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Posted by gabrielisrael | Apr 06, 2021 @ 12:41 PM | 4,381 Views
Got 4 flights in on my new/used Carbon Z T-28 I picked up over the winter.

It's bone stock right now with only an upgrade to the servo linkage, using Great Planes' steel clevis 2-56.

I flew it both on 6s 5000mah and 4000mah, with no difference in flight characteristics, other than less time on the 4000mah.

Set up with the settings the manual provided, slightly higher on high rates, and flew it on high rates almost 100% of the time.

I plan on trying out a 3 blade prop, which I have purchased, plus doing a mod on the landing gear (weak point of plane) with a JP landing gear controller, and changing out the pilot.

I fly on a grass runway at my field, so we will see how well the plastic landing gear holds up.

It's a gentle giant in the air, and really enjoyable to fly!
Posted by gabrielisrael | Mar 23, 2021 @ 07:44 PM | 7,238 Views
I got another new bird in the hanger from a RC friend, Eric... It's the 3DHS 57" 330 Extra.

The set up is a Hacker A40-12s, running a Hacker X70 SB-Pro ESC, and HiTec HS 225MGs all around.

It's propeller is a Xoar 15x7, running on 4s 4000mah lipos. (I will try 3300mah lipos in the future)

This use to be my favorite airframe way back. In fact, this is my 4th one, and is floatier than I remembered.

A fellow RC Group 3DHS thread person (great guy) is sending me SFGs for it.
Posted by gabrielisrael | Mar 17, 2021 @ 05:11 PM | 15,523 Views
I have a new bird in the hanger for 2021: 3DHS 65" Vyper, which is not a new airframe, but new to me.

Beautiful day here in Seattle, so this afternoon I put my first 3 maiden flights on it, just working on trim, CG, and some mixing.

I did do a couple of pop-tops with it on the 3rd flight, and its cool to see that long fuse come around 1 1/2 times!

Powered with a Hacker A50-16s motor (they always seem weaker than Motrofly to me), Hacker X 110 Opto Pro ESC and Castle BEC Pro 20amp 12s, 18x8 Xoar Prop, with HS 985Mg Hi-Tec Servos.

I may experiment with a slightly larger prop.

I flew it with both 6s 5000mah (2) and 6s 4000mah (1), and I may like the lighter set up... we will see.

If I fly aggressively, it looks to provide 6-7 minute flight times with plenty left in the lipos, although I have not tried it yet. The 5000's had 65% on them after 6 minutes of calm flying doing set up stuff.

Looking forward to more flights with it in the coming year.
Posted by gabrielisrael | May 18, 2020 @ 10:06 AM | 9,376 Views
I am also flying this season a (gas airframe) 3dhs 71in Slick, running on 6s, that was also purchased locally from a friend.
Posted by gabrielisrael | May 05, 2020 @ 06:09 PM | 10,643 Views
After being 3 years out of the hobby, I am back!

Just ran 4 batteries (2-6s 4000mah & 2-6s 3300mah) in my new (and favorite) airframe - the Extreme Flight 61in Extra!

It is equipped with a Motrofly 4315 motor, Gecko 80a ESC (with BEC), and HiTec's HS-7245's all around, white Zoar prop and the new spinners that bring air into the power for extra cooling effect.

3 clicks up elevator and was only 1/2 inch off of neutral CG.

By the second battery, I was already bringing her in close for stalled manuevers.

It almost comes in for hands off regular landings on low rates.

Initially set up my expo a bit high on high rates, but dialed back the rudder and ailerons for a bit for sensitivity.

The plane couples into the landing gear slightly when in a knife edge, but I will mix that out next time.

What a great airframe!!
Posted by gabrielisrael | May 31, 2017 @ 02:23 PM | 32,299 Views
With one of my favorite airframes and pilot.....

3DHS 104 AJ slick-Aurora RC LED pilot Joe Smith (6 min 28 sec)

Posted by gabrielisrael | May 31, 2017 @ 01:21 PM | 32,323 Views
This video is from a couple of years ago of a friends 50cc size Extreme Flight Edge.

Great guy, and great plane!

Extreme Flight 88" Edge 540T electric Hacker A60 (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by gabrielisrael | Nov 17, 2013 @ 09:56 PM | 35,134 Views
Well, its back to the future for me.... I picked up an original AJ schemed 51in Slick and am lovin it!

Wishing I would have held on to my Fantasy Blue... maybe I will be able to find another in the future!
Posted by gabrielisrael | Sep 07, 2013 @ 11:23 AM | 35,359 Views
I only have under 20 flights on it, so I am not ready to comment on how its flight characteristics, since I have only just dialed in everything, but here is my setup:

Its a gas version airframe, using the following components:

E-Flite Power 160 (10s)
FighterCat 240amp ESC (overkill, an expensive ESC used for large EDF's or in boats)
Castle BEC Pro
Xoar 20x10 and 21x10 Electric Props
5 - HiTec 7955TG Digital Servos
3D length SeaCraft Servo Arms
Upgraded carbon fiber landing gear from Graph Tech

This set up flys great and all components come down warm to the touch in hot weather.

It seems like the SFG's completely remove wing rock in stalled maneuvers, but in other type of flight, I have not seen a difference at this point.

I am going back and forth on my prop size (Xoar PJN 20x10 and 21x10) and have not settled in yet on my choice.

On the 20x10 my5s 4000mah 40c Zippy's provide easy 6.5 min flight times, and I also have 2 - 5s 5000mah 30c Zippy's that can provide over 7 minutes.

It does not seem to be weight sensitive.

Update: November 2013 after 40-50 flights. I am using the 21x10 Xoar and prefer not using the SFG's. The key to good stalled flight characteristics seems to be a deeper angle of attack than my smaller airframes. I also like the larger mah batteries for flight times. Just beginning to really enjoy it, and now winter is here....

Here are some recent pics...
Posted by gabrielisrael | Aug 05, 2013 @ 09:32 PM | 36,506 Views
Here is a video of Kyle, one of the flyers from our weekend gathering, "Floparpy Invitational," in the Port Orchard area. Enjoy!

Alien flies Sbach at 2013 Floparpy Invitational (6 min 58 sec)

Pictures of the event can be seen on our local RCGroups page here:
Posted by gabrielisrael | Mar 24, 2013 @ 10:22 AM | 36,384 Views
3DHS 59in Slick (my best 3Der - harrier-hover monster with wild tumbles ... this airframe can fly some pretty good straight lines for a Slick as well)

Flight Model 57in Extra (very similar to the 3DHS version with some minor structual differences - purchased it when 3DHS was out of stock for an extended period of time)

Extreme Flight 48in Extra with lights. Fly's beautiful lines and great snaps! Not a 3D monster, but does it well. I think it helps you combine your 3D with better lines.

I would like to consider an Extreme Flight 78in MXS in the new R/W/B scheme in the future, and/or a 3DHS 48in Edge (owned 2 previously - great small floaty airframe), or an Extreme Flight 78in Extra sometime in the future.
Posted by gabrielisrael | Feb 04, 2013 @ 08:45 PM | 36,703 Views
At the end of the summer last year, feeling in the groove (and with the wife watching), I got alittle stupid with my 60" Extreme Flight Extra, and really wacked it.

I walked away from that experience and did not fly the rest of a great indian summer last year.

This winter, I got looking at it, and after watching an instructional video on how to replace the motor box, I went for it.

I repaired the fuse and one SFG, replaced the motor box, replaced a damaged wing, canopy, cowl and prop.

The remaiden was this weekend.... WOW, one click on the radio and it was like nothing happened!

This is my all-time favorite airframe to fly!
Posted by gabrielisrael | Sep 10, 2012 @ 11:45 PM | 37,775 Views
Now that I have about 50 some flights on my Extreme Flight 60in Extra, I must say its my favorite airframe out of all the past airframes I have owned. It combines speed, agility, wildness, flys nice lines and has great stall stability wrapped up all in one airframe.

To top this off, the shipping, build quality, airframe design and customer service has been the best that I have personally experienced from a airframe company.

My current set up is:

Motrofly 4315 - 714kv Motor
Castle Creation 100amp Ice Lite
Castle Creation 10amp BEC
Xoar 15x7 Prop (prefer it over the 15x8)
Hitec Digital 5245MG Servos
4s 4000mah 40C Zippy lipos (although my Gen Ace 25C seem to perform just as well)

I have no video, but here are some pics of my beloved plane attached.

Special thanks to Extreme Flight.... this is one satisfied customer that has "gone Extreme!"
Posted by gabrielisrael | Sep 01, 2012 @ 11:59 PM | 38,589 Views
I feel really blessed to have such a great airfield to fly at and such great friends and pilots - one of those pilots is Kody (Kody'd'Punk) where I got a chance to do some camera-video work of his flying. The video camera is owned by Flopgun, and he did put the video together. Enjoy....

EG Raven 50CC from Aztech Aeromodels (4 min 42 sec)

Posted by gabrielisrael | Aug 01, 2012 @ 02:46 PM | 38,269 Views
Here is one of our better flyers we get to experience at our field up here in the great Northwest. I filmed this video of my friend Flopgun who both flew the plane and produced the video. Absolutely fantastic!

Poppíholla with 35% PAU Extra 300SP (7 min 12 sec)

Posted by gabrielisrael | Jul 09, 2012 @ 04:20 PM | 38,001 Views
This is my new Blue 48" 3DHobbyShop Edge that replaced the untimely and strange wing failure of my Orange colored version.

This is a great go to warm up plane, and probably the most forgiving airframe out of all the 3DHS's offerings, allowing you to work on your 3D moves.

I have flown both the Xoar 14x7 and the 13x6.5, and prefer the latter on the 130gram Omega.
Posted by gabrielisrael | May 13, 2012 @ 01:10 AM | 38,810 Views
Got in 4 flights on my new 47" Velox V1. She rocks! High energy, violent, and yet flys great harriers and hovers nicely. Easiest plane to KE spin, and at the bottom, flat spin rotations are the highest I have ever flown. Best tumble I have seen as well.

I have a Motrofly DM2815 950kv with a Hacker 55amp ESC and a Xoar 13x6.5 prop, flying on 3s lipos.

Here are some pics....
Posted by gabrielisrael | May 12, 2012 @ 12:13 AM | 38,680 Views
I maidened my new 48" Edge this week.

Here is my set up:

Omega 130gram motor
Hacker 70amp ESC
Xoar 13x6.5 prop
HiTec HS65mg servos

4s 2200mah is a 5 minute flight, with peak amps at 55 and around 850 watts, motor is warm to cool to the touch after the flight. 3s 2650mah is a 6 minute flight, and I did not notice much difference in performance from the 4s lipos.
Posted by gabrielisrael | Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:01 AM | 39,394 Views
Pics of my new Flight Model 57" Extra's maiden today. Flys as good as my old 3DHS airframe, but I prefer purchasing and flying from 3DHS.

I am using a Motrofly 3620-750kv motor, Castle Creations 100amp Ice Lite ESC, CC 10amp BEC, HiTecs 225MG's, and a 5245 digi on the rudder, with 4s 4000mah lipos.

This is not a "copy" of 3DHS's airframe, as the fuse construction is different. They use more carbon fiber throughout the fuse. They also use two carbon pins to hold the wings in place, versus the one wooden pin 3DHS uses on their wings. I like the linkage hardware better with the Flight Model, but the pull-pull system of 3DHS's is better.

Their is another airframe that is exactly like the Flight Model, that is the Peak Model.

Please note that 3DHS's service is much better than Flight Models, as FM will not replace any damaged parts received in shipping.

Update - December 27, 2012: Converting all servos to Hitec 5245 digis for the upcoming season
Posted by gabrielisrael | Nov 12, 2011 @ 12:38 AM | 6,423 Views
I just picked up this 3DHS EBT Trainer to buddy-box my 7 year old son this coming season.

Start-um early on 3DHS planes!