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Posted by Micubano | Yesterday @ 02:42 PM | 717 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 | 1,392 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 | 1,041 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 | 1,962 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 | 1,969 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 | 1,405 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 | 1,389 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...http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6e5_1360811236
Posted by Micubano | Mar 09, 2015 @ 02:23 PM | 2,085 Views
I was at the LHS and a guy came in looking for an escape. We had no idea what he was talking about. Finally we figured out that he meant a speed controller. He insisted that everyone calls them that online. I've been flying a few years now and have never heard it that anywhere. He went on and on about how on YouTube and Facebook people say it all the time and, of course, how he was a very skilled pilot who is knowledgeable in all things RC .

So what do you call yours? There is a poll if you click the title and open this post.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:25 AM | 2,039 Views
OK. I was hanging out at the LHS last night and a lot of Taigen 1/16th scale tanks came in. We ended up playing...
Just Playing - Taigen King Tiger RC Tank Test & FPV Quad Chase (1 min 18 sec)

I ended up coming home with the Tiger I and my son and I ran it for a long, long time. Even though mine is plastic, it works just as good as the all metal one in the video. And it's a lot lighter. I think my son would have had trouble carrying the King Tiger.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 23, 2015 @ 12:02 PM | 2,598 Views
I've been meaning to take an inventory recently of all my RC stuff. I'm not home, but I decided to see how much I could remember and put together a list of everything that is in current working condition, meaning I could grab it and go out the door. I know I am missing some things too.

Planes
Mini Vapor
Night Vapor
FPV Vapor
Champ
UMX Carbon Cub SS
UMX Beast 3D
UMX Yak 54
UMX GeeBee V2
Time Flys HobbyTown 3D Foamy
Another Time Flys HobbyTown 3D Foamy
Apprentice S 15e
UMX Icon A5
Parkzone Icon A5
Yak 54 3X
Carbon-Z Cub
Carbon-Z Splendor
Sport Cub
UMX Sport Cub S
Parkzone Sukhoi SU-29MM
Adagio 280
Edge 280
Inverza 280
UMX Radian
UMX ASK 21
UMX Habu DF
UMX MIG
Stryker 180
Popwing 1000
C-Ray 180
AS3Xtra
Flyzone DHC-2 Beaver Island Wings

Helicopters (All Blade)
mCX2
mSR
mSRX
Nano CPX
mCPX BL
130X Stock
130X with upgrades
130X Red Bull
180 CFX
300 X
300 CFX
450 3D
450 X
500 3D

Quadcopters
Proto-X (2 of em)
Hubsan X4
Pico
Faze (2 of 'em)
Nano QX
Nano QX FPV
Nano QX 3D
Blade mQX (2 of them)
Blade 200 QX
Blade 350 QX V1
Yuneec Q500 Typhoon
Syma X6 Super Ship

Ground
Dromida 4.18 MT
Helion Invictus 10MT (2 of them)
Helion Dominus 10TR
DURATRAX VW BAJA BUG
Venom Gambler
Glamis UNO Buggy
Venom 1/5th scale motorcycle
Vaterra Kalihari
Vaterra Kemora

Boats
Traxxas Blast
AquaCraft Revolt 30
AquaCraft Bristol Bay
Posted by Micubano | Feb 18, 2015 @ 01:07 PM | 2,952 Views
My wife has been bragging about my RC skills and collection to other parents during my son's basketball practice. I guess she gave up complaining after I filled the basement rooms and took over parts of two or three rooms on the first floor.

--edit--
Actually, since I've start fixing and building things, I've been applying what I've learned to fixing a lot around the house. She does appreciate that. It is something I spend a lot of time doing with my son. Plus the aerial photos are great.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 13, 2015 @ 02:57 PM | 1,795 Views
Well I picked up the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon last night, but the weather looks like I will be staying indoors for a few days. That's fine because I have to fix the DHC-2 Beaver Island Wings and get the floats on it for some snow flying.

I did start off with heli's and love flying them. The new Blade 360 has caught my eye and I am thinking about getting one. The problem is where to put it. It might just fit on a shelf.
Posted by Micubano | Jan 07, 2015 @ 03:32 PM | 2,121 Views
Cal assembled most of the quad frame himself. The anti-vibration mounts were a bit tricky, so I had to help a little. We were about to start soldering when I decided we need some small bullet connectors for the motors to make it easier to change them out as we need to. It's going to be below 0 degrees out tonight so no rush on finishing it.
Posted by Micubano | Jan 05, 2015 @ 01:07 PM | 1,924 Views
Posted by Micubano | Dec 31, 2014 @ 09:54 AM | 1,681 Views
Anyone else coming to the local Fun Fly/Auction at Wyoming Valley Sports Dome tomorrow (flyer attached)? My son got a FPV vapor and profile foamy for Christmas. I can't wait to see him fly them.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 22, 2014 @ 08:43 AM | 3,325 Views
Here is a review I helped my LHS make. It is the second one of a weekly series we are doing.

Ares Optim 80 CP Review and Indoor Flight (6 min 13 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Oct 02, 2014 @ 02:04 PM | 3,259 Views
The Goblin 500 went down and in the end I determined it was the Talon 90. Then the 550X went down and I think a motor wire came loose, but I still have to check the logs on the CC Edge HV 80 to make a final call on that. My friend Bob thinks that is it the Ikon Flybarless system because that was the only item that I used from the Goblin and on the 550 I had a BEC installed. I have a 600 X kit (yes, the one for sale on RCGroups) and since I got the combo kit, I would be using the Beast X instead. So last night while talking to my daughter I nudged the box with my foot and mentioned no one was interested in buying it. She was surprised that I was selling it and then said I should build it because I told her never to give up. I love my kids. If it doesn't sell by Saturday, I am going to build it and this time all the parts are new and known to be reliable. Plus a lot of parts from the broken 550X, like the head and tail cage, will fit it because they are basically the same.

Planes are fun, but for me, nothing beats flying a heli. I'm almost at the point where I don't need to think about flying much. I have taken apart and rebuilt everything from the Nano CP X to a few 450's I have , but breaking the 500 size barrier has eluded me. hopefully the 600x will be the one. If not, there is always the 680's, 700's and bigger to try. If at first you don't succeed, go bigger!
Posted by Micubano | Sep 29, 2014 @ 10:55 AM | 2,459 Views
So my second attempt at building a 500+ size heli has also ended miserably. I checked over it for weeks and did 3 test runs in the back yard with no issues. The 3rd test was on high speed doing pitch pumps and I was confident enough in the heli that nothing would go wrong. Around the 2 minute mark I went to do a loop and the second it started I heard the motor spin down. At first I thought I didn't put it into stunt mode, but the throttle stopped responding. The only thing I can think of is a motor wire might have come loose. The motor was from the Goblin 500, so maybe it is just a bad motor. Whatever happened, I think I am done with anything bigger at this point. It is just too much money.

Blade 550X Pro - First Flight Ends Bad With a Hard Crash (5 min 27 sec)