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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 20, 2019 @ 02:45 PM | 2,558 Views
I know that many have old GWS Slow Stick Models that have been stored perhaps as long as mine and it takes just a few minutes to test and test the electronics and Radio Gear to make sure ALL Systems work flawlessly.

In my case with this RED GWS Slow Stick, I found today that the No-Name Brand 20-AMP ESC had a hole in the Heat Shrink Material right over the FETs and also during testing by connecting a Battery and Transmitter it just did not want to come alive! This particular Slow Stick is on a BERG super narrow band 72-Mhz (Castle Creations Product) and coupled with my JR XP-7202 Synth Transmitter that is just Rock Solid. Well, after several connects and disconnects with the Battery -to- ESC connector I found a strange issue with it being completely active and then, it went dead after a few minutes handling the connector!

I took off the Tape for the Positive and Negative at the ESC Connector (once I had everything disconnected from the Battery) and found a very bad SOLDER Joint at the Negative post. Needless to say, I just went ahead and replaced this ESC with the Bullet Proof E-Flite 25-AMP ESC and like magic the model stayed active without any issue nor brown outs. This exercise made me create a new Memory Location for this Slow Stick and on Channel 31 so, not all was lost and it has it's own memory location on the Transmitter!

Additionally, I checked all linkages and foam hinges and they all passed with flying colors!
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 20, 2019 @ 06:55 AM | 2,757 Views
Guys,

I had an opportunity super early this morning while the family was still asleep to work on at least one RED SLOW STICK with a BP Brushless motor, ESC and servos already installed, however, required some TLC and minor repairs.

This particular GWS Slow Stick had some modifications and RICHARD installed hollow Aluminum Rubber Band Securing Posts to allow for any size / shape rubber bands and not fear that they will come OFF during flight instead of just using the STOCK Plastic Nipples.

However, one section (Right Front Post plus Plastic Hardware) was observed to have been busted completely off and I had to improvise and repair. Luckily I have a good hardware collection of sorts and was able to fix the post by drilling baby drill on the top of the wing saddle and found a head bolt small enough with almost a flat head to fix and return this SLOW STICK in flying condition.

A few Pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 18, 2019 @ 02:54 PM | 1,517 Views
Guys!

Since my buddy (Gerry) is retired he beat me to having the first operational SLOW STICK from the lot I found in my house last night!

Gerry really wants to go back to relaxing times and fly SLOW and LOW as he has a Grand Daughter (2 years old) that is transfixed with RC Airplanes!

Here is Gerry's Dark Green SLOW STICK with Brushless Power! THE CRAZE IS BACK!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 17, 2019 @ 07:28 PM | 1,720 Views
Wow!

I had no idea that I had so many Slow Sticks and with a variety of colors!

I wished that I had the BLUE!

Two Slow Stick, I acquired from a good friend named RICHARD who moved away to Madison, WI.

Anyway, I found a brand new In-The-Box "YELLOW" Version Slow Stick, Slope Version (No Power System).

Got my hands FULL!

A few pictures from a few minutes ago!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 17, 2019 @ 01:04 PM | 1,602 Views
Heck!

Talk about a revisiting an OLD and previously thought Long Gone GWS SLOW STICK!

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...s-at-Graves-RC



Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 04, 2019 @ 01:15 PM | 902 Views
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...n-BNF-LPU-ONLY

Okay guys!

I like to thank those that have replied and expressed interest in my nice flying and super large T-28 Trojan that was modified with lots of care and expense.

A nice gentleman at my RC Club this morning purchased it with CASH on hand after he saw it fly after an 8 minute routine of good aerobatics and several touch & goes!

He was very impressed on the manner that this can slow down better than a GWS SLOW STICK.

The good news on top of the CASH "is" that I will still see this great model fly at my RC Club and still will enjoy it watching it while sitting down! LOL!

A few pictures of today!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 03, 2019 @ 10:33 AM | 926 Views
Okay,

It was just perfect conditions and so much so that I almost got my original Park-zone P-47 Thunderbolt to do some very close to the ground (inches from the deck) flying with partial flaps and it almost landed! Got some behind me yelping and giving them Wedgies of sorts! HA!

Seriously, my original P-47 Thunderbolt (modified) with the Park Zone 480 (Black Stock Brushless Motor) flew delightfully with very quiet manners and ZERO vibrations coming from the Business End (Motor / Prop / etc...). Additionally, the landing could have been picture perfect but, I purposely pulled excessive UP Elevator to allow the model to slam down on the Textile Runway from about 15 inches and the Left Retract held with the Gorilla Wood Glue! During the Pre-Flight checks, I only had to cut around the main Gear Skirts as some of the Glue got around the skirts and adhered to the bottom of the wing. A hobby knife and being careful with the Retract cable did the trick and dislodged the Plastic Skirt from the Bottom of wing. I love this Gorilla Wood Glue as it does not leave any ugly residue.

The newer P-47 Thunderbolt (completely stock) with the provided from factory Park Zone 15 Black Brushless motor performed just flawlessly and with good power! This model I didn't fool around with and maintained Airspeed throughout it's flight routine. It is at least 2 ounces heavier up at the Business End and I mitigated the tendency of NOSE-OVER by pulling the flight (GENs ACE 3-Cell,...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 02, 2019 @ 01:36 AM | 917 Views
Wow!

I finally found out WHY-O-WHY my Original ParkZone P-47 Thunderbolt (Modified) had been observed with a vibration at the Prop!

After a little over seven (7) years after my modification from the ParkZone 15 BL motor -to- the ParkZone 480 BL (Stock Black Motors), it seems like the attaching screws that hold the 480 in it's Plastic Motor mount got lose!

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...80-%28960Kv%29

At least two were pretty lose and a simple tightening was done. No, didn't use any Lok Tite because I didn't want to risk the motor internals with any of this stuff going inside the motor.

Anyway, at least I know now what was the issue.

Additionally, last time I flew it, the battery took a dump of sorts and didn't seem to have enough power or so I thought and stupidly I landed down range of the Textile Runway and into rather tall grass (weeds) and the Left Retract came out completely out of the wing and slightly cracked the wing near the plastic gun cannons mold line. The retract itself didn't get damaged and the wing structure (spar) fortunately was not damaged in any way!

Using Gorilla Wood Glue and the wing and Retract Mount is on it's way for like new condition!

Can't wait to fly it again.
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 30, 2019 @ 02:52 PM | 1,943 Views
Hello good people!

In my quest to keep my Park Zone T-28 Trojan operational and with the Tricycle Landing Gear, most especially the NOSE Wheel Strut steering, I am investigating other models that will work to re-construct the lower portion of the STOCK Firewall of the Park Zone T-28 Trojan and Steering!

My model has completely been busted with lost of ill fated landings (no, I am NOT a beginner) just that it has over 1,000 flights and stuff happens even with the most experienced RC Flyer! Poor model is OLD and has lots of flights on it's log.

Okay, I am closely looking at this model: (FMS 1400mm Sky Trainer 182 - BLUE):
https://www.horizonhobby.com/pdf/FMM007-Manual-EN.pdf

You will see the plastic firewall and the nose wheel strut with spring loaded action!

I have ordered both!

We shall see how this ends up! I will provide a new thread over at the ParkFlyers Section!

You can see these parts at the Horizon Hobby Web Site!

https://www.horizonhobby.com/FMM007P...SABEgKIw_D_BwE
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 29, 2019 @ 01:42 PM | 869 Views
Okay good people,

First off, this has ZERO to do with the Re-Release of this same model by Horrizon / E-Flite a few weeks ago!


Besides Rocketsled666 who I know is going to say NOT to install any more additional items to make the Retracts work better because one is adding more stuff to fail (failure points), I am wondering what the REST of you OUT there have experienced with these Electric Retracts by E-Flite?

WHY?

Because at the start of initial activation of my Model the Main Retracts will NOT come DOWN so, I can taxi this large & heavy model. Yes, I store this model with GEAR-UP. I would have to disconnect the NOSE Wheel Retract in order to get the MAINS DOWN and then, Disconnect the MAINS and reconnect the NOSE retract so, ALL gears would be in the GEAR-DOWN position.

Not only is this a Hassle but, unnerving from a stand point of flying this model and placing the Retracts in GEAR-UP position as I am NOT certain if they will come back down????

I have the NOSE Retract and the Mains in a Y-Connector and the Output plug towards the Receiver so, NO separate Battery configuration as of yet.

My QUESTION "IS" does anyone have experienced this issue and if so, how did you solve it?

A Video that I recorded today but, as you can see ALL Operated like it should!

TIA!

E-Flite Carbon T-28 Trojan 78-inch wing span RC Airplane Model Retracts (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 28, 2019 @ 04:00 AM | 1,398 Views
Been flying the TAR out of my little GWS pico Tiger Moth and still with the Himax HC2212-1180 Brushless Outrunner without any issue or problems!

A little additional Kv so, I can fly my pico Tiger Moth with just 2-Cells and still have good power while swinging a GWS 8 X 6 prop. Performs it ALL including a loop from level flight and etc....etc.....

Just a super power system!

Okay, for those wondering:
http://stores.aeromicro.com/himax-22...-runner-motor/


Power System Setup:

Himax HC2212-1180 Brushless Outrunner
Castle Creations ThunderBird 9 AMP Brushless ESC
GWS Std Narrow Servos
Castle Creations BERG 4-Channel Receiver
2-Cell, 1200mAH, Li-POLY <-- This is the largest Battery I use! It usually a 850mAH 2-Cell to keep it really light!
Pilot from ParkZone P-51D Mustang "Frankie"
Wheels, Dubro Lite Foam 1 1/2 inch diameter

Keeps my model really light!

Tiger Moth (2 min 29 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM | 1,885 Views
Guys!

Been flying my ParkZone Snorting Bull P-47 Thunderbolt for the past two days and visiting my RC Club on the way to work

The model is spectacular and never disappoints plus, it lands dead stick with minimal UP Elevator input. However, I was shocked this morning as I found myself landing with the Flaps with 4 degrees in the UPWARD Position, I mean it performed almost a perfect three point landing with very scale effects!

There was one RC Club member (Milt Farrow) who witnessed the calamity

Anyone landed their P-47 with UPWARD Flaps?

A few pictures!


Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 19, 2019 @ 08:29 AM | 1,917 Views
Guys,

Well, to me I got a super deal locally from a former co-worker (retired) and who sold me this GEM!

It is a Vintage Carl Goldberg Jr. Falcon! He came with three spinners to choose from, all for a cool $75 US Cash and delivered to my RC Club on Sunday morning!

Can't get better than this! The Kit is brand new and in super shape!

Thank you Peter!
Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 12, 2019 @ 04:28 AM | 1,920 Views
Guys,

I believe I found an Ugly side effect of how the Spektrum AR636 initially powers UP and how it moves the control surfaces. I am certain that this is why my Elevator is acting UP in-flight and WHY the servo ( I am certain it's the Elevator) servo at times makes this loud jamming noise right after AR636 initial Power-UP !

The following Video is my E-Flite AT-6 Texan with the stock Spektrum AR636 and I have been hearing and observing a loud jamming sound from my servos due to the manner in which the AR636 initially powers UP. This is very hard on the servos! That day I flew my AT-6 Texan twice with the new GEN ACES 3-Cell, 2600mAH, 45C Discharge Lithium Batteries and it flew great but, I am still anticipating UP Elevator during turns and other maneuvers, otherwise the model tends to nose down.

Just to be complete, I followed the instructions carefully and TURNED-OFF the help of the AS3X features but, after my AT-6 Texan lands and I hold it, I can hear the Ailerons still moving very slightly! I don't need any help!

The Jamming (at times) is very ALARMING at best because it sounds like the servo is Jamming up on initial Power-UP and Initiation of the Spektrum AR636.

My beloved AT-6 will now be a hanger queen until I will install that spare AR8000 with Satellite receiver.

I have posted the section of manual for the AT-6 Texan so, you all can see that it states:

Once the AS3X system is active, control surfaces may move rapidly. This is normal. AS3X remains active until the battery is disconnected


Okay, here's my Video where you may or may NOT hear the very violent movement of servos during initial Power-UP of the AR636!

Spektrum AR636 Receiver initial power-up 08-10-2019 (0 min 40 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 07, 2019 @ 09:10 PM | 4,328 Views
Gerry ,

Recall that this is the Prototype wing with 6 inner ribs and the nominal production wing has only 5.

I have taken many measurements for you but, if you need any other measurement then, just let me know.

Hope this helps!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 23, 2019 @ 08:33 PM | 3,437 Views
Hi guys,

Without posting my specific Power System Setup all over again here, I have linked to the Post back almost one year ago over the review thread at:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...65&postcount=7

The only item that I can say today is the purchase of (Quantity 2) 3-Cell, 2600mAH 45C Discharge GENS ACE battery packs!
I got these from my GravesRC Hobby Store in Orlando, Florida.

It really woke UP my model with it's specific Power System and the wooden 11 X 6 propeller. I found the throttle nothing over one click above 1/2 (Half) throttle.

Yes, no fancy Video but, I am super happy and thankful that we have the best GravesRC in Orlando, Florida that STOCKs the best in SouthEast USA!
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 19, 2019 @ 09:47 PM | 6,051 Views
Good evening gals & guys!

I do realize that everyone has their favorite RC Transmitter Radio that has pulled them through in this hobby. I have had many Transmitters and the best has been JR XP-7202 and the First GEN DX7 in the JR Case.

I have always wanted to try out the First GEN DX7-SE (Special Edition) which comes with an enhanced RF board that operates at the faster sampling speeds such as 11ms (11 Milli-Second) sample rate.

I had a few disappointments at certain classified boards and finally over at eBay I found someone selling one and I was able to win the bidding session all the way to the last second. There was at least three other people that was head-to-head in trying to get this GEM of a transmitter but, my experience in bidding was no match for these less experienced.

Therefore, I am the proud owner of one First GEN DX7-SE and I just tested it and all systems work as they should. Can't wait to fly my experimental model, Parkzone T-28 Trojan (1.1m wing span).
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 24, 2018 @ 11:33 PM | 12,403 Views
Guys,

Okay, I did activate my Model and watched it closely and in fact the Left Rudder deflection was observed as having the Steering Block come UP against the Plastic "Ball Point Pen" Housing that I installed while the Nose Wheel Gear was UP position. The bending of the Steering Rod was not that much but, I did notice some so...................................

E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan Nose Wheel Mod using Spring 12-24-2018 (5 min 21 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 23, 2018 @ 09:26 AM | 12,347 Views
RE: E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan

Guys,

A video and pictures of what I did to avoid the Steering ARM Block from moving while the Nose Wheel Retraction is in motion.

This mod prevents the Steering attachment BLOCK from sliding along the Steering ARM such that it will NOT twist the Nose Wheel Assembly and hit the Foam end stops of the FUSE.

Video contains the pictures as well.
E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan Nose Wheel Mod 12-23-2018 (4 min 25 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 20, 2018 @ 03:18 PM | 12,007 Views
Guys,

If anyone has replaced the Nose Wheel Retract, it may have been someone who modified it with something else because I just could not see any post that had someone replace the STOCK for STOCK nose wheel retract.

Let me tell you......................to me it was a BIG pain in the ASHE!

Certainly, this doesn't fall in any solid manner of a modification but, it does fall in a slight mod in terms of what you have to do in order to successfully replace a STOCK retract with ALL the disassembly and re-assembly!

Okay, I am beat from a couple of hours with playing ROPE-A-DOPE with this Nose Wheel Retracts!

It seems like grease may have played a part in the BURNING of the Nose Wheel retract Circuit board "or" someone took-off or landed the model in WET GRASS!

You need to look at the pretty pictures I have provided to see what I had to do and some recommendations!

Thanks for your patience with me....Continue Reading