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Posted by impostor | Mar 13, 2011 @ 08:08 PM | 2,547 Views
I finally had a chance to out today with the local Chicago park flyer guys and maiden my plane. I've flown my mSR heli plenty, but it was all in my small apt. I logged some hours in Phoenix Sim with a custom made UM T-28 model (Thanks Andrew73!). That really helped in learning orientation and muscle memory in my thumbs.

Even with the time in the sim, I was nervous since the wind was a steady 8-10mph. It certainly wasn't the ideal condition to maiden the T-28 and certainly not what I had in mind for my first rc flight ever. But you take what you can get and make the most of it.

I struggled with the wind in the first flight. The T-28 was getting pushed around a bit. With the knowledge from RCG in hand, I set my rates at 75% and 30% EXPO across the board. There were spots where the T-28 climbed, but I'm not sure if it is the plane or the wind doing it. So I flew around for a minute or so before flying too close to the ground and a gust of crosswind pushed it into the ground. No damage.

Second flight was much better. I was able to keep it higher up and react to wind. Very enjoyable. I can imagine how fun this little T-28 will be when the conditions are ideal. I flew some more after that with success. My landing in windy conditions needs some work though. The T-28 took the tumbles in stride. The only damage (if you could call it that) was a slightly bend bottom corner of the tail rudder. Nothing that some tape re-inforcement won't straighten out.

Parkzone UM T-28 Maiden Flight (3 min 3 sec)

Posted by impostor | Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:50 PM | 2,698 Views
I spent a couple of hours tonite cutting, tinning, soldering connectors on my batteries, charger, and EDF jets. I replaced them all with the XT60 connectors. Tinning the connectors is really easy bc the XT60 connectors are curved, so it held the solder nicely. I kept forgetting to slip on the heat shrink tubing so I had to undo and redo a couple of connectors. It took a while bc I haven't soldered anything in like 10 years.

I lost 1 battery bc I was not thinking and cut both the wires at the same time. ZAP!!! Sparks flew. The 1000mah 3S lipo battery got really hot instantly. Woah! It scared me a little bit so I put the battery into a Lipo Safe battery bag just in case. Lesson learned. I won't be making that mistake again. Gonna chuck that one into the garbage since I don't feel safe using it. Time to order a replacement and some more XT60 connectors.
Posted by impostor | Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:08 PM | 2,576 Views
I was posting in a thread about the nano size helis and said that I took the vertical tail fin off my TeamRC Hawk Talon Mini Heli. Someone asked if it was stable and how it flew. So I made a short video to show them. While making the video, I flew the heli into my girlfriend who was filming. Sorry baby... Good thing it's not a Blade 120 SR. =)

I've got my S107G and S108G Cobra charging. When they're done, I'll do a video on them. Stay tuned. In the mean time, here's the Mini Heli video.

Hawk Talon Mini w/o tail fin (2 min 43 sec)

And here's the video of the Syma S107G and S108G. As you can see the Cobra is more nimble and slightly quicker than the S107G. I'll have to remove the tail boom support rods from the S107G and then see which one is faster. I bet it'll be faster than the Cobra.

Syma S107G S108G Flights (4 min 53 sec)
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Posted by impostor | Mar 07, 2011 @ 08:00 PM | 2,754 Views
I finally received my Thunder AC6 charger from HobbyPartz. I ordered it on 2/26/11 and just got to me in Chicago today, 3/7/11. That is some slow shipping! But at least it's here. Also got a pair of 6-bladed 50mm EDF for my T-45 and F-18. I'd read that the stock 5-bladed fans like to throw blades on flights, so I might as well replace them with these before I maiden the jets.

Got in an Syma S108G Cobra micro heli. This 3ch heli is SWEET! It is all plastic and flies really nice. Feels must more nimble than my S107G. They changed the Tx THRO stick so that it doesn't have the spring action any more. It stays ON like my Dx6i Tx.

Meritline has another Daily Deal sale on one the TeamRC nano size heli today for $21 shipped. So I ordered another one so that my gf and I can have helicopter battles with these nano heli's. W00t!!
Posted by impostor | Mar 03, 2011 @ 11:05 PM | 3,437 Views
When I started playing with micro helis, I didn't know the difference between one with and without a gyro. Luckily, I bought a Syma S107G. I wanted to see how much of a difference it is to fly one without a gyro, so i bought the Syma S012 Apache. I made this video showing the difference between with and without gyro. My S107G is broken, so I used the TeamRC Hawk Talon ultra micro heli instead.

And no... that's not me giggling at the end. it's my girlfriend. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Gyro / Non-Gyro Helicopter (3 min 2 sec)

In other news, I received my Parkzone Ultra Micro T-28 plane today. I bought it bc everyone said it's a great little plane to learn to fly planes. I can fly my mSR ok and have been playing around in Phoenix sim, so I skipped the Hobbyzone 3ch Champ plane in favor of the 4ch T-28. I already have a pile of 1S batteries for the mSR that all works in the T-28. Yay!!!

Posted by impostor | Mar 03, 2011 @ 12:26 AM | 2,729 Views
Today I received my micro heli from Meritline. Bought it last week in one of their Daily Deals specials for $21 shipped. It looks like a SH 6025-1 nano size heli. Cute little bugger. It doesn't fly anywhere fast, but my gf loves the way it looks.

I made a video just for the hell of it. Not sure why I said it is made by Hawk Talon. Not really sure who made it...
Hawk Talon Mini Heli (1 min 56 sec)

Posted by impostor | Feb 27, 2011 @ 05:08 PM | 1,886 Views
I had some time to assemble the T-45 together this weekend. It's more difficult to align the wings to the fuselage on it than on the F/A-18, just bc the wing is big and there's no slot for it to fit into. I managed to get CA glue all over my fingers. Luckily, a little bit of my gf's nail polish remover took most of the glue off.

I had read that the stock servos tend to fail so I replaced the aileron servos with HXT900's. I haven't glue them down yet until I get a chance to make sure they work properly.

I ordered a Thunder AC6 charger and once it showed up, I can install the Rx and bind it to my Dx6i. Then I can test the servos, connect up all the control rods, and break-in the fan. Then yank it out to static balance it.

Here's a picture of the T-45 and F/A-18 together. The T-45 is bigger but bc of the camera perspective, it made them both look the same size. I have the landing gears installed but will take them off when it's time to fly. I just don't like the look of the plane in-flight with the landing gears down.

Posted by impostor | Feb 24, 2011 @ 12:51 PM | 2,088 Views
Last nite, I assembled the F/A-18 together. I used some foam-friendly CA glue and kicker. Worked really well. The F/A-18 is almost complete. I'm leaving the missiles off of it until I learn to fly well. I have to attach the control rods yet. Then order a lipo charger from cellpro and wait for the batteries to arrive from HobbyPartz. Hopefully, the batts will arrive soon and the Cellpro 4S Gold w/ AC power supply will be back in stock as well. Once the electrical system is online, I can break-in the fan/motor and balance the fan.

Posted by impostor | Feb 23, 2011 @ 07:32 PM | 1,764 Views
Order from Toysonics last week at the same time as the F-18 from Hobby King. Package was double boxed and the inner jet box is in perfect condition. T-45 looks pretty!!! It's Huge compared to the F-18. Can't wait to put it together and fly!

On a different note, doesn't look like I need to sand the area to glue it because it's mostly white and unpainted. Sweet! One less thing to do.

Posted by impostor | Feb 23, 2011 @ 10:26 AM | 2,292 Views
Last nite, I received my jet from Hobby King. It took 5 days from order to delivery (with EMS). Not bad at all considering it came from Hong Kong.

I started to sand the gluing points on the wings, verti/horiz stabilizers, and fuselage so that the CA glue/kicker will have a better bond. I gotta snap some pics and post them.

Things to do yet:
  1. Buy Lipo charger (done)
  2. Assemble jet (done)
  3. Re-inforce ailerons and elevators with Blenderm tape (done on T-45)
  4. Swap out 2mm bullet connectors for XT60 on ESC and battery
  5. Test, bind, mount Rx into jet
  6. Break-in fan
  7. Balance fan blade
  8. Balance jet
  9. Find some place to fly this baby