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Posted by turbinefancy | Aug 24, 2013 @ 03:13 AM | 2,572 Views
The Flyzone Millennium Master is the best flying plane I have ever flown in the 40" span size with a 3s setup. Just change the stock prop to APC e 10x7, and it is fast, precise, maneuverable, climbs unlimited, and least effected by wind in this weight and size class. A small pattern plane with scale looks. Most impressively, it does sustained knife edge (with C.G. at aft limit) without noticeable coupling. I have never seen this before with a low wing plane sans-mixing. I guess the distinctive anhedral on its horizontal stab isn't just for looks after all.

PZ T-28 is the goto low wing trainer/practice plane/racer for many people. But with similar power specs, the Flyzone MM out performs the T-28 in every aspect by a wide margin. Additionally, the MM cuts through strong winds with aplomb and stays planted once on the ground. Whereas the T-28 weather vanes much more readily and easily flips while turning downwind during ground taxi. I especially enjoy practicing (& greasing) precision touch and goes with the MM, when heavy crosswinds deter most club members from flying. I think PZ T-28 owners would let their T-28 collect dust, after one flight with the MM.

The MM is by far the best plane ever bought for $100.

Ps. The stock prop performance is lethargic. I believe the lack of performance with the stock prop is why the MM isn't more popular (often on sale). Change the prop and its like a completely different plane. Pick one from below to suit your preference.

Thanks to DBC, who collected the following data:
Here's measured and calculated data. Stock power system:
...................Watts..Amps..RPM..Pitch Speed (mph)..Thrust (gr).
Stock prop....289.. 24.3..... 9330..... 40.........................933
APC 9x6sf....330.. 27.8..... 9010..... 50........................1331
APC 9x7.5e..310.. 26.0..... 9220..... 64........................1018
APC 10x7e...312.. 26.7..... 8910...... 58.......................1263
Posted by turbinefancy | Aug 22, 2013 @ 07:42 PM | 2,064 Views
Gotta love this newest addition to my Hangar. Sleek, sexy and my first plane with 6s setup. The PC-21 draws graceful lines in the sky. I have been practicing scale maneuvers like the Pilatus demonstration flights at air shows. I am also using this as a pattern plane to practice NSRCA Masters pattern. Just now getting used to the half clover - 1 sequence. Seems much more complicated than the Advanced patterns. Need more practice, more 6s bats and an icharger.....

11/3/2013
An impromptu video of a very enjoyable flight in challenging conditions: strong cross wind, sun in the face during climb to the left, heavy vehicle traffic off departure end, and short runway (used up all available length on landing), and "demanding" audience. Ha!
PC-21 at OCRCC by Robert (7 min 37 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jan 30, 2012 @ 02:17 AM | 3,704 Views
Fell for the cute triplane again. Got wifey's approval by convincing her that it's snoopy's ride. So I need to eventually change the pilot to snoopy.

I had the smaller 37" electrifly version which taught me to respect the ground handling trickiness of the Dr. 1. Hopefully with the 60" WS and 8.2 lbs, it will sway slow enough for me to react with rudder in time to prevent the wing tipping and nose overs. If not, I hope it survives long enough for me to put in a directional gyro to assist.
Posted by turbinefancy | Jan 30, 2012 @ 01:39 AM | 3,259 Views
All trimmed out and 50+ flights later, without a scratch (except on the wing tip protectors). Flies precision like a dream and with semi-scale looks to boot! I like this one better than the FMS Mustang.
Posted by turbinefancy | Feb 07, 2011 @ 04:07 AM | 3,074 Views
Though this plane is a ARF, it took me a long time to assemble and adjust. I spend days to dynamically balance the stock spinner; also had to route the spinner back plate to lessen the gap between cowl and spinner and allow use of two blade prop.

Other improvements include:
Upgraded ESC to Turnigy Plush 60AMP - stock one popped at WOT
Cut cooling air exit hole behind radiator scoop
Shimmed landing gear for forward rake and adjust gear doors
Shimmed Motor mount for more downward thrust line
Bent rudder push rod to reduce binding
Loc-Tite all motor screws and re-tighten
Gorilla glued the firewall to foam bulkhead - reduced motor wiggle
Painted cowl to match yellow trim color - stock was to dark
Painted 4 blade prop tips yellow - stock used stickers
Reinforced all control surface hinges with tape
Glazed all edges with heavy duty clear tape for dent resistence and make plane glisten in flight
Taped wing joints at bottom for strength and also covered all under wing cavities for lower drag
Polished canopy with rubbing alcohol for better clarity and sharper definition of frame
Gave "Goofy" the pilot a make over, now he has bigger eyes, strong eyebrows, and goatee beard
Using APC 13x10 Prop for longer flight time and faster top speed


This P-51D Marie flies like a pattern plane now.
Posted by turbinefancy | Feb 02, 2011 @ 02:32 AM | 3,119 Views
This past year and half have been fun. I had not flown an RC model for 20 years but the PZ Corsair, with its gentle flying characteristic quickly rebuilt my skills and rekindle my love for RC flight. With an upgraded motor, my corsair excels at sportsman aerobatics. After 300+ flight, including 2 incidents of lost/delayed radio control, the plane still has not broken any foam parts and is still my favorite warm-up plane. The addiction grows....

FMS Skytrainer 182 - to teach my kid and dad how to fly.

Rob Smith Esport 10 - inexpensive classic pattern plane charm, tracks like an arrow, even survived a torn off motor/firewall in flight with only torn landing gear

3DHS Vyper - a hybird to try my hand at 3D while retaining some look and feel of pattern flying

Starmax F/A 18 - my EDF trainer and a good one at that, no longer in my hangar.

Unique Model Tech T-50 - sweet looking EDF jet with robust electric servoless retracts and sprung gear doors and electric raising canopy/cockpit as battery hatch, a little slow but very stable.

GP ElectriFly Fokker Dr1 - great looker, I have honed my rudder skills on the Corsair and wanted to continue challenge myself to practice on a hard to land model. Still not quite there yet.

FMS P-51 - Mustang is my all time favorite warbird and this is my first RC model. It's now tuned to fly like a pattern plane and can draw 300 ft wide loops with ease. Looks awesome!