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Posted by 7rider | Mar 01, 2012 @ 12:17 PM | 3,929 Views
After attaching the Tactic Anylink 2.4 module to my Spektrum DX7 and changing the channel mapping, E and I were ready to hit the local field this morning with the Flyzone Micro Fokker Dr.I Triplane. E had been obsessed with getting plane ever since he saw it in a Tower Hobbies catalog. I had flown the plane a little bit the previous night, but it needed some trimming, and it was a bit too dark to fly effectively. After adding the machine guns and the pilot last night, the plane was ready for its real maiden. I did a 100% mix of aileron to rudder after the first flight this morning so that one could use just the right stick for the control surfaces. This made the plane a lot easier to handle. I flew the first battery, and I let E fly the next 2 batteries. He had so much fun with the plane, he asked for a fourth one. I regret I didn't have a camera since the sun was rising and reflecting off the bottom of the clouds, giving a great dawn patrol effect to the Fokker in flight.
Posted by 7rider | Feb 22, 2012 @ 01:12 PM | 3,573 Views
RC Factory Edge 540 Hover (0 min 41 sec)

Posted by 7rider | Feb 17, 2012 @ 06:41 PM | 3,125 Views
Motrolfly DM2215-1150 with TGY 10x4.7SF
Motrofly 30a ESC
Gens Ace 3s 1000 25C

30 amps/328 watts

I was pretty shocked by the high numbers since the information sheet said that prop and a comparable battery should only produce 23 amps/255 watts. Love the power though on my RC Factory SU-29 and hope the motor and esc hold up.
Posted by 7rider | Feb 09, 2012 @ 11:07 PM | 4,362 Views
Turnigy G25/870kv with APC 11x8E
Exceed Proton 60 amp esc with Dimension Engineering Sport BEC
SkyLipo 4S 2200 20c 40c burst

46 amps 681 watts
Posted by 7rider | Feb 08, 2012 @ 11:31 PM | 4,019 Views
Turnigy 2217/1050 Kv with APC 9x7.5E
Thunderbird 36A ESC
Voltz 2200 3S 35C

26 amps and 303 watts
Posted by 7rider | Feb 03, 2012 @ 11:22 AM | 4,170 Views
I like how the red on the Turnigy 2217/1050kv complements the red on the MUS, but I have a Motrolfly arriving soon since I want more POWER!
Posted by 7rider | Feb 02, 2012 @ 05:48 PM | 3,065 Views
Taxiing around the field is a lot smoother now with the addition of a tailwheel. Block of epp could probably be a little less high, but it does give a lot of clearance for the rudder.
Posted by 7rider | Dec 12, 2011 @ 11:42 PM | 3,356 Views
Omega 72G 1100kv
Thunderbird 36 esc
Gens Ace 2200 3S 25C
APC 11x5.5E

Full Throttle
330 watts at 29 amps

Had to put in 1/4" nylon standoffs so that prop would clear front of Telink SU-29. Looking forward to flying with new motor.
Posted by 7rider | Dec 08, 2011 @ 10:24 PM | 3,338 Views
Neodym NEO-400 920 tests for RC-Factory SU-29
Thunderbird 18A esc
Gens-Ace 1000mAh 3S 25C
APC 11x4.7 SF

Full Throttle
14 amps / 163 watts
Posted by 7rider | Dec 07, 2011 @ 10:44 PM | 3,159 Views
E-Flite Power 25 1250kv
APC 10x5E
Sky Lipo 2200 4S 20C 40C burst
Exceed 60A ESC Opto

50 Amps
712 Watts

I think I'll bring it down from an APC 10x7E to an APC 10x5E to keep the motor and the esc within their performance parameters for my Parkzone P-47. With the 10x5E, I can go full throttle for a longer period of time without any worry over overheating the motor, esc, or battery.
Posted by 7rider | Nov 24, 2011 @ 11:39 AM | 3,109 Views
I imported QQ's UMX Beast settings this morning. Maybe I can get the plane up in the air this weekend. It's too bad I didn't wait a little longer and buy the AS3X Beast, but this model should still be fun.
Posted by 7rider | Nov 21, 2011 @ 02:57 PM | 3,753 Views
I had a lot of fun maidening the Edge 540 the morning of 11/19/2011. It's a very responsive plane that has great pull out when you need it. I'm still trying to dial in the CG with my Turnigy 500 mAH 2s batteries at 37g each.

RC Factory Edge 540 and RC Factory SU-29

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Posted by 7rider | Nov 18, 2011 @ 12:53 PM | 3,354 Views
First few harriers under the soccer goal frame went fine, and then I came under the goal a little to fast... Took some time to make a Welder Glue hinge and stabilize the aileron servo (fortunate I used a metal gear servo that didn't strip), but the plane is flying again.
Posted by 7rider | Nov 11, 2011 @ 11:44 AM | 3,139 Views
Increased expo on high rates for my ailerons and rudder, and it made harrier and inverted harrier flying a lot smoother. Trying to get my inverted harriers as easy to fly as my normal harries. I'll be doing a lot of figure 8s in the next month. My goal is to eventually progress to rolling harriers.
Posted by 7rider | Nov 06, 2011 @ 09:24 PM | 3,113 Views
I blew out the charging circuitry of my DX8 today when I connected my DX8 with the Radical RC JR / Spektrum 4.8V Transmitter Charge Cord to my Bantam B6 and tried to charge at 1000mAh or 1A. I had charged at 1A before with my DX7, so I thought 1A wouldn't be a problem. When I tried 1A with the DX8, I heard a pop and smelled electronics burning. Upon further reading, it looks like there's charging circuitry in the DX8 which should only be charged at 200mAh, so the charge cord would have been fine at 200mAh. Now, when I try to charge with the normal charger, I just get a blinking blue LED light instead of a solid blue LED light. At least the DX8 still powers up okay. Now I'll have to physically remove the battery to charge, but that's fine since a big reason I got the charge cord was to charge at a higher rate than 200mAh. I ordered the JR/SPecktrum White TX Plug Direct Charge Cord to do this for the included the NIMH battery and potentially for the LIPO battery.
Posted by 7rider | Sep 20, 2011 @ 11:06 PM | 3,702 Views
The COG story that continues today for many appears to extend much further back than the Pendulum Wars.

Posted by 7rider | Sep 19, 2011 @ 02:37 PM | 4,565 Views
Great post on how to adapt snap ring pliers from Harbor Freight to get the really small circlips off motor shafts:

Posted by 7rider | Sep 19, 2011 @ 02:32 PM | 3,526 Views
I heard a lot of vibration when I went to full throttle with a Tacon Big Foot 25 and the ParkZone BF109G 2-blade spinner on Saturday. The APC 11x8E had already been balanced, so another flyer at the field suggested I also had to balance the spinner. On Sunday, after I separately balanced the back plate and the cone of the spinner, the vibration decreased a great amount at full throttle. I used CA to balance the back plate and Scotch Magic Tape on the inside of the cone to balance the cone. The cone was easy to balance since it had a hole right in the middle of the cone.
Posted by 7rider | Sep 06, 2011 @ 02:51 PM | 4,079 Views
Didn't want to reinstall a motor in a crunched nose Merlin, so I made it into a slope glider. I had a lot of fun my first time slope soaring:

Multiplex Merlin Slope Soaring Coyote Hills Regional Park (2 min 40 sec)