Posted by radioflyermk | Apr 05, 2006 @ 04:38 AM | 3,205 Views
Good shops, it seems, are a dying breed. I remember when I used to be able to comforably visit the LHS and be able to browse and chat and pretty much just enjoy the visit and get what I needed. Now, it seems that is not the case for the most part. Allow me to explain....where I live, and I will try to avoid the names of the shop, there are 5 or 6 shops that are what I would call close. There are a couple more just a little further away. I am probably lucky I suppose. Anyways...after a break in the flying, I returned the scene and went to a hobby shop north of me. I called ahead of time and asked about heli's because that was where I wanted to re-start the hobby. I was told oh yeah we have heli's and parts. I made the 45 minute drive, and there was one heli on the shelf and a couple of electrics. Well, I kind of felt like I was mislead. Still, I shopped and ended up buying one of the blade's he had. Not getting the friendliest service I decided that this shop would probably be a little farther down the list of my LHS's. Then I go to the next shop which. Prices were high, the workers were not very friendly. They had lots of "stuff" but still, no personal service, and when I was here before with questions on RC trucks, I was asked if I had bought the truck from them, and when I answered no, they said, well we charge 30 dollars an hour to fix things. With that in mind and the not so friendly service, not that they were rude, even though they have been before, it was...Continue Reading
Posted by Eddiemoth | Apr 04, 2006 @ 10:47 PM | 5,586 Views
A few more pictures of my hybrid.
Enjoy.
Posted by Eddiemoth | Apr 04, 2006 @ 09:57 PM | 5,589 Views
There is a sign of hope but it still rained all day today
Posted by enrico74ec | Apr 04, 2006 @ 09:00 PM | 13,146 Views
hi Everyone, Here are some pictures of the Local Jet show in Markham Park in fort lauderdale FL. Big time, lots of jets present there. the show was excellently run by one of the local RC Clubs and about 36 pilots where present.

Here are some pictures of the event. Mainly Modellbau-USA Storms, Tango and Airmachi kits flown with T turbines (made by Modellbau-USA) and Jetcat. Also a beautiful variant of the eurofighter the USA sport. Lokk at the pics.

Enjoy!!
Posted by steve wenban | Apr 04, 2006 @ 08:15 PM | 9,897 Views
lets see if Can do it here nope no can do
Posted by steve wenban | Apr 04, 2006 @ 08:10 PM | 9,763 Views
Cant find anything anymore cant upload video cant find server oh well cant complain at lest the wind has spun onto my home slope
SteveW
Posted by kliff | Apr 04, 2006 @ 06:50 PM | 3,361 Views
Seems I've seen this sorta post on severra boards now, the new 3.3 T-Maxxes not moving....engines revving, and no forward motion.....

It looks, and it is early to tell, as tho most have been a loose flywheel nut. Engnine running, and shaft spinning in the flywheel.....so if you get a 3.3 T-Maxx, and start experiencing tranny problems, pull the engine first, and check your flywheel nut...and I don't mean "eye ball" it....put a wrench on it and tighten it...
Posted by flyingj | Apr 04, 2006 @ 03:02 PM | 6,747 Views
I soon found the there were restrictions to a fixed pitch model both with maneuvers and high speed stability. I still have a blast with my Dragonfly and it gets many hours of flight, but I needed something else to that could take me to another level.

I found that the Align T-Rex was a good choice as it was a little larger and could be flown outdoors with a bit of wind. It has proven to be a lot more stable at high speeds and has collective pitch mixing for those more advanced maneuvers.

I am continually learning and at this point I can't do half of what I want to.

Here are links to some online tutorials. I use them often in order to advance my skills. Someday I'll acquire some serious skills. The T-Rex is fully 3D capable, but I'm not.

http://www.littlerotors.com/flyinglessons/index.asp
http://www.helifever.com/adv/
Posted by OhioPete | Apr 04, 2006 @ 02:27 PM | 7,204 Views
I finally got around to flying my DL50 for the first time on April 2, 2006. I had received the NIB kit a few months ago from a trade made with another RCG member. It build fairly fast, the instructions were well written and easy to follow. This is a basic DLG with rudder/elevator control, a good beginner glider. I originally had two Blue Arrow 4.3g servos in the fuse but I found that one had stopped working sometime between the construction of the plane and my pre-flight testing the night before I was going to go flying. I got these servos from a Hobby Lobby sale a few months ago. I found that it was money thrown away. As mentioned the elevator servo would not work at all. And the rudder servo would not hold steady, it was twitching anytime I was moving the sticks. The night before my first flight I replaced them both with GWS pico servos which have served me well in the past and are slightly smaller than Hitec HS-55's.
I have a GWS 6 channel RX and a 370mah 4.8 volt (4cell) Nimh RX pack. The RX and servos fill the fuse area, not much room to spare. I was able to get the CG pretty close by just moving the battery towards the nose on a strip of velcro. I also put a small rectangle of EPP foam (from my Overlord wing beds) in the nose to help cushion the battery if I should happen to nose the plane in on landing. Off to the flying field!....
After preflighting the plane, making sure my control surfaces were going the correct directions and plugging in the battery...Continue Reading
Posted by tommy321 | Apr 04, 2006 @ 02:05 PM | 4,263 Views
Thought I'd test out this blog thing by posting my entries to the Stevens Aero "Show some Skin" contest here.

Enjoy.

...Continue Reading
Posted by flyingj | Apr 04, 2006 @ 12:26 PM | 6,922 Views
This is a summary of my learning experience with the GWS Dragonfly. I found this learning technique from a cool tutorial found in Radds flight school. I think this is the smartest way to learn how to fly a helicopter.

Learning to fly a RC heli was the best experience. I did it indoors with a stock GWS Dragonfly. (You could have the same success with an equivelant model.) The fixed pitch really kept it simple. It is a wiry little thing, but quiet and less intimidating. I cleared out the dining room table and chairs which gave me a slick 12x12 surface to float around on. This enabled me to fly without training gear as the skids didn't catch and the heli stayed upright. I just kept the tail towards me and stayed within a foot of the ground. If I lost orientation then I shut the throttle down. It simply bounced and slid. I continued to do this until I could keep it in the same place off the ground for an infinate amount of time. I then moved on to do the same thing with nose in. I learned to hover both directions this way without breaking any parts. I then taped squares on opposite sides of the room to learn precision and land within a small area. After I could do it in a taped-off square, then I put up books or tables to land on. I then began to travel in circles learning to keep the tail behind as I completed the circuit. The key is that you don't get too anxious and run outside (in the wind, skids catching on grass) to get a little more height and have a little more room. Wait until you can control the helicopter before you go higher and outside into windy conditions. Remember also that the skids catch in the grass and breaks happen as the blades tip into the ground.

Here's the link for more info and step by step instruction:
http://www.dream-models.com/h/flying-index.html

Learning how to do fly with a small fixed pitch will teach you the essentials without the intimidation of a larger, more expensive model. You will already understand a helis orientation when you move on to a larger more sophisticated model.
Posted by Jeremy Z | Apr 04, 2006 @ 07:03 AM | 4,303 Views
I'm about 90% done with my Ultimate Biplane, I just need to install the aileron pushrods and connecting rods. Pictures to follow.

Power will be from a 260 W Hacker outrunner. (A30-28S)

The prop it came with was way out of whack; I had to buy a balancer to get it right.

My initial thoughts on this plane are that it is not going to be easy to transport, as it is pretty much a permanent construction. I hope it is fun to fly!

In other news, I'm anxiously awaiting a Himax 2812-0650 outrunner, a good spinner & prop, and a 3S LiPo for my Multiplex EasyGlider Electric. That should make it climb a bit better than the weedy li'l speed 400/3:1 gearbox/9.5x6 folding prop with the too-small spinner.
Posted by exempt | Apr 04, 2006 @ 02:21 AM | 4,200 Views
Well, I decided it's been long enough, I've had a good 6 month rest from flying and went out to my "private" field (where noboby else flies) and took my relatively new EZ* out for a spin. Well I guess I have finally become a REAL pilot since it was like I had flown the day before, everything came completetly automatic and natural and I was flying in (I'm not joking here) 20-28 MPH winds!
My Radio-Shack wind meter thing confirmed this. If it weren't for my EZ* packing a 5 turn Mega brushless I'm not sure I would have stood a chance but it was ALOT of fun flying in massive wind since I had all that power to combat the overwhelming forces. My longest flight on that day was 35 min. and I only used about 1/2 of the pack so that was neat.

))))))UPDATE((((((((

I'm now working on my newest model, it's a "DEMON" a small pylon racer style speedster, I've installed a 4 turn Mega in it and now I just have to install the servos and the like. Very well made and light, although there are almost no instructions to speak of so deciding where I should put things is taking longer than it should. Photos of this build ANY day now!
Posted by Algae | Apr 03, 2006 @ 09:54 PM | 3,819 Views
Im having difficulty uploading videos to my blog. All the videos are *.wmv, the majority give me error messages. When I go to upload the ones that give me trouble it says Page Cannot Be Displayed and that the page is unavailable. Does this mean my videos are too large? If so, what is the size limit (the same as the gallery or so many mb)? Anyone having these troubles or know how to correct it?
Thanks in advance,
-Aaron
Posted by Algae | Apr 03, 2006 @ 09:52 PM | 4,085 Views
New parkflyer pictures. Little fragile and afraid of landings (didnt install rudder or steerable tailwheel - future project) but it flies great.
Posted by SPCustoms | Apr 03, 2006 @ 07:57 PM | 4,899 Views
crash tested!!!!!
honeybee canopy
red-green flip
Posted by SPCustoms | Apr 03, 2006 @ 07:52 PM | 4,906 Views
special paint....