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Posted by camship | Jun 22, 2007 @ 05:42 AM | 13,304 Views
The ME-262 going together is going to need something to shoot at.
Posted by 3Deranged | Jun 22, 2007 @ 01:46 AM | 4,828 Views
Sometimes we try to improve an already great airframe and it works, as attested to the Tribute FX. After seeing the way the Clik XL performs, I'm going to be adding those sawtooth type leading edge extensions on the TFX too.
Here's some vids.
Posted by 3Deranged | Jun 22, 2007 @ 01:40 AM | 4,646 Views
Well slap my ass and call me Sally, this plane can fly! For a "throw it together and see if it will work" plane, it's the bomb diggity! Next one I'll have to make it look nicer with a paint job and epoxy instead of Gorilla Glue. Love that stuff, but it's so messy. After some tweaking, I've got to do a bigger one! Weight doesn't appear to be a factor, still a real floater at a higher wing loading. These are addicting. My buddy Blake did the first flight with 3s=OK, plane flew great just needed some more go juice. Next 3 flights on 4s=right on. Elevators, harriers(inverted and upright) were wing rock free. Walls kind of pivot instead of arcing up. Excellent KE's with no rudder input or maybe 3 deg or so at most unless you want to do a loolipop. Coool! Unbelievable ,been waiting for a beater plane that will do 3D and pattern stuff. Cheopo airframe from the Blucor 1/2" material. Won't break the bank to build another one. Definitely going to enlarge this one to about double size!!!!!!!
Posted by IwantaJet | Jun 21, 2007 @ 11:51 PM | 2,501 Views
After the last flight I took about 2oz out of the tail of the JW. Tonight it flew really well. I let Chris wring it out and he suggested adding just a bit more nose weight. It flew even better. I'll check the cg tomorrow and maybe take the rest of the lead out of the tail.

Chris trimmed out the Expresso for me too. I had reduced the aileron throws just a bit so he didn't do much. We got the butterfly to elevator mix straightened out.

After that it was Bees and Weasels with Chris, Larry, Jerry, Ronnie and Forrest. It was blowing really hard but dropped off to just light air right before sunset. We were going to fly after dark but the wind quit.

There were a couple of pairs of nighthawks chasing each other around the sky and occasionally diving on each other and us. It would be cool to be a nighthawk.
Posted by new2rc | Jun 21, 2007 @ 11:47 PM | 8,661 Views

Here is a nice pic (thanks Frank) taken at our club with my 4 of 6.
I'd rather have 7 of 9 .

(A bad one for the Voyager fans out there)

Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jun 21, 2007 @ 11:03 PM | 4,637 Views
The answer is yes. U can get 2 way, spread spectrum, 115kbit communication for under $100.

This module goes 1 mile. For under $50, you can get a 300ft version.

Maybe it's in our future, but not until autopilot is proven and we're done buying batteries. One this is certain. We're never going to get a Spektrum DX7.
Posted by HeliSmith | Jun 21, 2007 @ 10:29 PM | 4,501 Views
RX: AR7000
BEC: SportBEC by Dimension Engineering
MOTOR: JGF500th or Align 430XL
GYRO: Futaba GY401
SERVO: HS65MG x 3, s9650 x 1
Posted by HeliSmith | Jun 21, 2007 @ 10:20 PM | 4,650 Views
I couldn't be happier with this helicopter and the DX7.
Posted by aballen | Jun 21, 2007 @ 09:22 PM | 3,789 Views
got a firefox from ele recently and I've been having a lot of fun with it. it is amazingly stable, and amazingly small.

I'm pretty amazed at how precisely this heli was made, just because its so small.

I thought I would throw up a few pics


Posted by BlueAnodizeAl | Jun 21, 2007 @ 09:02 PM | 4,014 Views
I thought I'd post a couple of screen prints from a new concept profile I'm working on. I need something new to fly over the pond in the backyard. Requirements: must be something Navy, must be WWI or II, profile is okay, but it must have some fun options, and it must be cheap enough to loose to the drink - GWS parts it is.

Answer: Avenger. I'll do a full build thread in the Scratch built foamies later, but I thought I might check the water with my own Blog.

I still need to work out, servo and battery placement, as well as the internal sacrificial torpedo dropping mechanism.

I figure a place to post this will keep me motivated to finish it. I plan to post plans as soon as I can, if anyone's interested in building in parallel. It should be a simple little bird.

P.S. I just finished James Bradley's Flyboys. Excellent book about the air war in the Pacific, specifically the Battle of Chichi Jima; and the inspiration for this model.
Posted by Pwog | Jun 21, 2007 @ 08:33 PM | 1,954 Views
I like RC stuff even though it is a bit nerdy.
Posted by slopemeno | Jun 21, 2007 @ 07:36 PM | 11,308 Views
well, take it from me...A whole glass of Diet Coke will mess up your keyboard.
Cant they put a sneeze-shield on these things?
Posted by DismayingObservation | Jun 21, 2007 @ 02:39 PM | 3,617 Views
Project Zero is nearly finished!

The wing is completely ready to go, servos and all. The fuselage is as good as it's gonna get and the cowl, which turned out to be the single biggest project, is ready for paint. I've even ironed out all the wrinkles in the covering. All that's left is to repair the broken "window" on the canopy and then open my wallet for the radio gear and engine!

It shall fly by summer's end if not sooner. Going on a big summer vacation and I want to save my sheckels for the time being.
Posted by 3Deranged | Jun 21, 2007 @ 11:48 AM | 4,986 Views
Here's some finished shots of my down an dirty testbed for the larger Clik XXL planned. See how this one flies @ 42oz . Have enough power with a Torque 2814/820/14 x 7/TP 3s 2070. Hovers at 1/2 throttle. Will get some check out flights soon.
Posted by siryan | Jun 21, 2007 @ 02:41 AM | 3,631 Views
For sale or trade
it needs flybar belt and blade grips screw to mount the blades but im not sure what else it needs probably more but it has the metal swashplate and other metal head parts
Posted by Get Real | Jun 20, 2007 @ 10:29 PM | 7,576 Views
The trex is always fun.. i just dont have time to fly helis very much . Thanks to ''Need2FindIt'' for providing the music in the video They ROCK ! . Planes and helis are fun but i began rc with offroad electrics and raced for several years. Theres a world class track with on and offroad racing thats been built recently and im looking forward to checking the track out in the upcoming weeks,might even try to start racing again as well.. well get whooped for a while until the reflexes and timing come back with the offroad cars .

Heli Video:Just Park Flying !

Worldclass Race Track:4 Acres Of Racing Here !
Posted by -=Brian812=- | Jun 20, 2007 @ 06:30 PM | 3,476 Views
any ideas?
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jun 20, 2007 @ 01:04 PM | 5,087 Views
So with Vicacopter, we have a huge amount of software to write for the next test flight. The problem is telemetry. The need for intense PID loop calibration made us move the 2 way communication phase forward. Originally 2 way communication was optional.

The real problem was getting a portable ground interface. Laptop batteries don't last long enough. PDA's are unaffordable. Then, remembered we had a graphic calculator with RS232 support and a terminal emulator. It lasts many hours on batteries. So the ground interface is a text console with all the computation done on the airframe and the calculator as a dumb terminal.

You can buy a wireless modem suitable for Vicacopter for $300, but we need $300 for batteries. Instead, this is a matter of stacking the telemetry packets on the existing carriers and implementing wireless flow control.

With the unreliable wireless communication, we need 4 bit flow control. The data buffer and flow control bits are repeated over and over on each wireless channel. It's super slow but good enough for PID calibration. The problem with this is each packet is going to be repeated twice while it waits for the ACK packet. We're not going to try to optimize it with delays.

Data ready - toggles when we have new data in the outgoing buffer
Data ready ACK - toggles when we have receieved new data in the incoming buffer
Reset - set to 1 when outgoing data ready is reset to 0
Reset ACK - set to 1 when the incoming reset is receieved
Posted by 3Deranged | Jun 20, 2007 @ 09:56 AM | 7,420 Views
Love the way the F3P Clik flies. Trying to train my thumbs to fly more precision so this looked like a good plane to start with (for a foamie). Wanted an outdoor one since I don't really have an indoor venue. Also wanted to do a smaller testbed for an 80" version, so the 52" Clik XL is born. Sure, it's got a lot more wing loading, but I'll need most of that to penetrate windy conditions. Besides, I've never built a foamy this big, so it'll help with the learning curve building the larger one. Also making a smaller version for flying in the house(sorry honey!) when it's really windy.
Posted by GlennS | Jun 20, 2007 @ 05:45 AM | 14,976 Views
Se5a Biplane based on Tony65x55's plans.
Made using Cellfoam 88 5mm sheet and EPS monoblock up front.
Wings heat formed over wooden mold.

Flies nicely!
Painted with Bunnings sample pot of acrylic, thinned 50/50 with Windex and airbrushed on.


AUW: 390gm
Static Thrust: 470gm @ 8500RPM (100W)
Motor: Apex Mini 300 using 31 turn delta wind
Receiver: GWS R6NII modified with microprocessor PPM decoder
Battery: 1300mAh 12C
Prop: 8x4 APCE