Posted by GBLynden | Oct 03, 2020 @ 08:45 PM | 1,148 Views
This is Reckem Roys RC's Emergency Belly Landing With The Arrows F8F Bearcat WWII RC Warbird.

Reckem Roys RC's Emergency Belly Landing With The Arrows F8F Bearcat WWII RC Warbird (6 min 1 sec)

Posted by p901P901 | Oct 03, 2020 @ 06:41 PM | 1,196 Views
Wing Span 74"
Length 71"
Weight 12 lbs estimate from 3d printing with ABS.

Based off of Esotech Hummingbird Will be using a longer tail like Pattern planes for better controllability. The prop is made from 5ea 20 x 14 prop halves mated to a custom hub. Motor is a Tomcat 160 expected rpm will be 5k on a 6 cell battery. Thrust ratio looks to be 1.3:1
Hover roll control will be fins aft of fan and with tail controls. Expecting 3D aerobatics.

Named this plane after the Heinkel Wespe and the Hummingbird.
Posted by old4570 | Oct 03, 2020 @ 05:40 PM | 1,332 Views
FMS800 Vtail and the new prop (5 min 20 sec)

At last I get to try out the new prop on the FMS 800 Vtail .
This prop really pulls well .
OK post from way back >
So this prop loads the motor to 8A on what is a 6A esc .. ( I might want a 10A esc )

But this prop really works :
Quiet as can be , more thrust . more speed . and when I got home the battery was @ 57%
Flying at around 50% power is very pleasant , and I was able to drop it even lower to maybe 35% ...
But @ around 25% power on my final , the model began to stall in a turn . I kind of forgot about the low power setting and applied more power to get out of the situation I got myself into .
That FMS 800 Vtail is such a nice easy forgiving model . I really do enjoy flying it . ( I will have to solder up a 4ch Rx for the Fox )

I would have taken the XK A160 out this morning except I was playing with it till late last night ( Put in a 12A esc ) , and the battery was not recharged .
Oh well ! Just recharged the battery for the Vtail and will now recharge the battery for the XK A160 ..
Posted by V-Man | Oct 03, 2020 @ 04:01 PM | 978 Views
Been two years since the last blog entry, and not much flyin'.

I had already mentioned that available open fields had dwindled to almost nothing on Montreal island, and now clubs are being shut down all around the city and suburbs. Pretty soon the only places available to practice R/C flying in the province (if you fly anything bigger than a race quad) are going to be rented farm fields an hour or two away.

Still, I'm keeping my equipment -- one day I'll either buy a rural place or have enough free time to drive far. Looking forward to it...
Posted by KristofferR | Oct 03, 2020 @ 02:17 PM | 1,033 Views
Leif gave me another plane, over 20 years old. Says “Big Swift” on the wing. I googled but found nothing. There’s some inflation on that name in the glider industry. It’s a V-tail glassfibre fuselage with a balsa wing, slight undercamber and double dihedral and a 2m span. Thermal style so I am a bit worried it will be bad on the slope where I tend to dwell. On the building board!

1: Checking electronics. The motor was impossible to get to so It had to be removed. It is a Jeti Phasor 30/3 at 1050kV. It pulled a monstrous 52A on a 3s with the 13x7 prop that was on. No way it would last!

I found a link at
and it’s good I studied German at school. 35A max!

Maybe the NiCd:s of the time limited the current where the LiPos of today don’t.

In my box of RC gear I found carbon prop blades about 9x5”-ish that fit the collet and it pulled 26A on 3s and 43A on 4s. For now it will be 3s.

Next up to the servos, a trio of Hitec HS-80. No mix, just elevator on the V-tail. I don’t like that but will test fly before adding another to get rudder. On with the servo-tester. Elevator servo held fine. Right aileron too. Left aileron was a bit jerky. I disconnected the rod to the control surface and put my finger on it to feel if it had any strength and it promptly overheated and died. So new servos has to go in.

2: Airframe... some damage on the balsa wing trailing edge needed to be glued and a few beginning cracks in...Continue Reading
Posted by kajukenbo | Oct 03, 2020 @ 02:16 PM | 1,006 Views
Here is my latest P-61 build in OD green. I Love how these planes look and fly, and they are an excellent base for a hobby project. It will probably be 2021 before I get to fly it. I cut off the top turret and added a few scale details. I haven't decided whether to use pin striping for the red lines on the wings, or to paint some weathered remnants of lines.
Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 03, 2020 @ 09:32 AM | 1,189 Views

Eachine E129 4CH 6-Axis Gyro Altitude Hold Flybarless RC Helicopter RTF - Review Part 2 Conclusion? It's a Keeper ;-)


Eachine E129 Gyro Helicopter RTF

Banggood GCRC

Here is a link to the Video:

This little Heli looks very cool and has some very nice features ;-)
Let's take it out for a spin and see how some of those features work.

Spare Parts:

Eachine E129 RC Helicopter Parts 3.7V 300mah Lipo Battery

2PCS Eachine E119 RC Helicopter Parts ABS Main Blade (I beleive these are the same as the E129)

2PCS Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Parts Tail Blade

Eachine E119/E129 RC Helicopter Parts Coreless Main Motor With Gear

Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Parts Tail Motor Set

Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Parts 615 Coreless Tail Motor

4PCS Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Parts Motor Gear

2PCS Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Parts Main Gear

Eachine E119/E129 RC Helicopter Parts 2g Digital Servo

Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Part Receiver Board Compatible With FUTABA FHSS

4PCS Eachine E119 E129 RC Helicopter Parts Canopy Washer

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Posted by Mochaboy | Oct 03, 2020 @ 07:59 AM | 1,025 Views
Wings Flight Simulator Overview and Setup Tips (36 min 10 sec)

This was the culmination of years of work built by FPV pilots from the community looking to fill a void in the wing simulator space. This was a labor of love for the duo, and having been part of the testing process, I'm proud of the work they were able to accomplish.

Hope you enjoy the simulator!
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Oct 02, 2020 @ 09:27 PM | 1,526 Views
It was finally possible to abandon the stock gopro mounts & make something lighter, which didn't slip, & which farstened to carbon fiber.

- round joints on the outside instead of square joints on the inside
- knobs for the wire bits
Posted by UpNup | Oct 02, 2020 @ 06:58 PM | 1,340 Views
Back in July a friend stumbled on this prop jet in an antique mall. A couple of weeks later my wife and I went there and checked it out. I took photos and put them on a balsa kit building page. Everyone said it was an incredible deal and to grab it.

So after haggling for three weeks with the owner, we reached a deal. Keep in mind this is only available in a balsa kit that took months to complete. He came down 11% and threw in a radio controller. This flies like a plane (the propeller part) but looks like an FA-18 Hornet fighter (the jet in prop jet) flown by the Blue Angels.

At least a 1/10.8 scale version. It’s 59 inches long, has a 53 inch wingspan, and weighs 8.5 lbs. No decals, but gas the Navy blue and yellow accents. Other version surpass 100 mph, so it’ll be awhile before this thing flies with my thumb at the helm.

I understand the Super Tigre 90 engine on this prop jet is rare and valuable. The ling tuned pipe muffler adds to the power. So I plan to strip it out of the plane and sell it separately. I fly electric motors and not fuel types anyway.

Another feature is that it has retractable trike landing gear. That’s pretty cool adding realism. I plan to use it as a winter project.

And the best part is that my wife suggested that I buy it....Continue Reading
Posted by bnrusso | Oct 02, 2020 @ 02:46 PM | 1,209 Views
CAUTION: A friend purchased the EFL01250 P51.
Never try to do forward programming on this plane in the air.
The elevator goes out during try to forward program.
According to Horizon Hobby the AR637TA is designed not to allow customers to make any changes they are allowed to make in the older AR363 RX or the new AR637T.
It's called a locked, pre-programmed RX. You can't make any changes via the Spektrum programmer either.
I found this out after I contacted HH because he had moved the RX forward, changing RX orientation and replaced the elevator servo with one that runs backwards. AS3X requires changes in the RX, not the TX so he had to replace the RX with an older AR636 but that has no forward programming.
Posted by Number_6 | Oct 02, 2020 @ 09:40 AM | 1,421 Views
I went with skid pad.

ESC brake set to 'off'.

Video of first two flights to
confirm 3/8" EPP skid pad

Reason to try a skid pad is that many
model planes with landing gear run off
the small, oddly angled runway ... hit the
heavy grass and flip.

Also, have seen some prop strikes as other
Leaders try to taxi through heavy grass.

This skid method exchanges the weight of
wheels for EPP foam pad / Extreme tape.

Works OK so far.

Biggest advantage (heavy grass) is being able to land
directly into the wind, regardless of wind
direction for the lowest ground speed/ best flare.

Secondly, the pad acts as a brake.

First Flight 'Leader 480'a (3 min 1 sec)

Posted by Ssayer | Oct 02, 2020 @ 08:54 AM | 1,334 Views
I've got terrible eyes so I made a temporary set of lenses for my DJI Digital FPV Goggles by gluing the lenses from a set of glasses that I had made up a couple of years back that are for distance only and a couple of inserts that I found on Thingiverse. This setup works, but... the lenses are so close to my eyes that my eyelashes mark them up a little AND when I take the goggles off, I have to be very careful not to knock the inserts off.

The first day I got my Goggles, I ordered the RHO-Lenses for them ( ). Good thing, because between German Post and USPS, shipping took 25 days (plus the 5 days it took to make and ship them). It was definitely a good purchase though. The lenses fit inside the inserts rather than on top of the inserts like the temporary setup that I made. Also, they "look" professionally made (unlike my hokey temps)...

Here is what they look like inside the goggles (and yes, looking at them, I need to get my bulb blower out and dust them off )

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Posted by JeffMac | Oct 01, 2020 @ 09:30 PM | 2,050 Views
All -
My Megow Super Zomby electric RC conversion was built from Model Builder plans and the original and retouched plan and article on Outerzone. The Plan Page original article was nice to reference as well.... The ready to fly model weighs in at 18 ounces and is a real floater... First flights were this spring....

Polyspan and minwax clear along with some WBPU red for trim was used for finishing.

For anyone interested, please touch the link to go to my RCcgroups build log for the complete story, including a nice landing in a treetop.... Don't worry, the plane somehow worked it's way down with minor damage the next day. Phew.....

Link to flight videos taken solo on my cell, in that nasty weather.....

Megow Super Zomby electric RC 1st flight (1 min 9 sec)
Electric RC Megow Super Zomby 2nd flight short video (0 min 33 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by racer256 | Oct 01, 2020 @ 01:05 PM | 2,133 Views
I just wanted to let y'all know that my husbamd is undergoing surgery today here in Columbus, Ohio at OSU Wexner Medical Center. It is to reconnect everything back up from where he has Crohn's Disease. With coronavirus a threat, I have to sit here by myself and just having to hear the results by myself is a lot to take in. The surgeon at least told us if he thought he couldn't complete the surgery, he would close him back up without messing anymore up and I liked that mentality. Of course Wes and I both feel if it won't work out, we would be filing a lawsuit against the surgeon from last year. Wes has been in and out of the hospital so much. He has to be on IV fluids twice a day for a total of 3-4 hours. This is actually the same hospital that sent him home on vancomycin (which I told them not to do). Well they gave him a big increase for home and it wreaked havoc on his liver (which is 100% fine now) but it put him in renal disease for a few months.

I didn't grow up in a religious family at all so I've not really been the prayers type of person. Virtual hugs are good enough for me as I feel the need for them. I've gotten to know people on here and mostly everyone has been nice or at least sent me nice messages.
Posted by GroundControlRC | Oct 01, 2020 @ 07:18 AM | 2,483 Views

Eachine Mini Mustang P51D Warbird Gyro RTF Expert Mode - DustOff Flights #5 & #6

RadioMaster TX16S Transmitter

Eachine Mini Mustang P51D Warbird RTF P51 P-51

Eachine Mini F4U Corsair

Eachine Mini T-28 Trojan

Volantex Sport Cub 500

Banggood GCRC

Here is a link to the Video:

Spare Parts:

Lipo Battery 1S 360mAh for Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane

Brushed Motor 10mm Hollow Cup for Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane

Prop 130X70mm Propeller Set for Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane

Gearbox for Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane

Receiver Board Original 4 CH Onboard Servo for Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane

Front Landing Gear Set for Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane

Eachine Mini Mustang P-51D RC Airplane Push Rod Set Reading
Posted by perttime | Sep 30, 2020 @ 11:33 PM | 2,486 Views
Conditions looked fine on Tuesday, so I took the Spitfire to the larger nearby clearing again. Getting there, I could feel some wind but went on and launched anyway. That didn't last long. I suspect I got some turbulence from the hilltop trees. The impact was hard enough to break the nose completely off in front of the wing. The good thing was that it was a clean break and easy to glue. Uhu POR to the rescue.

Wednesday had almost calm weather towards the evening, so I went again. Launched several times, flew around, and did a few loops too. No good landings, though. Getting close to the ground I always managed to get the Spitfire into a slight climb and it stalled into the grasses. Need to work on that. Forecasts say there's going to be too much wind for my liking, for at least 10 days, though.
Posted by old4570 | Sep 30, 2020 @ 11:22 PM | 2,821 Views
I dont know if folks have been following the XK A160 J3 Cub ..
It really is good to look at !
But the flying experience looks to be something to be desired . ( Lot of crashing involved )
Just check out youtube . In almost every video the XK A160 falls out of the sky .

Mine certainly has issues and I havent even flown it yet !
I would suggest that the flight control board sux's big time .

With mine , when I go from 6G to 3D mode I lose around 50% of my elevator movement .
Rates ? What rates ? ( Supposedly Ch5 - But nothing happens )
My confidence for a successful flight are almost non existent .

LE wing slats - Yes ... Thats right ! I ordered some damaged overpriced UMX Turbo Timber wing slats ( seller SAID this N that about not sending me said damaged slats - but guess what I got !!!! ) = Disappointing !

Anyways , I have glued the damaged slats to the wing of the cub , and hopefully they will ..

A) Stay on for starters
B) Help with the low speed stalls ( if thats the problems ) in turns
C) ????? Not cause problems !

Battery is charged , I tooled around more trying to work out why I was loosing 50% elevator in 3D mode ..
But , no results . It could be a pig N a poke .

At the moment ( ATM ) , wind and more Wind ...
Need to fly the 18650 Mini Stick again - More Prop !
This XK Cub
Yeah , the back burner is full , and the wind speed is just increasing .. Maybe I need to get up @ 5am ?