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Posted by Ron101 | Apr 10, 2016 @ 10:13 AM | 12,145 Views
As a long time RCG member some of you may have noticed I haven’t been around much over the last year and half. The reason for this is I landed a job building and test flying fixed wing drones, which has kept me very busy.

My passion for remote control planes started 24 years ago when I was 19, even further back with remote control cars when I was 10.
Like many of you it's been a life time of servos, soldering, gluing, and fun at the field. I started to dream of somehow turning my hobby into my job. That all changed when a Silicon Valley startup sent out job postings to my local RC club for a UAV engineering tech and test pilot. I applied and after several phone screens and a full day work shop interview, I was hired.

The company I work for is called Zipline, we are building unmanned planes to deliver lifesaving blood, vaccines and medicine to parts of the world that have poor infrastructure or are just very remote and hard to reach. I’m getting the opportunity to work we some of the brightest minds in the industry. Most of the folks I work with have studied at Harvard, Stanford, MIT and have worked at places like Google X, Space X, and Lockheed Martin. I’ve learned more about aviation in the last year and a half than my entire lifetime.

Not only have I had the chance to do what I love, but I also have a chance to show the world that UAV's/ Drones can be used to do good. Every day I see bad press for drones and worry about the result to the hobby I love....Continue Reading
Posted by Ron101 | Oct 24, 2014 @ 12:04 AM | 12,777 Views
Having a great time flying my Sbach 342.... worked on a video with some good onboard footage

Giant Scale Electric R/C Airplane in Oakdale - Sbach 342 (5 min 44 sec)

Posted by Ron101 | Jan 01, 2012 @ 02:02 PM | 16,450 Views
I've had many guys asking about my recent conversion. So here is a parts list and where to get what you need.

Dynamax Fan Parts -

Call Tom and tell him what you are doing he will get you all the parts you need. You don't need the whole fan, or if you have an old one you can convert it. The nice part about getting a new one from Tom is the new shroud doesn't have the cutout for the nitro motor and he is useing a stronger stiffer material for the higher power levels we are hitting. It's about $180 for the parts you need from him.

Dyn-E-Max center body-
Fred makes the nicest center body out there that will accept a large number of motors. It's $110

Tam Jets Spinner-Hub -
Tams hub is a work of art and one of the main reasons this fan can run to such high power levels and stay cool. It's hollow and allows for air to get to the shaft... it works like a heat sink pulling the heat away from the motor
a steal at $69 bucks

Neu Motor 1915 1Y with 8mm shaft- you can go through castle, Tam, esprit, anywhere you can find one. Most of the time they go for $315 bucks

So this setup will run you about $675 and an afternoon in the shop
I'm useing a Castle Creation ICE 160 HV2

Here is my bench testing video:

Ron-E-Max (6 min 35 sec)

I'm seeing 115 amps, 5100 watts and 16 pounds thrust
Total weight of the fan is 1 lbs 15oz... in my...Continue Reading
Posted by Ron101 | Nov 18, 2011 @ 10:18 AM | 16,830 Views
Hey guys,
So I've been asked many times over the years how can I plug in my high cell count setups with no spark? The anwser is useing a resistor to make a anti spark connector. Will tackle this issue in the first episode of my video blog Ronnie's House.
So sit back and enjoy a good laugh at my horrible on camera skills
I had fun making it hope you find it useful

Ronnie's House- How to make a anti spark connector (9 min 45 sec)

Posted by Ron101 | Sep 12, 2011 @ 08:36 PM | 24,110 Views
New Stu Max 80mm Fan Review **flight video added**

Iím lucky enough to get to do some early testing on the new Stu Max 80mm fan. With the Habu 32 being such a popular plane and the soon to be released F-4 this will no doubt be a very hot item. I have really loved my Habu 32 with many flights on it now, only complaint me and my buds have had is the sound, that shrill kills me. In fact I have stayed away from smaller planes just for the fact that until now there really hasnít been a good sounding smaller fan out there. So for us sound junkies our prayers look to answered. Itís no secret that I love Stuís fans his SM 110-52 has pushed my Spark around for nearly 100 flawless flights and I have enjoyed every minute of it; nothing funnier than having guys ask you ďis that a turbine?Ē ďWhat kind of fan is that? It sounds so goodĒ. So I canít be more excited to start the testing on this unit.

First off there are several 80mm setups available from Stu. The 6s-7s lite setup with a HET 700-60 (1738 KV) good for 2000-2700 watts and the hotter 7s-8s setup with the heat sink and a HET 700-60 (1485KV) setup good for 2000-3000 watts. I opted for the lite 6s version, I already have an ice 100 and I personally believe the habu is already a bit chubby for its size. The lighter wing loading makes for easy landings and I have a bunch of 6s packs already, easy to charge and fly.

Pulling the fan out of the box I was blown away by the overall look of the unit. The carbon fiber shroud,...Continue Reading
Posted by Ron101 | Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:07 AM | 19,717 Views
I did two flights on the Hawk yesterday. The video is made from the useable footage from those two flights. I had the wrong setting on the camera and it was my buds first time with the new camera. So we will get better footage next time. I was laughing when I edited the video everything I did that was cool was blue sky or blurry, lol, sure Ron.

Jet Legend EDF Hawk (5 min 51 sec)

Flight Report:

The plane tracks very well on the runway, doesnít want to leap in the air. So takeoffs are a non-event. Once in the air the plane needed no trim. The ailerons were too sensitive for my liking at 15mm so I cut back to 12mm for the second flight and liked that better. It cruises well at half power, when the power is off it wants to stop in the airÖlol... You can really feel the drag. Itís no Spark; itís a big heavy scale plane you have to keep up the power. Full throttle it sounds very impressive and moves right along, itís not super fast but fast enough to get a good rush. It may also look slower to me due to its size. The Hawk is very stable even in a good wind. That builds your confidence quickly.

Vertical? Wow! I did about 4 or 5 huge verticals that were missed in the video and it will climb straight out with impressive climb rate, I really didnít expect that form a 23.5 pound plane. It rolls straight and true. I did a slow speed fly by with flaps, also missed on the videoÖ. it needs no mix for full flaps and seems to fly pretty slowly. Both my landings were...Continue Reading
Posted by Ron101 | Jun 10, 2011 @ 01:24 AM | 19,181 Views
The maiden is finally out of the way!
The first flight was a handful until it was trimmed. Once trimmed it was just rock solid and such a great flyer. It feels so light on the sticks; you would never know its 26.5 pounds. The video is from the second flight, the plane is so over powered it’s not even funny. The entire flight is at Ĺ stick and less at some points. I’m going to drop from a 21x14 to a 20x11. That will pick up more speed and drop the amps. I’ll also run the 6500mah packs. The other problem having it so over powered is the sound system works off my throttle stick, so I’m at half power and hauling mail, but the sound system is at half power. Pretty sure the smaller prop will fix that. I’ll have to hold full throttle more (synchronized better with the sound system) and pick up more flight time, its short right now at 4:00 flying at half stick.
I also need to tighten up my tail wheel pull- pull setup, it stretched and is sloppy now… just need to do a few things to really dial it in.
The video just doesn’t do the sound system justice, it sounds amazing!! This thing sounds wicked, just like a mini mustang flying around. Sorry for the wind it was really picking up out there…
After I have it dialed I want to shoot a new video with no wind and me more comfortable with the plane.
So I’m on the right track now, I have the new prop here and will dial in a few things and get it back out… I can’t not wait to fly this thing at a warbird meet; guys are going to trip out on the sound system. So happy it flew great and have it home in one piece. She flies again soon!

Link to build thread:

GS Top Flite P-51 with Benedini sound system (5 min 47 sec)

Posted by Ron101 | Jun 04, 2011 @ 10:29 AM | 18,276 Views
The 2011 season here in California has really kicked off slow. Lots of wind and rain strange for us this time of year. But we had a pretty nice day yesterday and I feel I've got enough stick time to get some of these maidens I have out of the way.
Here is a video from yesterday

Fun Day Flying (5 min 24 sec)

Posted by Ron101 | Apr 29, 2011 @ 06:17 PM | 18,361 Views
Thought I would add my new Habu 32 to my blog. I have 7 flights on it and really love the way it flies. It's all stock, except the CC Ice 100 and TP 6s 30c 5000mah pack. I also removed the snakes and tinted the canopy.

Eflight did a very nice job with this model... it's a must have plane!
Mine came in nice and light at 6 lbs 9 oz.

It's going to need some mixing for knife edge and four point rolls, but beyond that flies great and lands slow (for a glass jet)
Posted by Ron101 | Dec 27, 2010 @ 10:07 PM | 18,805 Views
I was forced to take a big break from R/C the last couple months while we moved into our new house... I tell you this P-51 project has had more set backs then any other plane I've done. It will be nice to see the end of this project, not that I havn't enjoyed every bit of it. Just would like to move on to other projects.

So I'm settled and ready to start building! it's going to be a great 2011!
Hope you all have a great new year!

Posted by Ron101 | Jun 20, 2010 @ 11:31 AM | 19,583 Views
Hey Guys,
My bud Marvin (FlyBoyThe1) came out flying with me yesterday and shot some video of the P-47 for me. He put together a nice little clip for me.
He always does a great job. On the second pass watch for a bomb drop, now of course because we go to shoot a video one bomb hung up.. I'm pretty sure it's the end points on the servo so I'll get that fixed
I was fighting a pretty good cross wind also, and the hung up bomb was messing with my trim... but enough of my excuses here is the video

Top Flite P-47 Kit By "Pilot Ron101" (8 min 2 sec)

Posted by Ron101 | Apr 21, 2010 @ 10:14 PM | 20,057 Views
This is my Top Flight P-47
Really loving this plane! I did a little weathering and detailed the cockpit
it has scale pylons, drop tanks and bombs, robart retracts and struts, for power it has a hacker A 50-16L with a 17x12 APC prop, CC 85 HV with two 4s 30c 5000 mah pro power packs (8s total)

Wonderful plane to fly! I only have 6 flights on it as of now, just got it done but find it really easy to fly and land... Top Flight really did a nice job with this ARF! The Hacker gives it tons of power 1850 watts and it's 12 lbs ( a touch under)
Posted by Ron101 | Apr 21, 2010 @ 09:26 PM | 20,713 Views
Just adding all my planes to my blog this is my Tam Jets A-4
it has a Dyn-E-Max Scorpion Fan with a CC 110
12s 30c 5000 and getting ready to run 12s 35c 6500 next weekend

I've just loved this plane... it's a great flyer and looks really nice in the air
rock solid
I was lucky enough to get this plane on the cover of RC Jet's International

here is a video of it flying

TamJets A-4 SkyHawk With Dyn-E-Max Fan By Pilot Ron101 (6 min 21 sec)

Posted by Ron101 | Mar 23, 2010 @ 11:01 AM | 19,766 Views
Thought I'd throw up a few pictures of olders planes I've coverted to electric.

1.The frist is an Dietrich Extra 260 50cc sized. I'm running a Neu 1521 1.5Y with the P-42 gear box. It has a 24x12 or 22x12 prop depending on how I want to fly it. The 24x12 is better for a short high power 3D flight.. the 22x12 gives a longer fligth with a little less power. I run a CC 110 HV and 12s 30c 5000 mah packs.. all high end JR servos, futaba fasst RX and dual 6 cell 2300 mah nimh packs. It gives me about 4400 watts and a 7 minute flight. The power is just unreal and makes my friends with DA-50's trip out with all the power I have. It's 17 pounds ready to fly.. I have many flights and it's still going strong

2. Next is old trusty. It's a hanger 9 P-51 with a Hacker A50-12L on 6s 5000 mah with a 16x12 prop . It's the Miss America scheme. This has been the best little warbird, I still have it and fly it often. One of my best flying planes.

3. I sold this one... it was my first large EDF jet a cermark F-16. With the help of Electric Jet Factory we converted it to electric useing a DS-94 1527 neu motor, CC110, Cermark retracts and brakes. It was a great flying plane.. top speed around 135 mph. Flight times were pretty short due to lack of full ducting. I had a great time with it put 50 flights and sold it and moved on to other projects
Posted by Ron101 | Mar 22, 2010 @ 10:08 PM | 20,855 Views
I never do Blogs so I thought I'd start messing with it.
This is my Spark with The Stu Max 110mm fan. On 11s 30c 5000 mah packs.
Tam Jets landing gear and brakes. I love the setup and have had a great time with it. It's the only jet I have that can give me a 6:00 + minute flight on such low mah.

CARF'S Composite Spark With A Stumax EDF Power System Polit Ron101 (8 min 26 sec)

Stu Max/ Spark EDF Jet with music (5 min 19 sec)
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