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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 31, 2016 @ 12:10 AM | 6,514 Views

We finally had some of the best weather conditions here in Central Florida and it was almost DEAD Calm and I wasted no time and came with my Beloved Hangar9 F4U-1A 50-size Electric.

This model is just an amazing flying model. Everyone just stood and watched and yes, I was the only one at the Pilot's station.

Flew it for two wonderful flights and flew it like I stole it!

The landings were picture perfect!

Here is my buddy Gerry (simano) with his Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital camera with a new zoom lens!

Camera: Pentax K-X DSLR
Lens: Promaster 70-300mm, f4-5.6/w Tele-Macro Zoom.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 13, 2016 @ 01:12 AM | 4,599 Views
Hello good people!

I was rather amused to see a new FORD commercial that was aired on the FOX channel showing a third (3) Generation Toyota Camry (V-6 version according to the Wheels that came with the model) to denote FORD's efforts in convincing you to trade in your old and tired Technology?

This must be some desperate attempt to make you subconsciously go into a FORD dealer and trade your beloved true to its name (reliable and faithful) transportation that what the Toyota Camry is known for, especially the 3rd Generation.


Because I have one! In May of 1994, I bought it used at 15,653 miles and now it has 483,286 miles without any Engine Rebuilt history!

The following was taken Saturday, January 9th, 2016 during my efforts in replacing the windshield wiper material and sanding and painting the windshield wiper assemblies along with polishing and waxing the entire Toyota Camry XLE.

It was built in Japan (JT Vin = made in Japan).

There will be no chance in HELL that FORD or anyone else will make me depart from my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with the service it has given me all these years!

Here is the FORD Commercial Link:

Screen Capture of the beginning of the FORD commercial:

I am posting pictures of my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 483,286+ miles and counting!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 03, 2016 @ 10:31 PM | 5,385 Views
BOCA BEARING came through with great effort! I finally fixed my Emax BL3526/04 Brushless Outrunner and it will fly again! The shaft and front / rear bearings are now new and smooth operation is observed and better than new! BOCA BEARING exceed stock bearings in ever manner! I am super happy to bring this fine Motor back in operations status!
Carlos Marin's photo.

Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 02, 2016 @ 07:55 AM | 4,636 Views
The owners of XCraft have got to the "other" level and presented to the ABC network reality show known as SHARK TANK their inventions and they came out winning! More than three times the $$$ they expected in the deal with all 5 Cast members!

Seems like the cast (self made million / billionaires) Love DRONES!


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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 29, 2015 @ 05:35 AM | 6,857 Views
Gals and Guys,

It all takes one Knuckle Head that thinks the NOTAM notifications don't apply to them.

I mean how can you possibly think this man didn't know the President of the United States was not in his vicinity?

You must be some sort of caveman not listening to the news!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, things just got worse!


Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 27, 2015 @ 05:04 PM | 5,604 Views
Hello Gals and Guys!

With all the FAA / AMA stuff happening I finally decided to fly my micro Estes Proto Z inside my own house which has its own rules and regulations.

The first Rule is the be Safe and not allow the device to go too far and run the batteries too low according to the instructions.


Weigh-In of the little micro Quad was exactly 3/4th of an ounce!
Way below the 0.55lbs (250grams) limit for the FAA, that "Is" should I decide to fly it outside. In any case I have complied and registered with the FAA on Monday, December 21st, 2015 and I am all set.

This micro Quad Copter is amazing! I marvel on how Tiny it is and all the Electronics it has that weighs next to nothing.

Estes Proto Z micro Quad Copter 12-27-2015 (1 min 23 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 11, 2015 @ 11:22 PM | 5,482 Views
Hello good people!

Just wanted to provide you all with my feedback from eBay in case you all are wondering since I have been trying to sell a few over at eBay.
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 07, 2015 @ 08:01 AM | 5,482 Views
Okay guys,

First, I believe that I have found the issue with why my model went in the drink. It appears that the used E-Flite 30-AMP ESC that I purchased from eBay had been overheated "or" suffered some overheating and the wires going to the motor were really lose and brittle causing the insulating to crumble easily and at least two wires going to the motor shorted out. Therefore, the possibility that my Spektrum radio equipment was not entirely at fault.

Second, at least on my E-Flite J3 Piper Cub the covering was just too much work re-ironing and so, I went ahead and completely took off the flimsy covering that was delaminating like crazy.

Third, the hardwood glued up front at the FUSE was completely warped and reason for the covering not to stick as it took in lots of water during the swim at the lake.

These models suffer from easy breakage at the wing saddle and I went to town in fixing it with some re-enforcing BASS wood.

Well, in case you all have not seen this model in the bones, here is mine!

Certainly, I have purchased a "NEW" Hangar9 Covering Roll to make her look like new. Yes, it was a mess taking off the old covering but, worth it.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 29, 2015 @ 03:22 AM | 6,296 Views

For those that take-off and land their Trojans on Smooth Hard surface then, I have a real nice modification for you all.

Seriously, I just got feed UP with fixing my Trojan's Nose Wheel Plastic retainer and hair-line crack on the round bottom retainer (Firewall) where the NOSE Wheel "wire" strut goes in. Not to mention the occasional Plastic Steering arm during those really bad landings.

Taking this idea from another member that sold me the Flyzone Millennium Master, he sold it to me with Hobby King spring loaded strut on the Nose Wheel. Let me tell you the Spring Loaded Nose wheel strut will absorb those less than perfect landings.

The Wire I used was from an old Trojan Main Gear and I used bolt cutters to trim the main landing wire to the appropriate length then, fit checks and paying attention to the pitch angle.

Additionally, I inspected the entire model and found that the Left Aileron was coming out from the foam molded cavity. Since I don't have the factory glue, I settled on using some Gorilla Wood Glue and made sure I reached in and applied (glue) underneath the servo.

Here is the link to Hobby King 7075 Alloy Struts:

A few pictures!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 22, 2015 @ 08:51 AM | 5,720 Views

You can visit my Blog containing my Modifications for using the E-Flite P-47 Jug's Checker Board Cowling at:

As promised, here are some super in-flight pictures of my PZ P-47 Jug using the new E-Flite P-47 Checker Board Cowling.

My Buddy Gerry (simano) took these and the conditions were heavy overcast so, was forced to shoot at ISO 1600 which adds quite a bit of noise and dulls the contrast...but the idea was to show off the new cowling which I think shows on these.

Take-Off Roll.....

Into the Cloudy Sky!

What we been waiting for!
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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 10, 2015 @ 05:37 AM | 5,851 Views

Okay, just sharing my installation of the new E-Flite P-47 "COWLING" onto my old but, reliable Snorting Bull by Park Zone!

I took me 35 minutes to paint, 5 minutes to tape and another 5 minutes to clean-up so, less than one (1) hour!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 29, 2015 @ 05:38 AM | 4,993 Views

I am finally the proud owner and flyer of one slightly used E-Flite J3 Piper 25e size and power. The specifications are:

Wingspan: 62 in (1575mm)
Length: 35.5 in (900mm)
Wing Area: 552 sq in (35.5 sq dm)
Weight w/o Battery: 3.2 lb (1.45 kg); 4.5 lb w/Floats (2.0 kg)
Weight w/Battery: 4 lb (1.8 kg); 5.3 lb w/Floats (2.4 kg)

I say slightly since I traded with Budkeywest back in 2013!

Here is Bud's For Sale Ad:

Here is what I traded him for it:

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Flight Ready Summary:

The E-Flite J3 Piper was observed as repaired in the frontal wing saddle section and other minor scrapes and repairs on wing tips.

However, the J3 Piper is in very good shape and servos look new. Bud included some Piper Yellow trim sheet and with that I was able to hide many prior flight / landing issues. The windshield is still usable even though it has a missing side piece and trim Sheet was used used to secure to the FUSE and did a great job.

Over all spent was just 2 hours getting it flight ready and that's was taking my time.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 25, 2015 @ 08:17 PM | 4,839 Views
Hello good people,

Just sharing some pictures and video of my first two flights with this project. Yes, I had this model For Sale countless times and there were no takers so, I went Electric on it and glad I did. It really hauls the mail once it is in the air and the Propeller unloads.

Here are some neat pictures from my buddy Gerry (simano) who captured my 2nd flight from today.

For the beginning of my Glow-To-Electric Conversion Thread:

For Video:
Hangar9 F22 Raptor Maiden Flight 10 25 2015 (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2015 @ 10:48 AM | 5,731 Views
Hello good people,

Just sharing my experiences with this wonderful 1987 BMW 325i Convertible that I purchased from a former co-worker back in July 2014.

It is back in the Hangar for major servicing such as Water Pump, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Engine Clean-up De-greasing, and much more! Again, bought this BMW back in July 2014 and have had lots of FUN with it but, it was pretty much abandoned by previous owner for over 3 years in the back yard.

It is just amazing how well it has been running on my watch for one solid year and finally the Water Pump gave UP and just in time since the timing belt was next! I am so LUCKY!

My initial Discussion Thread was back last year and dealt with bad Fuel Pumps and my quest to trouble-shoot why it didn't want to run and you can see all that at:


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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2015 @ 10:50 PM | 5,644 Views

You can see my initial Blog on this at:

One little thing we discovered while taking apart the old Engine was that someone swapped Engines during the previous ownership and the shop near Washington DC really stole from the previous owner as the Engine is NOT a 1500cc and instead an older 1350cc with small pistons (known as a 40 Horse).

Some people can steal from others like that is really piss poor business methods. Not only did they charge the guy for a turn-up but, they exchanged Engines and they must have sold his 1500cc to another customer and installed a weak Engine that was operating only on three (3) Cylinders! Unbelievable....

Needless to say we end up purchasing a brand new Engine (Turn-Key) with all installed and this one is a 1600cc with Dual Port Intake and coupled with a Dual Port Carburetor.

About a week ago we brought it to my friends back yard and today we installed it.

A few pictures.....

Last week transporting the new Engine with my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE (Made in Japan) with the 2.2 Liter four (4) cylinder gasoline (5S-FE) Engine and Automatic Transmission with over-drive. This 1992 Toyota Camry has over 473,800 miles at time of this write-up and without any Engine Rebuilt history!

New Clutch included
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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 04, 2015 @ 06:26 AM | 6,881 Views
Hello good people,

This is a record account of some hard learning experiences when trying to restore a super nice looking 1967 VW Karmann Ghia and the Engine was a struggle in many aspects.

This vehicle had been stored for over 3+ years and doing a nominal tune-up after taking care of the old Gasoline and other issues was not enough as the Engine just didn't want to start. My best friend who is a mechanic and remembers working on these Engines a long, long time ago is trying to rekindle his knowledge base with the help of another mutual friend (Hector) from Titusville, Florida. Hector has been a great help and actually sold us a block casing for a typcial 1500cc and main crank bearings.

Yesterday, I assisted Pete, my friend from Orlando, Florida to open up the Engine from this karmann Ghia and to our shock and surprise this Engine had an ugly case of the sludge and once the Engine case halves were separated after removing the heads and piston sleeves it was obvious why this Engine didn't want to start as many of the compression rings on the pistons were recessed and thereby no compression. We observed that the exposed areas of the crankshaft and that of the camshaft look in very good condition considering all that sludge. We are soon to take the crankshaft to the machine shop after removal of the connecting rods.

It is amazing how the critical components have survived so well even after so much abuse!

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 02, 2015 @ 11:18 PM | 5,742 Views

Way back in 2013 my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE received a needed Transmission Flush from Tire Kingdom in Oviedo, Florida and today almost 2 years later, I returned to have them perform another FLUSH.

Using Valvoline MAX LIFE ATF:


The FLUSH machine was filled with this product and I watched the mechanic perform the job. Of course, they took my Camry for a good test drive to make sure my A140E Automatic Transmission was sound before they decided to do the job. I don't blame them since my beloved 1992 Toyota Camry XLE has over 472,800+ miles on it.:laugh:

I kindly asked them NOT to add any other cleaner additives and to perform the FLUSH using the Engine's power and they did exactly that.:wink: Mechanic stood by monitoring the machine and progress. It really pays to come during weekday hours to find the most experienced mechanic on hand and without finding the shop so busy.:smile:

A couple of pictures:

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Posted by PittSpecial | May 26, 2015 @ 10:48 PM | 5,971 Views
Gals and Guys,

It has been a long journey at best I can explain here with my nagging rear tail brake lights. For months my friends informed me of the drivers rear brake light not functioning.

Always, disassemble the lens and inspect the bulbs and even use very fine sand paper to clean the socket contacts and presto the brake light works again. After a few weeks, once again my friends tell me of the same driver's side rear brake light not working and to my shock and surprise after lightly tapping it with my finger the dang light works again.:frown: Unbelievable, and I say to myself, "How many times do I have to disassemble these freaking lights to only work for a few weeks and then, stop functioning after a few weeks again.:crying:

Well, this long weekend I took matters in my own hands and work like a devil to get to the bottom of the reason(s) why I am having so many freaking problems.>

Here is a summary:

1. Replaced the Driver's side rear brake wire harness with a newer one.
2. Replaced all bulbs with newer ones.
3. Now, either the bulbs works or not. Tapping on the lens doesn't work.
4. To my surprise these Incandescent Light Bulbs (OLD Technology) bulbs get very HOT and within time ruin the sockets!

I wasted NO MORE TIME and went to my nearest O'Reilly Auto Parts and found some really powerful LED replacement lights for my old 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 472,543 miles!:laugh: These LED lights are made by PILOT Automotive.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 21, 2015 @ 05:44 AM | 7,258 Views
Gals and Guys,

To see previous documentary on my BMW Project then, please visit:

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After perhaps three months after purchasing the newer (used) Strut / Spring / wheel hub assemblies from Bavarian Auto Recycling in Cordova, California


I finally got my 1987 BMW 325i Convertible over to my family friend's house and thinking it was going to be a several day affair and instead (just like the rear shocks), it was a piece of cake and just under 4 hours and taking it easy and with a lunch in-between.

I just don't understand why people bad mouth BMW's and the cost of parts but, even the new shocks, bearings, and most especially brake components (new) are less expensive than my Toyota Camry! Of course I am talking about a 28+ year old car and realize that the new ones have lots of sensors and computerized items but, so does the other brands (Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, etc....) and ALL of them are pretty expensive to repair.

My experienced with this 28+ year old BMW Project has resulted in an appreciation of GERMAN automotive Engineering. The front struts were very easy to take out and replace as one complete assembly since I purchased the pair of Strut Assemblies that came with a 6 month warranty certification from Bavarian Auto Recycling and true to their word, my BMW sits higher (Factory Specifications) and with...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 02, 2015 @ 07:04 AM | 7,297 Views
Big success!

Since Elevator control horn was at its maximum deflection position, had to take off the wing and adjust the push rod at the servo arm to the outer most hole.

Also, I drilled additional holes but, the Rudder Control horn was the only to benefit.

Just an amazing spin action!

So much so, that it will give you two additional spins after bringing the control sticks back to zero.


This took Trial and error.

The main success key was to change the Elevator Servo Arm - Rod to its outer most hole and this allowed the model to SPIN with gusto. I did not programmed any D/R or Expo on the Elevator and I was able to have Full Control.

The Rudder Control Horn Clevis did use one of the newly Drilled Holes on the Control Horn for maximum Rudder deflection.

THEREFORE:: The Vortex Generators has nothing to do with this Sport Cub not being able to perform a SPIN ACTION. Additionally, my conclusion that similar Airframes are just that......

A CUB "IS" A CUB no matter what and it will SPIN!!! There is no ROCKET Science in this......just enough Elevator Deflection & accompanied with enough Rudder Deflection is ALL THAT is needed.

Some information for those that would be interested in how it works!

As far as getting flatter SPIN would be with the smaller 1300 batteries since using the 2200's in the far AFT position still results in a slightly nose heavy Center-Of-Gravity.

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