PittSpecial's blog View Details
Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 12, 2019 @ 04:28 AM | 1,112 Views
Guys,

I believe I found an Ugly side effect of how the Spektrum AR636 initially powers UP and how it moves the control surfaces. I am certain that this is why my Elevator is acting UP in-flight and WHY the servo ( I am certain it's the Elevator) servo at times makes this loud jamming noise right after AR636 initial Power-UP !

The following Video is my E-Flite AT-6 Texan with the stock Spektrum AR636 and I have been hearing and observing a loud jamming sound from my servos due to the manner in which the AR636 initially powers UP. This is very hard on the servos! That day I flew my AT-6 Texan twice with the new GEN ACES 3-Cell, 2600mAH, 45C Discharge Lithium Batteries and it flew great but, I am still anticipating UP Elevator during turns and other maneuvers, otherwise the model tends to nose down.

Just to be complete, I followed the instructions carefully and TURNED-OFF the help of the AS3X features but, after my AT-6 Texan lands and I hold it, I can hear the Ailerons still moving very slightly! I don't need any help!

The Jamming (at times) is very ALARMING at best because it sounds like the servo is Jamming up on initial Power-UP and Initiation of the Spektrum AR636.

My beloved AT-6 will now be a hanger queen until I will install that spare AR8000 with Satellite receiver.

I have posted the section of manual for the AT-6 Texan so, you all can see that it states:

Once the AS3X system is active, control surfaces may move rapidly. This is normal. AS3X remains active until the battery is disconnected


Okay, here's my Video where you may or may NOT hear the very violent movement of servos during initial Power-UP of the AR636!

Spektrum AR636 Receiver initial power-up 08-10-2019 (0 min 40 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 07, 2019 @ 09:10 PM | 3,567 Views
Gerry ,

Recall that this is the Prototype wing with 6 inner ribs and the nominal production wing has only 5.

I have taken many measurements for you but, if you need any other measurement then, just let me know.

Hope this helps!

...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 23, 2019 @ 08:33 PM | 2,697 Views
Hi guys,

Without posting my specific Power System Setup all over again here, I have linked to the Post back almost one year ago over the review thread at:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...65&postcount=7

The only item that I can say today is the purchase of (Quantity 2) 3-Cell, 2600mAH 45C Discharge GENS ACE battery packs!
I got these from my GravesRC Hobby Store in Orlando, Florida.

It really woke UP my model with it's specific Power System and the wooden 11 X 6 propeller. I found the throttle nothing over one click above 1/2 (Half) throttle.

Yes, no fancy Video but, I am super happy and thankful that we have the best GravesRC in Orlando, Florida that STOCKs the best in SouthEast USA!
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 19, 2019 @ 09:47 PM | 5,300 Views
Good evening gals & guys!

I do realize that everyone has their favorite RC Transmitter Radio that has pulled them through in this hobby. I have had many Transmitters and the best has been JR XP-7202 and the First GEN DX7 in the JR Case.

I have always wanted to try out the First GEN DX7-SE (Special Edition) which comes with an enhanced RF board that operates at the faster sampling speeds such as 11ms (11 Milli-Second) sample rate.

I had a few disappointments at certain classified boards and finally over at eBay I found someone selling one and I was able to win the bidding session all the way to the last second. There was at least three other people that was head-to-head in trying to get this GEM of a transmitter but, my experience in bidding was no match for these less experienced.

Therefore, I am the proud owner of one First GEN DX7-SE and I just tested it and all systems work as they should. Can't wait to fly my experimental model, Parkzone T-28 Trojan (1.1m wing span).
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 24, 2018 @ 11:33 PM | 11,679 Views
Guys,

Okay, I did activate my Model and watched it closely and in fact the Left Rudder deflection was observed as having the Steering Block come UP against the Plastic "Ball Point Pen" Housing that I installed while the Nose Wheel Gear was UP position. The bending of the Steering Rod was not that much but, I did notice some so...................................

E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan Nose Wheel Mod using Spring 12-24-2018 (5 min 21 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 23, 2018 @ 09:26 AM | 11,610 Views
RE: E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan

Guys,

A video and pictures of what I did to avoid the Steering ARM Block from moving while the Nose Wheel Retraction is in motion.

This mod prevents the Steering attachment BLOCK from sliding along the Steering ARM such that it will NOT twist the Nose Wheel Assembly and hit the Foam end stops of the FUSE.

Video contains the pictures as well.
E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan Nose Wheel Mod 12-23-2018 (4 min 25 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 20, 2018 @ 03:18 PM | 11,201 Views
Guys,

If anyone has replaced the Nose Wheel Retract, it may have been someone who modified it with something else because I just could not see any post that had someone replace the STOCK for STOCK nose wheel retract.

Let me tell you......................to me it was a BIG pain in the ASHE!

Certainly, this doesn't fall in any solid manner of a modification but, it does fall in a slight mod in terms of what you have to do in order to successfully replace a STOCK retract with ALL the disassembly and re-assembly!

Okay, I am beat from a couple of hours with playing ROPE-A-DOPE with this Nose Wheel Retracts!

It seems like grease may have played a part in the BURNING of the Nose Wheel retract Circuit board "or" someone took-off or landed the model in WET GRASS!

You need to look at the pretty pictures I have provided to see what I had to do and some recommendations!

Thanks for your patience with me....Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 17, 2018 @ 08:27 AM | 10,877 Views
Guys,

Packed up the Giant E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan and had a super Sunday with it along with a Tower Sport 60 (Balsa) RC Model.

The E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan performed just amazingly. I was able this time to really test the Main Gear Retracts and they work perfect.

Nothing really in terms of Modifications, however, I did take the time to measure the Current Draw of the Retracts during DOWN / UP Operational Cycles and I have recorded these within the following Video:

E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan Sunday 12-16-2018 (8 min 8 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 17, 2018 @ 01:59 AM | 11,164 Views
Some of you may not know this of me but, I decided to share it with you and some of my close friends and family members that visit my Blog......

Okay, back in Miami, Florida during 1979, I bought (by mistake) a used 1973 super bug (Semi-Automatic).

Needless to say this Super Bug was fast as there was no Clutch in the traditional manner. All shifting was done by Vacuum assist with the Shift Stick and Three forward Speeds plus one reverse.

I was a struggling Student attending College and had to work UPS facility at Miami near the International Airport (That Facility still exists) and had to work the grave yard shifts. Needless to say I had a couple of Drunks rear-end me and that's where theses Large Vacuum Tanks were located, at the underside of the rear fenders! Without them you could not shift, period.

One Drunk Driver rear-ended me and I went after him in 2nd Gear at 50-MPH and he almost eluded me but, I found him by his Brake Lights. I was crossing North West 22nd Avenue Bridge (Over Miami River) and as I saw him with the excitement, I made the mistake of turning too soon to continue and give chase and went off the bottom end of the bridge and the car went AIR borne 5 feet off the ground and landed going 40-MPH, the VW Super Bug continued and I was able to catch the SON of BEECH! He was SOOOO DRUNK that I had to reach in and Turn OFF his car and get the Car Keys from him. We both Struggled in the dead of the night and perhaps woke up the entire block.

Police...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 15, 2018 @ 02:05 AM | 11,511 Views
Guys,

As reported a few pages back, I have noticed that the Left wing had what appeared to be Hangar Rash but, WAIT a Second...................a closer look yield an UGLY thing known as Retract Almost Punch Through syndrome Certainly, we all know that I am the 3rd owner so, who knows what happened before my ownership. ALL I KNOW "IS" I have been pretty gentle with this model and it lands like a docile Trainer but, yes these Retracts / Struts don't give so, the landings have to be picture perfect. Otherwise, the motor end of the Retract tends to bend into a THIN PIECE of foam and you will see it protrude on the top side of the wing!

Okay, finally had some time to do this and the only way was coming home from work and taking a lap for 2 hours and now I am refreshed and doing an ALL NIGHT-ER of sorts and I feel like a Freight Train and going to town with this model. I am pretty happy with my results and the ONLY MOD was to insert a 1/16th Basswood inside where the Left Retract goes and insert this piece at the deep end of the wing where there's sufficient foam (Strength) and using WHITE Glue to keep it stay! Additionally, using two small washers, I was able to lift the Motor End of the Retract some so, it will have a higher sitting and not tend to go directly and punch through so easily. I am hoping that the Basswood would keep it from punching through during a hard landing.

What I am amazed "IS" the rather THIN PIECE of FOAM in this area...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 09, 2018 @ 11:54 AM | 11,264 Views
Guys,

Was able to meet up with two of my flying RC buddies over at the East Coast of Central Florida over at a park field North of Titusville, Florida and what a show Mark S. (Marked) gave us all this morning (Saturday, 12-08-2018).

Mark's EPP MXS-C 32-inch 3D Airplane 12-08-2018 (1 min 38 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 01, 2018 @ 09:51 AM | 11,552 Views
May you rest in peace and thank you for not dying in that Avenger and thanks to your service to the USA!

http://www.capitalwing.org/tbm_bush....20~21~21~23~23


Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 28, 2018 @ 09:03 AM | 11,878 Views
Guys and Gals,

I finally found my long lost (I thought) video capture showing my maiden flight of my newly acquired E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan!

It was on my I-Phone 6S Plus all this time and due to some sort of settings setup, I missed it originally!

Okay, without any delay, here's the maiden flight and just watch this model float!

E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan Maiden Flight 11-25-2018 (2 min 46 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 25, 2018 @ 05:36 AM | 12,029 Views
I have no idea if this model is something new or not but, I recorded it's flight on Saturday (11-24-2018) over at the RC Club field in Titusville, Florida at a club known as Moon Port Modelers RC Club.

David Rich is a fellow Instructor who flew this model with precision!

The Still Photographs were possible by Gerry (simano) who came with his Digital SLR Camera. Thanks Gerry!

Okay, here's the Video:
David Rich's 91 inch 60CC Breitling Corvus Aerobatic RC Plane 11 24 2018 (5 min 10 sec)



Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 25, 2018 @ 04:54 AM | 11,958 Views
**** Attention! **** Attention! *****

I just don't understand WHY-O-WHY people come to Troll into one's FOR-SALE-Ad to dump crap and try to slander one's attempt to sell a model that one improved and most especially including items that I didn't get when I purchased with it originally.

It seems like some here are trying to be some sort of Price Police without any justification of any kind!

I have had to DELETE many Troll Like postings not only on this one attempt but, others and it is beyond me WHY-O-WHY we have so many people that don't have anything better to do than TROLL someone's For-Sale Ad?

Please note that I purchased this fantastic E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan model WITHOUT any Receiver, External BEC, Flight Battery nor any of the Hardware improvements that I have invested my time, effort and monies!

Additionally, I purchased this model with a BUSTED Nose Wheel Retract of which I am now including a brand new in the BOX replacement!

Okay, here's my For Sale Ad:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...rojan-LPU-ONLY

Thank you for your time and attention!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 19, 2018 @ 11:30 AM | 12,588 Views
Guys,

This will be a great opportunity to own a discontinued E-Flite (Horizon Hobby) Carbon T-28 Trojan!

For those that are located near Central Florida because there will be no shipping for this model.

Here's the FOR SALE Ad!

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...rojan-LPU-ONLY

Thanks!
Pitts
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 17, 2018 @ 01:04 AM | 12,113 Views
Guys!

I must be with great luck lately (Blessed) and thereby resulting in looking like an early Christmas!

Just look at the deal I secured today for a cool $230 cash! E-Flite Carbon T-28 Giant 12-lbs RC model!

It almost didnít fit in my momís 2014 Toyota RAV-4 SUV!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM | 12,290 Views
How about a Hangar9 Christian Eagle 90-size! How much? FREE! Just gas to pick it up 128 miles away! The gentleman was going to throw it away in the dumpster!

EDIT: Just look at this one going for a cool $700 US!
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...Christen-Eagle


Yes, it will be an Electronic RC flying model after I am done with it!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 12, 2018 @ 09:20 PM | 11,515 Views
Hello Good People!

Please consider helping out some of our brothers and sisters in the Hobby that have LOST Everything!

A MAIN Hobbies sell all sorts of things for many type of hobbies.

Please read up this GO FUND-ME page and consider donating anything you can.

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/amain-emplo...need-your-help
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 11, 2018 @ 06:12 AM | 12,050 Views
Guys,

After several months, perhaps one solid year, I finally convinced my buddy to let me help him with his 2nd GEN pico Tiger Moth that he bought on-line when these were still available.

It is interesting that at times we get distracted or just too busy with Life's other demands and we happen to miss things that make Electric Flight not possible after selecting one's Power System.

Fortunately, my buddy selected a budget CD type Brushless Bell type of motor and most importantly the E-Flite 10-AMP ESC that has programming instructions up On-Line and so, I downloaded the manual for the ESC from:

https://www.horizonhobby.com/pdf/EFLA1010_manual.pdf


First off, the Orange Receiver he was using was found to be defective because there was no movement from the servos whatsoever and I made sure that polarity hook-ups of the wires were okay. The motor was being armed but, it was obvious that the motor's "TIMING" was OFF from specifications and ESC re-programming was required.

Took OUT that Orange Receiver and placed one Spektrum AR8000 + Sat receiver and BOOM, the servos began to work! However, Motor was not working well still so,......

Turn everything OFF and went into programming mode and used the instructions within the Horizon Hobby E-Flite 10-AMP ESC manual and wrote down what I had to do to bring ALL parameters within the required settings so, things work and sure enough the motor started to work perfectly.

Items that were brought back to limits were having the correct Voltage Cut-Off for 2S (2-Cell Lithium Polymer) battery use and of course the Motor Timing for higher Pole (Outrunner) type of motor selection.

I can't say enough that Brushless ESC's need to be checked and re-checked for Proper Programming when you finalize your Selection of Motor type and use of how many Cells you are going to use with the final power system selection.

A few pictures of my madness............