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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 25, 2013 @ 05:46 PM | 5,453 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!

A few pictures!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 25, 2013 @ 06:20 AM | 5,121 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:

EDIT: Oh, it seems like BP HOBBIES has this one on a Blow Out Sale for $47.00 !!

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 @ 05:30 AM | 5,041 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 @ 09:23 PM | 4,912 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 @ 10:58 AM | 4,781 Views

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 @ 09:57 AM | 4,834 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 @ 04:31 AM | 5,210 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 @ 08:57 AM | 4,569 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:

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 10, 2013 @ 12:40 PM | 11,922 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 @ 06:16 AM | 4,671 Views

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:

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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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 04, 2013 @ 02:50 PM | 5,017 Views
Hello gals & guys!

I have owned and flown my Park Zone Radian (first edition with just rudder and elevator) for over 3 years now and I have had only one fly away due to push rods being rusted and stuck and could not get it back, certainly I was down range way out (Pilot Error and Hardware issue).

Today was a massive Pilot Error on my part as I was sitting with the guys in the shade and enjoying my Radian up about 150 feet while the others were even higher with different powered gliders and not necessarily the Park Zone Radian like mine.

It was a total Brain fart on my part thinking as I sat there and enjoying it so much that I wanted to take a picture of us all with my HTC Vivid smart phone and did so, but, the 2nd time I removed my eyes away from the freaking model and then, returned to control it, I just NO LONGER could find it in the sky!

Of course, I calmly got off the chair and looked and looked around while pretending to control my model with my Transmitter (I was too ashamed to even say anything) I slipped away and got into my car and left to find my beloved Radian with upgraded Hitec HS-65's and the newest Lithium Polymer battery from my supply.

After at least 40 minutes of searching towards the West at adjacent fields and communities along with businesses, I came back empty handed and decided to just accept my loss of this fine RC Airplane Model.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 03, 2013 @ 03:00 PM | 4,522 Views
My trusted Mechanical and Family Friend placed this awesome project back to life, one VW Dune Buggy with a 1.6 Liter 4-cyclider Air-Cooled Gasoline Engine and it was awesome to watch it come back to life!

Video will be uploaded soon, in the mean time here are a few pictures!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 02, 2013 @ 02:19 PM | 4,858 Views
Just to give you all some insight, about two years ago I did my own Transmission Service which included dropping the Transmission Pan and replacing the Metal Filter Element.

One thing that I had forgotten was that most of the Old Transmission Fluid is still within the Front Pump and most especially the Torque Converter! Well, I had good intentions to revisit and drop the pan again to at least make a good job of removing all of the old Fluid after a few miles down the road. Well, being that it was not the easiest job I let it go and well, about three weeks ago the Shuddering started on OVER DRIVE and anytime I encountered a slight hill and gently increase throttle without having the OVER DRIVE disengage, an awful "SHUDDER" was felt throughout the car and at times it was so bad that it SHUDDER transferred into the steering wheel.

The only way it went away was to quickly depress the throttle for the OVER DRIVE to disengage and all was good again.

Make a long story short, I found the Transmission fluid rather low right about the time this SHUDDERING started and while the Engine was running and in PARK the dip stick showed very little fluid so, I added one quart and this SHUDDERING disappeared.

A few weeks past and it again appeared its UGLY head (SHUDDERING) once again when temperatures in Central Florida came close to 100 degrees F. Therefore, I decided to search for some documentation on this condition and found this...

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 02, 2013 @ 01:45 PM | 4,670 Views
Still after replacing the Temperature Sensor on the Engine of my 1992 Toyota Camry,


the Engine exhibit erratic RPMs and investigated the possible causes and of course there is an Idle Air Control Valve (IAC) that controls the Throttle, however, this is a very expensive Electronic Part and usually does NOT go bad and trusted my Mechanic told me to carefully check "ALL" Vacuum hoses going to the Air Manifold Section and most especially near the IAC, EGR etc...

Here is what the IAC looks like on my old 1992 Toyota Camry: (It lists for $200 +)

Now for my inspections, findings and replacements:

Found a torn and collapsed Vacuum Hose as shown in this picture!

Additionally, a Damaged and Previously Repaired EGR Vacuum Hose!
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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 01, 2013 @ 07:06 AM | 4,940 Views
Hello good people,

After driving my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry to the 443,800 mile mark, and with Cold Idle issues, I finally replaced the Temp Sensor unit on the Engine (the device that sends Temperature signal to the Engine Control Unit - ECU).

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 31, 2013 @ 03:04 PM | 4,281 Views
Hi guys!

Early morning was terrific here in Central Florida and enjoyed a perfect Blue sky with Dead Calm conditions. It was a Hot and Muggy experience, however, but the 3 year old Park Zone T-28D Trojan flew like it was on rails and I commanded it to perform the best Continuous Knife Edge all around the field.

As the model maintained its low altitude passes in front of our field, there was a considerable RF Glitch (I was flying the model with the JR XP 7202 and Castle Creations Berg 4-Channel FM super narrow band receiver) and I had forgotten about the straight line RF emissions at the edge of the lake. The model was perhaps nothing over 15 feet at the time of the UGLY glitch and managed to pull her out from an unsolicited inverted nose down attitude. Unfortunately, because of the low altitude, the model flat stalled into the Brackish Water Lake adjacent to RC Field and made a good size plash wake.

When I arrived at the edge of the lake, I was surprise to see the model still intact and floating very well on its belly and perfectly balanced such that neither Aileron Servo was touching water. I was able to try out the Throttle and the Master Airscrew 3-Blade (10 X 7 X 3) moved slightly and was able to keep the model close to the edge but, without rudder I decided to just go ahead and get the club’s row boat and did some good work out. Because it was dead calm, I was able to row just a few rowing action strokes and was able to reach the model in record time.

I wasted no time and visited the local HomeDepot and purchased the CRC 2-26 Electronic Spray!

EDIT: Forgot to mention that the Cowl already had a crack on the bottom so, the impact with the water finally finished it and I left it half submerged in the water It was so convenient as I had to get to the motor and ESC to spray the CRC product in!

Just go to show that everyone crashes from time to time.

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:38 PM | 5,079 Views
Sharing with all you who are Americans!

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE | A Soldier's Pledge (3 min 32 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 23, 2013 @ 06:42 PM | 5,674 Views
Hi good people!

Just providing some detailed Amp, Watt, Under load Voltage and RPM data on my latest adventures with my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt using the Park Zone 480 Brushless and while swinging the Durafly 4-Blade (10.25 inch) propeller!

For initial Flight Summary, please go to:

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Okay guys!

I got home at 4:43pm Eastern and wasted NO time!

Placed the model out door at the Back Yard where the Sun is facing and took the RPM Tach readings right at 4:54pm Eastern!

One thing to note is the Dr. Kuwi's normalized Motor Constants for the Park Zone 480 Brushless motor and shown here!

Setups Pictures on the Porch facing back yard into the Sun!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 21, 2013 @ 09:47 PM | 5,334 Views
Model: Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt
Motor: Park Zone 480 (960Kv)
ESC: E-Flite 30-AMP Switch Mode
Batt: Turnigy 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 25C, Lithium Polymer

Prop: Durafly 4-Blade (10.25 inch diameter)

AMPs / Watts etc.. go to:

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Son of a GUN!

The DURAFLY 4-Blade 10.25" diameter Propeller is just AMAZING with the Park Zone 480 (960Kv) motor! It made my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt zoomed upward like a Home Sick Dove!

Better yet, I flew with someone with a fast Park Zone Mustang P-51D that had a stronger and more powerful motor and he just barely could keep up with my JUG!

The best part was him watching me land using the retracts and flaps while his model still had to resort to belly landings

A few pictures of today's action and my model sporting the new DURAFLY 4-Blade!

The 2200's cells came down just a slight warmer than with the GWS 4-Blade.

Comparing the two, the DURAFLY is most certainly faster and with more thrust! Additionally, I did not find the DURAFLY brittle or flimsy but, rather nice and strong and much better than the GWS.

Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 29, 2013 @ 01:44 PM | 4,569 Views

Wow, what a difference it makes when the main gear is folded underneath the wing assembly! It flew and feels like a totally different RC P-47 Thunderbolt model!

I was actually shaking a bit when it ZOOMed past us and wondering what happened to the smaller / Lighter Park Zone 480 (960Kv) brushless motor?? I mean it was moving at least an additional 3 -to- 5 MPH faster!

Here are some neat pictures my Sky Bro (Gerry) took of my Thunderbolt from early this morning!

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