Posted by hoffmanmag | Aug 23, 2009 @ 11:11 AM | 4,064 Views
Introducing the new HMI 15-10 outrunner from Hoffman Magnetics.

This outrunner is perfect for 3D park flyers weighing 3.5lbs. and scale park flyers weighing 3 - 6lbs.

Specs: Kv-790, R (ohms)-.033. Weight - 193 grams. Prop size- 11x8 - 14x6. Battery- 3s, 4s lipo. Up to 650 watts.
Recommended ESC- Castle Creations Phoenix 45 - 60amp with Software version 1.55.

Please go to http://www.HoffmanMagnetics.com for more information.

The HMI 15-10 outrunner compares and kills the following motors: E-Flite Power 25 and Scorpion S‐3020‐16.

Go to http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXXRY4&P=SM to purchase immediately.

Check back here tomorrow for the introduction of another new product!

Posted by TODDRAPONI518 | Aug 23, 2009 @ 09:36 AM | 2,204 Views
This Is What Happens When You Don't Yield The Right Of Way!!!! Errrrrr.THE OTHER pilot's spotter failed to do his JOB!!
Posted by redhotpearl | Aug 23, 2009 @ 09:07 AM | 2,948 Views
I'm headed out to do some more AP flying in a couple of minutes but thought I'd post some footage of yesterday's flights. Still getting a little more rock and bumpiness than I would like even with the co-pilot but it's not that bad. Still trying to dial in the co-pilot. IF anyone has any advice about it i'm all ears.
EasyStar AP: Moorestown, NJ...Memorial Park (5 min 20 sec)

Posted by fishinsanity | Aug 23, 2009 @ 06:30 AM | 1,669 Views
I have to move and have all my deceased husbands planes!!!!!!!!!!
I'm looking to sell them along with all his plane tools and accessories.
Please help!
Fishinsanity
Posted by Slider2732 | Aug 22, 2009 @ 10:38 PM | 4,678 Views
At 8pm I picked up the exacto knife. Trialed an idea posted on the forums of bonding foam with Goof Off and at 10pm I was done building. The Goof Off ate a little too much out of the centre join experiment...i'll use less next time.
The idea, was to make a Storm Runner shape of 1/2 scale, as quickly as possible.
First and foremost was to try it out with no winglets, just to see what kind of start point I was looking at. Then, add the under winglets, then the wing fences and assess differences.
By being a shoddy thing, this one would then provide data to compare against a similar, but better built one.
Next after that, are to be full sized versions, following the same ideas.
The whole point - to see what happens with major damage, rough edges, ill fitting parts during a damaging flight.

Things haven't gone as planned, in a good way
Throwing it in the backyard, rough as it is, it sails across the 60ft in a balanced and controlled way !!!
An example of the speedy build...there's an armature from a brushed motor as the nose weight, hot glued in lol
Granted, it's a wind free evening, but even when launched with a mild roll angle, it rights itself and carries along.
Pic is of it after many flights, nose still in 1 piece and very little in the way of damage.
Span: 20"
AUW: 1.5oz

PM me if you want a printable A4 sized half span.
It works out as the half size Storm Runner. You then use that as a template for half the aircraft and cut out twice, to make the full shape. Join in the middle.
I'll write up some sanding and construction notes to go with it...then you can know i'm not just talking it up !

Posted by Unlimited Vert | Aug 22, 2009 @ 08:44 PM | 2,735 Views
I'm going to be building my 3rd E-Starter, this time with floats.

I have a set of 22" (foam core/ balsa covered) floats w/ hardware.

Power System:

BP2410-9Y (840kv) w/ GWS 1170EP and GWS 1060EP props
Heads Up 20A ESC (1.5A "bec disabled")
3A UBEC
(6) HXT900 servo's (ailerons/flaps/rudder/elevator)
(possibly adding a 7th servo for a float rudder)

Appox estimated AUW: 17oz to 18oz

24oz of thrust @ 10A w/ a pitch speed of 39mph
(perfect for this E-Starter)

I'm still trying to think of a good paint scheme for it, so i'm open to suggestions on that one. I might replicate the look of a typical J-3 Cub, but i'm not 100% on that idea just yet.

I'll update when my (arf) shows up on my doorstep
Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 22, 2009 @ 07:55 PM | 4,200 Views
Fedex 727 takeoff video from overhead LGA...real video!! (NOT fake flight sim screen capture.) (1 min 39 sec)


This is real aerial video footage of a FEDEX 727 departing LGA...from what is probably the ultimate AP platform.

Today was not a great day for R/C around these parts, so I broke out the old 8mm video cam, plugged it into my new pinnacle dazzle converter, and started looking for some old footage from the news chopper days. Flew with one in between jet jobs in the mid 90's. I have lots of video footage similar to this. There was no "youtube" back then, or these would have been posted a long time ago. The dazzle works great in converting old analog video into .avi files.


Posted by jbourke | Aug 22, 2009 @ 05:35 PM | 66,049 Views
I just received word that IAC president and former world champion, Vicki Cruse, passed away earlier today during the World Aerobatic Championships in the UK.

Vicki was at the controls of a borrowed Edge 540 during her qualification run when a snaproll on a vertical downline ended in her passing. I don't have any further details, but I have to assume a mechanical problem of some kind. The official IAC announcement suggests this as well.

http://www.iac.org/news/2009%20-%200...html#TopOfPage

I didn't know Vicki well, but I mourn her loss along with every other member of the International Aerobatic Club. My every interaction with her was a pleasure. I looked up to her as a pilot, and feel she did a tremendous job of presiding over the IAC.

My heart goes out to her close friends and all the attendees at the WAC. It must seem impossible to continue on with the competition after witnessing such a tragedy. Fly well.

I never knew her family, and I doubt my words will reach them, but you are in my thoughts. I know nothing could make sense of what happened, but I hope it helps to know how exceptionally she represented herself, and her favorite sport, and how much everyone in the IAC will miss her.

Jim
IAC 434151
Posted by MarioIArguello | Aug 22, 2009 @ 05:17 PM | 11,159 Views
RC Autogyro 1 (4 min 39 sec)

Posted by starhammy | Aug 22, 2009 @ 02:55 PM | 2,750 Views
Here's a video my friend and myself haveing some fun with a rolling fury. We atempted taking a video but my friend isn't very good at filming. O well! Then it went down hill and the plane took a noise dive. Anyway it was good fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKlpNKDsMgI
Posted by evan.flatt | Aug 22, 2009 @ 02:47 PM | 4,700 Views
bad news, I've been having trouble with the wires to the motor, they keep coming unsoldered, So I've been trying to fix them without breaking the other wires, they are all cramed into a tiny area, and of course while testing the motor to see if the connection is good, I start to smell a funny burning smell, so i quickly opened the hatch to the servos, esc, and rx, and rip off the smoldering/smoking esc and unplug the battery. Great, a brand new plane with only 3 or 4 flights and it's already broken. I don't know if it was an electronic error, or me shorting out the motor. Good thing the esc was only $7. I've got a 30amp esc and a 45amp esc so I just need to instal one those, and hope the motor still works.
Posted by hoffmanmag | Aug 22, 2009 @ 11:47 AM | 4,245 Views
Introducing the new HMI 15-8 outrunner from Hoffman Magnetics.

This outrunner is perfect for 3D park flyers weighing 3.5lbs. and scale park flyers weighing 3 - 4lbs.

Specs: Kv-680, R (ohms)-.045. Weight - 193 grams. Prop size- 11x8 - 15x6. Battery- 3s, 4s lipo. Up to 650 watts.
Recommended ESC- Castle Creations Phoenix 45 - 60amp with Software version 1.55.

Please go to http://www.HoffmanMagnetics.com for more information.

The HMI 15-8 outrunner compares and kills the following motors: E-Flite Power 25 and Scorpion S‐3020‐16.

Go to http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXXRY3&P=SM to purchase immediately.

Check back here tomorrow for the introduction of another new product!

Posted by Kenpilot | Aug 22, 2009 @ 07:41 AM | 4,334 Views
Yesterday started out ok, but as the day went on, things started going downhill. Having had a stressful day with details of buying and selling houses and other pressures etc, I decided to take a mini vacation and bring the CG Cub out to the field for some fresh air and a renewal of mind, body and spirit! Conditions were hot and breezy, but otherwise a good looking day. I put the Cub together, installed the 5s5000 into the nose, range check, control check, ready for takeoff. Never left the ground. For some reason, (as a pilot I should never say "I dont know why that happened...." ) but still not sure why she cartwheeled down the runway after a short takeoff run, damaging the tail and the left wingtip. The airframe is fixable (at this moment its all repaired but the covering.) My ego however needs an overhaul.

As my late father would have said, we need to "keep it all in perspective." Good advice.

Then the kids came home from the beach and the thunderstorm onslaught began. The kids love to watch the radar and compare it to the real happenings outside. We got some amazing video of lightning and thunder last night...and not much sleep since the storms continued at 3am.

This morning, a new day THANK GOD, the first thing I saw when looking out the window searching for good flying weather was a huge rainbow...

Not sure if the weather outside will be conducive to flight, but today the conditions inside (between the ears) will be better......Continue Reading
Posted by Speed Stick 3D | Aug 22, 2009 @ 04:44 AM | 13,033 Views
Well, With my heli being down until Castle replaces my ESC I thought I would get a plane flying after sitting for about 3 years! First step was the engine.. Runs GREAT now! Trusty ole OS
Posted by evan.flatt | Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:41 PM | 4,899 Views
"Aeronaut" ATV RC Plane (3 min 53 sec)

Posted by hoffmanmag | Aug 21, 2009 @ 07:41 PM | 4,319 Views
Introducing the new HMI 10-11 outrunner from Hoffman Magnetics.

This outrunner is perfect for 3D park flyers weighing 30oz. - 40oz. and scale park flyers weighing 35oz. - 60oz.

Specs: Kv-1040, R (ohms)-.025. Weight - 156 grams. Prop size- 10x6 - 13x6. Battery- 3s, 4s lipo. Up to 600 watts.
Recommended ESC- Castle Creations Phoenix 45 - 60amp with Software version 1.55.

Please go to http://www.HoffmanMagnetics.com for more information.

The HMI 10-11 outrunner compares and kills the following motors: AXI 2820/10, E-Flite Power 15, Hacker A30‐10L and Scorpion S‐3020‐12.

Go to http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXXRY2&P=SM to purchase immediately.

Check back here tomorrow for the introduction of another new product!

Posted by Slider2732 | Aug 21, 2009 @ 06:45 PM | 5,250 Views
If you like techy geeky gadgetry from things found in the shed, this might be a post for you. Of course, it's R/C related and free to do.

First thing - a friend dropped off a couple of 9.6V Ni-Cd 8 cell battery packs that he'd picked up in a house clearing. After testing if they would charge, using my Electrifly 1-8 cell charger and finding they did, 1 pack was split in half. This would give 4.8V off 4 cells.
Next, I wired the pack up to one of the laptop harddrive motor control boards and put a couple of connectors on. By using the battery connector, it could be plugged directly into the wall charger, or plugged into the controller PCB.
Success ! the 4.8V powered the normally 5V circuit well and all last evening I was able to test various motors and their rewinds.
As a portable solution for testing possibly defective motors out at a flying field it suits great. Also means I won't have to plug up the computer power supply each time I want to test a motor - I can now test anywhere and even when mounted to an aircraft

The other project is one i'll add more pics to later, as I carry on the build. An Iomega Zip 100 was found in the shed. It hadn't sold for the $3 (with 5 disks) at our recent yard sale and so was put back in storage. I opened it up and saw the brushless motor. Stripped it all down and now have a possibly more powerful motor tester circuit to use. The torque seems greater on the stock fitted motor...so will find out. Another neat thing with this, is that there is a yellow error LED, for when the motor gets caught or whatever else normally happens on zip drives. This may lead to efficiency tests abilities with self wound motors.
A few weights (though it'll never fly it's good to lighten things up)
Full zip drive: approx 1lb
Stripped down: approx 4oz
Without motor: approx 2oz
Posted by Unlimited Vert | Aug 21, 2009 @ 03:23 PM | 2,934 Views
I've now built my 2nd GWS E-Starter.

The first one was built completely stock, but this one has a brushless outrunner and 2.4ghz technology. (JR X9303)

I'm using these...

TowerPro BM2410-9T / 20A ESC/ 1060EP Prop

(4) 9gram micro servo's (HXT900)

(3) Thunder Power 1320mAh 3s Li-Po packs

AUW is about 15.2oz and she's pushing about 110W at 8.5A with a pitch speed of about 37mph.

She has plenty of power with this setup!

Not quite unlimited vertical, but she'll fly with plenty of authority and handle winds up to 15+mph without any trouble!

I'm going to be getting a 3rd E-Starter very soon, and I will have a much more detailed build on it. I plan on using some 22" floats that I happen to have from (funfloats.com).

This next plane will have separate ailerons and flaps that work independently from each other (aka NOT flaperons).