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Posted by UpNup | Oct 30, 2016 @ 08:07 AM | 3,961 Views
Decided that I had to have a light kit for my Champ S+ (Champ S Plus). Eric Bolton (ebolton92) produced a very good priced set of lights for my plane.

The light kit included:
1 landing light (left mid-wing)
1 red light (left wing tip)
1 green light (right wing tip)
3 strobes (wing tips and tail)
Strip of 3 lights for the inside, lighting up the fuselage
On/off switch ($1 extra)

Plugs into front-most open port.
Switch was helpful during install, but the battery compartment is very small and so I've decided to just leave them on, when the battery is plugged in.

I was able to lift the front edge of the wing and pull wires out to the wings using tweezers.

These lights are very bright.

Eric Bolton talks post #778 on RCgroups:




Installation video #1 of 4
20160923 195148 (5 min 1 sec)

Posted by UpNup | Oct 30, 2016 @ 07:57 AM | 4,025 Views
While converting my Champ S+ (Champ S Plus) into a float plane, I ran across these great resources online. Here's an annotated bibliography:

History of float planes
History Of Float Planes (4 min 47 sec)

Building floats -- technical:

Basics of RC Float Flying:

RC Float Planes: Rise to the Challenge -- flying tips

Source for foam floats laser cut. Look at several plans to get ideas.

Converting an RC plane to floats:

Having fun with floats. Technical info:

Great Planes DIY float. Holding plans and specs:

RCgroups.com discussion about conversions and building floats:

Flat groove with straps:

Source for wire in mass quantities -- straight and spooled:
Andy Wilson Mapeswire.com
17 gauge .045
3/64 wire = 0.0469
Posted by J Morgan | Oct 30, 2016 @ 06:35 AM | 44,410 Views
Here is the new build. It's a Quality Fiberglass short kit consisting of FG fuse and nacelles, foam wing, stab cores. Ws is 103" and length of 75".
Started the build in Giant Scale forum:https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2767874
Scheme will be of the AC-130 The First Lady. This was the first production C-130A that was later converted to a AC-130A and is on
display at Eglin AFB.

Wanted to add the B-36 build here as it is in the AC-130 thread too. Starts on page #59 and ends at page #79.

Long awaited flights at St. George UT:

C130 2017 Utah (10 min 44 sec)

Lockheed AC-130A Spectre Gunship; 2nd Flight! - 30SEP17 (9 min 16 sec)
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Posted by east sky | Oct 30, 2016 @ 06:11 AM | 3,392 Views
Kinetic 2m dp
392mph E-koyama pb!
Kinetic 2m DP 389mph (11 min 8 sec)

Posted by FPV.Model | Oct 30, 2016 @ 05:51 AM | 3,928 Views
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Simply enter code HALLOWEEN during the checkout procedure to get an extra 9% off our already keen prices. Please note the FPVModel RaceGates and the X-Racer flight controllers are excluded.

Posted by mlilasic | Oct 30, 2016 @ 01:46 AM | 3,684 Views
Tree dancing vol2 - Tuning flight - Realacc X210 - Racerstar Blheli_S RS30Av2 4in1 and BR2205 2300KV (4 min 31 sec)

My second build of Realacc X210 4mm - 347gr (w/o battery and gopro)

Only had time for 5 packs with my new build. Maiden on first, and tuning on next 4 packs. This video is compilation of those tuning flights.

RAW version of 5th pack for screaming motors lovers

Maiden flight video (1st pack) on BF300 default PIDs

Parts list:

Realacc X210 4mm Carbon Fiber FPV Racing Frame w/ Matek PDB-XT60 5V & 12V – https://goo.gl/1KEDAa

Racerstar RS30Ax4 V2 30A BLheli_S BB2 2-6S 4 in 1 ESC Support Oneshot42 Multishot for FPV Racer - https://goo.gl/NV24Z4

***Now BG sells RS20A 4in1 20A ESC version with 5V 1.5A BEC and with Dshot Blheli_S 16.5 firmware already onboard - https://goo.gl/NPytul
and RS30Ax4 4in1 30A ESC version with 5V 3A BEC - https://goo.gl/C0ibjC

4X Racerstar Racing Edition 2205 BR2205 2300KV 2-4S Brushless Motor 2 CW & 2 CCW - https://goo.gl/lLDUQq
naze32 rev5, BF300, 1.6kHz, acc off - http://goo.gl/HdySuT
Skyzone FPV googles - http://goo.gl/qAoHNo
HS1177 FPV cam - http://goo.gl/63IMzM
2.1mm lens for FPV cam - https://goo.gl/CKukDT
Eachine ET526 5.8G 40CH 25mW/200mW/600mW Switchable FPV TX - https://goo.gl/Q1f5nj
Skyzone 5.8GHz RHCP 4 Leaf FPV Antenna TX/RX SMA/RP-SMA - https://goo.gl/iw7m0i
Kingkong 5x45x3 props - https://goo.gl/MgES2j
Kingkong-Universal-Motor-Cover-Protection-for-22-Series-Motors - https://goo.gl/QV8Vdf
HMDVR Mini DVR - https://goo.gl/xOtjm0
HD action cam EKEN H9 - https://goo.gl/c2QF88

My video of simple thrust test for Racerstar BR2205 2300kv motors -
Thrust test of Racerstar BR2205 2300KV motors from Banggood on 4S (1 min 9 sec)

My build log: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2765295

My review of Racerstar RS30Ax4 V2 30A BLheli_S BB2 2-6S 4 in 1 ESC: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2764225
Posted by BlacklightMiniRc | Oct 29, 2016 @ 10:48 PM | 3,014 Views
Needed the cars a solid color to pick them up on the lap counter. Still need a start line and positions. Anything else? Idk 😂🎃👻
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Oct 29, 2016 @ 09:47 PM | 3,093 Views
Redwood timelapse (4 min 0 sec)

Stepping down the accelerometer weighting did indeed reduce the shaking. The battery is losing 800mAh per hour of stabilizing, giving it 2 hours before puff.
Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 29, 2016 @ 08:36 PM | 7,535 Views
Rewind of the EMP 6364 to 236kv. This motor will be installed on a Skyline Corvus 30cc which I will run on a 11S setup.
Motor was rewound using the half parallel dLRK winding scheme, using a single AWG19 wire.
This winding coupled with the replacement of the original multi strand by a single thick copper wire makes for an extremely powerful and efficient motor which runs much cooler.
Motor rewind thread here
A build log on the plane should follow soon.
Posted by Herb | Oct 29, 2016 @ 08:19 PM | 41,951 Views
Started to look at the various pieces as the came out of the FlyFly box, it seems all the underwing tanks are missing.

Other than that, the kit seems in reasonable shape. I got it from hobby88.com (which is basically flyfly),



JePe's modifications are described in detail here :


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Posted by MidAmericaMR | Oct 29, 2016 @ 08:07 PM | 3,752 Views
Video intro for the companies YouTube channel.
Mid-America Multirotor Intro (0 min 9 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Oct 29, 2016 @ 08:03 PM | 3,050 Views
This is the Maiden Flight for my new HSD Zero Fighter 1100MM Japanese WWII Warbird. Normally I post the unboxing and review video first, but this footage with my new camera turned out so nicely aside from my REALLY poor crosswind landing that I couldn't wait!

Unboxing Only - HSD Zero Fighter 1100MM RC Plane Japanese WWII Warbird (13 min 50 sec)

Review Notes:

- Beautiful! It is as attractive as any of my other more expensive planes
- Scale flaps and retracts
- Rubber tires
- Only used 30% of the 4000mAh battery on the maiden flight

- Not beginner friendly. I had to make a lot of modifications to make it perform like you see in the video.
- Elevator has some slop left to right, but still seems to fly fine
Posted by Jay B. Scott | Oct 29, 2016 @ 04:21 PM | 4,622 Views
This is the moment I've been waiting for since I started this build about three months ago. I'm now completely through with Zeke's manual-in-progress 1.5. I've proved that the plane kit can be successfully put together, through the info in the three manuals-in-progress, plus my additions and corrections on this blog and previously on the Bamboo Bomber thread. There is now no need to wait any longer to build your own Bobcat.

I'll be continuing on with the completion of the plane and posting the highlights. I wish you all much enjoyment with your own build.
Posted by surferguy | Oct 29, 2016 @ 02:11 PM | 3,832 Views
Overview and DJI insider information how to get your DJI Mavic Pro quicker.

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Enjoy my first impressions of the MAVIC Pro and the very important info at the end.

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DJI MAVIC PRO - Overview & How to get yours QUICKER! (26 min 14 sec)

Posted by Late99 | Oct 29, 2016 @ 01:40 PM | 9,430 Views
I got 70" EF Extra during early spring 2015 as they were dumped at bargain prices (discontinued model) by a Scandinavian dealer. I went cheap route with elevator servos and picked Hyperion servos, which were same size and also quite similar specs as 7245 Hitecs. All the servos in this plane are run at HV.

Well, these servos also were very fluttery on ground from start. I knew that that flutter/jitter should stop during load (and it did when for example pressed with elevator with finger) so I wasn't too worried about it.

To my great surprise during flight 34 elevator fluttered violently during relatively fast straight line flying (IMAC style practice, not full power though). Something clearly broke in the plane (heard a crack) so I immediately initiated landing. Made it safely to ground, but it was evident already in flight that fuse was broken and also left side elevator servo wasn't working properly. As I touched down left servo totally stopped working and also right side servo quit when I tested high rate elevator movements after landing.

The servos clearly weren't up to the task, probably the gears were already damaged during previous flights and finally wrecked on this flight. The tail of the plane had completely broken, it was basically held only by covering together - so in that perspective I was really, really lucky to fly the plane to ground. Gears (carbonite) of both elevator servos were broken.

Based on earlier repairs I had made I wasn't too worried. Of course it was a bit disappointing, this was a new plane for me and first damage is always frustrating, but I was confident that I would get it repaired.