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Posted by Kmot | Aug 10, 2018 @ 09:21 PM | 1,432 Views
So I have decided to also get this Overdrive ST set up and will be playing with it too. Why not?

This has also been assembled partly and on display since around 2003, don't remember exactly.

Amazingly the alkaline batteries still are holding a charge and powered up the electronics. The expiration date on them is 2004!

This is a cool stadium truck. 4WD, 2-speed trans, forward and reverse, .17 engine, oil shocks, blue anodized aluminum parts.

It has a Futaba AM radio on 27Mhz. Old skool for sure!

I intend to get it running and drive it around easily, I won't be beating on these old vehicles like back in the day. I plan to keep them in nice shape.

Posted by Kmot | Aug 08, 2018 @ 04:30 PM | 948 Views
I bought this XTM Baja 4WD truck in February 2003. I changed the wheels to some rally types and added a Subaru body, then put it on a shelf for display. It has never been used. No fuel, no batteries in the radio, even the antenna was not unraveled, lol.

Well, the tires are now flat spotted but I think they will get round again. I have made adjustments to the suspension and steering because from the factory it was off, glued the tires, checked all screws for tightness, and adjusted the shock pre-load.

I will now balance the wheels/tires, and then the engine will start its break-in process.

I have decided to stay old skool with the stock Hitec 75Mhz radio system.

It was cool going through the original box, and manuals, and time warping back 15 years to when this was a current production vehicle sold by Hobby Shack.

It's just another one of my collection of glow fuel engine powered cars and trucks I have and want to get running.

Posted by Kmot | Aug 06, 2018 @ 11:53 PM | 854 Views
I have a T-Maxx that I got around 2003. It has been sitting unused for around 12 years. I decided to get it going again recently.

I oiled up the engine and carb and got everything loose. I installed a FlySKy 2.4Ghz radio into it. I added some fuel and the engine fired up pretty easily. When I tried driving it, it did not have forward gear, only reverse. So I drove it around my backyard backwards, to use up the fuel! But before it was completely used up, it also lost reverse gear. The trans was gone!

I took the trans apart and found a stripped gear. I ordered new parts and got it rebuilt and then went for a drive in my backyard. Only thing was it was 100F outside and so the engine kept overheating and stalling. Still, it was fun to run it again and I will take it to an open area in cooler air to give it a good run.

Vintage 2003 T-Maxx 2.5 Restored (4 min 30 sec)
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Posted by Kmot | Aug 04, 2018 @ 10:01 PM | 737 Views
I have a vintage 2004 Duratrax Delphi Indy racer. It is really cool looking. It has an all carbon fiber chassis. 2WD with a differential. Aluminum oil shock.

But, it was impossible to drive! Squirrely with a capital S! First, the torque would cause it to spin out constantly. Second, the stock tires looked great but were completely worthless. No grip at all, like driving on ice.

I upgraded to the foam racing tires that were available at the time. Made no difference, really. Whenever I tried to go full throttle in a straight line, even from a rolling start, it would spin out. So I gave up, and put it on the shelf.

Recently, the advent of RC cars with gyros got me thinking. I bought a heli heading gyro and installed it into this car. I took it to the street, started to roll and then pinned the throttle. It went straight as an arrow! I was stunned!

Up and down the street, back and forth at full throttle it tracked straight. It was awesome. This was on the foam tires. I switched to the stock tires, and it was still squirrely , but if I kept it straight for a while I could pin it and then the gyro kept it going straight at full throttle. But as soon as I left off the throttle it would spin out. Even the gyro was struggling with the stock worthless tires.

However, on the foam tires it is a new car and very fun to drive!

Posted by Kmot | Jul 15, 2018 @ 08:29 PM | 1,174 Views
I store my lipo batteries in my BBQ. I figure if it can hold hot coals, it could contain a lipo fire.

Anyway, it has been a mess and unorganized for too long. And many I knew were no good anymore. Some dated back to 2009. So I went through them today, picked out several that I did not want to keep and took them to the recycling center.

It looks a lot better now. Hopefully I can keep on top of it, lol...

Posted by Kmot | Jun 30, 2018 @ 09:24 PM | 982 Views
I took this Aeronca 15e out for some flights the other day, after fixing the broken landing gear mounts and wing struts, which apparently afflicted all of these E-Flite models.

E-Flite Aeronca 15e at Apollo XI Field - Cropped & Zoomed (7 min 20 sec)

Posted by Kmot | May 10, 2018 @ 09:33 PM | 1,935 Views
I have been getting my Paulistinha P-56 airplane going again. The engine needed some attention. I rebuilt the carb with new o-rings and I have run the engine some more on the test bench, and it is starting to settle in and get a better idle. I also installed an on-board glow plug driver to help with keeping an reliable idle.

In addition to the P-56, I have gotten a Toledo Special that I obtained second hand, into flying condition. It needed a new Rx and battery, and some re-arranging of various components. I also have installed a 3-axis gyro in this model, just to try it out. I have never flown a plane with a gyro before so it will be interesting. I did put it on a switch though, so I can turn it off if I want to.

Posted by Kmot | Mar 24, 2018 @ 10:56 PM | 2,362 Views
Three very rare Whiteman Industries "Marauder" hovercraft gathered together today at Hansen Dam Park.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 19, 2018 @ 04:08 PM | 1,679 Views
In the last two weeks I have put together two new scale model airplanes.

The NE-1 Cub of the US Navy in World War II. Model by Hobby King.

The De Havilland Venom Mk. VI fighter jet of the Canadian Air Force. Model by Durafly.

Posted by Kmot | Mar 10, 2018 @ 01:05 AM | 1,778 Views
3rd in a series of "Some of my RC". Now it's the RC cars, trucks, and motorcycles. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Mar 04, 2018 @ 07:36 PM | 2,398 Views
I posted some of my airplanes. Now I will post some of my boats. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Mar 02, 2018 @ 11:20 PM | 3,014 Views
Just thought I would post something. This is "some" of my airplanes. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Kmot | Feb 13, 2018 @ 05:30 PM | 2,979 Views
Well, not really. It never existed.

We have a few Flyzone Tidewater airplanes in our club at Hansen Dam. So I thought it would be a good idea to not have them all looking the same. I decided to repaint mine in a pseudo WWII US Navy blue camo scheme. Cheap and dirty, I did not spend a lot of time on it. But it looks okay, and in the air it is actually easier to see now than the white version. Bonus!

Posted by Kmot | Mar 27, 2016 @ 09:36 PM | 14,033 Views
Here is a Parma '56 Ford body mounted on a 4x4 Traxxas Slash. It is a stand-off replica of a La Carrera Panamericana racer.

Posted by Kmot | Jan 11, 2016 @ 04:01 PM | 12,802 Views
I recently bought the newly released Hobbico Flyzone Seawind Select Scale model airplane.

It is the new generation (to me anyway) style of ARF that does not require any glue or epoxy. Everything snaps, or screws together.

The plane has all the servo's and ESC and lighting wires loose inside the cabin and it is a bit of a spaghetti mess, lol... So the first order of business was to tidy it all up. With the rear seat in place it looks pretty clean and organized.

I am using my FLYSKY FS-i10 radio system in this model. I used the 10-channel Rx and also connected the voltage sensor for the on-board battery pack.

The installed lighting system is cool, but it is flawed. Because it has nav lights, strobe lights, and landing lights that ALL are on always. The landing lights effectively blot out the other lights by its brightness. They should have set them up so that the landing lights only turned on when the gear or flaps were extended. Not a deal breaker by any means, but it could have been thought out a little better.

So I got it all set up, and took some photos and then decided I didn't like having so many stripes all over the aircraft. And the "Seawind" script on either side of the fuselage had been applied crooked. So I removed the script and about half of the stripes. Looks better to me, but then I know everyone has their own opinion.

I still want to paint the instrument panel cover. As it
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Posted by Kmot | May 09, 2015 @ 11:13 PM | 13,463 Views
Tower Hobbies recently chopped $40 off the price of this little micro Beaver and so the selling price is now $100. With my SSC membership I got another $15 knocked off so this little plane only cost $85 delivered.

I did some detail painting on it and now it is ready for its maiden.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 17, 2015 @ 06:09 PM | 14,909 Views
My newest r/c aircraft is the Ugly Stik foamy from Durafly aka Hobby King. What intrigued me about this model was the faux glow engine. It looked very authentic in the promo photos.

Being a long time model airplane engine enthusiast I wanted to see one for myself. Hobby King had a 1/2 Off Sale for a week and so I got the Ugly Stik at half price.

Well, the fake engine is pretty sweet looking. Even in person, from just a few feet away it is indistinguishable from a genuine glow engine.

The 'kit' is absurdly easy to assemble. All appendages simply use screws to attach them.

The wood Durafly propeller is one of the most beautifully finished props I have seen. The glossy clear coating is truly stunning.

I embellished mine slightly with the sharks teeth and eye.
Posted by Kmot | Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:54 AM | 14,679 Views
I got my custom graphics stickers I created, from Callie. Put them on the quad and now the livery is complete.