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Posted by CyberJay | Mar 06, 2016 @ 11:08 AM | 1,406 Views
I like flying from the water and the truly amphibious design of this plane really appealed to me. Had to have it.

It's completely stock, although there are a lot of upgrades I would like to try, for now I'll just keep it the way it is.

AUW: ?
Static test: ?

Flyzone:
Seawind EP Select Scale

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

Pulse:
Ultra 3s1p 2200mah 35c lipos

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Dec 22, 2015 @ 09:24 AM | 2,820 Views
When I started flying FPV about a year ago my first testbed was my Parkzone T-28, which was also my lighted plane. Flying too close to trees I crashed several times and finally destroyed the T-28. I did replace it, but since my son is ready to start flight training I did not put a bunch of lights back on it.

When the Pawnee Brave came out, I thought it looked cool, plus I needed a night plane, so I ordered it up.

I'm very happy with it. Pretty much stock, just added a receiver controlled switch for the lights and a few red lights on the belly to help with orientation.

AUW: ?
Static test: 250 watts

E-flite:
Pawnee Brave BNF

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

Turnigy:
Receiver controlled switch

Durafly:
(2) Junk 9g servos out of a crashed SkyMule. (flaps)

Hobby King:
Red LED strip

Pulse:
Ultra 3s1p 2200mah 35c lipos

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 30, 2015 @ 09:24 PM | 2,708 Views
A buddy of mine bought this kit years ago and it has sat unassembled in another buddy's shop for a long, long time. I asked my buddy if he would sell it to me, and he did. I tried to run a 500 size helicopter motor in it, but I just burned up the motor and ESC. So now I'm basically running a stock EF-1 setup. I have not had it on radar yet, but it appears to be between 120mph and 130mph. With one huge advantage, it flies like it is on rails. Really nice flying plane.

Since I've got the Rare Bear going almost 170mph, this plane seems kinda slow. So I decided to sell it off. After posting it on a local for sale group, my buddy who originally owned it bought it back from me.

*** SOLD ***

Hangar 9:
Sundowner 36 ARF

AeroWind:
2820/07 EF-1 brushless motor

Hobby King:
80a brushless ESC

APC:
8x8e prop

Hitec:
(2) HS5245MG servos (elevator and rudder)
(2) HS125MG servos (ailerons)

E-flite:
Aluminum spinner

Turnigy:
(2) 4s 2200mah 40c lipos run in 4s 4400mah configuration

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 30, 2015 @ 07:50 AM | 2,428 Views
I got this second hand from another club member. I've always been fascinated by contra-rotating props. He did a real nice job setting this plane up, although it is a little under-powered. Still fun to fly around.

AUW: 28oz
Static test: 250watts

ElectriFly:
Cosmic Wind ARF

Hobby King:
CR23M contra rotating brushless motors

HeadsUpRC:
(2) 18a brushless ESC

Master Airscrew:
7x4x3 prop
7x4x3 pusher prop

Pulse:
Ultra 3s 1350mah 35c lipo

Power Up:
(3) DS181MG servos (ailerons, elevator, rudder)

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter

OrangeRX:
R615SX DSMX receiver

Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Aug 21, 2015 @ 01:31 PM | 3,550 Views
I have wanted a fast plane for a long time. But what to get? Flying wing? EFX Racer? Pylon racer? Hotliner? I *know* I'm going to crash it, because it's going to be going very fast, very low to the ground. I really don't want to put the money into it that a pylon racer or hotliner would require.

When E-Flite announced the Rare Bear at 100mph stock, I wasn't all that impressed. I have sport planes that will do 90mph. I was looking for 130mph+. I wasn't going to get a Rare Bear. Then a buddy of mine got one. Seemed pretty nice. Then another buddy talked him into flying it on 6s! It was fast.

I posted a little in the Rare Bear thread, and Seth Arnold responded that the plane was good to go on 5s, and recommended a few mods on 6s. At that point I was fairly hooked.

My Rare Bear is 3.25lbs ready to fly. And the stock motor, with 100a ESC and APC 8x8e prop is around 2100 watts.

My current speed record is 169.8mph.

First Bear had a bad hand launch on maiden. Required new wings and fuse. The rebuilt Bear had two flights, clocked at 143mph before I hit some tall grass and destroyed it. My buddy's first Bear was clocked at 143mph also before flutter destroyed his elevator clevis and the plane was destroyed. His second Bear was destroyed due to flutter without being on radar, but it looked like 150mph-ish. My second complete Bear is the one that was clocked at 169.8mph. On that pass I skipped it off of the runway and did some minor damage. I decided to replace the fuselage (My fourth fuselage). The latest version of my Rare Bear has not been on radar yet.

E-Flite:
Rare Bear BNF
Stock 1200kv motor
Stock servos

HobbyKing:
Yep 100a LV ESC

APC:
8x8e prop

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636A AS3X receiver, stock settings

Pulse:
Ultra 6s 3300mah 65c lipos

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs

Modifications (These are mandatory on 6s):
Packing tape on elevator hinge.
Elevator push rod and ball-link from a Carbon Z Cub

Rare Bear #1:
E-Flite Rare Bear, 6s, 143mph. (2 min 0 sec)


Rare Bear #2:
E-flite Rare Bear 151.2mph (1 min 49 sec)

Posted by CyberJay | Jul 31, 2015 @ 06:03 AM | 3,549 Views
I've been flying for a little over 10 years now. I have never flown anything with internal combustion. In the last 5 years or so, I've developed somewhat of a reputation at the flying club by heckling the guys who do fly internal combustion. At the end of the day, I don't see anything wrong with it, but I do enjoy letting them know that I've never had a problem getting my plane started.

So, when I saw this Durafly Das Uglystick with the fake glo motor on it, I knew I had to have it.

I showed up at the flying field a couple times with it. The guys all had many words for me since I'm finally trying glo. I did ask them about my low compression, lol.

After 3 or 4 days of flying it, it got really boring. So I sold it.

I never weighed it, or put a watt meter on it.

*** SOLD ***

Durafly PNF all stock
Futaba RX
Pulse 3s2200mah batteries
Posted by CyberJay | Apr 28, 2015 @ 12:23 PM | 4,235 Views
I've been interested in FPV for some time, but it seemed like a large financial investment just to try it out. Around Black Friday 2013 I had bought myself a cheap TV to use, but it never got further than that.

February 2015 I went over to a buddy's house and tested out his Nano QX FPV on both Dominator V2s, and also my TV. I decided I liked the TV better, and that I loved FPV. Went home to order my own Nano QX FPV, only to find they were on back order until April.

Nano QX FPV #1 started life as a regular Nano QX. I bought the clear frame, front props, and camera mount from Horizon. I got the camera here on RCG, it apparently came off of an FPV Vapor. So the one below with no canopy and black rear props was built up by me back in February.

Nano QX FPV #2 arrived from Horizon last week. I had back ordered it in February. It's only flown a couple times so far, just to test it out.

My initial setup is an ImmersionRC 5.8Ghz Uno receiver with RHCP Omni going into my TV. Now that I've gotten into it, I think I'm going to be spending a lot more money on equipment, but this is working pretty good so far.

-J
Posted by CyberJay | Apr 18, 2015 @ 10:08 AM | 5,230 Views
This came up at a local R/C swapmeet for $30. I thought it would be super cool to get it flying. It did fly twice, but it was a handful. It's also pretty impossible to land on a grass field without flipping over. I decided to sell it while it still looked like an airplane. I wish I had gotten some in-flight photos, but I didn't.

*** SOLD 2015 ***

Richmodel:
Quickie 380 ARF

Turnigy:
D2826-10 1400kv brushless motor
AE-30A esc
3s1p 1000mah 30c lipo

HXT:
(3) HXT900 servos

HobbyKing:
8x4.5 carbon fiber slowfly prop (I figured something on this plane ought to be carbon)

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R6106HFC receiver

WS Deans:
Ultra Plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Apr 18, 2015 @ 09:46 AM | 4,852 Views
After I had some fun with the KK2.0 Quads I built I decided to grab a Naza-M lite and build something new. This was actually back on Black Friday 2013, I just hadn't gotten around to posting my blog on it. That's because I had a heck of a time getting it to fly right.

I started with some Multistar 4220-880Kv motors and after a few test hovers, I was flying about 50' up and the thing just randomly shut off. The resulting crash destroyed almost everything, frame, gimbal, landing gear, an ESC, etc. I bought everything I needed to repair and then started with very low level test hops. What I found was that violent stick inputs would make it shut off. And sometimes it would just shut off on its own. I tried upgrading ESC firmware, Naza firmware, adjusting gains, changing props, and everything else I could think of. Still crashed.

Finally I found a thread talking about the SimonK firmware and Afro ESCs sometimes not working well with high pole count motors. Well these Multistar motors are 12 pole. That's higher than normal. As a last ditch effort to get it flying I bought some NTM propdrive 28-30s 900Kv motors which are only 6 pole motors. The quad was now reliable in flight.

However, I was still extremely frustrated with it. And quite a few others in the club now have nice LOS camera carrying quads which have proven to be somewhat boring. I never spent the time to mount my replacement gimbal and the quad sat in the hangar for quite a while. Recently it has been disassembled in order to use the components on an FPV TBS Discovery.

*** RETIRED 2015 ***

My Naza-M Lite Quad was spec'd like this:

Hobby King:
Reptile 500-V3 frame with crab landing gear
Several different LEDs for orientation
(4) Afro ESC 30a multi-rotor speed controller
(4) 11x5 Graupner style carbon fiber props
Multirotor power distribution board

NTM:
(4) Prop drive series 28-30S 900kv motors

DJI:
Naza-M Lite

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R6206SBw receiver

Thor:
3s1p 2200mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs

Tarot:
T2D brushless gimbal
Posted by CyberJay | Dec 02, 2014 @ 10:41 PM | 4,425 Views
I've been flying R/C since 2005 and this is my first P-51 Mustang. It's also only the second P-51 I've ever flown. Absolute sweetheart of an airplane and a heck of a value too. Other than changing the power connector it is 100% box stock.

AUW: ??
Static test: ??

E-flite:
P-51D BNF

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

Pulse:
Ultra 3s1p 2200mah 35c batteries

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 27, 2014 @ 07:02 AM | 4,654 Views
Horizon had a sale. How can you pass up a 600 size helicopter for $450? With all the things I added it's still under $800. It's a nice machine, probably not state-of-the-art, but it flies just fine.

The 600x is spec'd like this:

Blade:
600X kit
Aluminum horizontal fin mount
Aluminum anti-rotation bracket

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system with satellite receiver
(3) H6040 digital high-speed cyclic servos
TM1100 telemetry module
SPMA9558 brushless RPM sensor

MKS:
(1) BLS990 brushless titanium gear ultra speed digital tail servo

Castle Creations:
Phoenix EDGE 120HV ESC
CCBEC Pro set to 6v

E-flite:
Heli 700, 500Kv brushless outrunner motor

Lynx:
Mod 1 CNC main gear 133t
Mod 1 pinion gear 15t
Precision tail bell crank lever
Aluminum Boom Bridge
Turnbuckles

RC Booya:
T-Rex 600E Pro quick release canopy mounts

Switch Blades:
603mm carbon fiber main rotor blades
95mm carbon fiber tail rotor blades

Fusuno:
Little Bee fiberglass canopy

Pulse:
(2) Ultra 6s 3300mah 35c lipos

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Sep 14, 2014 @ 10:28 PM | 5,205 Views
After I crashed my Frankeheli/Trex 450 SE 3s helicopter I wanted to get another 3s 450 size machine. I like having the lower head-speed/longer flight time of the 3s machine. I already have an Align 450Pro DFC stretched running 6s and also a 450L Dominator running 6s.

So, I took the servos, ESC, BEC, motor, and FBL that was installed in the 450 SE and installed it in an upgraded Tarot heli. For the Tarot I pretty much bought all of the upgrades that you can get.

The only Tarot parts that I had any problems with were the main gears, which had some wobble, and the canopy which was crushed a little in the package. Otherwise the Tarot stuff has been just as good, if not better, than Align.

The Tarot 450Pro V2 is spec'd like this:

Tarot:
450Pro V2 kit
Split Lock DFC head
DFC swash plate
Metal main bearing block set
Metal tail pitch control set, silver
Metal tail pitch control arm, silver
Carbon Fiber tail pitch control rod
Metal anti-rotation bracket
Metal canopy mount
Metal tail boom mount
Metal tail boom braces
Metal tail holder set with thrust bearings
Metal rudder servo mount
Carbon fiber rudder servo adapter plate
Metal battery mount
Metal tail boom support brace
Metal vertical stabilizer mount

Align:
Main gear
Tail drive gear

Edge:
325mm Carbon fiber main blades
60mm Carbon fiber tail blades

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system

Tunigy:
TGY-306G-HV (x4)
HeliDrive SK3 2839-3600kv

Hobby King:
YEP 45a ESC

Caste Creations:
CCBEC set to 6v

Thor:
3s1p 2200mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Aug 01, 2014 @ 01:02 PM | 5,244 Views
After crashing my Blade 500x in September of 2013 I had wanted to get a T-rex 500Pro DFC to replace it. Unfortunately things kept getting in the way. In June of 2014 I finally got it. Out of the box it is nearly as nice as the 500x with tons of upgrades was. To me, it really feels about the same as my upgraded 500x.

Align:
500Pro DFC
(3) DS-515M cyclic servos
500MX brushless motor (1600kv)
Alloy vertical stabilizer mount
Extra torque tube bearing

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system with satellite receiver

Hobby King:
Yep 100a ESC

Castle Creations:
CCBEC Pro set to 6v

Pulse:
Ultra 6s 3300mah 35c lipos

RJX Hobby:
FS0391T mini tail servo

KDE:
Performance tail upgrade v2

Tarot:
Integrated landing gear

Edge:
423mm carbon fiber main rotor blades
72mm carbon fiber tail rotor blades

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs

Carbon fiber tail push rod
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 19, 2014 @ 11:14 PM | 6,463 Views
I liked my Carbon-Z Cub so much that I decided to get the smaller one. I went to a 30a ESC and a bigger prop right away. I also added a water rudder from the Carbon-Z cub to the back of the Hobby Zone floats. RX and ESC have been dunked in Corrosion X and now I have another small land/water plane. I will most likely add Morgan Mill skis this winter.

AUW: 33oz (wheels)
Static test: 215 watts with the wood prop.
Static test: 200 watts with the T-28 prop.

Parkzone:
Sport Cub BNF
T-28 prop adapter
T-28 9.5x7.5 plastic prop (for water)

Hobby Zone:
Super Cub float set

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

Hobby King:
YEP 30a BESC

Turnigy:
10x7 Beechwood light electric prop (for land)

Thor:
3s1p 1300mah 35c batteries

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:35 AM | 6,800 Views
Primarily wanted this plane as a nice foam float-plane. But it flies so nice, I find myself taking it out frequently. I really think Horizon hit a home run with this one. ESC and RX have been treated with Corrosion-X.

My first CZC fell backwards out of a hover about 10' up and I was not able to recover. After a hard nose-first crash I was able to repair it so it looked pretty good, and flew good as new. I sold my first CZC to a good friend at the flying field to use as a trainer for him. My second CZC is the one that I'm flying today. I did end up with the plane upside down in the water with the throttle on a little and it killed the stock E-flite ESC, so I installed an Align 70a I wasn't using. I also have a third CZC which is new-in-box. I figured as much fun as I'm having with this plane, I'd like to make sure I have all necessary spares. This plane, and my E-Flite Taylorcraft 450 are the only two planes that I've ever bought three of. So that should say something.

EDIT: Sure enough, after two months my magnets came loose in my motor. Started sounded like I was grinding rocks in my cowl. I got a Turnigy G60 500Kv to replace it. We'll see how it does.

One of my all-time favorite pictures:


EDIT: I've been dabbling in FPV lately. Since the CZC already had the camera mount on it, I did throw the VTX on it and chase another CZC around the field with it.



Here is a video:

Carbon Z Cub Air to Air around the flying field. (5 min 46 sec)


AUW: 8lbs 5oz (wheels)
Static test: 1450 watts

E-flite:
Carbon-Z Cub BNF
Carbon-Z Cub float set
2.5" alloy spinner
GoPro mount

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR635 AS3X receiver

Align:
70a RCE-BL7OG BESC

Turnigy:
G60 500Kv brushless motor
15x6 Beechwood light electric prop

Morgan Mill RC:
LWC battery tray

Cublandinggear.com:
Functional scale landing gear

Positive Reproduction:
6.5" Bush Wheels

Pulse:
6s1p Ultra 3300mah 35c lipos

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Jun 18, 2014 @ 02:46 AM | 6,599 Views
Even though I already own the 450L Dominator, a deal came up from another club member that was just too good to pass up. So now I have a stretched 6s 450Pro DFC as well as the 450L.

They're actually pretty different in the air even though the only significant difference is the motor. The 450L runs like a scalded ape, it's an absolute rocket even with the governor running at 75%. The 450L also is limited to only 3m30s of flight time. The 450Pro is still plenty powerful, but it's not quite the rocket ship that the Dominator is. I'm also able to fly the 450Pro for 4m30s without any trouble.

When I got it, it had a bunch of orange and yellow on it including a re-painted canopy. It also had a Tarot stretch kit on it and some pretty beat up Tarot 345mm blades. I swapped out the Tarot stuff for 450L parts and replaced the canopy and main blades. I also replaced the main and tail bearings and the swash plate.

The 450Pro DFC is spec'd like this:

Align:
T-rex 450Pro DFC
450MX Brushless motor (1700kv)
12t pinion
450L tail boom
450L torque tube
450L tail fin
450L boom support brace
Extra torque tube bearing

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system

Castle Creations:
Phoenix Ice Lite 50 ESC
CCBEC

Thor:
6s1p 1300mah lipos

MKS:
(3) DS-95 servos (cyclic)
(1) DS-8910A servo (tail)

KDE:
Performance tail upgrade v3

Radix/Curtis Youngblood:
350mm Flybarless carbon fiber main blades
60mm Carbon fiber tail blades

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs

Carbon fiber tail push rod
Posted by CyberJay | Jun 15, 2014 @ 12:42 PM | 6,356 Views
I got this sucker back in September of 2013 but I didn't make a blog entry about it. I was hoping to have some nice in-flight shots to include with it. For whatever reason, I tend not to fly it too much so I haven't gotten any pics. Anyway, here it is:

*** SOLD July 2015 ***

AUW: 51oz
Static test: 400w

E-Flite:
51" PA-20 Pacer ARF

Turnigy:
3536C 1100Kv outrunner
Plush 40a ESC
11x7 Beechwood light electric prop
3s1p 2200mah 30c LiPo

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
AR8000 receiver
TM-1000 telemetry
(4) AR7010 MG wing servos (ailerons, flaps)

Hitec:
(2) HS-65HB servos (elevator, rudder)

Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 28, 2013 @ 04:47 PM | 10,602 Views
I thought this looked like a pretty neat helicopter. I'd been thinking about a 450Pro DFC but when this came out, that is exactly what I wanted. Turns out, it's a monster. Really scared me the first couple times I flew it because of how fast it was. It's much faster than even my Blade 500x. After a week or so I got used to it. Now I love it, except for the flight times.

I ditched the 3GX and used a BeastX instead. I also had some problems with tail wag at extremely high speed. To fix it I kinda threw everything at the problem all at once. Cost a few bucks, but there's no wag now.

The Dominator is spec'd like this:

Align:
T-rex 450L Dominator combo
(3) DS-430M cyclic servos
460MX Brushless motor (1800kv)
Alloy tail servo mount
Extra torque tube bearing

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system with satellite receiver

Hobby King:
Yep 45a ESC

Castle Creations:
CCBEC

Turnigy:
Nanotech 6s1p 1300mah 45c lipos

RJX Hobby:
FS0391T mini tail servo

KDE:
Performance tail upgrade v3

Edge:
353mm Flybarless carbon fiber main blades
60mm Carbon fiber tail blades

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs

Carbon fiber tail push rod
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 10, 2013 @ 07:48 AM | 7,617 Views
I started messing around with quads in the fall of 2012. The first couple I built used the KK2.0 flight computer and a pile of HK parts. The very first one I built was for my buddy Michael on the Talon 2.0 frame. Later that quad was rebuilt using a 550 frame that could accommodate tall landing gear and a gimbal below.

Michael has since moved up to a TBS Discovery Pro while I built myself a Naza-M Lite based quad. I keep my 550 around, stripped of gimbal and camera, to fly basic aerobatics with and use as a trainer for people.

*** SOLD 2/2015 ***

My KK2.0 based 550 quad is spec'd like this:

Hobby King:
X550 glass fiber frame
KK2.0 multi-rotor LCD flight controller
(4) Afro ESC 30a multi-rotor speed controller
(4) 12x4.5 carbon fiber props

Turnigy:
(4) 5017 620kv brushless motor
3s1p 2200mah 30c lipo

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

Here is a video that Michael shot with his KK2.0 quad that I built. It's the one below with the green LEDs on it.

Disney Rocktoberfest 2013 (3 min 14 sec)


-J
Posted by CyberJay | Aug 27, 2013 @ 04:53 PM | 8,089 Views
In 2013 I hit the helicopters hard after 5 years of flying only airplanes. The initial purchase was four Blade BNF helis, and I liked those so much I decided to add the 300x to the fleet. It has been extensively modified so far, it flew good stock, but I like to mess with things.

Blade:
300X BNF
Alloy main rotor hub
Alloy blade grips
Alloy swash plate
Alloy follower arms
Carbon fiber tail fins
Carbon fiber tail blades

Lynx:
Carbon fiber frame stiffener
Ultra tail system combo
Alloy one way bearing hub
136t helical main gear
14t helical pinion gear
Alloy canopy mounts

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system
(3) DS76 digital cyclic servos

JR:
DS290G ultra speed digital tail servo

Castle Creations:
Talon 35a brushless ESC

Turnigy:
Typhoon 2215 3550kv brushless motor

Revolution:
245mm main blades

Thor:
3s1p 1300mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading