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Posted by mikeythev | Aug 10, 2011 @ 08:40 PM | 4,317 Views
I'm proud to say I finished my built up mimi yesterday morning and thermaled it only a few hours later. It is so much fun! Thank you Frans! 167.5g, covered with Solite on the wing, and two coats of epoxy on the fuse. I added seven pennies to adjust the CG correctly. I have a 240 single cell lipo running an AR6110E, and two cheap micro servos. I also used a CF boom because that's all I could find. Dicks sporting goods sells the arrows. But I found that out too late. I also posted my comments and photos in the MiMi dlg thread.
Posted by mikeythev | Apr 08, 2011 @ 07:25 PM | 4,299 Views
The club students wanted a fighter plane after returning from the annual mecca to Lebanon. So, I dug around my basement and dusted off an old plane. I put some new electronics on it, added a KF style airfoil to it and an over-powered brushless motor.

And, teaching the mechanical drawing courses this year provided an excellent opportunity to learn the Autodesk Inventor software for a reason. I drew the plane exactly, including slots for the servos, battery, and receiver . It's had many changes and it's a blast to fly.

I recently cut templates for it, now that our laser is operational. It takes about two hours to finish one plane.

The photo is a screenshot from the software. I built two planes so far, but I don't have photos of them. The students want to combat them at our next funfly. I will post plans at some point soon.
Posted by mikeythev | Feb 21, 2011 @ 07:17 PM | 4,507 Views
I created another powerbus for adding chargers to my fleet without precariously placing alligator clips right next to each other. This is the second one I made; The other one uses aluminum angles, not copper wires. I'm giving this one to my aviation club so we can charge a mess of batteries at once. It's not the prettiest, but it works.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 13, 2011 @ 09:13 PM | 4,325 Views
Airbrushing continued tonight. It's tedious work!
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 12, 2011 @ 07:38 PM | 4,226 Views
It's a new year with new plans and new planes! The Osiris showed up a few days ago from the Birthday Fairy. I'm psyched! Today I painted the pilot's helmut. It's slow progress, but I think it looks great!
Posted by mikeythev | Dec 17, 2010 @ 03:55 PM | 4,883 Views
Steve and I went to KIEF and had a blast! From southeastern Pa it took just over 2.5 hours. There were amazing pilots and aircraft galore! We enjoyed the conversations and enormous flying space. Maxwell's heli flying was unbelievable! Unfortunately, my camera died, so I had to use my video camera's photo capability and only took a few shots.
Posted by mikeythev | Dec 06, 2010 @ 09:02 PM | 4,823 Views
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Posted by mikeythev | Mar 28, 2010 @ 07:39 PM | 5,810 Views
My newest project involved scaling the 'One Wing or Two' down to under a 12" span. I succeeded.

Behold the 11.5" span, 17.8gram micro biplane. The original bluecor design came from RC Microflight-designer was Dick Sarpolus. His wingspan was near 25" inches.

This project uses the ever popular Parkzone brick. I gutted a Vapor for these parts. I swapped the Cessna 210 prop with the one that came with the Vapor. It's much smaller!

Foam varies from 2mm to 3mm Depron.
2mm: wing, tail pieces, wheel pants
3mm: fuselage

The paint is Creatix red and black, and was airbrushed in under two hours. I used BSI foam safe CA with kicker. This is my first project using the right foam safe CA. It went well! The Bob Smith products are worth the extra money. I hot glued the Parkzone brick to the fuselage.

The landing gear is small diameter CF rod, with some wire bent instead of wheels.

I will get video soon. As long as I make it to school early tomorrow, I'll get some gym time to test it out. I know the CG is too far back, but I'll have to lengthen the wires to change that.

Thanks for looking!...Continue Reading
Posted by mikeythev | Mar 01, 2010 @ 05:44 PM | 5,688 Views
I suckered someone at work to help me obtain flight video. The first flights in the gym were good but showed that my elevator control surface horn came loose. A quick drop of glue put me back in shape.

I need to lengthen the nose gear by 0.25-0.5 inches. Right now, take off requires a lot of up elevator. Lastly, the wheels turn out on me. The glue didn't take on the carbon and heat shrink.

Overall, the plane is exactly what I want. Now, I just need to find some warm weather...

MicroTrainer (1 min 4 sec)

Posted by mikeythev | Feb 28, 2010 @ 07:25 PM | 6,081 Views
Saturday afternoon was spent hanging out with a friend who loves model airplanes as much as I do. I was fortunate enough to find a time when Steve wasn't flying (working) and build a plane with him. I forgot to bring my camera yesterday, but I snapped a few photos today.

We both built his 23" micro trainer which has seen many sizes and design changes. I'll make sure he posts his too.

The plane comes in at 58g w/o battery. The 240, 2 cell weighs 13g. It's right where we need it for indoor flying. Servos are 4.7g each. Receiver is a Spektrum ar6110e. ESC is a 6A Turnigy brushless. Motor is a 5g, 2000kV Turnigy, spinning a gws 4040. The plane is built from 3mm Depron, and the landing gear is carbon. I'm not sure what size. My micrometer currently has a dead battery.

On Saturday we built the planes to 75% completion. Painting took some additional time. I had an opportunity on Sunday to finish rigging the control surfaces, struts, and landing gear. I also touched up and completed the paint job and gave it a flight test.

This plane is so much fun to fly. I will post video tomorrow, assuming someone at work will lend me two minutes in the gym. I hope to use this plane as another club trainer for students. We need something smaller to fly in the gyms.

The plans will continue to receive upgrades. Currently, none of the parts key in like the F3P planes. I hope to finish those in a few weeks.


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Posted by mikeythev | Feb 27, 2010 @ 09:07 AM | 5,665 Views
I've always hated my EFlite power meter; sometimes it doesn't work but mostly because I put on some huge Deans connectors when I first bought it. I switched to building and flying much smaller planes, but hated finding the adapters I made. Somehow they always disappeared...

So, I opened up the meter and added a set of male and female JST connectors to accept any combination of battery/ESC connection I create.

I had to modify the openings where the wires protrude through the case. They were opened up approximately 1/16th inches with a utility knife.

I currently like the meter again! Get it? Current(ly)... nevermind.


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Posted by mikeythev | Feb 23, 2010 @ 09:09 PM | 6,557 Views
I started airbrushing a few weeks ago. Each week I continue to improve my technique successfully. After learning the basics from a friend, Lou, I'm posting this to share my set up.

Pressure
I use around 8 PSI for transparent colors. Slightly higher numbers keep the opaque paint from spattering. Having the secondary regulator at the table makes adjustments easy!

Paint
The paint is expensive at full price. AC Moore and Michael's sell paint and bottle adapters. I bought them from these stores using their weekly 40% off coupon. It took a few weeks to build up my color collection. With the coupon, the paint is $2.86 a bottle, less mileage. Michael's and AC Moore are 1/4 mile from each other where I live. Artsupply.com sells them too. I made 20+ T-shirts with the paint. It is permanent when set with heat.

Messes
Using this set up, I rarely get any paint anywhere. I do use latex a glove on my 'stencil holding hand' to keep the paint off. It's so easy!

Clean Up/Out
Cleaning the airbrush is simple. Lou told me to poke a small hole (1/16th) in the top of a water bottle cap, and squeeze the water where the adapter fits. It works very well. Simple green mixed with water clean off the adapters. They sleep in the solution over night or over a few days. When thoroughly cleaning the airbrush, I completely disassemble it and let it soak for a few hours. I was told not to leave it in the cleaner for long periods of time.

Bucket
Use a bucket for spraying left-over and...Continue Reading
Posted by mikeythev | Feb 05, 2010 @ 03:16 PM | 6,495 Views
Here are some photos of my finalized 31" BlingBlingV3.
Posted by mikeythev | Feb 03, 2010 @ 09:17 PM | 6,366 Views
My finished 31" blingblinbv3 has some video to show how awesome it is. My flying skills weren't up to par today, but its rigid and it can float nicely.

31bling_plane.mov (1 min 30 sec)

Posted by mikeythev | Feb 01, 2010 @ 08:06 PM | 7,161 Views
I found a thread with an awesome little hlg and had to build one. I made it with a 20" span using the parkzone brick. If you want the plan, you have to email the guy. He sent it to me within an hour from the Netherlands!
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=840763

3mm depron wing
2mm depron tail

It flew well despite the 25 degree (F) weather. The elevator servos sticks a little in the up direction. Weight is 23grams. I have some video, but it was so dark in the street light that nothing shows.

It'll be great in the summer! Build time was less than one hour and fifteen minutes.

mimihlg.mov (0 min 49 sec)

Posted by mikeythev | Jan 28, 2010 @ 09:13 PM | 6,430 Views
I made some progress on the 31" bling tonight. Since airbrushing two weeks ago, I haven't touched it. A nasty stomach virus knocked me out for a few days. I made some adjustments to my building method. I used a forstner bit and created a pocket for the aileron servo to sit in when I build. There's one on each side of my building board. It's very handy. I also made servo horns longer by gluing and stringwrap/CA'ing them together. For this plane, I am using most of the plastic parts from the Electrifly Yak. All the carbon fiber (less the wing) fits perfectly. The aileron pushrods were exactly the right size.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 26, 2010 @ 03:40 PM | 6,183 Views
The foam arrived! I ordered on Saturday afternoon and it arrived on Tuesday! Yay FedEx! I just have to finish a paper before I can play...
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 24, 2010 @ 08:45 PM | 6,140 Views
I just ordered a full carton of 3mm Depron. I'm splitting it with a friend. Holy smokes... Oh the possibilities. Milling, airbrushing, new designs. I just hope the wife doesn't realize what I've done.

3DX hobbies has the full size sheets, 27"x39" for a decent price. After shipping it's only $3.75 a sheet.


Posted by mikeythev | Jan 17, 2010 @ 08:43 PM | 6,344 Views
I spent most of the weekend trying to find time to finish this project. The 31" blingbling received it's paint job. I had a lot of trouble with the 'pearlized' silver. It wouldn't airbrush well. I have no idea how much weight I added, but it seems minimal....Continue Reading
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 06, 2010 @ 09:08 PM | 6,903 Views
At work I laser cut a flames template (thanks GorillaBob!) I found on RCGroups. It's cut from standard card stock. I tried my best to minimize overspray, but couldn't stop the yellow from getting on the left fuselage side. I think it looks pretty good for my second go at it.

I also airbrushed the canopy. I don't know how to make the canopy look 3D like the pro's do it. I'm anxious to find out how they do it.