Posted by kiwi_craig | Yesterday @ 11:10 PM | 342 Views
Micro Heli Pro Tail assembly for the Blade 450 X / 330 X / 330 S / 270 CFX / Fusion 270

Kiwi_Craig RC is setting up a blade 450 with both the new Micro Heli "pro" tail assembly and the new 3 blade DFC main rotor head. The Microheli team have been testing the heck out of these for the last few months fine tuning the geometric setups for the Pro tail and the 3 blade DFC head units. The parts have been provided to me to cary out a technical evaluation and independent test flying and I thank the Microheli team for this opportunity.

Starting off with the new "PRO" tail assembly, all I can can say is WOW, WOW and WOW, is a truely superbly made piece of gear, totally new design that does away with the forked clevis - bell crank and circular pitch slider "wheel" which is quite prone to wear and then results in mechanical slop. Similarly the blades plastic tail grips are prone to stretching and become floppy with laterally movement occurring. Combine the two and you get a standard tail assembly that is hard to keep working well as the flight hours roll up.

These clevis - bell crank type tails can be made to work exceptionally well, just look at the Gaui X3 and Oxy 2/3/4 helis. Microheli also does an upgrade for the various plastic parts in the standard assembly as well.

In designing the ultimate tail unit Microheli have adopted a sliding block unit with a double jointed pivoting arm, this gets rid of the sliding clevis pins and pitch slider...Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Yesterday @ 10:58 PM | 338 Views
Watching this video got lions thinking about pendulum robots again.

Can A Self Balancing Vehicle Drive on a High Wire? (6 min 30 sec)

The problem is gyro stabilized robots have to be perfectly balanced or their gyro quickly saturates. They either need automatic weight shift or a way to precess. Pendulum robots accelerate in the direction of their center of gravity to stay upright. If they stay unbalanced, they'll keep accelerating until they run out of power & fall over.

The problem is pendulum robots are slow because they have to accelerate a lot of mass. When they move, they're either slowing a lot of mass down or speeding a lot of mass up to keep their CG centered, but never moving at a constant speed. Lions once considered fastening a quad copter to a pendulum robot to stabilize it. It would burn a lot of power, make a lot of noise, & take a lot of space. What about attaching a moment gyro to a pendulum robot to absorb the short term inertia, allowing it to travel much faster?

Moment gyros have been fastened to stationary pendulums but never to make a pendulum go real fast. This is a good example of the kind of system which could make an inverted pendulum go fast. Maybe a moment gyro could be used to make a legged robot cheaper & faster.

Balance Control of an Inverted Pendulum with a Control Moment Gyroscope (0 min 24 sec)
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Posted by Rickmelder | Yesterday @ 07:37 PM | 628 Views
Just purchased a Dynaflite Fun Scale 81" Spitfire that seems complete except for plans and the manual. I have downloaded the plans but not the manual
the manual, question is are one or both available for purchase? Also any info as to when these were sold or discontinued would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 06:13 PM | 729 Views
UMX Turbo Timber with Rudder Mix (5 min 3 sec)

I mixed in some rudder in stability mode to tighten the turns ..
From memory the mix is for 20% rudder added to the ailerons , and it really helps in tightening the turns .
I was thinking that the TT would be a nice tight space flier but in stability mode it's a little lazy with just bank and yank !
So mixing in a little rudder really helps kick the tail over . And with the TT having such excellent slow speed handling , kicking the tail does not hurt .
After a little over 4 minutes flight time , I had 53% battery when I came home .

The vertical performance is not brilliant and then again it's not terrible , maybe a little ho hum !
I will have to see about a 2 blade replacement prop .

Signal Warnings - I lowered the warning point / signal strength .. No joy there !

So today I came home and punched some holes in the side of the fuse and pulled the antenna thru !
Then tapped it to the outside of the fuse , just a bit of tail sticking out . ( pictured )
Tripled my range check . That's got to be nice
Posted by unboxingexp | Yesterday @ 12:00 PM | 1,285 Views
Great soldering iron for hobbyists. But it does not come with a power adapter. So I made one: DC5525 -XT60.
DIY DC5525 -XT60 adapter for TS100 soldering iron (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by benjamin presten | Yesterday @ 11:48 AM | 1,350 Views
History of the Travel Air:
The History of the Travel Air is intertwined into quite a few of the major names in aviation history. Starting with Laird and Swallow, down the grape vine Travel Air was eventually associated with Curtiss-Wright, Cessna, Beechcraft and Stearman. But of course it couldn't be without an extremely convoluted history that one company could be associated with so many names. It all started in the early 1920s with Laird-Swallow. In the 1920s, barnstorming was in full swing and the market was hungry for more biplanes to rake in the cash with. Swallow was one of the early answers. With a single seat in the rear cockpit and room for two up front, the Swallow was a major step up from the Jennys and Standard J-1s that were surplussed from WWI. However, still having a wooden fuselage, it wasn't as tough or as long living as a barnstormer might want. Two employees of Swallow thought they had the answer to this with a welded steel fuselage. Lloyd Stearman and Walter Beech proposed their welded steel fuselage to the owner of Swallow aircraft to a surprising rejection. This sparked some controversy and ended with Stearman and Beech leaving Swallow to start their own company. Interestingly, this demonstration welded steel fuselage was actually turned into a completed airplane by the Winstead brothers (named the Winstead Special) which is still surviving and flying today. Stearman and Beech decided to start their own company using their welded steel fuselages. They...Continue Reading
Posted by Number_6 | Yesterday @ 10:05 AM | 1,456 Views
----- 5 Duh Checklist -----

Sure, those elevon only
"Delta/Flying Wing Death
Spirals to Impact"
can be avoided.

Since no rudder is available to
help defeat the spin, the only
real solution is ‘Duh, don't stall
in the first place'.

My personal mental 5 Duh
for deltas or flying
wings with elevons:

Duh 1. Keep plane at 1/2 throttle
cruise always (may vary slightly for
each power set up.

Duh 2. If climbing/banking (more than
about 30%) add some throttle first.

Duh 3. If totally cutting or reducing
throttle (landing approach) keep
nose below horizon so judged
'airspeed' is always above stall. Use
shallow banking turns, less than
30 degrees.

Duh 4. *** Never cut throttle and
attempt a steep turn from
'downwind leg' or 'base turn'
on landing approach, especially
with a tail wind.

OK, almost there,

Duh 5. Using some power
and with nose pointing
slightly down below the
horizon...aiming point is the
runway the
wing into 'ground effect'
a few feet above runway or
grass before cutting throttle

*** Note, Duh 4 is the biggest Duh
I usually see at the flying club ...
somebody thinks they are going
too fast on the down wind leg
with a tail wind, and chops
throttle and does a steep
panic 180 turn to land.

Duh, doing a panic 'throttle
chop and steep turn with a
tail wind’ is known as 'flying
your ground speed', not your
actual air speed.

Result is, Duh, stall and spin
to impact at low altitude.

Have fun.
Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 08:53 AM | 1,569 Views

Get One Here: XK A160 J3 Skylark Cub RTF

XK A160 J3 Skylark Cub 3D/6G 650mm RTF - Manual Mode & Power System Test Flights, Nearly Perfect!

RadioMaster TX16S Transmitter

Banggood GCRC

Here is a link to the Video:

Conversion Components:

Racerstar Racing Edition 1407 BR1407 3500KV 2-3S Brushless Motor Red

10pcs Gemfan 6030 ABS Direct Drive Orange Propeller

**The ESC I used is the Turnigy Plush 10A ESC (it is not available anymore)
**The one I have listed below is one I've used before and performs well.
**You could try this Motor & Prop with the Stock ESC as it's only pulling approx. 6amps at Full Throttle in the air.

RW.RC 10A Brushless ESC 5V1A BEC 2S 3S

**I used the Servos listed below but I think 2g Digital Servos would be fine and would save some weight
**I just used (2) of these for the Rudder and Elevator, the Main Wing Servos are Stock

Emax ES9251Ⅱ Upgrade Version 2.5g Plastic Micro Digital Servo

***I used a lightweight 6CH DSM2 Receiver so make sure you use a Receiver that matches your Transmitter Protocol
***A 4CH...Continue Reading
Posted by Nickerz | Jan 21, 2021 @ 10:30 PM | 2,919 Views
After 28 years, my local HobbyTown USA will be closing towards the end of this month (1/30/21). It was a great place with great memories and a really good on-road racetrack. Rumor has it that NorCal Hobbies is interested in it but not sure if they will keep it a HobbyTown...probably not.

Yesterday I went down there to pick up 2 Traxxas Slash OBA kits and they gave me one of their Tamiya vinyl banners/posters! So I hung it in my garage just now and it sure looks great!!! The Tamiya Hornet was my first hobby grade RC so this made it extra special! Thanks for the memories and banner HobbyTown USA!!!

Here are some pics of their on-road racetrack...

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Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jan 21, 2021 @ 07:53 PM | 3,331 Views
The speed paddles were finally enabled & debugged. Lions thought they would be rarely used, but in fact took to them like Americans take to socialism. They were quite easy to reach. Every downhill ended up getting a speed boost. Every uphill ended up with a speed cut. The run had a more consistent level of intensity & higher intensity than normal, but it wasn't the out of control variability that happens when a lion tries to pace himself. Having ground truth about the speed range would prevent the consequences of going too fast or going too slow to reap any benefit.

Lions previously figured running 6 miles at a constant speed set in the app was enough of an improvement over self pacing, but the ability to make minor adjustments with the flick of a paw could be a game changer. Lions still may end up lazy & go back to constant speed runs though.

Helas, the motors showed serious lack of torque without a payload while climbing the lion kingdom's steepest hill. The next step would be installing better connectors & wires.

Lions continue to ponder how to improve the paw controller. The desire for improvements didn't exist before 3D printing because improvements weren't possible. The steering lever could be smaller & closer to the rear. The steering lever needs knurls. The whole thing will probably stay dual thickness but get thinner. The way to make it thinner is to get rid of the isogrid & all the indented markings that are illegible anyway. It would just be a .8mm thick wall. It wouldn't look great, but it would be the most functional solution. Maybe it could get decals instead.

3D printed isogrids tend to look better than 3D printed flat surfaces. The dual thickness is a buster to model & manufacture, but greatly reduces the size. The mane trend making paw controllers easier to use over the years has been smaller size. It still makes it hard to seat on top of the charger.
Posted by old4570 | Jan 21, 2021 @ 06:22 PM | 3,531 Views
Micro Tundra is back (5 min 21 sec)

It's back ! Flaps work , and there is power ! ( To spare )

1306 4000kv motor swap
10 or 12 amp ESC swap
5030 gemfan prop
Zippy 350 2s battery
158 grams flying weight

I think I like it !

The climb out is amazing and I terminated the climb with a loop out , as otherwise it would have just kept going .. ( Unlimited Vertical ? )
It was spectacular .

My 2nd climb out was disrupted by the wind , as I wanted to do one with flaps deployed , but the wind just pushed the MT over into a loop . So yeah , got to the field just in time for the breeze to pick up . If only I had been 5 minutes earlier .

So , can I say - happy camper ? Motor and ESC swap have given me Power ! , weight has not increased a lot - Now 158 grams .
Flies like stock except for the crazy vertical performance .

I think I can live with the MT now .
Posted by josephcasey1999 | Jan 21, 2021 @ 02:13 PM | 4,109 Views
I’m selling this for a friend of mine. It’s a Giant Suqoi, gas, MVVS 180. Asking $150. Message me if interested. Pickup only. Plane is located in Brooklyn, New York
Posted by josephcasey1999 | Jan 21, 2021 @ 02:05 PM | 4,098 Views
I’m selling this for a friend of mine. It’s a Saito 100, glow. Asking $150. Message me if interested. Pickup only. Plane is located in Brooklyn, New York
Posted by srhein | Jan 21, 2021 @ 01:54 PM | 4,101 Views
Looking for a quality tachometer for my RC Aircraft. I have a G.T. Power Rc and am very displeased with it as it wears out batteries quickly, and doesn't seem to be very reliable. Any suggestions?
Posted by mutski | Jan 21, 2021 @ 01:46 PM | 4,147 Views
T-Motor F20 II 1408 3250Kv Micro Motor 15.2 gm
Matek F411-WSE
Crossfire Nano rx
TBS Unify Pro V3
TrueRC 5.8ghz sidefeet antenna (short)
iFlight GPS 4.7 gm
Posted by UpNup | Jan 21, 2021 @ 11:10 AM | 4,448 Views
Had to get together a number of graphics for the F-15 Eagle and its pilot. Some, like the afterburners were made with PowerPoint. They’re in 1/11 scale.
Posted by NobatteryNopower | Jan 21, 2021 @ 10:19 AM | 4,628 Views
I have a Fatshark Trinity Headtracking module and connected it to my Radiomaster TX16s. Here's how:

As I wanted to use CH7 and CH8 for pan and tilt, those will be used as example in this mini tutorial.

To program your desired channels on the Trinity module:
Press the Trinity button when powering the module up and let go of the button directly after powering up. Then listen to the beeps to get to the preferred mode, confirm mode by pressing button, listen to beeps for correct setting, confirm setting by pressing button. See attachment.

On the Radiomaster:
Go to the input page and select the channels you're going to use for pan & tilt. As an input source, iv'e selected TR7 for pan, TR8 for tilt. (TR stands for TRainer port) See attachments.

On your receiver, connect the pan-servo to CH7 and the tilt-servo to CH8.

Connect the Trinity cable to the Radiomaster (3.5mm audio jack on top)
Power cycle all parts.

Press the button on the Trinity module, after one beep the tracker works. Thats all!