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Archive for March, 2012
Posted by milehighjc | Mar 21, 2012 @ 08:40 PM | 2,390 Views
Hot Rod T-28D

After almost two years of flying and well over 250 flights, my T-28 was feeling a little tired. Maybe I was just getting used to flying the Extra 300 that has more speed on tap when I wanted it. Maybe the T-28 was just getting heaving with Gorilla Glue, Epoxy, and a little glass on the bottom of the nose. Whatever the case, I breathed a little new life into it over the past weekend and mounted up a new E-flight Power 10 motor, and a new 40A esc. So far it is mated up to a APC 10x10e prop (likely too much prop).

It SCREAMS.

Its fun again, and there is a little excitement/danger in knowing that I could smoke the ESC, or rip the wings off of it. It only runs about 5-6 minutes now, but its a whole lot more fun!

Update March 28

Finally got the hot rod on a watt meter, and it was static drawing 48 amps at WOT! Good way to fry the ESC or the motor. I've since propped it down to a 10x7 APCe, and while not as fast, and not as good vertically, it still is a blast to fly. Here is a video:

Aerobatic Sight Seeing (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by milehighjc | Mar 21, 2012 @ 08:34 PM | 2,368 Views
An attempt to improve my 3D skills - a Twisted Hobbys Extra Slick 32"

After 9 months of working on 3D with my Extra 300 SHP, and finding that I'm not willing to risk a Balsa ARF to learn low altitude 3D skills, I've decided to take the leap with this new EPP foamie as the first new bird of the 2012 season. I keep hearing that once you try one of these, you don't want to fly anything else. I cant see me giving up the Extra 300, or the newly hot rodded T-28 for that matter, but I do think it will be a ton of fun, and a great way to build skills without creating an expensive pile of toothpicks.

It took a good day to assemble, but I think I could do it in half the time now that I've done one. Its a VERY well designed kit, tab and slot construction makes it hard to screw up too bad. The only oops I had was mounting the servo arms in the wrong direction for the rudder and elevator. It was easy to fix with a pair of helping hands to hold the foam out of the way.

Completion was March 21, maiden weather permitting should be tomorrow morning.
Posted by milehighjc | Mar 06, 2012 @ 03:43 PM | 2,247 Views
Flying the Colorado Front Range

Went out this morning for a little REAL flying on a Beautiful CO morning. We were out looking for new fields around Longmont, but hard to be looking at the ground below us when we could check out the mountains.

Enjoy! We sure did.

Flying the Front Range (6 min 22 sec)