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Posted by rcalldaylong | Dec 21, 2013 @ 03:13 PM | 10,055 Views
This was given to me by cityevader a while back

I was flying stock on 3s for a while and it was a bit boring, so I threw a 30amp ESC and upped it to a 4S 30c 1000mah. It's blazing fast! The 4S was also given to me by cityevader. Tx's city.

with a wattmeter on it, I can tell the batteries are struggling to keep up though. voltage drops from 16.8 to the high 14's on WOT on a full charge and they come down pretty hot at the end of a 3 min flight.

I've probably done 25+ flights on it and the batteries don't seem to be affected at all by the high "c" output.

I wonder how much more speed I can get moving to slightly larger lipos (1300's), and 40c nano's...

100mph Banana Hobby pocket plane (2 min 25 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Dec 06, 2013 @ 05:23 PM | 9,220 Views
For the last few months I've been driving almost 80 miles to go fly.

At 18mpg, each round trip costs me about 9 gallons, and @ $3.50/gallon, I spend a bit over $31 for gas.

That's about $120 alone for gas to go flying each month!

Posted by rcalldaylong | Dec 02, 2013 @ 01:50 PM | 8,445 Views
Being a RC guy, I'm always curious, so I rigged my iPhone 12v cig charger to a JST plug and plugged that to a watt meter...

From there I charged and found out it took about .35-.37 amps when charging an iPhone.

Now I can charge my iPhone when I'm out in the field too. I found it will charge just fine with a 2S as well.

How many amps does an iPhone consume during charging (1 min 56 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:21 PM | 9,803 Views
For a while now, I've been looking for a nice balsa twin and have wanted the Deuces Aces. Unfortunately, I am a year or so late because Eflite has discontinued the Deuces Aces about a year or so ago.

Anyhow, I reached out to RCG and a RCG member was kind enough to point me to a local guy who was selling one. Turns out James was less than 5 miles from my work place and I didn't hesitate to pick it up.


I gotta say I scored a nice one.

Not only did I get the airframe for $75, but James included the eflite retracts, which retails for $169, and about half a dozen or so new APC props, mostly 12x6, and 12x8, which retails for $5-$6 each. wooohoooo...Thank You James!

Quite honestly, I think James paid me to pick it up

Build should go pretty quick since everything is there already....I just need to put in the electronics.
Posted by rcalldaylong | Nov 03, 2013 @ 10:04 PM | 9,321 Views
My flying buddy and I tried towing a couple weeks ago and our maiden flight ended in disastrous results. I was at the control of the powered plane and he used his nice wood glider.

On take off the glider shot up wayyyy high and with our line a bit too short, I panicked and gassed it and our tow line let go. He didn't have enough speed nor height and his glider went straight into the ground. Took out all his servos. Anyhow the result was buying a $10 free flight glider and adding rc gear (pure glider, no motor/no ESC) to learn towing.

With a 450mah 2s, 2x HXT500 servo, 1x HXT900, spektrum rx, 3amp UBEC, AUW came out to 305 grams. Over the weekend, we did half a dozen or so flights, and to my surprise this $10 free flight glider flew exceptionally well and since it was so light, it sniffed out even the lightest thermal there was. Needless to say, I'm Hooked!

and yes. I sacrificed my multiplex fox's wings.
Posted by rcalldaylong | Jan 16, 2013 @ 08:03 PM | 23,487 Views
I've flown many other AH planes and this one took me by surprise. unlike the usual AH plane, this one has a single prop, with a working rudder. It also has tons of power, and can do stunts right out of the box. If you are into AH planes, you don't want to miss this one.

Air hogs hurricane stunt flyer plane (4 min 2 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Jan 11, 2013 @ 04:55 PM | 9,610 Views
I've always wanted to see what a Red Hot BBQ pit would do to a Lipo. To be safe, I made sure I had safety glasses on, and as well as keep my distance. Oh and of course, I choose the smallest Lipo I had (240mah 1S) and voltage was 3.7v; but the explosion was still quite spectacular...

Imagine a 5s 5000

Lipo Battery VS. Red HOT BBQ pit (2 min 9 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Jul 13, 2012 @ 09:56 PM | 11,279 Views
Being lazy I didn't use the normal precautionary measure...that is putting a block of wood underneath the cowl to absorb the pressure from the blade and guess what happens. Well, watch and get a good laugh.

cutting RC plane cowl vent FAIL (2 min 16 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Jul 12, 2012 @ 09:30 AM | 11,284 Views
My Turnigy Accucell-6 gets awfully hot when discharging, so I'm now using a 12v tail light bulb. Problem for me was that I'd sometimes forget and the bulb would completely deplete the Lipo...

I ended up getting a low voltage alarm to use in combination with the light bulb. Given I don't leave the house, I'll hear the alarm when it goes off. What's nice about this low voltage alarm is that it allows the user to set the low voltage. You click a button on the device and it cycles in increments of .1v from 2.7v-3.8v. where you stop is where it sets it at. It's a very cool device for a little over $3 USD, and works very well for the purpose I'm using it for.

Properly discharging your Lipos (storage) (2 min 47 sec)

and here's the link to the lipo alarm
Posted by rcalldaylong | Jan 11, 2012 @ 07:02 PM | 11,350 Views
for a long time I wanted to put shock absorbing landing gear on my Gee Bee, but came up empty handed. I finally found a pair from HobbyKing that not only works well, but looks great...and is light weight.


it's meant for a jet, but looks great on my Gee Bee nevertheless.
Posted by rcalldaylong | Dec 27, 2011 @ 06:18 PM | 12,206 Views
A flying buddy of mine gave the fox to me as a failed 3-ch conversion. The plane was in a few pieces...but nothing foam safe CA couldn't fix.

This thing is fast and super agile...just a blast to fly

Multiplex fox glider conversion setup:

9gram hxt motor (is now discontinued)
1x 5gram HXT500 servo
1x 4.3 HK servo
spektrum AR6400E rx
10amp Turnigy ESC
360mah 2s rhino
4x2.5 GWS prop

speed is estimated in the 40-50mph

on 3S with a 3x2 GWS prop, this thing is a rocket...probably in the 65mph+

multiplex fox conversion to 3-ch RC (1 min 59 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Dec 27, 2011 @ 06:14 PM | 11,262 Views
I've held onto this Jet for almost 5 years now, and since I no longer have any room in my small 2-bedroom apartment (my wife forbids me using the living room and kitchen for plane storage- yikes), I originally wanted to sell it stock, but didn't really stir up any interest, so I decided to do the conversion and fly it.

conversion was very simple. I first did ailerons and elevator only, but when turning with ailerons the turns were too jittery so I added rudder. I then mixed ailerons with rudder and she now flies very scale...very nice.

I've even had multiple people on more than a few occasions come up to me saying they thought it was real until they saw it landing in the school yard.

There's already a long thread on this plane, so I won't go into too much detail, but setup is

motors are all stock and as you can see it has plenty of power. I get about 7 mins of good flying with ample battery life left

1800mah 2S Lipo
30 amp brush ESC
HK orange rx
3x HXT 900 servo (aileron and elevator)
1x 4.3 gram servo (rudder)

while the brush setup is ample, when those go, I would most likely do brushless in it, + add landing gear

As for selling it, if someone was to offer a reasonable price, I might do it.

Estes 747 Presidential Jet to 4-ch RC (2 min 0 sec)

Posted by rcalldaylong | Jul 09, 2011 @ 12:21 AM | 11,933 Views
A member here ronhawker, was kind enough to send me his 10 gm motor, which I re-wounded and put it on a wing I scrapped from a decommissioned 20 inch Yak.

Here's the Yak in it's early days

Crash and Go 3D Foamie (3 min 22 sec)

Anyhow, after about 50+ flights the fuse was garbage, but the wings was still in good shape. I was bored, so I cut the fuse out and simply cut the wings in half and presto, I had my flying 20" wings.

I've never built a wing, so I didn't really know how it was going to fly. Also, being a scratch wing, I didn't know where CG was...

maiden flight was interesting...flew it and all it did was immediately did a crazy loop and I powered down then came to a stop. I tried more power and loop just went faster. I then moved CG up and amazing it flew better. I then added a penny to the nose and it flew fairly well. I think it needs more weight up front. I'm going to put in a bigger Lipo and try again tomorrow.

Setup is

10 gram brushless (kv is pretty fast...probably around 3000kv, but I have no way of measuring)
6 gram super simple ESC
2x 4.3 HK servos
240mah 2S
3x2 GWS prop

AUW is 75 grams.

I will try a 360mah 2S next, but that will bump up AUW to about 81 grams.
Posted by rcalldaylong | Mar 29, 2009 @ 12:51 AM | 12,404 Views
5 years ago, I left San Jose (San Francisco Bay Area) and bought a house in Stockton, Ca. Since then I've been working from home, and for the most part it has worked out ok. Unfortunately, due to the poor economy, I've had to pick up extra responsibility, making working from home no longer practical.

By far, it's been one of the toughest decision I've had to make in a long time, but 3 months ago I decided to rent out my house, leave Stockton and move back to San Jose. It's tough because unlike other moves, this time, I moved from a place I owned and had made it my home. I never realized how much I missed the place until I watched an old video of the place. The wife and I keep joking about how we'll be back in 15 years when the place is paid off.

The other hard part was trying to move 15 planes from a 4 bedroom house where I had 1 empty room dedicated to my planes, now to a 2-bedroom apartment.

I'm sure this is happening to lots of families- if you have a story, feel free to add or comment.