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Posted by PittSpecial | Today @ 04:30 PM | 99 Views
Guys,

Once again Horizon Hobby does it again!

On Saturday, September 24th, I received one fully outfitted Park Zone "Navy" T-28 Trojan Fuse!

It all started when I realized that my 7 year old Park Zone T-28D "Airforce" was just not repairable anymore and I searched and even called Horizon Hobby Technical Support asking them about any donor "USED" FUSE that might be there and if so, could I have the Firewall as anything has to be better than what I have! I even opened a "Looking" thread over at the Electric Airplanes asking ......

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2738868

Well, to my surprise, Horizon Hobby sent me an NEW FUSE without any questions and it was outfitted with Servos and the Spektrum AR-600 Full Range Receiver!

Push rods were all in place and ready for action.......well almost!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 17, 2016 @ 06:16 PM | 1,225 Views
Gals & Guys,

Just received an e-mail from this eBay front store where I have purchased all of my Horizon Hobby parts saying that they had suffered a very bad warehouse fire.

They returned all monies from an auction I won late last week!

Well, it would seem that many Park Zone, E-Flite and other Horizon Hobby brand items went up in the fire!

http://m.sj-r.com/news/20160914/hobb...ol-enthusiasts

Now, it will be harder to find parts and prices may go up!
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 17, 2016 @ 05:13 AM | 1,339 Views
Hello guys,

Allow me to say that I had to open this blog thread because posting anything about "a" specific model in any of the specific threads created to discuss the specific model made a few people to attack me and "others" who dare point out certain aspects about newly announced and released FOAM warbird models and some resorted to reporting our postings because it was not in their liking "or" they were on the take from the distributor in these threads.

Okay, this blog post is to point out as you might say the King has no clothes analogy

It is perhaps an observation effects among certain recently released 1.1M and 1.2M warbird models that are being discussed within the Electric Warbird section and screaming for attention and our hard earned $$$

Clean and very kind and gentle discussion are welcomed, however, if borderline attacks to anyone or disrespectful unkind or ugly replies will be immediately deleted.

Lastly, since I am located within the United States of America (USA), my comments will be directed and related to someone from the USA when attempting to compare availability and potential purchase of such model.

Okay, lets start with the Eleven Hobby Grumman F8F Bearcat

1. Unlike many pasts Park Flyer warbirds such as Park Zone era you have a fully completed FUSE without the removable COWLING and being a ONE PIECE FUSE, the attached Cowling is made of FOAM. The following observations you will see the Gator Skin effect and if its...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 10, 2016 @ 05:52 PM | 1,052 Views
For Part 1 then, go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2734279

Guys!

Fell in Love once more with my Park Zone F4U Corsair!

Replaced right Wing Aileron Servo (had the Jitters in Neutral) and I didn't want to take any chances. Since I had to dig in to get that Wing Servo then, I took off old packing tape from the entire Wing Assembly underneath since I went back to the STOCK Park Zone 480 Brushless motor.

Took the Canopy to Lowe's Home Improvement (Waterford Lakes) and there the nice guy at the paints matched up the paint to exact perfections!

Used the Cowling and main Gear assembly from the Horizon Hobby Corsair with Safe (model that parts came from).

EDIT: The paint was Latex base and here's additional information:
http://m.lowes.com/pd/Valspar-Base-C...-oz/1000067119



Okay, a few pictures!

Took out offending Aileron Wing Servo plus all the old packing tape underneath the wing and fixed a hair ling crack on the trailing edge of wing assembly!



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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 06, 2016 @ 02:30 AM | 1,730 Views
Guys,

I purchased my beloved Park Zone F4U Corsair on September 2nd, 2008!
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=246

That's a whopping 8 years and my model is still flying and most importantly satisfying to fly! It has perhaps a few hundred flights on those wings. A few years ago I switched from the STOCK PZ 480 BL motor to the Model Motors AXI-2820/10 with 1,100 Kv. With this AXI Motor the wings almost flexed to the point that the model would have crashed at the first turn. After using some strong packing tape the Wing is incredibly strong.

Fast forward to today, I acquired a few parts from the Horizon Hobby Corsair about one year ago and I have finally come around to perform a FACE LIFT to my old and tired Park Zone F4U Corsair.

Parts came from someone that had:
http://www.horizonhobby.com/HBZ8280?...FUM6gQod-3QDXg




1. Upgraded the Fixed Main Gear & Wheels set with the newer HH F4U.
2. Upgraded the Cowling from the HH F4U.
3. Work Still to be done is Paint and Decals.


Okay, a few pictures!

The way I had it for a while and the AXI was just too much on this airframe!




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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 01, 2016 @ 10:07 PM | 1,614 Views
Yes correct, 490,049 miles without any Engine rebuilt history!

A well deserved Engine OIL and Filter change and a little repair on old and dry rotted wiring at the steering wheel. You can't blame me for bringing the Steering Wheel inside the house in the Air Conditioned Kitchen Island as this past weekend was super HOT and HUMID. I must have thrown out three (3) T-Shirts! All turned Out Super!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2016 @ 02:29 PM | 2,200 Views
Gals and Guys,

I had to get something new and most especially FUN so, my buddy was selling his Mariposa (means Butterfly in Spanish) and I quickly made the trip to his house and picked this fine looking model.

The Covering is just fantastic and no re-ironing was needed even after one hour travel back to my house. Got it setup with a 6-Channel Orange Receiver with the dual antenna version. These are the ONLY Receivers that are resistant to an ugly pluse / interference that exists at my RC Club. I have larger models with this these receivers and they are ROCK Solid.

The smallest battery that I would DARE fly it is my Admiral, 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 35C discharge Lithium Polymers and depending on my Maiden. The real motor that shines in this model is the E-Flite 480 (910Kv) and it is a crying shame that I was not able to install it due to it's really tight conditions. I could not find a typical E-Flite 480 motor X-Mount to compare with the one that came with the model (Detrum Replacement Brushless Motor - BM2815A-KV1100).

Surprisingly the X-Mount from the Detrum worked on the E-FLITE 480, however, you just COULD NOT get any screws back there because the E-FLITE 480 rotation cylinder is tapered outward and no mater what you do, its just a waste of time.

Wednesday super early morning to make an attempt to fly was perfect indeed. I used the GWS Slow Flyer 10 X 4.7 propeller and it shine all around.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 13, 2016 @ 11:36 AM | 1,727 Views
Let's hear it for this Hero Orlando Police Officer that took a bullet to his head, luckily having a Kevlar helmet on. Thank you for your service!
Orlando PD strong! David is smiling & looking good for taking a 5.56 to his helmet! Blue lives matter!






Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 07, 2016 @ 08:07 PM | 2,271 Views
I believe that today, more than ever we need to listen carefully to ....

Greatest Speech Ever Made Charlie Chaplin....The Great Dictator Full HD Best Version (4 min 39 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 11, 2016 @ 01:18 PM | 3,442 Views
Yes, this is a prime example of true modeling skills from Tony Lombardo and Mark Shimei (Marked) from Titusville, Florida!

For now, all I have are these two Videos that I uploaded in raw form yesterday. I will try to post the High Res Pictures.

40-inch Scratch Built Tug Boat first run (AL KHADRA) at Titusville, Florida (Video1) 04-10-2016 (2 min 28 sec)


40-inch Scratch Built Tug Boat first run (AL KHADRA) at Titusville, Florida (Video2) 04-10-2016 (2 min 14 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 31, 2016 @ 08:50 PM | 2,660 Views
Hello, like to share a few pictures from a visiting B-17 Flying Fortress and this 71-year old World War 2 bomber is no where tired yet. According to the crew who I had the luck and pleasure to interview, the plane was built in 1944 by Douglas Aircraft Corporation at the Long Beach, California plant under license from Boeing. On July 12, 1945, she was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps as B-17G-95-DL 44-83872. Number 44-83872 was one of the last 20 B-17s built by Douglas.

The Commemorative Air Force’s Gulf Coast Wing "Texas Raiders" group maintains and flies the aircraft. She is hangared at Tomball Jet Center, which is located at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring, Texas. The crew told me that it was moved to Dallas, TX. as its new hangar home.

Needless to say, it came in for an early morning landing a few minutes before 0900 hours Eastern at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida and I was lucky to be at the right place and the right time! Believe me that the interior of this aircraft (Bomber) is pretty tight and my large over-weight physical condition didn't allow for me to complete my journey all the way to the open crew area where pilot, co-pilot and bombardier sits because of these large vertical plates right at the Bombay area crossing. At this point, it was walking on a large I-beam! I just carefully turned around. Nevertheless, it was an experience that I will never forget and just to know that this bomber...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 31, 2016 @ 12:16 PM | 2,558 Views
Hello good people!

Just like to share two neat Videos I recorded of one super nice (in flying condition), B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber.

Presently, I have the videos only and later, I will post high res pictures!

This happened this morning.

B-17 Flying Fortess at SLF Part1 03-31-2016 (2 min 51 sec)



B-17 Flying Fortress Part2 at the SLF 03-31-2016 (2 min 37 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 02, 2016 @ 08:00 AM | 2,730 Views
Check it out!

Rodney's World Models AT-6 Texan EP ARF, maiden flight!

Rodney's Maiden Flight World Models AT-6 Texan ARF 02-29-2016 (2 min 17 sec)


Of course the camera's battery was not charged the night before and right at the instant when Rodney's model was to land, the camera stop recording due to low battery level. It was really odd and strange happening as the cart wheel landing was to occur right at the instant when video camera quit recording!

No, I didn't crop or edit the Video in any way!

Here are some repair pictures of Rodney's model, the final Humpty Dumpty put it all together pictures and Gorilla Wood Glue curing!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 29, 2016 @ 05:32 AM | 2,771 Views
Hello good people!

Had a super time over at MARKHAM PARK RC CLUB in SUNRISE, FLORIDA!

Both Saturday and Sunday mornings! Attended my first RC Club meeting on Saturday morning and all were great and got to see some fantastic models. Here is my Hangar9 F4U 50-size Electric stretching its wings and performed just fantastic in blistery wind conditions.

The trip was great as I visited family down South Florida and made the trip a multi-purpose trip and all enjoyed it.

I am very glad to have had the opportunity to be down in South Florida again as it has been a long time since I have visited.

A few pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 22, 2016 @ 04:25 AM | 2,825 Views
Gals & Guys,

Keeping it simple and super enjoyable, my Park Zone Radian (Original Version) in Trim Setting Mode.

Park Zone Radian 02-21-2016 (1 min 5 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 16, 2016 @ 06:59 AM | 2,958 Views
Hello Good People!

Arrived at Moon Port Modelers RC Club on Monday (Presidents Day) at 9:00am and had the entire field to myself.

SIG SEņORITA flew delightfully even with the kick-up windy conditions and best of all for a whopper of 14 minutes using the 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 35C, Lithium Polymers as that E-Flite Power 25 always doesn't disappoint while swinging the APC "E" 12 X 8 propeller.

I can tell you that it was refreshing to have a transmitter (FUTABA T4EXA) without the need to charge the Transmitter Battery between flights as I purchased and installed the new Turnigy 3-Cell, 2500mAH, 5C, Lithium Polymer and after that long flight it still read 12 Volts on the Transmitter display. I have retired that cheesy 8-Cell, Ni-Cd 600mAH battery for good. I have three of these Transmitters and I made sure no issues were going to be as a result by using the slightly higher Voltage of using the 3-Cell Lithium Polymer so, I took precautions and charged the new battery to nothing over 12.2 Volts. After installing it, I left the Transmitter powered "ON" for a total of 25 minutes on the work table and didn't sense any over-heating of the Voltage Regulator circuit and display listed normal. The Voltage dipped down to 12.0 Volts after 25 minutes test sequence and this would have been another recharge experience using the old 8-Cell, Ni-Cd, 600mAH batteries.

Yes, I did consider the Sanyo Eneloop AA NiMH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, but, the cost ($$$...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 30, 2016 @ 11:10 PM | 4,946 Views
Guys,

We finally had some of the best weather conditions here in Central Florida and it was almost DEAD Calm and I wasted no time and came with my Beloved Hangar9 F4U-1A 50-size Electric.

This model is just an amazing flying model. Everyone just stood and watched and yes, I was the only one at the Pilot's station.

Flew it for two wonderful flights and flew it like I stole it!

The landings were picture perfect!

Here is my buddy Gerry (simano) with his Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera with a new zoom lens!

Camera: Pentax K-X DSLR
Lens: Promaster 70-300mm, f4-5.6/w Tele-Macro Zoom.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 13, 2016 @ 12:12 AM | 3,205 Views
Hello good people!

I was rather amused to see a new FORD commercial that was aired on the FOX channel showing a third (3) Generation Toyota Camry (V-6 version according to the Wheels that came with the model) to denote FORD's efforts in convincing you to trade in your old and tired Technology?

This must be some desperate attempt to make you subconsciously go into a FORD dealer and trade your beloved true to its name (reliable and faithful) transportation that what the Toyota Camry is known for, especially the 3rd Generation.

Why?

Because I have one! In May of 1994, I bought it used at 15,653 miles and now it has 483,286 miles without any Engine Rebuilt history!

The following was taken Saturday, January 9th, 2016 during my efforts in replacing the windshield wiper material and sanding and painting the windshield wiper assemblies along with polishing and waxing the entire Toyota Camry XLE.

It was built in Japan (JT Vin = made in Japan).

There will be no chance in HELL that FORD or anyone else will make me depart from my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with the service it has given me all these years!

Here is the FORD Commercial Link:
http://www.ispot.tv/ad/An2P/ford-get...by-john-newman

Screen Capture of the beginning of the FORD commercial:



I am posting pictures of my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 483,286+ miles and counting!



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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 03, 2016 @ 09:31 PM | 4,124 Views
BOCA BEARING came through with great effort! I finally fixed my Emax BL3526/04 Brushless Outrunner and it will fly again! The shaft and front / rear bearings are now new and smooth operation is observed and better than new! BOCA BEARING exceed stock bearings in ever manner! I am super happy to bring this fine Motor back in operations status!
Carlos Marin's photo.


Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 02, 2016 @ 06:55 AM | 3,218 Views
The owners of XCraft have got to the "other" level and presented to the ABC network reality show known as SHARK TANK their inventions and they came out winning! More than three times the $$$ they expected in the deal with all 5 Cast members!

Seems like the cast (self made million / billionaires) Love DRONES!

Watch!
http://petapixel.com/2015/10/26/xcra...camera-drones/





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