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Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | May 14, 2018 @ 10:00 PM | 2,174 Views
My used Oxy3 Qube 255mm arrived today

It looks impressive! I am not in a hurry to fly it. The blades seem balanced, but i need to thoroughly inspect/test it.

It looks good so far:
-Motor gear mesh needs adjustment. Too tight. No biggie.
-There is a small hairline crack on underside of Canopy. Not a big deal.

-The servos look good so far... I need to inspect bottom area. I may need to mod the inside to prevent possible electrical shorts (that i read about).
The early versions had no short protection from bottom Aluminum casing.

-I need one Satellite antenna. Maybe $35 max

Going to run 3S. Not sure about the Head Speed setup on this heli yet. The Ikon looks to use a popular type of PC cable. I should have one. The PC program is free for download.
I am so glad the Ikon does not use an annoying proprietary ($$) connector.

-i may replace the motor with a Lynx EOX 2216 4100kv if this one gives me any issues.
The included 3100kv motor was [noted to be] from a Walker V450D2

The Oxy came with some extra parts i feel blessed. This Oxy 3 is easily the Ferarri of my RC Hangar...
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | May 10, 2018 @ 09:55 AM | 1,732 Views
I have become highly interested in the Lynx Oxy line of small helicopters. They look to be made with surprisingly high quality for thier size.

Lynx has a history of providing quality replacement & upgrade parts for other companies' helis. They seem to know what they are doing with thier small Oxy Heli line...

Thier smallest Heli is the Oxy2 at 190mm to 215mm. A little larger than a Blade 180 CFX. Belt Tail. Looks more durable than a TT

Thier first Heli, the Oxy3, is 255mm. A little larger than a Blade 250 CFX (245mm stock). Belt Tail.
It sports a 3-blade conversion (called Qube) with 255mm main blades and a tri-blade tail rotor conversion.
Additionally it has a 280mm 2-blade stretch conversion.

I love the look of the Oxy 3 Tareq with it's dreamy orange-anodized aluminum parts. It reminds me of the beautiful Ofna Titan nitro monster truck i wanted, circa 2003.
That truck was orange too and had nice metal gears in its drive train...

Oxy's largest heli is the new Oxy 4 at 325mm. Same blade size as a Blade 330X or 450X . It also sports a stretch conversion to 360mm.

TheOxy helis are reported to be built with high quality materials and last long before needing replacement parts.
Afaik, Oxy stands behind thier products and improves anything known to fail prematurely.

I think one model had a certain bad Tail blade design--so Oxy redesigned it. Fixed. Done. I don't want free parts in the mail, i want the bad parts redesigned & fixed!

From what i can tell, the...Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | May 05, 2018 @ 12:23 PM | 1,206 Views
Mainstream Media is constantly attacking us civilians for owning drones.

Because of this, i have refrained from FPV.

My character, the way i am, i do not like to bother my neighbors and respect thier privacy.
The worst i do is troll people on YouTube.. but whats funny is i actually make friends doing it. I try to keep things cool.

However--i have noticed that Civilians have been under attack with the continuing surge of drone popularity. I understand this to a point, but the media has banded together to make everyone with a drone look bad. They have even used CGI effects and legit FAKE news stories, over and over, to make civvy drones look bad.

There will always be a few outlaws in every arena. That is why breaking the law leads to jail and fines! But this is not a reason to punish the entire civilian population. Brainwash the uninformed into believing good civilians with drones, model planes, model helicopters, or guns are suddenly the bad guys--then use this to try to pass laws to...

To pass laws to keep Modelers from flying while Google, Amazon, WalMart, etc get OUR land/airspace to fly thier commercial drones?!

This is complete hypocracy
and is a violation of civilians rights to happiness adding to the slow roll towards financial slavery (taxes) and physical slavery (no way to fight back when government or corps go to far).

Modelers, non-modelers, civilians of all nationalities, Americans, non-Americans--EVERYONE NEEDS TO FIGHT this.

We should NOT allow...Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | May 04, 2018 @ 08:21 PM | 889 Views
I am in the market for a ~450 size Helicopter.
Current considerations are....

•Lynx Oxy 3

•Blade Fusion 270

•Blade 450X (plastic frame)

•Blade 330X (a plastic 450X but w/AR636A)

•Lynx Oxy 4 (will have to save for this one $$$)

•Align Trex 470L

I am leaning towards a used Blade 450X or 330X. I do plan to build an Oxy Heli later.
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Apr 18, 2018 @ 01:05 AM | 1,192 Views
I got a used, new to me, Blade 250 CFX today!

It looks like a fine step up from my sub-micro Blade 130S.

It seems to be working well after inspection & systems test. Main Motor seems a bit wobbly (? cheep) but otherwise i like it so far. It has some real power & awesome sound

I'll look further into the sloppy motor issue-it may be OK or may need servicing. We'll see...
The tail blade needs replacement soon but is okay for now. It looks bent but not torn, so i'll be easy on it. I bet my lhs has spare tail blades

This 250 CFX came with a spare Main Gear & two orange Microheli plastic Main Blades! Perfect.
The stock Carbon Fiber Main Blades are a bit fancy for me. I'll enjoy them later after i get more experience & stop crashing so often

The seller thankfully double-boxed the 250--its stock box looks dang new. I'm impressed. Hope to maiden soon, been windy down here in Texas.

Good day y'all
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:13 AM | 1,280 Views
I finally flipped my Blade 130S Heli today. A few forward flips in Idle1-Hi. Man, i was shaking! Pure audio and visual adrenaline

Am mostly flying in Stability for now until i get a canopy & more sim time. I do not recommend fff hi-rates in Stability Mode. If you do fly fast in Stability, stay away from Earth

Fun little copter! I like my 130S

i bet the 180 CFX is a hoot for those with proper experience. I really want a Blade 250 CFX. I do like the Lynx Oxy 2, Oxy 3, and Blade 330X as well.

For adults who do and do not play video games--go get FarCry 5! Even if you do not play videogames, check it out. It is worth a rental at least

FC5 is an awesome free-roam FPS--with cars, trucks, atvs, boats, airplanes, wingsuit, parachute, and helicopters!
The planes fly OK for a videogame ...they need an RC Mode 2 control setup option. They're cool. But the Helis are very useful with better control

I have been waiting for a game like FarCry 5 for years. It has most everything i wanted in a 'next gen' game that we never have gotten since the Xbox One/PS4 era. It looks great on my old Xbox One and even better on PC.

FarCry 5 is not for kids. Check the game rating for more details

Good day
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 23, 2018 @ 01:15 PM | 1,237 Views
We just witnessed an H19 (or derivitive) Helicopter suddenly appear overhead flying low and fast. I think it was OD Green or Coyote Brown.

I could be mistaken... but the undercarriage and silhouette gave it away.

I was watching YT videos so am famiar with its looks.

The H19 has a Radial Wright engine in the nose.

I snapped the pic too late but i managed to capture a dot... with my peasant phone lol
(a surprisingly awful pic similar to those UFO 'captures' you see taken by the foil-hat folks)

I thought the H19 was pretty much not used these days. So i was surprised. It could be a later model...

There are actually many versions including one with Jet engines. The one i heard sounded like... well i'll have to watch some videos because the rotor noise overpowered engine noise.

It seemed to make a combustion-engine sound if i had to bet the Cat.

If i see it again i will snap a pic. Tin-foil hat ready
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 21, 2018 @ 11:20 PM | 1,360 Views
here i ramble about flying my E-flite Ultimate2 bipe, Blade 130S fix after crash, and my latest thoughts on RC Helis

Well, i logged a few more flights with my E-flite Ultimate2--this time with additional weight to balance for its lack of crappy OEM nose-cone.

She flew great! Landings were fine (tall grass leads to nose overs but who cares)

She does not seem as fast as my E-flite Sukhoi SU-29MM. I imagine her weight runs down a battery quicker than the Sukhoi. Still, i enjoyed the Ultimate's large size & easy flight.

Changing the Main Gear on my Blade 130S Heli was a breeze thanks to JJInvertedProduction via YouTube

I test flew the 130S today and she seems okay!
-Am going to replace tail rotor (has a nick)
-Drink Coffee
-Check Servos and glue servo motors
-Check Swash
-Trim Flight
-Chase a Bee

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For anyone unaware, i crashed my 130S at fairly high speed in grass. Yesterday i slowly replayed the video... my 130S bounced about 2-feet in the air after impact
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Holy crap, if that was a 180 CFX it woulda been a smoldering pile!
Lesson: Use Idle-Up modes for FFF. Practice Sim to cure dum thum

I am so glad i have my 130S flying again. We missed her. I do want an additional larger Heli but am happy with the 130S for now.

You know, I should get a few extra batteries. These micro-size Helis do not fly very long. I set my timer to 3min in...Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 20, 2018 @ 11:40 PM | 1,156 Views
I finally maidened my second-hand E-flite Ultimate2 biplane!

It is a 2200-lipo-size Pitts Ultimate 3D foamy. Fun-scale of course.
Nice big plane (for me) with a fun 1300kv BL10 motor. 3S power system. With the stock 12x4 prop it sounds cool

I had removed the nose cone (it's crappy and unbalanced) so, naturally, it flew rather tail-heavy. Moreso than i had imagined it would...

Add gusty wind--and i crashed trying to land. It stalled. It either wanted to point UP or DOWN lol... my fault.
I know i should have added weight to the front. Maybe 5 quarters under the battery hatch cover...

It is in good shape. I just bent landing gear, afaik. I will look at it closer later

My favorite thing about it--& i have yet to fly in 3D Mode btw, is its SIZE & forgiving nature

It feels like a dang AIRSHIP compared to my other planes. It can fly slowly, too, with its biplane-ish drag & 4" pitch prop.
The foam construction means it bounces instead of cracks like a balsa model.

If it were balsa i would have not taken any chances; gusty wind & improper balance does not mix on a nice balsa airplane maiden.

I may post the maiden video later on.

I do plan to get my balsa Easy Sport airplane flying this summer with a nice Saito 4-stroke glow mill. Ideal balsa setup, imo...

On another note, the Main Gears arrived for my little Blade 130S helicopter. That thing is fun! I crashed it a week ago so hopefully will be flying soon.

I am eyeing the...Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 15, 2018 @ 12:31 AM | 1,196 Views
i finally crashed my Blade 130S. My fault, dum thums
Blade 130S - Crash @ 1:42 (2 min 37 sec)

It seems to be in good shape considering the speed. And the dolphin dive

I am going to order a new Main Gear set and Feathering Shaft. I may also need another Servo. Testing Phase incomplete...

I bent the boom back 'gud enuff' for flying. It is tweaked but OK. I really want to get this copter flying soon. She is a fun one

Later i may order a blue aluminum boom set ...reminds me of my RC Car days.
My RC10 GT Plus, T-MAXX 2.5, and Nitro TC3 Team all had nice blue-anodized aluminum chassis & other goodies... ah! the good ol' days

I have been improving on the Heli simulator immensely. Too bad i had a Daleks moment today but it happens--and quick with these helis
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 10, 2018 @ 09:56 PM | 1,391 Views
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 06, 2018 @ 11:49 PM | 1,148 Views
I just bought a Blade 130S bnf today. LHS matched Horizon Hobby's online price. Glad to support my LHS again, been a while since i bought a model.

Now i need to sell something to make up for it--but it was so worth the price! These rc helicopters are amazing
This little bugger has a 12.2" diameter blade system. It sounds cool when using collective pitch and when the tail motor screams on.

I like 12" props ever since i flew my PZ Sukhoi SU-29MM. They sound cool.

Besides the Blade 130S having a servo/swashplate binding issue on Hi-Rates during bench evaluation (Throttle Hold applied), everything looks good so far.

No problems with Lo-Rates, which is what i will be practicing with for a little while. This is my Training 'Copter so i am not worried about Hi-Rates yet

I am sure there is some kind of adjustment i could make to fix the issue. I will look into it further (Note: Binding may actually be AS3X compensation, will check)

I am using my Viking 280 batteries (E-flite 3S 450mah 30C). They seemed to charge fine after storing them at a decreased voltage.
The 130S canopy does not fit with them on. I could poke some holes and adjust it to fit.

One of my Hitec chargers is not balancing batteries. Wierd, i noticed this a few months ago. I will look into it

Hmmmm what to sell...
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 04, 2018 @ 12:04 AM | 2,072 Views
I tossed my toy quadcopter in the drink. Well, the wind knocked it into a decorative light which had the bright idea...

I expected this to happen. Dragging a foil doll through the water via 'copter, you take your chances

The quadcopter opened my eyes to the fun of 'copters in general. So naturally i have been 'researching' Blade helicopters. They have come a long way. We also admire the Torrent 110 FOV quadcopter.

A few days ago, after watching many helicopter videos, i warmed up to 3D Helicopter flying. But i have no problem with Fixed Pitch copters especially as a beginner.

The Blade models i am considering:
-Torrent 110 (quadcopter)
-130S (collective pitch)
-180 CFX (cp)
-Trio 180 CFX (cp)
-200S (fixed pitch)
-230S (cp)

The Torrent 110 quadcopter would be my wife's. She had a Blade Inductrix a few years ago but it did not last long. Fun for bothering cats!

The Torrent would be like the little Inductrix, but quite an upgrade using my Viking 280 batteries and its brushless motors. My wife would be better off using a 2-cell, she has little rc experience. Or perhaps i could limit the throttle setting.
This would be a good basic copter for learning to fly. I think it has SAFE. It definitely has enough speed to get in trouble.
It also comes with an FPV camera if we ever decide to go that route. It is loud. Flight time is about 3 - 3.5 minutes on the 3-cell 450 mah my Viking 280 uses. Price is $129.99 at Horizon Hobby

So, the 130S helicopter is pretty tough. It likely...Continue Reading
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Mar 02, 2018 @ 08:31 PM | 4,295 Views
I recieved this toy Quadcopter from my Dad as a late Christmas gift. It is not what i consider hobby class but it has decent performance for a beginner quad.

It even has a 'flip' function and supposedly some sort of camera system, though i prefer flying from 3rd Person at the moment.
I am impressed with these quadcopters' stability. We had a Blade Inductrix, which was great for pestering Cats, that was quite a bit smaller.
This one has brushed motors with a geared drive. It is loud and has a bit more 'presence' in the living room.

I can see why quadcopters are popular--they can be quite a bit more fun than i thought. I prefer airplanes over everything else--any day. But this one is fun in the house.

I flew this quadcopter up and through a stairwell, impressing my dad. He has not seen my 3D planes yet. I have an Eflite Viking 280, Parkzone Sukhoi SU29mm, & Eflite Ultimate2 that would likely leave him speechless

I am looking at some Blade helicopters and Quadcopters... they look fun and can be flown in a small space.
Atm, i admire the Torrent 110, 130S, and 230S. I am pretty sure i can pick up basic aerobatics fairly quick.

Nothing will replace my love of RC Model Airplanes, but these little helicopters look like fun on lazy days
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Feb 25, 2018 @ 11:21 PM | 1,738 Views
Here is the manual i got with one of my used OS FS-40 'Pre-Surpass' 4-stroke cycle glow model aero engines.

You may need to turn your brightness up to view it easier.

I have not seen this manual on the internet.
I do not have a scanner... so this will have to do for now. My parents may have a proper scanner.

Good day
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Feb 23, 2018 @ 11:20 PM | 1,723 Views
I have read of a few modelers having issues with a cylinder on thier multi-cylinder 4-stroke engine 'dropping' out.

Maybe this video can help...

SAITO ラジアルエンジンのニードルセッティング例 How to adjust the needle setting for SAITO Radial (4 min 32 sec)


So, it may be a tuning issue... i do not know, but it would get me twiddling
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Feb 15, 2018 @ 07:50 PM | 5,356 Views
Well, my used OS FS-48 Surpass failed to run properly. It has an air leak.

I spent a while messing with it. I had even fitted a gorgeous Xoar 13x4 prop... so sad a nice 70F day and i could not get it running.

I am selling it, have other projects and could use some cash. Someone else could likely use it as a parts engine if not get it to work properly

I think it is a nice looking engine. But i sold it to help fund other projects
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Feb 04, 2018 @ 12:24 AM | 11,614 Views
So i thought...

'Hmmmm... i do not remember adding oil to this used Saito FA-80. It should have more compression when fueled.'

Checked the valves, all is working. So i added oil down the rod tubes, on the rockers, & atop the piston. (I should also add oil through the breather nipple for preservation)

I cannot turn it over by hand via the drive washer! Huge compression! I do not want to assume this is one of those high-compression FA-80's. But i don't know much about them.
Funny thing, i imagine it will prefer an electric starter--unlike my other Saito 4-strokes. I won't know until i try (not to get my hand bit lol)

Why am i excited? Because this engine was sort of a gift & in questionable condition. And it's a Saito!
After discovering it in a box-o'-engines, i was hoping i could get it working. i do rather enjoy this brand

Initially i was unsure the FA-80 would have any compression, so this is good news! The bearings felt ok ...but who knows at this early stage of 'discovery'

Not a pretty Saito, well used. Outside is worn. Some minor things are buggered up, maybe the result of a crash. I don't mind, kinda cool.

I plan to run it with just the header pipe. Heck, I may even remove the rocker covers to salvage the gaskets for my prettier engines. Less weight
I have not yet adjusted valves. But when i get this old mill running it should have some real power!

Let's see... 13.1cc, 27mm bore, and 1.3hp. Has some heft but nothing to sneeze at. 12x9 to a 13x8 prop is recommended on saito-engines.info

Imagine what you could fly with a Saito .80
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Feb 01, 2018 @ 02:24 AM | 2,359 Views
I planned to snag me a new Saito FA-120R3 in the first quarter of this year, but... i have other more important responsibilities. So it could take a few years

Yet... if i'm thoughtful, i could make it happen. The 120R3 is at the top of my list. A careful balance of size and power, it would be useful for me since it is small enough to fit the size planes i prefer.

Some multi-cylinder engines are quite a bit more displacement! I figure i don't really need much more than 1.30 size engines.

The greatest threat to my radial quest is... other engines. I plan to add a Saito .56 and FA-150B to my collection. An FA-62B would be really nice too

As far as multi-cylinders go, i want these most:
FA-120R3 (mentioned)
FA-100Ti (inline v-twin)
FA-100T (opposed twin)

I admire the Saito FG-57TS, OS IL-300 Dia-Star, Enya VT-240, Saito FA-200Ti, & OS FT-160. These are rather large engines for my taste, so i enjoy watching them from afar
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Jan 29, 2018 @ 09:03 PM | 1,881 Views
I finally finished rebuilding my Saito FA-45 MKII glow aero engine

To clean it i used LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner. Then replaced the bearings & modified a carboard box to store it.

Originally the engine was in questionable shape, having its rear bearing only partially seated. It also had an extra spacer added to its [rear] case to compensate for the bearing.
So, i was unsure about this engine. But it grew on me as i worked on it. I was planning to sell it ...now i'd rather like to keep it.

Features:
This .45 sports a genuine Saito P-2 glow plug and will spin a Xoar 11x6 propeller (hopefully) around 8,800 rpm. (I am not sure about the rpm so i have to double check my info).
It is missing the Choke System but those are not necessary. I did find a metal mount for it and estimate runtime is over 4 gallons. It has strong compression

These specific .45's are not powerhouses. They have a milder cam profile compared the the FA-45S and FA-50. However, they are noted to be well-built, may last a lifetime, & can achieve a low idle (which tickles my fancy)

I had to make a Polypropelyne Cam Spacer after losing its OEM Teflon spacer. If the modified spacer does not handle the power/heat i will try to locate an OEM Teflon (paper-thin!) spacer.

A Special Thanks to Alphatex for the spacer idea!