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Posted in Radio Control on April 13, 2009 by camarojones

Like most motorcycle riders may know…it’s not if you crash, it’s when.

Well, the same goes for radio control…and it happened this weekend.

The air was warm, the wind calm, and I was in a great mood.

I took off, flew around and generally had some good fun. I decided to bring it in for a touch and go then the wind decided to play a game and before I knew it I was in a tailwind with barely any airspeed.

I’ve flown here at my father-in-laws on quite a few occasions. Every time, I’ve given myself plenty of room to land incase of an abort. Well, this time the tailwind pushed me further down the field than I wanted to go and the engine quit. All at the same time.

Near the end of the landing area, is a small brush pile. You know, the country-style burning brush pile.

I found out that the plane is much less sturdy than it looks.

p_00088 It may only look like a broken wind and landing gear, but it was also the wing braces, the fuselage-wing mounting pads, and the entire tail. All broken, and ready for the trash.

A more experienced flyer/builder may have been able to salvage this plane, but I cannot.

The good thing, it that the engine and electronics are perfectly sound and work just fine. A basic ARF kit plane is going to set me back from $100 to $300, but all I have to do it put it together and start flying.

Moar Pics…

Posted in Radio Control on February 3, 2009 by camarojones





The latest addition!!!

Posted in Radio Control on February 1, 2009 by camarojones


For now, this is a placeholder. Mine was assembled, and once I was ready to get the pitch ranges knocked out and blades tracked, I found that the motor is shorting out…NOT GOOD!

When I bought it, it was pre-assembled, but only for a display. I had to reverse some stuff, and stall a few small things, and adjust the head. I got everything ready, and once I finally finred it up, the motor started glitching. I dropped it back to a 3-cell battery (this one is a 6-cell…22v system) and tried a different motor. Works fine. ramped it back up to the 6-cell system and the motor still worked. The stock motor was fried, so I contacted my buddy and the new motor should be here on Tuesday, then I’ll be in the air.

The specs on this pony are:

  • Length: 620mm
  • Height : 210mm including head button
  • Main Rotor Diameter: 775mm
  • Tail Rotor Diameter: 157mm
  • Blade Length: 350mm
  • Main Gear: 150T
  • Auto Rotation: 106T
  • Tail Drive Gear: 25T
  • Pinion Gear: 11T
  • Flying Weight 780-850 Grams
  • Black plastic tail blades
  • White fiberglass 350mm main blades (Rotortech 350mm shown in pic are in storage)
  • Painted fiberglass canopy (Different than the above pic)
  • Black G10 fiberglass frame and landing gear and fin set

The motor included is the Outrage 1700kV upgrade, and a HobbyWing Pentium 40A. Nice high capacity ESC, even though the max amp draw is around 20A.

Mine has Hitec HS-65MG servos on the cyclic, and a S9157 digital on the tail with the new ATV-enabled heading hold Telebee/Zoom gyro. So far, I’ve got the gyro set up to avoid drifing, and regardless of the temperature it has yet to drift. Looks like my old one is going to be replaced.

It also included a new charger for the 6-cell battery…Maxpro X6. Instead of charging through the balance connectors, it charges through the main Deans, and uses the balances for monitoring. It’s not a fully automatic system. It can detect how many cells it is, but you have to manually put what type and the capacity. The good thing though, is that it can do LiPo, Li-Ion, Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, and Lead (car batteries). It works on all of them.

Now, I just need to get that motor in and start having some fun.

Such a sad thing…

Posted in Radio Control on January 28, 2009 by camarojones


It pains me to see such a nice model trashed….

Last flight

Posted in Radio Control on November 16, 2008 by camarojones

windsockWell, today was the date of my last flight. More precisely, the last flight at my home airfield.

I learned how to fly at this airfield. Starting with helis, I really only brought it to the field on the weekends, but flew everyday behind my house so I never really got to meet most folks. Only when I got the trainer from Jason did I really start learning the names of everyone.

After learning to fly with the help of Jason and Dale, I eventually pushed the trainer to its limits. Jason offered to take the trainer back and give me his soon-to-be-retired Big Stik. I took him up on it and now I’m flying like everyone else.

I learned to fly at this field. It’s my home field. It will always be my home field.

Good thing it’s only 5 hours away. 3-day weekends and IMAC will be fun next year.

A bigger stick

Posted in Radio Control, WoW on November 9, 2008 by camarojones

bigstick1 Yes, I have a new airplane. I never got around to taking pictures of the trainer, but it was a fun plane to fly. It seems, though, that I learn fun things a bit quicker than others.

I was able to solo fly on my second day, and was starting to fly inverted on my second weekend. This weekend, I was doing inverted flight, knife-edge flight, and small hovers…something most folks don’t think a trainer can do. It wasn’t easy, but it was possible.

During my last Saturday flight, Jason (the guy from whom I bought my trainer) was talking to the guys about my fast learning. He hinted at the possibility of swapping his BigStik for the trainer. He would be getting his trainer back (for the kids) and I would be taking the next logical step up…the BigStik. After I landed, he brought up the idea to me, and we agreed. As of last night, I was a beginner/intermediate pilot!

This morning I took it out at 730 before the winds picked up, and flew it around. A small bit of trim here and there, then hands-off flying. Perfect trim. More rolls, loops, inverted, knife-edge, and even some high-speed low-altitude passes. Such a FUN airplane.

Now it was time for landing. I wasn’t sure how it was going to react. I started to bring it in. It slowed down MUCH easier than the Nexstar, and flew just a slowly. Right on the runway. First landing with the Stik and it was right on. Same for the next 3 flights. I love this plane!

On another note, as a WoW player, I found this:


I thought it was funny. Kind of nerdy, but funny.

As of right now, I have 10 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes, and 32 seconds until I leave for Oklahoma. Give me another 5 hours and I’ll be with my family. Lisa and Anthony left on the 30th of October to get a head start up there, but it seems like they just left and we still have forever to go. less than two weeks is the reality…2 years is what it feels like.

First real flight!!!

Posted in Radio Control on October 18, 2008 by camarojones

Today I had my first REAL flight of an R/C airplane.

Today was our R/C club’s fun-fly and swap-meet. It started about 8:30 this morning, and ended around 6pm. After my earlier post about wanting to go into airplanes, I jumped on an offered deal and bought my first airplane. It is a Hobbico Nexstar 46. The wingspan is around 6 feet, and it’s about 5 feet long…maybe less. It didn’t come with a receiver, so I pulled the one from my helicopter.

The first flight was a little weird. I was trying to get used to the aircraft, get it trimmed out…basically getting a feel for it. The person I bought it from stayed in control using the main transmitter and I was on a buddy box. He can hold a switch to let me control it, but if he senses anything wrong he can take control immediately.

My second flight was fun. One of our main club members was on the main transmitter, and he only controlled it during take-off and landing. I did do a few mock landings to get used to where to turn, how to manage the throttle, but I got uncomfortable after the third try so he landed it for me.

On my last flight, my trainer was confident enought to let me take off on my own, and after about 10 minutes I started the landing tries. He told me to go further out so that I had more time to line up and get my speed down. After my third try, I landed it. ALL BY MYSELF….from take off to landing…all mine! I think I know what WIlbur and Orville Wright felt when they flew for the first time. EXHILARATING!!!

Obviously I’m still new to the whole airplane-flying thing, but I’m sure after a few more flights on a buddy box, I’ll be good to go without it.

Now I just need to get my own support box (charger and starter) and fuel.