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Posted by SPasierb | Oct 18, 2007 @ 08:48 PM | 13,432 Views
Those magical black and white stripes. They look great and are a breeze to do on wings, but they can sometimes be tough to paint on the compound fuselage curves of our models. Somewhat easier in applications where iron-on covering is the order of the day. Always worth adding to scale warbirds. But how many and how wide? Where do they go? How do they space in relation to insignia?

Occasionally folks post questions and have entertaining debates about order and such regarding invasion stripes. Quite some time ago I had tucked this photograph away in some dark corner of my hard drive and just stumbled across it again tonight. It is a Great Britain teletype from June 5, 1944 and provides an excellent reference.

By clicking on the photograph below it should open large enough for all to read. I hope you enjoy it.
Posted by SPasierb | Oct 18, 2007 @ 12:02 PM | 10,164 Views
I hope you enjoy these. Some fun stuff. And, many still quite applicable to our hobby -- especially the first one below. If you have a favorite that's missing here, PLEASE CLICK COMMENTS and add to the list.

A fool and his money are soon flying more airplane than he can handle.

Helicopters can't really fly - they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.

No matter what else happens, fly the airplane.

Forget all that stuff about thrust and drag, lift and gravity; an aeroplane flies because of money.

It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don't like what you see, turn' em back off.

A check ride ought to be like a skirt, short enough to be interesting but still be long enough to cover everything.

Speed is life, altitude is life insurance. No one has ever collided with the sky.

Always remember you fly an airplane with your head, not your hands.

Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger; if you pull the stick back, they get smaller. (Unless you keep pulling the stick back-then they get bigger again.)

Hovering is for pilots who love to fly but have no place to go.

The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

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Posted by SPasierb | Aug 08, 2007 @ 10:02 AM | 10,996 Views
I've been reading around several forums and, as always, the really good guidance and alternative points of view far outweighs the bad. But there has been some stuff that concerns me on this subject. I'll save my other current rants about cramming as many watts of power into a small parkflyer airframe so it goes 120 mph -- I particularly got a kick out of the guy with a Corsair that was doing the scale equivalent of 1500 mph -- for another day. Today, I wanted to pass along some GREAT information on twins. I have found it to be very beneficial.

I've come across recent posts advocating stuff like using a separate channel for each motor on an e-power set-up for "true twin control;" others saying that using two different speed controls from two different manufacturers at different amp ratings really is no issue; arguing you can still maintain a twin model in flight just fine on one motor if one has ESC cut-off -- yeah if you know how to fly on only rudder and to only turn into the running motor. Ugh. And, one that I often personally struggle with -- balacing the ease of installing separate batteries in each nacelle rather than sourcing from one battery or parallel set in the fuselage providing energy to both motors. So, I wanted to pass along this piece below from Joe Ford at Castle Creations([email protected]) who essentially relates the wisdom of the big boss, Patrick. It's a good quick read...

Brushless Multi-Motor Power Systems

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Posted by SPasierb | Aug 02, 2007 @ 08:29 PM | 10,694 Views
More photos than words here. I'm happy to report that my beloved Hornet from is back among the living. If I had to choose one favorite plane, this would probably be it. It's just spectacular in the air and a joy to fly. Through its many years, the original 3S 2200 Polyquest li-ion (first generation -- red wrap) had been trusty and dependable. On this day it reached its limit. In the back of my mind I knew the battery should be replaced -- too bad I failed to act.

Following a great flight and perfect landing, I noticed some slight whiffs of smoke where the fuse meets the wing. I picked it up and headed to the pits at a fast pace hoping is was a speed-control issue, but fearing it was the battery. Half way there all broke loose with a sound like a bottle rocket taking off -- and -- let's just say I haven't run that fast in years. The battery erupted. We threw caution to the wind, took off the wing and yanked out the burning LiPo pieces with a big hemostat (the wind was blowing quite hard, so nobody took any smoke). Thanks to the crew at New Canaan R/C club for helping -- especially Bob Morrow.

The following photos show the crispy aftermath as well as highlights from the rebuild. I'm happy to report that the Hornet flew again this past Sunday 7/29.

With fresh firmware and refined settings in the CC25 controllers and a brand new Polyquest 2500 20C pack, it came to life like never before. Power is a pair of Mega 5-turn inrunners with 7x5...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Aug 02, 2007 @ 03:14 PM | 10,112 Views
They have to go. They were a blast to fly, but I just don't feel right bringing a hunk of painted foam board out to the field that "looks" like an airplane, but just isn't. The HellRaiser, 3D Tiburon and on and on -- farewell all. Hovering simply ain't for me. I don't begrudge anyone who want's to fly these, they just don't have a place in my fleet anymore.

Beyond the "flat" airplanes -- that ironically fly 3D and 4D --there's the whole GWS and other foam plane world. I'm not against ARF's, affordable airframes and the like, they're bringing new people to our wonderful hobby, but GWS has got to stand for: God's Worst Styrofoam. Lousy plane with an orange propeller. Is this the best we can do people? I think not.

I am a fan of the Alfa Models line. Well though-out, beautiful, and excellent flight performance. Flying Styro is another, particularly because they skew more to a "modeler" permitting one to go nuts with the detailing. They don't fly as well as the Alfa's and are less durable, but boy do they look nice in the air!

And as I continue to cave-in against the weight my own weak-ass thesis, the Easy Star and the like are an absolute godsend for new pilots. We're directing all the new guys in our club to buy these as trainers. They're having a blast and learning fast. Many more successes than with the typical trainer aircraft.

Okay, no foamies except Alfa, except FSK, except....

Give me some wood, some fiiberglass, some Silkspan (yes, he did just type that) and even some Monokote!

Just stirring up the pot on a quiet Thursday afternoon. Asbestos pants ready, flame on guys...