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Posted by Blaze0021 | May 31, 2015 @ 10:48 AM | 3,947 Views
View this in Fullscreen and HD! Aerobatic performance of my UMX Carbon Cub SS at Dove Valley Regional Park in Centennial, CO. I installed Dubro 2" Super Lite Wheels and using a Hyperion G3 2S 240mAh 25C Lipo. Shot with my Go Pro Hero 3 at 60 Frames/Sec. Hope you enjoy the video!

UMX Carbon Cub SS - Fireball (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | May 29, 2015 @ 09:09 PM | 3,166 Views
So today was my Payday. Of course, I stop by my LHS just to grab some spare parts.. Before I walk in I tell myself no more planes.. and definitely no more 1s Planes with Brushed Motors.

What happens?

A UMX PT-17 happened.

Flight Video to come.

Lol.
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 29, 2015 @ 09:09 AM | 3,022 Views
A Showcase Flight of my UMX B-17 Flying Fortress, named Sophia. Due to the recent 2 weeks of rainfall, the grass has grown too long at the Dove Valley Park for a Ground Take-Off, so a Hand Launch was necessary. The winds started picking mid-flight as well, making her flight a bit choppy, but still manageable (the UMX B-17 can get a bit tricky to fly in windier scenarios). Using a Lectron Pro 600mAh 35C Lipo with a JST-RCY to UM Adapter, increasing flight time as well as the nose weight, thus eliminating the tail-heavy tendencies of this UMX model. Great close passes and slow flight, as well as a few Rolls and Loops (un-scale of the B-17 but performed them anyways). Footage taken with my GoPro Hero 3 shot at 60 Frames/Sec. This bird is definitely one to keep for those special occasion flights.

UMX B-17 Flying Fortress - Sophia (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | May 28, 2015 @ 11:35 AM | 2,953 Views
Yesterday I met a new RC buddy out at the park by the name of Gene B. As I was landing my UMX Beast 3D, he was just arriving with his scratch built F-22 Raptor. We decided to take turns flying and when it was my turn to fly, I decided to take the slow flyer UMX Spacewalker up in the air. Please excuse my rambling as it wasn't originally my intention to do a small flight review on this plane, but Gene was so intrigued at how well the UMX Spacewalker flew and chatted about how RC flight has definitely changed through the years. It was nice to actually fly with someone on the field that was very relaxed and overall just kind and pleasant person to be around. The UMX Spacewalker was definitely an eye-pleaser in the air and just a fun little flyer to toss in the car for a relaxing 3-channel flight at the park.

UMX Spacewalker - Vermillion Mage (6 min 23 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | May 28, 2015 @ 09:14 AM | 3,316 Views
It's been a while since I've taken out The Beast 3D for a flight. This is the third RC Plane I've ever purchased and the one I am most comfortable with and have learned from. Initially, I purchased this plane last year in lieu of the Pitts (as the Pitts was back ordered at the time). However, I grew to love The Beast 3D and have experienced most of my RC Hobby learning lessons and have trained my aerial maneuvers with. Flying her again was a treat and a flight through memory lane; it was like seeing an old friend again. Dubbed "Thunderstruck" as this same plane was the first one I created a flight video with last summer, and the soundtrack was to ACDC's Thunderstruck. What an amazing plane.

UMX Beast 3D "Thunderstruck" - The Red Demon (6 min 46 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | May 26, 2015 @ 01:44 AM | 3,767 Views
Memorial Day Part 2 (Monday) - "Freedom isn't free. I thank those who have served and those currently serving. Those brave and endearing souls who allow me to have the freedoms that I possess through their selfless sacrifice. Thank you."

A Memorial Day Flight Montage dedicated to those who serve with my Parkzone Sport Cub S2.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Freedom Eagle (13 min 56 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 25, 2015 @ 08:37 AM | 3,208 Views
Memorial Day Part 1 (Sunday) - Finally, a break in the storm clouds happened and I was able to take my Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" out for a few flights, before the next set of storms moved in. It was a very peaceful and relatively calm day at the park with no one else around but the birds. Gotta love days like these when all you have to do is fly. Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend!

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Calm Before The Storm (5 min 53 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 24, 2015 @ 08:49 PM | 3,140 Views
Enjoying the calm Colorado weather with some Aerobatic Sport Flying with my scale Parkzone Sport Cub S2. Hope everyone is enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend!
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 23, 2015 @ 04:08 PM | 3,809 Views
This is the Maiden Flight of my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Icarus" with 2" Dubro "Bush" Wheels installed. I removed the stock hubs off the new Dubro Tires and replaced it with a spare set of L4 Grasshopper Wheel hubs. I then added heat shrink tubing to the axles, adding to the axle diameter for a proper fitting of the wheel. The Bush Wheels added additional weight to the nose, reducing the "excess floaty" tendencies of the Sport Cub, and providing additional speed and stability, especially in winder conditions. Take-Offs and Landings in harsh terrain are very simple with this setup, and Aerobatics such as Stall Turns, Loops, Rolls, and even Inverted flight are not a problem, with proper throttle management and execution. Currently using a GWS 5043 Propeller and a Lectron Pro 600mAH 35C Battery with a JST-RCY to UM Adapter Lead. Flight Times of 7-10 minutes are easily achievable. I highly recommend this mod. Shoutout to Forum Member "North_of_49" at RCGroups.com for the idea of the Bush Wheel Setup as well as the assistance!

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 with Bush Wheels - Flight of The Icarus (7 min 45 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 2.0" Bush Wheels Mod
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 22, 2015 @ 02:15 PM | 2,881 Views
Its been raining consecutively the past 2 weeks here in Colorado. I took the break in the rainfall as an opportunity during my lunch hour to practice some landings with the PKZ Sport Cub S2. A 65% Flap and 20% Down Elevator Mix was used on the Final Approaches. Wind was nice and steady through the first 10 landings, and on the 11th, I noticed the wind had shifted 180 degrees. Perfect 11th landing.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Training Days (9 min 44 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 20, 2015 @ 04:27 PM | 3,079 Views
Has anyone ever experienced the motor running so hot on the SCS after a flight that it softened the mount? Apparently after one of my flights, I noticed that the motor was easily moved out of its thrust angle and felt like it was held by some "gooey" pliable adhesive. After letting it cool, the motor was stiff in its mount again. I ran it one more time to realize that after a minute of running it, the motor started to make a squealing noise and also started to become pliable in its mount again. Motor Failure was captured on the video below:

"During a routine sortie at the training grounds, Sky Eye suffers a motor failure 3:24s mid-flight. Emergency landing was successful. Fortunately I have an extra HBZ Sport Cub Motor in stock. Motor Overhaul under way."

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - Motor Failure (3 min 51 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 17, 2015 @ 12:15 PM | 3,280 Views
Morning Sunday Sortie at David Lorenz Park with my Parkzone Sport Cub S2, now modified for the Slow Fly Prop. A bit of a fight with the gusts this morning, but easily manageable. The ESC has been upgraded to the Eflite 30-Amp Pro Brushless (V2). An APC 10x7 Slow Flyer Prop has been installed, opening the flight envelope of the plane and allowing more usable thrust through the power band. An Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet has been used, decreasing the nose weight and providing more cooling and ventilation to the motor. A great setup and beautiful flight, finishing with a nicely greased landing at the end.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Phoenix Rising (8 min 15 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 14, 2015 @ 02:54 PM | 10,723 Views
Gusty random winds at David Lorenz this morning gave way to a nice challenge. As I had the whole Park to myself this morning (the titanium grey Miata) in the video is mine), I took the PKZ Sport Cub S2 out for a quick morning sortie while waiting for the condo subcontracted workers to begin window replacements on my home that was hit during the last major hailstorm. This opportunity gave way to test out the new 3-1/2" Dave Brown Lite Flite Wheels that I installed the night before. They are about a 1/4" smaller than the stock wheels, but made a huge difference with shock absorption in landings. A Mobius Cam mounted on the underside as well as a Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C placed further aft in the battery compartment balanced out the Sport Cub very well. I'm still making adjustments to the Flap Settings to better suit my Landings.. as I was not satisfied with the slightly bumpy landing in the First Sortie, so I took her up one more time and made up for it with a smooth landing in the Second Sortie.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Gusty Dove (5 min 54 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 07, 2015 @ 01:54 PM | 3,060 Views
There are Two Parts in this Video: The consecutive days of rainfall here in CO have finally ceased, leaving a cold Cloudy morning and a chance to take my new Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" out for a quick flight at the "old training grounds" (David Lorenz Park) in Part I. Part II begins at 5:29s and consists of Landing Practice with coordinated use of the Flaps. The Parkzone Sport Cub S2 is my first Park Flyer and I'm still getting accustomed to her size. She definitely can come in much hotter than my smaller UMX planes, so taking advantage of the non-rainfall morning was productive.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - A Cold Day In May (8 min 58 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Eflite 3S 2200 mAH 30C
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 06, 2015 @ 04:58 PM | 3,530 Views
This Throwback Flight (4/23/15) with Sky Eye started out as a routine sortie. Just another evening flight to catch with mild, fairly calm weather. Little did I know, the stock Battery Velcro was beginning to fail, and upon a basic roll maneuver at 2:23s, the force was enough to pull the Lectron 600mAH Battery right off the stock Velcro and yank the JST/UM Adapter right off of the power lead along with the Battery. As a result, I had suffered a complete loss of power and control to Sky Eye as she performed a death spiral back to Earth, cartwheeling on impact. Miraculously, there was no damage to Sky Eye - no bent control surfaces, no creases, no scratches, no smashed foam, and no damage to the 808 Camera.. it was as if it had never happened. Had this been concrete, this would not have been the case. I found the Battery, still connected to the JST Adapter approximately 25 yards away, also on the astroturf in full working condition. Lesson learned, Since then I've replaced the stock Velcro with Industrial Grade Velcro, and as a secondary measure, a loop around the nose, keeping the battery secure. Sky Eye has been flying regularly since that time. Definitely a close call.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" Throwback Flight: Crashdown (3 min 1 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 04, 2015 @ 02:35 PM | 3,102 Views
After seeing her Bigger Sister (PKZ Sport Cub "Blaze") take flight for the first time with the Mobius Camera, now it was Sky Eye's turn to take to the sky with the 808 Camera, doing what she did best.. go high altitude, sail and observe. Winds were a bit choppy today, along with a Crosswind Take-Off and Landing, but nothing this HBZ Sport Cub S2 couldn't handle. Now both have taken to flight into the same skies, forming their bond.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - The Wings of Unity II (4 min 59 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 04, 2015 @ 01:58 AM | 3,565 Views
I just recently acquired a Parkzone Sport Cub S2. Having flown my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" with the 808 #16 Camera in my previous field of view videos, it was only fitting to install my Mobius HD Camera on this much bigger version. My mount is adjustable, so I'll be testing out the placement for better flight CG in the future. Flying this Sport Cub is a joy, with much more power, authority, and stability than the Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2. The Mobius Camera did not even seem to affect her flight characteristics. 6 minute flights with the Stock Eflite 1300 mAH Battery and 8 minute flights were easily achievable with the Eflite 2200 mAH Battery. The tall bumpy grass didn't seem to affect take-offs, though landings do come much faster with this bird. Will need to practice coordination with the Landing Flaps, though overall, not a bad landing. An on looking Father and Daughter sitting on the bleachers even applauded in the distance. A great first Field of View Video Flight of my new Parkzone Sport Cub S2.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" First Flight - The Wings of Unity (6 min 13 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Eflite 3S 2200 mAH 30C
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 03, 2015 @ 11:05 AM | 3,711 Views
Latest adventure: At the suggestion of a friend, I took Sky Eye to this location which had a great view of the Stonegate Suburban region of Parker, CO.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - Suburban Hawk (5 min 1 sec)

Takeoff and Landing was at Pine Grove Elementary School. The winds this evening were quite gusty but AS3X kept the plane in check. New GWS 5043 Grey Propeller allowed minimal Prop Effect. Not too bad of a crosswind landing either.

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043 Grey Prop
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"