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Posted by venturer95 | Apr 19, 2012 @ 07:34 PM | 2,994 Views
Well, I've finally done it, my second Knight Fighter has been in the works for two weeks and I finished it with minutes to spare at our last club meeting. This time I went the extra mile. I used 6mm Depron (the good stuff!), and used hot glue sparingly. The body came out great, but I added an extra step into the build this time; Airbrushing! Being the graphic designer that I am, I was compelled to make some markings for our fighter aircraft. Mr. V offered me use of the school's laser cutter, so I ended up making stencils with cardstock. Perfect graphics, it came out great. This past meeting, I wired up all the electronics, and worked up until I had to leave. I can't wait to fly it! I have some pictures, I really think it came out fantastic.
Posted by venturer95 | Oct 25, 2011 @ 05:59 PM | 2,852 Views
Well I finally got myself an outdoor plane, and I got the Multiplex EasyStar! Along with that I also got a micro video cam for flight video, it's really amazing to see my area from high up.

At this point I'd like to ask anyone out there a question. My EasyStar's horizontal stabilizer seems to be slightly bent, in the fact that it looks crooked from a nose-on view. It is somewhat bent like an elevon would be, I think. Any ideas for reinforcement, it is it not a big deal? I ask because I was flying today in moderate wind and had a tough time getting the plane to fly straight without banking. I never had so much trouble before, even in the wind...

Any ideas?
Posted by venturer95 | Sep 13, 2011 @ 03:40 PM | 2,812 Views
Well, it's September, and that means that my Junior year is here. I'm Happy! Why you ask? Because it is yet again time for Model Aviation Club!

Tomorrow is our school Activities Fair where we will have a chance to "recruit" new members and show off our best planes. I'm sure the simulator will draw some attention.

With a new year comes new planes, and starting tomorrow I will be building another Knight Fighter. Last year I had some sort of obsession with Hot Glue and always used too much. The thing was sturdy but WAY weighed down.

Enough rambling, I'm off to make sure my laptop runs the sim well enough.
Posted by venturer95 | Jun 21, 2011 @ 05:31 PM | 3,363 Views
Well, the school year finally came to an end on June 16th for me, and with it goes the weekly Model Aviation Club meetings. I never thought I would say this but I'm already looking forward to September! Since a while back I promised some pictures of my builds and never delivered, I might as well post them late rather than never. Photo credit goes to Mr. V (whose camera is infinitely better than mine).
Posted by venturer95 | Apr 18, 2011 @ 04:54 PM | 4,493 Views
Over the past 2 MAC meetings, I've begun building a new plane, what Mr. V has brilliantly named the Knight Fighter. Really, it's an awesome name I think. Our school mascot is the knight (and all the sports teams are named as such), and these planes are meant to be easy to build and repair. It's a simple build to make the airframe; I built the entire thing in about an hour. Now all I need to do is hook up the servo wires to the ailerons, and wire up the motor. I'll put up some pictures up soon, but for now you should take a look over at mikeythev's blog (Mr. V) for some 3d renders from the drafting program he used to make our templates.

The plane is basically a delta-wing ("flying wing") design. It's really simple and also extremely sturdy. The only hard part will be getting used to the handling!

Per Mr.V's request for "some kind of cool logo thing," here's what I whipped up last night. I'm also a graphic designer!
Posted by venturer95 | Mar 15, 2011 @ 02:05 PM | 3,379 Views
Well, I'm going to head down to either the middle school or the park down the street. I'm hoping for a makeshift runway away from cars so I can take off my Cub realistically. I'll hopefully get some video!

EDIT-- Well, I flew it, got some tiny bit of choppy video. My camera eats batteries (or has a faulty charge meter), and so it stops recording when it thinks the batteries are low.

Unfortunately the flight ended in a crash which broke the prop shaft. That really sucks, since I was looking forward to flying it indoors at NP tomorrow. Remind me not to fly in any wind.
Posted by venturer95 | Mar 13, 2011 @ 02:27 PM | 3,536 Views
Hello, world! At the suggestion of my model aviation club adviser, I've made an account here and figure I might as well blog a bit. Onwards to the happenings!

So, yesterday I went to the R/C Flea Market in Lebanon,PA along with my adviser as well as another club member. It was an official field trip accommodated by the school district, and they gave a a wonderful van with a broken radio. That as no issue, though, since we all kept busy chatting. After a 90 minute drive, we arrived and slowly made our way through the gigantic setup. There were so many things to see! After about an hour, I came across a ParkZone J-3 Cub Ultra Micro, and jumped at the opportunity. Back in December, when I got my ParkZone Night Vapor, the Cub was the other plane I was thinking of. I got quite a deal; I got the BNF model for $20 less than retail price. Quite a while later, I also found a replacement motor and rudder for my Night Vapor. On the way back to the high school, we talked about several things that we "have to do" for the club. Hopefully, it all actually happens!

I am going to attach some pictures of my Cub. I don't have the best camera, but it gets the job done. Thanks for reading, have a good one!