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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 17, 2014 @ 04:04 PM | 5,823 Views

Calling all Champ lovers around the world. This is a gallery dedicated to show casing the proud owners of the Hobbyzone Champ.

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54 hanger slots available
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 15, 2014 @ 12:08 PM | 5,909 Views

Screen wallpaper, soft, gentle, relaxing to the eye. Various sizes available to download. Taken Fall of 2013 over Northern New Jersey.
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 09, 2014 @ 11:15 AM | 5,381 Views

Some of the very talented builders & pilots at the 2013 Red Sneakers RC Airshow Fun Fly ~ Retro
Boonton Township, New Jersey, USA

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 08, 2014 @ 07:05 PM | 5,141 Views

Some of the very talented pilots at the 2013 AMA District 2 Fun Fly
Trinca Airport, Green Township, New Jersey, USA

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Mar 08, 2014 @ 02:45 PM | 8,319 Views

Many times folks ask what a certain LiPo voltage means in terms of "gas" in the tank. Here is a pdf chart we use at our club. Keep a copy on your smart phone or pad or wallet. All measurements are no-load with a 1s+ volt meter. Measure your voltage before & after every charge and flight.

LiPo cells should not be discharged to below 3.0v each under load. Soft Cut-Off manages the motor power and gives you a chance to land softly. Hard Cut-Off eliminates all power and a crash may be imminent. Each model is different, but typical Soft Cut-Off is 3.2v to 3.0v under load. Hard Cut-Off is typically at 3.0v under load. Check your ESC / model's manual.

Please note: For ‘deep discharge’ batteries like the Hyperion 550mah, the chart has to be adjusted by 20 percentage points when reading how much fuel is left. As an example, the mentioned battery will read 3.75v or 20% when the recharge will be close to 100% of practical capacity (80% of rated). A 3.7v reading will recharge more than 440mah which means it was discharged too far for long battery life.

Saxguy1000 has a great blog “LIPO Battery Video - Must view for beginners!” - click here
North_of_49 posted a great link to “Electric RC info, how-tos and such” - click here
Link to the AMA "How Do I Handle Lithium Batteries Safely?" - click here
Lithium Polymer Battery Storage Tips - click here

Parallel charging adapters are readily available, so that must be the best (cheapest) way, right?
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Feb 14, 2014 @ 03:03 PM | 5,355 Views


Flight of the Dragon Fly (1 min 32 sec)
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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Feb 09, 2014 @ 12:11 PM | 6,169 Views

Maybe you are at a local field with no flags or trees to tell you how the wind is blowing or changing. Here is a simple solution. Great for determining wind direction on takeoff and arrivals. Place about 50 feet in front and to the side of your position. Better yet, use two, one for each side. It is very sensitive to breeze. Good for determining when there is ground turbulence or thermal in the area. I leave one outdoors during the winter to look for opportunities to fly my micro planes & heli in the yard.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Feb 03, 2014 @ 03:43 PM | 6,247 Views

Isn’t it always fun to land with the wind, Not! Wind can be constantly changing, especially at ground level on arrivals. How we miss those metal extension antennas we could hang something to know the direction of the ground wind on takeoff & arrivals. No more, the new radios have very short antennas. Here is a simple solution, a Tx Wind Streamer for the new 2.4 radios. Easy to build, easy to field install, breakdown & store in your Tx case.

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Posted by Red.Sneakers | Feb 01, 2014 @ 07:38 PM | 7,943 Views

As good pilots, we would never take to the skies without knowing how much fuel we have in the tank


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New Model using JST connector

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