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Posted by lawrence4 | Jul 30, 2018 @ 04:24 AM | 1,934 Views
Jupiter duck flight low 2018/7/30 (2 min 9 sec)

Test different DV on board,
Edited with GOPRO video.
Posted by FeiJi | Jul 30, 2018 @ 12:55 AM | 2,001 Views
Wow, awful maiden - too many problems.
Servos were reversed so nosed into the ground when I thought I should be pitched up. Prop mounted backwards. Servos loose. Bent motor mount on first take off. CG too far back. Windy.
So fixed all those except CG and it flies - but motor angle is down because of motor mount so will redesign motor mount and it should fly fine.

This micro camera is awful - audio out of sync and video got sped up. Ordered a head mount for my mobile phone as I like the video it takes.
Next flight should go much smoother. It does have a lot of lift and the tiny motor still can make it scoot. Put a proper propeller on it and it should really move.

Scratchbuilt Delta Maiden (0 min 58 sec)

Posted by rclad | Jul 29, 2018 @ 10:17 PM | 2,124 Views
I started this blog with a full-scale aviation story about my first solo cross-country flight and why I fly model planes. The piece is titled, “Why I Fly RC.” Now that I’ve been flying scale aerobatics in competition for nearly two years, I thought it might be time for a follow up article on why I fly IMAC.

As a Navy Flight Officer in training in the 1980s, I sat in the back seat of an A-4 while the pilot flew through combat maneuvers (before long range air-to-air weapons systems made close range dogfights obsolete). Experiencing the g-forces that occur when pulling out of a dive or turning rapidly at high speed made me appreciate what aerobatic pilots experience when they compete in the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). Flying with precision through these difficult maneuvers while experiencing high g-forces takes tremendous skill and physical strength. Watch the 2010 Unlimited World Champion Renaud Ecalle fly his Free Program, with a 9 g push from inverted at the beginning of the sequence, and you can begin to appreciate the art of scale aerobatics.

IMAC, the International Miniature Aerobatic Club, is inspired by and modeled after the full-scale IAC. The word “miniature” is a bit of a misnomer. Indoor micro scale RC planes are closer to what I think of when I see that word. The typical IMAC plane is a giant scale model of the full-scale planes flown in the IAC, and they are often 35-42% in size. My Extreme Flight Extra 330SC is small at 30% scale, but it’s...Continue Reading
Posted by 1nspectorGadget | Jul 29, 2018 @ 09:27 PM | 1,926 Views
360 Little Tiny Planet Panorama | With a DJI Spark 360 Panorama (2 min 4 sec)

I have a cheap 360 camera and thought I would shoot some video at ground level and then do a panorama with my DJI Spark.
Posted by Hobby WOW | Jul 29, 2018 @ 09:11 PM | 1,949 Views
This HuiNa Excavator Car has Alloy bucket and boom and cab, more durable and powerful. The boom bucket can be controlled independently and flexibly, High precision / high hardness / very smooth / very wearable, Adopt 2.4G spread spectrum technology, remote control distance is 50-100m, 4 headlights, two in front and two in rear, free to open and turn off after forward, Simulate actual loader operation, higher cost performance.
Posted by GemFinder | Jul 29, 2018 @ 06:34 PM | 1,367 Views
The Volantex RC AWS28 2.555 m wingspan PNP motor glider
I enjoy gliding but wanted something a bit bigger, faster, and had a better power-on flight characteristic than the venerable Radian or Radian Pro that got me started in RC -this time. The Volantex RC ASW28 looked like a reasonable next step. I like motor gliders and enjoy exploiting complexities of dynamic air and I fly off unimproved surfaces. A motor glider that can get me up into the sky and keep me there until my neck gets sore and be landed in a tall grass field without major damage my ideal is plane right now.
There is a great deal to like about theASW28:
It can be a made into a robust base aircraft.
The one-piece plastic fuselage - much stronger than EPO and far cheaper than carbon fiber.
The latest iteration has very positive and the easily undone wing clips to hold the very thin wings securely.
It has separate and accessible battery and electronics bays.
There are two round metal spars that fit into box metal spar sleeves - not carbon fiber but strong that obviously brings the price down.
It is big and fast enough for gaining the skills needed to fly more finicky flyers.
It makes and awesome sound,
It has a good motor, and
It is reasonably priced.
That said there are things that should be changed.

When it arrived and the box opened I knew changes had to be made.
The initial changes:
I replaced all the EPO hinges with 7 tabs of polypropylene on each flap, aileron, and elevator; and a full length...Continue Reading
Posted by TinkleWid | Jul 29, 2018 @ 04:47 PM | 2,037 Views
Found a lovely new spot in the woods that I had to share with some cows while I wait for my Caddx Turtle to arrive from China

🦕 HGLRC XJB 145 with Cows and the Woods - Waiting for the Caddx Turtle to arrive (5 min 39 sec)

I've been sticking with the lightweight Quelima SQ12 and lens mod while waiting for my Caddx Turtle or Turtlet to arrive from China. In the meantime Albert Kim has a great review @ Caddx Turtle 🐢 HD FPV Camera Review + Giveaway 🎁📷👍
Caddx Turtle 🐢 HD FPV Camera Review + Giveaway 🎁📷👍 (28 min 31 sec)
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Posted by jimharley909 | Jul 29, 2018 @ 02:16 PM | 2,241 Views
The Alliance Balsa Bees had their annual Cub Day yesterday. Great time! We managed to put up 9 Cubs with no mid-airs. The wind was right down the runway most of the day and everyone did a great job of flying. All scales were present, from a Park Zone to a 1:1. As long as this hobby has been around, I think no other airplane could be more of a staple in R/C than the Cub. Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to fly a Balsa USA 1/4, and 1/3rd scale. The 1/3 scale handles exactly like the 1:1, its almost spooky, it looks like a real Cub flying around and then you have to move the sticks to make it do something. Balsa USA really got this one right. Unfortunately, late in the day, there was one mid-air...ironically they were the only 2 airplanes in the air. I know I keep saying this but it really is great to be back in the hobby again. The camaraderie is great and the friendships are genuine.

DSC_3572 by jim harley, on Flickr

DSC_3589 by jim harley, on Flickr

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Posted by Absaroka | Jul 29, 2018 @ 11:29 AM | 1,777 Views
Got the Val out on a foggy morning---good fun.
Valiant (0 min 29 sec)

Posted by Barney Boy | Jul 29, 2018 @ 08:11 AM | 2,241 Views
Our Club has ribbon cutting combat several times a year and I usually fly a foam board F-22 but they just don't last long enough (batt. time is about 4min. give or take). So I had a wing and tail set that I got for free at this years swap meet, My first thought was to use a arrow shaft for a fuse, but I ended up finding a plastic baseball bat from the local DT, and BINGO the Combat Baseball Bat is born. It runs a 2.2 lipo on board that gives me tons of speed and like 25min. of flight time. It has great gliding capability that allows me to "Hang out" above the action and let the other pilots go after each other first so they burn their batts. up and a bunch of them get KO, then I come down and go to town on whoever's left. It only has elevator and rudder, but it fly's great Loops on a dime, and with the rudder turned way up it is a flying machine. I flew it yesterday and it Won. I think it's a keeper.
Posted by T3chDad | Jul 29, 2018 @ 06:56 AM | 2,075 Views
This is so awesome! I can't wait for the airframe to arrive and get this thing in the air!

KingTech K85G2 Test Start (2 min 21 sec)

Posted by Scott Todd | Jul 28, 2018 @ 08:25 PM | 3,163 Views
This is an attempt to document me restoring, refurbishing, updating, and flying vintage radios. I have started with the 70's and 80's. Pretty much anything proportional before computer radios.

I found the Arduino encoders and was fascinated. I bought some Arduinos, downloaded every encoder sketch I could find, and started playing. I was intrigued with Paul Luby's work in the UK. His sketches (code) were simple and easy to follow. Phil Green ran a UK website called He is a lifelong programmer and started messing with Arduinos. He had built some single channel encoders using PIC controllers so he knew his stuff. His single channel encoders actually encoded more channels (usually 3) so he could use modern receivers and servos but fly a vintage transmitter with a single Tone button. It was genius. He started following Paul's work and then applied his expereience to an Arduino based encoder and tested it on a Vintage Kraft transmitter. He posted videos, a nice PDF how-to document, and the code to use in an Arduino. Then he found and posted instructions to use some off-the-shelf breakout boards to make building a transmitter really easy.

So that is where I started. I almost exclusively use Phil's code, a derivative of Paul's, on a few different Arduino board. As I have become more familiar with the software and what I want vintage radios to do, I have started modifying the code. For example, I converted a Futaba 6JN. It had a basic mixer and separate...Continue Reading
Posted by newelectro | Jul 28, 2018 @ 07:39 PM | 1,847 Views
Virage flight 5
Virage Flight 5 (26 min 57 sec)

Posted by newelectro | Jul 28, 2018 @ 07:38 PM | 1,763 Views
Waiting for rain to stop.
Virage in wait mode (0 min 38 sec)

Posted by newelectro | Jul 28, 2018 @ 07:37 PM | 1,769 Views
Virage flight 4
Virage Flight 4 (20 min 53 sec)

Posted by Jay B. Scott | Jul 28, 2018 @ 06:42 PM | 1,741 Views
One of my rc airplane clubs, the Marymoor RC Club, has a club group build that's still in progress. We're building a profile version of the Grumman Panther that was featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Park Pilot magazine, which is an AMA publication. Prolific long-time designer Dick Sarpolus gave us this design, which takes advantage of the thin profile fuselage to make constructing an EDF jet very simple, yet surprisingly effective. The head of the group build is fellow MAR-C member Jeff Schlimmer, aka jeffsch on RCG, a prolific designer and kitter of parkflyer foamies in his own right, who made the kits for us, his groupies. The build officially kicked off at the April club meeting, and will wrap up with a group picture at our August meeting. I just got mine done yesterday, so below is its picture.


Posted by newelectro | Jul 28, 2018 @ 05:58 PM | 1,581 Views
F27 at field today.
F27 at field today (8 min 53 sec)