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Posted by ViperZ | Aug 29, 2011 @ 12:16 AM | 3,923 Views
My RC club "Hub City Radio Control Club" Hosted a pylon race the had competitors form Calgary and Edmonton. It was a greta event and the weather was excellent. It was a lot of fun and I was thrilled to see the Q-40 planes fling at 200 MPH.

Here is a video of one of the heats I shot with a Go Pro between Plyon 2 & 3. I was judging on Pylon 3. Go Full Frame to catch the action!

Q40 Randys Heat (3 min 16 sec)

Posted by ViperZ | Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:28 PM | 3,951 Views
I have started to pre assemble the Sundowner 50. I have ordered all the parts required to make this plane fly and I think it's going to be a gooder. With The help of forum members on the Sundowner 50 Fast Setups I think I will have a +120 MPH machine! Which I think is pretty impressive given the size of this plane.

Power System:
  • Scorpion S4025-12 (440kV) motor
  • Castle Creation Phoenix Ice 100A ESC
  • 4000mah 25c 8s Nanotech LiPos
  • Spektrum AR6210 DSMX 6ch Rx with Sat Rx
  • Hyperion FMD Atlas DS -20 Servos - Elevator and Rudder
  • Hyperion FMD Atlas DS-16 Servos - Ailerons
  • APC 12x10 Prop to start with then step up to 12x12

My understanding is this is a very well mannered airplane, so I'm looking forward to it. More than anything I'm looking forward to the presence this size of plane has in the sky, the blistering power and speed is just a bonus

Thanks for Reading!

VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 14, 2011 @ 07:25 PM | 4,050 Views
So the first maiden flight I handed over to John a club expert. I wanted him to check it out and make sure I built it OK, and that it flew alright. John was impressed very much, and said it made him eager to finish his Toni EF-1. Plus I had to get pictures

Later I flew it and I must say it's very smooth and does handle like it's on rails. It pretty quick, even with this 8x6e prop. Takes offs were excellent and we couldn't understand the bad rap this plane gets on torque rolls. Mind you John said it's different when it's a race, and everyone is trying to get off the line at full throttle. Plus the 8x8 prop most likely changes the characteristics of this plane. I was wishing I would have brought the 8x8 as well....

The sound of this airplane is awesome at speed and while coasting. What was freaky eerie was taking it up high, hammer heading it over with no throttle, and letting the plane dive to earth at speed with no power. The sound of the air as it rushes by is sweet! Knife edges with this plane is effortless, it does them with out even trying it seems.

I love the look of this plane and how it handles in the air, it looks and handles so surgically precise in flight. The sound is great too!
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 14, 2011 @ 10:41 AM | 3,455 Views
After much time, the Pogo LR 1A is ready to test fly. I'm a bit anxious to fly it as I've never flown a plane capable of the speeds this thing is able to reach. Still I'm excited as well as this is what I've always dreamed of flying, fast pylon planes

The plane was built up to EF-1 Racing specifications, although I don't really intend to race, I just wanted to burn fast holes into the sky, and have an adrenaline rush while at it. I've been told this plane will provide it in spades at around ~120 MPH

Specs:
  • E-Flite Power 25 - 1250 kV Motor
  • E-Flite 60A ESC
  • Spekturm AR 6210 Rx with Satellite Rx
  • Spektrum SH5000 Servos
  • Turnigy Nanotech 4s 2650mah 30c LiPo
  • APC 8x8e Propeller

I have bolted on a APC 8x6e prop for the initial flights to keep the speed down. I can also run a 3s pack to make it more tame, however I have also ordered a few Nanotech 4s -4000mah 30c packs to get more run time for general sport flying. I have also set up the recommended Dual Rates and Expo as the machine does not require the full amount of control surface throws. With exception of the rudder, only Expo for that..

Thanks For Reading!

VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 12, 2011 @ 05:30 PM | 3,626 Views
I was able to maiden the F-15, but it did not go well.... It is severely under powered and barely got flying. I ended up crash landing it as I could not avoid the trees that it veered off into as I was trying to keep it aloft. It's fixable, but in need of a motor upgrade. If I would have catapult launched it, it may have been OK.

The retracts are really fast and abrupt, but I was surprised the unit rolled for take off on our grass field as well as it did....

So at this point I'm repairing it and will increase the motor and ESC. I do want this to be a good flying model for me, so will try to make a silk purse out of a sows ear....


VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 07, 2011 @ 05:59 PM | 3,516 Views
The forecast today was thunder showers and winds +20 Km H... However that did not deter me from maiden flight'ing Marie, the HK 1.2M P-51 Mustang.

I waited for a break int he weather, and headed out to the flying field. The wind was pretty gusty, and Environment Canada stated it was 20 km h. The flags at the club and the wind sock were pretty stiff, but then if you live in Saskatchewan, you have to learn to fly in wind.

I put Marie on the runway. She would not roll on the grass, as she nosed twice, before I decided to just hand launch her. This worked well, and I was underway. She needed some trimming, but after that was done I settled in with her. With the wind she was smooth, and predictable. Against the wind she was a bit under powered. I think a motor or a battery upgrade may be in order. Another fellow on the forums has the same plane and he upped the battery pack to a 4s pack from the standard 3s, which increased the performance to a good level I'm told.

After flying around for about 5 minutes, I put the gear down to bring her in for a landing. The gear is very slow moving as it is a worm gear driven affair. I was able to bring her down easily, and smoothly. However she did nose in soon after touchdown. I will probably look at upgrading the landing gear as I can't seem to keep the wheels in line, the assemblies twist on contact.

Overall she is a pleasure to fly and looks very good in the air. The color scheme really looks great in the air,...Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 04, 2011 @ 06:42 PM | 3,384 Views
Wow, this is one gorgeous plane!! I'm still in awe at what can be had for the price I was so excited to open this one, and I was not disappointed!

I love the look and size of this airplane. I was really wanting a general fly around sport plane, and I'm hoping I can stick to the plane, and not go too over the top in components with it. Power will be electrical, and I have ordered a Castle Creations Phoenix Ice 100A ESC for it. Motor is TBD, as I work out what i want to do with it and the logical sets of batteries I will need.

I do want speed, however I also want flight time, and basic Hi Performance fun


I have had my eye on this airplane since getting into the hobby, I can't believe it's actually going to happen! "I need NOS!"
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 03, 2011 @ 07:44 AM | 3,776 Views
So seeing as I just finished Marie, I had to jump into the next project. The Starmax F-15. Let me start by saying this kit really excites me! Must be due to the fact that I love F-15's

The kit itself is pretty impressive for the price. It's nicely packaged and finished. I would say I was pleasantly surprised with it. It looks wicked in the Dessert Camo paint scheme.

One thing I'm concerned about is the attachment of the wings... They have a small tab that is glued onto the fuse and that is it I suppose there is not a lot of pressure on these wings and it depends more on RPM and thrust to fly.

I spent most of the evening carving the cockpit and getting the pilots mounted. I printed some instrument panels up and made some ghetto HUDs I heated the co-pilots neck with a heat gun and twisted it to the left, just so they would not look like identical twins in the pit
Posted by ViperZ | Aug 02, 2011 @ 09:50 PM | 3,856 Views
Well, this didn't take long at all, Marie is ready to maiden, I'm a bit skeptical about ti as it's a pretty heavy plane ~ 1.3 kg and it only uses a 3s 2200 pack... Time will tell as others have stepped up to 4s packs, and even upgraded motors. I plan to get an upgrade motor and ESC for this, however I wanted to see how she ran stock first.

Overall its a pretty good looking mustang. The kit did have some issues. The first being the control surfaces. They where not hinged or taped, as such during assembly I noticed the ailerons were starting to tear away form the wing. As such I cut all control surfaces form their main parts and hinged them all with CA hinges.

Additionally the landing gear is a bit suspect, however I'll run it until they fail. I removed the auto sliding canopy and replaced the ill placed pilot with a spare PZ P-51 pilot I had kicking around. I did not spent to much time detailing this unit, as I have a feeling it may need a lot more work than I have time for it. Hopefully I'm wrong, and this becomes one of my favorite plane in spite of my prejudices,

Another issue was the dihedral of the wing, once joined I could not get the top section of the wing to mate together tightly. The steel strengthening rod would only allow it to fit together a certain amount, so there was a bout a 3mm gap at the top joint of the wing. This reduced the dihedral amount form what I would have thought was correct, however we'll see how adversely it is affected.

So, Here it is ready to go. Maybe sometime this week