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Posted by AtTheCross | Jun 11, 2019 @ 06:00 PM | 6,997 Views
So I sold all my heli, plane, drone and FPV stuff to get into cycling about 7 years ago. Sill heavy into cycling (yeah another expensive hobby) but I'm getting a hip replacement and I'll be off the bike for a while.

So I bought a radio (Jumper T12, before knowing about the OpenTx feud) and a gasser plane (Slick 540). Apparently I have 3 planes stored at a buddy's house, and a guy at the field gave me a couple hanger queens (I also bought the gasser from him).

So I'm well on my way to getting back, even though my surgery is SEVERAL months out.

The pricing on everything is AMAZING compared to when I got out, entry level goggles $40???? No such thing 5 years ago!!

The learning curve is steep though, lol
Posted by AtTheCross | Jun 16, 2012 @ 08:52 PM | 30,449 Views
celebrated Father's Day today (Saturday), so went out to the field and flew from 6:00am to 10:00am! it was great had the flying field all to myself

I took the yellow goose with me too, but at the end of the first flight I had a boom support snap at the eyelet so spent the rest of the time flying the green goose.

got home and fixed the yellow goose, so the fleet is back up and running again

and to top the day off, my bride made me veggie lasagna AND she and my sons gave me enough $$ to pay for a new muffler (which I had already bought )

still pics courtesy of johnnycat500

Green Mongoose 6_16_12 (2 min 29 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Jun 03, 2012 @ 09:28 PM | 30,248 Views
Here's my gasser fleet Did the maiden today on the Green Mongoose!
Posted by AtTheCross | May 27, 2012 @ 09:24 AM | 30,335 Views
Here are my AirStar International Mongoose gassers:

Neon Yellow Goose: Zenoah G260RC, swinging 810mm mains and 120mm tail, GY611/s9256 on the tail and (3) Futaba s9551 on a 120 swash, Fromeco Arizona regulator with pin switch

Green Goose: CY29RC, swinging 830mm mains and 120mm tail, GY611/s9256 on the tail and (4) JR DS8311 on a 90 swash, Fromeco Arizona regulator with pin switch

Will get some 'recent' pictures, I took these yesterday morning and my yesterday evening the green goose received the CY29RC and a teflon exhaust pipe as the flex pipe was leaking.

having some tracking difficulties on the green goose, but hope to have it sorted by the end of the long weekend as well as having the new CY29RC broken in
Posted by AtTheCross | Dec 12, 2011 @ 12:01 PM | 31,040 Views
Love my fixed pitch Funcopter, added some night blades to it and it's even better!!!

Funcopter Night Flight (6 min 45 sec)


New Heli

Posted by AtTheCross | Jul 02, 2011 @ 08:05 PM | 32,664 Views
been wanting a gasser for a while, finally saved up enough, and found a GREAT deal on this heli.

it's an AirStar International Mongoose!
swinging 810mm mains and 110mm tail on a Zenoah 23 Motor
Posted by AtTheCross | Apr 16, 2011 @ 10:25 PM | 33,352 Views
Took a Walkera Enerco 500 class heli and put a Multiplex Funcopter head on it.

I know, I know, the whole a CP heli can be set up for FP, and CP is better than FP arguments. But for those that know me on the forum, know that I love FP

For the type of flying I do the simplicity and low parts count of a FP is PERFECT.

So here's a video of my 500 with a FP head and custom main shaft, everything else is stock Walkera.

here's my set up
cyclics (2) HS-5085mg (modded swash to except a 90 setup)
gyro Spartan 760
tail servo fugtaba 9254
6s 2650mah 20c

ATC's first 500 flight (2 min 1 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Mar 27, 2011 @ 12:31 AM | 32,977 Views
Here's a how-to video on modifying and installing a 500 class tail boom and tail rotor on to a Multiplex Funcopter.

Funcoptermods 500 Tail Modification How-To (8 min 57 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Mar 12, 2011 @ 07:02 PM | 34,284 Views
I was able to install a 500 class boom and tail pitch assembly on to my Multiplex Funcopter.

This is the maiden, no issues. There's no slop in the rudder like there is in the stock tail.

I had to make my own gear tube, to install the tail pulley from the kit i sell. You can't use the stock tail gear because the stock 500 tail pulley has too many teeth.

Here's the very first lift off with the modification. Since this video I have taken it outside, and it flew GREAT!

I will need to shake it down further (make sure everything is loctite etc) before doing a full flight.

Here's a video and some pictures


Posted by AtTheCross | Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:07 PM | 33,635 Views
This upgrade is not available anywhere that I know of, but it sure is sweet!!!

My left to right turns are a lot smoother now and feels more precise overall.

I put some 83mm 500 class tail blades, I have glow in the dark ones on it right now

Funcopter Upgrade: BT Tail Rotor Pitch Set (1 min 47 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Jan 22, 2011 @ 05:24 PM | 34,920 Views
crank up the sound

FP450 (0 min 55 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Dec 30, 2010 @ 09:45 PM | 33,434 Views
Just bought these mats from Harbor Freight, sorry they don't have a picture of it, will post one later.

Laid them out in front of where I work on my heli's, went for a test flight and brown out, did some checking of the heli, and battery, etc, etc nothing, still getting brown outs.

Went to shut off my battery charger, and I got a little zap, this never happened before, so I took out my static meter (yes, I have a static meter, I'm in electronics) and I was getting about 3,000 volts of static off the mats!!!

Now all the brownouts happened after installation of the mats, I had a great afternoon of flying (pre-mat installation) no issues (never had this issue). Thought I'd do some nite flying (post-mat installation) and that's when the brown outs started

Will post pictures of the mat and of the meter readings tomorrow

Just a heads up

pictures added all readings take on the same mat and at the same distance
Posted by AtTheCross | Dec 30, 2010 @ 02:14 PM | 34,355 Views
FINALLY got a flight in at the park with the CF flybar and CNC rotor head on my Funcopter!!!!

But wouldn't you know it, a bunch of kids showed up, so didn't get to fly, didn't think it was safe with all of them around.

Funcopter Upgrade: CNC Rotor Head at the park (2 min 31 sec)

free template of the flybar here
Posted by AtTheCross | Dec 13, 2010 @ 11:03 PM | 33,951 Views
There's a contest to see who can make the best video, a friend of mine, who is also my pastor loves to cart race, so here's his youtube entry if you like it, please give it a thumbs up (sorry for just a link, if I embed his video no credit given for the view on youtube)

It was pretty kewl, they let us go in before they opened the track and they allowed me to fly my helicopter inside with a camera on it while he was racing alone on the track!

now the bad news is that my stinking sony webbie does HORRIBLE with inside light and I didn't know until it was too late. So none of my footage made it into the video. but here's a couple of scenes very grainy because I had to over expose the video for anything to show up.

I brought two heli's with me and I had a mech failure at spool up on the heli that was intended for inside flying

so I was left with the other heli that was intended for outside shots of the building, but was too windy to fly at all.

the lighting was poor and had to fly with no canopy to accommodate for the camera, with no canopy it was VERY hard to keep my orientation straight end result, crash.

all the video that was used in the contest was shot with the ebay keychain cams which had zero problems with the low light, go figure.

here's a few scenes from the flight

heli footage cart racing (1 min 15 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Dec 10, 2010 @ 06:53 PM | 35,221 Views
For me, this was always the goal when I re-created the Ballistic Technology CNC Head for the Funcopter
Posted by AtTheCross | Nov 23, 2010 @ 12:40 AM | 34,644 Views
Using all stock Funcopter head parts with the exception of the upgraded rotor head and Z links. The Z links I'm using are from a Corona 120 which are IDENTICAL to the Funcopter Z links except they're bare metal instead of the painted stock Funcopter ones. I didn't want to spend $11.98 for stock Funcopter Z links

Funcopter Upgrade: CNC Rotor Head (2 min 0 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Nov 01, 2010 @ 12:12 AM | 35,678 Views
maiden of the new cnc tail case for my funcopter

Funcopter Upgrade: CNC Tail Case (2 min 48 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Oct 24, 2010 @ 07:59 PM | 34,049 Views
Got a lot of flight time this weekend, had a chance to practice some backwards flight and some tight turns, will get a real circle soon I hope

Tight Turns Backwards Flight (2 min 44 sec)

Posted by AtTheCross | Oct 09, 2010 @ 01:43 PM | 34,107 Views
my latest video from this morning.

My Funcopter with a TREX 500 canopy, TREX 500 ESP skids, Corona 120 black main blades, Corona 120 red tail blades. I also have some 3 CNC blade grips on there. According to my ‘How Fast’ I had a top speed of 30mph

Modified / Upgraded Funcopter (1 min 41 sec)