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Posted by Blaze0021 | May 25, 2015 @ 08:37 AM | 3,221 Views
Memorial Day Part 1 (Sunday) - Finally, a break in the storm clouds happened and I was able to take my Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" out for a few flights, before the next set of storms moved in. It was a very peaceful and relatively calm day at the park with no one else around but the birds. Gotta love days like these when all you have to do is fly. Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend!

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Calm Before The Storm (5 min 53 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 24, 2015 @ 08:49 PM | 3,153 Views
Enjoying the calm Colorado weather with some Aerobatic Sport Flying with my scale Parkzone Sport Cub S2. Hope everyone is enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend!
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 23, 2015 @ 04:08 PM | 3,834 Views
This is the Maiden Flight of my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Icarus" with 2" Dubro "Bush" Wheels installed. I removed the stock hubs off the new Dubro Tires and replaced it with a spare set of L4 Grasshopper Wheel hubs. I then added heat shrink tubing to the axles, adding to the axle diameter for a proper fitting of the wheel. The Bush Wheels added additional weight to the nose, reducing the "excess floaty" tendencies of the Sport Cub, and providing additional speed and stability, especially in winder conditions. Take-Offs and Landings in harsh terrain are very simple with this setup, and Aerobatics such as Stall Turns, Loops, Rolls, and even Inverted flight are not a problem, with proper throttle management and execution. Currently using a GWS 5043 Propeller and a Lectron Pro 600mAH 35C Battery with a JST-RCY to UM Adapter Lead. Flight Times of 7-10 minutes are easily achievable. I highly recommend this mod. Shoutout to Forum Member "North_of_49" at RCGroups.com for the idea of the Bush Wheel Setup as well as the assistance!

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 with Bush Wheels - Flight of The Icarus (7 min 45 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 2.0" Bush Wheels Mod
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 22, 2015 @ 02:15 PM | 2,899 Views
Its been raining consecutively the past 2 weeks here in Colorado. I took the break in the rainfall as an opportunity during my lunch hour to practice some landings with the PKZ Sport Cub S2. A 65% Flap and 20% Down Elevator Mix was used on the Final Approaches. Wind was nice and steady through the first 10 landings, and on the 11th, I noticed the wind had shifted 180 degrees. Perfect 11th landing.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Training Days (9 min 44 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 20, 2015 @ 04:27 PM | 3,090 Views
Has anyone ever experienced the motor running so hot on the SCS after a flight that it softened the mount? Apparently after one of my flights, I noticed that the motor was easily moved out of its thrust angle and felt like it was held by some "gooey" pliable adhesive. After letting it cool, the motor was stiff in its mount again. I ran it one more time to realize that after a minute of running it, the motor started to make a squealing noise and also started to become pliable in its mount again. Motor Failure was captured on the video below:

"During a routine sortie at the training grounds, Sky Eye suffers a motor failure 3:24s mid-flight. Emergency landing was successful. Fortunately I have an extra HBZ Sport Cub Motor in stock. Motor Overhaul under way."

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - Motor Failure (3 min 51 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 17, 2015 @ 12:15 PM | 3,294 Views
Morning Sunday Sortie at David Lorenz Park with my Parkzone Sport Cub S2, now modified for the Slow Fly Prop. A bit of a fight with the gusts this morning, but easily manageable. The ESC has been upgraded to the Eflite 30-Amp Pro Brushless (V2). An APC 10x7 Slow Flyer Prop has been installed, opening the flight envelope of the plane and allowing more usable thrust through the power band. An Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet has been used, decreasing the nose weight and providing more cooling and ventilation to the motor. A great setup and beautiful flight, finishing with a nicely greased landing at the end.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Phoenix Rising (8 min 15 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
ESC: Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless (V2)
Prop: APC 10x7 Slow Flyer
Spinner: Eflite 4mm Prop Adapter with Collet
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 14, 2015 @ 02:54 PM | 10,742 Views
Gusty random winds at David Lorenz this morning gave way to a nice challenge. As I had the whole Park to myself this morning (the titanium grey Miata) in the video is mine), I took the PKZ Sport Cub S2 out for a quick morning sortie while waiting for the condo subcontracted workers to begin window replacements on my home that was hit during the last major hailstorm. This opportunity gave way to test out the new 3-1/2" Dave Brown Lite Flite Wheels that I installed the night before. They are about a 1/4" smaller than the stock wheels, but made a huge difference with shock absorption in landings. A Mobius Cam mounted on the underside as well as a Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C placed further aft in the battery compartment balanced out the Sport Cub very well. I'm still making adjustments to the Flap Settings to better suit my Landings.. as I was not satisfied with the slightly bumpy landing in the First Sortie, so I took her up one more time and made up for it with a smooth landing in the Second Sortie.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - Gusty Dove (5 min 54 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Lectron Pro 3S 2200 mAH 50C
Wheels: Dave Brown 3-1/2" Lite Flite
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 07, 2015 @ 01:54 PM | 3,073 Views
There are Two Parts in this Video: The consecutive days of rainfall here in CO have finally ceased, leaving a cold Cloudy morning and a chance to take my new Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" out for a quick flight at the "old training grounds" (David Lorenz Park) in Part I. Part II begins at 5:29s and consists of Landing Practice with coordinated use of the Flaps. The Parkzone Sport Cub S2 is my first Park Flyer and I'm still getting accustomed to her size. She definitely can come in much hotter than my smaller UMX planes, so taking advantage of the non-rainfall morning was productive.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" - A Cold Day In May (8 min 58 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Eflite 3S 2200 mAH 30C
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 06, 2015 @ 04:58 PM | 3,541 Views
This Throwback Flight (4/23/15) with Sky Eye started out as a routine sortie. Just another evening flight to catch with mild, fairly calm weather. Little did I know, the stock Battery Velcro was beginning to fail, and upon a basic roll maneuver at 2:23s, the force was enough to pull the Lectron 600mAH Battery right off the stock Velcro and yank the JST/UM Adapter right off of the power lead along with the Battery. As a result, I had suffered a complete loss of power and control to Sky Eye as she performed a death spiral back to Earth, cartwheeling on impact. Miraculously, there was no damage to Sky Eye - no bent control surfaces, no creases, no scratches, no smashed foam, and no damage to the 808 Camera.. it was as if it had never happened. Had this been concrete, this would not have been the case. I found the Battery, still connected to the JST Adapter approximately 25 yards away, also on the astroturf in full working condition. Lesson learned, Since then I've replaced the stock Velcro with Industrial Grade Velcro, and as a secondary measure, a loop around the nose, keeping the battery secure. Sky Eye has been flying regularly since that time. Definitely a close call.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" Throwback Flight: Crashdown (3 min 1 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 04, 2015 @ 02:35 PM | 3,120 Views
After seeing her Bigger Sister (PKZ Sport Cub "Blaze") take flight for the first time with the Mobius Camera, now it was Sky Eye's turn to take to the sky with the 808 Camera, doing what she did best.. go high altitude, sail and observe. Winds were a bit choppy today, along with a Crosswind Take-Off and Landing, but nothing this HBZ Sport Cub S2 couldn't handle. Now both have taken to flight into the same skies, forming their bond.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - The Wings of Unity II (4 min 59 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 04, 2015 @ 01:58 AM | 3,586 Views
I just recently acquired a Parkzone Sport Cub S2. Having flown my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" with the 808 #16 Camera in my previous field of view videos, it was only fitting to install my Mobius HD Camera on this much bigger version. My mount is adjustable, so I'll be testing out the placement for better flight CG in the future. Flying this Sport Cub is a joy, with much more power, authority, and stability than the Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2. The Mobius Camera did not even seem to affect her flight characteristics. 6 minute flights with the Stock Eflite 1300 mAH Battery and 8 minute flights were easily achievable with the Eflite 2200 mAH Battery. The tall bumpy grass didn't seem to affect take-offs, though landings do come much faster with this bird. Will need to practice coordination with the Landing Flaps, though overall, not a bad landing. An on looking Father and Daughter sitting on the bleachers even applauded in the distance. A great first Field of View Video Flight of my new Parkzone Sport Cub S2.

Parkzone Sport Cub S2 "Blaze" First Flight - The Wings of Unity (6 min 13 sec)

Aircraft: Parkzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: Mobius Wide Angle HD
Battery: Eflite 3S 2200 mAH 30C
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 03, 2015 @ 11:05 AM | 3,725 Views
Latest adventure: At the suggestion of a friend, I took Sky Eye to this location which had a great view of the Stonegate Suburban region of Parker, CO.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - Suburban Hawk (5 min 1 sec)

Takeoff and Landing was at Pine Grove Elementary School. The winds this evening were quite gusty but AS3X kept the plane in check. New GWS 5043 Grey Propeller allowed minimal Prop Effect. Not too bad of a crosswind landing either.

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043 Grey Prop
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 30, 2015 @ 12:05 PM | 3,630 Views
I recently discovered this area while driving through some of the higher elevations of Parker, CO. The winds here were a bit misleading; although it was peaceful on land, as Sky Eye reached mid-altitude a strong wind current made itself known from above. For this sortie however, I removed the GWS 5043 Prop as the Eflite Prop Adapter that I had been using was causing some unwanted vibrations, despite balancing the Prop as best I could. In the meantime, I've already ordered several RC Fun Lab Prop Savers as a replacement to the Eflite Adapter. After flying with both Props, I can definitely say that the GWS 5043 Prop provides a significant boost in thrust and takeoff power. It would have made a big difference in this location due to the turbulent gusts and the wind current. With that being said, capturing the highland overlook sunset view of Parker, CO was well worth it.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - Helios Descending (5 min 45 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: Stock Eflite Prop
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 29, 2015 @ 10:29 AM | 3,185 Views
After a few consecutive days of rainfall, I managed to take Sky Eye out for a high altitude flight amongst the clouds on one of the highest elevations between Aurora and Parker, CO. I really wanted to see how high Sky Eye could go without losing sight of her. There were instances where she disappeared in some low hanging clouds. The landing was a bit rough but the zero throttle long hover during the landing approach was pretty exciting to see as she was just floating in place due to the wind current. She was the only bird for miles to be seen in the sky...

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - Solo Wing (7 min 41 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 27, 2015 @ 10:03 PM | 4,094 Views
A beautiful night flight with my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye."

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - The Journey Home (4 min 19 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens.
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c.
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable.
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 26, 2015 @ 11:14 PM | 4,118 Views
Just signed up to this forum this evening. I've been flying RC planes for about a year now, but I have browsed these forums for information in the past as well. Figured I would finally create a profile on here.

Flying RC planes has been an addiction ever since I purchased the Hobbyzone Champ last April. Since then, I've amassed a collection of UMX Planes, which include the F4-U Corsair, The Beast 3D, Pitts, Carbon Cub SS, Sbach 342 3D, Radian, B-17G, P-40 Warhawk, Night Vapor, Ember, Spacewalker, and even the Viking Model 12 280 (which is my biggest plane). I've had success flying all of them, though The Beast 3D was my "tutor" of RC planes.

My latest in my hangar is the Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2. What an amazing versatile and robust plane. At first, I thought.. another Cub. But after making some modifications, it has been my go to plane as of late. My modifications include: GWS 5043 Prop, Lectron Pro 600 mAH 1S 35C Battery, Eflite JST-RCY to Ultramicro Battery Adapter, Dubro 1.5" Wheels, and an 808 #16 Wide Angle HD Camera.

Overall one tough plane and a great setup! I even started a Youtube Video Playlist of the places I go with this plane. Here is an example of one of the flights:

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" - The 50th Flight (5 min 26 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens.
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c.
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable.
Wheels: Dubro 1.5"

Anyways, just wanted to say hello and happy flying!