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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 31, 2012 @ 07:37 PM | 5,859 Views
Completely my fault. Did not perform the Throttle UP check to see if the propeller would stay on or not!

Anyway, I did an earlier mini-Build review at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1798332

Okay, lets see the results from today's adventures during Maiden attempt.

Flyzone Millennium Master Maiden Crash 12-31-2012 (1 min 31 sec)



Some Taxi pictures before the Maiden Attempt:





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 30, 2012 @ 02:30 PM | 5,560 Views
Hi Gals and Guys!

Well, on Friday morning (12-28-2012) after flying early morning with two good buddies, we decided to visit one of our local hobby shops and what we found was a feeding frenzy of Flyzone RC Airplane Models flying off the shelves.

One in particular that was SUPER reduced for a limited time was the Flyzone Millennium Master Sport Foam TxR model. I paid $89.98 from the full retail of $199.99. One of my buddies bought one as well.

Summary Build and First Impressions:

1. Really did not like the motor bearing noise. As of yet, no one has had any issues with the power system except one person that posted in the Park Flyer thread who stated that his motor burned up at the first battery connection via ESC. I almost replaced the motor with a spare E-Flite 480 (1020Kv) Brushless Outrunner but, instead decided to give it a try for flight OPS.

2. The other thing that bothered me was the Motor -to- ESC wires coming too close to the Nose Wheel Steering Arm. Certainly, the Steering Arm is on the opposite side from where the motor wires feed into the FUSE but, it was just too close for my taste so, I lifted up the wires using a small black Tie Wrap. I tried removing the motor to flip it 180 degrees but, the Wood Motor Mount did not allow the motor wires to be fed through on the top so, I gave up and used the Tie Wrap method.

3. These RED wing decals are garbage. Don't miss understand me, they look great and almost like paint but, they damage easily. I am...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 28, 2012 @ 06:33 AM | 5,424 Views
Hi guys!

Several days ago my beloved Park Zone T-28D Airforce crashed due to the rush to fly itch and well you can see for yourselves the results:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1788300

Now, fast forward we have a very successful repair results and a few items to note that the Nose Wheel Steering arm had to be replaced, the motor mount, Motor, ESC and of course the Receiver. My personal taste was to go back to the solid and less sophisticated yet very solid 72-Mhz Castle Creations BERG 4-Channel DSP receiver. The only thing that did not need to be replaced was the 3-Blade Master Airscrew 10 X 7 X 3 propeller!

EDIT: (Sorry for forgetting what kind of Glue I used!)
In the past, I have used WHITE GLUE (The stuff used at schools) such as Elmer's Glue, as it cures without leaving any residue and the bond is very strong, however, due to the long cure time you need to secure the two items together for a long time. Since the FUSE was slightly deformed up front that required some strong forming, I used the CA.

Using most exclusively CA and Accelerator such as:



A few pictures of the progress!!

Old Nose Wheel Steering Arm:



New Nose Wheel Steering Arm:
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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 25, 2012 @ 12:04 PM | 9,526 Views
Out of break down more like it!

After 417,000 miles the original Fuel Pump in the Gas tank finally gave out. I am experienced with my car for over 20 years but, this one really left me scratching my head. I checked all Fuses, including the AM2 that is the Ignition and Fuel pump and even replaced the entire Distributor (Cap & Rotor had been replaced recently) and nothing, it just did not want to crank up.

Well, it appeared that the Engine experienced some sort of high back-fire explosions internally due to the Fuel Pump operating in a irregular manner and caused the timing belt to stretch (after trying to start the Engine so many times.)

Here is today's mileage: FYI...ENGINE HAS NOT BEEN REBUILT


Timing Belt Stretched:


Towing to my good Friend Mechanic:
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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 18, 2012 @ 03:51 AM | 4,874 Views
Well guys,

You would think that a car that is hardly used and maintained in the garage would be mechanically sound since keeping it from the elements but, it is not necessarily true!

This 1996 Corolla DX is my mom's car and it has only 85,804 miles and maintained in the Garage when not in use. I borrowed it on Friday morning since my own beater decided to slip a timing belt from an early morning attempt to start.

For more work on this Corolla then, go to :
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1737059

and at Toyota Nation:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/4012462-post9.html

Anyway, on the way back home that Friday afternoon the car exhibited to have a condition of braking all by itself and the more I drove it and more it wanted to seize up on ALL wheels! Well, fortunately for me there was a mechanic shop right before the open road and I pulled in. They looked with disbelief and told me that the Calibers up front seemed to be locking up. Of course I told them that I do all my mechanical work and I just need to limp back home so, they relieved the Pressure on the brake lines and loosened up the back drum brakes to give me a good head start in my 24 mile journey.

The next day on Saturday, I was shocked to observed both front Caliber units all corroded and certainly locking up causing the back brakes to lock up themselves.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 13, 2012 @ 03:24 PM | 4,556 Views
Hi Guys!

Well, this morning I was determined to make a Video with my newest Keychain Camera and considering it was very overcast / Cloudy and super windy with high gusts in the 12 - 15 MPH, the model performed just majestically! Because of using the Park Zone 15, the model is exactly 6oz. heavier than the stock setup.

Power System Setup:
- Park Zone 15 (950Kv) identical motor that comes in PZ Spitfire Mk IX
- E-Flite 30-AMP Switch Mode ESC
- APC "E" 9 X 7.5 Propeller
- Turnigy 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 25C, Li-POLYs
- Everything else stardard and stock

Park Zone T-28 Navy Knife Edge all around the Field 12-13-2012 (6 min 6 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 13, 2012 @ 06:53 AM | 5,097 Views
Came to my RC Club trying to fly my Park Zone T-28D "Airforce" and with a new Keychain 720p Sky Camera. Well, I forgot my Freaking Spektrum DX7 so, another RC Club member was kind to lend me his DX7.

In performing the BIND process to this gentleman's DX7, I must have used a BIND plug that did not belong to Spektrum line of Receivers. The BIND PLUG got jammed in my T-28D AR600 receiver and caused damage to the AR600 circuit board underneath the pins while using a pair of pliers to remove the BIND plug. Whenever you need to use pliers then, the possibility of your Receiver to get damage is pretty high. I am just alerting all of you out there to be careful with inserting BIND plugs. If it is not going in smoothing then, do not insert.

My oldest T-28 NAVY is flying with the Castle Creations BERG 4-Channel DSP 72Mhz FM Modulation Receiver and controlled by the JR XP-7202 with fantastic results and if the AIRFORCE will be repaired back to flight worthy condition then, this is exactly how the model will be flown in the future. I am not knocking Spektrum for their receivers, just my personal preference.

Okay a few pictures!

Here are some wide angled Pictures of my T-28D Airforce Post Crash:





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