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Posted by milehighjc | Mar 21, 2012 @ 07:40 PM | 3,354 Views
Hot Rod T-28D

After almost two years of flying and well over 250 flights, my T-28 was feeling a little tired. Maybe I was just getting used to flying the Extra 300 that has more speed on tap when I wanted it. Maybe the T-28 was just getting heaving with Gorilla Glue, Epoxy, and a little glass on the bottom of the nose. Whatever the case, I breathed a little new life into it over the past weekend and mounted up a new E-flight Power 10 motor, and a new 40A esc. So far it is mated up to a APC 10x10e prop (likely too much prop).


Its fun again, and there is a little excitement/danger in knowing that I could smoke the ESC, or rip the wings off of it. It only runs about 5-6 minutes now, but its a whole lot more fun!

Update March 28

Finally got the hot rod on a watt meter, and it was static drawing 48 amps at WOT! Good way to fry the ESC or the motor. I've since propped it down to a 10x7 APCe, and while not as fast, and not as good vertically, it still is a blast to fly. Here is a video:

Aerobatic Sight Seeing (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by milehighjc | Mar 21, 2012 @ 07:34 PM | 3,311 Views
An attempt to improve my 3D skills - a Twisted Hobbys Extra Slick 32"

After 9 months of working on 3D with my Extra 300 SHP, and finding that I'm not willing to risk a Balsa ARF to learn low altitude 3D skills, I've decided to take the leap with this new EPP foamie as the first new bird of the 2012 season. I keep hearing that once you try one of these, you don't want to fly anything else. I cant see me giving up the Extra 300, or the newly hot rodded T-28 for that matter, but I do think it will be a ton of fun, and a great way to build skills without creating an expensive pile of toothpicks.

It took a good day to assemble, but I think I could do it in half the time now that I've done one. Its a VERY well designed kit, tab and slot construction makes it hard to screw up too bad. The only oops I had was mounting the servo arms in the wrong direction for the rudder and elevator. It was easy to fix with a pair of helping hands to hold the foam out of the way.

Completion was March 21, maiden weather permitting should be tomorrow morning.
Posted by milehighjc | Mar 06, 2012 @ 02:43 PM | 3,217 Views
Flying the Colorado Front Range

Went out this morning for a little REAL flying on a Beautiful CO morning. We were out looking for new fields around Longmont, but hard to be looking at the ground below us when we could check out the mountains.

Enjoy! We sure did.

Flying the Front Range (6 min 22 sec)

Posted by milehighjc | Dec 31, 2011 @ 09:46 PM | 3,720 Views
The newest addition to the hangar: e-Flight UMX Beast 3D

This promises to be a ton of fun in a small package. This latest Beast includes technology called AS3X - a gyro based controller that promises to take the effects of moderate wind out of flying an ultra micro.

I picked it up from our local hobby store thanks to a nice AMA discount that was expiring at the end of the year. I was able to make the first flight this evening, as it was getting dark - so it was pretty tame. Im looking forward to flying it again in the morning when there is enough light to see what its doing.

Edit 1/20/2012

Life was not good to the Beast. After 14 flights, and 3 very HARD crashes, it was retired. I dont think it was ever right out of the box - the motor was noisy, and it shuddered/fluttered at WOT. The AS3X was not working all the time, and on flight 14, I lost all control - flying straight and level, it decided it would not turn. It went down in the street, broke the shaft, tore the wings again, broke loose the left aileron servo - it was going to be more expensive to fix than it was worth. Fortunately, my LHS manager agreed that something had been wrong, and replaced it. Im looking forward to Beast II having better luck. Updates as I learn more.

Edit 2/5/2012

Im beginning to think this plane was not meant to be with me. Replacment Beast went out for its maiden flight about a week ago, and 10 seconds into the flight, I treed it. Purely my fault, but...Continue Reading
Posted by milehighjc | Mar 13, 2011 @ 09:47 PM | 10,544 Views
3D Hobby Shop Extra 300 SHP 47
A Park Flyers Perspective

Edited with follow up March 27

Hi, my name is Jeff, and Im addicted to RC flying.

My addiction to RC flying started in May of 2010 with the purchase of a Hobbyzone Super Cub a plane that I consider the ideal first airplane. Ive grown through a series of airplanes including a Parkzone T-28D, a Parkzone Stinson Reliant SR-10, a couple of ultra micros, and a coax heli. Im what I would describe as an intermediate pilot, but clearly a park flyer. After 8 months and roughly 400 flights, I found that I gravitate to the T-28, and love to fly aerobatics, and wanted more. Much more.

I started the search for the next airframe with a query on RCGROUPS, looking for ideas based upon my experience. The discussion is here:
Quite a few good ideas came forward, and after a few weeks of research I decided to go with the 3D Hobby Shop Extra 300 SHP 47. The current state of the art is the V3 airframe. All of the SHPs are very highly rated, and a great deal of information/support can be found on RCGROUPS. I dont need to repeat here all the accolades that you can read on RCG for 3D Hobby Shop, and their customer support. Its been said over and over, its exceptional.

At the recommendation of a fellow RCG member, I contacted Jeff at Jeff was very helpful in making recommendations and build suggestions, and I...Continue Reading
Posted by milehighjc | Feb 26, 2011 @ 10:17 AM | 4,584 Views
Its time to move to the next level. I hope Im not making the jump too soon, but I've ordered a 3D Hobby Shop Extra 300 SHP from Jeff at Many thanks to Jeff for all his help and guidance as I made the decision.

This plane promises to be both a fantastic sport flyer, as well as a platform to learn more aggressive aerobatics, including 3D. The configuration will be:
  • Red 3DHS Extra 300 SHP
  • 3DHS Omega 103 motor
  • Airboss 45 ESC
  • HITEC HS65MG Servos
  • APC 13x6.5 5E Propeller
  • Spektrum AR6210 RX
  • My existing Spektrum DX6i TX

Im expecting to pick up the ARF kit on March 4, and hopefully complete the build and maiden over the weekend. Its a visually stunning plane. I hope I can keep it that way, and avoid a conversion to balsa splinters.

Update: Build is complete, trim, CG, and taxi test complete, preparing for maiden hopefully tomorrow (weather permitting). I cant wait to fly this plane! The build log is mostly ready to go, will upload once I have added the maiden report.

Posted by milehighjc | Sep 28, 2010 @ 08:01 AM | 7,180 Views
Parkzone Stinson Reliant SR-10 PNP Review

I pre-ordered my Stinson shortly after it was announced. It joins a Super Cub LP (with floats that I occasionally use), a T-28D, and a Night Vapor as part of a rapidly growing collection. I really liked the Stinson for its incredible scale looks, and because I like the experience of a tail dragger, but wanted a higher performance/capability option to the Super Cub. I also really liked the idea of being able to add the flaps as an “option” to the kit, requiring only the purchase of an additional servo (PKZ1090), and a servo lead extension (JSP98110).

For perspective, Ive been flying since May of this year, and have logged just under 200 flights between the three planes I have. I consider myself an intermediate flyer, and have started experimenting with slightly aggressive aerobatics with the T-28.

After seeing several videos of the Reliant in flight, I couldn’t resist. My expectations were that it would fly much like the T-28 (which I absolutely love flying), and would serve as a good high performance platform for in flight video. While I wanted it to be a capable aerobatic airframe, I didn’t expect it to be at the same level of the T-28.

Because I had an AR6200 and four 3S packs on hand (two Parkzone 1800maH, and two e-Flight 2100mah), I ordered the PNP version, as well as the accessory servo for the flaps.

Out of Box Experience
The Stinson is neatly and safely packed....Continue Reading
Posted by milehighjc | Jul 21, 2010 @ 08:04 AM | 8,239 Views
I put together a fairly simple spreadsheet to track my flights - at least it started simply enough. Its grown a little bit, but Its still a pretty light solution for this. Its an excel spreadsheet (multi-tabbed) that tracks flights, usage on batteries, repairs, etc.

It does seem to require Excel 2002 or better (gives me fits on 2000), and still requires that you manually click on any cell in the pivot tabs to get the pivot tables to update (Ill get that macro fixed eventually).

I know there are a bunch of flight logs out there... but for my use, everything was either a monolithic software package, or a very complicated spreadsheet. I wanted something a little easier to use/maintain.

If you too are looking for something a little simpler and possess at least basic excel skills, you are welcome to try this one.

Posted by milehighjc | Jul 21, 2010 @ 12:49 AM | 4,672 Views
Too bad, the video I took yesterday was better, but I lost the file. This is taken with a keychain cam at 720x480. I think I can get it mounted a little better to take out some of the vibration blur.

Im learning that with bright sunlight you see the prop a lot more, so early morning/just before sunset seems to be the right time to shoot. I also think I need to fly higher to get a better vista... I thought I was up there reasonably well, but thats not what the video shows.

Pretty cool little camera!
Edit... adding one from today, I think its much better. This time the camera is mounted about 12" out on the right wing so it has much less interference from the prop.

8/22 edit - adding another vid... Flying along the Colorado Front Range. Like this one best so far, some pretty incredible views of the twin peaks, and the front range.

Flying along the Colorado front range (4 min 4 sec)

Super Cub on-board Video (3 min 49 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by milehighjc | Jul 11, 2010 @ 09:16 PM | 4,468 Views
This is a friends T-REX - another beautiful Colorado morning for flying.

T-REX 500 (2 min 57 sec)

Posted by milehighjc | Jul 03, 2010 @ 11:05 AM | 4,534 Views
This was an absolute kick... floats make the cub a completely different airplane (as previously noted). Yesterday morning was PERFECT, and got a short flight in. First attempt at video... I hope to get better at this over time.

Enjoy! (I hope)

Flight of the Super Cub with Floats (4 min 54 sec)


Posted by milehighjc | Jul 01, 2010 @ 11:50 AM | 4,767 Views
>>> EDIT - have added a Parkzone Night Vapor to the Hangar, will post pictures soon!

I currently have four airplanes:

Hobbyzone Super Cub LP RTF
Picked this up as my first airplane the first week of May 2010. It took some hard knocks, including a broken firewall/motor mount, a shattered cowl, smashed up spinner and a lot of bent landing gear. But its tougher than nails, and so far the repair bills total less than $10. My kind of first plane.

I added floats at the end of June. Float flying is a blast, and the cub looks very cool in the air with the floats.

Parkzone T-28D Trojan BNF
I've now had the T-28 for almost three months. This is one FUN airplane to fly, and has helped me learn quite a few aerobatic moves. Sadly, it has crashed hard three times now, the first two the result of a bad RX which Im pleased to report was replaced by Horizon Hobby. The third crash as pure pilot error - flying knife edge with the airplane between me and the sun - it was in silhouette, and being a gray airplane, I lost orientation. The good news is that its easy to repair. So far, Ive not managed to do any damage that I couldnt fix with a little gorilla glue.

...Continue Reading
Posted by milehighjc | Jun 27, 2010 @ 11:00 PM | 4,941 Views
Added floats to the Super Cub today, what a blast!!! I think I need to adjust them a little, seems like the right float was digging a little on take offs, so they werent so pretty, but landing it is a dream on calm water.

Its like having another plane... completely different experience than the standard Cub.

Posted by milehighjc | Jun 21, 2010 @ 01:04 PM | 4,685 Views
I'm new to RC flight!

As a kid I was into control line models, as well as an .049 free flight model that I designed. My largest model at the time was the classic Ringmaster which I spent an inordinate amount of time building, and then efficiently converted into toothpicks while trying to teach myself to fly inverted.

I always wanted an RC model then, but couldn't afford the radio gear. Now 35 years later, I got back into the hobby with a Super Cub LP. After a couple of days of hard crashes, I got the hang of it, and now I'm having a ball with it.

Its been about a month, and I think I'm pressing the limits of the SC a bit, and I'd like to try something a little more aerobatic. I'm seriously considering a Parkzone T28.