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Posted by 3Deranged | Mar 29, 2015 @ 08:39 PM | 1,297 Views
Sorry about the weather in the rest of the country but it was 72 deg. sunny , no clouds and the wind was light right down the runway. That's why we live here! The day previous was a windy disaster but everyone soldiered through the day and Sun. was a vast improvement weatherwise. I didn't make it out the first day but I'm glad I took the day off to support the pattern community. Plus I got a much needed break from building and got to relax and unwind a little.

Kudos to Steve H. the CD and all volunteers and RCACF for hosting. He always does an excellent job of running the event and everything went smoothly. Since it was such an nice finishing day no one seemed to care what position they were in, just glad to be out flying with friends and getting a good sunburn! There were some pilots who traveled from Venezuela and Colombia who put on an excellent showing. Here's a few pics......Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Mar 13, 2015 @ 11:09 PM | 2,009 Views
Time to upgrade the fleet! So I grabbed a 93" Extra 330SC from JB Hobbies:
Powering this bird with a Hacker Q80-7/Castle Creations ICE 160HV/MKS 777's all around get steering duties. Spektrum 7610 RX. Zippy Compact 6s 5800mah 40c x2 and a TP 3300mah 25c 7.4v RX pack for power.

Comes shipped in a cardboard "coffin" LOL. Nice packing job. Unfortunately cowl incurred some damage in shipping and JB Hobbies was on the ball and shipped a replacement quickly. Thanks Jim! Construction is excellent and build quality is right up there with the best. All hardware is actually usuable which is a suprise as I usually pitch most hardware and use heavy duty everything to ensure no mid flight suprises. I'm still waiting on the only 4" "fan cooling" spinner I could find in the world, a Mejzlak carbon spinner with cooling holes and a fan base plate for max cooling. I also like to go over all the vital spots with some med CA and Hysol around the LG plates and motor mount. This plane will more than likely do a few harrier landings, so just for some added insurance against the walk of shame. These are some tricks I've learned along the way to ensure a long airframe life of abus...er heavy flying. Will post some more build pics and of course some vids as soon as they are available. Planning on having some fun @ SEFF with this plane among others. So if you're attending then come on down and check it out!...Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Mar 07, 2015 @ 04:15 AM | 2,249 Views
Just got around to messing with my Q500. First thing I had to do was get rid of the top white shell. I just don't see white that well on certain days so I got out the flourescent yellow paint. Much better on grey days and low light conditions for me. I'll be using mine a lot to video our 3D and pattern plane designs in flight. I also plan on making some after market parts for this series. After working at one of the worlds busiest hobby shops and watching how these last about 2 min. on the shelves', I think this is going to be one of the most popular "out of the box drones". It's so smooth I'll let my wife fly it and she's only flown an Ominus before. I'll post some more vids as soon as we shoot them. I will probably add some more exterior LED strips for better night time visibility.

YUNEEC Q500 test video 1 (1 min 52 sec)

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Posted by 3Deranged | Feb 02, 2015 @ 12:48 PM | 2,058 Views
Very nice ARF from CPLR and 3d-fly.com! Excellent construction,design and hardware. Nice fan spinner and carbon LG included. Got some JR 3711HV's, and a 8411HV for rudder. Scorpion 4025-440kv, OS 100amp ESC, Falcon Carbon 17 x 10 prop and going to try a couple of Lectron Pro 50c 22.2v 5200mah packs out. They weigh in @ 23oz. I'm going to use Robart pin hinges instead of CA hinges though. Can't stomach CA hinges on such a nice plane. Heck, I even use pin hinges on foamies(head hung in shame...not!)...I'll post some more pics and vids as they become available...
Posted by 3Deranged | May 28, 2014 @ 10:57 AM | 2,841 Views
Trying to nail down the final changes for the new Yak 55M Pro design. We decided to up the ante on the old 6mm Yak Lite(that's what we're calling it temporarily). We've decided to upsize the original 42" version so folks could use up to 2200mah packs and make it larger for better overall stiffness and wind penetration. Also kudos to Bill Clark for the awesome landing gear mold! Bagged up a test set for the Yak and they look sharp with the spats and actually lend to the bling effect! As well as weighing about 13gr. each this is a bonus. Plus we don't want unwanted flexing with wire gear so we don't ding that nice Falcon carbon 13 x 6.5! We also tried the MKS DS6100 servos out on this model and with the new stiffening and super servo torque this plane flies sweet! Blake says it's kind of like flying a plywood profile plane! LOL More testing to come. CG needs some adjustment and thrust angle was a little off. After some corrections it will fly even better...

Aerokinetix 45" Yak 55M prototype testing @ RCACF in Apopka FL (6 min 29 sec)

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Posted by 3Deranged | Apr 06, 2014 @ 12:50 PM | 3,916 Views
[FONT="Arial Black"]Just what we've been asking for- a full fuse/wing pattern bipe foamie. Now you can practice your pattern work in a small park setting if you can't make it to the field with the 2meter plane. Needs 4s setup if you want some vertical power throughout the flight. A nice Falcon 12-13 x 6.5 or wood equivolent goes a long way to providing good pattern and the occasional aeromusical/3D flying. Installed a nice Cobra 2820-14 and a Castle Creations ICE 50 ESC for power. The light Glacier 30c 1800mah 4s packs seem to be the ticket for getting the CG perfect and having just the right cubic loading. A nice large checkerboard pattern will be painted on the bottom surfaces later for better visual. It can also do a limited amount of 3D if so inclined!
Here's a link to the Arcus/Ozone Shuttle Pro review:


Arcus F3A 3D (5 min 4 sec)

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Posted by 3Deranged | Dec 01, 2013 @ 07:20 PM | 4,469 Views
Here's a few pics of the CNC shed going up. Got a JCUT 4' x 8' x 12" z- axis router. Has a 6hp head. Should be able to cut all kinds of materials with it. Wooo-woooo!!! Once I get the structure up and electical hooked up then have to go over the machine and make sure all bolts are locktited and the electrical gone over with some Corrosion X for some preventative maintenance measures. Then calibration and table surface milling. Also has a dust collection system and vacuum table setup. Wanted a versatile machine to cut a host of projects from 2m pattern planes,3D planes, foamies, multirotor frames, heli parts, up to and including speaker cabinets, car parts, molds, parts, etc. This is going to be one busy machine!

Got some more done on the shed. Already making plans to expand in the near future. Just need to get the machine up and running soon....Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Jan 26, 2013 @ 10:39 PM | 6,876 Views
Great job Doug and friends! Excellent event. If this is the second year, then next year should be even bigger. I would guess at least 50 vehicles parked and lots of folks camping out. Sorry non Floridians-this is why we live here-perfect sunny 77 deg. temps and light to no wind!! Got some sun and had some fun checking out everyones' setups and some new products for the store.

Got one suggestion-set up a big screen TV with a reciever hooked up and maybe a hood on it so everyone who isn't tuned in with a screen or goggles can get look at what's being broadcast. Keep up the good work-everyone looked like they were having lots of fun with multirotors, edf's, planes and helis. Kudos......Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Dec 02, 2012 @ 09:07 AM | 6,796 Views
Got to hang out with the pattern guys for the Tangerine 2012 Pattern Event @ RCACF in Apopka Fl. Another well run event. Good work RCACF volunteers! Here's a few pics I took and I'll see if anyone else has posted some so I can include their shots too....Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Nov 04, 2012 @ 05:56 PM | 8,456 Views
This will be one of Blakes pattern stable-Mythos 125e. Recommended 6s setup sounds nice for non windy conditions but an 8s setup would be preferable for competition. Never fails-contest day is good for 20mph winds(at least!). Blake already found out the hard way a 6s setup on a windy contest day is a recipe for a smoked ESC. Taking that into consideration, got Ken @ Subsonicplanes.com to wind a Motrofly 5320-277kv to swing up to a 20.5" x 14" (if need be) on 8s. Motor came in @ 19.2oz and the bolt pattern matches the existing firewall T-nuts. Immaculate work on the windings. Nice wire diameter and spacing. Also got upgraded set of ceramic bearings. Sweeet! Can use the Jeti Spin 99 Pro for downline braking. Using some light 25c 4500mah packs should keep the weight about the same as a 6s 5000 (65c) pack. Our buddy Bill reports 8min flights on his 8s Wind 110 using 3850mah 8s packs. So this setup should keep it within the recommended weight and still have tons of power. Blake reported that Bills' setup has plenty of power and everything comes down cool to the touch. Blake will also use JR 3711HV's and some as yet undetermined HV rudder servo. Should be a sweet setup with no reg's and switches to fail. Keeps the weight down too. Will post more pics and some vid as soon as it's available.

EDIT: Takes 1/2" standoffs and 2 nylon washers to space motor properly. Sweet! Bolts right up. This motor is also a candidate for Blakes Delro Opium. Need to drop to KV to 225...Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Jan 14, 2012 @ 09:16 PM | 8,879 Views
Starting a log for the 34" Vizion F3P. 3mm gediplac(Aerofoam) milled and all non stress areas are cut out. Will be mylared over with 2micron clear. Trying to make 3.92oz with a 13gr. MicroDan F3P/Hyperion 2s 180/Castle 10/D47's. Will use all lightening techniques to make the weight as Sergej said it will ruin the efficiency of his nice carbon props. He sent along a couple of extra to try out. Will post some more build pics as it gets done and Blake will finish building it and shoot some vids. Should be fun! ...Continue Reading
Posted by 3Deranged | Nov 29, 2011 @ 02:51 PM | 9,857 Views
Here's a few vids and pics of Blakes new Sebart Wind 110. Will hopefully get some pattern vids soon too. These flights were flown with the 3D stabs in place instead of the anhedralled pattern stabs. I'm sure once he gets some more practice time and a newer prop should be sweet. Thanks for the video Danny!

Wind 110 (6 min 57 sec)

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Posted by 3Deranged | Nov 08, 2011 @ 08:19 AM | 9,425 Views
Finally got some time to download some of the old(and new) vids to a new Youtube channel after they shut down my old one-tarponrfun. The new one is:


We will try and post some of the latest developments that we've been working on. Should be fun. If you like pattern and 3D foamies that are designed with smooth flying in mind-then that's what our planes are all about. Our motto is "Fly Smooth!" They are what they ain't!
Posted by 3Deranged | Oct 11, 2011 @ 12:12 PM | 9,975 Views
My bud Blake headed to TAS for some R & R. Got to hang out some with the boyz and see some excellent flying. Seems the pattern guys are hitting the podium with regularity. Shows you that basic aerobatic skills go a long way to flying precision aerobatics in larger planes....pattern guys rule!! LOL
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Posted by 3Deranged | Aug 18, 2011 @ 06:35 PM | 11,368 Views
Thanks to Danny Sanders for shooting some pattern vid of the 42" Vizion. Looks like it tracks very well. That's our new company motto " FLY SMOOTH"!

I'll post some more vid when it becomes available and also any news once we get some production models ready. For those of you that have been wanting one and patiently waiting(us too!), found a CNC service and will try and get a good first production run of the Vizion 34" and 42" along with the
42" Yak-55m. Bipe-X will follow shortly thereafter. I will be starting a build thread once this occurs so please be patient while things come together. Again, thanks for the interest. We look forward to providing smooth flying precision and 3D/freestyle planes. Also would like to thank Bill Clark, Jean Marc, Graves RC Hobbies and Chris Nelson for their heip and support!

Jason and Blake

42" Vizion Pattern Flight.mov (8 min 25 sec)

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Posted by 3Deranged | Jul 10, 2011 @ 06:45 PM | 11,649 Views
Here's the latest foamy design off the bench. If an Extra and a Votec were to have kids-this is what it would be LOL. We decided to expand on the Yak-55m and come up with a more manueverable platform but with the smooth, stable flight characteristics we've come to love in the Yak. Mission accomplished. Might have a few more slight changes to make but Blake reports very it's very responsive in the roll and pitch dept. Also trying out a Cobra outrunner to see how it performs. Once the hurricane fo!rce winds die down a little hopefully Blake will be able to get some video. Will update with some flight reports soon. In the meantime-back to the computer for some more CAD designs. No rest for the weary!


Here's some 42" Vizion action @ Danny Sanders flying field in El Paso

Posted by 3Deranged | Apr 24, 2011 @ 12:42 PM | 12,360 Views
Here's my bud Blakes' new 3DHS 103" Extra 330 SC. Powered by Hacker A-80/10L, Mejlik 26 x 15 carbon e-prop, 2 x 6s 5000mah 40c packs, ICE 160. He's getting 20lb 10oz on the current setup and should be able to shave off about a pound-should be extra sweet then! Flying at 5000' is a setup challenge and the lighter setup is great for his flying style. Video by Danny Sanders.

Extra 330 SC 3D Hobby Flying at Danny's (5 min 10 sec)

Posted by 3Deranged | Aug 17, 2010 @ 01:17 AM | 15,831 Views
Here's some footage of Blake having some fun with the 42" Yak-55m. I love the smell of sulphur in the morning!

[B]EDIT: Here's a vid of Doug(Voodoochild on FG) doing some landscaping with one I built for him-SORRY BOB

Smoke on the Water (5 min 36 sec)

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Posted by 3Deranged | Aug 16, 2010 @ 06:47 AM | 16,092 Views
Here's our 42" 22oz. outdoor Yak-55m being flown indoors in the Villages Rec Center in Leesburg Fl. Thanks to the Pear Park Pilots for letting Blake rip it up inside. Uploading another vid now with smoke bomb over the lake...
Yak 55m inside the Rec Center (6 min 24 sec)
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Posted by 3Deranged | Jun 27, 2010 @ 10:23 PM | 17,047 Views
Congrats to Blake and all the other soldiers in the latest class that graduated AIT! Now that all the fun and games are over he'll be stationed in El Paso. Any pilots in the area are welcome to drop Blake a PM and you guys can hook up for some 3D/pattern/heli fun. Here's a couple of fun pics Blake posted on his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/blake.hilson
BTW-Congrats to Heather and Blake. They will be tying the noos...er knot in the near future. Here's to your health and happiness When are there going to be future pilots?...Continue Reading