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Posted by CyberJay | Feb 16, 2010 @ 10:31 PM | 9,965 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

Eflite:
Park 480 1020Kv outrunner
30A Pro ESC

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

Futaba:
T12FG transmitter
TM-14 2.4Ghz module
R6106HF reciever

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

Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Dec 30, 2009 @ 05:49 PM | 11,759 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.

(5s5000) AUW Land: 6lbs 10oz.
(5s5000) AUW Water: 8lbs 5oz.

Static test:
(5s) 1200 watts with a 14x8 prop
(5s) 900 watts with a 13x8 prop
(6s) 1100 watts with a 13x6 prop (what I use)

Hangar 9:
Toledo Special
40 size wood floats

Turnigy:
AerodriveXp SK 42-50 650Kv outrunner
Plush 80A ESC
(5s) 13x8 beechwood light electric prop
(6s) 13x6 beechwood light electric prop

Zippy:
(used to fly on) Flightmax 5s1p 5000mah 35c lipo

Pulse:
Ultra 6s1p 3300mah 35c lipo

Spektrum
DX9 transmitter
AR7350 AS3X receiver
(2) DSMX satellites
SPMA9570...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 06, 2009 @ 07:53 AM | 13,948 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

E-flite:
L4 Grasshopper
10a Pro brushless ESC

Turnigy:
2211 brushless motor
2s1p .8aH 20c LiPo

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

GWS:
6x5 slowfly prop.

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R6004FS receiver
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 06, 2009 @ 07:40 AM | 10,778 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:
EF-16
3 blade 55mm fan

KMS:
KBL-21EF brushless motor
30a brushless ESC

Eflite:
(2) S-75 servos (eleverons)

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R616FFM receiver

Turnigy:
3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo

WS Deans:
Ultra plugs
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 24, 2009 @ 03:45 PM | 10,476 Views
I wanted to try a glider. The fellows over in the sail plane forum convinced me that the Radian was the right way to go for a beginner. I really wanted something that wasn't foam and had ailerons. In retrospect I think they're probably right, for someone just learning to thermal this is the way to go.

In fact this plane is so slow and gentle I think I may use it to teach my wife to fly RC.

*** SOLD 11/30/12 ***

AUW: 25oz
Static test: 210 watts

Parkzone:
Radian
480 brushless motor
9.5x7.5_1 folding prop
(2) Micro digital servos (rudder and elevator)

Eflite:
30a Pro BESC

Futaba:
T12FG transmitter
R617FS receiver

Turnigy:
1.3aH 3s1p 30c lipos

Deans:
Ultra connectors

I also bought a standalone Eagletree altimeter just for kicks.
Posted by CyberJay | Sep 20, 2009 @ 12:11 PM | 10,810 Views
I've been wanting a PT-17 in this scheme in this size. I almost went with the Nitroplanes Navy schemed one but luckily I held out. The build went together really nice, better than some of my previous eflite builds. It flies great but needed a fair amount of nose weight.

I've been messing around with endurance flying, since this plane looks good cruising by real slow. Currently I've flown it for 25m30s minutes at about 40% throttle. When I landed the batteries were at 11.09v and I put about 3450mah back in. So I guess that's about all I can do with these batteries.

EDIT: On October 31st 2009 I crashed my first PT-17. It has been replaced with a second ARF that came out exactly the same as the first. The maiden of the second plane didn't even require any trim.

*** SOLD 06/14 ***

AUW: 67oz. (4.5oz of lead in the nose)
Static test: 530 watts

Eflite:
PT-17 Stearman

Turnigy:
AerodriveXp SK 35-48 1100Kv outrunner
3s1p 4400mah 40c lipo (2x 3s1p 2200mah in parallel)
12x6 electric wood prop

Caste Creations:
Thunderbird 54 ESC

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

Hitec:
(2) HS-56HB servos (ailerons)
(1) HS-81 servo (elevator)
(1) HS-82MG servo (rudder)

WS Deans:
Ultra...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Sep 01, 2009 @ 09:20 PM | 10,641 Views
Had to grab one of these guys. I'm real impressed with it so far.

It's stock, and I use my DX9.

AUW: ~1oz.
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 25, 2009 @ 10:21 PM | 14,045 Views
Never saw a model of one of these before so I wanted to try it out. It's pretty fun to fly, much different from flying an airplane. I also hope to get my wife interested in flying this since it's pretty durable and easy to fly.

I find ROG takeoff to be easier than handlaunching, but maybe that's just me. ROG is pretty easy if there is a light breeze.

EDIT: Still having a good time with this. I ordered up some LEDs from Hobby King and tried night flying. I used a similar design to what Sea Breeze sells on their site, but I used even MORE LEDs.. The canopy is completely visible at night. It's really neat.

AUW: 49oz.
Static test around 320 watts.

Sea Breeze:
82" yellow and red parachute
QBSe gondola kit

Rimfire:
42-40-1000kv brushless outrunner

Jeti:
Advance 70 Plus ESC

Futaba:
T12FG transmitter
TM-14 module
R617FS receiver
FP-S148 standard servo

APC:
10x7e prop

WS Deans:
Ultra connectors

Tunrigy:
3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo
Receiver controlled switch
High density LED light strips, red, green, and white
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 22, 2009 @ 09:41 PM | 12,452 Views
My first gas/electric conversion. My first giant scale. Before this my largest plane was a 55" Eflite T-34, so this is a big step up. So far I've been getting 9 minutes of flight and putting between 4000 and 5000mah back into the pack when charging as a 5s2p 10,000mah pack.. So I bet I can get 15-20 minutes of conservative flight. Not that I'd really want to do that, but I could!

AUW: 17lbs 4oz.

Static test:
1500 watts with a 19x8 prop.
2000 watts with a 19x10 prop.

Kangke USA:
1/4 Scale Monocoupe 90A

Turnigy:
AerodriveXp SK 63-64 230Kv outrunner
Sentilon 100A HV ESC
19x10 Beechwood light electric prop

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR9350 AS3X receiver
(2) DSMX satellites
SPMA9605 flight pack energy sensor

Hitec:
(4) HS-7966HB servos (ailerons, elevator, rudder)
(2) HS-475HB servos (flaps)

Caste Creations:
CCBEC Pro

Pulse:
Ultra 10s1p 5000mah 35c LiPo (5s1p x2)...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Apr 04, 2009 @ 01:47 PM | 9,541 Views
After I wrecked the Edge I needed something to take it's spot on the rack. Seemed like the components would fit nicely into this little Super Cruiser.

AUW: 33oz.

*** SOLD 09/13 ***

Pilot-1:
Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser

E-Flite:
Park 480 910kv Outrunner

Turnigy:
Plush 40a ESC
3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo
10x7 electric wood prop

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R616FFM receiver
(4) S3114M Servos

Deans:
Ultra connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Jan 21, 2009 @ 05:55 PM | 9,572 Views
*** SOLD October 2010 ***

I had a power system and some servos laying around.. what could I do? Turns out it's a pretty nice flying little plane. Plenty of power for basic aerobatics and of course it looks pretty doing scale flight.

AUW: 31oz.
Static test: 145 watts.

Hobby Lobby:
44" Cessna 172

Eflite:
22a brushless ESC
Park 450 outrunner

Thunder Power:
3s1p 2100mah lipo

Parkzone:
2" wheels from a T-28

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter

Spektrum:
DM-9 DSM2 module
AR6100 receiver

HiTec:
(3) HS55 servos - (ailerons, elevator)
(1) HS56HB servo - (rudder)

Turnigy:
10x7 electric wood prop

Deans:
Ultra connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 25, 2008 @ 03:41 PM | 9,538 Views
I decided to try the 3D Hobby Shop brand of Kool Aid. Took the gear out of my Mini Pulse XT and put it in the new 40" 3DHS Edge 540.

*** CRASHED, Dead.. 3/14/09 ***

Static test: 225 watts.

3D Hobby Shop:
40" Edge 540
Long "3D" servo arms

E-Flite:
25amp Pro BL ESC
Park 480 910kv outrunner

Thunder Power:
3s1p 2100mah lipo

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R616FFM receiver

HiTec:
(2) HS56HB servos - (Ailerons)
(2) HS65MG servos - (Elevator, Rudder)

Xoar:
12x6 wood electric prop

Deans:
Ultra connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Nov 22, 2008 @ 08:52 PM | 8,519 Views
Now that I have a DSM2 radio (12FG w/ Spektrum DM9 module) I caved in and bought a Blade mCX to add to my hangar. I so totally don't need it, but it's fun to have an I had a coupon for the LHS... heh. Yes, I fly a $99 heli with a $1199 radio... what of it?

It took a bit of configuring... Had to change CH2(from rudder to Elevator) and CH4(from pitch to rudder). Also reverse channels 2, 3, and 4. Then it flew like a champ.

It's AMAZING that this little thing flies as good as it does. Every bit as good as my old Hirobo XRB which cost $350 only a few years ago.

AUW: ~1oz.
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 24, 2008 @ 08:52 PM | 10,012 Views
Well I've been wanting a new radio for several reasons.. First my T7CHP is out of model memory. Second is 2.4Ghz of course. And finally I feel that I'm getting enough "into" the hobby to warrant owning a high end radio.

I had decided on getting a Futaba 10C next spring but fate(or Tower) would step in.

While killing time at work I was looking over the Tower Hobbies site and I saw that had the 12FG radios on sale for $799! Upon closer inspection I see that they also come with a free HD chair($40 value), $20 coupon at checkout, and $40 gift card for future merchandise. This was a deal I could not pass up.

I do like to try to keep my money local, so I went to Todd who is the owner of our local Hobbytown USA and asked if he could match the deal. Since I spend a *few* dollars there he said he could match it dollar for dollar out the door. So it was a done deal.

I also got two of the 616 RXs and two of the 617 RXs. Once I get a feel for the range and performance of both I will decide which way to go for the rest of my planes. I ordered 100 of the molex connectors from Digi-Key for the 616s. I know a guy at the field who wanted some too. I'll just splice these on rather than spending $6!! on Futaba's adapters.. haha

My Taylorcraft is already converted over and setup. I flew it... feels like a different plane now. The radio is VERY comfortable in my hands and I love the new high end neck strap that it came with. I'd been using the tiny one that came...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 09, 2008 @ 10:50 PM | 8,380 Views
Here's a cool model at my flying club. This is a 100" Miss Delaware. I'm told the plans were originally from the 1930s and it was intended as a freeflight model. This particular one was built 15-20 years ago. At one time it had an OS .91 on the front.

The designer of this model must have owned a rubber mill. The two halves of the wing are held together with rubber bands. The wing is held to the fuse with rubber bands. The landing gear are held to the fuse with rubber bands. Even the tail feathers are held on with rubber bands!

Last week Bob L. brought it out to the field setup with three channels and a Power 10 turning a 12x8e prop! He proceeded to fly it at about 2 MPH for 5 minutes with a 3s 2200mah lipo. He had 4(I believe) lipos in the nose for ballast but no parallel adapters on hand.

Sunday it was updated with ailerons, a Power 32 and 14x10e prop. Bob also picked up a parallel adapter so he can run 3s2p 4400mah. It flew for around 9 minutes. Much of the flight was spent figuring out how much aileron/rudder mix to use.

Being into electrics and a relative newb to flying, I think it's extremely cool that Bob has this old plane, built from even older plans and it gets up there and flys great with electric power.

Pictures are somewhat poor, I was getting my own planes ready to fly.

-Jay
Posted by CyberJay | Oct 09, 2008 @ 09:13 PM | 8,334 Views
I got an itch for a WWI bipe. I like seeing the 25% ones flying around at the club field. Went with this S.E.5a since I prefer wooden planes with ailerons. The kit went together really nicely. I did a clear matte spray paint over the covering to make it look more like cloth.

*** SOLD April 2010 ***

AUW: 22oz.
Static test: 135 watts.

Great Planes:
S.E.5a kit

Himax:
2812-0850 Brushless

Castle Creations:
Thunderbird 18 ESC

Xoar:
10x5 wooden prop

Eflite:
S75 Servos (Ailerons)

Team Associated:
XPS Micro Servo (Rudder) (Yes, it's a steering servo from my RC18MT)

Airtronics:
94091 Micro Servo (Elevator)

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter

Spektrum:
DM9 DSM2 module for Futaba MZ
AR6100 receiver

Flight Power:
1345mah 3S1P LiPo

Deans:
Ultra Connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Sep 28, 2008 @ 09:32 PM | 7,771 Views
*** SOLD September 2009 ***

I like my T-28 so much, how could I not get the F4U.. it's just as nice. These planes are perfect to keep in the truck during the winter, so I can fly at lunch since it's dark by the time I get home.

AUW: 30oz.
Static test: 210 watts.

Parkzone:
F4U Corsair
480 Outrunner
9.5" x 7.5" Prop
(2) Micro Servos - Ailerons
(2) Micro Digital Servos - Rudder, Elevator

Eflite:
25 amp ESC

Thunder Power:
3s1p 2100mah LiPo

Futaba:
T12FGA transmitter
R617FS receiver

Deans:
Ultra connectors
Posted by CyberJay | Aug 12, 2008 @ 06:21 PM | 8,217 Views
SUCH a beautiful plane.. I'm happy I finally got one...

EDIT: Originally purchased in 2008, in the 2+ years that it flew I managed to ding both wing tips, rip the landing gear out twice, destroy the cowl twice, break the windshield twice, smash the firewall out completely, break the battery tray, crush the leading edge of one wing, poke two holes all the way through the wings, bend three or four pairs of landing gear, knocked the motor box off of the firewall, and I'm sure I'm missing some things. I have always repaired it but since it is one of my most flown airplanes with probably close to 400 flights, I decided to go ahead and replace the airframe.

In January of 2011 I moved all of my electronics to a brand new Taylorcraft. It's awesome to see it all shiny and new again.

EDIT2: Well, now August 2014 I've had another bad crash. I will be ordering my third Taylorcraft 450 airframe. Shortly before my crash I had upgraded to an AR636 AS3X receiver which was absolutely awesome. I am becoming a big fan of AS3X and similar systems.

Float flying pics here.

AUW Land: 34oz
AUW Water: 50oz
Static test: 320 watts.

E-Flite:
Taylorcraft
(It used to have a Park 480 but I stole it for another project)

Turnigy:
Aerodrive SK 3530 1100kv outrunner
Plush 40a ESC new version with switchmode BEC
11x7 electric wood prop
3s1p 2200mah 40c lipo

Spektrum:
DX9 transmitter
AR636 AS3X receiver

Futaba:
(2) S3110 servos (ailerons)

Hitec:
(2) HS-56HB...Continue Reading
Posted by CyberJay | Jul 05, 2008 @ 04:57 PM | 7,573 Views
So I pull into the LHS parking lot and I hear a whap-whap-whap noise.. I look around and in the reflection of the glass window in front of me I see a K-Max heli lifting RTUs onto the building across the street(A Walmart distribution center). We watched him do several lifts, and snapped some pictures. The pilot was VERY good, moving units up very quickly. I'm sure it helped that the wind was dead calm. It amazed me how quiet this helicopter was, since there was no tail rotor to interfere with the main rotor wash.

I snapped some pics for all of you.

-Jay