Posted by rclad | Oct 06, 2017 @ 06:38 PM | 3,572 Views
I suppose, if asked what this hobby means to us, or what purpose it serves, every person here might provide a slightly different response. So I can only tell you what it means to me. I was thinking about this long before the Las Vegas shooting happened, because there have been moments at my club that have intruded in the space this hobby creates for me. It's a common phrase now, this mental state we call our "happy place." I usually enter that space every time I enter my shop to work on my planes, or log on to RC Groups, or pass through the gate at my RC club.

My happy place is a state of mind that allows me to focus on the things I enjoy thinking about, a place where I can solve problems that interest me. RC model aviation has provided that space since I first got into the hobby in 1980. I enjoy many aspects of this hobby: the science of aerodynamics and engineering required to make a model fly, the artistic aspects where form and function unite along with one's own creative flair, the wonder of seeing months of work take to the skies, and even the sky itself, an endlessly changing backdrop that both challenges our ability to fly and enhances our experience of being borne aloft.

We live in an amazing world: we're made of matter that originated in the stars and can actually reflect back on the cosmos from which we came. We live on a planet full of wonders, traveling through space full of mystery and beauty. And then there is the flip side that...Continue Reading
Posted by Ibinde | Oct 06, 2017 @ 05:10 PM | 2,702 Views
I finally bought the new laser a 40 watt Full Spectrum hobby laser same as I had before. well almost, it's there latest revision. I also got the Retna program that runs the laser. It's more like a printer program, I'm still learning how to use it maybe it will get better in time.
I used auto CAD and Mach3 to run the old laser. I liked that much better that set up had a lot more control. I set up the old laser operating system like one would find in any machine shop. (G codes)

Still redrawing the Electra, and the DH 2. Just takes time. that's all for now Folks
Posted by BrokeDad | Oct 06, 2017 @ 05:02 PM | 3,742 Views
I guess I'll need to actually start writing a blog or find a use for this area.
Posted by UpNup | Oct 06, 2017 @ 04:40 PM | 2,983 Views
The RC plane plans I’m building called for my pilot figure to sit on a 1” block of wood. I received my Balsa order and realized I could add an inch to my pilot’s chest. All I had to do was cut, sand and raise it up, right? Matching colors again and getting the seams to match was a bigger chore than I thought, but well worth it.
Posted by Absaroka | Oct 06, 2017 @ 03:37 PM | 2,010 Views
Timbers day to fly---got one short flight in and the rain ran me off. One is better than none.
Timber 10-6-17 (4 min 35 sec)

Posted by Jack Crossfire | Oct 06, 2017 @ 03:24 PM | 2,926 Views
20 years after the lion kingdom hatched the idea, someone finally used a 55" TV as a computer monitor. Doubt it'll last, because it's immediately obvious that he can't see the entire screen behind the clutter. There's no airflow. He has to sit too far away to see normal fonts. The DPI is 100. Not all programs scale to larger DPI, so 55" is the smallest 4k display which can display legible fonts.

It's cheaper than the 30" monitor lions have been using since 2008. A younger lion would have sprung for it & watched movies in fullscreen, in a dark room, in 1 shot. An older lion is concerned with practicality & only watches segments of movies in a window. The time spent watching movies in 1 shot has long been dedicated to the commute.
Posted by duncanmcphail | Oct 06, 2017 @ 02:02 PM | 1,546 Views
I have started a build on the Midwest "Liberty " Tugboat and I am curious if any other guys who have built this model have added extra ballast over and above what the weight of the two batteries contribute. If they have added extra ballast where did they place it and what weight was added ? My concern is that I am altering the appearance of the deckhouse and stack and am concerned a bit by the stability of the model when complete. One guy has said that he did not feel the batteries were enough and felt that extra weigh was required but it is difficult to find a location for the extra ballast once the deck has been attached to the hull.
Posted by SteelRainSpo | Oct 06, 2017 @ 01:57 PM | 2,356 Views

Check out my YouTube build video on the BQE Mini Pixel where I discuss the build and components, and perform a maiden los flight that leads to a funny crash 😂 Also included is some dvr footage of the first fpv from this little frame.

BQE Mini Pixel Build, Flight Footage And Crash (14 min 10 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Oct 06, 2017 @ 09:56 AM | 3,868 Views
So, after a lot of trial and error. Along with some colorful language. I am finally making good progress on my latest project.

Not only am I new to the world of CNC but the world of foam as well. Especially EPP foam. I have been making a lot of test cuts on regular blue insulation foam. And it has been working out fairly well. I knew it was going to change going from blue to EPP foam. I wanted to use the blue foam as a test bed for the wire path and to make sure the drawings were correct. Once I was satisfied with the drawings and wire path, I moved over to EPP.

My first cut with EPP did not go well at all. Not only did I not have the wire temp hot enough. I tried cutting it way to fast. I am very limited on my test cuts. EPP is way to expensive to be wasting with test cuts. So my latest test cuts have been very small. Just small 10 MM wing tube holes. I think I might need to redraw them to 8MM. The current 10MM is just a bit to big. I am guessing due to the slow wire speed and high temps.

Never the less, it is progress, and I am excited about it.

Posted by Dreamcatcher | Oct 06, 2017 @ 09:32 AM | 10,022 Views
Successful maiden flight and second flight for my Spitfire Mk.Vb Durafly yesterday afternoon.

The plane is rather touchy, specialy on the pitch axis (as the real ?), the engine deliver enough power to climb verticaly.

Just keep in mind that the landing edge is narrow and that the wheels are "scale" so... Kiss landings are the rule and as on real classic gear aircrafts, think to keep the elevator stick full back when taxying, if you don't want the plane's nose to dive toward the ground !

Spitfire Mk Vb - Durafly (6 min 28 sec)

Posted by hexacop | Oct 06, 2017 @ 09:19 AM | 1,810 Views
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Posted by phil alvirez | Oct 06, 2017 @ 07:59 AM | 6,081 Views
have you wondered how bolts/screws/nuts are made?
i found this documentary very enlightening. i hope you will too:
How It's Made Nuts and bolts (4 min 29 sec)

Posted by gkamysz | Oct 06, 2017 @ 07:27 AM | 5,102 Views
I take a peek inside this tiny engine.

AE 0.1CC, a Closer Look (7 min 15 sec)

Posted by Shirty | Oct 06, 2017 @ 06:43 AM | 6,727 Views
Here's a few pics of a good club mates scratch built 747 that made its first appearance at my club today for some testing. This thing is freaking amazing! 6 meter wingspan, 4 turbines with 56kg of thrust. The attention to detail and the finish is simply astonishing.

Absolutely incredible achievement, I'm in awe personally. Can't wait to make a video of it! (edit: Some extra pics and a small taxi vid added)

I'll update this thread as I get more material and vids. Cheers. .
Posted by teoplays | Oct 06, 2017 @ 06:18 AM | 7,986 Views
Akk BS2 S2 - Cam Micro FPV - Review Recensione (5 min 8 sec)

italian review, sub english
Posted by KristofferR | Oct 06, 2017 @ 04:25 AM | 2,682 Views
I have been putting off doing the maiden flight of my Heron for some time. I did not expect it to be on the slope, but I brought it along this time and the temptation to try it was too big. The Heron flew absolutely perfect - the launch was with hands off the sticks. I will do some fine tuning of CG and adjust flight phase mix compensations but that is about it.

Gear: Heron RR, Cockpit SX (1st gen) and RX-7 M-Link telemetry.
Site: Sandsjöbacka Bräcka, Kungsbacka, Sweden. ESE 9-11m/s
Camera: Turnigy 2k w SJCAM 4000 firmware
Music: By me, available if released at

Multiplex Heron, maiden flight - on the slope (3 min 44 sec)

Posted by AndyW57 | Oct 06, 2017 @ 04:09 AM | 4,182 Views
Just a few pics
And one from a few years ago
Posted by | Oct 06, 2017 @ 04:08 AM | 3,363 Views
The Gemfan Hulkie 2040 propeller is a well balanced stiff prop that will work well on high power builds (1104+). Downside is they are more brittle than the Gemfan 2035

Full review here:
Posted by kiwi_craig | Oct 06, 2017 @ 03:37 AM | 11,225 Views
Been really keen to hop this up onto 3s power but the stock props develop a hell oscillation due to the blade profile. When Banggod came out with the 7045 3 bladers i knew this could be something, the 6045 3 bladers where nice and smooth but just not big enough

Ordered up two sets, red and white. The props are marked A and B and the tthreaded prop nuts seem decent and the included grip tool works fine. Clearance is okay to the shell resonably close in the front, miles in the rear.

Fit and balance is really good. Threads on on the prop nuts are good, nuts are marked for left hand and right hand. Seems like an excellent product.

Hover time is around 8 minutes + on 2s. On 3s its as smooth as, no more oscillations and death wooble on spool up, YAY ! Finally a prop that works and has decent flight time. Motors remain cool.

Test fly this weekend but intial indoor testing it seems damn nice.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Oct 06, 2017 @ 01:31 AM | 2,524 Views
2 years after the Accucel's 1st surgery to break out the balancing header, it was time to replace the buttons, which had manely stopped working. They graciously exposed all the buttons on a header. It merely entailed breaking them out on a very long ribbon cable. The 12 year old buttons from Heroineclock 1 were installed. They were heavily rusted. 2 of them didn't work. Fortunately, had another 2 buttons from a camera remote of long ago. They used to be a 30 minute run to Radio Shack. Now, the only way to get more of those is a 2 week order.

The Accucel's LCD is still broken, but hasn't degraded. It may end up being reverse engineered & replaced by a converter to drive a larger LCD. There's no evidence of what part it was, but it only has 4 data lines. It's been such a waste of time repairing this $35 antique, the process might as well keep going.