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Posted by impostor | Apr 25, 2011 @ 08:45 PM | 3,769 Views
I ordered it a week ago from NitroPlanes. It arrived today double boxed and in great condition! This is my 2nd plane thru them. No muss, no fuss, no delays! Good job NitroPlanes!

Box in good shape.

All the pieces are there without any damage.

Just test fitting it together for a photo shoot.
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Posted by impostor | Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:23 PM | 3,204 Views
Today was a cold, rainy, crappy Chicago day. I spent most of it building my Stryker. Being a new pilot, I decided to build a Light Stryker bc a fast one, even stock, is probably too fast for me to handle right now.

I used a 2712-17 BL motor, a stick mount, 25A BL ESC, a 8x4 prop, and powering it are 2S 20C 1000mah Sky Lipo batteries. Peak amp from my Turnigy Watt Meter is 9.44Ah. I had to mess with the servo connection and reversing one of the servo to make the Elevon mix work properly with my Dx6i Tx. In the end, the Stryker ended up to be 372 grams. Not so light weight...

Hopefully, the power system is able to keep this puppy in the air. If not, I have some 3S 30C 1000mah batteries and a 7x3.5 prop to power it. We'll see when I go maiden it tomorrow (if the weather improves).

Here are some pics of my build.

Test fiting the electronics

Testing out the system with the 3S battery

Starting to come together.
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Posted by impostor | Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:05 PM | 4,283 Views
Last week, I ordered some parts (from BH) for a broken F-22 FIY jet that someone gave me. It's been 6 days and the order status still showing shipping 2-3 days. I posted in their RCG forum asking for a status. I emailed them asking for a status. Nothing but silence. I've going to give it 10 days and then file a complaint with Paypal and hopefully get my money back. Isn't taking someone's money without delivering the promised products stealing and is against the law?
Posted by impostor | Apr 07, 2011 @ 08:34 PM | 4,822 Views
My brother loaned me his Syma S008 helicopter for a quick review. Boy, that's one hard to control heli!! Take a look!

Syma S008 RC Heli Impressions (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by impostor | Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:50 AM | 7,798 Views
Recently, I went to the Weak Signals RC Expo in Toledo, OH. There, I ran into Nitroplanes. They had the new Syma S108G and S109G helicopters for $25 each. Now that's a stupidly cheap price for these heli's. I've been looking around for the S109G Apache online and you just can't touch it for less than $40 shipped (from a US seller). So my brother and I snatched up their last 2 S109G's and an S108G Cobra for himself too. As we walked around the show, quite a few people came up to us asking where to find these new Symas. They are popular!!!

Anyways, it's been a while since I did a video impression of a heli so here's one for the S109G Apache. Overall, I like it. It is not as fast as the S108G Cobra though. But still fun to fly. It is also looks very scale, and super stable in the air. Highly recommended!

Syma S109G Apache RC heli impressions (5 min 8 sec)

Posted by impostor | Apr 01, 2011 @ 10:55 AM | 5,042 Views
I took a break from messing around with RC planes and helis for a nite to play with my new Nintendo 3DS that arrived yesterday.

Here are my first impressions of it.

I played with the 3DS for quite a while last nite. I’m very impressed with its technology and presentation. The 3D works great! Some people think that 3D means popping out of the screen like at some of the Disney rides, notably A Bug’s Life in Disney World Magic Kingdom. This 3D is like Avatar’s 3D. The 3D takes the 2D and add depth to it. Looking at the 3DS screen, it feels like you’re not just looking at a gaming screen, but you’re peering into an animated diorama. It immediately sucks you into the game.

Some people have issues seeing the 3D effects or they get headaches. Luckily, I don’t have them. However, I did notice that after 30 minutes of staring at the 3D screen, my eyes felt like they are crossed. It’s a weird feeling. I wonder if they were really crossed. The ‘sweet spot’ for 3D varies from person to person. There’s more vertical range than horizontal range. If you’re out of the sweet spot, the picture is all blurry. Luckily, the 3DS has a slider that you can use to adjust the depth of vision or turn off the 3D totally. Speaking of which, one of the parental control is to lock out 3D effects if you don’t want your kids to see 3D. That’s what I heard but I haven’t verified.

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