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Posted by Aros.MotionRC | Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:18 PM | 10,479 Views
Here's a fun little video of me flying the F4U-1A Corsair over Edwards AFB using FSX...I just started learning Movie Maker for Windows 7 so I could start making better produced videos for future RC flights...Just getting to know transitions, effects, adding music, yadda yadda...Anyhow it's the slooooow season for many of us so I thought I would share...Hope you enjoy!

F4U-1A Corsair Flight Over Edwards AFB (FSX) (3 min 9 sec)

Posted by Aros.MotionRC | Jan 10, 2012 @ 01:19 PM | 13,689 Views
She's all done. I added decals from Callie Graphics (thanks Callie!), a protective gloss coat and painted the exhaust nozzle a metallic rust color. I have to pimp Callie Graphics a bit here. In all of my six years of being in the hobby of RC electric flying, I can honestly say Callie Graphics is the one thing I purchase that never lets me down. Fairly priced, excellent quality, and easy to apply. How many things can we say that about in this hobby?

Without her decal sets, many of my planes would just look like toys. With her help, they look like scale representations of their bigger sisters.

Off to the field for more sorties!
Posted by Aros.MotionRC | Jan 08, 2012 @ 01:51 PM | 11,515 Views
The Maiden Report

First I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that it flies and performs every bit as good as she looks!

The bad news is that you are about to be $300+ bucks poorer after you hit the Buy It Now button!

I brought her out to my local school as it is the only place I can fly with a nice paved runway area. I took out my mini HD camera and like the complete King of Dorks actually taped it to my face using blue painter's tape just so I could get a video of the maiden for you guys. The flight was fantastic and when I came home to review and upload the footage, the dang camera was angled too far down so the only time you could see the plane was about 5 feet into the takeoff roll and a sliver of a fly by. The only justice out of all of this is there was not a Soul to see how ridiculous I looked all for nothing.

Next time I will force my wife or a friend to come out and do the recording, cryin' out loud.

The flight was about as perfect as you can get for a maiden. Smooth takeoff roll, tracked on the ground great and lifted ever-so-gently with about 3/4 power. I was quickly surprised that no discernible trim was needed! Tracks great, stable as a P-38 should be and the retracts worked to perfection. I'm trying to think of a complaint with the flight performance and I really can't think of one. Beautiful flyer!

I've had several E-flite versions and two J-Powers and this is the best flyer of them all. The inboard flaps...Continue Reading
Posted by Aros.MotionRC | Jan 07, 2012 @ 10:12 PM | 12,573 Views
After pacing around my house all day today, the mail person finally arrived with a nice BIG box! I will never tire of how this hobby can turn a middle-aged man into a 6-year-old on Christmas morning. The box was extremely well packaged. I carefully unwrapped the contents and was pleasantly surprised of the overall quality and size.

The build had its ups and downs. Although there's no question that the overall quality of the parts and how it all goes together is excellent (I wouldn't expect less from FMS), there were a couple issues that I will address. The build took me about 4 hours. That's about twice as long as I had thought it would take. To be fair, I am NOT a builder at ALL. So a seasoned builder will probably have this together in half the time if that.

The instructions are MUCH nicer than the "map" type we have seen. (The fold out which shows tiny photos with little to no instruction). In brochure form, the steps are easy to follow. My main hang up had to do with the wiring. Each wing has a master connector to connect all the servo leads from the ailerons, nav lights and flaps. Very nice indeed. Where I found my first snag is when you push down the connector and all the wires through the channel (see photos) as you bring the wing halves together, there's not enough depth for the connector and leads to sit flush and close the covering that comes with the plane.

After several minutes of pushing and yanking and pulling and swearing, I...Continue Reading
Posted by Aros.MotionRC | Jan 07, 2012 @ 03:22 PM | 10,097 Views
I finally finished painting my FMS F-16 in the Alaska Aggressor livery. I used Testor's Flat Grey Primer, Flat White and Flat Black as the three colors, all rattle cans but brushed on. This was a fun one to do as the only trim tape I needed to use was on the canopy. The rest was simply freehand brush strokes.

I'm happy with the results. I used a few photos as reference. It's not perfectly precise but it will certainly do. The only thing left to do is add the decals from Callie Graphics which I will do as soon as they arrive. I will post photos with the decals added soon.
Posted by Aros.MotionRC | Jan 05, 2012 @ 04:47 PM | 11,659 Views
I received this bird as a kit in trade. Nice airframe, looks great out of the box and was easy to get ready to fly. I wish the foam was the stronger EPO and not the flimsy brittle EPP but oh well. Since my flying field(s) are grass, this bird was destined to be a belly lander. I made a mistake of not reinforcing the belly of the intake and I paid the price.

Today there was a break in the rain so it was off to my flying field to take her for a test flight. I used half of my SR-71 69MM setup for this one since I plan on going with Don's Wicked setup for my new airframe. (Build thread coming soon).

I am using a Delta V EDF with an E-flite Power 60 ESC and a 4S 3000 battery. The CG is dead-on perfect at 95MM from the LE. (The manufacturer lists the CG at 90MM. This has been found to be too nose heavy. 95MM is perfect).

The maiden flight went great. Very easy to hand toss, she was off and scootin' on my Delta V setup quite nicely. The high rates were a bit too sensitive so I flew the entire flight on low rates. The only drag of the flight (so-to-speak) was on the landing. I remembered what someone in the build thread said about not bringing her in too hot. I thought the landing was fairly tempered as far as EDF belly landings go, but sure enough the front underside of the intake ripped apart into a bunch of foam pieces.

I was pretty bummed but I should have reinforced that area some before the maiden, especially since there's no protection for belly landings and the foam is EPP. So here's my repair job. I will be painting her the Alaska Aggressor scheme soon. Callie Graphics already on their way.

Fun plane!