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Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 05, 2014 @ 04:15 PM | 10,866 Views
*NOTE: I used a DX8. The procedure with a different radio could be different. See below.

You'll need:

- a SPMA3060 USB Programmer
- Some software from Horizon
- a TX
- a Windows PC
- a charged battery for the plane
- patience

First, you'll need to install the correct drivers for the USB programmer. I won't detail that here, but I have XP so it wasn't an issue. See the product page on Horizon's site for more info.

Second, you'll need the software from Horizon. See above.

Third, you need to enable X-Port on Ch5 of your RX. This can be tricky. The manual on Horizon's site details the process, but leaves out a few things. Here's what I had to do:

- Unplug the Programmer from the PC if it is plugged in
- Create a fresh model in my radio, a DX8, and bind it to the RX
- Turn off/unplug everything
- Turn on TX, max the throttle, hold full right rudder with my toe
- Plug the battery in on the plane
- Wait for solid light, then some really fast blinks
- Keep holding the rudder and unplug the battery
- Power off TX

That should enable X-Port!

*After this, you can swap back to your normal UMX Radian model in your TX and rebind, assuming you already have one.

Next, you'll need to connect the programmer to the RX. In this plane, the plug is in the center of the board. Peel the tape off and split the plane in two. Be careful!

Finally, programming the board...

- Plug in USB programmer into PC
- TX on, throttle off or whatever
- Plug in battery
- Start up the software and wait a...Continue Reading
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 20, 2014 @ 04:46 PM | 3,016 Views
CZC and Beaver (1 min 13 sec)

Posted by 92PathSE | Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:05 PM | 4,696 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:14 PM | 4,200 Views


Posted by 92PathSE | Feb 14, 2013 @ 11:01 PM | 4,389 Views
Heli-Max 1SQ quick demo (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by 92PathSE | Nov 04, 2012 @ 08:12 PM | 4,653 Views
HZ Super Cub:
HZSC - Modified Super Cub (HD) (3 min 47 sec)

PZ Icon A5:
PZ Icon in the Wind (0 min 41 sec)
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Posted by 92PathSE | Sep 05, 2012 @ 08:45 AM | 4,688 Views
It's not fun unless there's trees and power lines...

Video sucks. Nobody was around to film.

Dockside (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by 92PathSE | Jul 08, 2012 @ 03:17 PM | 4,585 Views
Radian Pro Maiden (0 min 59 sec)

Light wind, very little thermal activity, flies as expected.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 29, 2012 @ 09:02 PM | 4,802 Views
1st prototype. Does ok. Needs some tweaking then we move on to cosmetics. At least it doesn't leak.

Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 13, 2012 @ 08:32 PM | 5,332 Views
I've had flaperons set up on this radio for a UMX Beast since last summer. I didn't notice the problem then, but last week I set it up for an Icon A5. When changing between flap switch positions, the elevator would move a bit, but re-center where it was supposed to.

I thought it was something in the plane. Swapping out the rx with a spare didn't solve the problem. Neither did fooling around with the radio looking for something I messed up.

Then I remembered the email I got from Spektrum a while back announcing a firmware update. Updated the radio. Problem solved.
Posted by 92PathSE | Jun 13, 2012 @ 04:59 PM | 5,185 Views

3" Dubros. These made a considerable difference in the grass. Might have to start flying from the land a bit instead of water...
Posted by 92PathSE | May 14, 2012 @ 10:07 AM | 5,283 Views
Finally decided to upgrade this thing. My friend has done of few brushless conversions on these planes, so I dropped it off at his house so he could build/adapt a motor mount for it. I got it back 24 hours later with everything already installed. Totally wasn't expecting that. Now I owe him some money.

Motor: E-Flight Park 450 890kv
ESC: E-Flight 25 Pro (EFLA1025)
Servos: HS81 (x2)
RX: AR500
Prop: MAS 10x7 3-blade

I'm going to hopefully use the stock HZ 1300mAh 3S batteries. 15C rating appears to be enough for this setup. The battery stayed reasonably cool in a bench test. I need to get my hands on a watt meter just to make sure my math is correct.

The stock SC electronics will live on in another project which will be revealed soon.
Posted by 92PathSE | Mar 15, 2012 @ 08:50 PM | 5,633 Views
Too lazy to remove the ESC that's glued in the fuse? Break out the Reynolds Wrap.

Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 27, 2011 @ 02:13 PM | 8,230 Views
I got this at my LHS when I was about 12. It lasted a few years. Lots of tape held it together. I never had a landing that wasn't a major crash. When the firewall/motor mount broke off, it was time to call it quits. I held on to it with the intention of rebuilding it at some point. 15 years later, I'm not so sure about that.

This was back when "bricks" were literally the size of bricks. Those servos are massive.

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Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 24, 2011 @ 07:57 PM | 5,755 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 21, 2011 @ 02:27 PM | 7,253 Views
Do you have 40 old cell phone car chargers in a box somewhere? I know I do. Here's something useful you can do with one.

Ever needed a 12VDC source when you're in your car but don't want to directly hook up to the battery? Cut up your old cell phone charger and make one of these.

(This is when the A-Team theme song starts playing.)

Old charger

There's a bunch of stuff on that board. You will probably want to disable it somehow. Most of them have a fuse that can be un-soldered. It's probably the first thing in the circuit. I had to remove most of the components to make room for my mods...

The spring in the center is +, and the springs on the sides are -. Well, they should be. It's a good idea to check them with a multimeter just in case your car is wired backwards somehow.

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Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 20, 2011 @ 05:15 PM | 7,831 Views
How to set up Flaperons on an E-FLite Beast UMX
(or anything with a AR6400LBL) with a DX8

1. Create a new model profile
- select flaperon wing type
- modify existing? Might work...just make sure your servos are all set to Norm, not Rev.
- make sure your aileron and elevator rates are set to 100%
- re-bind plane

2. Check to see if Ch6 is already set as a reversed ch2 in the AR6400LBL
- turn on radio and then RX
- go to the Servos page
- check movement of ailerons
- reverse left aileron servo
- if the left servo reverses then it's already been switched. change it back and set up your flaperons on the Flaps page(step 5).

3. Change the AR6400LBL Ch6 to a reversed Ch2
- turn on the TX
- throttle to full
- hold right stick to down and left(for Mode 2 radios)
- power on rx, wait for 3 blinks
- turn off rx and tx

4. Check that servos are now independent
- now, the left aileron should be on Ch6, which is labeled Left Aileron in a DX8. Otherwise it might be Aux1.
- power everything up and check the aileron movement...they probably move the same way
- if they both move the same way, reverse the left aileron servo on the Servo page

5. Flaperons
- Go to the Flaps page
- set up the % to your liking (-20% and -35% for me)
- TEST it

6. Change your rates back. I already had dual rates set up so it was just a flip of the switch. Reverse servos in the TX as needed.
Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 14, 2011 @ 02:20 PM | 5,632 Views
HZSC - Daybroke (4 min 8 sec)

This will be the last one for a while.
Posted by 92PathSE | Aug 03, 2011 @ 09:59 PM | 5,952 Views

I broke down and bought one. For $430, you get an AR8000 with a satellite RX and the TM**** telemetry box. Mine came with a second AR8000 (w/ sat. RX) which offset the extra cost of the DX8 over the DX7S. Sweet!

Since I haven't held a DX7S in my hands I don't know what actually makes them different. The DX8 appears to have an extra switch or 2 and a backlit screen, which is a huge plus IMO.

Setting up the radio was a breeze. I think that says something, considering this is my first "good" radio.

I plan to maiden the Beast tomorrow if the wind calms down.