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Posted by 747Pilot | Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 977 Views
New toy arrived today.
Phantom FX-61 (0 min 20 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Oct 13, 2014 @ 07:23 PM | 1,032 Views
Since I have no builds on the bench but two kids about to go trick oR treating, I had an idea to spruce up their Transformer Halloween Masks. They are gonna be the coolest kids in the neighborhood!

Required:
9v battery
9v battery connector
Small switch - optional
12v LEDs. Various colors
Led controller
Servo wire
Soldering iron
Hot glue gun.

About $10 in parts.

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Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 15, 2014 @ 08:29 AM | 1,705 Views
Rcgroup users - I need your help in finding two rc pilots.....SERIOUSLY.

As I approach my mid 40s, I now have 30+ years behind me in Rc & I've often thought about my beginnings in the hobby that would lead me into a career as a full scale pilot. In particular, I've been wondering what ever happend to the two guys that helped me when I couldn't even get a glow engine to start, let alone successfully fly an Rc plane without crashing it. I would very much like to find them.

The back story.

I grew up in Holmdel Nj across the street from what used to be called Bell Laboratories which happens to sit on a few hundred acres of prime real estate. It would later be called AT&T and also Lucent. Who knows what it's called these days. In 83' I was 13 and had already been building static models for years, some stick & tissue and some plastic, when my father took me to the Hobby Shop in Red Bank and bought me my first rc plane.

It was a styrofoam 3ch Cessna with an Enya .15 and a Futaba controller. I literally stayed awake at night thinking I owned the coolest toy ever designed by man, to the point I think it led to my partial insomnia today. As cool as I thought it was, that quickly faded when I realized they weren't so easy to get running and keep running. At least it seemed that way without anyone to help me out. I was on my own and in my vast wisdom decided that Enya's just sucked..period and I was gonna go with the more expensive OS engines.
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Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 14, 2014 @ 08:12 AM | 1,545 Views
SpecUAV (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 06, 2014 @ 09:34 AM | 1,458 Views
Nitroplanes PopWing 1200 Build Series - DIY Cargo Bay

Video playlist - build series:

Ongoing build - photo album:



Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 21, 2014 @ 09:59 PM | 2,938 Views
If you really want to personalize that special radio of yours, I would highly recommend them. I've swapped four of these cases for myself and friends. It puts an already awesome radio onto a whole new level of cool. Contact Kim for a quote. http://www.lonestarhg.com/

You may see some home dip kits on the market however I can point out many reasons why not to use them and to go with a professional dip company like Lonestar.

1. Dip kits are not that much less money.
2. Dip kits have a limited number of stock patterns available to choose from.
3. You only get enough material for one dip. If you mess it up, even the slightest, you'll have to buy more material and start over.
4. Lonestar offers a free clear coat where dip kits don't.
5. Piece of mind knowing it's gonna be done great and done right.

In addition, you may see that Aloft Hobbies is now offering dipped cases. However, only the front half of the case is dipped. The look of a half dipped radio would look awkward at best. Go big or go home. Lonestar dips both sides.

TBRC Frysky Taranis X9D - Owned by "Tracks" (0 min 52 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 20, 2014 @ 01:21 AM | 1,951 Views
Super fun day. This thing is dialed in! Like it's riding on rails. Just above half throttle cruises at 58km/hr.

Specs:
Home made Monkey Blunt. See previous post.
NTM 2826/1200
Apc 8x6
25amp plush esc
Cyclops Breeze Osd
Frysky Taranis radio.
ImmersionRc 600mw.
Spec Uav DLS 5800 - testing.
Pz 0420 cam
Corona metal gear servos.
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Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 14, 2014 @ 07:29 AM | 2,057 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 11, 2014 @ 10:17 PM | 2,144 Views
Pop Wing 900 & a DIY Monkey Blunt- which is really now a Pop Wing 1000

Decided to build myself my own "cargo bay" on my new Pop Wing 900mm after seeing the Monkey Blunt mod. I did this DIY for two reasonS, 1 - the Monkey is sold out and 2 - it's a little pricey to begin with. ($29). I did this mod with $4 worth of 1/8" birch plywood from Michaels. 4" by 12" sheets. Needed three of them.

I just maidened it yesterday and flew it 5 times. It was such a beauty to fly. A little underpowered but held 50-55km well at 3/4 throttle. Just cruising around she burns an avg 1200 mah on 10 min flights.

Any questions please comment.

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Setup:
Popwing 900mm 36" (40" now)
Lotus DLS 5800 Antenna 5.8ghz - http://www.specuav.com
Taranis/Frsky 2.4 control - www.alofthobbies.com/
Immersion 250mw 5.8 ghz Vtx - http://www.readymaderc.com
Turnigy 2822 / 1450 kv - Hobbyking
Turnigy 2200 mah 3S - Hobbyking
PZ0420 fpv cam - http://www.eastcoastfpv.com/
Cyclops Breeze - http://www.foxtechfpv.com
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Videos of it:
Seen at 1:55 on video #1.
Killer day of Rc flying. (3 min 18 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 08, 2014 @ 09:44 PM | 2,700 Views


Way to go Jake!

East Coast FPV is now open for business (Allentown Pa) and is offering a free PZ0420 with camera case for 2nd place prize in the Fpv Scavenger Hunt.

I especially like the feature of a servo lead already soldered to the camera lead. This eliminates all of work cutting & soldering your own connector. ECFPV is offering free shipping for the entire month of August so I would hurry.

He's also become the 3rd official vendor of Spec UAV and his carrying the new Lotus 2400 for 2.4 ghz. Link here.


Visit www.eastcoastfpv.com to check out his site.

EastCoastFPV Webstore // New USA FPV Gear Supplier! (2 min 37 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jul 21, 2014 @ 09:56 PM | 2,497 Views
Some pics from spending the weekend with my good friends from TBRC at Benderflys place. Too much fun I wish it was a 4 day event. Even though I lost a Bixler with a 433/5.8 setup, a möbius and Vtx during the weekend, it was SO worth it! Video playlist from me and other fpv'rs.

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Posted by 747Pilot | Jul 09, 2014 @ 09:28 PM | 2,506 Views
Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/pol...r-feared-crash

Audio - The drama queens start their hissy fit at 12:25
http://archive-server.liveatc.net/kl...2014-0400Z.mp3
Posted by 747Pilot | Jul 01, 2014 @ 09:05 AM | 2,787 Views
A few videos. Build and maiden. Cont to read for setup. Made by Sweepwings. This is my first Fpv wing build. Flew 5 times on Sunday. Lovin it. 3000 mah nano tech/ NTM 3530 1400/ HK 50 amp/Dragon link/Cyclops Storm/Lc filter/My Fly Dream Telefly Pro Osd for tracking/pz0420/Möbius / Taranis X9D.
Juggernaut Wing by Sweepwings via SierraRc - UnBoxing (1 min 36 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:02 PM | 4,219 Views
Spec UAV is very happy to announce three co-sponsors are now offering up some fantastic prizes in this
months Lotus FPV Scavenger Hunt! All prizes listed below will be added to the current Lotus 1280 antennas for
1st & 2nd place and 50% discount for 3rd place.

Sweep Wings, Aerial Visions, Inc. & Rotorgeeks will be offering the following prizes for the current scavenger hunt.
Hunt #3 end date will now be pushed back to the end of July, giving everyone an opportunity to get out there and film.
It will now end July 31st at midnight eastern.

NEW PRIZES


1st place - Juggernaut FPV Wing - 48"
Sweep Wings will be offering a brand new Juggernaut from their
line up of FPV wings.



2nd place - Team Blacksheep Discovery Frame
Aerial Visions Inc will be offering a brand new TBS Discovery Frame from their line up.


3rd place - Rotorgeeks 12A BLHeli ESC - Quadpack
Custom built for rotorgeeks, this ESC is perfect for your mini-quad build. It's 4S capable and has a 5V, 1A BEC.
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Posted by 747Pilot | Jun 20, 2014 @ 07:54 PM | 2,365 Views
2 part video series.
Taranis X9D - How to swap a case - pt 1 of 2 (9 min 35 sec)

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