Radio control nuts

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

  1. Toysrme

    Toysrme Been here awhile

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    it speeds them up a bit and GREATLY increases the roll rate. (same for planes with too much wing like four star's)

    to put this into perspective. if you clip a wing bay (sometimes two) out of a cub, you have basically created a Citabria. a high-wing aerobatic plane (citabria is airabatics spelled backwards :p )
  2. Toysrme

    Toysrme Been here awhile

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    citabria
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    a little hard to tell, but the full-size cub wing is shorter than the other three. clip wings on huge wing area floaty planes = funner :) if more fun is what you're shooting for.
  3. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    The Mustang that crashed at the Reno airshow had clipped wings. Although it seems maybe your lift goes away from design, the racing mustangs lost a lot of weight not carrying non essentials, like machine guns.
  4. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Nice job, Dusty! These things are addictive. Which control board are you using??

    Here's a heads-up for anyone scratch building these multi-rotors:

    A couple pages back I posted a few pics of my hexcopter I just built. I used 1" square aluminum tubing for the frame, and drilled them full of holes to try to save weight. It flew fine, but it was just too heavy.

    I did a bunch of searching online for carbon fiber tubing, but everything I found was too expensive. I didn't want to spend $300 or more to save a few ounces. Then I came across this at Hobby King: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=27134

    Carbon fiber tail booms for a TRex 600. About 24" long, 7/8" diameter, for $5.50 each!!! I ordered up 8 of them and rebuilt my frame, plus I have a couple of spares. The only thing is they'll need to be painted unless you happen to like the camo print they come with. I took at least half a pound out of my frame, which added a good 2-1/2 minutes of flight time, along with better handling and more weight carrying capacity for cameras.
  5. RC Pilot

    RC Pilot Shut up and fly!

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  6. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    Saget

    Yea I can see the addictive part.

    My board is the cheap kk board ($11.00), My head was spinning researching what gear to get. I decided to go low end, build it and see why happened. I really expected a complete PITA with the whole thing, but viola we have flight!

    For now flights have been under 20' getting used to it and has been quite windy. I'll take it out ASAP to an open area and get some height. So many electrical connections on this thing, hope my soldering holds up.

    Thanks for the tip on the Carbon, I have used some but mostly in small spars for foamies.

    Well trying to mount my GoPro......the madness continues.
  7. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    Just ordered a factory-refurbished Associated SC8e short course 4x4 truck, RTR. I finally live somewhere with room to roam and set up a decent track, so that helped sway me. 1/8th scale may be a bit large for the space in mind, so it may be that I step down to 1/18th again soon ... we'll see.

    The nitros I've owned in the past were finicky and never ran well. I figured I'd give it a whirl with the latest gen electrics. Never owned Associated products before ... looking fwd to the experience.
  8. RC Pilot

    RC Pilot Shut up and fly!

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    If 1/8 ends up to large, consider the Traxxas 4x4 Stampede.
  9. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    I remember racing back in the "golden days" you had two guys not unlike ford and chevy, Losi (slowsi) and AE...guess where I fell :D

    This was long before Horizon hobby and thunder tiger The cars are just great and I still have my gold tub RC10...and my T2. It has been MANY years away from a track and racing....thought about it a few years ago...whenever the slash first came out. Went up with the old B2, the gold tub and the slash. It was just not the same....perhaps I changed....perhaps the people changed...don't know. Now I just play in the back yard.
  10. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    I've been busy collecting lately :lol3

    I went to the hobby shop and walked away with a Blade Nano CPX. Awesome heli!

    I then went to another shop on Sunday. I needed another small brushless foamy. But, I walked away with the E-Flite Hyper Taxi (VTOL cone-shaped thing with AS3X technology).

    Then, on Tuesday I put a hold on the new E-Flite Edge 540QQ. Ugh, my wallet needs a break.

    My Blade mCPX V1 with lengthened boom and V2 tailrotor is for sale if anyone is interested!

    Not my pics... Weird, I haven't taken any of my new toys yet.

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  11. Buzzbomber

    Buzzbomber Not Dr. Who...

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    Don't sell your mcpx just yet. I was thrilled with the nano out of the box, but after 25 flights or so, I think I like the micro better. The spindle on the nano bends very easily compared to the micro- results in vibration and tail wag, the canopy will not take a hit without cracking like the micro, and I managed to break the skids at the corner of the battery holder just pulling the battery out - the label on TP 160 cells catches the lip and you have to squeeze a bit to get it out. And the 1" over tail I made holds better than the nano, too. In all fairness, I never tried flips in my basement until I got the nano, and the nano may be a bit more stable when inverted. Who knows, maybe I'm just having a run of bad luck, but it seems like my micro has actually been more durable.
  12. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    Flew this for the first time yesterday. It's an old Watt-Age Tangent. I put a 370 BL motor in it with 3S 800 LiPo. Flies like a real old school F3A plane.

    Bought the plane at a swap meet for $20. Motor, ESC and batteries from HeadupRC. Very economical.

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  13. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Tell me about it, I bent the feathering shaft and a broke the skids already. I think it's more stable than the micro but I don't need two. Well, maybe I do!

    I have the V1 micro with the new, longer tail boom (stock Blade part) which comes with the newer V2 rotor. That has helped with washout.
  14. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    There's a lot of great multi-rotor kit on that site... Thanks for the link!

    I'd like to try building my own, but not too sure where to start, mainly because there seems to be so many options out there! I had looked at the AR Drone, simply due to cost, but I am not sure that it can fly a GoPro well, which is the main reason I am looking to get a multi-rotor. It has been quite a few years since I have been into RC, so the technology has changed quite a bit... Are there any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance for anyone's suggestions!
  15. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    Alot of fun and you have to think about how to get the boat to go. Your always adjusting the sails so it doesnt get boring. Take a look at AMYA.org. I like the J class boaats but will probably never have one. I do have a Hartman Malabar hull that is a 2 masted schooner I need to build still. About 6 feet long and 4 feet tall when done.

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  16. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    I'll have to get some pics of my Fokker D-VII on here.

    I have some on-plane vids at youtube under CNY1RC.
  17. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    As it has been pretty darn nice here lately been flying a bit each night. Finally got the FMS stuka out. That thing is just a sweet flying plane....no bad habits and it just does not want to come down....I fly around at about 1/3 throttle...it just feels wrong any faster.

    I also have had the PZ albatross out....not real impressed with it....everyone seems to love it, but me not so much. It does look good in the air tho.
  18. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    Do you have a bomb drop function on the Stuka? Or is it a G model?

    I have an Eflite micro Albatros. Was really expecting better performance.
  19. chipgibbs

    chipgibbs ChipG

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    Boats, specifically Fast Electric Boats are my latest RC obsession and money pitt.

    This is a FighterCat Racing Cheetah hull with a Leopard 4082-2000kv motor running 4S2P-5000mah batteries and a SeaKing 180a ESC. So far it has clocked 53mph on it's first day wet.

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  20. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    My Nephew has asked for a RC helicopter for Christmas. Any recommendations for a noob pilot in the $50-60 range? I'd probably want to toss in a couple spare blades to keep him in the air after a few 'gravity checks':evil
    Prefer to have something heavy enough for outdoor use (calm air) as their house really doesn't have a lot of open space.

    I might even have to get one!