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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 29, 2017 @ 10:43 PM | 4,007 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 | 5,196 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 | 4,635 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)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 28, 2017 @ 04:07 AM | 4,350 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 | 4,895 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 | 4,552 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 | 4,721 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 | 5,203 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 | 5,467 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.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 06, 2016 @ 07:14 AM | 5,459 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.
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 02, 2016 @ 11:31 AM | 5,310 Views
Hello guys,

Just sharing a neat Video I recorded this weekend by jimmy rigging my Point and Shot camera on top of my Cowboy hat.

I was lucky at the AIM!

Okay, enjoy and make sure you select High Resolution by selecting the "HD" symbol.

Park Zone T-28D Airforce Trojan Knife Edge Flight2 Short 10-01-2016 (2 min 16 sec)

For those that like to view over at YouTube:
Park Zone T 28D Airforce Trojan Knife Edge Flight2 Short 10 01 2016 (2 min 16 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 25, 2016 @ 04:30 PM | 9,421 Views

Once again Horizon Hobby does it again!

On Saturday, September 24th, I received one fully outfitted Park Zone "Navy" T-28 Trojan Fuse!

It all started when I realized that my 7 year old Park Zone T-28D "Airforce" was just not repairable anymore and I searched and even called Horizon Hobby Technical Support asking them about any donor "USED" FUSE that might be there and if so, could I have the Firewall as anything has to be better than what I have! I even opened a "Looking" thread over at the Electric Airplanes asking ......


Well, to my surprise, Horizon Hobby sent me an NEW FUSE without any questions and it was outfitted with Servos and the Spektrum AR-600 Full Range Receiver!

Push rods were all in place and ready for action.......well almost!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 17, 2016 @ 06:16 PM | 6,081 Views
Gals & Guys,

Just received an e-mail from this eBay front store where I have purchased all of my Horizon Hobby parts saying that they had suffered a very bad warehouse fire.

They returned all monies from an auction I won late last week!

Well, it would seem that many Park Zone, E-Flite and other Horizon Hobby brand items went up in the fire!


Now, it will be harder to find parts and prices may go up!
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 17, 2016 @ 05:13 AM | 6,134 Views
Hello guys,

Allow me to say that I had to open this blog thread because posting anything about "a" specific model in any of the specific threads created to discuss the specific model made a few people to attack me and "others" who dare point out certain aspects about newly announced and released FOAM warbird models and some resorted to reporting our postings because it was not in their liking "or" they were on the take from the distributor in these threads.

Okay, this blog post is to point out as you might say the King has no clothes analogy

It is perhaps an observation effects among certain recently released 1.1M and 1.2M warbird models that are being discussed within the Electric Warbird section and screaming for attention and our hard earned $$$

Clean and very kind and gentle discussion are welcomed, however, if borderline attacks to anyone or disrespectful unkind or ugly replies will be immediately deleted.

Lastly, since I am located within the United States of America (USA), my comments will be directed and related to someone from the USA when attempting to compare availability and potential purchase of such model.

Okay, lets start with the Eleven Hobby Grumman F8F Bearcat

1. Unlike many pasts Park Flyer warbirds such as Park Zone era you have a fully completed FUSE without the removable COWLING and being a ONE PIECE FUSE, the attached Cowling is made of FOAM. The following observations you will see the Gator Skin effect and if its...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 10, 2016 @ 05:52 PM | 6,195 Views
For Part 1 then, go to:


Fell in Love once more with my Park Zone F4U Corsair!

Replaced right Wing Aileron Servo (had the Jitters in Neutral) and I didn't want to take any chances. Since I had to dig in to get that Wing Servo then, I took off old packing tape from the entire Wing Assembly underneath since I went back to the STOCK Park Zone 480 Brushless motor.

Took the Canopy to Lowe's Home Improvement (Waterford Lakes) and there the nice guy at the paints matched up the paint to exact perfections!

Used the Cowling and main Gear assembly from the Horizon Hobby Corsair with Safe (model that parts came from).

EDIT: The paint was Latex base and here's additional information:

Okay, a few pictures!

Took out offending Aileron Wing Servo plus all the old packing tape underneath the wing and fixed a hair ling crack on the trailing edge of wing assembly!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 06, 2016 @ 02:30 AM | 6,832 Views

I purchased my beloved Park Zone F4U Corsair on September 2nd, 2008!

That's a whopping 8 years and my model is still flying and most importantly satisfying to fly! It has perhaps a few hundred flights on those wings. A few years ago I switched from the STOCK PZ 480 BL motor to the Model Motors AXI-2820/10 with 1,100 Kv. With this AXI Motor the wings almost flexed to the point that the model would have crashed at the first turn. After using some strong packing tape the Wing is incredibly strong.

Fast forward to today, I acquired a few parts from the Horizon Hobby Corsair about one year ago and I have finally come around to perform a FACE LIFT to my old and tired Park Zone F4U Corsair.

Parts came from someone that had:

1. Upgraded the Fixed Main Gear & Wheels set with the newer HH F4U.
2. Upgraded the Cowling from the HH F4U.
3. Work Still to be done is Paint and Decals.

Okay, a few pictures!

The way I had it for a while and the AXI was just too much on this airframe!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 01, 2016 @ 10:07 PM | 6,404 Views
Yes correct, 490,049 miles without any Engine rebuilt history!

A well deserved Engine OIL and Filter change and a little repair on old and dry rotted wiring at the steering wheel. You can't blame me for bringing the Steering Wheel inside the house in the Air Conditioned Kitchen Island as this past weekend was super HOT and HUMID. I must have thrown out three (3) T-Shirts! All turned Out Super!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2016 @ 02:29 PM | 7,245 Views
Gals and Guys,

I had to get something new and most especially FUN so, my buddy was selling his Mariposa (means Butterfly in Spanish) and I quickly made the trip to his house and picked this fine looking model.

The Covering is just fantastic and no re-ironing was needed even after one hour travel back to my house. Got it setup with a 6-Channel Orange Receiver with the dual antenna version. These are the ONLY Receivers that are resistant to an ugly pluse / interference that exists at my RC Club. I have larger models with this these receivers and they are ROCK Solid.

The smallest battery that I would DARE fly it is my Admiral, 3-Cell, 2200mAH, 35C discharge Lithium Polymers and depending on my Maiden. The real motor that shines in this model is the E-Flite 480 (910Kv) and it is a crying shame that I was not able to install it due to it's really tight conditions. I could not find a typical E-Flite 480 motor X-Mount to compare with the one that came with the model (Detrum Replacement Brushless Motor - BM2815A-KV1100).

Surprisingly the X-Mount from the Detrum worked on the E-FLITE 480, however, you just COULD NOT get any screws back there because the E-FLITE 480 rotation cylinder is tapered outward and no mater what you do, its just a waste of time.

Wednesday super early morning to make an attempt to fly was perfect indeed. I used the GWS Slow Flyer 10 X 4.7 propeller and it shine all around.

Power System Tests were completed by using the GWS Slow Flyer 10 X...Continue Reading