Posted by Edge767 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 05:20 PM | 6,021 Views
I got a 3D printer a few weeks back and made myself some chocks.

The tables at our club field have carpet on them, so I put some velcro hooks on the bottom of these chocks so they will hook in and keep the planes steady. This will help to keep the planes on the table if a wind gust comes. I've had two planes get blown off the table before; hopefully, these chocks will keep that from happening.

The 3D models are available at Thingiverse for those who have a 3D printer.
Posted by marblekit | Sep 05, 2016 @ 04:35 PM | 7,687 Views
Here's the complete build video of the Eachine Tiny QX80. They don't include instructions on how to get the frame together. It's not easy....

Eachine Tiny QX80 Build (18 min 50 sec)

Posted by Trisnpod | Sep 05, 2016 @ 04:26 PM | 4,906 Views
I had an empty space in a shelf and I needed somewhere to store some of my small planes so I made the hanger hangar
I'm listening out for the crunch as it all come down though...
Posted by coreire | Sep 05, 2016 @ 03:33 PM | 4,427 Views
Lately Banggood have been releasing a lot of RC related products under the brand "Racerstar". I've used a few products from the line already including the Racerstar RS20A and RS30A BLHeli_s ESC's and found the quality of the products to be generally high, so I was very interested to try the BR2205 motors.
At the time of writing they're less than $8 per motor including shipping, which is a bargain if they perform well.

The packaging is basic but sufficient to protect the motors during shipping. The motor comes wrapped in bubblewrap in a Racerstar branded cardboard box. I wouldn't expect any fancy packaging with foam lining etc. at this pricepoint anyway.

The motors have a red anodized base and bell and come in both clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation options. They have arrows marked on the bell to indicate the direction and also have different coloured self-locking nuts for CW and CCW which is a nice touch.

In the package you get a motor, self-locking nut and 2 sets of screws for mounting the motor. You get 4 of M3x6mm and 4 of M3x8mm so depending on the thickness of the arms you mount them to, you can select the length you need.
Take care not to use the longer of the screws when mounting to a thin arm, as the screw could come in contact with the windings inside.
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Posted by dshy | Sep 05, 2016 @ 12:16 PM | 6,660 Views
This ABC 240z fairlady has a lot of great detail. Getting everything trimmed and fitted. I love seeing scale interiors and I'm going to try my hand at one for this body. I'm mocking up the pattern with card stock and hot glue before I put knife to styrene, already found some issues with my plan. Paper helps save money but doing the work twice might be more expensive in the long run. This will be my 1st attempt at building an interrior and 1st time using styrene, we will see how it goes. I went back and forth about what chassis I wanted to use this body for, I think it wiser to start from the floor boards and build up rather then starting at the dash and building down.
Posted by Jyester | Sep 05, 2016 @ 10:51 AM | 10,329 Views
This is a mini how to entry on the old Hobby zone champ that we've come to know and love. It's a great flying little plane with no bad habits, and can be used as a trainer for the first time pilots. I have started to hop-up this champ in hopes to compete against the Champ S. So the first thing you need to do if your champ is still in good shape, is open up the fuse. Be careful as not to peal of the tape and the paint at the same time it's "tricky" go slow!! Once open remove main board and motor/gearbox combo, leaving only the pushrods for the elevator and rudder. I had these laying around so I used them HK 5330 servo's they are small at 1.9g and provide plenty of torque for this plane. I cut a slot in both sides of fuse where the main board was situated. Doing this makes hooking the pushrods up easy as the arms are in the same spot as the linear servo's were! Next I found a small 5-10 amp esc and hot glued it to the fuse floor between the servo's and ran the power lead wire through the same hole that the original power lead passed through. I had a HK Rx415 rx which excepts the plug ends of the servo which I think are micro jst plug. You may need to purchase a connector if the signal lead wire on your esc is jr/fut style. I hot glued the rx behind the servo's as you will see from pics. This is as far as I got as i'm waiting on the 8mm brushless motor from horizon hobby to show up, this will not only add more power but also extend your flight times as your using...Continue Reading
Posted by Gary167 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 09:45 AM | 2,370 Views
Just got my xiro xplorer v just out of the box took about 30min to get it up
Few it 3 times and the next day got it ready for the 4 flight turned it on all of the LED lights all red steady burning anybody have any idea what's wrong thought it may be needed to upgraded i done that just like it's supposed to be done and still steady burning red lights
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 09:31 AM | 52,586 Views
If you have thought about building a very fast, agile, unique looking airplane, the Cuda is your plane. If you have never built a balsa kit and are scared it's too hard or takes too long, the Cuda is your plane. If you love adrenaline, speed, and having a plane that stands out in a sea of ARFs, the Cuda is your plane.

A customer decided to do a build thread on a kit he bought from us at Flite Fest. Check it out and enjoy the read!
Posted by basslord1124 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 09:03 AM | 3,807 Views
Wife and I recently made the trip out to Summersville, WV to check out Wally's Squadron for their 25th annual RC fly-in/airshow, Here's the video:

Wally's Squadron 8/20/2016 - Summersville, WV (5 min 57 sec)

Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 08:25 AM | 7,355 Views
I have a YouTube subscriber who has shown me some videos of a home brew fuel he makes with only Ethanol and castor oil. Where he lives in Germany pre-mixed glow fuel with nitromethane is quite expensive if even available. I have tossed around the idea of mixing my own fuel before, but never did because it really just isn't cost effective. I have a LHS that still stocks fuel at a decent price so why mix my own?

Well for an experiment I decided to mix some and try it out. This is the 'what if' scenario. What if all of my LHS closed the doors? What if I could not get pre-mixed glow fuel anymore? Well in this experiment I get an answer to the 'what if' question.

I went to Home Depot and bought a 1 quart can of Klean Strip Denatured alcohol. In addition I already have some Klotz BeNOL racing castor. I simply mixed 6.4oz of alcohol to 1.6oz of castor in a mason jar. I then just filled an 8oz fuel tank with this and selected two engines to run.

I choose my OS FS-30 Surpass and an OS 46 SF engine. I figured one 4 stroke and one 2 stroke would be a good starting point.

Well watch the video to see the results. It is quite interesting.
Home Brew Fuel Experiment: My 401st Video! (10 min 9 sec)

Posted by GBLynden | Sep 05, 2016 @ 02:40 AM | 3,753 Views
This video is for the new Losi 1/10 Scale Baja Rey 4WD RTR Desert Truck with AVC Technology. It shows clips of my buddy Odell ripping with it through through sandy dirt, jumping, and flipping.

Losi 1/10 Scale Baja Rey 4WD RTR Desert Truck with AVC Technology (4 min 39 sec)

Posted by Manuel Escobar | Sep 05, 2016 @ 02:22 AM | 2,986 Views
Flying quadcopters is for everyone. The SJ X300 makes a great starter quad.

Sj X300 Quadcopter - Great Beginner Quad! My six year old flying (3 min 11 sec)

Posted by Flyboys02 | Sep 05, 2016 @ 01:59 AM | 2,693 Views
We are building an Impala MP326 from scratch. We will be documenting the build to show our progress.

Clint's father built and flew one of the worlds biggest rc MIG25 which can be seen on YouTube. We are going to use the same techniques, just to build a different aircraft 2.4m long and anyone is welcome to join in and offer some advice on building the Impala, but it won't be to absolute scale. It will be more of a sport scale.

Hopefully it will be easy enough to fly and later on we can use it as a
semi-scale trainer plane for those people interested in flying using a 7-8 kilo turbine.

That's about it for now.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Sep 04, 2016 @ 11:54 PM | 3,863 Views
It's rare for anything to work when transferred to the final assembly. In this case, the sound was still perfect, but thermal management was gone. The 5V regulator was pegged at 93C. It took a major rework to add a heatsink to it. It's adequate for normal apartment use. The regulators & STA540 stay in the 50C range. For 20Hz sine waves at high volume, fuggedaboutit. The 12V regulator instantly jumps to 100C & shuts down.

There were definite compromises for cost. It would have more power with a PC power supply, but need a lot of space. A 19V laptop brick with linear regulator was the most compact. A lot of wires & heatsinks are flapping in the breeze. It's unsuitable for a vehicle.

Adjusting treble is a buster. The probe points for R1, R2, R3, R4 are shown. R1, R2 determine the treble. They're both 40k when the pot is centered. R1 or R2 is 62k when the pot is fully deflected. The resistances can be calculated by applying parallel resistor equations to the Baxandall schematic.

Bass can be adjusted visually, but the bass pots turn in opposite directions. Probe points for bass resistors are R3, R4. The EQ could be broken out to a front panel extension, but it isn't changed often enough.

The 12V regulator is adjusted with R5 & its output is measured at the cap terminals. Voltage must not exceed 16V or the caps will explode.

The output of the DAC is attenuated with R6, R7 before going to the front panel volume control. The...Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 04, 2016 @ 11:18 PM | 6,287 Views
It's been a long time coming but I am officially done with quads. I love them, I push them beyond their limits and usually don't stop till I crash. Then it sits on my bench for a week or two before new parts arrive and I rebuild.

That was a good and fine until sine things changed. I recently had a little girl and I can no longer take the time/money to crash, fix, tune and fly. Planes are just as fun to me and the time from crash to flying is quite short. I may end up getting back into quads but for the foreseeable future, I'm done.

Posted by Jimbo Sailor | Sep 04, 2016 @ 10:46 PM | 6,535 Views
Lots done on the 'E. Irene' this past week!
I am using this build as a form of stress management. As odd as it may sound, I actually use it as a form of meditation.
What I mean is that I calm myself down and approach this build by mentally scaling my thoughts down as if I was actually in the same scale as the boat...(They're coming to take me away ho-ho! They're coming to take me away ho-ho, he-he, HA-HA!)

By doing this, it has allowed me to build in wonderful detail! So, please don't think of me as being a show-off. It's far from it!

Everybodys own boat, as shown in your own blogs are perfect! They are made personally by you and represent your own desires and joy of building this beautiful design! And...ALL of them...are the BEST BOATS out there! ...Continue Reading
Posted by rinoki71 | Sep 04, 2016 @ 10:03 PM | 4,222 Views
3D Flips Flight test & corrections about "acro" mode which it doesn't have.

My 3D flight test of the XK X251 "Whirlwind"

XK X251 "WHIRLWIND" 3D Flips Flight Review (6 min 20 sec)