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Posted by Kmot | Jul 15, 2018 @ 08:29 PM | 15,921 Views
I store my lipo batteries in my BBQ. I figure if it can hold hot coals, it could contain a lipo fire.

Anyway, it has been a mess and unorganized for too long. And many I knew were no good anymore. Some dated back to 2009. So I went through them today, picked out several that I did not want to keep and took them to the recycling center.

It looks a lot better now. Hopefully I can keep on top of it, lol...

Posted by Kmot | Jun 30, 2018 @ 09:24 PM | 7,813 Views
I took this Aeronca 15e out for some flights the other day, after fixing the broken landing gear mounts and wing struts, which apparently afflicted all of these E-Flite models.

E-Flite Aeronca 15e at Apollo XI Field - Cropped & Zoomed (7 min 20 sec)

Posted by Kmot | May 10, 2018 @ 09:33 PM | 4,732 Views
I have been getting my Paulistinha P-56 airplane going again. The engine needed some attention. I rebuilt the carb with new o-rings and I have run the engine some more on the test bench, and it is starting to settle in and get a better idle. I also installed an on-board glow plug driver to help with keeping an reliable idle.

In addition to the P-56, I have gotten a Toledo Special that I obtained second hand, into flying condition. It needed a new Rx and battery, and some re-arranging of various components. I also have installed a 3-axis gyro in this model, just to try it out. I have never flown a plane with a gyro before so it will be interesting. I did put it on a switch though, so I can turn it off if I want to.

Posted by Kmot | Mar 24, 2018 @ 10:56 PM | 3,983 Views
Three very rare Whiteman Industries "Marauder" hovercraft gathered together today at Hansen Dam Park.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 19, 2018 @ 04:08 PM | 3,245 Views
In the last two weeks I have put together two new scale model airplanes.

The NE-1 Cub of the US Navy in World War II. Model by Hobby King.

The De Havilland Venom Mk. VI fighter jet of the Canadian Air Force. Model by Durafly.

Posted by Kmot | Mar 10, 2018 @ 02:05 AM | 3,301 Views
3rd in a series of "Some of my RC". Now it's the RC cars, trucks, and motorcycles. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Mar 03, 2018 @ 12:20 AM | 4,288 Views
Just thought I would post something. This is "some" of my airplanes. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Feb 13, 2018 @ 06:30 PM | 3,839 Views
Well, not really. It never existed.

We have a few Flyzone Tidewater airplanes in our club at Hansen Dam. So I thought it would be a good idea to not have them all looking the same. I decided to repaint mine in a pseudo WWII US Navy blue camo scheme. Cheap and dirty, I did not spend a lot of time on it. But it looks okay, and in the air it is actually easier to see now than the white version. Bonus!

Posted by Kmot | Mar 27, 2016 @ 09:36 PM | 14,756 Views
Here is a Parma '56 Ford body mounted on a 4x4 Traxxas Slash. It is a stand-off replica of a La Carrera Panamericana racer.

Posted by Kmot | Jan 11, 2016 @ 05:01 PM | 13,663 Views
I recently bought the newly released Hobbico Flyzone Seawind Select Scale model airplane.

It is the new generation (to me anyway) style of ARF that does not require any glue or epoxy. Everything snaps, or screws together.

The plane has all the servo's and ESC and lighting wires loose inside the cabin and it is a bit of a spaghetti mess, lol... So the first order of business was to tidy it all up. With the rear seat in place it looks pretty clean and organized.

I am using my FLYSKY FS-i10 radio system in this model. I used the 10-channel Rx and also connected the voltage sensor for the on-board battery pack.

The installed lighting system is cool, but it is flawed. Because it has nav lights, strobe lights, and landing lights that ALL are on always. The landing lights effectively blot out the other lights by its brightness. They should have set them up so that the landing lights only turned on when the gear or flaps were extended. Not a deal breaker by any means, but it could have been thought out a little better.

So I got it all set up, and took some photos and then decided I didn't like having so many stripes all over the aircraft. And the "Seawind" script on either side of the fuselage had been applied crooked. So I removed the script and about half of the stripes. Looks better to me, but then I know everyone has their own opinion.

I still want to paint the instrument panel cover. As it
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Posted by Kmot | May 09, 2015 @ 11:13 PM | 14,166 Views
Tower Hobbies recently chopped $40 off the price of this little micro Beaver and so the selling price is now $100. With my SSC membership I got another $15 knocked off so this little plane only cost $85 delivered.

I did some detail painting on it and now it is ready for its maiden.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 17, 2015 @ 06:09 PM | 15,684 Views
My newest r/c aircraft is the Ugly Stik foamy from Durafly aka Hobby King. What intrigued me about this model was the faux glow engine. It looked very authentic in the promo photos.

Being a long time model airplane engine enthusiast I wanted to see one for myself. Hobby King had a 1/2 Off Sale for a week and so I got the Ugly Stik at half price.

Well, the fake engine is pretty sweet looking. Even in person, from just a few feet away it is indistinguishable from a genuine glow engine.

The 'kit' is absurdly easy to assemble. All appendages simply use screws to attach them.

The wood Durafly propeller is one of the most beautifully finished props I have seen. The glossy clear coating is truly stunning.

I embellished mine slightly with the sharks teeth and eye.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:54 AM | 15,140 Views
I got my custom graphics stickers I created, from Callie. Put them on the quad and now the livery is complete.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 02, 2015 @ 11:26 PM | 14,632 Views
Threw some paint on my Yuneec Q500 Typhoon quadcopter. And some APC props too,
Posted by Kmot | Feb 08, 2015 @ 03:52 PM | 15,393 Views

I have installed firmware update V1.1 to the Scout and GCS update V1.0.3 to my tablet.

A new feature that I learned about is the ability to connect the GCS to the Scout and then turn on the F12E transmitter and see the video feed from the iLook+ camera. I just tried it and it is very cool. I still have not flown with GCS however.

So I did a flight today using the F12E, after the V1.1 update, in my backyard. Although I have had my Scout since November and have probably 30 (mostly short) flights on it I have never switched to a GPS mode, ever. So in manual mode I noticed not much difference at all. It still wants to wander around my backyard and I still have to constantly be flying it, making control adjustments. I don't consider that a bad thing, just mentioning that nothing seems to have changed there. The props start up evenly, but at a much too high RPM in my opinion. Oh well...

So today I switched into GPS mode for the very first time. I was prepared to immediately switch back out if anything went awry. I have a small area to fly between a house, garage, block walls, and neighbors monster trees. To my delight, it held very well. I would not call it 'rock solid', but certainly it is decent.

I also did some battery checking. Last weekend while flying over water, the Scout almost took a dunk. Because the battery is a 10C, and just does not have enough 'oomph' when needed. I made a rapid circling descent from around 50' and at 20' tried to...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Jan 16, 2015 @ 06:45 PM | 18,322 Views
Here are my three quadcopter's that each can carry a camera and film video or take still photos.

Walkera Scout X4. Yuneec Q500 Typhoon. Quanum Nova.
Posted by Kmot | Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:27 PM | 15,656 Views
I just was made aware of this from LA City Councilmember Mitchell Englander:

This week, together with my colleague Councilmember Tom La Bonge, we introduced a motion requesting the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Board of Police Commissioners, the City Attorney, the City Administrative Officer (CAO), and the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) report to the Public Safety Committee with policy guidelines for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as Drones, within the City of Los Angeles and provide recommendations on how to strictly enforce the operation of drones to designated areas or remote controlled airfields.

The operation of drones have been increasing greatly within the City of Los Angeles. These UAS are either gas or electric driven and controlled by a signal sending device that is in the possession of the operator.

These UAS are susceptible to the same conditions and could encounter the same problems that any aircraft, flying over the City of Los Angeles, would experience. Since the size of the drone is usually small and used as a recreational tool, the UAS currently can be flown anywhere in the City at a relatively low altitude. Because of its size, its ability to fly low and its low noise signature, drones can currently be flown in areas and virtually be undetected by citizens on the ground.

The operator also has ability of controlling the aircraft and losing visual contact with the aircraft which would put the safety of
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