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Posted by peterswolf | Feb 23, 2017 @ 10:09 PM | 6,589 Views
I finally got my hands on an E-flite UMX PT-17... What a great little ultra micro, I can't wait to fly it. It's too bad that it doesn't come with a pilot, but I did have a spare micro pilot laying around from a Flyzone Tiger Moth. So I painted him tonight and should make a good fit for the PT-17, he seems to be quite close to the right scale.
Posted by peterswolf | Feb 23, 2017 @ 06:50 AM | 7,883 Views
What a nice surprise! This should be a great little flier, really looking forward to it!

RCG Thread (go to most recent posts): https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ss-F4F-Wildcat

E-flite Page: http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...rodID=EFLU3650

HorizonHobby: http://www.horizonhobby.com/product/...basic-eflu3650

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E-flite UMX F4F Wildcat BNF Basic (2 min 52 sec)

Posted by peterswolf | Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:57 AM | 6,911 Views
A couple of Tuesdays ago, my son and I went out to the airfield to fly his trainer. That same day I also got a deal on a used E-flite Brave, so I brought it along as well. I flew a couple of flights just as the sun was about to set to get her maiden over with and make sure she was trimmed out nice. The Brave is a very stable flier, even without the AS3X receiver, as I was just using an AR400. I didn't install the flap hardware, so I did notice the trailing edge of the fixed flaps comes a little lower than the fuselage. This did appear to offer a bit of pitch up I felt, so I trimmed the elevator down a bit to compensate, and it seemed to work out ok. As the sun set, and the sky got darker I took the Brave up for a 3rd flight, this time with lights on. It was fantastic looking in the sky and lights really help you, obviously, clearly see the airframe. I was flying at a club I've been flying at for quite a while now so as it got darker I still felt comfortable knowing my surroundings, as just because you can see the plane doesn't mean you can see the unlit runway or trees I took her up for a 4th flight this time even darker, and it was fun. My son really enjoyed it as well. I tried to stay close and I did notice what some others have said, that at times the white light is overriding any green or red coming from the wing tips, so if you take your eyes off for a second or two I could really see how easy it would be to become disoriented. I think I may heed the advice of others and get some green and red on the underside of the wings.

I will say that is a really fun plane to fly in the dark, it's very stable, and on an asphalt runway very easy to take off and land. During the daylight hours it is fun to try and pull off scale crop dusting maneuvers as well!
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 01:13 PM | 7,409 Views
Sep 19, 2016

I finally got to maiden mine this morning. No winds at all, perfect morning for a maiden. She flew great! Mine is all stock with two exceptions, added a CC BEC Pro and an aluminum motor board replacement from Gary @ Custom RC Parts. Full flaps on landing looked magnificent!!! Very docile in the air. I didn't have much issues at all with take off, of course flying from pavement and had a long take off slowly applying power and keeping tail down as long as I could, she didn't even really pull to the left too bad at all, just a bit of right rudder and a nice scale take off. I used the 100mm CG and flew with an Admiral 6S 4500mah battery, and a 2S 1000mah powering the receiver and servos via the CC BEC Pro. I flew on low rates and throws were as per manual, except rudder which I gave myself a bit more throw. I only got one flight in due to time, but I'm still pretty happy with that.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 01:07 PM | 7,481 Views
Aug 24, 2016

I finally pulled my Tiger Moth out of storage the other day, it was a very easy build. I thought I'd change up the scheme a little bit and painted the cowl, wing struts, and landing gear struts black. Looks pretty good. After initial test of the electronics all seemed good, but then the ESC and Motor began to smoke. So I had a spare 60A ESC laying around, and ordered a new motor. New motor arrived today, and it works great so far, fingers crossed. Now I just need to use some loctite on the motor screws and setup my transmitter and we should be good to maiden. I'll have to carve out a little foam to fit my 4S 3000mah battery, CG is looking great with that battery in the nose.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 01:05 PM | 7,218 Views
Aug 5, 2016

A few months ago I acquired this beautiful wood model from a fellow flyer. I think I finally have the courage to get her setup and ready to fly. The previous owner had been flying this one a lot so I know it's good to go, he even gave me the battery that he flew with it so I'll know the balance is right. Just need to setup my transmitter and pop in a receiver and figure out some rates.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 01:02 PM | 7,248 Views
Aug 1, 2016

In the mail today I received the new E-flite UMX P-51D. It runs on 2S power system and has AS3X. I bound the plane to my DX9 and did the new model setup, setting dual rates as 70% travel and 15% expo on low settings. I also put a drop of glue on the control arm joiners as I've had some issues recently on my UMX where they slip apart from the factory. Glue will dry overnight and I hope to maiden in the morning.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:59 PM | 7,010 Views
May 26, 2016

In the mail today I received the new E-flite UMX B-25. What a great little plane, it looks very scale. I bound it to my DX9 setting low rates at 70% with 10% expo and high rates at 100% with 20% expo. I received two stock 1S 300mah batteries with it. No build required on this one, CG seems a little nose heavy but we will find out on maiden. Hopefully tomorrow or Saturday I should have this one in the air.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:57 PM | 7,021 Views
(Original date of post: Apr 30, 2016)

I purchased an unpainted version of the FMS P-51B. I had found some artwork online of a fictional Star Wars Rebel Alliance warbird and thought it would be fun to make one. I found some good size decals on Ebay and some pin-striping tape from Amazon and I think it's starting to look the part. I hand painted the original FMS pilot, and put in a close to scale R2-D2 figure. It does add a bit of weight but it certainly looks the part. I'm sure I'll have to adjust battery position a bit to achieve CG. Next step is to finish installing control horns and get her setup on my DX9.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:55 PM | 6,978 Views
(Original date of post: Apr 13, 2016)

Nice day for flying here in Florida, I managed to get 4 flights in on the P-38. Having flown the J-Power V1 P-38 I had an idea of how docile it would fly, such an easy going docile flyer. It certainly feels to have a lot of weight to it for its size, but you don't really notice that all in the air. One thing I was impressed by, was even coming in a little hot a couple of times, she planted herself on the runway pretty quick, not bouncing around like crazy. The only trouble I have is one bad rudder servo, just doesn't seem to know its center, but it didn't prevent me from flying. I will just have to remember to replace it soon. Very nice work FlightLineRC and MotionRC. I flew completely stock with Admiral 4S 3000 batteries positioned as shown below. The CG was roughly 70mm back. I found her to fly very stable and had no issues getting a good flare on landing using low rates as per manual.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:46 PM | 7,050 Views
The J-Power Grob 120TP. It has a 67 inch wingspan, and a very wide fuse. It comes with retracts, flaps and a 5 blade propeller! Very unique.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:41 PM | 6,945 Views
A good friend, Doug, gave this plane to me as he wasn't going to fly it.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:39 PM | 6,816 Views
Well I've been so busy with other planes lately, I've ignored my Duke... I love flying this one, but after all the work I put into it to try and resolve the dutch roll that increases with the breeze I just sort of gave up unless with was a windless day. Well, I know I said before I was done trying to fix it, but with the low cost Eagle A3L Gyro I thought what the heck... So I grabbed one from MotionRC.com a few days ago. Got it installed yesterday and setup for 2D mode with the gains around 10 o'clock on the dial. Today it was gusty at the field, low winds were about 6mph and gusting close to 10mph, with the occasional higher gust. I went up with the gyro turned off, and perfect takeoff, got to cruising altitude and saw a little bit of wag'n'roll. hehe. So I flipped on the gyro, and BAM, no more wag, no more roll. A few of you told me before just throw a gyro in there and it'll probably be fine, and you were right of course. I just didn't have the experience with gyros back then as I do now, so previously I was a little nervous about the idea.. I did a full throttle run into the wind, no wag whatsoever. I was getting the occasional bounce on the wind due to gust, but no more wagging or rolling. Quite happy about this, VERY HAPPY, SUPER HAPPY! This is the kind of wind that I normally like to fly in and now the Duke does perfect in it, and of course the other advantage of the gyro is that it makes the plane even more rock solid for regular flight. I was able to go hands off on the controls and it looked sweet doing a low pass over the runway. Landings were as perfect as they were before, great day... Only thing that sucks is our awesome club photographer showed up just as I was leaving so I didn't get any flying pictures. I did snap a quick picture of the gyro setup for those that are curious.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 30, 2017 @ 12:28 PM | 6,912 Views
Here is my build log for the HSD A-1 Skyraider 1600mm wingspan. Flies on 6S!
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:32 AM | 6,851 Views
Well today (actually September 22 2015 hehe) I finally made it out the field to try out the MAS 14x9x3 propeller. The winds were a steady 8 mph for the most part. Take off was clean and up in the air easy, flying a few circuits I had a hard time telling the top speed was any different from stock, it sounded better than the stock prop thatís for sure. Where I really noticed the difference was whenever I hit the throttle hard, you could feel a much stronger pull than stock, at least thatís what I felt. It just seemed to haul better, felt more like a muscle car. So I put in four flights, two on 6S4400 and two more on 3S5500x2 in series. All flights were great. Flight times were very similar if not a tiny bit longer than stock prop. The ESC and the motor both were very warm but not insanely hot, in fact they felt a little cooler than I recall when using the stock prop, so thatís great. Some pictures of the prop to show how it looks, and for the fun of it my battery setups.
Posted by peterswolf | Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:24 AM | 7,486 Views
Here we go, the numbers speak for themselves. The Graupner is a really cool looking 3 blade sport prop, and I guess itíd fly with it, as the watts per pound stays above 100, but I think Iíll be going with the MAS 14x9x3, it gives the cool look and keeps fairly close to stock numbers.
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Flight Log

Posted by peterswolf | Jan 27, 2017 @ 09:20 AM | 6,798 Views
You can check out my Flight Log here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xkh3ghr3f7...gbook.pdf?dl=1
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TCRC Weather

Posted by peterswolf | Sep 10, 2015 @ 03:32 PM | 9,753 Views
You can check out the flying weather at TCRC here:

http://www.peterswolf.com/tcrc
Posted by peterswolf | Jul 16, 2014 @ 04:37 PM | 16,076 Views


Flight Pack: Admiral 3S 1300mah 25C