Posted by Cox PT-19 | Today @ 07:17 AM | 946 Views
After a wait for some good weather, my Albatross profile control liner flys at Breezy Hill.

This is a demonstrator kit, built by Stan Fronabarger at Vintage Performance Model Airplanes. He also markets a Newport fighter of the same size in case you want an antagonist for your German Fighter.

This model is flying behind a Fox .35 Stunt, on 60 feet of 85lb Spiderwire, and is relatively fast on that combination...having no trouble packing its two GoPro cameras around the Crop Circle at Breezy Hill.

The Albatross Flys! (3 min 12 sec)
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Posted by solentlife | Today @ 07:16 AM | 932 Views
Not so long ago - the likes of Hobby King and similar had budget as well as more expensive gear. We all break props .. need wheels ... etc. etc.

But now you go online and its hard to find those items we took for granted ... or the shipping is just crazy.

I need 4.1 x 4.1 R props as pusher ... HK had loads of these and similar but now ??? Nothing.

I found APC style on another site - but for ONE prop - they wanted $17 shipping .............

In the end AliExpress came up with what I wanted but still not exactly budget priced.
Posted by Tazkiller85 | Today @ 04:50 AM | 1,372 Views
🧐Yep Les Amis,
Une ENNNORME FRUSTRATION !!! J'en attendais tellement de ce nouveau cinewhoop d'HGLRC, le VEYRON35 CR Pusher ! Je le trouve superbe, très bien conçu et notre premier test en vol à vue était réellement prometteur. Puis, les dieux du FPV en ont décidé autrement ! LOL. Sans aucune raison ou modification, du jour au lendemain, le problème est apparu... Nous avons tout vérifié bien sur, du hardware au firmware, sans succès. Après un échange avec HGLRC sur ce souci, Eric me renvoie donc une frame et une carte de vol car pour lui, c'est un défaut du gyro. Donc nous testerons à nouveau bien sur ce superbe engin qui le mérite selon moi. HGLRC est un constructeur sérieux et à l'écoute donc nous ne lui en tiendrons pas rigueur même si ce jour là, la déception était au RDV ... Prenez soin de vous (et des autres) et merci à tous pour votre soutien .

VEYRON35 CR Pusher - Review presqueTest presque Démo - Quand tout va de travers !!! (24 min 18 sec)

🧐NOTATAZ : ?/20 On va creuser ... Certainement un souci de Gyro, à suivre ...

- HGLRC VEYRON 35 CR Pusher Analogique :
- HGLRC VEYRON 35 CR Pusher Numérique :
- Hélices 3.5" 5 pales :
- Lipo 4S 1300mAh recommandées :
- Chargeur conseillé pour lipos :

Prévisions et Nouveautés :
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Posted by lawrence4 | Today @ 04:34 AM | 1,419 Views
Balsa PYTH700
Airfoil FAD04
C.G 138mm
Wingspan 700mm
Length 428mm
Height 120mm
Weight 243g
Motor EMAX 1804 2480kV
BEC Matek micro 5V 1.5A
Receiver dsm2 6ch
Servo DUALSKY AS55 6g x 2
Propeller 5030
Battery dualsky 3S 550mAh

Maiden Flight:
Balsa PYTH 700 Maiden Flight Catch (9 min 22 sec)

Original design depron version:

Build log photo:

Build log video:
Turn depron Pyth700 to balsa Pyth710 (0 min 55 sec)
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Posted by Chris DA | Today @ 02:57 AM | 1,682 Views
Here some videos of my models and others
Posted by a filos | Yesterday @ 11:28 PM | 2,369 Views
Simple and very strong wing joiner made in a couple of minutes. It's very easy to align, fix the dihedral and complete the perfect fit as you work around the joiner....Continue Reading
Posted by Miami Mike | Yesterday @ 09:26 PM | 2,805 Views

A full-scale sailplane pilot told me that the yaw string is the most important instrument in a sailplane. It's hard to believe that it's more important than the airspeed indicator, altimeter, or vario, but he was very clear that the yaw string is important, even though it's just a piece of yarn taped to the canopy. Apparently without a yaw string it's hard for a pilot to tell if his glider is making a coordinated turn, meaning that the fuselage is aligned for minimum drag as the plane turns or circles. So if it's difficult for a pilot sitting in the cockpit then it seems reasonable that it would be difficult for an R/C glider pilot on ground. The yaw sensor is meant to serve as the equivalent of a yaw string for radio-controlled sailplanes.

This is a project that I started a couple of years ago but didn't do much with it until recently. It works with OpenTX / EdgeTX radios and telemetry receivers. A voltage sensor is required, such as the AIN2 input that many FrSky receivers have. When working in conjunction with a Lua script it will produce beeps to indicate how far from center the fuselage is aligned and in which direction. An adjustable "window of silence" stops the beeps when the sensor is aligned with the fuselage.

Next: Building a Yaw Sensor

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Posted by UpNup | Yesterday @ 08:51 PM | 2,796 Views
Each build has its own needs, but here are some essentials for anyone building balsa scale models.

Hobby knife, microsaw, metal straight edge, scissors, rotary tool, screwdrivers, level, drill, and also cutting mat, sanding blocks, Titebond II, CA, straight pins, adjustable light, and a work bench.

As an addendum, let me add some items essential for some but not all:
:: an 800 watt soldering iron was essential for landing gear. I got it for only $10 from a lady who worked on stained glass
:: canopy glue is incredible stuff
:: an iron for Monokote
:: CorrisionX for float planes

Whew! What did I miss?
Posted by Quinnyperks | Yesterday @ 07:51 PM | 3,029 Views
selling lots of parts, engines, servos to clean out the collection and to save up to build a new workshop.
Posted by unboxingexp | Yesterday @ 11:35 AM | 5,140 Views
Tinywhoop build + test (8 min 6 sec)

Posted by aliexpressscrew | Oct 25, 2021 @ 07:04 PM | 6,144 Views
I asked them to deliver my order to a South Carolina address. It was delivered to someplace called Springfield Gardens in New York! I do not live there nor have I ever lived there. I don’t know where they got this address.

Additionally, the ordered item does not appear on my list of ordered items. The order does not show up in my account, but they took my money when I paid them. I am just so angry, when I try to recover the account all I get is some Chinese lettering that I just do not understand. They also went on a vacation from Oct 1 to 7th.

Now they closed the dispute without comment and wont respond to me at all. I tried to use the [email protected], but it is FULL AND NOT ACCEPTING EMAILS. Does anyone know how I can proceed against them legally? Is small claims court my best option?
Posted by WizofWires | Oct 25, 2021 @ 01:34 PM | 14,798 Views
Part One: Normal Faces Out

Objects seen in PhoenixRC are made up of points (vertices), lines between points (edges) and planes made from 3 or more edges (faces). An object has a group of faces on the side towards you and a group away from you. An object is "manifold" if the side facing away from you is enclosed fully within the object (considered water tight). Manifold Objects are easy, they have an outside face (normal normals) and an inside face (flip normals) sharing the same vertices and the rendering software can recreate these from logic. In designing our models, we very seldom get to have true Manifold pieces to project our 2 dimensional artwork (texture) onto. We tell the rendering software...This surface is normal or this surface is flipped. When the Canopy or Portals of our model are just grey texture that we have projected onto it, we don't care about the "see-through" state of the faces behind the texture. But in both Blender and Phoenix builder we are given controls to 1) make the surface (material) transparent by a percent entry and 2) make the face normal or flip. In this mini-how-to I will also show the control entry for "reflective" (mirror in Blender), since it is useful and right next door.

Placeholder for Normals/Transparent Image
Posted by nagas | Oct 25, 2021 @ 10:47 AM | 15,766 Views
A new Flying Site for Phoenix Flight Sim. Star Wars!

As the mighty Imperial Battle Fleet jumps in from hyperspace to reinforce the partially complete yet functional Death Star, Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon, pursued by the evil Darth Vader rushes to join the fight. Nothing will stop him, not even Vader.

Anticipating the impending attack, the Rebel space fleet barely manages to escape in time evacuating the innocent, women and children who have fled their homes.

The Imperial Death Star fires its main superlaser weapon blasting the Rebel Planet apart which explodes in a massive fireball spewing molten debris into space as it is ripped asunder. The Death Star launches its TIE fighter squadrons to counter the oncoming Rebel Xwing forces who are lead by Luke Skywalker himself. May the Force be with him.

Let battle commence!

Can you find Darth Vader?

Star Wars Phoenix Site (0 min 59 sec)

Posted by eagle60 | Oct 25, 2021 @ 10:35 AM | 15,703 Views
In a similar way as the MIG29 I made the F22 taking the drawing from the 3 vews of the real plane with minor modifications. Size has been selected at 55 cm (22") and the weight resulted of 209 gr (without battery) for 2 reasons: for the same wingspan there is more surface and I had to add 10 gr lead on the tail to be able to enter a decent spin (screw?) maneuver; I could have avoided that placeing the motor just 2 cm tailward. Sorry for the few "out of the frame moments, maybe I'm not so good as I thought.

f 22 (4 min 27 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 24, 2021 @ 11:50 PM | 19,324 Views
This is Wild Bill Flynn's E-flite Ultrix 600mm BNF Basic Maiden Flight Review At Log Show.

Billl's E-flite Ultrix 600mm BNF Basic Maiden Flight Review At Log Show (7 min 53 sec)

Posted by siriusflier | Oct 24, 2021 @ 08:54 PM | 20,521 Views
FMS Ranger 1220

I happened across this plane less than a week ago. I have been staying away from trike landing gear but noticed this one has a spring loaded nose gear, and that appealed to me. Read the longest thread on this plane, less than 5 full pages, and mostly made it sound fairly good.
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I am still learning to fly manually using a Hobbyzone Carbon Cub S 2 and an E-flite Valiant, both tail draggers. Haven't really learned to use the flaps well for landing, but do use them for take offs, so the Ranger not coming with flaps doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Valiant tracks very well on the pavement, but I have not been able to get the Cub to go very straight, so flaps help a lot with take off on the Cub. The Valiant seems like a much better plane than the Cub to me, only problem was the tail gear that I replaced before I even flew it. Cub came with a lot of problems I had to work on. I am thinking the Ranger will track on the road much better with the trike gear. And I can always add flaps if I want them.
The PNP of the Ranger at Horizon(and other places) is $199.99 and $219.99 for the RTF. RTF comes with battery, transmitter, charger, and an FMS Reflex flight controller. Reflex is FMS version of Safe. So I ordered the RTF at 3:00 am on 10/16/2021 because Horizon had 4x reward points that weekend. Used $25 worth of my points and ended up with more points than I started with. I expect the plane to be delivered by 10/20/2021 from...Continue Reading
Posted by jmxp69 | Oct 24, 2021 @ 07:52 PM | 20,531 Views
I like my Radiomaster gimbal LEDs, but sometimes I just want to turn them off. Here's a video showing how to add a switch to do just that.
How-To Add a Latching Momentary On/Off Switch for your Radiomaster TX16s Gimbal LEDs (7 min 36 sec)

Posted by RCvertt | Oct 24, 2021 @ 07:11 PM | 20,640 Views
Just drove by an old lady in the street lying on the ground in front of the curb side trash cans. Thought it was a Halloween prop but wasn't sure so I pulled over and got out. She started to move and talk. Paramedics were called and arrived quick. Appears she just collapsed and wasn't hit. Had to make sure the ambulance came since most people these days just film and don't call for help.

Be careful driving by or over something you think might be a Holloween prop.
Posted by charlton29 | Oct 24, 2021 @ 07:08 PM | 20,798 Views
After another break, mainly from unsuitable weather, I have managed to get out and fly a few times. Here is a short video from a recent session with a light wind, impressive clouds and a flying wing that is tricky to launch but flies beautifully once it gets going.

Wings again (5 min 55 sec)

Posted by JeffMac | Oct 24, 2021 @ 06:07 PM | 21,389 Views
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My 1936 Mighty Midget was obtained some years ago from a friend's estate. The ignition timer was added from a parts engine in very poor condition.
The Ad is scanned from my issue of Model Airplane News September 1936 , showing the early Bunch mighty Midget kit engine, likely what mine was.

Best regards,