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Posted by JimMcWhorter | Feb 02, 2012 @ 05:33 PM | 1,725 Views
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Posted by JimMcWhorter | Feb 02, 2012 @ 04:19 PM | 1,722 Views
Couple of pictures of the lights I put on Paul's Bug.
Posted by JimMcWhorter | Nov 29, 2011 @ 11:07 AM | 2,414 Views
DX-8: There are a large number of DIY videos on YouTube that deal with the DX8's telemetry setups, uses, and modifications. Search DX8 Telemetry and then choose the one you want to view. Here is an example:

Spektrum - Telemetry Overview (4 min 3 sec)


Horizon Hobby / Spektrum's latest Telemetry gadget - TM STI Interface.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...face-SPMTR1000
$99

You Need:
1. The STI Interface
2. An IPhone, ITouch,or IPad
3. Telemetry Module - TM1000 DSMX - Full Range
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...face-SPMTR1000
4. Sensors
- 3-Axis G-Force $69
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...r-40g-SPMA9586
- Airspeed $49.99
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...cator-SPMA9574
- Altimeter - $42.99
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...meter-SPMA9575
- Pack Voltage, Temperature, and RPM - Click on the Parts & Accessories
http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...e-SPMTR1000#t4
Posted by JimMcWhorter | Oct 21, 2011 @ 09:27 AM | 2,663 Views
This is a list of tools, tips, short cuts, etc. I have found to be very useful, fun, and enlightining.
Posted by JimMcWhorter | Oct 17, 2011 @ 12:02 PM | 2,515 Views
Around 3:30 the sun came out and the roads started dry....I grabbed the FunJet and headed to LC. For those of you not familiar with the FunJet Saga.....Gary (Sky_Cap) gave me the FunJet (hand-launch). First order of business ... WHEELS (unconventional gear). Andy and a few others tried to maiden it. Could not control it on the ground. Added Rudders and Nose wheel steering. Many a run down the runway and no lift off. Jacked up the nose gear 1" and we had liftoff...kinda shaky at best.....but always ended in crash.

Swapped out the brass steering rod for steel, re-aligned the dual front tires, and reworked the elevons....

Tonight, I got 5 of the prettiest scale takeoffs and landings ... It takes off and lands just like a jet. Got it down to 75% power on takeoff - she lifts her nose ever so smoothly and then the mains follow about 10 seconds later. On landing, with power, she touches down on the mains, holds the nose up as speed bleeds off, and then slowly lowers the nose wheel to gently touch down. WOW was I thrilled.

Gonna try again tomorrow morning (weather permitting). I need about 10 -15 take-off/landings and I think I will be ready to step up to the SU-27. From there, to the Habu, then the eFlite Jumbo Jet, and finally the Lear Jet. OMG, I just might be an RC pilot yet!
Posted by JimMcWhorter | Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:23 AM | 2,597 Views
This is the build log for my T-28
Posted by JimMcWhorter | Oct 14, 2011 @ 01:28 PM | 2,555 Views
Goal: Clean up the wiring and simplfy the Preflight setup.

I am thinking I will put two 6-channel Orange receivers in my Jumbo Jet. RX #1 in the fuse and RX #2 mounted to the Wing .

So thinking this through

RX #1
THROT = Connected to the two ESCs via "Y"
RUDD = Connected to the Rudder and Nose Wheel Servos via "Y"
GEAR = Provide Power to RX #2

RX #2
THROT = Get Power from RX #1
AILE = Connected to Ailerons via "Y"
AUX1 = Connected to the Flaps via "Y"

Actually, YES! "Y"s eliminate the need for differential programming. however, the rudder / nose wheel differentials is a very interesting idea....

But, there is actually a method to my madness....I want to simplify the assembly to fly process. Right now it is a mess of wires that need to be hooked (6 or so connectors) up between the fuse and the wing. two receivers appropriately programmed, will eliminate the mess. When done, I need only connect two connectors and I am ready to go. Just want it to simple, quick, and easy. Look at it as a simulated S-BUS type approach.