Yesterday was a great day for float flying. The sky was just a little overcast with the sun peaking through every now and then, and just enough wind to make it easy to lift off the water. I took 5 float planes and returned with all 5 five, so that made it a good day by itself.
The Eratix on floats turned out really well, and I'm really pleased with its performance. The 2 pound floats made a difference, but this was taken care of by running 4S 3700 mah lipos instead of the usual 4S 3200 mah lipos. The added weight did make tumbling a lot more fun. I wanted to try the 3200's so I kept the prop at a 13x6.5 so hovering was possible with the 3700 mah lipos, but would just hover and had no pullout power. Take off's and landings were very easy with the heavy floats. I took some video of the Eratix and the video from the camera looks good, but when I convert it to a .wmv file, it becomes real grainy. I'll post it anyway, but it's not real great.
I also have a dedicated GP Stik on 60 sized floats that is a blast to fly. It is powered by an OS .91 4-Stroke. This plane is such a blast to fly. It has all kinds of power, and is easy to land and take it off from water.
I also tried my new GP Seawind EP. This was my first experience with these Seawind planes, and Iím glad I read kingsflyerís Seawind EP Review on this little plane. His advice on keeping full up elevator, made my maiden of this plane completely uneventful. She took to the sky like I had taken it off the water with...Continue Reading
I have a local Float Fly coming up this weekend so I spent this past weekend putting my Eratix on floats. This is one of my favorite flying planes and I wanted to see how well it flys on floats. She looks pretty good on floats, but the floats come in at a whopping 31.6 ozs, so I imagine the 3D abilities will be shot, but it should make for a good flying float plane.
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Mar 23, 2008 @ 05:44 PM | 4,966 Views
I finally got my GP Reactor Bipe done today and took some pics of it ready for it's maiden flight. I wanted to maiden it today, but it turned off windy and cold, so it might be tomorrow before I get to maiden it. I would have been done sooner, but I got a new member of the family that's been keeping me busy since Feb. 28th. I think my RC time has been cut down to maybe an hour a day, if that. Oh well, it's worth it. I'll have him flying in no time.
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Jan 31, 2008 @ 03:11 PM | 4,857 Views
I wanted a little more pull out power after hovering on my Extra 260 and the Park 480 just wasn't cutting it. I replaced it with a Torque 2830T/1095. I was going to put a Torque 2814T/820, like I have in my 3DHS 47" Extra, but as you can see in the pictures below I think it might have been a little much.
I didn't want to tear out the blind nuts and drill new holes, so I used one of my hole saw drills and drilled out a new firewall to mount to the 2830 and then used the existing blind nuts and screwed the firewall to the old firewall. The motor seems to be very sturdy. The 2830 wasn't sticking out far enough so I had to use some collars to extend out the 2830. I was going to fly it last Saturday when the weather was beautiful, but had to go out of town for the weekend. Ever since, it's been windy as hell, and this morning woke up to a fresh layer of snow, so who knows when I'll get to test out the new motor setup.
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Dec 27, 2007 @ 04:32 PM | 4,606 Views
I started flying the new Eflite Eratix back in August and found some pictures I took of it back when I first started flying it. I really love flying this airplane. In the few months before it got cold, it really increased my 3D experience and built up my confidence of flying 3D maneuvers. Iím going through withdraws right now, now that it's cold and snow is on the ground. I canít wait for another warm spell. My wife took some video of me flying the Eratix on a perfect calm October evening. Itís not that great of a video, because she never panned in, but I thought it was funny to listen to all of the sounds in the background. There is a dirt race track nearby, and someone was practicing so sometimes it sounds like my plane has a racing motor in it. A prop airplane flies by flowed by a jet airplane and then a train also goes by. I donít remember hearing all those noises and didnít realize how much you tune stuff out when flying.
I'm a big fan of delta airplanes. I've built several different sizes all out of blue and pink foam. All the different delta plans that I have built come from a web site called crazyherb.com. I've built evrything from his crazy bee delta for a .15 sized glow engine to the Jack's delta which is one of the best flying delta planes ever. He use to have several different type's of plans, but I think he's removed most of them. He had plans for a .40 sized delta called an Extra Delta, because it had the profile shaped fuselage running down the middle of the wing. I cut out all the parts to build the .40 sized Extra Delta but never finished it.
I really wanted to try out the design so I scaled the planes down to a park jet sized Extra delta. The maiden flight was perfect and this little delta has been my favorite park flyer since. Well that was 2 years ago and I was only flying the delta maybe once a month. I wanted to build the Twinkle floating delta found here on RCGroups, but I never found time to build one. I got to thinking how stable the Extra Delta flyís and that it had a rudder on it so I could steer it if I put floats on it. I had some GWS floats lying around without a home so after a nights work of mounting them to the underside of the Extra Delta, I had an electric delta float plane.
I took the Extra Delta to a nearby park pond for its maiden. I was a little nervous and there was a few people fishing so that didn't help either. I practiced a few high speed runs on...Continue Reading