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Posted by accel8or | Dec 17, 2016 @ 06:13 PM | 1,035 Views
I hardly ever buy anything at physical hobby shops any more (stores you can walk in to) because a lot of (not all of) these shops are attended to by very rude salespeople. I walk in, and they immediately think I don't have a lot of money, and/or I don't have good credit. You see, that's the problem, these days. You are automatically profiled according to what you are. No, I'm not going into the race thing. If you can read this, you are old enough to know what I'm talking about.

I buy pretty much all of my hobby supplies online or mail order, because they can't see who you are and so, they can't profile you. Listen, I work for a government agency. You would not know that by looking at me. My point is, you can't judge people based on who or what they are.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 24, 2016 @ 01:32 PM | 896 Views
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of EFlite, FMS, Tower Hobbies and everybody else doing the same old thing, year in year out. It's always the Mustang, the Thunderbolt, the T28, Spitfire, the Corsair. Gosh, can you guys make something else besides those that I mentioned? People are gonna tire out flying the same ol' thing.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 18, 2016 @ 12:53 PM | 1,623 Views
These are really good servos at a very affordable price of around $6.50 to $7.00 each. I get them here:

One FYI: These servos do not test well with the most common servo testers, like GT Power brand. It won't work. You need to test these servos with the receiver that you will be using.
Posted by accel8or | Oct 29, 2016 @ 04:55 PM | 1,298 Views
Realflight RF-X is a big disappointment. The video quality is a stop-motion, jittery mess. One other RCGroups user said you need a high-end gaming card or gaming pc to run it.

If you want realism, stick with Realflight 7.5
Posted by accel8or | Oct 25, 2016 @ 10:34 PM | 950 Views
Test results using a Great Planes 8x6 slowfly prop, 30 amp Eflite esc, 600mAh 3s lipo by Twisted Hobbys, and a clone receiver. The radio system is Spektrum, 4ch.

143.4 watts peak (full throttle)

14.73 amps peak

11.4 volts in
Posted by accel8or | Sep 28, 2016 @ 03:44 AM | 8,005 Views
This plane is near-perfect. All I did was add carbon-fiber reinforcements to the rear fuselage/horizontal-and-vertical stabilizers.
Posted by accel8or | Mar 22, 2016 @ 04:44 AM | 2,586 Views
For those who build epp foam aircraft, I found a new brand of Goop glue on Amazon. It's $6.33 right now, for a 3.7 ounce tube. There are other vendors on Amazon, but those who have Amazon Prime can get it for the above price. It's the same thickness as Goop. Welder's glue is a thinner concoction. Here is a link:
Posted by accel8or | Mar 21, 2016 @ 01:32 AM | 2,085 Views
Let's make this the quickest review/comparison/article...
Which is better, the Twisted Hobbys Veloxity, or the Twisted Hobbys 39 inch Crack Yak?

I fly both. The 39 inch Crack Yak flies better overall.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 27, 2015 @ 06:57 PM | 2,388 Views
Multiplex needs to upgrade their Funcub.

They should start with the same basic airframe, but make the aileron surfaces much bigger, along with a larger elevator surface and larger rudder, with 45 degree throws all around.

The v2.0 Funcub should also incorporate a 4s motor & esc.

This should fill a niche created by the gas-powered 3D Hobbyshop Bigfoot.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 24, 2015 @ 09:04 PM | 2,420 Views
As a newb in 2004, I looked at a foamie profile plane and commented on how "ugly" those things were. That was wrong to diss anybody's plane, and I regret saying it. As I became more proficient, I got one and realized how much more technical it is to fly it, as compared to a warplane.

With profile planes, I learned that this design is the absolute lightest method of making a flying machine. If you make a full-body airplane, you are adding the weight of a rounded fuselage and the internal bracings. With a profile plane, the bracings are minimal, and the surface is also minimal. It is much lighter. The wings will carry less weight. That is ideal. With 3D aerobatic planes, the closer you get to a 2-to-1 thrust-to-weight ratio (or better), the performance that you will be getting out of your plane will be like an epiphany: "all this time, I've been flying pigs!"

Yeah, so the profile design gives you the lightest possible all-up weight, while still maintaining the flight characteristics of a full-bodied airplane, while keeping the cost and construction time at a minimum.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 24, 2015 @ 08:48 PM | 2,360 Views
By my recollection, I began in 2004. It just blows my mind how time flies. I'm 54 years of age, and minus the aches and pains, I still feel like I'm 30.

It's interesting to look back. I was very much into WWI & WWII combat aircraft and trainers, like the Fokker DVII, P51, P47, T28, PT17 & PT19. I still have a T28, lightened up so that I can use a 1000mAh 3s lipo and an AXI 2217-16 brushless outrunner. I fly it for 6 minutes, but it will stay aloft for 8.

After about three years, flying around in circles became monotonous. I started building & flying aerobatic depron planes. Epp foam came out, and I bought some and made a couple of planes out of that. Next thing I knew, I began flying flying balsa aerobats. When I saw how much nicer and more stable the aerobatic planes were, going back and flying warbirds was like work. Even the heavy foam warplanes felt like flying pigs to me. They just became boring to me. And I noticed that some of the people I flew with disappeared. They didn't learn new things, so it got old and they quit flying. I understand that the advanced flying skills are too much for some people to process. It was for me, but I worked on it constantly and picked up more skills so it stays interesting that way.

But then, don't get me wrong, there are days when I just want to fly graceful and slow. It's good to mix it up.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 22, 2015 @ 09:00 PM | 2,498 Views
I've heard it more than once at the field: "He might as well buy a helicopter if he wants to hover his airplane."

There is a purpose for hovering: Learning & practicing orientation while the airplane is torque-rolling.

You see, 3D pilots are far more advanced as far as orientation. They know how to control the aircraft when it's inverted, upright, inverted flying away from you, inverted flying towards you, going up with the belly facing you, and going down with the belly facing you.

3D pilots are far more aware of the airplane's stall characteristics, and during post-stall. They are more in tune to their plane's weight and wing loading.

And lastly, 3D pilots' reflexes are sharpened by practicing hovering. They are not really trying to imitate helicopters.
Posted by accel8or | Oct 13, 2015 @ 08:06 PM | 2,899 Views
This thing is the best. My car has a USB port, but if you don't have one, just get a cigarette lighter USB port and you're in business.

Recently, I bought a cellphone charger. It has a USB charging port on it. Guess what? I can put my EFlite 1s charger on it. That's pretty handy.
Posted by accel8or | Jan 29, 2015 @ 02:39 AM | 5,762 Views
I've been searching the internet for information on how to set up a gas plane. From what I've been able to gather, I drew up some diagrams.
Posted by accel8or | Jan 20, 2015 @ 06:17 PM | 4,037 Views
I finally got the c.g. right on my 51 inch AJ Slick. I just kept moving it back, which required multiple tries. I think I flew it and landed it at least six times, bringing the battery back until it flew level inverted as well as upright. I was going to mark the c.g. at the wingtips, but after a hard maneuver, the canopy came off. I spent a couple of hours looking for it, but could not find it.
Posted by accel8or | Dec 16, 2014 @ 03:18 PM | 3,577 Views
As it is now, the airplane models in Realflight "feel" floatier than in real life. In the Realflight sim, they are less likely to tip stall or just plainly fall out of the sky from insufficient power. The planes feel less twitchy and more forgiving, even when you dial up the physics/realism. However, the roll, pitch and yaw are right on. Even the torque roll is right on.

Realflight has helped me a lot with 3D moves and aerobatics in general. I don't think I could have mastered even basic 3D without Realflight.

The most realistic models are the Twisted Hobbys Crack Yak, the ultramicro Beast biplane, and the quadcopter that looks like the DJI Phantom. I can't comment on the giant scale 30cc, 50cc, and 100cc Extra 300's, 260's, and SBachs, because I have never flown the real models.

The next major development would be even more realistic physics. A lot of that probably depends upon the computer's processing speed and maybe even improvements in the RAM. I'm not a computer expert, but I'm sure that's what's needed.

I wish Realflight was more user-friendly in terms of being able to move stuff around in the flying field. Adding, removing trees, clouds, cars, etc. should be like a click and drag with the mouse. And I wish that being able to design an airplane would be just as user-friendly, so we don't have to ask others to design planes for us, or to emulate an actual plane in the sim environment.
Posted by accel8or | Dec 16, 2014 @ 02:56 PM | 3,679 Views
Radio-controlled radios aren't anything new. It has been around longer than I've been alive, and I was born in 1961. The first time I have heard of and seen a radio-control transmitter was back in 1973. My Dad and my brother; we would go around Torrance, Hawthorne, Lomita, Carson Mall, and Long Beach, looking in various hobby stores at model planes. Back then, I built plastic model planes (static display airplanes), flew free-flight balsa models, U-control Cox & Testors planes and model rockets. The first time I've ever seen radio-controlled airplanes flying was at a vacant field behind the Carson Mall. This was back around 1973 if I remember correctly. Some people were flying what looked like Ugly Stik planes. I was hooked, vowing to get one when I could afford it. Radios back then cost $300 and up, and that was a lot of money back then. We were at TQ Hobbies in Lomita (?), I think, and yes, $300 & up for a Kraft radio. I'm sure it came with servos, but still that was way more than what we could afford. I remember Futaba was considered the best, and to many, it still is. I was smitten by the gliders that flew out of Point Fermin in San Pedro, CA. I also saw them flying off of Bluff Park in Long Beach. My dad said if I wanted, we could save up to buy a glider and radio, but it would take maybe a year to get enough money. I knew it would have put a big strain on our finances, so I told him, no. And besides, I did not know how to fly r.c. If I...Continue Reading
Posted by accel8or | Dec 12, 2014 @ 02:07 PM | 3,709 Views
After the automatic updates to my pc, I did not know that somehow, the NVIDIA video software had turned on the 3-D function for 3D glasses.

So what happened is that when Realflight is on, I saw double of everything, including double airplanes.

I went into the video card setting in my pc and didn't find anything broken. Then it occurred to me that maybe the 3D glasses are on. I don't use 3D glasses, because most programs don't have 3D capabilities.

In the NVIDIA settings, I found the enable/disable switch for 3D. I turned it off and went back to Realflight. Everything was back to normal

And best of all, my pc didn't overheat anymore. When it overheats, it shuts off.

Now Realflight runs fairly cool and sometimes warm in the pc.
Posted by accel8or | Nov 25, 2014 @ 01:50 PM | 5,541 Views
In this blog entry, I am not instructing anyone to do this; nor is this a tutorial on how to go about it.

With the DJI Phantom 2 battery, you are left with two options: buy an AC charger from DJI, or buy their car charger. Both chargers cost a hundred dollars. They aren't really chargers; they are 12 volt power supplies.

The DJI Phantom 2 battery is a "smart battery." It has its own charger inside. It takes 12 volts DC and the internal charger does the rest.

The problem is finding a plug that fits the battery. Venom makes a set of plugs for Deans, EC3, and others. One side of the adapter plug has rounded nubs, so reversing the polarity is made that much more difficult, which is good.

I made this adapter, so that I can charge at the field. And at the end of the day, I use this adapter to discharge the battery to storage charge level.
Posted by accel8or | May 05, 2013 @ 11:23 PM | 5,209 Views
Motor: Himax HC3516-0840, 840kv motor, 35.2 x 42.2mm size.
13x4 prop, GForce 2200mAh 40c/3s lipo.
At full throttle: 25.8 amps peak, 278.6 watts peak, 10.8Vm, 0.16 Ap, 11.53V at lipo battery source.