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Posted by Bajora | Feb 08, 2016 @ 01:58 PM | 3,852 Views
Those of you whom are enjoying this little red speedster like I am may also have found themselves yearning for slightly better landing gear than the includes steel, coil sprung gear? RC Castle added a very nicely priced (US $25.88) set of aluminum, trailing link style suspension struts:

Top Design CNC Suspension Strut Set for Freewing 70mm Yak 130

They are described as being CNC machined out of 6061 aluminum, with the side note that they are also suitable for other 64-70mm EDF jets. Shipping to the West Coast of the US was around 5-6 dollars. It took about two and a half weeks for them to arrive from Hong Kong, including an almost one week stay in the SFO ISC.

I thought I would photo-document how I installed them. This is not necessarily the right way or the best way to do it but nonetheless the way that I did it.

It is easiest to first remove the white plastic gear overlays that cover all three gear openings. They are attached with a contact glue style of adhesive and all three of mine peeled off without damage, though I did work slowly and deliberately while pulling them off. The next step is to remove the electric retract for each gear as you start the swap out. This is necessary to access the grub screw(s) that hold the existing steel legs in the retracts. One of the grub screws can be seen in the photo below, in the brass colored insert. There are two per gear, one on each side of the retracts.

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Posted by Bajora | Dec 29, 2015 @ 10:17 PM | 6,423 Views
We attended the 2015 Heli Scale Masters in Woodland, California this year and put together a coverage article that appears in the newest issue of RC Heli Pilot Magazine ... which according to the editorial intro is now the only magazine remaining that is 100% dedicated to all things RC heli related.

Posted by Bajora | Nov 04, 2015 @ 09:56 PM | 3,480 Views
The Osmo might be the ultimate B Roll clip generator?! Here I get up close and personal with my Osmo, as my buddy flies his Durafly Bravado:

Durafly Bravado 3D Hybrid (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Oct 03, 2015 @ 11:21 PM | 4,493 Views
One of the best pilots around this neck of the woods ... flying some 3D and aerobatics:

Josh B Does 3D! (2 min 9 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Sep 20, 2015 @ 03:18 PM | 3,835 Views
What a great plane! Took my new Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan out for a few early AM flights this morning. With my pal Josh Bernstein (an amazing pilot) on the sticks for the third flight, I was able to shoot a few photos.

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Posted by Bajora | Sep 15, 2015 @ 12:25 AM | 4,271 Views
We had a bunch of fun reviewing this jumbo sized aerobatic model from Aerobeez. The review is in the November 2015 issue of FlyRC Magazine. Watch below as the best pilot at one of the fields I fly at, Josh, gives it a proper workout!

Aerobeez Edge 540 EPP (3 min 27 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Sep 13, 2015 @ 07:49 PM | 4,737 Views
If you like your Rally Cars on the bigger size, take a look at the November 2015 issue of RC Driver magazine.We had some fun with the new Hobby King Basher BSR 1/8 scale 4WD Ready-to-Run Rally Car!

Posted by Bajora | Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 4,020 Views
I added a few more helis to my ever-growing collection this past week. For some reason, I feel a special fondness for the Walkeras? They are pretty honest flyers and fairly easy to repair. My latest two are circa 2010-2011 but both are in great shape and fly nicely! A collective pitch 4F200 with a brushless power system upgrade and five bladed head joins my 4F200L scale heli. I also now have a fixed pitch 4F180, also upgraded to brushless.

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Posted by Bajora | Aug 17, 2015 @ 12:12 AM | 4,471 Views
The new Sony RX100 Mark IV has a pretty neat feature, called HFR video. It can shoot 240, 480 or 960 frames per second in either a quality optimized two second clip or a length maximized four second clip.

Sony RX100 Mark IV High Frame Rate (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Aug 08, 2015 @ 10:31 PM | 4,551 Views
I was recently able to pen a review the 280 sized E-flite Viking biplane for the AMA's Park Pilot Magazine. Man, this little model blew my socks off! It is a ton of fun and capable of more moves than my thumbs can muster. I was especially thrilled to see it featured on the cover, with my flying pal Jeremy hanging it in a hover for me as I snapped away gathering media for the article. Park Pilot is a pretty nice little magazine IMO; lots of quality content packed into its pages!

Here is the video we worked up for this project:
E-flite Viking Model 12 Biplane (3 min 1 sec)

As well as one of Jacob Holländer in his full size Model 12-S “Viking SE-XZA biplane!

Jacob and the Viking - The man and his machine in 4K. (4 min 2 sec)
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Posted by Bajora | Jun 03, 2015 @ 12:03 AM | 5,793 Views
For those of you contemplating an Armattan Morphite 180 frame, here is a PDF that I worked up for Andrew that helps with moving all of the stock 200QX components over to his frame.

Blade 200QX to Armattan Morphite 180

Posted by Bajora | Feb 19, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 8,525 Views
The fleet of small helis is no longer very small! Picked up this one recently, with ultimate intent to put it in one of the Align scale bodies. It was my first experience with setting up a 3GX FBL system. Once I found a couple of Jeff Fassbinder narrated videos, it all went pretty smoothly.

Reminder to self: Buy a quality hex driver in whatever size the fasteners used in this heli are?!! All I know is that they are smaller than my 1.5 hex driver.

Posted by Bajora | Jan 16, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 11,120 Views
Just bought one of the new HK 250mm FPV Racing Ghosties ... Pretty cool little quad for the money. Should be fun bombing around at dusk and beyond! After looking around for a build guide, and finding little to no information, I did a short and sweet assembly walk-through and posted it over on the Multirotor Pilot Magazine domain.

HobbyKing FPV250 V4 Blue Ghost Edition LED Night Flyer FPV Quad Copter - The Build

Posted by Bajora | Dec 10, 2014 @ 01:19 AM | 7,266 Views
My pal Robb and I had the Red Bull Stearman out for first flights this past weekend. Looking every bit the part of a bona fide airshow perfomer, we had great lighting as we wrung this beautiful bipe out! Check out the double bull graphics on the bottom of the lower wing, the chrome prop and spinner and realistic looking pilot and cockpits! We are really enjoying this one!

Posted by Bajora | Dec 03, 2014 @ 11:26 PM | 7,834 Views
Hobbico recently picked up the Flitework product line, an exciting variety of models that are based on the Red Bull sponsored aircraft of the Flying Bulls hangar in Europe. We recently received the PT-17 Stearman Biplane in as a review project and spent a casual evening assembling this foam composition, Receiver Ready airframe. All that are required to finish this kit are a receiver and a 4S 2450 sized LiPo. Really excited to get this one in the air for in-flight media!

Wingspan: 47.2 in (1200 mm), Length: 38.2 in (970 mm), Weight: 3.5 lb (1600 g), Requires: Assembly, 4S LiPo battery, 6-channel radio system

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Posted by Bajora | Nov 22, 2014 @ 10:15 PM | 7,809 Views
Posted by Bajora | Oct 26, 2014 @ 12:21 AM | 8,003 Views
This is one of the latest V100-S chassis based surface products from Vaterra. It features an officially licensed 2014 Z51 Corvette body set. The 4WD shaft driven system uses sealed gear boxes and a 2S LiPo compatible speed controller. Double wishbone suspension and friction dampening, adjustable shocks help keep this Vette glued to the road. This Ready-to-Run package includes everything needed, including a Spektrum DX2e 2.4GHz waterproof radio system, battery and charger. And this system can be upgraded to use the new AVC technology! Watch for a full review in RC Driver magazine!

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Posted by Bajora | Aug 28, 2014 @ 08:40 PM | 9,972 Views
The first flight controller that I ever played around with is the original Hobby King KK2.0. I loved how easy it was to access its tuning parameters and setup menus via the built-in LCD screen and wee pushbuttons. I installed it on a 450 clone sport quad and had a bunch of fun tuning and flying it! Hobby King recently released an even smaller footprint KK FC, appropriately enough christened the KK Mini. I just received one and will be excited to install it into a HK 250 FPV review project that I have underway for Multi-Rotor Pilot Magazine!

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Posted by Bajora | Aug 18, 2014 @ 12:09 AM | 10,199 Views
Check out the September issue of Model Aviation magazine for an exclusive review of this exciting hybrid multirotor/fixed wing aircraft!

BirdsEyeView Aerobotics FireFLY6 (3 min 18 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Aug 08, 2014 @ 06:58 PM | 9,414 Views
THIS is how we FPV!