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Posted by Micubano | May 23, 2017 @ 07:59 PM | 768 Views
Time to bring some older planes out and make sure they still work. Here is some video I took of the HyperTaxi, one of Horizon Hobbies first models with AS3X.

UMX Hyper Taxi BNF - 2017 Maintenance Flight (4 min 10 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Apr 28, 2017 @ 09:34 AM | 5,348 Views
Except for one blizzard, it really was a mild winter for flying here in NE PA USA. I've been getting out once or twice a week steadily, but not at the club field because it is not maintained over the winter and tends to get swampy. I've been limited to parks. There are 3 close by that are perfect for UMX and park flyers, but the big guys have been in storage. The ground was still a little soft Wednesday, but good enough to walk on without getting water in your shoes or even sinking down. I was so excited to fly that I even forgot to take video. I just grabbed one image. In that image is Bob S. from RCG and Bob S. Sr. There is at least 70 years of flying experience there. If you click on the pic and keep clicking until you are fully zoomed in, you can see them flying the The HobbyKing Edge 540T EPP/Light Plywood 3D Aerobatic Airplane 1430 mm they put together over the winter. It is a beautiful plane and with their set up they can do some really spectacular flying. Maybe I'll get video next time.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 27, 2017 @ 08:35 AM | 1,765 Views
Just sharing a pic I took over the weekend after doing a maiden flight.
Posted by Micubano | Mar 16, 2017 @ 10:33 AM | 3,847 Views
I have something RC for every weather occasion...including blizzards.

Blizzard 2017 Break - Cajun Commander RC Airboat (4 min 1 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Mar 06, 2017 @ 09:48 AM | 2,086 Views
The wing struts fell off my one UMX P3 while flying. Luckily, the wings stayed on. HH sent me a whole wing kit to replace them and while they were in the mail a friend convinced me to get my 3D printer working again with PETG. PETG is awesome. So I took a wing strut, a "Cow Lipper" (caliper) as my son like to call it, and got to work in Sketchup. I quickly had the exact shape of a strut. Then I decided to modify it. I like the result. I even like the white. I have a few more colors coming soon, so I am holding off on gluing them in. They fit so well that the top wing is barely holding them in place in the pics and the surfaces are all level. What does everyone else think?
Posted by Micubano | Jan 24, 2017 @ 03:03 PM | 2,501 Views
I had the Timber out Saturday. I brought out the Apprentice 15e too to test the fog. Sure enough I kept losing the Apprentice in the fog, but since I had it on intermediate mode I just kept turning left until it came back into view. Finally it cleared up enough for me to take some video. I love a good 3D plane, but the Timber was relaxing to fly. Still working on the flap settings. Even slow she wanted to balloon.

E-Flite Timber STOL High Wing RC Airplane Flight and Review in Fog (4 min 39 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:47 AM | 2,127 Views
The year started out with one good flight and one bad flight. I was due for a crash anyhow. Plus this is post #1000! It only took 4 years and 5 months!

E-Flite Viking Model 12 280 Maiden Flight - First Flight of 2017 (6 min 51 sec)

E-Flite Pawnee Brave Night Flyer Review, Maiden, and First Bad Crash of the New Year! (5 min 57 sec)
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Posted by Micubano | Oct 20, 2016 @ 05:27 PM | 2,672 Views
I missed NEAT this year, but some of the guys from the club made it there and to the HK auction. Steve brought back this B-17.

HobbyKing 1875mm B-17 F/G Flying Fortress - Against the Sunset @ LAMS (3 min 28 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Sep 06, 2016 @ 10:16 AM | 3,290 Views
Posted by Micubano | Aug 28, 2016 @ 09:55 PM | 3,295 Views
I had a chance to see Joe Malinchak's relly tiny micro RC collection and one of the Corsair's in action over the weekend. It was probably one of the hardest planes to record. Surprisingly fast. Plus, I recorded some really funny warbird formation practice. It was a great weekend, just very sad that my LHS is gone.

Joe Malinchak's Amazing Submicro RC Plane Collection - Corsair Flight (3 min 12 sec)

RC Warbird Formation Flying...Practice - Loud Mid Air Collision (4 min 58 sec)
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Posted by Micubano | Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:41 AM | 3,448 Views
This has been a long and great flying season, but every week the sun goes down a little faster. I love having dedicated flying time on Wednesdays.

My Yak 3X never made it into the air. During the ground test the motor pulled out of the fuse. That nose over last week must have been a lot harder than I though. But Bob brought up his new HK Reverb and I recorded some video of it in action.

HobbyKing Reverb High Performance Electric Glider - Maiden Flight by Bob Swika (3 min 40 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Aug 19, 2016 @ 08:58 AM | 2,937 Views
It was my 3rd week at the field and it was beautiful...again.
Posted by Micubano | Aug 11, 2016 @ 08:47 AM | 3,332 Views
After years of flying at parks and one free field that has been sold and is no longer available, I decided to join the LAMs and submitted my paperwork and dues last night. Right after doing that I started the flying. The NVA was flying amazing last night. I had the Rare Bear battery too far back and ended up pretty high. The guys behind me were yelling that I must have great eye sight . I was high enough to glide it down gently for a long time. I like to fly my racing planes like they are gliders and my gliders like racing planes. Go figure.

To really wow everyone (when the wind almost stopped dead), I pulled out the UMX PT-17 and started walking towards the flight line. Everyone chuckled and said the little UMX planes can be flown over the side field by the parking lot, which I promptly did.

I was the last flight of the night (NVA flying against a wall of dark clouds with massive heat lightning was cool) and the last one out of the parking lot. The guys are very friendly and I think that the cost of joining was totally worth it. It is nice to know that I have a quiet and beautiful field to go to whenever I feel like flying.
Posted by Micubano | Jul 29, 2016 @ 07:49 AM | 3,174 Views
I let a friend fly it and I was able to take some better video of it. Definitely not for 3D.

STAUFENBIEL Red Bull Edge 540 BNF Basic - not really a 3D plane - Bob Swika flying (4 min 15 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jul 18, 2016 @ 12:46 PM | 3,425 Views
I'm really liking this plane.

Staufenbiel Red Bull Edge 540 - Maiden and Second Flights (13 min 28 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jun 27, 2016 @ 02:02 PM | 3,647 Views
I miss the old van. It had so much room. Now when we go camping we have to take two cars. Luckily, all the camping gear fits in one.
Posted by Micubano | Jun 07, 2016 @ 12:25 PM | 3,870 Views
Local fireworks display from over the weekend. I used audio from another source that was recording the same thing at the festival, so you can hear the fireworks. I tried using audio software to remove the voices a little but then the longer sounded like fireworks.

Queen City Days Fireworks 2016 - Yuneec Q500 (Drone) View (9 min 9 sec)

Posted by Micubano | Jun 01, 2016 @ 10:22 AM | 3,588 Views
So I am flying my profile foamy during my son's baseball game yesterday. Don't worry, I was not flying over the game. I like flying across the parking lot at the football field because all the little brothers and sisters come running over and get 15 to 20 minutes of watching planes fly. That also comes with the inevitable "Can I fly it?" which I used to find distracting. Yesterday was different. The kid had to be something like 4, I just took off, and conversation went something like this:

Kid: Can I fly your plane.
Me: No.
Kid: Why?
Me: Because this plane is not a beginner plane.
Kid: But I know how to fly?
Me: What do you fly?
Kid: I have a drone.
Me: Drones are easy to fly. This is different.
Kid: I can fly it.
Me: No, you can't.
Kid: Yes, I can.
....this went of for 2 minutes....
Me: No, you can't
Kid: Yes, I...
Kid's older sister: Enough!
Kid: Can I touch it?
Me: No.
Kid: Why not?
Me: Some parts might be too hot to touch after flying.
Kid: I'm going to touch it.
Me: I'll call the police.
Kid: I'll call the police!
Me: Cool, maybe two different cops will show up and we can have them fight. If yours wins, you can touch it.
DX9: 30 seconds remaining.
Kid: What was that?
Me: I have to land now.

And that was pretty much it. The kids stayed behind the flight line like I asked them to, I landed, and then went back to watch some of the game. I think I was entertained with the conversation as much as the flight, but I was doing all kinds of stunts during the conversation. I wasn't even really thinking about it. That only took 4 years.
Posted by Micubano | May 20, 2016 @ 12:10 PM | 4,282 Views
Over 6 months since I posted to my blog? I have been flying the whole time. It's been a mild winter so I was out in the cold. I waited for months to fly my Icon A5s (big and small) and the Island Beaver in the snow. When it did snow, it was melted by the time I got out of work. I was able to get almost all my other planes out this winter, so it was fun. I have noticed that my flying has greatly improved recently. Flying inverted patterns and other stunt maneuvers are feeling pretty natural to me. My 3D is improving too. I think it is going to be a fun summer.

Now that is is spring, I went to a fun fly at the LHS. They have a great field there. That is where I took the pic. One thing that changed is I no longer have my van. I have a RAV 4 now, so I have to be picky about what I bring, but I thought those 3 (and a profile foamy I forgot I brought) fit really nice in it.

Sadly, the LHS owner has the store open by appointment only now and has the field and his house up for sale. I hear that he is looking to move south permanently. He was nice enough to let me do his website, marketing, and social media for him. I did it all for store credit. Without his support I would not have the RC collection I do today. He has a few events planned for the spring and early summer, so hopefully I will be able to get up there a few more times. I am really going to miss that field and store, but I did make a lot of new friends hanging out there and we still get together. We'll just keep flying on.
Posted by Micubano | Oct 12, 2015 @ 11:18 AM | 4,803 Views
I did a lot of flying over the weekend and at the end I grabbed these two shots because it was just amazing.