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Posted by road_rascal | Jun 11, 2014 @ 04:11 PM | 2,180 Views
Been quite a while since I've added anything to my blog. I bought a 3DR Iris with the Tarot gimbal back in March and I currently have 17 flights with it so far and it has been flying great. The flight times are a little low (I fly for 6 minutes with the gimbal, GoPro and extended legs) and by then the lipo is around 3.78 per cell) but it's manageable. I threw together a quick and dirty video flying around our lake lot 'up nort in Sconny' (that's Wisconsin).

Flying over Lonestar Lodge (3 min 57 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Aug 04, 2013 @ 06:55 PM | 3,143 Views
Once again for the 4th year in a row it was a great event. Really appreciate all the work that went into putting on an awesome time for everyone. The weather was fabulous, the food was great and the mosquitoes weren't that bad this year. Thanks to all the sponsors and vendors who came. Here's a few photos:...Continue Reading
Posted by road_rascal | Dec 31, 2012 @ 02:52 PM | 4,864 Views
Bought an HPI Wheely King a few months ago with the sole intention of keeping it stock as a winter basher. Well, that didn't last long. I can never leave well enough alone. Got the Crawler King conversion kit, did a 4 link setup, put on a front axle servo mount, and painted up a 1973 Ford Bronco body. For winter use I'm using a Traxxas XL-5 ESC and a basic 20T brushed motor. I'll probably swap the ESC back to the stock one so I can use the drag brake and put in a 27T or 35T motor for trail driving/ light rock crawling. Photos show cheapo 100mm ebay shocks (they work pretty well) but I'm currently using taller AX10 117mm shocks/ springs. I may end up use the shorter ones to get the CG lower, but I'm not going to mod this as a dedicated crawler- this is more of a trail truck / scaler. I have a modified Ridgecrest for rock crawling. I originally used a front Axle servo mount from CKRC but that one hit the battery box due to the shorter shocks. Right now I'm using a Level 3 RC servo mount. I also did a ghetto rear steering lockout (temporary) but that will be ditched once I set up 4 wheel steering. Fun little truck.
Posted by road_rascal | Nov 08, 2012 @ 02:09 PM | 4,184 Views
Went flying in the Mall of America Field (Metrodome) this morning for a few hours. Nice that and the folks at the dome let us fly there. Shot some video with my Slow Stick with a GoPro on board and took a quick video of my Champ doing lazy circles. Go Viking!

Flying at the Mall of America Field/ Metrodome (3 min 21 sec)

I then took my dog for a walk at the local park and brought along my Axial Ridgecrest for a drive. Yup, a great day playing with the RC toys!
Posted by road_rascal | Jul 29, 2012 @ 11:05 AM | 4,489 Views
Have a blast (again) this year at the WATTS over Owatonna all electric event. Lots of great food, people and planes. If you've never been there check it out again next year- you won't be disappointed! Here's a short video I took with my Sky Surfer and GoPro Saturday morning (I messed up and put Sunday on the title- it was late) and a couple still photos I shot high up over the field. I really appreciate all the people who helped make this event a memorable one- especially the Johnson's, all the vendors and the AMA reps. Looking forward to next years event!

WATTS 2012 (3 min 29 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Jun 03, 2012 @ 12:58 PM | 4,930 Views
Took my Sky Surfer with the GoPro Hero2 down to Soldiers Memorial Park in Red Wing, MN on June 1, 2012 for some aerial photos/ videos. This park is situated on a large hill/ bluff overlooking the town and the Mississippi River. Barn Bluff is northeast of the park (in the background) and I'm going to fly there eventually.

Sky Surfer over Red Wing, MN (4 min 29 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Jun 01, 2012 @ 12:09 AM | 5,061 Views
Small collection of some still photos with the GoPro Hero2.
Posted by road_rascal | May 30, 2012 @ 12:22 PM | 5,020 Views
The maiden went well. The plane carries the weight nicely and it handles great. Not a real speed demon, maybe low 70's, but it looks good (scale speeds?) I flew 2 batteries for 6 minutes each, and came down with about 3.87 left in each cell. The only problem is taking off and landing on grass- it really likes to nose over. It needs a lot of up elevator on take off and even with full up touching down it still noses over. A paved runway would be fine however. The grass at the field I flew at is short, but very thick, and still somewhat mushy from all the rain we've had. I was the only one there so no video .
Posted by road_rascal | May 27, 2012 @ 10:21 PM | 5,127 Views
Recently finished assembling my DeNight Special after working off and on it for a few months now. Haven't flown it yet but I hope to sometime this week. Here's the run down of the gear used:

E-Flite Power 52
Castle Creations 10A BEC
2S1000 20c Flightmax lipo for rx/servo power
4 Blue Bird BMS 621MG servos
Enerland 5S4400 25c lipo
Spektrum AR6200 with sat RX
Xoar 13x8 electric wood prop
E-Flite 2.5" aluminum spinner

The watt meter shows 905w at 50A with a half charged lipo (4v per cell). I'm hoping that's enough power. I haven't weighed it yet- I'll do that tomorrow when I find my scale. E-Flite specs the motor at 65A continuous and shows a prop range on 5S of 13x8-15x7 so I could prop up if I have to. I added a few other 'effects' to this plane (saw the same thing on another forum). I painted the interior and put screens on the cowl air inlets. I may fabricate a cockpit with an instrument panel too.

UPDATE: The AUW is 122.7 oz or 7.67 lbs; way more than I thought. This means I have a wing loading of 28.2 oz/square foot and a wing cube loading of 13.5. I was hoping for 7lbs or under. Even with 900w (Castle prop calc shows over 1000w with a fully charged lipo) it still should fly OK. Weather looks good on Wednesday so I'll plan on a maiden then. I'll report back after that.
Posted by road_rascal | May 12, 2012 @ 10:22 PM | 5,233 Views
After owning the Traxxas Slash 2wd short course trucks for a while I decided to try something different. Rock crawling looked like fun so I bought the new Axial Ridgecrest a couple weeks ago. I'm liking it so far. I also put on Axial beadlocks, an STRC steering kit (fits the Wraith also), installed an 18 tooth pinion (a little slower on top speed but a bit more torque) and put an LED lightbar on the roof.

Axial Ridgecrest first run (1 min 40 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Apr 12, 2012 @ 06:59 PM | 5,076 Views
Short video of the Sky Surfer and GoPro shot at 720p, 60 frames a second. I slowed one portion down to half and quarter speed. I really like this camera.

Sky Surfer and GoPro testing (1 min 53 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Apr 09, 2012 @ 02:55 PM | 5,394 Views
I built my third Sky Surfer (Version 2) to carry around a GoPro Hero2 HD camera. This time I added flaps, although it normally doesn't need them they work great for the smaller landing zones. I used a HeadsUpRC 2200kv inrunner (which is now discontinued), a 30A Dynam ESC, 6x5 EMP prop and a 3s2200mAh lipo. The watt meter shows around 200w at 17A. More than enough power. Oh, I used the GWS motor mount method that's outlined in the Sky Surfer thread on the Banana Hobby forum. I installed a carbon fiber rod in the tail section and put a solid carbon rod inside the stock hollow wing tube- plenty stiff. I also cut in a few cooling holes and used scoops from Park Flyer Plastics, but since the camera pod is open that probably wasn't necessary. All up weight is just a touch over 37 ounces. I used Dubro 1/2A control horns for all the surfaces. The wings are temporarily held together with double sided carpet tape on the edges where they join. I'll use 3M dual lock whenever I get around to making a hardware store run. I bought a camera pod from Ready Made RC and ordered one without the pan/tilt module- so it's basically just a camera plate/pod. I wasn't comfortable in just using the magnets to secure the pod to the fuse so I cut 1" pieces of 7/32" aluminum tubing and glued those inside the fuse inline with the holes in the camera plate. I then cut 1.25" of 3/16 tubing to secure the plate to the fuse (photos explain it better). Now I'm not worried about losing the camera pod in flight. I've only flown it twice in 10-15mph winds and the plane handles great. Once the winds die down (now gusting to 33mph) I'll take some videos and photos of the local flying field.
Posted by road_rascal | Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:57 PM | 5,185 Views
I gave this plane (kit) to a friend of mine a couple years ago. He decided to build it and put a high kv motor in it (HeadsUpRC 400 Zoom 2200kv). As you can see, it scoots along pretty well. No ailerons but he did enlarge the rudder a bit.

Hobby People Super Lightning super fast! (2 min 22 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Dec 13, 2011 @ 11:53 PM | 5,498 Views
MARCEE was able to get spots at the Metrodome for indoor flying this December so I loaded up the car with planes and got there around 6AM. I've never flown in a huge indoor area before and it was a lot of fun. The video didn't turn out as good as I thought (using a FlyCamOne HD) and my Slow Stick was having trim issues. When I go back again next week I'll try and get better footage.

Slow Stick indoors at the Metrodome (2 min 56 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Dec 03, 2011 @ 03:40 PM | 6,715 Views
I bought a Slash 2wd VXL a few months ago and have been having a blast bashing it around. Now that the snow is falling I made some tire chains for driving in the snow. There's quite a few good videos on how to do this on Youtube. One 20' package of #16 chain was plenty to do 2 tires. I may even have enough left over to do at least one or possibly two more. 18 links on the inside and outside, and 4 links per ladder (12 ladders) for a total of 84 links per tire. Pretty easy to make and it took around an hour and a half. They work fantastic in the snow. Speaking of snow, I have to go and mount the floats on my Supercub for more winter fun!
Posted by road_rascal | Nov 03, 2011 @ 01:07 PM | 6,061 Views
I wanted to see what I can wring out of my current Escapade 40 setup using my GPS logger. The plane is equipped with a Scorpion SII 3026-890kv motor, Castle Phoenix 80, 4s4000mAh 40c Sky lipos from Hobbypartz and a Xoar 11x7 electric wood prop. It hit 98mph in a shallow dive and around 86-89mph during fairly level flight. Running full throttle I get around 4 minutes before the LVC starts pulsing the motor. I can get around 8 safe minutes just cruising around. Really happy with this setup.
Posted by road_rascal | Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:14 PM | 6,569 Views
I decided that I finally needed to put the FlyCamOne HD through it's paces and mounted it on the Blaze's canopy. It was a bit breezy when the video was taken so it's shaky. My stick bashing probably contributed too. Hope you don't get a headache watching it. For some reason Youtube shows the video available at 1080P which is strange as the FCO HD shoots in 720P (watch in 720). Windows Live Movie Maker (Win7) was used so I have no idea what the settings were.

ST Models Blaze (5 min 27 sec)

Posted by road_rascal | Feb 28, 2011 @ 03:07 PM | 7,128 Views
A few more photos with the FCOHD mounted on a different Sky Surfer. This Sky Surfer has added CF rods in the wings and H-stab and a 230W brushless motor running on a 4S2200mAh lipo. A bit heavier than the stock SS at 29.7oz but it flies like a dream. Handles wind great and I actually caught a thermal or 2 today.
Posted by road_rascal | Feb 17, 2011 @ 11:08 AM | 7,445 Views
I took a few more aerial photos with the FCO-HD camera strapped to my Sky Surfer. Gives an idea of what suburban Minnesota looks like in the winter. I'm pretty happy with this camera. It's light enough that just about any plane would be able to carry it (Vapors and Champs need not apply). These photos have been post-processed a bit using Digital Image Suite.
Posted by road_rascal | Dec 19, 2010 @ 07:34 PM | 7,765 Views
Went out today and flew the new Super Cub with floats and watched my buddy and his lipo-brushless 'Power Sled' perform some not to graceful jumps over the snowbanks. Here's a quick video compilation of the more 'spectacular' jumps and landings.

Power sled jump compilation (0 min 54 sec)