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Posted by CyberJay | Jul 10, 2013 @ 07:33 AM | 5,735 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.

*** SOLD 3/2015 ***

130X BNF

Aluminum tail grips
Aluminum pitch slider
Carbon fiber tail fin

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

Theater of Dreams fiberglass canopy

DX8 transmitter

2s1p 300mah 35c LiPo battery
Posted by CyberJay | Jun 27, 2013 @ 08:04 PM | 5,982 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.

Optional blue canopy and tail fin

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

1s1p 150mAh 25C LiPo

DX8 transmitter
Posted by CyberJay | Apr 23, 2013 @ 02:31 PM | 6,000 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 | 6,160 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 | 6,923 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

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

T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

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

Radical RC:
2300 A123 RX pack
Posted by CyberJay | Feb 12, 2012 @ 04:17 PM | 6,294 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

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

(1) HS-82MG servo - rudder

30 amp pro ESC

Ultra 3s1p 2200mah 35c lipo

DX8 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

Ultra connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 04, 2011 @ 07:41 PM | 7,834 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:

AUW: 29oz

Static test: 300 watts

Flying Balsa:
Doozy kit

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

T12FGA transmitter
R6106HFC receiver

(2) HS82MG (head)
HS65MG (rudder)

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | May 26, 2011 @ 10:01 PM | 8,852 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 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 | 7,221 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

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

Flightmax 5s1p 5000mah 35c lipo

T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

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

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 | 8,274 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 | 8,412 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 | 9,534 Views
First plane with retracts! Parkzone has just gotten better and better.

*** Crashed 9/2013 ***

AUW: 43oz.
Static test: 360 watts.

(2) micro servos (ailerons)
(4) micro digital servos (flaps, rudder & elevator)
950Kv 15 outrunner
10.5 x 9 prop from the PZ Extra 300

30a Pro ESC
.10 - .15 electric retracts

T12FGA transmitter
R6106HF reciever

3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo

Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 04, 2010 @ 06:48 PM | 8,426 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 ***
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 08, 2010 @ 07:22 AM | 8,241 Views
I've had my eye on this one since they announced it. Got a few hours of overtime this week so I went for it. I've been flying my 44" T-28 at night recently and that brought back all the fond memories of learning to fly. Flying this little guy around my front yard is great. WAY more enjoyable than my little 3ch Parkzone planes.

It's stock. Nothing special. I fly it with my Futaba 12FG with DM9 DSM2 TX module.

AUW: ~1.34oz

*** RETIRED 2012 ***
Posted by CyberJay | May 28, 2010 @ 07:36 AM | 10,092 Views
Several years ago one of our club members built this beautiful B-17 from a Wing Mfg. kit. He's flown it a few times but wanted to move to smaller planes and I was lucky enough to get my hands on this one. I would also love to add retracts but I'm not sure if that will ever happen.

EDIT: It flies! It flies nicely too!

Here is how it's setup for now:

AUW: 17.5lbs
Static test: 2300 watts (total)

Wing Mfg:
B-17 short kit. Built by Terry S.

Heads Up RC:
3542-10 outrunner 960Kv x4

Master Airscrew:
10x7 3 blade glass fiber props x4

40a BESC x4

Flightmax 4s1p 2200mah 40c LiPo x4

T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

(6) HS-311 servos (Aileron x2, Elevator x2, Rudder, Gunner)

Radical RC:
2300 A123 RX pack

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Mar 06, 2010 @ 01:14 PM | 9,288 Views
With the Monocoupe (10s1p 5000mah) and the Toledo Special (5s1p 5000mah) being some of my favorite planes, I had a problem charging batteries at the field. (EDIT: And now the B-17 with (4 x) 4s1p2200mah)

My experience from last season showed me that I could charge the 10s1p pack 3 times from a 55ah car battery before the charger would show low voltage. So, assuming I didn't fly anything else, I could fly the Monocoupe 4 times in one day and end up with a completely dead car battery, which is not good.

My charging station is located in the bed mounted tool box in my truck. It consists of the following:

(2) 125AH deep cycle batteries
(2) plastic battery boxes
(4) 3/8" copper wire lugs
(2) 1/4" copper wire lugs
(1) 40amp giant blade fuse and holder
Roughly 6 feet of streetwires 4awg wire
(1) 15A deep cycle charger
(1) Sunpro 8-18v volt meter from Autozone.
(1) Toggle switch from Autozone. (Used to switch the volt meter on and off).
Misc scrap wood and other nuts, bolts, and small crimp on connectors.

Except for the couple items from Autozone, everything came from Walmart. The entire project ran me just under $300 for everything.

First trip to the field I charged 5s5000mah x2 and 3s2200mah x6. Second time out I charged 5s5000mah x3, 4s3300 x3, 3s2200mah x6 and 2s2200mah x1. Third time out was today and I charged 5s5000mah x4.

The lowest I have seen it was the end of the second day out where it was 12.4v and the charger claimed 70%...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Feb 16, 2010 @ 10:31 PM | 9,645 Views
Round two with 3DHS. I had the 40" Edge about a year ago and I liked it. I was progressing well until I rammed it into the ground.. I'm definitely NOT a 3D guy but I do enjoy the challenge.

I tried to keep it as light as I could. Only one extension and it's 32awg. I soldered the motor's wires directly to the ESC. No shrink wrap on the ESC. Minimal hardware, all bolts and pushrods cut as short as possible, used as few washers as possible, etc. The motor and battery are heavy, everything else should be as light as possible.

*** SOLD 09/13 ***

AUW: 34oz w/ the 188g 2200mah pack and wheel pants ON
Static test: 340 watts

3D Hobby Shop:
42" AJ Slick

Park 480 1020Kv outrunner
30A Pro ESC

12x6 light electric wood prop
3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo
3s1p 1300mah 30c lipo

T12FG transmitter
TM-14 2.4Ghz module
R6106HF reciever

(2) HS-56HB servos (ailerons)
(2) HS-65MG servos (rudder, elevator)

Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Dec 30, 2009 @ 05:49 PM | 11,316 Views
I love my Taylorcraft, but I wanted something a little larger. I love my Monocoupe, but it will not fit in my truck without taking the wings off, which means I can't make a "quick" run to the field. Hopefully the Toledo Special is the solution. It's about the biggest wingspan I can put in the bed in one piece.

Modifications from the instructions include: Oak standoffs(that replace the stock metal ones) to move the motor away from the firewall an additional 15mm since the Turnigy is shorter than the Power 46. I cut a hole in the underside of the cowl for an air inlet. I left the port rear window out for air exhaust. I added 1/2oz of lead to the tail to get it to balance with the huge battery. I also put regular socket head cap screws on the wing instead of the nylon bolts.

I recently picked up the Hangar 9 40 size floats, this is my first float plane. I really like flying from water.

AUW Land: 6lbs 10oz.
AUW Water: 8lbs 5oz.

Static test:
1200 watts with a 14x8 prop
900 watts with a 13x8 prop (what I use)

Hangar 9:
Toledo Special
40 size wood floats

AerodriveXp SK 42-50 650Kv outrunner
Plush 80A ESC
13x8 beechwood light electric prop

Flightmax 5s1p 5000mah 35c lipo

T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver
(3) S3151 standard servos (ailerons and elevator)
(1) S3003 standard servo (water rudder)

(1) HS-645MG servo (rudder)

Morgan Mill RC:
12" Grasslander main skis on spare landing...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 06, 2009 @ 07:53 AM | 13,549 Views
This little guy really caught my eye.. small, very light with a very small power system. Pretty neat. It built really fast and is a real sweetheart to fly. Not as aerobatic as some of my other planes, but looks great puttering around the sky.

AUW: 10oz
Static test: 70 watts

L4 Grasshopper
10a Pro brushless ESC

2211 brushless motor
2s1p .8aH 20c LiPo

(4) HXT-500 servos (rudder, elevator, ailerons)

6x5 slowfly prop.

T12FGA transmitter
R6004FS receiver
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 06, 2009 @ 07:40 AM | 10,475 Views
One of my buddies in the club GAVE this to me... it's got a little wear and tear on it, but really looks ok and should fly fine. It's completely stock.

*** SOLD 2/2015 ***

AUW: 21oz with the smaller battery.
Static test: 240 watts

Phase III:
3 blade 55mm fan

KBL-21EF brushless motor
30a brushless ESC

(2) S-75 servos (eleverons)

T12FGA transmitter
R616FFM receiver

3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs