Posted by DriverRX8 |
May 29, 2013 @ 09:42 PM | 2,214 Views
I am happy to say that I have now joined the ranks of the Foam Glider Conversion Club. Iíve always liked the looks of the Air Hogs Titan, and I had a lot of spare electronics sitting in my parts bin, so I thought I would go ahead and invest $9 in an airframe so I could put those old parts to good use.
My goals for the project were:
1. Put all my extra, unused 3S LiPo batteries to use;
2. Have a plane I can fly on the (seemingly frequent) days when there is an acute cross-wind to my runway (translates as: hand-launch, belly-land in tall grass adjacent to the runway);
3. Have a plane I can just throw in the trunk of my car and head to the field at a momentís notice;
4. And, have a fun flyer that I donít have a lot of dollars invested in.
In summary, I wanted a flyer that was fun and would not induce stress. I have a lot of expensive (in my universe) tail-draggers in my fleet, and tall, strong, Texas weeds totally enclose the narrow landing strip. Too many times cross winds have resulted in my wingtip grabbing a a weed when landing, and cartwheel off the runway, resulting in a lot of down-time and expense for repairs. I just wanted to throw this one up and not worry about it, and be able to fly on days that the rest of my rolling-takeoff-and-landing fleet would be grounded.
The power system I had available may not be optimum for the Titan, but at least I didnít have to go buy anything: I had an unused spare 1100KV motor from a Dynam Grand Cruiser,...Continue Reading
Posted by DriverRX8 |
Dec 09, 2012 @ 12:47 PM | 1,882 Views
It took about three months of off-again/on-again build effort, but I finally maidened my HK P-38. Winds were light, but a little gusty, and sometimes cross to the road I use as a runway. I still have some finishing touches to apply, but since the planets aligned such that I had no family obligations and the weather was good, I headed out to my flying site to get it in the air. I was there by myself, so no pictures of the airplane in flight. I had several notes regarding my build, though, and thought I would go ahead and give the full rundown now. I’m hoping in the next few weeks I can get some formation-flight photos with my Lightening and my buddy’s Banana Hobby F-35 Lightening II.
CONFIGURATION/MODS: It is a version 1 from Hobby King that came with mechanical retracts. All-in-all, I was pleased with what I saw in the box. No damage or major warpage, paint looked pretty good, all parts were there, and it even came with a carbon spar in each wing (though the spars were not connected to each other. My build took about three months because of other projects I had on-going, holiday obligations, a car crisis (ran into a ferrule hog that caused about $4200 in damage!), work conflicts, and of course, weather. There were also the complications of having to fix and modify the model. My mods included installation of E-Flight servoless retracts, 2 1/4-in. foam main wheels, 1 ĺ-in foam nose wheel, installation of a nacelle-to-nacelle carbon fiber rod wing spar,...Continue Reading