Posted by OhioPete | Feb 06, 2006 @ 08:13 AM | 9,442 Views
Well I started on my PCW again yesterday afternoon. I had actually glued the wing together and added CF spar about a month ago, back when I first received the kit from but have been working on other projects since then.

I plan on using the following components: EDP-50 motor w/supplied props, 2 HS-55 servos, 5 Amp ESC, GWS 4-channel RX and a ThunderPower 2S 1320 Prolite.

I did the covering on the bottom of the wing last night. The top will eventually be solid yellow. I am using UltraCoat.
Posted by David A | Feb 06, 2006 @ 01:51 AM | 7,335 Views
Well my little Wattage Harvard is no more - it dived in yesterday having stalled a wing, something it was very good at doing despite my best efforts to throw as much weight in the nose to cure the balance point prob. Not sure if I can be bothered to repair it, we'll see.
Posted by safebet | Feb 06, 2006 @ 01:18 AM | 6,189 Views
Nice place to visit at length on current builds, etc. I am new to the hobby. About a year now. I have a Hangar 9 Alpha 60 trainer. I have about 6 flights with an instructor. Time and distance constraints don't permit many flying weekends. I have recently purchased a simulator which I hope will help me
to remember what my instructor tought me last time. It is helping me to lose some of the nervousness. The first time I flew I think I held my breath the whole time. My knees were shaking when that 10 minute flight was over. It's harder than I thought it would be.

I am currently building a Top Flite Contender. I have a GP Super Decathalon 40 to build, also. I like building. That I can do at night.
Posted by markusj | Feb 06, 2006 @ 12:50 AM | 5,757 Views
My Flashback - though for the moment I can't find any flight pics or pics with the canopy on it... . I'll post more pics when I find them.
I love this plane. Best electric flyer I own and the model I fly the most.

Himaxx 2025-4200, 4.3:1 GB, 10x7 prop, 3S 1550 mAh Tanic lipo, CC Phoenix 25 ESC.
Hitec HS55 servos, Berg Microstamp 4L Rx.
Posted by markusj | Feb 06, 2006 @ 12:38 AM | 7,697 Views
Some pics of my Slow Stick.
I wasn't totally happy with the stock SS so I thought I'd try to "fix" it. I ended up with a pretty fun flyer. I went a little overboard with the two aileron servos (flaperons) but whatever. It'll do loops and rolls effortlessly and other weird epiletic maneuvers, but it's still easy to handle. At very high speeds the wings flutter badly, but full throttle isn't really necessary. The only thing I don't really like about it is the Rx, which, after trying two of them, I'm pretty sure is the worst receiver made.

Clipped wing tips, full length ailerons cut into wing, 0 dihedral, strengthened landing gear, carbon fibre wing spar, nicer wheels, and other miscellaneous fixes.

Himaxx 2025-4200, 5.5:1 GB, 3S 1500mAh Tanic lipo (sometimes 2S 1250 lipo), CC Thunderbird 12 ESC, 2 Hitec HS55 servos and 2 GWS pico servos, GWS naro 6 receiver.
Posted by Cats Eyes | Feb 05, 2006 @ 08:38 PM | 17,864 Views
I got some great feedback from Dark Overlord on my Slow Stick replacement wing thread. I have made a number of decisions now.
  • The joins will be made with 1/8" ply screwed together with nylon bolts as per Dark Overlord's thread Wing build for SSV2 Dedicated AP aircraft.
  • I've modified the wing profile a bit. Joe was of the opinion that the "winglets" would produce a smaller force than a polyhedral wing. For some reason I thought the force would be proportional to the height above centre and independent of actual area. Come to think of it, I've never seen a wing with that profile, so there must be a reason. So, the current design has 25% of the wing area for each "winglet" (50% total) and 50% on the centre flat section. The angle of the winglets is now 15°, down from 30°.
I was at Home Depot today and picked up a 2' x 8' sheet of 1½" pink foam. I also found that they have a good selection of nylon screws & nuts, which kind of surprised me as I have head a hard time finding them up till now. I got the 1/4" X 20 Nylon bolts and nuts for the wing joiners. I'll pick up the 1/8" ply at the LHS tomorrow.

Another bit of advice I got was that the increased wing area might require lengthening the fuselage and/or increasing the area of the tail feathers. So my current plan is to "retire" my old Slow Stick (SS#1) and use the parts to build a new bird with longer fuse and larger tail feathers (SS#3). SS#2 will remain my "workhorse" AP ship while the new one gets built. For the tail feathers, I could use balsa if I feel like being old fashioned, but I'm itching to give Depron a try. I think there's a Canadian supplier here somewhere....
Posted by airbatix | Feb 05, 2006 @ 07:52 PM | 5,320 Views
Ok then it's time to write a blog, saturday 05.02.06 i was flying my edge540 at our indoor sports centre, first damage to the fuselage, i cracked the right fuselage side, epoxied the fus.side, the plane is now more tail-heavy and better to hover, auw is now 195g
Can't wait to next saturday to have some more fun, and get the adrenalin flowing again.....

Posted by swatson144 | Feb 05, 2006 @ 05:59 PM | 7,415 Views
Hello, and welcome to my blog.

I'm Steve. I currently fly an x400 (another on the way), belt drive H2, and 2 brushless fixed pitches MDF and a mothed HBv2. Controlled by a Futaba 9CHP. There are still several planks in my garage though I haven't flown one in months.

I'm thinking this blog thing could be a really usefull tool, please feel free to post here, but your question/comment could be usefull as a topic in the proper forum. Replies could help others also. Lot's of good info, that would be usefull to others, is lost via PMs. Maybe blogs could be a halfway house.

Here's some pics (well now I realize I need some current pics )
Posted by histarter | Feb 05, 2006 @ 03:55 PM | 6,087 Views
Hi Johnson was fabulous when he put together his “Superwings” company. Dave Register was his profile expert, who basically convoluted a symmetrical section about a mean camber line quite successfully. Waco engineering progressed into Hi Johnson’s concepts afterwards, but with stronger (Magic) wings, while giving homage to modern profiles.

My problem with this view is our modern view is not accommodating to the fact that the average age of a sailplane pilot is currently greater than 52. You see, when an activity becomes a peak endeavor, professionalism normally enters the picture to amass financial interests [that is pitifully lacking with modern soaring]. If the soaring activity were less hostile to woodys, homebuilts, antiques, typical kits of sailplanes to be built by newbies, instead of concentrating on the perfect sailplane following full size machinery parameters, there could be a lot more interest stimulated.

Having dead air time equal to task time as we have in modern competitive soaring, makes duration conditional. Cutting launch in half while maintaining a 10 min. slot forces pilots to apply their ability of soaring pilots. How much easier is it to work lift at a full size sailplane’s altitude with a model sailplane that soars at 1/3 the airspeed, and has half the sink rate of the highly engineered human driven 18-meter machine?

Whether you fly an RG-15 at 13 ounces per foot, or a thinner Dr. Drela marvel at 7 ounces per foot, you are within a similar...Continue Reading
Posted by bgeza | Feb 05, 2006 @ 12:24 PM | 4,419 Views
These day we live an extremly cold winter in Hungary . In spite of minus 10 centigrades, we didn't stopped our favorite activity, namely the electric soaring. To have an idea aboüt the conditions see the photo below:
Posted by mharms | Feb 05, 2006 @ 02:41 AM | 9,548 Views
Getting good at recycling the magnets from my dead Plantraco Bahoma cells. I killed my only two 160mAh Bahoma cells by running them down too low, so now the magnets live a second life in a 210mAh cell and a 160mAh cell from MaxAmps (nice cell). You absolutely must have a low temp soldering iron to do this -- or you'll kill the magnets. I took a bunch of pics of the process and I'll post a thread on this in the Micro forum soon. Here's a pic of my new 160mAh cell with the recycled magnets. Works great.
Posted by mharms | Feb 05, 2006 @ 02:36 AM | 9,105 Views
A bit windy over at Rancho San Antonio for my little "Q-Wing", but I got in some flying time this afternoon. Considering that she weighs 21g, has wingspan of about 13 inches, and has just a 7mm pager motor, she did pretty well.

The wind was around 7 or 8mph (I remembered to bring my wind meter thingie today) with gusts. I'd say that's the max wind she can reasonably fly in. If I kept straight into the wind, I could make slow forward progress, but if I got turned even a little bit to the side, she'd go squirting off to the side. Caught some major lift in a few spots and got her pretty high, close to 500ft I'd guess (that's high for this little plane). I'm amazed at the range of this little Plantraco 900MHz TX/RX system. Its not just for indoor!

Maybe tomorrow morning the wind will be less. All 3 of my batteries are now charged up... just waiting.

Here's some pics of my Q-Wing from a few days ago (another windy day).
Posted by ghoti | Feb 05, 2006 @ 02:05 AM | 7,838 Views
I fly to make aerial photographs. Thus mission-bound, the design of my flyers is restricted to making better camera platforms. I leave scale, aerobatics, speed to others. I like them slow and stable.

For a year I flew slow sticks and still do. This elegantly versital design is well suited for me. Additionally I am constructing a regallo wing arrangement for AP and a quad-motor/prop VTOL flyer also for AP. Each of these will have their place in my photography.

I carry at least three wings with different bottom markings, selected depending on light conditions. Black shows well against a white sky, white against a blue sky and brown, hawk wing emulation when I want to fly unnoticed.

My stable uses only brushless outrunners and LiPO packs. Why settle for less?

Currently I am outfitting a tiny single axle trailer (like you see pulled behind a motorcycle) to carry three camera planes and all needed support equipment for easy mobility. I want to travel around to beautiful places and photograph them from the unique perspective that only low altitude aerials can provide. I call these views, "amazingly unique views of the familiar," and I want to someday publish a book with the title, "A Hawk's View of Humboldt."
Happy landings, Fish
Posted by Hepdog | Feb 05, 2006 @ 01:53 AM | 11,277 Views
Just a test. Interesting to see how many vids I can host here - always too many and not enough space.
Posted by mharms | Feb 05, 2006 @ 01:14 AM | 8,567 Views
When did this become available????
I suppose I should put something here. Hmmm....
Posted by DregsFan | Feb 05, 2006 @ 01:07 AM | 4,576 Views
Test 1-2-3
Posted by ivanc | Feb 04, 2006 @ 09:17 PM | 35,624 Views
Posted by Duke_Newk | Feb 04, 2006 @ 06:27 PM | 4,042 Views
Well let me say that I am an X RC 'er that has come back to the fold. I ( 28 at the time) started RC back in 1976 had a Futaba 6 channel system, and flew with my Dad on the weekends when I was able to get away from engineering work. Prior to RC I flew U control which was once in a blue moon; most of you know how it is when you get married.

Well I am still married 35 years now which means I and my wife broke the length of the average marriage at least 4 times already. Well the kids essentially except for one are out on their own selves. I essentially talked one of my good friends (buddy) to get into RC planes, and he is doing just that and enjoying it. We converse using messenger just about every weekend.

Anyway he is flying the real RCs while I am still flying with FMS on my PC. FMS is great, but I need to feel the breeze, sun, and mosquitoes. The slat marsh mosquitoes here in Southeast Texas are big enough to fly U Control, well maybe not that big, you know how it is with us Texans' are at times.

Money is going hither and yond except back in my pocket to purchase a radio system and materials to start building again. I am sure of that some of you have been in this situation. So I have started my own RC model relief fund and collecting every bit of dollars and wallet change to get back into flying again.

Anyway it feels real good to get started in this hobby again, to meet, and converse with some real nice people.
Posted by lslewis | Feb 04, 2006 @ 06:17 PM | 6,151 Views
Hello Pilots,

I must be way behind the times I didn't know what a Blog was until a couple months ago. My youngest son (30+) told me, he knows everything he must be good he just finished a video commercial for NASCAR and will be working on one for Porsche. That may sound like fun but 16 hour days...

Some time ago I took my Bio off the net, too many strange people out there, but I will publish a revised version here:

Born and raised in NY, I remember seeing the first American jet plane XP-59 complete with a fake propeller being readied for flight. I met the man that flew the first plane to break the sound barrier, Chuck Yegger. At Bell Aircraft in Niagara Falls I worked for the German engineers from Pennemünde whom designed the infamous V2 rocket.

I was personally educated on the effort and the problems to be solved to get to the moon by Dr. Walter Dornberger who was the number one man in Adolph Hitler's rocket program. I argued with Wernher von Braun the architect of Americas race to the moon. At Bell aircraft we designed and built the first all American missile, the BELL AGAM-63 "RASCAL" it was what we call today, a cruise missile, it was ahead of it's time, the technology was inadequate and the missile did not work well. It was not all work at Bell Aircraft, three men molded my technical career, one of them Al Retzlaff taught me electronics during the work day and Morse code during lunch hour. I received one of the first Novice licenses issued.

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