Radio control nuts

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RC Pilot, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Awesome!! :clap
  2. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Finished an airplane this morning. I feel so accomplished. ow to tear it all apart again and swap out the servos.

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  3. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Nice Yak!

    I just put vectored thrust on my Crack Yak. I'll maiden it this afternoon.

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  4. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Started with some 1/8" ply and some 1" square, .05 wall aluminum tubing.

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    3 hours with a drill press...

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    ...looks like this

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    ...and this.

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    All bolted together.

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    Flipped over, looking at the bottom. These bars will be the electrical bus for all the ESC's and battery connectors. One side positive, one negative.

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    Added another piece of ply to velcro the battery to.

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    Painted and reassembled. The white arm will be the front, orange is the back.

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    A $2 salad bowl from WalMart makes it look like a UFO.

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    750 kv motors and Turnigy 25 amp speed controls.

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    All the power leads from the ESC's wired in.

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    An Orange receiver and a KKV2 multi-rotor control board.

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    And yes, it flies!! I had to include retracts, just for fun.

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    And here's a quick video, now that I have it fairly well sorted out. The $2 salad bowl has been replaced by a slightly larger $4 salad bowl. It took quite a few flights to get the control board dialed in just right. There are menus with several settings for the gyro gain on each axis. Tweak, fly, tweak, fly, etc etc.

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    The main issue now is that with 6 motors turning, it burns through a 4000 mah battery pack in about 4 minutes. I have some different props on order to experiment with that should help. It's set up to run two batteries in parallel, which will also help, but that means carrying more weight.
  5. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    Very cool...it was for the longest time here just too hot to fly, now it is starting to cool off but was a little windy.

    I do have a half built Tamiya sand scorcher on the kitchen table, but lack some paint to finish it off. Local hobby store ticked me off, so a tower order is in my future for some paint.

    I need to get these two guys in the air....only thing I have flown lately...about a month ago is the Radion....the sail plane is fun, but I need to learn to take a lawn chair out with me....I get tired of standing.

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  6. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Wait, what? Kingsville has a local hobby shop?
  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Scored this at a thrift store for $15. Now i need to figure out what motor, radio, batteries, etc... Any suggestions?

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    Its a Clever Boy.

    Wingspan: 35 in (900 mm) **********
    Length: 30 in (760mm) ********
    Wing Area: 243 sq. in (15.70 d)
    Flying weight: 14 oz
    Motor: brushed 390 or same size brushlee (not included)
    Battery: Ni/MH AAA 8 cells 9.6V 650 mAh or Li-po 3 cells
    11.1V 900 mAh (not included)
    Prop: brushed 9×6, brushless 8x6
    ESC: 20A (not included) **
    CG: 2.4 in from the wing front edge
    Radio required: 4 channels, 3 mini servos
    Color: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue and Purple
    Full Product Review
    with flying video on RCU

    Clever Boy Video

    Clever Boy on Floats Video
    What is new on 2nd generation Clever Boy
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    Control Throw:

    Ailerons - 40 degree 15mm up and down
    Elevator - 35 degree 28mm up and down
    Rudder - 35 degree 80mm up and down

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  8. RC Pilot

    RC Pilot Shut up and fly!

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    Added some stickerage to the SC today.
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  9. Toysrme

    Toysrme Been here awhile

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    This is the majority of what I don't have in storeage or any of the mountain of little fan-fold-foam foamies i've made. hah

    Dad started me flying control line at 10. we started R/C at 13. im 29 now so... :)

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    Currently building a second SIG Seniorita to go fly a long way in FPV. Hope I can get back on that in the next 2 weeks! Had a lot of family issues come up that shelved it. :\ Build log here http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?7247-Building-a-Long-Range-Duration-Glow-Plane

    a backlog of kits & engines ill never get around to building:
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    so many more... couple dozen engines waiting on homes...


    I'm trying tho. :) LoL! I subscribe to the "you need at least one of everything" theory of R/C.
  10. chipgibbs

    chipgibbs ChipG

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    I see allot of planes & trucks / cars in this thread but, I just got into Fast Electric Boats and it's a scream. The boat I have is an Aquacraft Revolt 30. It is a ready to run type and was fully assembled. Out of the box it hit 35 mph. This may not sound fast but, with a few adjustments and prop swaps I've gotten it to 47.8 mph.

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    The picture above shows the Velocity RC GPS showing 46.6mph. I did hit 47.8 but, the picture wasn't in focus.

    ChipG
  11. RC Pilot

    RC Pilot Shut up and fly!

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  12. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    A guy I know dropped by the shop and asked me if I wanted to look at some planes he wanted to sell, sure I said. Being a small electric flyer I was really not that interested, all too big for me. Then he said $200.00 for the whole lot, ok what the hell.

    At first I was going to peddle the big Edge, but decided to build it. If it never fly's It does look pretty good hanging from the shop wall.

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  13. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    Well I would say that stuff is certainly worth more than $200!
  14. KSJeff

    KSJeff Yea, I'll go

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    One of these days I'm going to buy an Edge and crash it. :rofl
  15. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    I've seen one of those Mr Mulligans fineshed out.
    It's huge, and gorgeous!
    Speaking of old school kits, I'm still on the search for the illusive .60 sized Midwest Super Hots, in the event anyone has one sitting on the shelf, unopened/unbuilt...
  16. Toysrme

    Toysrme Been here awhile

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    that's my spare kit. the original one was without the pre-made cowl so i bought a partial kit with it. the completed kit is in the rafters in the barn. it weighs 20lbs wet, couldn't get out of it's way if it had too. about a 35mph top speed. very relaxing...


    aint seen a hots in years. grab the plans & scratch it. that's where all the good kits have gone anyways :\
  17. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Actually, I do have a set of plans, from the RCM plans service.
    I was just hoping to find a kit, sometime, to add to the collection.
    I want a Morrissey Bravo, but all the kits are going for a premium.
  18. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    I'll ship it out and you can do it for me.....
  19. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Ship it UPS, and they'll crunch it for you, at no extra charge!:lol3
  20. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    Has anyone tried RC sailing? Seems like a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon, though I fear I may get a bit bored of it after a while ...

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