Posted by Just ShootMe | Mar 05, 2006 @ 08:06 AM | 4,486 Views
Posted by Jurgen Heilig | Mar 05, 2006 @ 07:54 AM | 19,695 Views
Then this model got the right name - FunJET from Multiplex.

Posted by GRW3 | Mar 05, 2006 @ 12:41 AM | 8,250 Views
Today I drove to Dallas and back. Well over 500 miles total. Why? Well my wife's baby and my youngest son is an aspiring actor and he had an audition he needed to be at.

As I was planning my route I had the brilliant thought (well, I had a thought anyway) to look up Dallas hobby shops and try find one close by. The one closest to the audition was Mike's Hobby Shop. I haven't been to any in several years but I some of them from the past. I knew this one was pretty well stocked and the web site said it was in a new, bigger location. So Mike's was put on the list to visit.

On the way I decided to stop in Waco to stretch my legs. I hooked it out to the Lake Waco flying site. I knew things had changed but I did not know by how much. What used to be a public access site was now gated (and locked on this cool day). This certainly has plusses for the club but it's also sad in a way. (I do remember being at events there where they had trouble keeping the general public out of the pits because they had a belief they could go anywhere they wanted at a public facility.) Traffic moved faster than I thought it would so I kicked myself for not looking up directions for Max Blose's shop.

After the boy's audition we drove the 10 additional miles north to Mike's. I'll diverge here to discuss the shortcoming of mapping iprograms like MapQuest. If you have the time, or inclination, you should double check the route with a competitive program. Today MapQuest had me exit and do a U-...Continue Reading
Posted by WinginIt Jr. | Mar 04, 2006 @ 11:17 PM | 3,549 Views
Info on my planes can be found here
Posted by slowracing | Mar 04, 2006 @ 11:10 PM | 5,074 Views


Posted by will p3 | Mar 04, 2006 @ 06:39 PM | 6,385 Views
more bling
Posted by OhioPete | Mar 04, 2006 @ 02:52 PM | 6,903 Views
I never thought I would ever get a heli. as it turns out these became available around the same time that I got a decent Christmas bonus at work. I decided to give it a try. I bought the heli at a local hobby shop along with a few extras. I got a second battery, replacement upper and lower blades and the "training wheels".
I've never flown a heli before and had no assistance other than reading the forums.
The first few flights were just small hops off my basement floor. I soon learned how to adjust all the trims to maintain a fairly still hover. I was having problems with orientation on my first few flights. I was always flying with the tail pointed towards me and concentrating on what the tail was doing, it seemed kinda awkward especially when the tail would start to drift one way or the other. I was always moving the left stick the wrong way to compensate. Suddenly it dawned on me that the left sticks movements matched what the NOSE of the heli was doing, suddenly it made sense! Move the left stick right to pivot the nose to the right and vise versa. From then on I got a lot better but was limited by my small area and low ceiling. I did 1 modification which was to open up the 4-n-1 case and cut a small hole in the canopy to allow air in. The "rudder drifting" issues remained but were a lot less than before. The theory (at least according to the writer here than appear nuch wiser than me in the area of heli's) was that the heat from the...Continue Reading
Posted by HACK | Mar 04, 2006 @ 02:28 PM | 15,191 Views
Flaperon Servo Picture

Here's a blurry pic of the dual servo setup for flaperons/spoilerons on the GWS A10.

As far as I have read, Flaperons and Spoilerons are the same thing: just up or down.

Does anyone have any experience with these? Should they be up or down for landing and what kind of elevator compensation is used?

Never used em before.
Posted by LannyG | Mar 04, 2006 @ 02:11 PM | 5,093 Views
My bad...
I just write that one should check everything and then I go out and fly and didn't properly secure the battery. Only a little velcro was touching where I had put the battery to get the COG right. I put some hunks of foam in there to kind of help out. wasn't enough. I was doing some pretty wild gyrations up a couple hundred feet and I see something white pop off the plane. I knew it was the canopy....then I see something black fall out...what?..... Its starts swinging and as I'm having difficulty controlling the plane I realize its the battery hanging by the wire. I really had to hang in there with the CG an inch aft at best and the battery swinging all around. Gotta get it under control and down before the wire lets go! Made it! I commend the soldering job done by and multiplex and the fit of the Ultra Dean's connectors.
I didn't check and think hard enough. Although I am kind of proud of getting it down in one piece.
Posted by Esprit440 | Mar 04, 2006 @ 10:18 AM | 5,009 Views
The first flights of my Sliver prototype this morning went poorly - about 5 seconds of flying and a rough landing that broke the tail off.

This model was meant for an EDF-40 ducted fan with 12mm brushless motor, but I discovered in the middle of building it that it wasn't going to balance properly. The fan was too far forward and the intake "ramp" on the underside precluded moving the battery back.

My solution was to finish the build, but convert it to a pusher configuration with a brushed motor way out back. I figured that I might was well see how it handled in the air before redesigning. I have a big heap of GWS CNC-12 motors that I've removed from EDF units that got brushless motors, and it was good to finally get some use out of one.

Everything balanced fine with a 2S 730mAh pack, flying weight was 3.5oz. The graphics were done with adhesive backed vinyl sign film. I bought this stuff a while ago and finally go around to using it with this model. It's much easier than painting and masking, but seems a little on the heavy side for a small model like this. Weight gain from the vinyl was 0.1oz.

Temperature this morning was 20 degrees with light wind so after arriving at my flying field I hooked up the battery and tested everything in the car, then dashed outside for a quick test flight.

First flight showed the model to be very tail heavy and yawing to the left, probably from prop torque. I moved the battery forward and the second flight was...Continue Reading
Posted by GRW3 | Mar 04, 2006 @ 12:45 AM | 7,934 Views
Tools again. After years of trying to use my hands, rubber bands, blocks of wood, etc., etc. I bought some clamps. While I lost some of them during my downtime, they were among my first tool purchases. With balsa, I don't like the spring loaded clamps. I want to control the amount of force on the parts. Don't forget to have some wood blocks to augment the force of the clamps.

The picture below shows the clamps on the shelf that I have the stereo on. The stereo is a high powered Pioneer that I run through a couple of cheap Pioneer speakers. It may seem like overkill but it was just sitting in the attic after being replaced with a superior Yamaha unit. I have a CD player and an XM satellite radio attached. I love XM radio. Top channels - Bluegrass, XCountry (Americana), Frank's Place (American Songbook), Classical, Fox News, NASCAR.

I keep a guitar in the garage to play while I'm thinking about my next action or just hanging out. It's a cheap Chinese Martin copy but it's pretty good for the money. I will also carry this guitar to the field with me. I plan to make a Porter Wagoner mod to the guitar in the near future.
Posted by Masked Pilot | Mar 04, 2006 @ 12:33 AM | 2,552 Views
I am still looking for some of the discontinued K. and B. Superpoxy paint. I want ONLY the clear and satyn catalyst. I use this stuff to put fiberglass cloth over balsa and plywood. for model boat and model airplanes.
If you have any of this stuff, I will buy or trade for other hobby items.
Regards, Robert. San Francisco. Cal. Thanks...
Posted by tadatuo | Mar 03, 2006 @ 11:12 PM | 4,773 Views
Here is my HPI RS4 Nitro car. Very sweet and fast. This was when it was brand new. Now I have a silver Supra body. They are kinda hard to keep looking nice!

Trex Pictures

Posted by tadatuo | Mar 03, 2006 @ 10:50 PM | 6,349 Views
Trex pics and modifications.
Posted by cessnajfb | Mar 03, 2006 @ 09:05 PM | 4,347 Views
I finally got some time to video my son's canard plane design that he got from Popular Science. This was my first attempt at editing digital video on the computer and it shows. I used movie maker that came with our pc. I love the sound on this model.

Here are my favorite weird effect ap photos.
Posted by DismayingObservation | Mar 03, 2006 @ 03:16 PM | 6,122 Views
Interesting...I've never felt the need to post to a blog before, but this is kind of cool.

As I write, the wind is blowing something fierce, not uncommon here. So much for practicing with the Blade CP. I'm still down one wrecked model airplane (my UltraFly Cessna 182) and I fear all three of my battery packs for my ParkZone J-3 Cub are toast. They served long and well.

Might tinker with the HPI Savage 25, an exercise in futility if ever there was one. I could go on forever about how much of a pain that truck is just to try and keep it running.

I must admit, this is a far more satisfying and friendlier place than Wikipedia. 20,000-plus edits. Six featured articles. Countless other original contributions. Protector of the weak, even. The site has at least two autistic users who contribute regularly and out of the hundreds of editors, I became the unofficial "welcome wagon" and mentor for these individuals. A nice feeling, actually. Spent two years toiling...finally had enough. Trolls and vandals galore. A naaaaasty troll did it for me. If the dweeb can gripe about me on his blog, I can gripe about him here. The meek may very well inherit the earth.

I hope to hear more from Charlie Hua over at UltraFly very soon. That's a class act if ever there was one.