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Posted by Syner01 | May 06, 2012 @ 05:27 PM | 4,011 Views
My notes regarding this great introductory delta wing from Techone. Check back from time to time as it will be updated. FYI: These are also sold under various names via different resellers.




Pics: see attached at bottom of post
Main Thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1428598
Names Sold Under: Popwing, Mini Popwing, Teksumo, Bonsai

MiniPopwing:
My purchase from here:
http://lazertoyz.com/shop/Planes/minipopwing.htm
with fast setup kit. on rcspeedo with this kit I am clocking 74.5mph.

Specs w/fast setup kit:
  • Fuselage length: 383mm (15.0in.)
  • Wingspan: 600mm (23.6in.)
  • Flying Weight:100--140g (with battery)
  • Motor: Emax 2805
  • ESC: 10 Amp
  • Propeller: speed prop 6x4
  • Servo: 8.5g micro servo * 2pcs
  • Battery: 7.4V 800mAh Li-po 20C
  • Radio Needed : 3 channel w/mixing (not Included)


Popwing:
Popwing also purchased from Lazertoyz. My setup is graysonhobbies supersonic v2 2212-06 motor. on 3s i am maxing out on rcspeedo @ 64.5mph. on 4s (1/2 - 3/4 throttle) with this motor I clocked 97.4mph

General Build:
  • Kits Available: Typically you can purchase just the wing, wing w/servos, or arf.
  • Glue/Tape: Foam-Tac, foam safe CA. Fiber tape works best. cross weaved if possible.
  • Build Notes:
    Wing: On Minipopwing the wing is 1 piece. On large Popwing it is 2 pieces which you must glue together.
    Trays: Battery & ESC trays are precut
    Servos: for specs see specs notation. to install the cutouts on wing are too small so shave them out a little to squeeze in the servos.
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Posted by Syner01 | Apr 15, 2012 @ 12:27 PM | 2,789 Views
Some new YouTube vids showcasing some of my planes. Best to watch full screen since there was no zooming on some of them.

Parkzone T28 w/ homemade headcam
Parkzone T28 HeadCam (5 min 46 sec)


LazerToyz MiniPopWing
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Posted by Syner01 | Apr 01, 2012 @ 08:28 AM | 3,158 Views
Here are a couple of bloopers and crash vids of mine. Enjoy

1st time trying inverted with this plane. almost lost it and wound up landing in a tree upside down like a bat. worked out pretty good considering what could have happened. skip to 4:15 for the good part.

Hobbyking F4F Funfighter Tree Landing (5 min 30 sec)


Parkzone F4F Wildcat Maiden Crash. cg was off and elevator servos were backwards. have learned since then lol. it is fixed and flying fine thanks to SofaMan!

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Posted by Syner01 | Mar 28, 2012 @ 06:36 AM | 18,179 Views
Below you can find some info regarding the planes in this line. They are sold through various distributors under the names in the thread title. This list will be updated over time so check back from time to time.

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Posted by Syner01 | Mar 25, 2012 @ 09:47 AM | 3,014 Views
Below are some videos of the Hobbyking F4F flying with a broken prop. I am new to rc flying and i kept breaking the props on this plane on landings (i have since figured out how not to lol). For this video i decided to see if the plane would still fly after breaking the prop and as you can see it still does just fine. while i am sure this is not recommended practice it was a good experiment for me. so i am passing the knowledge and experience on....

as far as the prop was concerned about half of one side of the prop was broken off. so i guess you could say i was running 3/4 of a full prop for these vids. stayed up in the air just fine although i had full throttle the whole time. also this was on the slower 850mah 3s battery not the faster 850mah 4s.

i was running APC 5.5x4.5 prop in this case. in my tests i find the APC props were more resilient than the stock props from HK. i tried bending a couple of each and on the HK props they snapped quickly whereas the APC would fracture 1st before snapping off.

i have since run them on the 4s and wow what a difference in speed and vertical! will try to get a video up showing the difference this week.

Hobbyking F4F Broken Prop 1
Hobbyking F4F Broken Prop 1 (0 min 52 sec)


Hobbyking F4F Broken Prop 1B
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Posted by Syner01 | Mar 25, 2012 @ 09:38 AM | 3,044 Views
Quick demo flight video of Lazertoyz Lazer III & BananaHobby F-86 Sabre. The Lazer III is a wing and the f-86 is a jet. This was the maiden for the f-86 continued from my previous blog post video of it as this one also had the Lazer III included. Thanks Dr. E for showing the Lazer III and Sofaman NJ for his maiden of the f-86.

Lazertoyz Lazer III Link Click Here

BlitzRCWorks Art-Tech Nano USAF F-86 Sabre V2 Link Click Here

Lazertoyz Lazer III & BananaHobby F-86 Sabre (1 min 50 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Mar 25, 2012 @ 09:34 AM | 3,059 Views
Quick demo video showing maiden flight of f-86 sabre from bananahobby. Thanks Sofaman NJ for allowing the video to be shot of his maiden.

BlitzRCWorks Art-Tech Nano USAF F-86 Sabre V2 Link Click Here

BananaHobby BlitzRCWorks F-86 Sabre (1 min 15 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Mar 25, 2012 @ 09:25 AM | 3,110 Views
Quick demo video showcasing the Parkzone Night Vapor. This plane is strictly for indoor flying or outdoor with very little or no wind. any kind of wind just starts throwing it around. this is a fun little plane for kids to learn and play on. for adults maybe you might want it for indoor or backyard flying. one thing i noticed: if you dislodge the motor the blades will cut the wings every time. the wings are like plastic bags so the motor can cut right through them like a knife through butter.

fyi: i was shooting the video while flying at the same time.

Night Vapor (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Mar 24, 2012 @ 12:55 PM | 3,076 Views
Below is a demo video from my HobbyZone Champ. I had just put a new motor in so it was zipping around pretty good. I was filming this one myself so i just put the throttle to full and filmed with one hand while flying with the other. This is a great little starter/beater plane for anyone just getting into rc planes. It doesn't have ailerons so it is limited in that respect but all around it moves nicely for a micro plane. i can do loops but not rolls as you can see in the video.

Champ (4 min 18 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Mar 11, 2012 @ 02:09 PM | 4,314 Views
Finally got my hands on a UM T-28. I see now what this plane is so popular. Handles great! It is similar in characteristics to UM P-51 but handles slightly better IMO. See examples below. 1st video is my maiden flight and 2nd is a flight the next day.

If you are looking for a 4ch micro plane that is a step up from a trainer this is a great choice. You can run it docile enough to learn ailerons and then crank it up to really dive into things a 4ch plane can do.

One thing to note is the motor/gear box is glued to the top of the fuselage not the bottom like every other plane i have run into. it doesn't seem to make the plane fly much different than any other but for crashes the break points are different and are on the top instead of the bottom of fuselage for the cowl.

Maiden Video (better of the 2 IMO)
Parkzone Ultra Micro T-28 (5 min 46 sec)


2nd Flight Video
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Posted by Syner01 | Mar 09, 2012 @ 05:52 AM | 3,918 Views
Bought the Hobbyking F4F Wildcat. This is part of the funfighter series. Had some issues after maiden flight that basically amounted to CG. More info at thread here
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1608655

This plane is a great step up from UM I have been using.
Be forewarned that props break very easily on landings with this bird!

UPDATE: bought some APC props. I still break them but not half as much as the stock props. So anyone who can land decently should be ok with APC props. I tend to either come in hard and fast or flopping.

I am also going to document the stress points I am finding on this bird. Should have some pics and documentation up this week.

Demo video of my flight here
Hobbyking F4F Wildcat (1 min 53 sec)


2nd Flight Part A
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Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 02:03 AM | 3,847 Views
Currently my favorite plane to fly!

At first I really didn't like my aerobatic planes (su-26xp, SBach 342) because they were so twitchy that I couldn't reasonably control them in flight. Initially I chalked it up to my inexperience as a newbie since I have only been flying for around a month and a half. In fact I crashed my SBach 342 into a tree within seconds after first takeoff and swore not to take it out of the box again until I had way more experience under my belt.

After a lot of research on these planes (specifically about the twitchiness) I finally came across the terms 'dual rates and expo'. Basically these 2 functions allow you to dial down the plane to the point where even a newbie like me can start flying them and even enjoy it.

Here is a video now that I have the su-26 dialed down. I have around 2 months total rc flying experience when I made it. As you can see in the video the plane is much more enjoyable now. I still need a lot of work on my landings but that's for another topic lol.

Flight Demo Video
Parkzone Ultra Micro SU-26xp (1 min 35 sec)


2nd Flight Video
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Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 01:48 AM | 3,617 Views
Quick demo video flying the UM P51. I started flying this after using Champ for a week and never looked back. Love this plane as a real first learner. It has ailerons and isn't too fast so you can really get the hang of flying while enjoying it.

Can't say enough about this plane! For a newbie like me who had been flying for about a month before this video the P51 is an excellent choice for a step up from trainer.

Thanks to ailerons it cuts through wind better, you can bank much tighter turns, can enjoy loops, barrel rolls, etc. All without the inate twitching as you might find on an aerobatic planes like su-26 or SBach 342.

Flight Demo Video
Parkzone Ultra Micro P51 Mustang (0 min 39 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 01:25 AM | 3,620 Views
Learning the hard way how wind and trees do not mix with rc planes. Lost my Champ in a tree. Got lucky that it came down a couple of days later after a windy day.

What did I learn from this?
  • Trainers get blown around the most in wind
  • For me the best way to stay away from trees is to stand in the middle of the field. Whenever I stand by the edge of field I tend to get caught up with trees more. Just my experience. Thought it wouldn't matter where I stand; it only matters where the plane is sent to. I guess by standing near trees I tend to keep the plane in that area for better line of sight so it is better to stand in middle of field for me.
  • Have a football in your car to get planes down from trees when in range. Works great!
  • Cut throttle when nearing trees and coast down to the ground.
  • That styrofoam tends to stick to trees like glue. Also since batteries on little UM planes hang below plane exposed they can wrap around branches to really stick the plane in the tree.

Champ high up in tree
Champ (0 min 3 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 01:13 AM | 3,555 Views
I didn't like the flight characteristics of the f4u at first but now that I have a little more experience with it I find it to be one of the more versatile warbirds I have tried so far.

I prefer a 2 blade prop on it however. Much better flight for me with a 2 blade prop.

Also I did the dime mod and it flew MUCH better. Basically tape a dime to the underside of the cowl.

Demo Video
Parkzone Ultra Micro F4U Cosair (1 min 54 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 01:03 AM | 3,582 Views
As shown in the video below I had a UM P51 in which the motor stopped working one day although all of the other controls worked fine.

Turns out the issue was that the cable connector from motor to main board disconnected at some point. Probably after a crash or jostling of the plane in the travel box.

Resolution: open up the plane and reconnect the motor 2wire to the main board.

UM P-51 Motor Issue (0 min 36 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 12:43 AM | 4,187 Views
My 1st mcpx purchase came with a dx4e. When I bound the heli to it and tried to liftoff it would not leave the ground. Took it to LHS and turns out that the pitch on the blades were reversed so as to push the heli down instead of up when giving throttle.

How to fix this? There are specific binding instructions in the manual for computer and NON computer TX like dx4e that I had at the time. Make sure you follow the correct binding process depending on the TX you will be using.

I have a dx7 since then and have been able to use both TX successfully with the mcpx. Just need to be aware of the binding process issue if this ever happens to you.

Mcpx no liftoff (0 min 20 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 12:33 AM | 3,619 Views
I bought my 2nd heli, a 120sr, at my LHS in RTF new box. After a couple of days and reading on rcgroups I believe I had TBE so I wanted to start replacing parts with new ones to see if it would help. I had never removed a tail boom before so after reading up on how to I found myself having a hard time removing the existing one. I did not want to break it so I made a video example to see of anyone could help.

Long story short while everyone who assisted stated this was not normal in the end someone suggested using a blow dryer to heat up the area where boom connects to main frame as it might help loosen it up.

The concern up to this point was that the heli was not actually new but that someone may have glued the boom into the frame.

Needless to say the blow dryer tricked worked great and I was able to remove the boom after heating up the joint a little. Just need to be careful not to heat up the main board since it is right below the joint.

Blade 120sr Tail Boom Issue (0 min 15 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 12:23 AM | 3,383 Views
I had a mh-35 heli which started making a whining noise one day (see my other blog entry). When I called HH about it they immediately replaced the board. And so when my mcpx started making noises the first time I powered it up I naturally grew concerned (see video example below).

Long story short the servo chattering on mcpx is totally normal and in fact if yours does not behave similar to this then you most likely have a problem.

MCPX Servo Chattering (0 min 21 sec)

Posted by Syner01 | Feb 25, 2012 @ 12:07 AM | 3,302 Views
Had this heli for about a month when it started making whining noises. Called HH and they confirmed it was the board and had me send it to them for a free replacement. I have to say I was very happy dealing with them as I did not have to argue with them for free replacement and they did not skirt around the issue and immediately told me they would replace it for free upon seeing the video.

FYI: I had another whining type noise later on with my mcpx however on that model it turns out it is the servos constantly chattering and is normal.

Force mh-35 issue (1 min 13 sec)