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Posted by Heavy Chevy | Mar 02, 2012 @ 04:09 PM | 6,515 Views
Here's my latest project. It's an axial scorpion with some small pieces from a wheelie king on a custom shortened wheelbase chassis. It got a transmission and esc out of a wraith paired with a titan 12t motor. The body is a 1980's gijoe strike force jeep made for the 12" sized dolls. It's all custom painted and custom rusted. The driver is Indiana Jones and his lady is riding shotgun.
Posted by Heavy Chevy | Nov 12, 2011 @ 06:24 PM | 7,857 Views
Too much fun!

Losi micro tracks (1).MPG (1 min 35 sec)

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Nov 05, 2011 @ 06:43 PM | 9,660 Views
I started my micro crawler chevy van build today. I got a 'charlie's angels' model van kit off of ebay. The seller noted that they weren't sure if it had all the pieces and was sold for parts. Turns out it was missing the grille, the hood and some other parts...........I wasn't pleased. The sure fix was that this was the donor for my chevy van rock crawler. I own my own custom chevy van and have for a while. I've been into custom vans for a good while too. I'm not doing the interior as I'm trying to save weight.

Here's what I've done today with some scissors, crazy glue and paint.

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jun 14, 2011 @ 03:52 PM | 8,369 Views
My backslash. Pics to come:

Backslash 4x4 jumping and having fun.AVI (5 min 56 sec)

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jul 13, 2010 @ 09:07 PM | 15,864 Views
Hey all,

I need some pointers with this one. I'm new to the world of RC cars. I bought a 1:10 scale drifter and it's been awesome! I just changed the tires from the hard plastic drifters to rubber ones and i love the difference but I'm having a problem. At higher speeds, the rubber slips over the side of the rim. I'm tempted to crazy glue them on at the edges but I don't want to ruin them so I figured I'd post for help first.

HELP! What's the trick? How do I get them to stay on?
Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jun 19, 2010 @ 11:42 AM | 11,323 Views
SO I bought a chasis, motor and esc and body from R2hobbies.com

Here is the chasis:


This is my second rc car but only my first rc drifter.

I painted it orange and used some tattoos as decals. They are of the best shwarma shop in the world, 'Really Lebanese Food, Home of the Garlic King'. The shop is found in Ottawa, Ontario.......it's really a bit of an inside joke but it's super cool

This was my first canopy painting; infact, I didn't even know that there was a film to be peeled off over top of the car. I stuck my stickers on already so I guess I'm 'stuck'

There is a bit of residue that I have yet to clean off from the inside of the windows. After that's cleaned off, I'm considering 'tinting' the windows with a black sharpie.

Here are a few pics, I havn't driven it as of yet......stayed up until 2am last night getting it all set up
Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jun 13, 2010 @ 12:24 PM | 11,621 Views
I got a new plane from my favorite shop: R2hobbies.com
You can't beat the price for what you get:


It's a 41" wingspan Balsa wood model. It comes ARF with pre-installed servos.

You will have to cut the film and install the windows yourself, it's easy to do.

The plane itself is very nice looking and seems to be well built.

I'm running this motor in it:


with a 30amp ESC,
9x4.7 thick prop and a 3s 2200mah lipo. I'm going to try the stock servos out. I'm using a spektrum RX with my DX6i.

The wheel skirts are stock but the white covering on the landing gear wire was something that I added, salvaged from another plane. Also, the spinner was something else that I added and does not come stock.

This plane did not come with a steerable front wheel but it's very easy to mod it off the rudder servo. Mine is now steerable.

The battery hatch is right up front behind the front wheel. It's a little challenging when fitting the 2200mah lipo inside but I've been practicing and it's getting easier.

Maiden flight to come................
Posted by Heavy Chevy | Apr 17, 2010 @ 08:13 PM | 13,771 Views
Just wanted to post some links to my latest purchase, it's such a good deal!

It's a 4ch P-51 Mustang that comes with props, brushed motor and gearbox and servo rods and horns.

Here's where I bought it for, after shipping and CDN conversion, $60 bucks!


I will pull out the motor and will add the same setup as my Cessna so a 20amp ESC with a 1530kv Tower pro brushless motor, this one here for $10 bucks shipped:


Cheesy video review of the RTF version:

RC P-51 Mustang Review! (see sidebar) (7 min 35 sec)

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Apr 11, 2010 @ 03:18 PM | 17,035 Views
So here is my new 4ch J3 Piper Cub. This one is a bit of an upgrade for me from my previous foam planes.

Here's where to get it:


I did not get a manual or any kind of instructions with this

^^**Update**^^R2hobbies.com read that I did not get the manual and they emailed it to me!

I won't have this one in the air anytime soon as I stil need my servos, y connector and servo extensions to arrive.

Specification, (copy and pasted):

Fuselage Length : 755mm
Wingspan : 1300mm
Fly Weight : 850 - 900g
Weight : ~500g
Recommended Motor : 380 motor or 1000rpm/v 222w D2836 Brushless Motor
Propeller : 10 X 5"
Recommended ESC : 25A for Brushed / 30A for Brushless
Radio : 4CH/4S
Package Weight : ~1421g

I'm planning on running a similar setup as my 4ch Cessna. Let me know if this setup is reasonable for this model:

Tower pro 1530kv brushless motor
20amp esc
8" SF prop (or maybe a 9"SF prop)
11.1v 3s 800mah lipo.
Spektrum receiver

Have a look at the pics, there are things there that I don't know what to do with.

I'm very happy with what I got for the price even though there's no manual
Posted by Heavy Chevy | Mar 27, 2010 @ 12:38 PM | 10,435 Views
Howdy all.

I'm trying to find a descent/cheaper alternative to spektrum RXs. I'm wondering if anyone has used the Turborix RXs with their DX6i or equivalent. These ones seem to be half the price of a spektrum receiver and I like that

Soem help and feedback would be great.

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Mar 10, 2010 @ 01:19 AM | 20,253 Views
I got a 4ch Cessna off of ebay for $50 with shipping. It doesn't come with an ESC or an RX. It comes with a brushed motor which I plan to swap out with a 1530KV brushless motor paired with a 20amp esc. All in all, I'm happy for the bang for my buck. It has a wheel on the rudder so it can steer while taxing on the ground. It came with 4 props too!

I began taking the stock motor out and replacing it with the brushless motor. Took a bit of time to make some new holes but luckily my new motor came with a gear mount that matched the stock one so all in all, it was pretty painless.

Here are some pics for now, more tomorrow

To find it on ebay, copy and paste this:

4Ch ARF RC EP EPO Cessna 182 Aerobatic Plane Airplane

The seller is 'gemstraveller' and they are very good.

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Feb 16, 2010 @ 12:37 AM | 15,530 Views
So I bought this J-3 Piper CUb off of ebay for a good price. Here's a link to the same one from the same seller, (mine was cheaper).



It's an empty plane and I want to make sure that what I plan to put in it is suitable and will work. This is new for me so I would appreciate the advice.

It does not have ailerons but I plan on adding them.

Here's what I plan to drop into it:

RX - spektrum
TX - My waiting to arrive DX6i
Motor - A Skyartec BL 250 - 4500KV Outrunner motor
ESC - I have a 12A that came with the motor but I also have an 18A and a
20A. Which should I use?
Lipo - with the 12A esc I'd use a 7.4V 15C 900mah
- with the 18A esc I'd use the 11.1V 800mah
- with the 20A esc I'd use a 11.1V 800mah (I'd like to use the 11.1V)

Prop - stock is a 7 x 4" but I have five 6 x 4" APC props from a goofed order from Grayson hobbies that I'd like to find a use for.
servos: - rc-timer micro servos from ebay

Here are the specs for the plane listed on the ebay listing:

Length : 720mm
Wing span : 950mm
Flying Weight : 500g
Motor : 370A with gearbox
Propeller : 7 X 4"
Battery : 9.6V AAA 600mAh (not included)
Radio : FM4-Channel proportional radio (not included)
Package Weight : ~1285g

SO my questions are:

Which prop to use? Can I use my 6 x 4s ?

Which esc should I use and is my 11.1V suitable for it?

Can I put ailerons on this and use one servo or does each aileron need its own servo?

Thanks for the help, this will be fun!

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Feb 13, 2010 @ 06:31 PM | 13,125 Views
So I did some work on my MSR and here are my results:

It's awesome!!!

So between 1 MSR and 2 MCX s300s, I like to mix and match various modded parts. This one here has the skids from the MCX ms300 modified with the 240mah velcro lipo. The rest is pretty self explanatory; I trimmed some sections out of the red, blue and white pieces and simply fit them on the tail of the MSR. Looks very cool and flys well. I did find that with the extra wegiht on the tail, I had to move my lipo forward.

Blade MSR S300 mod (2 min 3 sec)

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jan 24, 2010 @ 12:34 AM | 11,441 Views
I installed a TX and lipo from a toy heli in to my Big Lama because it is very light and it has some really neat blue and red strobing LEDs. The green light on the boom is from a light sold for bicycles that I got at Canadian Tire; (I have yet to ever see them again). Although the green light runs off of two AAs, I will be running it off of a 3.7v lipo that I will solder in.
All in all, it looks really cool!

Also, this video was shot using a keycahin cam that I got off of ebay.

Big lama LED (1 min 44 sec)

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jan 23, 2010 @ 04:50 PM | 11,779 Views
SO I know it's been done before but here's mine.

I used some parts from a donor toy heli that cost me $20 bucks to my door. The parts I'm using from the toy are the landing skids, the horizontal and vertical stabs. I'm very happy with how it looks and flies.

It was very easy to do, a little bit of trimming, (with scissors), some crazy glue, and I was up and flying!

The used to stock holes on the toy landing gear. Having cut the MSR LG, I stuck them into the new landing gear, stuffed tiny balls of kleenex in to the holes and added some crazy glue for strength. Note, I had to widen the holes slightly on the toy landing gear.

I think the pictures will give you a good idea of how it was done.

The bonus also is that the RX, lipo and blue and red super intense LEDs from the donor heli will be going on my Big Lama.

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Jan 11, 2010 @ 12:47 AM | 13,903 Views
After damaging my stock canopy, I knew that I needed to make a tailboom for my Brushless Big lama, (BLBL). I have been sitting on a donor, a skyartec wasp that I can't fix and gave up on. The guts will go to my cybird P2 ornithopter but the tailboom has gone to my BLBL. After removing all of the guts off of the wasp frame, I began thinking about how to do this. The best part about it all is that I didn't have to spend anymore money because I recycled my pars, YES!!!!!!!!!!!

I didn't put any lights back on it, I may not bother. I don't fly much outdoors in the winter and come the summer over here, it's light until 12:15am

Here are some pictures that show how I did it, I think its easier to look than to try to explain but here goes:

I used an angle grinder to cut some of the frame from the wasp. I attached it to the bottom, (where the lipo goes but without blocking access). I used some strips of metal that I salvaged from my old wiper blades, (I knew they'd come in handy), drilling holes in them was hard. I reused the rear prop from the BLBL and combined it with the rear vertical fin from the wasp; the prop spins freely.

The canopy is from the wasp and needs to be cleaned and painted. It's covered with sticky residue that I need to scrub off. I'd really like to get a bigger canopy on this beast.

I did a test flight in the house and all is great. Bottom blades are a little out of tracking but nothing major.

I can't wait to get this bird outside!!

As for pics, The BLBL is the one with the white canopy. I also included my CX3 with the red CX2 canopy just for a size comparison There is also a picture if the BLBL with the red CX2 canopy in it just for fun. The other pics are just some build shots. I hope it pretty much shows how I attached it, it was simply a macGyver sort of job but hey.....it worked!!

Posted by Heavy Chevy | Dec 20, 2009 @ 11:01 PM | 14,693 Views
So I found this super glow in the dark paint on line from a place called www.glonation.com

They say that the paint charges in a few minutes and keeps a glow for up to 8 hours. Well, mine does not glow for 8 hours and not all of the colors mix well or glow as bright as others. I should mention that I bought the sample powder pigment kit. In the end, the green mixes the best, charges the fastest and glows the brightest and for the longest. I mixed with polyurethane like what the website says. This stuff works the best when applied over a white surface. I also used it on my Big Lama which looks amazing too! The big lama has two halos when spinning, looks great.

I tried a video but my camera does not pick any of the green up in video settings, too bad because the glow creates an amazing halo above the heli.

It looks soooo cool!

Here are some pics of the heli and the powders.


Here's a look at my MSR glow effect....it's really hard to see with the camera but it glows really well in real life. These videos turned out way more visible on my computer than on youtube.

Blade MSR with glonation paint part 1 (0 min 20 sec)

Blade MSR with glonation paint part 2 (0 min 47 sec)
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Posted by Heavy Chevy | Dec 02, 2009 @ 11:40 PM | 12,043 Views
For some reason, I started wondering what would happen if the tailboom on my CX3 was shorter. I decided to try it out using the shaft of a pen. From the back of the rear servo the tip of the boom is 6 inches. After some gyro tuning, the initial indoor test flight was good, seemed to have less re-coil on it.

SO then I got thinking that I could do the same thing using a clear pen and then I could light it up using the stock E-flite LED kit. I found a 'foggy' but clear pen in my house and went to work. I had to reconfigure the placements of the LED's to get one on both sides of the boom.

Well, everything went smashing!

Have a look for yourself.

'Aurora' my custom Blade CX3 part 1 .MPG (2 min 56 sec)

'Aurora' my custom Blade CX3 Part 2.MPG (1 min 4 sec)
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Posted by Heavy Chevy | Nov 22, 2009 @ 04:02 PM | 13,269 Views
So here's an idea I had that turned out pretty nice. I had a stock CX3 police canopy that had a slight bit of damage on it so I figured I'd hatch out an idea. I decided to make it in to an MD530. I had some machine guns and a small horizontal stabilizer left over from a toy heli that I needed to use.

The first step was to get the tail boom to taper in at the end of it. I detached it from the seam and gave it some twists, shaping it to a finer point. I cut and removed small sections and use crazy glue on key spots, one at at time, take your time here. If you go slow, you can work it out, also, use small drops of crazy glue....too much will never dry.

Next I needed a vertical stabilizer. I took the lid from a margarine container and cut out the fin. Next I supported it with tiny carbon rods, crazy glued on. I sliced a small slice in to the tip of the boom and slid the fin in place. I used some crazy glue to lock it in place, make sure it's straight.

Next I used to Krylon spray paint and spray a few very light coats on to the canopy. This paint is really nice and I will be using it again.

I used a carbon tube, going just behind the landing gear at the back, to mount the guns. I glued the guns to the tube with hot glue. The tube is glued to the landing gear with crazy glue as well as soem kleenex wrapped around each and then glued with crazy glue. This is my own trick that I thought of, it was inspired by doing body work on my chevy van. It's similar to...Continue Reading