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Posted by basslord1124 | Jun 25, 2019 @ 09:45 AM | 6,807 Views
So after some recent discussion with some folks I thought it was a good opportunity to show the damage my FT Simple Cub has taken from some crashes. Felt it was a good true testament to how durable these foamboard/Flitetest really are. So here you can see all the damage that has occurred to the FT Simple Cub.

New motor has been installed and the power pod has been rebuilt. All that is left is reinstall the receiver, double check my balance and battery placement, and she'll be ready to go again.

How durable are Flitetest/foamboard airplanes? A look at the FT Simple Cub's crash damage (8 min 27 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jun 14, 2019 @ 01:00 PM | 2,229 Views
So since being back in the hobby and learning some of the new standards like 2.4Ghz radios, I also had to learn about all things involved with electric flight. One of these things was the use of lipo batteries. Some folks have implanted this fear in me that lipos can blow up at what others may feel is a very slight issue. And granted things can happen if they are improperly charged, handled, etc. So, while I charge things carefully, as with anyone, mistakes and incidents can happen. I had 2 incidents with 2 different lipos in my was shorted out briefly and the other had some physical damage in a crash. At first, I feared they would catch fire moments after the incidents occurred, but so far nothing has happened yet. So, I'm going to document this experience and just see if these batteries are still stable enough to use...OR if they do indeed need to be disposed of.

Facing Lipo Fears: Part 1: Shorted out and damaged... Are these batteries safe to use? (7 min 50 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jun 06, 2019 @ 10:40 PM | 1,702 Views
Had another nice day to take the FT Tiny Trainer out for a flight.

Another relaxing FT Tiny Trainer flight (3 channel) and chat (14 min 1 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 29, 2019 @ 01:17 PM | 1,823 Views
Yes...had a good morning flight with the FT Tiny Trainer. Talked about some things on camera while I worked on trimming the plane.

Relaxing FT Tiny Trainer flight with chat (12 min 24 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 28, 2019 @ 08:12 AM | 2,014 Views
So on our way to our vacation destination we stopped in at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky located in Lexington, KY. Lots of cool things on display....helicopters, planes, jets, various engines, propellers, etc. Highly recommended if you are into aviation and happen to be in the area. Entry price is pretty affordable as well.

Aviation Museum of Kentucky - Lexington, KY (11 min 10 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 22, 2019 @ 01:35 PM | 2,708 Views
Another failed launch attempt of the FT Long EZ with a little more severe damage this time. So back to the repair (or maybe rebuild) bench with this one. I've got some new tricks and suggestions that I may try for next time OR, I may rig up/buy some sort of launcher.

FT Long EZ... another bad launch/crash! (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 20, 2019 @ 02:22 PM | 2,332 Views
After working through some of the kinks with the FT Simple Cub, I managed to add another kink by bending the prop shaft. I had actually never done that before. But I guess all that lawn darting can lead to it. I didn't even realize it had happened until I had done some repairs and was ready to fly it again.

FT Simple Cub... Bent motor/prop shaft? (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 09, 2019 @ 01:46 PM | 1,610 Views
To go along with the Flitetest forum's challenge Getting stupid with the Tiny Trainer, here's a video of my first flight and crash of the FT Tiny Trainer. I thought for this flight I'd be trying to get it trimmed out, but I spent more time going all over the place with it. Damage was pretty minor on the crash. I originally imagined this plane as kinda floaty but really on 3 cell power it's kind of a handful. Enjoy!

Getting stupid with the FT Tiny Trainer... maiden and crash! (1 min 9 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 07, 2019 @ 08:32 AM | 1,630 Views
So after breaking one of my last plywood Flitetest firewalls I checked out some alternative options for some DIY firewalls. Taking a similar approach to what nerdnic had done (he used a plastic trashcan), I found a plastic dishpan from the dollar store and started cutting away. Once I got to the usable parts of the dishpan, I was able to cut out with scissors 30+ plastic firewalls that are lightweight and durable. All for probably just $3.

DIY Flitetest Plastic Firewalls: Super cheap and durable! (7 min 32 sec)

Similar dishpan:

nerdnic's article on using a trash can for firewalls:
Posted by basslord1124 | Apr 29, 2019 @ 09:17 AM | 1,842 Views
Announcing the retirement of my original FT Mini Scout airframe. So what's next for the FT Mini this the end of it? Will there be a Version 2?

Retirement of the FT Mini Scout...What will happen next? (4 min 20 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Apr 15, 2019 @ 09:54 AM | 1,969 Views
Some more random footage of other flights/crashes with the FT Mini Scout.

FT Mini Scout... more flights, crashes, bloopers, and craziness (5 min 29 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Apr 09, 2019 @ 08:27 AM | 1,949 Views
Yup, finally got some maiden flight airtime for the FT Simple Cub (3ch). And I even managed to get a crash out of it too on this maiden. So takeoff was pretty uneventful and the flight started out fine. But the wind picked up and I needed to bring her around to go back the other direction (towards the camera). To help combat the wind I flipped up to my high rates and apparently I must have had my high rates too high over the recommended settings. Ended up overcontrolling it until it finally hit the ground. Despite the sound of the crash, damage was pretty minimal.

The camera angle was not great as I was expecting to fly closer to the camera...but as you can see that didn't quite happen! I'll be testing out a new head camera setup here soon so hopefully angles will get a little better. But for right now, you can enjoy this distant brief maiden flight and smack on the pavement.

FT Simple Cub maiden and CRASH! (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Apr 05, 2019 @ 09:03 AM | 2,143 Views
All right, here is the 3rd flight of the FT Mini Scout as part of the FT Mini Scout newbie challenge from the Flitetest Forums. Got the left bank issue sorted and it flies pretty good.

FT Mini Scout 3rd Flight - FT Mini Scout Newbie Challenge - Flight #3 (4 min 41 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Apr 03, 2019 @ 07:59 AM | 2,040 Views
So I've been caught in the Flitetest Forum and their forum what are they?

Flitetest Forum...what are these Forum Challenges? (6 min 48 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 28, 2019 @ 09:32 AM | 2,500 Views
Another build I am doing in this build challenge is a foamboard profile plane. It is somewhat based off of a foamy scratchbuilt design here on RCGroups called "The Nasty" as well as a few other designs. Always thought profile planes were kinda neat and figured this would be a good cheap tool for practicing advanced maneuvers with.

Profile Plane intro... Flitetest Forum Build-ruary Challenge (5 min 52 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 24, 2019 @ 09:00 AM | 2,150 Views
As part of a build challenge that I participated in on the FT forums, I picked out the FT Tiny Trainer as one of my next builds. So here is the intro video to the FT Tiny Trainer. The FT Tiny Trainer is a versatile plane that can be used as a chuck glider or RC. It also has the ability to grow with the ability of the pilot by offering a polyhedral glider wing and a separate sport wing with ailerons. So you can go from 3 channel to 4 channel just by changing the wing. I'm going to start doing the plane as a 3 channel and see how it does.

FT Tiny Trainer intro... Flitetest Forum Build-ruary Challenge (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 18, 2019 @ 08:20 AM | 2,778 Views
As part of a build challenge that I participated in on the FT forums, I picked out the FT Bloody Baron as one of my next builds. So here is the intro video to the FT Bloody Baron. The Bloody Baron is a Dan Sponholz design which Dan is one of the main guys who helps with Flitetest downloadable plans. The plane looks like a lot of fun and gets all sorts of can't wait to try it out!

FT Bloody Baron intro... Flitetest Forum Build-ruary Challenge (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 12, 2019 @ 08:30 AM | 3,008 Views
Here is the maiden flight and crash of the FT Long EZ. Due to the spinning prop it made me a little nervous on launching this the first time so I definitely think my launch was weak. After the experience though and seeing what it was like, I don't feel so bad on launching...may even try some different techniques next time. The front canards did break in the crash but that should be a quick fix.

Motor: 2200KV Turnigy
ESC: Turnigy 30A
Battery: Zippy 3S 1000Mah 25C

FT Long EZ Maiden Short Flight & Crash (0 min 22 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Mar 01, 2019 @ 10:55 AM | 3,657 Views
In response to Ethan RC, in this video I show a basic idea of the measurements for adding ailerons to the Mini Scout as well as a neat approach to doing your own control horns:

FT Mini Scout - ailerons and a neat approach to control horns (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Feb 24, 2019 @ 05:10 PM | 3,189 Views
Here is the 2nd flight of the FT Mini Scout. No crash this time. Still got some more tweaking to do, but pretty decent overall for a 2nd flight.

FT Mini Scout 2nd Flight - FT Mini Scout Newbie Challenge - Flight #2 (3 min 27 sec)