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Posted by V-Man | Jun 22, 2016 @ 02:31 PM | 1,056 Views
It's alive!!! Mwaaahhaaa!

Took me almost three hours last night, but I finally got the flight controller to talk to my PC for setup. Basic configuration only, was getting too late for testing. The FPV rig works, at least, and the props spin the right way. I took off the landing legs to save on weight and drag (plus, they looked like ideal levers to torque the motor arms right off in a crash).

In perfect timing, I received the required 1500mAh batteries this morning. They fit exactly in the bay, I couldn't use a 2200 in there. And turns out I forgot I bought a GensACE 1550mAh last year when I visited Great Hobbies in Ottawa, so now I have four batteries for the quad! (Though I need to locate a male Deans plug to make an adapter first... Grrr. Anyone has a spare?)

I briefly tested the quad and it hovers beautifully, the smallest of drift which I'm sure I can trim out. Might have to add some expo, though, it's very sensitive and agile!

Maiden is set for Friday morning (it's a holiday here). I'll bring a camera...
Posted by V-Man | Jun 20, 2016 @ 02:05 PM | 793 Views
Since we're stuck in parks and places with no landing strips, I've started building smaller planes. Then I got some money back from taxes this year and since it was sort of an unexpected windfall, I decided to treat myself...

It's a V2 E-Turbine 250 racer, with Quanum Cyclops goggles. I still need to set up the quad and remove the landing gear (don't need it). The Cyclops is Quanum's brand new (released like three weeks ago!) entry level FPV goggles. All the reviewers are raving about it, and it's just $58 at HK (I added a better antenna for $6).

I forgot to charge my transmitter so I can't set up the quad until tonight. I did try the camera and goggles, though, and the picture is pretty big and clear for something so inexpensive. And, best of all, my glasses fit in there, unlike other brands like the FatSharks!

Hopefully we have good weather this next long weekend. Can't wait to try it out.
Posted by V-Man | May 21, 2016 @ 07:20 PM | 1,484 Views
For me at least -- the others have been flying for a couple of weeks already.

Let me tell you, felt good to get some air under my wings. It's been close to eight months.

Since we can't go back to our usual field, the abandoned hippodrome (I checked today, there were two goons in a Garda SUV), we're trying other locations. Today was a park on the south shore. Nice but only for smaller planes, and no runway.

Still, any flying is better than no flyin'.
Posted by V-Man | Apr 16, 2016 @ 03:12 PM | 1,214 Views
It's mid-April already and still no flying for me yet in 2016. Combination of the loss of our usual flying field last year* and very busy days at work. Hoping to get started in early May in the local parks.

*Abandoned local race track. Administration decided to get a permanent security service to watch over the place and prevent anyone from going in.
Posted by V-Man | Dec 20, 2015 @ 04:39 PM | 2,187 Views
Work is done for the year, now Xmas shopping is done, which means that tomorrow I can get some modeling time!

I think I will either work on my DLG, or pull the Albatros from storage... Now that I have the hatch magnets, no reason to put it off anymore.
Posted by V-Man | Nov 12, 2015 @ 09:05 PM | 2,783 Views
I was hoping to get one or two more weekends this year, but... The 2015 flying season is over for me. Between chores, work (we're finishing up a big software release) and two upcoming business trips, I simply don't have any free time until the Christmas holidays (and even then). Haven't set foot in the workshop for days, and it's unlikely to change.

To top it off, construction has started at the empty field at the end of my street. I used to fly my Mini-Beaver and One-Sheet-Wing there after work in the summer. My days of park flying close to home are over, alas.
Posted by V-Man | Oct 04, 2015 @ 02:43 PM | 3,074 Views
Signs prohibiting R/C models have sprung up around the old hippodrome, our usual flying field. Looks like the best place to fly on the island is lost...

And I just bought new planes! Time to find a new field. Any thoughts?
Posted by V-Man | Sep 26, 2015 @ 04:23 PM | 3,024 Views
At least I managed to get two 15-min flights in with the Orbiter. The conditions were perfect for gliding, it was awesome.

There's talk among the group of joining a club off-island next year, but the thought of having to cross the bridge (especially with construction slated to begin on the new one) to fly doesn't appeal to anyone.
Posted by V-Man | Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:07 PM | 3,094 Views
Can you tell someone has gotten tired of just tooling around the sky and belly-landing? From top to bottom: Yak-54, Extra 330L, Typhoon 3D.

The 2016 season is going to be high-adrenalin! (And potentially expensive, repair-wise.)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 15, 2015 @ 09:49 PM | 2,491 Views
But it's discontinued! If I didn't get it now, I might never be able to!

(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:16 PM | 3,020 Views
Major repairs:
One Sheet Wing (OSW) Sport Flying Wing (Foam)

On the board:
1M DLG -- Glider (balsa)
Albatros -- Sport Scale (Balsa)
F-27V Stryker -- Speed Flying Wing (Foam)
StevensAero Helium MG2 -- Motor Glider (Balsa)
A-7 Corsair II -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)
A-6 Intruder -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)
"Lucky Thirteen" -- Sport Aerobatic Aircraft (Balsa)

Still in boxes
Sapac T-45 Goshawk -- 64mm EDF Jet (Foam)
Guanli PBY Catalina -- Sport Scale Flying Boat (Foam)
GWS Formosa I -- Sport Aerobatic Aircraft (Foam)
A-4 Skyhawk -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)

In planning/design/prep
Jaguar 280 -- Mini Pylon Racer (Balsa)
"Aluminum Bird" -- Scale Aircraft (Wood/Metal)
"Speed Plane" -- Warmliner/Pylon Racer (Composite)
"Orbiter III" -- High Altitude Photo-recon/video Aircraft (Composite)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 09, 2015 @ 02:09 PM | 2,990 Views
Some people use a selfie stick. Amateur.
Posted by V-Man | Jul 19, 2015 @ 04:47 PM | 2,608 Views
Got up, saw a huge downpour outside, went back to bed. Got up an hour later, and it's clear skies(!), but now we have brunch plans. At least it's with a dear friend that I haven't seen in weeks, makes it a bit easier to miss this week's flying session.

And, since brunch is shorter than a visit to the field, means I have a few hours to put in the shop...
Posted by V-Man | Jul 13, 2015 @ 05:39 PM | 3,447 Views
As the subject line says, a couple of new videos have been added to my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CallSignVMan/videos

There are some chases and (attempted) formation flights, a ride aboard a 1/9 WW1 biplane, and some EDF jets. Take a look!
Posted by V-Man | Jun 14, 2015 @ 02:46 PM | 2,659 Views
Gorgeous day, got some really good flying in. Highlights:

- Greg got more Habu flights in. That 11-blade fan really has a turbine-like sound!
- We tried to do a FW-190 vs Spitfire dogfight, but Vince got a brown-out when he hit the retracts and the Spit went down. Need new prop and some glue on the nose.
- Martin brought his new FMS 1450mm Mustang. Took us about an hour just to debug the retract doors. Did some taxi tests but maiden will have to wait.
- We flew two Habu UMX at the same time, one with L/G and the other clean. The difference is enormous. Even at 2/3 throttle, the clean Habu was ahead, always.
Posted by V-Man | May 21, 2015 @ 09:11 PM | 3,302 Views
My wife called to say she'd be late from work, so I grabbed the Vandal and hit the construction site at the end of the street. Man, is that car dusty now!
Posted by V-Man | May 03, 2015 @ 03:55 PM | 3,925 Views
Pictures from today's session. Best weather we've had all year so far, so there was a big turnout.

Yes, the Frankeinstein jet has a J-3 Cub fuselage for a nose. Flew very well....Continue Reading
Posted by V-Man | Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:23 PM | 3,871 Views
Where I learn that I'm one of the idiots that run toward the fire rather than away from it. But sometimes it work -- the gas tank didn't explode, and the firemen only had to put the embers out (they got to throw the burned off BBQ off the balcony, though). Went through four extinguishers (and Dad, thanks for getting me one. Now I get it!)

Apparently I'm loud. When I yell "Fire!", they heard me four stories down and two buildings over.

Excitement over, we'll look at the damage in the morning. So glad the wife is out of town and that she missed this!
Posted by V-Man | Apr 19, 2015 @ 06:17 PM | 3,889 Views
Practice makes perfect, and having the right tools help! Pretty happy with my solder joints now!