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Archive for January, 2010
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 28, 2010 @ 09:13 PM | 6,484 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 | 6,236 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 | 6,193 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 | 6,392 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 | 6,949 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.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 05, 2010 @ 09:37 PM | 5,294 Views
After reading a little bit, and some encouragement from Lou, I attempted to airbrush my 28" bling. It looks pretty good, but there's definitely room for improvement. I'm looking forward to planning the next design, and not just cutting a basic template out and going crazy. I learned a lot from the first attempts.

1. Paint gets everywhere (hands)
2. The tip dries out if you don't use it
3. Paint gets everywhere (overspray)
4. 30psi is normal airbrush pressure for my brush
5. Paint gets everywhere (floor, drips when cleaning)
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 05, 2010 @ 06:58 PM | 4,739 Views
It's been a pain in the neck charging multiple batteries. I have a few chargers, and before I came up with my 'PowerBus' I soldered a few Deans connectors to a set of alligator clips.

I set up all of my chargers to attach via these connectors and it's been a life saver for me. All of the female Deans connectors were pulled from salvaged swollen lipos. So, they were technically free.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 05, 2010 @ 06:54 PM | 4,440 Views
I found that charging multiple batteries was a pain in the neck until I started using my homemade 'PowerBus' 12V distributor. The device was inspired by something I saw at E-Fest '09. The picture is shown below, as well as my device.

The metal rails are made of aluminum. One of my coworkers questioned how much resistance they have. After checking it with multiple meters. I've come up with 0.0 Ohms. I guess that's pretty good.

My only change for another one would be to put lower gauge wire on the terminal leads.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 02, 2010 @ 10:17 PM | 4,212 Views
What's a trip to the Carolinas without my Fling? The Fling has survived so many crashes it's crazy. This little HLG is so much fun to toss around. I'm surprised it's turning four years old on 1/4/10. I put a 7805 regulator on a 2 cell 180 lipo pack to lighten the plane. It dropped about 10 grams from the plane, but I lost authority because It was too light. That came out and I stuck with my heavy 4 cell nicad. Whether it's sloped, bungied, or hand tossed, this plane will always come to the airfield with me.

Make sure you increase the rudder size on this plane. It's not enough. Notice the yellow tail on mine. Plus, the wingtip is yellow but more so to differentiate mine from Steve's.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 02, 2010 @ 10:10 PM | 4,195 Views
Stupid me traded this for a plane that does not fly. The telemaster with the 24g 1300kV motor is the coolest little plane! It will float for a day and a half after a 30 second climb. Luckily, I have another one waiting to be built. Hobby Lobby was clearing them out and I bought three. If you want an awesome little plane, with a quick build, then this is your bird.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 02, 2010 @ 06:21 PM | 4,121 Views
This plane is fast. I pulled my equipment from it when I found out it's too quick for indoor flying. I spend most of my time indoors with the planes anyway. It's a quick build with templates and a lot of fun. I found that rudder would be an awesome addition to this plane. It needs more control. It could use a paint job too.

I needed a 3cell spinning a 6x3 or similar. It cooks!
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 02, 2010 @ 06:18 PM | 4,913 Views
My Morback 3D (F3P) is too small. I tend to build small planes because my basement is small. This plane would be awesome if it was full size. It's a quick plane and it will hover. The 10g HXT motor is spinning a 6x5 or similar.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 02, 2010 @ 06:15 PM | 2,680 Views
Dick Sarpolous designed this plane a few years back. It was my first introduction to bluecor building and it is the staple of the high school club fleet. Here's mine with the geared GWS motor. I have no idea what type it is. I need to upgrade to a bl outrunner.
Posted by mikeythev | Jan 02, 2010 @ 06:12 PM | 2,812 Views
This plane was built way after the popular balsa built up Katanas came out. The first version of this plane was around 28" span and flew great! But the second was closer to 33". I ended up cutting down the wing area and the wing span just to get it to fly better. This is the cut down model in a sad shape. It performs nicely for the cheap electronics and bluecor. After building with the 3mm Depron, the bluecor starts looking ugly. I love it because it's cheap.