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Archive for February, 2010
Posted by mikeythev | Feb 28, 2010 @ 07:25 PM | 6,275 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 | 5,849 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 | 6,748 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 | 6,693 Views
Here are some photos of my finalized 31" BlingBlingV3.
Posted by mikeythev | Feb 03, 2010 @ 09:17 PM | 6,556 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 | 7,436 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)