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Posted by UpNup | Mar 30, 2017 @ 08:59 PM | 5,077 Views
The DX6e transmitter suggests mixing in down elevator when throttling up suddenly. Maybe after a touch and go or an aborted landing attempt. The concept of mixing in something from the back of the plane that will slow it down while the front of the plane is pouring on thrust seemed counterintuitive.

Then as I was driving down a straight highway all alone, a bright red cardinal jumped up from the grass in the median and flew right across my lane not 30 feet ahead. And the bird was never more than four or five feet high--right across my field of vision. The bird was beating its wings very hard. Each stroke lifted his upper body, but I suddenly could notice its tail feathers slightly pushing down with each stroke. The bird's flight wasn't perfectly level, but fairly much so. He was definitely trying to fly flat-out as hard as he could. And to keep him level, if you will, he mixed in down elevator to tweak his throttle. His abdominal muscles worked just as hard as his chest and tail muscles to keep his body in a perfect line.

As the bird disappeared into a row of trees, I was mesmerized by the vision of flight that I understood in a new way. And it helped me understand, as a newbie, how down elevator helped a plane maintain level flight when powering up.

UPDATE: The mix that I originally put into the Elevator and Throttle was too severe. The plane never wanted to climb and, like the bird, stayed in a straight line about 5' off the ground!

Found this clip on YouTube. Maybe it'll help you see flight in a different light. Or maybe just study a surprised bird flying across your lane.

Slow Motion Movie from a Robin - flight study (1 min 20 sec)

Posted by UpNup | Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:56 AM | 5,405 Views
Some of you guys can hang your 3D aerobatic plane on its prop. But I had another problem. How do you hang a plane?

My home doesn't have exposed rafters and my ceilings are textured. However, I had a wall in the garage. After viewing a dozen videos on YouTube, I decided to use stick-on hangers ($6 ea.) and thick, soft yarn ($4). I just tied a knot at both ends and looped the yarn over the wings.

So now my hangers are my hangar. And I keep my lipos in a fireproof bag indoors.

Update: Came home from work on a very hot day. One of the stick-on hangers had let go and the plane was hanging by the remaining hanger. Although I put the hanger back into place with new tape, I find myself watching the heat in the garage. I may have to go with screw-in hangers.

How to Hang RC Planes on the Wall Quick Cheap Easy & Best - TheRcSaylors (3 min 12 sec)

Posted by UpNup | Mar 18, 2017 @ 01:45 PM | 6,138 Views
The whole FPV thing amazes me. To me, it could be renamed as First Person Victims. I don't have a drone (yet), but my nephew does. It's not that I'm lampooning him, but watch many of the videos and spotters are regularly yelling, "Watch out!" Forget flying too high or into buildings. As the cartoon character used to say, "We have met the enemy and he is us!" We're the ones being most endangered Here's my tribute to the First Person Video phenomena.
Posted by UpNup | Mar 18, 2017 @ 01:37 PM | 7,013 Views
My first plane was a SIG Kadet and it was flown into the ground by my instructor. He graciously replaced the fuselage to get me back in the air. But crashing is humiliating enough to either make you downright cynical or dig deep for a sense of humor. And a cynical sense of humor does have its moments. So, here's my contribution to a movement to rename RC plane parts for what they really SHOULD be called. Enjoy.
Posted by UpNup | Mar 18, 2017 @ 01:34 PM | 5,921 Views
It's been great learning my Dx6e. Here's some parts I'm beginning to wonder should be re-labeled!
Posted by UpNup | Mar 18, 2017 @ 01:03 PM | 5,541 Views
Someone on a Facebook site asked how RC planes became an addiction. That got me thinking about my experiences.
Nothing, like faith, usually comes in one dramatic rush, but it tends to be a number of influences over time. This list could be helpful to someone seeking to involve the next generation in RC planes and even aviation.

1960s
Plastic float plane red/yellow wind up propellers my parents played in the pool with me
Electromic Fury tethered plastic plane that flew with red handheld controller
Paper airplanes of all types
Balsa and foam gliders
Balsa propellers rubber band
Parachute men coupled with a TV show named "Ripcord."
Homemade darts from matchsticks with needles
Major Matt Mason astronaut action figure
Plastic models Lockheed F-104, F-4B Phantom, Bell Huey helicopter, Apollo 11 Saturn rocket, Cessna 150 Civil Air Patrol, Cessna Skylane
Guillows P-40 rubber band kit
Kites including box kites
Rockets -- Estes single-stage
Cox PT-19 trainer plane on a control line (the red/white version)
P-51 balsa zero profile control line

1970s
Painted balsa glider from a kit
Dad flew MAF plane in Zimbabwe
Paper UFO
Dry cleaning bag UFOs during spring break

1980s
Steered MAF Cessna in Burkina Faso
RAF Museum, London
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC 3X
.40 SIG Kadet
AMA Membership--3 years
Estes rockets with my daughter

1990s
Guillows Cessna rubber band
Palm Springs Air Museum in California

2000-present
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Arcy Plain cartoons
AMA Park Flyer membership
End of the Spear” Movie
Champ S+ Horizon Hobby
ParkZone Sport Cub S2
Posted by UpNup | Mar 13, 2017 @ 09:01 PM | 4,957 Views
It was great to finish a transition of a red and white ParkZone Sport Cub S2 BNF. I looked for different planes that looked like a Piper Family Cruiser built in 1948. Nate Saint, pilot, and four other missionaries were killed in 1956 after flying the PA-14 deep into the Ecuadorian jungle. Their story made international news and was made into a 2006 movie, "The End of the Spear."

Here's a dimension comparison to show how close this foam model came to the original.
PA-14 / Sport Cub -- 1/8 scale
429" / 408" 95% wing (51")
278" / 272" 98% fuse (34")
30" / 30" cabin width 100% (3.75")
Instrument panel is 6" wider than a 24" J5
Posted by UpNup | Mar 13, 2017 @ 07:56 AM | 7,141 Views
The Dx6e Transmitter is my first real Tx. Programming it seemed a snap until it turned into more of a treasure hunt.
Although this is specifically for the Parkzone Sport Cub S2 BNF, I believe many of these "treasures" will relate to other planes, too.

DISCLAIMER: I'm a newbie, so if you have any suggestions or corrections, please let me know. All I know is that these settings work for me....Continue Reading
Posted by UpNup | Mar 04, 2017 @ 09:46 AM | 4,824 Views
This winter I've tried to take Parkzone Sport Cub and transform its looks to be a 1948 yellow cub like the one that Nate Saint flew in Ecuador and featured in the movie End of the Spear. I had my idea and ideal. Getting there was something else....Continue Reading