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Posted by JohnVH | Today @ 04:52 PM | 132 Views
NEW Durafly Bonanza maiden and aerobatics!

Durafly Bonanza 950mm from Hobbyking FLYING! (5 min 31 sec)

Build video
Durafly Bonanza 950mm from Hobbyking Unboxing and Build (18 min 51 sec)
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Posted by Jack Crossfire | Today @ 03:59 PM | 123 Views
Can a PASSENGER land a PLANE? Presented by CAPTAIN JOE (15 min 51 sec)



After months of thinking about the problem, it became clear the passenger should fly manually instead of trying to reconfigure the autopilot as depicted. We're all familiar with the basic airplane controls, have played flight simulators, & can drive cars. Getting the plane to point in a certain heading & controlling speed isn't very hard.


The autopilot is a horribly complex addition. Most of the radio time is spent explaining how to use the autopilot & looking for the controls. She had to lower flaps, lower gear, & reverse thrust, despite the autolanding being engaged. A 2nd passenger could have managed the flaps & gear.
To the lay lion, manually flying would greatly increase the chances of success, but Caption Joe based the video on no doubt what the FAA recommends.
Posted by SPH1957 | Today @ 02:53 PM | 164 Views
I thought I would document my experiences with my TarotRC equipment and the drones I fly.

Firstly this is what I have:

2 sets of ZYX-M
2 sets of ZYX OSD
2 sets of TL301 GoPro carrying gimbal
1 set of ZYX BD Bluetooth Data Link
Tarot 680 Ironman hecacopter
500 size quad

FrSky QX7
Fry sky receivers as follows.

WIP
Posted by blitzen | Today @ 12:50 PM | 225 Views
I have improved my polystyrene foam cutter. The cost to build was about $10. Using household tools, a drill, soldering iron and glue gun it was complete in a couple of hours. The size accommodates polystyrene foam up to 1" thick. It is portable, powered by 2 alkaline D cell batteries. 3 inches of very thin steel wire is heated by resistance to just beyond the temperature polystyrene transitions. Polystyrene is safely cut in a ventilated area. The heat is minimized to avoid unhealthy fumes. As a result, cutting speed is more or less 9 inches per minute depending on the size and density of the PS. The cut is barely larger than the diameter of the resistance wire so detailed and accurately sized pieces and voids can be achieved. It also cuts thin molded PS (recycling symbol 6). The platform lifts off to change the batteries or resistance wire.
Resembling a pizza box, a 12" square frame made of 1.5" x .5" poplar with a .25" paper board top and bottom. The lumber was cut with a small hand saw. The top board is left unattached and small blocks are glued to the underside which keeps the top in position on the frame.
A light steel rod is bent at a right angle. One end of the rod is fitted into a hole in the frame and held with a set screw. The point of the screw tip is ground off. The arm is parallel to the surface at 2" above. The negative battery wire (24 AWG) is inconspicuously soldered to the rod using a heavy soldering iron. The resistance...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Today @ 11:03 AM | 351 Views
RC Tip #18 - Bad Wiring Assemblies



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9g_1-JT0KY

I have ordered power connector pigtails, extension cables, servo wires, etc. and approx. 25% of those have had bad wiring assemblies.
What I mean by bad wiring assemblies is the wires in the connector are not in the proper order.
I have had to remove wires from these connectors and re-install them in the proper order.
Never assume that the wire assemblies are correct and always check before you use them.
I installed a servo pigtail into one of my receivers and shorted out the receiver because the power lead was installed where the signal wire should have been.
I didn't check before I used the wire assemlby and it cost me a receiver.

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!


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Posted by basslord1124 | Today @ 09:20 AM | 397 Views
Been wanting to add a nice somewhat large glider to my airplane arsenal. Something for those lazy/relaxing days. Found some plans for a Flitetest style glider (called Galaxy) through the Flitetest community pages. Currently have the fuselage and tail section built. Next big step is the wing which I am actually going to make as a 2 piece wing with a split in the middle so I can take it apart for transporting. The original design was a full single piece wing that used 3 sheets of foamboard.

Here is a video on the start of this journey in constructing this big glider.

Large foamboard glider build progress & introduction... Flitetest style glider (Galaxy) (6 min 49 sec)


And here is the original Flitetest article on the glider:
https://www.flitetest.com/articles/t...uuuuuge-glider
Posted by alex111 | Today @ 05:11 AM | 512 Views
Hi guys I'm building a model of kookaburra queen 2 long way to go but will get there some day
Posted by nigelsheffield | Today @ 04:54 AM | 761 Views
Video to follow when weather is better and I get it tuned but already this is working better than betaflight 2s brushless whoop in terms of locked in flying, ( still needs more tuning for outdoors )silverware rocks!

I've already made some brushless silverware quads and some whoops but up till now never a silverware brushless whoop and having recently discovered 2s brushless whoops and the recent betafpv beta65x I decided it's time to build a silverware version a little bigger on the beta75x frame.

Parts used
Betafpv lite FC ( flashed with yets brushless silverware version )
Frame and props betafpv beta75x.
1103 10000kv racerstar motors. https://m.banggood.com/Racerstar-Rac...244425201308OD ( tracking affiliate link as motors were provided for review , no extra cost to you but they will let me have more stuff for review if people use this link )
ESC bs06d super s https://m.xt-xinte.com/Super_s-BS06D...r-p134749.html ( mention nigelsheffield123 for $5 credit )
Any 5v bec / ubec regulator ( got mine from AliExpress for about $1 )
Camera I will be using akk bs2 depending if I can find a spare one but anything will do as long as it's small and light is best.
Battery https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=3655100057

To program the FC you will need an st-linker V2 and a free program ( I will provide a bin file once it's all setup nicely or those who don't want to go through setting up in Kiel )


Soldered wires to ESC and hot glue in place to stop them...Continue Reading
Posted by KiwiKid | Today @ 02:48 AM | 556 Views
I have always been intrigued by the variety of flying wing and canard experimental aircraft ventures that were prevalent during and after WW2 in Britain. Some details of these are recorded in these two postings:

http://www.ipmsstockholm.se/home/tai...ft-of-the-raf/

http://www.century-of-flight.net/Avi...gs/britain.htm

I am rather fond of "wing things": https://www.modelflying.co.uk/albums...um.asp?a=46915 and thought it would be fun to knock up a flying wing in the form of the experimental ventures.

I chose the Scout Bee as a base, so at least I knew the aerodynamics should work. The winglets were made from 2mm corflute sandwiched between two bits of balsa with the flutes and the grain at 90 degrees to each other. A Windrider pod was used with a P-39 cockpit grafted on. Power is supplied by a 2200 3S battery. Covering is Solartex. The lower surface scheme was used on prototypes and experimental a/c to identify them to other pilots and to (hopefully) stop wartime gunners from taking pot shots at the strange shape in the sky.

The model has just been finished and I did the maiden today. Really pleased with how she flew - here's a vid.

Windrider Scout Bee (2 min 19 sec)

Posted by japim | Today @ 02:15 AM | 566 Views
Again an excellent skills of my son - this time in the middle of R/C combat fight:

Racing Drone vs Aircombat (4 min 59 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Yesterday @ 11:44 PM | 597 Views
This is a 4S Lipo Power Flight with the new Durafly Supermarine Seafire MkIIB 1100mm WWII RC Warbird From HobbyKing.

HobbyKing Durafly Supermarine Seafire MkIIB 1100mm WWII RC Warbird 4S Lipo Power Flight (4 min 25 sec)

Here are my review notes for this Durafly Supermarine Spitfire variant:

Pros:
- A cool concept version on a classic WWII Warbird with tons of scale accessories that comes with three different scheme options.
- It is a great size for easy transport and still large enough to have a bigger plane feel to it.
- Flies great on 3S or 4S 2200 lipo batteries
- Very good flight times
- Scale flaps
- Retracts with rubber tires
- Nice bright LED lights
- A solid 3 bladed prop
- Ball link servo connectors
- It is quick and easy to adjust the tailwheel with provided tool

Cons:
- The stickers can be a little tricky to apply until you get the hang of it. After that, it is pretty easy.
- If you aren't familiar with now the servo connectors work, it can be a little confusing. After you get a feel for them, it seems second nature.

To learn more about the RC Plane, click here! https://goo.gl/qCSkKu
Posted by DMHIGHFLYER | Yesterday @ 11:39 PM | 596 Views
Alittle weekend fun in the 182, has the stol kit installed but needs to be converted to a tail dragger. 🙂
Posted by VicT | Yesterday @ 10:51 PM | 617 Views
Tyvek hinges work very well as they can be used with regular CA and most foam airframes. Applied like Monocote hinges (but with CA rather than an iron) they are very strong and they dont stretch. I try and use them on ailerons, flaps, elevator and rudder. Here I use them on the canopy and receiver belly door for the Cirrus.

Get a Postal or Fedex envelope that is Tyvek. Sand both sides with 100-220 grit paper lightl to rough up the surface for CA. Use an accelerator on one side either the foam or Tyvek. Cut Tyvek into 1/8 wide strips. When applying CA use a very small amount and press down using clear Monocote backing as CA will not stick to this type of plastic.

The Cirrus canopy has 4 magnets and a foam tongue. Over time the magnets will either lose their magnetism or fall away due to heat expansion and contraction compared to the glue. Lose a canopy in flight? Good luck getting a replacement! Using the existing magnets and a hinge with a clasp increases the reliabilty of the latching design. You will never forget your canopy at home and no more canopys flying off the table at the flying field.

Start by applying a simple two strip hinge for the servo belly door. See pics. Then move on to the more complicated
Canopy....Continue Reading
Posted by newelectro | Yesterday @ 08:35 PM | 645 Views
Vista Thermal Saturday
Vista Thermal 101318 (40 min 19 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 08:30 PM | 679 Views
Glue & Fly Series - Flight #17 F-22 Micro V1.5 Advanced Setup



Here is a link to the Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRDcd6f0mS8

This is Flight #17 of our latest F-22 Micro Parkjet Build dubbed V1.5
Time to perform some Test Flights with the Intermediate / Advanced Setup using a 3S LIPO.
The LIPO I'm using is a 3S 450mah 65C.
The All-Up-Weight of this Micro Parkjet is 131 grams with a 3S 450mah 65C LIPO.
The Thrust-To-Weight Ratio with this 3S LIPO is 2.1:1
Before this flight I had increase the Aileron Dual-Rate from 25%-35%.
I increased the Elevator EXPO from 25% to 35%.
This greatly reduced the Twitchiness during flight and made the movements much more smooth.
It also gave me more Aileron control authority for Rolls and Split-S maneuvers.
I also input 6 clicks of Down-Trim on the Elevator as the Parkjet wanted to climb.
My observations on this Flight:

* Aileron Trim is perfect.
* Elevator Trim may need improvement after more evaluation.
* Aileron Dual-Rate may need an increase to be determined after more evaluation.
* Elevator Dual-Rate many need a decrease to be determined after more evaluation.
* Aileron EXPO may need a decrease after more evaluation.
* Elevator EXPO may need an increase after more evaluation.
* The above remarks are regarding very fine tuning of this Parkjet. As you can see from the video it is stable, responsive, acrobatic, fast, and gets great flight time on this power setup.
* After the 4 minute flight the...Continue Reading
Posted by bee99 | Yesterday @ 07:37 PM | 664 Views
I assembled the templates for the wing tips and rudder. My orginal cardboard & nail ones with rubber bands could work again.
Posted by bee99 | Yesterday @ 07:31 PM | 670 Views
This crashed fuselage was from 2008. It will serve as guide for me to build a new one.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Yesterday @ 07:11 PM | 668 Views
Woo-Hoo!

This is the post-successful-maiden-photo of my slow poke sport 40. The kit was a Christmas present from my father. Starting work in early January I completed the build in late August. When school started back I resigned myself to seeing the maiden take place in 2019, but fortune was on my side. Low winds and a gracious wife afforded me an opportunity to maiden the airplane early this morning. No surprises or bad habits, but I think the OS 46 needs a bit more breaking in. I celebrated with a lengthy flight on my refurbished Bristol Scout resulting in a flight by my newest build and my oldest.
Posted by blade strike | Yesterday @ 04:46 PM | 764 Views
What is AIRWORKS?

DJI - the world leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology brings together the full commercial drone industry for its annual AirWorks conference.

The event highlights companies that are at the forefront of enterprise drone adoption, showcases new DJI technologies, and offers a window into DJI Enterprise's strategic initiatives for the upcoming year.

For AirWorks 2018, the conference will focus on the growing commercial drone ecosystem and how developers, partners and operators can work with DJI to reshape the global economy with drones.

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