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Posted by basslord1124 | Yesterday @ 09:47 AM | 384 Views
New video showcasing the FT Seaduck's new paint job done by my father-in-law.

New and Improved FT Seaduck (2 min 40 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jan 15, 2019 @ 09:08 AM | 1,267 Views
In my latest video I look back at 2018 and then look forward to 2019 with a different outlook. An outlook that is nothing new, but more of the traditional RC plane hobbyists view on how things go in our crazy world. Hoping for an awesome 2019 experience as well as many more years to come. And hope everyone out there has a great new year as well.

Looking back at 2018 and looking forward to 2019 (7 min 45 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jan 07, 2019 @ 09:21 AM | 1,879 Views
My take on a foamboard snow skimmer to use during the winter/snowy months. This is Part 1 of the build process and what I got so far. It is a flat bottomed boat design with 2 motors on the back to use for propulsion as well as direction. They will use differential thrust to control the steering. So no servos are needed! More videos to come on this project.

DIY: Foamboard Snow Skimmer: Part 1 (5 min 27 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Dec 28, 2018 @ 09:05 AM | 1,005 Views
Here's an update to the glider project I've been working on where I tackle the wing. I even work out a way to split this huge wingspan up into 2 halves that can easily be transported in a small car.

Large foamboard glider (Galaxy) update... Wing joining and construction... (11 min 31 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Dec 10, 2018 @ 09:33 AM | 889 Views
Just recently did my first livestream on my channel Perkyplanes & RC. Here's the full video:

Perkyplanes & RC First Livestream! (1 hr 18 min 56 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Nov 29, 2018 @ 03:41 PM | 1,673 Views
I have created a Facebook group for my Youtube channel Perkyplanes & RC for anyone who wants to join and discuss RC goodness.

Perkyplanes & RC on Facebook! The channel now has a Facebook group! Please join! (2 min 50 sec)

And here is a link to the Facebook group:
Posted by basslord1124 | Nov 19, 2018 @ 09:26 AM | 1,265 Views
Tackled yet another Flitetest build...this time, the FT Long EZ. A super cool looking plane that only uses a single sheet of foamboard. So aside from electronics cost, it only cost $1 to build the plane.

FT Long EZ intro... cool design and an easy $1 build! (4 min 41 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Nov 09, 2018 @ 04:26 PM | 1,365 Views
Lost for approximately 8 months at our local RC field's "death valley", probably in the wooded area, the FT Super Bee has been found. Airframe is definitely seen better days. But how are the electronics after months of hot and cold temps, rain, snow, wind, etc. ?

FT Super Bee (Zipper) has been found! Does he still work? (8 min 15 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Oct 23, 2018 @ 08:32 AM | 1,513 Views
The Dynam PA-18 Super "Piper" Cub was actually the first plane I got to start back into the RC plane hobby. I got it as a gift from my my wife. Unfortunately, it spent more time being a lawn dart than a flying airplane. Now granted some of that was my inexperience. I went on to have successful flying with the Hobbyzone Champ and other airplanes.

I have now decided to dust the plane off and try to bring it back to life. And I have already been making modifications to it since parts are extremely hard to come by. Some of the modifications are even from my experiences with working with foamboard and Flitetest planes. Join me on this small journey to bring this plane back to life!

Dynam PA-18 Super/Piper Cub - "FrankenCub" Project..Lawn dart or will it fly? (13 min 21 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Oct 15, 2018 @ 09:20 AM | 1,775 Views
Been wanting to add a nice somewhat large glider to my airplane arsenal. Something for those lazy/relaxing days. Found some plans for a Flitetest style glider (called Galaxy) through the Flitetest community pages. Currently have the fuselage and tail section built. Next big step is the wing which I am actually going to make as a 2 piece wing with a split in the middle so I can take it apart for transporting. The original design was a full single piece wing that used 3 sheets of foamboard.

Here is a video on the start of this journey in constructing this big glider.

Large foamboard glider build progress & introduction... Flitetest style glider (Galaxy) (6 min 49 sec)

And here is the original Flitetest article on the glider:
Posted by basslord1124 | Oct 08, 2018 @ 08:38 AM | 6,227 Views
This is some old footage of when our furnace went out in our house at the beginning of 2018 with outside temps reaching the single digits at times. The house was without heat for a good few weeks . This was all during the time when our daughter was in NICU for a while and that was more of a priority to us than dealing with the house. We were bouncing between my mother's house and mother-in-law's house at the time. From what I observed, our house did reach a low of 32 degrees although it's possible it could've gotten lower than that since I wasn't there all the time.

When the guys came to install the furnace I decided to just see how my lipos were doing. I knew the cold probably wouldn't hurt em, but I was still curious to see how they were holding up especially since they haven't been checked for a while.

How well do Lipos survive a cold house? (5 min 45 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Oct 03, 2018 @ 09:31 AM | 1,837 Views
Decided to tackle the FT Simple Cub as my next Flitetest build. I was looking for a simple 3 channel Flitetest design to help with training new folks on RC planes and the FT Simple Cub seemed like a good fit. In the video I share my experiences with the build process.

Why did I choose the FT Simple Cub? thoughts and experiences (good and bad) (5 min 51 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Aug 24, 2018 @ 09:05 AM | 1,863 Views
A review of my good and bad experiences with Flitetest pushrods...

Review: Flitetest pushrods (8 min 12 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Aug 13, 2018 @ 02:08 PM | 1,723 Views
Footage of my FT Super Bee (2nd flight) where I ended up losing orientation and sight of the plane somewhere over our RC Airfield's "death valley". Even footage of my trek down into death valley to look for it with no success.

FT Super Bee (Zipper)... MISSING! LOST! FLY-AWAY! GONE! (3 min 34 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jul 17, 2018 @ 10:20 AM | 1,970 Views
Video of my FT Super Bee (nicknamed Zipper) on its maiden flight and crash. I was using the high performance motors (red bottoms) and 4S lipo. Due to the quick speed and cramped space I overcorrected to avoid the tree and down she came. Damage was actually pretty minor. The plane is a little speed demon!

FT Super Bee Maiden Flight... And CRASH! (1 min 22 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | Jul 02, 2018 @ 09:04 AM | 4,186 Views
So while it was nice to have some color to the Storch, I had no idea the tape would leave all that striping when overlapped. So in the end, I just didn't care for the way it turned out and looked into a way to remove the tape even after it was already applied. When I asked around about the idea of removing colored packing tape from a foamboard/Flitetest plane many felt it was a bad idea and that there would be a significant amount of paper peeling up, damage, etc. But I went ahead and tried it anyways and actually was able to get decent results. Here is a video I did showing the process using a heating iron...

Removing packing tape from a foamboard RC plane (Flitetest) (6 min 37 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 30, 2018 @ 03:50 PM | 2,208 Views
Here is a reupload of last year's Memorial Day flight of my FT (Flitetest) Simple Storch. Now on my RC channel! It was kinda buggy where I was flying but the weather, clouds, and sun were perfect. Wife helped me with a hand launch as the grass was actually too high for normal takeoff. This was right after I covered the Storch in blue packing tape to give it some color.

FT Simple Storch Memorial Day flight... (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 14, 2018 @ 10:07 AM | 2,587 Views
So I thought I would start checking out some drones/quadcopters on the market. Decided to start with the Syma X5C-1 just b/c I had heard lots of good about the Syma drones and that they were good beginner drones (I am still sort of new to flying drones whereas I normally fly planes).

Overall I felt that the drone was indeed very good for beginners, it helped me with my skills that's for sure. The only major complaints I had with the drone:

-altitude hold was not quite up to par
-camera was in fixed position
-memory card reader made of plastic...poor quality

I paid about $40 for the drone and here's the link if you want to check it out:

I managed to record some video footage as well directly from the drone. Now obviously for these toy-grade type of drones you can't expect professional quality video/picture but it's still a little fun to mess around with.

Here's the youtube video so you can check out the video footage AND see how this thing flies:

Syma X5C-1 drone/quadcopter review... includes sample video footage (7 min 38 sec)

Posted by basslord1124 | May 11, 2018 @ 10:19 AM | 2,382 Views
Decided to revive my old RC channel Perkyplanes & RC and start posting RC content back on there again.

Perkyplanes & RC -

So I'm looking forward to putting some new RC content out there for everyone...please subscribe! Plan to do some product reviews, planes, scratchbuilding foamboard planes, Flitetest, and drones.
Posted by basslord1124 | May 23, 2017 @ 09:28 AM | 5,676 Views
My latest video where I take a long look at the Hitec X4 AC Pro Charger and what it's capable of. Power distribution settings, lipo balancing charging, storage charging mode, advanced system settings, and the smartphone app that goes with the charger.

Hitec X4 AC Pro Charger Review and Walk Through (27 min 12 sec)