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Posted by siriusflier | Sep 12, 2020 @ 02:22 PM | 1,920 Views
GWS PT-17 Stearman Kit

Been thinking for a while that I would like to try a Biplane. I stumbled across a thread that claimed GravesRC had some GWS PT 17 Stearman planes, so I went to check it out. Sure enough they had two versions, the more expensive one came with a geared brushed motor which I didn’t want, but it also claimed it was made of yellow and blue foam instead of painted white foam. So I ordered it, paying $12 extra for the colored foam. The package arrived 9/8/2020 but I was disappointed it is just painted white foam, not as advertised. An inquiry with GravesRC got a quick response, but the only offer was that I could send it back. I decided to keep it, but it will probably be a long time before I will consider doing business with Graves RC again. Poor customer service and false advertising. And I have a 400 brushed motor with gears I have no intention of using. Here is the product page of what I ordered:


Manufacturer: GWS

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• Construction: Easy interlocking blue foam, with built-in thrust angles.
• Wings: One-piece, yellow foam
• Radio Compartment: Located above the bottom wing
• Dummy radial engine
• Cockpit Features: Two seat cockpit, windshields and instrument decals
• Landing gear: Pre-bent wire
• Hardware: Complete hardware package
• Motor: EPS400C with ball bearing...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Aug 11, 2020 @ 04:47 PM | 6,495 Views
Cox FW 190 Kit
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I am mostly retired now, the only job I do is substitute teaching during the school year, and because of the pandemic, the schools closed mid March this year. So I have spent a lot of time at home since then, only going out when I really needed to. In June, I started a Value Hobby Zeta Dolphin 1010mm EDF kit that I finished the second week of July. Didn’t get a chance to try it because of poor conditions until the first week of August. Still haven’t had a good flight with it.
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A friend sent me GWS T6 and COX FW 190 kits at the end of the second week of July. He didn’t want them anymore because he had moved on to bigger planes. These kits are not sold anymore except by individuals that never built them. I think it has been more than 10 years since they were new.
So on the 3rd week of July I started building a 1000mm GWS T6 Texan that I basically finished on August 10.
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Posted by siriusflier | Jul 24, 2020 @ 09:38 PM | 4,864 Views
GWS T6 Texan

I recently acquired a GWS T6 model. It is plain white foam and in kit form, so it has to be assembled and painted. It did not have any electronics with it, so I will have to provide my own rx, servos, esc, and motor. I already had everything except the motor and found out that I also needed some hinges for all the moving flaps on the wings and the tail feathers. I was told this model is made out of EPS form, somewhat different than all the EPO foam models I have built and been working with. I think these kits were first sold around 2011 and I read that about 2012 they started molding them in EPO, so this kit may be around 10 years old and they are a little rare now, but this kit was in excellent shape, still packaged as new, without even any damage to the box it came in. A friend built one of these this year and was very pleased with it. There are a lot of parts in the kit and I think it will take some time to build this one, more than the other kits I have built in the past. Here is the graphic on the box:
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The contents of the box were decently packed and so far I have only found a couple of small dings in the fuselage. So far I haven’t noticed any warpage in any of the foam. The detail in the molding is fairly good, even has the rivets molded in on the panels. Here are photos of the many parts:
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Posted by siriusflier | Jun 23, 2020 @ 04:31 PM | 5,134 Views

A few months ago someone sent me two FMS 50mm 11 blade edf motors with housing and fans. Don’t know who sent them, just someone named Lucy, no company name on the return address. I gave one to a friend and decided to keep the other in case I wanted to try building/flying a jet. I looked around for jet kits that came without motors, and Pocupine RC had several to choose from, but since about the time the pandemic started, all of their planes are listed as out of stock. Multiple searches left me with only one option – the Value Hobby Zeta Dolphin – a 55mm edf jet kit for $45US. There are 50mm edf kits at Aliexpress but shipping starts at $60 and goes up over $100.

The first kit I bought from Value Hobby was the 550mm F4U Corsair. After around 30 hours of work, I have it flying well, even after breaking the fuselage in a crash. I have a Value Hobby 550mm P40 kit I built and a Dynam 900mm Spitfire that I have not successfully flown yet, but the wind has been so bad for the last few weeks I have only flown twice. I needed something to work on. So since I have the edf, servos, an rx, and batteries I could use with the Zeta Dolphin, I ordered a 40amp esc from Banggood USA warehouse a few days ago. Then last weekend I got ready to order the Dolphin, but when I saw the $39.36 shipping charge, I balked. On June 16, 2020, with the wind still blowing at 20mph, I decided to bite the bullet and pay the high...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | May 07, 2020 @ 06:06 PM | 7,699 Views
Dynam Spitfire 900MM PNP

This blog entry will be about the Dynam Spitfire 900mm. I recently got a Dynam P-51 762mm and a transmitter to go with it, and liked them so much I decided to get a PNP Spitfire. I still don’t want to jump into much larger planes because even though I have lots of flying space, I don’t really have that good of a takeoff/landing strip, so I have been hand launching every plane I fly. The DP51 was supposed to be RTF but it really wasn’t, maybe because I upgraded the basic transmitter to one that is programmable, has a display, and has a 30 model memory. I really like the transmitter and I like the fact that it is less than one half the cost of an entry level programmable Spektrum transmitter. The flight controllers/receiver combo is also relatively inexpensive. My DP-51 is almost the same size as my PNP FMS P-51 but has been much easier to get set up and flying. I can think of one or two things I like better about the FMS, but the Dynam P-51 is very nearly as good in quality as the FMS P-51. Still, Dynam planes don’t seem as popular, and there are hardly any threads about the Dynam planes I have, so I decided to post another blog entry thread about the Dynam Spitfire 900mm. I bought the Dynam planes from Bitgo Hobby but they were out of stock last time I checked. I did find some on Ebay and Amazon.
Here is Bitgo’s product information on the Spitfire 900mm PNP
The Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Apr 23, 2020 @ 03:29 PM | 8,754 Views
Dynam Mini P-51 762mm Wingspan - SRTF

Introduction(if you are only interested in the plane, skip this and go on to the next section .

I have spent a lot of time since last November learning to fly, build, and maintain RC airplanes and I still feel like a beginner. I built a 550mm F4U Corsair from a kit that had no electronics, just bare foam and control linkages to start with. And I actually managed to get the Corsair to fly fairly well, but not without a couple foam breaking crashes along the way. I also built a 550mm P40 and installed the receiver/fcb in a 800mm FMS P-51, but those are waiting on less windy days to try to get them flying right. I even learned some aerobatic flight with an Omphobby T720, rolls,flips, and knife edges. I also got a Volantex 767-2 that was supposedly rtf-but it wasn't. Through perserverance I did manage to get it to fly after almost a month. Will never buy another Volantex product knowingly. After well over 50 hours of building, adjusting, maintaining, repairing, and testing planes, I decided I wanted to look for a ready to fly plane, and good ones are not that easy to find. But I wanted something easier to set up that I can just fly.

There are lots of PNP planes available, but they are not simply plug and play. They can take hours of setting up the receivers and the transmitter. RTF planes are scarce, and most are just beginner or trainer types. Then you've got places like Horizon Hobby and Motion RC that have nice products,...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Mar 31, 2020 @ 01:20 PM | 7,772 Views
After beginning with RC airplanes in November, 2019, I built a F4U Corsair 550mm from a kit in February. I liked it so much I started looking for more war birds. I decided I liked the FMS 800mm war birds and at first wanted another Corsair, but then decided to get the P-51. Then after looking around, I saw that the FMS P51 was back ordered at most places. I found one, PNP, on Amazon for about the same price as most places, but it would come from China. Still, I was looking at May if I waited for them to be restocked in the states, so I ordered it. Ordered it on Monday, March 2 and received it on March 5. Turns out it shipped from Florida. Meanwhile, I had also ordered another kit, a P40 back around the end of February, that is mostly put together, but am still waiting on parts to complete it.

I decided I wanted to use my Devo 10 transmitter with the P51 so I ordered a Devo RX from MyRCMart on March 7. After a couple of weeks, it had still not shipped, and after a couple of inquiries, they refunded my money and said they could not ship it because of the pandemic. So I ordered a Futaba rx from Motion RC on March 16. An order from Motion RC on March 15 arrived on March 19, the March 16 order has still not arrived. Motion RC claimed their warehouse was backed up because of the pandemic. That March 16 order has what I needed to complete the P40 and get the P51 going. Finally I found a Walkera RX on Ebay, ordered it on March 23, and received it on March 27.

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Posted by siriusflier | Mar 07, 2020 @ 10:08 PM | 12,058 Views
It was a lot of work, but I successfully built the Value Hobby F4U Corsair and I enjoyed flying it a few times. So when Value Hobby got the Mini P40 back in stock for $20, I decided I would do it again. I ordered it on March 1 and received it on March 4. So I decided I would start another blog post to chronicle my build of the Value Hobby P40.

Pretty much the same type of kit as the F4U, and other than a small ding on one wing tip and a small dent on one side of the fuselage, everything looks good. Landing gear has a better mounting than the F4U and is about the same construction, but I doubt it would hold up to a rough landing. Clevis and horns appear to be better quality, but no short control rods for aileron servos, just four long rods. Plane feels like the foam is lighter so it may be a lighter plane when finished. Motor mount area will not accomodate anything much bigger than my DYS 1806 motor, see photos. Also photos of whats in the kit, and a comparison to the F4U Corsair.
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 01, 2020 @ 07:37 PM | 9,859 Views
22IN MINI F4U KIT (EPO FOAM) also previously sold RTF as FlyFly Hobby Corsair 2.4GHz EPO 4CH Fighter Mini RC Airplane

I just started flying RC airplanes in December 2019 and quickly became hooked. I currently have in the order I got them: an XK A430 and an A600, a Volantex 767-2, an OMPHobby T720, and a HobbyZone Aeroscout 1100. I crashed the A430 badly a few times and after the last time, I took the ESC and FCB out of it and put them in the 767-2 because it's ESC had burned up. I got to thinking about and searching for an inexpensive plane I could use as a beater for training, and came across the F4U Corsair kit from Value Hobby. It only costs $20 US, but there is a minimum of $8.25 US shipping charge. After finding a Blog thread from another poster who is putting together this kit, reading it, and asking him some questions, I went ahead and ordered it. I actually like buiIding and modifying, and figured I had all of the electronics I would need to make it fly. I did order some decals for it, but think that may be my only other expense. I ordered on 1/28 and received the kit on 1/31.

The kit was decently packaged, though I wouldn't say well packaged. Most of the contents arrived in good shape, but there were a couple of minor dings in the foam of the airplane. The kit comes with everything you need except a motor, fcb, esc, battery, servos, and wiring. It even includes a cheap propellor though I doubt I will use it. Here are photos of what the kit includes:...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Jan 25, 2020 @ 06:43 PM | 7,709 Views

I have been flying helis and quads for about 10 years, and also posted a lot of reviews during that time. I also have a few ground vehicles and have even reviewed a couple of those. But the only planes I ever tried were more than 10 years ago before I started helis and quads, and I had little successs with them. Then the first week of November 2019, I got an airplane, the XK A430, then the A600, then a Volantex 767-2, then an OMPHobby T720. So I have only been flying planes for about 2.5 months. I still consider myself to be mostly a beginner at planes, but I have progressed to aerobatic flight, at least doing loops and rolls, mostly with the T720. All without a club, an instructor, or a similator program.

I like the planes I have with mid mounted motors and pusher props, I like the planes I have that are good gliders, and the plane made of EPO foam has proven to be very durable. So when I came accross the Hobby Zone Aeroscout S 1100 it peaked my interest. A beginner plane made of EPO, decent size, steerable nose wheel, 3 flight modes, capable of aerobatics, a possibility of taking off and landing on rough surfaces or grass, a pusher prop, and possibly decent flight times. But I had always avoided Horizon Hobby and their seemingly expensive products. So I read all that I could find about the Aeroscout, it really seems like there is not that much, and I was left with questions I could not find the answers to. It took me a couple of weeks to make up...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Jan 19, 2020 @ 10:58 PM | 12,250 Views
I just started flying RC airplanes the first week of November, 2019. I had actually tried over 10 years ago with cheap 3 channel planes, but was not very successful back then. I have been flying helis and quadcopters a lot since then, but got the bug to try airplanes. I had some success with flying quadcopters in acro but never really got good at it.

So the first plane I bought was an XK A430 four channel foam plane. I was successful in flying that one but also managed to crash it and do major damage on about the sixth flight. I don't know anyone around here that is into RC and as far as I know there are no RC clubs around, so I have always had to learn on my own. I do read a lot on RCGroups and pick up a lot of info from here, but that is not the same as having a competent person to teach you or show you what you are doing wrong. I learned a lot about repairing a foam plane from the A430 crash, but I had to order a new prop mount after putting it all back together. Still didn't know if it would fly right after the repairs, so I also ordered an XK A600 and received it about the same time I got the prop mount the last week of November, 2019. Main reason for ordering the XK planes was because I have an XK X7 radio I could fly them with, which is a little bit better programmable transmitter.

I had better success with the A600 and it helped me learn how to fly a plane. I have crashed it, but have only sustained minor damage. I liked the way I could fly it really...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Jan 02, 2020 @ 05:06 PM | 6,131 Views
I recently bought a Volantex 767-2 Ranger 750 airplane and will attempt my first review of a fixed wing RC airplane. Seems like it only hit the market about 6 months ago, not much in the way of reviews on it, but I did find at least one person that seems to really like his. First some background on my fixed wing experience, which is very limited.

I recently decided to try flying fixed wing remote control airplanes after having tried a few maybe 10 years ago or so. I was not very successful with them back then, but maybe the planes I tried were not that good, and none were more than three channel flyers. Since back then, I have been flying helis and quads, mostly quads, I have more than 80 quads in my collection, most were review quads, so I have posted a lot of reviews. The last year or two, I have only been flying quads with brushless motors.

I started with the XK A430 which is a brushless plane, because I have an XK X7 transmitter to bind it to, not a bad transmitter. Was able to successfully fly the A430, but also crashed it badly after maybe 6 flights, broke it into at least 6 pieces. But it turned out to be good experience, as I had to learn quickly to repair foam planes, and it is back flying again. Still, I would not recommend the A430 as a first airplane, there are better options. While waiting on a part to remount the prop on the A430, I ordered an XK A600, IMHO a better option for a beginner and someone that wants to start out flying slow and in...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Oct 22, 2018 @ 09:24 PM | 23,716 Views
Hubsan H501S X4 5.8G FPV Brushless With 1080P HD Camera GPS RC Drone Quadcopter

I never really liked Hubsan products very much. A vendor that was a friend of mine had major quality issues with Hubsan products, and they would not stand behind their products. Early in my quad flying days, I bought an H107C, may have been my first camera quad. Had to reroute wires before I could fly it the first time, replace a motor after 3 flights, then another motor after 10 flights. And it did not fly anywhere near as well as a WLToys V202. Probably less than 15 flights and I shelved it, never to fly it again. I reviewed the Hubsan X4 Camera Plus and it was a little better, but still not really a winner.

So when the Hubsan H501S went on sale recently it piqued my interest, but being a Hubsan product I was a bit skeptical. Still, I had heard good things about the H501S, so I ordered one. I really like my MJX B2W quads and the H501S is a direct competitor. I think the B2W may be a clone of the H501S, but it comes with wifi FPV. Plus the H501S comes with 5.8ghz FPV, a monitor built into the transmitter, and dual GPS. Those are features not included with the B2W. So for close to the same price I paid for my last B2W, I got a quad with better features and slightly longer flight times. I also got an H107S-S which is the newer version of the quad with a standard transmitter. From what I have read, the standard transmitter is better than the advanced transmitter because it...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Sep 05, 2018 @ 08:21 PM | 36,738 Views
Eachine EX2 Mini April 10, 2019

I wanted to do a bit of review on the Eachine EX2 Mini without replacing the H501S-S as my first blog post, so I decided to post in this thread which further down is still about the Jumper T8SG Lite and Jumper T12 Open transmitters. I like to have information I can refer back to easily that most other reviewers don't put in their reviews.

Back in January, someone mentioned a code to buy an Eachine EX2 mini for less than $50 US from Banggood, and since I like MJX brushless quads and cheap brushless quads, I ordered one on January 29th. First one I got over a month ago put out some magic smoke when I plugged in the battery, burned an FET on the ESC. Without too much hassle, Banggood sent me another. Second one I got 4/09/2019, the transmitter would not go into bind mode, but between the two of them, I got one flying.

I like to list the following information for future reference, so I will post dimensions and weights here:

Motor to Motor(MTM) Diagonally----177mm.....................................MTM Side to Side-----175mm
MTM Front to Back-----175mm............................................. ..................Height/ground clearance--60/6.3mm
Transmitter measures-----165 x 150 x 49.5 mm ...............................Transmitter Sticks-----85mm CTC x 20mm tall
Props measure-----94mm/3.625 inches - 2.26 grams................................ ...........Motors--1306 2750KV
Quadcopter body weight-----126.85 grams...........................Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Aug 29, 2018 @ 02:47 PM | 16,891 Views
Eachine TX805 at 25mW recorded with Eachine LCD5802D monitor out to 215 meters. Stock dipole antenna.

tx805 (1 min 57 sec)

Eachine TX805 at 25mW recorded with Eachine LCD5802D monitor out to 300 meters. Pagoda antenna.

Eachine TX805 (2 min 42 sec)
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Posted by siriusflier | Mar 05, 2018 @ 09:56 PM | 17,976 Views
HMDVR-HD 1080P HD DVR 90 Degree M12 Mini Camera AV Output Low Latency for FPV RC Drone

I was looking for a camera/dvr combination with high resolution that could also used with a a seperate vtx and came accross this one at Banggood. But there is not much information about it on the product page and I only found one or two reviews about it with not a lot of information. So I informed my contact at Banggood about the lack of information and offerred to review it. My contact agreed to send it to me. It shipped by Air Parcel Registered with China Post on February 8, 2018 and I recieved it on February 28, 2018. Not sure, but the Chinese New Year Holiday may have slowed down the shipment. It came in an anti static plastic bag well wrapped in foam. No damage to the camera or video recorder.
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Posted by siriusflier | Jan 28, 2018 @ 09:54 PM | 21,071 Views
Banggood sent me this VTX for reveiw. It was ordered January10, 2018, shipped on January 11, 2018, and arrived on January 24, 2018. Decent shipping time. The box was only slightly damaged, no damage to the contents.

First Impressions

It comes in a nice little box with an antenna and wires for hooking it up protcted by white foam insert. The VTX has clear heat shrink around it. There is an LED display on the bottom and it has one button. The wire plugs are different from any I have used and would not plug into any camera I am using, in this case I used the Caddx Turbo Micro F1. I had to cut all of the wires and resolder them to different plugs. I was replacing the EWRF e708TM3 5.8G 48CH 25mW/200mW/600mW, and the plug for the VTXs are also different. It would be nice if all one had to do was unplug one VTX and plug in the other, but that would mean standardizing the plugs on VTXs. The VTX alone weighs about 8 grams, so with wires and the pagoda antenna I am using it probably added around 20 grams to the the quad. The ad on Banggood lists the measurements as 31 x 21 x 5 mm, but I measured it at 32.0 x 22.5 x 8.0 mm.
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Posted by siriusflier | Jan 20, 2018 @ 05:58 PM | 18,854 Views
I am not as experienced with using programmable transmitters as I am sure some RCGroups members are, but I will attempt to provide some input on the Kingkong Ldarc Tiny Tx. This transmitter was sent to me by Banggood, ordered December 28, 2018, shipped January 13, 2018,
and received January 18, 2018. The box mine was sent in was crushed in one corner, but the transmitter does not seem to be harmed by the rough handling.
I would not call this transmitter tiny but it is small. It is 160mm wide by 95mm tall by 40mm thick. The sticks are 90mm apart and 19mm tall. It weighs about 230 grams. The battery is a 1S 600mah lipo with a molex connector. It has to be removed to charge it. There is no charge cord or USB cable included in the package. There are two manuals, one for the transmitter and one for the included receiver. The manuals do not seem very clear or thorough for usage instructions.
I first tried the Tiny Tx with my XK x100 quad. It was easy to bind, just turn on the transmitter, plug the battery into the quad, and push the bind button. Did not take long at all. But the quad went full throttle immediately. Turns out the throttle switch needed to be in reverse position, as did the elevator switch. I got the quad to fly a little, and it seemed to do well, but would not stay bound for long, strictly a problem with the quad.
I then got the Tx to bind with my XK X252 using the same procedure. Throttle and elevator still had to be reversed. Took...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Jul 06, 2017 @ 07:01 PM | 18,464 Views
Melted motor arm.
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 18, 2017 @ 10:10 AM | 21,280 Views
This camera/video recorder/FPV transmitter AIO unit was sent to me by Banggood for review.
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