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Posted by OhioPete | Apr 18, 2006 @ 03:25 PM | 7,597 Views
I picked up my Hybrid-DL DLG from the post office this afternoon. I ordered the plane on Thursday April 13th and the notification that it arrived was deliver to my house on Monday April 17th, fast shipping! They would not leave it at the house as the package was insured. I called the order in to Andre at Art Hobby and he was very nice to speak to on the phone. He answered all my questions and gave me a few build tips as well, top notch service. I grabbed the package during my lunchbreak at work and brought it back to the office with me. It looks real nice on first inspection. The claim of ~85% pre-built looks pretty accurate at first glance. I look forward to clearing off the workbench and starting on this build. I'll take some photos and weigh some parts when I get home.
Posted by OhioPete | Apr 04, 2006 @ 03:27 PM | 6,497 Views
I finally got around to flying my DL50 for the first time on April 2, 2006. I had received the NIB kit a few months ago from a trade made with another RCG member. It build fairly fast, the instructions were well written and easy to follow. This is a basic DLG with rudder/elevator control, a good beginner glider. I originally had two Blue Arrow 4.3g servos in the fuse but I found that one had stopped working sometime between the construction of the plane and my pre-flight testing the night before I was going to go flying. I got these servos from a Hobby Lobby sale a few months ago. I found that it was money thrown away. As mentioned the elevator servo would not work at all. And the rudder servo would not hold steady, it was twitching anytime I was moving the sticks. The night before my first flight I replaced them both with GWS pico servos which have served me well in the past and are slightly smaller than Hitec HS-55's.
I have a GWS 6 channel RX and a 370mah 4.8 volt (4cell) Nimh RX pack. The RX and servos fill the fuse area, not much room to spare. I was able to get the CG pretty close by just moving the battery towards the nose on a strip of velcro. I also put a small rectangle of EPP foam (from my Overlord wing beds) in the nose to help cushion the battery if I should happen to nose the plane in on landing. Off to the flying field!....
After preflighting the plane, making sure my control surfaces were going the correct directions and plugging in the battery...Continue Reading
Posted by OhioPete | Mar 04, 2006 @ 02:52 PM | 6,062 Views
I never thought I would ever get a heli. as it turns out these became available around the same time that I got a decent Christmas bonus at work. I decided to give it a try. I bought the heli at a local hobby shop along with a few extras. I got a second battery, replacement upper and lower blades and the "training wheels".
I've never flown a heli before and had no assistance other than reading the forums.
The first few flights were just small hops off my basement floor. I soon learned how to adjust all the trims to maintain a fairly still hover. I was having problems with orientation on my first few flights. I was always flying with the tail pointed towards me and concentrating on what the tail was doing, it seemed kinda awkward especially when the tail would start to drift one way or the other. I was always moving the left stick the wrong way to compensate. Suddenly it dawned on me that the left sticks movements matched what the NOSE of the heli was doing, suddenly it made sense! Move the left stick right to pivot the nose to the right and vise versa. From then on I got a lot better but was limited by my small area and low ceiling. I did 1 modification which was to open up the 4-n-1 case and cut a small hole in the canopy to allow air in. The "rudder drifting" issues remained but were a lot less than before. The theory (at least according to the writer here than appear nuch wiser than me in the area of heli's) was that the heat from the...Continue Reading
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 23, 2006 @ 07:54 PM | 9,128 Views
Since my Overlord build is currently on hold pending the replacement of my RX from Hitec I decided to proceed with the construction of the Gentle Lady Glider. This will be my first true glider. So far I have the tail feather built and the fuse almost completed. I hope to finish the fuse in another day or so, depending on how much build time I get and then move onto build the wings. The kit has gone together pretty well so far with only a few minor problems. A few of the parts in the kit were split and had to be reglued.
Here's a few pics, I'll update and add more info later.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 23, 2006 @ 07:40 PM | 6,793 Views
Well I moved the Overlord from the build pile to the workbench. I had all the necessary components to begin the build when a problem arose I recently received an Electron6 receiver from Tower Hobby that was completely dead on arrival! I decided I wanted to test the brushless motor that I got from JustGoFly (a 400T pusher) to see what kind of amps I would be pulling with the prop I had. I mounted the motor to the mounting bracket but not after some difficulty. As it turns out the mount supplied in the kit doesn't match up with the mounting holes on the motor so I had to modify it. No big deal as it only took about 20 minutes though. Once I got it mounted I soldered the leads to my CC Thunderbird 18 speed controller and connected the receiver. I plugged the battery (3S Etec 1250 mah) in (fully charged as verified on my Super Whattmeter) and I got the beeps from the motor. I tried to set-up the control per the instruction using the transmitter but got nothing I tried everything I could think of but nothing worked. I reseated the crystal and verified that it was the correct channel and that it was a dual conversion crystal). I checked all the soldered wires and everything else I could think of...nothing! I then plugged the whole setup into a GWS 6 channel RX and it worked perfectly fine. BTW - I was pulling about 12 amps WOT.
I called Steve at Hitec the following day and we tried to work through the problem. He thought it was very curious that I was getting no response what so ever. So my build is on hold until I get a replacement receiver from Hitec.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 09, 2006 @ 08:44 AM | 13,734 Views
This model has been moved from the build pile to the workbench! I've completed my PCW (except for some trimming and balancing) last evening and I decided to give a rubber powered model a try! For the whopping price of $8.00 you can't go wrong. I had no intention of purchasing this model, I didn't really even know about them until a flying buddy of mine pointed them out at the LHS. He's built and flown free-flight and rubber powered planes. He said that this particular model was a quick and easy build. For $8.00 I figured I would give it a go. I've seen a few of the larger Guillows planes made into electric flyers, I'd like to try that as well someday.
I scanned various parts of the plan sheet on my PC and printed out copies with my laser printer. I did verify that the scale had not changed. My workbench isn't wide enough to accomodate a set of plans laying flat. This way I can use an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper and I can keep the plans looking nice. The longest part of the plan, the fuselage, will fit on this size sheet going from corner to corner.
I started with the tail feathers last night and got the elevator completed before it was time for sleep. I'll upload a pic or two later.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 07, 2006 @ 10:11 AM | 7,667 Views
Current builds on the workbench ****UPDATED 7/16/06****

-Received my new Futaba 9CAP Transmitter from ServoCity on 5-15-06. Has a lot more features than my Optic 6. I think I'll set up one TX (9CAP) for my DLG's and Gliders and use the Optic 6 for my "regular planes". Now I have to learn how to program it!

-Art Hobby Hybrid DLG - See build log

Build Pile

-QuickFlickII Discus Launched Glider - have a new short kit coming to build the wings w/o a warp this time

Built planes
-Goldberg Gentle Lady Glider - flies great!

EdgeRC Overlord 48" wing - Maidened it a few weeks ago, flies great.* Upgraded to a Warp4 4 turn, more speed!

Multiplex Easy Glider - Maidened it April 10th (my B-Day). First time ever using a highstart. It flew fine although there was no breeze or lift. No surprises.

Cox Micro Warbird - Spitfire - built in one evening, quick build. I'm using 2 GWS pico servos, 5 amp esc, GWS 4 channel RX and an Etec 2S 450 Mah battery. Balances fine, no dead weight needed. Still have to maiden.

E-Flite Ascent Powered Glider (bought from The Don - 3/11/06) - ready to fly now, need to maiden. 4-2-06 - maidened and crashed within about 2 seconds . Not sure what happened but it dove in hard from about 20 feet up. Servo was not reversed. Rebuilt - new speed 400 motor (bent the shaft on original) and had to re-epoxy the firewall since it broke free on impact. Ready for a re-maiden, hopefully with better success ***UPDATE -...Continue Reading
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 06, 2006 @ 08:13 AM | 8,467 Views
Well I started on my PCW again yesterday afternoon. I had actually glued the wing together and added CF spar about a month ago, back when I first received the kit from EdgeRC.com but have been working on other projects since then.

I plan on using the following components: EDP-50 motor w/supplied props, 2 HS-55 servos, 5 Amp ESC, GWS 4-channel RX and a ThunderPower 2S 1320 Prolite.

I did the covering on the bottom of the wing last night. The top will eventually be solid yellow. I am using UltraCoat.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 03, 2006 @ 12:56 PM | 14,908 Views
As you can see by the title this build has not really gone according to plan
This plane is my first attempt building with balsa. I bought a short kit from Brian at LaserArts.com. It arrived fast and packaged well. I'm probably about 3/4's of the way through the build at this point and I've had a few problems. These are not problems with the design or with the laser cut parts but with me. This probably wasn't the best plane to try building with balsa for the first time but I'm determined to finish it even though some mistakes have been made.
I'll update later.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 03, 2006 @ 12:28 PM | 13,740 Views
I think I'm going to use my "blog" to keep track of my builds and a rudimentary "flight log". I usually work on several projects at a time, this might be an interesting way to keep track of what I've done.
I'm currently working on a Discus Launched Glider (DLG), the QuickFlickII. I also have on the workbench two wings from EdgeRC, the Overlord and the PCW. On the kit pile I currently have two Cox Micro Warbirds, the Spitfire and the Corsair, as well as a Gentle Lady Glider.
I'll start a seperate "thread" for each plane. This way if someone should happen to stumble by and want to read about a specific build or plane it would be easier to do.