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Posted by Micubano | Oct 13, 2012 @ 05:40 PM | 3,195 Views
I picked up a Blade mSR months ago for $20 the the LHS. I thought I replaced everything from the anti-rotation collar up and it was getting more stable, but I still had problems and couldn't control it for over 15 seconds before it spiraled out of control in what seemed to be a TBE from hell. I spent a lot of time trading emails with E-Flite about what to try next while also thinking the 5 in 1 was bad. Everything they were suggesting, I already tried. Then in the last email, they suggested the feathering shaft. I remember seeing it when changing the main blade grips, but didn't think that it was that important. Now that I have a working mSR, I can see that compared to an mCX2 or mQX that any little adjustment makes a big difference and a slightly bent feather spindle can cause the a lot of tension and vibration in the head. After a few days of tweaking and playing, I had it in a real stable hover outside today and I was able to circle the yard twice.

I have a used SR I picked up sitting on my bench a month ago that I hovered briefly. It needs a really good tune up based on the short hover. Now that I have the mSR working, I feel more confident about owning and fixing.

Finally, in the free items section of the classifieds, MrDusanmandic has been giving away bearing oil kits. I wasn't picked for the free one, but since I have amassed a small collection of helis, trucks, a multirotor and a boat I figured it should be something I should look into. Last night I finally had a chance to use some on my helis and it does seem to make a great difference. I was able to fly my mQX around the living room. I started with just a hover to help work the oil on the bearings, but then decided to do a few laps because it was so stable. I think it was worth the money.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:08 AM | 3,799 Views
Before leaving work yesterday, I looked out my window and noticed the rain had stopped. While walking to my car, I noticed the winds that had been battering the area for weeks now have stopped. By the time I got home, flying was all that is on my mind.

I am still hesitant to try the Blade SR until I get my DX6I. Just the sound of the rotors spinning on the SR is intimidating. Thanks to the LHS (Time Flys Hobbies) and their layaway policy, I should have the DX6I in about a month. Last night I decided to do the MQX since after replacing a broken arm and some blades is has become really stable.

My first flight was great, so for battery 2, I decided to stick my little camera on it and had a nice long run with some decent footage. I decided to post 2 versions of the footage. One with YouTube's auto stabilization and one without. If you are looking to just pop quick videos on YouTube like I do without much or any editing, try the YouTube editor and effects.

MQX Long Flight After The Rain - No YouTube Stabilization (5 min 25 sec)

MQX Long Flight After The Rain- With YouTube Stabilization (5 min 32 sec)
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Posted by Micubano | Sep 30, 2012 @ 09:14 PM | 3,786 Views
Almost everything I do RC and otherwise involves my kids. My son, Callum, is only 7 and has liked the movie Ponyo for years. I was at a wedding in North Fork on Long Island over the weekend and came across a Putt Putt (AKA Pop Pop) Boat a lot like the one in the movie. Apparently these have been around a long time, but I have never seen one except in a cartoon. I didn't even know what they were called. It isn't RC, but it is definitely interesting and educational.

Cal and his New Putt Putt Steam Boat (1 min 11 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:33 AM | 3,536 Views
I bought a Venom Gambler partly because of the price and partly because their marketing video has it running in the snow and the box claims it is waterproof. One day in the LHS, I overheard one of the guys say they don't care if it says waterproof, he won't risk getting their struff wet. Understandable since most things RC are pricy. How much do you trust your stuff (besides boats) in the water?
Posted by Micubano | Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:25 AM | 3,474 Views
Since my last post about the really bad run of luck I had in one day, everything has gotten better. It only cost $10 to fix the MQX, I have a new tail motor on my SR, and Venom is sending me 2 ESCs (one for each truck) because even though my sons truck does go forward, the reverse is intermittent. Considering a new ESC would have been half the cost of the truck for us (We paid $120 each), I am really happy with Venom's customer service right now. That is the Rave part of this post.

My son and I also completed building the Estes Moon Mutt and the little launch pad that came with it. Not sure why we are going smaller, but he's 7 so I do not ask. During assembly there was a little issue were glue ended up on the ceiling, but I am going to try and forget about that one and just hope the rain holds off until after our first launch this afternoon.
Posted by Micubano | Sep 20, 2012 @ 09:22 AM | 3,535 Views
Yesterday was my son's 7th birthday. I got him a black Venom Gambler and another white one for myself. I adjusted his so it basically crawled around and I was flying up and down the back alley. When I noticed my car wasn't going as fast as, I figured the battery was getting low and pulled it in next to me. I opened my back gate to drive it up to the house and there was no forward, but reverse worked. I picked it up and put in on a trampoline to open it and shut it off, still thinking it was a battery issue. The second I turned the switch off, smoke poured out of the ESC. I have a phone call and a support ticket into Venom.

Next, being a birthday party who doesn't like heli's? The MCX2 was fun and when the battery was depleted we moved outside for an MQX demo. I took it real high but kept it steady. I got distracted for one second and caught a tree branch. The resulting crash broke one of the arms. An easy fix, but still frustrating.

Now the party is over, the kids are in bed and I have a used Blade SR I picked up that I have just been dying to slap a training kit on and do a simple hover with. While the training gear says install in minutes, it was more like 15 and it took some effort to keep it centered. Finally I have my receiver set, the battery in place, all lights are orange and steady, all the servos are moving the right way and I have my finger on the lever about to turn off the throttle hold. One little click and a some throttle later the main blades are...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Sep 12, 2012 @ 01:58 PM | 3,452 Views
Yeah, it ain't pretty, but I just want to play with some cheap EQ first before I started getting more into mixing my hobbies together.

1st Video From a $6 808 #13 Keychain Camera Attached to a Blade MQX with Velcro (1 min 46 sec)