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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 01, 2017 @ 03:06 PM | 915 Views
Hello good people!

For those that have been over at Fantasy of Flight in Lakeland, Florida and appreciate what Kermit Weeks has done to collect and fly some of his collections along with at times allowing the RC community to visit his place for RC Events then, take a look at his Video Status report after Hurricane Irma.

Note that we (Central Florida) got the East Eye Wall of that Hurricane which was pretty powerful.

Watch the Video because it is overall very GOOD NEWS!

Hurricane Irma Visits Fantasy of Flight - Kermie Cam (20 min 32 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 15, 2017 @ 09:29 PM | 1,251 Views
Hey good people,

I have been assisting my buddy with his 1994 Toyota Camry LE 2-Door (2.2 Liter Four). He quit using this car as a daily driver back in 2007 when he bought a new 2007 Camry. He still used the 94 to run errands and take it to the park and ride to catch a Van Pool etc....etc......

Fast forward today, his oldest daughter is getting ready for College and it is a local College so, he figured to bring this 1994 Camry back to it's glory days and lots of work has been done such as new Quick Struts, Motor Mounts (All of them), and today we were doing the Radiator Flush and took the time to use a rather unknown product such as Flex Seal (as seen on TV) on the Passenger Front CV outer Boot that just developed a crack at some areas. We noticed it when we were doing the Quick Struts.

Of course, the CV Outer Boot has not yet lost any axle grease and the crack is very narrow so, we said why not?

We also polished the Head Light Plastic Lens.

A few pictures of today's work!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 16, 2017 @ 06:12 PM | 1,596 Views
Greetings good People!

This was a General Fitness Ride around Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad-A and Pad-B, what a ride!

I have not taken my Trek 2100 (2007 vintage) for a long time and most especially this sort of wide open distance!

For a over-weight fat guy and 57 years old, I did very well and I have not lost any strength in my legs as I always had powerful legs.

We started at the South-West Parking lot of the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) and we rode along Saturn Causeway to Launch Pad-A which is exactly 3.5 miles. We continued and past the KSC LC-39 Observatory Gantry (Tourist Out Post) and then, turned North on Cape Road after passing Launch Pad-A where SPACE-X continues to press-on with their work at this Launch Pad.

Along Cape Road we witness some of the most beautiful sky with strong Thunderstorm approaching from the South and so, we increased our pace to Launch Pad-B which is a few more miles North. After passing Launch Pad-B, we continued back South passing Gator Hole and Broadaxe Creek and turned back (returned) to the Saturn Causeway for the long stretch back to the Launch Control Center and thereby our vehicles parked in front of the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB).

I was amazed that the conditions were perfect for this General Fitness ride to start our new Cycling Club.

A BIG thank you goes to Charles and most especially to Jessica who was a trooper on her Trek Verve 3 (city trekking bike) .

A few pictures!

Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 05, 2017 @ 05:25 AM | 1,914 Views
Hey guys,

I finally captured a COLD START of my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with the 2.2 Liter Gasoline Engine after cleaning the Idle Air Control Valve.

Cleaning the IAC makes a world of difference!

For more details on what I did:

Here's the COLD START Video:
1992 Toyota Camry XLE (2.2 Liter - 5S-FE) with IAC Valve cleaned Results 08-03-2017 (1 min 3 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 03, 2017 @ 03:20 AM | 1,847 Views
For those that has the qualifications!

Open & closing dates
2017-07-13 to 2017-08-14

Salary $124,406 to $187,000 / per year

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 26, 2017 @ 09:30 PM | 2,754 Views
Hello good people.

A few weeks ago I posted about my 92 Camry reaching a Half Million plus miles at:

Well, today has been doing more maintenance in keeping it running even better as the original Vacuum Control Valve (VCV) finally degraded to the point that the plastic nipple broke off and I was forced to replace.

Additionally, I found a super neat YouTube Video showing how to Clean the Idle Air Control Valve which is an Electromagnetic controlled valve and with time and mileage it gets really gunk up to the point that at times my car starts but, immediately dies and Idle speed doesn't hold when the Camry is cold. The throttle response also suffers.

Tonight I spent a total of 2 hours performing these two items and did so, with very fast results as a result of good planning and having everything I needed to do these two jobs.

I am posting a few pictures showing you all the details of keeping any car on the road with great success and determination and saving a ton of $$$ while keeping your car and saving that $$$ you would spend on a new or newer car that will ultimately depreciate with time and mileage.

This is how I can sustain my RC Hobby, by keeping my old wheels and I am not in the least feel bad about it!

EDIT: The Video results after all this work!
1992 Toyota Camry XLE 2.2 Liter Engine (5S-FE Engine) - Cleaned the IDLE AIR CONTROL VALVE 07-26-2017 (1 min 53 sec)

Here's the VIDEO that I used for my Cleaning the IAC without disassembling it!
#372 Better repair method Toyota Camry Idle Air Control Valve (16 min 19 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 20, 2017 @ 05:15 PM | 2,273 Views
Hello again guys!

This is just a warning since I just recently replaced the battery for my Apple I-Phone 4S smart phone and you can see my Posting from yesterday at:

I came across this scam! (GOLD BATTERIES)

Beware of these being sold all over eBay and shipped from CHINA!

There is just a physical impossibility that you can fit battery with almost double the Capacity into these tiny Apple I-Phone should be your very first question.

iPhone 5 battery replacement. Gold stickered 2680 mAh are FAKE! LOL (1 min 51 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 19, 2017 @ 06:54 PM | 3,858 Views
Okay guys,

Yes, I am cheap and like to stretch the almighty US Dollar to the last bit I can take it and found a super nice place that you can find "NEW" batteries for these older I-Phone 4 and 4S smart phones!

I purchased this used I-Phone 4S from a repair shop locally here in Orlando, Florida and bought it for the less than what it would have cost to fix one busted glass screen from an early Android Smart Phone . Can't believe this used I-Phone has lasted this long (2+ years) and has taken one of the best pictures and videos I have ever seen. The battery finally was not lasting like when I purchased it and I finally broke down and purchased a replacement battery kit!

From where? A USA seller at eBay, that's where!

I followed this YouTube Video carefully!
iPhone 4s Battery Replacement (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 29, 2017 @ 10:43 PM | 6,368 Views
Excuse me for coming here real late about this model but, I was wondering if anyone noticed how super heavy it is?

Why do I ask?

Because I found out tonight! Can you all say 4.25 ounces !!!

EDIT: Can you believe a GRAND Total of 8.5 Ounces of DEAD WEIGHT!!!

It is just unbelievable to me that any vendor would do this to such a nice looking model.

For those who have this model and been trying to lighten it up then, you would need to literally DIG into the bottom, frontal side of the FUSE. However, what I did was to DIG out from the FRONT BOTTOM side of the FUSE and right below the Wood Firewall and carefully cut the glue along the bottom Frontal side in order to slightly separate the two FUSE sides just enough slide those LARGE and HEAVY STEEL SOLID ROLLER Bearings!

I got the model when a member of my RC Club had been frustrated that one of the Retracts didn't work anymore because it seems like some glue went inside the housing from a previous crash / repair and he purposely crash the model and I came running and told him that I would like the model because it was back in January and he had that wild look in his eye to throw it in the Burn Barrow that we use for heat during the winter season.

He took his Motor, ESC and Receiver and he gave it to me so, here we are ladies and gentlemen.

It is just unreal to me that any vendor could do this to any "FOAM" model as this is why we purchase these FOAM models so, they can be light!
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 17, 2017 @ 10:14 AM | 7,559 Views

My 1992 Camry hits 500,000+ Miles without any Engine Rebuilt History!

If you recall my efforts in replacing the instrument cluster on my 1992 Camry and located here:

Let's see! The 2nd Instrument Cluster "TODAY" reads at 149,077 and when I got it the reading was at 132,977 which means my Camry traveled 16,100 miles since the Cluster had been replaced.

The Original Cluster reading at: 486,015 miles so,

+ 16,100
502,115 Miles

My Camry XLE is still kicking!

So, as far as the Mileage to the cherished1/2 Million Miles.........

It has made it and more!

I will celebrate soon!
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 16, 2017 @ 04:39 AM | 7,084 Views
Gals and Guys,

I am strictly Electric RC Flyer and a fanatic with all Electric things.

After many investigative tours trying to decide on a new Lawn Mower, I made my decision on this EGO Cordless Battery operated Self Propelled Lawn Mower that has a cutting range of 21 inches.

Introducing my new EGO 21 in. 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Battery Self Propelled Mower. It's an amazing Mower as I don't have to deal with Gasoline, Oil, Spark Plugs and cleanup like when I used the Internal Combustion Engine mowers! Also, almost all Gasoline powered mowers come with the automatic carburetor mechanism setup such that they usually go bad after a few seasons! I just Love my new EGO (Model Number LM2102SP) Self Propelled 56-Volt Li-Ion Mower!

EGO LM2102SP 21 Inch Cordless Lithium Ion 56 Volt Lawn Mower 01 28 2017 (6 min 44 sec)

Extremely Well Designed (Engineered) Batteries!
EGO Lithium Ion Internal Battery Dissection -What makes it special (4 min 55 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 28, 2017 @ 04:07 AM | 6,731 Views

Let be clear, this blog post is in NO WAY to put down any product and especially any from TOWER but, it needs to be communicated that two (2) buddies and co-workers who own this camera has crashed their shinny new TOWER foam models (Corsair and Hellcat) as a result from this camera.

Please note for those that don't realize that this camera operates on the same frequency band as most people's command & control 2.4Giga Hertz band on most Spectrum! I have two (2) buddies that crashed their models because there is no way to turn OFF the camera's transmission! http://www.towerhobbies.com/products.../tacz1000.html

Not only the above....but, look at this!
NOTE: The FPV feed is for the purposes of displaying what the camera is recording to improve the quality and accuracy of videos and pictures with respect to the operator’s intended fi eld of view. We do not recommend attempting to operate a R/C vehicle using just the FPV feed. Delays in the FPV feed can cause the image shown in the app to not represent the exact current position of the vehicle. Any interruption of the FPV feed will not be present in the video fi les saved to the memory card:

Found at: http://manuals.hobbico.com/tac/tacz1000-manual.pdf

You can hear and see the Throttle cutting On/Off and after Roof Crash, you can see the model to the Right of the screen!

CORSAIR CAM (3 min 18 sec)

Tower Customer Service blamed my buddy and instead of fessing up! Just by advertising as a WiFi camera is not enough and instead indicate it is a 2.4G device! My Buddy got a reduced purchase for another foam Corsair instead of just Tower sending him and his brother another model.
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 17, 2017 @ 07:07 PM | 7,220 Views

For those who remember Neal Harris (former GravesRC Employee).

Neal Harris, 61, of Kissimmee was the pilot killed when his plane clipped power lines and plunged into the Suwannee River Saturday, the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office says.

It is with great sadness that confirmation has been acquired by news media that 61 year old Neal Harris (former GRAVES RC Employee) was the one who lost his life in a Plane Crash on Saturday (January 14th, 2017) at approximately 5:00pm on the Suwannee River in his Amphibian (Aeromarine Buccaneer).

I've enjoyed Neil's knowledge & help in years past while he was working at Graves. I also enjoyed flying models with him at a couple of out-door and indoor flying events.

Being a fact of life, our day too will come. My best hope is that I will go as Neal did, enjoying what I am passionate about til the very end.



Prayers and may he rest in peace.

Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 15, 2017 @ 05:49 PM | 6,916 Views

My Trainee, William finally had another Training Session with his Super Cub this morning.

He did pretty good considering..................................

Let me tell you what happened. I made a Pre-Flight Check and Elevator and Rudder was working perfect.

I commanded his Super Cub to take-off and climb at 100 feet and checked out the model by showing William a powered loop and non-powered loop. He listened and acknowledged quickly so, I gave William the control. About one minute later, I asked William to attempt a loop and told him it doesn't matter which (powered or non-powered) and some strange reaction from the model was observed.

I asked William to attempt a powered loop at 100 feet and instructed him to give it DOWN Elevator and this time I was watching his fingers and the control sticks. To my horror, I witnessed William give ample DOWN Elevator and the model still didn't want to nose down or dive? At this time I asked William to turn over the controls over to me and I witnessed the model not respond to DOWN Elevator?

I CUT-OFF the Power and allowed the model to glide for a smooth (Kiss-The-Ground) landing and when we retrieved the model it was my HORROR that the STOCK plastic Clevis and more like the Plastic Pin from the STOCK Clevis had broken-OFF!

Fortunately, I came with my Park Zone T-28D "Airforce" Trojan and I had out-fitted my Trojan with Dubro "White" Clevis with Metal Pins and I gave him that one from...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 20, 2016 @ 11:25 PM | 7,071 Views

Since you all are wanting to go faster using "FOAM" airframes then, why not make an Airframe that can "really" take it!

I got this from a good friend, David from Central Florida who went to work for an Aerospace Company and its just Awesome!

Amazing. And if you ask me I think it's the future of scratch-building this is what got me to take the leap and buy a consumer grade 3d printer. I didn't think the consumer grade 3d printers were up to the task of making airframe parts, much less entire airframes. Check it out! Pretty awesome!

3D Printed Airplane - P 38 Lightning | Flite Test (10 min 36 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 06, 2016 @ 08:13 PM | 7,557 Views

Just came back from the RC Club Field and flew it for 4 wonderful flights on this beaten but, still flyable and still relatively good looking model.

I used an old but, good condition FMS Model G&C 3648-KV600 brushless outrunner motor and a eRC 45-AMP Brushless ESC.

Of course the propeller selection is on the small diameter size and used the Master Airscrew wooden 11 X 6 propeller but, it performed really well and keeps the AMP draw down considerably.

A few pictures of my work from two days and nights fixing this model up for flight worthy.

Things still to do is re-route the ESC -to- Battery connector over to the frontal area to get more slack as it is a pain to connect at the rearwards with little or no slack. Also, I might try an APC "E" 12 X 8 propeller....Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 21, 2016 @ 04:54 AM | 7,843 Views
Gals and Guys!

My Hyperion Enigma with Lights has been flying all this week after I finally replaced a bad jittery aileron servo!

It has gone with me to the RC Club every morning and before work!

Thank goodness cooler weather conditions!

It was just amazing seeing this model fly right at sunrise and next to the Moon.....those lights are just fantastic.

...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 06, 2016 @ 07:14 AM | 7,815 Views
Okay, as of 2:00am Thursday (10-06-2016) at the CNN Weather News Desk, this Hurricane is almost a CAT-4 thereby, it strengthened over night and its coming directly to Florida and it appears Central Florida.

The only reason I am boarding my house even though I am in-land is because Hurricanes are known to wobble and therefore can veer off course from the weather channel (Hurricane Center predictions).

Besides, I had all the plywood cut to size and labeled from the 2005 hurricanes. I worked my fat ASHE off today. It was an unbelievably hot sun and glad I had one of those Safari hats which saved my life. I started at 2:15pm and could not believe how hot it was and the Sun was amazingly hot. It felt like someone had a Blow Torch on me where the Sun was hitting on me. Had two ladders, some old shorts with those large pockets to keep the steel anchor screws. Didn't finish until 7:15PM!

The Concrete Drill bit was lost once and I did a prayer and found it after coming back on the third time. I have all the small bedroom windows covered with 19/32th plywood panels ( Those facing West, North and East). I didn't have strong help to bring up the larger panels for the Bay Windows that face the South and these will be left alone. I do have a complete Plywood sheet for the front door. The Lani has Plexiglass windows (Facing the North) which are stronger than the Cheap Glass windows Cambridge Homes installed so, not worried there.

Today, I will secure my Aluminum Down Spout Gutter extensions with Sand Bags even though they are close to the ground. I only have two so, no biggie.