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Posted by crashnfoam | Dec 31, 2013 @ 08:41 AM | 1,119 Views
Just got done building this plane. It goes together well, you will have to clear out the slots for the Control Horns so they can pass all the way through the Control Surface. I added a dab of Welders Glue to the clips on the Elevator and Rudder because the Tabs on the Control horns are a little short.
I http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...rSearch=TR2217
The 1300mah battery fits snug into the provided compartment, should not need to tie it down.
Can't wait to fly it !

Update: In the last image the battery placement will give you a CG of 3.5" or 90mm from the cord.

Now I just need to learn to fly the plane to it's capabilities
Posted by crashnfoam | Mar 27, 2013 @ 11:28 PM | 2,359 Views
Got my Durafly Slick 360 V2 the other day. It came well packaged and is receiver ready. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...urafly%20slick

You will need a 4 Channel TX/RX (compatible RX with 1.25mm Molex 3 Pin Connectors)

180mAh 3s Lipoly Battery http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...rSearch=180mah

It will take about an hour to install the main wing, the receiver, front cowl and landing gear. The glue that is included sets fairly quick so you won't have to wait long.

The plane fly's great right out of the box if you use the LiPo listed above. It fits nicely into the space just behind the cowl.
I would not recommend changing the throws until you have flown it several times. It's quick but the plane handles like a much bigger plane. It will take off from the ground or you can hand launch it. I chose to take off from the ground and a little right rudder and about 1/2 throttle and you're off. It will climb out fast and has plenty of power to fly straight up.
When landing this morning the ground effects had it floating along about 12" off the ground until I finally had scrubbed enough speed off it set down.

This little plane will do most of the 3D tricks without any problem.

I am running the following setup: Ailerons 75% @ 65% DR, Elevator 75% @ 65%, Rudder 75% @ 60%, this was just to be on the safe side. So far it fly's better than my UMX Beast with the AS3X. It's just a real stable plane. It does not fly like a Micro

There are spare parts available and most are in stock.

This is a great plane
Posted by crashnfoam | Feb 03, 2013 @ 09:12 PM | 2,389 Views
Just got done with the build, will maiden tomorrow if the weather permits.

Nice plane, built it like they recommended. 2612 1900kv motor, 12amp esc
5 gram servos, 8040 prop, 2s 850 mah battery. CG seems ok with this setup
NOTE: You can run a 9050 prop with the 2s, but I run the 8040 3s when I fly at night because of the lights mainly.
I would recommend hot glue for the landing gear where the CF tubes go through the fuselage. It cushions the gear when landing on hard surfaces.
It still works pretty good with the 2s 9050 setup.

I was wrong, very tail heavy with the 850mah pack, will try a 3s 1000mah
update, moved some weight forward and the 850mah works, a little tail heavy
but ok



Posted by crashnfoam | Nov 18, 2012 @ 08:36 PM | 2,360 Views
This ARF kit is a fairly easy build. Instructions are ok. The CG is kinda left up to you. I am running a EMAX 2812 motor with a 3s 1000mah pack so I have the battery as close to the nose as possible.

I chose the 9050 DD prop for this motor.
The Emax 2812 pulls 14.7 amps @ 137 watts which is plenty for this model.
The AUW is 16.5oz
I used T90 9 gram metal gear servos with a AR6100 receiver.
The plane is a little tail heavy, it is critical to adjust the ailerons a little down when centered to help with this. I had them neutral and it bobbed around alot. After I made that adjustment it flew pretty normal.......for a Pitts. I like it, 6 minutes of flight time doing normal stuff. Climbs loops rolls nothing too drastic until I make sure everything is where it needs to be. I also added another carbon spar in the lower wing to stiffen it up a little more. I have not put the battery into the Fuselage until I decide where I like it. Refer to the last picture, A 3 cell 1000mah still fits fine in the same opening but the performance is awesome with the 4 cell.

Make sure you get the top wing level. If the angle of attack is slightly up you will have to run down elevator to fly level, trust me on this
Posted by crashnfoam | Oct 15, 2012 @ 11:02 PM | 2,671 Views
[SIZE="2"]32" EPP MX2,
Greg does a great job on these ! Well packaged and arrived in good shape.
They are laser cut and even come with slits for the carbon bracing. It comes with all the hardware to make up the control rods and I'm being told the newer kits might have the laser cut plywood control arms included.

Flying orb in Gilbert Arizona (0 min 58 sec)

My setup, AUW 8.8oz
That weight includes the lights


Its an easy build using "welders glue" or low temp hot glue.
The motor I am using right now is:http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...oduct=4859%22]
ESC is http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s..._w_1A_BEC.html

Battery: 500mah 3s Lipo
[B]Prop: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__10048__GWS_EP_Propeller_RD_8043_203x109mm_6pcs_s et_.html
or http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...6pcs_set_.html
[B]Rudder & Elevator Servos:http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=10965"]
Posted by crashnfoam | Jul 22, 2012 @ 04:48 PM | 3,189 Views
The new TechOne Swift, 48" wing span, 47" spinner to tail.

motor: http://www.hobbypartz.com/86mb26-rocket-3020-990kv.html
40amp ESC, 13x6 propeller, 3s 1800mah LiPo. Unlimited vertical and about 6 minutes flight with moderate 3d.

The plane is an easy build, add a carbon tube spar on bottom of wing to eliminate the flex during a loop.
Add 5 minute epoxy to reinforce the tail, wing and landing gear areas.
Huge wing, very nice foam plane !

Note: the Landing Gear is real springy, so you may want to put a connecting wire to prevent the wheels from spreading on a rougher than normal landing.
Sticky: Edge 540T
Posted by crashnfoam | Jul 15, 2012 @ 09:03 PM | 2,869 Views
Built another depron Edge, moved the battery to 6.5" from nose of plane. Also moved the landing gear forward. These things are so much fun to fly and as long as you don't have any real rough landings you won't break the plane at the landing gear. Decided to use the low temp hot glue for hinges, I will post an update after some flights. I cut the ailerons 1.5" on this one and I like the roll rate.

1st flight this morning, plane performed well, I like the CG in the new location for 3d stuff. It was very windy but the plane did fine.
It's amazing that you can get almost two of these out of a 28" x 44" sheet of depron a little more than 8 bucks.
Posted by crashnfoam | May 05, 2012 @ 05:22 PM | 3,029 Views
Well I built it, these things are fragile,

5.5oz AUW impressive, ( I got a digital scale and reweighed it)

Use the carbon rods they supply on everything you can.

I just hope I don't sneeze on it before I get to fly it

lots of power with the 2204-14T hovers at less than half throttle

$24.95 for the plane, http://www.nitroplanes.com/02a-016-y...epron-kit.html

ESC :http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=18458
GWS: EP 7060 Prop used a O ring form ACE Hardware 35749B for the prop saver
Battery: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11894
Receiver: AR6100E
Servo's: T Pro SG-50

Update: The plane fly's pretty well for being so light. Hovers with no problem, actually not as floaty as I thought it would be. It was a littlle windy last night and it still did ok. This should be a fun plane.
Posted by crashnfoam | Apr 21, 2012 @ 03:01 PM | 3,317 Views
http://www.hobbypartz.com/86mb84-3010-1100kv.htmlThis plane from NitroPlanes is a very nice kit. You will need to trim for clearance between the Rudder and Elevator connection. [see picture]

The Motor I used is a BL2212-10 from SlickZero Hobbies in FL. I am running a 10x4.7 prop because I did not like the lack of response the plane had with an 8x6.

UPDATE: I put an Exceed RC Rocket Motor, 86MB84, 3010-1100kv, I left the 30amp ESC in it, this thing flys straight up no problem, barely gets warm and you can get 6 minutes of decent 3d flying in with a 1300mah 3S 30C pack.


The plane is very quick and snappy when needed. CG, is right at 3" back from the leading edge of the wing. I am running Turnigy 3s 1300mah packs That seems ok when it's not too windy. When you have the CG correct the plane fly's the same inverted as it does right side up. Still trying to find that sweet spot where it will work for most flying. The plane is made from very durable foam. Landing gear will need to be epoxied in because the glue they use will last about 5 landings, then it will loosen up. I also added a piece of Basswood to the motor mount because the plywood is very thin. The Tail wheel wire is too small, and the mount won't hold up. I put a swivel mount with a .55 wire. You will need to add packaging tape to the Rudder and Elevator pivots, they will break after about 10 flights. Still a good kit for $46.00
Posted by crashnfoam | Mar 25, 2012 @ 12:54 AM | 3,259 Views
36 " wing span x 33" fuselage. This is a very well made model, normal instructions, you really should have a plane or two under your belt before you do one of these because you will have to modify a few things along the way. But that being said, for $63.00 and some change it is a smoking deal. The hardware is as good as the Hyperion Cap 232 I built a while back, but the covering was better than the Cap 232. You should add extra epoxy to the landing gear mounting, and anywhere else you think it needs it. I am running a 2220-1380Kv from HobbyPartz,
http://www.hobbypartz.com/86ma11-2220-1380kv.html with a 10x4.7 prop to start with, 1800mah 3S for the initial flights and the CG about 90mm from the front edge of the wing. I will let you know how that works out.
Posted by crashnfoam | Mar 10, 2012 @ 05:32 PM | 3,246 Views
Here is my latest version on Leadfeather's 540T,32" wingspan
I cut the ailerons at 1" because I fly outdoors, in the wind and faster all of the time.

2210N 1000Kv Brushless motor,


3s 100mah lipo, http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Lipo_Pack.html

MG90s servos, http://www.hobbypartz.com/servo-mg90s.html

The landing gear is from Viper Hobbies, 4410 East University Dr # 10 Mesa, AZ 85205 (480) 830-7424 no part number just a landing gear for profile planes. These things are tough, you have to mount the entire vertical section or it will break a hole in your plane (note the white piece of foam ) see pics

Update: http://aero-works.net/store/detail.aspx?ID=449 this is the landing gear

Well after several flights, I like this plane! It is very stable, It's roll rate is much slower now with the smaller ailerons so it is great for sport flying or new pilots. I cut a battery slot centered on the CG point so the plane fly's very well inverted with slight elevator input.
Posted by crashnfoam | Mar 05, 2012 @ 07:43 AM | 6,644 Views
This plane comes packaged well, all the hardware is of good quality. It went together very easy. My first flight, I used a 2200mah 4s and placed it about 1/2 from the front of the battery compartment. The plane taxied and took off perfect in 5 to 8 mph winds. Into the wind or with the wind it doesn't matter. Very nice handling plane, I later moved the battery forward 1/2" but it doesn't seem to be that critical. The rate of climb on this plane is great! Straight up for as long as you want. I flew 6 minutes during the checkout flight and the pack was still at 15.7 when i hooked it to the charger. After I have checked out the plane, I will do some 3d stuff, I have no doubt this plane will perform, This plane was well thought out, the balance is awesome and it fly"s with no effort. I originally had set the expo's higher not knowing what to expect but I went to high rates right away because the plane is not sketchy at all.
Good job Dynam !

Update: added 2-56 nylon bolts to the control horns for the elevator and the rudder. The hot temperatures here in AZ cause the glue to let go. Still a great plane !

I will buy more!
Posted by crashnfoam | Jan 28, 2012 @ 10:20 PM | 3,307 Views
Built the grandson this plane so he can get some flight time in, then we can upgrade when he feels ready.
2 cell lipo with a brushed motor.

Ended up changing to a 2208-17 motor with a 10-4.7 prop. The geared brushed motor just didn't have the power you need to fly on a breezy day. This works ok with 2 cell, and great on 3 cell.
Posted by crashnfoam | Jan 24, 2012 @ 10:39 PM | 3,183 Views
I ordered an Hyperion CAP 232 25e,

Started the build last night, from what I've seen so far the quality of the components is good. The covering could be better, it doesn't look like too much time was spent along some of the edges. Make sure you read the instructions very carefully. This is not a beginner model. They expect you to know what you are doing, I don't and that makes me do things again They (Hyperion) assumes that you already have built one if these planes so read the instructions at your leisure so when you start it won't be a surprise. With a little luck and no interruptions, you might get close in three to four hours, two evenings for sure. It does look like a nice model, make sure you epoxy the elevator wire correctly or the plane will act goofy when trying to fly level. There were a lot of wrinkles in the covering, but I read it's because where they are made is higher humidity, here in Arizona, we don't have much of that (it's a dry heat)
I have set the expo's at: Elevator @ 70%, Ailerons @ 50% and Rudder @ 40% for the early flights. I have read this plane is very quick to respond. I really think this will be a great plane !

Update, maiden flight Saturday, flew great, very stable flew for 6 minutes on a 3s 2200mah Changed expo to Aileron 60%, Elevator 50% & Rudder 45%, full throws.

Motor is a 3548/6 Turnigy, 50amp ESC, with built in 3A BEC. 12x6 Prop, 2" Spinner. Plane will hover at about 1/2 throttle with this setup.
T Pro MG90s servos, AR6100E Receiver
Posted by crashnfoam | Dec 29, 2011 @ 01:13 AM | 3,790 Views
This the latest Plane I've bought. This thing is amazing for a small plane it can fly in fairly strong wind and you don't feel like you're going to lose control. Landing this thing is so easy. Line it up and reduce the throttle, it is a dream. It's still not for beginner pilots, but for intermediate to advanced you guys will love the 3d capabilities this plane has. I will post a video when I get the new camera worked out.

Well here's an update: The Beast has not flown for about 6-8 months because it seems to go to low voltage mode almost immediately after take off. Does not matter what 2 cell I try, they all do it. Great news, just got my 3s 180mah packs from HobbyKing, http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html Wow whole new deal, plane has unlimited vertical, you fly at 1/2 throttle mostly. Motor does not seem to get hot. A little heavy so you have to push the battery back further. So far all is well, you may have to cut the prop down. If it pulls too much current it will shut off in flight.
Sticky: Edge 540T
Posted by crashnfoam | Dec 15, 2011 @ 08:32 PM | 3,679 Views
Edge 540T I built for my 10yr old grandson , thanks to Leadfeather for the plans !

Note: I used 6mm depron for this build, and it works awesome

servos, http://www.hobbypartz.com/servo-mg90s.html

motor, I highly recommend this motor for the 1st choice; http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8621, these others will do the job, just not as well. http://www.hobbypartz.com/60p-csn010-bm2810-kv1300.html or
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ell_Motor.html or http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...cro_Motor.html

battery, http://www.hobbypartz.com/77p-sl350-2s1p-20c-2222.html

esc, http://www.hobbypartz.com/60p-dye-1001-18a-esc.html

prop, 10x4.7, http://www.apcprop.com/ProductDetail...Code=LP10047SF

prop saver, http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=3738

This is the setup I am running right now, I may try an 8x6 prop to see if I like it.

I also must mention, all of my flying is outdoors, and it's always breezy in the desert where I fly, that's the reason I mentioned the extra power.
Posted by crashnfoam | Dec 09, 2011 @ 10:26 PM | 4,151 Views
This started out as a prop job and EPP. It is now Depron and EDF.
AUW is just over 14oz with the EDF producing 18oz of thrust.

I do appoligize to the author for losing track of who actually made the original plans, but I attached the ones I used. You center the EDF unit between the vertical stabs and just behind the front edge of them. The Fuselage is straight on the bottom for extra strength and the runners on the bottom are now 2" tall. I will make some updates as soon as I can.

Note: If you use the grey depron, you will have to reinforce the area next to the sides of the EDF unit with white depron top & bottom. Turns out the gyro effect in high G maneuvers will break that foam. I will post another picture for that.

I used 4 layers of depron for the Fuse for strength. Then I made a KF2 airfoil for the 1st part of the wing, it made the plane very stable at full throttle.

CG is @ 17.5" the plane likes that, the slot for the battery is 10.5" from the nose of the plane.

Fan unit, http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11163

motor, http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=14555

esc, http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=15205

battery, http://www.hobbypartz.com/77p-sl1300-3s1p-40c-3333.html

servos, http://www.hobbypartz.com/servo-mg90s.html

if there are any questions, please let me know,

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