Posted by Jack Crossfire | Yesterday @ 11:39 PM | 28 Views
This would be a really shmick set of carbon fiber farsteners if it was on Lions never were impressed by 3D printed prototypes from startups, but carefully designed & manufactured parts can look really professional. The mane test is still if it stays together in the field.
Posted by MtnSnowFlyer | Yesterday @ 10:39 PM | 61 Views
I bought some "ProGo" 280 Size Quad frame parts from RCTESTFLIGHT a couple of years ago and have found them really great for experimenting. The frame has evolved into this 7 inch frame with TBS 7 inch arms and an adjustable camera mount from ShenDrones. Currently, I'm trying to get the autonomous features to work with iNav. The aluminum "bridge" is an attempt to get the GPS/compass above EM interference (with maybe some shielding?).
Posted by rclad | Yesterday @ 10:35 PM | 81 Views
I've been flying electric IMAC planes since 2016 and have seen only a few other pilots in IMAC that compete with an electric plane. I just moved up to the Advanced class this year and competed with a new electric IMAC plane, a customized Extreme Flight 104" Extra 300 V2. The plane is capable of flying two Advanced sequences in one flight. That's 20 aerobatic figures with climbs to 1,000 feet or more above the airfield.

I would enjoy hearing from anyone else who has done this with an electric ARF, or any other electric plane. Let me know if you have, or know someone who has.

I finally got some video of me flying the Advanced sequence the other day to demonstrate what this plane can do. Take a look here.
Posted by turboparker | Yesterday @ 02:53 PM | 499 Views
Finally able to do the review on Eflite's 2.1m Carbon-Z Cub SS!

Decided to not do an unboxing/assembly review, as there are plenty of those already - plus this plane is straightforward to assemble for those in the target experience range.

This is my first giant-scale electric. My other giant-scale planes have been balsa/ply, and were either glow or gas powered. I have over 30 yrs of fixed-wing RC experience.

Equipment used:
  • Spektrum DX9 Black Edition
  • Spektrum 6s 5000mAh 30C Smartpack
  • Spektrum S1200 Smartcharger


Assembly took me ~1.5 hours. Everything went together well - except a few parts bags were mislabeled. Was fairly easy to figure out what was what.

Binding/initialization/balancing & trimming:

I bound the plane with SAFE disabled. Had to raise the tail to approximately level before it would initialize, though. All surfaces centered-out well when I checked everything out. Spooled her up to check the prop balance, and everything was good - so no prop balancing required on mine.

I ended-up mechanically maxing the rudder throw, and still wanted more rudder authority. I heard that if you bind with SAFE Select, there's a lot more rudder throw available in AS3X-only mode - so, I'm going to rebind & just leave SAFE Select disabled to see if I can get more rudder throw.

I needed to mount the Spektrum 6s 5000mAh 30C pack at the rearmost position in the battery compartment to get the CG back to 120mm aft from the LE at the wing-root. I found the...Continue Reading
Posted by BAF23 | Yesterday @ 02:38 PM | 503 Views

In 2014 I stumbled upon an advertisement of a second-hand Fly-Fly F100 in flying condition for what seemed a reasonable price. Some time before that I already had purchased one of the last original kits of that brand because I ever wanted to make a nice model of the French Air Force two-seater I had the chance to fly just weeks before it was phased out. Even as the second-hand one was in a sorry state, I bought it to use as a trainer and eventual source for spares if the need aroused. All of that laid dormant together with other kits and aircraft on my attic for years. End of summer 2020 I had a two week lul in my program and thought that getting the second-hand one ready for some test-flying with various EDF’s I had collected would be a useful way of filling that time. Once in my workroom I was very disappointed about the way that model had been very grossly assembled and decorated. The guy I bought it from had been a firefighter at the airbase of Beauvechin and should at least have been familiar with the fact that the USAF star stood on two legs instead of on its head!

Pic 0017c

Speaking of legs, when you see how the nose-gear had been fastened to the fuselage you get an idea about the craftsmanship? of that modeller. I think he used a complete jar of Gorilla type glue on that model. Furthermore duct tape had been used to cover other atrocities before being painted, and during sticker application he had not followed the deep crease lines and after...Continue Reading
Posted by jameschen072 | Yesterday @ 12:12 PM | 562 Views
Hey everyone,
Thought you might enjoy this review of the 1/76 (HO scale) Mini by Turbo Racing.
Perfect for those of us stuck at home... race just about anywhere!
Turbo Racing 1/76 (HO scale) Mini- Full Review (6 min 45 sec)

Posted by VE6WEM | Yesterday @ 09:57 AM | 600 Views
The Bird of Time is a beautiful and distinctive sailplane dating back to 1979. The plane is nostalgia legal when built to plan, and has a reasonably wide performance envelope, especially for a R/E design. Back in the early eighties, I wanted one but was flying the Maestro Megan and Viking at the time, and really was not doing enough in the hobby to justify building one.

Then the Dynaflite ARF Bird of Time was released in 2003, this piqued my interest in the plane again, but the issues associated with the poorly constructed spar system surfaced. Since it became clear that there was no easy way to beef up the spar on the ARF model, I decided to build a Bird of Time from the kit.

The kit is a real bargain considering that you get pretty good balsa (at least in my kit), with beefy and hard stock on the high stress pieces like root ribs and nice light balsa sheets for the D-tube. Looking at the spar system, it was clear that some improvement could be made, incorporating carbon spar caps and bias fiberglass on the D-tube leading edge. If you are going to modify the wing spar, you might as well do it right. I want to have a wing which is capable of close to 150 lbs. of winch line tension. If this is to be the case, the joiner rod and wing mounting system will have to be improved also.

I am not going to put spoilers on my plane because the original Bird of Time did not have spoilers.

So this kit will be built according to plan but not LSF nostalgia legal with the...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 07:39 AM | 702 Views

Volantex Ranger G2 V757-6 1200mm Wingspan EPO Sport FPV Glider PNF - Fine Tuning Adjustments Session #2

Volantex Ranger G2 1200mm PNF

Volantex Ranger G2 1200mm Kit

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Tutorial - Volantex Ranger G2 - Fix that bad Thrust Angle

Volantex V757-6 V757 6 Ranger G2 1200mm Wingspan EPO FPV Rc Airplane Aircraft PNP

Volantex V757-6 V757 6 Ranger G2 FPV 1200mm Wingspan EPO FPV RC Airplane Aircraft KIT

Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack (This is the pack I'm flying)

GNB 11.1V 2200mAh 3S 110/220C Lipo Battery XT60 Plug (Not Tested but should work)

URUAV GRAPHENE 3S 11.1V 2200mAh 100C Lipo Battery XT60 Plug (Not Tested but should work)

2 Pieces 8040 Direct Drive Propeller - CW

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Posted by montis | Yesterday @ 05:04 AM | 783 Views
ToolkitRC is relatively new company specializing in the chargers and power solutions. They have released a number of different chargers and accessories. The latest released is ToolkitRC M6D charger. Lets take a look at it.


Input voltage: 7.0-28.0V @MAX 30A
Type of battery: Lipo, LiHV, LiFe, Lion@1-6S; NiMh @1-16S; Pb @1-10S
Balance current: 800mA @2-6S
Balance accuracy: < 0.005V
Voltage range: 0.2-5.0V @1-6S
Internal resistance: 1-100mR @1-6S
Charge power: 500W @MAX 25A SYNC
250W @MAX 15A *2 ASYC
Discharge power: 500W @MAX 15A Recycle mode
12W @MAX 3A Normal mode
USB: 2.1A @5.0V [email protected]
LCD screen: IPS 2.4inch LCD 320*240 pixel
Size: 98*68*35 mm

Package contents

ToolkitRC M6D charger comes with USB cable for firmware upgrades, Screen film protector and user manual.

Charger construction

This charger has two battery charging ports and two balancing lead ports for up to 6S. There is a temperature probe (DS1820) port in the middle, but there is no information on its use.

...Continue Reading
Posted by Mandy Chen | Sep 23, 2020 @ 11:18 PM | 1,207 Views
BrotherHobby Hyperbola 701 Frame:

Toray T800SC-24K Carbon Fiber with equilibrum overlay.

Email: [email protected]...Continue Reading
Posted by kajukenbo | Sep 23, 2020 @ 08:38 PM | 1,459 Views
If you get a chance to grab one of these, it's a great flying model. Hobbico/Fliteworks made these from the J-Power V2 molds. With a little work, this P-38 can be an excellent semi-scale model. Fliteworks modeled the plane after the Red Bull exhibition plane. The full-scale plane was originally a Reno racer with carbs, so it had carb intakes, no turbos. With a little crafting, you can make your own turbos.

The model sold for almost half of what a Flightline model sells for! It flies on 3S, 3300 mAh, 50C batteries. I get five minutes of mixed flight on this size battery.

It flies REALLY well right out of the box. It cruises well, with enough power to do a nice vertical climb. I swapped out my props for some 3-blade Master Airscrew props. Don't expect a screaming 90 mph warbird, though.

The weak point of the model is the nose gear. There isn't enough support for the retract mount, so even the best grass landings will eventually loosen up the nose gear. Greasing this model in is easy, though. If you want to pull out the retracts, this model makes an excellent hand-launch/belly-lander.
Posted by NateMX | Sep 23, 2020 @ 04:02 PM | 1,715 Views
All my Atom equipment , will list details as requested.

-Black RotorX Atom V3 pro 3"
*TBS Powercube V2 (TBS Colibri Race FC V2, TBS FPVision PDB/VTX, TBS 2x 2in1 20amp Blheli-s esc's)
*Runcam swift micro
*Frsky r-xsr RX (de-pinned)
*Xnova 1407 4,000kv motors
*TPU protection (Arm Guards, Front Bumper)
*Quad was flown only a handful of times and was never crashed etc. The build is in perfect shape , nothing to note .
*Flashed to latest BF firmware possible for an F3 Flight controller (BF 4.0.6) ESC is on latest Blheli-s firmware

-Transparent RotorX Atom V2 3"
*RotorX /Tmotor 1306 4,100kv motors
*Matek F405 Standard FC
*Sunrise cicada 20a 4in1 ESC
*TBS unify nano Pro32 VTX
*Have spare RX if needed but not currently installed
*Foxeer arrow micro cam
*RotorX RGB Led strip
*TPU protection (Arm Guards and Front Bumper)
*Frame is in excellent shape , the ESC came to me with the Atom v2 on a previous purchasebut had an AIO FC with it. I just replaced the
AIO with the Matek F405r for a cleaner build. The CLracing AIO FC is meant for individual esc's . The CLracing FC is still included with
all the other spare parts.
*Quad is on latest BF firmware (Ver 4.2.2 w/rpm filtering enabled) and the ESC is on JESC firmware and bi-direction dshot (rpm filtering)
is enabled. IE this ESC
has a paid JESC license so don't flash it with anything else but JESC firmware which is now free to the buyer.

-RotorX HDcam (new...Continue Reading
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 23, 2020 @ 02:32 PM | 1,738 Views
Cool parts from Formufit.

I have extras if anyone is interested, I had to buy 8 at a time only needed 4.
So I have enough to build another one, but you have to get your own tubes.

Hit me up if you want, $25.
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 23, 2020 @ 01:45 PM | 1,761 Views
Halloa people

today's entry is very much aimed at people that are new to FPV drones or that might want to try them
Here are a few quick tips.. They are mostly geared towards the Eachine Tyro79S.. which in itself is a quad aimed at beginners..

But the video should also help you along if you go for a different quad

5 ESSENTIAL TIPS - Eachine Tyo79S - Ready-To-Go FPV Drone (18 min 41 sec)

Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 23, 2020 @ 12:26 PM | 1,853 Views
Got the shaft and tube in, nice and solid, spins pretty freely.
Sealed the hull inside and out a, need to sand and prep for primer.
Working on the servos and radio box set up.
Got the rudder aligned and ready to mount the servos.

Check out the box the servos came in!
Smashed almost flat.
Rough ride from China I guess.
Posted by old4570 | Sep 22, 2020 @ 11:26 PM | 2,554 Views
Nemesis 2 ( Rat 2 AUS-8 ) (7 min 54 sec)

Nemesis 2 ( Ontario Rat 2 AUS-8 )

Thats right , this knife disappointed with it's inability to hold an edge . Sure I could massage the factory bevel to take hair off my arm , but when it came to edge holding .
Another knife that ended up in the JUNK Knife box ! ( Butt !!! was it a junk knife ? )
I get the feeling a lot of manufacturers seem to be doing junk bevels .

So the Rat 2 got a 20deg 180 grit edge put on .

Surprise / surprise .

Put a decent bevel on the knife and it works
Horrid weather , had lots of wind . And today , more wind + rain and damn .... Just when I went out to cut rope there was a very decent temperature drop .
I think my hand had a slight blue tinge , sure as heck were cold as ice with that wind chill ! So cold I found it challenging to cut the paper .
At the end of the vid , after being inside a few hours , I cut some more paper . That rolled edge , the 180 grit finish , really caught the paper . But with the grain going the right way it still cut . I would say the result was fair .
Posted by cuavlindy | Sep 22, 2020 @ 09:07 PM | 2,629 Views
Posted by g monkey | Sep 22, 2020 @ 05:52 PM | 2,766 Views
Colorfabb XT-CF20 Prints
I now have the frame, tail boom, vertical and horizontal stabilisers all printed in the CF20. It does feel much stiffer and stronger than the XT, so I think that the airframe will be fairly robust. I have started the post processing of the parts, giving everything but the frame a coating of XTC-3D, as recommended by several people on the web. This is just a thin epoxy coating that helps smooth the layer lines and hide small artefacts, but I have done a layer, sanded, and then done another layer and sanded . . . and I might have to do some more sanding. I decided to try another print of the rear of the fuselage as it was taking longer to sand it than to try for a better print. The XTC does make the XT more transparent though (see pic), as it smooths the surface and reduces diffraction.
After the sanding it will be time to mask the windows and get a layer of primer on.