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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 13, 2013 @ 03:22 PM | 4,245 Views
Yes, I am a dummy, a fool and newbie, green as could be!

Just to catch up for those that have not visited Part-1:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=337685

I am horrified that I never thought to adjust the control surfaces on this fantastic flying Steven's Aero Cap232 with some sort of Dual Rate option and instead I have flown this model with 100% settings or in other words "RAW" mechanical settings and it is NO WONDER I almost CRASHED this model on my first flight not withstanding the WASH-IN Issues.

Summary:
As soon as the Cap232 took off on smooth hard surface at my RC Club while no one else was present, I knew that all the preset adjustments I made on the ground was PERFECT! Of course my good buddy Mark S. (Marked) assisted me over the telephone and gave me suggestions to the adjustments, most especially for the LOW RATE on the Elevator.

As I recall, the take-off roll was performed using the LOW RATE setting at 43% on the Elevator, 80% for Ailerons and 100% for Rudder. It took off super smooth and I allowed it to gain altitude and I was amazed how smooth and relaxing it was to fly this model at these settings. I am sure most of you are surprised at me for being so amazed but, I have never used any Dual Rates or Expo on any of my Models (seat of the pants flying!)

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 11, 2013 @ 10:35 PM | 4,670 Views
Hi good people,

Wondering if some of you can help me a bit on a purchase that I made yesterday on a used 40A Cap232 with 54 inch wing span. I bought it in Central Florida, local pickup and just trying to sort out a few things. Early this morning (Friday, 10-11-2013 was the maiden flight for me and I had to be on it at all times just from keeping it from CRASHING so, it was NOT fun at all.) The landing cause the APC "E" 14 X 7 propeller to break and the thick main landing gear wire to bend backwards and the Right wing servo to jam.

Upon inspecting the Wing carefully the wing tip that has some lose covering is just scratching the surface of issues with this model. I bought the model with the mind set that all was okay except the covering on the wing tip and never did I thought to check for any wing warp-age or uneven WASH-IN issues.

SUMMARY:

1. The entire Left Wing has a warp throughout its length assembly.

2. The Airfoil has more curvature on the bottom than on top. I am sure this model flys excellent inverted!

3. The correct thing to do is saw the wing in half (or in other words remove the entire covering and find out which is the best manner to use this wing airframe with the increased curvature on top). Of course, taking out the landing gear to allow the wing to ride upside down from how it is presently configured, however, this will take lots of time and energies so, presently, I am doing the simple stuff.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 03, 2013 @ 12:21 AM | 4,112 Views
Hello good people!

Just wanted to share a treasure troll of a WORK SHOP that provides 72 Degree F comfort and has everything you can think of to make your own parts!!

Introducing Tom Holmes Work Shop in Central Florida!!


Tom is on the Left!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 26, 2013 @ 06:04 PM | 4,003 Views
Clockwork Creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz


This video is just astounding.

I believe it is worth your time. If you are a teacher you may want to share it with your students. I am in total shock at when this was made--240 years ago



'The Writer' Automaton (4 min 49 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 22, 2013 @ 05:33 AM | 3,992 Views
Hi good people,

Just wanted to share a Fun Sail event with the North Florida ORCAS RC Boat Club and who invited me and my good friend Tony Lombardo. We traveled from Central Florida to meet with these dedicated RC Boat club members to experience their waters (Lake Park) at LOSCO REGION PARK located 10851 Hood Road South in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville.

http://nfloridaorcas.freeservers.com/about.html

I had a terrific time with two of my RC Boats and glad I came because I needed to work on both of these fine RC Boat Models that I have acquired within the past two years now and these boats always needs work for either making sure all systems are working correctly "or" appearance and scale work that might need attention.

Just a few pictures of my super LARGE PT311 (Torpedo Patrol RC Electric boat) that spans six (6) feet long. The smaller and fantastic looking and running PT boat is from an RC Club member from North Florida ORCAS.







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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 08, 2013 @ 02:46 PM | 4,601 Views
Hello good people,

There is a discussion thread over in the Electric Plane Talk section and this blog is just to record my very first flight of my new Dynam SMART RC Electric Airplane model.

Please note that this is NOT a beginner RC Model even though it does have some qualities and characteristics of a Trainer but, it requires someone with intermediate -to- Advance RC Pilot skills. Why? Because this model will give you two Snap Rolls for FREE when you even don't expect it, depending on your control settings.

First, allow me to provide you with some fantastic pictures made possible by my good friend, Gerry Rivera (simano) and who also, provided the Video Capture of today's Maiden Flight.

Okay, a few pictures......

Oh, yes, it is the largest RC Foam Model that I have ever flown and the best flying one at that!!!!

In the first flight, I flew it like I stole it and was very comfortable in rolling it very close to the ground and almost stalled it with high Alpha flight and got very close to the bushes far end of the RC field. I saw the shadow of the model right on top of the bushes!!!!

My buddy Gerry told me NOT to push the envelope so, I took it easy

This thing flew slower than a Slow Stick!!!!

I used the Spektrum AR611e Park Flyer Receiver, my Spektrum DX7 (older model) and Turnigy 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 25C Lithium Polymers. I believe Dave (dbc) changed out the ESC to a 45-AMP Black Label no-name job and did excellent!

A few pictures!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 04, 2013 @ 12:21 PM | 4,611 Views
Guys!

I finally was able to upload the Video I recorded this past Sunday showing my Buddies Maiden (Gerry Rivera = simano) of his new shinny E-Flite UMX MIG-15 Df!

First, a few pictures!




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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 31, 2013 @ 10:08 PM | 5,701 Views
Guys!

We were sitting around shooting the gums (talking) under the shelter roof of the RC Club as we were watching the wind socks (both digital and fabric) and wondering how the wind got so high in such a short period of time.

As I was contemplating on leaving to the Candy Store with my Sky Bro, here comes Wayne Mendez with his family in his large SUV and was giving them the tour as it is a long weekend (Labor Day).

I looked at the wind socks and decided what the heck!

It flew in perhaps 10 MPH winds and they were not steady!!

For Maiden Flight Results and Observations:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1983492

Tip Idea:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1986185

Pictures were possible by Gerry Rivera (simano) who has terrific Photography Skills!!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 31, 2013 @ 08:44 PM | 5,309 Views
Hello Good People!

Sharing some High Resolution Digital Pictures that my good buddy, Gerry Rivera (simano) took this morning at the RC Club! Just an amazing morning and Gerry took some neat In-Flight Pictures of my new Trail Blazer!

Maiden Observations (Flight Report) at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1983089

BP HOBBIES has this one on a Blow Out Sale for $47.00 !!
http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...5&pid=F0385376

Okay, here are the IN-FLIGHT Pictures!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:14 PM | 6,465 Views
Hello good People!

For my Maiden Assessment, please go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1983492

I don't know if anyone has used the Top Securing Foam piece from the Carrying Box for this model but, I use it for inserting and removing the battery.

All I do is flip this top piece upside down on a secure surface and place the model upside down with it to keep it from being damaged such as paint chip or other undesirable issue.


Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 25, 2013 @ 04:46 PM | 5,320 Views
Hello good people,

Just like to say that this morning (Sunday, August 25th, 2013) I met up with a buddy at the local School Band Practice Concrete Surface, we affectionately call EDWARDS because of its vast and smooth like surface that looks just like a vast test bed to take the small RC Airplanes for test flights

Setup was very quick as I used my 3 year old Spektrum DX7 Transmitter and proceeded to bind the MIG-15 then, made sure all surfaces moved in the appropriate manner and direction. I could hear the new technology taking over to make the flight more enjoyable and took the model to the surface for its maiden flight.

I allowed lots of room and distance for the model to gain airspeed using the landing gear wheels and it took off without too much UP Elevator input (note the nose wheel gear a little taller than the main gear). Anyway, the model was a baby doll in the air and I quickly throttle down to almost 1/2 and it performed almost all the acrobatic moves except loops as for loops I had to increase almost to 3/4 and they were just majestic.

After 4 minutes tooling around, I lined her up for a landing and throttled down to 1/4 throttle and it just glided and glided with a little too much airspeed, however, I was committed for landing and it bounced gently twice and the third contact it finally settled in and rolled out very scale like.

I believe that I have found my new joy. I have never liked EDF's until this one!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 25, 2013 @ 05:20 AM | 4,987 Views
Hello good people!

I bought a lightly used Lanyu Tailblazer ARF from a good friend, David C., from Brooksville, Florida last week and finally came around to get a "New" AR400 Spektrum Receiver and all systems a go!

The model exhibited LOTS of Power and I can't wait to go and fly it!!!

Here is the For Sale Thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1978374

EDIT: Oh, it seems like BP HOBBIES has this one on a Blow Out Sale for $47.00 !!
http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...5&pid=F0385376


A few pictures showing the installation of the "NEW" Amplified Antenna Spektrum AR400 (4-Channel) Full Range Receiver!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 24, 2013 @ 04:30 AM | 4,935 Views
Okay gals and guys!

Got a buddy to Video Record my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt Flight from early this morning and please note, it was flown with a partially Charged Lithium Polymer (12.29 Volts instead of the nominal 12.54 Volts). Additionally, this is using the Park Zone 480 and the Durafly 4-blade (10.25in diameter) propeller.

Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt Speed Runs at 3/4 Throttle 08-23-2013 (4 min 34 sec)


Oh yes, the next best thing for going slower is the fantastic in-flight shots (Pictures) that can result without the need for an expensive lens or fast speed shutter setting.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 22, 2013 @ 08:23 PM | 4,749 Views
Hello Good People,

It has been perhaps over 3 years that I have not heard nor seen a very nice RC Club member by the name of Bill Lites from Titusville, Florida. It was so nice to see him again on Monday morning at the RC Club field to show him some models that I am trying to get rid of since he is looking for some smaller Electric Models.

Bill is an experienced RC Airplane Flyer and accomplished Modeler so, he is looking for something a little more aerobatic and mentioned the Park Zone T-28 Trojan. Since we had a little issue in getting a-hold of each other a few weeks past and I gave away my original Park Zone T-28 "Navy" Trojan and another Airframe of the same model to another very nice friend Mark S.

Well, as soon as Mark heard that Bill was looking for a Park Zone T-28, he asked me to come over his house and he handed me my former Park Zone T-28 Trojan so, I can refurbish it and give it to Bill. Very nice of Mark!

Well, upon inspection of the FUSE from my former Park Zone T-28, it was shocking at best since I had to remove the FIREWALL to get at the Glued in Nose Wheel Steering Arm. My last repair was trying to attempt to glue a crack where the Nose Wheel Gear went right though the Bottom center of the Firewall and no matter what you did and if the landings were not perfect the Nose Wheel Gear wire continued to pass through again and again. I must have glued all kinds of material behind that Firewall and still no joy! Okay, going back to the FUSE, I...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 18, 2013 @ 09:58 AM | 4,692 Views
Hello!

Wanted to share my quest in repairing a Balancing Plug that got pulled during a Splash down at a Lake adjacent to my RC Club field. On splash down the model exerted G forces that the battery shifted and slightly pulled on one two of the wires on the balancing Harness.

The Setup:


Opened up the Pulled Wire Receptacle:


Trimmed the Insulation and Tinning on the pulled Balance Wire:
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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 18, 2013 @ 08:57 AM | 4,759 Views
Hello good people!

This Lever is a Chevy's Gasoline Peddle on a 2008 Blazer! Just look what is controlling your Life, a small Sensor that sends position information to the computer. It just so happens that my good Friend Pete Figueroa was test driving the vehicle and this part finally exhibited a HARD FAILURE instead of the infrequent manner that the owner of vehicle was describing. Needless to say, the vehicle just completely locked up and the Engine Stopped leaving the vehicle dead in the middle of the road. It is just great news that the Throttle did not get stuck wide open. This is why, I do not get rid of my trusted 1992 Toyota Camry with the Throttle Cable that directly opens the throttle body.

Why? Because I have had ZERO issues with the older style Throttle "Cable" and my Toyota Camry has just turned 435,000 miles (Engine never has been overhauled ! ). If the throttle "Cable" fails then, the spring in the Throttle Body closes the butterfly valve in the throttle body and the engine settles to idle setting!

Here is the newer style Throttle By Wire:




Picture of a Traditional Throttle "CABLE" Control like in my 1992 Toyota Camry:
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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 16, 2013 @ 03:31 AM | 5,136 Views
Hello guys!

Our Michael Wargo from Orlando, Florida has made a very educational Video on how to setup your radio with Travel Adjustment, Rates etc....

Certainly, he is an expert 3D flyer but, he does the large Jets and Giant scale jobs as well and he is a super nice guy and glad that he made this Video,

He is sponsored by several companies including Hobby King and Precision so, enjoy and I hope you all find this useful.

1 2 3D With Michael Wargo - "The Radio" (10 min 12 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 12, 2013 @ 07:57 AM | 4,506 Views
Flew my beloved Park Zone T-28D "Airforce" for several flights until I could not stand the heat in Central Florida today. It was a sizzling 96 degrees in the shade at high Noon today and with lots of humid conditions that made it just unbearable.

On my last landing the timer alarm was going off and the wind was picking up and I came in too slow and the freaking UP Elevator just was not enough and the model did not flair like it was supposed to. Well, the nose wheel gear was the first to touch down and I could hear that swivel plastic part snap where I was standing!

Tonight, I worked on my Trojan once again and took out the busted swivel arm for the Nose Wheel Steering and used a careful amount of Gorilla Glue to get the two broken halves together. Since the cure time was a few hours, I just went to my Hobby Draw and took out a brand new part and continued working and the installation was super easy since I have replaced and repaired this part many times!

Again, if you recall, I had to replace the Rudder Servo due to the Stock Park Zone servo got jammed due to the water impact from last week and the Hitec HS-82MG was installed....and for that adventure you can view it at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1972940







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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 10, 2013 @ 11:40 AM | 11,148 Views
Mark S., a good buddy of mine designed and scratched built one heck of a nice Project to depict the CARTOON Character of DUSTY from the new Disney PLANES movie that was released yesterday (Friday, August 9th, 2013).

In record time, Mark took a grand total of Four (4) days to make this creation and did so, with the skill, care, and without any plans to make a decent size RC Flying Airplane of DUSTY.

I asked permission from Mark to place as much information in my Blog to capture this nice Project since I have enjoyed it and I hope you all will as well. I was present for the Maiden Flight and it was magical watching this RC airplane "CARTOON" Model fly off from ground with excellent manners and rock solid characteristics.

A few pictures of his build process and what Mark had to work with....

This is a 550% of a coloring picture I found on the net.There are no 3 views of Dusty,and I have watched both trailers 11 times EACH.


Fuse Foam Cuttings, a start!


had to come up with a way to support the motor way up front,,and be strong.
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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 09, 2013 @ 05:16 AM | 4,613 Views
Guys,

I finally got to my beloved Park Zone T-28D "Airforce" Trojan and repaired / replaced a few items after the incident Lake Crash at my RC Club Last week.

For details of the incident, please to go:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1967275

Well, it turns out that the Stock Park Zone Rudder Servo got defective on impact with the water as it seems it Swan Dive and the Rudder & Nose Wheel Steering took a good hit with the water. No worries, I found a Hitec HS-82MG) and all is okay.

The Motor did get damage and for the life of me, I just could not get the retaining ring at the End Bell of the motor? I tried and to no success, the set screw on the Retaining Ring just did not want to turn? I just wanted to see if I could open up the Stock (Initially that came with the model) and see what could be causing the noise. I found a slightly used and newer version of the Park Zone 480 (960Kv) Brushless motor in my Hobby Bin so, I wasted no more time with the old and damaged motor.

A few Pictures:



Newer (New Version - Metal Frontal Housing) 480 Motor Installed:


Taking no more risks, I replaced the FM Radio with the Orange 2.4G Spectrum RX:

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