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Posted by RickSide | Jul 11, 2015 @ 04:24 PM | 21,282 Views
UPDATE 8/4/2015

No need to jump through hoops any more. Horizon Hobby has posted the official Chroma GUI.


I've seen some people comment on the Geo-fence on the new Blade Chroma and how it's putting them off buying since the Chroma Programming software isn't available.

You can change the Geo-fence using software and tools already available. Here's how.

What you'll need:

UPDATE: You DO NOT need the USB-Interface. Based on information from another user I used the USB Cable that comes with the Chroma to connect to the Q500 (or 350QX) software. I had tried this before, but it never seemed to connect. That's because it can take up to 7 minutes for it to connect. Once it does, however, everything works as described. So consider the Blade USB interface OPTIONAL. Also, this means you can skip the whole part about removing the wire cover and messing with the receiver cables. You DO still need the FTDI Drivers.

UPDATE 2: Once you manage to get the software to connect using the regular micro USB cable that came with the chroma it will reconnect in seconds. MUCH easier than dealing with the 350QX cable.

Note: The Q500 Software is also available for Mac as are the FTDI Drivers to use the USB...Continue Reading
Posted by RickSide | Aug 19, 2013 @ 11:36 AM | 5,874 Views
We had a fantastic opportunity earlier this month when the Boston Globe sent a reporter and photographer out to the field to cover Model Aviation and the AMA's Model Aviation day.

The article ran in the Globe on August 4, 2013 and was key in the fantastic turnout we had for Model Aviation Day on August 17, 2013. Over 150 guests and members, both young and old, took part and we had a fantastic day.

Everyone learned a lot about flying RC aircraft, kids had a chance to take a flight on the simulator and those who felt up to the task were given a free buddy box flight to experience RC first hand.

You can see photos from our event on our Facebook page.
Posted by RickSide | Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:18 PM | 3,651 Views
This past weekend was a very busy one with lots of aircraft getting in flights(Good thing as work is going to keep me grounded this coming weekend). between my mustang's new power, a remaiden of my T-33 EDF and general flights of my trusty fleet, I managed to sneak in a great flight on my new Parkzone S.E.5a.

Never been much of a WWI or Biplane fan or a biplane fan at all really until I was given a full hour flight in a Stearman PT-17 (and I got great video of the experience of course!), but I absolutely love this thing. It flies so gracefully and effortlessly that I can honestly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in a Classic WWI Bipe.

Parkzone RAF S.E.5a Maiden
Parkzone RAF S.E.5a Maiden Flight (4 min 54 sec)

If you missed anyone of my maidens, I have a playlist just for them. Some planes are mine, some are friends. Not all are...pretty.

If unboxings interest you, I've put all of those in a playlist as well.

You can just check out my channel in general for all of my videos.
Posted by RickSide | Apr 02, 2012 @ 10:50 PM | 3,528 Views
I got this jet a few months back and had a very unfortunate maiden. It flew, but two servos died in the process. It made a hard landing and I let it sit ever since.

Recently I've been kicking around the idea of buying an EDF so I pulled this down and replaced all the servos with Hitec HS-55s. Turns out it's a really great plane, even at half throttle it remains very stable.

It flew well enough that it impressed two friends, one who shot the video and the other a regular flying buddy who isn't a fan of EDFs at all.

If you keep in mind that Banana Hobby sells this thing for about $85 PNP, it's a great first EDF.

It's worth mentioning that flight times are short. I've yet to get more than about 4:25 out of a 950maH battery. I'm going to try a 1300 next time and see if the extra weight is worth the trade off in flight time.

Banana Hobby T-33 50mm EDF (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by RickSide | Apr 01, 2012 @ 10:29 PM | 3,504 Views
So an abundance of spare parts and a little boredom conspired to put my idle hands to work.

Very quick upgrade of a Parkzone P-51 from the stock Park 480 Brushless with 18A ESC and 1300 Battery to a Power 10, 30A ESC and 2200maH battery. Prop is a spare from my PZ T-28. End result was very fast.

Everything bolts right in with no major mods required. You will need to carve out a little foam to allow the 2200maH batter to sit flat and not interfere with the canopy.

Parkzone P-51 with E-Flite Power 10 (2 min 58 sec)

Of course, some people prefer a little slower pace and I have to admit, watching Bob fly his Bipe out at the club field is almost as much fun as burning up the sky in the Mustang. Almost...
Sunday Flying at the Loopers (3 min 58 sec)
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Posted by RickSide | Mar 14, 2012 @ 08:05 PM | 3,430 Views
I always wanted to like the original Beast UMX, but it was just a bit too twitchy. Now that Horizon has added the AS3X technology to the package I can finally say I LOVE THIS THING!

BEAST UMX AS3X UNBOXING (8 min 41 sec)

Posted by RickSide | Mar 10, 2012 @ 08:23 AM | 3,556 Views
Recently picked this up and LOVE it. Having recently seen the real aircraft it was modeled after at Fantasy of Flight in Florida, I was pretty stoked to see this hit the shelves.

Love flying this thing. Its much faster than you would think and it's as rock solid stable in the air. Probably not a beginners plane due to the potential for speed and aerobatics (it's a short coupled airframe, AS3X or not), but it slows down very nicely and it's certainly far more forgiving than any Gee Bee you've ever seen before.

E-flite Gee Bee R2 Racer UMX with AS3X (7 min 17 sec)

Posted by RickSide | Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:16 PM | 3,779 Views
A friend of mine recently maidened his Sundowner 50. The thing is just flat amazing both on the ground and in the air. It flies as good as it looks and it looks amazing!

We fly out of a local high school and sometimes the field itself is our worst enemy. Evidence in this video.

Sundowner 50 Maiden Flight (0 min 59 sec)