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Posted by wilem | Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:07 PM | 4,462 Views
so i am flying along today with the new Turnigy HAL quad and it begins to make a REALLY LOUD noise. I land immediately thinking a motor was rotating on the boom but it was a broken prop. Half of it was GONE what kind of props do you use? These were Hobby king props they are highly visible but are flimsy as all get out. I have been using slowfly APCs with no problem but i am thinking i need to got to a heavier prop. any comments appreciated.

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Posted by wilem | Dec 25, 2012 @ 11:31 PM | 3,919 Views

TURNIGY Plush 40amp Speed Controller


10x4.5 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Green)


10x4.5 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Orange)


5.6mm x 14mm M3 Nylon Threaded Spacer (10pc)


Prop adapter to suit 4.0mm motor shaft (collet)
Posted by wilem | Dec 25, 2012 @ 08:06 PM | 4,112 Views
Got the savage going yet again.. this thing has been a fix or repair nightmare. But i think it may be good to go now. Installed two 4 pinion diffs and a heavyduty steering servo and cheap traxxass radio. seems to be good to go now. I have put a gallon through it since its repair. the first time it has run two or more tanks and not broken.

HPI Savage 2.5 nitro (9 min 39 sec)

Posted by wilem | Dec 25, 2012 @ 12:13 PM | 3,729 Views
Merry Christmas from our house to yours

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Posted by wilem | Dec 19, 2012 @ 06:28 PM | 4,084 Views
well the last hoembrew quad was short lived. mostly because i didnt realize how well the self level should work and lack of visual cues for orientation. after crashing three times, I built this second homebrew while I wait on HK to send me some new frames. the thing is I want to build my own frames but have to find a way to beat or get close to the weight of cheap turnigy kits. I like the talon v2 from HK but 50$ seems a bit much. anyway here is the kit i made.

here are the motor mounts

could save some time by using pan head screws but i didnt want to trek 20 miles and not find enough of them.

rivet them to the 3/8 channel and the channel to the tray.

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Posted by wilem | Dec 16, 2012 @ 10:37 AM | 3,997 Views
so after smashing up my turnigy talon quad the first time I shortened the booms and went again.. somehow I got disoriented and did it again..I think age is catching up with me. I figured I would make a scratch built quad copter of 600MM. so far its is moving along well. Trying to not get it to heavy but that may prove to be difficult without carbon fiber or fiberglass parts. I am using 3/4 aluminum channel from lowe's and some .063 6061 aluminum sheeting scraps I had leftover from a build. The plan is to use solid rivets to assemble to booms to the center plate and attach a second plate and landing gear for components. It is a off the top of my head build with no plans so there may be several back up and punt moments.

3/4 channel from lowes.. just barely wide enough for all 4 screw holes.

the donor quad
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Posted by wilem | Aug 17, 2012 @ 08:59 AM | 4,023 Views
Got my Icon A5 from CJs hobbies shop in Lake City s.c. (you should call Joel for a really good deal on stuff) Finally after much waiting got to take it to the lake. Plane flew well with the 2200 nano-tec in the stock location but in choppy water it does tend to get a bit of water over the nose. So full elevator, full power, till she planes out. I have flown this with the gear on it and was not even remotely impressed...But on the water it is a different machine. lands like a dream Flies well except for the dutch roll caused by a steep decent without power on

Posted by wilem | Aug 06, 2012 @ 06:20 PM | 4,205 Views
Well FINALLY, I made a set of Alex's CL ans SPW antennas with the right coax, connectors, and .035 welding wire....flew this morning and they did really well. Soooooo, I wanted to try my goggles with SPW. So i made another one, it took an hour or so..but the learning curve has kicked in and the feed gap was minimal, the ends terminated with no overlap and the lobes came out nice. I did like the soldering them on then bending them. Seems a lot easier than installing them after they are bent. I flew out past the current marker and all was still clear.. because i had them on my test bed i didn't want to get to far without telemetry. I made them to 5800 and have only changed the channel once so it may even get better. I did have to do some scrounging for the correct SPW lobe length.

Definitely worth the time but even more so worth the money...I like to make my own stuff but really buying them would have saved some serious time...

link was so solid i was flying under power lines throught fields and between gaps in the trees..

Thanks Alex and Markus for all of your help and more so your sharing the idea and methodologies

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Posted by wilem | Mar 12, 2012 @ 09:09 AM | 4,913 Views
a couple videos i made yesterday one with the POGO and one with the carbonz yak
100 MPH buzz ride around balsa busters (3 min 32 sec)

Carbon z yak 54 (6 min 2 sec)
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Posted by wilem | Mar 11, 2012 @ 09:13 AM | 4,571 Views
A little buzz around palmetto shores in florence s.c.
palmetto shores neighborhood (4 min 41 sec)
using the https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...200&aff=151985
Posted by wilem | Mar 06, 2012 @ 08:56 PM | 4,701 Views
well i guess i have avoided it long enough.. today i received my first order of UAV supplies.... i have read and read and read. so i decide to start somewhere...even now i kinda think i should have gone with ranged video. still much to learn if you have any advice feel free to share it. i would love to avoid any pitfalls if possible
here is what i have so far .

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Posted by wilem | Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:49 PM | 4,904 Views
well i have been enjoying flying the pogo for a year now and the speed was very nice but not what i thought it would be. I really like the plane and wanted a bit more.

I was at a fly-in and some rep from horizon was there. (Not very friendly, like i remember old timers from the 70's.) He had some nice stuff. He ran a plane similar to the rifle and I was attracted to the way it flew.

I was in my LHS http://www.cjshobbyshop.com/ and picked up a rifle that i ordered a few days earlier. I installed the stock motor and servos with an e-flite 25 amp pro speed control. I am running a turnigy nano-tec 2200 3s 50-70 c battery.

I have not clocked it as of yet but man this thing really moves out. I flew it first without any expo.... DON'T DO THAT. That was almost disastrous. I brought it in set triple rates 100/50/30 with 30/30/10 expo aileron and elevator. The elevator is dangerous at anything less than probably about 60% throw of 3/16. almost turned it into a lawn dart

didnt really care for the elevator set up..this needs some improvement some how in the kit design. i even followed the addendum to the letter. This provided the least amount of resistance but still some preload. I sanded the hinge gaps and the ailerons were free but this elevator has a bump over center that is due to a warped Horizontal stabilizer.

not a ton of room. the esc actually ended up on the other side. with a tiny piece of Velcro to hold down battery connector when connected to prevent interference with aileron P rods BUT NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL.

added the skids per manual

C of G came out perfect with no added weight and a 2200 nano tec

spinner base interfered with the mounting screws so i trimmed it down and chamferred the edge.

very nice spinner fittment after turning down the spinner base

posflight photo op.

Posted by wilem | Feb 24, 2012 @ 04:30 PM | 4,259 Views
Got an MCPx at the local hobbie shop for 150.00 bnf

first flight was short but little bird impressed. Had several successful flights after the maiden.. it is a tough machine no doubt.

mcpx buzzing on first flight (2 min 1 sec)

Posted by wilem | Feb 17, 2012 @ 08:28 PM | 4,406 Views
yeah yeah yeah, its been a while..been off metal detecting a lot.. things are gonna heat up this spring.. a friend brought out this 60-90 sized nitro to EDF converted BVM to the field today. she was running pretty fast... don't know any specifics but he will be at Florida jets in a few weeks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=DK_5WAAH4rQ
Posted by wilem | Sep 20, 2011 @ 04:58 PM | 5,892 Views
well i got the new Hobby King Stinger EDF https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...403&aff=151985
and found the ESC was not capable of handling the power. it melted and caused a mishap. i replaced the ESC with a turnigy plush 40 amp ESC no further problems have occurred. The landing gear is on back order and hand launching is hit or near miss. so i opted to install some wheels in the plastic fuse protectors on the bottom. This little EDF will take off of a synthetic runway on its belly BUT the concrete is another story. I used the shock restrictors off of a revo big bore shock. with qa coat hanger for an axle..CRUDE i know but it worked great and was just temporary. below is a video showing the wheels and take off. with a few passes and landing.
Hobby king stinger 64 EDF take off gear (1 min 20 sec)

Posted by wilem | Sep 10, 2011 @ 09:42 AM | 4,816 Views
got some cameras from hobby king https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...200&aff=151985
put one on my hat for a trex video
trex 550 hat movie (6 min 16 sec)
and two on a parkzone p51 for some flying around the hose,worked really well contrary to the reviews.I guess some people just dont want to look under the files tab, the windows movie maker however ruind the HD of the video
parkzone p51 in the yard (4 min 28 sec)
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Posted by wilem | Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:18 AM | 4,728 Views
Well got a lot of stuff going on rc wise...but yesterday had a pop in the flight of my raptor and somehow belw a hole in the piston.. Autoed into the beans and bent the flybar and snap a short linkage ...[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/imagechc.jpg/]
Posted by wilem | Jan 09, 2011 @ 09:39 AM | 4,957 Views
looks like i need to make a pair of ski's for the pt 40.
Posted by wilem | Jan 02, 2011 @ 12:19 AM | 5,395 Views
My son got a new Habu for Christmas and we flew it today .. not bad but that thing is a battery hog and needs some cooling air for the ESC...
Jacob flying the habu by parkzone at balsa busters. (2 min 51 sec)