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Posted by killerwin | Oct 09, 2011 @ 05:47 PM | 3,586 Views
So, I've been MIA for a few weeks or so; since early august. I have been up to stuff and one of those stuffs is a 125% Dead-Simple wing. Instead of 24-inch wing-span, I built mine 30 inches wide. I put on a Blue Wonder and took to the skies.

On Saturday, September 24th, I went to Ives Estates Park with my friend, Julio and my wife and son to fly the wing. I had flown it once before and had great success but crashed it. After repairing it, it looked pretty good so I decided I could go for it again.

It flew on rails. It was as smooth and straight as it gets. We clocked it at 51 MPH on the following setup:
  • Motor: hexTronik 24gram Brushless Outrunner 1700kv
  • Propeller: 5x7 APC
  • ESC: Turnigy Basic 18A
  • Servos: HK15178 analog 10g
  • Battery: GravityHobby 800mAh 3S 20C LiPo

30-inch RC Flying Wing in Miami (2 min 46 sec)

It rolls pretty good and you can see it can fly really slow too. After a few flights, we changed batteries and flew again.

Julio had never before flown and RC plane so I thought I'd let him fly my cheap wing since he had a ton of hours on a simulator. He did f'awesome! He even dead-sticked it! Here's Julio's second flight:

First-Time RC Pilot: Julio Flying the Dead-Simple Wing (1 min 7 sec)
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Posted by killerwin | Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:22 AM | 3,634 Views
Yesterday I flew this little Duster built by a friend. It had gone through a rough crash on maiden a few weeks ago due to radio failure and now it had an AR6000 Rx and a DX5e.

A bit over powered. This design is by Lipo Pilot:

duster on phone cam (1 min 42 sec)

Posted by killerwin | Sep 17, 2010 @ 08:57 PM | 4,137 Views
So I have been busy with other things and I've put RC flight aside for a few months; doing what I can to my models at home and flying less than once a month. About a month ago I wrote about a few changes I made to redistribute and reduce weight on the Super Cub.

I moved the MAG8 ESC to the furthest point forward: on the firewall, I moved the Zippy 2200 mAh LiPo further forward by cutting some foam, reverted back to tail-dragger landing gear although I do not have a tail wheel installed. I gotta get a set of stock landing gear soon. The wheels are falling off with the tape ;D I'm so lazy sometimes...

About a week later I decided "enough with procrastination!" and took a trip to the local hobby shop and picked up a wing and a Y-harness. I had a dozen servos laying around and made me a wing with ailerons. I clipped 5 inches off the center to eliminate the dihedral and for faster rolls. I used white Gorilla Glue. It dries white in 30-45 minutes and bonds stronger than any other glue I have used. It's my new favorite foam glue.

I used a couple of 11-gram tactic servos I had from a Hobbico Piper Cub with some Dubro links. I used SC pushrods, some fantastic HobbyKing push-pin control horns and those awesome nylon hinges.

I had some free time today and also switched to XT60 plugs. They're much easier to solder than Deans Ultras and are easier to pull apart AND can handle the current too!

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Posted by killerwin | Jul 18, 2010 @ 09:28 PM | 3,822 Views
This is the first foamy I design myself... It's a delta-wing park jet. It'll be powered by a 28-30 1050kv motor and 18a ESC. Right now I'm waiting on parts from HK.

26" Park Jet Part 2 - Sneak Peek (3 min 1 sec)
Posted by killerwin | Apr 26, 2010 @ 05:15 PM | 4,483 Views
Check out this 22 year-old kid's emergency landing:

That's some talented pilot...
Posted by killerwin | Apr 26, 2010 @ 07:50 AM | 3,977 Views
I think I got the Foam Fever! All I do is think of foam; foam bipes and foam jets and foam gliders! How to cut it, how to glue it, how to shape it, how to make it lighter... I have to relax. I'll be on vacation for a week; must... not... think... of foam...
Posted by killerwin | Apr 05, 2010 @ 09:55 AM | 4,611 Views
I have recently (for about a month) put away all my RC gear in the attic due to the wife's bitc... complaining. She decided I have been spending too much money buying, time flying and building and on RCGroups and not enough with her and the baby. So, for the sake of my sanity, I put it all away in the attic.

The best part is I put my Pitts 100% ready to go along with my radio in the easiest spot so if I want to sneak out it's easy for me to grab them and go! I left the batteries and charger in the car and sneaked out once. I had to say I was just "taking a drive" when she called and asked "are you flying again?!" hehe. I'm still on RCG as often as she's not around.

It's all good and I really should lay off the planes and spend more time with the baby. OR... I can do both. But this is killing me! We just had 5 PERFECT days here in South Florida with pristine weather! It was horrible! lol I gotta get a hold of my self and be strong. Help
Posted by killerwin | Mar 16, 2010 @ 06:45 PM | 4,414 Views
Just some pics of the new gear on the Cub.

UPDATE 1: Added the steerable nose gear with a 9g servo. Pics are up and video coming today.

UPDATE 2: Here's a video where I test the nose wheel steering using my T6A Radio. The nose wheel has its own servo on channel 6 while mixed with the rudder channel 2 at 100%. A switch deactivates the steering.

HZ Super Cub - tricycle landing gear and steerable nosewheel (1 min 27 sec)