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Posted by ViperZ | Aug 02, 2011 @ 09:50 PM | 3,832 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
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 31, 2011 @ 03:57 PM | 3,149 Views
Just got back from the flying field with the newly modified P-51. WOW!! It's got speed, power for unlimited vertical, and talk about roll rate! Before it would more barrel roll, now it axial rolls like an auger screw so fast I lost count And power...!!

The new scheme looked so beautiful in the air, it was such a pleasure to watch fly. In fact I let a few other club members fly it as well so I could admire and take pictures. They were all impressed withthe charateristics and power of this set-up. This plane flies so scale and looks so pretty in the air... I LOVE THIS PLANE!! It flat out moves for a war bird

I brought 5 x 2200 battery packs with me to the field, and 2 planes. The P-51 was the only one I flew. The poor P-47 was grounded because Moonbeam McSwine was so much fun to fly!

Sorry no video, but a few pictures as promised....

I was getting 6 minutes flight time if the WOT throttle was used in moderation. my last pack I flew lots of wide open throttle about 74%. When my 6 min flight timer alerted I swung around for a landing approach, and as I was coming in, the juice ran out.... Looks like about 5 Min's should be about right.

Mods:
  • E-Flight Power 10 Motor
  • Turnigy 40A Plush ESC
  • Extra 300 10.5x9 Prop cut down to 10
  • Nanotech 3s 2200 30C - goot for about 5min lots of WOT
  • Parkflyer Plastics Canopy and cockpit kit
  • Callie Graphics "Moonbean McSwine"
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Posted by ViperZ | Jul 29, 2011 @ 01:39 PM | 3,224 Views
I`m working on my car in the garage when I come inside to find another box waiting for me! It`s my Blitzworks 70mm F-15 Eagle!!

What a great start to a 4 day weekend!

I have always loved F-15`s and while this plane is a bit underpowered from what I've read, this is a future down the road project that I just had to get.

It comes with a 70mm EDF and retracts. I`ll most likely upgrade the motor and the ESC in addition to removing the retracts, and hand or catapult launching this one. I got it in the Dessert Camo which looks wicked!!
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 29, 2011 @ 12:16 PM | 3,342 Views
So the 4 day weekend started with a quick trip to our flying field where I got in 2 flights with my P-47. It was nice to get in an early morning flight to start the day

I came home worked on the "Marie" P-51 for a bit. Last night I had glued the wings together and glued the rear tail feathers on. I was a bit miffed as the foam hinges look weak and I will need to hinge or apply tape to secure them down. Not a big deal, but I tried some tape, and it didn't work well, and it lifted the paint when I removed it (I knew it would). No matter I touched it up and it's not perfect but it will do. I removed the silly power sliding canopy, and the goofy pilot and it's goofy placement. I'll need to clean out the cockpit area, but I don;t want to spend too much time with this as I think it's more a fly until it flies into the ground machine than a show bird....

I bought a new plane and I'm so excited! It's a Sundowner 50 that I've been wanting for some time! It was on sale so I had to do it. My daughter will be picking it up for me in Edmonton this weekend, and I should have it Sunday! It will be electric powered, and there is a great thread here on people pushing the envelope of speed with it. I'm not looking to do that rather I just want it to burn holes into the sky with



So, no sooner did I finish ordering the Sundowner when my doorbell rang! It was Canada Post, with parts! Not just any parts but the ones I've really been waiting for. From HK, 3 x 4s 2650-30c Nanotech packs for the Pogo, and a Turnigy 40A Plush ESC for the PZ-P-51.. ANd...! my Power 10 motor from ebay for the PZ-P51!! My weekend is set!!

Thanks For Reading! VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:39 AM | 3,668 Views
Here are some shots outside today. It was tough to get the gleam coming from the finish as it just bombards the cameras sensors, and underexposes the value. Regardless, it close to being done.

Canopy is glued on, and all the decals and final touches of paint has been completed. Now I'm just waiting for my Power 10 motor, and Turnigy Plush 40A ESC. I have the T-28 prop on and I'm tempted to just install my E-Flite 60A ESC and go flying as i want to see this in the air. I promise pictures soon of it in action.
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 23, 2011 @ 12:10 AM | 2,888 Views
Some things are planned with great timing and planned execution, others are just go with the flow and just start doing... This project is more the latter. Sure I had planned to redo Gunfighter, and with the help form forum members like Moonbeam, Alrus 1, LICobra, 19000RPM, Econoline and many others, I had been setting the stage for this project. However it just feels unplanned with no real execution plan other than just start doing.

Hopefully the results show better than the planning. As I started removing the decals and left with a crappy looking airframe, I asked myself what the heck are you doing..?

Gunfighter is being redone as Moonbeam McSwine. I have deviated from the original plan somewhat and decided to try to make it more like the show version with the shimmery silver finish and French Blue Nose and tail.

Stay tuned as try to tackle my first foamy paint job and redo.

(*edit*) Added photos with new paint
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 22, 2011 @ 06:54 PM | 2,954 Views
I finally got some parts for my Pogo LR 1A project... I was hoping to have it completed this weekend to maybe test fly, however 2 of my servos have been split shipped. So it looks like I will not get them until next week.

Oh well, I'll have lots to keep me busy on the Pogo, and my Calli Decals came in for my PZ P-51 Mustang, so I can start planning for that too.

Going into the Pogo:
  • E-Flite Power 25 1250kV BL Outrunner
  • E-Flite 60 A Pro Switch Mode BEC ESC
  • 2650 4s 30c Nanotech LiPos
  • Spektrum 6210 6CH Receiver
  • Spektrum SH5000 HighSpeed Digital Servos
  • APC 8x8e Propeller
  • 2" Aluminum Spinner

I can't wait to get this puppy in the air!
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 18, 2011 @ 07:19 PM | 2,925 Views
This was waiting for me when I got home from work. It's a HK 1200mm P-51 Mustang in the "Marie" trim scheme... I'm not sure what possessed me to order this other than I like the color, the price was right, and I wanted to see if I could make something of it.

Let me start by saying I was not expecting a whole lot, especially when you get basically a PNP plane for $135 bucks. This is with retracts too However I was hoping that it would be passable and that in the end it would be a fun plane to fly, once it's been upgraded and tinkered with. At this point, I'm not disappointed, nor am I surprised either way. Time will tell once I start assembling it.

Of particular note... First impressions, This plane is nowhere in the same quality league as a Park Zone kit... Not that it was expected, but I had to say it. Moving on....

The box it comes in is really flimsy. It's amazing it actually can protect the plane during overseas shipments. I suppose it did it's job. I did notice the wing chord at the trailing edge was a bit mashed, however nothing serious. Also some on the top wing is marked up form don't know what, again, nothing I can't live with.

The really funny thing is the pilot. The plane comes with this RC retracting/slide canopy. I have always thought this to be a bit on the hokey side, but I suppose different things float different boats. I had intended to disable this feature from the get go.... Back to the pilot In the picture of the...Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 17, 2011 @ 11:14 PM | 2,781 Views
OK, so this is a small for many, a large step for me... I received my "A" Wings from the club today. So that means I can fly solo and unassisted... Yee haw!!

As I was taking my test with 2 instructors beside me, somebody joked about it not being to often seeing somebody taking an A wing exam with a low wing war bird, as most times they are Kadets, or some other 3 Ch high wing trainer. LOL, good for me I suppose. Anyway I would like to thank Bob, John and Terry (of HCRCC) for their assistance and tutelage. I learnt so much from watching you guys today.

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Posted by ViperZ | Jul 17, 2011 @ 12:41 AM | 2,779 Views
I've been waffling over this plane for some time... I'm not sure what took so long as I knew deep down I would eventually buy one, sooner or later... I suppose what held me back was I also wanted a Starmax or Airfeild giant scale warbird, and trying to decide, held me back in the process.

In the end I rationalized that it would take time to get a Starmax or Airfield up to the same level of reliability or performance of the PZ P-47 out of the box. Cost and time was another factor as I wanted to be flying this weekend so that salted the decision I would get on of the Giant scales next time, but the time was now to get the PZ Jug!

I'm really looking forward to flying this tomorrow! The glowing reviews of this warbird is nothing short of impressive. Looks wise, this airplane is inspiring. I find I so love the big cigar tube frame of this Jug. It seems so iconic to what a warbird was back then. Old, big, round, vintage classics.

Thanks for Reading!
VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Jul 05, 2011 @ 11:24 PM | 3,738 Views
Well after a great morning of flying my Park Zone P-51 last Sunday at a local park in my area, I was packing up when a police officer on bicycle approached me. He asked me if I knew there was a city bylaw that prohibits operation of any radio control aircraft in public parks. He was actually quite nice about it, and said he had been watching me for a bit and said I seemed responsible, and he really didn't want to come chat to me, but he did have a job to do. He was sort of apologetic...

I asked him if flying the Ultra Micro is prohibited? I said this is so small and light weight it could hardly do damage, so much so an errant thrown Frisbee or baseball could be much worse... He said I would have to look up the city bylaw website to see if there was a size restriction. At any rate he took down my name and said he didn't have to write me a ticket as he thought I really didn't know (I didn't). He then said that the fine is a directly go to court, unlike something like littering which is a $25 payable fine.

I packed up and went to my local club and chatted and watched them fly, I then knew I would have to rejoin after all these years.... When I got home I looked up the the city web site and it does not list a a size and summarily states no operation of Radio Controlled air craft, which would mean even the Ultra Micro Park fliers.. This sort of bummed me out as I really enjoy walking down to the park at the end of my street to fly my micros and Helicopters...

At any rate I have rejoined the HCRCC, and become a MAAC member again... I suppose it was inevitable, however I just wished I could keep flying my UMs in the park


Thanks For Reading! - VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Jun 29, 2011 @ 08:45 PM | 3,244 Views
I have always loved pylon racers, so much in fact my first RC kit was a Sig Mustang 450 F1 Racer... Back in , oh about 1976.... Built with a HP .40 Rear Rotor, nitro engine it was going to be hot..... Needless to say I was never able to fly it, as it was too much plane for me. Time have changed and I may be ready for this new one soon.

It's an E-Flite LR-1A Pogo 15e, which I'm going to build up with a Power 25 motor and 60 Amp ESC. I'm very much looking forward to this build, however will be taking my time with it, as this was more a back burner plan

Here are some pictures of the unboxing..

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Posted by ViperZ | Jun 23, 2011 @ 12:02 AM | 3,039 Views
So I was having a bit of problems with my Ultra Micro P-51. It was nose diving on hand launch, unless I gave it lots of up elevator. And it would not loop. I moved the elevator control arm to the 2ND furthest hole on the arm and it seems to have helped. The P-51 will fly level now, although the amount of up elevator (at neutral), comical.

I also picked up a Sukhoi SU-26xp. I tell you, these Parkzone micros are like crack cocaine! I just can;t get enough of them! I haven't flown it yet but hope to soon. I put some decals on mine for fun as my buddy and I bought them at the same time, and I just want to distinguish mine a bit :-)

I have set up the dual rates and expo as suggested, and I'm lookign forward to learning more with this!

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Posted by ViperZ | Jun 21, 2011 @ 01:15 AM | 3,075 Views
I took the PZ BL-P-51 out for it's second flying session this evening. It was awesome to get it out at this flying field with less obstructions and distractions. I only had to be mindful of the power lines behind me, and the people playing lacrosse at the end of the field. Other than that it was perfect. Nice grass surface soft grass to land on. Speaking of landing, I never realized how nice this P-51 lands with power off. It just glides in as if it were a high wing trainer. Sweet!

I really get a kick out of how smooth this plane flies in the air, esp when flown closer to the ground for the perspective of speed is more apparent. Over all this plane is one nice unit, and money well spent. How did I get on the path of Helicopters...? While fulfilling, the learning curve is so much steeper, and the parts count is endless Still I keep at that too

I also took the Champ out for a fly for it's been a while since I took this puppy out. This thing puts a smile on my face every time I fly it! It's so care free, and basically flies itself. I was enjoying just flying low speed tight circles around me as if it was a big mosquito LOL All in all a great evening of flying!

I picked up a PZ Micro P-51 on the weekend to fly at the park at the end of my street. Unfortunately it has some problems out of the box, and does not seem to fly right with out a lot of up elev trim, and constant up stick input.... Right out of the box it's maiden flight it nose dived into...Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | Jun 18, 2011 @ 12:07 PM | 2,636 Views
It's been a while since I've been here. Work and home life has kept me busy, but I had been waiting for the right time to go maiden flight my PZ P-51. My buddy picked up a PZ Messerschmidt and was calling me up to go fly, so it seemed like the right think to finally do :-)

It was about 8:30 in the evening, with low winds. We went to a park near his house, which I had not seen, however he said it was large enough to fly. When I got there I was apprehensive of all the light posts and soccer goal frames, but it seem it work out well.. For me....

I was first up... Let me say this P-51 was awesome! One quick hand launch and it was up in the air flying quick, smooth and stable. It required no trimming as it just flew where I wanted it, and was totally confidence inspiring. Everything everyone has said about the flight characteristics of this plane is true, it is simply awesome! Thanks everyone!

My buddy then took his Messerschmidt up, and it was a quick flight as it plummeted to the ground, no damage, but the trims and CG had to be adjusted slightly. After some adjustment we hand launched it and it was up and away. He did a few loops, and things were looking good, but some of the light poles and people around started to spook him. He lost orientation and the plane nose dived into the ground It broke my heart to see this beautiful plane on the ground in pieces.

I took the P-51 for one more flight before we lost light, and it was flying fine. Things...Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | May 03, 2011 @ 01:09 AM | 3,306 Views
Today when I arrived home after work a parcel was waiting for me :-)

My Parkzone BL P-51 Mustang! I have been wanting a warbird for some time, and this one seems to fit the bill for the cost and performance level (so I hear). I was wanting a bigger model like the Banana Hobbies 63" P-51, however I decided this Parkzone should be my first real intermediate plane in a long time to continue learning to fly.

I immediately installed the rudder option with a spare JR DS-235 servo I had kicking around. That was pretty straight forward and simple to do. I ended up having to reverse the Ailerons and the Rudder in the DX6i. I fine tuned the control surfaces so they were zero t the eye and in the TX trim.

I bought 2 x 1300 mAh batteries for this, however may purchase the 1800, or try to fit in my 2200 mAh, which I hear are a bit large for this plane... No idea yet...

Other than that, not much to say that hasn't been already said, other than I'm excited to fly this soon!

Any Further tips and hints are greatly appreciated

Thanks For Reading
VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Apr 27, 2011 @ 11:48 PM | 3,683 Views
I received my Micro Heli aluminum blade grips today. So even though I have not yet received my B Grips replacements form Horizon Hobby, in spite of being one of the first on the list to submit, no matter, I was wanting these MH ones in the end.

The Grips look very nice and come with bearings fully installed, as well as a 2 sets of brass dampers that go between the blade grips and the head. One set is said to be "Soft" for indoor and hovering type of flying. The other set being "Hard" for 3D and outdoor flying. I installed the Hard.

I have not yet test flown however will do that tomorrow. Over all it looks very nice! Action is smooth with no binding. In fact the over all head is a lot tighter with no play when pulling on the blades as recommended to check the Stock A grips.
Posted by ViperZ | Apr 25, 2011 @ 09:05 PM | 3,023 Views
So after my crash yesterday, I rebuilt the mCPx, using a new set of landing gear, the original canopy and the solid carbon tail boom I had previously made. I used some shrink tubing on the boom to conceal the wires. I had to desolder the leads at the board end to get the tubing on, but it fit really nice I think. I was considering using red, yellow or even blue shrink tubing, but decided to stick with basic black.

I took it outside and hovered around in my back yard. The weight of the extra tubing does not seem to have any adverse effect on the heli. In fact the heli just seem to fly more solid overall. I actually hovered and messed around through 2 packs with out incident and no crashes.... This is a first!!

I'll count my wins and call it a day!

Thanks for reading!
VZ
Posted by ViperZ | Apr 24, 2011 @ 03:50 PM | 2,623 Views
It was a quiet windless morning, so I took the opportunity to try some flying in the park at the end of my street. Temperature was 1C. I had been pretty busy of late and have not been able to focus or think about RC flying.

I flew 3 packs of batteries through the Champ. The 150 mAh only lasted about 4 minutes at full charge. I wonder how much of that is affected by the temperature? I then used 2 of the 120 mAh packs form the mSR, those were even shorter, about 2 minutes. I really enjoy flying this little plane as I find it very relaxing, unlike Helicopters.

So I then turned to the mCPx. I have not been having a lot of luck with this thing as it seems every time I fly it, it breaks and needs more parts. It's like a needy teenage child to me that is always getting in to trouble and holding it hand out for money... Funny how even a person toys can emulate it's owner's character from times past

So I was really finally starting to have fun with this mCPx. I was hovering well, running it in idle up mode. I was fast forward flying it and it was very exhilarating the speed this thing has! I even inverted it (Whoo Hoo!). Sure I crashed it soon thereafter inverted, but no harm, and it was inverted!

I was then just hovering it around doing some FFF, when suddenly in a blink of an eye it was an indiscernible speck, and I did not know which way it was pointing. Needless to say I hit throttle hold and it crashed down onto the soccer pitch in what seemed like...Continue Reading
Posted by ViperZ | Apr 10, 2011 @ 05:58 PM | 3,429 Views
OK, I promise someday soon, I'll stop posting about the mCPx, however, it seems this little Heli has been consuming my life of the hobby

Nothing has changed in my progression of flying this little heli. I'm still crashing each time out, and having to repair parts each time. The DX6i radio has helped to tame it down in handling and allowed me to do basic hovers and quick throttle cuts without too much damage to the heli. I suppose I'm progressing, but very marginally and slowly...

One thing I noticed during a long controlled hovering session is the whole tail rotor assembly shakes and vibrates a lot. I think Blade really under designed this tail boom assembly and should have went with a beefier unit. It seems it is a common replacement item in all the threads, and I myself have replaced mine already as well. I even noticed my newly replaced boom was starting to split. I glued it up with CA glue which helped, but then the other day I noticed the other side was starting to split. Not sure why for I have not been crashing that section as much. Anyway, I glued it up again with CA, and then added the extra supporting strut to help stop the vibrations and shaking of the tail rotor.

It seems to have helped, as I was out flying today I noticed the tail section looks a lot more solid with less vibration and shaking. I basically used a MSR training kit's carbon rod, and sanded an angle end that would meet up with the boom. I then drilled a hole in to the frame that is a tight fit and still allows removal of the whole tail assembly. I then CA glued the the strut and boom area sprinkled carbon fillings over the area. The O-Rings where pre installed and slid over in case the CA did not hold, but it seems it is so far.


Hopefully I get to fly my bigger heli soon once the new servos arrive... I'm also looking at buying an airplane, so maybe I'll have something different to write about.

Thanks For Reading!
VZ