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Posted by Micubano | Today @ 12:15 PM | 24 Views
Video First. Blog post follows.
MPCNC Drawing Tests - Time Lapse Video (1 min 8 sec)

I love tech. I bought a Champ S+ just to try the safety features for beginners. I don't mind buying beginner planes because you can turn all the safety stuff off and fly like you don't care. With a few exceptions, I've stayed away from balsa and stuck with foam. This all started when I saw a guy with a beautiful little red bipe that turned into toothpicks during the first flight. After that I saw quite a few balsa crashes with some of them going in the garbage can. But just like I swore I'd never fly planes when I was a heli guy, I think it is time to start building and flying my own balsa planes.

This isn't a sudden decision. It's been coming for a while. I've seen what a talented guy with an iron can do with the coverings. I've seen some very nice scratch-built planes. One guy at the club even built a full scale bipe that he flies over the field with a few times a year and puts on a nice show with. Of course, all these guys have decades of experience. I'm about 6 or 7 years in. I have been repairing my own planes and learned as much as I can with them. I've been designing my own parts, 3D printing them, and installing them for a few years now. That has been working great. I was going to start making my own foam planes, but I think I need a bigger step. The problem is getting the time to do things.

When I first started flying foam, I took some PVC, guitar string, a 3S battery, and...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith Kindrick | Today @ 10:51 AM | 71 Views
It is the times in life where you meet people who for some reason you cannot understand provide a prescience when you are with them. Adam Nelson did that to me. We lost Adam last night when he succumbed to his battle with Brain cancer. Three years ago was when I had first met Adam. He was known to me as the guy who takes a ton of pictures and post them to Dropbox for all of us to see. I learned more about Adam through Steve George as he mentioned Adam was going to take the role as CD for the Fall Soaring Festival. That is a huge responsibility and one I have seen Phil Hill and Claude Turner fill year after year. Learning that Adam had been a successful Lawyer made it clear to me that he was more than capable of handling these duties as well as dealing with people. Adam had a way of taking the events energy then redeploying it back to the pilots who were in the event. He was also very good at talking to you and making an idea seem like it was yours and you went away with a smile. His passion for the sport was always present wanting to give back to make the sport move forward. In his last role as a CD for the 2018 Bent wing event he created a special event to promote a sailplane design. This year it was the Aquila. You can read my prior post on this experience.

In life we have regrets and mine is not taking the time to walk over and see Adam on the Friday ALES event thinking he would be around the next two days. Adam was not able to make it out the next two day and I regret...Continue Reading
Posted by trucknut10 | Today @ 06:53 AM | 180 Views
Hello builers & flyers, My question is what would be a good first time jet?? Which one & whoes?? Thank You.

Posted by alex111 | Today @ 06:04 AM | 195 Views
My RC tug boat going for a run at the boat club last year
Posted by TinkleWid | Today @ 05:32 AM | 209 Views
Please help!

Which footage looks better?
Which looks smoother?
Which looks more colourful?
Which is more realistic?

🏟️ Bando FPV Freestyle UK Full Run 🎥 Edited SQ12 verus Raw FPV Comparison (5 min 41 sec)

Comparison of Quelima SQ12 and raw FPV footage with Bando Session 5 Full FPV Freestyle run footage

Looking for new lines in the Bando 🏟️ The Graffiti always makes the 🎥 interesting.

The Quelima SQ12 camera was amazing again in the bando handling the light indoors and outdoors. The Graffiti looks so nice and colourful. The ViFly R130 is a tough beast and has survived all the crashes with the help from some more black tape.

All We Do - Oh Wonder

'Love Neas' Graffiti by Neas (the South London Banksy):
Neas came from a strong generation of South London writers including Mood, Anie,Vamp & Ensa. He and his fellow DPM crew members were given jail sentences in 2009 in a very public court case. One of the best train writers in the UK in the last 15 years.

Equipment used:
Vifly R130 (sub 250 gram drone) https://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/vi...
Quelima SQ12 HD Camera https://www.gearbest.com/automobiles-...
(the Quelima SQ13 is out now on GearBest but there is not much actual footage
Quelima SQ13 Mini Car Dashboard and Portable Camera DVR - GearBest (1 min 21 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Today @ 03:55 AM | 256 Views
Pictured is the wing with ESC - Motor - Servos , sorry no Rx ..
Total weight in parts ( Without the Rx and battery ) 71.3 Grams ...

It just might be possible to build a 100 gram RTF wing .. Oh yeah the 6 amp ESC finally got here ( Already tested ok )
Will most likely make a start this week on the wing , they are very simple to build . First I will install the motor / ESC ( already soldered together ) .

https://goo.gl/mik7XT Eachine E32HW > Next Review
Posted by g8dget | Today @ 02:52 AM | 276 Views
Freewing 90mm F15 with Extremerc GRP Jetfan 8s setup. BEC died on my last flight total loss of control after a high speed fly by and a right bank turn.

Replacing it with a 12s setup but probably will remove the Gear door servos, aileron servos, rudder servos and maybe the airbrake to save weight. Aiming to fly with tailerons and flaps only. Should work better if I keep the overall weight the same as the 8s setup but with way more power. The problem is where I fly the brakes are a must and they’re really heavy. Would be great if JP hobby made the smallest brake size with larger rubber wheels to increase the diameter but keep the weight low with smaller magnets and metal components. Like 40mm brakes with 55mm tires.

90mm Freewing F15 Crash! (1 min 14 sec)

Posted by VF-Alpha | Yesterday @ 08:57 PM | 415 Views
Anyone remember the Aeronaught Aeromaster ? its being reproduced with room for a 10 inch prop. vs the max of 9 before. Most pushers i have seen are limited to around this prop size and it works but we can do better :P

My latest design heavily based off the aeronaught aerofly and aeromaster, however much larger with room for a 14 inch propeller and a planned 150 inch span. I'm working on the mold design for fiberglass but I also want to test the viability of a foam model. I work at a machine shop and now have the ability to make molds and the parts needed for this model along with having my own cnc machine, mine just isn't big enough to make molds of this size

Originally i was going to make this a built up design, but with all the radius's and curves it would not have been a fun model to build. I would also like it to be more durable so foam reinforced with fiberglass or a fiberglass fuse like it's smaller siblings would be a better option.
Posted by bluem6 | Yesterday @ 07:53 PM | 453 Views
Completed another build. The frame is from HK and it's a Crusader 130mm. The frame is like a polished carbon fiber which is the first for me. It look like it's very well made with no sharp corners compare to something from BG. For now it's a LOS only but it does come with an aluminum top plate for an AIO camera. Got a chance to maiden it at the golf course for full throttle and it has some issue....with full throttle the quad will do like a "death roll" and wham into the grass field it went. So, there is an issue somewhere but not sure what it was/is.....

Full throttle and it does crazy..not sure if it's a "death roll" from a de-syn issue or something else. Tried raising the min throttle, lowering PID, on 3S, all with the same result....time to bring it back home and troubleshoot..

Here are some pics. of the build:

20x20 FC cover plate for the PikoBLX with buzzer and tiny LED..

...Continue Reading
Posted by biglombo | Yesterday @ 06:11 PM | 483 Views
Condensed FPV day - multispot long range | FPV freestyle | Foxeer - Dalprop - Airbot -iFlight (2 min 39 sec)

Some days I can spend a whole day flying FPV, traveling outside Rome to look for the most beautiful spots where we can fly and we often stop in 3 or 4 different places during the the day. In this video I have condensed in a few minutes an entire day of flight with my fellow adventurers. In how many spot are you able you fly in one day?

In alcune giornate riesco a dedicare un'intera giornata all'FPV e ci ritroviamo a viaggare intorno a Roma per cercare gli spot più belli in cui volare e spesso ci fermiamo in 3 o 4 punti diversi durante il corso della giornata. In questo video ho condensato in pochi minuti un'intera giornata di volo con i miei compagni di avventura. Voi in quanti spot riuscite a volare in un giorno solo?

Camera: Xiaomy Yi - with SuperView script

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Posted by 1Ironhorse | Yesterday @ 05:56 PM | 490 Views
Greetings!! Printing is going along just fine. 24:00 hours into the print and still 2 days to go.
Posted by rinoki71 | Yesterday @ 04:59 PM | 554 Views
The new Syma X25W is a step in the right direction for Syma. It's not perfect but it's close. Overall a nice drone with a impressive 15 min flight time to go along with optical flow positioning.

SYMA X25W Review...Long Flying Drone w/optical flow positioning (20 min 40 sec)

Posted by capteasy | Yesterday @ 03:33 PM | 590 Views
The Stinson Reliant produced by Phoenix Models and distributed by Tower Hobbies is another scale Golden Age Classic representation of form and function. The following will describe my experience during the build and as usual several modifications, mostly scale will be illustrated and described.

Maiden: MAY 4, 2016
Scale: 1: 7.4
Wingspan: 67in (1720mm) Clark-Y
Length: 52.6in (1338mm)
Wing Load: 90g/dm2
CG: 2.5-2.7in (65-70mm)
AUW: 9.7-10.6lbs (4400-4800 g) 9.88lbs Actual
Motor: TACAN BIG FOOT 60 400Kv
Battery: 5S LIPO
Prop: 15X10 - 16X8 APC E
Rx: LEMON 6Ch +Sat...Continue Reading
Posted by Antic bipe | Yesterday @ 02:09 PM | 610 Views
I have done a lot of pattern flying in my life and also a lot of calling lately. I decided that seeing I'm at most of our local competitions calling I may just as well compete. Got a good deal on a Sebart MythoS 125e nib with hacker A60, all HV servos and a castle creations talon 90 ESC. I completed about 2 weeks ago and initial flights were OK but the castle ESC was not up to the job. Motor ran noisy and did not sound great. I've now fitted a Master spin 99 pro opto and it works perfectly. .
I get through the advanced schedule in 7 min with 20+% capacity left in the 6S 5000 mA hacker battery.
Sunday is the first competition that I'm competing in for many years.

I can't wait.
Posted by UpNup | Yesterday @ 11:55 AM | 673 Views
The US Air Force Museum in Dayton Oh unveiled the fully-restored Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress. The date was set on May 17, the 75th anniversary of her 25th bombing run in 1943. It was the first B-17 to complete the 25 runs. The plane was received by the museum for restoration in 2005, so this took awhile to complete.

The Memphis Belle was brought to the States from Europe to help with the War Bond drives around the country. Before scrapping it, the city of Memphis displayed it on Mud Island where it deteriorated from weather and vandalism.

The plane is impressive. You can walk under it. There were 160 WWII re-enactment actors who really set the stage and gladly posed for photos. I went with my brother and his son and grandson. Well worth the time.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Yesterday @ 10:17 AM | 736 Views
Half A Control Line Flying with my son. His older sister took the picture. One flight was enough for her, but the little guy just wanted to keep flying…tank after tank after tank of glow fuel.
Posted by capteasy | Yesterday @ 09:51 AM | 750 Views

Maiden: TBD *

The subject of this build is the Ryan STA. however it may be necessary to mention the STA in comparison to the Ryan ST3KR or PT-22 since misconceptions and confusion arise between the two aircraft.

The Ryan PT-22 evolved specifically designed and dedicated as a military primary trainer prior to Pearl Harbor. Ryan STA Sport Trainers of the mid 1930's shared a similar profile but were entirely different airframes with different power plants. The PT-22 was more rugged, while the original STA was lighter and built with civilian primary and sport training in mind.

Stock Ryan, civilian STA's powered by four cylinder, inline 150 hp Menasco engines were enlisted to provide US Army Air Corps primary training but couldn't stand up to military training demands. Subsequent STA airframe modifications eventually evolved into the PT-22, powered by a five cylinder, 160hp Kinner radial. Two totally different airplanes.

When Tower Hobbies came out with this plane there was not a second thought to ordering it. Despite Tower's factory cover based on a full scale Ryan, I never care for checkerboard graphics. Original Ryan factory STA's were polished aluminum fuselages, silver doped fabric wings and tail with dark blue trim and white accent. That had to be my choice so the Tower covering was replaced with Chrome and Silver Ultracote with Blue Monokote trim.

Photos are intended to document an initial comparison between the STA...Continue Reading
Posted by _AL_ | Yesterday @ 09:07 AM | 752 Views
Not much flying lately but a bit of building.

After 15 years or more of sitting in a box waiting to be built, the Southern Sailplanes Tbird is ready to fly.
The Blur is repaired & has flown a couple of times.
The Mefisto I bought with a busted fuselage is repaired & ready to go

Tomboy built & flown several times. Now trimmed & ready to fly single channel
Pulstar almost ready to fly, also single channel....Continue Reading