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Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 24, 2011 @ 08:59 AM | 4,270 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 17, 2011 @ 01:49 PM | 4,134 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 | 4,285 Views
Too Windy (1 min 50 sec)

It was way too windy to fly, much less take video.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 23, 2011 @ 08:42 AM | 3,555 Views
I woke up yesterday morning to this:

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Posted by 92PathSE | May 27, 2011 @ 09:19 AM | 4,006 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | May 27, 2011 @ 08:41 AM | 3,795 Views
I've flown the plane about 60 times now. Even after the crash it flies great. I'm totally impressed with this thing. It was a good purchase, for sure.

There has been a lot of talk about the stock electronics crapping out. This hasn't been a problem for me. I have flown with the floats and the larger 10x8 prop since day 1. So far I have noticed that the motor will cut very briefly a few times on most flights. It could be the ESC or maybe some interference.

Something that is a problem is the stock LiPo cutoff is set a little too low. It could be a flaw that only affects some planes. I'm not sure. My friend also has this plane and has gone through 3 batteries because he flys to the cutoff every time. I like to keep my cells above 3.5V...over 2 years of LiPo use has taught me this.

I've also noticed that the stock servos will move around a little. They're just not that great compared to the 333oz crawler servos I'm used to. That is expected for something so small and cheap I guess. It doesn't affect the plane at all that I can tell.

There's also the issue of the battery box. When this plane first came out, it used a 6 or 7 cell NiMH pack. The LP version uses a 3-cell that doesn't fit well. A simple modification to the battery box helps the battery fit.

Because I've been flying in the wind so much lately, I've been able to really test how it handles while flying with a brisk tail wind. The answer is, not well. I've had a few close calls when even at full throttle...Continue Reading
Posted by 92PathSE | May 13, 2011 @ 01:51 PM | 3,164 Views
I was asked to get some video of a friend's pond last week. The first couple flights went fine except the landings were bad. There was so much fog on the pond that I couldn't see the surface. Video (nothing special):

Happy Trails (4 min 2 sec)

Later I removed the camera and let my friend fly. It's the first time he's flown a plane. Everything was fine for a couple minutes, but during a slight turn the plane banked hard on it's own and quickly lost altitude. He got it leveled out just a couple feet off of the water, then pulled up right into a tree on the edge of the pond.

Once we got the plane out of the tree, we found there was no damage other than a small dent in the leading edge and a broken strut. $2.50 and 15 seconds later, it's flying again. This foam is good stuff.
Posted by 92PathSE | Apr 08, 2011 @ 07:51 PM | 3,604 Views
I've been flying a HZ Super Cub LP RTF for a while. After a few flights, strapping my camera on the bottom seemed like a good idea. Watch them in HD for the full effect:

First Flights of the HZSC (4 min 55 sec)

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