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Posted by verticalspark | Feb 25, 2010 @ 08:12 PM | 3,991 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 @ 01:55 PM | 2,366 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 24, 2010 @ 11:24 PM | 2,702 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 @ 06:07 PM | 2,257 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 @ 07:22 PM | 2,534 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 @ 07:36 PM | 2,847 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 @ 12:09 AM | 2,247 Views
So my order from hobbyking is just now shipping. I ordered it A WEEK AGO!
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 16, 2010 @ 06:34 PM | 3,845 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 @ 06:04 PM | 2,108 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 10, 2010 @ 11:42 PM | 2,247 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 @ 09:10 PM | 4,096 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.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 31, 2010 @ 05:11 AM | 1,983 Views
It seems I am always waiting. Waiting for parts, waiting for the end of this shift, waiting to go work out and waiting for the next time to fly. Just waiting.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 30, 2010 @ 02:38 AM | 2,152 Views
So today in SC is cold and wet. Yesterday I flew my radian and decided to do some stupid stuff with it that the radian is not designed for. The end result, much to my surprise, was a very cool show and a very happy pilot. Well if I did it once I could do it again...not so much. Broke 4 blades and broke the fuselage in lots of places that were taped on the spot so I could fly some more. Crashed the slow stick and broke a wheel, prop and bent a prop shaft. And if that wasn't enough I decided to fix my jeep today which consisted of replacing a thermostat that was stuck open and replacing the o rings on the fuel injectors because I knew one of them was leaking but not which one. And as it goes I finished everything only to find that fuel line wouldn't reconnect with the quick fitting. It took me 2 hours to find a replacement just for me to rush home, fix it, get dressed for work and leave. I made to work just in time for it to start to rain/snow. Walked in and the boss was here and I didn't have time to shave. So now he is not very happy with me. But the new props are on order as well as a new canopy. Now for it to quit raining so I can fly.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 15, 2010 @ 01:57 PM | 2,378 Views
So as most everyone knows that its been cold everywhere! I have had the last couple of days off with the exception of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Well I have been flying my sukhoi with the new set of lights that I have on it about 6-6:30 and it seems the perfect time of day, just really cold. I love the radian but its cold and after so long I don't want to fly anymore. Well I had to work a double yesterday from 7 to 11 and today from 7 to 7. Well it just so happens that yesterday was 62* with little wind and today was 65* with no wind! It was a beautiful day and I'm stuck inside staring at my jeep with my micro sukhoi knowing if I take a break and go fly I will get fired. I'm really considering just getting up and going flying right now.

Update: Decided to go fly, got to my jeep only to find that I left the batteries a the house
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 08, 2010 @ 05:34 PM | 2,185 Views
I learned something yesterday while flying the sukhoi. When flying low and slow, turn the high rates off the ailerons.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 21, 2009 @ 07:26 PM | 2,250 Views
Today I lost a brother that has been in my family for more than 20 years. Shortly after my 1st birthday my dad rescued you from an abandoned house and you became part of the family. You were there with me through the best of my good times and you were there through the worst of the bad. I know you are in a better place now but you will not know how much you will be missed by me. You were always there for me even if you didn't know it. Most people thought you were only a cat but to me you were a brother who I have know my entire life. I miss you...
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 18, 2009 @ 02:12 PM | 2,481 Views
My sukhoi finally got back from horizon just the other day and I couldnt wait to fly. Plugged in the battery to make sure everything worked only to find the aileron servo is just crap and wont return to center if you roll right. I am just a little upset but horizon is sending me a new servo. Now for the waiting.
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Posted by verticalspark | Dec 15, 2009 @ 05:22 PM | 2,146 Views
Well I am actually kinda busy at the moment but the servo went out on the sukhoi and I had to send it back to Horizon so they could replace the plane. Just got back from destroying the radian. Turns out that shifting wind=crash. It wouldnt have been that bad but it did a nose dive on to concrete sooooo.....yea.
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 19, 2009 @ 08:44 PM | 2,504 Views
So I crashed the sukhoi, actually crashed it and bent the prop shaft. I got some 5043 props, a prop adapter, a new prop shaft and a P-51 motor because I need more power and dont feel like doing the brushless upgrade yet. Should have it together tonight but I work 3rd tomorrow so I wont be able to fly it until sat. morning. cant wait
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 12, 2009 @ 04:44 PM | 2,644 Views
Well so much has happened in a month. I bought and crashed a Parkzone Sukhoi multiple times. I tell you what those little suckers (sukhoi and p-51) are fun and very durable. That is until a slow stick decided to taxi into it and destroyed the fuselage.
Flying the Radian was excellent until I hit a set of portable stadium lights in the middle of the field. They took a chunk out of the wing and and when I got home my cat decided to use it as a scratching post. So flying the radian is going to be on hold for a while.