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Posted by Get Real | Jul 20, 2008 @ 03:04 AM | 3,932 Views
Im always interested in new technologys.. especially the technolgy many of us are familar with.. Lipos and brushless motors. Mountain biking and motorcross bikes are something i enjoyed when i was younger as well as trials riding etc.. all forms of riding have pedal powered counterparts these days. In the past couple years electric bicycles and dirt bikes have made a lot of progress.. Just take a look at some examples from youtube below. Electric street bikes,dirtbikes,atvs etc are in there infancy just like electric rc aircraft were decades ago but there off to a really good start with some of the current battery and electric motor technolgys that exist today.. Ive been eyeing some of those inexpensive little pocket dirtbikes they sell at auto parts stores etc.. they look like they would be a lot of fun and people are already modifying them for higher performance .

Worlds Quickest Electric Drag Bike.. Killacycle!
Killacycle New World Record 155 MPH! (1 min 18 sec)

Electric Street Bike!
Lightning Lithium E1 (2 min 34 sec)
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Posted by Get Real | Jul 08, 2008 @ 10:53 PM | 3,144 Views
Well after the meeting with the ground sunday in 20mph+ winds the trex 450 needed some parts. Feathering shaft,new tail boom(couple big dents from blade strikes),paddles were chipped and the tail belt was missing some teeth . Carbon fiber tail boom,got some lighter paddles and flybar weights(blade 400 ones) and a new tail belt and put the hyperion carbon fiber blades back on it.. not sure if it was lack of 20mph wind or the new parts and some minor throttle curve changes but its flying a lot more to my liking for flips and basic stuff. The gyro needs some adjustment again but wasnt bad,hopefully if i start spending more time with the helis than i have my flying will start to progress like it has been with the planes .
Posted by Get Real | Jul 07, 2008 @ 04:43 AM | 3,478 Views
Got a decent gyro and digital servo for the 450 finally.. flys normal well but need to set it up for stunt modes better,also need to set up my pitch and power curves better in the 450 for 3d. The 600 flew great in the wind.. it got bumped around but its a lot more stable than the 450 and i got somemore dual perspective video with it. I probally flew helis more the past two months than i did all last year,there fun but i really need to work on the 3d flying with them.. well with the 450,the 600 is just for normal flight(to expensive to mess around with)but flys great,maybe i'll get a trex 500 this year to if things start going better . Looking forward to getting some video from the air of planes eventually with the 600,id really like to get some footage of planes flying 3d low but at the big local field ive rarely seen anyone 3D planes and only a few guys 3D helis when ive been there.
Posted by Get Real | Jun 30, 2008 @ 01:55 AM | 3,200 Views
Got my third and fourth flight in with the 600,even in the overcast skys and windy conditions it did well. Looking forward to more ap and video flights with it. The mount for the video gear is scrap L channel aluminum a buddy bought for me to repair his big gasser plane. Had some left over and it can be taken off easily when not flying ap by removing two allen head screws.

Trex 600 (Dual Perspective Video) 6-29-2008 (8 min 24 sec)

Posted by Get Real | Jun 23, 2008 @ 12:31 AM | 3,009 Views
You can only fly in turbulant wind so long i guess,today the wind was changing directions and up to its usual no good out here. I had to laugh when it happend . The extra 300 sr Rocks! BTW the plane wasnt hurt .

Extra 300 SR In Wild Wind Hits My Car 6-22-2008 (8 min 41 sec)

Posted by Get Real | Jun 22, 2008 @ 12:45 AM | 3,291 Views
I got a maiden in finally and got it set up decent and one flight after. Extremly stable compared to my 450(especially in wind)and having a good gyro with digital servo keeps the tail locked in VERY well compared to the set up i have on the tail for the 450(must get new gyro and digital tail servo for 450) . It was so nice to have the trex 600 fly so good from the start.. very little set up to the intial settings to the gyro and cg and trim was very close and only took a few minutes to get dialed in. I fly the helis off and on but mostly only have time to get a few flights in with the planes on the weekend and need to put more time in flying helis to.. the 600 is gonna be a sport flyer/ap and video ship. Really looking forward to getting some cameras on it for pics and onboard video soon. Heres a couple pics and the first two flights.. cant get over how stable and well it flys(bigger flys better) .

Trex 600 Maiden 6-21-2008 (6 min 39 sec)

Posted by Get Real | Jun 08, 2008 @ 07:05 PM | 3,466 Views
Its been really windy lately but i still fly.. not gonna let some wind stop me(id much less out here and i already dont put enough time in flying). A tornado touched down out this way yesterday and that wasnt fun,good thing i flew in the morning before it got here.. wouldnt of been much fun watching my planes get sucked into a funnel and trying to fly them out . Heres some video from the flying.. winds were kicking both days pretty good,power was out for 10 hours due to the tornado but came back on at around 5:30am today so i was able to get my packs charged for another couple flights on my new sr and my other stuff.
Posted by Get Real | Jun 04, 2008 @ 02:28 PM | 3,395 Views
Really happy with the maiden on this one,a few changes on the radio settings and it will fly even better(i had the ailerons dialed down a bit low). Bigger flys better and a 55'' foamy is REALLY easy to fly,this thing is so stable in hover its rediculous . Flys really well when its not hovering to but i'll try more things out with it when i have more flights on it .

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Posted by Get Real | May 25, 2008 @ 04:22 PM | 6,714 Views
I get asked from time to time in threads and pm's about the noggin cam and have been meaning to post some detailed info all in one place for shooting video without a camera person so anyone can learn or try this method out easily.

The two most common questions:

1.What type of cam is it?

Its made by FlipVideo and i use the 30 minute ultra series versions,there 5 ounces and take 2 aa batteries and can be mounted easily on a hat,rc planes and other vehicles or hand held for shooting video of various types. You can find them at kmart,walmart,bestbuy and a whole lot of other places. The 30 minute versions go for $99.00 and sometimes less and $129.00-$149.00 for the 60 minute versions.

2.Hows It Mounted?

Ive used it a couple of ways to shoot video while i fly. The easiest to duplicate is on a standard baseball cap mounted on the visor. Youll want to angle it upward slightly because it points where your head points and not where your eyes look.. you fly less with head movment than eye movement so having it angled up slighly keeps the plane in frame during verticals etc a little easier. A velcro strap or rubber band can be used to get it angled for your flying style... ie the further you keep the plane out the larger the cameras field of view and if you spend most of your time flying a countinous pattern the plane will stay in frame.

As long as you have a point and shoot camera that wont strain your neck wearing it on the visor of a hat you dont need a new camera.. point and...Continue Reading
Posted by Get Real | May 24, 2008 @ 09:27 PM | 3,608 Views
Tryed a couple new things on the katana today.. It was on rails at speed and really flew well considering the wind. The sfg's improved flight overall and really helped with rudder authority and tracking.. Did i say this plane has monster power with the motrolfly 3625-800 in it? The motor is a beast .

Motrolfly 3625-800kv with 15x7 prop

Motrolfly 3625-800kv with 14x7 prop
Posted by Get Real | May 19, 2008 @ 02:09 AM | 3,583 Views
Note to self.. get some sleep before flying,was nice to get out in the EARLY morning though for a flight before the winds really kick up . The kat was fine even after scrapping the wing tip twice,the tail tap at end then scrapping the wing tip on the rugged growth is what got me finally .
Posted by Get Real | May 13, 2008 @ 10:51 PM | 3,279 Views
Calm evening flying,really nice to fly without wind,was able to get a better feel for the plane finally. Eventually i'll do some of these in epp,i like depron but epp is very light and resilant and ive wanted to work with it for building for a while. Heres some video from today,it was almost to good to be true not having the wind around and a couple minutes after the first flight it started raining.

Scratch Built Foamy Calm Evening 5-13-2008 (8 min 40 sec)

Posted by Get Real | May 11, 2008 @ 08:42 AM | 3,472 Views
1200 watts is a lot of fun,having connectors come loose isnt .
Velox crash

Scraping some weeds with the 55'' shp
Posted by Get Real | May 05, 2008 @ 08:43 PM | 3,861 Views
This ones a little different than my previous foamys(airfoiled wing). I basically threw this one together with 6mm depron and stuff i had laying around.. it shows in the AUW.. especially all the elmers ultimate i used and the owens pink insulation i used for formers and the motor block/gear block(21.3oz). For a spar i used some square motor mount stock.. that was heavy to but i wasnt to concerned with the auw weight to much. It was a little breezy but not to bad for a maiden,had fun regardless and it flew ok.. needs some tweeks but is fun enough to mess around with .

Scratch Built Foamy 5-5-2008 (4 min 7 sec)

AUW 21.3 oz
39'' Wingspan
43'' Length..Spinner to rudder

2 hs-65 MG's
2 hs-65 Karbonites

Power Set Up:
E-flite 400 920kv Outrunner
E-flite 20 amp esc
Tp-1320 Prolite
Apc 11x3.8 SF Prop

Spektrum AR6000 reciever,DX-7 Radio
Posted by Get Real | May 04, 2008 @ 11:10 PM | 3,637 Views
Its been a while but i finally got some ap flying in. I'll be doing more AP flying throughout the summer ....Continue Reading
Posted by Get Real | Apr 21, 2008 @ 01:01 AM | 3,632 Views
Gonna try the same set ups with the shp i did with the katana,flew the shp on 5s and 4s and performance in the slightly larger shp is really good,i'll try the shp on the 3s set up next weekend. Today was the day after the maiden and i flew the shp a little more relaxed and low,still getting use to it but it flys great.. seems like im flying a much larger plane .
Posted by Get Real | Apr 20, 2008 @ 01:38 AM | 3,742 Views
Got some flying in today . Was strange flying in only 10mph or so wind.. thought i wasnt in illinois . Spring temps are starting and the flying will be a lot more fun. The 55'' shp maiden felt more like i was flying a plane ive flown for months,got comfortable soon after take off and played around a little,should be more of the same tomorrow if the weather holds . Tomorrow i'll be flying the 55'' shp on the same power set up ive been flying in the katana. The Motrolfly USA DM3625-800... its a very versatile motor and ive been flying it on 3s,4s and 5s and it has good power with those packs but 5s is my favorite . Its in the shp now and i plan on flying all the same pack set ups with it to. Heres some pics and videos from today.. it was a lot of fun to have warm temps and LOW WINDS .

Katana Fun Flying On 5s (5 min 53 sec)
Posted by Get Real | Apr 13, 2008 @ 11:21 PM | 3,991 Views
Cold and windy as usual but the sun finally made it through after most the clouds got blown away by the wind . Weather conditions for todays flying.. 15 mph gusting to 20 mph winds and in the low 30s. Flew a couple packs through the kat,4s 3300 pack and 5s 3400 20c and opened up the throttle on the motrolfly DM 3625-800 quite a bit today to . This motor moves really well on the big end and pulls hard on the low end to.. prior flights i flew most of the time at half throttle or less but decided to put the pedal to the medal for a while and this motor rocks . Really pleased with the performance envelope and versatility of packs to power a 55'' plane with this motor .
Posted by Get Real | Apr 12, 2008 @ 10:51 PM | 3,525 Views
My 55'' katana has a new power set up,ive been looking into the motrolfly motors a lot lately and had been considering two models to possibly go into the kat. After discussing different options for 3-5s setups with Ben at 3DHobbyShop that would give me a versatile set up for the packs i have i got the motrolfly DM 3625-800,im still considering a 6s set up with the DM 3625-650 in the future but this current set up is really cool in the kat and its wattmetered at 600-1200+ watts(and theres still more props to try) with various packs so its really versatile and can be propped for all my batterys. What i really like about this set up is it flys comfortably on 3s packs and can still fly 3d.. its almost like the katana is a big foamy with this set up . I havent done anything to shave off weight with this set up but you could get a higher power to weight ratio on 3s with a little work.. its at about 150 watts per pound on 3s now .

Some info and pics as well as some videos .

Katana With Out Battery(no spinner) 3lbs 10 oz
2- 3s v2 2200, 4lbs 6 oz
2 -3dhs 4s packs, 4lbs 12oz (original 3dhs 4s packs)
3dhs 5s brick pack 4lbs 11oz (original 5s 3400 20c pack)
Posted by Get Real | Apr 07, 2008 @ 08:31 PM | 3,470 Views
I should have it flying next week . Still have to install radio gear and im getting another set of hs 225s for it(didnt want to pull gear from my 55'' katana). I'll have two 55'' 3dhs planes rtf now . I wanted to step up a size and the 55'' planes really rock and dont require really expensive bigger packs so i can fly more than a couple packs each time out with them. Another reason i wanted bigger size planes is flight conditions,bigger flys better and with the windy conditions at times out here i'll get more qaulity flying in. Ive only had a handfull of flights with the 55'' kat but it handled rough winds even better than the 47'' lighter planes and the 55'' planes just have much more presence in the air and down low .