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Posted by aeronaught | Mar 19, 2014 @ 01:42 PM | 1,524 Views
A new hobby shop called RVA Hobbies had opened very close to where I live here in Central, VA. I procrastinated for quite a while but I decided to have a look today. They cater to car, plane and heli enthusiasts but seem to concentrate more along the car hobby as they have 4 tracks there and a decent assortment of R/C cars and parts. Though they do in fact have a respectable assortment of accouterments for pilots they did not have much in stock in the lines of kit and ARF planes but do have a few RTF, BNF and PNP planes. Their prices are very reasonable. Carl, the manager was working there at the time was very helpful, outgoing and friendly. There was another person there who seemed to be just hanging out that was a hoot to talk to. Needless to say when a person such as me walks into a candy store like that they don't leave empty handed. My PZ T-28D has at least 5 years worth of heavy usage and is looking pretty haggard. Though they didn't have the D in stock I opted for a PNP Navy version. I intend to gut my old T-28D and use the electronics in a PZ F4F replacement airframe. So for the price of about 1 and 1/4 of a plane or so I'll have two new planes give or take a few bucks. I know the F4F has an 18 amp ESC and smaller prop. But I'll stick the 30 amp in it and use the same prop as the t-28 and see how she flys. I'm speculating that the Wildcat should be a rocket with this combo. Stay tuned to see how that turns out. I'll be ordering the PZ F4F airframe today from Amazon. Can't wait to see how she flys!

Cheers!

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Feb 07, 2014 @ 08:44 AM | 1,656 Views
I found Syma S107's an a popular online retailer's website for ~$19 and grabbed two. They arrived yesterday. I quickly looked them over being that I've read that the earth is contaminated with fakes. They are both packed in what appear to be authentic Syma packaging. Both boxes say Syma S107G but one box is missing the UPC label.The two heli's are marked differently. One looks exactly as displayed on the website. The other is marked S107G on the canopy and also has a URL printed on the windscreen. The canopies, accents, markings and vertical stabs are both different. I found a website to help you determine fakes but it is a bit aged and seems no longer maintained. They both have authentic looking motors, wires, blades etc. . I was only able to make a cursory inspection being that I am traveling but I do have them with me so I can look into this more. The heli's did have over 1200 good reviews but there were a couple reviews that vendor unwittingly sold fakes. They did make good on rectifying the matter so my only concern would be postage and time. I wish I had noticed those reviews before I made my purchase.

If anyone may any new info on this matter please feel free to chime in. I'll add to this post when I've finished my inspection/investigation.

Cheers!!

Dave

Edit: There isn't a URL on the windscreen it says "3D Full Function Helicopter". I didn't have my reading glasses on. duh!
Posted by aeronaught | Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | 2,069 Views
It's been quite a long time since I've been around here on RCG. As life is a journey that takes it's many turns my interests have changed along the way. One thing that has remained constant is my love for this hobby. Though I haven't been active I still maintain a strong interest. I get occasional emails from venders that I've purchased from in the past. I get catalogs and flyers via snail mail from the same. When I flip through the pages I still get those feelings and pangs from the sight of a beauty that catches my eye. Those who are familiar with our hobby know what I'm referring to. There's just something about that look, design and the colorful images of those planes that we are drawn to that invoke certain feelings inside us.. And in my mind I tell myself I've got to get some batteries charged and get back out in the field. I SO miss hitting the field with my trusty PZ T-28D and the thrill I get from flying her. And my Super Sportster RxR that has brought me so much joy.

I've been lazy. I am blessed to have more than enough time to do as I wish. I've put the hobby on the back burner and taken up other interests. But those interests do not give me the same satisfaction that flying my planes does by any means. I've got that itch again and I cannot ignore it. As I wrote above I miss flying and the comradery I had here on RCG just as much. I miss my old buddies here that I've lost contact with due to my distractions.

I used to use reset3x as my moniker. I changed it to...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Mar 22, 2012 @ 07:45 AM | 3,039 Views
All of my micros are just sitting on a shelf in our spare room. All of those Air hogs Aero Aces, F-/A-18's, Silverlit Singlewings, My Dizzy Space, and an assortment of other goodies are sleeping their lives away. My wife tells me I should sell them to get money to cover the expenses of things I've destroyed and repaired or by something new. And it IS a shame that they are sitting there doing nothing when someone could be enjoying them. I posted in the classifieds to see what some of these items may be worth. Got a couple of somewhat useful suggestions and one wise ass remark which I deleted.. I had no idea what to ask for these things. I know that the Aero Aces must be worth something being that they are out of production and IMHO THE most fun flyers AH made. So I'll be doing some instigating. I'm not looking to get rich from these things but I'd like to at least get what they are actually worth..... Cuz I want more stuff!! I WANT another Rare Bear. I want a CG machine. I want to put a 10 in my T-28D... But I'm on a fixed income and the $ has to come from somewhere other than our budget. So hopefully Ill get the value thing hammered out and get those gems posted. It would bring me great joy to know that someone is having fun with one of those planes instead of them sitting there aging like cheese.... Errrr... I mean a fine wine.. <cheese is a terrible example.>...
Posted by aeronaught | Mar 15, 2012 @ 09:00 AM | 3,324 Views
Finally got my maiden in yesterday. Conditions were perfect. Just a slight breeze. I flew her stock with a Turnigy 1300 3S 40C LiPo. With this battery all the way forward in the tray she's spot on CG. She took right off in a few feet. And tracked straight as an arrow. No bad tendencies or silliness to contend with. She does fly a lot like my PZ T-28D but with a little less power. I also tested her with a Turnigy 850mah 3S 40C nano-tech LiPo. I set the battery more towards the rear which was a bad idea. She went tail heavy and was quite a challenge to land. So what I've found is that if I shove those batteries as far up front as I can she flys just super. I found an extra "clevis/rod lock" from a pushrod set I had to use on the elevator pushrod being that my kit didn't come with one. I didn't get a Velcro strap either. So I'll be contacting Great Planes about that. All in all it was a great experience! I love the way she handles. And I brought her home the same way took her to the field. In one piece. THAT"S always a good thing. After I have a few flights on her I'll be looking for speed. Not a rocket but at least as fast if not faster than my PZ T-28D. I'll be perusing this thread to see what you guys are doing. And frankly I can't understand why this thread isn't larger. For the price and what you get this plane is a bargain! And she flys SO nice!!

So for now I'll leave her stock and enjoy having something to fly. But I'm chomping at the bit to soup this puppy up and get some speed out of her!!

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Mar 14, 2012 @ 08:19 AM | 3,094 Views
A lot has happened since I've las written in my blog. I had a few good flights with my Rare Bear until I yard darted it into the ground and into an irreparable state. My HF P-51 was doing quite well also and anded up in the junkpile. My PZ T-28 is still hanging in there doing quite well. I love that plane!! No matter what I do to her she gets right back up, brushes herself off and keeps on flying. Next to my MSC she's one of the oldest in my fleet. Going on 3 or so years now. And of course my PZ UM T-28 and P-51's. They are such a hoot to fly!! But unfortunately they aren't much fun in a lot of wind. And I can fly my T-28 in a LOT of wind. During a recent visit to SC to see my Mom I couldnt help but notice the Great Planes Super Sportster RxR sitting on the shelf there. After my third tip to the HS for some trinkets I needed I walked out with that plane. I've been waiting for some calm weather to maiden her. I'm SO STOKED about this plane! I'm hoping she'll fly like I've seen and read.

It looks like spring has sprung here just west of Richmond. There's buds on the tree. Flowers are beginning to bloom or peek through the grass. The weather yesterday, windy but warm. Today is supposed to be in the 80's. The days are lasting longer. And it feels like you get more done in a day.

So right now I'm just waiting for that perfect moment to launch the Sportster. In the mean time there's hiking, and mountain biking to be enjoyed as well.

Cheers!

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Dec 26, 2011 @ 12:24 PM | 3,812 Views
I took a chance last night and converted the stock ESC in my HF P-51 to use a 3S LiPo. I know I'm taking my chances of frying the ESC or motor and hosing a LiPo being that there's no LVC. The power and motor arming switches were also removed.

I took the plane out for a whirl today and she performed better than I expected. Going from a 600mah 8.4V NiMh to a 1300mah 11.1 volt LiPo along with a faster C rating perked her right up!! She hauls along at a pretty good clip now!! I timed my flight to 5 minutes to ensure I didn't run the battery down too far. When I put her back on the charger when I came home the voltage was still way above 9 volts. So I know I'm good for about 7+ minutes.

The plane was much more responsive and flew with much more authority. Rolls and loops were much better with that extra power.

My next move is to see how far I can push that battery to last without running it flat.

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Dec 26, 2011 @ 12:08 PM | 3,712 Views
Well, it appears that I got this beauty pretty much figured out. It was my launch technique and elevator trim that took my joy. She torque rolls hard to the left when you launch her so you need to be prepared for that. She seems to climb out fine at 1/2 to 2/3rds throttle and launching her about a 45 degree angle also helps with getting her out a ways for you to get your hands back on the gimbles and take control. Originally I had the elevator adjusted incorrectly. I had to trim with my TX with elevator maxed full up. I managed to get the control rod adjusted by disconnecting it from the servo and giving the rod a few turns to give her up elevator. Now the elevator trim on my TX is neutral. Same goes with the ailerons. I'm flying with a DX5e. I don't have the resources to buy anything better right now. So I have no control over exponential. The plane is pretty twitchy when I use the ailerons but the elevator seems to be just fine. It's a matter of getting a feel for the plane and how she reacts to input.

This plane is amazing!! Now I know what all of the buzz is about!! This thing is SO fast it's INSANE!! I fly at a pretty good size sport facility and that feels like flying in a shoebox. I counted off about 3.5 seconds from end to end at WOT. It's exhilarating to fly something so fast!! My knees were knocking just like they used to when I first stared flying. I need to look into a prop saver. I went through two props belly landing this thing. And another shocker is how far...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Dec 25, 2011 @ 09:20 AM | 3,601 Views
Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Dec 18, 2011 @ 04:56 PM | 3,420 Views
Was a flop. She flew out about 10 -12 feel and did a nose plant into the ground. I broke off the right wing at the root and snapped a blade off of the prop. I thought my CG was dead on. After checking again it appears the the stock battery should be as far back in the compartment as possible. I had mine about mid-way to have her a wee bit nose heavy like I've read in some of the posts in the Rare Bear thread. Everything is back together and she looks as good as new accept that some of the decal/paint job was a tad messed up. No biggie because I plan to paint her bright yellow with black accents for better visibility. My plane that I ordered from Banana Hobby had no spare prop. I've discovered that finding a replacement prop is pretty difficult. I managed to locate some APC 5.5x4.5 E's at Tower Hobby. I ordered 6 of them. Better to be on the side of caution. I picked up some props at my LHS only to discover when I got home that they are pusher props. I went to Hobbytown USA today to see if I could find a couple of props to get her in the air while I'm waiting for my order. The closest they had were 6x5'E's. (not pusher... i made good and sure... ) I've been SO stoked about this plane!! I want some of that action!! I intend to just get her to fly decent and have her trimmed nice before I go all out with her. Once I get her flying decent and feel comfortable I'll try some WOT fun. If that goes well I'll move on to 4S. I was fortunate to get a decent ESC with a nice heat sink...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Dec 13, 2011 @ 11:53 AM | 3,341 Views
I changed my name on RCGroups.com from reset3x to "aeronaught" today. reset3x is a pseudonym I use on PC/OS/PC Hardware related sites. When I joined RCG a few years ago I used it without thinking that it has absolutely nothing to do with this hobby. It occurred to me the other day that this was wrong... So I came up with "aeronaught". Is' a play on words. There is the actual AERONAUT: one who operates or travels in an airship or balloon. And the combination I chose which is AERO: of or relating to aircraft or aeronautics and NAUGHT: Nonexistence... a play on Aeronaut. In other words someone who can't fly... Just a fun play on worlds that keeps my ego in check.... I'm by no means a pro but on the other hand I'm by no means a newb.

So I hope this reaches the friends on my list if they're a glutton for punishment and subscribed to my blog. Or I'll go ahead and Write them individually.

Now off to the daunting task of editing the signature on 1900+ posts from Reset to aeronaught... Ughh....

Its' all good!!

Reset... I mean aeronaught...
Posted by aeronaught | Dec 12, 2011 @ 11:46 AM | 3,420 Views
It took me long enough but Rare Bear is assembled and almost ready for maiden. I'm so excited about this plane. I've been so content flying my PZ UM T-28 and P-51 lately but this baby should really shake things up a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing what all of the excitement is about. The only thing holding me back right now is that I'm not too confident about the CG of this plane. I've used the marks that are molded into the wings and moved the battery(s) back and forth until I can get her to balance. The weird thing is that when I install a 1300 Mah battery the location for the CG to be correct is the same when I install an 850Mah. Weird huh? I would suppose that the 1300 would be a little aft of the 850. So I'm off to scour the Rare Bear threads and see what's what......

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Nov 16, 2011 @ 12:10 PM | 3,941 Views
My Rare Bear arrived yesterday. I'm SO stoked about this plane!! I'll be doing the assembly today and if all goes well I'll do a maiden tomorrow or Friday. Depends on the weather. I'll be posting some pix and Hopefully a video of the maiden.


Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Nov 08, 2011 @ 08:34 AM | 3,764 Views
I ordered a Rarebear from Banana Hobby yesterday. I got the "RTF" version. It comes with a 850 Mah 3S LiPo and it will take up to 4S, I have a pair of Turnigy 1300mah 25C 3S LiPo's to try in it. I and SO psyched about this plane!! 80+ MPH out of the box. That's INSANE!!

I've had quite the love affair with my PZ UM T-28 for the past few months. The Rarebear should be amazing! I like the size of it. I rarely fly my full size T-28D because of it's size. These "pocket rockets" they're producing brings something very attractive to the hobby. Small, lightweight and FAST. I believe I can be content with a couple of UM's and a couple of these pocket rockets as my fleet. The other stuff could go. I love my full sized T-28D but she sits there collecting dust because it's just so convenient to grab my UM T-28 and just go fly. I envisage the same with the Rarebear and it's cousins.

I have quite a bit of gear just collecting dust. Quite a few NIB RTF "toys" sitting in the closet that I could get rid of to finance another pocket rocket. This will be my path. I'll be posting my dusty collection of NIB planes and go for another new pocket rocket. I'd love one of those new Sky Angel Sea Fury's or Sky Raiders.

I'll be posting another blog entry when Rarebear arrives. (Which should be sometime next week.)

Dave
Posted by aeronaught | Sep 30, 2011 @ 05:53 PM | 3,825 Views
I've been taking advantage of the good weather we've had the past three or four days to get some flying in. I've figured out one of my Mini Super Cub's malfunction which was a grimy gearbox and a motor that's beginning to go south on me. She does fly but she's as slow a molasses. Being my second MSC and going on ~3 years. A new motor is in order for this particular Cub. I'm thinking maybe an outrunner set-up for her. My girlfriend managed to pile drive her nose first into the ground from about 30 feet up at full tilt before I could get the TX from her. And believe it or not the plane survived with only a missing spinner!! Not a mark, crack or blemish!! Thank God the grass was a little high!!! My newer MSC is flying terrific with a GWS 8060 prop. A noticeable improvement with that set-up!! Nice loops, wing-overs and rudder-rolls!! I had my full sized Parkzone T-28D out for a few flights and just enjoyed all that power I'd forgotten about. How nice to do some loops, rolls, wing-overs, inverted and so on. Next to my UM she's my fave. The D is certainly a hoot to fly!! I'd like to get a camera for it. I had my Harbor Freight P-51 out. Right now she's back in stock form. After having no luck with the outrunner and LiPo conversion I put her back together with her original gear. The plane is a snail but still fun to fly. She will do just about all that I want from her but with little verve. I only have two stock 600mah NiMh packs so I don't get much time on that plane. I have to...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Sep 24, 2011 @ 02:33 PM | 3,616 Views
Just skimmed through the X-Twin, Aero Ace mod threads doing some reminiscing.. I forgot about most of the the cool stuff we did. It was a great time for me when I got into modding AA's. What an exciting time that was!! Mixing and matching guts with different airframes and seeing what you would get. Building home made Micro Ultimates. Downloading and building just about everything I could get my hands on from the Aero Ace Toolbox. I was on quite a roll there for a while!!

It's been quite a long time since I've built anything. I have a half dozen or so unfinished projects as you can tell from my blog. Free time is precious. Recently most of my free time has been absorbed flying my UM T-28. That was rendered inoperable yesterday(See previous entry.)so I have some time available now to do some building or modding.

My girlfriend grabbed me a couple of Estes foam rubber powered planes at Hobby Lobby a few days ago. I'm in the process of doing one up now. I'm in the decision mode trying to decide whether to go with AA, F-18 or Singlewing guts for this build. It's tough to render a perfectly good plane to the bone yard for the need of parts. I have two NIB Singlewings, two Air Hogs F-18's (one yellow, one gray), two AA Sports and a bipe to choose from. The bipe is off limits - PERIOD! One of the two Sports is the newer 100 foot range models but the Sport is my fave of all AA's. The F-18's are great too. The ZTT and power they have is awesome. I know I can still get Singlewings but they are through the roof expensive now. ~ $40 the last I located them. At any rate I will build something. I've definitely got that itch!!

So, while I Sharpie my plane I'll ponder this. I'll deduct which plane will be the one to offer up it's parts for this project. Decisions, decisions.... It's all good!!

Now, back to the bench!!

Reset
Posted by aeronaught | Sep 23, 2011 @ 10:41 PM | 5,754 Views
It's been one of those weeks where things I cherish just seem to implode, fall apart or vaporize. I seem to have been infected with the "Reverse Midas Touch" where everything I touch turns to <four letter expletive> instead of gold. First was my PC with a bad stick of RAM giving me segfaults just about every time I was doing something important. Leaving me troubleshooting scratching my head until I finally ran a memory test. THE last thing I thought could be the problem being that I have "the best' RAM that one could purchase installed in my own creation of a PC. Then one of my laptops also wound up having a bad stick of RAM leaving me with a botched Windows 7 install. Then that laptop's power supply had a lead go bad while I was flashing my Android tablet which powered down and in turn lead to another debacle with me having to Dremmel open a sealed charger and solder the wires back together and then un-brick my tablet. My Mini Super Cub seems to have developed a fear of flying which I am in the middle of investigating. I gave myself a shiner today when the door to our Escape whipped back at me popped me in the cheek below my right eye. There are other things which I am too embarrassed to mention. Then the final straw came this afternoon while I was doing the simplest of things. But as it would turn out it would be "The one that brought me to my knees"...

Recently most of my free time has been absorbed in flying my Parkzone UM T-28. I love...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Aug 06, 2011 @ 10:06 AM | 4,149 Views
It's been quite a while since I've posted. Just wanted to pop in a let my friends here know that I'm still alive and kickin'. Life has been good for me these past few months. My wonderful girl and I took a 28 day cross country trip this past June/July. We live in Central Virgina. Our journey took us through 23 states and to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, Grand Canyon, Gila Cliff Dwellings, White Sands National Monument, Eureka Springs - Arkansas, The Ozarks, The Smoky Mountains - Tennessee & North Carolina, Paris Mountain State Park - South Carolina. We did and experienced SO many cool things! Hiking and mountain biking when we could. Each destination and everything in between was absolutely awesome! SO many sites to see. We camped in our tent the whole trip except for Yellowstone being that the campsites were still under 2 to 3 feet of snow!! June 16th and still snow in Canyon Village at Yellowstone!! . Our Ford Escape was packed to the gills including a roof box. We did it pretty cheap. Our major expense being gas. Our trek took us over 7400 miles! It was the trip of a lifetime and having my best friend and the love of my life with me made it super special! I have to say that if you ever have the opportunity to do something like this you should jump at it! We're still feeling the effects of the great time we had and have many, many memories to share.

Returning to regulation life was quite a jolt to the system. Bills, house and...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Feb 26, 2011 @ 05:41 PM | 5,088 Views
Just getting started building an Ultrafly Furious-3D kit that I purchased from one of our members here at RCG. There were a few dings and dents that occurred during shipping that need to be repaired before I begin. Nothing that can't be fixed but there IS one major blemish on the canopy that needs tending to or I'll have a hole smack dab in the middle of the windscreen. I've started by sanding to get rid of the mold marks, pimples and a couple of scratches and dents from the push rods that got pressed against one half of the fuse in transit. For what I paid for the plane and how fast I got it I have no complaints whatsoever!

I've glanced over Jim Walker's Ultrafly Furious and Outrage 3D Biplanes Review posted here on RCG before getting started. I've also viewed a few videos of the plane and I'm pretty impressed with it. I can't wait to get this baby in the air!!

I'll be doing this build in increments. There are still components that need to be purchased and being on a tight budget I'll have to be patient and buy what I need as my resources come in.

I will need to purchase all of the electronics except the receiver. So that means motor, servos, servo extensions, ESC and some props. I believe I can get by with a couple of LiPos I already possess.

In the mean time I'll get the fuse halves ready. Paint the canopy, apply the decals and do any sub-assemblies I can before having to cement the fuse halves together to enclose the ESC and install the servos and wires.

One...Continue Reading
Posted by aeronaught | Feb 25, 2011 @ 07:03 PM | 8,020 Views
I've completed my Harbor Freight P-51 Brushless Outrunner and LiPo Conversion. I followed modlfy's current configuration. I purchased and used the following parts from Hobby King:

GWS EP Propeller (DD-1060 254x152mm) (6pcs/s

Hobbyking SS Series 25-30A ESC

Turnigy 1300mAh 3S 30C Lipo Pack

TowerPro Brushless Outrunner 2410-08T 890kv

I also added a steerable tail wheel using a HobbyZone Mini Super Cub tail wheel. (P/N: HBZ4817)

Turns out that as of right now I'm unable to use the props I ordered because of the size of the prop shaft. I tried using some electricians tape to enlarge the diameter of the shaft but it produces a vibration that kills the motor at WOT. So for now I'll be using the stock HF P-51 prop. I also have some GWS 8x6 props that I may try with it. I'd really like to get that 10 inch to work but it looks like I would need a prop adapter and that would mean doing without the spinner that comes with the plane. That spinner looks great on it and I'd hate to have to go without it. But if push comes to shove I'll buy an adapter with the small aluminum spinner on it or some other solution if I can find one.

While I was at it I decided to add a little detail by painting the exhausts and the machine guns with Testors flat black enamel. The tail wheel hub was painted silver with a Sharpie.

The tail wheel was affixed to the rudder by making a slit at the bottom with an Xacto knife and enlarging the hole with a bamboo skewer to allow me to stretch the hole enough...Continue Reading