Posted by benjamin presten | Yesterday @ 10:03 PM | 534 Views
An alphabetical stroll through the history of aviation. Day 18

Rearwin Cloudster:

Now a lesser known classic lightplane, the Rearwin Cloudster was once a popular high performer. In the late 1930s, Rearwin was already enjoying two successful designs, the Speedster and the Sportster. With side by side seating seeming to be a more popular seating arrangement, Rearwin wanted to develop a new airplane to accommodate the demand.

The Cloudster first flew in 1939 powered by a 90hp Ken-Royce radial by the name “Rearwin Coupe.” The Coupe was modified to have a 120hp Ken-Royce and was launched into production under the new Cloudster name. The 120hp Cloudster was a typical high wing tail-dragger with control sticks rather than the somewhat typical control wheels in most side by side designs. It sat two in the front row and in the later models featured a very unusual sideways facing rear seat for a third person to tag along.

The Cloudster was a fairly good performer with 120hp and took well in the market. It had a nice total production run of 125 airplanes. It found service in a few different markets as well. Pan American Airlines purchased 25 of them with a modified tandem seating arrangement. The rear seat featured a removable instrument panel and blackout curtains so that the student could fly on instruments while the instructor maintained forward visibility. Iran also used a few Cloudsters in their military with a single 30 caliber machine gun mounted to the right...Continue Reading
Posted by checkerboard67 | Yesterday @ 09:06 PM | 657 Views
Posted by ShonanBeachRC | Yesterday @ 09:04 PM | 673 Views
This is the initial setup for my Tamiya TT-02 to Short Course Truck/Monster Truck Conversion!

More on my website: https://www.shonanbeachrc.com/rc-car...ck-conversion/
Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 06:11 PM | 1,258 Views
XK A430 is sorted (5 min 47 sec)


This plane is the little drama queen ! ( Bad drama )

Anyways : Took it out this morning just in time for some wind , but the A430 handled it rather well .

Recommendations :
A) If you have an itch for the A430 , I would suggest a multi protocol Module or transmitter .
B) All control links should be moved to the outer most hole on the control horn .
C) At least 50% Expo to start with
D) THe Ailerons on mine were super sensitive and I have 35% rates and 85% expo for 3D mode

Flight trimming :

A lot of people seem to have issue with trimming these , and I would highly recommend the 60's method of adjusting the control rod length via the clevis . If your model hunts the ground , give some up elevator by giving the clevis a few twists in the correct direction . Tune the A430 VIA analogue and be rewarded for your effort .

Once sorted :

6G mode , is so easy . For such a small model - and it is small ! It flies really well and has very good power .
3D mode , for me my A430 was so twitchy as to be almost impossible to fly . The ailerons were so sensitive ... Now that the ailerons have been de fanged ( 35% rates / 85% expo / control rod at outermost hole ) , I can actually fly the A430 in a much more relaxed way . Today , a A430 was actually more fun than challenging , even with the wind .

The A430 has been a learning experience for sure . ( Heck , I even broke it's neck )


Posted by tstanfordjr | Yesterday @ 01:39 PM | 2,229 Views
Parrot Disco and sky controller to not communicating
Free flight pro says no Internet connection when trying to connect the sky controller and the disco it actually looks like it is connecting there’s a checkmark and then it goes read the sky controller light is blinking red after initially been green for just a second and the Disco is flashing green over and over
Posted by DutchRC | Yesterday @ 12:05 PM | 2,636 Views
Halloa poeple,

short test-video this time! And it's not even a new product (new to ME though :P)

in this video I'll comparing iFlight's Crystal antenna setup to the stock DJI antenna's..
Mostly for myself I must say but in case you're interested in these antenna....

Link to them: iFlight Crystal antenna

iFlight Crystal (me.....) DJI Digital Antenna's - Review :) (12 min 56 sec)

Posted by GroundControlRC | Yesterday @ 10:24 AM | 2,870 Views


Eachine Micro SkyHunter 787mm Wingspan PNF - Last Setup Test Session! It's Golden! Here's My Setup!

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My Setup File for the Eachine / SonicModel Micro Skyhunter 787mm Wingspan
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Here is a link to the Video:
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Here is the PLaylist for the Eachine/SonicModel Micro SkyHunter:
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Racerstar Racing Edition 2205 BR2205 2300KV 2-4S Brushless Motor Red for 220 250 RC Drone FPV Racing - Clockwise Screw Thread
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Htirc Hornet Series 12A 2-4S Brushless ESC With 5V/2A BEC
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4X SG51R 5g Plastic Gear Digital Micro Servo
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10pcs Gemfan 6030 ABS Direct Drive Orange Propeller Blade
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Posted by NobatteryNopower | Yesterday @ 10:23 AM | 2,906 Views
To continue this path of using a PWM-PPM converter as an trainer-input, I've come up with something

Prototype of throttle and brake/reverse pedals over one channel:

- Exhanged the rotary potentiometer of a servo tester with a fader/slider. I used a 10K fader but woud prefer 20K-ish as the original potentiometer.
- Effective range of the fader should be better. I'll have to look into this more.
- The heavier the sliding base of the fader, the better I think. To avoid being pulled up by quickly releasing the pedal(s)


RC Throttle & Brake/Reverse pedals (0 min 17 sec)

Posted by jimbo12 | Yesterday @ 10:04 AM | 3,023 Views
I like gliders with big fuselages. I have F3F racers and thermal sailplanes with barely enough room to fit a 17650 battery. I have not flown this one yet. Its heavy at 5kg. I plan to use a short bungee to launch it off the slope. I may add provisions for aero towing too. I considered putting a motor in it, but decided to keep it a pure glider. But I could retrofit a motor later.
I got a custom set of graphics for it. It really came out cool.
Gliders-IT is an Italian company. The owners bought X-models a while back. The sailplanes are made in Poland and the quality is quite high. But these are not easy models to build. They consider the control horns and bulkheads (formers) to be an accessory. You have to pay an additional 50euro for the kit. Since I bought the model from the USA dealer (Soaring USA) I ordered the kit directly from Italy, I ended up spending $100 for the wood parts and G10 control horns. Decent instructions or drawings do not exist. The kits are for builders with some experience. I have a Mibo Swift and it was similar, but I found plenty of build logs on a German forum (RC-Network). If my Bhyon flies like the Swift I will be very happy.
I tried to research the origins of this airplane. I think it was an Italian design that started out as a built up balsa and plywood model. Then a fiberglass fuselage was added, and eventually ended as a fully molded airplane. The flaps and ailerons are still old school top hinged. I add tape to seal the gap....Continue Reading
Posted by trevorires | Yesterday @ 08:17 AM | 3,190 Views
Just wanted to give you an update on the iRES 2M project.
Please take a look at the pdf..Main fuselage section is nearing completion (design).
I will be working on the tail section mounting and rudder/tailplane next.

I have had a very pleasant conversation (via DM) with Peter Rausch and he has allowed me to use his RESopenS wing design (non commercial use). I will be using his dxf files and slightly modifying the wing by making it one piece. The wing cord will be 220mm. See the link to his design:
https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=12791
This will be the F3RES wing - I do plan to have another 2M wing of my own design which will be fully winchable with flaps and ailerons..I have some ideas for a new carbon spar that I will share later!
Posted by Tazkiller85 | Yesterday @ 06:01 AM | 3,442 Views
Yep Les Amis,
On affronte la tempête ! Lol. Dans cette deuxième partie du test de l'HEXPLORER LR de Flywoo, nous n'avons pas choisi le jour le plus propice avec un vent de plus de 50km/h et des rafales à 80 ! Pourtant ce petit Hexa à bien tenu le coup et s'est plutôt bien comporté. Très stable et extrêmement précis, cet engin, avec ses 6 moteurs peut facilement emporter une bonne batterie ainsi qu'une caméra HD et ne force pas. Même s'il peut s'adonner au freestyle, on sent que son domaine de prédilection c'est le cruising, la ballade et la cinématique. En bref, un engin très stable, souple, précis et avec une très bonne autonomie qui conviendra autant aux débutants qu'aux amateurs de cinématiques et de cruising "Long Time" ... Bon Film et merci à tous pour votre soutien .

HEXplorer LR 4 Flywoo - Review Test Démo - Hexacoptère Mid Long Range ! Partie 2 (36 min 4 sec)


NOTATAZ : 18.5/20 Toujours pas déçu !

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- Li Ion 4S 2800mAh XT60 (Avec Naked/SMO) : http://bit.ly/3rydPXA
- Adaptateurs XT60 :...Continue Reading
Posted by ISDT | Yesterday @ 06:00 AM | 3,441 Views
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Posted by quadmovr | Yesterday @ 05:39 AM | 3,447 Views
Posted by benjamin presten | Yesterday @ 02:17 AM | 3,694 Views
An alphabetical stroll through the history of aviation. Day 17

Queen Bee: Meet the Beechcraft Bonanza! Oh, Beecraft, not Beechcraft? Whatever. Close enough. Again.

Okay, seriously. If someone said picture a metal, retractable tricycle gear, opposed engine, four seat, low wing, V-tail airplane, you would think they were talking about a bonanza. And yet, somehow the Queen Bee doesn’t look that much like a Bonanza. It has long constant chord wings on a small fuselage with a bulbous four place canopy and long straight tail feathers and was powered by a 180hp Lycoming O-360.

The Queen Bee was designed and built by Bee Aviation Associates or more commonly called, Beecraft. Beecraft built a grand total of three airplanes. Not three designs, three airplanes total. The three Beecraft designs were the Wee Bee, a tiny single place airplane so small that the pilot didn’t sit inside the airplane, they just laid on top of it. Next was the Honey Bee, a single seat high wing light plane with a V-tail designed by Al Mooney. The last was the Queen Bee. Their attempt at a private travelling ship. As with all of their designs, it never entered production. It was stored at the San Diego Aerospace Museum and sadly destroyed when the museum burned down in 1978.

The only remnant of Beecraft is the Honey Bee which is at the San Diego Aerospace Museum. The end of an era. A weird, not all that practical era.
Posted by siriusflier | Feb 23, 2021 @ 10:04 PM | 4,194 Views
Dynam Cessna 310 Grand Cruiser 1280mm Wingspan - V2 - PNP

Dynam Cessna 310 Grand Cruiser 1280mm WingspanI wanted to try a twin engine airplane and the Dynam Cessna 310 Grand Cruiser looked like a good buy when it was on sale for $169US at Bitgo Hobby. I don't really need another plane, but it was nice having one to build during our recent extreme weather, I think I am addicted to building and modding them, and I got really bored the last couple of days of the bad weather after I finished my last build.

I ordered on 2/16/2021 and the next day the tracking at Fedex said delivery would be on Saturday, 2/20/2021. I did not believe it would happen, and I was right. On Saturday, the delivery date was changed to Monday, 2/22/2021. On Monday, at 7pm the package was still not here, so I checked tracking and the delivery date had been changed to Tuesday, 2/23/2021, delay due to weather related problems. Weather on Monday was clear, 70'F, with moderate winds? Tuesday the plane was delivered just before 10am. I asked the driver what the weather delay was about and he said he was sent down a dirt road. Should have asked him if he got stuck.

Unpacked the plane, and everything looked good and straight. Flaps and retracts are installed. But there is something different I certainly wasn't expecting, the plane is mostly silver with red trim. I went through all of the attachments in the main thread, and the only red C310s were painted by the owners. I do not like red, but will...Continue Reading
Posted by vtach688 | Feb 23, 2021 @ 09:06 PM | 4,237 Views
I picked this up at my LHS. Came with a Moki 210. I’m debating on pulling the motor and putting in a 35cc gas.

Ran the motor today. Started right up. Sounds awesome.
Posted by old4570 | Feb 23, 2021 @ 07:20 PM | 4,505 Views
UMX TT with the gemfan 5030 (6 min 27 sec)


What is there to say ?

A) Gemfan costs less ( Here in Oz , one UMX TT prop = 40 Gemfan 5030 props )
B) The Gemfan 5030 draws less current
C) The Gemfan 5030 produces more thrust

If anyone watches the video , the TT is hanging off the Gemfan real nice , not super nice . But better than the 3 blade . The 3 blade TT prop simply does not compare in the vertical .

Oh well , tweaked the antenna tail some and it was better , butt ...... not good enough . Came home , cut a bit off and did something different ( Next time ) . That Gemfan 5030 is staying in the nose , hmmm ......

The TT really needs a spinner Do I want more weight in the nose ? , or do I try carving some foam and just spray painting it ?

It works as is , and now I have more mojo ! It's nice having more vertical mojo ..




Hmm , I just thought of a way to spinner the UMX TT !!!!!
Something else to explore !