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Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 27, 2017 @ 07:03 PM | 1,290 Views
I bought the Turnigy RC Alloy stand a couple of months ago and liked it so much that I decided to keep it at my shop and create my own version to use at the field.
I ended up modifying it in a way that it is now more simple and compact than the original one. It is a bit more flexible than I would like due to the choice of wood so I may replace the wood sticks by thicker ones. With the current 2x2cm sticks the structure flex a bit but is extremely lightweight.
I used only cheap materials and I believe the total cost was around $20.
Here are the steps:
Ronaldo
Posted by ronaldopn | Sep 16, 2017 @ 08:33 PM | 1,348 Views
Well, my Edge had its last flight today...
After a parachute maneuver the wings ripped the fuselage structure off and plane plunged to its death
I need to buy better planes or start flying a bit less aggressively the 6S lipo survived with minor scratches but the 5S was totally destroyed.
Here is a quick video edit of what was certainly my funniest and most awesome crash
Ronaldo
Skyline Edge 30cc Final crash (2 min 27 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Aug 04, 2017 @ 07:43 PM | 1,741 Views
My latest and most beautiful 3D bird.
Build thread here:
GOPR0671 (6 min 10 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Apr 08, 2017 @ 08:20 PM | 4,125 Views
Today I had my first in-flight fire accident
On the third flight I was giving some 3D tips to a friend using a wireless setup I just made. I took back the controls to land when I noticed some smoke and a stopped prop. When the plane passed in front of me I could see the flames on the right side.
ESC is a complete toast but the plane can be easily repaired. I was not happy using this 70A ESC as it was right on the limit (I get over 70A with a fully charged pack) so it was most likely an overheating issue.
I still need to test the motor but the BEC is working fine. Luckily I always solder the BEC directly to the ESC connector which means that as long as the battery is functioning I still have power to the receiver and servos.
I have a 100A and 120A ESC on the way so I should have the plane ready for next weekend.
Ronaldo

Fire starts at 3:50
GOPR0497 (5 min 35 sec)


Just updating
Now I don't believe the ESC was the culprit but in fact, the victim.
When I started repairing the plane I checked the motor and it was not rotating freely (had a hard spot). After disassembling it I confirmed one loose magnet. I believe the magnet moved forward during the climb at full throttle (when the magnetic forces are at its maximum). When it moved it created a lot of mechanical resistance which caused the ESC to overheat when I applied power.

I checked motor and ESC after the first flights with this plane and both were getting just warm. It would be very strange for the ESC to burn
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Posted by ronaldopn | Apr 03, 2017 @ 09:38 AM | 4,509 Views
I have a new favorite toy: my Skyline Edge 540 30cc.
I've always wanted to have an Edge due to its famous 3D characteristics and I had an eye on this one for a while as I loved its looks so when it came back to stock for $207 I grabbed one.
Less than 10 flights so far but already loving it. I made custom SFGs for it since I'm addicted to flying with them.
Build thread here.
Skyline Edge 540 30cc CMD Deodoro (5 min 19 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Mar 04, 2017 @ 08:25 PM | 4,625 Views
One from today (full screen mode recommended)
Build log here
Skyline Raven 60" 70E 04th/Mar/2017 (4 min 43 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Feb 02, 2017 @ 08:57 PM | 4,957 Views
Practicing hovers above the water. This is a maneuver I rarely do as I find it quite boring and very demanding on the power system but practicing over water added a bit of fun factor.
Build log of the plane here.
Ronaldo
Skyline Raven 60" 70E 02nd/Feb/2017 - hover over water (5 min 14 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Jan 15, 2017 @ 02:01 PM | 4,734 Views
First flights with the new Skyline Raven 60" 70E. Build thread here
Ronaldo
Skyline Raven 60" 70E 10th flight CMVM Deodoro (4 min 44 sec)

Skyline Raven 60" 70E 12th flight CMVM Deodoro (4 min 29 sec)
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Posted by ronaldopn | Jan 01, 2017 @ 08:28 AM | 5,421 Views
Woke up early on 31st/Dec and went to my new RC club (15min from home). I was able to make six great flights alone and I was back home around 10:30am. What a great way to close 2016
Happy new year!
Ronaldo
Due to the wide angle lenses it is better to watch in full screen mode.
Skyline Sbach 342 60" - CMVM - 31st/Dec/2016 (5 min 29 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Dec 30, 2016 @ 08:15 AM | 5,297 Views
If you know someone who has basic sewing skills here is a step by step guide to make a customized wing bag. Nothing fancy but very practical. If the person likes to sew it will be definitely a fun project
Wing bags are quite cheap so not really worth the hassle for most people. Since I have all the tools and materials in hand it takes me around 30min to make one so it is really convenient. Having the ability to customize size, add pockets, etc is really nice too. I have one like this for each of my planes.

What you'll need:
  • Sewing machine: I'm using my Singer 20U which I used a lot when I was doing parachute repairs. It is an industrial machine but any domestic sewing machine will do the job.
  • Fabric: I bought a synthetic leather type which has a soft cloth backing (suede). This fabric does not fray so you don't need to bother adding trim tape or sewing zig zag stitches at the edge of the seams which speeds up the job tremendously.
  • Thread: I use nylon thread size E which I have plenty (parachute repairs);
  • Velcro: as required, see the pictures
  • Nylon tape: For the handle, I use parachute webbing but that level of strength is obviously not necessary.
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Posted by ronaldopn | Dec 29, 2016 @ 08:19 PM | 4,834 Views
One flight from today. Very windy, I flew only 3 batteries as the winds just got worse. Temperatures are passing 40C/ 104F here which create very windy/ turbulent days.
I'm practicing a new cool transition from 2 of my favorite maneuvers. It starts with an inverted pop top transitioning to the KE spin. It is the first maneuver you see in the video.
I'm also trying to improve my loncevaks (crankshafts), I want to exit the maneuver in level flight (upright or inverted) not diving.

Skyline Sbach 342 60" 70E 29/Dec/2016 (5 min 23 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Dec 08, 2016 @ 05:53 PM | 5,075 Views
After the crash of my Corvus 540 I picked my other favorite plane to have some fun. It's been a while since I flew this bird but I really love it.
I'll try to practice only on the Sbach from now on until I'm really in tune with it.
Ronaldo
Skyline Sbach 342 70E 60" (4 min 48 sec)

Sbach 342 70E (4 min 51 sec)
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Posted by ronaldopn | Nov 05, 2016 @ 02:32 PM | 5,478 Views
I made a mistake when drilling the firewall of my Skyline Corvus 59" (used the X mount of a larger motor as a template) and ended up having to make a new mount. Here is the step by step procedure.
In case you're wondering if it is strong enough (over 30 flights so far )...
Skyline Corvus 59" 10th flight (5 min 5 sec)

Ronaldo

IMPORTANT:
1 - Wear adequate protection (mask/ gloves) when working with fiberglass.
2 - Do not forget to add strips of fiberglass cloth before filling the mold with resin. It is the combination of cloth + resin that creates the fiberglass strengh
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Posted by ronaldopn | Nov 05, 2016 @ 02:11 PM | 5,354 Views
This is how I transport my spare props to the field. Since I don't fly at an RC club it needed to be simple and small.
It is simply a piece of PVC pipe with 2 caps, one side glued.
You just need to choose the length and dia to suit your props. You may make it in different sizes to suit different planes.
Tip: put a mark or paint the free cap so you know which side opens (believe me, it can be really annoying without it )
Ronaldo
Posted by ronaldopn | Nov 05, 2016 @ 01:34 PM | 5,449 Views
I did this mod over 2 years ago and it's been working flawslessly since then. Once you try a wireless RC simulator you'll never go back to cable.

For some reason 2 years ago my HK wireless dongle stopped working and was not being able to convert the Taranis receiver channel signals to PPM.

During my research (my Taranis was still new to me at that time) I discovered that my D8R-XP receiver (as many other FrSky receivers) can output PPM signal which is the type of signal used by trainer ports and simulators.

Using the great tips and video from CPO I was able to send the CPPM signals from the D8R-XP receiver through a 3.5mm stereo jack straight to the dongle. In order words the dongle receives the PPM signal as it would from a training cord. To avoid having to plug a battery to the receiver (as PPM signal does not supply power), I used the original dongle cable simply disconnecting the signal (white) plug.
What you need:
- a receiver that can output PPM signal
- a mono or stereo 3.5mm plug (mono should be easier but I had stereo in hand)
- servo lead (used one from a dead servo) - cut red wire shorter when soldering or remove pin from plug. You just need the white and black wires.

You can use this tip to convert your cable sim to wireless and also make a wireless buddy box (just plug a 4.8V battery to the receiver)

Tricky part: soldering audio wires. Search on youtube for headphones soldering/repair. To do this correctly you must remove the varnish with a 600 grit or burn it with a lighter. The varnish will not allow soldering if you don't do this. Be careful to leave the varnish where the wires enter the insulation to avoid shorts.
Ronaldo
Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 29, 2016 @ 09:36 PM | 5,351 Views
Rewind of the EMP 6364 to 236kv. This motor will be installed on a Skyline Corvus 30cc which I will run on a 11S setup.
Motor was rewound using the half parallel dLRK winding scheme, using a single AWG19 wire.
This winding coupled with the replacement of the original multi strand by a single thick copper wire makes for an extremely powerful and efficient motor which runs much cooler.
Motor rewind thread here
A build log on the plane should follow soon.
Ronaldo
Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 15, 2016 @ 12:59 PM | 5,478 Views
If you have a smart phone, check for an app which has a level bar. I use Carpenter on my IP5.
Here is a picture checking thrust angle after a major mod on the motor box of my Extra 330SC. First I place the phone on a surface of the plane which I know is at zero degrees of incidence in relation to the wings then I reset to zero degrees. Now I can transfer the phone to the motor and check thrust angle.
The same method can be used for throw gauges, just align the counterbalance and set elevator to zero. Now move to full deflection and check your max throws.
These devices are incredibly precise and easy to use and believe it or not you can even make/ receive calls.
Ronaldo
Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 12, 2016 @ 05:18 PM | 5,496 Views
My first 60 size plane and my second build log on RCG. I have over 160 flights on this plane and learned a lot with it.
Really nice inexpensive bird to learn 3D on. Very stable at post stall maneuvers even when slightly nose heavy. Plane should fly precision very nice too.
Thread here

Skyline MXS-R 60" 31/May/ 2016 (6 min 32 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 12, 2016 @ 12:11 PM | 5,254 Views
Build (assembly) log of one of my first 3D birds. Really nice and affordable plane to learn 3D on. Most of my building techniques are described there (use at your discretion ).
Thread here
Skyline Slick 540 50E harrier test with neutral CG (7 min 2 sec)

Posted by ronaldopn | Oct 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM | 5,218 Views
If you buy top quality motors you'll probably never need this but If you are a cheap bastard like me this may help.
Seriously, I could buy top quality motors but I simply enjoy tinkering with my gear as I feel I get a much better understanding of how things work and I feel I'm much more prepared to do any troubleshooting or repairs if needed.
This is a step by step procedure on removing magnets, cleaning and re-glueing them with a mixture of thin CA + baking soda.
Thread here