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Posted by flynz4me | Jul 14, 2008 @ 09:16 PM | 3,364 Views
Well I've been to 4 IMACs now and have been having the flying time of my life!!! Got a more competitive plane and moved up to sportsman class. Picked up the new Hangar 9/Carden Yak with an Evolution 58cc, all 5955TG servos and one JR 8711 on the rudder. Also picked up a new radio; JR x9303 2.4, love it!!!!

Devin
Posted by flynz4me | Apr 24, 2008 @ 10:08 PM | 4,039 Views
Well all I just got back from my very first IMAC in Olympia, WA and it was great!!! The weather was horrible the whole trip, varying from driving snow, to hail, to rain, to patchy sun breaks!!! We all got 2 complete rounds in plus an unknown round (which for us basic competitors consisted of re flying the known). The people I met out there were absolutely some of the coolest I have met. And fortunately enough everyone has at least something in common (scale precision aerobatics. Here is a Link to Polar Bear Pics

We had a foamy freestyle to music on Saturday night right at dark which was an absolute blast! I did ok for the first attended IMAC, I placed 2nd in Basic out of 6 and 2nd in Freestyle out of 5... Good times and good people, I will be at the next one when I get back from taking my family to Disney World (not because I got second, just a family trip ).

Ben when you read this man I need your comp-arf!!! More like want, but still Let me know where to ship the Yak ...Continue Reading
Posted by flynz4me | Apr 02, 2008 @ 12:05 PM | 3,858 Views
The "little" 25% Yak from GP has some serious hours on it now and is definitely the best flying airplane I've ever owned. Like a wife that makes you look better than you are, this plane makes my flying look better than I feel it is. Up until a couple nights ago I have been solely flying my IMAC sequence with it and I'm not sure a pencil could draw a straighter line on paper than this plane can fly! Two nights ago I decided in my sick Dayquil induced vertigo "Let's 3D the Yak" hehehe.. What a blast! Still playing around with the throttle curve a bit but she will lock into a hover and she likes to torque roll! Other things she does well is inverted flat spins, and we are talkin' FLAT! High alpha harrier rolls are nice and predictable as well and in fact pair those two last maneuvers and it looks pretty cool (inverted flat spin into a rolling harrier exit)- priceless!

Picked up a JTEC large wrap around Pitts style muffler for the DL-50 I'm running and it is amazing!! Power rocks and my ears don't bleed anymore from the stock "muffler" which is more of a diverter . Should have got this awhile ago!

Practice has been slowed down a bit from 10-12 flights a day to a handful since joining the Dusters RC Club in Woodburn, but the company is awesome and the infield is hand manicured! Very nice facilities too!

I'll get some video up soon, my buddy Mike has a camera and doesn't mind coming out and filming a flight or two (and his g/f kicks at video editting!)... Take care all and thanks for reading!

Devin

BTW... I just rolled over 500 hrs on Aero Fly Pro Deluxe!!!! That's a bumload of SIM time!!! Sheesh that sounds bad huh..??
Posted by flynz4me | Feb 22, 2008 @ 12:06 AM | 5,655 Views
My buddy Ben and I doin' some crazy hovering at the indoor fly with his Edge 540 and the new Mojito F3P style plane.
Posted by flynz4me | Feb 10, 2008 @ 02:20 PM | 3,795 Views
Well after running all over town trying to find "ashless petroleum" 2 cycle premix oil I found some at Lowes of all places!!!

We arrived at the field about 11AM and the winds were calm and blowing straight down the runway. I mixed the gas, shook it up, and filled the tank till it showed in the vent line, then sucked it back out of the tank just enough to clear the vent line. An extensive surfaces check was performed and verified by my buddy and IMAC guru Ben, and when he was comfortable with the setup it was time to fire her up.

Starting process:
Choke, 1/3 throttle
Flip
Flip
Pop
UnChoke, 1/4 throttle
Flip, sputter
WHlaaaa lump lump lump lump lump

Ben taxi'd her around a few laps making little changes here and there, then turned around and said "You ready for this??"!! I said quickly and reassuringly, "No..." He told me everything felt good and to have no worries... I was cool with that...

Ben broke ground with her at 12:07PM on February 9th, 2008 and the first flight proved that she was running way too rich, so he brought her in and ended up over a couple flights leaning her out about a half turn on both the high and low needles, where she ended up still a little rich, but not so rich that she is garbly...

I took the sticks a few times after he trimmed her out and the first thing I noticed was how MASSIVELY overpowered this plane is... It hovers at 1/3 throttle and absolutely goes vertical faster than anything I've...Continue Reading
Posted by flynz4me | Feb 09, 2008 @ 01:10 AM | 4,021 Views
I had a really bad day yesterday... I had stomach flu and vomited uncontrollably a few episodes and felt like I was hit by a bus... Yuck!!! But I was feeling much better today and made a bunch of progress towards getting the Yak airborne. Fist off I charged all three battery packs (Rx (NiCad), servos (LiIon), and Ignition (NiMh)) while I glassed some cracks in the formers at the TE of the wing I found yesterday when I put it together for the first time. Unfortunately I found quite a few "surprises" when I took a fine toothed comb over her... Some of the noticeable things when I picked it up were a cracked cowl (He ordered a new one) that he said came from sliding off the workstand, but later I found dirt on the head and a brown grass blade in one of the cowling cracks... No biggie... Also the landing gear had to be reinforced due to "It just happened when I was setting it up", then due to all the formers aft of the wing tube being cracked I figured it was one nose over that shifted its weight forward suddenly causing the cracked formers, cowl cracks, and necessary LG bracing "Upgrade"... It all good though, everything is structurally sound and there is no noticeable external mends...

I was unsure of how to setup a throttle servo today due to all my experience is with electrons and current, but a little tinkering and I got it all figured out... I got her idle set and she was purring this afternoon!!! All the surfaces are trimmed, travel...Continue Reading
Posted by flynz4me | Feb 07, 2008 @ 11:39 PM | 4,113 Views
As promised I put her all together and snapped some pics... Prettiest bird I own!!!! Man am I blessed!!!
Posted by flynz4me | Feb 06, 2008 @ 02:44 AM | 4,000 Views
Picked up this little 1/4 scale Yak tonight... Beautiful plane, bought it used with a DL-50, full house digital servos, double servo tray pull/pull rudder servos, dual elevator servos, and upgraded linkages (post style), Fromeco regulator, Fromeco LiIon 2600mah Rx pack, power bus to optically isolate all the servos (except throttle), and a wingtote wing bag!!! I traded a loaded TREX for this girl and hopefully she'll be a great flyer... Here are some fuse pics, too late to put her together, I'll do that tomorrow...
Posted by flynz4me | Feb 05, 2008 @ 11:46 AM | 3,985 Views
Finished up the Mojito indoor F3P plane last night about 11:30 pm and to my surprise the rain stopped and there is a nice bright street light ouot in front of my house at the church. The maiden was a non event, I did a few rolling circles, hovered, and a couple loops and rolls. She is a bit tail heavy and I'm contemplating adding some (GASP) nose weight to even her out (Though I'd rather not). My color scheme was Eau deux Sharpie, and I only had one color, black... She flies rather slow for no drag brakes, with some she might slow to a crawl.... Hmmmmm......I will get some video up soon...
Posted by flynz4me | Jan 20, 2008 @ 02:33 AM | 4,418 Views
Hello again, been working some long hours on the modified Index (Mojito), and wanted to post the progress... She is pretty over built, I'll definitely do some things on the bracing differently next indoor season... Maiden will be Thursday at the Camp Withycombe National Guard base. Though the venue is a little small I have fairly good feelings that this model will be pretty precise and not mushy like the Music Bubble... We'll see I guess

Flynz
Posted by flynz4me | Jan 15, 2008 @ 02:06 AM | 4,445 Views
I finished the cutting and started on the assembly tonight of the "Mojito"... It comes from an Index design, but with a cut down nose and some of the canopy area (pseudo canopy) shaved down a bit. Where it called for carbon ribbon on the elevator I used some 1/16 light ply. I'd like to have it ready for maiden by this weekend as we NWerners are in for some much deserved decent weather...

Flynz
Posted by flynz4me | Jan 11, 2008 @ 01:17 PM | 4,985 Views
These were taken in Clackamas,OR at Camp Withycombe National Guard base... The Music Bubble looks good in action IMO...
Posted by flynz4me | Jan 07, 2008 @ 01:27 PM | 4,692 Views
I downloaded the tiled planes for the Index last week and started collecting the bits required for this bird. First off I don't like the fact that this plane is well, rather plain. I think I may go with a different wing, but I like the fuse, elevator, rudder size, so maybe just a Liptonic wing or Morback, haven't decided yet. Here are some pics of the cutting I did last night. Tonight I will be cutting the wing I decide on and starting to dry fit everything. Things I still need are some kevlar thread and carbon ribbon in the 10 mm denomination.

My reason for not liking the std wing on this plane is that there are no SFG's and airbrakes. I put airbrakes on my Music Bubble from Telink and found I really liked how it flew, sfg's on that plane were totally necessary as I fly in a small venue every other week and they are needed for slow KE flight.

I will continue posting my build here...
Posted by flynz4me | Dec 12, 2007 @ 11:51 AM | 4,592 Views
Promoting www.askmanap.com come check out the AP systems offered. Fits most popular heli's, slo-sticks, and they even have pole cam mounts!! Tell Andrey that Devin sent you and receive 10% off for a limited time!!!

Go take some pics!!!
Posted by flynz4me | Nov 30, 2007 @ 09:48 PM | 4,013 Views
Picked up a Music Bubble from Telink (Love IT!!!!) and made some mods for better indoor performance. Plane came out to 6.128oz weighed on a drop mass scale at Xerox!!! Pretty light with a full airfoil and fuse!!!
Posted by flynz4me | Aug 02, 2007 @ 12:51 PM | 3,421 Views
Old stuff
Posted by flynz4me | Jul 14, 2007 @ 03:00 PM | 3,619 Views
Well after it's only crash (a little less than a month ago) I replaced the broken head parts with some metal V2 and SE V1 upgrades. I ditched the 450x canopy (It was too short anyways for my batteries to fit underneath) and painted a new one. Despite being "Road Cone Orange" it is really easy to see when I do flips, rolls, stall turns, etc... Also, I finally blew out the tail yesterday flying some mild 3D when I transitioned from rainbow flip with a 180 degree piro at the top. Nothing bad happened but it sure was difficult to get the tail to come around as I was getting on the collective. It is good timing too, I guess, as I picked up a Logitech LTG-2100T to hold the tail. This time I'll just swap out the gyro, not the tail servo and gyro (the tail servo is dialed right now!!). Here are some picks of the beast now, enjoy!!!

Devin
Posted by flynz4me | Jun 15, 2007 @ 02:34 PM | 3,737 Views
Decided to flip the TREX today and that went well... Did some rolls, those went well... Maybe I can try a tic-toc, everything else has flown just like the sim, why not... I ended up using some spare parts, took out the blades, main shaft, feathering shaft, landing gear, tail boom brace (only one oddly enough), M2x12 screw in the tail drive gear, flybar, vertical fin, SF mixing levers, umm I think that was about it.

So what have I learned??? Need to buy a better Gyro that won't blow out under the heavier manuevers (Using the e-Flight G90). A photographer in the park I was flying at got some pics of it inverted wish I would have had the laptop with me I could have grabbed them from him.

Had all the parts on hand except for the SF mixing arms and LG. LHS here I come.

Flynz
Posted by flynz4me | Jun 11, 2007 @ 11:58 AM | 3,650 Views
I don't know who reads these blogs I write, but today is a very awesome day!! I hovered out the first pack in the TREX today and I'm still smiling !!! I warmed up this birthday day flying my work horse (Dragonfly) and then danced around nervously thinking I should fly the TREX... I went inside grabbed the battery pack and stood at the hatch of my Aztek looking at the shining steed ready for action. Millions of things went through my head: Am I ready?? Is 150 hours of sim time enough?? Did I set it up perfectly according to the Finless Bob White videos?? Will it just fly away uncontrollably??

NO WAY NONE of these things went wrong!! It spooled up and I listened to the buzz saw until the RPM's hit max and I saw the CC45 controller's red LED come on and I added a little more stick, then a little more, and she got light. My whole body was shaking and I realized I needed to breathe and I took a calming breath and all in the matter of milliseconds she rose up in the air anxiously awaiting my next command. I landed added three clicks of right rudder, and then she got back up in the air. I got her settled and added two more clicks of right rudder and she sat there... Looking straight ahead like a rock...

I couldn't have asked for a better birthday gift and I am so glad I waited and learned to fly the fixed pitch GWS first, man am I glad. I called my buddy Frank and he is readying the video cam so I can share the current journey with all of you both the Draggy and the TREX in the air.

Thanks for reading,
Flynz (Devin)