Posted by cactus | Jan 08, 2007 @ 10:54 PM | 9,543 Views
I got the carbon spars in the wing and side stablizers. I'll Solder the hacker esc and the TP pack connectors next. The hacker outrunner fits a little different than the planned motor, but it should go in with some slight modifications. So far this is an easy build.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 08, 2007 @ 08:02 PM | 8,057 Views
Finished the covering on the Wanderer this evening. Looks much better than it did. Took awhile to carve a nose for it from a 2x4, but I think it turned out fine. With any luck, I will get it out to fly it tomorrow.
Posted by powder | Jan 08, 2007 @ 07:34 PM | 4,509 Views
Pizza for DS!
Posted by slopemeno | Jan 08, 2007 @ 03:56 PM | 10,690 Views
Yeah, you know the story...

I was flying at Eastside Four Corners, minding my own business, enjoying a weak but workable thermal with my Shredder (what an amazing plane.. Mark Grand is a GOD!) and, so what do you do when you have five-hundred feet of altitude at your fingertips?! Dive! Speedrun! Buzz the LZ! Hey, its kinda sinky down here, uh, crashing on the left...

Well it was all over before you could think about it, so, collapse the antenna and go searching. I spent about 45 minutes below the lip, around the tree thats down the hill, but no Shredder to be found. My boots are starting to fill up with wood debris and my hands are bloody from raspberry vines (ya hate 'em, right?). No plane. I walk over to the hard left of the hill. No Shredder anywhere..

Roger Jennings (aka SSCB, or "slopestud crybaby") called me on the cell phone and said " I see it!". The Shredder had somehow followed the contour of the slope all the way to the far, far left. If you know the hill (Homestead Hill on Google Earth) theres a damp/dry creekbed that runs north from the left-side LZ. Its overgrown with what must have been dormant PO. I struggled downb to it for about 15 minutes, and got the Shredder. No damage, thank god.

NOW- here comes the tricky part. I tried to go back the direction I came, but it was just too overgrown and steep. I made it about 50 feet and had to pause. I was making such slow headway it would take me an hour to emerge. The only...Continue Reading

siren hot liner

Posted by james 1 | Jan 08, 2007 @ 01:34 PM | 2,145 Views
any one out there have one of these and what are you running in it looking for speed and good run time thanks alot
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 08, 2007 @ 07:39 AM | 7,778 Views
My buddy showed up with a glider Saturday to give me. It was in rough shape to say the least. He had covered it, then a few years later decided to paint over the covering It had about a 1/2 gallon of epoxy all over it, a card-board nose cone, and some paper towels glued to it in place of some of the covering.

I Stripped it down, did some repairs and recovered it. Its almost done now, and it weighs a lot less. Should fly pretty well.

I might make a removeable nose so I can put a motor on it too in case I cant figure out what the heck "lift" is! (this is my first glider). Anyway, here it is.
Posted by rhagen | Jan 08, 2007 @ 06:38 AM | 12,158 Views
Nearly ready to start covering my SIG Something Extra, so I set everything together to see how it looks. The tail assembly and canopy are not attached yet, will do that after covering. This is my first balsa kit, and I've learned a lot building it. No major screw-ups so far, hopefully I can do a decent covering job and get it flying soon. I'm going to put an OS .46 AX on it. Once I get this done I can get back to the foam B-25 that I started.
Posted by scrtsqrl | Jan 08, 2007 @ 05:18 AM | 60,967 Views

Check out the Three Swords...

Three Swords (1 min 38 sec)

Check out this beach...

FPV: Olbor, Norway (4 min 1 sec)
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Posted by SPEED-E-FLYER | Jan 07, 2007 @ 07:42 PM | 6,535 Views
So I went today for the second maiden.

The Gods where against me from the first.

I forgot the canopy cover.
Not to be waylaid, I made a canopy from a phone-book cover and packing tape.
Got the plane together and was holding it by its back fuselage tail walking out on the field to launch it and test powered up the motor.
DUH, I sliced my finger up good. Knuckle bleeding all over the place.
But a little blood would not going to hold me back. I had grand vision of this plane flying across the Arizona skies and nothing was going to stop me.

Throttle up about 1/2 way and launched.....
It glided out and caught its wind.... more power.... a little back pressure..... it started to climb.....good control.... more power.... strong climb.... bank to the right.. don't try to over control it, let the plane fly.... 200'..wings level... climb....250'.. turn it back towards me and throttle back, let it do it's glider thing... touch the trim a bit... left trim click, click.. good... a bit more good... let it fly .. let it losing some altitude and pick up some's flying real good... thinking about throttling up and, and, and, and.....

Let me tell you, you should have been there.
Nothing like a 95" wingspan plane traveling about 45mph, 150' above you suddenly doing beautiful axial rolls, corkscrewing down in front of you.
1 roll, 2nd roll, What the Heck is going on, 3rd roll, earth...OH MAN

Well this is what happened the other day.

While I said I don't have time to fix it I seem to have some time on my hands today.

The balsa over the foam needs to be replace or glued and sanded.
Need to reinforce the area in the foam.

Those 22 of what every they are are a piece of JUNK
I've bought 4-6 of them and they seem to keep stalling .
Getting stuck in one position or not moving until you move them
Posted by steve wenban | Jan 07, 2007 @ 07:38 PM | 8,654 Views
Well the second Jart is ready to fly the nest will post some photo's better than the one from my Video camera which is pretty bad but at least you can see it forget the date on the shot I always forget to reset the damb thing when I change batteries over .
Posted by bluesman101 | Jan 07, 2007 @ 04:52 PM | 2,846 Views
Several of us at my field have a 25 to 30 minute drive to the field. A friend in my area said he found a new residential area for custom homes 2 miles from our houses. Big wide roads and four way intersections and not a house in sight. I checked it out and it is great! I pulled out my Capitol Nitro Flyer and took off. My 1st time flying away from the field and it felt really good. I thought I'd try some touch & gos but before I could touch I hit a stop sign. I hit the wing on the top of the sign and spiraled in from 8 feet up. Destroyed the wing but the rest of the plane looks ok. I think it will live. A word to the wise...
Posted by tribologist | Jan 07, 2007 @ 04:48 PM | 4,856 Views
There have been so many post on the subject of how a heading hold gyro behaves and how they should be set up. To help on this I made a short video showing my Blade CP Pro with a Align 500X gyro (pretty much the same as Honeybee or E-flite G-90). The video show how the gyro act in both HH mode and in rate mode.

Think of rate mode as a damping function. The gyro is resiting rotation but in heading hold the gyro is really controlling the position and your stick input is now rate of rotation.

Here is the video. PM me if you have problems watching it.

HH vs rate Gyro (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by MicroRotors | Jan 07, 2007 @ 04:04 PM | 11,103 Views
Um,,, it's still under construction. Sorry, look back here in a week or so.
Posted by bentwing | Jan 07, 2007 @ 12:28 PM | 4,987 Views
Well I managed to get most of the way done last night. All thats left is to screw the cowl and canopy on, and put a prop and spinner on. I decided to go ahead and tape the conopy and cowl on to see If i was even remotley close on the C.G. . I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised .It sits a little tail heavy without the prop or adapter or spinner. I think Its right in the ballpark. The Electrifly motor mount is the way to go with this setup.The last one of these I built I had to use 2-1/2 oz. of weight in the tail because of the motor I used (Mega 22-30-3) talk about overkill , my combat corsair with the Axi in it required 2-1/2 oz in the nose. The weight of the mount took care of the usless lead weights and it looks cool.If the wind dies down this afternoon I will maiden it.

Posted by squidbait | Jan 07, 2007 @ 10:23 AM | 4,284 Views
I just went to order some spare parts for my Ventura, and found out that Hobbico has discontinued it! Nooooo!

This is a great little 3-channel plane! Maybe it's a little fast for a first plane, but it sure makes a great second... and just like my Aerobird, it's so easy to throw in the back seat if I'm going anywhere for just-in-case flying.

It's a sad, sad day
Posted by patmat2350 | Jan 07, 2007 @ 08:28 AM | 25,695 Views
Posted by lslewis | Jan 07, 2007 @ 07:55 AM | 3,613 Views
I finally painted the Pod for my B-58 and build an attachment to the plane that will be easily removable. I do not need any more drag. The pod was my first adventure into Depron.

The B-58 did not carry any bombs inside the plane rather it was designed to carry the nuke external. Pods that I saw were usually plain aluminum and unmarked. I believe some were designed for surveillance, electromagnetic as well as visual. Some carried fuel and some were just weight dummies. I believe 5669 often flew without a Pod. I saw the red paint scheme on one old photograph.