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Posted by Blaze0021 | May 25, 2020 @ 09:12 PM | 4,737 Views
This Memorial Day, my tribute honoring those who served with valor and cherishing the memories of those who gave everything -- A performance flight of my Arrows RC P-47 Thunderbolt 980mm 4S High-Speed Custom Variant "Silver Lady" flown today.

Arrows RC P-47 Thunderbolt 980mm 4S High-Speed Custom Variant Memorial Day 2020 Flight (4 min 47 sec)

I actually wasn't planning on getting any flight video, but Robert surprised me when I spotted him halfway through with his iPhone out, recording my last flight of the day with the rest of the guys watching. I think he did very well capturing the Silver Lady in action! 😁

Just to recap this project, I customized the internals of this new Arrows RC P-47 Thunderbolt 980mm to have the exact (or better) schematics of the old FMS 980mm High Speed P-47 Thunderbolt (now discontinued). The stock Arrows RC 3S motor has been replaced with a new beefy FMS 4S 3648-770KV Brushless Outrunner (the motor mount has 2 different mounting points, one for the smaller stock 3S motor, and another set of deeper motor mounting points for the larger 4S 770KV motor.. which confirms that this current Arrows RC P-47 offering was once the FMS High Speed P-47 model), and the stock Arrows RC 40-Amp ESC has also been replaced with a ZTW 85-Amp Mantis with 5-Amp SBEC.

Measured 54.5 Max Static Amps, 855 Watts Power - using an Eflite Power Meter and fully charged Admiral Pro 4S 2200mAh 45C Lipo.

I also completed a lot of detailed setup...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | May 10, 2020 @ 09:49 PM | 6,334 Views
A friend told me that I should dedicate something to honor your memory.. a great idea.

This flight is dedicated to you Mom.. You were one to always "Like" my Flight Videos and my Golden Hour Sunset Photos. It's not easy without you here, but we're doing okay. We miss you so much, and not a day goes by where we don’t think of you. Happy Mother's Day in Heaven.

Eflite T-28 Trojan 1.2m BNF Basic 4-Year Anniversary of Purchase 4S Flight (4 min 39 sec)

A 4-year Anniversary of Purchase, 4S Flight of my Eflite 1.2-meter wingspan T-28 Trojan. The clouds in this flight were absolutely heavenly.. just as if they knew what I was asking for.


By comparison, here was the 4S Maiden Flight Video of my Eflite 1.2m T-28 Trojan... footage taken 3 years ago:

Eflite T-28 Trojan 1.2m 4S Conversion Performance Flight (5 min 36 sec)
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Posted by Blaze0021 | May 05, 2020 @ 02:49 AM | 5,455 Views
I've finally completed and test flown my Ace Combat Zero Galm 2 "Pixy" Custom on my 2-year old Freewing Lippisch P.15 64mm EDF Jet over the past weekend. This video includes two flights - one in fair weather and one in inclement weather, demonstrating it's tolerance to a wide range of flight conditions. Watch all the way through to hear Pixy converse with Galm 1 "Cipher" and AWACS "Eagle Eye" through the comms, and also see an epic "Mission Accomplished" landing at the end!

Freewing Lippisch P.15 64mm EDF Jet - Ace Combat Zero Special - Galm 2 "Pixy" (6 min 39 sec)

See below for a list of my modifications:

1) Upgraded to an FMS 3S 64mm 2840-3900KV 11-Blade EDF Unit.
2) Upgraded to a ZTW Mantis 45-Amp ESC.
3) Armor-coated the underbelly with a foam brush-applied layer of JB Weld 5-Minute Clear Epoxy as a protective skid plate.
4) Custom Ace Combat Zero - Galm 2 "Pixy" Scheme (thank you Brad Lupher for the amazing airbrush work).
5) Spray-Applied 2 Coats of Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic on airframe.

This has easily become the fastest EDF Jet in my fleet (+100mph).. and is still powered by the same Roaring Top 3S 1800mAh 45C lipos that I was originally using with the stock system. With a dry weight of 415 grams and Max Static Amp Draw of 35.5a, the thrust to weight setup is outstanding.

My Freewing Lippisch P.15 also had badly misaligned decals (top and bottom) on the right wing. So I took the...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 22, 2020 @ 02:26 AM | 7,735 Views
Clipped Wing Cub Wednesday!

Eflite Clipped Wing Cub 1.2m BNF Basic - Golden Hour 4S Flight (5 min 0 sec)

It's surprising that I've had this Clipped Wing Cub for 2 years, and not once have I had a video taken of this fun aerobatic model, until now. I had only flown it once in its stock 3S configuration and wasn't satisfied with the power output for my flying style (for those of you that disagree with my power assessment, just try flying here - at least a mile up in CO and then we'll talk). The remaining flights up to this day have all been on 4S power and have had no issues.

I had also made additional upgrades to the internal system for 4S compatibility, performance and longevity, as well as enjoyability in dimly lit conditions. See below for a list of modifications and measurements:

BATTERY: Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C Lipo
ESC: Hitec Energy Sport 60a w/5a SBEC
PROPELLER: Xoar PJN 11x6 Beech Wood Electric
4S MOTOR COOLING: Custom Cut Sanded & Painted Spoon Air Scoop (feeds outside air directly to the top of the motor through a duct in the hood)
AIRFRAME PAINT PROTECTION: 2 Coats of Minwax Semigloss Polycrylic
LIGHTING: Eflite EFLA600 Universal Light Controller (Full Navigation Lighting w/ Top and Bottom Beacon Lights
MAX STATIC AMP DRAW: 39.9 Amps
MAX STATIC WATTS: 607.6 Watts

The Clipped Wing Cub has been a fun high-wing aerobat that I've enjoyed many flights with, and definitely look forward to many more.

Thanks for capturing the flight video Mike!...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 19, 2020 @ 02:24 AM | 3,219 Views
All in all a pretty good sunny day that turned into a chilly comedic scene. Also, a first time for everything.. my fingers just happened to slip off of my 4S-Powered Freewing F9F Panther right on the launch release.. Luckily I had the burner fully lit. Mike had it all on video while he was testing out some video settings on his iPhone X and using my flight as a test run. The rest was pure comedy with his commentary.

Freewing F9F Panther 4S-Powered 64mm EDF Jet - Save Of The Day (3 min 33 sec)

This just happened to be one of the very few and far in-between dreaded launch saves I’ve experienced, especially with the Panther. Due to COVID-19, my hands have been pretty badly cracked due to the constant hand washing. Prior to heading to the field today I had applied a hand lotion/balm to my hands which made them a bit slick, and that was the result.

This is what a typical hand launch looks like with my Panther:

Freewing F9F Panther 64mm EDF Jet 4S Flight (4 min 23 sec)
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 16, 2020 @ 10:01 AM | 5,175 Views
This evening I was able to fly around past the golden hour. With another snow front moving in, rapidly dropping temps and some chop to make it interesting, my buddy Robert decided to take some video of my “short final” landings. I also cut it pretty close on the last flight of the night.. my face at the end says it all hahaha. 🥴😅 #LandNow

Eflite Night Visionaire 1.1m BNF Basic - Short Final Fun (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 05, 2020 @ 11:44 PM | 6,786 Views
This is the 3rd and final installment in the Eflite Rare Bear series. The stock 8x8 prop has been swapped out for the more aggressive APC 9x9E prop and has been dynamically balanced, along with the spinner for an ultra fine throttle-up. Bench testing with a fully charged Admiral 4S 3000mAh 35C lipo yielded 68.9 max static amps with 1045 watts power - Great stats and within the "rated parameters" for the stock internals.

Eflite Rare Bear 880mm BNF Basic w/AS3X 4S Flight with APC 9x9E Propeller (4 min 24 sec)

My whole intent for this upgrade was to maximize the performance of the Rare Bear while keeping the AUW (All Up Weight) down as much as possible, for the ease of hand launch, as well as minimizing the amount of weight "momentum" it carries on landing approaches. With my APC 9x9E prop setup, the Rare Bear has significantly increased its power output and speed - hand launches are much easier, it can now clear the diagonal length of the double-wide lacrosse fields we fly at in under 3 seconds (formerly 3.5 seconds with the stock 8x8 prop), and has better slower landing characteristics on approach. All this for a $2.18 prop.. And all within spec.

With that said, I will be clear in saying that I have NO desire to go 5 or 6S - why spend more money on batts that I don't even own, just to increase the weight setup and make it a PITA to land on the field.. all for more speed that I don't even need? For $2.18, the APC 9x9E prop was a perfect choice...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Apr 04, 2020 @ 07:01 PM | 3,862 Views
(Profanity Alert) Mike sees my Eflite Rare Bear on 4S with the APC 9x9E for the first time with this prop upgrade. I think he likes it. 😆

Eflite Rare Bear 880mm BNF Basic w/AS3X - 4S Flight w/APC 9x9E Prop Preview (Profanity Alert) (0 min 46 sec)

Full video to come soon!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Mar 31, 2020 @ 10:55 PM | 6,079 Views
I was trying to save this video for Thursday, but I might as well post it now since my new APC 9x9E props arrived today and I'll be trying to get a video of my 4S Eflite Rare Bear with the APC 9x9E prop sometime this week. In the meantime...

The adventures of my $25 Eflite Rare Bear continue (this is the same display Eflite Rare Bear that I bought from my local hobby store for $25, several months ago from my buddy that manages the store. It was sadly just hanging upside down in the store collecting dust when I offered to buy it from him. Still fairly new, I decided to dust it off and go to work with it.

Aside from having all stock internals and 8x8 prop on 4S, I also added some features to make handlaunching a much easier task and to increase its durability:

1) Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic-Coated Airframe (2 Coats) for paint protection.
2) Velcro Launch Grip with Dremeled Index Finger Notch for launch release stability.
3) Dubro Wing Tip Skids for Control Horn Skid Impact Protection.

An added effect of the Index Finger Notch was also a "low-hum resonating whistle" (similar to blowing air over a bottle) that can easily be heard during flight and in the video. I didn't expect this to happen... but pretty cool, nonetheless.

Here's a flight of me just jamming to the Eflite Rare Bear. Hope you enjoy the video!

Eflite Rare Bear 880mm BNF Basic w/AS3X (4S Stock Parameter) Performance Flight (4 min 18 sec)

Thanks Mike for catching this on your iPhone X!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Mar 21, 2020 @ 10:37 PM | 5,489 Views
When I was a kid, I was never good at the piano (as much as my Aunt Edna would try to teach me). But I always had an appreciation for musical instruments and respect for those who play them. Maybe my MXS-C can, in a sense be an instrument as well. An RC dance, a waltz to Kreisler / Rachmaninoff's Arrangement of Liebeslied (Love's Sorrow).

Twisted Hobbys 32" Crack MXS-C - Flown to Liebeslied (Love's Sorrow) Old Waltz (4 min 13 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Feb 05, 2020 @ 05:47 PM | 9,380 Views
This is dedicated to my Mom who had passed away on January 25th 2020. I was in the middle of making this video of my customized ZOHD Dart XL during the time of her passing and I had flown out to be with her during her final moments. I'm still having a hard time dealing with it and only now have I finally finished this video. Mom, I love you and miss you, forever and always. This is for you.

ZOHD Dart XL Extreme 1m Wingspan w/ Eflite F-27 Parts Upgrade & Lighting Mod - 100th Flight (6 min 4 sec)

I had purchased this ZOHD Dart XL over the summer and it had arrived with a defective motor, characterized by 12 of the internal magnets coming off inside the motor housing. Rather than reaching out to Banggood.com and/or ZOHD, I decided to take a different route and use this opportunity to make this unique airship my own personal line of sight aircraft.

I went to my local hobby shop and purchased a new Eflite F-27 Evolution and proceeded to gut it for its internal powertrain (BL10 1920KV motor, motor mount, 40-amp esc, prop). Then I sold the gutted Eflite F-27 Evolution to my friend who had spare parts to use on the airframe. I removed the stock motor, along with the stock mount, and filled the original holes of the wooden backing plate with epoxy. Then I re-drilled new holes for the Eflite F-27 motor mount and attached the Eflite F-27 motor mount and motor to the newly drilled holes, using metal washers as spacers in between the motor mount and wooden backing plate....Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jan 10, 2020 @ 09:05 PM | 3,791 Views
This flight is dedicated to my Mom. I love you very much - Prayers for a strong and healthy recovery.

RocHobby Strega P-51 1100mm Reno Racer Performance Flight (4 min 37 sec)

I increased the performance of my 3-year old RocHobby Strega P-51 1100mm Reno Racer by switching out the stock 10.5x8 4-blade prop to a custom cut and dynamically-balanced APC 11x12E prop. I used a spare APC 11x10E prop as a template by placing it on top of the APC 12x12E prop and lined them up, pegged together by a screwdriver. Then I used a pair of Fiskars Diamond Cut Shears and carefully cut the ends of the APC 12x12E prop, matching the length and tip shape of the 11" APC prop. Then I carefully sanded the tips with very fine grit sandpaper to match and rebalanced the prop dynamically.

The stock spinner was also modified with enlarged prop exit holes and rebalanced to accommodate the size and pitch of the APC 11x12 prop.

Using this custom APC 11x12E prop, the performance boost is dramatic and easily noticeable over the stock 10.5x8 4-blade prop. Max Static Amps reached 57.6a with a fully charged Admiral 4S 2200mAh 45C lipo.. plenty of overhead room with the stock 70-amp ESC.

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Jan 05, 2020 @ 12:17 AM | 8,147 Views
When the stock 30-35-1000KV brushless motor abruptly died on my 3-year old Tower Hobbies F6F Hellcat, a replacement motor was no longer available and discontinued by Tower Hobbies (now Horizon Hobby). So I decided to make some modifications to make this excellent warbird fly again.

Tower Hobbies F6F Hellcat 4S Performance Flight w/ Tomcat P4802 3510-1080KV Brushless Outrunner (4 min 47 sec)

I installed a Tomcat P4802 3510-1080KV Brushless Outrunner Motor in the stock motor's place. The Tomcat motor is a direct bolt-on fit to the Hellcat wooden motor mount but the dummy plastic cowl face needed to be modified to allow for the longer (5mm) length of the Tomcat motor. So I used my Dremel to create a round opening through the dummy plastic radial, being careful for circular uniformity. The edges of the Dremel'ed opening were then repainted with Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black to complete the "finished" cowl appearance.

The stock ESC was replaced with a Sky Power 60amp ESC w/ 5amp SBEC. Now powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C Lipo, the Hellcat is also slinging a dynamically balanced Xoar PJN 10x7 Wooden Prop. Max Static Amps on the bench reached 35.8 amps with 528.8 watts power. Center of Gravity (CG) is retained at 67mm from the leading edge of the main wing. Lastly, the airframe finish is also protected with 2 coats of Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic.

I am completely blown away by the performance of this 4S setup! What was already a great model on 3S not only...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 22, 2019 @ 04:01 PM | 4,670 Views
I found this Eflite Rare Bear as a local hobby store display, hung on their ceiling simply collecting dust. I made an offer to buy it and the shop manager offered to sell it to me for $25, as he was needing to make additional display room for more "current" models. "If you can fly her, and take care of her.. for $25, she's yours. Merry Christmas." Aside from dust, and some typical light dents and rash, all of the stock internals and hardware checked out okay.

Needless to say, I left the shop with this Reno Racer!

Eflite Rare Bear 880mm BNF Basic Maiden Flight (4 min 11 sec)

Using a Roaring Top 4S 3300mAh 70C lipo (358 grams) and the CG set to 89mm from the leading edge of the main wing, this Rare Bear was set according to the manual. The prop and spinner were all dynamically balanced to a quiet fine tune. All of the control surfaces were set centered, and during the flight were adjusted 2 clicks to the left for aileron and rudder, and 10 clicks up on the elevator as it was wanting to pitch down during the flight (which can be seen on some straight passes during the flight). Aside from that, the Rare Bear flew beautifully, and fast!

I was very mindful on the hand launch to toss hard into a steady breeze. The winds at the field were pushing 8-9mph with a 14mph gust. But with the weight of the Rare Bear, you couldn't even feel the turbulence as this aircraft simply punches right through wind. The launch headwind was perfect as it provided...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 13, 2019 @ 01:39 AM | 7,315 Views
I was never a fan of the stock green Eflite scheme, so my first impulse was to customize my UMX F-27 Evolution with the color scheme of my choice.. Black!

Eflite UMX F-27 Evolution Flight w/ Custom Black Trim Scheme (4 min 50 sec)

I carefully peeled the stock stickers off, applied them to an old decal backing sheet that I kept from a previous project. I then applied two spray coats of Krylon Supermaxx Black, allowed it to dry, and then reapplied them with Elmer’s Crystal Glue, using an epoxy brush.

Aside from the custom “Black” scheme, Dubro 1.25” Nose Skid and Small Parts CNC Aluminum UMX Prop Adapter, all of the internals are stock. Powered with an Eflite 3S 300mAh 30C Lipo (27 grams), placed as far back in the battery compartment for an aft-most CG.

Thanks Brad for catching the flight footage!

Thanks for watching!!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Sep 14, 2019 @ 01:31 AM | 3,643 Views
In 1080p 60fps - A flight with my Force RC F/A-18 Blue Angels V2 64mm EDF Jet.

Force RC F/A-18 Blue Angels V2 64mm EDF Jet Performance Flight (4 min 5 sec)

"Does the color of the sky mean anything special to you? It does to me.. a hell of a lot. When I close my eyes, the sky in my dreams.. is a deep, dark blue.

MODIFICATIONS:

1) Hitec Energy Sport 40-Amp ESC w/ 2-Amp SBEC (Replaced defective stock 40-Amp ESC).
3) Custom-painted Freewing F/A-18 64mm EDF Jet Wingtip Pylons.
4) Minwax Semi-Gloss Finish Polycrylic Spray Coated Airframe.

TRANSMITTER, RECEIVER, & SETUP:

Transmitter: Spektrum DX8 G2
Receiver: Lemon RX DSMX 7-Channel Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver (LM0033)
Rates Used: 93% Aileron with 24% Expo / 90% Elevator with 30% Expo / 100% Steering with 6% Expo
Control Rod Placement: Outer holes on both Servo and Horn ends.
Center of Gravity: 63mm back from the leading edge of the main wing
Battery: Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C Lipo
Throttle Timer: 3:40 Minutes
Total Flight Time: 3 Minute(s), 20 Second(s)
Lipo Final Voltage: 15.15 Volts out of 16.80 Volts (~3.79 Volts / Cell) at 29%

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Camera: iPhone 6 at 1080P / 60 FPS
Cameraman: Brad L.
Music: "Faceless Soldier" - Ace Combat 7 Original Soundtrack

Thanks for watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Sep 10, 2019 @ 10:47 AM | 3,106 Views
In 1080p 60fps - This is a Video Capture Challenge Flight of my Durafly EFXtra 975mm Racer.

Durafly EFXtra 975mm Racer - Video Capture Challenge 4S Flight (5 min 26 sec)

My friend Brad had been looking forward to the challenge of capturing my old Durafly EFXtra "Bolt" on video this past weekend. He's been taking excellent footage of my EDF jets, but the EFXtra is a completely different animal to capture well (if at all) on video. This is also his first experience seeing an EFXtra up close in action.

Will Brad manage to keep his video target locked? Stay tuned!

TRANSMITTER, RECEIVER, & SETUP

Transmitter: Spektrum DX8 G2
Receiver: Lemon RX DSMX 7-Channel Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver "LM0033"
Stabilizer Gains: 9 O’Clock Setting on all Axis-es
Master Gain: +0
Rates Used: 100%-Aileron / 40% Expo, 100%-Elevator / 25% Expo, 100-Rudder, 0% Expo
Propeller: Stock 7x6.5 2-Blade
Additional Modifications: Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic Protective Coating (2 Coats)
Battery: Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C (241 grams)
Battery Positioning: Full Forward
Throttle Timer: 4 Minutes
Total Flight Time: 4 Minutes, 18 Seconds
Lipo Final Voltage: 15.22 Volts out of 16.80 Volts (~3.81 / Cell) at 34%

ADDITIONAL INFO

Camera: iPhone 6 at 1080P / 60 FPS
Cameraman: Brad L.
Music: "Siren's Song" - Ace Combat 7 Original Soundtrack

Thanks for watching!
Posted by Blaze0021 | Sep 07, 2019 @ 04:47 PM | 3,685 Views
In 1080p 60fps - This is a performance flight of my FMS F-15 Eagle V2 64mm EDF Jet.

FMS F-15 Eagle V2 64mm EDF Jet Performance Flight (4 min 29 sec)

Powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C, weighing in at 241 grams. The CG was set to 95mm from the leading edge of the main wing. Flight Timer was set to 3:40 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter. Two coats of Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic were applied to the entire airframe for increased paint durability. Aside from this, no additional modifications were added from stock.

This is an FMS "predecessor" jet that I've had for a while now and also enjoy taking to the flying field quite often, before later acquiring the EFlite F-15 Eagle 64mm EDF Jet BNF Basic version (which was to be Eflite's "successor" model) just released this past year. Both versions are identical in specs and performance, with the only exception of differing brand electronics and paint scheme.

For whatever reason, it just occurred to me that I didn't have a video of my FMS F-15 Eagle.. that is, until Brad managed to capture this quality footage from one of my fun flights. Well-deserved and long overdue for such an excellent model. I hope you enjoy the video!

TRANSMITTER, RECEIVER, & SETUP INFO:

Transmitter: Spektrum DX8 (G2)
Lemon RX Gain Settings: Aileron - 9:30 O'Clock / Nose Gear Steering - 10 O'Clock / Elevator - 9:30 O'Clock
Master Gain Setting: +0
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Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 29, 2019 @ 11:46 PM | 3,324 Views
In 1080p 60fps - This is a performance flight of my Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet BNF Basic.

Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet BNF Basic Performance Flight (4 min 15 sec)

Powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C, weighing in at 240 grams and set as far aft as possible. The CG was measured at 83mm from the leading edge of the main wing (from the manual addendum's recommended CG range of 75-85mm). Flight Timer was set to 3:40 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter.

This is a jet that I was initially reluctant to get, just because of the trim scheme / livery. However, the F-16's unique flight characteristics and personality in the air has justifiably won me over. Compared to the Eflite and FMS F-15 Eagle 64mm EDF Jets, the Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet demands more in pilot proficiency. In flight, the F-16 feels less stable but is definitely more agile. Be mindful of airspeed on final approach for landings, and bleed off as much airspeed as you can during your final flare.. Otherwise, you may find yourself back in the air for a go-around. Also watch out for crosswind approaches and avoid them if possible. Lastly, the narrow stance of the wheels makes ground handling and taxiing in an "appropriate" speed, a skill in itself.. beware of making quick steering movements after touchdown and during taxiing back to the hangar.

Is it less stable, yes. Is it more agile, yes. Does it require more skill out of the pilot, absolutely.

I like it!

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