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Posted by Micubano | Today @ 12:09 PM | 372 Views
I owned two Precision Aerobatics (PA) planes years ago before I joined a club. A Mini Kitana and an Addiction. I didn't build them and the only reason I had them is the LHS gave me a great deal on both of them because one of the employees damaged them a little while "testing" them. They were supposed to hang on my wall until I was ready for balsa and balsa repairs. About a year later I was tired of flying mostly alone and joined a local flying club. One afternoon a guy I'm friends with started going on about his two PA planes he sold and missed. Long story short, he got his planes back and I got wall space back. He was very grateful. It was worth it.

I've been flying for almost 8 years now. I didn't fly the PAs, but I do have an old balsa E-Flite Cessna 150 Acrobat 250 I picked up 2 years ago and take out from time to time. It has survived so far and I am happy with it. The rest of my collection has been foam and almost entirely Horizon. There is a balsa Slick 3D sitting in its box in my basement for two years too, but I didn't put in the time to learn about balsa assembly and repair. I didn't feel ready. Plus, why balsa when we have all this wonderful foam stuff that is easily repaired. That started changing after having a few beers in the FoamTac tent at NEAT after not winning the plane I wanted at the Hobby King tent auction. I was passing the Flex Innovations (FI) tent on the way back to my club's spot on the flight line and decided to stop. I had money....Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | Jan 08, 2019 @ 09:34 AM | 2,241 Views
I am loving Flex Innovations' planes. I have a Mamba 10, Extra 300 G1, and the Cap 323 now. It all started with the Mamba 10 at NEAT Fair. When I go to the basement and look at all my other planes, I am wondering when I am going to fly them. Well, not the HH Ultimate2, CZ Cessna, and CZ Cub. I am in the middle of putting together a Precision Aerobatics Extra 260 too. I'm putting the IPA kit and an Aura 8 in it. I'm wondering how it will compare to the Flex planes. I didn't realize that I would need to cut holes in the covering in several places. I'm glad that I keep a lot of new Exacto blades around. I learned from cutting foam that using a new blade every session will keep everything nice looking. I also didn't know a sealing tool is needed. That arrives Saturday. Late 2018 was the Fall of Flex. Maybe 2019 will be about balsa. After 8 years, I finally know what kind of planes I like to fly and willing to sink some money into some good ones without the fear of breaking the landing gear off.

Before the Cap 232 trade happened, I started selling planes to make room. For the CAP 232, I let two guys go crazy and pick out a dozen planes of all sizes. I knew one for years. He is a good pilot. It turned out the other guy only talked a good game. I found out New Years Day at a fun fly that he destroyed the CZ Splendor and Force RC F-18 Blue Angels I traded to him. I just fixed the canopy hatch on the Splendor and the test flights were good. I had an AR636 tuned nicely in the F-18, that had 4 flights on it. I'm wondering if he put a 3S in it. He also has my old QQ Extra 280 that was like new. I'm hoping he hangs it on a wall and never flies it. It's thinking like this that makes my basement look like I'm an airplane hoarder. Well, it doesn't look that way now. I sold/traded a lot of planes. On the other hand, I do have his Cap 232. He set up nice with an AR8010T RX, sat, and even bought HK wing bags. I will have my Cap 232 for years.
Posted by Micubano | Dec 19, 2018 @ 01:09 PM | 1,109 Views
He picked the RA Cores Mini Yak up at NEAT fair. We were supposed to build it together, but he has been too busy with school and sports. I was thinking about what local gym we could use to fly it in during the build when I received a text that there is going to be a dome fly in New Years Day. He is going to love flying it there. It's not a Christmas gift, but I like putting some of the small planes on the tree every year.
Posted by Micubano | Sep 20, 2018 @ 02:43 PM | 2,473 Views
At NEAT Fair he picked up a Hobby King Arctic Cat Kit and Bonsai II PNF Wing plus a RC Cores 22" Mini Yak. He also got an E-Flite PT-17 1.1. Plus we are almost done building an RA Cores Spitfire that I bought a few years ago and pretty much forgot about. He put Fortnite guns on the wings already, so that is his too. I'd rather have him keep getting planes to fly and doing Fortnite themes that playing Fortnite . That's not a bad haul for a kid who just turned 13.
Posted by Micubano | Aug 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM | 2,799 Views
This summer my son has gone from no interest in flying to wanting to fly a lot. He has been flying his UMX Radian, PT-17 and Pitts. Last night he brought the X-Vert to the field and insisted we didn't need to buddy box. He seemed really confident, so I let him. I took a brief video just to capture the moment and then put the phone away in case I needed to take the TX. It turns out I didn't need to. By the end of the night he was doing loops and his turns were pretty solid without SAFE and on the flight line by himself. All his flights (PT-17 and X-Vert) were great and he didn't crash once.

Our trip last week to both Air and Space museums in Washington DC (The Udvar-Hazy center is a must visit place if you like planes) seemed to really solidify his love of planes. We were still on vacation when we picked out a new UMX Yak 54 for him to try. Yeah, I know it's delicate. I have the AS3Xtra. I'm willing to risk the $100 on him so he can try something new and build up his own hangar.

Now that I think about it, his interest started up again when I showed him pictures of a full scale biplane that someone locally built next to a 1/4 RC version of the same plane that a club member built. He seemed fascinated that someone built their own plane. He asked about building a full scale airplane once. I wonder how serious he was?

My Son Flying the XVert (0 min 46 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Aug 07, 2018 @ 10:41 AM | 2,172 Views
My son went all in on sports for a long time there and told me he was done with flying. He burned out on the sports and is taking a well deserved break, but his Mom hates him sitting around. I think he just asked me to go flying to get out of the house originally, but after a few flights he genuinely seems interested. This video was from a few days ago, but last night he was getting fancy with the UMX Radian. He is also liking the UMX PT-17. With the UMX Pitts he is having trouble correcting after a turn, but he'll get it. He also started an RC channel on YouTube for his videos. Right now he only has 2 subscribers, so if some RCG people wouldn't mind subscribing, that would help keep him interested. The channel is dedicated to RC videos only. Thanks!

Flying the E-Flite UMX Radian at Lackawanna State Park (2 min 54 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jul 24, 2018 @ 01:43 PM | 2,405 Views
So...were are having a new roof put on and the contractor asked to store some things inside. My wife said "Sure, there is plenty of room" not realizing that there is no more room in my workshop. I get a phone call from her. She asked me not buy any more planes for a while. Does that include the Crescendo I bought this morning? I probably should have told her about that. Well, I made it to 80. Time to sell some planes cheap to the guys at the clubs and put the money towards vacation in a few weeks to smooth things over. Maintenance time was getting out of control anyway.
Posted by Micubano | Jul 03, 2018 @ 10:26 AM | 7,257 Views
Despite my stock props being balanced, symmetrical, and free of defects they always seem to loud and to not have a lot of punch at full throttle. I've been told get wood props countless times, but I was out and my CZ Yak was making me cringe when I heard the advice yet again. This time I listened.

The video is short. It was a hot day. I had a bad summer cold going on. The bugs were horrible and my son/camera man stole my hat that I cover with bug spray when I fly. I chose a battery (E-Flite 6S 2900) that some one here on RCG shipped to me for free about 6 or 7 years ago when I was into helis to keep the power low and the esc cooler. Amazingly that battery has a little sag but still holds a full charge and the cells are all good. Doing battery maintenance on all batteries twice a year does pay off! Despite all that, I loved the flight and the next two as well despite my son going back to the car to sit in the AC with my hat. He volunteered to come with me and take video without me asking, so I took him for a nice lunch afterwards. Apparently he wants to learn video editing, so I am helping him with that too.

E-Flite Carbon-Z Cub with Xoar Wood Prop - Test Flight (3 min 55 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jun 07, 2018 @ 12:54 PM | 3,096 Views
It's been over 6 months since HH replaced my Convergance that suffered a horrible, horrible death. I've broken (and fixed) a couple planes on the maiden flights. I've never been more sure that a crash was not my fault than that one. The replacement Convergence was hanging brand new on a hook next to the F-27 Evolution, which I fly often until yesterday. While reaching for the F-27 Evo, I decided to finally maiden the Convergence. Mainly because I remembered I charged 3S batteries and not 4S. It didn't crash and I had good control the entire time. I liked it and I hope it keeps flying this way. I hope that better collets eventually work their way into the system. Until then if you buy one, use a strong and rubbery glue on your two front props. I'm glad HH's CS took care of me with this one. I felt like I just threw money out the window until they sent me the new one.
Posted by Micubano | May 22, 2018 @ 12:15 PM | 4,380 Views
Video First. Blog post follows.
MPCNC Drawing Tests - Time Lapse Video (1 min 8 sec)


I love tech. I bought a Champ S+ just to try the safety features for beginners. I don't mind buying beginner planes because you can turn all the safety stuff off and fly like you don't care. With a few exceptions, I've stayed away from balsa and stuck with foam. This all started when I saw a guy with a beautiful little red bipe that turned into toothpicks during the first flight. After that I saw quite a few balsa crashes with some of them going in the garbage can. But just like I swore I'd never fly planes when I was a heli guy, I think it is time to start building and flying my own balsa planes.

This isn't a sudden decision. It's been coming for a while. I've seen what a talented guy with an iron can do with the coverings. I've seen some very nice scratch-built planes. One guy at the club even built a full scale bipe that he flies over the field with a few times a year and puts on a nice show with. Of course, all these guys have decades of experience. I'm about 6 or 7 years in. I have been repairing my own planes and learned as much as I can with them. I've been designing my own parts, 3D printing them, and installing them for a few years now. That has been working great. I was going to start making my own foam planes, but I think I need a bigger step. The problem is getting the time to do things.

When I first started flying foam, I took some PVC, guitar string, a 3S battery, and...Continue Reading
Posted by Micubano | May 16, 2018 @ 10:23 AM | 3,136 Views
As usual, no one uses my local parks unless there is a sporting event for a kids team. It's kind of sad, but I get a ton of flying time in on the micros. My only issue is the grass grew really fast. The Maule M7 needed to be rolled back and forth a few times to create small path for takeoff, but it did take off.
Posted by Micubano | May 03, 2018 @ 12:57 PM | 3,808 Views
This is a fun plane. I'm glad I decided to get one.
Posted by Micubano | May 01, 2018 @ 11:50 AM | 4,178 Views
What a spring so far. Out flying in the sun one day, flurries the next. It looks like we are finally getting past all that now and the grass is green everywhere.
Posted by Micubano | Apr 03, 2018 @ 09:16 AM | 3,006 Views
My collection has grown ridiculously since the fall. A few planes I've been sitting on to maiden because the club field is closed for the winter and they are too big or fast for a park. A few I'm waiting for a perfect day to maiden them because I picked up some Lemon RXs for PNP planes and I have no idea how they are going to feel while flying. After getting the Maule together and driving to the field, I decided that even with the heavy winds that were trying to blow it away when I took my hand off of it, it was going up. I did 3 minutes around the field and landed it. I didn't plan to land it at 3 minutes because I thought I was going to need a second pass. The wind just gently it to the ground on a steep but slow path. It was 3 minutes that felt good though, but the wind was enough to make me scrap the F-27 Evolution maiden. I didn't have SAFE enabled on it, but after watching a video where it barely missed with the ground, I might turn it on for a little while.

I've been flying here or there this winter, but there were times where I was grounded for a few weeks because of weather. It didn't help that there was no time to fly after work (darkness) and quite a few of the parks were locked for the winter to save on maintenance costs . I did use the flight sims a lot. I flew the Vapors around the house for a month. In March, I was itching to get out and did a little. With the extra hour of daylight and a little Spring Fever I went nuts. In March alone, I bought 4 planes from HH and only one of them was a UMX plane. Last March I only bought 2 planes, and one of them is a micro. That was a pretty mild winter. So if you are ever wondering how bad the winter has been here, ask me how many planes I bought in the Spring.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 15, 2018 @ 01:25 PM | 6,234 Views
My UMX Cessna just happened to be delivered on Valentine's Day. It is all set to fly. Since I couldn't due to it being dark out and rainy out, I took some pics of it instead.
Posted by Micubano | Feb 12, 2018 @ 01:03 PM | 3,881 Views
I've been flying a little with UMX planes this winter, but not like I did the previous 2 winters because the fields are really wet. I have 3 new HH planes hanging on the ceiling waiting to be maidened and a 4th on the way. Plus I am buying 3 used planes off another RCG member. The lesson to learn here is bad weather does not soften the addiction in any way. I think I was just buying planes to have something to put together and get ready to fly. Here's hoping for a great Summer like last year. I loved flying 3 days a week.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 23, 2017 @ 09:39 AM | 3,405 Views
I only took the new Sukhoi SU-29mm and two batteries to the field Wednesday, which was just about what I had time to fly. I did take some video of some others flying. Not a lot of people at the club, but we were all trying to get as much time in the air as possible.

Clips of RC Airplanes Flying at LAMS Field - October 2017 (5 min 21 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Sep 21, 2017 @ 03:59 PM | 3,393 Views
I bought a Roc Hobby MXS V2 from HorizonHobby.com. I love the way it looks. I'm told it is twitchy as and the CG is tough to nail down. I'm hoping to get lucky with all that on the maiden. As long as I don't break the nose off it like I did with the Pawnee, I'll be happy.
Posted by Micubano | Sep 14, 2017 @ 11:44 AM | 3,895 Views
I did not give up yesterday. I packed my car before work so I could drive right to the field. I get out of work and step in to rain. I get on the highway and more rain. Drive by the exit to my house and still raining. Get off the exit about 10 minutes from the field and rain. That final 10 minutes goes through a pass in the mountains. Other side of the mountain, no rain! Two other club members were already there and they said the rain stopped there about 10 minutes before I showed up. About 6 more showed up a little after I did. Most of them just showed up to talk about NEAT Fair, But 3 of us were flying and I got my 5 flights in. For two of the Timber flights, it went through some low clouds.

I left the field around 7 PM. When I got through the mountain pass, it was raining. When I got home, it was dark out. It's only a 15 minute ride! With the exception of it actually raining last week and the one week I was on vacation, this was a great summer for flying. I'm going to keep going on Wednesdays until DST ends.
Posted by Micubano | Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:32 AM | 3,989 Views
So a Beast 60e showed up at the club field last night disguised in a Thor scheme. It is beautiful. I threw in some other pics I took last night towards the end of the night, which was around 8 PM. Before I went on vacation flying was ending around 8:40. That's 40 minutes of flying I have to make up on the weekend now.