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Posted by Bajora | Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 854 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 | 1,396 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 | 1,435 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 | 2,521 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 | 5,598 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 | 7,955 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 | 4,279 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 | 4,686 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 | 4,891 Views
Posted by Bajora | Oct 26, 2014 @ 12:21 AM | 5,004 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 | 6,714 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 | 7,178 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 | 6,389 Views
THIS is how we FPV!

Posted by Bajora | Jul 28, 2014 @ 12:02 AM | 6,476 Views

Posted by Bajora | Jul 21, 2014 @ 12:42 AM | 6,284 Views
Enjoying this new sailplane from E-flite!

Posted by Bajora | Jun 07, 2014 @ 12:22 PM | 8,037 Views
1/10 scale Ford Raptor Prerunner by Vaterra RC!

Posted by Bajora | May 30, 2014 @ 02:30 PM | 6,663 Views
SO excited to start into this one ...

Posted by Bajora | May 04, 2014 @ 09:09 AM | 7,250 Views
A short video of my pal Robb's Maxford USA Bleriot. I got a little stick time on this one and it is a nice, scale flyer. Watch for Robb's review in Model Aviation magazine.

Maxford USA 1/6 Scale Bleriot XI (3 min 9 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Apr 26, 2014 @ 11:04 PM | 7,220 Views
Been having a bunch of fun with this Helio Criterion buggy. 30-35 MPH on brushless motor is not too shabby IMO!

RC Driver - Helion Criterion 1/10 Scale Buggy (3 min 53 sec)

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Posted by Bajora | Apr 20, 2014 @ 11:48 AM | 7,023 Views
I took on this project several months back and it ran in the May 2014 edition of Model Aviation magazine. A fun little scale balsa ARF that presents well IMO. If you have not read Model Aviation lately, check it out. Several new columnists in the last year, including Thayer Syme, Chris Mulcahy, and Don Slusarczyk. Check out the digital edition ... a really nice e-magazine IMO.