Posted by aerosurfer | Jun 01, 2017 @ 08:47 AM | 4,403 Views
Prepare for some relaxation

Waves (5 min 18 sec)

Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jun 01, 2017 @ 12:11 AM | 4,203 Views

After 6 years of fabrication, the stratocruiser finally came out of the hanger for a fueling test. It was made out of used 747 parts, millions of fiberglass layups, & billions of latex gloves. It must be the largest piece of fiberglass in the world. Whether it's an ITS or a stratocruiser, the trend in space travel is bigger things.

In another twist, instead of marketing towards launching a single, large rocket, the plan is to launch multiple smaller rockets in a single flight. This model should allow it to avoid bad weather & reach different orbits in a single flight, but it's limited to low Earth orbit & very small payloads. The problem is they're still throwing away the rocket when a fully reusable rocket is coming increasingly closer to reality. By their forecasted 1st launch in the next 2 decades, a falcon heavy could technically achieve full reuse for small LEO payloads. The need for a gigantic airplane launching expendable rockets for these payloads would instantly end.
Posted by mfwilliams | May 31, 2017 @ 10:58 PM | 6,245 Views
Spent the weekend at the MidSouth Sailplane competition in South Carolina. I’d never been to the MidSouth, always wanted to go. Poh Khaw and I left on Thursday so as to arrive at the hotel before Friday’s ALES. I only competed in the TD and RES events. Poh competed in all the events (ALES, TD and RES). I didn’t have my repaired Shadow fully setup on my Taranis. So I flew my heavy, old Acacia 2 and didn’t place well (that’s my excuse). For RES, I flew my brother Brian’s 30-year old GL on a 20-year old Vision radio (it actually flew quite well, earning me a best round award on Monday). Poh flew his trusty Shadow E, new Stork 6 and SkyBird.
I hadn’t been to Triple Tree Aerodrome before. It was impressive. Definitely a “world class” facility.
Golf course grass, full camping hookups, large bath house, and an onsite aviation hanger/museum.
Poh and I had a great time. Poh spent lots of time after flying, fishing at the lake. He actually caught several sunfish and a bass. Tom Broeski pulled a 20lb catfish out of the lake while we were there.
The food service was great. We had an on site hot breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekend. The main dinner Saturday night was scrumptious. With pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken, sausage, mac ‘n cheese, brussel sprouts, baked beans, broccoli, salad, pound cake, brownies and sweet tea. Yum, yum.
I’ll be back next year.

PS I posted my 100+ pictures on the MidSouth thread:
Posted by flyenrw | May 31, 2017 @ 10:55 PM | 5,233 Views
Sometimes it's the tedious things that sabotage a project but when I feel impatient, I stop , put what ever I am doing away and start again later.
I share this because I have found that with time, much like the endless hours of practice any of us perfect our specialties, at some point, it all starts to come together.
These few parts I have posted tonight have taken a few days to get this far.
To examine one of my pictures of the control yoke sheath, attached to the tube, you can see a wire stretched across to the tube, holding at it's bitter end, a small tube to be glued. I show this because it is a pain staking task! Here I have to use thick CA glue, which takes a while to set. When the parts are glued, they are not strong enough to work with, so I mix up JB Weld and surround the small tube with the JB Weld for the strength. It also gives the look of a metal fitting that has been welded into place.
The finished product you can see in another picture showing the # 90 nut and bolt I used to simulate a clamp around the aileron movement of the control tube.
I have made two ends. One for the pilot and one for the rear seat. these controls are used if to pilot the full scale plane.
The more I work with aluminum tube and sheeting the more I realize just how versatile it is to accomplish small scale detail.
I made two control sticks and the connecting clevises that attaches the cable to the control rod inside the tube.
The slow pace of these items...Continue Reading
Posted by marblekit | May 31, 2017 @ 10:08 PM | 5,525 Views
Posted by rclad | May 31, 2017 @ 07:22 PM | 4,849 Views
I just got back into RC last year after nearly fifteen years away while raising a family. So at the moment I only have two planes that are in flying condition, and a new one, my first giant scale plane, about ready to maiden.

First pic is of the last plane I flew before taking a break from the hobby. It's an old Ace Seamaster that I converted to electric back in 1997. I posted this on AMA's Generations of Flight. The wing, engine pod, MaxCim brushless motor and ESC, and the twenty cell NiCad battery pack I soldered together still sit in my hangar, waiting for the day they can fly again. Well, all except the NiCads, of course. With a LiPo pack the plane would have a slower stall speed and much better vertical performance. If I had lighter batteries back then, the plane might still be flying today.

The first plane I bought last year was a 69" E-flite Super Cub 25e. I thought this would be an easy plane to fly to make my transition back into RC, but I was badly mistaken. It may look like a trainer, but it's a handful on the ground and prone to tip stalls in the air, if flown too slow. I crashed it on its second flight, but repaired it and added some modifications along the way. It has an airspeed sensor - note the pitot tube on the right wing. Combined with haptic feedback on my Taranis Plus transmitter, I have the equivalent of a stick shaker when the plane gets close to a stall. It makes flying the pattern and touch and go's much safer. The photo...Continue Reading
Posted by krachall | May 31, 2017 @ 06:41 PM | 13,710 Views
Beta75 Bind-and-Fly 75mm Brushed Indoor Micro Quad Review

As always, no links are affiliate links.

Just about four months ago, I wrote a blog post declaring I was done with Tiny Whoops. And I was. I sold my two Whoops and all my batteries, cases, props, spare frames, motors, camera mounts, and even my unused tubes of Welder’s adhesive. I was out.

I gave up on Tiny Whoops for 2 main reasons:
  1. Frame durability vs. weight - Stock Inductrix frames were the right weight but the motor struts snapped in even the most gentle indoor crashes. Stronger frames didn’t break as easily but were a good 30%+ heavier. The right combination of durability and weight didn’t exist. On top of all this, the stock Inductrix frame is very difficult to repair as most adhesives, particularly CA, won’t stick to the frame material.
  2. Power vs. flight times - To get reasonable flight times - and we’re just talking a couple minutes - one had to resort to extremely light, relatively low kv 6mm motors. But those motors didn’t have the power to maintain altitude in aggressive turns or even fairly relaxed yaw inputs. And freestyle maneuvers were definitly out of the question. So swap out the motors for something faster for more power? Sure, and then you’re under 90 seconds flight time.

Today, I’m back in the Tiny Whoop game and I’ve jumped back in with both feet mainly because of one small company I found on Amazon of all places.

BetaFPV sells micro FPV drones, parts, and accessories...Continue Reading
Posted by Treeguy1984 | May 31, 2017 @ 03:20 PM | 4,902 Views
Stats report thread for the custom Mega 22/40 1EE 100K motor. Including Castle ESC graphing for s8tatic testing and flights in my Funjet Ultras.

Did use a Castle edge 130 at first but it was limiting performance so upgraded to a edge 200 lite giving a maximum amp rating of 350amps.

This 36mm motor is an animal.
Had speeds in excess of 190mph in my FJU airframes.
With reinforcments to fuse and wings to handle extreme forces put upon wings etc.
Pm me for any additional information on this motor or build tips for attaining high speeds in FJUs.
Thrust with 7inch sport props is insane.
Can run 8 inch props for even more psychotic thrust but sacrifice bit of top speed.
Highly reccomended for a strong 5s setup.

Mega 22 40 1EE Funjet Ultra Low passes (4 min 48 sec)
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Posted by slingshots | May 31, 2017 @ 02:33 PM | 4,962 Views
I have just started to build a flat foamie model the has a WS of 5in.
I am making it out of a foam sausage package that i washed and used.

Part 1: design
I did not want to have to redesign an inter jet so i just looked up the f-35 3 view and copied it and printed it.

Part 2: Modification
I took the 3 view's and cut out a few parts to charge the appearance of the F-35 (the trailing edge has a flat edge and so does the elevator, the nose was extended, just a bit).

Part 3: Cutting
I just used a razor but if you had a hot razor(or wire) you could do it that way to. I first cut out the side and top view of the F-35 out of the piece of paper and taped it down to the foam carton. next i cut the foam using the outline of the F-35.

Part 4: gluing
first I glued on the to of the top side of the BJ-01, then glued on the twin rudders, next I will glue on the bottom side of the BJ.
Now with the bottom panel glued on it looks like a real jet.

Part 5(optional): Painting
I am not painting it, but if you were to make one and paint it, first you would need to paint one side then dry it completely before to paint the other side. Now if you were to get really serious about appearance you could trace the outline of the cockpit and other surfaces.

I have a Freewing F-35 that has a 60mm ducted fan that sponsored to idea

If you have any questions just PM me.


it includes an extra set of main and tail blades and 1 battery and charger no power supply
i will also trade for a eflite edge 280 and eflite inverza 280

Thanks Matt
Posted by gabrielisrael | May 31, 2017 @ 02:23 PM | 3,825 Views
With one of my favorite airframes and pilot.....

3D Hobby Shop 71 AJ Slick-Aurora LEDs pilot joe Smith (6 min 13 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 31, 2017 @ 01:35 PM | 6,001 Views
Halloa people

I'm gonna be short about this one: Watch my video if you were considering this handheld gimbal..

Link to this product: AFI VS-3SG 3-axis handheld gimbal

My full review (rant?) then:

DutchRC - Must watch if you are considering the AFI VS-3SG 3-Axis Gimbal (REVIEW) (22 min 36 sec)

Color: Silver,Red,Gold
Suitability: For GoPro Hero4/ 3+/ 3, for SJCAM SJ4000 SJ5000 series, for Xiaoyi, for AEE... Also compatible with LCD backpack
Pitching Angle: 320° (Vertical Handheld)
Rolling Angle: 100° (Vertical Handheld)
Panning Angle: 320° (Vertical Handheld); 100°(Horizontal Handheld)
Pitching Following Rate: 30°/s
Panning Following Rate: 120°/s
Static Attitude Tracking Accuracy: 0.01° (Gimbal in static mode)
Motion Attitude Tracking Accuracy: 0.02°
Overload Current Protection: 1A
Working Voltage: From 6.5V to 8.4V, 7.4V(Standard)
Stand-by Time: 2.5~3 hours
Item Weight: 265g
Package Size: 19 * 12 * 9.6cm
Package Weight: 670g
Posted by Micubano | May 31, 2017 @ 01:27 PM | 5,998 Views
Like so many things in the hobby I swore I would never do, buying used planes has been something I avoid unless they almost being given away like the UMX SBach 3D I picked up for $10. Well, a friend and RC pilot needed to unload a great deal of his planes fast because a job opportunity came up that he had to take far south of here. I ended up with 13 or 14 working planes and jets. I'm still cleaning, repairing, and testing them all. Only one is truly questionable. In the pile was this cute little balsa E-Flite Cessna 150 Aerobat 250. When I bought her all I knew was it's a Cessna, I was going to be the 3rd or 4th owner, a previous owner had a gas engine in her, and it would look great on a wall somewhere. I gently took it apart and inspected everything. No problems. The RX bound first try. The servos were all good. Except for a loose front wheel, the landing gear being on backwards, and a thick layer of dust, there was nothing wrong with it. And when the dust was all wiped off it looked great. So I decided to take what was supposed to be a decoration out for a spin. It took off in a few feet, only needed a little trim, and it was a lot faster than I expected. I still might hang it in the living room at some point, but for now I have it on the grab and go rack of other planes it's size. I love 250 and 280 size planes, but they are too big for a box and small enough to be pretty fragile.

E-Flite Cessna 150 Aerobat 250 - Memorial Day Maiden Flight (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by gabrielisrael | May 31, 2017 @ 01:21 PM | 3,861 Views
This video is from a couple of years ago of a friends 50cc size Extreme Flight Edge.

Great guy, and great plane!

Extreme Flight 88" Edge 540T electric Hacker A60 (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by Matthew Duncan | May 31, 2017 @ 01:17 PM | 3,695 Views
I have just received the MLVSS sensor for the Frsky smartport telemetry system and the whole idea has intrigued me. As I'm not very experienced, this is my first telemetry apart for RSSI from the relieved itself.
There isn't really a big limit on what telemetry you have because of the ability to piggy back multiple sensors on each other (unless you use too many channels or the current draw gets too high) I'm not actually sure of the limit.
This has given me the great ability of the telemetry and I have learnt allot about using plants. Before, I didn't know how to set many hints on a switch, but now, I have RSSI on the middle of SC, voltage on the momentary SH and radio voltage on SG.
Posted by Flyboy222 | May 31, 2017 @ 11:46 AM | 3,879 Views
Consider the Hoverboard/Drone Hybrid. For now guaranteed to make a spectacular entrance into any sporting events. Such was the case at the Portugese Cup Final. Drones have been making inroads at sporting events due to the visual impact that they have. This hovercraft/drone was something else. Can't wait until costumes are added into the mix.
Posted by JetMang | May 31, 2017 @ 10:04 AM | 5,395 Views
Here's my assembly and flight review of the E-Flite P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback. This is a nicely engineered model that goes together really quickly and flies great! This was the bind and fly version which includes SAFE Select and so we touch on that as well. I'll be doing a separate video on SAFE Select as part of my "from the bench" series. Full article with links is available at:

Assembly & Flight Review -- E-Flite 1.2m P-47D Thunderbolt (Razorback) (15 min 41 sec)

Posted by Flyboy222 | May 31, 2017 @ 09:44 AM | 3,896 Views
The release of the Spark always prompts what else is lurking on the horizon. In fact, the Spark actually has technology in ways not seen before. Can this be shared with other models in the future? We know that the technology gets shared between products. However, the Spark had a few extras. Here is what we see for future technology.

I Won!

Posted by flyerdave | May 31, 2017 @ 09:34 AM | 2,738 Views
Circa 2008 I won "Best in class Military arf" with my PZ T-28 at my clubs scale meet
Posted by flyerdave | May 31, 2017 @ 09:31 AM | 3,197 Views
I started building this in spring of 2015 and maidened May 2016 This is converted to electric with an Eflight Power 46 motor, CC Talon 90 esc, APC E 12x6 prop and runs on a 5S 4000mah battery. Flight time is about 7 minutes.
Any questions just pm me...Continue Reading