Sunday, 25 November 2012

Blade Nano CPx: Review and Flight Testing

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Saturday, 15 September 2012

E-Flite UMX Beast 3D with AS3X




I picked up one of these little planes to toss in the back of the car.  What a great little flyer!  The AS3X system provides great stability and allows the plane to fly in the wind as well as a bit of 3D capability.

You don't see it in this video, but my rudder servo failed on the first flight.  Apparently there was a bad batch of "bricks" installed in some of these models.  The nice thing about Horizon Hobby products is the first class customer service - they sent me a new brick no charge which I was able to replace myself.

Friday, 17 August 2012



The RTR Impulse 26 is a great little boat - but it's a bit pokey for my tastes.  I did a little research and found a suitable 3S power combo - the Turnigy ADS400L 3700kv motor driven by the Birdie 70A Boat ESC.

What a difference the brushless power makes!  I recorded a 49km/h top speed (around 30mph) which made the boat a real blast.  I was impressed with the hull's stability as well.  Even in the mild chop it held pretty steady.

I was pretty happy with the 70A Birdie ESC, except there was no reverse!  Not much need for it at these speeds however.


Boat:
http://www.snhobbies.com/product_info.php?cPath=108&products_id=3151


Motor:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__17152__ADS400L_Water_cooled_Brushless_Outrunner_3700kv_600w.html

ESC:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__19437__Birdie_70A_Brushless_Boat_ESC_w_5A_BEC.html

Monday, 9 July 2012

Jim's Amazing Westland Lysander - Almost Crashes and Amazing Save!



I was on my last visit to the RCAA Comox field and I was fortunate enough to have Jim drop by with one of his great projects.  This one is a Westland Lysander that was based in Pat Bay.  Like his other models, this has great details.  It is a bit underpowered with an OS .71 four stroke, it really needs a .91.  During this flight the engine sagged during a go-around and he got stuck in the "box canyon" at the end of our field - he almost didn't make it!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


I love this jet. It is my go-to model - whenever I fly it I have a good day! It flies precisely, it's fast and it's no hassle. I love this jet!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Aerodrome R/C 66" Eindecker With Wing Warping: Flight Test - And Crash!

Well, it works! The wing warping is a success. The model has positive (if slow) roll control. The model did crash on this flight, but it was unrelated to the warping mechanism. My cowl came loose and caused some vibration, eventually the motor mount pulled away from the model.

My Aerodrome R/C 1/6 scale Fokker E.III Eindecker - just about ready to fly.  My modification - scale wing warping!


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Velocity-RC T-33 at My New Club

New city, new club!  Gotta take my favourite jet out to explore the airspace.  Watch out for the tower to the east, and the dog park to the west.