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Posted by bbrstorm | May 10, 2014 @ 05:56 PM | 5,983 Views
After 3 years out of the hobby having back surgeries and moving states up to beautiful Gig Harbor, WA, I finally got into a club up here with a big grass field.

I went out to the GH field this morning at about 10:45am. Just an impulse flying decision based on the weather looking pretty good with mild winds at 4 mph according to the weather app on my phone. When I got out to the field winds were probably 6-7mph.

First up my newly acquired critical mass micro from hobby king. Thought it was balanced but it kept pitching up couldn't get the nose trimmed down. Then the wind got a bit gusty flipped the plane I lost orientation and a I stuck it in the field. I think this will be a hangar decoration now lol. HK micros not nearly as easy to fix as horizon's micros. Though parts are available. Also I need to make it a little easier to see orientation in air before it flys again.

Second up, the night flyer slowstick. Took off from the grass and had a great 12 min flight. Landed hot and ate a prop. Couldn't find the one piece so I apologize if some stumbles upon it near the pit area. 2nd prop n battery up next. Great second flight of about 14 min. Winds had picked up quite a bit so mostly cruised around 1/4 to no throttle, picked up a nice thermal and let it sit up there and climb. Battery alarm sounded so I glided her in for a successful landing. Can't wait to get it flying at night it's dialed in.

3rd up slow stick day flyer (future nightfly plane #2) got it up n...Continue Reading
Posted by bbrstorm | Jan 25, 2011 @ 11:45 AM | 7,490 Views

I love my Trojan! This is a lot of fun to fly. Parts are available for the eventual crash But for most repairs it's Tape & Glue

I have sped it up a bit with bigger motor and ESC after this crash

I was practicing inverted and did a first pass pretty good. But on the second attempt I was too low the ground and and couldn't pull out

Parkzone Trojan T28 Inverted Crash (1 min 52 sec)

Posted by bbrstorm | Dec 09, 2010 @ 07:17 PM | 8,197 Views
Finally maiden-ed the Funjet Ultra!

Got it on video wooohoo! But, the second flight wasn't so good. Bad launch and it nosedived and snapped off the nose.

Glued and taped at the moment...

Multiplex Funjet Ultra Maiden Flight (7 min 46 sec)

Posted by bbrstorm | Nov 24, 2010 @ 04:10 PM | 10,086 Views
I really like how easy the slow sticks are to fly. I completely rebuilt my original GWS Slowstick and upgraded and strengthened the whole plane. By making these upgrades, the plane can really be thrown around in the sky and it allows you to speed it up some too

Ask questions if you have any, for a fairly inexpensive build you get a very easy to fly almost anywhere plane. That you can even turn into a fantastic nightflyer!

Parts List:
1 - GWS Slowstick Kit - $30
1 - Exceed RC 75M40 Optima Motor (1200kv 200W) - $15
1 - Exceed RC 30a ESC - $14
2 - Tpro90 9g Servos - $6
1 - MilleniumRC 10mm Stick Parts Kit inc/ Steerable Tail wheel - $15
2 - 3mm Carbon Fiber Rod (Replace Fiberglass Rods in slowstick kit) -$12
1 - Dubro 1.25" Tail Wheel - $4
- Misc Dubro linkage parts visible in photos - $5
- 3m Premium Packaging Tape, Foam Safe CA, Epoxy, Velcor & Zip ties.

RX/TX: any 3CH+ radio you can get a 2.4ghz RX/TX at for $30

Lipo: 2200 20C 11.1v ( $14.99!)

Most of these things came out of my parts box, the local hobby shop and for the motor, esc and servos

The Millennium RC Stick Parts ( are stronger and better designed than the GWS parts. Well worth the $15 for the whole set including a steerable tail wheel which is a must

A few things to note on how to improve the overall strength of this plane:

Main Wing - Epoxy the center plastic wing brace in place. Use the Carbon Fiber Rod in...Continue Reading
Posted by bbrstorm | Nov 11, 2010 @ 07:12 PM | 12,237 Views
For those of you that don't know, RCgroups ran a contest to win a Funjet Ultra w/ Powerpack. Whooohoo I won!

Here is the Build!

All Parts Used:
Funjet Ultra Kit
Funjet Ultra Powerpack (2900kv, 70ESC, Motor Plate, 5x5.5 prop)
2 x HS65MG Servos
2 x 15mm Servo Extension
Airtronics 2.4 RX/TX
Epoxy & Thick CA

The damn stickers were the hardest part, took hours to hand cut and apply each decal as they are on 2 full sheets. Should have just bought paint lol.

Oh well, I'm sure after I total this thing and have to rebuild it I will paint it then

This thing is awesome!

Dan Reading
Posted by bbrstorm | Oct 28, 2010 @ 03:33 PM | 8,094 Views
Did a quick test flight in the street with the Micro Cam on the Slowstick.

It was a little more windy aloft than it seemed and I had a hard crossbreeze off the street. So just a quick take off and landing


GWS Slowstick Video (1 min 48 sec)

Posted by bbrstorm | Oct 10, 2010 @ 12:04 AM | 8,535 Views
Been taking a break from helis and really enjoying my GWS slow sticks. I few buddies are into night flying and got me into it.

Night Flying is really a lot of fun and these slow sticks give you a nice sized, easy to fly and inexpensive planes work very well for this. They are easy to learn on and I think easier to fly and get your orientation with a good light pattern. You'll see on mine that I have RED and White on top and Blue and Green on the bottom. The arrow design makes orientation very easy to see a lot of fun to fly.

Now that I have enough experience flying. I'm now able to fly it in the street out front and it brings out all the neighbors to come see the UFO lol.

Cheap setup:

- GWS Slowstick - $30 (Basic plane)
- 1050 Alpha 370 -$11
- 30amp ESC - $11 ( yes you could use 18amp +)
- 2 x Tpro Servos - $6
- LED Lights - about $40 from hobbyking for all the colors and enough for 2 planes.
- Dubro Wheels and Linkage $10
- Cheap 2.4 RX/TX $30-50 depending on what you get.
- Steerable tail wheel for slow sticks $5 - LHS

That's it, well except for all the soldering and wiring

The slow stick is a fine flyer as it is but you can really stiffen it up and get a little more our of it. It's very durable and if you crash, tape and CA typically fix you right up in a few minutes.

There are a few mods I did to improve the overall performance and longevity of the plane.

1. Down and right thrust. 2 washers takes care of this. You want to do...Continue Reading
Posted by bbrstorm | Jul 23, 2010 @ 06:51 PM | 8,817 Views
Here are some videos I've shot as I'm learning to fly my 450 Pro

GY48V Gyro on a CopterX 450Pro V3 (2 min 53 sec)

CopterX CX450Pro V3 FPV Video (5 min 29 sec)
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Posted by bbrstorm | May 25, 2010 @ 12:26 AM | 12,321 Views
Built a new Boardless and Brushless Big Lama today.

Here is a parts list:

- EX5-0004 3100kv 10Tpinion Brushless motors $45
- 25A Exceed ESCs $27
- Airtronics 8CH 2.4ghz RX $100
- Dionysus Coaxial Tail Mixer $30
- Align RCE-550 Gyro $23
- Esky Stock Battery Frame $4
- Xtreme Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Frame $46
- Xtreme Lower Gear and Collar $6
- Xtreme Upper Gear and outer shaft set $9
- +27mm Custom extended inner shaft $12
- Xtreme Upper Bearing housing and Bearings $8
- Xtreme Lower Rotor Head $16
- Metal CNC Swash $15
- Metal CNC upper rotor head $9
- Esky Aluminum upgrade Blade Holders Set $22
- Super Skids 400 $16
- Battery Tray Walkera 53# $6

$294 not including the RX or shipping


...Continue Reading
Posted by bbrstorm | May 15, 2010 @ 02:51 PM | 8,823 Views
Recently picked up a used NE Free Spirit FP. Stuck a Micro Cam on it and took it for a flight

Nine Eagles Free Spirit FP Outdoor FPV (1 min 47 sec)

Posted by bbrstorm | Apr 26, 2010 @ 01:15 PM | 10,407 Views
Just picked up my first 450. CopterX 450Pro V3 w/ Belt Drive.


CopterX 450PRO V3 Belt Drive - $100 (Shipped)
3X - 9g Metal Servos - $27 (for the 3)
1X - Airtronics 37g Digital High Speed Metal Tail Servo - $40
30A Exceed Volcano ESC - $18
3500KV 450 Motor - $24
2 x Blue Lipo 2200mah - $36

It's now all together. Still dialing in the TX. Should be able to hover test it next weekend

Posted by bbrstorm | Apr 21, 2010 @ 03:03 PM | 9,966 Views
Here is a video of my Solo Pro II. I filmed it for my website

If your on the fence about wich single rotor micro to pick up as your first heli... This is it!


Nine Eagles Solo Pro II Outdoor Spy Sunglasses Demo (3 min 48 sec)

Posted by bbrstorm | Apr 21, 2010 @ 12:38 AM | 9,385 Views
Just put on my new Cabin. Added and tuned this heli to the max. I lost cyclic control for a second and then regained and then lost it again resulting in a crash from about 60'....


Upgraded ESKY Big Lama CRASH (2 min 27 sec)

Posted by bbrstorm | Mar 08, 2010 @ 02:50 PM | 12,213 Views
I finished the Boardless conversion. Going to test fly tomorrow.

No extra power switch for the gyro, since the new esky receiver syncs asap.

So, I added the power switch to the battery line. Just plug in the battery. Set it out on the field and flip the switch

I'll get a video up when I get it flying well.

Posted by bbrstorm | Feb 17, 2010 @ 01:58 AM | 11,186 Views
I remember there beig discussion about the Lowvoltage alarms that are really cheap from ebay. Comments on them not being very loud.

So I bought 2 of the ones for $2.99 shipped. ( )

Well today I received the two I had ordered and I tested them out. You all were right that they were not very loud. They are covered in a clear shrink wrap. Everything is covered including the speaker. So I trimmed the shrinkwrap from around the speaker and BAMM! about 10x louder. amazing really, that you wouldn't think that it would muffle the alarm that much but it really does.

See pic and try it if you have them.

Also did a Battery Mod to the Big Lama.

I ordered those 11.1V 20c 1000mah batteries from HobbyKing on 2/2 and they shipped on 2/11 I hate ordering from them they take forever!!!!!

In preperation of their arrival, in the next few months , I mounted a 1mm thick piece of plastic stock from the LHS. Between the battery tray mounts and the skids. Using a piece of velcro (will put the heavy duty stuff on when I get the batteries) to secure the battery under the stock mount. So you can still slide in a stock battery above or and upgraded battery below.
Posted by bbrstorm | Feb 15, 2010 @ 03:08 PM | 10,001 Views
So, I goofed around with one of my Keychain Cams and mounted it on my Mini-Stinger. I got about 5 seconds of flight before the weight dragged it down.

I haven't tried yet but, I'm sure I could power this off of the stingers 5 in 1 board but, I do't want to fry the board and end up with a $40+ repair. The battery weighs a little more than the camera's circuit board. So, I would be removing half of the weight.

Maybe a full minute + of flight?


Mini Stinger RC Helicopter FPV Flight (1 min 33 sec)