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Posted by decreale | Sep 05, 2018 @ 08:58 AM | 1,182 Views
I purchased several of these and they crapped out. The result was I lost two planes my FMS Olympus and my Sky Surfer. Iím in the process of ripping them out of my other more expensive planes. Donít need to lose them
Posted by decreale | Jun 26, 2018 @ 06:42 AM | 2,076 Views
I will start with the bad. The wheel covers are absolutely crap. They will break no matter how careful you are landing or just carrying the plane. They are thin as paper. I was putting the plane down and for some reason that escapes me the wheel cover cracked. I could spend $34 to buy another set but that makes no sense.
The monocote covering wrinkles if the sun hits it so you must keep it in the shade when you are not flying it.

I would not recommend this plane until they fix the problems
I put tape on the cracked wheel cover to prevent further damage. I decided to fix the cover and I took off the tape which pulled off the paint, really. What a piece of junk
If you want a company that makes a great plane then look at Great Planes. I have several of their planes and they are rock solid. The Phoenix Stuka is crap and if this represents the kind of planes Phoenix is building stay away
Posted by decreale | Feb 23, 2018 @ 06:54 AM | 1,996 Views
I have been working in IT for 40 years and decided to upgrade my firmware on my system. Spent time looking at many videos on how to upgrade. Just a piece of advice donít do this itís a crap shoot. You have a 50% chance of complete disaster. I followed the instructions and my entire system was wiped out. Itís as if I just got a new system, all my settings are gone. I did what every good IT person does I backed up my system before upgrading. After the disaster upgrade the system would not allow me to restore my models. I have 10 planes that I have to re-program. Itís not worth the risk

Posted by decreale | Feb 21, 2018 @ 04:19 PM | 1,690 Views
I have version open-x9D v1.1.02 trying to upgrade. I cannot down load any firm ware. It will not turn on properly using the two trim buttons and powering on. I get the message throttle error. All my models are gone somehow the system formatted over everything however I did backup my models.

Started DFU Util
C:/Program Files (x86)/OpenTX/Companion 2.0/dfu-util.exe -a 0 --dfuse-address 0x08000000:524288 -d 0483:df11 -UC:/Users/Mike/AppData/Local/Temp/2432-flash-check.bin
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dfu-util 0.7

Copyright 2005-2008 Weston Schmidt, Harald Welte and OpenMoko Inc.
Copyright 2010-2012 Tormod Volden and Stefan Schmidt
This program is Free Software and has ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
Please report bugs to

Filter on vendor = 0x0483 product = 0xdf11
No DFU capable USB device found

Got this resolved but I tried to write my models back to the radio using companion 2.2 and it told me the USB was not connected . The radio said the USB was connected
Posted by decreale | Jan 12, 2018 @ 08:08 AM | 3,054 Views
I see numerous seaplanes have the ability to take off from land “grass” and water. Has anyone done so with the Great Planes Catalina take off from grass and land. Any problems
Called Tower Hobbies and they said I could take off and land on WET grass. Make sure I remove the tail rudder
Posted by decreale | Dec 20, 2017 @ 01:14 PM | 3,035 Views
Put this together no problems. Had the correct CG setup. I did actually have to add weight to get the correct CG. First attempt not enough power it landed smoothly. Second attempt it flew well
Posted by decreale | Dec 20, 2017 @ 07:47 AM | 3,127 Views
Decided to get an EDF and this one was a discontinued model. First thing I did was look at the videos on the build. Nothing overly complicated. I went about putting the jet together and then it became obvious. If the servos on the wings go bad there is no way to replace the servo. The instructions tell you to glue the wings to the Fuselage and the servo wire is inside the wing. Not on the outside. Now I need to figure out a way to resolve this before I start flying
Most likely I will replace the servos since they are garbage
Tested the servos they are crap. The esc failed to work. My advice stay away from this plane. It’s not worth the money it’s a throw away plane after so many flights

Called Horizon Hobby and they are sending another ESC. Thank you Horizon Hobby
A discontinued ESC were the reviews are horrible. If the servos do go bad the only way to replace them is to cut the wire and put an extension connector at the end of the cut wire to connect the new servo
I got the ESC from Horizon and to my surprise the ESC worked with no problems. I have not flown it yet just to cold . Waiting for the temperature to get above 45
No ventaliation so be careful not to overheat you’re batteries

I would not recommend this plane

Finally got to fly this. Was very surprised , it flew well. Lots of speed but flies well at slow speeds. Battery and ESC were not hot but I was not running at full throttle maybe 50%
Unfortunately it crashed, hand launching a jet takes a lot of effort. I tried to hand launch this and the result was total loss. I suggest you get a jet with landing gear
Posted by decreale | Oct 23, 2017 @ 12:31 PM | 2,106 Views
Decided to buy some wings I needed for my Olympus F3a. Horizon Hobby and Motion Rc will not have the part in until next Jan. I’ve been waiting since June for the spare part. Went to buy from Hobby Gulf bad idea. They are comatose stay far away from these guys. No response as to if the part was shipped and it’s been three days. I’m thinking about putting in a compliant with my credit card company
Finally got someone on chat line. It’s been shipped I hope.
Finally received my wings. I guess these guys from Gulf Hobby are not bad
Posted by decreale | Oct 22, 2017 @ 06:01 PM | 2,171 Views
Does anyone know a place to purchase laminate for a foam wing. Can you use any laminate.
As I discovered laminate is everywhere and it comes in different millimeters. I now have tried three options on my planes. Laminate, Ecokote which is monokote for foam planes and StyroSpray 1000. Laminate is inexpensive and comes on a large roll. You most likely will not use it all. I found most of my friends used the laminate on their flying wings. It provides a strong bond easy to put on with an iron. If you are interested in painting your plane, I don’t think that will work with laminate although I have not tried it. Ecokote I used this to put 2 stripes on my wings. Went on easy you must use low heat 107C. It goes around curves easily and you can get creative decorating the plane. Finally StyroSpray 1000, it’s a water based chemical that you can put on your foam plane. There are two chemicals you mix a 1:1 ratio . You use a sponge roller to apply it. You don’t need a lot on the plane . What it does it creates a HARD shell over the foam and does not add any significant weight to the plane . You must use a water based primer before applying the product . I used Kill-Z from Home Depot. The nice thing about this is the hard shell affect and you can use any paint to decorate your plane. I used Krylon Fusion . I going with the Styro Spray 1000. Easy to put on don’t have to worry about tight curves and hard to get to places on the plane. With the styro spray just paint and paint some more. Styro spray 1000 does have an odor so don’t use it in the house and pay attention to the instruction videos . You must wear protective rubber or latex gloves. Don’t get it on your skin
Posted by decreale | Oct 10, 2017 @ 08:12 AM | 2,339 Views
I have been flying off grass for a number of years and at times the grass has been high. It takes effort to take off and land. What you donít see if you have a foam plane is the build up of damage to your landing gear let alone the plane flipping over on landings or take offs. Yes you can use your elevators to compensate but the damage to the landing gear remains. I have two planes FMS Edge and FMS F3a both with damage from taking off from grass. My advice find pavement
Posted by decreale | Aug 28, 2017 @ 08:20 AM | 3,036 Views
This may seem like a captain obvious moment but when buying a plane make sure the company supplies spare parts. I see where companies state they support what they sell but in some cases you may have to wait months before that part comes in. I found out there could be one distributer for many of these on line stores. I have been waiting for 3 months to get a set of wings for my FMS F3a Olympus. I have to wait for Horizon Hobby to get a shipment in and then it's sold to Motion Rc. This is not the first time I've had this problem with vendors. They just don't have the spare parts and it takes forever to get what you need if it's out of stock.
WHEN buying a plane on line the buyer has a right to ask questions. The seller should respond. I recently was in the market to purchase an FMS Stuka. There was one on line that caught my attention. It was selling for $150 NIB with transmitter. I am very familiar with this
plane. I had ask the seller several questions about what he was selling. What kind of transmitter? This is the FMS 55" inch Stuka. The response I got back was. I'm not your pen pal are you interested . Bad Attitude= Bad Seller=RiskyPurchase.
Posted by decreale | Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:51 AM | 2,812 Views
Just finished building this plane. Hopefully I can give it a try this weekend if the weather cooperates. Appears to be a little tricky to launch after looking at the videos. Not sure if I should give the side arm wing toss or grab it underneath. I have a leopard 2835/4T 1880 kv engine with 8x4 prop. Better fly this at half throttle. The engine may rip the wings off
The CG is tricky first couple of tries resulted in crash but no damage to the plane just to the canopy. I made another from a liter bottle of coke. Worked out really well. Corrected the CG issue and up it went. I had max trim up elevator so I corrected that and had a good time flying. More flying time this weekend.
Great flying with the Falcon this past weekend no problems. Lands really well floats nicely. Another great weekend with the Falcon. It got a bit windy and I don't like flying with strong wind. Did mange to fly for a few hours
Changed the prop from 8x4 to 7x5. The esc was getting hot. It should fly faster
Posted by decreale | Aug 01, 2017 @ 11:59 AM | 2,929 Views
Just got this plane yesterday. Looks absolutely great. Will be busy building the plane this week. Details about the build later.
This plane calls for a RimFire 50-55, I purchased a Leopard Motor 50-55 650kv for $50. However the motor box is set up for the RImFire. I popped out the wing nuts. Filled the hole with a wood dowel and wood putty and repositioned the wing nuts to fit the Leopard Motor.
Finally got this together, it was easy enough. Just concerned about the CG. It’s 4 inches from leading edge. When I put in the battery it’s slightly back from that. I will try to make adjustments where I can. Don’t want to add weights
This is a BIG plane. I will most likely have one of the more experienced pilots take her up first.
It has been a long time since I got to this plane but finally put it together. It’s a big plane and flies GREAT
Posted by decreale | Apr 11, 2017 @ 07:51 AM | 4,338 Views
Took the plane out this past weekend for the First flight. What a disaster, my CG was not correct so the plane was tail heavy. To add even more problems the plane was banking to right. I thought the plane was getting away from me and was going to lose it. Finally I put in some rudder and some how got the plane to fly back to me and was able to land it. Fixed the CG moved the battery toward the nose of the plane as far as I could adjusted the ailerons. This time I hand launched the plane took off perfectly. One problem it does not want to land. Made three passes before I actually made a perfect landing. Don't be afraid to give it down elevator to get it to land. I'm not sure why they put flaps on this plane but flaps are not needed with this plane . Tape them up and fly
Had to make a hole in the canopy and one in front of the wheel. No air flow caused the battery and esc to get very hot. Problem solved. I also added a small heat sink to the esc, cost .77 cents
I now created a little platform for my FPV camera and mounted it to the wall just behind the bubble canopy. Works perfectly. Ready to try it this weekend

Added led lights to the plane for some early evening flying. Looks great in the air. This is a fantastic plane to fly. I just sit back in my chair and fly for about 35 minutes on one battery. I changed the motor too something bigger using a mount from small rc parts. Works perfectly .
Gave the SkySurfer a face lift

My favorite plane flew away because the crap ZTW Beatles ESC crapped out. I lost connection. This hurts. Ripping out all of those ESCís and replacing them. Will get another big glider
Posted by decreale | Jul 10, 2015 @ 01:18 PM | 5,488 Views
I had three chargers one from Hobby King, it died within a year need I say anymore. The second one was the B6 80AC. This showed promise but also crapped out after a year. I decided to spend some money and get hopefully a good charger. I paid about $100 for the CB86. The other two chargers combined cost the same. This charger can charge up to 8 batteries at once and they can be different size batteries or all the same. It does require a power source. I got a power source for $25.00 . I must say, I am very pleased with this charger and its been over a year and I try to fly every weekend if it's not raining. If you are looking for a good charger take a look at this one. If I can connect the power source to the charger anybody can.
Just recently I purchased a 1s500mAh battery for my Fpv camera. It has a JST connector and to my suprise I was able to charge the battery with my charger