Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 11, 2021 @ 01:09 PM | 16,915 Views
I took Dan Sponholz's Bloody Baron and scaled it up to a 36" wing span, and adapted it to the materials and techniques that I normally use to build foamies. The power plant is larger as is the battery, ESC, and servos. Wish me luck.I'll post progress pic's and a flight video if successful.
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jun 09, 2021 @ 05:01 PM | 21,036 Views
Taking a look at the DJI Digital FPV System when used with the FPV Goggles V1 and FPV Goggles V2 and air U=units Like the DJI and CaddX Vista on a spectrum analyzer.

Comparing 25mbs vs 50mbps mode and looking how the RC behaves with the OFDM Video signal.

DJI Digital FPV Ocusync - A Look On A Spectrum Analyzer (27 min 49 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Jun 08, 2021 @ 12:08 PM | 10,622 Views
Finally got everything in to finish my 2S Ion build. Really like this R3D Shifters frame. I'm currently running 0802 16,000kv motors but I have some 1102's on the way. I'll feel better knowing the motor shafts are 1.5mm instead of the 1mm shafts of the 0802 motors.

This little kwad performs very well and is probably my new favorite park flyer. Check out the pics, and stay tuned for some flight footage.

Full build details can be seen here.
Posted by GEMFAN ts | Jun 07, 2021 @ 02:27 AM | 18,486 Views
Gemfan's NEW Freestyle Propellers!

Youíve been asking about it for so long so here you go! Gemfan New 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗬𝗟𝗘 LED Props...


New color options just for you!

Starlight: Blue, Green, Red, White, ORANGE

Moonlight: Blue, Green, Red, White
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 05, 2021 @ 04:48 PM | 34,460 Views
We had our Scale/Warbird Fly in today at our club, the Memphis PropBusters....
we had close to 50 pilots and almost that many spectators....It was AWESOME..Enjoy!

There's 35...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Jun 05, 2021 @ 10:41 AM | 31,986 Views
So here we take the little WPL Models Toyota J40 Land Cruiser out for it's first drive in the mighty Mojave Desert !
WPL Models Toyota J40 Land Cruiser - First Drive in the Mojave Desert! (13 min 56 sec)

Despite my rolling it a couple of times (which didn't really do any damage, surprisingly!), I think the truck itself did really well, and in some pretty brutal terrain at that...

Please watch the video in YouTube for best viewing and let me know what you think in the comments. I'm feeling my way through shooting video of surface vehicles so your input is greatly appreciated!

Cheers and all the best to you my friends

Posted by fastmax | Jun 01, 2021 @ 12:29 PM | 21,237 Views
I was bored of flying my HappyModel Cine8 so I started looking for a higher performance frame to transplant all of the Cine8 elecs into. I came across this AlphaRC Fi-115 frame and decided to give it a shot. I'm very happy to say that everything went together smoothly, and that this little Kwad is night and day different now than when it was a Cine8.

The only thing you will need to do this transplant aside from the elecs are two m2 standoffs to mount the vTX on top of the FC. There isn't enough room behind the AIO to mount it in the back.

On 3s with the Gemfan 65mm props this thing is a rocket compared to the Cine8 and is much more freestyle capable. Between the larger props, and the nearly 30 gram weight reduction it is a complete transformation and is a lot more fun to fly. Check out the pics and stay tuned for some flight video.
Posted by Justwingit | Jun 01, 2021 @ 10:03 AM | 21,977 Views
So I had my super nice UMX Carbon Cub out for fun in the sun at the dry lake in Newberry Springs a while back...:
E-flite UMX Carbon Cub SS - A Blast from the Past! (9 min 16 sec)

What a sweet old UMX: very fun and can be flown in some really tight places. Plus, she just looks so good in the air with those scale lines and very nice paint scheme. All in all, this one was a winner and really lead the UMX revolution!

Cheers everyone and happy flying

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 31, 2021 @ 01:02 PM | 22,286 Views
Even though the USAF never nicknamed the A9 like the A-10, I'm gonna christen her the A-9 Hedgehog
Once I got her trimmed (1st and 2nd flights) and changed to a heavier battery, she was easy to fly

Northrop YA 9A II (2 min 8 sec)

Posted by MrMPX | May 30, 2021 @ 10:42 AM | 22,391 Views
May 2021
After almost 20 years out of the industry.. Mr MPX da emperor is back.
We are opening very modest with the Multiplex line in the USA!
Here for fun, servicing Multiplex clients and FUN! Did I mention this should be fun?
Posted by microflitedude | May 29, 2021 @ 08:31 PM | 28,864 Views
Eflite's Timber line is known for having weak landing gear that is difficult to fix. This is an extreme example and repair.

I bought this from a guy who used it as a trainer and later rammed it into a light pole. This ripped the gear out completely and took a lot of foam with it. He tried to repair it with hot glue but that only made things worse. Don't use hot glue on EPO; it melts the foam and makes a heavy mess.

The main feature is a wood block holding everything together. All three plastic pieces plus a vertical support (paint stick) are screwed into it. It had to be cut and sanded a dozen different ways to fit perfectly.

Four different glues were used here: wood glue, JB weld, foam tac, and white gorilla glue. The gorilla glue worked really well, expanding into a white foam and filling cracks. JB weld went between the x-brace and gear block (gorilla doesn't stick to plastic).

There was no hatch so I cut one from foam board.

So, the gear works like new again, except now it will never break. Everything is back to the original position and you can still use floats. Between a new set of springs and a bottle of gorilla glue I'm in it for around $10. I'm not sure how much weight was added but likely not much. All the beer cooler foam was removed along with the latch assembly, and the new hatch is lighter.

Also did remedial work on the surface hinges, wheels, clevis, stripped bolts, and float arms....Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 28, 2021 @ 06:33 PM | 27,520 Views
Just finished this one for one of our new club members, a 15 year old high school student.
He's the nicest, most polite kid I've encountered in a long time.
And he can fly the wings off almost anything .....

And he wants to learn to build !

27 "(685mm) WS, 70mm 6 blade fan, 3000kV motor, 65A ESC, 17gr metal gear digital servos,
Lemon 6-chanel DSMP receiver, 2600mah 45c 4S battery .. ..and my new coffee cup ..... lol
Posted by Rootsla | May 26, 2021 @ 07:50 PM | 28,677 Views
Eugene Bullard, Black American Expatriate and French War Hero
University of Georgia professor John Morrow, Jr. recounted the life story of Eugene Bullard. Bullard grew up in Georgia but, dissatisfied with the prospects for Black Americans in the Jim Crow South, stowed away on a freighter for Europe and eventually settled in Paris. Bullard, a boxer, musician, and nightclub owner served France as an infantry machine gunner, fighter pilot, and spy in World Wars I and II. He earned 14 French war decorations including the nationís highest, Knight of the Legion of Honor. This event was hosted by the National World War II Museum, and they provided the video
Posted by GEMFAN ts | May 23, 2021 @ 10:12 PM | 19,608 Views
Listen up! Thereís a new Gemfan Cinelifter 8040-3 coming Ö 🎉
YOU get to decide the color!🤩

Vote 🗳 here and comment a photo of your quad!!
👉Matte black
👉Matte dark Gray(similar color with DJIFPV props)
👉Matte White
👉Matte RED

🥳From the color with the most amount of votes, we will choose a few lucky winners to test the 7035-3 and 8040-3 together for FREE!
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 23, 2021 @ 09:11 PM | 19,429 Views
This is what happens when you put a high performance aircraft in the hands of a high performance pilot

Venom III (2 min 43 sec)

Posted by solentlife | May 21, 2021 @ 10:59 AM | 27,180 Views
Prompted by long running thread on Bungee use - I decided to create a video showing the advantages of using a ramp to get model of the ground and avoid damage.
The system has been created years ago after many years of Hi-Starts and different versions. The system here has served perfectly and performs just as well today.

General Bungee video 21 May 2021 (24 min 21 sec)

Based on over 50years of model flying ... 35 odd years of Ducted Fan ..... and the actual gear in the video being ~over 10 years old and still today performing faultlessly.
Its main benefit is the model can be launched regardless of ground condition. Rough fields particularly can damage models and this removes that at launch, leaving only the landing to sort.
I've tried so many different forms from free style Hi-Starts for Thermal gliders ... to board based short run launchers ... but finally settled on this system. Easy to set-up ... safely removing operator from props and blades .. Highest cost item is the bungee cord itself - rest is easily obtained in any local DIY shop.

Simple ...... Safe ....... Easy to make ..... Easy to set-up ......

Using Eagle Tree Pitot Speed checker - a 50mm EDF Skyangel T45 was launched on this system with no motor power. Model allowed to glide to a landing .. the Speed Checker showed 113kph ...

I hope the video can help people with set-ups ...
Posted by Justwingit | May 21, 2021 @ 06:24 AM | 28,514 Views
My first try at something like this...
WPL Models Toyota J40 Land Cruiser - Unboxing (13 min 53 sec)

Please be patient, as this is my first foray into surface RC.... !

Posted by Old_Pilot | May 20, 2021 @ 01:15 PM | 32,802 Views
Down to push rods and control horns. A friend of mine is going to 3D print me napalm cannisters for the 10 hardpoints under the wing...The graphics are superb.....between a new Epson 2760 printer and the Avery vinyl, I can't buy anything any easier or better
Posted by GEMFAN ts | May 19, 2021 @ 03:31 AM | 36,196 Views
Rotor Riot Rampage LED props! Did you get your hands on one?

Remember to send them pics to us so we can share them! Only 300 sets in the world!
Posted by solentlife | May 19, 2021 @ 02:16 AM | 36,857 Views
I have 3 hobbies ..... RC of course, then full size Yachting, and finally fishing.

2020 of course was a disaster for all 3 as CV19 swept across the Globe causing lockdowns and restrictions for all. As time went on - easing Lockdowns and CV19 hit back ... so even tighter lockdowns ...

Here we are in 2021 with Vaccinations in progress - but still CV19 has a grip on us.

Is there a light at end of tunnel ? Yes a small flicker is appearing - but it all hinges on us all getting our vaccinations and doing best to reduce spread of the CV19.
It will be a long while before open full flight line meetings and TBH - I think CV19 is never going to fully go away. It will sit there waiting its chance to strike out ..

Here in Latvia - the pandemic is serious - hospitals full and staff struggling to cope. But movement is still relatively free. We have restrictions on numbers in gatherings ... masks ... controlled access into shops etc.

Maybe I am not alone - but the urge to go out and fly is there - but the actual will to get up and go is ?? after all this time locked down. I'm sure that once I get a model back in the air - the drive will be back again ... its just that initial get up and do it !

Lockdown has created a hangar full of new models to maiden .. but flight fields have been lost. The CAA has issued more Red Zones making the distance to travel to fly greater. Owners / those responsible for land suitable are increasingly reluctant to agree use.

I wonder what the future is ?