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Posted by old4570 | Dec 02, 2016 @ 06:07 PM | 718 Views
Some folks may know I replaced my i10 factory battery with a single 18650 .
So here is an update .

I fully charged the 18650 at the time of the mod , but have not charged the battery since then .
The included picture shows the battery indicator , I tested the battery voltage and it was @ 4.03volts
Funny thing about 18650 , the bulk of the stored energy is usually released between 4v and 3.8v . So I still have plenty of battery power left . Has it been 5 months !

Looks like I may need to recharge the battery some time in 2017 .
Posted by old4570 | Nov 24, 2016 @ 02:20 AM | 612 Views
Q3H-2 Action cam from Banggood.com

Product Page = https://goo.gl/eiZ0VA



Banggood sent me a 10% off discount code ..

code: 4f7e6c
Posted by old4570 | Nov 17, 2016 @ 11:17 PM | 1,293 Views
Q3H-2 Action cam from Banggood.com

Product Page = https://goo.gl/eiZ0VA









I have the Q3H-2 Action Cam from Banggood for review and for just under $50USD the Q3 is another action cam in the budget price category . I am not quite sure just how many cams are out there that would be considered budget priced , but for me it's any cam that comes under $50USD . So far this cam has not failed me , previous Action cams ( SJ4000 clone and V3 from GB ) have been disappointing to various levels . Both the SJ and V3 locked up on me requiring the removal of the battery to reset the cams . The Q3H-2 ( I will just refer to it as the Q3 from now on ) has had no such issue . It is hard to buy a budget cam without something being not quite right ( NQR ) and for the Q3 it was the factory focus . Again with any budget cam ( Be it action or dash cam ) , focus can be a little hit or miss . Fortunately with action cams the cure is very simple and easy . ( More detail later )

I am really starting to like the Action cam concept as there are so many options and possibilities on offer with these products . As well the huge amount of accessories for mounting the cam . If there ever was a do everything product the Q3 gets as close as any cam possibly can at a budget price . Wifi , time lapse , loop recording ( dash cam mode ) , stills camera mode , slow motion , and lots of video resolution and frame rates to play with . For me the most important thing is image...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Nov 06, 2016 @ 04:39 PM | 1,406 Views
http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/index.php

Australian Control Line News
2016 World Championships Edition has been uploaded to hip pocket .
It is in Flip Book format .
Posted by old4570 | Nov 05, 2016 @ 09:33 PM | 1,058 Views
4Way Servo test (0 min 43 sec)


Probably not the best ...
Posted by old4570 | Sep 19, 2016 @ 01:37 AM | 1,302 Views
Ordered some budget Servos ..
Well , when I say budget I mean the cheapest money can buy of Ebay ...

Two servos got here today , I hope I don't have to wait too long for the rest .. Will make for an interesting head to head test I think ..
Posted by old4570 | Sep 11, 2016 @ 08:04 PM | 1,349 Views
I keep getting emails from dealmetic ( flyers ) ...
And every now and again they have insane deals ...

450 frame kit ....
http://www.dealmetic.com/product.asp?ID=XX06049

Like this 450 frame kit for $4
A few months ago I ordered 3 for myself , wow the folks at dealmetic must have picked up a boat load to still be selling them @ $4 ...

Seriously , the motor mount is worth $4 , the screws holding everything together is a few dollars and so forth .. In other words the parts are worth more than the whole ..

Even if you don't like cheap , its probably worth having just so you have a $4 frame to possibly give away at the club to some noob who just wrecked his ... ( if you felt like denying yourself one $4 burger ) ...

I post this as you never never know ...
Posted by old4570 | Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:45 PM | 2,407 Views
Just uploaded to hip pocket:

The history of model aircraft ( Pub 1946 )
C.E Bowden ... ( As a Flip Book )

Also a fair bit of Early Aeromodeller available now .. ( PDF format )



Oh ? you might wan't a link ?

http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/index.php
Posted by old4570 | Aug 23, 2016 @ 12:52 AM | 1,589 Views
Kooka AF Macro Tube ( Canon ) (2 min 19 sec)





Made a video of the images I took with the Kooka tube ..
Here is the thing , not one single image has been deleted from the series of pictures I took ...

They are all here ... ( included in the video )
Something a little different from the usual RC stuff ...



Canon 60D
Canon 18-55 kit lens
25mm Kooka tube
Posted by old4570 | Aug 02, 2016 @ 10:34 PM | 1,674 Views
http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/

Still uploading old publications ...

And I spotted this in a issue of Aero Modeller ...

Check attached image ...
Posted by old4570 | Jul 23, 2016 @ 10:49 PM | 1,519 Views
http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/

Uploaded a few books now , some as old as 1910 ...
Thats 106 year old modeling books ...
Actually , if you think about it , aero modelling could be thousands of years old .. Free Flight in particular could be the oldest form of aero modelling bar none ...

How old is the boomerang ( ? ) Thats a flying wing of sorts , its free flight of sorts .. ( Just a thought ) But they found a model glider in the tomb of a pharaoh , yeah .....

So far ..

The Model Aeroplane Manual 1944 (?)
The Boys Book of Model Aeroplanes 1910
Model Aeroplanes 1934
Air Age Gas Models
Control line Model Aircraft
Keil Kraft Handbook 1963
Model Airplanes 1934
Model Aeroplanes and Their Engines 1916
Petrol Engined Model Aeroplanes 1937
Petrol Models 1945
Stunt Control Line Flying

And still more to post
Posted by old4570 | Jul 19, 2016 @ 10:09 AM | 1,512 Views
Thats right , I uploaded some books onto :

http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/

Stunt Control Line Flying by R.H Warring ...
Air Age Gas Models ( 1943 possibly )
Control Line Model Aircraft ( 1949 )
As well a couple of Aeromodeller Annuals ..

I consider all to be of some historical importance , so felt the need to share .. I have some other publications I am going to share , one is about 100 years old and the other is 106 years old . Yeah !!! they actually had model aircraft publications back then .
Posted by old4570 | Jul 17, 2016 @ 11:20 PM | 1,614 Views
Turnigy i10 Throttle cut (1 min 2 sec)


Hope this video helps ..
Focus is a little soft , I may need to refocus that action cam for close ups if Im going to use it this close ... ( and for tutorials n stuff )
Posted by old4570 | Jul 16, 2016 @ 03:31 AM | 1,848 Views
Wow !
Its taken for ever , but I thought it time to bind the i10 to one of my 450 helicopters ..

I thought everything went swimmingly until take off .. When the heli decided it had a mind of its own ..
The price for a lack of vigilance was 3 servos stripped ..
The fault lay with me for not triple and quad checking and checking again ... , and the other issue I should have picked up on was that the auxiliary and ail servo needed to be manually reversed at the receiver ( Yeah I missed that ) ..
So rather than spending a glorious winters day going through batteries , I spent the afternoon replacing servos and setting up the 450 all over again ...

Well , my reward for stupidity was a heli that was almost perfectly set up .. All that was needed was a little trim ( forward ) and the 450 hovered sweet ! .. Yeah I had to play with the rotor blade pitch curve but , sweet ...

I really like the i10 transmitter , for some strange reason quads and helicopters fly better with the i10 ( ? ) Go figure ...
At least I got in half a battery as the sun was setting and before it started getting dark .

And yes it has been a while since I have flown a 450 .. These days I just do the WL toys 959 with its larger battery ( almost 10 minutes of flight time ) .. That 959 is also bound to my i10 , and it flies sweet ..

So there you go , remember to check , check and check again , and when you think everything is good , check again ...
Oh well , its been a very long time since I have broken anything on a 450 , so I guess it might have been time to break something .
Still , would have been better to be flying than doing repairs ...

I have another 450 I want to bind to my i10 , I will have to be more careful I think next time around ...
Posted by old4570 | Jul 05, 2016 @ 07:21 AM | 6,687 Views


My favorite 1.5cc engine from way back ..
The Cox TD 09 ...
Powered many @ half A combat model in the mid 80's ..
Also the fastest motor in its day ...


I sure did enjoy running the TD 09 .. My original broke some 20 + years ago , but thanks to stevster I now have another ..


Posted by old4570 | Jul 04, 2016 @ 12:42 AM | 14,821 Views
Tiesfong C10s ...... Product Page






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Posted by old4570 | Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:14 AM | 2,636 Views
It was time to mod my i10 and replace the factory battery with a 18650 ... Been thinking about how to do this mod for a while ..

So the plan was to put in a single 18650 / single battery carrier .

First thing is to open the case ...
Remove the 4 screws you can see ,
Then remove the rubber grips on the side of the case
You will now see two more screws that need removal to open the case ..

Now open carefully , the USB port / PC board , needs to be removed / unscrewed ...

Cut the red and black wires going to the battery bay as near the bay as possible ...

Now you have free access to the back of the case ...

Cut and fit the battery carrier ..
Fit the battery cover on , put a 18650 in the battery carrier and test fit it . then hot glue in place ..

The cover and battery need to be in place for proper fitting when you glue ...

I used hot glue , you can Epoxy after using hot glue .. Just make sure that everything fits and works as it should ...

Once the battery carrier is glued and ok , you can solder the wires to the USB / PC board ... You know , red to red and black to black .
You may wish to use some heat shrink tube ... Slip it on before soldering ...

Now you can re assemble ...
Dont use all the screws , two should be enough
Pop in a 18650 and make sure the Tx turns on ...

If everything is ok , re assemble and be happy ...

I trimmed the battery carrier enough for a flush fit on one side so that I could still put in a SD card .. ( if this is important to...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Jun 19, 2016 @ 08:10 PM | 1,875 Views


From United States, CA, RC Groups member "stevster"

Thank you Steve , You put a smile on this old dial ...

Matt
Posted by old4570 | Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:07 PM | 2,046 Views
Xiaomi Z15 aa-aaa USB Charger

Product page @ Gearbest = http://goo.gl/8DYSz1








Pictured is my test set up . I used two ( Three actually ) USB wall adapters , the one in the picture being advertised as being a 1A model . The other USB adapter was advertised as being 2A , interesting little tidbit , each adapter is capable of supplying half the advertised current . Also I am using a Charge Doctor to monitor the current going to the charger . So with the 1A adapter that equals around half an amp , and with the 2A adapter about one amp of current . So that means I have a way of limiting current going to the USB charger .

2A adapter ( 1A actual ) Here we have all of 5watt to play with . Depending on the voltage state of the battery being charged , you could very well pump 5Watt into the charger ( less any losses ) . If you do your math , that is a potential charge rate of around 4+ Amps ( depending on how much power is absorbed by the charger ) and the actual voltage state of the battery . ( Yikes ! ) I did have a battery ( old ) that had a resting voltage of 0.6v , and I did use the 2A adapter and it did hit 0.97A on the Charge Doctor ... Single battery charge ( Yes it did charge quickly )



1A adapter ( 0.5A actual ) This is much better in my humble opinion as we have some 2.5Watt to play with . Even with half as many watt's to play with the potential is there to charge a single AA at potentially over 2A .. Charging 2 to 4 AA would...Continue Reading