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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 28, 2018 @ 11:26 AM | 999 Views
Greetings!

One of Gary Wright's designed and built E3D XL still lives and owner, David R. flew it with skill.

Just an amazing 3D model.

Gray Wright's E3D XL flys again by David Rich at Moon Port Modelers RC Club 07-28-2018 (5 min 14 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 18, 2018 @ 04:18 AM | 1,077 Views
I truly believe that Horizon Hobby has done their homework on their new 1.5m AT-6 Texan, as it is my thoughts that it is not only the light weight (low wing loading) but, the Airfoil shape they have developed so, it will not snap like a typical AT-6 airfoil and still have that scale look of a AT-6.

The devil is in the details and they (HH) has dealt with the stall thingy head-on and I am very pleased with it's ability of float in on landings so much at a low speed that a typical AT-6 airfoil will snap no matter how light you make it.

If "Anyone" has any doubts or interested in the Maiden Flight of my E-Flite AT-6 Texan then, I welcome you all to go to:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1075
Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 14, 2018 @ 11:42 PM | 809 Views
Guys,

I got the book out again to keep me out of trouble but, as you have seen, it didn't work! Ha!

Especially with my new E-Flite AT-6 Texan model.


Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 09, 2018 @ 04:54 AM | 1,297 Views
Well, tried to fly my Beloved T-28D Airforce and experienced a greater failure / damage due to the Lawn Dart crash from two weekends ago! The ESC just didn't want to ARM the motor. The onboard Castle Creations 35-AMP ESC just allowed the control surfaces to work but, never ARMED the Motor and a RED Light on the ESC kept FLASHING.

Came back home and did more troubleshooting and using other ESC discovered that the STOCK PZ 480 made some ugly noises upon start up and using a SPARE Motor, discovered that the Castle Creations 35-ESC was Toast as it didn't ARM a good known SPARE Motor.

Decided on the Model Motors AXI 2820/10 (1,100 KV) coupled with a E-Flite 30-AMP Switch-Mode ESC and this Power System will be very spirited using a 2-Blade Master Airscrew 10 X 8 Wooden "GLOW" propeller.

Since my repairs have introduced a new compound, at least for me and it has turned out very successful, I made a Video sharing my repairs for those interested in successful repairs of the Plastic Firewall and other hard components using the JB WELD compound.

Here's the Video:
Park Zone T 28D Airforce Trojan Crash Repair Tips 07 08 2018 (11 min 46 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2018 @ 01:28 AM | 2,279 Views
Hello good people!

Please humor me here as I am just placing this to record my efforts on changing spark plugs. Since today's spark plugs last upwards to 80,000 - 100,000 miles then, this little job of replacing them are overlooked in all accounts, even though Spark Plugs are perhaps the most important part of your vehicle's ignition system.

My main goal is to show you a few tips about Spark Plugs and how they are very important to your Vehicle's Ignition System. My daughter's 2008 Avenger SE just surpassed 84,000+ original miles and decided to replace the spark plugs. It was just an extremely daunting task to figure out which brand, type of Spark Plug to get as there is just a great amount of selections. To play it safe I decided to go at the Parts Counter over at my local Dodge Dealer and they recommended a Nickel Spark Plug, V-grove and good for 40,000 miles. Why? Because the Avenger is not driven so much and is a pleasure car. The important thing to note is the Heat Classification and in this situation the selection was for a 5 heat rating, the factory recommended.

TIP #1: This is a General wide Brush of ALL About Modern Spark Plugs (excuse VW reference within this Video):
What You Need To Know About Spark Plugs (12 min 29 sec)


TIP #2: Since the original Spark Plugs that came with my 2008 Avenger SE are NGK's then, here's an informative Video of ALL About NGK Spark Plugs!
Spark Plug Types - NGK Spark Plugs - Tech Video (4 min 41 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 16, 2018 @ 01:24 AM | 1,937 Views
Just for FUN!
Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 05, 2018 @ 02:22 PM | 1,602 Views
Guys,

Introducing Robert "RED" Jensen from the Armstrong Flight Research (Formerly Dryden Flight Research) who landed his dream job with Micro UAS experimental Aircraft.

Career Profile- Subscale UAS engineer/pilot Robert "Red" Jensen (10 min 2 sec)


Latest Project is the new Micro-Cub UAS Project:
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstro...st_flight.html

The Successful Maiden Flight for NASA’s Newest Subscale Aircraft (1 min 2 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 26, 2018 @ 06:45 AM | 1,908 Views
Many keep complaining about one or two particular issues with Toyota Camry's and keep Wide Brushing them to be bad just because one part didn't function like they expected and it really all depends on where they were made/assembled. Like in my case, my 1992 Camry made in Japan come with these plastic speaker covers with cloth material glued over them. Once the cloth detaches it looks terrible, however, another Camry made else where had a solid part made of plastic and no cloth material as shown in the pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 19, 2018 @ 09:15 PM | 3,512 Views
Hello gals & guys!

How many are still enjoying their Clipped Wing Cubs?

Make a LONG Story Short, my buddy just gave me his and it was missing the Fuse Servos for Rudder / Elevator and not trying to be ungrateful but, the power system is someone on the heavy and the propeller output shaft had a wobble.

I almost sold it and thought for a moment that the last time I sold a model without trying it, I got really sorry feeling as it just defeats the purpose of being in this hobby in the first place! This little Clipped Wing Cub is just so nice looking that I just have to see what it does in the air. Of course I have seen the Horizon Hobby Video of this model in action and make no mistake that I know this should be a graceful little model with lots of mild sport potential.

The very first thing was to take OUT that heavy power system and I ordered the recommended E-Flite 280BL Motor and the 6.8 X 3.8 Propellers. After 3 days I had the new E-Flite 280 Outrunner in my hands and wasted no time and installed it with one Castle Creations BL 9-AMP ESC. Since it didn't come with any FUSE servos (Elevator / Rudder), I installed two Hitec HS-55's in their place and let me tell you, it is with a LOT of Patience I am here to say that working on such a small RC Airplane like this one has it's challenges. It was a Royal Pain in the Rusty Dusty in installing the new servos within that tiny and small receiver hole while you feed the connector wire towards the back of the FUSE...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 11, 2018 @ 07:11 PM | 3,936 Views
This makes me really angry!

This will ruin our Hobby!

Our military may be at high risk or someone better have a Good Jamming device like those the VIP uses when they travel around!

Yes, the news cast says the materials are readily available out in the public but, it takes know how!

Unbelievable !!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russian...s-drone-swarm/...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 05, 2018 @ 05:13 AM | 2,841 Views
Hold on to your noses! Here's my World Models AT-6 EP of 44 inch wing span!

It's made of Balsa & Light Plywood (some Bass Wood now after two major repairs!).

Well, after making sure that this model has proven itself to be an excellent flyer, I have gone back and made some improvements to repair some nagging issues at the Firewall edges where the FUSE -to-Firewall balsa meet. Additionally, glued in some standoffs for new attachment points for the fiberglass cowl.

I can't believe it. This model has transfixed me something terrible and I keep going towards it.

I just might buy another one (New-In-Box).

It still Looks Good considering several crashes!

For those interested in my earlier adventures with this model ever since I got it then, please go to:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ound-of-Stalls





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 24, 2017 @ 05:30 PM | 3,160 Views
Hello good people!

At time of this write-up, I am sure everyone is looking forward to their new shinny RC Airplane model, however, I am here insistent to successfully fly a very good looking model but, a very unforgiving one, considering it's the size of a PARK FLYER. The good looks really brings a good favorable selling point but, that's about it, and take it from me since I have been following this specific model since the original owner (Rodney) who I had the pleasure in video record it's maiden flight, minus the landing (there's a reason!).

For those wondering what I am talking about then, take a look at when Rodney owned it at:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-EP-02-29-2016

Okay, fast forward today, I was lucky enough to buy this model from Rodney on Friday, December 22nd and took it home and that night I was able to set it up with my Radio Gear and adjusted all control surfaces and made sure all was working okay, including the power system. The following morning, Saturday, I was able to get over my RC Club Field and was able to attempt my first flight with this model and it was disastrous at best because:

1. Unknown to me the Propeller Adapter set screws were not tight enough and on take-off the model was missing critical RPMs as the Adapter was free wheeling (spinning) during the application of Full Power on Take-Off.

2. It went down the runway with what appeared to be enough airspeed but, as soon as I applied slight UP Elevator this...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 06, 2017 @ 12:09 AM | 3,558 Views
Guys & Gals,

My good friend Mark acquired a nice TUG, made exclusively from PLANS!

The builder, Tony Lombardo from Titusville, Florida was told that he will NOT be able to build it from just plans and that he needed to DISH out the hard Cold Cash for the KIT as well.

http://www.dumasproducts.com/product...roducts_id=235

Well, Tony Lombardo Proved DUMAS wrong!

Mark's TUG Run-1 Sand Point Park 12-05-2017 (2 min 46 sec)


Mark's TUG Run-2 Sand Point Park 12-05-2017 (3 min 19 sec)
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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 07, 2017 @ 02:18 AM | 3,564 Views
Okay,

So I played the book and convinced myself that I had to drive-in to work instead of taking my Van Pool vehicle (Commuter Van). I certainly had some late meetings so, I took my usual models but, when I looked up this morning there it was, staring at me and wondering how long it has been since I have NOT flown my Beloved Park Zone Spitfire Mk IX. Instead, I can tell you all when I acquired this wonderful looking and flying RC Warbird Park Flyer model. It was September 11th, 2011. I can recall it so vividly at my best buddy's (Skybro) house to do the unpacking and assembly.

Can't believe this model is 6 years old! Wow! I flew it this morning and after perhaps 10 months since the last time i took it for RC Flying, I dare say that I never forgot what a delightful model this Spitfire is and I landed the Spitfire like I never had stopped flying her so, had not forgot to keep her level tor that grease landings!

Returning back home, it was exactly 5:24 PM and I just had to try once more! Clouds were towards the West (Sunset) and I wasted no time and had my last Fully Charged GEN ACES 3-Cell, 2200mAH Lithium Polymer pack right at the front passenger seat. What a beautiful sight for sore eyes! The Sunset Rays just made that Spitfire Glow and it looked like the Full Size for a while. Maintained her up a little higher just in case I would lose orientation and I must confess, I did for just a few seconds and I am happy to report that by keeping her higher saved the model. After...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 02, 2017 @ 07:43 PM | 3,545 Views
Guys,

For the very first time I had the opportunity to see our Stanley at Moon Port Modelers RC Club come with his Giant Foam FMS F4U Corsair and he was originally looking for another instructor, however, I was the only Instructor there!

He had not flown this large mammoth F4U Corsair in a few weeks and he wanted someone to Take-Off and Trim it.

Well, I came over to the table and right off the bat the Rudder didn't seem to be working so, I told him to check for connections. Sure enough, below this sound card there was an incorrect connection and he finally made good and rudder starting working. My only concern was that the model started to re-activate itself with the slightest hand intrusion. I was thinking to myself, I hope this does NOT happen in the AIR.

After several checks and re-checks, it was time to pick this large Corsair off the table and I was just SHOCKED how heavy it was! This thing weighs much more than my Hanger9 50-Size F4U Corsair! I am pretty sure this thing has some kind of Ball Bearings buried inside that Frontal FUSE as it is just shocking how heavy.

I placed the model on our textile runway and we walked back to the Pilots station. Stanley handed me the Transmitter and asked him which switch for what (i.e., Throttle Kill etc....etc....). I asked him if the last instructor used Flaps for take-off and he said NO. I asked him again, ARE YOU SURE? This thing is heavy! He replied once again, NO.

I throttle easy while applying RIGHT...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 28, 2017 @ 09:13 PM | 3,232 Views
Hello good people!

Hope all of you are enjoying this wonderful hobby as I am.

I am especially very grateful to have SPECIAL people that surrounds me with great caring of others and at times they don't even know who they help out when someone is in need. Mark S. from Titusville, Florida is an example and we are completely indebted to him for his unselfish manner to come and assist someone in the hobby out when they are in need. God Bless you Mark S.! A former RC Club member of the MOON PORT MODELERS RC CLUB who today brings a special meaning to HELP someone in need who had the misfortune of getting too close to the ONLY Remaining Tall Pine Tree in our RC Club and one that at times get in the way of approach when we are pattern flying counter-clockwise viewing towards the WEST.

Charlie B. who is a super member and friend who encountered this Tall Pine Tree with his beloved Glow-to-Electric Conversion, SIG Something XTRA landed on top of this Pine Tree, approximately 40+ feet up! I immediately called our good friend Mark S. who owns a Utility Breaker Telescoping Power Pole and he came without any hesitation and assisted us and brought down Charlie's SIG Something XTRA without any damage, except a tiny hole (Quarter Size) on the Rear Left side of the FUSE (Yellow Covering Stripe) and the Propeller didn't even break!

Please note that this is NOT the first time that Mark S. has assisted us, however, this time around was challenging because this model's weight was...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 01, 2017 @ 03:06 PM | 3,050 Views
Hello good people!

For those that have been over at Fantasy of Flight in Lakeland, Florida and appreciate what Kermit Weeks has done to collect and fly some of his collections along with at times allowing the RC community to visit his place for RC Events then, take a look at his Video Status report after Hurricane Irma.

Note that we (Central Florida) got the East Eye Wall of that Hurricane which was pretty powerful.

Watch the Video because it is overall very GOOD NEWS!

Hurricane Irma Visits Fantasy of Flight - Kermie Cam (20 min 32 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 15, 2017 @ 09:29 PM | 3,577 Views
Hey good people,

I have been assisting my buddy with his 1994 Toyota Camry LE 2-Door (2.2 Liter Four). He quit using this car as a daily driver back in 2007 when he bought a new 2007 Camry. He still used the 94 to run errands and take it to the park and ride to catch a Van Pool etc....etc......

Fast forward today, his oldest daughter is getting ready for College and it is a local College so, he figured to bring this 1994 Camry back to it's glory days and lots of work has been done such as new Quick Struts, Motor Mounts (All of them), and today we were doing the Radiator Flush and took the time to use a rather unknown product such as Flex Seal (as seen on TV) on the Passenger Front CV outer Boot that just developed a crack at some areas. We noticed it when we were doing the Quick Struts.

Of course, the CV Outer Boot has not yet lost any axle grease and the crack is very narrow so, we said why not?

We also polished the Head Light Plastic Lens.

A few pictures of today's work!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 16, 2017 @ 06:12 PM | 3,807 Views
Greetings good People!

This was a General Fitness Ride around Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad-A and Pad-B, what a ride!

I have not taken my Trek 2100 (2007 vintage) for a long time and most especially this sort of wide open distance!

For a over-weight fat guy and 57 years old, I did very well and I have not lost any strength in my legs as I always had powerful legs.

We started at the South-West Parking lot of the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) and we rode along Saturn Causeway to Launch Pad-A which is exactly 3.5 miles. We continued and past the KSC LC-39 Observatory Gantry (Tourist Out Post) and then, turned North on Cape Road after passing Launch Pad-A where SPACE-X continues to press-on with their work at this Launch Pad.

Along Cape Road we witness some of the most beautiful sky with strong Thunderstorm approaching from the South and so, we increased our pace to Launch Pad-B which is a few more miles North. After passing Launch Pad-B, we continued back South passing Gator Hole and Broadaxe Creek and turned back (returned) to the Saturn Causeway for the long stretch back to the Launch Control Center and thereby our vehicles parked in front of the Vertical Assembly Building (VAB).

I was amazed that the conditions were perfect for this General Fitness ride to start our new Cycling Club.

A BIG thank you goes to Charles and most especially to Jessica who was a trooper on her Trek Verve 3 (city trekking bike) .

A few pictures!