Posted by will_newton | Feb 23, 2006 @ 09:30 PM | 34,651 Views
Cool, a blog! Now I have to think of something witty!
Posted by RAFaerial | Feb 23, 2006 @ 09:13 PM | 2,911 Views
Here are a couple of my aerials from my SoarStar 3 ch. airplane. I think no matter how many planes you build and fly, aerial photography will always be fun and interesting. I have several sport and 3D planes that are a blast to fly. The SoarStar (and I'm sure many others) flies slow,smooth and can carry a camera really well. I can land it in a very small area safely and with a JR radio and brushless set up it has been very dependable. I've only been doing this for 7 months now. I look forward to traveling out of Florida to take photos elswhere.
I give thanks to Derick Velize who gave me enough info to get started in aerial photography from the plane, electronics and camera to look for. This guy has great talent in aerial photography.
If anyone has any comments, criticisms or photos to share, bring it, I'd be interested to see or hear.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 23, 2006 @ 07:54 PM | 10,902 Views
Since my Overlord build is currently on hold pending the replacement of my RX from Hitec I decided to proceed with the construction of the Gentle Lady Glider. This will be my first true glider. So far I have the tail feather built and the fuse almost completed. I hope to finish the fuse in another day or so, depending on how much build time I get and then move onto build the wings. The kit has gone together pretty well so far with only a few minor problems. A few of the parts in the kit were split and had to be reglued.
Here's a few pics, I'll update and add more info later.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 23, 2006 @ 07:40 PM | 7,725 Views
Well I moved the Overlord from the build pile to the workbench. I had all the necessary components to begin the build when a problem arose I recently received an Electron6 receiver from Tower Hobby that was completely dead on arrival! I decided I wanted to test the brushless motor that I got from JustGoFly (a 400T pusher) to see what kind of amps I would be pulling with the prop I had. I mounted the motor to the mounting bracket but not after some difficulty. As it turns out the mount supplied in the kit doesn't match up with the mounting holes on the motor so I had to modify it. No big deal as it only took about 20 minutes though. Once I got it mounted I soldered the leads to my CC Thunderbird 18 speed controller and connected the receiver. I plugged the battery (3S Etec 1250 mah) in (fully charged as verified on my Super Whattmeter) and I got the beeps from the motor. I tried to set-up the control per the instruction using the transmitter but got nothing I tried everything I could think of but nothing worked. I reseated the crystal and verified that it was the correct channel and that it was a dual conversion crystal). I checked all the soldered wires and everything else I could think of...nothing! I then plugged the whole setup into a GWS 6 channel RX and it worked perfectly fine. BTW - I was pulling about 12 amps WOT.
I called Steve at Hitec the following day and we tried to work through the problem. He thought it was very curious that I was getting no response what so ever. So my build is on hold until I get a replacement receiver from Hitec.
Posted by Grejen | Feb 23, 2006 @ 07:31 PM | 11,639 Views
After sitting on the shelf above my work bench for just over a year I finnaly tossed it. It had been badly augered in during an outside loop attempt and really was beyond repair. I'd long since removed the gear for other projects and a couple weeks ago I was clearing the bench and needed some space so stood on the stool reached up and took it down. I held it for a moment, pieces dangling from my hand, and reconsidered repair. One wing cracked at the root, the cabanes ripped through the mounts, fuselage crushed to the leading edge, gear struts shattered, etc. I'd only kept it because I couldn't bring myself to toss it right away.

The little Meattray SE5 had been tons of fun to fly but had been very finicky to put together. The entire airplane was built from free materials - meattrays, egg cartons, foam cups, soda straws, bamboo skewers, and a tiny bit of scrap plywood - there was only time and emotion invested. Not even the linkage was worth saving and I'm a real pack-rat. My better half had been helping me decide I had been spending too much time on model airplanes lately so it seemed I'd have no time to even think about repairing it. I jammed it into the bin under the bench and continued clearing.

Last night was the night before garbage pick-up so I transfered it, uncerimoniously, to the big 'can' and lid down that was the last I saw of it.

I think I feel better now. Thank you.
Posted by CooHead | Feb 23, 2006 @ 05:10 PM | 16,234 Views
Maybe I should set up my own blog here?

I'm on here often enough and could post what is going on in my life...if that indeed is what this is all about. But who would care to read it and why?!

Posted by Lance Nordby | Feb 23, 2006 @ 05:07 PM | 6,881 Views
I went to finally add some content to my gallery but found I can't.

I'll admit that my initial response to this blog thing was hey, why'd they drop the gallery? But, I don't want to be one of those people who are irrationally resistant to changes, so I'll give it a try.

I'll start with my latest project:


House of Balsa kit (vastly modified) finished 2006

Wingspan 36”
Length 28.5”
Weight (flying) 24 oz. (approx.)
Motor E-flite 480
Prop APC 8x6E
ESC Castle Creations Phoenix-25
Battery 3S 1300mah
Rx Spektrum 6 ch
Servos 4 Hitec HS-55’s (2 for ailerons), 1 HS-81MG for landing gear/flaps
Landing gear Robart #123’s (man these things are finicky)
Duration Over 10 minutes easy.

This one took a looong time. The landing gear installation took as long as the rest of the plane. By the time I finished it I wished I had built a bigger plane. Had to finish it or suffer recriminations from the wife for not completing another project.

The “Snowbird” flies sweet. The landing gear coupled to the flaps works great. There is virtually no elevator trim changes needed when raising/lowering. I have yet to wring it out because of retract issues.

The “dirty snow” camo has yet to be applied and the pilot needs to be painted. I guess this project is not really done and probably never will be.
Posted by slopemeno | Feb 23, 2006 @ 04:27 PM | 6,206 Views
Well, I had tuesday off as a kinda, "get over the travel" day after my trip to my Dad's place in PHX. I went out to Tick to try to test fly the Genesis. Veeeery still out there, just big thermals floating up the hill. I flew the Mach Dart and I was suprised how well that thing flew as an ersatz hand-launch. I say fan-the-rudder-servo on 60"ers, and I'm right...No rudder servo and it cored small thermals perfectly. Still havent got to wring it out at speed, but hopefully this weekend will have some promise-the weather is coming in.

Anyway-the Genesis. The lift was maybe 5mph, and very sporadic. I waited until the wind seemed to be near-peaking (has anyone here ever screamed those words? "I'm PEAKING!"...anyway...) and chucked it off. I was a little tail-heavy, probably due to all that Krylon. Other than that it flew beautifully, responding to lift as though it was a handlaunch with what-ever-that-syndrome-Abe-Lincoln-had...was. Anyway, you get the idea. Cored small thermals well, responded to lift RIGHT NOW. It signalled lift with its tail suddenly lifting noticeably. It didnt pylon turn as well, so that had me scratching my head, so maybe I need to try to program the non-thermal setting more towards a snap-flap, non rudder setting.
The landings was pretty much a non-event. I had taken a shot in the dark on the crow/ele settings, and got fairly lucky. Since there was nearly no wind across the LZ it landed a touch fast, but , sheesh, whats a guy gotta do to get 15 mph around here anyway? Cant wait to wring it out on an Eastside day. Ive flown Slopeflyer33's and its rocksolid. Glad I bought it.
Posted by HACK | Feb 23, 2006 @ 03:28 PM | 8,065 Views
My name is HACK and I modify things.

It's a big day. My first blog entry and all.

I like that you can put Pics and links in the blog as well.

I love helicopters but recently started getting into planks as well.

EF Sabre Video

PH Micron Video

Radio Shack A7 Tornado Ducted Fan Video

Micron Walk-Around

Micron Flight

Many more projects in the Works!
Posted by merrelland | Feb 23, 2006 @ 10:24 AM | 5,505 Views
I like to soar....
Posted by aravindb | Feb 23, 2006 @ 09:52 AM | 3,661 Views
Ok.. guys.

I am now at learning the hover on a Honey Bee Cool. I can hover stable for 5 - 8 mins now. While learning I built a good fleet.

1. Honey Bee Cool
2. 3DX-400
3. TRex eCCPM - all Alum with rotorworkz frame

So far the heli stuff is great. It was not an easy transition from planes to Helis. I will be getting some of my planes ready for spring.

I will have the following ready for spring.
1. Mini Funtana
2. Potensky Chirsten Eagle
3. Jetset44 F-15 Parkjet
4. Wattage F-22 Raptor.
5. Depron FuntanaMini ( not sure if I will rebuild or repair ).

Let me know what you guys think.
Posted by MumblinBerk | Feb 23, 2006 @ 09:10 AM | 31,129 Views
What follows is a step-by-step performance build of the Stryker, using a great many of the most popular modifications found in the (massive) RCGroups threads on this terrific little plane.

Many thanks to all those who came before me, and contributed to the knowlege base of what works best on the Stryker.

What we lack however, is a single comprehensive source of all the best modifications in an easy to follow, step-by-step guide. That's what I'm hoping to provide.

Click Here for Build Thread...

Hope you find this of value.


Posted by Jurgen Heilig | Feb 23, 2006 @ 09:05 AM | 18,273 Views
Welcome to my one and only blog.

I really liked the old Gallery the way it was. It was a very easy to use platform to show fellow modelers from all over the world some of my pictures and videos.

I hope you enjoyed the old stuff in my gallery and perhaps some new members will enjoy some of the old material as well - especially as there won't be any more new stuff.

Best regards,

Jürgen Heilig
Posted by Hutch | Feb 23, 2006 @ 02:34 AM | 11,574 Views

Posted by Fkawi1 | Feb 23, 2006 @ 02:08 AM | 2,634 Views
Hello, my name is Ron and I am a Harley rider/car mechanic,I may have just turned 50 but you are never to old to get a new toy!
I just got the XRB silver Lama (tethered- I hate batteries!) and think it is a good starter heli mainly for the fact that I don't have to deal with the batteries or find that the battery is just about dead when hovering high enough that it would be a shame to crash!
It isn't easy I see but it appears that after countless hours of practice,some hair pulling,ordering parts, and a few tears(or is that beers?) now and then that I'll whip this thing and learn how to fly?
I'm still gathering as much info. as I can find on what to do and how to do it along with some good old reckless, seat of the pants, trial and error crashing,so wish me luck or at least don't laugh o.k.?
And yes I have ordered more blades already!
Little Ronnie
Posted by davidsons | Feb 23, 2006 @ 12:45 AM | 13,875 Views
Posted by CyberPilot | Feb 23, 2006 @ 12:45 AM | 5,853 Views
My Wanderer (for Sale)

The receiver is not included.