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Posted by slomofoe | Sep 05, 2019 @ 08:59 PM | 824 Views
I'm hooked! I love all the flips and tricks that a plane can't do. I didn't think I would like it, I love it.
I've always had that glide ratio on a plane to fall back on. Some have a huge glide to them. I know the cub with a full wing is like a glider. You have to fly it into the landing where the clipped wing will come down on it's own. Even the shape will give more lift. The wing profile has so much to do with the flying characteristics.
Now the drone. Wow, what a difference. I couldn't wait for the vortex fix, so I got the torrent. I have to say I'm in a whole learning curve and I like it. I'm a long way from anything good but the new rush and thrill from something new is exhilarating. If my neighbors didn't hate me before, they do now. Up till now it's just been running up a motor in the back yard to get it ready for a day out. Now I'm buzzing around, and around, and around.
I went looking for a new plane I could fly in the yard and everything I looked at in my price range,( about 150) was too fast or so light and slow that any wind would take it for a ride three blocks over. That's when the salesman told me about the torrent. I was sceptical at first, so I went home and look at reviews and video's. I came back the next day and grabbed it and some batteries. Can't have too many batteries.
Now the glide ratio. When a plane battery starts to go it gives some warning. No power or lift, some will pulse to tell you your going down. with enough altitude you can usually get it closer to home, at least a controlled crash, but a drome just ends. That's it. I need to set the timer lower and fly closer to my yard.
Posted by slomofoe | Sep 02, 2019 @ 10:07 PM | 798 Views
I got a good price on the drone. brand new in the box. I put a spectrum FPV racing rx on it, but I can't get it to work. does anyone have suggestions? This is the first drone I've had, and I'm afraid I don't have a clue about them.
Posted by slomofoe | Sep 02, 2019 @ 08:23 AM | 1,106 Views
It was a good day at the field, winds were a little strong at 15 km. We never get 0 winds in Ontario so if I want to fly I have to deal with winds of 10 to 20 km. any more than that and I'm just asking for a crash and repairs. But managed to fly all day and take my plane home in one piece. Lots of good footage from the run cam 2. Very impressed with that camera's picture quality and price.
For most of the day I just practiced take offs and landings in the wind. I can handle a steady wind, but gusts can come at all the wrong times. Over all, it was a good day with friends, and that's worth all the bashing and crashing.
Some times I think I have too many planes. After all I can only fly one at a time. But I do like the way each handles and fly. I like them all for different flight conditions and handling. The timber is steady, the cub is almost a glider with the full wing, the mini pulse is a bullet, the opterra is a blast to feel the rush of being in the cockpit. I'd like to put FPV in all of them.
It's raining today so I'll work on the giant scale corsair from top flight. I have most of it ready to cover, I just need to get the flaps to move and work in unison because they are in three pieces. All other surfaces work nice, rudder, elevator, ailerons, retracts, It's still a long way from first flight but it keeps me busy and out of the rain and out of trouble.
Wishing you all a good day and soft landings.
Posted by slomofoe | Aug 10, 2019 @ 02:35 PM | 1,137 Views
Long time building balsa models.
I think the first was purchased at the science center in Toronto as a kid. The school i was in had a trip, and the main exhibit was aeronautics. From first flight to the moon. Needless to say i was hooked.
I got a model at the gift store on the way out. I think i paid 10$ and it wasn't the same kits you get today. No lazer cutout balsa, it was in sheets of balsa with the pattern printed on it. every piece had to be cut and fine sanded to shape. We didn't have the shrink plastic wraps to cover the plane, it was paper and dope to stiffen and shrink the paper, the glue now is fantastic, i would pin ans secure everything the glue it and hope it doesn't move again until it was dry.
I seem to have learned a thing or two since those days, but some one can always teach me something new. It's a small mind that closes doors to new ideas. Things i have picked up and taken to a new level; I didn't realize how important the center of gravity was early on, but quickly found out a plane will not fly or flies very poorly without taking that into consideration. The way a wing is built or centered can also play a big part in how well it will fly. A warped wing fly poorly at best. A balanced prop is a sweet thing, out of balance is unsafe and noisy.
Probably the main thing i have learned is not to get attached to a model because eventually it doesn't come down the way you would like. And that's not all about the pilot's skill. I've had a wing...Continue Reading
Posted by slomofoe | Aug 10, 2019 @ 01:47 PM | 1,162 Views
If anyone can help me please. I have many planes that are air worthy and many that need help. What i find most bothersome is a new plane that should be in the air, but i can't get it to fly for no apparent reason. This new opterra 1.2 It seemed like a good idea at the time but i am quickly regretting the purchase. I started with setting the transmitter the proper way and values on my spectrum dx8, got a good signal from the vtx set to 600 Mv. everything seems like it's going to be so much fun. But i can't get the motor to run, It beeps on start up like it has armed, and beeps again when it's in ready mode. safe seems to work, ( i tilt the wing and it tries to correct and level). I just can't get the motor to spin.
any help would be appreciated