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Old Jan 24, 2007, 10:57 AM
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That's good work, Teor! Anything you and Corey .... and the rest of us .. can show kids fun ways to occupy their time is a definite step in the right direction. I had to go before the city commission to ask for permission to fly in the community gym. They were concerned we would hurt someone. I brought my Picoo Z with me and the chairman asked to see an example of what we were flying. So, I took off ... flew over the crowd in the meeting room.... bounced off the ceiling, ran into myself and then flew it over and landed it on commissioner's table. I had them rolling on the floor. We now fly in the gym all we want!
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 02:03 PM
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Concerning high altitude Moth flying.......

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=186

Ahem......ahem........

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Old Jan 24, 2007, 03:20 PM
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Concerning high altitude Moth flying.......

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=186

Ahem......ahem........

RD
It plots the altitude???
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 03:43 PM
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It plots the altitude???
Yep. One of our sailplane fliers has a similar device, and it records both altitude, motor amps, and specific altitudes that you can "lock in" for a matter of record. You download the data to a notebook computer and the associated software allows you to plot the various parameters.

The How High altimeter is considerably less sophisticated and less expensive. However, you can "lock in" or "capture" specific altitudes if you have an available channel on the Rx with which to do this.

I understand that Eagle systems (name??) has an even more comprehensive data logging system, with very impressive readback/display software, but it might be too much for the Moth to carry. This Zlog set up, as shown in the example, is really quite amazing in that it can be installed in the Moth without any significant weight penalty. Combine that with a good mini-cam system, and the Moth now can serve as an aerial photo platform. Love to get a view of what it looks like at 1500 feet above my Aerodrome!!

RD

PS: Don't feel left out, Buzz. Your Moth could provide the very critical low altitude surveillance work. You might consider the plane as the Macro Moth!
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 04:03 PM
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PS: Don't feel left out, Buzz. Your Moth could provide the very critical low altitude surveillance work. You might consider the plane as the Macro Moth!
Just wait! I'll show you a Moth that will go vertical out of sight! I just inventoried all the parts in my white pico moth... and when I get a set of suitable wings and a lexan rudder, the razor brushless goes in. No more Mr. Nice Guy!

Actually, I could use the 25ft. moth to photograph those really important ant hills and cracks in the road. There could be mini-terrorists in there!
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 04:07 PM
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No more Mr. Nice Guy! I could use the 25ft. moth to photograph those really important ant hills
You INSECT!!!

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Old Jan 24, 2007, 08:22 PM
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Beautiful (short) flight today

I had a few minutes to fly my moth and took advantage of a rare bit of weather today; one of those winter afternoons when the sun is shining yet thereís snow in the air. Big soft flakes. Wind too, but I decided I should fly.

I tossed the moth into the breeze and blowing snow. Probably the most wind Iíve flown it in, so I kept it close and decided Iíd only stay up for ten minutes. (Also very cold and I was smart enough to remember gloves even though moving the sticks was a bit awkward.)

Hard to describe the sight, but I have to admit it was one of the most aesthetically pleasing experiences Iíve had in a long time. It was a great day to be looking at the sky anyway, but to see a nice looking airplane seeming to stand still in a galaxy of drifting snow flakes was fantastic. Combined with new snow on the field and the moths shadow scooting over, I wish there would have been a way to capture it on film. Besides the visual, there was no noise other than the motor and prop. The snow always seems to quiet the wind.

Kid of odd to have such an experience with a toy plane, but itís something Iíll remember for a long time.
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 09:13 PM
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This morning was really nice too. I wanted to fly after I got the kids on the bus (to get video of the snow falling from the air). But I'm just too busy at work to get there even later than I already do. Only a few more weeks of crunch time though.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 11:32 AM
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I actually got to fly my moth yesterday for about 10 minutes... it was more of a triming session. It turns out the aluminum GWS outrunner mount I am using is flexing even with gentle contact from me handling it..... I need to swap it for a plastic mount but after much tweaking ( a little more down... no too much now right thrust... a little more... got it) and a 1/4 ounce added to the nose and she flew just like her maiden very sweet with two wheels down landings.... last night I modified the battery hole to allow me to slide the batt further forward allowing me to remove the added weight... now I just have to mount the new motor mount and wait for the wind to stop again..... Minus 25 with the windchill here today.... thats -13 for those further south.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 11:48 AM
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I actually got to fly my moth yesterday for about 10 minutes... it was more of a triming session. It turns out the aluminum GWS outrunner mount I am using is flexing even with gentle contact from me handling it..... I need to swap it for a plastic mount but after much tweaking ( a little more down... no too much now right thrust... a little more... got it) and a 1/4 ounce added to the nose and she flew just like her maiden very sweet with two wheels down landings.... last night I modified the battery hole to allow me to slide the batt further forward allowing me to remove the added weight... now I just have to mount the new motor mount and wait for the wind to stop again..... Minus 25 with the windchill here today.... thats -13 for those further south.
Hey, we have windchill down here! It's 58 with the windchill here today.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 12:34 PM
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Hey, we have windchill down here! It's 58 with the windchill here today.
Oh great here we go again with the smart guys down south at least my beer never gets warm
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 10:28 PM
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Oh great here we go again with the smart guys down south at least my beer never gets warm
Unless you have a Lucas refridgerator!

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Old Jan 25, 2007, 11:08 PM
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hey, it was in the 60's here today, with almost no wind. I took the whole day off to fly and got a bunch of long flights out of KB with her new motor and the wing repair. And I finaly figured out how to program diffirintial into a DX6, so her Sweet flying characteristics are amazingly further enhanced. I can hold her inverted now for as long as I can keep orintation.

Its one heck of a contrast, these Moths. I went from floating around the park at 4mph chasing ducks, to blasting through the air at 55+mph with my P47 chasing cars. I even got in a drag race with a Mercedes down a back street. despite all the speed, the Kitty Bug is still more fun.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 11:48 PM
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I am going to be a little quiet for the next couple of days guys. Time again for the Arizona Electric Fest. Whoot Whoot!!

BTW, the wife has cleared me for some planes, as long as they are Balsa. The only foamie she wants me to keep (and is willing to replace parts on) is my Moth, but it seems she is slightly partial to the Beaver as well...
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 12:05 PM
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hey, it was in the 60's here today, with almost no wind. I took the whole day off to fly and got a bunch of long flights out of KB with her new motor and the wing repair. And I finaly figured out how to program diffirintial into a DX6, so her Sweet flying characteristics are amazingly further enhanced. I can hold her inverted now for as long as I can keep orintation.
What sort of differential (and how much) did you program in for the KB?

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