Posted by Miami Mike | Nov 23, 2017 @ 08:18 PM | 19,623 Views
A "fuel gauge" for your telemetry screen to display your LiPo pack's charge state as a percentage of full charge.

For OpenTX Versions 2.1 and 2.2

Update, 11/27/2017: Permission was requested by and granted to Martin Phillips ("thebriars") to include this in the Version 2.2 update of his OpenTX Documentation.


Here's a "fuel gauge" setup for your Taranis to display your flight battery's state of charge as a percentage, beginning at 100% for a fully-charged pack and decreasing as you consume battery power. It requires a current sensor, such as a FrSky SP-40A - Smart Port 40 Amp Sensor or FrSky SP-150A - Smart Port 150 Amp Sensor.

You'll be able to add alarms and voice announcements that trigger at specific charge states, or at regular time intervals, or each time the charge state decreases by a certain amount so that you'll get announcements at, for example, 100%, 90%, 80%, etc. You'll also be able to bring up announcements whenever you like by flipping a switch.

The battery state will be retained between flights even if the radio is turned off, so a switch is provided to reset the charge state to 100% when the battery is replaced or recharged.

This setup is known to be compatible with OpenTX Versions 2.1 and 2.2.

If you have questions, suggestions, requests, or problems, please post in the comment section below.

Begin by configuring the sensor on the Telemetry page.

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Posted by | Nov 23, 2017 @ 07:53 PM | 3,358 Views
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Posted by DismayingObservation | Nov 23, 2017 @ 06:00 PM | 42,366 Views
There are so many fun, albeit seasonal, goodies which only seem to appear at Christmastime.

This happens to be one of them, but it’s so much fun that it would be relatively simple to convert it to year-round use. That goodie is the JJRC H67 Flying Santa Claus quadcopter from Jolly old Saint Nick is represented by a clone of a LEGO mini figure which either stands or sits atop the quad itself.

The real buzz surrounding this little Christmas confection is the fact that it’s based on the Eachine H011 quad, itself a prime candidate for conversion into a Tiny Whoop. Doing a “Claus Conversion” to the H67 is just as easy since its 7mm coreless motors provide the extra oomph needed to fly the roughly 4-gram Santa “brick figure.” The cost is incredibly low as well, coming in at well under twenty bucks ready to fly.

At the time of this writing, a "flash sale" is underway which lowers the cost to only US$13.89 with free shipping to the US via unregistered air mail.

What makes this a Christmas item isn’t so much the removable Santa Claus figure so much as it’s the first RTF quad I’ve ever seen which plays music.

Christmas music. Loud, tinny Christmas music. Two songs, ad nauseum. “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” sung by a children’s chorus. There’s no way to switch it off short of desoldering the sound module’s power leads atop the flight control board or installation of a microswitch.

That said, the music adds so...Continue Reading
Posted by Absaroka | Nov 23, 2017 @ 05:30 PM | 3,334 Views
Picked up a sport cub and tricked it out as a USAAF FAO out of Lawton Field circa 1940.
Posted by xplaneguy | Nov 23, 2017 @ 04:33 PM | 17,011 Views
This was very special for me. It all started with a Cox PT-19 more than 40 years ago.
Evelyn's first Cox PT-19 flight (1 min 39 sec)

Posted by vulturetec | Nov 23, 2017 @ 03:41 PM | 6,780 Views
Scratch building a Gentle Lady. Trying to make it a "quick build" project over Thanksgiving. We'll see!

The plans are floating around the internet but I have an original RCM set and a set from a kit around here somewhere. The .pdf-based plans are kind of rough, but dimensionally fairly good and usable for creating parts. As long as everything fits it isn't overly critical anyway.

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Day one & two, weekend prior to Thanksgiving - worked on drawing up the parts in CorelDraw. I already did the basic rib layout a while back in Profili/Wing Dev but tweaked them for the build.

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Posted by Woodinthesky | Nov 23, 2017 @ 01:17 PM | 2,799 Views
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Posted by KristofferR | Nov 23, 2017 @ 01:13 PM | 3,430 Views
A while ago when I picked up a used TX from eBay it turned out that the guy was moving abroad. He was emptying his house and tried to sell me a lot of RC stuff, some very tempting.

But I decided long ago to only buy hobby-stuff I had a personal interest in and nothing just for potential profit - I am a good seller and here was definitely possibilities. But I quit glow engines long ago and vintage RC 1/8 track was never my thing. I ended up buying a box of tools and small parts and an indoor plane in hideous condition. I have never flown indoor!

Google revealed it’s a Crazy Sukhoi, designed by Claes Meijer and sold by Autopartner. At home, I was almost considering to break it for parts but cleaned it up, spent a few hours with UHU Por and Blenderm and put it aside for a week. Well, its battered but it will fly again! Current weight is 123g without prop, batt and rx.

Perfect opportunity to try indoor and if I like it I can wear this one out.
Posted by FPV.Model | Nov 23, 2017 @ 11:36 AM | 3,722 Views
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Posted by UpNup | Nov 23, 2017 @ 09:06 AM | 3,378 Views
Things change when you see the original. Seeing the only existing Ford Flivver 268 was a treat. You know you're working hard at a build when you travel several hours to see the original. The Ford Flivver is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The museum is very well done and worth the $22 ticket plus six dollar parking.

What changed for me was the detail that doesn't exist in the Williams Bros. plastic model and in the RC Modeler June 1990 article and plans. Dereck Woodward built the 1/5 scale plans I'm using off of the plastic model. For instance, the plastic model shows a gas cap in front of the windshield. The plans don't have it. But the real FF has a gas cap and some kind of other port, probably for oil. There were many other details that I noted and placed as captions in the photos.

Anyone building scale should certainly consider viewing the original. You'll have limitations like I did. Couldn't measure anything. Couldn't climb underneath or peer into the cockpit. But there is enough detail to keep me busy on this build....Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Nov 23, 2017 @ 05:15 AM | 3,413 Views
After extensively reviewing every hard drive, it became clear that the entire painstakingly entered DVD database was lost forever. Every time the root hard drive was backed up, the /var & /usr directories somehow got omitted. Mysql had an annoying habit of putting all the databases in /var. The only way to find anything is now to copy every surviving DVD to a 4TB hard drive.

There was 1 more firing up of the 4.3GB Quantum, the lion kingdom's very 1st hard drive. It was apparently reformatted & last used as a dedicated TV, in 2001. The date codes are a bit corrupted. It made strange hisses & clicked a lot, but it still seemed to work after 20 years. DMA had to be configured as 16 bit. Perhaps these were normal sounds, 20 years ago. The lion kingdom has no memory of what this hard drive was last used for, but it does remember greater joy when so much iron was mobilized to access a file.
Posted by Absaroka | Nov 22, 2017 @ 10:36 PM | 2,964 Views
The wind was a beast and I'm always surprised how this light plane can handle it so well.
Valiant 11- 22 (3 min 14 sec)

Posted by cubcrafter60 | Nov 22, 2017 @ 09:57 PM | 16,972 Views
If you've looked at my "Top 10 favorite planes" or my "Seagull Gipsy Moth" threads then you probably know that the DH.60 Gipsy Moth is my favorite aircraft. I've decided to make this my 'winter build' and I'm basically continuing my Seagull Gipsy build thread here (only way I could think of to make it show back up at the bottom of my posts! Made the decision to go with an e-flite Power 90 on 8s so I could use the dummy motor and a sound system and hope to finally wrap this project up! So here goes...

The spruce stringer material arrived a couple of days ago and I got one of the stringers installed (spruce is a bit stiffer than I remembered). When I ordered I also ordered plenty of 1/32nd and 1/16th ply to laser cut the parts for dummy Gipsy II engine top end and also ordered a piece of 1/16th mahogany to cut the instrument panel out of for the rear cockpit (the front cockpit on G-AANL has a shelf instead of a panel) and most of my work the past couple of days has been focused on the panel sizing and lay out. I ordered a 1/5th scale WWI British instrument set and some extra bezels from and will be using some of them on the DH.60 panel. He has a ton of really nice accessories on the site and is really responsive to inquiries. Here's some shots of the panel development.
Posted by NashVegas | Nov 22, 2017 @ 09:56 PM | 5,064 Views
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Posted by chrisgood | Nov 22, 2017 @ 08:47 PM | 3,742 Views
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Posted by chrisgood | Nov 22, 2017 @ 08:42 PM | 3,788 Views
My main RC webpage is here:

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Posted by VicT | Nov 22, 2017 @ 08:26 PM | 3,554 Views
The stock wing bolts are too short to hold the wing panels to the front or rear brass threaded inserts. I originally made wing hold down bolts from 3mm Allen head bolts screwed into a dowel. A washer was made from a credit card type plastic with a music wire pin to hold it in place. A nice custom bolt but went to Ace Hardware and bought the 50 mm long 3 mm bolts with a metal washer for my buddies to use. I can use my fingers to hand tighten or a Phillips head driver. See sketch below. See post 619 for picture info.