Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 10:07 PM | 5,504 Views
After 24 years I got back into RC airplanes. I bought a T3D Cap Wilde Beast like this one. I started flying it in September 2004 it with an AXI 2212/34 brushless motor with a 1047 prop, Castle Creations 10Amp ESC, Kokam 1500 3S1P lipos, and GWS R4P short-range receiver. However, I never did learn how to control it properly, although I did get maybe 20 flights on it or so. More often than not it needed repairs after a flight. I realize now that one of my problems was that the receiver was too susceptible to interference, and with the responsiveness of the airplane, it would get one glitch and flip upside down really fast leaving me only a split second to correct it before it impacted the ground. This airplane has been de-commissioned since March 2005. The carbon-fibre rods have been salvaged, and the motor and ESC are flying on another airplane. The receiver has been sold and now I use higher quality receivers that are less prone to the effects of interference. I've learned quite a bit in the year since my last flight with the T3D and today I could probably control it, and I would use a good quality dual-conversion receiver, and super-high-discharge lipos for light weight. Live and learn!
Posted by Archamid | Feb 13, 2006 @ 08:21 PM | 4,645 Views
Here Is my waco
Posted by LannyG | Feb 13, 2006 @ 05:55 PM | 5,490 Views
Camera mounting for Easy Star.
May have to put battery on top of fuse to get COG right. ???
Posted by shockflyer12345 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 02:19 PM | 7,523 Views
Today i finsinshed my plane holder for a car for long distance driving.I wish i took some pics befor i took it down.
Posted by Butters | Feb 13, 2006 @ 01:09 AM | 17,097 Views
Ricky says:

Blogs Rules.
Posted by Cats Eyes | Feb 12, 2006 @ 11:08 PM | 16,870 Views
Here's an update with pics of the wing cutting operation and results.

As I noted in previous entries, the straightedges are 1/2" aluminum bar screwed to the foam with 1/2" wood screws. They have held during the cuts very well.

You can see the "ridging" in these pictures as a result of either wire too hot or moving too slowly or not evenly enough. At one point the wire was stopped by one of the screws, which I'd put in the wrong place, and "burned" a groove in the foam. None of this is a problem -- easy to fill. Since making these cuts, I've gotten a lot better at knowing how fast to move the wire. It seems to find a "natural" speed on its own just by keeping a steady pressure on it. I made the same cut on the other piece (which will become the wing tips), and it came out almost perfect.

There is a three-inch "hump" that I put in the middle of the panel that is thicker at the back than the rest of the panel. This is supposed to be a support for the elastics that hold the wing on the plane. I also have a 2 1/2" "hump" under the leading edge, which will attach to the piece that will sit in the wing saddle (which I have yet to design).

I had the 12 thousanths wire break on me -- twice. It wasn't where you'd expect it either, at the ends where it is held, at the contact points, where it slid over the straightedges or inside the foam while cutting. No, it was in the middle of the wire out in free air. I'm...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith43221 | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:15 PM | 5,551 Views
While flying my F-27 styker, i was coming though a tight turn when my battery (lipo Kokam 2000 15C 3S) ejected. It hit the asphalt and i could smell the fruity scent. It was done. That's my only lipo for that plane too. So now my favorite plane is out of action.
Now i have to wait till summer when the grass starts growing again.
Posted by retiredVTT | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:13 PM | 12,956 Views
Posted by ib456 | Feb 12, 2006 @ 07:52 PM | 4,181 Views

I have been interested in RC toys since I was young, but never had one of any kind.

Over the years as I have gotten older i have aquired a number of parts of models and half working RC boats, and cars.

Last August or September I got into planes, I started with a GWS J3-S, the baby brother of the slowstick.
After I killed that I got the GWS Pico Tiger Moth, which I still have. I also have a GWS funny Park which my girlfriend got for me, which I am too scared to fly as I am still only a beginer.
Since then I have taken a liking profile foamies, I have built a number of these with mixed results.

I have made:

Flatfoamflyer Zero, too heavy and no skill on my behalf, destroyed on first lot of test flights.

17" Kingcat, never flew... too small and heavy, destroyed on first flight.

STC - Trainer, due to printer error made at 92% of full size,used the wings from the J3-S, after a bit of work it flew very well, a bit of wing flex but was great for letting friends have a play, very easy to fly, powered by IPS A, due to a friend trying to fly it into his wife and hitting the path beside her it was retired due to have too much hot glue holding it together.
Rebuild full size using 6mm EPP foam and repowered with a brushless 2410 -12 turn. Heavier but with the extra power goes very well, now the trouble is that my cheap lipo batteries cant give it the power it needs, but otherwise flies well.

Yak 23 EDF x 2 one to plans and next one with larger...Continue Reading
Posted by Gary Morris | Feb 12, 2006 @ 06:51 PM | 11,675 Views
I've been busy the past few weekends editing some video shot with CVS camcorders. You can see some of the videos here on EZone by looking at my past posts. The weather here has been bad for flying and worse for aerial photography. Seems the past three weekends have been a washout with either rain, snow or too much wind/cloud cover. Looking forward to March and a change in the weather. I have so many projects and so little time, guess that's a good thing?

Posted by Kyle G. | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:43 AM | 10,689 Views
I thought I'd share a collection of aerial photos that I've taken with my plane. I started AP in march of '04 and have been doing it since. Been to many places including Yellowstone, Canada, Grand Tetons, Devils Lake, Chicago, and a few places in the midwest on the trip out to Yellowstone. Here are just a few of my good shots....Continue Reading
Posted by Carcharadon | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:00 AM | 10,690 Views
Posted by Vince Herman | Feb 12, 2006 @ 08:18 AM | 8,390 Views
On this first entry, let me tell you a bit about myself.
As a youngster, I built a lot of stick and tissue rubber powered free flight planes and sailplanes.
Back in 1981 or so, I tried to fly an RC sailplane with no help from others. With bad equipment. I crashed a lot.
Forward to about 2000 (?) when the Wattage B2 was new. I received one as a gift, and it was a blast. It barely had and enough power to stay in the air. But I learned to fly it. Then we got Zagi 400's. Oh, more power! My Dad and some of my brothers all got Zagis. Dad and my oldest brother Mike fly nitro as well.
I now have had many different planes, sailplanes and helis, all electric powered.
I'll see what I can do to list all of them. Later.
I am a member of the Valley City RC Club, a mostly nitro club but with a rapidly growing electric presence.
And for current news, it is snowing, and we have our annual club snow fly today!
Posted by David A | Feb 12, 2006 @ 03:07 AM | 6,344 Views
Had a short'ish fly yesterday as the cold weather started to bite. I just gave the trainer a flight following it's repairs this week. My buddy - Nasa Steve flew his Twister electric aerobat conversion, very nice model with plenty of power and 10 mins duration from the lipo's.
Just as we were going a full size Jet Provost (retired RAF trainer) did a few passes over the field, havn't seen one for years so that was very nice.
Posted by Grejen | Feb 11, 2006 @ 10:44 PM | 16,601 Views
Well got out flying today so it's time for a new entry. This is a thread so I'll make it a thread about my Beaver. Subsequent entries are posted as replies (comments) to this post. View the last entry here

OK I was out at the big ball field with Sam around 10AM. It's warm (for Feb) and sunny and not too breezy. He's zooming around with his brushless SlowStick while I prepped the Beaver. The motor stick was a bit squishy up front so I added some tape and bolted it all back together. Today I was hoping to work out some trim kinks. Sam tossed and away it went. I got up high and started a cycle of cutting power then slamming it back up to check the thust line. Seems I have a LOT of right thrust.
Chopped throttle once over the chain link backstop and I breifly lost control. This is a surprize because I'm useing my new Spektrum DX6 ! I think it was a combination of the chainlink and the fact that the Tx battery was at 9.2 volts. way to test it eh? - information from rcgroups is that chain link can cause reflections and interference patterns at 2.4ghz - It came down way out in the field between some big holes being dug in the infield at the bases and control returned just in time for me to recover and get it safely on the ground between the holes.

Retrieved the plane and Sam tossed it again but now the plane battery was not putting out and it dove for the grass. I Mannage to not crash it but the left rear float strut broke anyway. Dang those things are fragile.

This was flight number 300 on this plane which now has about 2615minutes on it. I've been logging this stuff on paper but now I have blogs.
Posted by Cats Eyes | Feb 11, 2006 @ 10:30 PM | 17,093 Views
Design complete. I mean, nothing's ever complete until it's complete, but I've decided to just build the thing and see how it flies, then correct what doesn't work.

Over the last couple of days I've finished the centre section of the wing. I have no way of making long cuts with nice edges, so I cut it with a utility knife part way through and just "broke" it the rest of the way. Fortunately, I had an extra quarter-inch, so I made the edge "nice" by using the hot-wire to remove the last quarter-inch. While the foam is nominally 24 inches wide, it actually has a ridge that sticks out an extra half-inch that fits with a cut in the next panel (if you're using for it's original purpose, i.e. insulation). Since the TE of the wing fits in the extra notch, that means I actually have 24.5 inches to work with, hence the extra quarter-inch per panel.

To make the straightedges for the cuts, I drilled holes every 6" in some 1/2" aluminum bar I had floating around. The thickness is something odd, but roughly 3/32" for rough figuring. I then just screwed them to the foam with 1/2" wood screws. Made small holes in the foam, of course, but I can fill them with Micro-Fill later. I've filled in much worse!

The first couple of cuts didn't go awfully well for some reason. I mean they worked, and are OK, but are kind of "ridged". I was not able to keep the wire moving smoothly for some reason. I've gotten better with subsequent cuts. At...Continue Reading
Posted by tsmart | Feb 11, 2006 @ 08:41 PM | 3,615 Views

I have been flying RC for many years, just getting into AP. I am not worried about the flying part but sure would like to have an experienced mentor to share the ropes with me about the business end.

I run another full time laser printer sales and service business, and I already sell to many realtors, government offices, contractors, builders, etc, so I figure I already have good customer confidence....but this would be fun weekend work, seeing as always go to the field on weekends anyhow.

Larry, Lady Lake, Florida.
Posted by Joe Ford | Feb 11, 2006 @ 02:49 PM | 17,562 Views
Pics of the Shoe Factory Road flying field in Schaumburg, IL (my old home). Got a "little" altitude on this flight....Continue Reading