DismayingObservation's blog View Details
Archive for August, 2015
Posted by DismayingObservation | Aug 22, 2015 @ 09:22 PM | 11,020 Views
Half the fun of this site is meeting new users. Case in point: Joe Kwok, aka "Hansondiandian" who is the "Joe" half of Joe-Hanson Aircraft Co. in Texas. Joe is a twelfth-grader who has been designing and building model aircraft for the last several years.

I'd contacted Joe via a private message soon after he'd blogged about his new hand-cut foam sheet kits. As a result, I received a kit to assemble and test for an upcoming RCGroups.com review. It wasn't until later that I'd learned just how young this model's designer really is.

I couldn't send this sample photo via a private message, so I'm sharing it here on the blogs. I had intended to fly it today, but two things got in the way. One, it was kind of windy. Two, I left my radio at home.

Moot point.

This was shot on the back of a flatbed utility trailer parked at a nondenominational church which allows electric flight over its parade grounds. It's a site I often use as part of testing models for the review process.

So, please welcome the loftily named Joe-Hanson Aircraft Company JH-21A Vesper II utility airplane. Designed to haul a small camera or FPV system aloft, I'll be flying this (hopefully tomorrow) as a fun flyer. All of the electrics are courtesy of Global Hobby Distributors.

Keep an eye on the electric flight page for all the details!
Posted by DismayingObservation | Aug 07, 2015 @ 12:52 AM | 11,410 Views
After a few emails to and from my contact at Gearbest.com, I have a couple of RTF quads which are about to be officially reviewed for RCG.

One is just too darn cute.

It's the Floureon FX-10, the world's smallest quadcopter. It's so tiny that it's actually stored in the transmitter!

No pix yet, but I'll have a bunch in the review.

Looking at the other end of the size scale, my Nitroplanes Pitts Model 12 biplane with its Valley View RC 20cc gas engine is nearly ready for its first flights. I've already written reviews of my initial impressions of both the airframe and engine with the latter currently showcased both here and at Flyinggiants.com.

How tiny is the FX-10, you might ask?

Its diameter is just a bit larger than that of the prop retaining washer on the 20cc engine.

Large and small, indeed. Stay tuned to the electric flight, large scale and gas power pages here at RCG!
Posted by DismayingObservation | Aug 02, 2015 @ 12:47 AM | 11,723 Views
Or more accurately, drive and dump?

Frustration abounding with the ECX Beatbox 1/35 truck I purchased last Christmas for my grandson.

Back when I bought the truck, the hobby shop told me that no parts were available.

This being Horizon Hobby, I thought that rather unusual and hoped some parts would be in the pipeline before long. Right?

Uh-uh.

The onboard li-po will no longer take a charge; the truck has been sitting idle for a few months. Online searches turned up nothing and neither did a call to Horizon.

For the very first time, Horizon Hobby's peerless customer service turned up absolutely zilch on a current product.

So, the truck is about to go under the screwdriver, as it were. I'll find a li-po somewhere.

If anyone has a suggestion, I'm certainly up for one.