Posted by nagas | Apr 19, 2019 @ 10:29 AM | 1,332 Views
One of the first RC models I built was my Star Wars Imperial Speeder as seen in The Empire Stikes Back during the speeder chase on Endor. It was based on a Hasbro model that I fitted quad parts to. It just flies great and gets so much attention.

Once I started making models for Phoenix it was obvious that I need one of these too.

Having finished the Imperial Scout version I then needed a protagonist too so I made the Luke Skywalker version. OK, his body is really that of Anakin Skywalker but still looks the part.

Then of course, I needed both of them together with Luke chasing the Scout Trooper, Light Sabre drawn and ready for action! Luke is not messing around this time! No matter how the Trooper twists and turns, Luke is always right on his tail and tries to cut him off but no avail. That is controlled by the rudder.

On the individual models, Luke and the Imperial Scout also respond to the controls. Heads turn, arms either work the control panel or wave. The legs are articulated and depress the pedals which control the rear engine flaps.

The control panel was constructed as a separate item in Blender and is then applied as a texture to reduce rendering overheads. Well, I had to do something to live upto my new nickname: Dr Detail! (Thanks for that Armin)

Derived from SketchUp models as follows: Star Wars Speeder by ap-alexander, Imperial Trooper by abdyla, Skywalker by Carl U. and Brian W.

Each are available to download here.
Posted by Thomas B | Apr 19, 2019 @ 09:34 AM | 2,256 Views
Event planning for 2019!

So far the only RC event I have been to in 2019 was the excellent Weatherford Swap Meet hosted by the WAMS club, in March. I have been very busy at work and heavily involved in the two SAE Aero Design events that were held March 8-10 in Fort Worth and April 5-7 in Van Nuys, CA.

Currently planned for 2019:

Lake Dallas Float Fly on May 4. Great float fly site and great folks.

Warbirds over Benbrook on May 11. Fort Worth, TX. Always a great time.

SMALL in Little Rock, AR, May 30-June 2. This is the 30th anniversary event of SMALL Steps in AR.

Warbirds over Texas, June 8-9. Aubrey, TX. A great warbird event!

FW Thunderbirds Summer Float Fly, Aug 4 Lake Worth, TX. Always a great event.

Will firm up events after early August as they get a little closer.

Hope to make a few more events not listed as schedule allows.

REALLY looking forward to retiring in August of 2020. Planning on attending a bucket list of RC events around the country after then, that my limited vacation time has never allowed to date.
Posted by CorvetteC5 | Apr 19, 2019 @ 08:11 AM | 1,136 Views
This is the conversion of my "C17 C-17 Transport 373mm Wingspan EPP DIY RC Airplane RTF" from the stock 2-channel motor-differential control to Spektrum 'brick' 3-channel control with throttle, rudder, elevator. It was started on September 20, 2017 and completed on December 12th, 2017.

Word from the main thread at:
is that this offering flies very well as designed with gyro stabilization. With the main limitation of a larger turning diameter making it tough to fly indoors in smaller venues like the basketball court sized gym I have access to. Thus my interest in and electronics upgrade of this model! And the finished result looks fantastic and flies very smooth. See video, below.

How the story unfolded:
I started building my micro C-17 by splitting the fuselage into two halves as shown. I hollowed out each half with a Dremel tool and stone grinder, leaving about 1/4 inch wall thickness. Noticeable weight savings of maybe 1/3. However much that is.

Road not taken: I'll probably install the RX and TX from the Horizon Hobby Duet initially. This will maintain the differential thrust, gyro stabilizing, and add elevator control. I have had issue with the gyro drifting during flight with this Duet brick, so if I still hate it for the C-17 then...
Road taken: ....I'll install a AR64xx brick with AS3X. Since I have that handy too.
Posted by Bill M - RC | Apr 19, 2019 @ 06:22 AM | 1,058 Views
Hi fellow rc pilots & rc enthusiasts

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Posted by wattechighland | Apr 19, 2019 @ 03:33 AM | 930 Views


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Posted by wattechighland | Apr 19, 2019 @ 03:12 AM | 818 Views
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Posted by old4570 | Apr 18, 2019 @ 11:32 PM | 1,652 Views

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Control Surfaces &

Mini Surfer 800 from (1 min 47 sec)

The short of it is , the Mini Surfer 800 is ready to play the CG game ! ( Check out the video )

Vertical fin and horizontal stabiliser ( Rud / Ele )
I glued these in place with foam safe cyno ..

Controls /

Ailerons - you need to cut them free as they are ever so slightly moulded in place . Also they are some what stiff , so you may want to take a knife and cut the hinge line 30% to 50% to release some tension .
Elevator - same as above ..

Control horns .. Bush league .. They be the press together type , some glue wont hurt .
Control rods - again bush league .. ( See pictures )

With everything connected

Just check direction of travel - I had to reverse everything .
With my set up Ch4 is another Aileron Ch .. This means I can do flaperon at a later date ..

Ch1 - Aileron
Ch2 - Elevator
Ch3 - Throttle
Ch4 - Aileron

As mentioned this will be a 2s Bird . Thrust is nice and almost 1:1 with a 2s 850mAh battery ..
CG is too far back , so most likely will need a larger ( heavier ) battery .
I only have the 5x3x3 props , though I did order 2 pair of 5x4.5x3 .. ( Who knows when they will get here ? )
So the potential is there for more thrust when the new props get here ..

I did run the Mini 800 on the ground and it is accelerating ( in the back yard ) , so I dare say I wont be lacking power for flight .
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Posted by legacy_micro | Apr 18, 2019 @ 10:00 PM | 890 Views
Took a minute but this should get you up and runnin'. I'll mess with the other pins in the future...
Posted by zoltansgarage | Apr 18, 2019 @ 09:28 PM | 891 Views
Its just a little rough.
Posted by zoltansgarage | Apr 18, 2019 @ 09:23 PM | 866 Views
This is the 14 inch tug hull pulled out of the silicone.
Posted by newelectro | Apr 18, 2019 @ 09:19 PM | 1,201 Views
Avanti s
Avanti s 41319 (4 min 30 sec)

Posted by newelectro | Apr 18, 2019 @ 08:57 PM | 1,184 Views
Vista motor came off.
Vista motor loss 41319 (7 min 22 sec)

Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 18, 2019 @ 08:51 PM | 1,333 Views
Monday 4/15 dawns with the promise of 20 mph straight up the hill with light rain clearing off by 4:00
As I drove out there were still some sprinkles on the wind shield so I took my time and waited at the bottom of the hill till they were gone.
Once at the top the wind was 22 mph with gusts up to 30
I had brought out my combat wings {a 26 oz Knife Edge and a lighter wide body KE} perfect conditions to do a check out flight before the upcoming Glider Games in Cleveland in 2 weeks and a week later out to Wilson Kansas for "Wings over Wilson".

I launched with no problem and was trimming out the down elevator that I had put in when i was last out with it in 40 mph wind .
About 2 minute into the flight my hat blew off my head and I started backing up the hill to try and get to it before it went over the top,
I turned to take one more big step to get it and the next thing I know i am on my face ... yup dirt nap both me and the plane
I got back on my feet and hobbled my way down to the base of the hill{mild sprain of my ankle} where it went in,as i got closer i could see it was hurt pretty bad-
I climbed back up to the top and switched to the lighter wide body Knife Edge,with great flying conditions I was not going to quit.
Flew for about 5 min,the wind had built up some more with higher gusts at times ,the wide body was doing ok even though it doesn't penetrate as well as my 26 oz that i just ripped in half .

I got stalled by a really big gust and landed about 1/4 way down the hill but before i could get to it another gust picked it up and got it flipping end over end to the top of the hill where it took a even bigger hop and wound 20 feet up in the top of a tree.
by the time I got it out of the tree it also was beat up and minus both tiplets.

Hows that song go "Daddy said there'd be days like this ... "

I will be in the shop building this week end
Posted by old4570 | Apr 18, 2019 @ 07:30 PM | 1,589 Views

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Installing the Receiver

I am using a small FS2A Rx from banggood , so far these have proven to be cheap and reliable for me .
The Rx was put on the foam protrusion that is the forward wing lock into the fuselage . I wanted to keep everything together as much as possible for the insertion and removal process of the battery . So everything has to be as clean as possible .
There is only one wire to contend with now and that is for the elevator servo and it is a very long wire . ( See pictures ) This seemed to be the logical way of
doing things ..


The MR RC ESC simply did not work . I dont know what happened but the ESC and Rx simply just threw a WOBBLY ! Connecting a battery and things kind of went haywire .. So I tried another ESC and everything was fine ( ?? ) Sharp eyes may pick up that I have installed another 12A ESC .
Everything looks to be working , the install is relatively clean and clutter free offering easy access for the battery .

The next thing I do is install the tail surfaces and connect the control surfaces . After which I can worry about the battery and CG .

Part 4 / Ready to play the CG game
Posted by Joe Pierson | Apr 18, 2019 @ 10:09 AM | 2,006 Views
This is my Graupner Tina Row Boat 36" and it does work fine! Captain Hook Loves it
Posted by Joe Pierson | Apr 18, 2019 @ 10:01 AM | 1,999 Views
This is my Skat Build, small and Fast!!! 32" wingspan with 10" Carbon prop Super thin wing To small for my old eyes to keep up with!
Posted by Pappyjkns | Apr 18, 2019 @ 08:21 AM | 1,517 Views
April 18/19

Sometimes, you never know when you wake up in the morning, how your day is going to turn out. As you know Murphy laughs at the best laid plans of men & mice! Lol! My plan for the day, was to meet with my buds at the small cafe in nearby Brantford, Ontario, for lunch. After which, we head to our favourite r/c hobby store and help the local economy! Then its off to our local indoor flying arena for a couple of hours mayhem.

One of our fellow r/c enthusiast also happens to own a 1968 Piper Cherokee 140. I know, these blogs are supposed to be about the r/c world but I felt compelled to tell you this story.after all its still a plane.just a lot bigger that what we are used to flying.from the ground!

At any rate, he mentioned that the weather was looking rather primo and would anyone like to go for a quick ride? My hand shot up like some overly enthusiastic kindergarten kid! Pick me! Pick Me! Yay! Im in! The rest of the crew headed out to fly indoors.

We walked over to his Piper Cherokee where he began his preflight checks! I was getting nervous because the winds had really picked up and my r/c brain said too windy to fly! Non the less, we were soon inside, seatbelts and headphones on and taxing out to the runway! After the green light from the control tower, he hit the throttle and off we charged down the runway and off into the wild blue yonder!

We peeled off to our right and started headed to the west to the town of...Continue Reading