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Posted by CyberJay | Jul 19, 2014 @ 11:14 PM | 1,204 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: ?
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

Hobby King:
YEP 30a BESC

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

Thor:
3s1p 1300mah 35c...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:35 AM | 1,650 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. 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.

AUW: ?
Static test: 1550 watts.

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

Align:
70a RCE-BL7OG BESC

Turnigy:
15x6 Beechwood light electric prop

Morgan Mill RC:
LWC battery tray

Thor:
6s1p 3300mah 35c batteries
Posted by CyberJay | Jun 18, 2014 @ 02:46 AM | 2,159 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

Carbon fiber tail push rod
Posted by CyberJay | Jun 15, 2014 @ 12:42 PM | 1,841 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:

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)

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

Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 28, 2013 @ 04:47 PM | 3,922 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 | 3,189 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.

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 | 3,558 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:
DX8 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
Posted by CyberJay | Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:30 PM | 3,435 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 | 4,386 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 | 3,603 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.

*** SOLD 6/2014 ***

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 | 3,272 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.

*** CRASHED April 2014 ***

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 | 3,140 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 | 3,511 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 | 3,913 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 | 4,132 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 | 4,703 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 | 4,743 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 | 6,486 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 | 7,680 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 | 6,668 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