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Posted by accel8or | Dec 16, 2014 @ 04:18 PM | 1,091 Views
As it is now, the airplane models in Realflight "feel" floatier than in real life. In the Realflight sim, they are less likely to tip stall or just plainly fall out of the sky from insufficient power. The planes feel less twitchy and more forgiving, even when you dial up the physics/realism. However, the roll, pitch and yaw are right on. Even the torque roll is right on.

Realflight has helped me a lot with 3D moves and aerobatics in general. I don't think I could have mastered even basic 3D without Realflight.

The most realistic models are the Twisted Hobbys Crack Yak, the ultramicro Beast biplane, and the quadcopter that looks like the DJI Phantom. I can't comment on the giant scale 30cc, 50cc, and 100cc Extra 300's, 260's, and SBachs, because I have never flown the real models.

The next major development would be even more realistic physics. A lot of that probably depends upon the computer's processing speed and maybe even improvements in the RAM. I'm not a computer expert, but I'm sure that's what's needed.

I wish Realflight was more user-friendly in terms of being able to move stuff around in the flying field. Adding, removing trees, clouds, cars, etc. should be like a click and drag with the mouse. And I wish that being able to design an airplane would be just as user-friendly, so we don't have to ask others to design planes for us, or to emulate an actual plane in the sim environment.
Posted by accel8or | Dec 16, 2014 @ 03:56 PM | 1,170 Views
Radio-controlled radios aren't anything new. It has been around longer than I've been alive, and I was born in 1961. The first time I have heard of and seen a radio-control transmitter was back in 1973. My Dad and my brother; we would go around Torrance, Hawthorne, Lomita, Carson Mall, and Long Beach, looking in various hobby stores at model planes. Back then, I built plastic model planes (static display airplanes), flew free-flight balsa models, U-control Cox & Testors planes and model rockets. The first time I've ever seen radio-controlled airplanes flying was at a vacant field behind the Carson Mall. This was back around 1973 if I remember correctly. Some people were flying what looked like Ugly Stik planes. I was hooked, vowing to get one when I could afford it. Radios back then cost $300 and up, and that was a lot of money back then. We were at TQ Hobbies in Lomita (?), I think, and yes, $300 & up for a Kraft radio. I'm sure it came with servos, but still that was way more than what we could afford. I remember Futaba was considered the best, and to many, it still is. I was smitten by the gliders that flew out of Point Fermin in San Pedro, CA. I also saw them flying off of Bluff Park in Long Beach. My dad said if I wanted, we could save up to buy a glider and radio, but it would take maybe a year to get enough money. I knew it would have put a big strain on our finances, so I told him, no. And besides, I did not know how to fly r.c. If I...Continue Reading
Posted by accel8or | Dec 12, 2014 @ 03:07 PM | 1,319 Views
After the automatic updates to my pc, I did not know that somehow, the NVIDIA video software had turned on the 3-D function for 3D glasses.

So what happened is that when Realflight is on, I saw double of everything, including double airplanes.

I went into the video card setting in my pc and didn't find anything broken. Then it occurred to me that maybe the 3D glasses are on. I don't use 3D glasses, because most programs don't have 3D capabilities.

In the NVIDIA settings, I found the enable/disable switch for 3D. I turned it off and went back to Realflight. Everything was back to normal

And best of all, my pc didn't overheat anymore. When it overheats, it shuts off.

Now Realflight runs fairly cool and sometimes warm in the pc.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 25, 2014 @ 02:50 PM | 1,282 Views
In this blog entry, I am not instructing anyone to do this; nor is this a tutorial on how to go about it.

With the DJI Phantom 2 battery, you are left with two options: buy an AC charger from DJI, or buy their car charger. Both chargers cost a hundred dollars. They aren't really chargers; they are 12 volt power supplies.

The DJI Phantom 2 battery is a "smart battery." It has its own charger inside. It takes 12 volts DC and the internal charger does the rest.

The problem is finding a plug that fits the battery. Venom makes a set of plugs for Deans, EC3, and others. One side of the adapter plug has rounded nubs, so reversing the polarity is made that much more difficult, which is good.

I made this adapter, so that I can charge at the field. And at the end of the day, I use this adapter to discharge the battery to storage charge level.
Posted by accel8or | Aug 16, 2014 @ 07:58 PM | 1,929 Views
It's funny how people would come to the field, make visual judgements and determine who can and can't fly worth s***t.

Most people will think right away that I can't fly. And then they watch me and they know they're wrong.
Posted by accel8or | Aug 16, 2014 @ 07:52 PM | 1,830 Views
I figured out what was wrong with the Adagio's flaps. I re-routed the flaps wires to go underneath the carbon wing tube and as far away from the aileron wires as possible and as far from the esc wires as possible. It works instantly.
Posted by accel8or | Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:54 AM | 1,483 Views
Oh God, don't buy the Adagio yet!
The instruction manual is just awful. It has no instructions for which port on the receiver is ailerons, or flaps. You have to download the manual for the receiver to find out. The flaps don't work, but everything else does. And get this: In order to get the AS3X working, you have to download an app for your smartphone. This sucks. Don't buy the Adagio until they get their s*** together and make a Youtube video on how to set the damn thing up!
Posted by accel8or | May 06, 2013 @ 12:23 AM | 2,881 Views
Motor: Himax HC3516-0840, 840kv motor, 35.2 x 42.2mm size.
13x4 prop, GForce 2200mAh 40c/3s lipo.
At full throttle: 25.8 amps peak, 278.6 watts peak, 10.8Vm, 0.16 Ap, 11.53V at lipo battery source.
Posted by accel8or | May 04, 2013 @ 05:48 AM | 2,316 Views
I just found the perfect tailwheel assembly for parkflyer planes. If you fly the Tower Hobbies F6F Hellcat, you know it could use a much more durable tailwheel. Well, I've found one from Hobby-Lobby online. It costs $4.79. The photos show what it includes and nothing more. The wheel itself is made of metal with a rubber tire.
Posted by accel8or | Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:27 PM | 2,198 Views
If you like to build and fly epp planes, you would know that plain old c.a. is okay to use, and Welder's is one of the best choices to use for epp. But did you know that Goop is almost the same? The only difference is that Goop seems to be thicker than Welder's. This is what both glues look like in their tubes:
Posted by accel8or | Apr 16, 2013 @ 10:40 PM | 2,355 Views
Re-trim not needed, even in a day that saw 20mph + winds. Using an EMP 10x7 prop, my static run-up tests show 28.88 amps peak @ full throttle, producing 310 watts. At half throttle, the motor is drawing 12.22 amps peak, and producing 136.8 watts peak. After a 4 minute test flight, my 2200mAh 30c 3s lipo (GForce) had 3.99, 3.99 & 3.99 volts. I could have flown the T28 another 2 or 3 minutes. I set my timer to 6:00. The plane "feels" lighter in the air and responsive, without feeling "out of control." I like this setup the best.
--16 April 2013
Posted by accel8or | Apr 12, 2013 @ 12:22 AM | 2,557 Views
This motor's been used by Bob (rgthd007) on his Fun Cub, spinning a 13x4 prop (!) and a 40 amp esc. Now, the Hobbyking website lists the maximum amps at 22, but in reality, the max is 32 amps. Bob did a power test and here are the results: at full throttle (13x4 prop) the motor is drawing 29 amps. At half throttle, the motor is only drawing an amazingly small 2.10 amps/25 watts with the same 13x4 prop! Maximum power at full throttle is 311 watts.
Posted by accel8or | Feb 20, 2011 @ 10:05 PM | 3,492 Views
This is the plane that flies when it's too windy to fly. Nobody except a few
3D guys and jets show up at the field when the wind is blowing. My MS Composit Mustang is all-epp except for the rudder and horizontal stab, which are made of a depron-type foam. The fuselage is 1 inch thick epp. This Mustang's motor is from a Sky Fly Max plane, putting out 27 ounces of thrust with an 8x4 prop and 1800mah 3s lipo.
The a.u.w. for the P-51 is 13.75 ounces with the 1000mah 3s 11.1v lipo.
Posted by accel8or | Feb 06, 2011 @ 07:29 PM | 2,806 Views
The rc hobby plane market is just full of cheap, cheesy products that could barely fly, or if it can, will only last a few flights. Now, one of my favorite planes are the Cessna high-wings. High wings in general really get my flying interest up, whenever I see one up above.

I was looking for a Cessna 172 or 182-type of park flyer; one that will fit inside my small car. This limits me to a maximum 40-inch wingspan or less. Add to the equation the need for a great-handling, high-quality, good-looking, and reasonably-priced brushless-powered airplane, and it's not that easy.

Luckily, I was browsing Youtube and came across a review for the Gravity Hobby Cessna 182. The reviewer gave it a favorable rating. He just kept saying how nice it flies, how good it looks, the battery compartment, and motor. And I was pleased to find out that the wingspan was only 35".

I love this plane. I never thought a foamie could fly like this. It flies like the large PZ T-28 Trojan.

A photograph of my Cessna is attached. I hope more people would find out about this plane.