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Posted by Bajora | May 11, 2020 @ 05:03 PM | 18,554 Views
I originally did a review of this model for RCGroups' Ezonemag wayyy back in 2009 (HERE). She has been lurking in the back corner of the hanger for about a decade now? SO dusted her off, bound her up to my DX9 and took her out for a few flights this morning. Though admittedly more of a stand-off scale model, she flies pretty nicely IMO. And I was able to squeeze two 5:00 minute flights out of one 6S 4000mAh pack.

Are there any other pilots still flying one of these old school ARFs? Original offerings included a Spitfire, a Corsair and a FW-190.

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Posted by Bajora | May 04, 2018 @ 03:16 PM | 37,390 Views
Looks like FMS may soon be releasing an updated version of their J3 Cub ...

Adding a few photos of this upcoming model flying on floats!

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Posted by Bajora | Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:17 PM | 37,192 Views
My pal Josh opines, and demos, the newest model from the folks at Flex

Flex Innovations/Premier Aircraft QQ CAP 232EX Night Super PNP - Model Aviation (6 min 39 sec)

Look for the full review, coming soon in Model Aviation Magazine!
Posted by Bajora | Jan 17, 2018 @ 05:39 PM | 35,757 Views
A few inflight shots of the Blade

Posted by Bajora | Dec 08, 2017 @ 06:44 PM | 36,762 Views
Kudos to Freewing for releasing a new series of smaller 64mm powered EDF jets. If the first two models to be revealed, the F-8 Crusader and F-105 Thunderchief, are any indication of how cool this series of jets is going to be, 2018 is going to be a very exciting year! The stock power system, a five bladed three cell based 64mm fan, places an emphasis on keeping the model as lightweight as possible. The thrust and power produced by the stock fan pushes the F-8 around the skies at a very respectable 60-70 MPH. Pilots who enjoy the thrill of the bash though may want a little more! FMS has a pair of eleven bladed 64mm EDFs. We decided to swap out the stock system for one of FMS' four cell 64mm fans.

The overall diameter of the FMS shroud is a millimeter or two larger than the stock Freewing shroud, requiring pilots to carefully remove a little of the foam inside the fuselage. Using a Dremel with the flexible wand attachment and a sanding drum makes short work of it. We had a Castle Creations Talon 35 speed controller lying around the hangar and so pressed it into service ... even though FMS rates their fan as needing a 40 amp ESC! Let's just say that Castle's controllers are legendary for their quality and performance ... and that they are slightly under-specced.

Here are the weight specs of both the stock and aftermarket power systems:

Freewing 5 Blade 64mm EDF Power System: Fan=2.7 oz - ESC=1.6 oz - Total weight=4.3
FMS 11 Blade 4S 64mm EDF Power System:
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Posted by Bajora | Sep 15, 2017 @ 12:42 AM | 37,208 Views
Finally made it up to Reno for the races ... first time I have ever attended! And it was of course amazing. I shot a bunch of photos and will be posting them up here in my blog as I wade through them.

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Posted by Bajora | May 08, 2017 @ 02:18 PM | 41,173 Views
My pal JB letting me chase his Mamba 10 around while he puts it through some 3D and aerobatic chops!

Mamba 10 ala Osmo (5 min 39 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Jan 17, 2017 @ 09:02 AM | 43,161 Views
I recently received this pre-release production sample of the upcoming and new 70mm EDF powered A-10 Warthog from FMS. It features EPO40 foam composition and an amazing level of detail, right down to properly sized individual rivets! A full load out of under-wing armaments, four panel mechanically coupled flaps, electric retracts with a landing light on the nose strut and CNC aluminum suspension equipped struts are all sure to please pilots interested in a larger model of this exciting military jet. Jump in on the ongoing discussion of the model HERE.

Pilots interested in pre-ordering this jet can do so over at FORCERC.COM

Here is a short video teaser, as well as several in-flight and studio photos of the model.

FMS_70mm A-10 Thunderbolt II (2 min 0 sec)

FMS 70mm A-10 Full Flight (3 min 47 sec)
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Posted by Bajora | Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:20 PM | 44,713 Views
I have really been enjoying flying E-flite's latest iteration of the Spitfire. Here is a video short of it performing a few take-offs, passes and touch and goes. All footage shot by my 12 year old daughter using the DJI Osmo, in splendidly crisp 4K video. Nothing special really ... just a laid back, early AM outing on a foggy and overcast late summer morning with my faithful pal and assistant. Perfect weather to enjoy some Spitfire flying!

A Short of my E-flite 1.2m Spitfire MkXIV, shot by my daughter using the DJI Osmo (2 min 17 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Jul 25, 2016 @ 11:36 PM | 44,785 Views
Still enjoying this Corsair! Love what E-flite is doing with their 1.2m warbirds.

And the video we did for the review:

Model Aviation Magazine: E-Flite 1.2m F4U-4 Corsair BNF Basic (3 min 33 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Feb 08, 2016 @ 02:58 PM | 52,683 Views
Those of you whom are enjoying this little red speedster like I am may also have found themselves yearning for slightly better landing gear than the includes steel, coil sprung gear? RC Castle added a very nicely priced (US $25.88) set of aluminum, trailing link style suspension struts:

Top Design CNC Suspension Strut Set for Freewing 70mm Yak 130

They are described as being CNC machined out of 6061 aluminum, with the side note that they are also suitable for other 64-70mm EDF jets. Shipping to the West Coast of the US was around 5-6 dollars. It took about two and a half weeks for them to arrive from Hong Kong, including an almost one week stay in the SFO ISC.

I thought I would photo-document how I installed them. This is not necessarily the right way or the best way to do it but nonetheless the way that I did it.

It is easiest to first remove the white plastic gear overlays that cover all three gear openings. They are attached with a contact glue style of adhesive and all three of mine peeled off without damage, though I did work slowly and deliberately while pulling them off. The next step is to remove the electric retract for each gear as you start the swap out. This is necessary to access the grub screw(s) that hold the existing steel legs in the retracts. One of the grub screws can be seen in the photo below, in the brass colored insert. There are two per gear, one on each side of the retracts.

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Posted by Bajora | Dec 29, 2015 @ 11:17 PM | 50,240 Views
We attended the 2015 Heli Scale Masters in Woodland, California this year and put together a coverage article that appears in the newest issue of RC Heli Pilot Magazine ... which according to the editorial intro is now the only magazine remaining that is 100% dedicated to all things RC heli related.

Posted by Bajora | Nov 04, 2015 @ 10:56 PM | 47,404 Views
The Osmo might be the ultimate B Roll clip generator?! Here I get up close and personal with my Osmo, as my buddy flies his Durafly Bravado:

Durafly Bravado 3D Hybrid (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Oct 03, 2015 @ 11:21 PM | 48,154 Views
One of the best pilots around this neck of the woods ... flying some 3D and aerobatics:

Josh B Does 3D! (2 min 9 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Sep 20, 2015 @ 03:18 PM | 48,039 Views
What a great plane! Took my new Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan out for a few early AM flights this morning. With my pal Josh Bernstein (an amazing pilot) on the sticks for the third flight, I was able to shoot a few photos.

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Posted by Bajora | Sep 15, 2015 @ 12:25 AM | 48,013 Views
We had a bunch of fun reviewing this jumbo sized aerobatic model from Aerobeez. The review is in the November 2015 issue of FlyRC Magazine. Watch below as the best pilot at one of the fields I fly at, Josh, gives it a proper workout!

Aerobeez Edge 540 EPP (3 min 27 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Sep 13, 2015 @ 07:49 PM | 49,524 Views
If you like your Rally Cars on the bigger size, take a look at the November 2015 issue of RC Driver magazine.We had some fun with the new Hobby King Basher BSR 1/8 scale 4WD Ready-to-Run Rally Car!

Posted by Bajora | Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 49,112 Views
I added a few more helis to my ever-growing collection this past week. For some reason, I feel a special fondness for the Walkeras? They are pretty honest flyers and fairly easy to repair. My latest two are circa 2010-2011 but both are in great shape and fly nicely! A collective pitch 4F200 with a brushless power system upgrade and five bladed head joins my 4F200L scale heli. I also now have a fixed pitch 4F180, also upgraded to brushless.

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Posted by Bajora | Aug 17, 2015 @ 12:12 AM | 48,220 Views
The new Sony RX100 Mark IV has a pretty neat feature, called HFR video. It can shoot 240, 480 or 960 frames per second in either a quality optimized two second clip or a length maximized four second clip.

Sony RX100 Mark IV High Frame Rate (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by Bajora | Aug 08, 2015 @ 10:31 PM | 48,644 Views
I was recently able to pen a review the 280 sized E-flite Viking biplane for the AMA's Park Pilot Magazine. Man, this little model blew my socks off! It is a ton of fun and capable of more moves than my thumbs can muster. I was especially thrilled to see it featured on the cover, with my flying pal Jeremy hanging it in a hover for me as I snapped away gathering media for the article. Park Pilot is a pretty nice little magazine IMO; lots of quality content packed into its pages!

Here is the video we worked up for this project:
E-flite Viking Model 12 Biplane (3 min 1 sec)

As well as one of Jacob Holländer in his full size Model 12-S “Viking SE-XZA biplane!

Jacob and the Viking - The man and his machine in 4K. (4 min 2 sec)
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