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Posted by 92PathSE | Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:05 PM | 2,622 Views
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Posted by 92PathSE | Feb 14, 2013 @ 10:01 PM | 2,311 Views
Heli-Max 1SQ quick demo (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by 92PathSE | Nov 04, 2012 @ 07:12 PM | 2,444 Views
HZ Super Cub:
HZSC - Modified Super Cub (HD) (3 min 47 sec)

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Posted by 92PathSE | Sep 05, 2012 @ 07:45 AM | 2,648 Views
It's not fun unless there's trees and power lines...

Video sucks. Nobody was around to film.

Dockside (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 08, 2012 @ 02:17 PM | 2,496 Views
Radian Pro Maiden (0 min 59 sec)

Light wind, very little thermal activity, flies as expected.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 29, 2012 @ 08:02 PM | 2,714 Views
1st prototype. Does ok. Needs some tweaking then we move on to cosmetics. At least it doesn't leak.

Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 13, 2012 @ 07:32 PM | 3,252 Views
I've had flaperons set up on this radio for a UMX Beast since last summer. I didn't notice the problem then, but last week I set it up for an Icon A5. When changing between flap switch positions, the elevator would move a bit, but re-center where it was supposed to.

I thought it was something in the plane. Swapping out the rx with a spare didn't solve the problem. Neither did fooling around with the radio looking for something I messed up.

Then I remembered the email I got from Spektrum a while back announcing a firmware update. Updated the radio. Problem solved.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 13, 2012 @ 03:59 PM | 3,121 Views

3" Dubros. These made a considerable difference in the grass. Might have to start flying from the land a bit instead of water...
Posted by 92PathSE | May 14, 2012 @ 09:07 AM | 3,061 Views
Finally decided to upgrade this thing. My friend has done of few brushless conversions on these planes, so I dropped it off at his house so he could build/adapt a motor mount for it. I got it back 24 hours later with everything already installed. Totally wasn't expecting that. Now I owe him some money.

Motor: E-Flight Park 450 890kv
ESC: E-Flight 25 Pro (EFLA1025)
Servos: HS81 (x2)
RX: AR500
Prop: MAS 10x7 3-blade

I'm going to hopefully use the stock HZ 1300mAh 3S batteries. 15C rating appears to be enough for this setup. The battery stayed reasonably cool in a bench test. I need to get my hands on a watt meter just to make sure my math is correct.

The stock SC electronics will live on in another project which will be revealed soon.
Posted by 92PathSE | Mar 15, 2012 @ 07:50 PM | 3,566 Views
Too lazy to remove the ESC that's glued in the fuse? Break out the Reynolds Wrap.

Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 27, 2011 @ 01:13 PM | 6,147 Views
I got this at my LHS when I was about 12. It lasted a few years. Lots of tape held it together. I never had a landing that wasn't a major crash. When the firewall/motor mount broke off, it was time to call it quits. I held on to it with the intention of rebuilding it at some point. 15 years later, I'm not so sure about that.

This was back when "bricks" were literally the size of bricks. Those servos are massive.

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Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 24, 2011 @ 06:57 PM | 3,735 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 21, 2011 @ 01:27 PM | 5,219 Views
Do you have 40 old cell phone car chargers in a box somewhere? I know I do. Here's something useful you can do with one.

Ever needed a 12VDC source when you're in your car but don't want to directly hook up to the battery? Cut up your old cell phone charger and make one of these.

(This is when the A-Team theme song starts playing.)

Old charger

There's a bunch of stuff on that board. You will probably want to disable it somehow. Most of them have a fuse that can be un-soldered. It's probably the first thing in the circuit. I had to remove most of the components to make room for my mods...

The spring in the center is +, and the springs on the sides are -. Well, they should be. It's a good idea to check them with a multimeter just in case your car is wired backwards somehow.

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Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 20, 2011 @ 04:15 PM | 5,066 Views
How to set up Flaperons on an E-FLite Beast UMX
(or anything with a AR6400LBL) with a DX8

1. Create a new model profile
- select flaperon wing type
- modify existing? Might work...just make sure your servos are all set to Norm, not Rev.
- make sure your aileron and elevator rates are set to 100%
- re-bind plane

2. Check to see if Ch6 is already set as a reversed ch2 in the AR6400LBL
- turn on radio and then RX
- go to the Servos page
- check movement of ailerons
- reverse left aileron servo
- if the left servo reverses then it's already been switched. change it back and set up your flaperons on the Flaps page(step 5).

3. Change the AR6400LBL Ch6 to a reversed Ch2
- turn on the TX
- throttle to full
- hold right stick to down and left(for Mode 2 radios)
- power on rx, wait for 3 blinks
- turn off rx and tx

4. Check that servos are now independent
- now, the left aileron should be on Ch6, which is labeled Left Aileron in a DX8. Otherwise it might be Aux1.
- power everything up and check the aileron movement...they probably move the same way
- if they both move the same way, reverse the left aileron servo on the Servo page

5. Flaperons
- Go to the Flaps page
- set up the % to your liking (-20% and -35% for me)
- TEST it

6. Change your rates back. I already had dual rates set up so it was just a flip of the switch. Reverse servos in the TX as needed.
Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 14, 2011 @ 01:20 PM | 3,580 Views
HZSC - Daybroke (4 min 8 sec)

This will be the last one for a while.
Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 03, 2011 @ 08:59 PM | 3,882 Views

I broke down and bought one. For $430, you get an AR8000 with a satellite RX and the TM**** telemetry box. Mine came with a second AR8000 (w/ sat. RX) which offset the extra cost of the DX8 over the DX7S. Sweet!

Since I haven't held a DX7S in my hands I don't know what actually makes them different. The DX8 appears to have an extra switch or 2 and a backlit screen, which is a huge plus IMO.

Setting up the radio was a breeze. I think that says something, considering this is my first "good" radio.

I plan to maiden the Beast tomorrow if the wind calms down.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 24, 2011 @ 08:59 AM | 3,775 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 17, 2011 @ 01:49 PM | 3,734 Views

I have an old Traxxas Rustler on the shelf that would be a great platform for a Class 1 buggy. I'll just need to extend the wheelbase a couple inches.

Some 1.9 wheels and tires should be pretty close in scale to a 35" tire.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 23, 2011 @ 01:12 PM | 3,921 Views
Too Windy (1 min 50 sec)

It was way too windy to fly, much less take video.