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Posted by Pancari | Oct 11, 2012 @ 02:26 PM | 2,169 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 | 2,457 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 | 2,903 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 | 2,548 Views
There was not enough roof for 4 fans
Posted by Pancari | Oct 03, 2012 @ 06:04 PM | 2,288 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 | 2,545 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)

Posted by Pancari | Sep 24, 2012 @ 10:58 AM | 2,737 Views
A standard 808 camera can be mounted on the top of this body without any problems of center of gravity.
Posted by Pancari | Sep 23, 2012 @ 09:18 PM | 3,215 Views
Sept 25

I took this body, put a regular 808 on it and flew it for a few minutes in my office and while I was wearing my hat cam I failed to turn it on. Due to the extra weight in front, the quad is very nose heavy.excessively pushing forward and I needed all the reverse stick I had to control it.

I cannot recommend my design as is unless double the 808 weight is placed on the rear of the quad to remove the overhung load, severely trim the quad or change the 9X flight settings.

After reviewing the #11 and #16 video comparison and reading a bit more on these cams, I decided to get the standard FOV with an #808-16.

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Mounting a standard 808 camera to a V929 is relatively simple with my paper body found in this blog.

A manila folder cut into an 8x11 sheet is very study and inexpensive for this use.

The problem of rotor interference needs to be addressed when using a 120 degree lens. The solution is to mount the camera low and forward relative to the center of the V929.

The attached developed paper sheet will solve the problem.

Photos are attached as a guide to the finished product.

I don't have an 808 with a 120 degree lens so it is untested but I feel my design is accurate.

Please note that I eyeballed the mounting holes so the nose is pointed downward and not level in the photos.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Al
Posted by Pancari | Sep 19, 2012 @ 11:02 PM | 2,441 Views
It only took me two months to fly my V929 outside after nearly destroying it by hitting every wall, chair and computer monitor in my office and needs to be outside or a large indoor area to maximize its abilities like wide banked turns, long straight runs and grass below for the inevitable pilot error, I did a lot of those.

The temperature was 75 degrees with wind speed hitting 10 mph and it held up well and got away from me a few times from flying too high.

My Turnigy 9x was set for 40% endpoints, and feel I need practice till I can increase the endpoints and put some D/R settings into the TX. I’m fly fast guy with long runs and see how close I can come to the ground, myself before pulling away which makes for dramatic video.

This quad takes punishment as I hit the ground a half a dozen times. The driven gear moved twice on the rotor shaft and the upper bracket motor mount moved only once. My wide body made from photo paper fell off one during a hard crash and showed no signs of damage. Red is an excellent body color that shows well against sky and trees and with a lighter canopy color the contrast it’s easy to identify the nose at a distance.

Wooden magnets did attract the V929 about 15’ above grade and I was able to shake the lowest section of the branch till the quad fell to the ground. I need to be prepared next time with my 6’ long tree pruner.

I ran with two new Hyperion 3.7V, 1S, 550ma batteries that included walking to the downed heli multiple times, and getting it down from a tree totaled close to 17 minutes, hard to believe but I took the time from the raw videos shot from my hat cam.. All things considered this was an excellent fly and a quad worthy of ownership.

WL V929 Outdoor Flight Sept 18 2012.wmv (3 min 56 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Sep 19, 2012 @ 04:50 PM | 2,193 Views
Everyone remembers the Law of Supply and Demand, right. Well, that doesn’t apply to us because technology drives down the price and China’s lack of a copy right law allows us to buy things so cheap that it’s almost sinful.

But our Law of Supply and Demand is a bit different and says...
“If someone has a strong demand for something, the supply has dried up”. There is an Erdnuckel Corollary that says “Or it’s stuck in Customs”.

In a discussion with RoboHeli he found that all his 3 Harbor Freight stores where he lives have run out of the supply of

StoreHouse Aluminum Case 16”x12”x6”, Model #39196.

I don’t know about you, but this is serious stuff. A month ago my local HF had at least 20 cases on their shelves. So I took a ride today, and all the cases were gone, except for one on a low shelf and another 8’ off the floor. I went looking for a ladder or a stockperson to no avail. I went back to my case. A guy walked up to the case and I had to make claim on it.

While I looked for a nearby tool to move the 2nd case towards the shelf front as it bridged two shelves, a second guy came up and I needed to stake my claim for the second time. Afterward I hid it while trying to get the second case down.

I went up to the cashier feeling triumphant, self assured and asked her if they were going to get more in. A few buttons letter she noted that there are 5,000 cases in the South Carolina Harbor Freight central warehouse that supplies the east coast.

I need one case for my 2013 Walkera Expansion as long as I modify al my micros and quad(s) and feel comfortable enough to move up the heli chain. The second is a spare.

There are other cases by different manufactures like

Hobbico hcap2015
Zeikos ZE-HC36 Medium Hard Case

It is unknown when HF will release the current supply but I’m sure for many it will not be soon enough.
Posted by Pancari | Sep 15, 2012 @ 10:27 PM | 2,172 Views
I was down the Jersey shore with it's usual 5-10mph winds. And as my V929 has yet to see sunlight, I opted not to fly it... again.

The wife dragged me shopping where I found stacks of Yuban coffee. The last time I saw this much Yuban I also saw V911's and V929's flying w/o canopies.

Perhaps I was in the wrong location or hallucinating from too much Melitta Coffee who is one of my clients.
Posted by Pancari | Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:27 PM | 2,462 Views
I have been asked if creating a carrying case from Harbor Freight's tool case is easy, and like anything else, it takes time to optimize techniques for complicated arrangements. That's another way of saying I'm real compulsive about the finished product.

Photos have already been taken indicating my tricks that are necessary for the V929 and Turnigy 9X arrangement and will combine them into a video very soon.

For me, it's worth the $28 to carry your heli's in safety and style. The pre-cut sponge is easy to work with but sponge will collapse into itself and become difficult to place your heli back inside small cavities.

Ya know what's scary, I just went to the Harbor Freight web site and they are not listed. Okay... fess up... who's been buying them in bulk??? Suddenly, I feel kind of sick... jumpy... twitchy...itchy, I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms.

I better take a ride to my local Harbor Freight and pick up 2 more cases for future use... just in case they are being discontinued.
Posted by Pancari | Sep 11, 2012 @ 09:51 PM | 2,462 Views
I’m one of these guys that need structure, the same thing every day, except chicken for lunch, I am so sick of chicken every day for lunch. This is the big pitfall of working from home and not wanting to eat junk food or take the time to make something healthy, I’m an “Eat to Live” guy, and eat as quickly as possible that reheated chicken with extra virgin olive oil, oregano and black olives which clearly indicates I am Italian and a lousy cook.

In the past four months, I was virtually vacant from these boards except for a few V929 canopies as well as many other part of my life because of a many projects at the same time that demanded my attention. That’s the funny part of being self-employed, you may be your own boss but in reality you have many bosses and all they say is “I need it done yesterday” and they couldn’t care less about broken heli’s, ordered spare parts collecting dust or me working on weekends as they were relaxing, their project comes first.

So while everyone was flying their new V929’s at blinding speeds, I flew 3 batteries and maybe 50’ and that included vertical takeoffs and crashing in the Evil Wall in my small office. And now many have ported their energies into flying their V939 and enjoying it. Congrats. I had no time for life diversions the past 4 months and now I have earned some leeway and can breath a bit easier till projects come back with revisions and one big client come back from his vacation.

I need to look at my 9 month FP list and...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Sep 06, 2012 @ 09:04 AM | 2,449 Views
My father was very controlling and he used to say "There are 2 ways to do things, my way and the wrong way". And as I got older I realized that he was usually wrong. I realized that decisions were not 48% right, 48% wrong and 2% in a grey zone. In fact decisions were 1% right, 1% wrong with the grey zone taking up 98%.

There is no right or wrong to canopies, it falls into the big grey zone of life where your opinion matters to you. And like all beliefs, they will changes, one day an idea is great and the next you tear it down. There are no rules here, well, perhaps one.

I make my canopies for me because I want too and do it for me. I'm not concerned about aerodynamics but if there is a problem, I'll chop a wing off or fly the crazy stuff in my office.

The stock ladybug canopies are for girls, the first thig I did when I open the V929 box is gag and began to make an acceptable canopy.

But ultimately, the simple decision is to paint the V929 canopy black or flat black because we are men filled with testosterone.

Lights are optional pending your skill set and certainly add to the cool factor even thought they may add drag and extra weight. And if you're worried about weight, kindly continue to read.

We're not racing these things, there is no radar gun pointing at them, no one is putting up times, there is no telemetry indicating g force in turns or during acceleration, there are no timing gates, there are no trophies handed out at the end.

I'...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Sep 03, 2012 @ 09:49 PM | 2,644 Views
I was thinking today that perhaps it might be interesting to make a new canopy for one of my 9958's, not that any of them are running, see the 9958 forum, this date, and I remembered the 2000 movie "The Sixth Day" starring Ahhhnooolldd Schwarzenegger.

The 6th Day - Trailer (2000) (1 min 41 sec)


The heli in the movie, called a Whisper Craft was really interesting and looks like it was based on a theoretical Boeing model call a DiscRotor.

...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:38 PM | 2,452 Views
Don't you hate when work gets in the way of life? I mean, don't clients appreciate that sometimes I don't want to get their work done yesterday. There are days a guy just wants to mess around with a heli or 9 and relax.

It's been tremendous weather here in PA and I swear, the only time I've gone outside was to take the trash out. Wait, I had a meeting on Monday afternoon and I've been hiding in this office ever since then.

So when I finished 2 projects this afternoon, the first thing to was to eat some junk carbohydrates, come back to my office, print out a new canopy I completed last week, put it together, shoot a few photos, a short vid and put it up on YT.

Attached is the canopy for you guys that don't want to spend a few bucks on the manufactured canopies or print out a Darsh paper canopy and CA a few hundred tabs.

I've tried to fly the V929 around my office and have been unsuccessful so far, it seems crashing at every wall somehow takes the fun out of it. I swear I'll never do it again, really.....

Maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow.

Enjoy the short video.

V929 with Red Shuttle Canopy (0 min 19 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:45 PM | 2,835 Views
On a heli forum on of the guys stated that he needed a place to hide his heli's as the wife was getting on his case. This is a problem larger than and CP can give you. This was my response.

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Ok, this many not be the forum for this material, but I'll tell you right now, this is A LOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN GETTING A GRAM OF WEIGHT OUT OF YOUR HELI TO INCREASE FLY TIME.

Saunter up to the bar, get a drink and listen to Uncle Al because I understand female psychology and no one is giving me options in my home.

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Lets understand one of the fundamental male - female differences. When the fetus gets exposed to lots of fetal testosterone in the womb a boy will be born and we'll process spacial concepts easily but the communication center in the brain is not well developed.

If there is less fetal testosterone present a girl is born who can't tell a left turn from a duck but she will talk and process words 4-7 times more than a male because their communication center is much larger than a male's.

This is why a guy burns out during a discussion with the wife. and she says "You're not listening to me". And she's right, we're overloaded and can't process the shear volume of words and at best 1 in 4 words sink in, so we says "okay, yeah, no problem" and walk away to a safe zone, perhaps where we keep our heli's, Then the wife gets pissed as the heli's become her enemy as she says to a confidant "he...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Aug 24, 2012 @ 04:18 PM | 4,639 Views
I've been doing client work the past two lachmundand a half months and had no time for heli's while many moved into the WL V929 and have been very sucessful in flying, modding and videoing their achievements.

The best MQX canopies are make in Germany by Frank Lachmund but are difficult to get. The canopies on EBay somehow lack any kind of sembelence to any shuttle, spacecraft, Biavian mothership, Viper or flying saucer I have seen in the past decades or landed near my neighborhood in an open field. Do big spiders really hang on the top of any flying machine or are painted bright metallic red? Do they ID their landing crafts with MQX? Beside, I have too many things on order already and after a while you get tired of waiting and watching your PayPal bill never go down. All I wanted to do was replace that horrendous beetle canopy that is best suited for an 8 year old girl which is in the process of being painted.

I decided to download and cut out one of Darsh's MQX canopy's, and after cutting all the tabs I felt that I was messing with paper dolls and had to find a better path. The last time I was cutting things out of paper was the mid 70's when working for a material handing company where I designed large, complicated coal spreader chutes and had to make a scale model for the layout man in the shop.

And while I have no artistic ability it was not difficult to lay out a simple canopy using AutoCAD, throw some color into it, print it onto HP Premium Photo Paper, cut...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Aug 21, 2012 @ 03:55 PM | 2,610 Views
I finally completed 2 major engineering projects that are in the hands of my clients till they change everything and drop it back in my lap. So after 10 weeks I finally have time for some heli stuff.

I've been working on paper canopies for my V929 because IMHO no man should be flying a ladybug canopy that any 8 year old girl would consider cute.

The wife is off today, she comes into the office and I'm staring at a paper model and she says "What are you doing". I point to my computer screen running AutoCAD with the model showing in multiple views, developed paper and dimensioned and I point and say "Making that" and she walks away.

I don't think I scored any points

I have one canopy complete with a few variations and I just spend a few hours on this very, very crude prototype canopy that will make it to a final product for me.

It flies indoors, all the blades clear, sure it's a mess right now and yes, I don't know how it will handle outdoor flight.

Right now it's not bad for a few hours work and it's still cooler than a ladybug canopy.
Posted by Pancari | Aug 14, 2012 @ 10:04 PM | 3,109 Views
I turned in a very large project on Monday and on Tuesday night I printed a set of design drawings that will go to the client on Wednesday morning for review, and ten I finally have time for myself, what to do, what to do....

I haven't worked out inn 2 months and there is junk piled all over my weigh bench.

My back basement has junk thrown everywhere as I never got time to put it away, including the folding chairs from the Father's Day picnic.

On the more enjoyable side...

I have a 2650ma bat for my Turnigy that needs a new connector soldered to it

I have a PCB for my 9958 and my NE solo Pro that needs installation

I have my camera back and it certainly wold not hurt to get the V929 outside for a documented flight.

I have an idea and the styrofoam and black sheet sponge to create new packaging to hold 4 heli's in one box. This will reduce the number of boxes, one for my 9958's, V911's and NE heli's. I can use an empty box for my V929 as it came in a Styrofoam casket. All stock TX's not used will be stored in one box and hidden from sight. This is a future longer term project for my blog.

I've found that an unplanned event will always occur disallowing me from doing any of there things.

Time will tell