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Posted by HugoCraft | Jul 26, 2013 @ 02:49 PM | 10,294 Views
Video is up from my King 50 attempt last weekend! I think I did well for my first time especially a month before was the first time I tried to choreograph a flight to my custom sound track to match. Video was shot by "DaOldGuy" and big thanks to him! I added the audio track to the video.

John Stuart 2013 King 50 with Audio (4 min 5 sec)

Posted by HugoCraft | Jun 16, 2013 @ 06:45 AM | 10,760 Views
Here are the pics from last night and didn't know he got video but it was just with me before diggity got there. 3ding happens at 1:35 and 3:05

SLICK (4 min 21 sec)

But its funny that we both have used 89" slicks. Got mine from djmoose and he got his from wamsy

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Posted by HugoCraft | Dec 26, 2012 @ 03:49 PM | 11,840 Views
Having fun with the new to me 48" epp extra

2nd Flight w/3dhs 48" EPP Extra (4 min 28 sec)

3dhs 48" Extra 8th Flight (4 min 46 sec)
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Posted by HugoCraft | Aug 12, 2012 @ 08:56 PM | 12,327 Views
Had a blast flying again this year in the Cincinnati IMAC"Burn It" Challenge! Flew 2 contests last year and now 2 this year but moved up to sportsman this year. Sportsman was the biggest class with 10 pilots but the total pilot count was 31 pilots! I came in 5th but I know I got at least (1) 1000 after round 3 but not sure after that. I don't think I zeroed any of the unknowns so I'm happy. I forgot to pick up my score sheets but the results will be posted soon.

I wasn't plan on flying freestyle since I hadn't flown that plane in 2 weeks but they talked me into it. I knew about the touch the ground rule gets you a zero but I totally forgot about it and I realized it after I drug the rudder across the ground a couple feet a few minutes in. Also I think nobody there ever seen a pop-top before and were amazed by it. Everybody saying they never seen that before, what is it called, where did you see it, how do you do it, etc.

After watching intermediate so much I want to give that a try and practice both knowns and uknowns. That should make sportsman easier to fly. I had a great time and overall a very fun event.

All the pictures I took are here:

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Posted by HugoCraft | Jun 30, 2012 @ 01:39 PM | 13,225 Views
This is my 5th flight on the new Blade 130-x but the first flight with the high performance blades without the weighted bullets. It has never been crashed or dropped at all. Basically only 5 flights without any damage or problems.

Toward the end of the flight you can see it started to piro all of a sudden and I pegged the rudder the right/oppposite of the rotation with no reponse. I even wiggled the rudder before it hit and still no reaction. After it hit I noticed one of the tail blades was gone but the bolt holding it was still there. I couldn't find the blade at all and I searched near by the crash site. I think it shot the tail blade then it started to piro and there was nothing I could do. I tried to keep it at zero pitch and hit throttle hold. One grip had the ball break off at the end but the link was still atttached to the swashplate. That could of gone first but I doubt it since the blades looked fine upon impact and the link easily gets binded with only one end attached to swashplate.

Earlier I lost half or one of the canopy mounts that holds the canopy by walking the helicopter from the truck to the bench without the canopy on. So make sure your canopy mounts are secure to the cf rod and not loose! So far the parts I need is new main blade grips, tail blades, and canopy rod.

I guess I need to contact Horizon but they will want me to mail the entire helicopter to them I bet.

Blade 130x Failure in Flight then CRASH! (2 min 48 sec)

edit: also the pin on the bottom of the tail pitch slider broke completely off and is gone. That could of failed in flight then caused the uncontrolled piro.
Posted by HugoCraft | Jun 03, 2012 @ 08:42 PM | 12,744 Views
Had another very fun day! We set a record yesterday for crowd attendance and I'm sure we broke it again today. Last year we raised >$15,000 so I'm sure we beat that since each year we raise more than the last. Had fun flying with Mark Trent and Jeff Williams. Also had fun flying with local talent Josh with helicopters and Michael Hunt with his DA-120 powered Sabach. Also Greg Poppel does a great job announicing and enjoyed the company of Mike Barbee, John Boyko, Jerry Smith, Will Berninger and his wife.

A thread about the event here on FG with a ton of pictures:

Big thanks to Lou for shooting pictures and video all day yesterday. Here is part 1and he does a great job shooting, editing, and creating this final video!

2012 Wings for Kids at RCRCKY Part 1 of 2 (12 min 49 sec)

Its a fun video to watch from start to end but here are some of my favorites:

At 2:46 I help a friend talk him through his landing and then after that try to hold on John Boyko's Pitts with DA-150 in it,

Jeff William at 4:35

1/2 scale cub at 7:15 with da-150 at 68lbs I think

Me with the 87shp at 10:25 then just keep watching and you'll see a couple tail touches

Also it is fun to take photos with Will's 1/2 scale cub

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Posted by HugoCraft | Mar 29, 2012 @ 09:51 PM | 12,920 Views
Did the maiden flight of the Bucker tonight! My friend and builder, Cliff was there to see it. It went great and the 2nd flight was even better since I knew it was already trimmed out. It was so neat yet relaxing to fly and everybody at the field was excited to see it fly. I was nervous wreck but sooooooooooooo glad it flew and does great. Now need to put some graphics on it and make it look like the full scale counterpart.

Also got some pics of diggity2424 with his 3dhs 70" e-slick. It was a very fun and memorable evening for all of us....Continue Reading
Posted by HugoCraft | Mar 05, 2012 @ 01:11 PM | 13,492 Views
Couldn't resist and flew the fusion this morning with the gopro on board because of all the snow.

Snow Covered RCRC EP Tom Sawyer Park w/ GoPro (5 min 52 sec)

Posted by HugoCraft | Dec 28, 2011 @ 10:10 PM | 14,026 Views
Found this pic that my girlfriend too of me back in november of 2008.
Posted by HugoCraft | Dec 04, 2011 @ 03:00 PM | 13,911 Views
johnS (3 min 59 sec)

Posted by HugoCraft | Dec 01, 2011 @ 08:41 PM | 14,096 Views
It was a warm 50F day and sunny with hardly any I had to pull the 87shp out and fly! Friends where prestent and Tony shot these impressive photos. We all had fun and I'll post more pics/videos as I get them....Continue Reading
Posted by HugoCraft | Nov 13, 2011 @ 06:54 PM | 14,491 Views
For the first time I tried some slope soaring and flew the parkzone t-28 today for over an hour at Frankfort, KY. The winds were of the of the south at 20mph gusting to 35mph. I powered up at the launch and a couple times playing around, but the motor was shut off at least 59 minutes of the flight. Afterward the 3s 2200mAh pack was still 4.05v per cell for a total voltage of 12.15v! Next time I'll go for 2 hours.

It was a blast and I'm hooked now. It would have not been possible without the help from friends/members of the Louisville Area Soaring Society
Posted by HugoCraft | Nov 11, 2011 @ 09:40 PM | 14,813 Views
I'm using a fairly new Chrome 220mAh 25C LiPo from in my brushless mCP-x and it already has more punch than my thunderpower and hyperion lipos which are already broken in.

Setup is a C05M 11,500kv brushless outrunner, 8t pinion, XP-7A ESC, and steve convertor w/reistor to make it a PNP motor kit. Frame upgrades are carbon fiber lower frame brace, micro-heli swash, micro-heli tail motor mount, and Orange KBDD blades.

Not the best video but this is what I shot this evening.

Chrome 220mAh 25C LiPo on Brushless mCP-X (3 min 2 sec)

Posted by HugoCraft | Oct 01, 2011 @ 09:24 PM | 15,376 Views
Didn't want to pay the extra $$$ for the PNP kit from wowhobbies so I just made it myself and soldered it up. I bought most of the components from Astroid Designs:

$24 ~ C05M 11,500 KV short 1mm shaft Brushless Motor

$15 ~ XP-7A 1-2S ESC

$5.50 ~ Carbon lower frame brace .5mm

The only thing I got from wowhobbies was the Steve converter w/resistor so you can plug the yellow wire to the brushed motor connector on the main board if you solder a male plug to it. That was $20 before shipping.

The only things left were a female and male mCP-x battery connector which I acquired from a friend who bought a bunch of those in bulk from an electronics place online.

First I took and old frame missing the front posts and removed all the plastic until the motor would fit like Matt Bockmans frame. I ended up using a Dremel high speed cutter wheel to remove most the plastic followed by a razor to trim it up. Lastly I added the cf lower brace and it was so tight that it needs no glue.

What I did:

I cut the heat shrink off the xp-7a esc then de-soldered the motor leads. I shortened the motor leads to 30cm and soldered them straight to the ESC. I then soldered the mCP-x battery connector to the power input on the xp-7a. I plugged in a servo tester and powered up the xp-7a to verify I had the motor spinning the correct way and luckily it was correct the first time.

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Posted by HugoCraft | Sep 25, 2011 @ 09:05 AM | 15,428 Views
I went to my first scale contest with two local club friends. The event was held by SIRCM club but hosted at ORVRCF flying field. It was only an hour drive away and it was our first contest.

We all competed in fun scale novice but we helped each other out and took all advice with guidance from experienced contestants. I some how got 1st place with my 3dhs 87" Extra 300SHP which I just maidened a week ago!

Here are the photos I took but skylineflyer will probably post pictures soon too. He had the 55cc T-28 Trojan and the yellow Waco was flown by Tim....Continue Reading
Posted by HugoCraft | Feb 23, 2011 @ 08:43 PM | 15,314 Views
First warm day of the year to get out the gas plane:

John's Slick (6 min 51 sec)