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Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 19, 2021 @ 12:32 AM | 2,076 Views
Here is my Dancing Wings Hobby 1.2m wingspan Eagle enjoying a brisk Sunday flight with the rest of the guys here at the field. Internal specs and additional info described after 6 seconds into the video.

Dancing Wings Hobby 1.2m Eagle Presentation Flight (8 min 51 sec)

I apologize in advance for this long video, but the full video was just too much fun to watch in its entirety. I had also already been flying 4 minutes into the lipo pack until I asked Mike to catch some close flybys with his iPhone 11. He just ended up recording the whole thing which actually turned out great.

The Dancing Wings Hobby Eagle 1.2m is definitely in a category of its own with its unique fun factor. And with the current setup (specs and info described within 6 seconds into the video), this evil eagle is more than able to doppelgng the real thing.. that is, until you see it barrel roll, loop, immelman, split-s, fly inverted, and zoom climb straight up LOL.

This bird is a keeper!!

SPECIFICATIONS & INFO

Motor: DYS 2830 1300KV BL
Propeller: APC 8X4.1 SF 3D
Receiver: Spektrum AR630 Wireless
Transmitter: Spektrum DX8 G2
ESC: Eflite 30a Pro Switch-Mode BEC BL ESC
Servos: Twisted Hobbys ICE 9g Digital Micro (4)
Agility Modification: Ailerons Added To Main Wing
Battery: Pulse 3S 1350mAh 75C (116 Grams)
AUW: 530 Grams
CG: 60mm From Leading Edge of Main Wing
Forward Programming: AS3X-Only
Rates: Aileron 80% w/ 1% Expo Elevator 100% w/ 1% Expo Rudder 100% w/ 0% Expo
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 08, 2021 @ 06:46 PM | 2,508 Views
The smile at the end was genuine. - Here is a lightly gusty Golden Hour Maiden Flight of my new Eflite UMX A-10 Thunderbolt II 30mm Twin EDF. If there was one word I could use to describe flying this, it would be "SATISFYING."

Music Video Edit (for those that just wanna BRRRRT):
Eflite UMX A-10 Thunderbolt II 30mm Twin EDF Golden Hour Maiden Flight (4 min 17 sec)


Audio Purist Edit (raw sound with no music):
Eflite UMX A-10 Thunderbolt II 30mm Twin EDF Golden Hour Maiden Flight (No Music) (4 min 17 sec)
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Jan 25, 2021 @ 03:13 PM | 8,696 Views
This is the Maiden Flight of my Parkzone Albatros D.Va 1070mm BNF, won from a Private Seller off of eBay and purchased brand new in the box (BNIB).

Parkzone Albatros D.Va WWI 1070mm BNF Maiden Flight (4 min 19 sec)

I will still never forget the time I walked into my local hobby shop eight years ago and saw this model on sale for $149.99. But because I was new to the hobby and only learning the basics with a Hobbyzone Champ at the time, I walked away from this model.

I regretted that decision.. as this model, along with the SE5a was shortly discontinued.

However, things worked out in the end and I managed to find this one again. I don't regret getting this one at all - It is a beautiful WWI flying icon with a rich history behind it. This model flies beautifully scale and is all eye-candy with a lot of presence.. either on the ground or soaring through the air.

Something unique, something special. I like it a lot, and I'm grateful to have found the Parkzone Albatros D.Va again. They definitely don't make them like this anymore.

MODIFICATIONS:
1) Spektrum EFLR310013 Apprentice S AS3X / SAFE RX.
2) Carbon fiber flat spar .057" x .177" x 17.0" embedded in bottom wing.
3) Light detailing applied to plastic engine.
4) Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic-protected airframe (2 Coats).

SETUP:
1) Transmitter - Spektrum DX8 G2.
2) Battery - Roaring Top 3S 1800mAh 45C Lipo (152 Grams).
3) Center of Gravity - 60mm from leading edge of top wing.
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Jan 17, 2021 @ 01:07 PM | 13,110 Views
This is the flight of my FlightLine 1.2m Hawker Sea Fury FB.11, jamming to All Along The Watchtower (Cover) by Playing For Change.

The FlightLine 1.2m Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 (5 min 1 sec)

I used the following parts to make my own "Hawker Sea Fury Sport Power Set FLW20113" that is being sold by Motion RC and installed it:

1) FlightLine 3648-880KV Brushless Motor
2) APC 12x8E Propeller (Dynamically Balanced)
3) Dubro 3" Spinner (Dynamically Balanced)

Using a Roaring Top 4S 3300mAh 70C Lipo (358 grams), I also added 2.25 ounces of flat self-stick ballast weights hidden in the nose section to balance to the recommended CG.

What was already a great warbird is now even better!

Pilot: Me
Cameraman: Brad Lupher

Thanks for Watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jan 03, 2021 @ 12:38 PM | 8,913 Views
To my family and friends in TX, this flight is for you.

This is just me jammin away in my "Dallas Doll" Eflite P-51D Mustang 1.1m wingspan BNF Basic to some Ace Combat 7's OST "Magic Spear" (bonus points for this song hitting just right).

Eflite P-51D Mustang 1.1m BNF Basic Performance Flight - The Dallas Doll (4 min 44 sec)

A little backstory on this Dallas Doll. Three years ago, I had driven two hours up north to pick this one up at a private seller's home. Sadly, this Dallas Doll was only flown several times and was then left in the garage to collect dust and some light hangar rash. The seller decided to part with it for $100 to make quick cash towards his upcoming purchase of a Flightline La-7.

This P-51D Dallas Doll needed a little bit of love and attention, but nothing significant that would require an overhaul and surgery. I brought her home and went to work. My intention was to keep this Mustang as one of the few 3S planes I have in my fleet (most of my warbirds are 4s), so I made sure to max out it's performance with some upgrades. The anemic 9.8x6 4-blade stock prop was replaced with a new FMS 10.5x8 4-blade prop. The stock 30a ESC was replaced with a new Skypower 60a ESC w/ 6a SBEC. The airframe was gently cleaned and any hangar rash was refinished and restored. Lastly, the airframe has been double-coated with Minwax Satin-Finish Polycrylic.

It's surprising that I never took a video for this model that I've had for three years, but it was long overdue.. Thanks again Brad for an excellent video capture on your iPhone 6!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Oct 31, 2020 @ 06:28 PM | 12,655 Views
"I'm an RC Test Pilot.. If I duck, you should too." ��

A windy day flight in my custom ZOHD Dart XL Extreme 1000mm wingspan "Highwind."

I miscalculated the down-draft on a full-throttle downwind pass and well..

ZOHD Dart XL Extreme w/ Eflite F-27 Parts Upgrade & Lighting Mod Windy Day Flight (Profanity Alert) (3 min 45 sec)

SETUP AND MODIFICATIONS:
1) Motor & Mount - Eflite BL10 1920KV (F-27 Evolution)
2) ESC - Eflite 40a Lite Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC V2 (F-27 Evolution)
3) Propeller - Eflite 155mm x 122mm Propeller (F-27 Evolution)
4) RX - Lemon RX DSMX 7-Ch Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver (LM0033)
5) Battery - Admiral Pro 4S 2500mAh 50C Lipo
6) Navigation / Collision Lighting - Eflite Universal Light System
7) HeadLight Front Beams - RC4WD 1/10 Baja Designs Squadron Light Units
8) Rear Backing Plate Reinforcement - Micro Nylon L-Brackets x 2 (from Home Depot)

Watch the first flight video of my custom Dart XL Extreme 1000mm Wingspan "Highwind" on it's 100th flight:

ZOHD Dart XL Extreme 1m Wingspan w/ Eflite F-27 Parts Upgrade & Lighting Mod - 100th Flight (6 min 4 sec)
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Oct 25, 2020 @ 12:50 PM | 10,229 Views
This is the flight of my 1230mm wingspan TechOne Neptune 64mm EDF Jet Wing, modified for 4S flight.

TechOne Neptune 64mm EDF Jet Wing 4S Performance Flight (4 min 39 sec)

MODIFICATIONS AND INTERNALS:
1) Receiver - Lemon RX DSMX 7-Ch Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver
2) ESC - Hitec Energy Sport 40a ESC
3) Battery - Tattu 4S 1800mAh 75C Lipo
4) EDF Unit - FMS 2840-3150KV Motor / 11-Blade Ducted Fan Unit
5a) Internal Cooling - Custom 3D-Printed Ram Air Intake Scoop (Lipo / ESC Cooling)
5b) Internal Cooling - Additional Rear Hatch Exhaust Outlets Cut (1:3 Inlet-Outlet Ratio)
6) Servos - Hitec HS-5055MG 9-Gram Metal Gear Servos x 2
7) Structural Rigidity - .057" x .177" x 11" Carbon Fiber Flat Spars x 2 (channeled and inserted in between the fuselage and wing sections)

I've had this EDF wing for several years now, but it's never had any spotlight time until now. This is absolutely one of my favorite and unique wings that I've kept to myself from social media until my friend Robert decided to record my flight yesterday. The grass was also at the right height and smoothness to attempt a take-off from, as well as a touch and go. Very much to my surprise, both were easy to do, and is another fun/unique feature from this already cool EDF wing.

It's a shame that there aren't many (if at all) of these EDF wings in production anymore. Despite the poor TechOne equipment it came out of the box with (a stock motor lead that had a wire separate on inspection, malfunctioning ESC, and a busted plastic servo), The Neptune is really a brilliant EDF Wing design that comes alive when quality internals are installed. I'm hoping that there will be an EDF wing re-release of something like it from one of the current reputable manufacturers in the future.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Sep 26, 2020 @ 10:56 PM | 10,673 Views
A follow-up to my previous video, here is a 3S Flight Video of my Eflite UMX Waco Monoplane Golden Age Fantasy #7 Lorenz Racer. Thank you Robert for getting the flight footage, and thank you Brad for the custom personalized decals.

Eflite UMX Waco Monoplane Golden Age Fantasy #7 "Lorenz Racer" 3S Performance Flight (4 min 17 sec)

Just because it hasnt been built yet, doesnt mean it cant be built.

The UMX Waco Monoplane Golden Age Fantasy #7 Lorenz Racer. Named after David Lorenz, the Regional Park it was born and is currently flown in.

Powered by an Eflite 3S 300mAh 30C Lipo with an Eflite BL180 3000KV Motor / Eflite 5x2.75 Prop combo, and additionally cooled with a custom-painted Ram Air Spoon Scoop and Hidden Vented Cockpit Exhaust. A Carbon Fiber Flat Spar is embedded in the main wing for rigidity. All of the old carbon fiber connection wire bits have been sanded and painted over to match the scheme. The old connections to the interplane struts and fuselage joiner have been covered with their original plastics which have been sanded so it looks like it was made that way. A UMX Champ S White Prop Spinner and Custom Decals by Brad Lupher finishes the model.

Idea Inspired by The Golden Age of Air Racing:

The Golden Age Of Air Racing (50 min 20 sec)
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Sep 15, 2020 @ 09:59 PM | 9,956 Views
I got bored with my slow and lackadaisical UMX Waco and was about to sell it as it is just never flown enough in my fleet. That is, until I saw a few 1930s Air Racers and got a modding idea to give it a new lease on life. 😈

Eflite UMX Waco Golden Age Fantasy Monoplane Racer Test Flight (3 min 49 sec)

The top wing was gently removed. An 8 .034 x .121 flat carbon fiber flat spar has been inserted in the main wing for rigidity. All of the detailing is complete. All of the old carbon fiber connection wire bits have been sanded and painted over to match the scheme. The old connections to the interplane struts and fuselage joiner have been covered with their original plastics which I sanded so it looks like it was made that way.

The Test Flight was more than successful with the stock Eflite BL180 3000KV Motor. I placed the Turnigy Nano-Tech 2S 300mAh 35C lipo (16 grams) as far back in the internal compartment (just a half inch in front of the AS3X RX) to account for the lack of lift and CG compensation, and it balanced well for neutral handling.

Flight characteristics are quicker and much more responsive, with basic aerobatics, knife edges, inverted flight, and even flat turns. This is now one awesome plane with a unique Gee Bee-esque feel!

Plans to upgrade to an Eflite BL180 3600KV Motor and 120mm X 70mm Tri-Blade Prop are a go.

The UMX Waco Golden Age Fantasy Monoplane Racer is born. ⭐️

(To all the doubters who thought that this wasn't going to work, or thought that it wouldn't fly well.. thank you. You pushed me to innovate and succeed. And this plane now flies even better than it did stock.)

Thanks for watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 30, 2020 @ 06:07 PM | 13,851 Views
It really takes a unique plane to keep my interest in flying it consecutively for over a month. This is one of them - My customized Twisted Hobbys F-22 Raptor. No matter when and where I fly, it captures much attention.

Twisted Hobbys F-22 Raptor Custom Build Weekend Day/Night Flight Special (3 min 11 sec)

MODIFICATIONS:
Dual Rudder Setup with (2) ICE 9-Gram Servos
Castle Creations Talon 15-Amp ESC w/ 8-Amp (Peak) BEC
PT Model 8x4 Carbon Fiber Prop
Eflite Universal Light System
Twisted Hobbys MXS-C Side Force Generators

ADDITIONAL INFO:
Transmitter: Spektrum DX8 G2
Receiver: Lemon RX LM0033 DSMX 7-Ch Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver
Battery: Turnigy Nano-Tech 3S 850mAh 30C Lipo (67 grams)
AUW: 314 Grams
Song: Ace Combat 7 - Dual Wielder

What a fun-filled weekend!

Thank you Andy, Alex, Rick, and Family for capturing some great flight clips today, as well as Robert for the night flight clip!

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 22, 2020 @ 11:32 PM | 11,826 Views
Mike was messing around with the slow motion camera setting on his iPhone 10. I turned it into an opportunity. The star of the show tonight is my customized Twisted Hobbys F-22 Raptor.

Twisted Hobbys F-22 Raptor Custom Slow Motion Special (4 min 27 sec)

Hope you guys enjoy this fun flight!

MODIFICATIONS:
Dual Rudder Setup with (2) ICE 9-Gram Servos
PT Model 8x4 Carbon Fiber Prop
Eflite Universal Light System
Twisted Hobbys MXS-C Side Force Generators

ADDITIONAL INFO:
Transmitter: Spektrum DX8 G2
Receiver: Lemon RX LM0033 DSMX 7-Ch Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver
Battery: Turnigy Nano-Tech 3S 850mAh 30C Lipo (67 grams)
AUW: 320 Grams
Song: Sail by Awolnation

Thanks for watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 16, 2020 @ 04:06 AM | 11,208 Views
This is a performance test flight of my 5-year old modified Eflite UMX Sbach 342 BNF. In my opinion, this is another "oldie but goodie" and "not for beginners" archived Eflite UMX model that deserves an updated re-release.

Eflite UMX Sbach 342 BNF (Modified / Updated) Performance Flight (4 min 12 sec)

Originally I had purchased this as "New In The Box/Old Stock" about 5 years ago. I had recently modified this Gen 1 model for purpose-built enhanced 3D capability and aerobatics. It is an aerial drift king.

MODIFICATIONS:
1) Eflite EFLU4864 AS3X UMX Beast 3D Receiver
2) Eflite BL180 3400Kv (Timber) Motor
3) Small Parts CNC Aluminum UMX Carbon Cub Adapter
4) Eflite 5.75X2.25 UMX Pitts Prop
5) Dubro 1" Mini Lite Wheels
6) Shapeways 3D-Printed UMX Sbach 342 Side Force Generator Set
7) Eflite UMX Pitts Spinner
8) Eflite UMX Beast 3D Landing Gear Wire (for longer prop clearance)
9) Carbon Fiber Rod-Reinforced Vertical and Horizontal Stabilizers

SETUP AND RATES:
1) Servo Travel 95% on All Surfaces
2) Aileron Rate: 100% / 22% Expo
3) Elevator Rate: 100% / 17% Expo
4) Rudder Rate: 100% / 5% Expo
5) Aileron Control Rod set to Outermost Hole
6) Elevator and Rudder Control Rod set to Innermost Hole
7) Lipo Battery Placed Rearmost in Compartment

ADDITIONAL INFO:
1) Transmitter - Spektrum DX8 (G2)
2) Battery - Turnigy Nano-Tech 2S 300mAh 35-70C Lipo
3) Total Flight Time - 3 Minutes, 30 Seconds
4) Lipo Status - 7.56 Volts (3.78/Cell)
5) Pilot - Derick "Blaze" Aquino
6) Cameraman - Mike "Deuces Wild" Frontiero

Thanks for watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 03, 2020 @ 06:58 PM | 9,744 Views
Sometimes, I just don't want to bring a bigger plane to the field. Sometimes, I just want to return to my RC roots. And for that reason today is why I chose my old UMX Beast 3D to take to the field.

Eflite UMX Beast 3D BNF Basic 6-Year Old 3S Performance Flight (4 min 40 sec)

Purchased in 2014, and the third plane I've ever flown in my fleet. Prior to the UMX Beast 3D, I flew the UMX Champ to teach me basic 3-channel flight.. and later on, the UMX F4U Corsair for 4-channel orientation. I flew those two planes for the first year of flying RC. But in the second year, I took a chance on the UMX Beast 3D. It was my first aerobatic ultra micro. I have a lot of respect for this old biplane as in my earlier RC days, there were a lot of close narrow margin saves while I was still learning its agility (it's too bad that I don't have a flight video of my earlier days with this bipe.. comparing my flights back then, to now would have been something cool to compare). Since then, I've had countless flights with this amazing biplane and it has taught me a lot. I have much to thank it for.

Modified for 3S with an Eflite BL180 2300KV Brushless Motor and GWS 5043 (5x4.3) Propeller. Powered with Eflite 3S 300mAh 30C Lipos. This Beast has been flying on 3S for the past 5 years with no issues. The wings, interplane struts, and tail surfaces have also been carbon fiber rod-reinforced to handle the long-term stress of 3S.

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Jul 31, 2020 @ 11:44 AM | 11,355 Views
This is a fun demo flight I completed yesterday with my new Twisted Hobbys 29" EPP F-22 Raptor.

Twisted Hobbys 29” EPP F-22 Raptor Performance Flight (5 min 17 sec)

This F-22 is unlike any Raptor I've flown.. and I love it! It can be flown scale, or can perform some very outlandish aerobatics with it’s linked aileron-elevator design. Now all it needs is dual rudders to unlock its full 3D / aerobatic potential. That is a future modification coming soon.

Overall, this is probably the most fun F-22 Raptor that I've ever flown!

Love the ending of this flight video as well.

SETUP INFO:
Receiver - Lemon RX LM0033 DSMX 7-Ch Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver
Battery - Gens Ace 3S 800mAh 40C Lipo (69 Grams).
CG - 473mm from the tip of the nose towards the rear.
Hatch Modification - Magnetic bottom hull for easy internal access.

TRANSMITTER INFO:
TX - Spektrum DX8 (Gen 2).
Throttle Timer - 4 Minutes.
Actual Flight Time - 4 Minutes, 39 Seconds.
Remaining Lipo Charge - 37% (3.817 / Cell).

RATES USED:
Aileron 100% with 25% Expo
Elevator 100% with 20% Expo

SERVO TRAVEL:
Aileron 104%
Elevator 105%

ADDITIONAL INFO:
AUW - 282 grams.
Cameraman - Robert "Doc" Mickelsen
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jul 26, 2020 @ 12:32 AM | 14,335 Views
This is the 3rd flight out of 8 flights today with my new Eflite Ultimate 3D 950mm BNF Basic, all flights flown on 4S.

Eflite Ultimate 3D 950mm BNF Basic 4S Performance Flight (4 min 55 sec)

The Maiden Flight was very uneventful and was used primarily for checking trim, flight control response, as well as flight time / battery capacity measurements. The second flight was used to tune the amount of expo on all of the surfaces. This third flight was all about exploring the flight envelope, as well as control response to a few 3D / aerobatic maneuvers.

If I had to describe what this biplane felt like, its like a combination of flying my favorite old UMX of all time - The Eflite UMX Beast 3D, and another similar biplane - The Eflite Viking Model 12 280. This new Eflite Ultimate 3D 950mm BNF Basic is an incredible model that made me feel right at home. With 4S power, wide flight envelope, and floaty characteristics, the Ultimate 3D is a well-thought out design with no initial weaknesses that I can find within reason and normal use. This is a model that I will be spending a lot of time with.

SETUP INFO:

Battery - Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C (235 Grams).

Battery Placement - As far rear back in the compartment, butted up to the underside of the battery latch.

CG - Lined up to 89mm from the center leading edge of the underside of the top wing, as recommended by the manual, and with neutral finger-tip balance.

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Jul 09, 2020 @ 12:51 PM | 11,879 Views
The Maiden Flight of my Parkzone F-27Q Stryker 943mm BNF (New / Old Stock) was a success!

Parkzone F-27Q Stryker 943mm BNF (New / Old Stock) Golden Hour Maiden Flight (4 min 39 sec)

I was fortunate enough to win this rare item on eBay a week ago. When I first saw this model 7 years ago at my local hobby shop, I was only a beginner, flying a Hobbyzone Champ, wishing I had the skills to fly it. I had passed it up at the time and had regretted it ever since. 7 years later, I came across this new / old stock on eBay and couldn't pass up the chance to have it in my fleet. And what an awesome 4-Channel wing this is! This flight goes through testing some of the basic maneuvers as well as knife edges, an inverted flat spin, and the boomerang.

Modifications:

1) Switched out the ESC EC3 connector to Deans.
2) Added satin tape to exposed leading edge of main wings.
3) Applied 2 spray coats of Minwax Satin-Finish Polycrylic.

Equipment, Setup, and Programming:

1) Transmitter - Spektrum DX8 (G2)
2) Receiver - Lemon LM0033 DSMX 7-Ch Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver
3) Gains - Aileron 8:30, Elevator 8:45, Rudder 8:45
4) DX8 Master Gain - Set to +3
5) Rates - Aileron 78% with 50% Expo, Elevator 80% with 48% Expo, Rudder 65% with 15% Expo
6) Lipo - Pulse 3S 2250mAh 45C (186 grams)
7) Prop Brake - Enabled
8) Mix - Throttle to Aileron Rate Set to -2% with an 85% Offset (to help counter the natural tendency of the subtle left roll while under throttle).
9) Throttle Timer - Set to 4 Minutes.
10) Hand Launch Throttle - 70%

Camera / Phone: Shot with an iPhone 11.
Cameraman: Robert "Doc" Mickelsen
Location: Mountain Vista High School
Music: A Beautiful Song - Nier: Automata Soundtrack
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 27, 2020 @ 08:39 PM | 12,035 Views
There are some planes that can make you look good.. and there are some planes that are pure magic. This one happens to be both. Here's a candid flight with my Twisted Hobbys / RC Factory 32" Gee Bee Z. 🟡⚫️

Twisted Hobbys / RC Factory 32” Gee Bee Z Candid Flight (5 min 57 sec)

I also go over some of the additional mods that I added to make it a fun night flyer as well.

The Gee Bee is a remarkable and fun 3D aircraft that makes me want to charge more packs just to get it in the air. It handles a respectable amount of wind, but is truly divine during a calm golden hour. A definite hit by Twisted Hobbys and RC Factory! ✨
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 14, 2020 @ 05:50 PM | 10,586 Views
Last weekend I was windsurfing an Eflite F-16 64mm EDF Jet, and this weekend it's with the Freewing F/A-18E HP 64mm EDF Jet, upgraded with a new FMS 4S 2840-3150KV 11-Blade EDF Unit.

Freewing F/A-18E Super Hornet HP 64mm EDF Jet - FMS EDF Unit Upgrade High Winds Flight (4 min 0 sec)

It's another 20-25 mph windy weekend in CO, but nothing the little "Rhino" can't handle. 💪
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 06, 2020 @ 09:20 PM | 11,589 Views
Windsurfing my Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet this morning with 21.4mph avg winds and 28.5mph gusts. High alpha and harrier-ing in the Viper, why not?

Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet BNF Basic High Winds Flight (4 min 59 sec)

Thanks for coming out today Robert and getting this footage.. I knew you would be the only one in our flight group crazy enough to show up at the field today and fly in this mess with me.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 05, 2020 @ 04:32 PM | 11,872 Views
I'm pleased to show my next custom RC work - Project Chimera. Callie Graphics pulled through with my custom decals last week and I was finally able to apply them on my project, which is a highly modified 3-year old BlitzRCWorks Deltawing 50mm EDF Jet.

BlitzRCWorks Deltawing 4S 50mm EDF Jet - Project Chimera (3 min 26 sec)

This was a little EDF jet that I picked up from Banana Hobby 3 years ago for $65, and was a surprisingly excellent jet on the stock 3S system. But the stock color scheme was absolutely awful. My friend Brad offered to change the scheme with his airbrush skills, and I accepted his offer.

The overall appearance and high agility represented the Dassault Mirage 2000, so I chose that main scheme. Interesting enough, the side profile also has hints of the F-16 (with its bottom intake scoop and vertical fin), and the turtle deck reminds me of an A-4 - Hence, I nicknamed it the Chimera (the Greek mythical creature which composed of parts from different animals).

The stock 3S system has also been replaced with a 4S setup. A dynamically-balanced XRP 4S 50mm 11-Blade 4200KV Unit has been drop-in fitted, and a ZTW Beatles 40a ESC with 3a SBEC has been installed.

Durability was also a factor. A custom bass wood block has been mounted in the underbelly of the nose section with a curved music wire strake. This acts as a shock-absorbing nose skid that prevents the nose from digging into the grass or turf on landing touchdown. The front intake and intake...Continue Reading