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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 30, 2018 @ 02:36 PM | 2,169 Views
DustOff #6 - XK Edge A430 6G & 3D Acrobatic Flight



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLT1hPv8qkE

Time to DustOff my XK Edge ;-)
I wanted to attempt to perform some Acrobatics in 3D Mode with this plane.
You'll here me switching from 6G to 3D and back frequently as I try to maintain control of this tiny plane ;-)

Link to this Plane:
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

Spare Batteries:
https://www.banggood.com/XK-DHC-2-A6...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 27, 2018 @ 08:52 AM | 2,005 Views
DustOff Flight #3 - Acrobatic Fun with the Focke Wulf FW 190



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9It9v46qiA

Time to blow the dust off this Focke Wulf 190 Plane ;-)
I'm using the new Turnigy 3S 2200mah 25C LIPOs in this flight.
They seem to perform very well and provide plenty of power.

Here is a link to this plane:
H-King Fw 190 - Glue-N-Go - Foamboard Kit
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/fw190-pp...asc=1581365268

Here is a link to these LIPOs:
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=7621465427

Here is a link to the Review of these LIPOs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNmKxKv_8oA

My Power Setup for this plane:

Motor: Grayson Hobby 2212 2200kv
ESC : HobbyWing 30A
Prop : Gemfan 8040 Composite
LIPO : 3S 2200mah 25C (172 grams)

Thrust : 1070 grams
AMPS : 26.5 (approx. 20 amps in flight at full throttle)
AUW : 582 grams including Micro FPV System
Thrust to Weight Ratio: 1.8:1

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 25, 2018 @ 06:26 PM | 2,013 Views
Field Test - HobbyWing SkyWalker 20A ESC



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BISm9uyXafY

We completed the Review of this Speed Controller on our Thrust Stand now it's time for some Field Testing!
We have it installed in our "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V2 for some Test Flights.
The Temperature is 42F and the Wind on the ground is 8-10mph so winds aloft are more like 12-15mph.
I had no issues during this Test Flight.
The ESC seemed to perform well and had very good throttle response.
I performed some slow fly-by punch-outs to test throttle response and it performed well.
I also quickly decreased and increased the throttle to get the ESC to desync and there were no desyncs.
I will update my findings in the next episode of "The Pilot's Lounge" and let you know if I have discovered any issues after conducting many more Test Flights.

Here is a link to this ESC (HobbyWing SkyWalker 20A ESC 2-3S With 5V/2A BEC):
https://www.banggood.com/Hobbywing-S...47791920140372

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 24, 2018 @ 05:42 PM | 2,089 Views
DustOff #5 - XK Edge A430 6G & 3D Acrobatic Flight



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnl13yvzCAw

Time to DustOff my XK Edge ;-)
I wanted to attempt to perform some Acrobatics in 3D Mode with this plane.
You'll hear me switching from 6G to 3D and back frequently as I try to maintain control of this tiny plane ;-)

Link to this Plane:
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

Spare Batteries:
https://www.banggood.com/XK-DHC-2-A6...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 23, 2018 @ 04:11 PM | 1,988 Views
Field Test - Turnigy 3S 2200mah 25C LIPO in the Focke Wulf FW 190



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a42p9Cu0tFo

The wind during these flights was 4-5mph and the temperature was 48F.

I love the fact that these LIPOs are 16 grams lighter than the Specs state and a full 20 grams lighter than the 3S 2200mah LIPOs I have been using.
I conducted a 5 minute flight on all 5 packs while being in the throttle a lot and the packs came down with voltages at 3.65v per cell.
You should be able to get 6 minute flights in fairly cool weather and most like closer to 7 minute flights in warm weather with 3.5v per cell left in the packs.
I think they performed very well and the fact that they weigh 20 grams lighter than my other packs gives a little better thrust-to-weight ratio.

Here is a link to these LIPOs:
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=7621465427

Here is a link to the Review of these LIPOs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNmKxKv_8oA

My Power Setup for this plane:

Motor: Grayson Hobby 2212 2200kv
ESC : HobbyWing 30A
Prop : Gemfan 8040 Composite
LIPO : 3S 2200mah 25C (172 grams)

Thrust : 1070 grams
AMPS : 26.5 (approx. 20 amps in flight at full throttle)
AUW : 582 grams including Micro FPV System
Thrust to Weight Ratio: 1.8:1

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 22, 2018 @ 06:55 PM | 1,877 Views
Tutorial - Add a Micro FPV System to the XK Edge A430 Stunt Plane



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqBeewaFG0

In this tutorial we will be installing power leads for our Micro FPV System.

Here are links to the Plane and FPV Camera:

XK A430 2.4G 5CH 3D6G System Brushless RC Airplane Compatible Futaba RTF
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

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 | Oct 21, 2018 @ 07:56 PM | 1,928 Views
XK Edge A430 New Motor & Prop Test Flight



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WRUvUE8Pl0

Wind is out of the Northeast at 3-5mph.
I finally received my replacement motor for this plane.
I'm using the RacerStar BR1306 3100kv 1S-2S Brushless Motor.
I measured the AMP draw on this plane with the original motor and prop and it was pulling 2.91 AMPS in a static position.
I can't be sure the stock ESC is rated for more than 3 AMPS, so I installed a Gemfan 4045 prop on this motor to keep the AMP draw low.
In a static position the RacerStar BR1306 3100kv motor and Gemfan 4045 prop were producing 142.4 grams of thrust @ 3.9 AMPs.
Since the motor and prop will pull approx. 25% less AMPS moving through the air that puts it below 3 AMPs @ 2.9 AMPs.
I had to move the motor forward 8mm in order for the prop to clear the fuselage as the original motor had a long plastic prop hub.
Even after moving this motor forward 8mm I was able to maintain the CG of the aircraft.
I believe this motor and prop combination will be producing approx. 20 grams more thrust than the stock motor and prop.
This was also the first time I was able to complete an FPV flight without incident and test the acrobatic capability of this plane.

Here are links to the Plane and Upgrade components:

XK A430 2.4G 5CH 3D6G System Brushless RC Airplane Compatible Futaba RTF
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

RacerStar BR1306 3100kv Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-1...47791920140372

Gemfan 4045 4x4.5 Glass Fiber Nylon Propeller CW/CCW
https://www.banggood.com/2-Pairs-Gem...47791920140372

Kingkong 4045 4x4.5 Inch PC Fiberglass Propellers CW CCW for Multicopter
https://www.banggood.com/10-Pairs-Ki...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 20, 2018 @ 03:29 PM | 1,665 Views
Tutorial - How I FPV'd my Drift Car



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4MUBLev8ik

I like to FPV anything I can because FPV is sooooo much fun ;-)
Ok, so time to FPV my Drift Car.
The Drift Car in question is a WLToys K969 1/28 Scale Drift Car, however, this process should work with anything.
Depending on your setup you may need to use different connectors than I did.

Now, on to the Fun ;-)

Here is a link to this Drift Car:
Wltoys K969 1/28 2.4G 4WD Brushed RC Car Drift Car
https://www.banggood.com/Wltoys-K969...47791920140372

Here is a link to a couple of Micro SBECs:
https://www.banggood.com/DC-DC-Conve...47791920140372
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/micro-be...asc=3304856911

Here is a Link to the FPV Camera:
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

Here is a Link to the FPV Camera Mount:
Diatone Universal Mini Camera Lens Adjustable Holder For RC Drone
https://www.banggood.com/Diatone-Uni...47791920140372

Stay tune for some FPV Fun with this Drift Car ;-)

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 19, 2018 @ 11:01 AM | 2,105 Views
Tiny Whoop Unintended Durability Test- Session 2



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxWZYN26910

Well, flying inside is a place that is obstacle rich!
Trying to increase my speed and aggressiveness was not always in my favor ;-)
I give you my Tiny Whoop Unintended Durability Test Session 2 - It passed the test ;-)

See Session 2 on our Patreon Site: https://www.patreon.com/groundcontrolrc

Here are links to all Tiny Whoop, Upgrade Components, etc:

Eachine E011 Mini 2.4G Headless Mode With 60000RPM 716 Coreless Motor Toy Brick RC Drone Quadcopter
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E01...47791920140372

Upgrade Props: 20PCS KINGKONG/LDARC 31mm 3-Blade Propellers Sets
https://www.banggood.com/10PCS-Kingk...47791920140372

Upgrade Motors: 4x CM-03 716 Insane 19000KV Coreless Brushed Motor B03 pro upgrade e011 7mm motor
http://www.boldclash.com/4x-boldclas...otor-p153.html

Eachine Beecore V1 F3_EVO_Brushed ACRO Flight Control Board
https://www.banggood.com/Beecore-F3_...47791920140372

Eachine Beecore V2 F3_EVO_Brushed ACRO Flight Control Board
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-Bee...47791920140372

Eachine E011 RC Quadcopter Spare Parts Lower Body Shell E011-07
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E01...47791920140372

4Pcs Eachine E011 Eachine E011C RC Quadcopter Spare Parts Propeller Blade CW CCW E011-06
https://www.banggood.com/4Pcs-Eachin...47791920140372

5PCS Eachine E010 E010C E011 E011C E013 3.7V 260MAH 45C Lipo Battery USB Charger Sets
https://www.banggood.com/5PCS-Eachin...47791920140372

CM275T 5.8G 25mW 48CH NTSC/PAL Mini VTX 600TVL FPV Camera for DIY Micro FPV Racer
https://www.banggood.com/CM275T-5_8G...47791920140372


Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 18, 2018 @ 01:58 PM | 2,756 Views
Review - Hobby King Micro SBEC (Switching) Voltage Regulator 5V/3A

Here is a link to the Video:
Review - Hobby King Micro SBEC (Switching) Voltage Regulator 5V/3A (4 min 21 sec)


I'm always looking for good switching voltage regulators to use for my Micro Aircraft builds where I want to use low voltage components and use 2S Power or convert an OPTO ESC into a Non-OPTO ESC.

Here are the Specs:

Type: Switch mode BEC
Input: 6V~26V (2~6S LiPoly)
Output: 5V/3A Constant
Dimension: 16.5 x 16.5 x 8mm

Here is a link to this Micro SBEC:

HobbyKing Micro SBEC 5V/3A
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/micro-be...asc=3304856911

Here is another good SBEC 5V/3A
https://www.banggood.com/DC-DC-Conve...47791920140372

Here is a link to our original Tutorial for converting an OPTO ESC:
Tutorial - Converting an OPTO ESC by adding an SBEC (Switching Voltage Regulator) (17 min 8 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 17, 2018 @ 07:33 AM | 2,337 Views
Review - Turnigy 3S 2200mah 25C Lipo Pack



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNmKxKv_8oA

I order these LIPOs to use on two of my larger planes.
They weight approx. 16 grams lighter than stated in the specs which is great ;-)
I was also impressed with the Internal Resistance of these LIPO Pack.
The lowest Cell Resistance was 3 milliohms and the highest was 6 milliohms ;-)
Not bad for a 25C LIPO.
The LIPO measurements were very nearly spot on with the stated Length, Width, and Height.

Now it's on to perform some field testing of these LIPOs in a Plane, so stay tuned ;-)

Here is a link to this LIPO:
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=7621465427

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 16, 2018 @ 11:24 AM | 2,598 Views
Tiny Whoop Unintended Durability Test- Session 1



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Pkt6Oc49Q

Well, flying inside is a place that is obstacle rich!
Trying to increase my speed and aggressiveness was not always in my favor ;-)
I give you my Tiny Whoop Unintended Durability Test Session 1 - It passed the test ;-)

See Session 2 on our Patreon Site: https://www.patreon.com/groundcontrolrc

Here are links to all Tiny Whoop, Upgrade Components, etc:

Eachine E011 Mini 2.4G Headless Mode With 60000RPM 716 Coreless Motor Toy Brick RC Drone Quadcopter
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E01...47791920140372

Upgrade Props: 20PCS KINGKONG/LDARC 31mm 3-Blade Propellers Sets
https://www.banggood.com/10PCS-Kingk...47791920140372

Upgrade Motors: 4x CM-03 716 Insane 19000KV Coreless Brushed Motor B03 pro upgrade e011 7mm motor
http://www.boldclash.com/4x-boldclas...otor-p153.html

Eachine Beecore V1 F3_EVO_Brushed ACRO Flight Control Board
https://www.banggood.com/Beecore-F3_...47791920140372

Eachine Beecore V2 F3_EVO_Brushed ACRO Flight Control Board
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-Bee...47791920140372

Eachine E011 RC Quadcopter Spare Parts Lower Body Shell E011-07
https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E01...47791920140372

4Pcs Eachine E011 Eachine E011C RC Quadcopter Spare Parts Propeller Blade CW CCW E011-06
https://www.banggood.com/4Pcs-Eachin...47791920140372

5PCS Eachine E010 E010C E011 E011C E013 3.7V 260MAH 45C Lipo Battery USB Charger Sets
https://www.banggood.com/5PCS-Eachin...47791920140372

CM275T 5.8G 25mW 48CH NTSC/PAL Mini VTX 600TVL FPV Camera for DIY Micro FPV Racer
https://www.banggood.com/CM275T-5_8G...47791920140372


Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 15, 2018 @ 11:03 AM | 1,934 Views
RC Tip #18 - Bad Wiring Assemblies



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9g_1-JT0KY

I have ordered power connector pigtails, extension cables, servo wires, etc. and approx. 25% of those have had bad wiring assemblies.
What I mean by bad wiring assemblies is the wires in the connector are not in the proper order.
I have had to remove wires from these connectors and re-install them in the proper order.
Never assume that the wire assemblies are correct and always check before you use them.
I installed a servo pigtail into one of my receivers and shorted out the receiver because the power lead was installed where the signal wire should have been.
I didn't check before I used the wire assemlby and it cost me a receiver.

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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 14, 2018 @ 08:30 PM | 1,899 Views
Glue & Fly Series - Flight #17 F-22 Micro V1.5 Advanced Setup



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRDcd6f0mS8

This is Flight #17 of our latest F-22 Micro Parkjet Build dubbed V1.5
Time to perform some Test Flights with the Intermediate / Advanced Setup using a 3S LIPO.
The LIPO I'm using is a 3S 450mah 65C.
The All-Up-Weight of this Micro Parkjet is 131 grams with a 3S 450mah 65C LIPO.
The Thrust-To-Weight Ratio with this 3S LIPO is 2.1:1
Before this flight I had increase the Aileron Dual-Rate from 25%-35%.
I increased the Elevator EXPO from 25% to 35%.
This greatly reduced the Twitchiness during flight and made the movements much more smooth.
It also gave me more Aileron control authority for Rolls and Split-S maneuvers.
I also input 6 clicks of Down-Trim on the Elevator as the Parkjet wanted to climb.
My observations on this Flight:

* Aileron Trim is perfect.
* Elevator Trim may need improvement after more evaluation.
* Aileron Dual-Rate may need an increase to be determined after more evaluation.
* Elevator Dual-Rate many need a decrease to be determined after more evaluation.
* Aileron EXPO may need a decrease after more evaluation.
* Elevator EXPO may need an increase after more evaluation.
* The above remarks are regarding very fine tuning of this Parkjet. As you can see from the video it is stable, responsive, acrobatic, fast, and gets great flight time on this power setup.
* After the 4 minute flight the...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 13, 2018 @ 11:25 AM | 2,411 Views
XK Edge A430 - Upgrade Motor Mount High Resolution Photos



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QySeWgj4QHM

As per requested, I have taken some high resolution photos of the XK Edge A430 Upgrade Motor Mount.
These photos should show more detail as to how I put together this motor mount.

Here are links to the photos, they are size 5184x3456 in JPG format:

http://www.groundcontrolrc.com/ftp/x...4x3456_001.jpg
http://www.groundcontrolrc.com/ftp/x...4x3456_002.jpg
http://www.groundcontrolrc.com/ftp/x...4x3456_003.jpg
http://www.groundcontrolrc.com/ftp/x...4x3456_004.jpg
http://www.groundcontrolrc.com/ftp/x...4x3456_005.jpg
http://www.groundcontrolrc.com/ftp/x...4x3456_006.jpg


Here are links to the Plane and Upgrade components:

XK A430 2.4G 5CH 3D6G System Brushless RC Airplane Compatible Futaba RTF
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

RacerStar BR1306 3100kv Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-1...47791920140372

Gemfan 4045 4x4.5 Glass Fiber Nylon Propeller CW/CCW
https://www.banggood.com/2-Pairs-Gem...47791920140372

Kingkong 4045 4x4.5 Inch PC Fiberglass Propellers CW CCW for Multicopter
https://www.banggood.com/10-Pairs-Ki...47791920140372


Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 08, 2018 @ 09:52 AM | 6,828 Views
WOW! Over 4,000 views in just 4 hours! I don't believe it, do you?

Tutorial - Upgrade The Motor On Your XK Edge A430 Stunt Plane



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

Want a better motor for your XK Edge A430 Stunt Plane?
Want more power?
Want to replace this motor at 1/3 the cost of the stock motor?
Want to use standard props instead of proprietary ones?
Want to know how to mount this new motor?

Hehehe...so did I!

All will be explained in this video!

***Notes:
Some things I forgot to mention in the video, you will need to carve out the area at the front of the fuselage and cowling for the motor and mount so the motor does not rub the foam and the cowling will fit properly, I did.
Also, depending on the screws used to mount the motor to the plywood you will need to punch a depression in the foam where the screw heads meet the foam. I just used the end of a modeling paint brush to do that so the plywood was completely flush against the foam for gluing.

I weighed the plane after my modifications and here are the numbers:

Weight of plane without battery or FPV System: 69.2 grams
Weight of plane with battery and without the FPV System: 85.9 grams
Weight of plane with battery and FPV System: 92.4 grams

Thrust of 142.4 grams puts the thrust to weight ratio at: 1.54:1 (with the FPV System)
Thrust of 142.4 grams puts the thrust to weight ratio at: 1.65:1 (without the FPV System)

***Maybe I don't need to increase the size of the prop ;-)

Here are links to the Plane and Upgrade components:

XK A430 2.4G 5CH 3D6G System Brushless RC Airplane Compatible Futaba RTF
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

RacerStar BR1306 3100kv Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-1...47791920140372

Gemfan 4045 4x4.5 Glass Fiber Nylon Propeller CW/CCW
https://www.banggood.com/2-Pairs-Gem...47791920140372

Kingkong 4045 4x4.5 Inch PC Fiberglass Propellers CW CCW for Multicopter
https://www.banggood.com/10-Pairs-Ki...47791920140372


Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 07, 2018 @ 01:47 PM | 2,109 Views
Tutorial - Range Testing your Radio and Aircraft



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzmKVRgy2nw

First, I want to thank my Wife for going out into the Desert with me and helping to conduct this Radio Range Test. She also captured the Maiden Flight of this Aircraft on video for me. So, thank you, thank you, thank you ;-)

I'm performing a Range Test on my newly build "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V2 before the Maiden Flight.
I could not find much information online regarding how to perform a proper Range Test so I created this video to show you how I perform Range Test which I think is a very thorough and real world procedure.
If you have to conduct a Range Test by yourself I would suggest setting up a camera to record the plane, with audio, so you can review the video and see and hear everything that is going on.
The mistake I made during the Range Test was not reviewing the video footage right away. It wasn't until I reviewed the video footage that I discovered the ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) was resetting and therefore making the Receiver intermittent.
What I thought was a problematic Receiver turned out to be a problematic ESC.
Also, you should turn your aircraft 45 degrees and retest until the aircraft is back to the heading you started with as from experience I can attest to the fact that aircraft receivers can have bind spots. Doing a Range Test with the aircraft facing only one direction is not sufficient...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 06, 2018 @ 08:44 AM | 1,957 Views
Glue & Fly Series - Flight #16 F-22 Micro V1.5 Advanced Setup



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOBp8e5MMiA

This is Flight #16 of our latest F-22 Micro Parkjet Build dubbed V1.5
Time to perform some Test Flights with the Intermediate / Advanced Setup using a 3S LIPO.
The LIPO I'm using is a 3S 450mah 65C.
The All-Up-Weight of this Micro Parkjet is 131 grams with a 3S 450mah 65C LIPO.
The Thrust-To-Weight Ratio with this 3S LIPO is 2.1:1
Before this flight I had increase the Aileron Dual-Rate from 25%-35%.
I increased the Elevator EXPO from 25% to 35%.
This greatly reduced the Twitchiness during flight and made the movements much more smooth.
It also gave me more Aileron control authority for Rolls and Split-S maneuvers.
I also input 6 clicks of Down-Trim on the Elevator as the Parkjet wanted to climb.
My observations on this Flight:

* Aileron Trim is perfect.
* Elevator Trim may need improvement after more evaluation.
* Aileron Dual-Rate may need an increase to be determined after more evaluation.
* Elevator Dual-Rate many need a decrease to be determined after more evaluation.
* Aileron EXPO may need a decrease after more evaluation.
* Elevator EXPO may need an increase after more evaluation.
* The above remarks are regarding very fine tuning of this Parkjet. As you can see from the video it is stable, responsive, acrobatic, fast, and gets great flight time on this power setup.
* After the 4 minute flight the...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 05, 2018 @ 12:14 PM | 2,372 Views
Review - RacerStar BR2208 1400kv Motor



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci07I5v1D64

I have a kit plane on order that suggest a motor of 2208-2216 1400kv with an 8x4 prop.
I purchased this motor a few months ago, however, I thought since I'm going to perform a thrust test of this motor someone else may benefit from the data.
This is a very inexpensive motor and I purchased it for $4.99 US

So here is the thrust data I am sharing:

Motor: RacerStar BR2208 1400kv
ESC : HTIRC 20A 2S-4S w/5V2A BEC
LIPO : DualSky ECO S 3S 800mah 25C

Prop : Gemfan 8040 (8x4) ABS 3mm Hub Diameter Prop (Drilled out to 5mm)
Thrust: 590.3 grams
Amps : 9.1
g/W : 5.1

***The efficiency of this motor and prop combination is great, however, they fibbed about the numbers.
The Thrust was a full 40 grams lower than stated, the AMP draw was 2.4 AMPS lower than stated, while the Efficiency was .2 grams higher.
I'm guessing you would probably need an 8x5 (8050) Prop to get the numbers they list for an 8x4 (8040) Prop.
Looks like I'm going to have to get some 8x5 and 8x6 Props and test again.

Note: I did not list any props in the links above as it seems manufacturers and vendors are not listing the hole diameter of the hub. Go Figure ;-(
I had to drill out the hubs on mine as they were only 3mm and I needed 5mm for the bullet prop adapter.


Link to this Motor:
Racerstar BR2208 1400KV 2-4S Brushless Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-B...47791920140372

Link to the ESC I used:
HTIRC Hornet Series 20A 2-4S Brushless ESC With 5V/2A BEC
https://www.banggood.com/HTIRC-Horne...47791920140372


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Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 04, 2018 @ 07:45 AM | 2,592 Views
DustOff #4 - XK Edge A430 6G & 3D Acrobatic Flight



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9N3g7QhCR4

Time to DustOff my XK Edge ;-)
I wanted to attempt to perform some Acrobatics in 3D Mode with this plane.
You'll here me switching from 6G to 3D and back frequently as I try to maintain control of this tiny plane ;-)

Link to this Plane:
https://www.banggood.com/XK-A430-2_4...47791920140372

Spare Batteries:
https://www.banggood.com/XK-DHC-2-A6...47791920140372


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