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Posted by Kmot | May 10, 2018 @ 09:33 PM | 1,577 Views
I have been getting my Paulistinha P-56 airplane going again. The engine needed some attention. I rebuilt the carb with new o-rings and I have run the engine some more on the test bench, and it is starting to settle in and get a better idle. I also installed an on-board glow plug driver to help with keeping an reliable idle.

In addition to the P-56, I have gotten a Toledo Special that I obtained second hand, into flying condition. It needed a new Rx and battery, and some re-arranging of various components. I also have installed a 3-axis gyro in this model, just to try it out. I have never flown a plane with a gyro before so it will be interesting. I did put it on a switch though, so I can turn it off if I want to.

Posted by Kmot | Mar 24, 2018 @ 10:56 PM | 2,028 Views
Three very rare Whiteman Industries "Marauder" hovercraft gathered together today at Hansen Dam Park.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 19, 2018 @ 04:08 PM | 1,343 Views
In the last two weeks I have put together two new scale model airplanes.

The NE-1 Cub of the US Navy in World War II. Model by Hobby King.

The De Havilland Venom Mk. VI fighter jet of the Canadian Air Force. Model by Durafly.






Posted by Kmot | Mar 10, 2018 @ 01:05 AM | 1,436 Views
3rd in a series of "Some of my RC". Now it's the RC cars, trucks, and motorcycles. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Mar 04, 2018 @ 07:36 PM | 2,074 Views
I posted some of my airplanes. Now I will post some of my boats. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Mar 02, 2018 @ 11:20 PM | 2,682 Views
Just thought I would post something. This is "some" of my airplanes. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Feb 13, 2018 @ 05:30 PM | 2,647 Views
Well, not really. It never existed.

We have a few Flyzone Tidewater airplanes in our club at Hansen Dam. So I thought it would be a good idea to not have them all looking the same. I decided to repaint mine in a pseudo WWII US Navy blue camo scheme. Cheap and dirty, I did not spend a lot of time on it. But it looks okay, and in the air it is actually easier to see now than the white version. Bonus!

Posted by Kmot | Mar 27, 2016 @ 09:36 PM | 13,711 Views
Here is a Parma '56 Ford body mounted on a 4x4 Traxxas Slash. It is a stand-off replica of a La Carrera Panamericana racer.

Posted by Kmot | Jan 11, 2016 @ 04:01 PM | 12,436 Views
I recently bought the newly released Hobbico Flyzone Seawind Select Scale model airplane.

http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...054/index.html

It is the new generation (to me anyway) style of ARF that does not require any glue or epoxy. Everything snaps, or screws together.

The plane has all the servo's and ESC and lighting wires loose inside the cabin and it is a bit of a spaghetti mess, lol... So the first order of business was to tidy it all up. With the rear seat in place it looks pretty clean and organized.

I am using my FLYSKY FS-i10 radio system in this model. I used the 10-channel Rx and also connected the voltage sensor for the on-board battery pack.

The installed lighting system is cool, but it is flawed. Because it has nav lights, strobe lights, and landing lights that ALL are on always. The landing lights effectively blot out the other lights by its brightness. They should have set them up so that the landing lights only turned on when the gear or flaps were extended. Not a deal breaker by any means, but it could have been thought out a little better.

So I got it all set up, and took some photos and then decided I didn't like having so many stripes all over the aircraft. And the "Seawind" script on either side of the fuselage had been applied crooked. So I removed the script and about half of the stripes. Looks better to me, but then I know everyone has their own opinion.

I still want to paint the instrument panel cover. As it
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Posted by Kmot | May 09, 2015 @ 11:13 PM | 13,125 Views
Tower Hobbies recently chopped $40 off the price of this little micro Beaver and so the selling price is now $100. With my SSC membership I got another $15 knocked off so this little plane only cost $85 delivered.

I did some detail painting on it and now it is ready for its maiden.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 17, 2015 @ 06:09 PM | 14,528 Views
My newest r/c aircraft is the Ugly Stik foamy from Durafly aka Hobby King. What intrigued me about this model was the faux glow engine. It looked very authentic in the promo photos.

Being a long time model airplane engine enthusiast I wanted to see one for myself. Hobby King had a 1/2 Off Sale for a week and so I got the Ugly Stik at half price.

Well, the fake engine is pretty sweet looking. Even in person, from just a few feet away it is indistinguishable from a genuine glow engine.

The 'kit' is absurdly easy to assemble. All appendages simply use screws to attach them.

The wood Durafly propeller is one of the most beautifully finished props I have seen. The glossy clear coating is truly stunning.

I embellished mine slightly with the sharks teeth and eye.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:54 AM | 14,369 Views
I got my custom graphics stickers I created, from Callie. Put them on the quad and now the livery is complete.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 02, 2015 @ 10:26 PM | 13,817 Views
Threw some paint on my Yuneec Q500 Typhoon quadcopter. And some APC props too,
Posted by Kmot | Feb 08, 2015 @ 02:52 PM | 14,588 Views
SOME OBSERVATIONS

I have installed firmware update V1.1 to the Scout and GCS update V1.0.3 to my tablet.

A new feature that I learned about is the ability to connect the GCS to the Scout and then turn on the F12E transmitter and see the video feed from the iLook+ camera. I just tried it and it is very cool. I still have not flown with GCS however.

So I did a flight today using the F12E, after the V1.1 update, in my backyard. Although I have had my Scout since November and have probably 30 (mostly short) flights on it I have never switched to a GPS mode, ever. So in manual mode I noticed not much difference at all. It still wants to wander around my backyard and I still have to constantly be flying it, making control adjustments. I don't consider that a bad thing, just mentioning that nothing seems to have changed there. The props start up evenly, but at a much too high RPM in my opinion. Oh well...

So today I switched into GPS mode for the very first time. I was prepared to immediately switch back out if anything went awry. I have a small area to fly between a house, garage, block walls, and neighbors monster trees. To my delight, it held very well. I would not call it 'rock solid', but certainly it is decent.

I also did some battery checking. Last weekend while flying over water, the Scout almost took a dunk. Because the battery is a 10C, and just does not have enough 'oomph' when needed. I made a rapid circling descent from around 50' and at 20' tried to...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Jan 16, 2015 @ 05:45 PM | 17,575 Views
Here are my three quadcopter's that each can carry a camera and film video or take still photos.

Walkera Scout X4. Yuneec Q500 Typhoon. Quanum Nova.
Posted by Kmot | Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:27 PM | 15,014 Views
I just was made aware of this from LA City Councilmember Mitchell Englander:


This week, together with my colleague Councilmember Tom La Bonge, we introduced a motion requesting the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Board of Police Commissioners, the City Attorney, the City Administrative Officer (CAO), and the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) report to the Public Safety Committee with policy guidelines for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as Drones, within the City of Los Angeles and provide recommendations on how to strictly enforce the operation of drones to designated areas or remote controlled airfields.

The operation of drones have been increasing greatly within the City of Los Angeles. These UAS are either gas or electric driven and controlled by a signal sending device that is in the possession of the operator.

These UAS are susceptible to the same conditions and could encounter the same problems that any aircraft, flying over the City of Los Angeles, would experience. Since the size of the drone is usually small and used as a recreational tool, the UAS currently can be flown anywhere in the City at a relatively low altitude. Because of its size, its ability to fly low and its low noise signature, drones can currently be flown in areas and virtually be undetected by citizens on the ground.

The operator also has ability of controlling the aircraft and losing visual contact with the aircraft which would put the safety of
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Posted by Kmot | Oct 25, 2014 @ 10:10 PM | 14,018 Views
I have a Flyzone DH2 Beaver foamie. Nice model. I placed a GoPro Hero2 on the underside and then shot some video of my local flying field. It came out quite nice, actually.

Apollo XI Field, Sepulveda Basin, GoPro on Flyzone Beaver (6 min 19 sec)

Posted by Kmot | Jul 26, 2014 @ 02:10 PM | 16,492 Views
I have a Blade MQX mini quad and an Estes micro quad. I had been wanted a larger, camera capable quad like a DJI Phantom but the cost was out of my range.

Along comes Hobby King with their new Quanum Nova. I liked what I saw and so I ordered one. I have flown it 10 times now and I think it is pretty awesome.

I have mounted a GoPro camera on it and taken some video. I also wanted to be able to mount my Sony AS-10 camera and so I rigged up a mount using a Klinker clamp and some GoPro fittings.

Hansen Dam Lake - Quanum Nova - Sony AS 10 (5 min 52 sec)


Quanum Nova GoPro 3+ SE Aliso Canyon Park (5 min 40 sec)
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Posted by Kmot | Jul 26, 2014 @ 01:36 PM | 16,004 Views
I love the old "Air Knocker". Has always had a soft spot in my airplane favorites list.

I had the opportunity to buy a used E-Flite Aeronca 15e a few weeks ago. It sat unattended in my hangar for a few weeks until I had a chance to go through it this past week.

It needed a couple of small repairs to the covering, and the faux exhaust stacks replaced, and a strut brace re-glued.

Since I did not feel like buying an entire roll of covering to make the needed repairs I simply used clear packing tape to patch over the tears in the covering.

For the exhaust stacks, I glued in a couple of pieces of plywood, that I had drilled a 1/4 hole into and painted the surrounding area black. I next cut off a couple of 1" lengths of brass tube and glued them into place. Lastly I mixed up some paint to resemble oxidized steel exhaust pipes, and painted the brass tubes with it.

I also changed the connector on the ESC from a Dean's to an XT60.

I expect to fly her next week at the Basin....Continue Reading