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Posted by PittSpecial | Yesterday @ 09:53 AM | 3,137 Views
My Lord, it has been almost 10 long years and my Slow Stick-X using GWS Slow Stick Parts has survived!

I recently flew it about a week ago (during the weekend) at my RC Club using a HIMAX Inrunner Brushless with the HIMAX gearbox. The issue was I could not keep the propeller on the output gearbox shaft. Perhaps I needed one more additional washer and use sand paper on that Spur Gear Output shaft, nonetheless, I went back to basics as I wanted a power system that gave it respectable airspeed but, with LONG Flight Times.

Therefore, I came to a complete circle of sorts and found my original ASTRO FLIGHT mightly mirco 010 14-turn inrunner brushless and found a GWS EPS-300/350 gearbox and installed the GWS "B" Spur gear which makes 4.43:1 reduction.

Placed a GWS Slow Flyer (Orange Propeller) EP9070 which is a 9 X 7 propeller.

Performed numerous repairs on the wing and from a previous crash that occurred over 10 years ago and recorded right here somewhere under the Handle "Guapoman2000."

Okay, today it flew super early morning over at my RC Club and what a delight! It satisfied all requirements to the T. Very good airspeed and just an awesome almost 9 minutes and the Thunder Power 3-Cell, 1350mAH, 25C still had 11.98 Volts after the flight from a fully charged 12.5Volts state.

I believe that I could have flown for an additional 5 minutes with mix throttle and would have reached around 11.6 Volts from the Battery pack. Next time I will gradually increase flight times, land and measure then, repeat after fully charge and fly a little longer etc... etc...


For Pictures go to:
https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/12615317-post12.html

For Watts / AMPs / Volts measurement:
https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/12615359-post13.html

Thanks for watching!
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2020 @ 01:09 AM | 4,817 Views
Quiet Time of Remembrance

A rather quiet time for me was this past May 11th, as it marks the last time my assigned Space Shuttle was powered down for the Last Time.

This date marks a significant time when Space Shuttle Endeavor (Tail number OV-105) was powered down for it's final time on May 11th, 2011. This marked 19 years of service and this magnificent spacecraft managed to accumulate more than 123 million miles and over 25 flights, far few for it's projected service life design.

No matter what you think about the Space Shuttle era or the overall program, to me it was my blood, sweat and tears. Although it may have not contributed to my divorce directly it certainly had an impact because of the hours (Shift work) and travel I was asked to support this program. After so many years being Divorce from the mother of my two wonderful daughters, I believe they have grown to understand my plight of my selection of work as an Aerospace Engineer during this time period and supporting the Space Shuttle Program.

So, now we come to terms today. A soft whisper while half asleep at my keyboard saying it was worth it. To see such a magnificent vehicle like the Space Shuttle to rise up from a sketch during the late 1970's and to become one of the robust space vehicles known to man. Most especially being part of the initial efforts to bring Space Shuttle Endeavor to active duty as a viable spacecraft.

Yes, tragically, we lost two (2) vehicle, the Challenger (Tail Number OV-99)...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 13, 2020 @ 06:01 PM | 6,569 Views
Guys,

Today at our Fun Fly over at Moon Port Modelers RC Club, Titusville, Florida .... I won the Model Raffle and guess what it was????

Yes! You guessed it, the Great Planes G-44 Widgeon!

It came Ready to Fly - Receiver Ready!!

Anyone has suggestions?

I was totally shocked on how much they are asking for a new one in the BOX!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/55in-Grumma...EAAOSwARZXj0P1

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Great-Plane...EAAOSwSWxetonG
Posted by PittSpecial | May 20, 2020 @ 04:26 PM | 12,082 Views
Hello good people!

Reporting in to inform that I was totally successful in re-maiden my Hangar9 F4U-1D 50 size Corsair Electric!
Was rather windy but this almost 8-pound RC model was not affected in the least! Wind was straight down the runway from the South and it helped in landings as this model has no flaps and really doesn’t need them.

For those that have NOT been following my Repair Adventures on this model then, here are the links to follow along:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ze-Electric%21

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...or-Box-Repairs

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...EADY-to-Fly%21


All it required was two clicks of down trim!

The F4U Corsair was flown with the 5-Cell, 4,000mAH 30C Turnigy and two 4-Cell, 4000mAH 30C GForce Elite Series Lithium Polymers!

It was a delightful Wednesday morning and stayed about 3 hours!
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EDIT: 05-21-2020

Hello again!

Providing some Flight Characteristics using the 4-Cell versus the 5-Cell, 4,000mAH 30C Lithium Polymer battery packs.

The typical flight duration was 6 minutes each flight and the attached pictures show the Post "Resting Voltage" of each Battery pack after 6 minute flight.

The 4-Cell packs provided a lighter feel of the model and was comfortable with slower flight and maneuvers while at a slower flight routine....Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | May 13, 2020 @ 08:31 AM | 7,841 Views
Hello good people!

Was super lucky and acquired a super nice and Brand New (In-the-Box) Hangar9 F22 Raptor PTS. This is the Gray version and it came in record time all the way from White Rock, New Mexico via FEDEX Ground and came one day earlier (on a Saturday)!

This one will be Electric as well!
Posted by PittSpecial | May 08, 2020 @ 03:14 PM | 6,108 Views
Hello good people!

Happy Friday!

After a little over two (2) weeks, off and on, in-between work, home and family obligations I have finally got my beloved Hangar9 F4U-1D 50-size Corsair Electric powered RC Model all flight worthy after extensive checks and verification of structure, covering and control surfaces plus retract function. Here's the Video:

For beginning of repairs you can go to:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ze-Electric%21

For additional Repairs Posted:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...or-Box-Repairs


Hangar9 F4U 1D 50 Size Post Right Wing Repairs and Electric Motor Box Repairs 05 08 2020 (2 min 12 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | May 02, 2020 @ 02:50 PM | 6,843 Views
Okay, good people! Decided to keep working on my beloved (discontinued) Hangar9 F4U-1D 50-size Electric and started on the damages on the FUSE which thankfully were just Electric Motor Box damages during the one year ago crash contact with the Right Wing Assembly and that ugly tree on final approach.

As you will see in the following pictures, the FUSE really came out great during that crash (This is a very strong model).

Pictures of the reconstruction / repairs of the Electric Motor box with comments.

Soon I will installed the Master Airscrew 3-Blade Propeller (13 X 8 X 3) and run up the Model Motors AXI 4120/18 brushless....Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 27, 2020 @ 04:05 PM | 10,766 Views
Hello good people!

One year ago my beloved Hangar9 F4U-1D Corsair 50 size hit the tree on the North side of the field where most of the trees are located. Fortunately the model landed after spinning for several rotations on its mains without any further damage except the right 1/4 end wing section.

Got too close on approach! This is a super strong model. The right tip wing section got ripped clean off. I have finally repaired it nice and slowly. Ribs that are cracked first and glued in re-enforcement ribs (custom cut from scratch) and repaired (reconstructed) the twin spars etc...etc... yes, sheeting was replaced last.

If I would have taken off the crushed / cracked balsa sheeting first, I would have never would been able to repair as the remaining Ribs were cracked and fragile. Had to maintain the stock / remaining Ribs in order to reconstruct this Right wing section.

Another TIP "is" make sure you get whatever Rib section to allow for future Sheeting to be able to sit flush with the remaining undamaged sheeting!

I used Gorilla Wood Glue (White) and Elmer's Wood Filler (Natural) for filling small holes and slight imperfections.

With the exception of some nicks on the edge of Right Wing Aileron and other small imperfections, I truly believe that this is way better than what I anticipated. She looks great and at least I will still have the brand new in-the-box ARF for that complete disaster crash and not a minor clean break of the right wing...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 20, 2020 @ 12:21 AM | 6,424 Views
Okay,

I can honestly say that I almost changed out the motor (Emax BL3526/04) a 860Kv motor with very good specifications that allows up to 5-Cells (18.5 Volts nominal), however, I found a few articles on how to glue back in the lose Magnet from the rotor (rotating bell housing) that contains all of the rotor's magnets.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...-71QEmCs4mYerR

This was possible because after careful disassembly I found ZERO damage inside the motor and inspection was possible using 30X times magnifying glass (Hand held). The Stator's windings at ALL Poles looked great and sounded great on subsequent test run.

After allowing the Gorilla "Clear" Glue to cure all of it's 24-hours as specified per instructions the motor test looked and sounded very good, like new. I am sharing a few pictures of my model's issue with this motor and I will be now going to fly it with the GForce Elite Series 4-Cells, 4000mAH, 30C Lithium Polymer packs.

High Res Pics!
https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/12590739-post41.html

Video Showing - AVOIDING DISASTER (Loose Motor Magnet!)
Hangar9 F22 Raptor Flight Avoding Disaster Lose Motor Magnet 03 15 2020 (3 min 54 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 24, 2020 @ 05:54 AM | 6,223 Views
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 27, 2020 @ 09:58 AM | 17,050 Views
Guys!
Just an amazing Prop Jet model, especially with the Electric Power System. It has been perhaps 2 years that I have not flown it so, I got the step stool and lower it down from hanging all this time. Dusted it off and checked all systems and afterwards, headed to Moon Port on Sunday, 01-26-2020. It flew for 3 flights and didn't disappoint!

A Few high resolution and wide bandwidth pictures can be seen at:
https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/12579265-post39.html

Enjoy the Video below.

Hangar9 F22 Raptor Glow-to-Electric Conversion 01-26-2020 (2 min 51 sec)


Here is an example of the speed of this Prop Jet can attain.
Hangar9 F22 Raptor Maiden Flight FAST PASS 10 25 2015 (0 min 6 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 02, 2020 @ 04:57 AM | 5,203 Views
Hello good people!

It has been nine (9+) years and it is still flying nicely! Time and the sun has taken it's toll and soon a re-covering will be in order.

I purchased this from a very nice gentleman from Brooksville, Florida and who I still purchase models from to this day.

FOR-SALE-AD:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...5-Seniorita-EP

It has been a long time and just can't believe this model still places a BIG smile on my face!

For High Resolution Pictures go to:

https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/12573170-post49.html
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 01, 2020 @ 01:09 PM | 5,346 Views
Okay,

Due to the Holiday Activities I have NOT been able to tackle the Scale Printed 3D 9-Cylinder Engine Kit project, however, I did take advantage of ordering a brand NEW Master Airscrew (MAS) 3-Balde, 10 X 7 X 3 Propeller from Horizon Hobby right before XMAS.

It came in speedy priority and I wasted no time and went to work on installing it over the XMAS holiday and finally this morning, January 1st, 2020, I was able to try it out. It is one of their (MAS) new designs with decals on each blade.

It practically transformed this model while using the STOCK Park Zone 480 (960Kv, normalized to 910Kv due to Dr. Kiwi's testing) and it went beyond my expectations just like the older MAS 3-Blade without the decals. As far as I can tell the Airfoil is the same in comparing this new Prop to the older ones.

Believe me, these propeller will NOT break. Your model will be completely destroyed before anything happens to this propeller! Don't ask me why I know!

Flight was just amazing with half throttle it cruised like a home sick dove and continuous KNIFE EDGES was the DEAL as it performed fantastic!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 22, 2019 @ 10:04 AM | 5,589 Views
Okay, Good people.....

It has been a pleasure being part ( a small part ) of this Program and watching the Starliner and Rosie come back to mother Earth!

Congratulations to both BOEING and United Space Alliance (ULA). Boeing for the extreme efforts on building a Spacecraft from scratch and in just under a few years along with other test articles. ULA for their magnificent Delta V rocket and upper stage Centaur.

For those that don't know......


ULA’s Atlas V rocket is a workhorse for the U.S. military, intelligence community and scientific researchers. Developed as a modular vehicle, each Atlas V is tailored to the needs of its passenger by adding as many as five side-mounted solid rocket boosters for increased lift performance and a variety of available payload fairings in various diameters and lengths to protect satellites during atmospheric ascent. The high-energy Centaur upper stage, which has been used to send spacecraft to every planet in our solar system, is incorporated into Atlas V to deliver the payloads to their intended destinations.

ULA's flew the Atlas V rocket with a kerosene-fueled common core booster, two solid rocket boosters and the hydrogen-fueled dual-engine Centaur upper stage.

The descent and landing went flawlessly just like their many previous tests with the test article.

Soon we (USA) will have Astronauts Launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida again (US Soil).

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a very good 2020 year filled with good Health!

A screen capture from the NASA TV via BOEING's Ground Comm Tracking Systems.




Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 01, 2019 @ 11:00 AM | 4,543 Views
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION!

WE ALL NEED TO CONTACT THE FAA (Congress?) TO SEE ABOUT DISCLOSURE AND TRANSPARENCY!

THIS IS OUR LIVES AND FAMILIES RIDING ON THESE AIR-CRAFTS!

Airlines frequently redact details of the features they opt to pay for — or exclude — from their filings with financial regulators. Boeing declined to disclose the full menu of safety features it offers as options on the 737 Max, or how much they cost.

https://www.curbsideclassic.com/unca...-gms-playbook/
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 29, 2019 @ 12:14 AM | 5,001 Views
@ Peter!

I have uploaded most of the Videos pertaining to the 3D Printed 9-Cylinder Radial Engine Prject Up to Vimeo for a better and slightly larger format, especially when the viewer selects the Full Screen Target: (See Attached)

This allows for several things:

1. It allows the viewer to easily download the video (much easier than Youtube).
2. It allows for a slightly larger viewing format in Normal mode & a much higher resolution in Full Screen view.
3. This additional Video location provides a secondary backup of our work!

Still Pictures Showing 3D Printed Radial Engine Build & Integration on E-Flite AT6 Texan 1.5m
3D Printed 9-Cylinder Radial Engine Bust for the E-Flite AT-6 Texan RC Model Still Pictues 11-24-2019 (5 min 36 sec)


WATT - AMP - VOLTAGE Testing while Using Park Zone 480 Motor and swinging MAS 3-Blade 10 X 7 Propeller
E-Flite AT6 Texan 1.5m Watts - AMPs - Voltage Test - Battery had run prior 11-19-2019 (2 min 8 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 25, 2019 @ 01:27 PM | 8,888 Views
Hello good people!

As the title says, this is perhaps the Finalized Summary on the:

3D Printed 9-Cylinder Radial Engine & E-Flite AT-6 Texan with PZ 480.

I believe that I did a good job providing the Summary over at RCUniverse and you all can read up on it at:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/arf-...l#post12565560

For those truly interested then, you can visit Peter's Web Site over at:
http://motorattrappen.de/


Some Teaser Pics:






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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 21, 2019 @ 07:14 PM | 6,191 Views
Peter,
Here's the measurements and so sorry some are in "INCHES" because we are so used to dealing with that scale!
For those others who are truly interested in Peter's Work then, you can visit his web site over at:
http://motorattrappen.de/...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 20, 2019 @ 10:39 AM | 3,842 Views
Guys,

Here's WEIGH-IN Session on my E-Flite AT-6 Texan using the Park Zone 480 and the 3D Printed 9-Cylinder Radial Engine Bust.

Previous Post about WATTS - AMPS - VOLTS under Load can be found at:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ite-AT-6-Texan

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However, I did perform a new WATTS - AMPS - VOLTS under load test during the night of Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 and here's the data:

I have performed my 3rd WATT - AMP - VOLTAGE UNDER LOAD test on my E-Flite AT-6 Texan that was configured with the Park Zone 480 motor and Castle Creations 45-AMP ESC and using GEN ACES 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 35C, Lithium Polymer battery pack and fully charged.

During a careful pre-test check, I found something wrong with the propeller adapter so, I changed it and it was a simple fix as I had access to the set screw holding the Propeller Adapter and there was enough space for the HEX Tool.



Here's the Video and Results of tonight's Test: APC 3-Blade 10 X 7 and Park Zone 480 Motor


1/4 Throttle - 39 Watts / 3.23 Amps / 12.22 Volts

1/2 Throttle - 146 Watts / 12.85 Amps / 11.42 Volts

Full Throttle - 219 Watts / 20.44 Amps / 10.74 Volts



WATT - AMP - VOLTAGE LOAD TESTING - Park Zone 480 Motor using APC 3-Blade 10 X 7 (2 min 9 sec)


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