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Posted by DqP | Mar 07, 2011 @ 09:57 PM | 2,962 Views
I saw a lot of photos of FL Jets 2011 posted of parked planes. Thread was closed so i couldn't post mine up. So, here's a select few of my collection of flight photos....Continue Reading
Posted by DqP | Aug 23, 2010 @ 09:35 AM | 3,451 Views
This past Saturday was an especially scorching hot one. With only a couple of hours bearable, I was called by my friend Pablo to come witness the maiden flight of his latest project, the SR-71 Twin EVF2.

Packing up my stuff, I ventured out with my HD cam to capture the maiden flight of this incredible plane.

I've always been a fan of the SR-71 however, from reading the groups, it didnt seem like too many people were able to get one of this smoothly off the ground and comfortably in the air. Even more so, to have this thing fly on two Electric fans and 12S batteries was probably quite a feat.

Well, my mind was complete changed when i saw this baby take off like it was weightless or hovering on ion engines. All I can say is WOW! It was so fast i thought i heard sonic boom!

Actually, the sound of those Twin EVF2's were amazing. It sounded like the Millennium Falcon cruising by. I don't know if this thing could do the Kessel run in 12 parsecs but seeing such a big mass whizzing by with such stableness tied to a pair of 1/4" gimbles was such an amazing spectacle.

Posted on the plane's thread a couple of days ago, I wanted to also add it to my Blog.

SR-71 - Twin EVF2 - RC - Maiden Flight (5 min 29 sec)

Posted by DqP | Aug 09, 2010 @ 07:51 AM | 3,270 Views
This past weekend, I experimented with mounting my cameras on the outside of the plane to get some clearer footage than i was getting in the cockpit through the lexan. I had a ton of great looking footage so I decided to cut a new video with it. For a 70mm bird, the external footage was pretty stable. Can't wait till I get my bigger birds flying with this rig setup.

SAPAC Hawk External mounted cameras (4 min 7 sec)

Posted by DqP | Jul 27, 2010 @ 08:01 AM | 3,197 Views
Come take a ride on my SAPAC Hawk. Flown this past Sat and filmed w/ 4 cameras total. One 1080P HD cam, one 720P pocket cam and three iPod Nanos.

With how amazing this plane is, very surprised that more people don"t have them. Flies predictable, stable and lands itself on full flaps. This plane is a must have for anyone's flying fleet.

SAPAC Hawk Redux - Multiple onboard cameras - come take a ride (4 min 8 sec)

Posted by DqP | Jun 30, 2010 @ 06:59 PM | 4,417 Views
Finally had a chance to edit my videos of Pablo flying my Vipers. Trimmed out and stable, I been able to log in about 2 dozen flights on them. These jets are amazing and with the flaps on full, lands so gently.

After, crashing on maiden back in January, I had the green Viper in my boneyard uncertain whether to rebuild or trash/salvage. I had a friend help me with fiberglass and even then, it got close getting trashed on many occasions. Boy am I glad I decided to rebuild. The green viper is my most reliable, best flying jet I have in my hanger. It's feels like a composite habu, actually, like a cleaner flying composite habu. Plenty of power on stock setup and 4S, I heard that it's totally sick on a 5S.

I ran out of camera batteries but watched Pablo fly the viper in slow figure 8's on full flaps. I finally had some time last night to cut the videos i took on re-maiden flight.

Here's the product i uploaded to my youtube account:

A Tale of Two Vipers - SAPAC ViperJet MKII (4 min 26 sec)

Posted by DqP | Jun 14, 2010 @ 09:39 AM | 3,054 Views
One thing about filming planes fly is that you can more easily predict the next frame of the flight. Sweeping steadily across the sky, with some practice and a few cool tools, you can pretty much keep the viewer from needing dramamine when they watch your video. With Heli's, well, not so much, especially flying 3D. Unless you know the habits and pattern of the pilot filming can be quite an exercise if you want some close up images. In fact, most of the video i see of heli's are filmed at a good distance.

With my pocket camera (that takes HD video) and armed with a manfrotto monosteady, I attempted to get as close up to my buddy's heli in flight as i could without feeling like throwing up when i reviewed the footage. It ended up pretty challenging as i stumbled at first to keep it centered. To boot, it was like 120 degrees and my sweat felt like it was boiling my flesh.

Got the footage cut and edited to a pretty watchable video. Here's the link:

Geoff's Hirobo SDX 50 (4 min 45 sec)

Posted by DqP | Jun 14, 2010 @ 09:22 AM | 4,043 Views
I've posted this link previously on one of the threads but figured i'd enter it into my blog listing.

I got my first Foamy plane around Oct 09 and attempted to fly around November. I think I became comfortable enough to fly around Christmas right after i picked up a Habu.

I originally tried to fly a SAPAC ViperJet back in January (January 21st to be exact) but take off was ugly due to the wrong front gear length (too short) which took forever to take off and stalled immediately 3 feet off the ground resulting in a crushed nose, canopy and bruised ego.

Since then, I've been kinda reserved sticking with my foams but finally made my leap to the composites a regular flyer a couple of weeks ago after deciding to get the ViperJet back in the air.

Anyways, finally got the fiberglass fuse repaired and started using it for practice. I have to say that I love flying these composites. I still fly my foams but now really understand what the comment "foams fly like foams" means.

My main flyer has now become this amazing Hawk. It holds so well in the air i almost forget my nervousness for flying something that i can't repair with just some 5min epoxy and foam-safe CA. I'm taking it slow and trying to respect the airframe a little bit more than i was doing with the foamies. In addition, I'm trying to reflect the battery life as well by backing off on the flight times just a little bit because these things are not so dead-stick friendly.

Pretty comfortable with low passes, Split-S and 4-point rolls. Still working on cleaning up my landings but it's getting there nicely.

Pablo had about 3 flights to adjust it and I've had the Hawk in the air for about a dozen flights now. I added the wing fences and will be adding wheel brakes soon.

Here is a video made during the maiden flights sessions:

SAPAC - Green Hawk (Composite) (3 min 32 sec)


I've got a few in-canopy videos i need to cut together and will soon have it up.
Posted by DqP | May 26, 2010 @ 10:53 AM | 4,621 Views
Finally completed my RCLander Mig-17 and took it out on a pretty windy day for it's maiden. It's a pretty decent flying 90mm. Pablo did a great job with the trimming and adjustments on it. It was remarkable how sweet the plane flares naturally with the flaps out on landing.

I flew my 6th sortie on it a few days ago and was pretty amazed how nicely it hold in the air in low passes. I think it could use a bit more air and maybe a little more umph in the motor. I'm going to take out next time and try it on 7S to see how much it helps.

I would like to look into some custom ducting get positive air in addition to the cheater holes.

It was filmed with new camera and so i think i was able to get enough clips form the flight to highlight the maiden. It took me about 7 hours+ to process, edit but i'm pretty happy how it came out.

My RCLander Mig-17 - Maiden Flight (2 min 35 sec)