Posted by Old_Pilot | Today @ 05:39 PM | 633 Views
Spent two days covering the wing.....Almost 2 rolls of yellow...orientation strips on the bottom.

The white splotches are reflected light
Posted by JIPPERR | Today @ 03:09 PM | 1,113 Views

When it comes to FPV the better you can see the faster you can go! Which is maybe why we see so many fast street vehicles and crawlers out there. Camera shake tends to limit speed over rough terrain. Larger vehicles have less of an issue with this, but will eventually experience it if driven towards the limits of performance. The solution I've found is to use a gimbal to smooth out most of the motion of the vehicle, also this can be configured to accept RC inputs for pan and tilt. The only limitation is that if the car rolls over the gimbal needs to be reset, however this can be done remotely, itís not so bad. I'd love to write a step by step on how to duplicate my setup but thatís a bit much at the moment. Instead this is here to let you know that IT WORKS. The gimbal essentially mimics what your neck would do if you were sat in the vehicle, stabilize your head and eyes.

End up with something like this:

IT WORKS REALLY WELL! So do it, here are some general working principles to help ensure your success. Maybe I'm missing something but I can't see a better way to drive fast off-road FPV, even slow crawling over rocks is way more enjoyable as the view is not rolling around all over the place.

A search on aliexpress for 'storm32 3 axis gimbal' will pull up multiple sellers letting these units go for under $100CAD. The specific Storm32 board version I have experience with is 1.3x, it works and itís the only one I've used so...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Today @ 01:26 PM | 1,443 Views
Hello again, Good People!

This Blog Post is about using today's modern Light Spackle products (in this Blog, I used 3M brand) and Touch-Up Paints (Acrylic) on foam models that are those prized members of our fleet and perhaps more than 10+ years old. This applies to hangar rashes and light crashes as well.

In this example, I am using a model that I recently acquired and learned that I am essentially the fourth (4th) owner and it is known as the E-Flite P-51D Dallas Doll Mustang and customized in German Captured Clothing. This is a good example because the model was customized from the very first (1st) owner way back in 2014.

Here's one post that I found from the First (1st) Owner of this model I am using to provide a better appearance due to time, hangar rash and other issues such as using the wrong type of Paint that damages this foam, for example.

Okay, I have broken down at

Inspection & Preparation:

Just take your time and look over the model carefully. I observed that the Left Top side of the Horizontal Stab was damaged due to the Yellow Paint "Type" used on the customization for having it look as the German Captured Trainer unit. Also, the Side and Bottom frontal FUSE area (Below the Engine Exhaust Blisters) had the same type of damage of contact with the wrong type of paint.

I found some voids (Foam cells that had too much separation) and indentations (handling & Hangar Rash)...Continue Reading
Posted by scousethief | Today @ 01:08 PM | 1,355 Views

W.I.P. : I will get photos and video etc when it stops raining. The buggy is similar to the previous Wltoys 1/28 , 1/28, 1/18 cars so should handle a little mistreatment , it will be interesting to see if it can handle abuse over a period of time ( off road jumps etc ). As this model is well over a year old there are plenty of videos to watch expanding the cars life with brushless motors etc so i will link to a few of them until i can add my own.


Model: 144001 1/14 scale off road buggy
Approx speed: 60km/H
Oil filled shocks
4 Wheel Drive
Front and Rear Differential
Front and Rear adjustable Toe-in/Toe-out
ESC: brushed ESC combined with 2.4ghz receiver
Motor: brushed 550
Battery: 7.4v 1500MAH

Frequency: 2.4G
Battery: 4XAA battery(not included)
others Charge time: 3h
Using time: 7min
Control distance: 100m
Function: forward,backward,left,right
Proportional control: proportional control

Size: 31*20.5*11cm
Package size: 41.5*23*15cm
Weight: 1800g


You can choose the follow cars too:

Wltoys 144001 7.4v 2600mah Battery Two Or Three Battery Version

Wltoys 144001 7.4v 1500mah Battery Two Or Three Battery Version

Wltoys 144001 7.4v 2600mah Single Battery Version

The old version and the new version will be delivery in random.The new version car's on/off is on the ESC,but the old version is in dependent.

1. The chassis of the car body is made using high-strength aluminum alloy.
2. High efficiency 550 strong magnetic motor.
3. Zinc alloy gears, strong wear resistance.
4 .Using hardware oil pressure shock absorbers.

Package includes:
1*RC Car
1*Rechargeable battery(built-in)

Wltoys 144001 1/14 2.4G 4WD High Speed Racing RC Car Vehicle Models 60km/h (1 min 25 sec)

1:14 Race buggy for under $90, WLtoys 144001 full review (16 min 0 sec)

Posted by phil alvirez | Today @ 12:40 PM | 1,453 Views
who can provide data on being chased by a hawk or whatever?
i ask because i got chased by a hawk.
i was flying my 2 meters electric glider midmorning. when climbing i noticed a bird following my plane but quit when i was near 200 meters.
then i got into a thermal for a while but when lost it and reached 100 meters here the bird came back, this time to remain following my plane and attacking it, sometimes getting very close. i changed direction but here it came until landed. the bird landed at a place so next flight i avoided that area and it did not chase my plane again.
could be that it was nesting?
any1 with experience with something similar is welcome.
here are some videos showing attacks:
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Today @ 11:06 AM | 1,740 Views


Posted by RC Roundtable | Today @ 08:40 AM | 2,420 Views
Episode 138: "The Best of BEST" is now live!

In this episode, the gang talks about all the fun they had at the recent BEST event in Houston.
-BEST Returns (6:15)
-New Creations (14:35)
-Fitz's Autogyro (30:05)
-Plywood Overcast (37:50)
-Sparky's Twin Otter (48:40)
-Saturday Fun (1:00:30)
-Fitz's New Project (1:20:30)
-Lee's List (1:26:00)
-Lee's P-47 (1:33:40)
-Fitz Glamps (1:53:00)
-Phlat Update (1:57:20)
-NEAT Corrections (2:00:45)
-1/2A Projects (2:11:00)
-Wings Over Houston (2:26:30)

You can visit our website at to listen over the web or download an MP3 of the show. Or, you can subscribe to RC Roundtable on iTunes.

We would love to read your comments and ideas. Please drop us an email: [email protected].
Posted by GonzoBorinquen | Today @ 08:09 AM | 2,566 Views
After this engine test, the engine started to give problems. In this startup process, the engine had to be above half throttle to start. After troubleshooting, replacing the muffler to have access to the idle needle and opening it a bit, the engine continued with the same fault. Would not start at idle or with throttle below half travel.
After a while, it stopped starting at all. Fuel was getting to the combustion chamber. As a matter of fact it was very wet with gas. Checked the spark and it was very weak. The battery voltage was perfect. Eliminated the ignition switch to insure that the juice got directly to the ignition.
Just purchased a new CH ignition and will try it next week. Hope that was the problem.

A video of the FW 190 A "Schneewittchen" taxing while the engine still ran.

Blanca Nieves (2 min 28 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Today @ 07:52 AM | 2,714 Views
"Super Sunday"

Usually, the Sunday morning of the last day of the Small Model Airplane Lovers League Fly-In will see the gang packing up their gear and maybe sneaking in some last flights before hitting out for home.

The place is typically deserted by noon or earlier, but for some of the local members bringing their larger planes out to fly.

Not this time. Maybe because Saturday flying was hampered by winds on the backside of a Friday night storm front, a BUNCH of model airplane flyers stayed through to fly in the perfect weather of Sunday.

This Sunday crowd could have passed for a standard gang to be expected on any of the "Prime" days of a S.M.A.L.L. Fly-In. The Planes, and Helicopters, and Drones, and Rockets/Rocket-Assisted Planes kept Sky Tiger Field hopping 'till late in the day.

I'll be editing photos and videos of the whole event for a while after I get home, but here are a few snapshots and early videos of the fun on Sunday:

Steve's Retro RC 1951 Flying Wing (3 min 11 sec)

A 1952 Mac's Robot Antique Model Airplane at Fall S.M.A.L.L. 2021 (6 min 43 sec)
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Posted by eagle60 | Today @ 04:14 AM | 3,761 Views
It is about 2 years now that I have this model. The plan has been downloaded from internet (but I will also supply it here) and resized for 55 cm (22") wingspan.
A friend of mine built a cnc cutting machine so he cut the deprom for me (all pieces in depron 6 mm). I did assemble it and finished with the german colors.

Main features are :
motor 2204 - 2300kv ( got from banggood sale)
prop 5x4.5
ESC BlHeli 30A opto
UBEC 5V - 3A
servo 2x 9gr.
receiver Orange
weight 175 gr without battery
battery 3s 1000mAh

Video has been shooted with zoom 2x and I must recognise that I am improving in keeping plane in the frame.

MIG 29 (5 min 1 sec)

Posted by Captain Canardly | Yesterday @ 10:39 PM | 5,982 Views
Thanks to Jim and Jason, I have the most important part of my internet life recovered!
Now this old fart gets to learn how to attach hold in your hand pieces of information to the world of SSD! I'm not sure if that gets a frown or a grin, but it's a grin status now!
More torments to come, as Missy has most of the shots called on the scheduling!
Posted by lawrence4 | Yesterday @ 10:33 PM | 5,956 Views
Albedo Maiden Flight (9 min 54 sec)

Plan download from:

Wingspan 1186mm ( printer error )
Length 920mm
Height 128mm
Surface :†24dm≤
Weight 593g
Wing load :†24.6 g / dm≤
Motor DUALSKY ECO 2212C 980KV
Receiver STORM S603 DSMX 6ch
Servo EMAX ES08AII 8.5g * 3
Propeller GWS 9050
Battery 3S 2200mAh
Matek micro BEC 5V 1.5A
Posted by JIPPERR | Yesterday @ 03:02 PM | 9,386 Views
Hi All, I've decided to use this space to summarize my experience building a FPV rc car using a commonly available 3 axis gimbal to stabilized the camera.

My project goals are:
  • High speed off road driving
  • 3d vision with depth perception
  • Ability to look around with pan tilt
  • Short to mid range FPV driving
This blog will go into a bit of depth on certain elements of this build, primarily the gimbal setup. For more up to the moment to moment snippets check out my instgram and youtube

Instagram: jipperr_rc

Here's a little taste of the results:
TRICLOPS HD - 3 Axis Gimbal - FPV RC Car (7 min 8 sec)

Posted by aben71 | Yesterday @ 01:57 PM | 9,641 Views
Posted by Old_Pilot | Yesterday @ 10:14 AM | 11,082 Views
Getting ready to start covering...but first I had to make the wing-to-fuse fairing.....
stacked up (8) individually cut (CNC) profiles, glued them together, and then to the top of the wing.....
not bad for Mr. Thumbs
Posted by aero nishi | Yesterday @ 09:45 AM | 11,278 Views
Toothpick FC on RC Factory Yak 55 (0 min 26 sec)

This time I installed Happy model CrazyF411 on RC Factory Yak55. The CrazyF411 is a receiver, ESC, OSD and F4 FC. It also has 20A ESC output and 1.5A BEC output, which are enough for 80cm class foamy airplane.

○Servos and Motor Connection
3 Servos were connected to LED_Strip, TX2 and RX2 pads and the motor was connected to M1 connector of the FC ( See the connection diagram ). Betaflight CLI commands I used were as follows.

resource led_strip 1 none
resource serial_tx 2 none
resource serial_rx 2 none
resource servo 1 a00
resource servo 2 a02
resource servo 3 a03
mixer customairplane
smix reset
smix 0 2 0 -100 0 0 100 0 # aileron
smix 1 3 1 -100 0 0 100 0 # elevator
smix 2 4 2 100 0 0 100 0 # rudder
set servo_lowpass_hz = 5
set small_angle = 180

○Roll Rate
Betaflight controls the angular rates of the plane according to the stick inputs. By default, it is set to a maximum of 667 deg / sec, so if you do not increase this, the rotation rates of Yak55 will be limited. Use RC Rate or Rate in Rateprofile Settings to increase the rotation rates. In the video, the maximum roll rate was increased to roll the Yak55 at 900deg/sec.

〇Modified Horizon Mode
I attached a hex file of auto hovering code for CrazyF411 based on betaflight 4.2.9. It will keep the plane vertically in horizon mode. No warranty. You can override the control even if in the mode. I like outside loop with the mode on. Simply by releasing the sticks, it will return to hovering(See the video). Have fun.

Model : RC Factory/Twisted Hobbys Yak55 V2
FC : Happymodel CrazyF411 AIO F4
Motor : T-Motor AT2306 KV1500
Prop : GWS EP-9060
Servos : EMAX ES08DII x 3
Battery : BETAFPV 450mAh 3S 75C Lipo
Size : 80cm(W) x 78cm(L)
AUW : 224g
Posted by phil alvirez | Yesterday @ 06:57 AM | 12,320 Views
found this article on the differences interesting. i hope you find it too:
and this too:
well, from this thread i got some comments at the end that seems as it is not so good after all. look
Posted by GBLynden | Oct 17, 2021 @ 07:07 PM | 16,564 Views
This is my Unboxing of the Arrows RC Bigfoot 1300mm RTF With Vector Stabilization. It is very cool entry level STOL RC Plane with everything you need in the box!

Arrows RC Bigfoot 1300mm RTF With Vector Stabilization STOL RC Plane Unboxing (8 min 7 sec)

Here are my Review Notes:

- RTF kit with everything you need to get into the air
- Two different flight modes
- Plenty of power on 3S
- All-terrain tundra tires for multiple surfaces
- Excellent set of lights
- Flaps with nice deflection
- Great presence

- The tires are likely to bounce on pavement, especially for a beginner.

Link to RTF Arrows Bigfoot:

The link in this description is an affiliate link. It gives me a small commission on sales which helps support the channel and keep it independent.
Posted by Rockitglider | Oct 17, 2021 @ 02:27 PM | 18,702 Views

I made it up to the hill after a long time of not going. I'm hoping to start a regular pattern of flying like I used to. I'm hoping everyone else will do it more too. Here's some shots from my new camera from Saturday, Joe, Paul, and Mike were there too, and the pics are of they're planes. The weather was nice not too hot, low humidity. I have also included a link to all the shots from Saturday with the Hawk and Egrets included. Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 17, 2021 @ 12:02 PM | 19,376 Views
Just an amazing morning in Central Florida for an Amazing RC Model and it is a crying shame this model is discontinued.

After working on it throughout the night, replacing the Stock ESC to the Castle Creations Thunderbird 36-AMP ESC and touching up on the paint after filling in some void areas on the Foam, this morning I was able to maiden the model on my watch!

Performed just what I had expected after watching my buddy who had one a couple of years ago. It performed Cuban-8's, Hammer heads and some inverted flights. Of course this following Video shows the second (2nd) flight as the maiden was great as well it was recorded in just too low of light.

Oh, yes, the only reason that I changed out the Stock ESC was because it came with a Battery Connector that I just didn't have (Converter).

Okay, here is the Video:
E Flite P 51D Dallas Doll in GERMAN Captured Clothing 10-17-2021 (4 min 21 sec)