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Posted by verticalspark | Mar 18, 2010 @ 02:47 AM | 2,757 Views
Finally Got a new user name for youtube so I can start to upload videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/VerticalSpark101

Check back from time to time on my account because chances are there will be new videos. That is there will be lots more if I can get a decent upload speed.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 16, 2010 @ 07:34 PM | 2,461 Views
The weather finally cleared up and I got over being sick so it was time to play! Travis fixed his Cybermaxx and I got the jato running, I got the Hyperion 240 batteries in the UM Sukhoi and I have all the batteries for the Typhoon 2.

Lets start with the trucks, The jato is NUTS! Its wayyy to fast for regular streets and the breaks suck. Travis can beat me with his Tmaxx in a race only because I cant slow down!

The sukhoi is now a heavy flier with the 240 instead of the little 120 and 160s. It doesent seem to be more powerful but it sounds just like a actual plane now at WOT. The Typhoon 2 is just strange to fly for me because I havent flown a 3D plane before and it is just different.

BTW, the Zippy Flightmax 1800mAh 20C 3s just took 2018mA so they are well worth waiting for from hobbyking.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 12, 2010 @ 06:40 PM | 2,720 Views
well I just got my shipment of lipos from hobbyking. 3 1800 3s for my Typhoon 2, now for it to quit raining. I also ordered a key chain camera so I could get some video from the plane and jato. The pics are comparing a thunder power 2100 2s, Zippy FlightMax 1800 3s and a Mega Power 2100 3s
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 11, 2010 @ 01:43 PM | 2,558 Views
Why does the weather always seem to be the worst after you get a new toy to play with?
I think it has happened to everyone, you get all excited that you are going to get a new toy. You drive to the LHS knowing your getting something new, or a big package comes in the mail or you buy it from somebody you know. No matter how it happens you get excited to have a new toy and the day will be perfect. Most of the time you will get it and drive home to put it together and something will come up and you will have to put it off till the next day. Well you get up and finish whatever kinda toy it is only to find the weather has a different idea. If you have a new plane you will walk outside only to find that the wind blowing so hard it seems almost unnatural. Same goes with cars, trucks, and boats, you look out the window only to find that the 15% chance of rain was actually a inbound hurricane.
I have a solution, pack all your stuff (trucks, boats and planes) and go buy a sail boat. I have seen guys playing with their sail boats in water that has white caps and they were having fun. The worst thing that could happen to guys that have sail boats is a beautiful day with no wind. So what do you do when you get to the pond or lake and that happens? Unpack the back of your vehicle and play with all of your other toys
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 10, 2010 @ 03:32 PM | 2,489 Views
So I bought a Jato 3.3 off of craigslist yesterday for $200. I got a bunch of stuff that came with it like a new engine, extra sets of tires, tool box, manual, radio, EZ start wand, and lots of extra parts, not bad in my opinion. Well Got it home and tried to break in the engine and it wouldnt turn over. Did he put the one way in bss aackwards? yup. Changed that and it started with no problem. We noticed lots of slop in the front end steering and the rear right driveshaft was really wore out. Time for a trip to the LHS while it burns through the first tank of gas. $14.65 later I walked out with new bushings and a new rear drive shaft. Got back to my buddys house and it was time to eat so I let it run through tank 2 and 3 while eating. Replaced the rear diff fluid with some 50K, swapped out drive shafts, the front bushings and the sway bars. Today right before it started to rain I wanted to play with it so I did. Turns out that it launches good when the street is nice and dry, not so much when its wet . The dish of the day: Donuts! And this jato likes to do donuts so much that if you so much as touch the steering wheel when accelerating you just lost control of it. Well I tried to talk travis into going down to the park while it was wet and swapping a set of street tires for a set of pins so we could play in the sand at the baseball field. He said "No!", o well, I tried...
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 08, 2010 @ 06:04 PM | 3,777 Views
Several years ago I bought Revo 3.3 from my LHS and liked it so much that I started to work there. For several years I bought and traded used cars until I got tired of nitro. Then about a year ago I sold my Revo 3.3 to a guy that I had become friends with while working at my LHS so I could get started in helicopters. So I traded my revo for a CP pro and I loved my helicopter until I realized that there was a lot of radio interference where I live and that caused it to crash several times. So I fixed it and sold it to someone who was looking for one and bought my first plane. After building my Slow Stick and armed with my FM radio I flew bravely into world of planes, then a tree shortly thereafter. Despite several climbs into trees and crashes I continued to fly planes and was loving every minute of it. Then disaster stuck, the LHS I had worked at closed down and I was out of a job, so I to cheer myself up I went out bought a DX6i, some batteries and a Parkzone Radian and a Parkzone UM sukhoi. The Radian, now there is a plane that everyone could enjoy flying. Climb to a couple hundred feet, cut the motor and glide around for hours. I decided to put some LEDs on it and do some night flying. That was awesome until the wind decided to act like a little kid. It wanted it so it took it from me and never gave it back. After much searching and many phone calls it was not to be found. I am convinced somebody found it, but as long they are enjoying as much as I was I don't mind. The...Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 07, 2010 @ 02:40 AM | 2,421 Views
So I got my deans connectors on the typhoon 2 today between shifts. I got all my linkages set up as well as the Dual rates programed into the DX6i. Now I have to wait for some time off during the day where its calm for the maiden flight
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 05, 2010 @ 08:37 PM | 2,480 Views
So some of you know that I lost my radian in high winds just the other day Well the only way to get over losing one plane it to replace it with another

I bought a Parkzone Typhoon2. I have a micro sukhoi that I love doing aerobatic maneuvers with so I decided to take it to a whole new level with a purpose build aerobatic plane. I have 2 problems with this plane so far.
1. The SFG (Side Force Generators) were a pain to put on. There are holes already in the structure to allow for the SFG brackets to mount threw and little dots that tell you where they are. The dots were in the wrong place it the brackets took forever to put in.
2. The EC3 plug. This is actually my issue because I knew they came with the plug but I am strictly a Deans plug person and Im out and cant swap them out. So tomorrow I have to pick up another set so I can swap the EC3 plug out. Because of this I couldn't set up the plane, I put it together but couldn't set it up.
I know I said there was 2 but I have to add one more.
3. The battery. Another personal problem but I dont have the right size battery. Every plane I have has either a battery that is too large or too small. So I hit up hobbyking and ordered 3 batteries RUSHED! I cant have a nice new airplane sitting around and not be able to fly it

Other then those few things, so far so good. I will post a mini review when I get it up in the air and try a few things with my limited aerobatic skill.
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 25, 2010 @ 09:12 PM | 4,083 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 | 2,421 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 | 2,754 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 | 2,313 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 | 2,589 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 | 2,890 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 | 2,297 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 | 3,969 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 | 2,163 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 | 2,297 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 | 4,157 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 @ 06:11 AM | 2,034 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.