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Posted by mikeythev | Jan 05, 2010 @ 09:37 PM | 5,166 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 | 4,619 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 | 4,305 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 | 4,078 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 | 4,048 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 | 3,872 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 | 4,569 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 | 2,546 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 | 2,682 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.
Posted by mikeythev | Dec 24, 2009 @ 06:20 AM | 2,741 Views
The blingblingv3 36" span model is a graceful plane. I spent over 10 hours building this one, and I am very pleased with it's flight characteristics.

24g HXT1300kV, 8x4gws, 2cell, 10A Turnigy esc, spektrum rx, and three HXT500's. I hope to have a total weight at some point. It's light! I use a lot of 0.8mm cf rod on the plane. It makes a complete difference for rigidity.

Here'a a video of it's maiden flight.

blingblinbV3(36in) (3 min 11 sec)

Posted by mikeythev | Dec 21, 2009 @ 09:11 PM | 2,375 Views
I haven't put anything up here in a few years because I post stuff on our club website. Well, I'm supposed to. Here goes nothing:

My current project is a larger 3mm depron blingblinbv3. I built a 28" version for the funfly and flew it there with great success. I ran a 16g, 1700kV from hobbycity and a 6A BL ESC, on a 2 cell 350, spinning a GWS 8x4. It's a smooth flying plane, I mean, really smooth.

I wanted a slower and larger version of it, so the 36" span was born. It's currently all over my kitchen table. The basement is in the high 50's right now.

I took the plans and used a trial software piece from anydwg.com which takes any PDF and turns it into a DXF. That's awesome! Plus, the trial version will work 20 times before it shuts down. $180 is a little steep for a software piece like that. I have access to 100+ computers at work, so that's at least 2000 conversions at my finger tips. Here's the link.

http://www.anydwg.com/pdf-to-dxf.htm

I hope to have the new version running before Christmas.
Posted by mikeythev | Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:57 AM | 3,328 Views
Here are a few pictures of my PCat. I designed the plane in March and had a flying model in April. It's a laser cut kit, which I did all of the work for. I have access to a laser at my job, and I abuse my privileges with it.

The plane's parts interlock, easing the alignment process. It comes in around 18oz, and is powered by a Little Nippy 1812/100. I have used two separate packs, a 3 cell 1500, and a 2 cell 1250. The weight savings on the 2 cell pretty much compensate the performance equally. It has a castle creations Thunderbird 18 for power which works flawlessly. I love the beep it emits when your receiver is left on.

It was covered with SoLite, which is a cinch to use. 3/32 inch balsa holds most of the structure, and the formers are 1/8th balsa ply.

Check out the video on my website for the club I run.

if you have any questions about it, please Email Me
Posted by mikeythev | Jul 18, 2006 @ 08:36 PM | 3,046 Views
Check out the website I run for my club. I'm the club advisor at the school where I teach. Been flying for 14 years... and I still love it!

North Penn MAC, Lansdale PA

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Thanks for stopping by
-Mike