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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 03, 2013 @ 02:00 PM | 4,455 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 @ 01:19 PM | 4,730 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 @ 12:45 PM | 4,589 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 @ 06:06 AM | 4,841 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 @ 02:04 PM | 4,222 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 @ 09:38 PM | 5,020 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 @ 05:42 PM | 5,595 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 @ 08:47 PM | 5,225 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 @ 12:44 PM | 4,510 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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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2013 @ 11:02 AM | 5,413 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:

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 | 4,613 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 | 4,446 Views
Okay, a Multi Rotor crashed and someone recovered the GO PRO camera contents and now authorities are looking into video voyeurism concerns

Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2013 @ 05:47 PM | 4,314 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 | 4,698 Views
I have posted in the RADIO Section and have not received any replies so,......

Background History on this issue can be seen at:

Original Posting of my installation of these E-Flite Retracts (Almost 2 years ago!!):

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.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 10, 2013 @ 07:35 PM | 3,964 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:

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 | 4,112 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 | 4,295 Views
For past work and recent briefings on my quest to keep this car on the road:

Hi Guys!

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 | 3,806 Views
Background for reason of Update Report:

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.


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 | 5,204 Views


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...

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 | 5,293 Views
For the recent work done on the E-Flite Retracts:


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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