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Posted by santanig5 | Feb 18, 2020 @ 04:57 PM | 4,563 Views

Scale Fidelity:
* 92% Scale Outline, 94% Scale Contours
* Scale suspension struts, pre-installed on all PNP aircraft
* Scale four spoke wheel, plastic, with brass axle shaft
* Scale four panel split flaps, plastic, with ribbing detail
* Scale canopy contours
* Cockpit floor and wall area is designed to accommodate a near-full depth cockpit tub, for you customizers/detailers out there
* Big 16" Prop
* LED wingtip lights
* Pre-installed dorsal signal light. Can be plugged into the circuit board to flash intermittently, but because the real Spitfire only used this light to flash Morse Code to communicate.

* Soft tires, slightly oversized, for operation on rough surfaces
* Grass capable landing gear with thick steel pin and metal trunion
* Digital Metal Gear servos on all control surfaces
* Brass Ball Links on all control surfaces
* Nylon hinges on all control surfaces
* Plastic cowl
* Machine Screw Inserts molded into the spinner backplate for easy adjustment of the blades' tracking while mounted on the motor
* COOL: Plywood ribs and carbon spars sandwiched in a hollow chambered wing. Strong, light, rigid.

Transportability and Usability:
* Removable Wings (Wing halves are screwed together, then screwed to fuselage)
* Removable Cannon Barrels
* Removable Antenna Mast
* Removable chin scoop (the part most prone to frontal...Continue Reading
Posted by santanig5 | Dec 22, 2019 @ 07:27 AM | 4,347 Views

Purchased used on eBay, Original owner painted the fins red.
Added magnets in the wing halves for better hold.

Completion Level: Bind-N-Fly Basic
Flying Weight: 34.6 oz (980 g)
Length: 20.7 in (525mm)
Material: Foam/Carbon
Minimum Required Radio: Full-Range 6+ Channel DSMX®/DSM2® (sold separately)
Minimum Speed Control: 30A Brushless, 3S€“4S LiPo Compatible (installed)
Motor Size: 480-Size, 880Kv Brushless Outrunner (installed)
Recommended Motor Battery: 2200€“3200mAh 3€“4S LiPo with EC3„ Connector (sold separately)
Servos: (2) 13-Gram Digital Micro (installed)
Wing Area: 437 sq in (28.2 sq dm)
Wingspan: 47.2 in (1200mm)

Key Features
Includes a factory-installed FPV camera and video transmitter with interactive OSD
Capable of sport flying, aerobatics, soaring and more
3S and 4S LiPo compatible brushless motor and ESC
Exclusive SAFE Plus GPS-enabled drone technology
AutoLand, Holding Pattern and Virtual Fence functions
Optional-use Altitude Hold, self-leveling and angle limits
Spektrum receiver with 2.4GHz DSMX technology
Stability and precision of AS3X technology
Tool-free and fastener-free airframe assembly
Convenient hands-free servo connection system
Enlarged elevons offer excellent control response at any speed
Multiple vortex generator locations enhance slow speed stability and control
Includes FPV camera and optional-use standard noses
Integrated keel makes launching easier and adds landing protection
Lightweight and durable EPO foam construction with carbon-fiber support
Molded-in LED channels for optional night flying capability
Compatible with an optional TBS Crossfire micro receiver for extended range operation
Posted by santanig5 | Dec 22, 2019 @ 07:21 AM | 4,285 Views
Approximate Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour
Approximate Flight Time: 4+ min
CG (Center of Gravity): 75-85mm back from LE or wing @ root
Completion Level: Bind-N-Fly Basic
Fan Size: 70mm EDF
Flaps: Yes
Flying Weight: 4.2-4.4 lbs (67-70 oz)
Length: 40.4 in (1025mm)
Material: EPO
Minimum Required Radio: 6+ Channel
Minimum Speed Control: 70A
Motor Size: 2860-KV1850
Recommended Motor Battery: 6S 22.2V 3200-4000mAh with EC5 connector
Retracts: Yes
Wingspan: 43.3 in (1100mm)

Repainted the blue to fluorescent orange for better visibility and uniqueness.
Posted by santanig5 | May 25, 2019 @ 07:06 AM | 4,757 Views
Wingspan 1042mm / 41.0in
Overall Length 1226mm / 48.3in
Flying Weight Around 2500g
Motor Size 3270-KV1930 inner running
ESC 100A with 8A BEC
Servo 13g Analog Metal Gear Servo* 8pcs
Radio 6 Channel
CG (center of gravity) 90-100 mm
Recommended Battery 6S 4000mAh 35C
Flaps Yes
Retracts Yes
Approx. Flying Duration 4-5 Minutes

FMS 80mm Bae Hawk Maiden Flight (3 min 48 sec)

Posted by santanig5 | Oct 13, 2017 @ 07:13 PM | 8,053 Views
Wingspan: 50in(1270mm)
Overall Length: 45.8in(980mm)
Wing Loading: 42.2g/sq dm
Flying Weight: 2.8lb(1250g)
Motor: BM3715A-KV900 Brushless Outrunner
Speed Controller: 40A Brushless with T connector
Servo: 9g x 4
3S 2200mAh LiPO

Used AR636F4U (3 flight modes).

Conversion Notes:
Replaced ESC. Dynam ESC is not compatible with SAFE!
Moved Rudder servo arm to opposite side of servo.
Created a wooden platform for Rx.

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Posted by santanig5 | Sep 28, 2017 @ 07:05 PM | 4,118 Views
Many pilots are making use of the E-Flight SAFE systems.
One of the drawbacks of the system is that the pilot does not have the ability to modify the flight settings until recently with the SAFE Select system.
Here I have documented the steps I have taken to enable three flight modes.

Tools I used:
Spektrum PC programming software.
Digital Transmitter (I use a DX9).
SAFE Select Receiver (mine was flashed with E-Flite Commander mPd firmware).

Transmitter Programming

Step 1. Flight Mode Setup
Set Switch 1: To the switched used to enable/disable SAFE mode. In my example Switch B.
Flight Mode Table - Default settings.

Step 2. Servo Setup
Reverse flight mode Channel. In my example Aux 2.

Step 3. Telemetry
Auto-Config, Clear unwanted settings, ensure that AS3X is configured.

Step 4. AS3X Gains
Set Input: L Trim or R Trim your choice.
Channel: Same as your flight mode switch. In my example AX2.
FM Switch: Same as the switch used to enable/disable SAFE mode. In my example Switch B.

Receiver Programming

Flight Mode 3 is SAFE mode, no changes made.
Change Roll, Pitch, Yaw Rate Gain from ABS (absolute) to REL (relative) for Flight Mode 1 & 2.
Rate Gain % changes will need to be vetted out. As a rule of thumb keep one flight mode stock and one half that then adjust via Tx.
Change Flight Mode Switch to your SAFE Select switch. In my case Aux 2.
Aircraft type - Default.
Surface Setup - Change as needed.

Switch to Flight mode 1 and SAFE should work normally.
Switch to...Continue Reading
Posted by santanig5 | Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:28 PM | 10,660 Views
This is my first flying wing.

Wingspan: 78.3 in (1989mm)
Overall Length: 40.8 in (1035.6mm)
Wing Area: 1033 sq in (66.6 sq dm)
Flying Weight: 67 oz (1899 g)
Motor Size: 10-Size Brushless Outrunner (installed)
Radio: 4+ channel
Battery: 2200-3200mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo with EC3 Connector
Experience Level: Intermediate

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Posted by santanig5 | Nov 20, 2016 @ 09:20 AM | 10,551 Views
Key Features
Tricycle and tail dragger landing gear options (included)
Converts easily to a float plane (floats sold separately) Purchased.
Oversized access hatch and battery compartment
Matching wheel pants and blue anodized aluminum main gear
Potent 15-size brushless power system (installed)
Accepts a wide range of 3S 11.1V Li-Po battery packs
(4) Micro servos (installed)
Lightweight design with hollow structure
Constructed with durable Z-Foam™ material
Tinted canopy provides a sport-scale appearance

Needed To Complete
Full-range 4+ channel transmitter and matching receiver
2500–4000mAh 3S 11.1V Li-Po flight battery
Battery charger

Flying Weight: 58.5 oz (1660g)
Length: 1160mm (45.5 in)
Material: Z-Foam
Minimum Required Radio: 4+ channel
Spinner Size: 2 in
Wing Area: 551 sq in (35.5 sq dm)
Wingspan: 55.0 in (1400mm)

Installed the E-Flite EFLR310013 Apprentice SAFE receiver.
Required an inline reverser for the Ailerons.

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Posted by santanig5 | Oct 07, 2016 @ 01:16 PM | 11,029 Views

Wingspan - 830mm / 32.7in
Length - 960mm / 37.8in
Flying Weight - 1020g / 36.0oz
Power System - Brushless 2845-2750KV
Speed Control - 70A, T Connector
Propeller / EDF - 70mm 12 Blade EDF
Servos - 4x 9gram Digital Metal Gear Servos
Landing Gear - None
Required Battery - 4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh LiPo (required)
Required Radio - 4+ Channel Full Range (required)
Rudder - No
Flaps - No
Ailerons - Yes
Lights - No
Hinge - Type Foam
Material - EPO Foam

Build note: I used a soldering iron to create a wire trough for the elevator servos.

E-Flite SAFE Conversion
Rx mounted on top of the wing.
In-line reverser required for Elevator
Added Skid Guard Safey Tape to grip.
Covered with 3M Paint Defender for high gloss finish.

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Posted by santanig5 | Sep 06, 2016 @ 08:29 AM | 11,607 Views
E-Flite FJ-2 Fury 15 DF
EDF Size: 69mm
Flaps: No
Flying Weight: 3.3 lb (1.49kg)
Length: 38.75 in (984mm)
Material: Z-Foam
Motor Size: BL15, 3700Kv
Recommended Fuel: Electric
Recommended Motor Battery: 14.8V 4S 3200mAh LiPo
Retracts: No
Speed Control: 60-Amp (installed)
Wing Area: 304 sq in (19.6 sq dm)
Wingspan: 36.75 in (933mm)

Combined Ailerons with a wye cable, required to reverse left elevator servo. All other controls worked in the correct direction.
Also required an On/Off switch between ESC and Rx.
I changed the EC3 plug to a deans as all of my 4S batteries have them.
***UPDATE*** 9/8/16
Replaced Reversing wye cable with standard wye cable and used Turnigy in-line short reverser to reduce the size of the wire bundle.
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FJ 2 Fury Maiden (6 min 33 sec)

Posted by santanig5 | Jul 10, 2016 @ 01:42 PM | 11,658 Views
FMS Pitts Biplane 1400mm (55") Wingspan - PNP
Wingspan 1400mm / 55.1in
Length 1297mm / 51.1in
Flying Weight 3300g / 116.4oz
Power System 5060-Kv360 Brushless Motor
Speed Control 85A ESC, Internal 5A SBEC, T Connector
Propeller / EDF Three Blade Propeller
Servos 17gx4 All Metal Gear
Landing Gear Fixed Main Landing Gear with Steerable Tail Wheel
Required Battery 22.2V 3300mAh 25C 6 cell LiPo
Required Radio 4 Channel
Flaps No
Lights No (Added My Trick Rc kit
Hinge Type Foam
Material EPO Foam

Installed Apprentice EFLR310013 SAFE receiver.
No channels reversers were required and there is plenty of room in the fuselage to place it anywhere, I am a few mm behind the 90mm COG.

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Update: 08/15/16 Wing Design with Calli Graphics.

Walk around with lights

FMS Pitts with SAFE Rx maiden flight (3 min 49 sec)

Posted by santanig5 | Jul 07, 2016 @ 05:13 PM | 14,240 Views
I managed to get my hands on a couple of these receivers through RGC one from the Spitfire and one from the Timber, at first glance they are indiscernible unless their labels are in tact. The Spitfire is labeled THM603X and EFL8650V1. The Timber is labeled THR605X and EFL5250V1. Why is this important, they work the same way right?
Why becuase the factory orientation is different for each. For the Spitfire the servo connectors are facing the front and for the Timber they are facing aft.
I guess if we ever get the chance to buy these directly from Horizon we will have options to match our use case unlike the EFLR310013 Apprentice Rx.

I have decided to start my bench testing where it all began when Suenaga (Jim) fitted his E-Flite Dallas Doll with the Apprentice Rx. I can tell you that if you are using the Apprentice Rx today, the Timber matches the orientation and fits in the same location, HOWEVER the elevator needs a reverser. (Same for the Spitfire)
If you use the Spitfire you will need to extend the cables for the rudder and elevator so if you buy a long reverser you can kill to birds with one stone so to speak.
I did have to get a little creative with the routing of the cables, but it was no big deal.
I then setup all of the conrtol serfices according the the Mustang manual. It was nice to have the gear and flaps work independently as was intended and to add that elevator flap mix according to the book.
I tested both AS3X mode and SAFE mode (using the mode switch)...Continue Reading
Posted by santanig5 | Apr 09, 2016 @ 08:20 PM | 12,601 Views
The Hummer EPP 3D is a high performance profile foamy.
The Hummer's ultra-durable EPP construction and carbon fiber reinforcement means that it can really take a beating. This is ideal for pilots looking to practice 3D manuevers without the fear of destroying an expensive balsa model.

The Hummer EPP arrives in kit form, so you will need to add your own electronics. The build is straight forward. A detailed assembly manual w/photos is included but is lacking, found some good vids on You Tube.

Simply add your own 1000KV brushless motor, 1047 slow fly prop, 20A ESC, 4 x 9g servos, 4ch radio system, 3S lipoly battery and your ready to fly!

Wingspan: 1000mm
Length: 950mm
Flying Weight: 450~500g

4ch transmitter/receiver
2212 / 2213 1000KV brushless motor
20A brushless ESC
4 x 9g servos
1047 slow fly propeller
3S 11.1V 850~1300mAh lipoly battery
Posted by santanig5 | Mar 25, 2016 @ 05:03 AM | 11,993 Views
Approximate Flight Time: 6 to 8 minutes
Flying Weight: 3.2 oz (90g)
Motor Size: 180-size, 3000Kv brushless outrunner
Recommended Fuel: Electric
Recommended Motor Battery: 7.4V 2S 200mAh 25C LiPo required
Wingspan: 17.1 in (434mm)

7.4V/2S 200mAh 20C LiPo battery
Brand: Giant Power
Item No.: 2S200C201
Capacity: 200mAh
Voltage: 7.4V/2S
Constant Discharge: 20C
Burst Disharge: 40C
Size: (about)11*19*36mm
Weight: (about) 14g
Max Charge Rate: 5C/1A
JST plug

JST to E-Flite Blade 130x (UMX) Lipo Battery Adapter.

I elected to use a battery with a JST connector so I would not have to buy a new adapter for my charger.

Posted by santanig5 | Mar 06, 2016 @ 07:08 PM | 11,697 Views
Arcus F3A Biplane

  • Wingspan: 1000mm
  • Length: 1130mm
  • Flying Weight: 1050g
  • Wing Area: 35.4 dm2
  • Motors: 3536 850KV brushless
  • ESC: 40A ESC
  • Servo: 4 x 9g
Lemon Stabilizer with DSMX Compatiable 7-Channel Full Range Receiver (Top Pin)

Day 2 flight - Arcus F3A Biplane Over the Deleware (6 min 9 sec)
Posted by santanig5 | Jan 09, 2016 @ 05:46 PM | 13,613 Views
After weeks of trying to find an alternative to the stock plastic retracts (FN301)
I found on the FMS web site the E-Retract004 E-Retract Set For 1400mm F4U/P40 with metal trunions

So I bought them, and found that there is no main landing gear sold separately for the P-40. I tried the 1400mm F4U, but they were too short. I emailed FMS and they said to use the set from the P-40B. But they do not work either! I took measurements of the stock gear (see attached pic) and asked for some help from the forum members with measurements of their systems, but I received no reply, so I decided to disassemble my old set to see if I could remove the shaft and swap it into the E-Retract004 and I did!

Below are a series of Pics showing the steps with descriptios.
I also replaced the wheels with spare ones I had from my FMS 1400mm P-51B Shangri-La, they fit the well perfectly, I just had to open the axle hole with a 3/16" drill bit.

I also borrow a modification from the P-40B thread to change forward "rake" Reading
Posted by santanig5 | Nov 26, 2015 @ 07:55 PM | 13,163 Views
Wingspan: 1450mm(57.09 inches)
Length: 1198mm(47.17 inches)
Weight: 2500g(88.18 oz)
Prop: 15 inches Propeller
Color: Red
Servo: 10pcs*9g,1pc*25g
Motor: 4250 out-runner brushless KV580
ESC: 60A Brushless(HobbyWing)

10A UBEC/Delay system/Electric retracts landing gear/LED lights/Pilot included/Decal applied

Airfield’s latest 6 Channel T-28 Trojan comes powered with a potent 4250 580KV brushless outrunner motor that provides sport aerobatic performance and enough power to climb with ease. Its tough EPO (Expanded Polyolefin) construction is exceptionally resistant to damage and can be easily repaired with any medium-viscosity CA or epoxy.

Installed SAFE Rx rotated 180 degrees in order for SAFE correction to operate ailerons in the correct direction without reversers. Reversed Aileron channel in DX9.
Rotated the servo control arm for the elevator 180 degrees for SAFE correction to operate elevator in the correct direction without reversers. Reversed Elevator channel in DX9.
Connected Flaps and Retracts to Aux 2 with standard "Y" cable, no revers needed. Programmed Digital servo in DX9 for Aux 2 on switch D

Pos 0. 100 "Flaps Up" / Gear Up
Pos 1. -15 "Take off Flaps" / Gear Down
Pos 2 -60 "Landing Flaps"

Plan to maiden her tomorrow.
Finally got the maiden flight.

***UPDATE*** 09/23/16
Replaced nose gear with the Alloy Oleo Nose Strut...Continue Reading