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Posted by Micubano | Jun 22, 2015 @ 02:17 PM | 4,651 Views
that the clevis broke on the Apprentice last year and you didn't fix it, so you have no steering on the front wheel. Unfortunately yesterday that moment was during my first attempt at landing and the wheel was sideways. I took it back up and around and decided to try landing on a hill behind me. I was able to drag the tail and rear wheels quick. By the time the front wheel hit the speed was pretty slow. It just spun sideways and the rear wheels popped out. No other damage. I didn't see the wheel not moving in the tall grass when testing the surfaces and the wheel was straight when I hand launched it. The side of the clevis with the pin was still there and I vaguely remember setting it in the control arm so it stayed in place in storage. Next time something breaks, I'm going to leave it looking broken until I fix it.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 08, 2015 @ 12:43 PM | 4,237 Views
I missed the first 2 this year, but this is the big one. I will be there on the 27th. It is a great field with no pilot fees, a pavilion, and places to charge up. Jeff even grills up lunch. A lot of people show up to the July 4th one and show off tons of stuff. Check out the flier for details and hope to see some fellow RCGroup members there!
Posted by Micubano | Jun 08, 2015 @ 10:18 AM | 3,870 Views
Friday night was perfect for flying. I had all my 2S 180 to 300 mah lipos charged and ready to be tested because some of them are 2 years old. They have to be going bad, right? I grabbed the UMX Icon and headed to the park. All of them performed fine, but once a wire did slip and I lost the rudder while in the air. I was able to land it safely but it took a minute for the rudder to start working again. I was worried I burned the linear servo motor out. I can replace them, but they are so tiny.

Saturday I got my 180 CFX fixed and upgraded with Lynx metal servo gears/servo saver kit. It is good as new and hopefully will take crashes better from now on. Still, $28 for the upgrades, some Formula 560 on the canopy where the seams came apart, and some plastic welding on the broken landing gear using a soldering iron and PLA 3D printer plastic was a pretty cheap fix and it flies like it is new. I can't complain.

Saturday night, the Yuneec Q500 and fireworks from down the block....
Olyphant Queen City Days 2015 - Aerial View of the June 6th Fireworks (6 min 19 sec)

Sunday was too windy for UMX stuff. I walked around the house looking for something good to fly and decided the Sport Cub has been sitting too long because I couldn't remember how it handled. It turns out I love it. Very precise sport flying. I even spent a minute with the flaps on and no throttle just gliding into the wind. I didn't even mind it when some guy came up to me and asked me if it was a drone. He kept talking to me when I was done. I explaining about AS3X and how easy it is to fly even in the wind with it, how SAFE planes help you learn to fly, and all abotu the Sportsman S+ coming out that can almost land itself. He ended up leaving with directions to my LHS. I really wish I did have my Q500 with me. That would have blown his mind.