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Posted by Micubano | Jun 07, 2018 @ 12:54 PM | 6,967 Views
It's been over 6 months since HH replaced my Convergance that suffered a horrible, horrible death. I've broken (and fixed) a couple planes on the maiden flights. I've never been more sure that a crash was not my fault than that one. The replacement Convergence was hanging brand new on a hook next to the F-27 Evolution, which I fly often until yesterday. While reaching for the F-27 Evo, I decided to finally maiden the Convergence. Mainly because I remembered I charged 3S batteries and not 4S. It didn't crash and I had good control the entire time. I liked it and I hope it keeps flying this way. I hope that better collets eventually work their way into the system. Until then if you buy one, use a strong and rubbery glue on your two front props. I'm glad HH's CS took care of me with this one. I felt like I just threw money out the window until they sent me the new one.
Posted by Micubano | May 22, 2018 @ 12:15 PM | 8,468 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 Micubano | May 16, 2018 @ 10:23 AM | 6,936 Views
As usual, no one uses my local parks unless there is a sporting event for a kids team. It's kind of sad, but I get a ton of flying time in on the micros. My only issue is the grass grew really fast. The Maule M7 needed to be rolled back and forth a few times to create small path for takeoff, but it did take off.
Posted by Micubano | May 03, 2018 @ 12:57 PM | 6,187 Views
This is a fun plane. I'm glad I decided to get one.
Posted by Micubano | May 01, 2018 @ 11:50 AM | 6,503 Views
What a spring so far. Out flying in the sun one day, flurries the next. It looks like we are finally getting past all that now and the grass is green everywhere.
Posted by Micubano | Apr 03, 2018 @ 09:16 AM | 5,292 Views
My collection has grown ridiculously since the fall. A few planes I've been sitting on to maiden because the club field is closed for the winter and they are too big or fast for a park. A few I'm waiting for a perfect day to maiden them because I picked up some Lemon RXs for PNP planes and I have no idea how they are going to feel while flying. After getting the Maule together and driving to the field, I decided that even with the heavy winds that were trying to blow it away when I took my hand off of it, it was going up. I did 3 minutes around the field and landed it. I didn't plan to land it at 3 minutes because I thought I was going to need a second pass. The wind just gently it to the ground on a steep but slow path. It was 3 minutes that felt good though, but the wind was enough to make me scrap the F-27 Evolution maiden. I didn't have SAFE enabled on it, but after watching a video where it barely missed with the ground, I might turn it on for a little while.

I've been flying here or there this winter, but there were times where I was grounded for a few weeks because of weather. It didn't help that there was no time to fly after work (darkness) and quite a few of the parks were locked for the winter to save on maintenance costs . I did use the flight sims a lot. I flew the Vapors around the house for a month. In March, I was itching to get out and did a little. With the extra hour of daylight and a little Spring Fever I went nuts. In March alone, I bought 4 planes from HH and only one of them was a UMX plane. Last March I only bought 2 planes, and one of them is a micro. That was a pretty mild winter. So if you are ever wondering how bad the winter has been here, ask me how many planes I bought in the Spring.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 15, 2018 @ 01:25 PM | 8,431 Views
My UMX Cessna just happened to be delivered on Valentine's Day. It is all set to fly. Since I couldn't due to it being dark out and rainy out, I took some pics of it instead.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 12, 2018 @ 01:03 PM | 6,037 Views
I've been flying a little with UMX planes this winter, but not like I did the previous 2 winters because the fields are really wet. I have 3 new HH planes hanging on the ceiling waiting to be maidened and a 4th on the way. Plus I am buying 3 used planes off another RCG member. The lesson to learn here is bad weather does not soften the addiction in any way. I think I was just buying planes to have something to put together and get ready to fly. Here's hoping for a great Summer like last year. I loved flying 3 days a week.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 23, 2017 @ 09:39 AM | 5,364 Views
I only took the new Sukhoi SU-29mm and two batteries to the field Wednesday, which was just about what I had time to fly. I did take some video of some others flying. Not a lot of people at the club, but we were all trying to get as much time in the air as possible.

Clips of RC Airplanes Flying at LAMS Field - October 2017 (5 min 21 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Sep 21, 2017 @ 03:59 PM | 3,825 Views
I bought a Roc Hobby MXS V2 from HorizonHobby.com. I love the way it looks. I'm told it is twitchy as and the CG is tough to nail down. I'm hoping to get lucky with all that on the maiden. As long as I don't break the nose off it like I did with the Pawnee, I'll be happy.
Posted by Micubano | Sep 14, 2017 @ 11:44 AM | 4,257 Views
I did not give up yesterday. I packed my car before work so I could drive right to the field. I get out of work and step in to rain. I get on the highway and more rain. Drive by the exit to my house and still raining. Get off the exit about 10 minutes from the field and rain. That final 10 minutes goes through a pass in the mountains. Other side of the mountain, no rain! Two other club members were already there and they said the rain stopped there about 10 minutes before I showed up. About 6 more showed up a little after I did. Most of them just showed up to talk about NEAT Fair, But 3 of us were flying and I got my 5 flights in. For two of the Timber flights, it went through some low clouds.

I left the field around 7 PM. When I got through the mountain pass, it was raining. When I got home, it was dark out. It's only a 15 minute ride! With the exception of it actually raining last week and the one week I was on vacation, this was a great summer for flying. I'm going to keep going on Wednesdays until DST ends.
Posted by Micubano | Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:32 AM | 4,346 Views
So a Beast 60e showed up at the club field last night disguised in a Thor scheme. It is beautiful. I threw in some other pics I took last night towards the end of the night, which was around 8 PM. Before I went on vacation flying was ending around 8:40. That's 40 minutes of flying I have to make up on the weekend now.
Posted by Micubano | Jul 17, 2017 @ 02:27 PM | 6,428 Views
I bought a stupid amount of used planes and jets from a friend recently and while I have been able to get a few of them in the air, it is that time of year where I make sure everything gets a little exercise. I don't log how many times I fly, but I do track the dates I fly and do maintenance. Anything that sits for a year gets sold, and I hate doing that. So all those new (to me) planes are on the back-burner for the next month or two.

This time out, the Red Bull Edge was the one that made me wonder why I don't take it out more. It was such a smooth flight and I had a lot of fun with it. I finally put grip tape on the Rare Bear and hand launched it myself. I don't think I will let anyone else launch it for me again because it was so easy and went right up with no dive towards the ground. The Waco has been out with me for the past few weeks because it is new I love it. It just flies in slow motion to me. My son gave the Yuneec Q500 a check up and took some nice video of the field. I had my profile foamy too, but it didn't make it into the pic, which is a shame. After years of practicing and watching others, I did the smoothest and straightest knife edge on it. Of course there was only one other pilot at the club field (besides my son) to see it and it was his first time at the field. I'm always willing to pack a car full of planes to show someone the field and add a new member . I am surprised that no one else was at the club. It was a little hot and I got a touch of sun burn over the two hours I was there, but I had a blast.
Posted by Micubano | Jul 08, 2017 @ 04:02 PM | 22,138 Views
I just bought a lot of used planes from a guy that had to move. 14 total. None UMX. Today I am working the Little League food stand and up walks Crash. He is back to sign some papers and his son played one last game. I ask him what he has left jokingly. Somehow I ended up with a UMX Radian, Radian Pro, and a Habu. So I bought 17 planes total from Chuck since December. The other two in the pic I bought from him. I have them almost like new now. Still need to remaiden them. That is why they are in the living room.
Posted by Micubano | Jul 06, 2017 @ 09:01 AM | 5,327 Views
It is hard to believe that the MLB all star game is coming up. I'm not a big sports fan. It just falls on or around my birthday every year and I use it to mark what I think is the 1/2 way point of the flying season. Since the club field reopened in the spring, I only missed one Wednesday. Most weekends and a few other week nights I am able to sneak away for a few flights. My son (11/almost 12) has taken an interest in flying again and has joined the club and his skills are progressing quickly. He is up to the UMX Yak 54 as of last week. The insane original one too! Not the AS3Xtra like one. That reminds me, we have 2 AS3Xtras somewhere.

Anyway, here are some pics of what I flew last night. The surprise standout of the group was the Pulse. This summer the grass on the field has been pretty lush and a lot of planes with wheel pants have not done so well. The Pulse didn't seem to care about the grass. Takeoffs and landings were smooth and sweet.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 28, 2017 @ 11:02 AM | 4,665 Views
My wife has summers off and took the kids to a state park with a lake. My son and his friend brought a little Lagos boat to run on the water. According to my son the lid was on tight and it was running fine when it suddenly sank very fast. The problem is that they were no where near a designated swimming area and on a stone jetty with steep sides. My wife underestimated the water depth. A few feet out she slipped into water that was over her head, full of weeds, and her legs ended up in a very cold pocket of water. We both did SCUBA at one point and know all about thermoclines, but she said this was a really shallow pocket with a huge temperature difference. Long story short, a few times she feared for her life and her struggle to get out seemed to take forever. She ended up recovering on the beach for over an hour covered in lake weed. So now my wife knows RC water rule #1...it is never worth going into the water to rescue anything RC from a natural shoreline. Either bring an RC rescue boat or a real boat. The Lagos was a goner the second it was out of sight, so even that would not help. If you can't get whatever is stuck out there, leave it and take the loss. This happened yesterday, but the thought of my wife dying in front of my son and his friend while trying to retrieve anything RC from the water has been stuck in my head. No matter if it is a toy boat or expensive airplane of floats, no item is worth risking your life for. Have a safe summer everyone.
Posted by Micubano | May 31, 2017 @ 01:27 PM | 6,462 Views
Like so many things in the hobby I swore I would never do, buying used planes has been something I avoid unless they almost being given away like the UMX SBach 3D I picked up for $10. Well, a friend and RC pilot needed to unload a great deal of his planes fast because a job opportunity came up that he had to take far south of here. I ended up with 13 or 14 working planes and jets. I'm still cleaning, repairing, and testing them all. Only one is truly questionable. In the pile was this cute little balsa E-Flite Cessna 150 Aerobat 250. When I bought her all I knew was it's a Cessna, I was going to be the 3rd or 4th owner, a previous owner had a gas engine in her, and it would look great on a wall somewhere. I gently took it apart and inspected everything. No problems. The RX bound first try. The servos were all good. Except for a loose front wheel, the landing gear being on backwards, and a thick layer of dust, there was nothing wrong with it. And when the dust was all wiped off it looked great. So I decided to take what was supposed to be a decoration out for a spin. It took off in a few feet, only needed a little trim, and it was a lot faster than I expected. I still might hang it in the living room at some point, but for now I have it on the grab and go rack of other planes it's size. I love 250 and 280 size planes, but they are too big for a box and small enough to be pretty fragile.

E-Flite Cessna 150 Aerobat 250 - Memorial Day Maiden Flight (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by Micubano | May 23, 2017 @ 07:59 PM | 5,309 Views
Time to bring some older planes out and make sure they still work. Here is some video I took of the HyperTaxi, one of Horizon Hobbies first models with AS3X.

UMX Hyper Taxi BNF - 2017 Maintenance Flight (4 min 10 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 28, 2017 @ 09:34 AM | 9,636 Views
Except for one blizzard, it really was a mild winter for flying here in NE PA USA. I've been getting out once or twice a week steadily, but not at the club field because it is not maintained over the winter and tends to get swampy. I've been limited to parks. There are 3 close by that are perfect for UMX and park flyers, but the big guys have been in storage. The ground was still a little soft Wednesday, but good enough to walk on without getting water in your shoes or even sinking down. I was so excited to fly that I even forgot to take video. I just grabbed one image. In that image is Bob S. from RCG and Bob S. Sr. There is at least 70 years of flying experience there. If you click on the pic and keep clicking until you are fully zoomed in, you can see them flying the The HobbyKing Edge 540T EPP/Light Plywood 3D Aerobatic Airplane 1430 mm they put together over the winter. It is a beautiful plane and with their set up they can do some really spectacular flying. Maybe I'll get video next time.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 27, 2017 @ 08:35 AM | 6,093 Views
Just sharing a pic I took over the weekend after doing a maiden flight.