So Today I flew the Terry for the first time. Got to the field and took about 10 minutes to set up where I though everything would be good. A couple seconds praying and a full throttle toss later and its in the air! Climbed for about 12 seconds and the prop and spinner launched off the nose leaving me with a glider. Well the good news is that it glides really nice so landing next to me was no big deal. Monday I cut the bottom of my foot open so I am walking the least amount possible. Wanna take a guess where the spinner landed? The other side of the field.... After retrieving it and putting it back on the plane it was time for a actual flight. Checked everything, tossed it into the vast blue sky and started to enjoy myself. Several things I noticed right off hand was that it doesent want to turn left...must be a northern plane. It doesent have the locked in feeling, it always wants to be going up or down and its lacks power. All of this I believe I can fix with some time and effort but this is a cool little plane. 7 minutes and 42 seconds in to the flight I did a tip stall and I heard a strange noise coming from the motor so I decide its time to land. My first thought was "Guess the motor and ESC couldnt handle a 2s lipo." But after further inspection the glue holding the motor in place melted and the motor was spinning in the fuselage. I picked the plane up and the motor/esc/prop/spinner fell out only being held in by a servo lead. Seeing as how the motor/esc combo is already out of the plane Im going to order a new motor/esc to put in there and do a few modifications to the fuse to make it stronger.
Edit: After the eight minutes of flying (mostly WOT), the brushed motor only took 950mA. I thought this thing was going to be a power hog.
So while in the LHS John told me he had a plane for sale that was only $35. I couldnt help myself so I got it. Its an original Graupner Terry that has the brushed 400 motor w/ built in ESC with a box full of spare parts. I plan on fly this with a 2100mAh 2s 15C, because I dont have any NiMh batteries that I could use, on the first couple of flights until I upgrade. I am planning on going with a brushless inrunner, a 25amp ESC and several 1000mAh 3s 20C Lipos. Dont get me wrong, with the brushed motor it will fly with no problem but I like power and the ability to get real small real quick
So we usually meet at Heritage park in Simpsonville on thursday at 10:30, get some flight time in and go grab lunch. Well the last couple of days its been in the upper 90's by lunch so we decided to get there a hour earlier. Didnt help, it was already low 90's anc climbing but we all gathered and flew anyhow.
Now today we managed to have 6 planes and a heli and that was the most planes we have ever had out there at one time. We had a Parkzone Corsair, Parkzone p-51d BL, Parkone Habu, eFlite SR, eFlite BaE Hawk 15, a Wattage Hawk and a GWS Slow stick. Now we usually dont leave with every plane working that was brought with us. Weather its a broken prop or a destroyed plane something always seems to happen.But for us the Hawk 15 was a new plane and to be honest I wasnt too impressed with it. Having seen the way the Habu flew compared to the hawk I would much rather have the Habu. One of the major downfalls of the Hawk is how it stalls rather quickly and without warning. And that is how the day ended for that particular plane. It seemed that there was enough power for it to fly out of your hand so John tried it. He spooled up to WOT, gave it a nice toss, it climbed for 7-8 feet then stalled and went in nose first. All in all it fractured the nose, large crack near the right intake and broken battery tray. That was the end of the day for that plane. Then the other Hawk with its brushed motor and NiMh battery took flight. I thought it would be fast, and I was wrong. At about...Continue Reading
After over a year of flying without being a member of AMA I finally decided to get it. I didnt go for the full membership because I dont fly any nitro or gassers at the park. I do like the Park Pilot mag and usually I steal...I mean borrow a copy from travis before he gets a chance to read it I am now officially Adam J. Sherrick AMA #947732.
In other news I flew a Revell Proto Max at the LHS today. Gotta say I dont like it After looking it over it look decent but the radio isnt exactly great. Its kinda bulky and can be switched between mode 1 and 2. Flight isnt exactly great either. On take off it wants to go left until it stabilizes and it hovers nice like the Blade mSR, but it doesent know its center. Any heli I have ever flown can easily rotate on its own center but this one cant. If you do a rudder turn it wont stay in one spot. It will do the equivalent of a tight turn with the a$$ end trying to out run the nose and then you have to struggle with it to get it to hover again. It barely flys forward but will dive backwards if you give it full back. My advice is if you want a single bladed micro heli go for the Blade mSR!
So 3 months ago I noticed the key chain camera on eBay and bought 2 of them. When I took it into the LHS none of them had ever heard of them and I had only seen a couple on the threads. I got mine off of eBay for about $9 a piece and a 2gb Micro SD card for about $4 shipped of eBay as well. Now that puts me up to a whopping $13 for each of the cameras. For the last week I have noticed that HobbyKing is selling the camera w/2gb card for $15 which is a good deal but there are others that could be considered price gouging. The LHS got in a handful of them and are selling them for $20 no card, at Joe Nall somebody was selling them for $30 and yesterday I saw this. Really!?! $60 for a key chain camera??? And I thought the guy selling them for $30 was a rip off.
Joe Nall! pt. 1
Here are some pictures from the other cameras that we had on Thursday and Friday. These pictures were take by Ethan, myself and Paul Best...who can be seen napping in one of the pictures that is in part 1.
So I got to go to Joe Nall this year with Travis, Laura Jane and Paul on Thursday. But despite only going during the week there was some great planes and great crashes. Personally I prefer the plane or heli to leave in one piece and come back in the same piece but when there is a crash I do like to see the aftermath. I walked all the way from the main line to the 3D line which was much longer than I thought it was but I got some decent pics and got to see the RCGroups golf cart. note to self: Take the bus next time. Watched the the Heli line for a while before I making my way back to the main line to watch the noon demo. Being as it was a little warm we made our way back to the town and ate some BK in the air conditioning. While I enjoyed the main line I really liked the float planes and electric line being a little smaller than the main and 3D lines. But one of the coolest things I saw when I was down there was the night flying! Both myself and travis have LED strips on our planes and do fly at night but not where there are 7-8 planes flying around. One particular "plane" that I saw for night flying was R/C kites that I thought was awesome! I wish he would start to make and sell them because I really want one...or two...or a half a dozen These were the coolest things I have seen in a long time and I cant wait to get my hands on them. All in all I left with 3GB of pictures, awesome memories and a sun burn from hell.
So I got the corsair running with the new 3536-10 and a 60 amp ESC from HeadsUpRC.com and 3 2200mAh 3s 30C blue lipos from HobbyPartz.com. Well first flight went fantastic! The plane is fast flat out but the unlimited vertical performance is awesome. I still need to find out about how to program the ESC because I want to turn the motor timing to High and get a Soft Voltage Cutoff instead of the motor just shutting off I guess its time start working on my pilot. I have the dremel ready and its time to start cutting
Well Im off to Joe Nall tomorrow at 9 in the morning. I have the camera charging and I have my 4GB memory stick ready! Im going to have lots of pics and videos tomorrow!
Well the Parkzone 480 fell apart on me in flight the other day so I ordered some parts from HeadsUpRC.com and CustomRCParts.com. The new motor and ESC have not arrived yet but the motor mount came in today form Custom RC parts. Its a good looking motor mount and I look forward to having it mounted to my plane.
Well we all broke a plane today and only one was because of pilot error. Travis got a new Parkzone P-51D BL and the maiden flight was today. All was good until he did an inverted loop and the battery came out of the slot, knocked off the canopy and caused him to crash. The end result was a fuse that was broke in half. I dropped a 2200 3s 30C in my corsair with the end result being the motor pulling itself apart. Not very happy about that so im calling horizon tomorrow about both planes. All in all not such a good day.
Well we actually didnt break anything!!!! Usually we fly every thursday at 10:30 and dont have any problems but we always have an "incident". It may be a broken prop or it might a midair but we always break something. Today we went to the field with 5 planes working and left with all 5 in one piece
Also John brought by his fuse of his Reactor gas 3D plane. That was also very very cool. Cant wait to see it fly.
We got a get together this Thursday at 10:30 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. So if you are around and have nothing to do Thursday morning and want to hang out and fly feel free to come and fly with us
Well We had some fun today. Going to try to get some chase footage of the corsair from the slow stick. Turns out its not so easy Myself and travis had a mid air between our planes and it got caught on camera That didnt really break my plane but I wasnt high enough to recover before the ground hit my plane. Total was broken wing, motor mount, cowl and the rudder. It was a fun day none the less.
Finally got to get a good flight in today with some pictures thanks to Travis. It was kinda windy but it flew nice anyway. My day came to an end when I hit an "air pocket" and the corsair dropped a couple of feet onto the street and broke the prop.
As most of you dont know today is my birthday and I decided its time for a new plane.
I have always liked parkzone planes not only for their quality but customer service. One of my favorite planes is the corsair so it only made sense to buy the Parkzone corsair I have always wanted. So I purchased it and started to put it together in the shop and started to have problems almost instantly. Out of the box one of the servos for the ailerons was bad. I didnt even leave the LHS before finding this out so they called horizon and they wanted me to send the plane back to them so they could replace the one servo. Luckily the guys at the shop are really nice and had another corsair pnp on the shelf the swapped for mine so I could fly. Thanks guys I owe you one.
After getting to the nearest park and hooking everything up it was time. Control surface check, power check, clear prop (Clear!), power good, Request permission to taxi.... Street clear, Lt. Col. Wash you are cleared for take off! I must say this plane flys great! Much easier to fly then my typhoon 2. Eight minutes later its time to come in. Street clear, maintain altitude, cut power, your a little long down the runway, touchdown....We need fire and rescue to the runway. I came in a little hot due to the fact this plane floats with no power and landed a little further down the street then I wanted to. There was a small drain at the end of the street that was sticking up a little bit but the the plane should have rolled...Continue Reading
Long story short my radio got turned off before my typhoon 2 was unplugged and it decided to take off into a fence. Broke the firewall, the cowl and bent the main shaft. Well my parts came in today as well as my new gorilla pod off of ebay . I can now take videos without having to have a camera man, they wont be as good but I can get some none the less.
I have been looking for a new plane to buy so I can have some fun and I think after some searching I have found one. I happened upon the ElectriFly Rifle, a sport pylon racer that hasnt come out yet but loos really good. Here is a link to the ElectriFly Rifle website and here is a link to Tower hobbies. It has a list price of $109.99 for a ARF but will break 90mph with the recommended hardware. Of course I plan on putting a little more then the recommended hardware on this thing if I get it
Finally! my key chain camera arrived today in the mail straight from Hong Kong. I have to say its a little smaller then I though it was going to be, I was thinking regular key fob size but its a hair smaller than that. My first impression of this little camera is that it looks like its going to be a tough little camera. And I have to say that is a good thing because of the places I plan on putting it to take video. I dont have any picture of it yet because I got it on my way to work but I will post some when I home. I found the picture resolution isnt that great but its the video quality that really matters and its about if not better then my FlyCamOne2. Here is a sample video and pics that I took at work....Continue Reading
Like some of us out there I never had a hobby knife, I just used my old folding razor knife and it worked for a while. I didn't want to go out and buy a single hobby knife but I found a set at Ace Hardware down the street and I couldnt resist. It was $19.99 for this set including a nice wooden box that has a latch that will hold is close. It come with 3 knifes and a set of 10 assorted blades. Not a bad buy considering the price of buying all of them separately.