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Posted by Azarr | Jul 28, 2014 @ 10:19 AM | 2,023 Views
Just finishing these up, flat foamy versions of the Extreme Flight RC Outlaw. I hope to do test flights later this week. Airbrushed with Createx yellow, black and wicked red.

One mild, one wild. the mild version has an HXT 1700Kv motor swinging a 7 x 5 prop on 3s, the wild version has a Micro Dan 2900Kv swinging a 5.5 x 4.5 prop.

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Posted by Azarr | Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:08 AM | 5,589 Views
I've had this hat for quite a while, but as you can see, it's barely broken in. However, the leather band/neck strap (which never worked well) was shot. I replace it with a 17ft piece of 550 paracord and a two hole lock toggle. The knot is known as a bugle knot because, well, it's often seen on bugles. The beauty of it is that by undoing one knot it will unravel quickly and you have a 550 pound test cord for emergency use. I happened to have a 17ft piece, but it would fit 20ft easily.

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Posted by Azarr | Oct 13, 2012 @ 10:21 PM | 5,870 Views
Foamies are definitely addicting. Here are three new ones, the orange/green version is the new Lite Crack Yak from Twisted Hobbies. 5.6oz ready to fly, great for indoor flight. I was able to get a couple of unprinted standard Crack Yaks from TH and Gary Pierson (flyboyz43) painted them for me. Unbelievable airbrush skills. The round thing started life as a Crazy Bird and I left off the beak & feathers.

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Posted by Azarr | Sep 20, 2012 @ 01:04 PM | 5,790 Views
Thought I'd try a quad - don't ever do it, they're more addicting than planes.

Believe it or not, the one I enjoy most is the little one, $39.41 from China, includes a battery, USB charger, and 2.4g transmitter. Has a "flip" button. Get around 10 ft high and push the button and it flips. Recovery is not as easy The three small one's fly in my small living room (no flips though)

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Posted by Azarr | Sep 09, 2012 @ 06:34 PM | 6,677 Views
Getting ready for NEAT and needed to test fly these before the event. Finally got some good weather, 70deg, light breeze.

The Quadshot is and interesting design that I was a backer on Kickstarter.

If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, It's a funding source for projects. basically you pledge a certain amount and get something in return. Normally $1.00 gets you a thank you and a larger pledge gets you the product at reduced cost and you watch the development along the way. Of course, you're taking the chance that the project may fail and in that case your out your investment.

The Quadshot is a 4 motored flying wing with a sophisticated FC based on open source. So if you're into that stuff you can program/modify the board etc. The Quadshot transmitter has a 3 position switch. In mode 1 it flys like a helicopter take off and lands vertically, switch to mode 2 and it flys horizontally like any wing. Mode 3 is the acrobatic mode. Surprisingly easy to fly, got a few pictures, but no video. I'll have it at NEAT if you want to see it in person.

The Outlaw is just a big foam version of the Extreme Flight Outlaw designed by Jerry L. Smith. I increased the size to 42" and am currently flying with a Hacker A30-28S on 3s with either an 11x5.5 prop or 10x7. I'd say the speed in in the 50-55mph range with the 11" prop and 60-65 with the 10x7. With 758sq in of wing slow flight is where it really shines, beautiful harriers.

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Posted by Azarr | Aug 19, 2012 @ 06:22 AM | 6,918 Views
I purchased one of these because - well, just because. Set it up yesterday on my LUM Pocket Knife XL bipe. A great flying 3D foamy bipe. Simple set up. The unit came with no instructions or connectors. You'll need 3 male-male servo extensions to connect the stabilizer to your receiver.

I immediately ran into a minor head scratcher The unit has two aileron servo outputs labeled Left and Right. However, one of the outputs is reversed which means both servos move in the same direction. Not sure what they were thinking here. There is only one aileron input, if you have a normal two servo aileron setup where the servos are working properly you can't use this. The only way I could get it to work was to use a "Y" harness. Off to Radical RC to pick one up, I haven't seen a "Y" harness since the days of glow engines and 4 channel receivers It looks like there's a pin set that can be used to "flash" the board, hopefully this will eventually be upgradeable.

Other than that the set up was pretty simple. Proper polarity is indicated on the battery slot, but nowhere else. NOTE; Battery input is not required, It is probably there to power the unit when it's flashed.

Flight Report. The unit cannot be switched on/off in flight nor can the gain be adjusted in flight (Hey, it's $15) I found the gain adjustment to be very sensitive, go easy with the screw driver. Once set up, it performed flawlessly. Personally I had a problem initially since I was trying to compensate for the wind myself and so was the unit. Once I figured that out everything was great. It did feel odd to watch it moving without moving the sticks.

I think my choice of a 3D Bipe to evaluate the unit was probably not the best and I wouldn't use it in a 3D plane again. However, in something like a Bixler that would be affected by wing gusts or an FVP plane it would be a good inexpensive choice.

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Posted by Azarr | Aug 16, 2012 @ 10:21 AM | 6,777 Views
Attended the Midwest Uke Festival with my new toy. Decided at my age it was time to learn something musical. Had a great time with some interesting people. Just like modelers, they're an eclectic group that travel to events like this, and just like modelers, one is not enough.
Posted by Azarr | Jan 22, 2012 @ 12:15 PM | 7,645 Views
I picked up this kit from SB Models at the Geneva OH Holiday Fly-in. It's a great F3P kit. I don't compete, but love the F3P planes so I opted for the unmilled version. Went with a minimalist paint to keep the weight down.

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Posted by Azarr | Dec 28, 2011 @ 08:15 AM | 7,884 Views
Here's my first attempt at painting a peel. I can see where the mistakes are, but not horribly hatefull for a first attempt.

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Posted by Azarr | Jun 27, 2011 @ 09:53 AM | 9,605 Views
Totally out of my element here, but I'm building a quad rotor, the Stinger from Radical RC. Pretty inexpensive as far as quads go. It uses 4 Blue Wonders and 4 10A esc. The only expensive part was the KK board @$99 but HK now has a version for $29 if it's ever in stock.

paint is next.

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Posted by Azarr | Jun 27, 2011 @ 06:19 AM | 9,847 Views
I loved this color scheme the first time I saw it. Twisted Hobbies imported it and I immediately ordered one. It's a beautiful plane and has a great presence in the air. It flies like a much larger plane although with it's deep and thick fuselage and 44" wing it's not a small foamy. Did have a problem with the CG, as designed the battery is supposed to go between the motor and the wing. In order to get mine to balance I ended up with the battery under the wing.
Posted by Azarr | Jan 12, 2011 @ 10:39 AM | 10,385 Views
Finishing up two Mini Fireflys, 16" span, 3700Kv 5g outrunner, 2S lipo. Should be fun at E-Fest this year.

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Posted by Azarr | Oct 09, 2010 @ 06:22 AM | 11,836 Views
I very seldom build more than one of the same plane, I think this is the 7th Yak I've built now. The Yak flys great at around 6.5oz, but this was my attempt to get down under 4oz. I almost made it at 118.7g (4.15oz) A little less glue or paint and I would have been under 4oz.

The wing is 9mm EPP, the fuselage and rudder 6mm EPP and the ailerons and elevator are 3mm depron. Hacker A10-15S, Turnigy Plush 6A esc, Futaba 3114 servo on ailerons and Dymond D47 on elevator/rudder.

Great flying plane, does everything the others do only at slower speeds.

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Posted by Azarr | Jul 05, 2010 @ 03:00 PM | 12,523 Views
I just love Leadfeather's Yak 55. This is a kit from URL="www.wmparkflyers.com"]WMParkflyers[/URL] Nice kit for only $60. Minor differences between this and the no longer produced 3D EPP Yak. I love the color scheme, the craft store colors don't seem to have the coverage or the "pop" of createx, but it's at steal at this price.

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Posted by Azarr | May 10, 2010 @ 04:15 PM | 13,213 Views
Here's one of the MS Composit's Maxi Swift's that I painted for a friend. He wanted to be able to see it, so.......

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Posted by Azarr | Mar 17, 2010 @ 06:51 PM | 12,349 Views
Working on my outdoor fleet. Finished up my Lee Ullinger Models PocketKnife XL, 38" flat foamie, Hacker A20-20L and two FireFly's still just waiting for equipment.

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finally got some more flights on the Pocketknife, beautiful flying plane.
Posted by Azarr | Mar 06, 2010 @ 03:14 AM | 12,878 Views
Here's a Yak 55 I just got done painting for a friend.

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Posted by Azarr | Feb 12, 2010 @ 05:08 PM | 13,708 Views
Designed for free style by Donatas Pauzolis and kitted by Donuts Models in France. This one is outfitted with a Mamo upside down VPP system, beautiful plane, and to make it even better, two of the best, Seth Arnold and Andrew Jesky did the radio/vpp setup and initial flight adjustments - Thanks guys.

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