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Posted by pilotavery | Jan 12, 2013 @ 02:57 AM | 2,719 Views
I went to my stepmom's funeral yesterday, and I haven't had time to do anything with my project. The scratch build will have to wait. I got some good tips and plans on my blog from someone...
Posted by pilotavery | Jan 07, 2013 @ 07:38 PM | 2,616 Views
I flew my FMS ET 1280 (Easy Star clone) way up there until it was a tiny speck. I couldn't tell my orientation, and I ended up upside down! Next thing I know, my plane loses control, and I hear a "SNAP". My battery is sitting on the ground 10 feet away... My plane glides around (Half up elevator, and has polyhedral) and finally nosed dived 20 feet away from me. Stripped a servo and bent a receiver antenna so hard its frayed. The battery was only $8, but its bent like a U, even though the tests are fine. I am going to discharge it, tie the leads together, and recycle it.

Now I know why it's important to tie your battery down.
Posted by pilotavery | Dec 29, 2012 @ 12:10 AM | 2,548 Views
Hobbyking stated that they had refunded my CC after I canceled my order. I asked how long, and support said it should be instant. I was quite surprised, because I hear some people say they NEVER get their refund!

So, at the end of the day I look at my account (Updated every midnight) and they had NOT in fact refunded me. My account is now overdrawn because of the fact that I thought they refunded instantly as they stated.

So, Now for going $20 overdrawn, I owe $125 in fees. Like what the hell!

I know this is partially my fault, but I would think a Credit Card reversal is instant!

Oh well...
Posted by pilotavery | Nov 29, 2012 @ 07:43 PM | 2,875 Views
Scratch build:

So I saw a thread on here about someone who uses the $1 dollar tree presentation board that is 3 feet by 2 feet. Since it is cheap, I want to try a scratch build out of this stuff!

A single fiberglass spar ($6)

10 boards ($10)

parts (ordered a few parts from HK recently)
2 brushless motors, 2 ESC's, a KK2, one servo, a few hinges, a new ct6b, and some more stuff.

I will be using 2 motors, and maybe single servo.

So basically, I am going to try doing something very simple.

I am going to make a VERY simple 2 CH plane. To save on costs, I bought a bunch of hot glue, and I will literally hot glue the inrunners.

I am going to kind of "Wing" it.

The wings will be like a gliders, with a single carbon spar on the leading edge. The fuse will be scored, and in a box configuration.
The motors will be for both throttle, and yaw. It will be 2 CH, MAYBE 3 if I can't get it to climb with more throttle and decent with less, without being in a constant stall.

The elevator will be fixed at about 10 degrees up. The body is a simple square frame, and air will go through it well.
A rudder is just to keep it pointed somewhat in the right direction.

It will be extremely in-efficient, but I don't care. The props will be something large, with high torque, like 2 10*3's or 10*4's

The motors are 1100 KV with a 15A ESC for each one. Don't have a battery, but since it rained, I will kill my 1300 FMS lipo and just discharge it the rest of the way anyway. It's too low to charge safely, and might set a fire over muddy field, in which case, I don't care.

I know I am a newbie, but I just want to throw it together just to make it fly, and when I go to the field, everyone will be like "That poor thing won't fly" and I will simply say "Yes it will!"