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Posted by 59er9er | Dec 27, 2012 @ 05:01 PM | 2,898 Views
My son and I flew the a Uberlite monoplane indoors today. My wife told me that the office space across the hallway from her company was unfinished. It was almost perfect, enough space to do slow wide turns and since its unfinished a nice concrete floor to do ROGs and landings on. I'm still impressed with not just the flight characteristics of this thing but also how durable it is. It crashed into a window today and had a few rough landings, one where we lost radio control so the prop continued to strike the floor and no damage. I'm now looking for my own set to take to the office with me.
Posted by 59er9er | Dec 26, 2012 @ 04:01 PM | 2,980 Views
I hope everyone had a nice few days off for Christmas. I'm also hoping you all got what you were wishing for. My son received the Uberlite micro flyers set. We took them out for their maidens Christmas day and all I can say is wow! I took the first flight to trim it out for my son and it didn't require any trim so I handed him the transmitter while the monoplane was slowly flying over our lawn. I just reminded him to be very smooth with the control inputs like with his Firebird and he flew it around beautifully. ROGs, hand launches, slow nose up attitude and fast dives at 75% power were al fun. We were both extremely impressed. I want my own set now. We briefly tried out the biplane which looks awesome but as many have said it requires a bit more speed to stay aloft so we promptly landed it and will save it for the gym.
Posted by 59er9er | Dec 21, 2012 @ 01:54 PM | 3,013 Views
Wishing all my fellow RC enthusiasts a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Posted by 59er9er | Dec 09, 2012 @ 10:56 AM | 2,771 Views
This morning my son performed his first ROGs and landings. I was really impressed with his takeoffs as he didn't just mash the throttle to 100% and yank the elevator. His Firebird accelerated gradually, rotated and climbed out very scale-like. I set up his landings by lining the plane up on final and then handed him the little red Tx and again beautiful stick control to nice soft landings.

I tested a little mod I made to the SC's wing struts. I drilled holes inboard of the stock mounting holes to make the struts taut and to reduce dihedral. I must say that I'm very happy with the results. I was able to get the SC inverted and kept her inverted for a few seconds before making the rookie mistake of pulling out of inverted flight versus rolling out. I'll work on that more next time. No damage to either plane today.

Another great morning out!
Posted by 59er9er | Dec 07, 2012 @ 04:54 PM | 2,798 Views
I was one of those who ordered the $10 Vivitar case to protect my DX5e. Well the case arrived today and I must say it's definitely worth the $10 I spent (shipping was free.) What a great deal!
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Posted by 59er9er | Dec 02, 2012 @ 03:17 PM | 2,622 Views
Took my son out doying this morning. He did real well with his Firebird Stratos, flying both batteries for 8 minutes before I landed it both times for him. ROGs with the Firebird are super fun and easy...no p-factor to deal with because if the counter rotating props.

After he flew, I attached the X-port and a couple "bombs". I took her up to altitude and released the little plastic projectiles. I enjoyed that a lot more than I thought I would. I landed thw SC to help my son retrieve the bombs. The wind started to pick up at thos point so rather than risk damaging the SC I decided to adjust the wheel alignment. It was fun having my son taxi the SC after each little adjistment. Now she tracks straight ahead, no more pulling to the left.
Posted by 59er9er | Dec 01, 2012 @ 04:25 PM | 2,463 Views
Had a great time flying this morning. Met an experienced pilot who had his Cessnas and a heli with him. Nice ROG then a nice 8 minute flight ended in a smooth landing. I need to work on keeping the sticks active to ensure a smooth and straight rollout. Can't wait to take my son out with his Firebird tomorrow.