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Posted by CyberJay | Nov 28, 2013 @ 04:47 PM | 2,581 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:
DX8 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system

Hobby King:
Yep 45a ESC

Castle Creations:
CCBEC

Turnigy:
Nanotech 6s1p 1300mah lipos

RJX Hobby:
FS0391T mini tail servo

KDE:
Performance tail upgrade v3

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

Carbon fiber tail push rod
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 10, 2013 @ 07:48 AM | 2,455 Views
I decided I needed to learn about these things. I've built a few, and moved parts around for testing. A lot of the basic principles for electric motors on airplanes carry over, but a lot of them don't. The plan is to play with the relatively cheap quads using the KK2 board until I've got a good handle on which motors, props, and ESCs I like. Then I'll upgrade to a MultiWii or Naza-M or something like that.

My current quad is the one with the red and white lights on the tall landing gear. Uses the flat Turnigy 620kv motors, KK2.0, Afro ESCs, etc. I first flew it on 4s with 10x4.5 props. I am now flying it on 3s with 12x4.5 props and I am very happy with the performance. Next up will be a Tarot gimbal and a GoPro.

I'm sure this post will be updated a lot.

I'm going to skip the specs because they are constantly changing and I'm not sure I'm doing it right yet.

Here is a video that my buddy Michael shot with his quad. 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 | 2,782 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, I intend to add an alloy tail box, pitch lever, and pitch slider, but I'm waiting to see what Lynx comes out with.

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
Alloy one way bearing hub
136t helical main gear
11t helical pinion gear
Plastic main blades
Alloy canopy mounts

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system
(3) DS76 digital cyclic servos

JR:
DS290G ultra speed digital tail servo

Align:
Trex 450Pro tail alloy hub and grip set

Hobby King:
YEP 30a brushless ESC
Parkfly 2632 3800kv brushless motor

Thor:
3s1p 1300mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:30 PM | 2,720 Views
I'm waiting to get called into HR for having too many flying machines at work. These little suckers have gotten so cheap that they are even more addictive than they were before. They're all stock and I don't take them terribly seriously, but they are a ton of fun. The nQX is by far my favorite micro ever.

The nQX is 1/2 oz. The Mini Vapor is only 8 grams, that's like 4 pennies.

-J
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 24, 2013 @ 08:30 AM | 3,599 Views
Like the 450x, I have upgraded the 500x pretty much all the way. In February 2013 when I got back into helicopters I purchased four Blade BNF helis, this Blade 500X was one of those. I'm pretty darn happy with it right now.

*** Crashed 9/3/2013 ***

Well, the 500x flew for 7 months and right around 200 flights before I lost orientation 300-400' away and drove it into the dirt. I priced out repair parts at about $450. Literally almost every part on the helicopter is broken. So I think I will retire the 500x and build something new, maybe a Trex 500 PRO DFC? We'll see.

The 500x was spec'd like this:

Blade:
500X BNF
Alloy blade grips
Alloy follower arms
Alloy tail servo holder
Alloy tail box
Alloy tail pitch lever
Alloy tail pitch slider
Alloy tail blade grips
Alloy horizontal fin mount
Carbon fiber tail fins
Fiberglass green canopy

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system with satellite receiver
(3) H310 standard digital cyclic servos
TM1100 telemetry module
SPMA9558 brushless RPM sensor

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

Savox:
BSM3750 brushless outrunner motor 1300kV

Align:
11t pinion gear

Hobby King:
Yep 100a ESC

Castle Creations:
CCBEC PRO set to 6v

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

Turnigy:
6s1p 3000mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 16, 2013 @ 05:21 PM | 2,811 Views
I've been updating my blog with individual spec sheets for my new helicopters. The initial purchase was four Blade BNF helis, this Blade 450X was one of those. This one really came together well. It was great out of the box, and all fixed up it's perfect.

*** FOR SALE ***

The 450x is spec'd out like this:

Blade:
450X BNF
Alloy main blade grips
Alloy follower arms
Alloy swash plate
Alloy tail servo holder
Alloy tail box
Alloy tail pitch lever
Alloy tail pitch slider
Alloy tail blade grips
Alloy boom supports
Alloy horizontal fin mount
Alloy anti-rotation bracket
Carbon fiber tail fins
Fiberglass canopy

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system

Eflite:
450 Helicopter brushless motor 3600kv

Lynx:
136t helical main gear
12t helical pinion gear

Hobby King:
Yep 45a ESC

Savox:
(3) 0257MG digital servos (cyclic)
(1) 0262MG digital servo (rudder)

Castle Creations:
CCBEC set to 6v

Edge:
325mm carbon fiber main rotor blades
60mm carbon fiber tail rotor blades

Thor:
3s1p 2200mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 14, 2013 @ 12:29 PM | 2,534 Views
I started flying helicopters before airplanes. In April of 2005 I started with a Hirobo XRB. I then moved to a Lite Machines Corona, followed by an Ikarus Eco 8, and finally an Align Trex 450SE v1 in December of 2005. In 2006, about a year after I started flying, we decided to move from NJ to AR and start a family. The next year was spent having a baby and moving.

After getting to Arkansas I found a club and got a simulator, expecting to fly helicopters again. But, I got into airplanes instead. I kept the Trex in flying condition, even added a fiberglass scale fuselage. I sold the Eco 8 and the Corona. I did not fly helicopters much after 2007.

In 2013 the helicopter bug bit me again. I got several new helis (see blog) and was really getting back into it. I decided I should update my Trex and get it flying again. You can see it's original setup here.

The Trex is now setup like this:

Align:
Trex 450SE v1 (purchased 2005)
13t Pinion?

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
AR7200BX receiver/flybarless system

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

Tarot:
Split Lock DFC head

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

Hobby King:
YEP 45a ESC
Frame base plate
Tail servo holder
Canopy mount
Fiberglass canopy

Gorilla Gear:
Low profile landing skids

Caste Creations:
CCBEC set to 6v

Thor:
3s1p 2200mah 25c Lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 10, 2013 @ 07:33 AM | 2,422 Views
In 2013 I hit the helicopters hard after 5 years of flying only airplanes. The initial purchase was four Blade BNF helis, this Blade 130X was one of those. It has been extensively modified over the last few months.

Blade:
130X BNF

Microheli:
Aluminum tail grips
Aluminum pitch slider
Carbon fiber tail fin

Lynx:
DS-883 tail servo
Tail servo mounts
Tail shaft assembly v2
Ultra quad bearing tail case
Triple bearing tail boom
Tail boom supports
Steel torque tube
Pro edition swash plate
DFC complete rotor head
Carbon steel feathering shaft
Tail blades

Xtreme Production:
Hardened steel A, B, C, and D tail gears

Fusuno:
Theater of Dreams fiberglass canopy

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter

Eflite:
2s1p 300mah 35c LiPo battery
Posted by CyberJay | Jun 27, 2013 @ 08:04 PM | 2,799 Views
In 2013 I hit the helicopters hard after 5 years of flying only airplanes. The initial purchase was four Blade BNF helis, this Nano CP X was one of those. It has been modified a little bit and flies very nicely around the house. These new helicopters are WAY nicer than the old flybar helicopters I've owned in the past.

Blade:
Nano CP X BNF
Optional blue canopy and tail fin

Lynx:
DFC head
Pro Edition swash plate
Titanium heavy duty main shaft
Black main blades
Black tail blades

Eflite:
1s1p 150mAh 25C LiPo

Spektrum:
DX8 transmitter
Posted by CyberJay | Apr 23, 2013 @ 02:31 PM | 3,224 Views
I always felt that was a good way to get to know another flyer. So I put all my models in my blog with their components. Hopefully when I make a statement in a thread someone can come see my experience level and decide if I know what I'm talking about or not.

If you look through my blog you can see I started flying helicopters in 2005, before I flew fixed wing. In fact, it was almost 3 years after I first flew that I bought my first fixed wing. The REASON I got my first fixed wing was that helicopters are freaking expensive. Little tips can cost hundreds of dollars, especially on the blinged out Eco 8 I used to fly. The Trex 450 made it cheaper for sure, but it still cost a bunch to crash. I finally got myself started on airplanes, because frankly, it's pretty hard to completely destroy an airplane. I've done it a few times, but I've also had hundreds of lucky rough landings.

While I have been pretty fixated on airplanes from about 2008 to 2012 I have continued to dabble in the rotary wing. The Trex has come out to many funflies until about a year ago when it crashed for the last time. I could fix it, but I don't really want to. I sold the Corona long ago, the Eco 8 more recently, and the Trex sits in the garage, missing 1 servo and a gyro case. I picked up a couple of the small Blade BNF helicopters for the house, but that's been about it.

Early this year the firearms market went sideways. I decided I had a few more rifles than I needed, and then I saw...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Sep 05, 2012 @ 06:27 AM | 3,421 Views
Not much to say about this one. Stock UMX Mig15.

My first one had a sticky aileron servo. Horizon replaced it with no trouble. Second one seems to be fine. Performance is great and the AS3X does what it's supposed to.

AUW is advertized at 2.75oz.
I have not measured the power.

My buddy Mark is getting really good with his camera.
Posted by CyberJay | May 26, 2012 @ 11:40 AM | 3,962 Views
Since I absolutely love my little E-flite Taylorcraft I had to jump on the big one when a fellow club member indicated he was ready to let it go. This aircraft is one of my favorites and I am thrilled to finally have the big one in my hangar.

This airplane used to have a G-26 mounted but I have converted it to electric. I have a 2000 watt, 17.25lb, 1/4 scale Monocoupe that has nice aerobatic performance, a little better than scale but far from fully "sport" like my little Taylorcraft is. So when converting the Big-T I was shooting for 16lbs or less and 2500 watts or more.

With the current 18x10" prop I'm at 16lbs even and just a hair over 3000 watts WOT with fresh batteries. This is exceeding the rating of the motor, but it comes down cool to the touch so I'm not terribly worried about it. I do, however, plan to back down to an 18x8" prop the next time I do a Hobby King order and see what that does. I really think 2500+ watts would be plenty for how I fly.

AUW: 16lbs even.
Static test: 3080 watts.

The Big-T is setup like this:

Hangar 9:
80.5" Taylorcraft "20cc" ARF

Turnigy:
G160 290Kv outrunner
Sentilon 100A HV ESC
18x10 Beechwood light electric prop
10s1p 5000mah 30c LiPo (5s1p x2)

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

HiTech:
(5) HS-645MG servos (elevator, ailerons, rudder)

Radical RC:
2300 A123 RX pack
Posted by CyberJay | Feb 12, 2012 @ 04:17 PM | 4,027 Views
What I wanted was a foam flying boat that would need minimal modifications to get in the air. I looked at some of the Cessna 182s, the Sea Wind, and some of the Guanli models but all of them seemed like they would need a fair amount of work to get them into the air. The goal was to have a plane that I was not very invested in, so that I could fly off of water with little to no pucker factor.

So far the Icon has been great. I've only got four flights on it at this time, but so far it meets my expectations. I am having the wag/dutch roll issue that everyone else seems to be having but it's not the end of the world, it still flies fine. I hope to spend a lot of time at the lake this summer since I won't have to worry about getting my two favorite wooden planes wet (Toledo and Taylorcraft).

The specs on the Icon:

AUW: 44oz

Static test: 220 watts

Parkzone:
Icon A5 PNP
480 960kv outrunner
9" x 8" x 3 prop
(2) SV80 micro servos - ailerons
(2) DSV130M micro digital servos - rudder, elevator

Eflite:
30 amp pro ESC

Turnigy:
3s1p 2200mah 30c lipo

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R6106HFC receiver

Deans:
Ultra connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 04, 2011 @ 07:41 PM | 5,781 Views
I've wanted an Auto Gyro for a long time. There aren't many ARF Auto Gyros, and the ones that are out there don't have the best reputation. I finally worked up the nerve to build a kit. (This is the first balsa kit I've ever built).

Build thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1461051

AUW: 29oz

Static test: 300 watts

Flying Balsa:
Doozy kit

Turnigy:
AerodriveXp 35-30 1100Kv outrunner
Plush 40a ESC
10x7 beechwood light electric prop
3s1p 2200mah 30c lipo

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R6106HFC receiver

HiTech:
(2) HS82MG (head)
HS65MG (rudder)

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | May 26, 2011 @ 10:01 PM | 6,945 Views
Got to take my Taylorcraft out to Lake Elmdale today. Flew good. Not quite as good on with floats as the Toledo Special though. On wheels the Taylorcraft is 2lbs, with floats it is 3lbs, so that's a pretty significant increase.

This is an E-flite Taylorcraft 450 with 27" foam core floats from PlaneFunFloats.com finished in 3/4oz glass and paint. I fabricated the landing gear wires myself from 1/8" and 3/32nd" music wire.

My wife took a few good shots..

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Posted by CyberJay | May 06, 2011 @ 08:56 PM | 5,973 Views
Last summer I threw some lights on my old Parkzone T-28. I have found night flying to be very enjoyable so I've been thinking about doing a nicer dedicated night plane. When I fly during the day I tend to do a lot of touch & goes, and spend a lot of time messing around down low. At night, with hidden obstacles and frequently VERY wet runway I tend to stay up higher doing more traditional aerobatics. So for a night plane I wanted a non-scale, reasonably fast, traditional sport aerobatic plane. I also had the power system sitting in my toolbox, so I needed something in a 6-7lb .46 size. After quite a bit of indecision I finally went with the Revolver.

*** CRASHED 5/12/2011 ***

Unfortunately the Revolver crashed on it's maiden flight. At least the maiden was at night so I did get to see it fly at night. As I was finalizing the trims I made a downwind turn going way too slow. Totally my fault. I still have the wings and have been contemplating ordering another one, but for now, there are no plans to replace it.

AUW including lighting: 7lbs 9oz

Static test: 1150 watts

Great Planes:
59" Revolver

Turnigy:
AerodriveXp SK 42-50 650Kv outrunner
85a BESC w/ 5a SBEC
13x8 beechwood light electric prop
3s1p 1300mah 30c lipo (for lights)

Zippy:
Flightmax 5s1p 5000mah 35c lipo

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

HiTech:
(4) HS-485HB servos (ailerons, rudder, elevator)

Lighting:
Some old brushed ESC to use as a dimmer
Approximately 12 meters of LEDs which translates to about 720 individual LEDs
Posted by CyberJay | Mar 02, 2011 @ 07:47 PM | 7,173 Views
This one was a Christmas/Birthday preset from my Mother-In-Law. Got to fly it tonight for the first time. It's just as good as all the others.

Seems silly to make a new blog entry for each of the Ultra Micros. But here it is anyway. Completely stock. Flown with my Futaba 12FG with a DSM2 module.

Need to work on some airborne photos of this one and all the others.

AUW: ~2.6oz

*** RETIRED 2012 ***
Posted by CyberJay | Jan 29, 2011 @ 12:17 PM | 7,417 Views
Rather than just adding these pics to my Toledo Special Blog I decided to create a new one just for the floats since I have 20 some pics.

Today was my first time flying off water. I was very nervous about it since I didn't have a boat handy and it is January, but it was really not very hard at all. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but the plane flew pretty much the same as normal, takeoffs were easy, landings might have been slightly more technical than normal, but only because a bounce on the runway isn't a big deal but a bounce on water can cause you to nose over.

All in all, I LOVED flying from water, I will be doing this a lot. I'm about to order floats for my Taylorcraft and I may one day put some floats on the 1/4 scale Monocoupe, but that remains to be seen, the 'Coupe may not have enough power (120 some watts per pound on wheels).

Specs for the Toledo are in it's blog entry. Now enjoy the pics.

EDIT: Video from 2/22/2011

Toledo Special float flying. (0 min 58 sec)


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Posted by CyberJay | Dec 26, 2010 @ 03:23 PM | 8,472 Views
First plane with retracts! Parkzone has just gotten better and better.

AUW: 43oz.
Static test: 360 watts.

Parkzone:
P-47D PNP
(2) micro servos (ailerons)
(4) micro digital servos (flaps, rudder & elevator)
950Kv 15 outrunner
10.5 x 9 prop from the PZ Extra 300

E-Flite:
30a Pro ESC
.10 - .15 electric retracts

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R6106HF reciever

Turnigy:
3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo

Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 04, 2010 @ 06:48 PM | 7,596 Views
My son made me do it. Yet another Eflite micro.

Stock, flown with my Futaba 12FG with DM9 DSM2 TX module.

AUW is ~3.75oz.

*** SOLD 4/23/13 ***