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Dec 10, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Just did some park flying today with my son, had a ball. He's a little young still, maybe not completely in to it, to really be on board with it and we had to curtail the flying after a half hour. I gave him one of my controllers that I had set up for buddy box but he was getting really frustrated with not being able to "do everything" as I'm sure is typical with a 5 year old boy! But in any even we got one flight in on the T-28 and one in on the Red tail Hawk. It was a nice day at the ball park overall.
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Dec 10, 2012, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Eddie P
Just did some park flying today with my son, had a ball. He's a little young still, maybe not completely in to it, to really be on board with it and we had to curtail the flying after a half hour. I gave him one of my controllers that I had set up for buddy box but he was getting really frustrated with not being able to "do everything" as I'm sure is typical with a 5 year old boy! But in any even we got one flight in on the T-28 and one in on the Red tail Hawk. It was a nice day at the ball park overall.
And I'm guessing he had the sticks pegged in every direction he threw them. I setup a Slow Stick for buddy box flying. It has a flight stabilizer on it and the throws are turned way down on the buddy box. It worked great for 8-10 year olds at a local school I volunteered at. I have a 5 year old grandson that I hope to put on the buddy box next spring.
Dec 10, 2012, 09:13 PM
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Exactly! He was more interested in pegging the throttle 100 percent and 0 percent to hear the change in motor sound and was more interested in the switches and levers on the transmitter than looking at the model... then pegging the control sticks in every direction as you guessed. He was getting frustrated when I'd have to recover. I think the flight stabilizer is a good idea for these models to learn on, I'll have to try that. I had a Easystar set up for my daughter and she could fly a pattern and land power off (not able to choose her landing area very well, but she could bring the wings level before descending into the grass while flying a box pattern). The Easystar met it's demise recently when I was teaching my B-777 flying buddy to fly RC!! He flew it through a soccer net. I didn't have it on a buddy box and could not grab the sticks in time to prevent it He had a hard time with the rudder control on the Easystar, the over banking tendency combined with the apparent control reversal when the plane flies toward the pilot, and the balooning climb when you skid to wings level from a descending turn. I mean he got the concept, it's easy enough especially for a full size pilot, but the disconnect and odd flying qualities had him all turned around. I then put him on the Parkzone T-28 and it was no problems at all with ailerons and more "normal" flying qualities. It's interesting how sometimes rudder only RC "trainers" fly so differently than traditional RC airplanes when you think about it and sometimes they are actually harder to train people on if those people have the concept of airplane stability and control from other types of flying.
Dec 10, 2012, 09:43 PM
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I am heading to Project Solutions to inspect their indoor gymnasium and talk to them about using it. They are open to the idea, but I think they rent it out for $45 an hour. That's probably a little steep for a weekly event, unless we have the people to support it.
Weekly is a little ambitious for me, but I'm sure I can get a kitchen pass on a monthly basis for an indoor event. Not trying to discourage , just providing honest feedback. I'd be willing to pay $5 to $10 for each event too, if the venue was nice and centrally located.

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Dec 11, 2012, 12:19 AM
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If you are building custom aircraft, you should know that I have a CNC laser cutter which can rapidly cut the wood pieces.
One question - do you guys have any foam cutting capability at your shop?

I've got a few future projects that I've been holding off on due to the foam cutting required. It's not the foam cutting itself, it's the fact that the parts are large and hard to ship for far away cutting services.
Dec 11, 2012, 12:29 AM
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One question - do you guys have any foam cutting capability at your shop?

I've got a few future projects that I've been holding off on due to the foam cutting required. It's not the foam cutting itself, it's the fact that the parts are large and hard to ship for far away cutting services.
For clarity, I do not have a shop. I have the CNC laser cutter in my home. Call me weird. Call me lucky.

At the shop where Ronin, DeadTom and I met this weekend, there is a fairly large hot wire bow for cutting foam. But you have to be a member to go in and use the tools. There is also a 6" single-hand held wire cutter. There is a HUGE CNC being put together that should have the capability to push a large hot wire cutter or a rotary cutting head to cut the foam. Anyone can join the shop. More info at www.bridgewire.org. Thursday evenings are best to visit and signup, but I can always meet you there for a personal tour.
Dec 11, 2012, 12:37 AM
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Oh, got ya. I was aware that there was a shop but I wasn't sure exactly if that's what you were talking about. I'm actually pretty interested in checking the shop out and seeing about a membership. Probably not right away, maybe in a couple months. I'll check out the link, thank you!
Dec 11, 2012, 10:56 PM
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I went to Project Solutions to check out their gymnasium. It is large enough to fly 3-D, Slow Sticks, helis, quadcopters and micro stuff. They are okay with allowing R/C aircraft flying in there. The downside is the fee is $45 per hour to use the gym and they prefer at least 2 hours per session. If we could get 4 or more people to split the cost, I would be willing to try a 2-3 hour session to test the waters. But I would not want to pay more than $10 on a regular basis. I think we could get time late weekday evenings or Saturdays.

Location info here http://projectsolution.org/wp/contact-us/

Any thoughts or comments?
Dec 11, 2012, 11:45 PM
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Location is easy enough to get to - pretty central. I don't have anything fixed wing that will fly indoors right now but It would be fun to check out. I'd like to fly some small heli stuff like my Trex 450. I've never trimmed it out, if there were heli guys that were interested it would make it worth my while to get a little assistance from those who know how to trim out and set up a 450 for a novice (I have a lot of coaxial time but that doesn't really count!)

I've heard of schools opening up their gyms at times for indoor flying for free - maybe that's an urban legend. Since we have UNR right here and they have several large indoor gym facilities maybe it might be worth while asking them? Could be another option.
Dec 12, 2012, 12:15 PM
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I've heard of schools opening up their gyms at times for indoor flying for free - maybe that's an urban legend. Since we have UNR right here and they have several large indoor gym facilities maybe it might be worth while asking them? Could be another option.
I have a freind who has connection at UNR. He often runs a lick picking class for the engineering groups. He is going to try and get us connected with people to talk about using a gym. I tried this last year but it didn't go anywhere but we will keep trying.
Dec 12, 2012, 12:16 PM
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I'd like to fly some small heli stuff like my Trex 450. I've never trimmed it out, if there were heli guys that were interested it would make it worth my while to get a little assistance from those who know how to trim out and set up a 450 for a novice (I have a lot of coaxial time but that doesn't really count!).
Mark at HC&M hobby will usually help you get your heli setup at no charge.
Dec 12, 2012, 12:28 PM
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John,
That site looks like a good place to try out, I would be willing to cough up $10 for a few hours.

Eddie,
I fly helis from small to large, if we meet up at this site I can give you some help if you so desire.

One of UNR's gyms would be great also....maybe the old gym would be alright. I do know the architect at UNR, he is responsible for all the building and such around the UNR grounds. His name is Lyle W., I know him through work and I shall contact him and see if he has any good news for us.

Tom
Dec 12, 2012, 12:32 PM
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I could use some heli help, also. I acquired a couple to learn on. Destroyed one this summer when the BEC failed and drove the pitch servo to a negative pitch. I need to setup the second one and start getting some air under the blades. An indoor location would be great for heli training.
Dec 12, 2012, 01:28 PM
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Sure John anytime your ready give me a call.

PS - I just sent an email to Lyle at UNR....we will see what happens from here.
Last edited by DeadTom; Dec 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM. Reason: added PS
Dec 12, 2012, 02:39 PM
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Thank you Tom! I will definitely take you up on that. I've had this Trex450 for about 2 years, I bought it used but It looks to be in decent shape. I also have a Quad Copter with a Rusty Frame but I was using a UAVx flight board that I had nothing but problems with - never even flown it. I've been thinking about replacing the board with something that is more plug and play. I'd love to get both of those aircraft flying.


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