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Posted by Micubano | May 20, 2016 @ 12:10 PM | 1,561 Views
Over 6 months since I posted to my blog? I have been flying the whole time. It's been a mild winter so I was out in the cold. I waited for months to fly my Icon A5s (big and small) and the Island Beaver in the snow. When it did snow, it was melted by the time I got out of work. I was able to get almost all my other planes out this winter, so it was fun. I have noticed that my flying has greatly improved recently. Flying inverted patterns and other stunt maneuvers are feeling pretty natural to me. My 3D is improving too. I think it is going to be a fun summer.

Now that is is spring, I went to a fun fly at the LHS. They have a great field there. That is where I took the pic. One thing that changed is I no longer have my van. I have a RAV 4 now, so I have to be picky about what I bring, but I thought those 3 (and a profile foamy I forgot I brought) fit really nice in it.

Sadly, the LHS owner has the store open by appointment only now and has the field and his house up for sale. I hear that he is looking to move south permanently. He was nice enough to let me do his website, marketing, and social media for him. I did it all for store credit. Without his support I would not have the RC collection I do today. He has a few events planned for the spring and early summer, so hopefully I will be able to get up there a few more times. I am really going to miss that field and store, but I did make a lot of new friends hanging out there and we still get together. We'll just keep flying on.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 12, 2015 @ 11:18 AM | 2,188 Views
I did a lot of flying over the weekend and at the end I grabbed these two shots because it was just amazing.
Posted by Micubano | Sep 28, 2015 @ 07:57 AM | 7,436 Views
So, some of you know me. Major RC addict and married to a wonderful woman who went from hating the hobby to politely asking fro the first floor of our house back every once in a while when we have guests. Well early this week she texted me asked if I could take Friday off to use my Yuneec Q500 to capture an event where she works. Jokingly I told her to take it and do it herself. That lead to a conversation followed by a trip to the local park. I did a set up and break down to show her what to do. Then she did a set up and did her first flight followed by a full break down and set up and flight. Friday she successfully flew two batteries and captures some great footage of the event safely. She even had a few people act as flight line security because I told her people will come too close not thinking about the danger. Sure enough they tried and her assistants kept them back. So my wife can fly a Q500 unassisted. I never thought I'd see the day.

Also last week, a guy at work who listens a group of us us talk about flying decided to try it without asking anyone's opinion on how to start. Sure enough, we heard it ended up in a tree. So I approached him and asked him the make and model. He had no clue. After trying to get more info from him for the better part of a day, he finnally gave up that he got it from Best Buy online and it cost $2800. Yep, be bought a DJI Inspire for his first drone and admitted to not reading the manual at all. I flew one once and know that you really need to read the manual and learn what the switched do. I am surprised he even armed it. I guess what my friend Jay says about he Inspire is true. Carl would of been better off giving Jay $2000 and letting him kick Carl in the shin. I always thought he was joking.
Posted by Micubano | Sep 10, 2015 @ 03:40 PM | 2,036 Views
My LHS has only been around 5 years. I've probably been going there 3 and a half. I didn't know they were there until my son won a gift certificate from them. It was only for $25. The manager at the time was nice and gave my son a $50 Syma heli. I appreciated that and ended up buying a used mCX2 that I can get new today for the same price. But that is where it started.

I hated their web site back then. I begged them to let me do it. One day they agreed, but I would have to get paid in store credit. So I completely revamped their site. And then I started doing their fliers. Then I took over the social media, producing video reviews, and whatever else they asked. They treated me well, so I put a lot of time and effort into everything. Because of that I've been able to own a large number of planes, helis, boats, cars and trucks.

I am upset that they are closing, but not mad. I know when they moved to a much larger location that the rent went way up. My friend Bob S. predicted they would close then. He has seen a few LHSs open, try and go big, and then close. The rent was only part of the issue. A series of events happened that are really no ones fault, but the decision to close was sudden.

I will miss the LHS because I made a lot of friends there and we would hang out there for hours and just learn from each other. I enjoyed helping new hobbyists out. My biggest pet peeve was people who would come in, walk around and while leaving very loudly proclaim that the prices...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Aug 27, 2015 @ 09:37 AM | 1,673 Views
I was at a Fun Fly over the weekend and the vendor there had a few Radian Pros for sale. I was kind of surprised when one of the other guys behind the flight line asked about it and other pilots immediately started saying how they all killed theirs and did not recommend it. I have about 10 flights on mine and it climbs fast and glides beautifully. After a few hours it started become clear how they killed their RPs as I watched them crash one plane after another. One smashed the nose off a CZ cub on take off. Another went home with only one out of 5 planes still flying and talking about how he has nothing to fly a 2200 3S batt in at the end of the day. I know some of these guys have been flying longer than I have, but I think they just fly things until they die. I brought a lot to fly over the 2 days at the Fun Fly and did not crash anything...even the Rare Bear.

Part of bringing so much to the Fun Fly was for maintenance checks. It is about that time of year where everything gets tested. I do it in the Spring and the Fall. The servos on the UMX planes got a cleaning and little FaderLube and the other electronics and surfaces checked. The bigger planes got a full test of the servos and electronics with a little glue, tape, or oil where needed. I didn't get to everything, but I got a lot done. The only issue I found was the day after the Fun Fly on an Inverza. The tail wheel was missing and I added a little tape to the rudder because it looks like I landed without it and...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Jul 27, 2015 @ 10:59 AM | 1,967 Views
My wife insisted that I had to come and see the Girl Scout camp that my daughter was at when it was time to pick her up. I insisted that if it was that nice that I should bring my Q500. I did ask permission to fly first and the only stipulation was that I not take any close up video of any of the other campers. I explained the fish eye lens and how close you really need to be for that to happen and promised to not fly around anyone. Luckily my daughter's cabin was empty and no one was around. She was embarrassed by the big drone when we were there, but after watch the video she was glad I did it because it was one of her best weeks this summer. She really did not want to come home. Next year she may become a counselor and do 3 weeks.

Camp Archbald in Brooklyn PA - Aerial View from a Q500 (3 min 27 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jul 26, 2015 @ 10:24 PM | 1,856 Views
The LHS restocked on a lot of stuff. I have a few RXs lying around, so I picked up this while it is on sale. I took it out for a test flight and I really like it.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 22, 2015 @ 02:17 PM | 2,411 Views
that the clevis broke on the Apprentice last year and you didn't fix it, so you have no steering on the front wheel. Unfortunately yesterday that moment was during my first attempt at landing and the wheel was sideways. I took it back up and around and decided to try landing on a hill behind me. I was able to drag the tail and rear wheels quick. By the time the front wheel hit the speed was pretty slow. It just spun sideways and the rear wheels popped out. No other damage. I didn't see the wheel not moving in the tall grass when testing the surfaces and the wheel was straight when I hand launched it. The side of the clevis with the pin was still there and I vaguely remember setting it in the control arm so it stayed in place in storage. Next time something breaks, I'm going to leave it looking broken until I fix it.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 08, 2015 @ 12:43 PM | 2,093 Views
I missed the first 2 this year, but this is the big one. I will be there on the 27th. It is a great field with no pilot fees, a pavilion, and places to charge up. Jeff even grills up lunch. A lot of people show up to the July 4th one and show off tons of stuff. Check out the flier for details and hope to see some fellow RCGroup members there!
Posted by Micubano | Jun 08, 2015 @ 10:18 AM | 1,930 Views
Friday night was perfect for flying. I had all my 2S 180 to 300 mah lipos charged and ready to be tested because some of them are 2 years old. They have to be going bad, right? I grabbed the UMX Icon and headed to the park. All of them performed fine, but once a wire did slip and I lost the rudder while in the air. I was able to land it safely but it took a minute for the rudder to start working again. I was worried I burned the linear servo motor out. I can replace them, but they are so tiny.

Saturday I got my 180 CFX fixed and upgraded with Lynx metal servo gears/servo saver kit. It is good as new and hopefully will take crashes better from now on. Still, $28 for the upgrades, some Formula 560 on the canopy where the seams came apart, and some plastic welding on the broken landing gear using a soldering iron and PLA 3D printer plastic was a pretty cheap fix and it flies like it is new. I can't complain.

Saturday night, the Yuneec Q500 and fireworks from down the block....
Olyphant Queen City Days 2015 - Aerial View of the June 6th Fireworks (6 min 19 sec)

Sunday was too windy for UMX stuff. I walked around the house looking for something good to fly and decided the Sport Cub has been sitting too long because I couldn't remember how it handled. It turns out I love it. Very precise sport flying. I even spent a minute with the flaps on and no throttle just gliding into the wind. I didn't even mind it when some guy came up to me and asked me if it was a drone. He kept talking to me when I was done. I explaining about AS3X and how easy it is to fly even in the wind with it, how SAFE planes help you learn to fly, and all abotu the Sportsman S+ coming out that can almost land itself. He ended up leaving with directions to my LHS. I really wish I did have my Q500 with me. That would have blown his mind.
Posted by Micubano | May 26, 2015 @ 09:29 AM | 2,262 Views
What a weekend for flying. I started Saturday off with the 180 CFX, 360 CFX, UMX Icon, Spedix S250, and the UMX SBach. I didn't have the Spedix set up right for rattitude and ended up breaking 2 props in a horrific crash in some grass. Then I had to do yard work and when I was done my thumbs were too shaky for flying, even on Sunday. The only thing I could fly comfortably was my new UMX PT-17 and I loved it. I put 6 batteries through it on Sunday while taking a nice long breaks in between each flight so I wouldn't kill the motor.

Monday I was back out with Bob S. this time in the windiest park in the area. He picked up a Spedix S250 too and mine was ready to go again. I stayed in self leveling mode this time and I thought I had some descent speed. Then Bob took off and showed me how it was really done. He set all 3 banks for high rates and was incredible right up until he lost orientation because of the sun about 3 minutes in and plowed it into the asphalt. He broke 4 props and two battery straps. Plus a motor plug came loose. But when we put new props on, it was good a new. The Spedix 250 BNF is an incredibly durable frame. If I broke mine, I would get a new one. After the quad fun we flew a Night VisionAire around in the wind for a few batteries. I landed once without any forward or backwards movement when the wind kicked up. Bob did this snap roll right into a huge gust of wind and the plane came to a dead stop at the end of the roll. Then Bob showed off with his Edge...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | May 20, 2015 @ 10:36 AM | 2,366 Views
As usual, we were going a review at the LHS and I got to try something out...then ended up bringing it home. I need to invest in a good FPV system now as our started Spektrum kit is not the best. I think I might go with a Black Pearl system on a Tripod instead of goggles. I'm onle of those people who fogs them up easily even with anti fog stuff on the glass.
Spedix S250 FPV Racing Quad Review and Flight Demo (and crash) (9 min 41 sec)

Posted by Micubano | May 19, 2015 @ 10:13 AM | 2,105 Views
It was an interesting Sunday of flying. I did some manual work around the house on Saturday. The first thing I took out Sunday was the Blade 300 CFX to show off at the LHS. Piros were good. Loops were good. During my first rainbow my left thumb started twitching uncontrollably left and right and that prompted an immediate landing. I was able to get it back up for some hovering and orientation practice to run the battery down to storage, but no more helis for the day. I did break out the old profile foamy for the second time in a week.

Previously I'd fly the foamy on high rates only. With other planes I've picked up with precision and 3D modes, I've learned that switching between the two at the right times helps depending on what you want to do. So I started using low rates to line up for another attempt at prop hanging and then switched to high rates to help keep it in place. It was probably the longest I've ever hovered. 10 seconds isn't very long compared to the guys at the field who just hover in place for an entire battery, but it is the first time I felt I understood the control and not just guessing at it.

After that the LHS let me fly the little UMX brushed PT-17 from E-Flite. It is a surprisingly fun to fly staggered bipe. It handles better than the Champ and Sport Cub S. If it was RTF, it would make a great beginner plane. The rudder and elevator have a lot of action. The ailerons are a bit slow when rolling, but 2 out of isn't bad for a relaxing little flight...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | May 04, 2015 @ 02:42 PM | 2,371 Views
The summer weather is here and my son wanted to finish watching a TV show. I said I had batteries charged for the Dominus TR. He said he would go out if I went out with him. That was a no brainer. Then he wanted me to start taking video jumping off the tree in the backyard. I switched to the slow motion option for fun and the videos were not half bad. Good enough for me to share. His final jump is my favorite, but I love the sound of the truck hitting something in slow motion.

Fun with the Helion Dominus 10TR and Slow Motion Video (1 min 41 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:28 AM | 3,139 Views
I can say this is definitely visible at night and it flies well. Actually flying in the dark and not just dusk is somewhere past 4 minutes.

Night VisionAire: Flying at Dusk and Night for the First Time (8 min 31 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 20, 2015 @ 02:24 PM | 2,878 Views
After playing with it at the LHS over the weekend we threw together a quick review. What a great little quad.

Blade Glimpse FPV Review and Flight Video @ Time Flys HobbyTown (9 min 27 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 11, 2015 @ 09:36 AM | 3,373 Views
I finished eating dinner with my family last night and after cleaning up, I stuck my head outside. It was still light out. Cloudy, but no wind and plenty of time to fly. Time to keep some charged batteries lying around. I did have two ready to go, so the Adagio and UMX Icon it was. The best part was how green the grass was at the field. When I was there last week it was still brown.
Posted by Micubano | Apr 08, 2015 @ 12:10 PM | 3,213 Views
Here is the latest video from my LHS. If you are looking at FPV, he goes into what options are available and explains a lot. Enjoy!

FPV Equipment Overview - What You Need to Know to Get Started (16 min 40 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 06, 2015 @ 10:21 AM | 2,600 Views
When I walked into the LHS this weekend two of the regulars were drooling over a used IMax B6 Duo with a MaxAmps 12V 575W 47A power supply. They spent too much time drooling and I picked it up with the PS for $100 as a spare. After charging my Q500 batteries ( at 1C from a balance charge in only 45 minutes, it found a spot on the charging table instead of the travel box where I was going to put it. I dedicated 2 ports on the HiTec X4 to the the E-flite 3 wire balance/charge combo leads for the backyard batteries. I didn't realize how much these would improve my charge times on the larger lipos at 1C, but if the X4 ever goes I am getting another HV charger. I have to charge a 6S 5000 mah for the CZC this weekend. I'm hoping that is under an hour at 1C too.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 27, 2015 @ 03:19 PM | 2,749 Views
Those who know me know I spend way too much time at the LHS. I was there last night drooling over the new Blade 360 CFX. Yeah, I bought the battery and started payments on it but that is a different story. There were two other people looking at it when the one guy starts talking about how he is ready for it. Naturally those of us who have been at it a few years ask him about his experience. His reply went something like "I've gotten really good at flying the 200 SRX. I can do all the orientations and I have about 12 flights on it. " . At that point we all jumped in with a big "No, this is not the heli you are looking for". He thought the 360 had auto-leveling and would fly similar to his FP, at which point we found out he hasn't even flown in advanced mode. We steered him towards flight sims and the Nano CPX which took me 4 months and 100+ flights before I could fly it controlled. And that was with the mCXP2 and MSR experience. If he bought it, I could see his first flight going like this...