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Posted by newTOpro | Apr 09, 2014 @ 07:29 AM | 1,273 Views
...that is the question

Whether 'tis Nobler for the builder to build with the material of ages and trials of time, or to take to the interwebs of thought and mold to the concepts of man-made elements. The calamity of such decisions....

I digress. I'm throwing it back to the highlight of 1/2A pattern ships and 1977. Going to give the Hornet a go.
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see here: -------> http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=5419

Now for today's discussion, and please feel free to comment, I'm going to need input. This is a balsa plan and a nitro plan, obviously, and I am totally confident with using balsa. But I am possibly changing two things with this one. The first, I will be using electric and need help figuring out a power plant. My goals for the power system will be:
  • Good power to weight ratio
  • fast but not insane, still want to fly in parks but I have a need for speed
  • flight time longer than 5 minutes

The second debate is whether to use balsa or try and build with foam. I'm leaning towards balsa as I would like it to be more durable as all I have is dollar tree foam for foam material. I have been building with it and like it, but maybe a change of pace and keeping this build closer to its roots would be fun?

I have found some pylon racers that were designed for electric, such as the Depron Baby Shark, leadfeather's Swift-y, 3D-mon's Speedy and others but I like the size and the lines of the Hornet. Is there a more modern scratch build plan that already uses electric that has similar lines to this?

Again, if you read this please comment with your thoughts and ideas. I am open to criticism good or bad as I am excited to try something new-to-me.
Posted by newTOpro | Mar 14, 2014 @ 12:43 PM | 2,413 Views
I have been painfully slow in building a Multiplex FunCub for the past two years. It's just taken longer than I wanted to for various reasons...that could be a whole other post but I won't bother you with the minutiae. On top of that it has been doubly painful to realize that even though this kit is $99.00 when on sale, I have put A LOT of money into it to make it fly and look the way I want. Of course I could have slapped the kit stickers on it and be done but then it would look just like the picture on the box. Why do that?



Then comes Flite Test. Holy crap I have more planes now. Construction methods and material aside, I love their planes. Yes they are heavy with hot glue and paper faced foam but I don't mind the weight. It helps penetrate the wind and gives me an excuse to use bigger motors. So far I haven't had an issue with wing loading. So without further delay here are some of the nicer specimens I've built recently.

Posted by newTOpro | Mar 06, 2014 @ 12:57 PM | 1,234 Views
A quick post of my current radio to help anyone who's interested. Admittedly, this transmitter yearns to be something it's not...a DX9. Someday, I tell myself, someday I can get one.

Posted by newTOpro | Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:16 AM | 1,198 Views
I guess I'm glutton for punishment. Another tangent project...I built a charging "station"

It's not so much a station as a case for my small charger and battery needs. My lipos range from 2s-800mah up to only a 3s-2000mah. But going to the field with various lipos, the charger the planes and spare parts wound up being an exercise on the stair master as I live in a second floor apartment. I wanted something, clean and simple and easy to carry. RCGroups to the rescue again....

This went through various stages and did I mention I think I have A.D.D.? It's self diagnosed but I swear I have it. I don't have completed pics of my first version as it did not last long. It was big and bulky and wound up being more of a pain to carry as it was unbalanced. I tried to fit the transmitter and charger in one case but wound up not liking the arrangement. It also housed my "field battery", a 4s 10ah lifepo that could charge my small batteries sufficiently.

I used this for only a short while and decided on a smaller case for the charger and doing something else for my DX6i. Again, the case houses my charger, a 106B and the AC power supply but also has the same 4s 10ah field battery underneath. I used the small harbor freight case and lined it with industrial velcro to hold all the various wires and gear. I'm still using this setup as it has been working well.

I have plans for a third variation in the future....that will be in a future blog post though as I...Continue Reading
Posted by newTOpro | Mar 06, 2014 @ 09:32 AM | 1,161 Views
My second plane...and my third, and fourth and....

So after my flirtations with electronics and dabbling in radio hardware I realized I just wanted to fly. My DX6i was sufficient (for now) and I flew on the simulator for about six months getting more used to the two stick coordination. During that time I was immersed in various RCgroups threads and researching planes. Feeling much more comfortable on the simulator I finally decided I was ready for another one.

I fell in love with Multiplex FunCub. I promptly read through the famously long thread (it was much shorter in 2011) and researched the power package I wanted and ordered everything. And I mean everything. I ordered a new battery charger, power supply, batteries, motors, servos, materials and of course the plane itself. The funny part is this is about the time I realized I have A.D.D. Why? Because the FunCub sat in the box for another year.

I don't have pictures but I spent some time building scratch built foamies and using the 24gram blue wonder motor and gear from my LoLo. I built a lot of them. The Superslow, Deltas, Jimmy's J-bug and a couple frames from Ken (aka: bz1mcr). I did this as they were cheap builds and gave me some real life flying experience. I didn't have a flying buddy at the time and flying time was sparse. I was rough on a lot of them adn basically all of them either didn't survive or I didn't build them well and wound up gutting them for a new build.

After time though and with continued...Continue Reading
Posted by newTOpro | Mar 05, 2014 @ 10:20 PM | 1,291 Views
So I was happily flying my LoLo for a year or so. I didn't have much time to do so as I had three small kids. But I was able to enjoy my labor of love for about a year until as my previous story explained, I crashed it in the fall of 2011.

What to do next? Back to the inter-webs I go looking for a new challenge and oh boy did I find one. If I say "Microstar 2000" and you either drool with excitement or shudder in fear then you know where I'm headed. If you ask "what the heck is a Microstar 2000" then go here: http://mstar2k.com/microstar-2000

So it was winter 2011 and I had no plane. What would any logical person do? Build another plane fool! What did I do? I built a radio even though, even though, I already owned a DX6i.....AND.....I didn't have a plane. Go figure.

I went about researching and looking and thinking about what I wanted in a radio. Now the DX6i was OK, but I just had a hard time with the two hand thing. I can't play piano, I'm not ambidextrous and my left hand really only helps me button my shirt. Otherwise I don't use it so it seemed silly that it should control my rudder and throttle. Again, if you are with me on the Microstar 2000 adventure then you know I'm heading towards single stick. Yes I remember single stick radios. Long story short, between the Yahoo! message groups, Andy Horka and the Microstar 2000 I converted and old Kraft single stick radio into a fully functional 9-channel DSM2 beast. I spent 3 months building it, learning the programming and trying it out on the simulators.

After all that, I just couldn't get the hang of it and wound up selling it.

So after a whole winter, the perfect building season there I sat. With my DX6i, a simulator, and no plane.
Posted by newTOpro | Mar 03, 2014 @ 10:19 AM | 1,231 Views
Maybe I started RC flight earlier than I realized circa 1980

Remember Kraft Radios? I used to watch my father fly (and crash) his trainers with this radio. I was too young to try, or so he said. Maybe it's because back then there wasn't a buddy box or RC simulators. Our usual trips to the local park would end up taking more time to pack the gear, unpack the gear, setup the plane and subsequently pick up the broken parts and dig the nitro engine out of the 12" crater left in the ground than we did flying. But in any event, I loved watching his planes fly for the two minutes they were in the air.

Fast Forward 30 years.... circa 2010

I took my kids to the local park where there is a sizable pond. There were some gentlemen in lawn chairs sailing some RC sailboats around a course. My kids were lost in time watching these boats for about an hour. Don't ask me how RC sailboats made my mind relate to airplanes but it did. That night I promptly found RCgroups and read....a lot.

My First Plane....
Well I dove right in and got myself a DX6i and a free simulator. I wound up playing with that for a while until I thought I could handle a real life plane. Since I grew up watching my father build, and rebuild, balsa planes it's all I knew about the hobby. So I purchased a LoLo and got to building. It was a glorious build and I couldn't have been happier with traditional building methods. Sadly, I did not think to take pictures during the build so all I have are these completed shots of the plane.

I had a lot of fun with this plane and it served me well. Until it's ultimate demise from the typical dumb thumbs. It was my first lesson in real life stall speed as I dropped a wing tip in too slow of a turn and she fell out of the sky. I have a spare air frame and maybe someday LoLo V2.0 will come about.