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Posted by gionir | Jan 24, 2014 @ 05:16 AM | 1,037 Views
Hi all,
Dad built this thingy to measure thrust on his setups, thought it was worth sharing!



More pics and a description here
Posted by gionir | Jul 05, 2013 @ 04:34 AM | 1,289 Views
Hi all,
I decided to buy the Hobbyking Sbach as I really wanted an aerobatic capable airframe, which was extremely good looking, cheap and small.

I wrote up a 3 parts article, together with a maiden video, please come and check it out!

Gio
Posted by gionir | May 12, 2013 @ 11:08 AM | 2,927 Views
I don't know about you, but I have had so many troubles setting up my DX8 with Phoenix that once that I found the solution (pretty simple really) I decided to write up a short article about it.

Please come and have a look!

Gio
Posted by gionir | May 21, 2012 @ 09:27 PM | 3,335 Views
Hi all,
I wrote an article about LiPos, with some basic info on how they work, how to charge them properly and how to take care of them.

I see that there is so much confusion on the topic that I thought to post a link here for everyone who might be interested!

Click here to see it
Posted by gionir | May 07, 2012 @ 11:26 PM | 2,262 Views
Recently, with my skills progressing, my Blade 400 started losing the tail if my collective inputs are not more than smooth.

Solution? I upgraded both the gyro and the tail servo, with a Spartan Quark and a clone of the Futaba 9257, and now I have a beast!

I absolutely recommend anyone who is in a pickle with their tail to consider upgrading to better electronics...

Gio
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Posted by gionir | Apr 20, 2012 @ 06:47 PM | 2,459 Views
Hi all,
Just wanted to let you know that I posted an updated version of the tail extension mod on my blog.

This was redone and rewritten following some comments I had on my previous entry.
Now it works so much better.

Thanks all for sharing your thoughts!

Gio
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Posted by gionir | Apr 16, 2012 @ 07:33 PM | 2,027 Views
Hi all,
I am gradually transferring my posts here on my personal, (and one day) more complete blog, RC Flight Deck.

I made an article on how I converted my Fusuno canopy into a Protos one, to make my Blade 400 look killer.

Please go and check it out!

Many thanks

EDIT: I mispelled the link, apologies to all. Now it works!
Posted by gionir | Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:12 AM | 2,677 Views
Hi all,
Tonight I am sharing some pics I took while I was extending the tail of my mCPX.
The procedure is dead easy, but maybe not for everyone?!

The reason I decided to extend the boom wasn't the tail blowing out really, it had more to do with the fact that last time I crashed I snapped the boom in two, wires included.

For this reason I went out and bought a 2 mm fiberglass rod (couldn't find any CF). My LHS had it only in white, and at first I was like, "no no" but then I thought that with the white KBDD blades I am waiting for it would be a good match so.."yes yes".

Last thing before starting is that I am swapping the original tiny wires with some Cat 5 wires found in an Ethernet cable. The Cat 5 wire is solid copper, twice as thick as the stock wires, and well insulated. Bye bye 3 in 1 frying shorts.

Here we go.

- First three pictures, I measured 140 mm on my white rod and cut it. You'll need to cut a little bit of the two ends making them flat, in order to be secured in the frame and in the tail motor holder. Check everything works properly and it fits in place.

- Fourth picture. Be brave and cut those tiny wires short. I am not completely sure, but I am suspecting that I could have cut them away completely and solder to the insulated wires coming off the motor (experts, opinions?) in doubt I left a tiny bit.

- Fifth picture, do the same at the connector side, and remember to use some heat shrink when you solder, I am using 1,5 mm for the individual wires and 3 mm for the assembly.

- Sixth picture, heat shrink at the motor side. Remember, if you use a stock fin, to leave some space for the little grip to get to the boom, do not push the heat shrink completely against the motor holder.

- Seventh picture. Tadaaan. Done. Easier done than said.

I still have to take her outside and try some pitch pumps, but I keep reading awesome things on this mod, so I am quite confident I will be surprised!

Thanks for reading!
Posted by gionir | Mar 20, 2012 @ 05:55 AM | 3,211 Views
Hi all,

Last week I decided I wanted one of those canopies that resemble the Prôtos for my mCPX.
After a bit of research it came out that the only option was to ask Seltino on HF for one.
Well, after exactly a week today I opened the box! YAY!

There is not much to say except that Roman replied to my request in no time, sent the canopy right away and padded it like it should be done.

The colours, as he said, hold onto the canopy even if you squeeze it, drill it, or generally if you are not gentle with it. I still have to crash it, and hopefully I won't for a while, but it looks as sturdy as the stock one.

Great job Seltino, I really like what I received!
Posted by gionir | Mar 01, 2012 @ 06:56 AM | 2,698 Views
Hi all,
I decided to unpack the toolbox and put some order in it. It always happens that I need something, go get it and just chuck it back in the box. Do this every other day and after a month I get to crisis point.
I also thought I could take a picture of the tools I have, just because...I am so proud.

In order:

1) Zip ties. Small, medium and large.
2) Shrink tube. I have 1,5mm, 3mm, 5mm, 12mm and 25mm.
3 Wire mesh guard, 6 mm.
4) Jeweler (or geek) screwdriver set. This is one of my favourite.
5) Tapes. Fibreglass, double sided, foam, paper, insulating, normal and finishing.
6) Epoxy glue. I have 5 minutes and 20 minutes.
7) X-Acto knife.
8) File set
9) Grease tubes. These are Moli and Ceramic greases.
10) Propeller balancer
11) Swashplate leveler
12) Propeller reamer
13) Pitch gauge
14) Battery level check
15) Heli blade balancing tool
16) Ball end reamer
17) Hex drive set
18) Screwdrivers. Phillips and flat.
19) Wire stripper
20) ESC programming card
21) Small pliers
22) Ball link pliers
23) Large pliers
24) Digital balance
25) Scissors
26) Hot glue gun
27) Multimeter
28) Solder vacuum pump
29) Flux
30) Solders. Those two have different composition, more and less lead.
31) Plastic safe oil. Many use Tri-Flow. I just couldn't find it. Very happy with this!
32) Soldering jig
33) Soldering iron
34) Silicone spray

I also have a digital caliper, but I forgot to include it...whatever.

I'd like to see what other fellow modellers have in their toolbox, this are tools I spend the most of the time I have for this hobby with, and I really enjoy growing my collection. So come on, show me!
Posted by gionir | Feb 29, 2012 @ 06:38 AM | 2,240 Views
I was just doing some maintenance work tonight on my mSR and I thought I would snap a picture as well..

What I did was to take the 5 in 1 apart, unmount the servos, clean their slides with some alcohol and put the 5 in 1 back together.
Then, as I had the alcohol there I took the whole heli apart, cleaned every surface where I had put oil or grease, put the oil or the grease back in place and go for a test flight!

This whole operation took maybe 20 minutes, but it was well worth it as a lot of dirt came out of the cleaned parts and now she flies pretty pretty good!
Posted by gionir | Feb 11, 2012 @ 11:31 PM | 2,429 Views
A few shots of my current, active, fleet.
Interesting that when I began flying RC planes, in January 2011, I never thought of as a hobby or anything, only as an idea I liked and hopefully I would have enjoyed.
Now, 13 months after, I can say that the evolution from that simple activity into an hobby and then into an obsession was pretty quick and straightforward.
The bank says thanks as well.

Anyway, the hours of fun I had are priceless and I sure can see many more of them in the future!

It all started a day at work, I had something striking in my mind and started looking for a little rc plane to have fun with. I am not sure what exactly happened, my dad used to fly some gassers before I was born, so I think there must be some kind of connection
Three days after the postman delivered a Parkzone UM Cub. She lasted for 5 minutes, and I broke the shaft. Spares begun flowing in until I bought a real radio, an UM P51 and I thought I reached the sky.
Those days of having two planes and that was it! Hehe.

From there I don't know what happened, but now I am buried under planes, spares, batteries and who knows what else.

To top it all, for Christmas my lovely girl gave me a coax heli. Muhuhahaha.
How long do you think it lasted as the only heli? Yep, not long.
An mSR followed shortly and a Blade 400 is the latest addition to the fleet.
By the way, after a year, I can barely fly planes, I let you imagine my skills with helis!

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