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Posted by bill_delong | Today @ 07:27 PM | 17 Views
This will be an evolving thread as I build and review a PR Racing SB401-TypeR. Look for regular updates to this post as I plan to race this buggy in the 13.5T 4WD Buggy class at Thornhill Racing Circuit (Turf Track). Full disclosure, I recently picked up a sponsorship through PR Racing so be prepared to expect some bias, but I will do my best to identify potential areas to consider making upgrades to improve the quality of this kit where applicable.

A quick background on me: I started club racing around 2010 and have slowly improved my skills to where I'm one of the slowest of the fast guys at the club in my area, ha! I typically average between 96% -98% consistency and will occasionally pick up a win for club racing and often make the A Main for regional events in 13.5 stock. My first wheeler was an InTech ER-14 (clay), then I switched to a Schumacher CAT-K2 (clay+turf) and spent the last 16+ months running a TEKNO EB410 mostly on turf. Expect to see me try different things, I'm sure some ideas will fail, but that's where I always try to learn from my mistakes and I welcome you to share these experiences with me here on this thread.

Hits: TBD

Misses: TBD

Summary: TBD

Build Tips: TBD

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Posted by Bill M - RC | Today @ 05:47 PM | 27 Views
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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Today @ 05:13 PM | 46 Views

The guys over at Polar Pro contacted me a few weeks ago about their new monitor mount for the DJI Ronin S and I wanted to share some info and my thoughts on this with you after receiving it.

This new accessory from Polar Pro allows you to fit an external monitor and accessories to your Ronin S, itís made from light weight aluminium and one of its best features is that it has a quick release so its very easy to quickly remove and you donít have to worry about it getting in the way in storage or if you donít need it.

On the bracket itself you have the usual accessory thread that is attached to a large captive thumb screw for mounting to the monitor, the face is coated in rubber as well to ensure the bracket does not cause any damage to the monitor.

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Posted by mike_kelly | Today @ 04:50 PM | 46 Views
When I was going to engineering school, admittedly a while ago, my professors pounded into us the value of standardization. I find that those admonitions are clearly lost on the current generation of engineers. They seem to think that if they can improve something by 1% it is worth throwing away everything that has gone before. To lose compatibility, standardization and the ability to source from different vendors. The value of standardization to the consumer is not to be underestimated. But the value to sales and marketing seems to be to maximize profits at the expense of the customer. Too many customers these days fail to understand the products they buy. They don't do their homework. So when the company brings out the next cool bleeding edge product the consumer fails to recognize that the parts in the product are proprietary and they may go obsolete sooner than later and then the item will not be repairable. Another item in the landfill.

I am tired of buying gimbal motors with entirely different bolt patterns and entirely different than the gimbal frame kits, so nothing fits. I am tired of multirotor frame manufactures making frames that no flight controller or PDB can be fit into.

The only benefit to this level of incompatibility is to force the buyer to buy all their parts from the same vendor.

The problem is that vendors have also decided they don't have to provide technical documentation for the products they sell because customers don't require it anymore.
Posted by schumixmd | Today @ 03:15 PM | 75 Views
What gear will you fly this summer?!
On a low budget, I will go with this nice package. Hopefully I will not suffer performance issues.

URUAV 5.8Ghz 2.3dBi Lollipop Antenna
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Eachine TD600 25/200/600/800mW 5.8GHz 40CH FPV Transmitter with in-line DVR and Smart Audio support
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Posted by Micubano | Today @ 08:59 AM | 168 Views
I admit I tried to get my son into flying way too young. Like when he was 8ish. He was not enjoying flying the high wings or biplanes. He always seemed so concerned about crashing and the cost of a crash despite him recording me crash planes on a few occasions and then seeing the planes repaired and flying again. Yet, he still liked going to NEAT Fair. I thought he just liked the nice drive and finding new places to eat. Last year, he found out profile foamies are very reasonably priced and durable. He started coming out with me to the clubs when he didn't have other activities and flying an old profile foamy that I beat up a lot over the years. He likes hanging with the guys. His flying was still pretty awkward and just a pattern around the field with a few snap rolls thrown in. Every time he was with me, I made sure we stopped somewhere to eat afterward and talked about the flights and whatever is on his mind. This winter, he hit RealFlight hard. At least 15 minutes a day for 3 or 4 days a week. He swore that the minor and constant stick movements improved his Fortnite game. Whatever. I'll take it. Yesterday, he asked to go try his new plane and I recorded this.

RA Cores Extra Profile Foam Airplane - Callum's First Flight (2 min 40 sec)

I only had enough money on me for a frozen Coke for him afterward. He deserved it. It was the first time he flew in wind and kept the plane under control the entire time. No buddy box. No help except for me walking on the field to hand launch it because the wind was at our backs. That is why the video is the way it is. I had to run back to the flight line. And he nailed the final landing. Plus this is a park he is normally not comfortable at. He prefers the wide open clubs, but they are too soggy to walk on. I am so proud of him. He's 13 and we are going to have a fun summer of flying together.
Posted by KristofferR | Today @ 05:55 AM | 183 Views
Overhaul time!

Complete dismantle. Plastics went in a bucket and then boiling water and green soap. After a few repeats, a hot cycle in the dishwasher.

Screws, bearings and shafts have been ďswimmingĒ in WD40 for cleaning.

With everything clean and nice itís time
to print the exploded views from the Traxxas website and start reassembling.

I intend to use a metal gear servo so I took apart the stock 2055 servos, cleaned and greased them up and let them sit with the servo tester for an hour before putting them on local eBay.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Yesterday @ 11:48 PM | 246 Views
In 1080p 60fps - Here is the raw uncut footage of the 3S Test Flight of my new FMS Moa 1.5m Glider.

FMS Moa 1.5m Glider 3S Test Flight (7 min 6 sec)

Powered by a Tattu 3S 850mAh 75C lipo, weighing in at 80 grams. The CG was set to 57mm from the leading edge of the main wing. Flight Timer was set to 3:00 minutes (yes 3 minutes). Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter and using a Lemon RX DSMX 7-Channel Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver.

Personal modifications were as follows:

1) Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC (for safe 3S operation).
2) Custom-Drilled RX Diversity Antenna Exit Port (to allow for 90 degree separation).
3) JB Weld 5-Minute Clear Epoxy Coated Front Skid (for additional landing skid finish protection).

The rates and control linkage setup I used were as follows:

Aileron: 100% with 0% Expo - Control rod to the innermost hole of the control horn.
Elevator: 100% with 0% Expo - Control rod to the middle hole of the control horn.
Rudder: 100% with 0% Expo - Control rod to the middle hole of the control horn.

Lemon RX Stabilizer Gain Settings:

Aileron: 8:30 O'Clock Position
Elevator: 9:00 O'Clock Position
Rudder: 9:00 O'Clock Position

(I also increased the gain to an additional 50% on the Master Gain Knob of my Spektrum DX8 G2).

Additional Tuning Used: Throttle - Down Elevator Mix. First I trimmed the Moa for a "power-off" level glide. Then I assigned a switch on my Spektrum DX8 (G2) to add a 9% "...Continue Reading
Posted by CCxRC | Yesterday @ 11:07 PM | 244 Views
20k Subscriber Giveway: 4 CCxRC Branded Cow RC Mat Packs (7 min 27 sec)

Wow! Just hit 20k subs on YouTube and wanted to say thank you to everyone for their support. I bought 4 sets of Cow RC mats to giveaway.
It's easy to enter and you don't have to share anything or give me your personal info.
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Iím excited to announce that Iíve ordered 4 CowRC mat sets to give away to 4 lucky winners as a thank you for supporting CCxRC.

Each kit will include:
A) One 12Ēx24Ē Screw Catcher Flat Mat with CCxRC branding on it
B) Two 5Ēx9.75Ē Pro-Mag Screw Catcher Part Trays.

Iím still blown away that weíve reached 20k subscribers and have millions of views over the last 4 years. Because youíve been great to me here on YouTube, Iím going to be giving away 2 of the CowRC mat sets to people who leave a comment on the Giveaway video. Not only do I want to share my thanks with you, but also help support others who have supported me. Iíll also be giving away 1 mat set via the Venom Power RC Lifestyle Page and 1 mat set through my local hobby shop - Hobbytown Virginia Beach (see rules for all giveaways below). Because of shipping regulations and costs, I do have to limit this to our USA and Canada audience (which happens to be the top viewing locations).

I chose CowRC mats because I believe they are useful to anyone in the hobby. Interests range on vehicles and needs are different on parts, but CowRC mats are pretty handy...Continue Reading
Posted by lee95776 | Yesterday @ 09:20 PM | 255 Views
Finally finished the new hex build, started with a no-name Pixhawk kit from Amazon and so far I'm pretty impressed. It was a bit of a learning curve setting up the Pixhawk but overall it turned out good. Just need to get some good weather to get out and fly it.
Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 06:00 PM | 322 Views
Dancing Wings -

Lets start here - I took it out a few mornings ago after doing some tuning in the front yard .
At my CG test site my first Spear Chuck was magnificent . And after that things just got steadily worse until the wing would just GLUD into the ground ..
For some reason , it refused to break , which was nice .

But I was getting frustrated and I was beginning to have daydreams of doing a rain dance on top the wing . The satisfying feeling of venting frustration stomping something into the ground ..

Rather I decided to stick to my plan , and the plan was to DLG the wing if nothing else worked ..

( The docile pussy cat )

Chalk and cheese folks ! The wing becomes a different animal when launched VIA wingtip . No longer a monster LEAD SLED , the wing now launched predictably and consistently - ( It glides - it glides )

Bixler Wing

As seen in the picture , the wing has been joined .. The Bixler HLG has begun ! The wing is 1440mm after trimming and joining . And it really is Floppsy ..
Yes , it will need carbon . It is super flex'y , and the weight is not good , it's going to be a weighty bird . Might be nice on a slope ? or bungee launched .
I will build it ..

Dont know why ?
Got me a small geared motor ..
Maybe ? V911 HLG becomes motorised .... If I can get to the control board .
Posted by GBLynden | Yesterday @ 04:42 PM | 328 Views
This is my E-flite Viper 70mm EDF Jet Unboxing & Review.

E-flite Viper 70mm EDF Jet With AS3X And SAFE Select Unboxing & Review (8 min 10 sec)

E-flite Viper Jet Review Notes:

- A nicely priced BNF 6S EDF Jet
- Bolts together and doesn't require glue
- Looks better in person, though I still wish they would have picked a different scheme for this jet
- Easy to see in the air
- Plenty of speed for a Beginner EDF Jet
- Lands slow and gentle with full flaps

- The canopy arrived scuffed
- They don't provide any tools like Freewing EDF Jets to help snake through wires or for installing hex bolts.
- Connecting all of the wires through the fuse was not easy, so I am glad I had the CrewZinn stand to help.
Posted by hutsondave | Yesterday @ 01:26 PM | 354 Views
Hi, new to group. This is my 1st build, I am going to keep a record of my progress along the way. I am hoping to produce a stable highly controllable camera platform. This is a tonal learning experience, I have enjoyed it early to this point although I have lost considerable her count from pulling them out over various troubles and roadblocks along the way, nonetheless it has been thoroughly enjoyable. Landing gear is the next bit to be designed and implemented.
See you in the sky, Less Opinion
Posted by basslord1124 | Yesterday @ 09:00 AM | 401 Views
As part of a build challenge that I participated in on the FT forums, I picked out the FT Tiny Trainer as one of my next builds. So here is the intro video to the FT Tiny Trainer. The FT Tiny Trainer is a versatile plane that can be used as a chuck glider or RC. It also has the ability to grow with the ability of the pilot by offering a polyhedral glider wing and a separate sport wing with ailerons. So you can go from 3 channel to 4 channel just by changing the wing. I'm going to start doing the plane as a 3 channel and see how it does.

FT Tiny Trainer intro... Flitetest Forum Build-ruary Challenge (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by coreman | Yesterday @ 08:38 AM | 429 Views
Chris Reibert did a nice review of our 32" EPP Extra kit. Looks great Chris! #racores