Posted by John Rood | Feb 21, 2006 @ 06:37 AM | 15,696 Views
((( I just try and do what they tell me! )))

Posted by jbourke | Feb 21, 2006 @ 12:48 AM | 21,392 Views
After the recent success of our live E-Fest coverage, we've invested in some new hardware and software.

Watch the site for announcements about more live coverage.

Posted by jbourke | Feb 21, 2006 @ 12:35 AM | 23,370 Views
I can be hard to reach at times. Here is some information that will help you if you are trying to get help with something.

You might be trying to reach me for any of a number of reasons.
  • Maybe because I run Knife Edge Software, the makers of the RealFlight R/C simulator, and you want some help.
  • Maybe because you are having a problem using the forum.
  • Maybe because you saw some really icky content in someone's post and you want to make sure it is taken care of.
  • Maybe because you want to sign up as an advertiser with RCGroups (yay!)

I try to make myself available online as much as possible because I really believe in maintaining an online "existence". It's what I'm trying to promote with RCGroups, after all.

The problem with contacting me

Unfortunately, there is no way for me to respond to everything. It just can't be done. I tried it for years, went crazy, and started talking about myself in a narrative form. Nobody wants to see that happen again, so here are some things to think about if you need help.

First off, I'm probably the last person you need to talk to. The truth is that I know much less than people think. I used to know a lot. But that was before I had people to help me. Now that I have people helping me I've gotten quite stupid. So consider whether you really want to ask me a question. Most likely if I have time to answer you'll just get something like "um...I don't know...let me ask Dave..."

Second off, I'm really,...Continue Reading
Posted by GlennS | Feb 20, 2006 @ 07:22 PM | 10,247 Views
Posted by Screamin' Eagle | Feb 20, 2006 @ 05:53 PM | 14,292 Views
Got home from a trip to San Diego around noon today and was heading into the office when I thought to myself: "Self, why drive 30 minutes to get to the office when you can work at the Starbucks up the street and not get caught in holiday traffic?" Then I thought: "since I'm saving an hour on the road, I can fly for an hour and then still get the same amount of work done." Happily, the Starbucks is half a mile from my local hill.

It was a great day - you'd swear it was the middle of summer. Hope it continues! Re-maidened the Falco after getting the Solartex off the wings and replacing it with paint. The plane lost 1.5 ounces in the process and still flew as well as before. I gave it a workout, facial loops, reversals, inverted, screwed with the CG a bit, etc...

I was practicing runs up and down the ridge when I rolled the plane 90 degrees and pulled elevator. SNAP!!! "What the hell was that? I don't know, but it didn't sound good."

Next pass revealed half of my v-tail flapping in the breeze, held together by light glass and ultracote.

Good thing for me a plane will still fly with only half a v-tail. I was having Pixel flashbacks until I deployed the spoilerons and brought her in for a pretty controlled landing.

If there's one thing I hate, it's building tails - especially v-tails. This plane used to have a classic tail on it (as in my avatar) but it didn't survive too many landings before eating it. I smell a project coming...
Posted by yantsen | Feb 20, 2006 @ 02:01 PM | 3,367 Views
3DX Mini. AXI 2208/34 2S 1990 MAh LiPo.

Posted by noodle | Feb 20, 2006 @ 12:29 PM | 6,854 Views
It's Monday again! Time for a new link of the week:

This site is the Charles River Radio Controllers. The best part of the site, IMO, is the "Articles & Tips" section. They've got lots of free plans, as well as plans for a few hot wire cutters, and a whole bunch of cool stuff. Now that I've got a hot wire bow I'm planning on building a few of these planes. Check it out!
Posted by Dragonov3 | Feb 20, 2006 @ 11:16 AM | 3,763 Views
Hi everyone. My name is Dan. I have been in this hobby for approx 21 yrs.
I love to build from kits. I am currently building a TF Corsair. I have the fuse framed up and the retracts almost put in the center section of the wing. It is a pretty fun kit to build.
Some of the kits I have built are Balsa USA North Star.40, Ace Cloud Dancer, PT .40, Bridy Air Cruiser(2), CG Super Chipmonk, Q-500 Intimidator, Sig Something extra.
Some of the arfs I have assembled are H9 Edge 540, World Models P-51 Miss America electric, Mini Funtana Electric, Mini Edge 540, Funtana S40.
After the Corsair I will be building the ace Cloud Dancer .60 for a friend Should be pretty fun to build.
Posted by Gene Bond | Feb 20, 2006 @ 06:25 AM | 32,807 Views
I'm not sure I know how to Blog. It might be easier than some of the other new things I've tried, but it's still confusing
Posted by Troy | Feb 19, 2006 @ 11:19 PM | 9,738 Views
Blog, blog, blog, blog, everyone wants a blog, everyone needs a blog.
Posted by ib456 | Feb 19, 2006 @ 10:59 PM | 4,478 Views
I found over the weekend Depron is harder to get around here.. So ordered some more EPP, it bounces far better anyway, pity it is that little bit heavier.

I also ordered 2 x 280DD with 5x3 props so I may make the DC-3 while on holiday, if it all arrives before I go on holiday. Would like to make both the DC-3 and the CD P-51, both Gene Bond profile foamies.

Will have to work out how much is needed for both planes as I have a funny feeling that the 2 sheets of EPP wont be enough to do it. I have in the past made wings from the faom study board with the paper left on to give it strength, this has worked really well with the smaller wingspan planes, up to about 34 is all I have tried and very stiff but also on the heavy side..

On another note, got my stadium truck running well only to have it as always break, I thought it was the gearbox, seems after taking it all apart I was confused.. lost the pin from the axle that turns the wheel, but it needed a good clean anyway, grass and sand all through it. Now to make sure when i have finished that I dont have any bits left over.
Posted by Ryan_in_ottawa | Feb 19, 2006 @ 10:51 PM | 3,240 Views
I have recently come into the possession of a Royal Kits plane. It is a Telstar 25. Unfortunately it did not come with any plans. Does anyone know where and how I may find them.


Posted by LannyG | Feb 19, 2006 @ 10:02 PM | 5,633 Views
Here are some photos of my experiment at a slow stick camera mount. Basswood, hotglue, and balsa. I used a nylon bolt in the tripod mount to make it easy to remove the camera. Attachment of frame to fuse still in progress.
Servo arm positioned so one way turns on power and the other way trips the shutter.
Posted by David A | Feb 19, 2006 @ 10:36 AM | 6,711 Views
Another bad weekend weather wise so I've been hard at it at the workbench getting my Laser 150 into the Sea Fury and testing the air retracts. It's so nice to have a model big enough to work on that allows me to get my hands all the way up the inside of the fuselage - makes fitting those push rods easy.
Posted by GoatZilla | Feb 19, 2006 @ 01:39 AM | 11,254 Views
I just saw something in the Electric planes forum that gave me a chuckle.

The worst problem RCGroups has right now is rampant lying and deliberate misinformation.

People just say things that simply cannot be backed up, or are flat out untrue. What's worse is that this behavior is encouraged by others.

This behavior, in the end, only hurts our hobby.

"Just remember, it's all in fun" is usually the dying battlecry of someone on the wrong side of a fact-based argument. Since when has deliberately misleading others constituted good clean fun? As long as you cap off a lie with a , it's perfectly acceptable?

Posted by HOT ROD LOCAL | Feb 19, 2006 @ 12:41 AM | 4,801 Views
Go racing, that is my blog!
Posted by Joe Ford | Feb 18, 2006 @ 07:42 PM | 17,555 Views
My buddy Mike posted a pic of our TM400's together. Running a Mega 16/15/4 with 3:1 gearbox, 3s lipos, APC 13x6.5 prop. Modified this one a bit to handle the power. Glassed both wings with 3/4oz FG cloth, fuse with 1/2oz cloth, CF rods in both wings, CF struts, 4lb test fishing line for wing wires, custom LG to clear the 13" prop, dual aileron servos w/top wing ailerons as well, and a few others. Paint scheme and decals modeled after a full scale version that is still flight worthy.
Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 18, 2006 @ 03:32 PM | 9,181 Views
This airplane first flew in May 2005. It is a good sport trainer. I put probably more than 100 flights on it until I voluntarily decomissioned it, removed the engine radio and hardware, and gave away the wing and fuselage to someone who was ready for an advanced trainer. This airplane was built from a mish-mash of different plans from The wing was modified from the BUHOR except with no dihedral, the fuselage was an upside-down modification of the CoroCub, and the tailwheel was from the Corostang. This was a good advanced trainer for sharpening my skills. Because the wing was so thin and pointy, it would stall quite abruptly, and it would do nice snap rolls. With my Webra 61 on it, it could climb at about 80 degrees off vertical. I had lots of fun flying it.