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Posted by accel8or | Feb 13, 2018 @ 06:14 PM | 1,765 Views
This is my second Little Bogie build. The first one was built in 2011. Whilst performing a tight loop, the wing folded in two, and it fell to the ground, destroying the plane For this next build, I will find a way to reinforce the wing....Continue Reading
Posted by accel8or | Jan 22, 2018 @ 04:04 AM | 12,949 Views
Works with my 3rd gen DX6 radio. The labeled side is negative, and the other side will be the signal side for the pins.
Posted by accel8or | Jan 21, 2018 @ 11:02 PM | 12,206 Views
The attacks on our freedoms continue. We had to register model aircraft over 0.55 lbs. to 55 lbs. And then, a ruling saying we didn't have to, was only temporary. Did we get our five bucks back? No. With the arrival of the new administration in 2016, it was reintroduced into the verbage of legislations passed, and again, we have to register. I'm just curious if this will raise the sales of ultramicro aircraft. I'll certainly be flying more of them from now on. The hobby industry here and abroad should take note. We are all in this together. Advocating for our right to fly as free as possible is mutually beneficial. If we can't buy model airplanes and kits, because it's too darned expensive to register them, that'll make the hobby industry unprofitable. You guys gotta help us out.
Posted by accel8or | Jan 13, 2018 @ 05:52 AM | 2,280 Views
GoPro came out with a smaller action video cam, called the GoPro Hero 5 Session. It looks very similar to the Polaroid Cube. Not long after, Runcam came out with their own box video camera, called the Runcam 3. The price of the Runcam 3 was $99.00. The GoPro Hero 5 Session sold (or sells for) $299. Naturally, the Runcam 3 started outselling the GoPro H5S. It irked GoPro so much that they caused Runcam to stop selling their Runcam 3 in the U.S. Consumers weren't pleased by GoPro's move. Who wants to drink $300 cool aid, when there's some that's only $100? It did not sit well with consumers, since it was Polaroid who first came out with the cube form. People were so turned off by GoPro bullying Runcam, that sales of GoPro units fell. And then, I read that the company that owns Polaroid is suing GoPro for patent infringement. Here is a link to just one article pertaining to the lawsuit:
Posted by accel8or | Jan 10, 2018 @ 12:13 AM | 1,593 Views
Southern California
Posted by accel8or | Dec 26, 2017 @ 07:56 PM | 1,696 Views
Great weather, too.
Posted by accel8or | Dec 26, 2017 @ 07:39 PM | 1,703 Views
Weather sure was nice!
Posted by accel8or | Dec 26, 2017 @ 07:30 PM | 1,406 Views
A view of the freeflight area looking southward.
Posted by accel8or | Dec 26, 2017 @ 07:09 PM | 1,414 Views
Hours allowed:
Posted by accel8or | Dec 26, 2017 @ 07:00 PM | 1,398 Views
On the north shore of Balboa Lake is a freeflight area. Here is panorama that I made on Christmas Day of 2017.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 27, 2017 @ 02:58 AM | 2,013 Views
Places to fly:

I've listed the coordinates. Just copy and paste them onto Google Maps or Google Earth.

Little Mountain: (coordinates: 34.156793, -117.316024) Go up Little mountain road 1.2 miles. Pass Edgehill Rd. go right on dirt road passing radio antennas. Go downhill 800 ft. parking for 8-10 cars in back . It is in San Bernardino County, between the 210 and 215.

Field of dreams, San Pedro, CA (coordinates: 33.762488,-118.288615)

Carson field: 33.831817, -118.210938 --Carson Field is run by an r.c. heli club.

Stearns field: 118 fwy & Stearns exit 34.274134, -118.695731 directions to Stearns field: 118 fwy westbound, exit Stearns left; field can be seen on right side, but keep going to L.A. avenue (right), and next light make another right into parking lot of the park. The soccer field is where you fly, but itís fenced in to keep kids from ruining the grass. Itís a recreation center with a few one-story buildings. In one of the buildings, they allow indoor flying, but you should call first to see when the next one will be held.

Rabbit Dry Lake Bed: 34.450838,-117.005459

Apollo 11 Field (aka: Van Nuys RC Field):

Bluff Park, Long Beach, CA
(coordinates: 33.761145,-118.154007)

Rose Bowl in Pasadena: ask the people there as to the location of where the rc planes are allowed to fly at. I do believe it's parking lot H, but not sure.
Posted by accel8or | Oct 11, 2017 @ 04:26 PM | 2,258 Views
This is a 42.5 inch wingspan night flier from Hobbyking. The wings are very rigid, because of the strips of LED's across the wings. Those LED's are held in long strips of fiberglass pc board material, and that's what makes the wings so rigid. The lights are red and green, which is right for green; red for left. It's well thought out, because if all the lights are the same color, you can easily lose orientation on which is left versus right if you are inverted. Hobbyking solved this by putting blue lights on the bottom of the plane. And when the plane is coming towards you, the preponderance of white LED's becomes apparent, and so you know it's coming towards you.

FYI: The center of gravity (c.g.) is measured from the nose of the plane. That can vary a lot, depending upon whether or not you're using the spinner, another brand of spinner, or no spinner at all. So I took a measurement from the leading edge of the wing at the exact center: It is 64mm back from the leading edge of the wing at the center of the wing. Hobbyking's manual states that it can vary + or - 5mm. When using 3s 2200mAh lipos, I had to add 1.5 ounces of lead weight to the nose. I put the lead weights inside the cowl.

Another FYI: You do not have to glue the spinner (the nose cone) over the prop. It is held on by friction alone. You save money when you don't have to tear up the spinner to replace a broken prop.

Here is a link to a video, showing what the plane looks like lit up:
Flybeam10102017 (0 min 46 sec)

Posted by accel8or | Oct 05, 2017 @ 04:00 PM | 2,164 Views
I decided to fly mostly ultramicro aircraft. I won't need to buy a van. When I retire, I will be going around in a medium-sized car that gets good mileage. I've flown big, and it's a lot of work taking them apart, putting them in the vehicle, and then re-assembling them at the field. After a work week, I'm exhausted, and I don't feel like working on another thing on the weekend. I just want to fly. With bigger aircraft, I can only bring one or two, because I don't like stacking them one on top of another. It puts dings and scratches on the aircraft, which to me is unprofessional. I've been flying since 2004 (officially in 2007), and I've gathered enough experience to say, with all honesty that flying skills are a big part of an airplane's performance. It's not how large an aircraft you're flying that determines skill level. They do fly "big." And generally, the wing loading of so-called large scale aircraft is superior to any 36 to 48 inch parkflyer. With ultramicros, you can bring (and thus, fly) more than a couple of aircraft in a day. If you bring your ultramicros in their boxes, you can stack them, and bring as many as your car can carry. Today, most ultramicro aircraft have some kind of artificial gyro stabilization. Eflite calls it AS3X, which comes with a beginner mode they call SAFE. With AS3X, these aircraft are a lot more stable, and some people liken the feel to a much larger craft. I just enjoy flying them, and I prefer small field flying. And storage, well, keep the boxes, if you have the space. Or you can hang them in the rafters, or the ceiling. You can own literally dozens of ultramicro aircraft, and not take up a lot of space. Yeah, so I think I've convinced myself even more. The future of RC Flight is looking good in the ultramicro realm.
Posted by accel8or | Sep 26, 2017 @ 02:32 PM | 3,146 Views
If you don't care for Betaflight configuration software, you don't want to be limited to racing, and you just want to fly, the Rise Vusion is nearly perfect for you. There are some very important FYI's for the videographers out there, who want to video their flights. First, the Vusion takes micro sd cards up to 32 gb only. Secondly, you must format the micro sd card to FAT32. ExFAT32 will not work on this quad. Thirdly, the onboard video camera (DVR, or digital video recorder) can start "filming" even before you start the motors. It can keep "filming" even after you stop the motors. Fourthly, remember to stop the filming, and let the DVR catch up with writing the video files onto the micro sd card. I wait for 10 seconds or more, before I pull the plug. If the dvr is still writing the video files to the card, and you pull the plug, you lose that video file. Remember that the video files are 1280 x 720 in size; and they are .AVI video files. And finally, don't forget to peel off that plastic tape over the videocamera's lens.
Posted by accel8or | Sep 06, 2017 @ 03:32 PM | 2,838 Views
Spitfire Mk IX ...This is the Parkzone ultramicro Spitfire Mk IX. I bought this several years ago. When I first tried to trim it out, I couldn't. I later found out that the center of gravity was incorrect. It was extremely tail-heavy, and barely avoided crashing it a few times. That was the design fault of Parkzone/Horizon Hobby. I finally got around to fixing it, by adding some lead weight to the front of the aircraft, inside the intake below the propeller. It is the first 1s lipo powered Parkzone ultramicro to have AS3X stabilization. It didn't stay in the hobby marketplace for very long, and it was quickly discontinued, and I think I know why.
Posted by accel8or | Sep 05, 2017 @ 03:32 AM | 2,107 Views
Yes, you can fly the UMX Timber in the dark.

UMX Timber Flying before Sunrise (4 min 23 sec)

Posted by accel8or | Jul 15, 2017 @ 01:57 AM | 4,291 Views
As you might already know, Foam Tac is $9.99 for a two ounce bottle. There is a less expensive alternative: Goop II Max. The makers of Goop II Max claim it resists yellowing and cracking, due to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Goop II Max is $7.90 for a two ounce tube, compared to $9.99 for two ounces of Foam Tac.
Posted by accel8or | Jun 23, 2017 @ 06:06 AM | 2,857 Views
Two rubber bands looped over the throttle stick will save some fingers.