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Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 23, 2018 @ 10:37 PM | 2,228 Views
Needful Things - Spring Terminal Blocks

Needful Things - Spring Terminal Blocks (4 min 20 sec)


Link to the Terminal Blocks:

Excellway® ET25 2/3/5 Pins Spring Terminal Block 5Pcs Electric Cable Wire Connector
https://www.banggood.com/5Pcs-235-Pi...47791920140372

Another Needful Thing on my list is a set of Spring Terminal Blocks.
I found these in 2, 3, and 5 pin terminal blocks.
I ordered these so I could perform testing of Motors and Speed Controller without the need to solder connectors to them or waste heat shrink.
I've taken time to solder connectors to Motors and Speed Controllers before testing only to find that the Motor or Speed Controller was faulty.
Now what do you do?
Well, if your like me I try not to waste anything as it's too expensive.
So now I have to de-solder all my connectors and I'm still out of the heat shrink I had to use.
Money wasted!
Not anymore ;-)
With these Spring Terminal Blocks I can make all my needed connections without having to solder connectors or waste heat shrink.
Now I can test and make sure my Motors and Speed Controllers work as they should before soldering connectors and applying Heat Shrink! Yeah!
A great addition to your RC Toolbox.

Description:

5Pcs 2/3/5 Pins Reusable Spring Lever Terminal Block Electric Cable Wire Connector

Specs:

Brand: Excellway
Model: ET25
Material: Plastic
Color: Grey and orange
Shape: Rectangle
Interface Type: AC / DC
Current: 32 A
Voltage: 250V/4KV
Quantity: 5pcs
Suitable for 0.08-2.5(4.0)mm² Hard conductors and soft conductors.
Size:
2 Pin: Approx. 20x14x12mm/0.78"x0.55"x0.47",
3 Pin: Approx. 20x16x14mm/0.78"x0.62"x0.55",
5 Pin: Approx. 27x20x14mm/1.06"x0.78"x0.55"

What's In The Box:

5 x Excellway ET25 Wire Connectors


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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 23, 2018 @ 08:52 PM | 2,979 Views
Review - WLToys K969 1/28 Scale Drift Car - Much Fun!

This is an older video but still relevent.

Review - WLToys K969 1/28 Scale Drift Car - Much Fun! ***Update! (9 min 35 sec)


The car is very nice looking indeed. It has 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 wheel drive, and drifts absolutely fantastic!
I had to take it out for a test drive in my media room which has a very low pile indoor/outdoor carpet and it was perfect for this car.
With a little bit of punch on the throttle you can set the car drifting into a turn and reverse steer your way through the turn ;-) Much Fun!
The car seems well built, the transmitter bound to the car receiver without issue. All I had to do was charge the battery and I was off to the races, literally ;-)
The two complaints I have is the motor get pretty hot, will burn your fingers hot, so pick it up by the body not the under carriage as I did the first time, Ouch! Very Hot!
The second complaint, which is the same complaint I have for all the RTR (Ready-To Run) vehicles is not enough throttle granularity. It's a bit hard to do smooth throttle management. Perhaps I can replace the stock receiver with a RadioLink one since I have a much better RadioLink transmitter than the stock one.
The specs say 30 minutes of drive time, however, I would put that closer to 20 minutes especially since your going to be in the throttle a lot to make it drift just the way you want it.
I like the fact that it runs off of a little 2S 400mah LIPO as I have several 300mah 2S LIPOs that will fit perfectly ;-)
You're going to want to buy extra batteries because you're not going to want to stop driving after the first battery.

I give this little drift car a big happy thumbs-up!

Link to this car:

Wltoys K969 1/28 2.4G 4WD Brushed RC Car Drift Car
https://www.banggood.com/Wltoys-K969...47791920140372


Happy Driving!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 23, 2018 @ 02:49 PM | 2,328 Views
DustOff Drive - Race Practice with the Turnigy Trooper SCT via FPV

DustOff Drive - Race Practice with the Turnigy Trooper SCT via FPV (3 min 1 sec)


Time to blow the dust off of my Turnigy Trooper II SCT ;-)
A bit rusty in the turns but sooo much fun!
Sadly this truck has been discontinued.
This video is from some race practice I did last Fall but somehow the media never got processed.


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

Happy Driving!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 23, 2018 @ 12:32 PM | 2,353 Views
Glue & Fly Series - Interceptor Micro V1 Flight #5 - Shooting The Gap!

Glue & Fly Series - Interceptor Micro V1 Flight #5 - Shooting The Gap! (3 min 25 sec)


First, I want to thank my Wife for standing in the cold and wind to video this flight for me.
We left the Desert and headed to the Autumn Forest of the Midwest ;-)
The area I'm flying in is partially wooded and I decided to slow this micro parkjet down and shoot the gaps between some of the trees.
This shows more of the capability of this Tiny Parkjet, the wide flight envelope and the maneuverability it possesses.
This is the most fun I've had yet flying this little plane.
Everything was going fine until I flew behind myself and lost momentary control and landed it in one of the trees.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it ;-)
Needless to say parking your plane in a tree is not the best thing to do ;-)
Wind is out of the Southeast at 5-10mph.
Again the wind was not favorable for this Micro Parkjet that only weighs 107.8g.

Crash Report:
Damaged a bit of foam on the leading edge of the wing near the fuselage.
Ripped off one of the vertical stabilizers.

Repaired with a bit of Foam-Tac and now it's ready to fly again!
Total cost of repair = $0.10 worth of glue

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 23, 2018 @ 09:42 AM | 1,766 Views
DustOff Flight - FPV Acrobatic Fun with the Focke Wulf FW190 Kit Plane

DustOff Flight - FPV Acrobatic Fun with the Focke Wulf FW190 Kit Plane (5 min 53 sec)


Link to this Plane:

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/fw190-pp...asc=1581365268

I thought I'd take a break from my LOS (Line-Of-Site) Training and get in some FPV Fun!
The wind is pretty stiff at 5-6mph with gust to 8.5mph on the ground which means the wind above 20ft is more like 9-12mph.
I just received my Gemfan 8x4 APC Style Props and wanted to test them out on this plane.
They are much stiffer than the standard Gemfan 8x4 ABS Props and they provide more thrust ;-)
Acrobatics are much easier to perform with the additional boost in thrust!

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 10:09 PM | 1,998 Views
Glue & Fly Series - Interceptor Micro V1 Flight with High G Turns, Loops & Rolls

I'm just having some fun with the "Glue & Fly Series" Interceptor Micro V1 ;-)

Wow! Very Fast & Acrobatic on just a 2S LIPO ;-)

Glue & Fly Series - Interceptor Micro V1 Flight #4 - High G Turns, Loops & Rolls (3 min 6 sec)


We left the Desert and headed to the Autumn Forest of the Midwest ;-)
The area I'm flying in is partially wooded and I decided to do some High Speed, High-G Turns, Loops, & Rolls above the Autumn Forest.
This is the most fun I've had yet flying this little plane.
This also shows more of the capability of this Tiny Parkjet!
Wind is out of the Southeast at 5-10mph.
Again the wind was not favorable for this Micro Parkjet that only weighs 107.8g.

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 08:55 PM | 1,965 Views
XK Edge A430 Stunt Plane - Dust-Off 1 With Our Upgrade Motor & Prop - Is it Fast ;-)

XK Edge A430 Stunt Plane - Dust-Off 1 With Our Upgrade Motor & Prop - Is it Fast ;-) (5 min 21 sec)


Link to this Plane:

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

I haven't flown this plane for quite some time so I thought I'd throw it into the air and dust it off ;-)
This is Flight #1 with our upgraded Motor & Prop.
Is it Fast? Hehehehe...

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 07:16 PM | 1,985 Views
Macfree F22 Smart Plane - DustOff Flight Compilation #1

Macfree F22 Smart Plane - DustOff Flight Compilation #1 (13 min 27 sec)


I haven't flown my Macfree F-22 Nano Brushless ParkJet for months, so let's throw it into the air ;-)
Some issues became apparent, my 1103 motor is on it's last leg as I used to get 5+ minutes of flight time, and one of my servos is hanging ;-(
It seems my voltage telemetry is off as well because it reports low power approx. 1 minute after launch ;-(
Well, perhaps a new servo and an 1104 motor is just what the plane needs....sometime in the near future ;-)
Oh, and sometimes you just have to argue with your transmitter, especially when it talks back ;-)

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 06:45 PM | 2,202 Views
Review - Hobby King Focke Wulf FW 190 Kit Plane

Review - Hobby King Focke Wulf FW 190 Kit Plane (18 min 8 sec)


Link to this plane:

H-King Fw 190 - Glue-N-Go - Foamboard Kit (Global)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/fw190-pp...asc=4121073648

Well, mine required a bit more than "Glue & Go" ;-(

There are links in the Video Show Notes to most of what you will need to get this plane in the air.

Here are some issues I ran into:

The recommended Motor & Prop are a bit less than optimal, I would say a 2212 1400kv minimum motor with a 9x4.5 prop.
The build instructions have a couple of things out of order, do not glue on the top and bottom of the fuselage before installing your motor mount.
The Foam Hinges were coming apart before I started the build, install some type of hinges, I reinforced with tape hinges.
The Tail Vertical Stabilizer would move when actuating the Rudder and I had to reinforce that area.
The Landing Gear should be adequate for a smooth surface but not rough terrain as they are too fragile.
There is no tail wheel, just a carbon slat, this will not work on anything but a smooth hard surface such as asphalt or concrete.
I installed a ping pong ball for a tail wheel ;-)
I used the recommended 9g Servos (HXT900) and the cutouts had to be modified.
My tail section has warped foam and so my elevator is canted.
One of the Control Rods was way too short and could not be used, you...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 05:25 PM | 1,929 Views
RC Tip #15 - Micro Servo Connector Confusion!

RC Tip #15 - Micro Servo Connector Confusion! (7 min 0 sec)


Well, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it seems we can't even standardize pins and shrouds on Micro Servos?
Yes, that's right! I found out when completing a total Brushless Conversion on the WLToys F949 Cessna 182.
I selected a Micro Low Voltage Receiver that has Micro JST-SH Pins with a 1.0mm Pitch.
Would you believe that most of the Micro Servos I came across have Micro JST-SH Pins with 1.25mm Pitch?
Yep, you heard right, apparently things aren't difficult enough in our Beloved Hobby, the Manufacturers have to use different Pins and Shrouds for the exact same size and voltage of Micro Servos!
I will explain what I have discovered and how to mitigate this problem introduced by RC Manufacturer in regards to Micro Servos.

Here is a link to the Micro DSM2/DSMX Receiver I used which has JST-SH 1.0mm Pitch Sockets:
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 the Micro Servos I used which have JST-SH 1.0mm Pitch Connectors that work with the Receiver:
HobbyKing HK-5320S Ultra-Micro Digital Servo 0.075kg / 0.05sec / 1.7g
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hk-5320-...asc=8905854793

I hope this helps someone interested in matching up Micro Servos for this Receiver.

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 04:24 PM | 2,183 Views
Review - Volantex Ranger G2 FPV Airplane PNP

Review - Volantex Ranger G2 FPV Airplane PNP (17 min 24 sec)


Link to this Plane:

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

This is a fairly large plane compared to what I have flown thus far. The largest plane I have in my hanger by far.
The assembly is fairly straight forward so I did not include an assembly video.
The plane is dubbed a Glider and Trainer.
I don't think I would recommend a plane this large as a trainer. Perhaps as a 3rd plane.
I removed the Y-cable from the Aileron Servos, installed Servo Extension Cables and programmed it for Flaperons.
I am using a 3S 2200mah 40C LIPO (192g) for this plane and had to move the battery all the way forward to get the CG correct.
You could use a smaller LIPO if you have a camera mounted at the front.
Be sure to check your CG on this plane before flight.

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 03:52 PM | 2,064 Views
Review - RacerStar BR2207S 2500kv Motor Green Edition

Review - RacerStar BR2207 2500kv Motor Green Edition (12 min 9 sec)


Link to this Motor:

Racerstar 2207 BR2207S Green Edition 1600KV 2200KV 2500KV 3-6S Brushless Motor
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-2...47791920140372

I thought this may be a good candidate for our "Glue & Fly Series" Mini ParkJets.
I'm currently using a King Kong/LDARC 2205 2300kv Motor.
I'm hoping since this motor should have more torque than the 2205 and the KV is slightly higher it will provide more thrust without using more amps ;-)
Let's see how it performs.

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 03:20 PM | 1,365 Views
Flight 7 - FlyBear SU-35 Nose Weight Test, I found the sweet spot ;-)

Flight 7 - FlyBear SU-35 Nose Weight Test, I found the sweet spot ;-) (13 min 16 sec)


Link to this Plane:

Flybear FX-820 2.4G 2CH Remote Control SU-35 Glider 290mm Wingspan EPP Micro Indoor RC Airplane Aircraft RTF
https://www.rcmoment.com/p-rm8974.ht...roundcontrolrc

Well, I have to say this little 2 channel plane is a winner and I would definitely buy it again ;-)
Like all the FlyBear Planes I've reviewed it does require a little bit of nose weight as it is tail heavy.
My initial nose weight was 2.5 grams using a penny minted after 1982 as they were 3.1 grams before 1983.
That amount of added nose weight worked out great and I loved the way it flew, but can it fly even better?
Next I tried using two 5mm nylock nuts that weighed 2.1 grams, too light in the nose.
In this flight I tried a dime which weighs 2.27 grams, was it an improvement?
Let's see if that will make an improvement in it's flying characteristics.

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 02:48 PM | 1,508 Views
Review - FlyBear FX-820 2.4G 2CH Remote Control SU-35 Jet

This is a great little Trainer for Kids or Big Kids like me ;-)

Review - FlyBear FX-820 2.4G 2CH Remote Control SU-35 Jet (16 min 59 sec)


Link to the Plane:

Flybear FX-820 2.4G 2CH Remote Control SU-35 Glider 290mm Wingspan EPP Micro Indoor RC Airplane Aircraft RTF
https://www.rcmoment.com/p-rm8974.ht...roundcontrolrc

I've waited a long time for this plane to be back in stock, so I ordered one.
The FlyBear Red Baron Bi-Plane is the best Trainer Plane for kids that I have found thus far.
I hope this one turns out to be as good as the Red Baron Bi-Plane

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 02:07 PM | 1,295 Views
Tutorial - Assembly of the 820 Motor, Gearbox, & Prop

Tutorial - Assembly of the 820 Motor, Gearbox, & Prop (11 min 55 sec)


Link to this Motor, Gearbox, and Prop:

Gear Box 716 720 (820) Coreless CW Motor + Propeller Combo Set For RC Models DIY - A
https://www.banggood.com/Coreless-Re...47791920140372

As promised, I have created an Assembly video of the 820 Motor, Gearbox, & Prop.
Don't forget there are closeup photos of the assembled components at the end of the video.
Again, I think this will make a good replacement motor for the Volantex Mini Trainstar or similar Micro Plane.
I'm installing this unit in my Volantex Mini Trainstar ;-)

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 01:36 PM | 1,454 Views
Review - Brushed 820 Motor, Gearbox, & Prop

Review - Brushed 820 Motor, Gearbox, & Prop (6 min 43 sec)


Link to this Brushed Motor, Gearbox, and Prop:

Gear Box 716 720 (820) Coreless CW Motor + Propeller Combo Set For RC Models DIY - A
https://www.banggood.com/Coreless-Re...47791920140372

I was looking for a brushed motor, gearbox, and prop that I might be able to use as a replacement for the motor, gearbox, and prop in my Volantex Mini Trainstar or in my WLToys F949 Cessna 182.
It doesn't produce enough thrust to make a good upgrade in my WLToys F949 Cessna 182, however, I think it may be a very good replacement for my Volantex Mini Trainstar.
I will follow this up with a short Tutorial in assembly of this motor, gearbox, and prop and then a field test of this motor, gearbox, and prop in my Mini Trainstar.
Stay tuned ;-)

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 12:12 PM | 1,491 Views
Review - 2.4G 4CH Micro Low Voltage DSM2/DSMX Compatible Receiver with Built-in Brushed ESC

Review - 2.4G 4CH Micro Low Voltage DSM2/DSMX Compatible Receiver Built-in Brushed ESC (4 min 33 sec)


Link to this Receiver:

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

I ordered one of these for a "Glue & Fly Series" Micro Trainer Plane I'm going to build and also to convert the WLToys F949 Cessna 182 to a Brushless System.
I tested it first with a Brushed Motor and it worked fine, however, I had to set the throttle trim nearly to the bottom to keep the Brushed Motor from spinning up immediately. After that it worked fine.
I then tested it with some Micro Servos I ordered and a Brushless Motor & Prop.
This tiny Receiver works great and I have already performed a field test with 7 flight.
I was flying out to a max range of approx. 125-150 meters and had no issues.
I will be ordering more of these ;-)

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 11:40 AM | 1,868 Views
Tutorial - Replacing the Stock Motor in the Volantex Mini TrainStar

Tutorial - Replacing the Stock Motor in the Volantex Mini TrainStar (28 min 59 sec)


I absolutely love my Volantex Mini TrainStar!
This is the best Trainer Airplane I have flown thus far ;-)
Alas, my motor needs to be replaced and I have sourced a Motor, Gearbox, and Prop that I hope will work for this plane.
In this Tutorial we're going to be replacing the Stock Motor with an 8020 Motor, Gearbox, and Prop.

Link to the Plane:

Volantex V761-1 Firstar Mini 2.4G 3CH 6 Axis Gyro Micro RC Airplane RTF
https://www.banggood.com/Volantex-V7...47791920140372

Link to the Replacement Motor, Gearbox, and Prop:

Gear Box 716 720 820 Coreless CW Motor + Propeller Combo Set For RC Models DIY - A
https://www.banggood.com/Coreless-Re...-p-998786.html


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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 11:02 AM | 1,110 Views
Test Flight #5 - Volantex Mini TrainStar New Motor, Gearbox, & Prop

Test Flight #5 - Volantex Mini TrainStar New Motor, Gearbox, & Prop (6 min 25 sec)


I absolutely love my Volantex Mini TrainStar!
This is the best Trainer Airplane I have flown thus far ;-)
We just completed our Tutorial on Replacement of the Stock Motor and this is our 5th Test Flight after doing so.

Links to this fantastic Trainer Plane and the Replacement Motor, Gearbox, and Prop are listed in the Video Show Notes with Links.

Here is a link to the plane:

Volantex V761-1 Firstar Mini 2.4G 3CH 6 Axis Gyro Micro RC Airplane RTF
https://www.banggood.com/Volantex-V7...47791920140372

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

Happy Flying!
Posted by GroundControlRC | Aug 22, 2018 @ 09:31 AM | 1,050 Views
Review Part 2 - Field Testing the BlueSky 5V/3A SBEC we added to our OPTO ESC

We have installed this Converted OPTO ESC in our "Glue & Fly Series" F-22 Mini V2 for this Field Test ;-)

Review Part 2 - Field Testing the BlueSky 5V/3A SBEC we added to our OPTO ESC (7 min 23 sec)


I performed (6) Test Flights this morning and had no desync and the throttle was smooth and linear.
During each Test Flight I changed throttle range periodically from 50% to 100%.
On each launch the throttle ramp-up was smooth and linear.
The total weight of the combined FVT LittleBee 20A OPTO ESC and the BlueSky 5V/3A SBEC was 10.9 grams ;-)
It is a very compact and light weight setup and gives you 5 volts of switching power at 3 amps.
This is something you just don't get with a 20 amp ESC.

Update!!!!

A post by "Per Buch" on this video brought to my attention and corrected my Brain-Cramp in that you do not need two servo connectors on this setup.
You can clip the Ground Wire on the ESC and move the ESC Signal Wire to the Voltage Regulator Power and Ground Servo Connector and it will work fine.
I tested this setup in my Parkjet and it worked great!
Now there is no downside to using this setup as it only requires 1 Receiver Port ;-)
It also decrease the weight to 10.9 grams ;-)
Even better!


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

Happy Flying!


DC-DC Converter Step Down Module 3A 5V/12V Mini BEC
https://www.banggood.com/DC-DC-Conve...47791920140372

What's in the Box:

1x5V/12V FPV UBEC


Description:

Output current: constant 3A
Input voltage: 2-6S(5V version),4-6S(12V version)
Weight: About 5.6g