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Posted by mfwilliams | Today @ 01:14 PM | 26 Views
He's back! Been busy with work for the past 8 months. Now that my work project is done, I'm back home enjoying the retired life. Knowing this, Poh called me up and coerced me to join him and Gary at Eagleville for some thermal flying.
I caught up with them about noon at E'ville. Gary and Poh were already specking out. Amazing, since the wind was about 10-15 with 20mph gusts. I was going to fly my Radian, but backed off. It was just too gusty for a lightweight bird. Luckily, I had charged my Jerry warmliner and brought it along just in case. Thermals were strong, but very fast moving as you would expect. I actually thermalled the Jerry out ( not an easy task). After about two hours of flying we called it a day. No crashes, no damage for anyone. So it was a good day. Then it was off to the Maple Street grill in E'ville for some comfort food and jaw-jacking.
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Posted by halicopter | Today @ 12:36 PM | 41 Views
so decided to turn the 7" monitor into some goggles ...used the monitor ,stripped some vr goggles down , and found a lens that used to be for magnifying a mobile phone screen ,surprised it worked as well
Posted by Woodinthesky | Today @ 12:12 PM | 48 Views
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Posted by Rural Flyer | Today @ 12:03 PM | 78 Views
The Camera on the HS-100 is quite stable and has potential for many uses beyond just flying around on the drone itself...

Since I had a spare kicking around I thought it might be useful to re-purpose it as a "Hat-Cam".

HS 100 Camera Hack to Hat Cam (2 min 7 sec)

Although the HS-100 cam is just 720 x 1280 res, it does record at a solid 25 fps (frames per second) which is an improvement over the MJX Bugs 2C cam that I had previously used as a hat-cam, as it uses a variable bit rate, and records between 19 to 20 fps, so appears somewhat jagged by comparison.

Beyond the simple stuff like dis-assembly, there were a few things I wanted to note, as this may not be the final version of this project.

I used the original factory cable from the cam to measure the voltages present on the wire.

White 3.7Vdc
Red 2.9Vdc
Blue 0.01V and going to 0V when Picture or Video is initiated via the TX/Controller
Black 0V Ground.

This camera is a bit different from the UDI R/C, Syma and MJX cameras that I've torn-down in the past, in that it is an integral part of the Drone's communications system, without the camera installed the drone can not be released from the factory "Geo-Fence" of 30meter from take-off and 20 m Height.

After trying numerous wiring combinations I have settled on White being Vcc for the camera, and Black being ground. With those lines tied to a 1s 3.7V battery, the camera powers up fine, and can be controlled via Wifi with...Continue Reading
Posted by turbinefancy | Today @ 11:18 AM | 86 Views
It’s been very exciting watching recent developments in the foamie EDF category from Freewing & FMS pushing higher levels of scale fidelity and fligh performance with each new product introduction. But I have not bought one since buying 2 Taft Cobra Jets on sale a couple years ago; simply no room in the house to fit more planes. Finally figured I can hang one up on the wall like picture frame and built one of the Cobras. After much tender loving care correcting loose linkages, unbalanced fan, uneven tail feathers, etc. the jet turned out pretty good. Not a speed demon by any means but fast, heavy and BIG needing lots of space to maneuver like a jet should be. Anyways, I am very excited joining the EDF party so very late and really enjoy the heart pounding feeling each time flying the Cobra jet. Oh and it sounds so good.....

Ultra smooth onboard video at beautiful Black Star Canyon, CA - guaranteed not to cause motion sickness:-)
FPV Taft Cobra (8s 90mm EDF) Jet Aerobatcs at OCMA (HD 1080P) (6 min 35 sec)

Ground view of the aerobatic flight (many thanks to my friend tonpilot1 for taking the video)
Flight 2 of motionsic's jet (5 min 21 sec)
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Posted by maddmatter | Today @ 10:18 AM | 122 Views
So here is my plan, maybe it will resonate with a few people. I love flying. I love designing stuff that flies. Currently I do it for others as a way to make a living. With the advent of flight simulators and better employment of gyroscopic sensors and the reduction in their size, I decided to buy a foam plane I like and learn to fly. I bought the DXE/phoenix combo a year and a few moths ago. I bought an E-flight timber this past September. I spent/spend a ton of hours on the simulator and I have enough land to fly my Timber on very comfortably.

So I do fly it. I love it. It is a thrilling experience. The intent was and is to learn good enough to get a balsa kit, or some type of "scale" model that I can fly without sweating bullets. I did not want a bunch of planes, just one or two I really enjoy.

I also purchased an Aurora 9 last year thinking the DXE was just one to learn on, and I did not know that the Hitec was already old technology, I thought it was a lesser known excellent option. So now I am trying to decide which way to go with radios. I think I am going to have to buy a spectrum which seem overpriced for the features they present, which I do not care for much. Any way more to come
Posted by accel8or | Today @ 01:46 AM | 313 Views
Several years ago, we had this mail carrier. He had a chip on his shoulder. One day, he saw me unloading my car of two model airplanes. He goes, "oh, you play with toys, huh?" I thought that was pretty rude; rude and disrespectful. I didn't say anything, because we are supposed to turn the other cheek. Well, this same mailman tried the same line to my neighbor who happened to be a freeflight enthusiast. My neighbor is a kind man, but he didn't take kindly to the mailman who belittled him like he did me. He gave the mailman an earful short of a broken nose. That same mailman never, ever disrespected me, because of my model airplanes. Now forward 6 or 7 years to 2018. This same mailman saw a neighbor drop her iphone on the ground. He didn't tell her, but instead he pocketed the iphone. Little did he know, that my neighbor has security cameras in the front yard, recording his every move. To make a long story short, the police department called him and told him he had so many hours to return my neighbor's iphone. He did, and avoided prosecution. He was only weeks away from retirement. We never saw his sorry bleep again.
Posted by Dan.Cummins | Yesterday @ 11:55 PM | 338 Views
Had a request for some Heinkel servo trays.......so here are a couple layouts you can use. Print 1:1 (full scale), mist with 3M77, paste to 2mm G10 or ply, and cut/sand to the lines.


Posted by FireDad913 | Yesterday @ 10:46 PM | 391 Views
Will list specs later. Built on Martian 2. Todays project. Really coming together.
Posted by jetpilotrich | Yesterday @ 08:45 PM | 427 Views
Tim over at RED BARON HOBBIES gave me one of these to kick around and it quickly became my Primary Lipo Bag!

I found that i became very organized quickly!


Posted by jetpilotrich | Yesterday @ 08:41 PM | 427 Views
See this totally UNCUT maiden flight and the second flight in this setup/flight review video!

FMS really kills it with this potent out-of-the box Pocket Rocket! ENJOY!

More flight demo videos coming!


Posted by jetpilotrich | Yesterday @ 08:36 PM | 431 Views
Check out this detailed review of what comes in the box!


Posted by Bill M - RC | Yesterday @ 08:00 PM | 444 Views
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Posted by blitzen | Yesterday @ 07:13 PM | 472 Views
I learned something today. Recently, I found this toy camera drone in the clearance section of a store. The box was undamaged, factory sealed and marked 75 percent off. I bought it.
"Altitude Hold" is printed on the package. That means the left stick, up and down is spring centered. It is intended to make the quadcopter ascend or descend to a "locked" altitude. Take off, flight and landing are all managed by the flight controller and it's sensors. I was surprised to find out this feature is greatly effected by the weather. The altitude hold worked amazingly well when the air pressure was steady and low. Today there were fast changes in the weather with rapid air pressure changes. The drone was completely out of control at times. Basically grounded.
Posted by steve mahoney | Yesterday @ 05:23 PM | 527 Views
This next tug is also 1/50 and also from New Zealand. I enjoy finding NZ boats to build and have discovered plenty of interesting subjects, all with a little bit of unique character. This one was the first on a 1960s fleet built to service the then new oil refinery in northern NZ. Parahaki and a twin sister ship Haumanga were designed to handle large tankers and for any open sea rescue work. After many years service in Whangarei both tugs moved up to the Cook Islands in the late 80s and are now stationed in the Marshall Islands.

Parahaki is not exactly attractive or even classic looking – some might say ugly but it does look powerful and business like.

The build was standard plank on frame/plywood superstructure and went surprisingly smoothly – apart from a hiccup with the railings due to me not being able to tell the difference between 2 and 3. But that's another story.

A full build log is on this forum and at: http://modeltugforum.com/index.php?topic=6333.0...Continue Reading
Posted by steve mahoney | Yesterday @ 05:13 PM | 534 Views
During the Pacific war 30 YTL tugs were built for the US Navy by various yards in Auckland, New Zealand. They were a 75’ YTLs and 41’ YTL Sea Mules. Most saw service around the Pacific. 17 were built by Steel Ships Ltd in Mechanics’ Bay, Auckland and 3 YTLs were under construction when the US Navy cancelled the contracts towards the end of the war. All 3 were already stamped with their YTL numbers on the bow.

Only one of these fine little vessels (YTL625) lives on.

In 1946 YTL625 was launched and passed on the RNZN, renamed Kawatiri and then handed over to the Marine Department for distribution to one of the smaller regional ports – the coal town of Westport on the west coast of the South Island. Kawatiri (deep and swift) is the original Maori name for the Buller River which flows through Westport.

Just prior to the tug’s arrival in Westport, the Minister of Transport, the Right Honourable James ‘Briney’ O’Brien (miner, engine driver and social reformer), who had organised the deal, and was also the local member of parliament for Westport, died. YTL625/HMNZS Kawatiri was renamed in his honour.

This is how the JO'B looked on delivery from the Marine Dept. She stayed in Westport for many years as a harbour tug and pilot boat, and is now a private launch in Picton. I've been onboard and she's as solid as a rock, the original Atlas engine goes like a charm.

A full build log is on the scale boats forum and also at: http://modeltugforum.com/index.php?topic=6227.0

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Posted by steve mahoney | Yesterday @ 05:04 PM | 537 Views
The 1970s and '80s were a bit of a hey day for tug building in New Zealand.

Rangi and her sister ship Karetai were build in Dunedin for the town's Harbour Board. The hydroconic hull was designed in Sydney, Australia. At the time it was cutting edge technology. These boats have very pleasing lines and led a pampered life. After 30 years in Otago they are now working across the ditch (Tasman Sea), in Australia.

Fine tuned a few new techniques and processes on this model: drawing up hulls, brass photo-etching, laser cutting and 3D printing.

I like this little tug – the lines, colour scheme and big brass logo on the funnel make it look unique.

A more comprehensive build log is on this forum and also at: http://modeltugforum.com/index.php?topic=6101.0...Continue Reading