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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 23, 2013 @ 05:42 PM | 5,569 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:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1961182

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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!
http://www.homepages.paradise.net.nz...rkzone480.html



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


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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 21, 2013 @ 08:47 PM | 5,178 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:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1962433

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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.




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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 29, 2013 @ 12:44 PM | 4,487 Views
Guys!

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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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2013 @ 11:02 AM | 5,372 Views
I have finally installed the E-Flite Retracts on my PZ P-47 Thunderbolt and they work perfect! Without the STOCK Y-Connector "Amplified" that comes with the E-Flite Retracts! I have installed a regular Y-Connector just like I did with my PZ Spitfire Mk IX.

It is no wonder that John Redman in this following Video does NOT use the STOCK "Amplified" Y-Connector and instead used a Regular Y-Connector.

If you are all wondering and especially you have not followed my investigations within the PZ Spitfire Mk IX thread, it because the Spektrum Receiver Manual states that you can not use any "Amplified" Y-Connectors!!!

Please consider to read up at this Blog Post:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1915009

My bug is that no where within the E-Flite Retracts "nor" the PZ P-47 Thunderbolt Manual states this.....

HorizonHobby.com How To - ParkZone P-47D Retract Installation (14 min 12 sec)


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Pictures showing the Retrofit of new E-Flite Retracts for my Thunderbolt.



E-Flite Pre-Bent Struts


E-Flite Retracts
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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 27, 2013 @ 06:37 PM | 4,594 Views
Hello good People!

I was lucky to win a Free Ticket and attend the "Soft" viewing of Space Shuttle Atlantis (Tail Number OV-104). I am providing at least one Video and some pictures! This was taken at John F. Kennedy Space Center - Visitors Center at Kennedy Space Center, Florida!

SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS "SOFT" VIEWING 06-27-2013 (0 min 30 sec)


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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 25, 2013 @ 08:36 PM | 4,422 Views
Okay, a Multi Rotor crashed and someone recovered the GO PRO camera contents and now authorities are looking into video voyeurism concerns


http://www.clickorlando.com/news/loc...z/-/index.html
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2013 @ 05:47 PM | 4,292 Views
Okay, after flying my Park Zone Spitfire and leaving the RC Club, I wasted NO time and went directly to Lowe's Home Improvement right there in Titusville, Florida and I asked them to make me up two colors from the Battery Hatch piece.

The lady took the part carefully under this Machine with a Light Hub and started Clicking on a Computer Display and in seconds the formula came out to another machine close by.

Each Paint Sample jar was around $2.98 plus tax! (Acrylic Outside Paint)

There is enough Paint to last me for the Life of the Model.

Some pictures....





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 19, 2013 @ 04:03 AM | 4,650 Views
I have posted in the RADIO Section and have not received any replies so,......

Background History on this issue can be seen at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1909383

Original Posting of my installation of these E-Flite Retracts (Almost 2 years ago!!):
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2046

My issue has been using an Spektrum AR600 Receiver with the Stock power system in a certain Park Zone Spitfire Mk IX.

The only thing I did was to install a pair of Brand NEW E-Flite Retracts (EFLG100) and as some of you here may know that it comes with an Amplified Y-Connector Harness to connect both Retracts together.

I had no issues with the first 20 flights (Estimated) and then, all of a sudden one side started to Cycle all by itself. I have learned to land the Spitfire with just one Main Gear as this happened to me on several occasions.

During one visit at another thread discussing the larger E-Flite Hawker Hurricane, someone had the same issue as I was experiencing and they posted saying that he removed the STOCK Y-Connector Harness that came with the E-Flite Retracts for that model. I was sort of doubtful since the retracts are larger on the Hawker Hurricane 25e but, nevertheless, I tried it and to my shock and surprise it cured the UNSOLICITED Cycling of my retracts while in flight.

I have had perhaps over 25 "CAREFREE" Flights on my Park Zone Spitfire Mk IX without using any Amplified STOCK Y-Connector harness that comes with the...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 10, 2013 @ 07:35 PM | 3,941 Views
I have surpassed 15 carefree Flights without the E-Flite STOCK Y-Connector that comes with EFLG100. The removal of this STOCK Y-Connector that exhibits a Voltage Amplifier of sorts was because my Retracts started to cycle in an unsolicited manner while In-Flight.

Instead, back May 19th, 2013, I installed just a regular Y-Connector and the Retracts has exhibited perfect function without any issues to any unsolicited commanding / cycling of the retracts.

Here is the Blog Posting:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1894610

As you can see, I take my Spitfire Mk IX to log as many flights as I can to try out these E-Flite Retracts to test this configuration!


Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 09, 2013 @ 04:00 AM | 4,093 Views
Fun Fly at MOON PORT MODELERS RC CLUB and my Park Zone P-47D Thunderbolt won 3rd place prize for the Fast and Slow contest!

All this was with the smaller Park Zone 480 (960Kv) Motor and the GWS (Grand Wing Servo) 4-Blade 10 X 8 X 4 propeller setup! Amazing!!

My P-47 Thunderbolt is no speed demon but, no slouch either. The lap runs were conducted by Flag Personnel at each end of the runway sides. They ask you if you were ready and the first was just to get to the far end of the runway and then, when the Flag was lowered, you had to Throttle UP to Full and what I did since my P-47 is pretty light was to nose her in slightly to gain as much speed as possible and it made 2 seconds which was amazingly surprising!

Then, when the opposite Flag was lowered, you had to fly the model as slowly as possible without Stalling it. I activated Flaps and the large 4-Blade allowed it to slow down masterfully and rock solid. (about 10.6 seconds)

There was someone with a dang 3D light balsa model that won first and 2nd place, next time I will demand category / type restrictions! As far as I am concerned, my JUG won First Place!!




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Again, Fun Fly at MOON PORT MODELERS RC CLUB (Space Coast), and my Park Zone T-28D Airforce Trojan (Discontinued) won the FIRST PLACE PRIZE contest for Balloon Bust Contest.

I was not even trying and the model was so steady that I was able to line her up and reduce throttle and it hit 1st balloon and went around 2nd time for the reminding two (2) balloons in record time!


Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 02, 2013 @ 05:25 AM | 4,264 Views
For past work and recent briefings on my quest to keep this car on the road:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1881899

Hi Guys!
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/5054666-post4173.html

Well, Friday, May 31st, 2013 was a busy day for my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE (JT Vin = Japan) with 429,315 miles as I finally broke down and got it a nice Kenwood Radio with USB, Bluetooth etc...etc... and some neat "Polk Audio" Speakers for the front. The rears are SONY 3-Way and I myself installed those about 5 years ago and still pumping out the music great. Bestbuy had a SUPER deal for an open item on this Kenwood for a cool $69.99 and regularly priced is over $160 new. The Radio was in great condition and for a cool $11 US, I was able to get the 2-year extended warranty through BestBuy.

The Speakers were installed by BestBuy as they gave me a great deal since one of the Rear Speakers became lose and they had the expertise on removing and reinstalling the large 3-Way SONY's so, I went ahead and gave em the Green Light to install the new Polk Audio round speakers for the front. Zac, the Technician did a fantastic JOB at BestBuy and did not break anything on my car and installation of all items were done professionally. He even briefed me on how to use the new Kenwood and that BlueTooth with hands free Cell Phone Talk is the best and lets not forget the sound!:thumbsup:

That same day, I had my Camry's A/C system evacuated professionally by my good friend that specializes in Auto A/C and other items and did a great job. Advance Auto Parts are just supplying a new product known as AC PRO and its the best for Stopping Leaks, and Compressor Lub which my system had lots anyway but, I mostly used it for the leak as the A/C Tubing on this car is Factory and after all those miles....:clap:

Some Pictures showing the work:



























Present Odometer Mileage Reading!

Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 01, 2013 @ 06:12 PM | 3,782 Views
Background for reason of Update Report:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1899389


Enjoyed an Amazing morning with those that frequent a large area that the NAVY Reserve uses for their infrequent activities and part of the historical War World - II training center when it was McCoy Airforce Base.

It must have flown my Spiftfire for at least four (4) Long Flights using the Park Zone 480 (960Kv) and swinging the Master Airscrew 3-Blade 9 X 7 X 3 propeller. The wind was at least 8 MPH around 8:35am Eastern and the model performed flawlessly.

Like to report!!! The E-Flite Retracts performed flawlessly and Gear UP went without any issues and again while using the Regular Y-Connector Harness and not the STOCK E-Flite provided Amplified Y-Connector!!!!

One little issue during approach was the Right Main Gear did not deploy DOWN and I did not give up and throttle UP and went around and issuing the command for UP gear and then, DOWN such the 2nd time was a charm and all Main Gear sides came down and landed without any fuss. The Right Pre-Bent needs adjusting once again!!! The wheel is making contact at the boarder side of the wheel well.

DANG PRE-BENTS!!!

Here are a few pictures my Park Zone Spitfire Mk IX with the Same Park Zone 480 and Master Airscrew 3-Blade 9 X 7 X 3 and DUBRO Spinner




Posted by PittSpecial | May 26, 2013 @ 02:50 PM | 5,183 Views
Background:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1897242

Guys,

Well, after Three (3) Long Weeks.......

I have been redeemed after all the work I have done to my Spitfire.. no nothing about fixing it due to a crash just nagging issues from an Ugly Wobble at the Business End (Prop Adapter / Spinner) and then, the king of issues for a long time had been the Unsolicited activation of one Main Gear E-Flite Retract side.

I like to report that the model flew for just a little over 7 minutes and the Retracts were activated at least twice while in Flight and the model DID NOT exhibit any unsolicited cycling of any side Main Gear E-Flite Retract while using a Non-Amplified Non-Stock Y-Connector that usually comes with the E-Flite EFGL100 servoless retracts!!

Additionally, there was absolutely NO Wobble at the Business End...

Video:
Park Zone Spitfire MK IX with EFlite Retracts and Non-Amplified Y-Harness 05-26-2013 (3 min 28 sec)


Some pictures from today's action at the RC Club!





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Posted by PittSpecial | May 22, 2013 @ 11:33 PM | 5,269 Views
For the recent work done on the E-Flite Retracts:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1894610

Okay...

After almost two weeks without flying because of issues with my E-Flite Retracts (new regular Y-Connector solved the problem) and issues with an ugly Wobble at the business end (Spinner and Propeller), the model is finally ready!

Tonight I was able to stop at my local Hobby Shop and use a $10.00 Award Certificate that I won in a ticket raffle during my participation at last month's RC Club meeting. I bought a new Master Airscrew 3-Blade 9 X 7 X 3 and wasted no time when I came home and installed. I did find the propeller adapter with a 1.5 inch shank length with double set screw securing method was not tight on the motor output shaft and luckily all that was needed was to re-seat and tighten both set screws and all is ROCK Solid.

The model (to me) looks terrific and I know that this 3-blade 9 X 7 X 3 from Master Airscrew will result in a higher top speed since I have this same propeller on my Park Zone F4U Corsair (older model version) and really moves out. The propeller that I had been flying was the Master Airscrew 3-Blade 10 X 7 X 3 and did very well notwithstanding the slight wobble it had...

Can't wait to fly my Spitfire again soon!





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Posted by PittSpecial | May 19, 2013 @ 07:11 AM | 6,088 Views
Of course I am replacing the STOCK Y-Connector Cable that comes with the E-Flite Retracts (EFLG100) as I have determined it was the cause for unsolicited cycling of one of my retracts and while in flight!

Here are a few Photos I took during my almost ALL NIGHT ordeal.....

Here is the STOCK Y-Connector that comes with the EFLG100 which Failed!


Bought the JR Sport, Park Number JSP98020, 6-Inch Y-Harness to cure the issue with the E-Flite Retracts!

The STOCK Y-Harness is on the Left and the New one in the package is on the Right.



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Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 28, 2013 @ 02:28 PM | 6,620 Views
Hello good people

Just a few pictures showing the Ignition Timing Adjustment of my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE (Made in Japan - JT Vin Number) with over 426,000 Miles as it has been at least four months since the major maintenance (Timing Belt, Water Pump, Fuel Pump etc..) and you can see that data at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1795007

On Saturday afternoon (yes, I still like to tinker with cars) I was able to unwrap my recent purchase of one very old (Vintage) Sears Craftsman Induction Pickup Timing Gun and was able to adjust the timing setting on the 2.2Liter Gasoline Engine (5SFE) and what a difference!

Initial Checking with the Diagnostic Connector port, the terminals E1 and TE1 were shorted together per instructions and transmission left in Neutral with Emergency Brake ON, I verified that I had been driving the car with near 0-degrees and it is no wonder the car did not have any Get-UP and GO, not to mention the horrible Gasoline Mileage of nothing over 25.7 MPG.

I took out the entire Air Filter Compartment and was able to reach the Distributor securing bolts and moved the Distributor to the required position of 10 Degrees Before Top Dead Center (BTDC). Previously, I had already marked the notch on the Crank Pully so, it was easy and it was the first time I used this Vintage SEARS Craftsman Timing Gun (Therefore, I will provide a good FEEDBACK to the Seller).

I tightened the Distributor securing Bolts (12mm) and replaced the Air Filter Compartment and reinserted the Air Flow Sensor, I took it out for a test drive and BOY O BOY, it GOT UP TO SPEED very quickly without any hesitation and Steering Wheel's vibrations at Idle almost completely disappeared.

I am hoping that the Gasoline Mileage returns to its normal 28-MPG City/Highway combined and 31-MPG Highway.

Okay, a few pictures!












Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 19, 2013 @ 01:37 AM | 5,755 Views
For those interested, you can read up on more details of Flight Results using the smaller and lighter motor (Park Zone 480) at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1828087


Okay,

Just for all of you that might be wondering of the Center-Of-Gravity using the Lighter and Smaller Park Zone 480 (960Kv) and this goes with any other smaller motor of the same weight class and hopefully Kv.

I went to great lengths to provide you with the most accurate Measuring of the Center-Of-Gravity per the User Manual and balanced my model on top of some very slippery metal dinning chairs and they seem to do the trick!

Okay, lets take it from the beginning ....inserted my Turnigy 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 25C discharge, Lithium Polymer battery:


Carefully measured and marked the recommended Center-Of-Gravity:


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Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 25, 2013 @ 05:12 AM | 5,893 Views
Hi guys,

I have flown my Spitfire for over 10 flights over a span of one solid week and yes, including week days visiting my RC Club right before work and including this past weekend where the model exhibited very good (meeting my goals) with good scale flight characteristics (it is not a speed demon, however it is no slouch either) and most importantly the landings are a thing to see....no nose overs and the approaches are very slow and manageable with greasing the landings every time.

I am not saying that I was not able to land this model in STOCK form before and as a matter of fact I did and have Video should you all like to see again just that the lighter wing loading and most especially the heavy weight up front (Stock Spinner hardware with large Metal Nut for securing Stock thick plastic spinner) is not longer an issue.

I must have put 5 flights just on Sunday morning and in steady wind of 8 - 10 MPH so, I did not see the model exhibit too of a floaty manner and loops were just fantastic. I am sure that if I change out the Master Airscrew 3-blade back to the Stock Park Zone 2-Blade (9.5 X 7.5) it will provide additional RPMs at the Motor shaft and result in more airspeed but, at present, I really love the looks of the 3-blade.

I do not have any new Video to share but, in comparison with the GWS 4-Blade propeller as shown here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=7800
The model has considerable additional Airspeed using the MAS 3-Blade (10 X 7 X 3).

All in all, I am very pleased of my modifications to my model and just wanted to share my findings with all of you.

A few pictures of the latest look of my Spitfire: (Durbro 3-Blade Spinner, MAS 3-Blade Prop, & Park Zone 480-960Kv)







For the initial Modification over to the Park Zone 480 (960Kv) go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1829511

For the Results of using the Park Zone 480 & GWS 4-Blade go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1832961

For Main Gear Wheel change out modifications go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1833665
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 23, 2013 @ 07:29 AM | 5,732 Views
Good day everyone!

I have rather grim news about one purchase I made here in the Classifieds under the Electric Airplane Section. Not that the Seller did not ship the item or any other issue with the transaction but, rather that we (Seller and Buyer) did not make sure a signature request for the item was made to force the Carrier to keep the BOX should no one was home.

In my case, someone was home, however, a young family member did not open the door as they were alone and did not feel safe to do so and instead waited for another family member to come home and retrieve the BOX from the front door area.

Needless to say, a stranger (Thief) came by and STOLE the item so, please make sure if it is a good size BOX then, ask for Signature Request!!!!

I really did not care about the $$$ just that this model is very rare and out-of-production!!!

FOR SALE THREAD:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1832045