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Posted by 747Pilot | Yesterday @ 08:29 AM | 948 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 | 1,002 Views
SpecUAV (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 06, 2014 @ 09:34 AM | 1,003 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 | 2,277 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 | 1,520 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 | 1,609 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Aug 11, 2014 @ 10:17 PM | 1,590 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 | 2,274 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 | 2,053 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 | 2,098 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 | 2,311 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 | 3,810 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 | 1,967 Views
2 part video series.
Taranis X9D - How to swap a case - pt 1 of 2 (9 min 35 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:47 PM | 2,582 Views
Pictures here. OK...had to try a fpv car just once. Pretty fun. Not great range in my neighborhood. Have to play around with antennas. Got 100 meters out before video would start to get questionable.
Fpv Rc Buggy (6 min 32 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jun 10, 2014 @ 07:25 PM | 2,154 Views
Cleaning up the rats nest of cables below my ground station. I grew tired of having to unplug everything between flights to save battery life, so i decided to tidy up the gs with a cheap wooden box from Michaels, some switches, a single sbec and a distribution board. Very happy with the results.
Fpv Ground Station Box. (3 min 1 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:53 AM | 2,003 Views
Well a good friend of mine that has is own antenna business (www.specuav.com) sent me an old RC car that he is no longer is using after I had been talking for months about wanting to do an fpv car. So the price was right $0.00

It's a mbx5 prospec - Anyone familiar?

I think it was gas at one point and converted to electric. It's got an esc and a steering servo installed. No shell, don't care. I've got the radio gear and fpv gear ready to throw on it but I have zero experience with rc car motors.

My questions is what motor? Whom should I buy from? It's gonna be 3s power. I don't need crazy speed. Remember this is just for fpv from the living room.

So can I get some suggestions on motors? Thanks

Soon to be FPV Buggy 1/8 scale (1 min 29 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jun 07, 2014 @ 11:24 PM | 2,317 Views
Trying out a 3 way camera switcher by TURNIGY for fpv camera. Mounted on my skywalker 168- (soon to be Skywalker 1880). Setup with pretty simple but I'm getting flickering of the OSD info. Not sure why.
Skywalker 1680
NTM 3636 1400
APC 9 X 6
10,000MAH
Cyclops Tornado OSD
RMRC 1.3 GHZ Vtx
LOTUS 1280 Antenna by www.specuav.com
3 - fpv cams PZ0420
Dragon Link Control
Taranis - dipped by Lonestar Hydrographics. See me latest video on my Taranis.
Thumb stick mod
Mobius
Turnigy 3 way cam for FPV - First try (3 min 0 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | May 30, 2014 @ 09:40 PM | 3,090 Views
Love the look and feel of my new "Carbon Fiber" Taranis. Thanks to Lonestar Hydrographics.http://www.lonestarhg.com/

Female owned and operated business in Texas. I ordered up a spare Taranis case from Aloft Hobbies and had it mailed directly to Lonestar Hydrographics. Kim, the owner, kept me updated on the progress of the dip and even sent pics and video.

A little about Lonestar from Kim:

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We are a female (me) owned and run family business. We are based out of McKinney Texas about 30 min north of Dallas. We opened our business less than a year ago, but have really developed a passion for this type of customization and the limitless possibilities.

The most excited items we dip would be parts of manual and power wheelchair for kids around Dallas. This allows these kids to really personalize their wheelchairs and express themselves in a unique way. The craziest would prob be a wooden quadcopter frame. There not much you can't dip, so the more creative the better

I hope you like the controller, if there are any problems please let me know.

Thanks
Kim
"Carbon Fiber" Frsky Taranis X9D by Lonestar Hydrographics (5 min 58 sec)