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Posted by RickSide | Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:18 PM | 2,280 Views
This past weekend was a very busy one with lots of aircraft getting in flights(Good thing as work is going to keep me grounded this coming weekend). between my mustang's new power, a remaiden of my T-33 EDF and general flights of my trusty fleet, I managed to sneak in a great flight on my new Parkzone S.E.5a.

Never been much of a WWI or Biplane fan or a biplane fan at all really until I was given a full hour flight in a Stearman PT-17 (and I got great video of the experience of course!), but I absolutely love this thing. It flies so gracefully and effortlessly that I can honestly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in a Classic WWI Bipe.

Parkzone RAF S.E.5a Maiden
Parkzone RAF S.E.5a Maiden Flight (4 min 54 sec)


If you missed anyone of my maidens, I have a playlist just for them. Some planes are mine, some are friends. Not all are...pretty.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...A&feature=plcp

If unboxings interest you, I've put all of those in a playlist as well.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...3&feature=plcp

You can just check out my channel in general for all of my videos.
http://www.youtube.com/therickside
Posted by RickSide | Apr 02, 2012 @ 10:50 PM | 2,086 Views
I got this jet a few months back and had a very unfortunate maiden. It flew, but two servos died in the process. It made a hard landing and I let it sit ever since.

Recently I've been kicking around the idea of buying an EDF so I pulled this down and replaced all the servos with Hitec HS-55s. Turns out it's a really great plane, even at half throttle it remains very stable.

It flew well enough that it impressed two friends, one who shot the video and the other a regular flying buddy who isn't a fan of EDFs at all.

If you keep in mind that Banana Hobby sells this thing for about $85 PNP, it's a great first EDF.

It's worth mentioning that flight times are short. I've yet to get more than about 4:25 out of a 950maH battery. I'm going to try a 1300 next time and see if the extra weight is worth the trade off in flight time.

Banana Hobby T-33 50mm EDF (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by RickSide | Apr 01, 2012 @ 10:29 PM | 2,082 Views
So an abundance of spare parts and a little boredom conspired to put my idle hands to work.

Very quick upgrade of a Parkzone P-51 from the stock Park 480 Brushless with 18A ESC and 1300 Battery to a Power 10, 30A ESC and 2200maH battery. Prop is a spare from my PZ T-28. End result was very fast.

Everything bolts right in with no major mods required. You will need to carve out a little foam to allow the 2200maH batter to sit flat and not interfere with the canopy.



Parkzone P-51 with E-Flite Power 10 (2 min 58 sec)


Of course, some people prefer a little slower pace and I have to admit, watching Bob fly his Bipe out at the club field is almost as much fun as burning up the sky in the Mustang. Almost...
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