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Posted by motnosam | Nov 25, 2014 @ 04:12 PM | 3,043 Views
Settling into another cold bitter season of winter.
I'm upgrading the motor in my Airfield Extreme Surfer from Nitro planes, replacing the prop, getting rid of the small esc w/ bec, running separate batteries
for the motor and Rx. Dumping servo linkages for beefier ones, getting rid of the aileron
the Y connector on the ailerons, installing an electric air module from Graupner,Open Hobby.

And then!! My grown up kids got me an early Christmas present.
Putting together a ST DG1000 from Tower hobbies. Ordered a Rx. battery, Motor battery, and looking at how I can modify the motor and prop pod from failure. I read that was a weak point.
I need another Graupner receiver for this one, maybe find one on
the classifieds.
Well, that's it for now.
Posted by motnosam | Oct 16, 2014 @ 11:04 PM | 3,520 Views
First let me thank all of you for helping me with all the newbie questions I've asked and you got back to me with respect and wisdom of this hobby. Thank you very very much.

I also just have to say something good about Graupner's forums. I don't think they sleep!
They answer and comment and advise right away at anytime of day and night, I am a newb, an old one at that with some very basic questions and they answer them without demise. They don't pass you up figuring, let someone else answer this newb. They stand as an icon in their buisness practices that other's should take heed of. Hats off to all of them.



My question in their forum was.....
Whats the sequence order of the channels on a 24L receiver as a glider..... they answered back quickly with:

Throttle
A1ileron
Elevator
Rudder
A2ileron
F1lap
F2lap

Posted by motnosam | Oct 10, 2014 @ 03:08 PM | 3,264 Views
The weather here in Ohio has been dismal, not lending itself any reprieve in the near future. It's time to fire up the garage pellet stove.
I have been working on the cg of my airfield extreme. It came to me with a chunk of lead embedded in the nose. No one I know of understands why they did that.
The radio I have is a cinch to work with. The step by step pictorial is almost spot on, still lacks a bit of refinement but graupner is remaking the 220+ page pictorial guide and I hear it's the bomb and to arrive in this month of October. A big thanks to Bruce B. and Fidelity 101 again for their help, hard work and honest efforts for arranging my purchase of their top shelf radio system and graupners of San Diego one on one live personal support along with their in depth forum here on RCG.
If I sound zealous about this radio it's because I am. Well, that's it for now,
I'll work on adding a picture or 2 the next time i write.

Posted by motnosam | Oct 02, 2014 @ 02:04 AM | 3,546 Views
I googled r/c clubs in my area. E/mailed my interest and desire to learn to fly again after a 35 year lull .My work kept me on the road and away from home most of my working career. I am now retired and rekindling my passion for flying. I was promptly called by the clubs president, Randy and asked to come meet him along with other club members at their field 12 miles down the road from me. During the time I was there everyone greeted me as if I were family. Unknown to me at that same time Randy put his 3D plane to the side and set up a 40 size nitro trainer w/buddy box and handed me the trainer tx. He really surprised me and said let's go see whatcha got! What a great feeling to be up in the air once more. Afterwards he said he would help me with learning to fly and that I did a good job flying! I hung out for awhile talking to all the guys. Sunset was coming on. I said my goodbyes and was asked to come back soon. The fella's there made me feel right at home. Wow, just wow.

Posted by motnosam | Sep 24, 2014 @ 06:25 PM | 3,243 Views
I have met some of the nicest people on here.
I guess it just proves we're never to old to make new friends

Posted by motnosam | Sep 22, 2014 @ 12:24 AM | 3,292 Views
I am going to guess that buying lipo's is a personal choice taken from word of mouth accounts on quality and cost.
I am gonna read up on the forums what is being used and the quality to look for.
Starting back into flying, the choices are staggering.
Whats been your experience ?
What would be your advice on who to buy from?
Are there members in good standing to buy from?
Am I even asking the right questions?
Your opinion and comments are important to me to get a good
solid starting point.
Posted by motnosam | Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:54 PM | 3,235 Views
Getting back in the swing of flying after 35 years has been an education to say the least.
I have learned so much from all of you.
RCG is kin to the old encyclopedia's I had as a young man.
Tons of organized information. I just had to learn how to
extract it.
The same goes for RCG. What a great source to pull from.
It really pays to look for answers in this encyclopedia of
personal experiences with the bonus of getting to know
the author's.
Posted by motnosam | Sep 12, 2014 @ 04:08 PM | 3,465 Views
[SIZE="7"]I called graupner yesterday, left a message for a question I had involving updates.
Today,friday, I received a call from graupner themselves. He walked me through the whole enchilada. He listened to me without interrupting, and even though I purchased this mz20-24 from here, he is transferring the warranty to me. How cool is that?
Matt from graupner (SanDiego, Ca.) and I must have talked for almost an hour.
I told him I was just know starting back into flying.
Smart, funny and extremely helpful. He even told me about the secret new accessories coming out!
The whole time we talked it reminded me of sitting in the barber chair talking to an old friend.
He ever told me that if I were to say, separate the cases to poke around, They still warranty the transmitter! Who do you know that does that? The whole thing is guaranteed for 2 whole years!
Well, your probably bored to death by now, just a note to give my 2 cents worth.
The print is big for a reason,,,,,, I screwed up
Posted by motnosam | Sep 11, 2014 @ 10:38 PM | 3,125 Views

I had the chance to witness my very first new lipo ever with the dreaded "low battery voltage" syndrome! It didn't take any time at all to find that I am not alone. HAH

I learned a good lesson today.

Now I truly understand the advantages and pitfalls of owning one, maybe two. HAH

There's a whole lot of little specific's in this new r/c world.

Who said "you can't teach old dogs new tricks"?
Posted by motnosam | Sep 09, 2014 @ 12:59 AM | 3,354 Views
Finally raised the kids, almost paid off college loans, retired, and after 35 years I am stepping back into flying.
Renewing AMA
Airfield Extreme Surfer (electric)
graupner radio
45 amp esc
electric air box
lipo charger
Lipo for Rx

I will be getting it set up this week, and since all these parts present a new learning cure to me, I may need a bit of help.

It was suggested to me to put my set up in my own blog.

I still need a hint on what type of solder connectors everyone is using.
How to tell what voltage is needed for the esc, servo's, & Rx
How do I program an esc or do I even need to?
How do I program an esc or do I even need to?
Should I even use lipo's
Do I need a BEC
and the list goes on...

thanks for looking
thanks for any advice you give me
Posted by motnosam | Sep 08, 2014 @ 11:54 PM | 3,538 Views
Thanks to all that visited and purchased my (FrSky accessories) sale this past weekend.

My experience with my first ever sale was to say the least, educational.

I found everyone to be just good people, very patient and helpful, haha, it took me hours after posting the sale to figure how to upload the pictures! I thought I had!

What a group of nice gentleman.

Hats off to moderator Jason Cole, his help kept me sane while trying to navigate to close the sale.


This is a partial list of the many men that were instrumental in the success of my sale.

Ascalise
Fidelity101
Jason Cole
cje0114
gravityking
BrendanH
DHarbold
krisbucket
upupupandaway