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Posted by PittSpecial | Yesterday @ 04:53 PM | 2,069 Views
Hello guys!

I can't say enough of the enjoyment I had this morning in Central Florida with this large lady of the sky!
Again, in case you don't know...this model crashed (Maiden) Nose-In-First from 200+ feet on January 1st, 2022 and it is suspected as being a RF radio issue, however, it is still not certain what may have caused the crash for certain.

I am the new owner (2nd) and have reconstructed this model using my modeling skills and brought it back to flying condition.

Today's Flight Summary:
It performed much better with the APC 13 X 10-E composite propeller as this pitch really woke up the model and with following Captain Mo Mo's recommendations of making and installing the Windshield and the Frontal Side windows. The power system setup is the EMax BL-3520/6 (840Kv), Hobby Wing 60-AMP ESC with onboard BEC disabled, Castle Creations BEC PRO and using 4S/2P 4,000mAH 40C Lithium Polymer Battery pack configuration. The straight and level speed increased dramatically and I would imagine the drag associated with OPEN COCKPIT was mitigated very well with the creation of the Windshield.

Again, it is just a crying shame that HSDJETS does not provide enough Spare Parts Resolution for the Customer in obtaining the Frontal FUSE Battery Hatch! Forcing the Customer to purchase the entire Fuselage at a tune of over $200+ is just not feasible to anyone.

I am very happy with the repair results of this model and will see about recording another Video with a better camera.

Here's this morning's action (4th Flight under my Watch):
HSDJETS 2000mm Cessna 182 4th Flight 01-19-2022 (6 min 25 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 15, 2022 @ 12:02 PM | 30,032 Views
Okay guys,

Today was just a magical morning in Central Florida. Cool at 60 Degrees F and Zero wind and with a Large BLUE sky to enjoy!

I arrived right at 9:03 am as I didn't want to compete with the early birds at the Club for a turn. I needed the sleep and rest after almost a full night of working and preparing my new member of my fleet, the 2000mm wing span Cessna 182 giant.

The model leaped up with just 4-Cells using that 840Kv 35mm brushless outrunner motor and a bank of parallel, 4-Cells, 4,000mAH, 40C, Lithium Polymer pack place way up front. I replaced the test receiver (Spektrum AR6200 + SAT) - to- the (Spektrum AR8000 + SAT) and dual power feed from the CASTLE CREATION BEC PRO. Reason I needed the AR8000 as it has enough ports for the Dual Feed power from the external BEC.

I found the model light on the control and very very forgiving because as soon as it lifted off the ground it felt like a giant trainer and just could not believe how docile and easy manners.

One item that I still have to determine is why it sinks quickly as (not viewable in the Video) it came close to the field's edge and almost became a boat. Perhaps I have too much EXPO on the Elevator...hum..... "Or" it is nose heavy.

Anyway, I used the actual wing antennas that I ordered from HSDJETS for this model but, I used the securing pins that I bought from ACE Hardware as I liked the size instead the hardware pins from HSDJETS.

Please realized that I flew this model without any frontal Cockpit windscreen nor any windows of any kind! Those at the RC Club were very disappointed that this model has limited parts selection and commented very negatively about not being able to obtain the Frontal Battery Hatch from HSDJETS without forcing the customer in purchasing the entire FUSELAGE in order to get the Frontal Battery Hatch!

Okay, here is the video:

HSDJETS Cessna 182 (2000mm Wingspan) approximately 11-lbs. 01-15-2022 (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 05, 2022 @ 02:14 PM | 48,843 Views
January 1st, 2022 was a very bad morning for a few of us as we all encountered lots of RF issues and at the same spot!

HSDJETS CESSNA 182 Maiden and Crash 01-01-2022 (2 min 48 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 31, 2021 @ 08:34 AM | 51,680 Views
So Sorry guys but, mother nature taking its course!


Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 27, 2021 @ 09:29 PM | 23,096 Views
Typical Flight Routine - Flight #2 from today using 808 Keychain #16 Spy Camera shows my Tower Sport 60 Electric RC Airplane model doing its moves!

Tower Sport 60 Flight #2 12-27-2021 (1 min 29 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 27, 2021 @ 08:20 PM | 21,812 Views
My TOWER SPORT 60 Electric RC Airplane model doing typical Flight routine.
Forgot to fully charge the 808 Keychain #16 Spy Camera and resulting in short video.
This is flight #1.

Tower Sport 60 Flight #1 12-27-2021 (2 min 55 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 18, 2021 @ 06:24 PM | 11,340 Views
This time I was successful with my 808 Keychain #16 Spy Camera to record a complete video onboard my Park Zone Radian (Original Version)!
I was able to keep a member's Apprentice within view!

Park Zone Radian (Original) with 808 Keychain Spy Camera #16 Dec. 18th, 2021 (4 min 0 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 18, 2021 @ 06:10 PM | 10,771 Views
Super video capture of one flight on my Dynam Turbo Jet (Twin 64mm EDF).

This time with a landing view at the wash board section of the Textile Runway! HA!
Dynam Turbo (Citation 550) EDF Jet (Twin 64mm EDF) 12-18-2021 (4 min 8 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 14, 2021 @ 09:23 AM | 9,433 Views
Wow, recently in attempting to find other stuff around my Hobby Drawers, I finally found my long lost 808 #16 Keychain Spy Camera that I have not seen for over six (6) long years! I was able to salvage the battery and it finally charged full after several attempts so, went out to the RC Club Field to have some fun.

I believe for certain this is a 808 Number 16, Keychain Spy Camera and it really performed very well on Monday, December 13th, 2021 at Moon Port Modelers RC Club field. The Dynam Turbo Jet (Citation 550) really performs very well and you can hear those twin 64mm hum great. I was able to perform various Cuban-8s over the runway! Too bad the video ended right before picture perfect landing!

808 Number 16 Keychain Camera on Dynam Turbo Jet 12-13-2021 (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 14, 2021 @ 07:58 AM | 8,554 Views
Wow, recently in attempting to find other stuff around my Hobby Drawers, I finally found my long lost 808 #16 Keychain Spy Camera that I have not seen for over six (6) long years! I was able to salvage the battery and it finally charged full after several attempts so, went out to the RC Club Field to have some fun.

Video captured from my 808 #16 Keychain spy camera onboard the Park Zone Radian Electric powered glider. It really shows that you really need skill flying at our RC Field as there is a large Brackish lake to the South and Swap on other sides. It is not for everyone as you need to be certain that your model has been checked and double checked. We offer instructor guide for those that would like assistance. LOL! I was able to capture another RC airplane model in-flight.
808 Number 16 Keychain Camera Capture on Park Zone Radian 12-13-2021 (4 min 48 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 27, 2021 @ 09:33 PM | 28,228 Views
Okay,
As I type this tonight, there has been many USA distributors that have discontinued the Dynam line of RC EPP Jets that operate on 3, 4-cells with great results. It is my thoughts that it is perhaps the bigger picture to get more profit margin by the introduction of the larger and heavier EDF jets. These newer EDF jets require 6-Cells and capacities now range into the 5,000mAH (5.0 Amp-Hour) Lithium Polymers.

Hence, my beloved and discontinued "White" Dynam Turbo Twin 64mm EDF Jet that operates with just a 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 35C, Lithium Polymer still is operational today and I was lucky to find a true gentleman who sold me some hard to find parts for my Dynam Turbo Jet. (Picture attached).

A few have contacted me saying to provide a video showing the performance and most importantly the landing of this very nicely designed EDF Jet by Dynam so, here it is:

Dynam Turbo Jet 64mm EDF at Moon Port Edited 10 28 2014 (3 min 44 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 25, 2021 @ 11:17 PM | 21,791 Views
Guys,

Just could not wait any longer for parts so, what did I do?

I went to work on my beloved Turbo Jet and fixed as best I can the Frontal Fuse area using 1850 Watt hair dryer, White Glue, and Spackle by 3M.

Hair Dryer took out the largest dent on the nose and white glue placed the two halves of the FUSE back aligned and even.

Also, replaced the Nose Retract, wheel and it steers like new!

I could not believe how well the Jet flew this morning!

Zoomed like a home sick dove!

EDIT: That bump on the frontal nose was there when I purchased it from someone in Central Florida and you can see the For Sale Ad here:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...LPU-Tampa-Area
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 25, 2021 @ 02:34 PM | 20,316 Views
Well, guys....

My luck is just amazing lately.

A few days ago, I locked in on someone selling a BLONDIE locally and I grabbed it in short order!

It just needed a little (very little) TLC (Tender Loving Care).

Overall the Eye Candy is there and looks like new after cleaning the model and Filling some dents (hangar rash) and touching some areas with paint.

A few pictures of my new to me BLONDIE!

Maiden Summary:

This model does okay in the airspeed department, however, it is a little too light and gets bumped around a little with some wind, however, the landings are just amazing such that I was able to land it for three landings with KISS-THE-GROUND effect every time many came to ask, "What Model is this?"

It is a keeper!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 18, 2021 @ 03:54 PM | 11,760 Views
Hello!

I have been trying to get some replacement parts for my Dynam Turbo Jet and nothing!
Sure you can go to MotionRC-EU and pay almost $90 US for shipping from their location overseas!
Or go to Bitgohobby and pay top $$$ for the parts and moderate shipping from North USA.

I am posting the ON-LINE Help from MotionRC here in the USA and notice that they didn't even suggest Dynam themselves.
Oh, well.....

I am convinced that most of these USA RC Hobby distributors (Except perhaps Banana Hobbies) are pushing these large and heavy RC FOAM models that require 6-Cells and at times 8-cells Lithium Polymer as they are getting a large profit margin on these larger batteries. They make their $$$ mostly on the other items besides the Models themselves. A typical 6-Cell, 5,000mAH Li-POLY battery runs in the range of $95 - $110 from MotionRC (USA) and if you get those "SMART" batteries you will spend upwards of $180 for the 100C discharge at Spektrum.

Both, my Dynam Grand Cruiser and Dynam Citation 550 Turbo Jet only requires a 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 35C Lithium Polymer battery packs and they perform excellent. No need for 4-Cells, 5-Cells, or 6-Cells!

I have seen a few RC Jet and Prop airplane models up at Banana Hobbies that still have models that fly with just 4-cells for Jets but, again it is my thoughts that the entire hobby here in the USA is making $$$ hand over ASHE on these large 6-Cell packs!

What say you?
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 17, 2021 @ 05:29 AM | 8,313 Views
Guys,

One of my RC Club members brought his shinny new H9 Christen Eagle to the RC Club field and I took video.

One of the other Instructors took the controls for him for the maiden and had a hand full noting that checks and re-checks about the Center-Of-Gravity was performed at the setup table and yes, including the Top Hatch!

Maiden Flight on Tuesday (11-16-2021) at around 10:23am A few points to note:

1. The owner selected the Avian (E-Flite) 100-AMP ESC could not take 8-Cells so, used his 6-Cell pack for the maiden.
2. The model's Center-Of-Gravity point requires the Battery to be slid much further forward than previously anticipated.
3. The 6-Cell pack needs to be placed on its side in order for the Top Hatch to close property.

Summary:
It flew great on 6-Cells instead of the planned 8-cells with the large XOAR Glow 18 X 8 Propeller! Lots of Thrust according to David Rich, the Instructor Pilot behind the controls. However, the model did fly slightly tail heavy and it was nerve wracking at best, especially during landing. A BIG KADOS to David Rich for flying a Bi-Plane in a Tail heavy condition and bringing it back to mother Earth in one piece!

Please check and re-check the Center-Of-Gravity and the owner will have to add a rectangular piece of plywood for an extended Battery tray to allow the Battery Pack to slide in much forward.

Hangar9 Christen Eagle II 90 11-16 2021 (2 min 53 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 16, 2021 @ 05:42 AM | 8,409 Views
Okay,

Now I am totally convinced that the older Lithium Polymer batteries were much better made.

Been flying the Tar out of my GWS Beaver and found a very old but, still capable battery for it!
Beaver is powered by the discontinued Mega 16/15/8-turn Inrunner (Direct Drive), swinging the APC Slow Flyer 10 X 7 propeller.

It is known as the APOGEE 1,570mAH, 2-Cell without any balance plug. (14C discharge!)

Yes, they were once popular back in say 9-years ago!

http://www.robotcombat.com/store_bat...lipoly_ap.html

I have used this battery pack for two (2), six minute flights on the Beaver and it does great after all these years!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 03, 2021 @ 05:31 AM | 15,189 Views
Guys!

Wanted to share with you all my successful Paint Match and Touch UP of my tired and very old Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt "Snorting Bull"

Walmart was my source and found the following:

1. FolkArt Metallic (Silver Sterling) # 873.
2. 3M High Strength Small Hole Repair.
3. High Quality Paint Brushes.

Okay, for this particular model I did NOT use the 3M High Strength Small Hole Repair because there was more scraping on the bottom of the FUSE and other areas than missing foam or holes in the foam. However, it looks like a new wing might help things and I am in the process of finding one.

Here is some pictures of my model after re-paint touch-up and the paint in item (1.) is a DEAD RINGER for the stock paint used on this and other models that Park Zone, E-Flite, Horizon has produced.

Keep them flying!
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 29, 2021 @ 04:53 PM | 22,321 Views
Guys,

Took my old but, reliable Park Zone T-28 Trojan (NAVY) to the RC Club field and it flew two flights. The first without any issues nor bad effects and the landing was picture perfect. The only observations was that I needed some Up Trim which was very strange as I had never had to touch the trim in all these years. Thought maybe it was something to do with me mechanically adjusting the Rudder Clevis for addition Rudder Authority for knife Edge Flight.

The second (2nd) flight it exhibited some strange looks from the horizontal Stab and looked twisted up in the air, especially with airspeed so, I landed quickly.

At the setup table it was my horror to see that the entire Tail Boom flexed something terrible and the Top Tail Boom FUSE began to separate at the FUSE factory joint.

For those with older Park Zone T-28 (NAVY) Trojans, please be on the look-out for this!

Used Gorilla Wood Glue and it solved the issue.
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 19, 2021 @ 01:26 PM | 16,781 Views
Hello again, Good People!

This Blog Post is about using today's modern Light Spackle products (in this Blog, I used 3M brand) and Touch-Up Paints (Acrylic) on foam models that are those prized members of our fleet and perhaps more than 10+ years old. This applies to hangar rashes and light crashes as well.

In this example, I am using a model that I recently acquired and learned that I am essentially the fourth (4th) owner and it is known as the E-Flite P-51D Dallas Doll Mustang and customized in German Captured Clothing. This is a good example because the model was customized from the very first (1st) owner way back in 2014.

Here's one post that I found from the First (1st) Owner of this model I am using to provide a better appearance due to time, hangar rash and other issues such as using the wrong type of Paint that damages this foam, for example.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...STALLED/page94

Okay, I have broken down at

Inspection & Preparation:

Just take your time and look over the model carefully. I observed that the Left Top side of the Horizontal Stab was damaged due to the Yellow Paint "Type" used on the customization for having it look as the German Captured Trainer unit. Also, the Side and Bottom frontal FUSE area (Below the Engine Exhaust Blisters) had the same type of damage of contact with the wrong type of paint.

I found some voids (Foam cells that had too much separation) and indentations (handling & Hangar Rash)...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 17, 2021 @ 12:02 PM | 25,084 Views
Just an amazing morning in Central Florida for an Amazing RC Model and it is a crying shame this model is discontinued.

After working on it throughout the night, replacing the Stock ESC to the Castle Creations Thunderbird 36-AMP ESC and touching up on the paint after filling in some void areas on the Foam, this morning I was able to maiden the model on my watch!

Performed just what I had expected after watching my buddy who had one a couple of years ago. It performed Cuban-8's, Hammer heads and some inverted flights. Of course this following Video shows the second (2nd) flight as the maiden was great as well it was recorded in just too low of light.

Oh, yes, the only reason that I changed out the Stock ESC was because it came with a Battery Connector that I just didn't have (Converter).

Okay, here is the Video:
E Flite P 51D Dallas Doll in GERMAN Captured Clothing 10-17-2021 (4 min 21 sec)