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Posted by gquiring | Today @ 10:54 PM | 14 Views
One of the early issues I found with X10S are the switch locations are different. Normally I use the back left momentary switch on my Graupner MZ-24 for telemetry. On the X10S that switch is on the right side. So after deciding what to do I felt it's best to move the switches around so my two main radios have the same switch layout.

A larger issue I noticed was the location of the rear switches. I don't know what Frsky was thinking but the average person cannot reach those switches unless you slide your hand up which is awkward while flying. I decided to drill some new holes and relocate the switches closer the edge of the case.

Here's a quick video:
Frsky X10S relocating switches and drilling new holes for switch locations (4 min 32 sec)

Posted by gquiring | May 03, 2018 @ 06:07 PM | 2,055 Views
I finally pulled the trigger this week and ordered and received my first Frsky radio. I have been interested in trying OpenTX for a couple of years now but never saw it in action. That changed after our recent Fun Fly event hosted by Eutawville had a guest pilot show up with his Horus 12 radio. He had owned Graupner and Jeti and loved his Horus.

I did some comparison shopping and knew Aloft Hobbies carries Frsky. I was surprised when I added the radio to my shopping cart that the shipping was not free. I was told getfpv also sells them and they do ship for free (USPS Priority shipping). Since I was already an Aloft customer and I have bought several Top Model sailplanes from these people and have also sent business their way I figured I will give them a chance to not lose a sale. They had no interest in offering free shipping or even lowering their outrageous $28 shipping charge! I also told them their competitor was not only free but they were tossing in the R9 module for free. So they lost that sale and I will discontinue sending business their way. I had a bad servo from them last year that required me to ship back to them at my expense. Plus they had no stock to replace it. Not good.....

Anyways back to Frsky. What I really like are the costs of the receivers. This is where Graupner gets you. They have been steadily increasing their pricing and now a 6ch gyro receiver is $100! A 8 ch simple RX is $65. I fly sailplanes so I need 8 ch and a vario,...Continue Reading
Posted by gquiring | Jan 23, 2018 @ 10:29 PM | 2,182 Views
I got the email like millions of other Youtubers. 4,000 hours per year and 1,000 subscribers required. I looked up my stats and I am at 4,800 hours last year but have about 498 subscribers. Why subscribers matter since I have the hours is puzzling. Not that I made much off my Youtube channel it was neat to get a check on average 3 or 4 times a year for about $100.

So my friends on RCG, how about hitting that subscribe button for me? I'm going to continue making some videos here and there either way. I just think it's wrong what Youtube aka Google is doing this.

Here's a few RC videos I made over the years that got some decent views.

EPP Flash in HD 1080P Panasonic TM700 (5 min 58 sec)

YEP ESC programming setup for airplanes (6 min 35 sec)
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Posted by gquiring | Jan 18, 2018 @ 02:06 PM | 1,934 Views
This is what some of us RC guys do when the weather is not going well. I picked up one of these inexpensive kits on eBay. It uses 512 3mm LED's formed in a matrix. It dances around in animation and is nice conversation piece. So if you enjoy soldering or were an avid Heathkit guy like I was back in the 70's this is worth building. I made a video to help out anyone who suffers through the bad documentation that is included.

LED Mini Cube 8*8*8 project (28 min 15 sec)

Posted by gquiring | Sep 23, 2017 @ 07:52 PM | 2,081 Views
The cotton makes a great background for some nice photography. Grafas Maxi and Prelude both from Top Model.
Posted by gquiring | Sep 17, 2017 @ 08:09 PM | 2,298 Views
Little did I know what was coming up while taking some photos of my friends plane. To say the least a few seconds after I took this shot the plane went into a death spiral. The wing bolt came out during flight. If you look closely at the photo you will see the bottom wing separating.
Posted by gquiring | Jul 30, 2017 @ 07:03 AM | 2,722 Views
I had a great time with my friend Gene flying our sailplanes in Eutawville, SC. Grafas Maxi 3.5 and Prelude 2.5 both from Top Model.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 22, 2017 @ 06:05 PM | 3,540 Views
I was talking with a fellow RC'r and he is struggling with how to fit these long sailplane fuses in the car. I have been making these carriers for years to take advantage of the bucket seats in the front. You can run the noses up to the dashboard to get them in smaller cars. I don't glue the PVC together so it's easy to disassemble if you need to bring something big home from the store. I used outdoor carpeting turned inside out to help keep everything from sliding around.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 14, 2017 @ 10:34 PM | 4,939 Views
I recently bought a Top Model Samsara. I did a build thread over here:
Posted by gquiring | Apr 25, 2017 @ 01:04 PM | 4,816 Views
I ordered a sailplane holder from Greece recently. It arrived this week and I am glad I got it. I am always nervous leaving my sailplane on the grass, loose dogs and small kids. The other day I watched a small kid jump over my sailplane because it was too much effort for him to go around it This will give me some peace of mind. It's well made and sealed with two coats of sanding sealer. The product is priced reasonably at $35 bucks. The problem is shipping from Greece to the USA was $38.

I purchased on this thread:
Posted by gquiring | Apr 22, 2017 @ 06:31 PM | 23,814 Views
Still having fun with my vinyl cutter.
Posted by gquiring | Jan 18, 2017 @ 05:07 PM | 6,935 Views
I decided to take the plunge and go for the MZ-24 Pro. Since I can transfer my models over to the Pro I decided to go for the new version since it has a larger TX battery (5000mah) and some new software. With all the Tower Hobby discounts and e-cash it was a decent price at around $335 with 3 receivers (2 6ch and 1 8ch).

I thought I would not like the red look. Tower was not offering the traditional color. But after seeing it in person I love the look.
Posted by gquiring | Aug 21, 2016 @ 05:41 PM | 7,310 Views
I got the sad news earlier today that Ed Pochinski aka Edy P passed away. It was a surprise to me, I had spoken to Ed maybe a month ago, he was his normal self. He passed away from complications due to pneumonia.

Ed was a guy full of life and always had something positive to say. He loved buying airplanes but rarely flew them. We always busted his chops and he took it well. When I moved to SC about 4 years ago Ed kept an open line with me checking in every few weeks to see how I was doing.

I won't forget him, he along with Bob Mars and Mr C were special people who always entertained us at the local flying field.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 12, 2016 @ 01:09 PM | 6,461 Views
This is a photo from my Aether sailplane that I turned into a vinyl sticker. Here is the PNG file for anyone interested in making their own.
Posted by gquiring | Jun 05, 2016 @ 12:34 PM | 6,974 Views
I finally bought my own vinyl cutter this past week. I got the Silhouette Cameo and it's exactly what I wanted. Simple and not too expensive. I made this logo from a photo of my Elegant 2.5 meter and took the letter Q and took the tail off and replaced it with the sailplane.
Posted by gquiring | Mar 09, 2016 @ 11:09 PM | 7,304 Views
When I moved to SC I took down my server that was hosting a gallery of photos from the Thomas Edison field in NJ. A lot has changed in technology these past few years allowing me to put all those photos in the cloud. Hopefully this will bring back some good memories for anyone who ever flew there.












Crash Gallery
Posted by gquiring | Dec 08, 2015 @ 06:08 PM | 8,579 Views
I had a great maiden with my Grafas MAXi 3.5 M this week. It flew great. I'm really happy it flies so well because it was not a great build. Top Model is getting sloppy and using a bad elevator design for years now that has proven to be a failure. They also undersized the wing joiners which was a challenge to get to the right size. When you spend this kind of money on an ARF I expect better quality control.

I did a complete build thread over here:
Posted by gquiring | May 08, 2015 @ 08:24 AM | 8,478 Views
I finally got my DragonFly strong up in the air this past week. I ordered the kit from SoaringUSA almost a year ago. Overall the Valenta models ARF was superior to any Top Model ARF I have built. I powered this 3.5 meter sailplane with a Turnigy GliderDrive 3858 4.6 and YEP 80 ESC. The battery was a 4s 3000 Zippy. It does about 900 watts.

The DragonFly weighs 4.48 lbs and with battery weighs 5.26 lbs. The climb rate is almost vertical with this power setup. I have used GliderDrives in some of my other sailplanes and these motors are fantastic. For ~$35 I highly recommend these motors.

The radio setup is Hitec 225MG's for the elevator and rudder and Hitec 85MG's for flaps and ailerons. I used a Graupner MZ-24 with a vario sensor and a voltage dongle to monitor the battery.

The flaps on this model are huge. When you drop them 90 degrees the sailplane comes down dead slow and can be landed in a very small area. I recommend adding more throw on the elevator than what the documentation called for.

I hope the USA vendors start importing more Valenta models. I am very interested in seeing more of their sailplanes in my hanger :-)

I did a complete build thread over here: