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Posted by JIMBAKER | Aug 31, 2011 @ 11:28 AM | 4,549 Views
I have always marveled at how helicopters flew, even had a small Kyosho 32 Heli back in the day. Even flew it a few times, did not have the resources or any one close that could help so ended up selling it. So now with the electrics I have been blown away with the preformance and after a little push from my son I have caught the Heli-fever.

I purchased a Blade mSR micro after getting started with the co-axial that my son sent home with me, he now has the mSR! I think he planned it that way, not sure. I then had to try the cute Blade mCP X, I can now fly it inside almost as easy as the mSR! I have looped it and have just about worn it out, so may need to get another one. The EXI 450 from HK looked too good to pass up at the price. But the coolest was the Blade 450 3D, 'bind n fly' Heli all setup and all you need to to is program your radio!!! Yeah Yahoo! I flew the EXI after having the Blade 450 for a few few weeks. I am thinking a scale Heli body for the EXI!!!

Here are a few pictures of how I mounted my HD #11 keychain camera under the Blade 450 3D.

Here are a couple of Youtube link to a couple of flight;
Blade 450 3D at the flying field (3 min 41 sec)

I had the bottom bear in my motor go out, so while I am waiting for HH to ship a replacement I installed a Turnigy 2836 3200Kv motor I purchased for a foamy speed contest that I never had to use. (see my racer post)
Blade 450 With Turnigy 2836-3200kv motor.wmv (3 min 43 sec)
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Posted by JIMBAKER | Dec 12, 2010 @ 12:54 AM | 5,189 Views
I started out with the blanks of aluminum, clamped them together to make them the same size. Next I mark the noses to the round shape I like then cut them with tin snips and finish rounding the noses after clamping them back together on the disc/belt sander. I then cut the two aluminum 90 degree extrusions to size and cut the angles, clamping them together and using the disc/belt sander to make them as close to the same as possible. Measured and marked them for the rivets that will be used to secure them to the skis. I then marked the center lines on the blanks and then measured and marked the location for the brackets. I used a drill press to drill the holes in the brackets and then used the brackets as guides to drill the holes in the skis. Since we are putting them on an aircraft I used the aircraft practice of de-burred the holes and smoothed all the edges of the aluminum. Next I re-sized the holes to fit the 3/32” rivets that I will rivet them together with, then used a dimple die to form the pocket for the flush rivet head on the bottom of the skis, the brackets get counter sunk using a micro-stop cutter to fit the dimples.

The next step is to mark and drill the brackets for the mounting screws using the drill press to make sure they are drilled square. Then it is time to rivet them on the skis, the rivets I had were either too short or too long so I cut some to the correct size and then riveted them on. I had one rivet that started to set a little sideways, and I...Continue Reading
Posted by JIMBAKER | Dec 10, 2010 @ 03:02 PM | 6,414 Views
Hi Guys,

At my house we have had three snow storms so far the last two months that left some of the best snow for snow skis in some time. I have a Polaris that I flew off the snow, that is why I know how great the snow was.

Polaris in the Snow.wmv (5 min 35 sec)

The only problem was that I did not have snow skis for the Stinson. Now that I remedied that, the last couple of days the temperature has risen to the mid to low 40s and most all the snow has melted. I have faith that we'll get more snow before too long and when it does, I’ll be ready!

I used the first set of landing gear that I had straightened and now have two complete sets of landing gear, one set that slide and one set that roll. I cut 2 two inch by seven inch strips of .040" aluminum to make the skis from. Cut a couple of 90 degree brackets and used flush rivets to attach the brackets to the skis, bent a couple of pieces of music wire into springs to keep them level in flight and used a couple of 8-32 machine screws with nylock nuts to keep them in place. All in all a couple of relaxing hours spent in the shop to make them. Now let it snow, let it snow! MORE SNOW PLEASE

Stinson Reliant RS-10 on Snow Skis.wmv (1 min 40 sec)
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Posted by JIMBAKER | Nov 27, 2009 @ 12:45 AM | 10,236 Views
[VIDEO REMOVED DUE TO POLITICAL CONTENT] SAD DAY IN AMERICA WHEN ONE CAN'T HAVE AN OPINION! (Video can still be seen on youtube, for now! 'Foamy Racer, 2212-06 Super Mega Jet motor from GH')

I have been interested in designing my own foam racer ever since I was introduced to 6mm Depron foam. The power of these little electric motors (2212-06) in the park jets that I have built from the free plans found on the internet from the likes of Steve Shumate (jetset44), Tom Hellberg (tomhe) and Marcel du Plessis (Vleisie) is just amazing. I have drawn a set of plans that I want to share to repay ‘sort of speak’ the fun I have had rediscovering the hobby of R/C and the discovery of the electric side of this great hobby.

This racer has a 30 inch wing span with 200 sq. inches of wing area, length, 24 inches. I like the looks of cheek cowls and so used them to supply cooling air to the battery and ESC.

The plans are not yet finalized but so far the fit seems to be good and I am testing a slightly larger wing to see if I can get the landing speed down a little more, it is not bad now but there is always room for improvement. It looks to be a fairly good sport plane as well, I have only flown it with one aileron but it could be built using both ailerons, rudder would also be an option but all that just adds weight. Building as designed it should weigh just slightly over one pound or less, it will climb vertically until it is too small to see. I have been using the Super Mega Jet...Continue Reading