Posted by Keith Kindrick | Today @ 11:47 AM | 75 Views
I was sending messages back and forth this morning to Fred Weaver about everything sailplanes. He tells me he has a friend up from Sunnyvale who is out watching the Wild Turkeys walk through the property. they make this walk two to three times a day. Fortunately his friend capture this video. AMAZING


Fred’s Turkey Farm (1 min 9 sec)

Posted by montis | Today @ 11:16 AM | 86 Views
Eachine TX1200 VTX

Eachine TX1200 is 30x30mm stack mountable, long range VTX. It has 5 bands, 40 total channels (including illegal channels 4, 7 and 8 on the band E, according to the FCC regulations ), 4 power levels 25/200/600/1000mW (actual power output measured below) and PitMode, SmartAudio for controlling the VTX settings remotely via Betaflight OSD, microphone on board for broadcasting audio together with video feed. Eachine TX1200 VTX has MMCX antenna connector which provides more solid and tight joint than small IPEX connector.



Package contents

Eachine TX1200 package comes with a VTX, MMCX linear dipole antenna, MMCX to RP-SMA or SMA adapter pigtail (can be selected on purchase), cable with 6pin 1.25mm JST-GH plug and a small instructions leaflet.



Instructions leaflet.
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Posted by basslord1124 | Today @ 08:20 AM | 146 Views
As part of a build challenge that I participated in on the FT forums, I picked out the FT Bloody Baron as one of my next builds. So here is the intro video to the FT Bloody Baron. The Bloody Baron is a Dan Sponholz design which Dan is one of the main guys who helps with Flitetest downloadable plans. The plane looks like a lot of fun and gets all sorts of praises...so can't wait to try it out!

FT Bloody Baron intro... Flitetest Forum Build-ruary Challenge (2 min 58 sec)

Posted by Bill M - RC | Yesterday @ 09:07 PM | 355 Views
IS PINK FOR PUSSIES? – Coming soon

Is Pink for Pussies? - coming soon (0 min 56 sec)





Hint: http://bit.ly/2TEIxBh
Posted by Blaze0021 | Yesterday @ 09:02 PM | 374 Views
In 1080p 60fps - Here is the raw uncut footage of the Maiden Flight of my new Eflite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic.

Eflite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic Maiden Flight (6 min 20 sec)

My Eflite Pitts S-1S 850mm BNF Basic has only 2 modifications from stock. I upgraded the stock 11x7 prop which weighed 27 grams, in favor of a much lighter 18-gram Xoar PJN 11x7 Beechwood prop. Secondly, the entire airframe has been coated with 2 applications of Minwax Semi-Gloss Polycrylic.

Powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C lipo, weighing in at 240 grams. Following the advice of RCG members, the CG was set to 70mm from the leading edge of the top wing, with the front of my 4S lipo battery lined up to the front edge of the battery tray. This CG location felt just right for this initial flight. Flight Timer was set to 4:00 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter. Control surface linkages were setup according to manual. The rates I used were as follows:

Aileron: 85% with 28% Expo
Elevator: 100% with 15% Expo
Rudder: 95% with 15% Expo

Note: With these initial settings my Eflite Pitts felt very responsive to the point of being twitchy (especially the Rudder), but was still manageable. Additional tuning will be needed for my flight preferences.

An interesting thing to note is that I've actually had my Eflite Pitts S-1S unassembled in pieces in my hangar since October of 2018. I had just about completed the polycrylic coating process, up until the fuselage. Of course life happened...Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Yesterday @ 08:21 PM | 414 Views
Tried getting 5A out of it by installing a fatter power cord with direct soldering. It still maxed out at 4.2A. The reason is the maximum power is 50W. Looking at the Ruideng showed the power maxing out at 55W. The same charger is marketed as 50W - 90W, depending on the seller.


Having run the Ruidengs at 5A so many times to test halogen lights, inverters, & battery chargers, it was definitely worth getting the 5A version instead of the 3A, though the bluetooth & USB options were worthless. The heatsink with no fan hits 41C at 50W. It's also proven useful to have the full Watt indicator of the default firmware instead of flashing minimal firmware on it.
Posted by GBLynden | Yesterday @ 08:01 PM | 382 Views
This is my first official attempt to fly the E-flite Pitts S-1S RC Biplane off of grass. So far, it has been hard to land on pavement, so I decided to try different terrain with this plane and my 4S Scorpion 1800 Lipo. I also flew it with my 3S Scorpion 1800 Lipo earlier in the day, but I likely won’t upload that video for another week or so.

E-flite Pitts S-1S RC Biplane Flight Off Grass With 4S Scorpion 1800 (4 min 3 sec)

Here are the pros and cons for this Parkflyer 850mm Pitts:

Pros
- It is beautiful
- It flies well on 3 or 4S power
- The size is terrific for easy transport
- As see in this video, it can fly off or grass or pavement
- It comes with AS3X and SAFE Select
- The tail wheel is very solid
- The battery bay slides out, which is a pretty cool, but it does have its downsides (see below)

Cons
- It likes to land hot and bounce on pavement!
- The ailerons are very touchy (58% D/R is best for me and this plane)
- Getting the battery tray in and out of it scuffs the back of the main wing
- The build has some quirks and the manual does not match up completely with the parts and pieces, especially as it applies to the prop assembly.
- Assembling the main wing took way too long, but it wasn't the end of the world.
- It has been reported in the manual the recommended CG is farther back than it should be. 86 to 70mm is the recommended CG range.
- The main landing gets bent very easy!

Link to plane: https://amzn.to/2RiPI0u
Posted by Old_Pilot | Yesterday @ 05:28 PM | 445 Views
She's rather easy to fly

SU 25 Maiden (2 min 8 sec)

Posted by nikitauav | Yesterday @ 03:08 PM | 466 Views
Hello blog readers. I am writing this as I am waiting for a response to my forum query. How are you today? I am good.
Posted by mike_kelly | Yesterday @ 09:59 AM | 602 Views

Adupilot is heavily dependent on GPS for accurate position information. It uses position information for all the various modes that set it apart from other flight controllers. Auto missions, loiter, position hold, follow me etc etc all require a great GPS lock to function. Ardupilot has made great strides in recent years by implementing dual GPS capability and allowing the evaluation of the GPS signal quality and switching to the best GPS or blending the data from the two GPS. It brings greater reliability to Ardupilot.

In my first FrankenSolo I used a UC4H GPS node to convert a Here GPS to UAVCAN. This conversion caused the Here GPS to send out UAVCAN messages with GPS information to the CANbus. In the second generation UC4H OlliW has implemented a new message type that is a tunnel to send serial data to the Pixhawk. The new message has raw serial data as a payload and allows any serial device to create a tunnel to deliver that data to the Pixhawk without creating special UAVCAN messages for every serial device. So I am replacing my old UAVCAN node with a new gerneral purpose node with the GPS/MAG/Baro firmware. The GPS data uses a serial_TUNL to get its data to the Pixhawk and the compass and or barometer send their data through normal UAVCAN messages.

There is also a general purpose node firmware to provide nothing but serial tunnels. The firmware is called the UART Bridge is used to provide extra serial ports to the Pixhawk from about any serial device.

I then...Continue Reading
Posted by 35Mhz | Yesterday @ 09:30 AM | 654 Views
This will be a summarised build blog of Frank Knapps Li’l cub. Peter Miller had posted a prototype build of the model on modelflying.co.uk forum as a precursor to appearing as a free plan and article in a future edition of RCM&E magazine. Peter had kindly sent me a copy of his original hand drawings, sketches and some build notes, and will be using those as a basis for the No 2 protoytype build.

The plan is for an electric powered 55in span model around 1:6.5 scale and 3 Lbs AUW. It’s and all wood build.

The Knapp original is a heavily modded Cub J3, stripped to bare essentials, lots of carbon fibre , new STOL wing with flaps and leading edge slats. In 2017 the aircraft set a new STOL world record at Valdez, with a take off in 13 feet 8 inches, and a landing in 10 feet 5 inches. A reputed top speed of 62mph with its large low pitch prop to maximise take off thrust.
Posted by T.G.M | Yesterday @ 08:24 AM | 599 Views
Hi, my new wltoys a979 caught on fire. It Just STARTED to smoke and that caught on fire. What to do now??
Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 07:39 AM | 621 Views
Wow -

Flashed the firmware in my Jumper T8SG +

Have a few new protocols ...

V911s , oh I just had to buy a Rx board ( I had to - really I did )

Eachine E012 , mine never worked from day one ! Is it the quad or the Tx ?
Banggood sent it to me for review and it did nothing !
Now I can find out ..

I will have to open up the T8SG+ and tighten the springs for the gimbals ( Too soft for me right now ) ...
Been enjoying the T12 too much ...



Darn it to apple pie and a steak dinner !
I like the look of the T16 ...

I will just have to whip out the E012 and see if it will take a bind ...
Posted by Pappyjkns | Yesterday @ 07:32 AM | 602 Views
March 17/19

Happy St. Paddy's Day!
From the moment I first saw the email from one of my club members telling me about this little micro quad/plane hybrid, I was intrigued! Whoever the engineer was that came up with this brainwave, I hope Horizon Hobbies have compensated him or her appropriately! With in two weeks of hitting our local hobby store in nearby Paris Ontario, five members of our club have grabbed this unique little flyer. For around $70 Cdn, you get this neatly package unit with a USB charger & 1S 150 Mah Lipo! You can easily remove the foam wing and use it as quad copter and for a few extra bucks, you can buy a hovercraft attachment that will allow you to “fly” this little puppy just like a real hovercraft! How is that for versatility?? These unique little flyers are literally “flying off the shelf!” Sorry….my bad! I just couldn’t resist! I have flown it at the arena and also in my basement, where after you get the trim set properly, you can hover and fly slowly until your heart’s content….or until the battery dies….which usually comes first! : )
I’m having soooo much fun with this micro unit! It’s perfect little flyer that can be flown indoors and out, and helps to keep my reflexes tuned while I wait patiently for Spring to arrive! As a bonus, the grandkids love it too and I think this may be a great way to get them interested in r/c! If you get a chance, check it out! Maybe you should grab one before they are all gone!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Comments are always welcomed!

Regards,

Lyle Jeakins,
43 Degrees North Latitude
Posted by scousethief | Yesterday @ 07:30 AM | 607 Views
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/vDmvdzgHDN



Will be here in the next few days

Volantex 759-3 Phoenix 2400 2400mm Wingspan EPO RC Glider Airplane PNP

Description:
Brand Name: Volantex
Item number: 759-3 Phoenix 2400
Wingspan: 2400mm
Overall Length:1132mm
Flying Weight: 1160g
Prop Size: 1060 Folding Prop
Motor Size: 4023 1050KV Brushless
Speed Control: 40A brushless ESC
Servo: 9gram Servo * 6pcs
Minimum Age Recommendation:14 years
Experience Level:Beginner
Recommended Environment:Outdoor
Assembly Time:Less than 1 Hour
Is Assembly Required:Yes

Features:
* Click & plug Easy Wing Mounting.
* Durable Plastic Fuselage.
* Professional Level Glider.
* Sporty flying performance.

Requires parts (Not included):
Recommended Battery: 11.1V 2200mAh 25C Li-po Click here
Charger: 3S LiPo balancing charger, 0.5A Click here
Radio: 2.4Ghz 6-Channels Click here

Package Included:
1x Volantex 759-3 Phoenix 2400 2400mm Wingspan EPO RC Glider Airplane PNP