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Posted by Cody f86saber | Jul 03, 2013 @ 02:29 PM | 2,791 Views
I really like this transmitter. It is compact, functional, reliable and upgradable. FrSky is also manufacturing some versatile modules that are a direct plug-in upgrade, along with incredibly lightweight receivers using their ACCST technology. Thismode of operation uses a receiver that communicates with the transmitter module back and forth, and is able to switch channels 80 times per second to dodge dynamic interference if it is encountered. This conversion kit is easy to use and I explain how I mounted it for my own use. Also in this blog, I provide the binding, range test and failsafe instructions for anyone who is contemplating using an ACCST module in their own radio. Read more by clicking on the Comments...


Posted by Cody f86saber | Jun 27, 2013 @ 12:59 PM | 2,142 Views
The Lancair EP is 43" wingspan, with a Gelcoated fiberglass fuselage and cowl, and Monokote covered balsa wings and stabilizers with a 30A brushed ESC and T-400 motor. The wings feature semi-symmetrical profiling making it a fast low drag model at 2lbs finished weight. In January 2011 I bought this plane with the future intent of doing a brushless conversion and upgrade to lithium Polymer power, since it was such a low cost and fantastic looking model plane. I want to share how I have done it, so that others may learn how. Lots of pictures and modifications. Read more by clicking on the Comments...


Posted by Cody f86saber | Jun 08, 2013 @ 04:00 PM | 2,229 Views
I bought this 64mm EDF jet in the fall of 2010, and recently revisited it. The wingspan is 28", 41" long. This is a very light weight EPS foam airframe that seems to offer potential for fiber glassing or many other uses. It's greatest merit may be its ease to takeoff and landing, even with a mild 4000kv motor on 11.1V packs. I've installed a 5000kv motor in mine. Read on by clicking on the Comments...


Posted by Cody f86saber | May 27, 2013 @ 11:37 PM | 4,257 Views
About eight years ago, in 2005 I put together a GWS DHC-2 Beaver that flew for 40~50 minutes between charges. Since then, neighbor had been at me a few times to put together a plane for him that could provide something more than the 5~7 teasing minutes of barely-able-to-climb that his Parkzone J-3 Cub offered up. It so happened, that in 2010, he bought a used Hobbico Cessna 182 from a relative of his. Using the older stock NiMh pack and a possibly worn out direct-drive brushed 380 motor with a slightly bend shaft unwillingly swinging a 7x3 2-blade propeller, it didn't have enough cowbell to lift off the ground. I can validate that, because I tried it firsthand. Fuggetaboudit! So, one day while visiting him, and I said I was ordering some parts from Hobbyking and would be happy to select the components and convert the plane over to brushless and Lithium polymer power. He took up the offer, and now I want to share how I did it for anyone out there who has wanted better climbing power or speed, but wasn't sure where to begin. This setup will not provide 30~40 minutes flights, as the wing loading does not permit that. With that said, it will provide longer flights and good performance. Read on by clicking on the Comments...


Posted by Cody f86saber | Feb 13, 2011 @ 02:37 PM | 3,505 Views
Feb 13 2011
This is an oldie by a real nice flyer from Alfa Model in the Czech Republic. I haven't flown this in years (2005), I intend to put it back in the air this summer. Read on by clicking on the Comments...


Posted by Cody f86saber | Sep 20, 2010 @ 11:15 AM | 4,631 Views
Sept 20 2010

Here is my 5 year old GWS de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. It's very light weight and the slowest plane at the field. I've done some gliding at higher altitudes and it's fun, smaller packs can make it glide longer. Take offs are half throttle from hand launch or ground. Flights at constant 45% throttle are over 40 minutes on 1200mAh. The power system draws about 1-1.9Amps to fly. Unlimited vertical at full throttle (lol not very scale, but neither is the plane). Read on by clicking on the Comments...


Posted by Cody f86saber | Sep 15, 2010 @ 08:53 PM | 6,010 Views
Sept 15 2010
Here are a few pictures of my 80mm EDF F-16. This jet is a nice scale at 23" 3/8 wingspan, 43" 5/8 length with an 8 blade EDF unit tested at 2.3 lbs thrust. Read on by clicking on the Comments...



Posted by Cody f86saber | Sep 06, 2010 @ 07:17 PM | 4,890 Views
The J-Power Skyangel F-16 EDF jet has been a very fun little plane since it's first flight in 2010 up to present day. Great handling is matched with a good stock power system that is easy to launch, fly, and land. I have included some build points and notes about the Center of Gravity vs the specs in the manual, along with my upgrades to a 10 blade fan. Read on by clicking on the Comments...