 02:55 PM | 2,420 Views
yesterday I spent all day attaching lights to my radian and my friends slow stick. So 5 meters of lights on 2 planes, over 300 LED lights and several deans connectors of every size. Here is a picture of the radian that I took in the living room so you can get the idea of the LED layout. But you cant actually understand how bright these blue LEDs are.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 25, 2010 @ 12:24 AM | 2,753 Views
Everything is finally here! after much bickering with the mailman at the post office I finally got my special box and its contents. For those of you that dont know, if you order something that is too large to fit in the standard small box they send they will add a special box to your order so the item that is over size will fit.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 22, 2010 @ 07:07 PM | 2,312 Views
I think it time to change the logo for RCGroups.com back to the normal one. Presidents day has been over for a while now...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 19, 2010 @ 08:22 PM | 2,588 Views
So travis went back to cut the tree down and managed to get the chain saw stuck in the tree. I understand that he has never cut down a tree before but it wasn't that hard, i even made precuts so he knew where to cut. I got off of work and had to go cut the tree the rest of the way down. So as it fell it caught another tree and refused to fall. So I cut down the tree 2 that was holding up tree 1. After twenty minutes I got both trees down and the $100 UM Parkzone J-3 Cub out of the top of the tree. After all that work I get to take it to work 3rd shift tomorrow so I can fly in the parking lot when im bored.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 18, 2010 @ 08:36 PM | 2,889 Views
Well I have more proof that trees are actually magnets. One of my friends have decided that it was time to buy a plane for the first time. He has flown our slow sticks with some success and some failure. He got a ultra micro J-3 cub from parkzone and decided it was a good day to fly. Well after several "crashes" he had it in the air for several minutes and the wind started to blow. Long story short it ended up in in the top of an oak tree. We yelled at it for a while and decided rope was a good solution. Got a rope around a branch and started to shake the tree with no luck. So we went got a chainsaw and started to cut the tree down and the chain popped off the track. Finally got it back on and it ran out of gas. So tomorrow travis is going to cut the tree down to get it back out.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 18, 2010 @ 01:09 AM | 2,296 Views
So my order from hobbyking is just now shipping. I ordered it A WEEK AGO!
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 16, 2010 @ 07:34 PM | 3,968 Views
Well lets start off with the basics. This is a Thunder AC6 Dual Power Charger that can be purchased from HobbyPartz.com, NitroPlanes.com and xheli.com for the retail price of $55. This charger can charge from AC or DC power sources and charge LiPo, LiFePO4, LiLo, NiMH and NiCD type batteries. It has a background light making it much easier to see in low light conditions and only 4 buttons. It can charge at 0.1-5Amps, discharge at 0.1-1amp and charge up to 6cells LiPo batteries.

On a personal note this is a huge step up from what I have. For the last year and a half or so I use a Dynamite AC/DC LiPo charger that had fixed charge rates and could only charge 2-3 cell LiPo batteries. This charger comes with a program that you can install on your computer that lets you see charge voltage, current, capacity and temperatures on a graph. I thought this was a cool feature of the charger but not necessary as you can press the "Inc" button while the LiPo is balancing and charging and the charger will show the voltage for each cell real time.

Overall I am very pleased with my purchase of the Thunder AC6 from HobbyPartz.com. This charger will allow me to charge my batteries much faster compared to my last charger and with the $5 flat rate shipping you would be hard pressed to find a similar charger that is in this price range.

Update: I was worried that the fact there is no built in fan would be a problem and cause overheating. I can charge all day long on my desk and the thing just doesnt get hot. Not even a problem when it comes to heat.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 16, 2010 @ 07:04 PM | 2,162 Views
All of the stuff I ordered last week is coming in this week I know is kinda redundant to says stuff is arriving but Its Coming! I will do some mini-reviews just because I can and it will give me something to do.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 11, 2010 @ 12:42 AM | 2,296 Views
well its been a expensive week for me. Paid all the bills and then decided that I just had to have everything I wanted...all at once. The order from hobbyking.com hit me for $100 5meters of LED light strips, single action air brush, 2 7.5 gram servos, 3 packs of micro JST extensions and a hobbyking windsock. Just couldn't help myself from buying the last one on that list it was 2.99 and I think it would at least be kinda useful where I fly at. I decided it was time to upgrade from the LiPo charger that I have to a better one where I can actually change the charge rate. That set me back $60 at Hobbypartz.com, not bad considering the charger I ordered is a Thunder AC6 AC/DC, LiPo, NiMH, NiCD, LiFePO4 (A123), can charge up to 5 amps, has 4 modes of charging (charge, discharge, storage, and balance), has a balance lead and comes with a computer program to track the progress of the battery you are charging. Not bad for $60 shipped, even if it only does half of what it claims. Finally found out my super chipmunk is actually a Carl Goldberg Chipmunk 400 and got my hands on the manual to see what battery it actually needs. So I ordered 2 "Chinese specials" or "Ebay batteries" 1500mAh 25C 11.1v batteries. Most people don't trust them but I have been flying on a pair of them for my slow stick for the longest time without having any problems. Last but not least I ordered several Hyperion 240mAh batteries for my micro sukhoi because it really needs better batteries.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 07, 2010 @ 10:10 PM | 4,156 Views
All the stuff I ordered is here! It wasn't a lot of stuff but none the less its here. Cant wait to fly But now I have to find a set of machined screws for the motor for the radian because two of the stock ones are stripped. Next week I am going to place several orders so I can get some new batteries, light strips, and a new charger seeing as how mine died Cant wait to wire up the radian with lights so I can bug some people at night.