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Posted by j4ck4 | May 11, 2014 @ 11:42 AM | 1,895 Views
Got a UMX Radian Friday was able to maiden with no issues other than I started with the battery centered in the battery compartment and, though the plane flew very well with it there it took a couple clicks of up elevator to fly level then would porpoise in glide.
So, I landed slid the battery back to the rear of the compartment re-launched after removing up elevator, flew out of my hand and went upwards at about a 75 degree angle to around 150' leveled off cut the throttle and she flew straight and level in glide like she is supposed to do.
As I would like to use the box for transport I am thinking of possibly doing the magnet mod on the wing that Serge has mentioned on the umx radian thread. But, may just use some better screws and mark the plastic nuts in the wing with a sharpie so they are visible to my old eyes.
The one other thing I ma thinking is that I have an IO Gear USB battery pack for when your phone dies and your away from power sources that I am going to use for battery charging should be able to use this thing for weeks without worrying about rechargning it as its like an 11,000 mah size.
Wel,, anyway the wind is blowing mid 20mph range here in Tulsa today and until Thursday I believe so, doesn't look like I'm going to be doing any flying for a few days. Well, more time to read and ponder here on RC Groups I suppose.


Good Flying all.


Jack
Posted by j4ck4 | Apr 29, 2014 @ 07:21 PM | 1,936 Views
I've had a lot of trouble at times getting battery connectors separated, especially when the battery is installed in a plane and you have to separate the connectors before you can remove the battery. I have also heard a lot of people say they will not use EC3 connectors on anything because they are so hard to get apart. Well, the ones I have had the most issues with out of EC3, Anderson Power Poles, and Deans T connectors is strangely enough the Deans.


But, a good Fb of mine showed me a trick a few years ago, I don't think the idea was original to him if I remember correctly he said he had read about it either here or on Watt Flyer. But, I want to share it here, as I just got another Radian and the battery slides into a slot in the fuse I grabbed me a pair of external snap ring pliers out of my mechanics toolbox and added them to the tools that I carry in my Transmitter case. These will insert between the legs of an EC3 connector and a with a simple squeeze the connector is separated. To use this method on a Deans T simply drill a small hole between the legs making sure not to hit either of the actual connectors inside the plastic and as the saying goes, WahLah the connector is separated. I believe this method will work also on Anderson PP's without any modification at all.


Well guys, I hope this will help someone out there that has limited grip in their hands as I do.


Happy Flying to all, and to all a good night.


Hope the wind dies here in Tulsa soon, just got a new Radian from HH today, and it needs to be maidened.


Jack
Posted by j4ck4 | Apr 28, 2014 @ 09:53 AM | 1,396 Views
Well, after all these years I thought I would finally try my hand at Blogging, I have been working in the IT field since 2004 and so am well acquainted with computers just never really took the time to sit down and put my thoughts down on the proverbial symbolic paper of a blog.


I purchased my first Radian back in 2009 sometime, flew it till mid 2011 when I got hurt at work and had to stop flying because I injured both shoulders and my neck, after over two and a half years absence from the hobby I am getting back into it, I have been reading through the Radian threads and, I have noticed one question that continues to come up by both Newbie and experienced pilots.
What is the best method of launching the Radian? I want to state upfront that I am by no means an expert at launching but, I thought I would write up my thoughts on this issue. As an average I suppose skill level pilot I have found that when launching both the Radians that I have owned, "let me state the last one survived less than an hour of airtime." Lost bind on the radio or something I believe it was because of the way the antenna's were installed in the airframe, but not sure of that.


I usually hold them in my hand just above shoulder level, run the motor up till I feel a good solid pull forward which is between 1/3 and 1/2 throttle, then give an ever so gentle upwards and forwards push. If I were to push a scale with the same amount of force you might measure a 2 or maybe as much as 4 lb....Continue Reading