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Posted by papadwight | Aug 26, 2014 @ 05:15 PM | 758 Views
Loop Crazy Champ (1 min 4 sec)
Just me testing putting a small video in. Some Bad video of my Champ flying in a hard wind with a crash after last loop. Ran out of sky.
Posted by papadwight | Aug 16, 2014 @ 01:04 PM | 1,325 Views
So I having a real hard time flying my quad. I not the best 4 channel pilot but I do it. And with my Champs I fly like I can do anything. So why am I not getting better at this toy. I got a blade runner quad for a present and I do hover it and fly slow. My son who is not a plane pilot can fly it all over the sky. Reading the manual I real big on. Some times I well read a whole manual to help on a plane I don't even have. So how did I miss this. Checking other quads I went to bind and fly that would work with my dx6i. Down loaded manual and it fly's like my planes but the quad I have now go's the other way. It took me weeks getting my thumps to work with a plane coming and going. So me flying this Quad right after flying my planes has only been hard. Thinking maybe i need to replace my quad with a BNF model with safe that fly's more like my planes. And give this one away.
Posted by papadwight | Aug 09, 2014 @ 12:35 PM | 2,090 Views
My 4 channel planes have not had a easy life. When I fly them its not at all like my champs. Never in the wind, never any wild turns. Just going around the field making sure I stay in the air. My spitfire has been repaired a few times. No major repairs on the gamma landing gear repairs or change the wing. My p40 still looks like new but it's the last plane I got. I well do loops but no wild flying. Looking at a few new planes that have come out or coming out. Been flying out front because the bug's took over where I fly.
Posted by papadwight | Jul 30, 2014 @ 09:53 PM | 1,358 Views
My night vapor got a few more repairs than I like. With me flying in the wind alot it needed many repairs. Wing taped up from my Iron hitting wing and making hole. Support for wings moving around while flying. I changed back to small battery did not want her to get to heavy. She flow today out front in street like her old self. To many bug's in the field now for me. but I got many planes that are small and can be flow out front. Repaired Ember 2 tail was broken when kid got it out the field for me. They don't look new, but still flying great after repairs. My internet company I use now trying to charge me extra 150 a month. He said you just got Netflix that's why. We have had Netflix for years. When I was in Hospital so long my wife had to put in her name to pay bill. Only I knew password and at the time I wasn't talking yet.
Posted by papadwight | Jul 22, 2014 @ 07:05 PM | 1,709 Views
Nephew's over Monday wanting to see Rc planes. My son fly's my Quad around the house. I fly my small planes out back. They want to see bigger planes so I get out bigger planes for show and tell. Pick up 182 from living room floor going to put plane back in plane room. I smack the tail on the doorway and it breaks. I can fix it, but have broken plane not flying before. I drop a radio once on a Albatros and it never few good again after repairs. Took Kathryn to see new planes movie we both loved it.
Posted by papadwight | Jul 18, 2014 @ 02:25 PM | 1,569 Views
Flying the Ember 2 in a little wind it just was staying in the air. The wheels were on that day, I put them on most times. It was slow so I could turn camera on , put it on table start flying and pick camera up with left hand. Out of 30 picture's I got the plane about 10 and 8 good one's. Started getting pushed around a lot, so I put down the camera. Came in for a new recharged battery. Thinking I would get more speed no wheel's they came off. Flying again shooting pictures I was wrong the planes is faster but also with that little bit off the plane was lighter and I could not control in that wind. It came in near me and down on the roof she went. The prop hitting the corner of roof, so I got a picture and a a stick to get her down. These lighter micro's take so little to change the way they fly. They can go from good to bad fast, or fly like a another plane if you mount the battery wrong.
Posted by papadwight | Jul 13, 2014 @ 05:57 AM | 1,569 Views
Night Vapor flying super fast last night was trimming plane ran it into my car. Motor mount breaks and motor falls off battery go's a flying. Seem to be flying very fast and wanted to go up and down.
Posted by papadwight | Jul 09, 2014 @ 09:55 AM | 1,751 Views
Hospitals Doctors and test, heart lungs and sleep test. Still flying around the house when its cooler and not much wind. My flying has gone from nice horizontal flight to wild vertical flying. Still flying the Champ's and my other's, but my Champs get most the air time. Doing a lot more reading and a lot less Blog maybe one a month.
Posted by papadwight | Jun 01, 2014 @ 07:47 PM | 2,302 Views
My warm up plane, my first to fly each day. I hold her up and hit the throttle and off she go's. Some times by my head many times just over belt high. No real skill just easy. Its a great way to get your control and hands working right. Most simulator's are harder to fly. Faster than a night vapor because of wing design. Great slow fly plane to fly the afternoon away. It well not fly well with winds pushing it around. Land it most anyplace, sidewalk and driveway's or from top of the car. Take off on a dime, very little roll at all. Can still be found in rtf version with spektrum 2.4 GHZ Radio System DSM. Good power range come's on stock plane....Continue Reading
Posted by papadwight | May 28, 2014 @ 11:38 PM | 1,933 Views
Planes A complete history with 50 easy to make models 2 books in 1. Early father's day gift a new plane book with paper model's to hang from ceiling for display. From the 1903 Wright Flyer to the 2009 Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A picture of plane and a history at top of page. With heavey paper model in full detail with markings. Going to put some up in the plane room for decoration. Add the book to my many plane books and hundred's of hour's of dvds.
Posted by papadwight | May 27, 2014 @ 10:33 PM | 2,291 Views
A free simulator with hand lunch and winch lunch. In many language for so many to use. From jets to rc cars so many free models. Resolution adjust to many place's to fly from. Use joy stick to controler to a real radio all for free. Yes some models don.t fly that good but many do. World war bombers to many views that let you see it as if you were in it. And yes its free and there are some models that don.t work but more that due. And many new models each month. Over 200 flow and working so I'll show a few. I have other simulator's but this one two, I have spent many days playing fms simulator for free....Continue Reading
Posted by papadwight | May 22, 2014 @ 09:42 PM | 2,584 Views
With my many visit's to my local hobby shop and all the great planes there to see. I watch a plane for almost a year,not to big not to small. a 27.6 inch wing it just looked right for me. The sign said it was a bind and fly plane with spektrum receiver. This was a kyosho skylane 182 ve29 plane but all you got was a plane and a battery. But I had a dx5 and dx6i to fly it with so I got the plane and charger.
I figured I could find part's and info and a manual online for it. I find some info but no manual in English yet. I must take it off from the street on move over to the field. I needed time to get up my ground speed before take off. So other than crash in the field in my back yard yet, I must go down the street to fly it. A lot of people make this model in a lot of version with part's and info for about the same or less than I have in this plane. Many even RTF version's smaller and bigger with part's and manual's easy to get your hand's on. I still happy with the plane but unhappy with me and my impulse buying....Continue Reading
Posted by papadwight | May 21, 2014 @ 04:42 AM | 2,537 Views
C64 forever on my desktop and laptop let me play almost 10,000 old games and so many simulators I can't count them. Take almost any plane for a spin to very simple simulators to some of the best with many more controls than many present day simulator's. Watch screen demo of what can be done with 64 ram. To reading old commodore magazine's from 1984.
Posted by papadwight | May 20, 2014 @ 03:38 AM | 2,201 Views
A good plane with a little work at a great price. A taildragger with a low stall for it size. Which means i can bring it down on my little dirt runway most times. I learned to land it with needing a new prop each time. Which took a while for me, I learn to limit the damage better fast. I but on a prop saver but for a while it seem to save nothing. I soon replaced the connecter's on the plane and battery's. I only have about 12 feet of cleared runway which I figured was just enough to bring her in on. But as I found out I could bring her in slow she did not stall and crash easy. And most time would stop on the runway way short of 12 feet. She stop in less room than some of my small planes. I did not like ending the flight over a field with no landing place. It would bend the landing gear if I had any speed at all. I guess I'm slow to put on my upgrade's for the gamma, I got them when I got the plane.
Posted by papadwight | May 18, 2014 @ 08:05 PM | 12,440 Views
We read and hear many put downs on micro aircraft. Many pros and cons of flying micros. If theres any wind you can't fly, wind and you crash or it gets carried off. There are limits to all aircraft of all types of when and where you can fly it. I have flow my little planes in a field or the street. The living room or down the hall into a bedroom and turned around and come back. Front yard back yard in an around the house. There are a lot of good planes I would never try that. If I was to fly my gamma 370 in the house and than blog about it. Most all know before I do it what's going to happen. My small planes are light planes. Light planes lift off faster. Can fly very slow in a small space. They can't to much damage to people or property. They hold up better,easy to repair with many having long flight time's. A heavy aircraft needs speed for that wing to get lift to drag that big heavy aircraft into the air. To get up speed many times you need room, or a long runway. I love all my little planes I have a lot of fun with them. I hope I get to fly many more where year's ago none flow.
Posted by papadwight | May 08, 2014 @ 12:12 AM | 2,726 Views
A fleet of planes waiting to fly. As I learned how to fly I also learned when to fly and what to fly. Many planes now and doing less flying when all I had was a Champ that flew and some other to hard for me. Many day's last year I would get out 5 to 7 times a day. It was not always perfect for a micro but most time's you could by with it. These days the wind seems much harder and a lot less time in the day to fly. Now days you may get a hour a day or night. Where most nights had no wind there are many windy night's too. Out working on my runway today with some early morning flying. No wind for about 35 min as the flight seemed very high to me. I have always been a very low flyer. But many time's this year the wind came up as I flew and ended in a bad landing. I seemed to be doing less and less landing and take off, more and more just bring it in over high grass and stall it in for a soft safe landing. Getting pictures of me flying I must video the flight come in put on a computer and take picture,s with a camera.
Posted by papadwight | May 06, 2014 @ 09:40 PM | 3,070 Views
Making a plane more stronger may help in a crash? But what about efficency and performance. It may need more power or speed to do what it did before making so durable. After months of flying having two or three of the same plane you see things. While the old plane after repairs and tape up still fly's fine =. The performance of the older plane is not there. The new plane has more power it well do loop after loop, no dive to get up speed. I have painted and repaired planes that just got to heavy to fly. When trying to make a plane lighter never try to do in the wing. Some paints are heavy and hurt performance it may look better but many time's after a few repair's it better to replace the body of the plane with a new one. The older plane few better in the wind but at some point I had to hold the stick all the time. There was no trimming it to fly right. I was also changing wings and the dihedral to help with control on the older plane. While helping it fly it never returned to the performance of the lighter plane.
Posted by papadwight | May 03, 2014 @ 03:26 AM | 2,504 Views
I have a few big planes that do not go in a box with the wings on. But I have many that go right in a box with handle for easy flight. I fly more around the house and where I live. Only going to a local club once. It was 20 to 30 min, out there and not so easy to get to. I may take off and land today on a dirt runway, porch,patio,pick up bed. Drive way or street. Or may just land in tall grass after a hand toss. My micro planes get a work out always ready to go have some fun. I like to think of it as a hobby in a box. I have even made box's that fit many of my of my home made planes. I may jump out back or out front get a box or two and go flying. It maybe 6am or the middle of the night. Many times its right as the sun go's down for the day. Some of my micros hate wind and some can fly in a 5 to 10 mph wind if your careful. This has worked well for me, and yes I have crashed a few over my months of flying. But many times this is me doing something with the plane that was not so smart. Everything there just open the lid and let's go flying. To each his own, I found my way....Continue Reading
Posted by papadwight | May 01, 2014 @ 12:36 AM | 2,527 Views
Maybe the one skill I had better good when I started flying was soldering. Working on car's and my slot cars which got a lot of soldering on them. The motors are soldered in you have the wires to the track grove. The front tires must be free turning and stay on the car. So I had done lots of soldering in my time. I have owned most type of soldering Irons. Now I use small and large irons with 30w to 80w very the type solder's by tin and lead amounts. Use small and large thickness of solder as use a liquid flux on wire ends or any surface that I( may be soldering. It takes a high heat and a very thick peace of solder to mount a metal motor on a steel frame slot car. Where many wires on my planes I use solder very thin and a smaller iron. I have had stands and guns now I use then Irons with a good stand for the iron. The liquid flux if coated on the wires or surface before you solder remove many oxides and I flow the heat so it draws the solder to it. Which means giving time to the iron to heat up and than heating want ever you are going to solder. A cold solder joint can make a bad connection....Continue Reading
Posted by papadwight | Apr 29, 2014 @ 01:30 AM | 2,721 Views
In my reading and looking at plane reviews. Trying to get a smart plane, That fly's well is not to big or to small for where I'm trying to fly it. I can fly, repair get parts when needed. In my budget. Your rc crash's want you drop or drop on it so many things can happen over time. Walking in a door with everything in your hand.
Well they stand behind it if something just go's wrong. What if your's is the bad one out of a 1,000 good one's. I had read on vendor that stand behind what they sell. My first plane came from a well know vendor who took care of nothing. Must time they was not even and answer you. And they were one of the largest hobby shops in the country. So when I sent my radio back for repair and it came back new at no charge I was never so happy. Its great to see service like this. I am not rich so doing this for me is not going to make them rich. But I well say all my future planes well be from there. And I well tell others where I think they should get there's. Thank You Horizon Hobby for your great service one happy flyer.