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Posted by Get Real | Nov 30, 2008 @ 06:31 PM | 3,098 Views
Took a trip to the track this weekend,thinking about getting back into racing again over the winter. Theres plenty of open area around the track so i'll probally do some flying when the weather agrees and some ap to. Leisure hours raceway is a world class track and this was my third time out there to watch,ive been there prior for an outdoor onroad event and the rc pro series offroad event last year. Traxxas came out with a neat little stadium truck called the ''slash'' this year and they have a spec class for them at the track(inexpensive racing class with evenly matched vehicles). The slash trucks are very popular and tracks across the country are racing them.. its an inexpensive truck to race and a great way for beginners to get involved in rc racing without breaking the bank and still have a lot of fun. One of the highlights of this trip was seeing so many 8th scale electric buggys and truggys.. just like rc aircraft the 8th cars are starting to go brushless and lipos for racing but its still in its infancy among the masses in 8th scale but there was a nice turnout with two heats of electric 8th scale buggy.

The Track LeisureHoursRaceway



I really need to get a better camera and camcorder but heres some pics and video..

Leisure Hours Raceway Traxxas Slash Spec Class 11-29-2008 (5 min 3 sec)
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Posted by Get Real | Nov 23, 2008 @ 06:20 PM | 3,268 Views
Im sure many have read about the use of lipos in transmitters as well as the pros and cons. I know i have but wanted to get away from the standard rechargable packs that come with radios.. capacity is low and they lose a lot of voltage sitting. Since i have four 3s 2200 packs that dont get used now with my current set ups i decided to see if one would fit in the dx-7.. it doesnt and requires some battery compartment area to be removed along with part of the connection plug board for the pack in the radio(or you could hard wire the connector without the board),so i began to remove some area.. why not just buy a specialty tx lipo pack you say? Because i already have good 3s packs and i can pigtail a connector to fit plus i still have a balance plug so for me it was an easy decision. Im not suggesting anyone do this.. just sharing something ive done,for one im sure it voids any warrantys,two if your not comfortable changing the built in voltage regulator etc on the radio dont attempt it. Now i can fly for several weekends without charging the transmitter battery and even when i do need to charge it i can on a standard lipo charger quickly or even out in the field if i choose to do so. I may try a tp1320 as well.. the capacity isnt so much the problem for my flying,the nimh pack that comes with the dx-7 is 1500 but they lose so much voltage sitting and start out with less voltage than a lipo to begin with,so if you have a similar capacity lipo that will fit and you pigtail a battery connector on for the use with a radio pack connector you should be fine and not have to do any cutting to the battery compartment.

UPDATE: Horizon states 12 volts is the max a lipo should be charged to for for dx-7 radio use or it can damage transistors in the radio,thanks to Socomon for bringing this to my attention.

Posted by Get Real | Nov 12, 2008 @ 04:49 PM | 2,829 Views
Got a couple flights in with the slick. The weekend was rough here but the slick made me forget all about the crappy flight conditions .

51'' AJ Slick,Cold And Windy 11-9-2008 (5 min 9 sec)

Posted by Get Real | Nov 05, 2008 @ 04:30 AM | 2,850 Views
Ive flown foamys at night but flying in the middle of winter with a balsa plane in a snow storm with lots of wind and cold was a bit much for a night flight.. it was fun but i'll wait for calmer weather for winter night flying this year .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeDrsAkwKFA
Posted by Get Real | Nov 03, 2008 @ 02:24 PM | 2,722 Views
Lost the first one last winter do to radio programming,got another one last week . More ap and video in the coming weeks.

53'' EBT Fun Flying AP 11-2-2008 (6 min 54 sec)