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Posted by Blaze0021 | Mar 24, 2019 @ 11:48 PM | 3,085 Views
In 1080p 60fps - Here is the raw uncut footage of the 3S Test Flight of my new FMS Moa 1.5m Glider.

FMS Moa 1.5m Glider 3S Test Flight (7 min 6 sec)

Powered by a Tattu 3S 850mAh 75C lipo, weighing in at 80 grams. The CG was set to 57mm from the leading edge of the main wing. Flight Timer was set to 3:00 minutes (yes 3 minutes). Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter and using a Lemon RX DSMX 7-Channel Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver.

Personal modifications were as follows:

1) Eflite 30-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC (for safe 3S operation).
2) Custom-Drilled RX Diversity Antenna Exit Port (to allow for 90 degree separation).
3) JB Weld 5-Minute Clear Epoxy Coated Front Skid (for additional landing skid finish protection).

The rates and control linkage setup I used were as follows:

Aileron: 100% with 0% Expo - Control rod to the innermost hole of the control horn.
Elevator: 100% with 0% Expo - Control rod to the middle hole of the control horn.
Rudder: 100% with 0% Expo - Control rod to the middle hole of the control horn.

Lemon RX Stabilizer Gain Settings:

Aileron: 8:30 O'Clock Position
Elevator: 9:00 O'Clock Position
Rudder: 9:00 O'Clock Position

(I also increased the gain to an additional 50% on the Master Gain Knob of my Spektrum DX8 G2).

Additional Tuning Used: Throttle - Down Elevator Mix. First I trimmed the Moa for a "power-off" level glide. Then I assigned a switch on my Spektrum DX8 (G2) to add a 9% "...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Mar 17, 2019 @ 09:02 PM | 4,148 Views
In 1080p 60fps - Here is the raw uncut footage of the Maiden Flight of my new Eflite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic.

Eflite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic Maiden Flight (6 min 20 sec)

My Eflite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic has only 2 modifications from stock. I upgraded the stock 11x7 prop which weighed 27 grams, in favor of a much lighter 18-gram Xoar PJN 11x7 Beechwood prop. Secondly, the entire airframe has been coated with 2 applications of Minwax Semi-Gloss Polycrylic.

Powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C lipo, weighing in at 240 grams. Following the advice of RCG members, the CG was set to 70mm from the leading edge of the top wing, with the front of my 4S lipo battery lined up to the front edge of the battery tray. This CG location felt just right for this initial flight. Flight Timer was set to 4:00 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter. Control surface linkages were setup according to manual. The rates I used were as follows:

Aileron: 85% with 28% Expo
Elevator: 100% with 15% Expo
Rudder: 95% with 15% Expo

Note: With these initial settings my Eflite Pitts felt very responsive to the point of being twitchy (especially the Rudder), but was still manageable. Additional tuning will be needed for my flight preferences.

An interesting thing to note is that I've actually had my Eflite Pitts S-1S unassembled in pieces in my hangar since October of 2018. I had just about completed the polycrylic coating process, up until the fuselage. Of course life happened...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Mar 10, 2019 @ 08:11 PM | 4,220 Views
In 1080p 60fps - The Eflite F-15 Eagle 64mm EDF BNF Basic in the Splinter Camo is a perfect "twin" to my already excellent FMS F-15 Eagle V2 64mm EDF in Sky Camo.

Eflite F-15 Eagle 64mm EDF BNF Basic Flight (4 min 25 sec)

My Eflite F-15 Eagle 64mm EDF is completely stock. Powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C lipo, weighing in at 240 grams. CG was set rearmost to 85mm from the leading edge of the main wing at the fuselage. Flight Timer was set to 3:40 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter at 100% rates, with 24% expo to the Ailerons and 5% expo to both the Elevator and Nose Wheel.

Flight video footage taken with Mike's iPhone X on 1080p 60fps.

Thanks for the video capture Mike!

And as always, thanks for watching!

***CG TUNING UPDATE: After several more tuning flights, I found my CG of choice to be further back at 91mm from the leading edge (that's basically pushing my 240-gram Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C lipo as far back in the cavity where the front edge of the battery is lined up to the back roof edge opening of the canopy hatch. Doing this allows the Eagle to float in with minimal throttle management on final approaches, with no negative issues in flight. This was actually the CG I used in this flight video, not the previously stated 85mm.***