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Posted by Pancari | Dec 26, 2012 @ 10:40 AM | 2,482 Views
While cruzing the Internet this morning, instead of working, I came across this article about a new device that we will be seeing allot of very soon. And it clearly has direct use for future heli technology.

So take a look, I know you'll find it interesting.

http://readwrite.com/2012/12/24/is-t...ompany-of-2013
Posted by Pancari | Dec 21, 2012 @ 12:26 PM | 2,694 Views
When you're self employed and the economy is starting to get back on it's feet and when the big project finally hits you've been praying for last year finally kicks in gear you really don't have a choice but to dismiss everything in your life but work so you can pay the bills and bank a few shekels for the next rainy day.

So what if you only see your wife in the morning, at dinner and while watching Dexter and Homeland on Sunday. And as far as having time for driving my 300 hp Vette vibrating through custom dual exhaust and headers around the block on Sunday afternoon waking up who fell asleep while watching the Philadelphia Eagles lose another football game. But that's gotta wait till the weather turns around.

So when it comes to pulling out a new micro quad and run it into the office walls, well, that's gotta wait till all the big checks are deposited and I'm down to the usual "I need this yesterday" routine.

So while everyone is flying FPV I'm sitting on my *ss clearing out my backlog and waiting to fly something. And I gotta admit I'm pretty burnt out this week so I dusted off the micro quads I bought two months ago and started to mess with them.

And ya know, I really suck. Yeah, I made 2 marginal V929 vids and I can fly a V911 like it's on fire around my office perimeter but add 2 more rotors and my reflexes look like a 90 year old man eating soup. A good soup, not that crappy canned stuff with allot of salt, the stuff my little Italian...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Dec 18, 2012 @ 09:40 PM | 2,959 Views
I've been a bit too busy to have any time to enjoy any me time.

But after a few months I kind of pulled things together.

Jeez, that photo kinda kills part of it.

The Grand Unboxing (0 min 49 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Nov 24, 2012 @ 08:38 AM | 2,460 Views
Yeah, the boxes are still sitting in my office, maybe today is the day but I got stuff to do.

I am a big fan of Netflix and enjoy watching the old TV shows I never saw.

The best Netflix series was the 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica, not the 1978 version with Lorne Green, like anyone knows who that was, but I did enjoy the shows built around Dirk Bendict.

I found the 2004-2009 BSG series compelling and always finished each show by saying to myself "Oh Sh*t", and for me is the sign of an excellent series.

Let's face it, network TV sucks and I need to go to Cinemax, USA or FX for something to satisfy my testosterone filled brain.

There is a 15 minute mini-series on YT called Battlestar Galactica, Blood and Chrome which will fold into the Sci Fi Channel 2 hour BSG B/C movie in Feb 2013. It's shot with the same style of BSG and after watching two 15 minute blocks I was hooked.

So while the lipos are charging and it's raining outside... BSG.

Then you can build yourself a Viper canopy for your V929.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 23, 2012 @ 08:00 PM | 2,595 Views
I can't catch a break, 9pm on a Friday night and I'm working.

I have 3 boxes that have been sitting in my trunk for a week and put them in my office where they have sat for 2 weeks.

6 months ago I promised myself no more purchases till 2013 after my 3rd V911 but I bought a V929 and then the yellow V911. Then I had a discussion with a buddy who is clearing out his hanger and I decided to make three purchases in one shot.

I'm taking bets on what's in them and when I'll open them up.

So I guess if I wait till Jan 1, 2013, I will at least maintain the spirit of my broken guideline. And the way things are going here, it will take another month to open at least one.

It might be nice to fly one on New Years but I just learned the wife is having her family over for a New Years brunch.

God, someone kill me.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:36 PM | 2,495 Views
Everyone knows why we all love Harbor Freight, it's a place were any tool can be found, but we only care about cases for heli's and quads that cost us under 30 bucks, not including shipping.

I was going through my car web links this evening and came across a rather humorous but true article about Harbor Freight. And while they have few tools that we can use, I feel that any guy that picked up a toy hammer and broke his mother's lamp can get a laugh out of this.

It wasn't me, I swear, my brother did it.

This is a tremendous article so prepared to laugh your a-s-s off.

http://jalopnik.com/5959822/i-love-y...e-plastic-hell

Back to heli's..
I took out my Bravo SX after 6 months which I love, ran it into my wall twice and now the tail rotor turns nomater what. Guess I broke another heli and think I have more broken heli's than ones that are flying.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 12, 2012 @ 07:07 AM | 2,256 Views
This has nothing to do with everyone new obsession of maximizing their quads as they try to not break anything but I found this recent report important for every guy.

Sugary soft drink consumption contributes not only to weight gain, but also may play a role in the progression of knee osteoarthritis, especially in men, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Knee osteoarthritis is caused by cartilage breakdown in the knee joint. Factors that increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis include obesity, age, prior injury to the knee, extreme stress to the joints, and family history. In 2005, 27 million Americans suffered from osteoarthritis, and one in two people will have symptomatic knee arthritis by age 85.

The link below will take you to the entire article.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...dicine+News%29
Posted by Pancari | Nov 10, 2012 @ 08:34 AM | 2,418 Views
Perhaps the Banggood shipment backlog is due to a LiPo shipping panic. There is always an overreaction to anything.

Try to get through an airport with more than 3.5oz of Diet Pepsi. And sure there's a danger because the phosphoric acid in drinks has the ability to leach calcium from your bones which is a warning best heeded by women as they age. For guys, keep that testosterone levels around 650 to keep those bones strong.

Besides that, there was a study for Type 2 diabetics that those who drank diet sodas gained weight as it keep the sugar-dopamine highway to the brain happy and fulfilled.

But I digress.

New electric cars use Lipos, BIG LIPOS the same lipos that are in our laptops. If you're a car guy you know that Fisker has been having problems getting a car off the production line and lot.

Well, it looks like they have more problems, that are kinda lipo based. See photo, yeah, that's a result of a fire.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/466174/

So if you want better car mileage, don't drive like me, back off the gas. Electric cars may use less gas but the power comes from coal fired power plants with natural gas generators along side so there is some environmental impact.

So sure, maybe buy a Prius, I hear they come with a very nice v-a-g-i-n-a. At least you're not sitting on a $10K lipo. But before you make it your next car, take a look at the vid below.

Supercars: The One Gallon Fuel Crisis Race - Top Gear - BBC (6 min 19 sec)


Lipos, I want them in my helis and laptops and my cars running on a gas engine.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 09, 2012 @ 10:44 PM | 2,865 Views
Sure, I know I'm about 5 months late on this video and commentary but I've been busy the past four month with very little time for myself.

I was on the fence when this heli came out and compiled the responses of all those who posted. It seems there was mixed feeling and the Y911 just wasn't up to par when compared to the WL 911 in black, blue and red.

The Y911 seems louder and more difficult to control as I run it as fast as possible around my office perimeter, not the smartest thing to do of course. And it sustained some damage so now it's time to get some parts.

Y911 First Flight (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Oct 28, 2012 @ 05:02 AM | 2,454 Views
I found this YT video humorous and worthy of watching once

Walkera QR Ladybird Quadcopter Attacks (3 min 25 sec)


This video is an example how to not to get a girl and potentially get fired at the same time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...rL8gXNitw&NR=1
Posted by Pancari | Oct 27, 2012 @ 08:01 AM | 2,395 Views
I received my 808-16 Lens B a few days ago and looking forward to a test flight this weekend. I'm going to do a Velcro attachment to a body and give it a run.

Next week a massive tropical storm is coming up the east coast putting down rain and high winds and I'll be taking out the V929 to see if it can holds up against high winds..

Just kidding, it failed against 15mph winds a few weeks ago.

But I do want to see how it will does in the rain. Problems is I haven't figured out how to hold an umbrella and a controller at the same time. Then there's the potential interference with the umbrella and the my hat cam.

I guess I need to put more thought into this.
Posted by Pancari | Oct 23, 2012 @ 07:31 AM | 2,158 Views
I used the stock E728 TX for this video, the wind was challenging and all I really tried to do was get the V929 in front of me for flip testing, most footage was not used.

Using the stock canopy painted black worked against me as it was difficult to see the orientation at a distance.

The Alan Parson's song was split into 6 parts to shorten time so repetitive, long video scenes was not used.

Shooting into the sun degrades the video quality and dusk is probably the best time for shooting video.

V929 Flying and Flips Oct 20 2012 (1 min 17 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Oct 14, 2012 @ 10:49 PM | 2,820 Views
Monday Update...
A V929 is no match for 10mph+ winds and had no damage after the controlled drop

V929 in 10mph Winds (0 min 25 sec)



Sunday
Yesterday I slotted a time to do some flying and when that time came other priorities came up and as time ticked away the WX got colder.

On Sunday morning the wife and I jumped into the car and took a ride down the Jersey shore where I am writing this blog. And for the third time I took my go case that included my V929 and a V911 only to be met by an 11mph wind.

This is a small island, perhaps 1/2 mile wide, fully developed with little grass, only condos, homes and hotels surrounded by water on both sides and sand, lots of sand, 1/4 mile of sand from the end of the street bulkhead to the end the east coast. Sounds like lots of flying area with no trees or obstructions and a soft landing, if you don't mind blowing sand out of your gears and motors in the event of an 11mph wind taking you down.

I bet TayNinh68 is thinking wrapping Saran Wrap around the drive system for protection.

There is a boardwalk in the center of the city, 40' wide and it would be a great platform to fly except for buildings on the west side and the 1/4 mile of sand on the east 10 feet below.

At the west side of the island where I live there is some land, perhaps 30 feet wide and a marshland which is where the 11mph will put you. If I move 1/8 of a mile north I have a large bay of water.

Last time I was here I took a ride to a...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Oct 12, 2012 @ 08:27 AM | 2,243 Views
I thought of another solution to the "Downed Quad is the Lake" problem

See video below.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...e-video-robbie

I need a dog.

Hey Shafter you wanna get rid of that dog that just chewed up your quad, seems he has the right instinct.
Posted by Pancari | Oct 11, 2012 @ 02:26 PM | 2,017 Views
When you start to see commercials or everyone is doing something, it shows what
is called "Herd Mentality", part of the stock market phenomena for momentum buying when a stock goes up for no reason.

And that usually signals it's time to get out as there is market saturation.

Here is yet another example of using heli's in commercials, crappy ones at best but I do believe an SR120 is at the end of the commercial.

Anyone for Hacksack... didn't think so.

That Helicopter Guy at the Mall :30 | VELVEETA Shells & Cheese (0 min 32 sec)


The first guy to spot the error wins and "Attaboy"
Posted by Pancari | Oct 09, 2012 @ 10:36 PM | 2,301 Views
My 808-16- B is on order and should be here before I turn 80.

Assuming I can find the time before the snow and winter wind, I'm considering going to a local small lake, fly over it and chase some ducks across the shore line.

Has anyone else attempted a water crossing or am I the only idiot considering the stunt. It's not like I can jump in and pull it out when its 50' away, I can lose 90 bucks and God know I've N E V E R done that before

I assume some thin fishing line could be a problem when it's across the lake.

Attached is a photo of the area.

You input it appreciated.

Tx in advance
Al
Posted by Pancari | Oct 08, 2012 @ 08:50 PM | 2,688 Views
I've been sitting on these photos for about 2 months, sorry it took so long to put it together.

Al

Turnigy 9X Setting for the WL V929 Quad.mp4 (0 min 52 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Oct 07, 2012 @ 06:03 PM | 2,396 Views
There was not enough roof for 4 fans
Posted by Pancari | Oct 03, 2012 @ 06:04 PM | 2,142 Views
Oct 8

I called Paypal, they applogized fior te 7 cent problem that has locked me upp, accepted a $1.00 payment from me to cover my 0.7 cent deficit and they allowed me to purchase an 808-#16.

A few days alter I purchased a DeWalk battery for my drill and it went through.

I took a look at my online statement and still see the 7 cent deficit.

Man, that really ticks me off so bad that I probably won't watch Dancing with the Stars.

Then again, I never do.

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10/4

I sent PayPal a credit card payment of 7 cents and it failed because it was too small an amount.

I sent money from my bank account for 7 cents and they did receive it either.

I called Paypal this morning and they accepted a $1 transaction and when I bought the 808-16 Lens B, Paypal said "We'll add the 7 cents you owe us to this transaction" and it went through.

Maybe by January I'll have some completed videos to upload.

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Last week I tried to order an 808-16 Lens B from EBay because my junk 808 is complete garbage.

So I put my order in via Paypal, my demon hobby documentor failed.

When I electronically pay my bills and it seems like PayPal is a mortgage payment an I just round it off to the nearest dollar or 5 as its faster. But somehow I was off by a lousy 7 cents.

I tried doing transfers of a few bucks that failed, called Paypal and they recommended a few less timely methods and I just did a direct pay like I always do. That was a week ago and I still owe them...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:16 PM | 2,377 Views
Let's face it, you spent serious bucks on one heli or quad, or ten or twenty and a transmitter with a cost equal to a car payment.

You worry about 0.1 grams of extra weight to get a few seconds of extra flight time out of a 3 month old battery with 30 flights on it.

It was okay to carry your lunch in a crumbled paper bag when you were were in 4th grade, but that was more than a few decades ago.

Perhaps you should extend your demanding behavior to keep your prize possessions from getting banged around in a paper bag while it rolls around in your trunk.

Harbor Freight is once again is selling aluminum cases with foam inserts perfect for our hobby.

Working with foam and laying out the cutouts is not too difficult, but it's the little things that can make the difference for a better job.

It doesn't matter what quad or heli is going in, it's all about tricks.

Making a Case3 (2 min 46 sec)