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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 27, 2019 @ 09:58 AM | 1,697 Views
Review - DYS XSD 7A OPTO ESC 1S-2S



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNfkfGzbIPQ

I'm in the middle of designing and building a Nano Backyard/Indoor Plane and I want to be able to power it from a 1S LIPO.
Unfortunately, I didn't have an ESC that was capable of running off a 1S LIPO.
So I came accross this DYS ESC rated for a 1S-2S LIPO and it was less expensive than other options.
I can now not only test my Brushed Motors with a 1S system but also my Brushless Motors that can use a 1S system.
I setup this ESC with my Micro DSM2/DSMX 4 Channel Receiver with a 1S LIPO using a couple of Brushless Motors and the Throttle was smooth and linear.
I had no problem using my RacerStar BR1103 or my Realacc 1106 on a 1S LIPO.
Now it's on to more motor and prop testing to find the best setup for a 1S LIPO ;-)

Here is a link to this ESC:

DYS XSD7A 7A Micro Speed Control BLheli_S ESC
https://www.amazon.com/DYS-BLheli_S-.../dp/B077G3R1ZN

Here is a link to the Receiver:

2.4G 4CH Micro Low Voltage DSM2 DSMX Compatible Receiver Built-in Brushed ESC
https://www.banggood.com/2_4G-4CH-Mi...47791920140372

Here is a link to RacerStar BR1103 10000kv Motor I used:

Racerstar Racing Edition BR1103B 10000KV 1-3S Brushless Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-R...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 23, 2019 @ 11:04 PM | 1,835 Views
Review - Brushed 1020 Motor & 3 inch Prop - A good candidate for a Micro Plane?



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH3TfhDIULE

I have in the works a Backyard/Indoor Micro Plane.
My hope is to use a Brushed Motor to keep things simple.
I estimate my AUW will be around 50 grams so I'm hoping to find a Brushed Motor & Prop combination that can provide 60 grams of thrust.
I ordered a 4 pack of these Brushed 1020 Motors & Props designed for a Quadcopter to test and see if they are viable for my project.
They were certainly inexpensive and seem to be of good quality and the Motors have power connectors already installed.

Here are links to the Motors & Props, Micro Receiver, and Lipo I used for testing:

2.4G 4CH Micro Low Voltage DSM2 DSMX Compatible Receiver Built-in Brushed ESC
https://www.banggood.com/2_4G-4CH-Mi...47791920140372

1.2mm Propeller and 1020 Coreless Motor Set for 90mm-150mm DIY Micro FPV RC Quadcopter Frame
https://www.banggood.com/1_2mm-Prope...47791920140372

5X Eachine E011 E011C JJRC H67 RC Quadcopter Spare Parts 3.7V 260MAH 30C Battery USB Charger Set
https://www.banggood.com/5X-Eachine-...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 22, 2019 @ 01:18 PM | 1,456 Views
Glue & Fly Series - F-22 Mini V3(B) - Flight 14!



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN4G363-0a8

This Parkjet is performing every bit as good as the Alpha Version.
So, thankfully no regressions!
Test Flights continue to evaluate the CG and Balance of the Plane.
So far, it just required a bit of right and up trim ;-)
The Arc Test for the CG and Balance looks very good.
The Stall characteristics are good as well.
The plane tracks extremely well and stays where you put it.
The Nose stays nice and level with abrupt Full Throttle at level flight ;-)


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 20, 2019 @ 10:23 AM | 1,613 Views
The Pilot's Lounge - Episode #10 - In the Pipe! The F22 Mini V3B, Review & Project Updates



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsqgrBo88No

Review Updates:

HTIRC Hornet Series 12A 2-4S Brushless ESC With 5V/1A BEC
https://www.banggood.com/HTIRC-Horne...47791920140372

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The "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Micro V2 Plans have been published on our Patreon Site.
Is it worth a $1 per Month for Exclusive Content and Aircraft Plans?
Here's a link to the Patreon Site: https://www.patreon.com/groundcontrolrc

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The "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V3 (Alpha) has had extensive testing by myself as well as e3Scott.
This Parkjet was nearly production ready on the first build ;-)
We have made some design changes in the Nacelle, Servo Size and Location, as well as to the Aircraft Plans that will make it easier for others to build.
e3Scott's input on these changes, both in the design and plans, has been invaluable and I have had a blast working with him on making this Parkjet even better and watching him fly it with great skill.
I am currently performing Test Flights of the "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V3 (Beta) and I like what I see ;-)

I appreciate all the support given to me by our Youtube Subscribers so I'm releasing the "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Micro V1 Plans to our Subscribers.
It takes a lot of funds to purchase several sets of electronics for testing, time to design,...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 17, 2019 @ 10:19 AM | 1,888 Views
DustOff #2 - Converted EPP 48cm Chuck Glider!



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIX6MIMCYnE

This is one of those projects where you just say to yourself, "I'm really glad I completed this project ;-)"
Now for some more Micro Glider Fun and to Blow the Dust Off!

Here is a link to the Chuck Glider Conversion Playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...OknBblSrwuqP2T


Here are links to all the components we used in this project:

48cm Big Size Hand Launch Throwing Aircraft Airplane Glider DIY Inertial Foam EPP
https://www.banggood.com/48cm-Big-Si...47791920140372

DYS BE1104 1104 Brushless Motor 5400KV 6500KV 7000KV 2-3S for 100 120 150 RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor - 7000KV
https://www.banggood.com/DYS-BE1104-...47791920140372

2 Pairs Gemfan 3025 PC Propeller CW/CCW For 1104 Motor 120 150 160 RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor
https://www.banggood.com/2-Pairs-Gem...47791920140372

2.4G 4CH Micro Low Voltage DSM2 DSMX Compatible Receiver Built-in Brushed ESC
https://www.banggood.com/2_4G-4CH-Mi...47791920140372

EMAX Babyhawk 85mm FPV Racing Drone Spare Part 2S 7.4V 300mAh 35c Lipo
https://www.banggood.com/EMAX-Babyha...47791920140372

HobbyKing™ HK-5320S Ultra-Micro Digital Servo 0.075kg / 0.09sec / 1.7g
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hk-5320-...asc=5357157305

Turnigy MultiStar Race Spec 7A BLHeli-S ESC 1~2s (Opto)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/blheli-s...asc=7727242802

Pololu Adjustable Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Regulator S7V8A
https://www.pololu.com/product/2118

Turbowing 5.8G 48CH 25mw Transmitter 700TVL 120 Degree Wide Angle Wireless FPV Camera NTSC - Copper Antenna
https://www.banggood.com/5_8G-48CH-2...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 15, 2019 @ 11:21 AM | 2,142 Views
Glue & Fly Series - F-22 Mini V3(B) - Maiden Flight!



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnThEit8DmA

The "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V3B is Complete!
Now it's time to perform the Maiden Flight!
The Wind is shifting from NW to SW at 4-7mph with gust to 10mph.
The forecast Wind was supposed to be 3-5mph.


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 13, 2019 @ 04:36 PM | 2,121 Views
Glue & Fly Series - F-22 Mini V3(B) Status #7 - It's Ready!



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuEmdYk1N1c

The "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V3B Airframe is Complete!
I now have all the electronics installed!
The Radio Programming is complete!
It's time to perform the Maiden Flight!
If the weather cooperates I will have performed the Maiden Flight shortly after this video was posted.
Look for the Maiden Flight video on Thursday ;-)


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 10, 2019 @ 09:21 AM | 1,939 Views
Glue & Fly Series - F-22 Mini V3(B) Status #6 - It's Looking like a Parkjet!



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpK9t-p500E

The Beta Build Plans have been completed and now for the actual build.
I made quite a few MODs to the Alpha Plans to complete the Beta Plans.
Everything went together absolutely perfect except for the Top Nose Panel.
I don't know how that happened, however, it took three revisions to get it perfect.
Now that I have nearly everything prepped and ready to go I need to finish the Markup Design for the graphics.
The only parts prep I have left is the bevel and sanding of the KF2 and KF4 Airfoils to make them aerodynamic and then it's time to glue everything together and install the electronics.
I'm hoping for a window of opportunity in the weather for Sunday morning to complete the Maiden Flight.
If the weather cooperates look for the Maiden Flight post on Tuesday.
If the weather doesn't cooperate look for something else to be posted on Tuesday.
I have a backup plan ;-)

Links to e3Scott's Youtube Channel and Parkjet Blog are listed below and I urge you to go check them out ;-)

e3Scott's Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfP...jP9Kjv84ajANVg

Scott's Parkjet Blog:
http://scottsparkjetblog.blogspot.com/

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 08, 2019 @ 09:11 AM | 2,802 Views
DustOff #1 - Glue & Fly Series F22 Micro V2



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9EiqvN25eY

Well, I'm exciting about Blowing the Dust Off of this Micro Parkjet!
I'm not happy that the Wind Forecast was 3-4mph with the actual Wind at 4-7mph.
Yeah, they can't forecast Wind or Weather to save their lives here!

Anyway, let's see how it handles this Wind ;-)

Here is the Motor I used:

Racerstar Racing Edition 1407 BR1407 3500KV 2-3S Brushless Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-R...47791920140372

Here is the Prop I used:

2 Pairs Gemfan 3545 Bullnose ABS Propeller
https://www.banggood.com/2-Pairs-Gem...47791920140372

Here are the Servos I used:

Emax ES9251Ⅱ Upgrade Version 2.5g Plastic Micro Digital Servo
https://www.banggood.com/Emax-ES9251...47791920140372

Here is the ESC I used:

TURNIGY Plush 10amp Speed Controller w/BEC
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=7885232841

Here is the Receiver I used:

OrangeRx R610V2 Lite DSM2 Compatible 6CH 2.4GHz Receiver w/CPPM
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/dsm2-6ch..._asc=792680011


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 06, 2019 @ 09:25 AM | 3,841 Views
Field Test - Volantex Ranger G2 Motor Thrust Angle MOD



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3JMLrpKRkI

I finally had a chance to launch this plane since performing the Motor Thrust Angle MOD.
The previous launches before modifying the Motor Thrust Angle required Full Flaps and Full Up-Trim on the Elevator to keep the plane from dramatically nosing down at 60-70% Throttle.

Let's see how it launches now with just 50% Flaps and no Elevator Trim ;-)

I also found after performing the Motor Thrust Angle MOD that I now have clearance for an 8 inch prop!
Can you say more Thrust ;-)

In my next flight session I will have an 8x4 Prop mounted in place of the stock 7x5 prop.

Here is a link to the Motor Thrust Angle MOD Tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7CbbKE4ff8

Here is link to this Plane:

Volantex V757-6 Ranger G2 1200mm Wingspan EPO FPV Airplane PNP
https://www.banggood.com/Volantex-RC...47791920140372

Here are the Batteries I use in this Plane:

Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=3451564005


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 03, 2019 @ 11:11 AM | 2,644 Views
Field Test #2 - RacerStar BR2406S 2600kv Motor in our GFS F-22 Mini V3A

Here is a link to the Video:
Field Test #2 - RacerStar BR2406S 2600kv Motor in our GFS F-22 Mini V3A (5 min 8 sec)


Time to do some more testing of this Motor now that I have better weather and can get back into the area where I normally fly as it allows me a much larger area where I can really open up the throttle ;-)

This motor provides very good thrust!
After my 4 minute flight the pack still had 11.4 volts or 3.8 volts per cell.
I should be able to get 6-7 minutes of flight time on this setup using my 3S 1000mah 40C LIPO.

Both motors I've tested so far are going to match up great for this Parkjet.

Here are links to both motors:

Racerstar BR2406S Green Edition 2600KV 2-4S Brushless Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-2...47791920140372

Racerstar BR2207S Green Edition 2500KV 3-6S Brushless Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-2...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Feb 01, 2019 @ 10:39 AM | 2,928 Views
DustOff #3 - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Brushless MOD



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkbhSx2qC78

I haven't flown this little plane with all the MODs I've performed on it, including the Brushless MOD, for quite some time.
It's time to Blow off the Dust!
The next session will be an FPV Flight ;-)

Here is a link to the plane:

WLtoys F949 3CH 2.4G Cessna 182 Micro RC Airplane RTF
https://www.banggood.com/WLtoys-F949...47791920140372

Here is a link to our Struts MOD Tutorial:
Tutorial - Adding Struts to your WLToys F949 Cessna 182 (38 min 36 sec)


Here is a link to our Wing Extension & Flaps MOD Tutorial:
Tutorial - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Wing Extension and Manual Flaps MOD Show & Tell (9 min 3 sec)
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