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Posted by V-Man | May 11, 2017 @ 09:24 PM | 1,765 Views
2017 is not shaping up to be a good R/C year for me. I've already missed three club sessions, the workshop is still a mess from last year, and none of my models have been prepped. Too busy with work and family.

I've got some holiday time coming in a few weeks, maybe I'll be able to get flying at last...
Posted by V-Man | Jan 07, 2017 @ 09:31 PM | 2,207 Views
All the cool kids are doing it, so why not me? Especially when the quad (Eachine E010) and camera/Tx (Eachine TX02) are together less than $50Can, shipped!

Next, I need to find batteries with a higher C rating. Without the camera I can fly four minutes, the added weight makes the quad sluggish and drops me down to 2min. Yet the end voltage is 3.8, which is flyable...
Posted by V-Man | Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:46 AM | 2,085 Views
Hobby-wise, I'm in the strange situation of having more stuff to do than time to do it! Due to a conjunction of unforeseen factors, work has been extraordinarily busy in the past three months and I still have five days to go.

Things on the board:
- 4 racing quads, two being assembled and two needing maintenance
- 4 jets, 50 and 64mm EDF, low priority now that we don't have access to the largest field on the island.
- 3 balsa aerobatic planes, same as the jets
- 1 scale balsa biplane being assembled for a friend, that really needs to get out of my shop
- 1 450-class helicopter being assembled
- 1 seaplane being assembled, to fly at my folks' place
- 1 DLG, that's almost done

Phew!
Posted by V-Man | Aug 16, 2016 @ 05:23 PM | 2,869 Views
The R/C club of a friend of mine just lost their clubhouse to a LiPo fire. No one hurt but it's a total loss, with no insurance.

They're not sure what happened. Most of them fly large helis with big battery packs (8-12S), so I'm guessing when one went, it was a chain reaction.
Posted by V-Man | Aug 01, 2016 @ 09:10 PM | 2,765 Views
Got four new flight videos from last weekend's sessions updated on my channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/CallSignVMan/

They're short and fun, check them out!
Posted by V-Man | Jul 25, 2016 @ 08:48 PM | 2,722 Views
Posted by V-Man | Jun 22, 2016 @ 02:31 PM | 3,137 Views
It's alive!!! Mwaaahhaaa!

Took me almost three hours last night, but I finally got the flight controller to talk to my PC for setup. Basic configuration only, was getting too late for testing. The FPV rig works, at least, and the props spin the right way. I took off the landing legs to save on weight and drag (plus, they looked like ideal levers to torque the motor arms right off in a crash).

In perfect timing, I received the required 1500mAh batteries this morning. They fit exactly in the bay, I couldn't use a 2200 in there. And turns out I forgot I bought a GensACE 1550mAh last year when I visited Great Hobbies in Ottawa, so now I have four batteries for the quad! (Though I need to locate a male Deans plug to make an adapter first... Grrr. Anyone has a spare?)

I briefly tested the quad and it hovers beautifully, the smallest of drift which I'm sure I can trim out. Might have to add some expo, though, it's very sensitive and agile!

Maiden is set for Friday morning (it's a holiday here). I'll bring a camera...
Posted by V-Man | Jun 20, 2016 @ 02:05 PM | 2,880 Views
Since we're stuck in parks and places with no landing strips, I've started building smaller planes. Then I got some money back from taxes this year and since it was sort of an unexpected windfall, I decided to treat myself...

It's a V2 E-Turbine 250 racer, with Quanum Cyclops goggles. I still need to set up the quad and remove the landing gear (don't need it). The Cyclops is Quanum's brand new (released like three weeks ago!) entry level FPV goggles. All the reviewers are raving about it, and it's just $58 at HK (I added a better antenna for $6).

I forgot to charge my transmitter so I can't set up the quad until tonight. I did try the camera and goggles, though, and the picture is pretty big and clear for something so inexpensive. And, best of all, my glasses fit in there, unlike other brands like the FatSharks!

Hopefully we have good weather this next long weekend. Can't wait to try it out.
Posted by V-Man | May 21, 2016 @ 07:20 PM | 3,467 Views
For me at least -- the others have been flying for a couple of weeks already.

Let me tell you, felt good to get some air under my wings. It's been close to eight months.

Since we can't go back to our usual field, the abandoned hippodrome (I checked today, there were two goons in a Garda SUV), we're trying other locations. Today was a park on the south shore. Nice but only for smaller planes, and no runway.

Still, any flying is better than no flyin'.
Posted by V-Man | Apr 16, 2016 @ 03:12 PM | 3,274 Views
It's mid-April already and still no flying for me yet in 2016. Combination of the loss of our usual flying field last year* and very busy days at work. Hoping to get started in early May in the local parks.

*Abandoned local race track. Administration decided to get a permanent security service to watch over the place and prevent anyone from going in.
Posted by V-Man | Dec 20, 2015 @ 04:39 PM | 4,078 Views
Work is done for the year, now Xmas shopping is done, which means that tomorrow I can get some modeling time!

I think I will either work on my DLG, or pull the Albatros from storage... Now that I have the hatch magnets, no reason to put it off anymore.
Posted by V-Man | Nov 12, 2015 @ 09:05 PM | 4,680 Views
I was hoping to get one or two more weekends this year, but... The 2015 flying season is over for me. Between chores, work (we're finishing up a big software release) and two upcoming business trips, I simply don't have any free time until the Christmas holidays (and even then). Haven't set foot in the workshop for days, and it's unlikely to change.

To top it off, construction has started at the empty field at the end of my street. I used to fly my Mini-Beaver and One-Sheet-Wing there after work in the summer. My days of park flying close to home are over, alas.
Posted by V-Man | Oct 04, 2015 @ 02:43 PM | 4,956 Views
Signs prohibiting R/C models have sprung up around the old hippodrome, our usual flying field. Looks like the best place to fly on the island is lost...

And I just bought new planes! Time to find a new field. Any thoughts?
Posted by V-Man | Sep 26, 2015 @ 04:23 PM | 4,909 Views
At least I managed to get two 15-min flights in with the Orbiter. The conditions were perfect for gliding, it was awesome.

There's talk among the group of joining a club off-island next year, but the thought of having to cross the bridge (especially with construction slated to begin on the new one) to fly doesn't appeal to anyone.
Posted by V-Man | Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:07 PM | 5,025 Views
Can you tell someone has gotten tired of just tooling around the sky and belly-landing? From top to bottom: Yak-54, Extra 330L, Typhoon 3D.

The 2016 season is going to be high-adrenalin! (And potentially expensive, repair-wise.)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 15, 2015 @ 09:49 PM | 4,405 Views
But it's discontinued! If I didn't get it now, I might never be able to!

(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:16 PM | 4,964 Views
Major repairs:
One Sheet Wing (OSW) Sport Flying Wing (Foam)

On the board:
1M DLG -- Glider (balsa)
Albatros -- Sport Scale (Balsa)
F-27V Stryker -- Speed Flying Wing (Foam)
StevensAero Helium MG2 -- Motor Glider (Balsa)
A-7 Corsair II -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)
A-6 Intruder -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)
"Lucky Thirteen" -- Sport Aerobatic Aircraft (Balsa)

Still in boxes
Sapac T-45 Goshawk -- 64mm EDF Jet (Foam)
Guanli PBY Catalina -- Sport Scale Flying Boat (Foam)
GWS Formosa I -- Sport Aerobatic Aircraft (Foam)
A-4 Skyhawk -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)

In planning/design/prep
Jaguar 280 -- Mini Pylon Racer (Balsa)
"Aluminum Bird" -- Scale Aircraft (Wood/Metal)
"Speed Plane" -- Warmliner/Pylon Racer (Composite)
"Orbiter III" -- High Altitude Photo-recon/video Aircraft (Composite)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 09, 2015 @ 02:09 PM | 4,903 Views
Some people use a selfie stick. Amateur.
Posted by V-Man | Jul 19, 2015 @ 04:47 PM | 4,504 Views
Got up, saw a huge downpour outside, went back to bed. Got up an hour later, and it's clear skies(!), but now we have brunch plans. At least it's with a dear friend that I haven't seen in weeks, makes it a bit easier to miss this week's flying session.

And, since brunch is shorter than a visit to the field, means I have a few hours to put in the shop...
Posted by V-Man | Jul 13, 2015 @ 05:39 PM | 5,347 Views
As the subject line says, a couple of new videos have been added to my YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CallSignVMan/videos

There are some chases and (attempted) formation flights, a ride aboard a 1/9 WW1 biplane, and some EDF jets. Take a look!