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Posted by seahawk1984 | Aug 02, 2013 @ 03:26 PM | 5,881 Views
With the curent deal going on right now with the Blade 500 3D (Currently $259), I couldn't resist, I had to get one!

Unfortunatly it's a flybared helicopter, and I have become accustumed to flying my flybarless 450x. So I plan on upgrading this to the FBL version of the 500x. So I will make this blog showing my progress.

I've had friends tell me that it's a better deal to just by the Blade 500x, would cost less, so I have added everything up, and listed below as to what it would cost to convert the 500 3D to a 500X using stock Blade parts.

Blade 500 3D Helicopter: $259.99
AR7200BX 7CH DSMX Flybarless Control System: $239.99
3 H310 Standard Cyclic Servos ($42.99 each): $128.97
1 H410 Standard Tail Servo: $44.99
430mm FBL 3D Carbon Main Blades: $58.99
-I just chose the Main Blades listed on web site
But any FBL 430mm blades will work-
Flybarless Main Rotor Grip Set: B500 X: $8.99
Flybarless Linkage Set: B500 X: $4.79
Flybarless Follower Arms: B500 X: $18.99
Aluminum Flybarless Head Block Set: B500 X: $30.99
Flybarless Main Shaft (comes with 2): B500 X: $11.99
13T 0.6M Pinion: B500 3D/X: $4.59
-13 tooth pinion isn't needed, but it's a cheap
upgrade for a faster head speed-

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Posted by seahawk1984 | Mar 18, 2013 @ 02:49 PM | 2,476 Views
I finally finished putting my Precision Aerobatics Katana MD together, and I hope to get the maiden flight done soon! Just waiting for the weather to clear up.
Posted by seahawk1984 | Feb 28, 2013 @ 03:20 AM | 2,085 Views
Here is a thread that I'm going to use to post my DJI Phantom videos, hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.

The Back Yard! (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by seahawk1984 | Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:45 AM | 6,872 Views
I recently purchased a DJI Phantom, and I LOVE IT!

It comes RTF, with it's own transmitter. But I wanted to use my Spektrum DX8 transmitter, along with the TM1000 telemetry module. This way I watch the battery voltage, and altitude readings during flight, using my transmitter.

Freechip posted a great thread on how to set up the spektrum receivers located here. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1789552

And I created a video that shows how I installed and setup the NAZA Controller so that it would work with the Spektrum AR8000 receiver.

Hope this will help you in making the same modification to your Phantom if you so desire.

DJI Phantom Spektrum AR8000/TM1000 Installation (21 min 51 sec)


This is the installation video I made for installing the PhantoMount X2 found at www.rc-drones.com. It's a two axis gimbal, and I am really impressed with it's performance. Still need to make some slight adjustments to the gain I think but it works quite nicely the way I have it set up now. But I think with a little fine tuning it will be dead on perfect.

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Posted by seahawk1984 | Oct 14, 2012 @ 07:02 PM | 2,489 Views
It's time for me to go back out to sea again. This time I have to join my next ship in Singapore. Not to happy about that, really don't like the hot weather and humidity.

But I will be bringing my Blade 130x, and my Blade Nano. So I will still be doing some sort of flying, just not the big toys. I would have a hard time trying to get my Starmax 1600mm Mustang in my luggage.

I will try to post here on RCgroups from time to time, when ever I get a chance to get on the internet. I'm not expected to be back home for vacation until second week of January.

I did get a chance to finish my flying season with a great flight of my P-51 Gunfighter though.

Here is the video of that flight.

Enjoy!

P.S. GO SEAHAWKS!

Last flight of Gunfighter for 2012 (6 min 3 sec)

Posted by seahawk1984 | Sep 14, 2012 @ 11:03 AM | 3,183 Views
I thought I would spend this time to get everyone updated on my Starmax 1600mm Gunfighter Mustang. What I've done and what I still have to do.

First off, what I've done to it:

I replaced the stock motor and ESC (I don't trust anything that doesn't have a label on it, if the company isn't proud enough to put their name on it, then I'm not going to use it!). I installed a Motrofly 3625-430 motor, and I love it! Using a 4S battery it gives the plane a very scale speed, and it can handle up to a 5S battery if your looking for more speed (I haven't tried one yet, but when I do, I'll post the results). The motor can be purchased here, http://shop.subsonicplanes.com/product.sc?productId=362, and it comes with a prop adapter that fits perfect with the stock 4 blade setup. There are only a couple of small modifications that need to be done to it for it to install properly. I made a video showing the modifications needed (Though I would not recommend a 4 minute static run test at full speed, as seen in the video).
Installation of Motrofly 3625-430 Motor on Starmax 1600mm P-51 (15 min 15 sec)


I also installed 100amp Castle Creations Phoenix Ice ESC, and I love it! I love the data logging. It makes it very nice to review consecutive flights and see what is happening with the ESC. With this setup I'm getting around 60 to 70amp draws, with an ESC temperature that is around 180 degrees. I did some airflow modifications but that's the lowest I've been able to...Continue Reading
Posted by seahawk1984 | Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:14 AM | 2,376 Views
I just found out that the Navy plans on covering up one of our WWII landmarks!

Ford Island is the only Aviation Battlefield in America. This was ground zero on December 7, 1941 when Imperial Japanese Navy forces attacked without warning, an act that brought America into World War II. The Ford Island Runway and the iconic red & white Control Tower, as seen in the movie Pearl Harbor, survived that date which lives in infamy, and were designated as National Historic Landmarks in 1964. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Ford Island one of 11 "Most Endangered Historic Places" in 2001.
The US Navy now plans to cover the 300 foot x 4,000 foot runway with 60,000 black photovoltaic panels and surround this historic space with a 7 foot high fence.

Established in 1919 as the Army's Luke Field, this was one of the first military air fields, this is where Amelia Earhart made her first attempt at flying around the world in 1937, and this is where Americans died on December 7th. This is hallowed ground. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has asked the Navy to move the project further west and off Ford Island in order to preserve this scarred and sacred space.

Help preserve this American Battlefield with your vote to stop this atrocity. Tell the Navy to put the panels on ground that isnít stained by the blood of Americans.

Please go to this URL and sign the petition!

http://www.change.org/petitions/reme...island-runway#
Posted by seahawk1984 | May 22, 2012 @ 01:10 AM | 3,423 Views
As they say, it's not a matter of if you crash, it's a matter of when. No matter how experienced you are, the day will come when you crash your favorite plane or helicopter. Well, my day arrived the other day when I crashed my Blade 450 Helicopter. Luckily I was recording the flight so I got it on video, now some of you may say 'How is that lucky?!'. Well, I believe that with every crash a lesson is learned, in this case my lesson was that I was getting to comfortable flying my helicopter, I wasn't concentrating on what I was doing and when I went to go back to normal flight from inverted I pushed up on the throttle stick instead of down, this gave the helicopter positive pitch and it forced it right into the ground.

If you watch the video you will see that I didn't let this crash get me down, the way I look at it, rebuilding and repairing is part of the RC hobby. Sure it might take a little time and money, but it will fly again!

As I said, with every crash comes a lesson, and I learned a lot of lessons because of this crash. I learned how to rebuild my Blade 450.

Here are the videos that I have made, including the crash video, and the repair videos.

The Crash
Sad Day for the Blade 450 (5 min 17 sec)


Repair Video 1
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Posted by seahawk1984 | May 17, 2012 @ 02:23 AM | 3,030 Views
Hello all, I had no idea I had a blog here on RCgroups, So thought I would post something just to say 'Hello!'

I will be using this Blog quite often now that I know it's here, I'm currently uploading a video of my Starmax P-51 Mustang onto YouTube, I'll be sure to post it here once I have it finished.

I'm also working on a 'How To' video that shows how to rebuild a Blade 450 Helicopter after a major crash, and I'll post that once it's finished. I ran into a little snag making the video today, I discovered I need more parts, hopefully I will be able to finish it tomorrow, if not tomorrow, should be by this weekend.