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Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Apr 30, 2006 @ 04:47 PM | 2,555 Views
Well it was a very, very, very good day today.
Flew for 1 hour 45 minutes on 4 batteries.
Really nice thermals and lots of wind up high, so I just floated around forever.
I set my ETONIC special cam up for 2 second intervels on the shutter, and it took 351 photos.
Now I just have to go through them all and delete the junk.
I think it will take awhile.

I had my first fly away today. It scared the crap outta me.
Luckily, when it lost contact, it was in a slight turn and it took about 5 minutes to come down.
I could not believe it came down within 100 yards from me.
It flew between buildings, trees, poles, etc..., and landed in a clump of taller grass, it did break the prop, but who cares, I got my plane back.
I thought it was because the receiver plug got pulled out, but stupid me, that happened when it hit the ground.
I plugged it in, sent it up, and it happened again, luckily within 50 feet of the ground, no control again. WHAT THE HELL?
Then it dawned on me, a dead transmitter battery. DUH!!
I had plugged it in for awhile to charge, but I guess it was more dead than I thought.
BIG lesson learned.
I hope to setup my Winged Shadow altimeter for next weekend to see how high I'm getting.
Anyhow, it was a very good day, the best yet.
Happy Flying !!!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Apr 23, 2006 @ 03:42 PM | 3,024 Views
Well, no flying this weekend. Nothing but rain all weekend.
The sun came out a little bit ago, but the radar say's more rain is coming.
I figure if I load the plane stuff up, till I get to the place I fly, it will probably start raining again.
Plus, it's wet and muddy, and I really don't feel like hogging up my plane, or getting my electronics wet.
For something to do, I started my Stryker.
I bought a Stryker fuse on Ebay from RCBOYZ, a hatch kit, elevons, and rudder set from my LHS, and I have a ton of ESC's, servos, etc....
I epoxied the nose on, epoxied underneath motor mount, mounted the motor, mounted the rudders, and epoxied under the nose to help keep foam from shredding on landings.
I got a "B" fuse, but "A" elevons, but no big deal, just need to mount them with tape.
I'm going to try to do a landing gear mod so I can ROG. Someone here on the forum has a nice video of theirs, but I want to sit lower.
I'll see what I can come up with.
I will try to get nose steering on there somehow.
Oh well, hope to get out next weekend.
Happy flying everyone.
Smitty
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Apr 16, 2006 @ 08:52 PM | 2,892 Views
A great day for flying. Did a little Friday night, but got a couple hours of flying today.
Great thermals (?) today. Got like 20 minutes plus out of each battery.
I used the motor to get up as high as possible, then killed the motor and just floated around.
I was having a blast. I got in numerous loops, AND, did numerous inverted runs.
I'm stilll trying to get the inverted runs to last longer, but with up is down and down is up, etc..., it's kinda hard just starting out.
I went through @ least 6 batteries worth of flying.
I was @ the field for @ least 2 hours.
I did break 2 props, even with the prop saver, but both were stupid mistakes.
The first was hand launch and my hand caught receiver input and pulled it from receiver. DEAD FROM THE GIT GO! WHAM !!
The second, I accidentally hit my trim adjust on my radio to complete down and when I launched,
well you can imagine. STRAIGHT INTO GROUND !!
My neck is killing me from looking up for a couple hours,
but it's worth it.
I got some video, but again the frame rate is slow on the Aiptek SD.
10 fps makes it really j-j-j-j-jumpy.
Well later all, Happy Flying.
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Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Apr 10, 2006 @ 04:52 PM | 2,640 Views
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Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Apr 09, 2006 @ 08:22 PM | 2,951 Views
Well, I had another great day of flying.
Still having problems with the cam taking short vids, but I figured it out so next week I'll have longer ones.
The Aiptek is definitely better for still photos, the frame rate is too slow for nice vids.
I ran through probably 6-8 batteries, no crashes till the last flight.
I thought I was getting too far away, and I was really fighting the wind.
It had pushed me to the edge of the field, and I smacked the high tension power line.
It broke the gearbox and I lost the landing gear, but all else survived.
Power line-1 Slow Stick-0
I thought it might have zapped the electronics, but everything checks out.
There was a hawk following the plane for quite awhile, but I guess he figured it was not a tasty treat, and he went back up on his perch on the power line pole.
All in all, it was a good day of flying.
I have plenty of spare gearboxes, so I'm good to go next week.
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Apr 03, 2006 @ 10:52 AM | 2,688 Views
Pretty good day except for first flight.
My distance perception was a little off and I nailed the same damn light pole as last week head on. WHAM !!! I swear it's a plane magnet.
Smashed the S/S gearbox into numerous pieces, but amazingly, all else survived including the motor.
I have to remember to stand @ the street when I land to make sure where I'm headed!
Had to run home and grab another gearbox, but I was back up in a half hour. Took some video, but the Aiptek 1.3 aint that great for video. I'll stick to photos with it. I have a problem with the cam, I think I have the switch set up wrong, cause all my videos are 9 seconds long ??
Flew through 5-6 batteries, did probably 20 plus touch & go's, also did numerous loops.
Only broke two props, one on light pole, one when I had to land in field and forgot to kill the motor. Oh well, getting better.
With a little motor management, and some wind / thermals, I was able to get a flight of appx. 18 minutes.
Not bad, I'll see if I can top it next weekend.
I definitely have to beef up the landing gear, they keep bending back, but I guess it's good they give a little bit.
I definitely have to back the throws off on the elevator, it's way too fast, just a little back stick, and it want's to straight up. I'm still using my cheap radio till I get more comfortable. When I feel I'm ready, I'll break out my SPEKTRUM.
I got a computer PS from ETONIC, gonna get that set up to use my ICE charger. He had the 15 amp model, so I should be able to use ALL functions if need be on the charger.
I got one from birdie_in_texas too, I'll use that for my GP charger. If I get all my bats charged, I should be able to fly for hours.
Happy flying !!!!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Mar 25, 2006 @ 08:41 PM | 2,771 Views
Saturday 3/25/2006
Well I was able to get the S/S in the air today and also put the
ETONIC special on it (SD Cam). Got a couple cool photos.
It was somewhat windy and I put in into a spin into the ground hard.
Broke the elevator and rudder. Fixed the rudder and made another elevator
from blue foam. I have 7 other kits, but why waste the parts.
Broke a couple more props, but due to stupid errors this time.
I'm getting the motor management down pretty good.
The last flight was the worst. One of those pesky light poles reached
out and grabbed my S/S and bent the fuse right behind the motor.
Oh well, I'll cut it off, insert a stick, and be as good as new.
I vow not to use one of my new kits till this thing is absolute junk !!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Mar 19, 2006 @ 06:10 PM | 2,247 Views
Well,
Too much wind today so no flying. The winds were blowing 5-10 mph with probably 20 mph gusts. I really did not feel like chasing the slow stick, or picking up parts. I especially did not want to break the new camera I got from Etonic on it's maiden flight. I was so looking forward to my first AP pics and video, but oh well, next weeks another chance. Better to wait than destroy my plane and camera.
Started building my Pico F this weekend. I forgot to use foam safe glue, so I melted it a little. Not too bad, nothing I can't fix. I know one thing, ZAP glue & kicker gets hot as hell. I got my finger on it while it was setting, and wow, did that ever sting! The plane looks pretty cool. Lousy tail dragger setup, worse then the cheapy S/S tailwheel. I will modify it with something better. I may even use a nylon skid, anything has to look better than a piece of wire.
I won a GWS B2 on Ebay so I should have that in a week to add to my collection. I really gotta unload the BN2's I have. Thay take up way too much space. Maybe I'll try to start building the one I got from Etonic a while back to see how I like them. I may keep an extra one if I do. Hell, maybe I'll make a quad motor BN2 !!! Wouldn't that be different.
I think I'll let the S/S in the truck so if I get a chance, I'll break it out this week @ work @ lunch. Maybe I can get a little flight time in then. Not much time after work, till I get home, take the dog out, eat, run, make dinner for wife (second shift) it's dark, so no flying then. Maybe when daylight savings time changes, I can get out more with the extra hour of light.
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Mar 16, 2006 @ 11:10 AM | 2,041 Views
Here's photos of some of my other toys.
Actually I sold the Xtreme.
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Mar 15, 2006 @ 01:16 PM | 2,254 Views
Well, I guess I'll try this blog thing out.

Sat. 3/11 was my maiden flight with the S/S.
Well actually I did fly once b4 but that does not count,
cause there's nothing (well a little bit) left of that plane and I knew absolutely nothing about flying R/C.
Since then I have read, read, read again, used FMS, read some more and finally, with a break in the weather, maidened my S/S. What a blast !!

First flight, maybe 30 seconds, lawn dart, broke prop.
Second flight, maybe 2 minutes, lawn dart, broke second prop. Getting better!
Third flight, maybe 5 minutes, tried to land on street, hit curb, yep you guessed it, broke prop.
Fourth flight, now my knees have stopped shaking, learned controlled motor speed, gentle stick movements, and slooooooow landing speed and I got probably 10-12 minutes till my battery was exhausted.
Swap battery, and away we go,
Fifth flight, I'm experienced now, do a low fast pass, uh oh, look out for the pole, yep, dumb thumb time, left, right, up , down, bam, into the street and prop #4 gone.
New prop, and now I fly for 15 minutes, nice slow touch & go's, up to about 200 feet, shut motor off, dead stick it in, touch the ground, nail throttle, and I'm off again.
I feel the battery starting to die off, so I bring her in and that's it for the day. What a flight day!
I AM LOVING THIS WAY TOO MUCH !!!

I am now dying for the weekend to get here!!!
I'm going to try the Aiptek cam I got off Etonic (thanks Mark) if the weather...Continue Reading