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Posted by Edge767 | Apr 14, 2011 @ 01:56 AM | 3,367 Views
I've been reading a lot about both Corsairs, and both have very strong followings and favorable reviews. I'm a big fan of Parkzone, having bought five PZ planes in the past (and one HZ plane), and Art-Tech seems to make some nice stuff as evidenced by my Art-Tech Spitfire (although one of the landing gear broke, it's a nice plane).

I just can't seem to make up my mind. Get the PZ BNF Corsair or an Art-Tech ARF Corsair? The difference between the two is about $100 in favor of the Art-Tech. With that amount of savings, I can get a second plane and get two for the price of the one PZ Corsair from Hobbyking.com!

However, the one thing that keeps bringing me back to PZ's Corsair is their foam. The stuff my P-47D and my Super Cub are made of is amazing! The Art-Tech foam seems stiffer and less resilient to things like road rash or impact. Admittedly, I crash a lot less than I did 20 years ago, but accidents happen. When I do hit something, it'd be nice to know that the plane won't shatter.

I guess we'll see what I finally decide later this week or next week. From the reviews I've read on both, I can't go wrong either way.
Posted by Edge767 | Apr 09, 2011 @ 11:06 PM | 3,767 Views
I finally got the Super Cub repaired today. I took out the stock radio equipment (27 Mhz) and replaced it with a Spektrum receiver, Hobbyking brushed 30A ESC, and two orange Hobbyking servos. After soldering the connections, I put it all in the plane and everything worked GREAT! I wanted to test it, so I took the plane up for about three minutes. It was probably the most harrowing flight of my life.

Wind was steady at 20 mph and gusting to 40 mph. I didn't know it was that high at the time (I checked afterward) but I knew as soon as the plane got into the air that I'd made another big mistake. The plane flew backwards at half throttle, and the gusts would turn the plane sideways forcing me to go WOT and full rudder to level the plane off. A few times, I thought I was going to lose the plane but somehow pulled it out.

I went for a landing as best as I could, and as luck would have it, just as the plane was about to touch down, the wind gusted and then died, dropping the plane from about three feet onto its right wing. A tiny piece chipped off, but otherwise, the plane was perfect. Some foam-safe CA and all is well with the Super Cub. Now, it's ready to fly when the winds die down!

I'm so excited! It's the first time I've changed out electronics in a plane and it's nice to see it all working properly. It's even nicer to fly the plane using my DX6i vs the standard Hobbyzone transmitter.

I'm looking forward to many more flights with the Super Cub now.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 27, 2011 @ 01:07 AM | 3,378 Views

I will have one. As soon as the LHS has one, I will purchase it. For around a Benjamin, I can have a Corsair? Done!

I think that I will get the Wildcat and make it into a Marine aircraft and get the UMS Corsair and use the VMF-211 decals.

I am really enjoying all these planes and all the flying I'm able to do now. So much fun!
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 25, 2011 @ 04:59 PM | 2,979 Views
It didn't take too long at all, and was actually kind of fun to "get the hands dirty" with the repair work, but the SC is back together in one piece. I also took the opportunity to remove the two sensors from the plane that are used in some auto-crash avoidance system that the SC's came with. I plugged the holes with tape and will paint over the bottom piece this weekend.

The wing seems to be structurally good, and the fuselage damage is all repaired. All in all, she looks back to normal with one improvement: the new prop has yellow tips (the SC shares a prop with the original Frankie Mustang, and I have a few extras). It looks really nice on the SC with the military green paint job.

Now it's just a matter of receiving servos and the ESC. Once I have the electronics, I will put them all in the plane and put her back into service!
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 25, 2011 @ 11:25 AM | 3,063 Views
This morning, the winds were still and I got my nerve up to bring the Jug out for some flying time along with my UMS Mustang. WHAT A GREAT IDEA!

It was AMAZING, SERENE, and the most pleasant fun I've had in RC in years. I also wasn't so worried about the Jug anymore, more confident in my abilities having shaken the rust off the ol' fingers n' thumbs over the past two months on the SC and the UMS Mustang.

I put two batteries through the Jug and four through the Mustang for a combined flying time of around 48 minutes. My landings with the Jug were smooth as silk, although the second landing was a bit hotter than I'd have preferred; the roll-out after landing was very long!

The UMS Mustang flights were pretty much without incident except for the very last landing where the first gust of the day caught the plane just as it settled onto the ground and flipped it over from the port side. It popped onto its back, but the reinforced tail held up brilliantly.

I wish all days could be like today, but then again, if they were, they wouldn't be so special.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 24, 2011 @ 09:58 AM | 3,196 Views
Late last night, after mourning the first major crash I've had in 20 years, I began working on putting the SC back together. What surprised me was how little actual damage there was. Sure, the wing was broken, but with some foam-safe CA and some packing tape, the wing is repaired and probably even stronger than before. As for the fuselage, I applied some CA to where the plastic had separated from the foam and by this morning, it's as firm as ever. The last item to fix structurally is the cowl (some packing tape on the inside of the cowl makes it very strong). I will do that sometime today. As for the prop, it did break, so I will be replacing it with one I've had on-hand for over five years.

I'm still waiting on some servos and ESC's that I had ordered, so until they arrive, the SC will be grounded unless I get patient and go to the LHS to pick up an ESC and two servos. Who knows, it just might happen. I really do like the SC a lot, and not having it available to fly is sad. I've been flying the UMS Mustang exclusively since I am not comfortable flying my P-47D in the small park in front of my house whereas the SC does a great job with flying slow but getting up high quickly when/if I need it to (even with the old brushed motor!).
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 24, 2011 @ 12:01 AM | 3,187 Views
Today, my beloved Super Cub sustained the worst damage of its 6 year life. After doing a control check, I took off ROG and about 20' in the air, I found the plane would not turn right. I immediately set out to put the plane down, but it was headed straight for some water. I cut the throttle hoping to glide/coast it onto the shore, but then I lost elevator control and the plane crashed nose-first into the ground. Good thing I had already pulled throttle all the way back.

Damage to the cowl, fuselage where the landing gear attaches (that entire plastic portion separated from the foam) and the wing snapped. All in all, I can fix it, but it's still heartbreaking. I love my SC!

I am gutting the electronics out of it (still flying the old stock radio) and will put in a Spektrum 6100 receiver, servos, and a new brushed ESC. I will probably eventually go to brushless, but I have all the parts to do the conversion to the SC without buying a new motor and ESC.

Feels bad, but at least I know the damage is repairable.

This is the first crash I've had in years. What's worse is that I did everything I could to bring the plane in safely and I failed. It bothers me that the failure was so complete and that the plane was so utterly helpless, but that's the nature of this hobby. I wasn't mad so much as I was sad. I have grown quite fond of this plane, and seeing it broken hurt.

Now the work begins. I hope to have all physical damage repaired tomorrow, and new receiver, ESC, and servos in soon. I can't wait to get this plane back into the air.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 22, 2011 @ 08:26 AM | 3,346 Views
I know I shouldn't be thinking about another plane since I have three that fly and another three that will be flying again soon, but as a former Marine, I find myself wanting to fly a plane that wears my uniform.

I also want to stick to PZ since I have had such good luck with them and because I really like the direction PZ has been going in with their aircraft. I won't rule out another manufacturer, but the availability of spares plays into my decision to stick with PZ.

My first choice is the Corsair. I was thinking of either VMF-314, VMF-323, or VMF-214. I guarded their planes when I was a Lance Corporal MP at MCAS El Toro. While their planes were F/A-18's and A-4M's, I feel a connection to those squadrons more than others.

We'll see. I may just have to take drive to the LHS today.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 19, 2011 @ 01:05 AM | 3,121 Views
I got the wheels today for the Predator (turns out it's a Raidentech plane) and I also decided to pick up new wheels for the Super Cub. They are a bit bigger and required some Dremel work to make them fit properly, but I like the larger size. We'll see how they perform on the ground as soon as I can catch a day without the big wind we've been having for the past few days.

I did try to fly earlier today with the UMS Mustang. I thought that the wind had stopped or at least died down a bit, so I launched from the driveway. As soon as the plane was in the air, I realized much like one of the Blum family members on Arrested Development that I'd made a huge mistake. How I got the plane into the air without wrecking it is unknown to me; it was all reaction. Once I got the plane up to about 100', I immediately began setting up for an approach to land. I put the plane into some tall grass as softly as I could flying into the gusting wind and fortunately it stalled about 4" over the grass and gently set down. A very lucky landing after what could have been a total disaster.

Also, when putting the new wheels onto the Super Cub, I noticed a spot on the wing that appears to have taken some damage. I noticed that the hard paint "skin" on the wing had a spot that cracked. I then remembered that on one landing last week, the wind pushed the plane into my daughter's car on roll-out after landing. Even though speed was somewhere around 5 mph, I guess it was enough to...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 18, 2011 @ 11:11 AM | 2,885 Views
I received my three OrangeRX receivers in the mail yesterday and guess what I got in an email about two hours later? A notification that Hobby King received their latest shipment of them. D'oh! I could have gotten twice as many from HK if I'd have waited. Oh well.

I am still waiting on my ESC's and servos from HK; hopefully I get them soon. I have three planes waiting to get back into the sky, and I need the hardware from HK to finish them.

I began prep work on the Predator last night. I took out its stock motor, motor mount, and firewall. What a bunch of cheap crap! I also took out the stock receiver (a not-too-bad 72 mhz 6-channel receiver) and put the OrangeRX in. Thankfully, the servos are 3-wire and seem to be pretty decent. I will still have to do something about the nosegear, and I will also have to do some cutting and reinforcing of the motor area. I will be using a spare Parkzone brushed motor and gearbox from a crashed Frankie P-51D. The brushed ESC's I have coming are 30A, so should be more than enough to handle the motor.

So, the parts list for the Predator is:

Front landing gear
Three wheels
ESC (purchased)
Motor and gearbox (on-hand)
Receiver (purchased and installed)
Gray Krylon paint

The last item, the paint, isn't necessary for the plane to fly (obviously), but it really is some kind of ugly in its white foam state. I can't wait to make it look better by painting it. I'll also be mounting a small camera into it and will make it activated by a spare channel on the receiver. I'm not sure yet how I will make this happen, but it's something I will do eventually (probably after I get all three of the spare planes flying).
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 16, 2011 @ 01:38 AM | 3,394 Views
I have been a blogger for many years. I started back in 1998 actually when I was working at Compaq and I wanted to have something for the server to do (they let me take one home to get experience on it since I worked in training development). I kept that blog going up until last year when I decided that I was over with that. I even let the URL I owned for over 10 years lapse.

I think part of the reason I quit blogging was because anything worth saying was said on Facebook or Twitter. Long-form blogging without a purpose lost its appeal to me, and so I shut the ol' site down.

Now I find myself with more to say and to talk about with regards to RC flying, but Facebook and Twitter just don't seem the right venue. My friends (all 580 of them) could really care less. Okay, to be fair, one person out of that 580 told me he flies RC planes, and another used to fly but is no longer active.

That brings me to this blog. I have six planes, of which three are currently flying. The other three are old planes that I am in the process of "recycling" I bought new Spektrum receivers, servos, and ESC's for them. I will be retrofitting these old birds with new innards so that I can put them back where they belong; into the rotation of my flying planes: the "fleet."

Here is a basic run-down of my fleet:

The Queen of the Fleet: Parkzone P-47D. I bought this plane over a month ago and immediately put the servo flaps and retractable landing gear in. I flew it...Continue Reading