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Posted by Kmot | Sep 14, 2018 @ 09:59 PM | 17,725 Views
This little park flyer is very nicely molded. It is outstanding in its scale outline. It is very quick to assemble too.

I did the maiden flight on a windy day, and it did get blown about a little but it was still fun to fly. I think it would be great in an actual small park, surrounded by trees that act as a wind break.
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Posted by Kmot | Sep 04, 2018 @ 12:46 PM | 16,685 Views
Just finished assembling my Stinson. I did the flap mod first before anything else. With the reputation Parkzone has, I am a little annoyed by some of the things on this model. Like the wing strut attachments are extremely cheesy. The servo wires are to short, and the battery connector is WAY too short. I will have to make a permanent extension for the battery connector as it is nearly impossible to get a battery plugged in and I do not want to damage the model trying repeatedly.

Other than that, the model looks very attractive in its livery and I am looking forward to the maiden flight.
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Posted by Kmot | Aug 28, 2018 @ 09:52 PM | 17,408 Views
I started assembling my Fly Baby today. This is made by Taft Hobby. It was also sold by Hobby King in a blue color scheme. It's a nice looking scale model.

There were a few minor mistakes from the factory. The first one was the hardware. It was supposed to come with several different lengths and sizes of sheet metal screws, but they were all identical. So I drilled and tapped for 3mm screws and used them instead. Another issue was the rudder control horn. It was not glued in properly and came out as soon as it was touched. I re-glued it. And then there is a large plastic piece that supports the landing gear. It also connects the two wing halves. It broke off as soon as I was working around it, again for lack of glue. It had only one little dot of glue for a rather large piece.

Other than those issues the assembly is pretty easy and fast. I still have to string the wire bracing and install my Rx.
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Posted by Kmot | Aug 20, 2018 @ 10:35 PM | 16,779 Views
I recently installed a Heli-Max tail rotor gyro in a 2WD Indy car and it made a night and day difference.

So I bought another heli tail rotor gyro, this time it is an Assan brand. And I have installed it in my Raider XL buggy.

The wiring and connectors were a very tight squeeze under the receiver box but I managed to cram them in there!

Posted by Kmot | Aug 10, 2018 @ 09:21 PM | 17,306 Views
So I have decided to also get this Overdrive ST set up and will be playing with it too. Why not?

This has also been assembled partly and on display since around 2003, don't remember exactly.

Amazingly the alkaline batteries still are holding a charge and powered up the electronics. The expiration date on them is 2004!

This is a cool stadium truck. 4WD, 2-speed trans, forward and reverse, .17 engine, oil shocks, blue anodized aluminum parts.

It has a Futaba AM radio on 27Mhz. Old skool for sure!

I intend to get it running and drive it around easily, I won't be beating on these old vehicles like back in the day. I plan to keep them in nice shape.

Posted by Kmot | Aug 08, 2018 @ 04:30 PM | 16,765 Views
I bought this XTM Baja 4WD truck in February 2003. I changed the wheels to some rally types and added a Subaru body, then put it on a shelf for display. It has never been used. No fuel, no batteries in the radio, even the antenna was not unraveled, lol.

Well, the tires are now flat spotted but I think they will get round again. I have made adjustments to the suspension and steering because from the factory it was off, glued the tires, checked all screws for tightness, and adjusted the shock pre-load.

I will now balance the wheels/tires, and then the engine will start its break-in process.

I have decided to stay old skool with the stock Hitec 75Mhz radio system.

It was cool going through the original box, and manuals, and time warping back 15 years to when this was a current production vehicle sold by Hobby Shack.

It's just another one of my collection of glow fuel engine powered cars and trucks I have and want to get running.

Posted by Kmot | Aug 06, 2018 @ 11:53 PM | 16,292 Views
I have a T-Maxx that I got around 2003. It has been sitting unused for around 12 years. I decided to get it going again recently.

I oiled up the engine and carb and got everything loose. I installed a FlySKy 2.4Ghz radio into it. I added some fuel and the engine fired up pretty easily. When I tried driving it, it did not have forward gear, only reverse. So I drove it around my backyard backwards, to use up the fuel! But before it was completely used up, it also lost reverse gear. The trans was gone!

I took the trans apart and found a stripped gear. I ordered new parts and got it rebuilt and then went for a drive in my backyard. Only thing was it was 100F outside and so the engine kept overheating and stalling. Still, it was fun to run it again and I will take it to an open area in cooler air to give it a good run.

Vintage 2003 T-Maxx 2.5 Restored (4 min 30 sec)
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Posted by Kmot | Aug 04, 2018 @ 10:01 PM | 16,013 Views
I have a vintage 2004 Duratrax Delphi Indy racer. It is really cool looking. It has an all carbon fiber chassis. 2WD with a differential. Aluminum oil shock.

But, it was impossible to drive! Squirrely with a capital S! First, the torque would cause it to spin out constantly. Second, the stock tires looked great but were completely worthless. No grip at all, like driving on ice.

I upgraded to the foam racing tires that were available at the time. Made no difference, really. Whenever I tried to go full throttle in a straight line, even from a rolling start, it would spin out. So I gave up, and put it on the shelf.

Recently, the advent of RC cars with gyros got me thinking. I bought a heli heading gyro and installed it into this car. I took it to the street, started to roll and then pinned the throttle. It went straight as an arrow! I was stunned!

Up and down the street, back and forth at full throttle it tracked straight. It was awesome. This was on the foam tires. I switched to the stock tires, and it was still squirrely , but if I kept it straight for a while I could pin it and then the gyro kept it going straight at full throttle. But as soon as I left off the throttle it would spin out. Even the gyro was struggling with the stock worthless tires.

However, on the foam tires it is a new car and very fun to drive!

Posted by Kmot | Jul 15, 2018 @ 08:29 PM | 16,125 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 | 8,023 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 | 4,930 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 | 4,185 Views
Three very rare Whiteman Industries "Marauder" hovercraft gathered together today at Hansen Dam Park.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 19, 2018 @ 04:08 PM | 3,466 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 | 3,537 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 | 4,518 Views
Just thought I would post something. This is "some" of my airplanes. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Feb 13, 2018 @ 06:30 PM | 4,048 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 | 14,975 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.