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Archive for June, 2015
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 30, 2015 @ 04:19 PM | 3,087 Views
And she is here, in perfect condition from NJ to CO! I checked out all her connections, servos, and control surfaces to be in perfect working order. I did adjust the Rudder as was indicated on Page 8 of the Manual, The Rudder was actually already in the innermost hole as was recommended by everyone here so I did not have to adjust that part. I did check the OCP (over current protection, inherent with this UMX model) with the stock prop and it did set it off consistently at full throttle, so I made the switch to the GWS 5030 Prop.

No more OCP issues.

Her maiden will be tonight. Wish me luck.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 29, 2015 @ 09:55 PM | 3,860 Views
There is something to be said about flying days where you take your most difficult plane out to fly and she reminds you to be confident in your abilities. Today was the last day of flying before the arrival of the Gee Bee tomorrow and I took the Sbach out for some pattern flying, aerobatics, and many landing sequences. As I finessed every landing in, she reminded me again. What a beautiful flying day.

I'm ready for the Gee Bee.

Thanks Sbach.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 25, 2015 @ 10:07 PM | 3,049 Views
So the storms here in Colorado finally let up just a little bit this evening and I had to test out my Super Champ "Galm 1" with her new set of 1-3/4" Custom Dubro Tundra Tires. The 2" Customs worked well at lower altitudes, but her climb rate was poor by my standards. I already knew it was going to be a hairy ride with the wind blowing across the field and with her rolling backwards, unable to sit still for take off, but I went with it. It was a very quick takeoff against the wind and within 2 feet, she was airborne. Performance and agility were significantly improved as was her lift rate. As I fought the wind and gusts, I couldn't resist pulling out my iPhone for a few photos as she stood still in the wind at times. Mind you, I'm a one-man show, and do all of my photo/video footage and flying alone. This would have been a day where a flying partner would have been nice. Finagling the iPhone 6 in my hand, adjusting throttle for a wind hover, and keeping her steady into the wind was anything but boring. On top of that, I was moving around the field, walking, chasing and positioning myself for the shot, all the while flying and keeping her in the air with the right stick.. It must've been amusing for any spectator watching across the lacrosse game to see this guy doing all this and keeping his plane in the air and under control. 4 batteries later and many go-arounds, hearing the Sport Cub S motor muscling her way through the wind as the AS3X on the UMX Radian brick was getting a workout, working those landings and taking offs, I did manage to grab these shots. If anything, I got some practice in windsurfing and doing greased landings under duress. Oh and the slightly reduced wheels rock! I hope you enjoy the photos!!

My plane in the air through velvet skies. There's something about flying that's so peaceful. So high up above, nothing but you and the birds. Above all the craziness and hectic of the day, is just the calm, and the clouds.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 23, 2015 @ 03:02 PM | 2,760 Views
I have been wanting this UMX Gee Bee for a very long time! When I first started RC Flight last year, these were already discontinued. So I finally won one after searching and searching and can't wait to fly her and add to my collection.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 23, 2015 @ 10:07 AM | 2,815 Views
A Dawn Patrol Flight with my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" at David Lorenz Park. It's been a while since Sky Eye has flown a sortie. With a new motor installed, I took her out for a calm morning flight letting her stretch her wings. I lightened the front loading using Dubro 1.5" Microlite Wheels maintaining the stance and clearance and still providing good landing absorption. She is still as of today a great micro Sport Cub 808 Camera Platform.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S2 "Sky Eye" 808 Camera Flight - Dawn Patrol (5 min 32 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Sport Cub UMX Sport Cub S2
Prop: GWS 5043
Camera: 808 #16 Wide-Angle Lens
Battery: Lectron Pro 1s 600mAH 35c
Adapter: EFlite JST-RCY to UM Cable
Wheels: Dubro 1.5" Microlite Wheels
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:46 PM | 2,985 Views
Today I celebrated my 1 Year Anniversary as an RC Pilot flying Galm One, the plane that started it all and at the David Lorenz Park, the field where I learned from.

Ace Combat Zero - final interview (spoilers?) (2 min 31 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 21, 2015 @ 05:32 AM | 3,014 Views
This is the initial re-maiden flight of my 1-Year Old Hobbyzone Champ which was stored in her box for a few months after the stock Champ Receiver failed. The stock Champ Receiver could not handle the amp draw from the upgraded Sport Cub S Motor, along with the GWS 5043 Prop and Lectron Pro 180 mAh 45C Lipo Battery, causing a motor pulse failure at any throttle input. Upgrading to the UMX Radian Receiver allowed this upgraded setup to be possible, along with added features like AS3X to the already inherently stable Champ design. The AS3X that was pre-programmed for the UMX Radian complimented the Champ very well and did not try to overtake the controls, which gave an added advantage against wind. The Sport Cub S Motor along with the GWS 5043 Propeller was a great combination on this Champ, showing increased speed and lift with less throttle input.

With the body of a Champ, the brain of a UMX Radian, and the heart of a Sport Cub S, she has been reborn into a Super Champ, dubbed "Galm" (a powerful demon hound in Norse mythology that guards Hell).

Return of the Champ - Hobbyzone Champ with UMX Radian Receiver (3 min 46 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Champ
Motor: HBZ Sport Cub S Motor
Prop: GWS 5043
Receiver: UMX Radian Receiver
Wheels: Dubro Custom 2" Bush Wheels
Battery: Lectron Pro 180 mAh

Music: Kashmir - Escala Feat. Slash

Hope you enjoy her re-maiden highlight music video and as always, if you liked it please click the Thumbs Up button and feel free to subscribe! I'll try to keep them coming.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 19, 2015 @ 11:53 PM | 3,572 Views
This is an initial installation test of the UMX Radian Receiver (Brick) with AS3X installed inside my 1-year old HBZ Champ, which was the first plane I purchased, thus starting my RC Flight Hobby a year ago. This plane holds sentimental value to me as I learned all of my basics with her through many hours of flight and patience. After installing a GWS 5030 Prop (for more low-end thrust), HBZ Sport Cub Motor for more power, as well as Custom Dubro Bush Wheels, in conjunction with Lectron Pro 180mAh 45C Lipo Batteries, the stock HBZ Champ Receiver was not able to handle the increased amp draw, causing the motor to pulse and shut down. After some research and some help from a few Forum Members at RCGroups.com, I discovered that the UMX Radian Receiver was the recommended upgrade to the insufficient stock HBZ Champ Receiver. After initial installation testing, everything appears to be in good working order, including the AS3X that was pre-programmed with the new Receiver. There are no longer any motor pulse shutdowns, even at full throttle. Test Flight and Video to follow.

The body of a Champ, the brains of a UMX Radian, and the heart of a Sport Cub S.. this should be interesting.

Hobbyzone Champ Reborn - UMX Radian Receiver with AS3X Install Test (1 min 19 sec)

Aircraft: Hobbyzone Champ
Motor: HBZ Sport Cub S Motor
Prop: GWS 5030
Receiver: UMX Radian Receiver
Wheels: Dubro Custom 2" Bush Wheels
Battery: Lectron Pro 180 mAh 45C
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 15, 2015 @ 06:43 AM | 3,180 Views
View in Fullscreen and HD! An aerobatic flight montage of all my Horizon Hobby Biplanes.
Beautiful weather at David Lorenz Park: 74' fahrenheit, 6 MPH average wind with mild 8-9 MPH gusts.
Starring: UMX PT-17 Dual Aileron "Pegasus", UMX Beast 3D "Thunderstruck", UMX Pitts S-1S "Crimson Knight", and Viking Model 12 280 "Fenrir."
Music: Master of Tides by Lindsey Stirling.

Master of the Skies - UMX PT-17, Beast 3D, Pitts S-1S, Viking Model 12 280 (4 min 27 sec)

If this inspires you to go out and fly, then this video compilation was a success. I hope you enjoy the show!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:24 PM | 2,793 Views
Had a great time at the park flying my red biplanes today, the UMX Pitts S-1S and the UMX Beast 3D. "Had" being the key term, as David Lorenz Park was completely empty, until these two shmos decided to show up, and take their Off Road Truggy out for a spin. Mind you, there are 5 open Lacrosse Fields and these doofuses decide to drive this car all over the gravel parking lot, lose control of the vehicle and bounce it right on the hood of my 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5, setting off my alarm, as I was in midflight with my Pitts in the baseball field. As the owner apologized profusely, we proceeded to try to take his paint off of my front bumper. I took his information down and his license plate. As this was happening, the Park Ranger drove by. I had half a mind to report him to the Park Ranger but didn't.. as this is one of the few parks that allow RC items to be flown or driven, the last thing I need is for some bureaucrat to pass down a regulation against any RC at the Park. I told him, do you not see that there are 5 lacrosse fields wide open and you decide to drive your RC Car in a lot where you can hit things. Don't you think about this crap? He apologized again. I told him that I would see if a buff would get rid of the scuff but if it didn't to expect a phone call and a police report to get repairs done on my car. Of course he had no insurance. They left afterwards. So incredibly pissed off. Aside from this, I did manage to snap some good photos of Red Squad, as well as a shot of the scuff.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 11, 2015 @ 05:27 PM | 3,520 Views
View in Fullscreen and HD!! A spirited flight with my UMX Pitts S-1S. Stable yet highly maneuverable, she is just an absolute joy to fly. Using a Custom 2" Dubro Wheel Gear Setup for taller grass takeoffs and landings, and a Hyperion 2S 240 mAh 25C Lipo.

UMX Pitts S-1S - Crimson Knight (3 min 11 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 07, 2015 @ 11:31 PM | 3,059 Views
My Blues were at the Park today, enjoying some of that Summer wind. My Dual Aileron Stearman got to windsurf while my Viking Model 12 280 did some sky drifting, sliding her tail through the wind and performed some killer Knife Edges and other aerobatic maneuvers. Too much fun.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 03, 2015 @ 12:10 PM | 3,396 Views
This is the initial test flight of the UMX PT-17 Stearman with 4 ailerons. I purchased a second UMX PT-17 Stearman for this experimental project to add ailerons to the upper wing surface. The goal was to increase the roll rate of this plane. Spare parts from an old junked UMX Beast 3D, specifically the vertical aileron rods that link the ailerons together were used to link the bottom ailerons of the Stearman to the new upper ailerons. I measured and notched both wings and installed the vertical aileron rods in those notches, just the same way it was installed in the Beast. Then I carefully measured and cut the ailerons, paying attention to match the original ailerons. Both wings are even and level and the aileron servo is functioning properly. The conditions during the Test Flight were a bit much as I measured 9 mph average wind speed and 11-12 mph gusts on my anemometer and the temperature was 55' Fahrenheit. The modification to the 4 ailerons do increase the roll rate of the plane, though the roll is still slow, so this maneuver will still take some timing and good control. It feels like I am fighting the stabilizing dihedral that was built into the lower wing section for that roll control, but once I'm inverted, I the roll rate increases drastically. Currently using a Lectron Pro 180 mAh 1S 45C Lipo and UMX Pitts Wheels. This video highlights the test flight footage. FYI, at 2:40s, yes that was a bird that went into pursuit and I scissored to get behind this beaky bird. Now if only I had machine gun sound effects and smoke that can come out of the bird, lol. Overall, I would say that it was a success with a bit more roll control and a very unique Stearman. I hope you enjoy the video!

UMX PT-17 Stearman II - Pegasus (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 03, 2015 @ 01:06 AM | 3,428 Views
I purchased a second UMX PT-17 Stearman for an experiment to see if adding additional ailerons would benefit the roll rate of this plane. I took the spare parts off of an old junked UMX Beast 3D, specifically the vertical aileron rods that link the ailerons together. I measured and notched both wings and installed the vertical aileron rods in those notches, just the same way it was installed in the Beast. Then I carefully measured and cut the ailerons, paying attention to match the ailerons below. Both wings are even and level and the aileron servo is working properly and responding well, as you can see in the video.

UMX PT-17 Stearman II - Linked Ailerons (0 min 23 sec)

Test flight will be tomorrow before work at 7am. Wish me luck!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jun 01, 2015 @ 11:31 PM | 4,671 Views
View in Fullscreen and HD!! Flight video of my UMX PT-17 Stearman at David Lorenz Park. What a wonderful little Biplane! I didn't think that I would like her as much as I do, but there are some models that just love to fly and enjoy the skies, and this is one of them. It was much windier than I had wanted for a flight video, but the PT-17 Stearman handled the turbulence with grace. She can handle slow flight as well as mild aerobatics like Loops, Rolls (just make sure you coordinate your Rudder and Elevator inputs as you Roll), Inverted Flight, Immelmans, Side Slips, and Hammerhead Turns with ease. I used a Lectron Pro 180 mAh 1S 45C Lipo and RC Fun Labs 1-3/8" Super Cub Wheels. If you are on the fence about getting a UMX PT-17 Stearman, just get her.. you won't be disappointed. She is also just a beautiful model right out of the box. A great piece of Aviation History.

UMX PT-17 Stearman - Training Heroes (3 min 38 sec)