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Posted by alan west | Feb 10, 2009 @ 09:41 PM | 3,172 Views
OK so the helipcopter bug has hit me.
Posted by alan west | Oct 23, 2007 @ 04:41 PM | 3,300 Views
I think i need to make a new blog entry sometime soon...
Posted by alan west | May 23, 2007 @ 08:01 AM | 3,339 Views
well i flew my sparky 400 this last weekend with the help of a more experienced flyer. it needed a lot of trimming up. i moved all of the servos to minimum throw and straightened out the motor. the motor had too much downthrust and right thrust. the tricky thing about this plane turns out to be the cg. when under power it needs to be moved forward however to glide without power it needs to be set back. so i will have to set it too heavy forward to fly under power or tailheavy for gliding. the controls on this plane are very sensitive. we will see how these new setting work out. i still have more cg testing to do. i have a new computer radio and i was learning how to use it. so i turn it on and start to find a new memory slot to program the sparky. DO NOT DO THIS. unless the airplane is not plugged in. the next thing i know good ole sparky ran off my workbench across the room into a wall nose first. it turns out that the new memory slot i found had some settings already on it including reversed throttle. the upshoot from this mistake is a burned out park 400 outrunner and its esc. so i replaced the park 400 with a gws 28mm outrunner which matches specs for the e-flite. what a loss. i am still a little angry at the event. at least my kids and their friend weren't in the line of fire.
Posted by alan west | May 11, 2007 @ 06:32 PM | 3,576 Views
I have never written a blog before. This will be a challenge for me. I purchased an Air Hogs Airplane which was on sale at target for 90% off and flew that with the kids and thought ........gee....this is kinda fun. I wonder if there are any other planes that fly better. This event happened in February 2007. Now I have a hangar with a Slow Stick, a Hobby Lobby Phoenix balsa, a homemade STC., a Husky, and a Sparky 400. Not to mention the two or three toy r/c's I got from the big box stores. I have found this resource here at RC groups to be indispensable. Thats all for now. more later I guess.