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Posted by rocco987 | Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:15 AM | 1,882 Views
So...with the introduction of the "Zippa" I thought I had seen the newest creation from Mike at WingmanRC.net; not the case, I just learned he has something else in the works. This morning I met Mike at my Neighborhood Park where he introduced me to the new plane and even let me take it up for a test flight. He is going to have another homerun in his pocket with this one. Sounds like Mike has some logistics and maybe a few more tweaks in store before the new model is revealed but with the release of this new model WingmanRC will be able to provide something for everyone. WingmanRC will have a full line of EPP foam based aircraft targeted at a wide range of skill levels; there will be aircraft for the most experienced pilot all the way down to the not so experienced or even first time flyers. As always it sounds like this new model will be offered at a reasonable price and very attractive completion level. It will be durable, easy to fix and a blast to fly. Keep checking WingmanRC.net for this new model...COMING SOON.

Thanks!!!
Posted by rocco987 | Oct 15, 2011 @ 07:35 PM | 2,022 Views
Mike at "wingmanrc.net" stopped by with his newest plane the Zippa, a 22" EPP flying wing. The wing was Pre-assembled for me but I would imagine this plane goes together just as quick and easy as all his other planes if not easier. I used a 12A Hobby King ESC, a 2730-1500kv motor, a 7035 prop and a 1300mah 3S LiPo. The servos are sub micro no name servos I had lying around. I added a 12" piece of round carbon just in front of the motor mount piece. Near the wing tip I added two 4" pieces of carbon. The carbon stiffens the wing considerably. I had all the electronics pre-wired so installation took about an hour. I didn't do anything fancy with the electronics and just glued or velcro'd everything on top of the wing. CG was set as described in the manual at 130mm from the nose. I am flying with a Spektrum DX6i and an OrangeRX DSM receiver.

Was able to get to a park a few hours after getting it flight ready. Hand launching is a bit hard with this wing. This is the first wing I have flown and find that to be the hardest thing you will encounter with this wing. I first tried to start no throttle and throw it like a paper airplane. It worked the first time and flew great. I landed it and tried a paper airplane launch again. Now it didn't work. I ran into the problem of my finger flicking the back end sending it nose up into inverted and into a crash. This happened a few more times then I transitioned to holding it by he front of the left wing with about...Continue Reading
Posted by rocco987 | Aug 11, 2011 @ 05:05 AM | 2,282 Views
Recently I purchased a Team Associated B4.1 and have been slowly building up to competitive racing. I bought a new body and gave it a Police Black and White scheme. The paint job didn't turn out spectacular but it will work for now. Wanting to add to the scheme I decided to pick up some LEDs from Mike over at Wingmanrc.net. I met Mike at a local field to get some of the LEDs.

I purchased a set of Red, White and Green. Mike provided me with a great explanation of how the LEDs worked and various options for wiring them up.

Each color of LED comes in about a 1 foot section. The one foot section is broken down into 3 LED sections. If you wire power to one end of the 1 foot section all will light up. You can break the strand down in sets of three and use them however you like. Every 3rd LED there is a break that allows you to cut the strand down in size. Also, the LEDs are equipped with adhesive backing which allows you to pull off the paper and stick wherever you need. No need for glue; depending on the surface.

For this project I cut one section of 3 red LEDs and wired them up. One option for providing power to the LEDs was by connecting to a LiPo battery's balance plug. Mike provided me with both a 2S and 3S plug. I initially Y wired the red LEDs directly to a 2S balance plug. This provides constant power to the LEDs which provides the brightest possible light.

I sent Mike a picture of the set up at which point he contacted me and told me about a LED controller...Continue Reading
Posted by rocco987 | May 10, 2011 @ 03:05 PM | 1,869 Views
Browsing eBay recently I stumbled across a smoking deal on an Eflite Blade mCX Tandem Rescue. Having the Blade mCX and mSR I decided this would be a nice addition. I was able to pick up a Bind-N-Fly version for about $60...I had heard of cheaper deals but was never lucky in finding them myself. I figured $60 was worth it and ordered one.

This heli is very fun, powerful, durable and just as easy to fly as the mCX. The vertical climb on bursts of throttle is impressive. Having four motors powering two sets of blades is impressively set up to work together providing incredible power. The flight characteristics and stability are very similar to that found in the original mCX. The forward flight is much better in the mCX Tandem. I'm no engineer and have not done research into how this little bird flies but I believe the faster forward flight (FFF) is attributed to the engineering behind the 5-in-1 units programming. Unlike the original mCX the Tandem only has one servo mounted on the 5-in-1 unit and it provides mechanical control to the right and left cyclic, aileron, if you will. Input of the stick to get forward and backward flight has no noticeable mechanical movement associated. This would lead me to believe the 5-in-1 mixes in throttle increases to the front or back blades to tilt the heli forward or backward for desired forward or backward flight. For forward flight RPMs of the rear set of blades are increased to create forward tilt and flight etc. Pretty simple but...Continue Reading
Posted by rocco987 | Apr 12, 2011 @ 03:10 PM | 1,916 Views
The wind finally died down a bit today and gave me the opportunity to get my recently built WingmanRC WM300 up for a flight.

I was able to fly two batteries through the plane. The WM300 is a very stable plane and flies very well. It needed little to no trimming off of eyeballing level surfaces. The only trim needed was clicks right on the ailerons due to the wight of the battery being on the left side of the fuse.

The plane will do just about anything you ask it to do; roll, snap roll, loop etc. Inverted flight can get a bit tricky and takes finesse relative to the up elevator input as well as aileron control. I found I could fly inverted for a bit but got lazy and would outside roll it upright or just aileron roll it upright. The WM300 has plenty of rudder control for rudder turns and knife edge flight. Knife edge requires little aileron input to maintain the knife edge and knife edge turns are pretty easy. Overall this is a great plane, so far easily a step above the Version 1 SloRoller I had previously flown.

The combination of the wind and the somewhat aggressive flight caused me to notice some wing wobble. The wobble did not have much negative results and the wing structure held without tearing. Half way through the second flight while flying inverted I heard a "POP" and noticed the wings now went up at an angle like a flattened "V." I brought it down expecting to see a tear in the wing or something like that but I couldn't see anything so...Continue Reading
Posted by rocco987 | Apr 03, 2011 @ 02:00 PM | 3,051 Views
Just got a WM300 from Mike at WingmanRC.net and figured I would take pics of the build. This as well as the other WM models was very easy to put together. It was finished in less than 2 hours. The only remaining steps beyond the initial assembly of the plane are the installation of the electronics.

The plane was pre-cut and all components of the plane were included in the bag; carbon rods, wood control horns, two carbon push rods for the elevator and rudder, two metal push rods with adjustable clevis' for the ailerons, and stick type motor mount.

The only items I needed to use to assemble the plane were a low temp hot glue gun and a razor blade.

The tab construction of the components makes this plane go together great.

-I began by joining the two wing halves. I simply drew a generous bead of hot glue along one wing half and pressed them firmly together.

-Next I installed the carbon rod into the main wing. I did this in 1/3 sections, I ran a bead of hot glue in the pre-cut slot then pressed the rod into the slot. After that dried I lifted the unsecured section put it out of the way then ran another bead and so on until the rod was fully inserted. This method makes it so there is a small gap of glue between the first bead and where you can start the second and third. Not a big deal, for extra security I went back over the top of the rod and ran a small bead filling in any voids and ensured the rod was securely fastened.

-I installed the main wing to the...Continue Reading
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:36 PM | 2,511 Views
Short little review of the WingmanRC WM22 pusher jet.

First off this particular jet was built and painted by WingmanRC.

It is an 9MM EPP foam construction jet that comes laser cut with everything needed but electronics; items included: control horns, control surfaces, stick type motor mount and carbon rod. The kit is a tab construction and if like other EPP models of WingmanRC's is easily built in a few hours max with a low temp hot glue gun. The WingmanRC website has a small build manual that steps you through all the steps. There are about 10 simple steps to follow and the plane is built.

I also purchased the WM22 power system offered. The kit includes a Turnigy 2730-1500kv brushless motor, I opted for a Hobby King 12a programmable ESC, two 8g servos, a 7x3.5 EP prop with a 3mm prop adapter and prop rubber bands.

I am running this with a Spektrum DX6i and an OrangeRX DSM2 receiver. I am running a BlueLiPo 1300mah 3S 25C battery.

The first flight was pretty rocky...

Some of the things that went wrong...The DX6i automatically reduces throws by almost 50% when entered into Elevon mixing. Due to the low throws I was not able to get the appropriate roll and bank behavior required to have an enjoyable flight. If I rolled left and pulled back to bank the plane would roll right and pitch up dramatically. Also, I did not program the ESC initially and I got a very bad "whaaa" near full throttle.

The ESC issues were taken care of through the...Continue Reading
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 29, 2011 @ 01:26 PM | 2,320 Views
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 29, 2011 @ 01:18 PM | 2,184 Views
Losi 1/24 Rally (4 min 54 sec)


A Losi 1/24 Micro Rally Car with walk around and then on board driving. I made some jumps out of cardboard and set up a little course in my living room. This is stock outside of an upgrade to LiPo. It is a super fun car and is a fast little bugger...the LiPo makes this thing POP!!! Highly recommended for indoor fun.
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 29, 2011 @ 01:07 PM | 1,998 Views
Parkzone T-28D On-board Camera (8 min 23 sec)


This is one of the earlier flights with the Parkzone T-28D with an on-board camera. Nothing too special...
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 29, 2011 @ 05:00 AM | 2,130 Views
Passed on to a better home...you will be missed!!!
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 29, 2011 @ 04:57 AM | 2,098 Views
WM22 Jet and SloRoller from wingmanrc.net
Posted by rocco987 | Mar 29, 2011 @ 04:40 AM | 2,031 Views
So...I started in the RC world many years ago when I was about 13-14 years old. It was a father son endeavor which lead to many great times.

I started out at a little shop in southern Washington state racing every weekend during the summers. I ran a Team Associated RC10T2 running a Novak type ESC with a Birdman brushed motor with matched NiCD batteries and an Airtronics XL2P radio. It was a hot little number.

I eventually moved up to an RC10T3 when it came out and moved to NiMH batteries and various brushed motors and ESC's. After many years I got out of the racing scene and transitioned to back yard bashing.

I was and still am a big fan of bigger, better and faster stuff. That said, hello nitro. I heard my future sister-in-laws husband talking about getting the original Traxxas T-Max at which point I fell in love. I gathered my pennies and hit the LHS. I asked for a T-Max...the guy pointed to the HPI Savage .21 and said if I wanted to beat my bro to get that. So I did.

It was a great truck, way more durable yet less user friendly than the T-Max. I ran the snot out of that upgrading it along the way. I eventually upgraded to a Pico .26 but not being a nitro guy 100% I hit some snags and lost interest letting the truck go.

After a while of being out of it and my truck and T3 sitting on the shelf. In came brushless motors and ESC. Talk about bigger better and faster less the hassle of tuning and nasty gas/exhaust, here we go. I got rid of the Savage (gave it...Continue Reading