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Posted by Hmerly | Jan 17, 2014 @ 11:43 PM | 1,837 Views
Well, this is probably about my 10th Ritewing Zii build. This one is actually for myself as I haven't had a Zii to fly in almost a year since my last one died horribly =) This one was a quick build, taking a lot less time than I usually take and the results are actually pretty damn good. I did not use any films, and simply painted the foam. It turned out great for the most part. I did end up using the new Ritewing Toughbox and Toughbay. It really makes the center of the wing solid, like a brick. This thing is stiff and has no flex at all. I am very happy with this and will maiden her soon.

Specs:

Ritewing Zephyr II
Hyperion ZS 3025 - 8 Turn 970 KV motor
2x Turnigy Slim Wing digital servos - metal geared
Ritewing 65a ESC
Ritewing Toughbay
Ritewing Toughbox
Ebay step down regulator
Homemade LC Filter
ReadymadeRC 5v Bec
Surveilzone CC1333-B IR Blocked FPV Cam
ReadymadeRC 2.4ghz Video Transmitter
iBCrazy 2.4ghz Cloverleaf - side feed
EzUHF 8Ch Diversity Rx
Rangevideo OSD/AP
Gopro 3 Black Edition

And thats about it. This build turned out great and I hope will last me more than just one season of flying =) Although, the way I fly I'm not sure that will happen.
Posted by Hmerly | Aug 30, 2013 @ 09:52 PM | 3,491 Views
Here is my latest Ritewing build. It is an EPP Zephyr 60" quadsparred flying wing Chris at RitewingRC cut for me. It isn't molded like the ZIIs, but is tough as nails and very solid with the sparring system in it. Here is what I got in it:

Hyperion ZS3025 970KV
85a Turnigy ESC
2x MG Servos
Skylark Dianmu OSD
2x 4000mah 4s Zippy Lipos
11x7 Apc E Prop
SC2K PZ0420 FPV Cam
GoPro
2.3ghz 700mW video transmitter
TBS Core
Dragonlink Receiver

For the covering I did a combination of painting and black carbon fiber vinyl. It came out pretty nice. The laminate Chris included was thick, I think 5mm and makes the wing really solid. I highly recommend getting one of these if Chris is still cutting them.

The maiden video was lost as my gopro froze up 1 minute into the flight. Not much happened anyways. This is my 2nd flight. In it I took the plane out 5 miles and then turned around and climbed to 10,000 ft. It was a personal altitude record. This plane is a lot of fun and flies so nicely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=4PRm_atp8xg

Here are some pictures:
Posted by Hmerly | Jan 09, 2013 @ 01:25 AM | 3,911 Views
Here is my latest completed Ritewing Zephyr II. I enjoyed building this one a lot, but had hoped it would have turned out better. The Vinyl I used was not the 3M stuff, I just bought some of the cheaper stuff on eBay and that was a mistake. They were more difficult to work with and I ended up with quite a few lines, bubbles, and wrinkles. Towards the end I also realized I would not have enough to cover the whole plane, so I ended up piecing together the scrap to finish the thing, which left all the lines and imperfections. I dont think I will ever do another carbon vinyl build again, it took me longer to cover the plane than it did to build the thing. Anyways, here are some pictures and the equipment list.

Ritewing RC Zephyr II
OS Motor OMA 3820 1200kv
Turnigy Plush 80a ESC
Ritewing OEM Servos
Dragonlink V2 UHF LRS
RMRC 1.3ghz 400mW TX
2x Nano-Tech 3300 4s
TBS Battery Bay
Uthere.com Ruby ( Waiting still for the OSD )
Shielded Cat6 Wiring

I've also added vertilons and vortilons to the wing per discussion on the ZII thread. They help the plane fly more smoothly. I can notice the difference when flying, however the thing I like the most is the way they look =)...Continue Reading