Posted by horton | Jul 12, 2009 @ 08:52 PM | 16,550 Views
Well I finally maiden the big Slick. Only got one flight in, but am looking forward to more. Sure is a different beast! Should be lots of fun. Just need to do some fine tuning and play with the CG.
Posted by wmcneal | Jul 12, 2009 @ 07:50 PM | 5,908 Views
I borrowed Chris' Fly cam one2 today and strapped it in the cockpit of my Great Planes Eagle 580 looking out the left side. Here is the video.

Matt Chapman Great Planes Eagle 580 on board video (7 min 39 sec)

Posted by der Oberflügel | Jul 12, 2009 @ 05:13 PM | 3,934 Views
Here is the wireless setup now! I can control the servos from the interlink through the PC software, out to the XBee where it transmits the data to XBee#2, which talks to the Atmega328, which sends the appropriate commands to the servo controller board. Also, the accelerometer is transmitting data back to the PC wirelessly. At this point, I could cleanup the wiring, make it more robust, and stick it in the truck. But I think I'll get the XBee set up to where I can re-flash the Atmega over the RF link first, which I read can be done. I also would like to play around with a couple more sensors like temperature and battery voltage. Probably add a remote power switch for lights too. (Those switches on the interlink are just begging to be used.)
Posted by redhotpearl | Jul 12, 2009 @ 05:07 PM | 1,996 Views
Drove to 3 fields I usually fly at and they were all overrun with people. Came back to my last resort, a small football field with trees on all sides. Would have been fine if I wasn't flying like an ass. One close call early on and then a crash. I was 5 feet off the ground and tried to go inverted. Not a good move. Barely any damage though, just a hairline crack in the wing.

Parkzone Corsair: Stepping Over the Line (4 min 58 sec)

Posted by MikeSt | Jul 12, 2009 @ 03:41 PM | 3,593 Views
.... but no major damage, as I dumped the HK450 into very long grass. Just a bent flybar.

Contributing reasons -

1) The deadly "lost orientation". I took it up fairly high (~ 50 feet), but without the canopy on, I lost orientation. Tried to descend under control but the ....

2) Wind - 11g19 (.. probably not a good day to take it up "high" ), zipped it away downwind (note to self .. descend into the wind next time !)

On the positive side, I proved that the heli, and my skill level can hover it in gusty winds. Today is about my max for now though. Yesterday's ~9 kt winds were enough to keep it interesting. So 15kt (steady) is probably about the max I'd want to fly this thing.

First flight after mounting the Bec, ESC seemed to be running cooler.

Tail is holding, but twitching with both ATV and Gain dialed to max, tried slightly backing off them both (~90%), and the tail-holding dramatically reduces.
Posted by tuppertn | Jul 12, 2009 @ 03:20 PM | 7,625 Views
This is my latest scratchbuild. I've always liked the look of the Great Planes Electrostreak so I made my own from FFF (hence the "FFFreak" bit...get it? ). This is the most powerful plane I have right now. It's 23.1oz flying on 337W from a Scorpion 2215-1860 on 3s for a power loading of 233W/lb. It's right quick too. I don't have any Doppler passes but the pitch speed works out to 98mph with the Graupner 6.5 x 6.5 Speed prop. I figure it's actually doing in the mid to high 70's.

I posted plans on its build thread and someone else has already built and maidened one of their own. I just think that's friggin' cool.

Anyway, here's the "glamour shot".

Posted by R.C.Pilot | Jul 12, 2009 @ 03:07 PM | 6,462 Views
I am selling some my current Items / Extras
Older RC Kit Lot Sale
Transmitter Lot Sale
Engine Lot Sale

I do not have to but I'm looking to go a different direction with it.

Taking a step today might be better off in the near future

The bad part is letting things go that took a while and a lot of searching to acquire

The good part is the Getting Something New side of it

My Shop is Still not Done" and Material Prices has gone crazy

But when it is I will have one large Dog House for My Getaway

Living on a 1 acre lot is OK but I'm not into Micros and Foamies


Someday Agenda

I would love to have 30-50 Acres
Flying Field with Float Strip
Oval Boat Lake
Heli Flying Area
Large Club House with 10 -12+ Building Rooms for Lease
On Hand Hobby Shop
BBQ and Kitchen Facility
RV Spaces and Clean Showers

Share the Fun.......... Share the Hobby

Posted by rob-sten | Jul 12, 2009 @ 02:47 PM | 3,647 Views
before setting off to win the clubs EAULD comp.... on 'new rules' 1500mah Lipo latest news

Posted by la528it | Jul 12, 2009 @ 01:10 PM | 13,039 Views
I picked up a plane quiver the other day from saoring usa. I could not fit one of my wings in the standard 68" bag, so instead I picked up an 80" model.

This is a BIG bag, and I was a little concerned about transporting lighter, lighter gliders to the field: the bag had plenty of padding and is made of a terrific cloth... only problem is that it does weigh a bit much for the omega 1.8e to carry.

A very easy solution was to pick up some 4mm coroplast. The chords run lengthwise down the bag. I then reinforced 85 percent of it with an additional layer that runs the opposite direction. A little gorilla glue, and it was perfect.

The bag now supports itself, rather than relying on the strength of the planes to form the bag into shape.
Posted by P. Tritle | Jul 12, 2009 @ 12:28 PM | 43,829 Views
After 17 years I was starting to get a little tired of the old colors on the '86 Intruder. The Ol' Gal was in good shape, just in need of a good old fashioneda face-lift.

The first re-paint was around 1990 after the original paint had faded clean away. Then in '93 the pull-back bars were replaced with the drag bars. Here's how she looked up until a week ago.
Posted by la528it | Jul 12, 2009 @ 12:13 PM | 13,504 Views
So I went a little hog wild lately and picked up some awesome hyperion products. Some lipos, a motor and a logger.

For what it is worth, Hyperion recently changed the dimensions on their website for the lipos.... I both measured and weighed every single lipo... and all were within .3mm and 2g of the posted dimensions!!!!!!!!!

The only exception was a 5500mah 3s pack that has 10g wiring, Because it's 3s, it has a wire running front to back, and mine juts out, making the pack wider than necessary. This is for a supertight application, so I may end up running the wire atop the cells... tbd

The motor seems quite strong. It shines where my axi 2826-8 was lacking. Yes, the hyperion is slightly heavier, but it also has a higher kv. So far, on 13x7 it pulled about 1200w on a 3s 3300 35/65c pack. I still need to find a faster prop, as this one is spitting out too much thrust.

More on the IR of these packs versus other manufacturers and the rdu to come.......Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Jul 12, 2009 @ 11:45 AM | 34,737 Views
Sharing and archiving a few nice shots of LBuff1's beautiful 5.4M Let Reiher. The original owner was Dan Troxell who is responsible for having the custom color scheme done. It's reminicent of a DFS Habicht.

More information:

It's big, it's beautiful and it's damn heavy, but boy does it perform in the air! Photos shot July 2009 in Salem, CT...
Posted by gtrScotty | Jul 12, 2009 @ 11:24 AM | 3,060 Views
Well I 've found it interesting that many RCers / airplane nuts are into guitars or making music, and fishing, such as I am. I allways enjoy a good conversation about any of these things, so I thought I'd start up alittle somthing here.
Posted by helifryer | Jul 12, 2009 @ 10:53 AM | 10,715 Views
heres a little flight video i took with my hat-camera-ducttape hat cam. this plane is hardly considered 3D right now in my mind, because of the weak thrust ratio. if my 4s lipo ever gets here from hobbycity, then ill make another video- it should be pretty wild!

- oh - and ill try to remember to zoom in a bit before i begin recording next time

Greatplanes Reactor ARF - helmet cam (7 min 12 sec)

Posted by 7rider | Jul 12, 2009 @ 06:34 AM | 4,194 Views
Here are some pics of my Multiplex Gemini on the back of my Kona Ute utility bike. I originally got the bike for trips to the farmer's market, grocery story, and tennis court, but I found that planes the size of the Gemini fit perfectly on the back. With a three-point attachment with velcro, the Gemini is very secure, and I don't have to worry about finding parking at Rancho San Antonio. Radio and batteries fit in the side bag.
Posted by owenwalton | Jul 11, 2009 @ 10:53 PM | 1,889 Views
i am new to flying, and i decided on skyartec cessna 182. researched and thought this would be a good one to start with. plane went together well even though i had to cut the plane to get tail in then the front wheel which is supposed to be controllable isnt. broke both props just trying to take off. mad mad. then finally, got it off the ground, but flipped on landing landing gear turned sideways cracked wing. mad mad so then i go to skyartec usa and they tell about the factory problem with the wheel. use piano wire to try and fix. is this a plane worth trying to fly or can someone suggest another. im out 175.00 but refuse to give up
Posted by Inflexo | Jul 11, 2009 @ 10:48 PM | 9,659 Views
Wow, can you believe it's been a MONTH since I posted the last defect, or so it seems.

Jump over to the Defect competition thread here - (go to the end of the thread to see the latest comp)