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Posted by VicT | Yesterday @ 11:30 PM | 12 Views
Last time I flew I used an old 2200 3S that just did not have the voltage under full power amp load. So I was disappointed in Rapide’s climb rate. She glides fast and landing with spoilerons and full up still was too fast for me because I am used to flaps slowing me down. So I put away Rapide to finish up other projects and recently resurected Rapide. With success in programming my DX 9 and the Conscendo Advanced AR636 receiver for flaps and spoilerons I converted the Rapide to have the same flight mode features.

To solve the poor climb rate I installed an Admiral 2200 3S 45C pack with about 5 flights on my 102 inch Multiplex Cularis. I have been babying this pack for the last 5 charge cycles by selecting Lithium Ion (Lion) on my Hitech Black top charger. She shuts off at 99% and has about 91 percent capacity remaining (by LiPoly standards). So I don’t over charge and this should increase charge/discharge cycles and keep voltage up during load. I stop flying when I read 15 percent capacity remaining on my Smart Meter or ISDT on board battery capacity meter.

I took the old non SAFE RX out and borrowed an AR636 SAFE receiver from a Commander. The receiver wires face aft and to get proper control movement for Self Level I had to install a reverser on the rudder and right aileron. The RX is attached to Lite Ply (with 3M Dual Lock). The plywood plate slides in to the cavity above the wing sockets in the fuselage. The bind LED faces forward so I...Continue Reading
Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 10:58 PM | 37 Views
In this Tutorial Series we convert an EPP Chuck Glider into a Brushless Powered Acrobatic RC Glider ;-)

Tutorial Segment #1 - Canopy Part 1
Tutorial Part 1 - Glider EPP 48cm RC Conversion - Canopy (9 min 57 sec)


Tutorial Segment #2 - Canopy Part 2
Tutorial Part 2 - Glider EPP 48cm RC Conversion - Canopy (8 min 51 sec)
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Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 10:34 PM | 48 Views


As the image shows , I have some servos of various sizes ..

Plans are being made .
I have ordered some receivers ( Low voltage ? capable )
Anyhow , so on the cards is some testing 1s .. I want to see if any Rx can run 1s and if so just how low .. ( Be the plan )
Why ?
The other plan be to build ( DIY ) some DLG - HLG gliders around 700mm span .
I haven't built anything out of balsa in years , maybe decades .
So need to pick up a few things , the RC side is taken care off .
Might need a building board , maybe some sanding blocks , maybe some components like carbon rod and maybe epoxy paint .
Kind of forgotten just how easy it is to build a simple FF glider and how well they perform .
I built a tow line glider in my teens and it promptly flew away because ( well it went up and up and away ) .
Gravitated to control line after that .

After watching too much youtube , DLG can be really simple if you want it to .
So the plan is to explore that simplicity .


Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 10:13 PM | 67 Views
$4 Glider RC Conversion - Session 3 Test Flight 1

I'm now performing test flights of this fantastic little converted glider.
In this flight I'm testing the Mechanical Trim Adjustments I've made as well as Dual-Rate and Expo Adjustments for optimum performance ;-)
I'm also testing the installed Micro FPV System to make sure it performs well before putting on the FPV Goggles ;-)
This is Session 3 Test Flight #1

Stay tuned for more.....

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

$4 Chuck Glider RC Conversion - Session 3 Test Flight 1 (5 min 26 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 09:20 PM | 89 Views
Maiden Test Flight - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Updated Manual Flap System

Well, I finally received the parts I wanted to use for this Main Wing MOD.
The MOD included extending the Main Wing Trailing Edge and adding Manual Flaps.
This is an update to the original MOD as this one is more precise.

This is our Maiden Test Flight after installing the Updated Manual Flaps System.

Links the the WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Plane and Parts are listed in the Video Show Notes with links.

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

Maiden Test Flight - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Updated Manual Flap System (6 min 20 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Yesterday @ 08:17 PM | 81 Views
Halloa people

I didn't come across an owners / general discussion topic on this quad / drone, so now there IS one I guess
Is this the actuall quad with a FrSky sticker on it? Not completely.. I'm aware of one before this: the Frsky Apus MQ60.. a tyni-woops like quad..

SO! Now FrSky are going to be making a serious FPV quad of their own.. The Vantec BQ210.. Obviously BNF with a FrSky receiver..
Aparantly there is still $$ in making BNF quads.. One could be forgiven to think the market is kinda saturated (?)

Some pictures then





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Posted by tiretrax | Yesterday @ 07:09 PM | 110 Views
No editing frills here.
Just a raw upload of a fun little sloper.

DON'T build this RC Flying Wing! Troy's Instigator 33" Simple Slope Glider (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 07:03 PM | 142 Views
Tutorial Update - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Micro Plane Wing MOD Show & Tell

Well, I finally received the parts I wanted to use for this Main Wing MOD.
The MOD included extending the Main Wing Trailing Edge and adding Manual Flaps.
This is an update to the original MOD as this one is more precise.

Links to the the WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Plane and Parts are listed in the Video Show Notes.

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

Tutorial - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Wing Extension and Manual Flaps MOD Show & Tell (9 min 3 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 06:22 PM | 147 Views
Main Wing MOD Flight #4 FPV With a bit of Acro ;-) - WLToys F949 Cessna 182

This flight is Goggles Down and completely FPV.
This was a fantastic flight and the first FPV flight with all the MODS.
This will most likely be our final significant MOD to this plane.
We may post Tutorials on how this and other MODs we performed if many subscribers are interested.
We will also put up some tips on making the landing gear better, etc.
I think I have taken this plane as far as I'm going to and I am extremely happy at the end result.
I love this plane and the way it flies with the MODs we performed.
It is in my opinion a very much improved airplane from the stock version.
I will take all that I have learned with this plane and will be using that knowledge in designing our first "Glue & Fly Series" Micro Trainer ;-)
Stay tuned for more Tips and possibly Tutorials on this plane.


Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

Main Wing MOD Flight #4 FPV With a bit of Acro ;-) - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 (5 min 5 sec)

Posted by maddmatter | Yesterday @ 05:43 PM | 127 Views
So I added some new rc experiences in the past week. Still looking for more time but I was able to learn the Qx7 radio, add telemetry, and maiden my new stratosurfer. Yes it is a beginner plane and may seem like a backward step, but it is a new type of plane to me AND allowed me to start learning how to adjust my rig and mount a mini video camera. I used the runcam 2. So far I have had 9 flights. The 9th ended with a collosion with my dog yard fence and my plane as I tried to blue tooth on the video. I am learning though and hope to be posting flight video very soon.
Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 04:37 PM | 197 Views
Maiden FPV Flight - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Complete Brushless MOD!

OK, Line-Of-Sight flying of this brushless conversion was more successful than I had hoped ;-)
Now it's time to put the Micro FPV System on this plane and have even more fun!
Join me for the Maiden FPV Flight of the WLToys F949 Cessna 182 with the Complete Brushless Conversion.
After the flight I measured the LIPO voltage and it was at 7.49v.
I was hoping to get 5-6 minutes of FPV Flight but it looks like it's going to be 6-7 minutes, Yeah!

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

Maiden FPV Flight - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Complete Brushless MOD! (8 min 22 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 03:51 PM | 207 Views
Re-Maiden - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Complete Brushless MOD!

I was looking for an upgrade brushed motor and prop for this plane, however, I wasn't satisfied with the thrust on the ones I tested.
What to do now to give this plane more power?
Well, I decided to do a complete Brushless MOD on this great little plane.
I tested several Micro Brushless Motors with a 1S LIPO and was again disappointed with the amount of thrust.
On to 2S LIPO testing and Yeah! I found a good balance of weight, thrust, and efficiency ;-)
Joine me for the Re-Maiden of this great little plane now that it has a complete Brushless Power System.
If this is successful, I will be testing it again with a Micro FPV System ;-)

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

Re-Maiden - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Complete Brushless MOD! (9 min 9 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 02:58 PM | 263 Views
Tutorial - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Complete Brushless MOD! - Show & Tell ;-)

In this Tutorial I'm going to explain how I completed this Total Brushless MOD of the WLToys F949 Cessna 182.
The list of components I used are listed in the Video Show Notes with links to everything you should need.

Note: I could not find the exact prop I used, however, I would use a 4030 prop or cut down a 5030 prop.

If you're looking for an excellent flying Brusless Micro Trainer for under $70 BNF (Bind and Fly) look no further.
All it will take is a bit of work, however, it is well worth the effort.

Note: If you already have this plane your ready to begin....if you don't have this plane, ordering all the plane parts without the electronics will save you almost $20


Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

Tutorial - WLToys F949 Cessna 182 Complete Brushless MOD! - Show & Tell ;-) (16 min 14 sec)

Posted by tiretrax | Yesterday @ 01:35 PM | 295 Views
Well, after many years now of playing with flat foam as an alternative to hotwire cut wings, last weekend set the bar.
This is the simplest building wing, maybe in the world.
Made from a single layer of 6mm depron (or FFF or DTF).
A couple of cuts with a razor knife, a few bevels and throw a few pieces of packing tape at it, and you have a very acrobatic and fun flying glider.

I can't believe it is really this simple.
What was I thinking with all these other complicated desings!

The problem is, some of the elders, at the slope, really got upset over this wing.
Turns out that it works so good, that the flight envelope is nearly unlimited, which really seems to screw up, the boring "S" pattern that less capable planes need to fly in! Darn things almost caused a fight and even got a fellow sloper, assaulted.

So Stephan, apply named it, THE INSTIGATOR!

When you see people having this much fun, it is sure to piss people off! LOL

Here's a video made by Mark, of last weekends exploits and this new "instigator" wing.

Slope Soaring Dave's Beach, Carlsbad, California (1 min 56 sec)

Posted by Redwing RC | Yesterday @ 12:40 PM | 304 Views
It is exciting to announce the Re-Launch of Redwing RC and the continuation of the Redwing brand. The goal is to focus on the core products that made Redwing RC one of the most popular brands in RC, providing exceptional custom designed aircraft for the hobby. We will offer the Strong Design 30cc and 100cc aircraft initially focusing on Redwing's expert designs that gave Redwing RC the reputation of quality products known for their value, performance and reliability.

The inventory on the website is growing weekly and we are working with the factory to get a container of kits on the water ASAP (last estimate was mid Sept kits complete but then need to ship to the USA). The kits will include the 100-120cc Extra SC v3, 30cc Edges, 30cc Slicks, 20cc Redwing Edge 540 (profiles) and several prototypes for future offerings. Let me know if there is something that you are looking for or if we can help you. Please like our Redwing RC FB page to learn about new products and availability.

Happy Flying and Safe Landings…..
Jeff Mitchell
Email: jeff@redwingrc.com
Web: www.redwingrc.com
Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 12:15 PM | 635 Views
My Maiden FPV Flight with this Converted Glider ;-)

The project is complete....
The Test Flights completed...
The Mechanical Trim is good...
Time to have some Fun Flights now via FPV ;-)
This is my very first Googles-Down FPV Flight of this Converted Chuck Glider ;-)

Stay tuned for more.....

$4 Chuck Glider RC Conversion - Session 5 FPV Flight 1 (5 min 39 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 10:43 AM | 675 Views
The Pilot's Lounge - Episode #7 - Product Updates, Projects, Reviews, Tutorials, & DustOffs!

The Pilot's Lounge is where we share information and news.
First, I want to thank all of you that have used our Affiliate Links to order products.
This is a huge help and enables us to work on projects we would have to delay until our budget would permit.
In this episode we have some info on What's In The Pipe! Product Updates, Projects, Reviews, Tutorials, & DustOffs ;-)
About half of our Patreon Content is Freely Viewable! Check it out! https://www.patreon.com/groundcontrolrc
I see some of you are viewing our Free Media on Patreon! Good for you!
If you like what we do you can help by becoming a Patron!
Stay tuned for future Episodes with important information and news.

**Note: I have just received some Servos that I think will work in the Volantex Super Cub to turn it into a Plane with Flaperons.
If that is successful we will post a Tutorial and Test Flights of this MOD to the Volantex Super Cub.
I can't wait to get that Plane back in the Air ;-)

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

The Pilot's Lounge - Episode #7 - Product Updates, Projects, Reviews, Tutorials, & DustOffs! (16 min 36 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 10:04 AM | 711 Views
RC Tip #16 - Hobby King Focke Wulf FW190 Kit Plane Landing Gear Fix

This is a great flying plane, however, the Landing Gear have some issues.
First the wire is either to soft or to small of a gage of wire.
When landing on bumpy ground the Landing Gear will bend back from it's vertical position.
The wheels also will turn in or out with minimal force.
In this video we will fix those issues.

Our Video Show Notes provide Links to this plane and components.

Build, Fly, Crash, Repair, Rinse & Repeat!

Happy Flying!

RC Tip #16 - Hobby King Focke Wulf FW190 Kit Plane Landing Gear Fix (3 min 19 sec)

Posted by Tim Green | Yesterday @ 08:58 AM | 668 Views
Flying Seniors - Geeze Louise

This week, I flew a couple model planes – sucessfully. A 2m glider called the Pulsar. And a 1.5m cub-like model called the Tundra. (Been flying nothing but drones since 2010.)

Where a month or so back, I decided I was too old to fly planes - after crashing the never flown before Tundra – right there in front of the Geneva RC Club membership - with family in attendance. I put on a game face, as I carried the wreckage off the field. Hearing one old timer remark that it looked like it was flying nose heavy. Old timer? Really? I’ve got to be one of the older guys at the field – Geeze.

Thinking back over that embarassing bit, especially the “old timers” remark – and accessing the plane’s behavior while I was trying to land – it just wouldn’t glide – yeah – it could well have been a bit nose heavy – meaning - I didn’t finesse that while figuring out where to mount the battery (battery placement is how we control COG (Center Of Gravity).

So – I finally finessed it – and yeah – the battery wants to be 2” further back from where it was – to balance in the middle of the COG. In that Tundra.

And that Tundra, the one with the batt 2” further back – it flies like a sweet heart.

But Geeze - I use to finesse the COGs in my planes – AND - the old ones that I setup back in the day – all still fly well. But .....Continue Reading