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Posted by yellowman2513 | 04-05-2008 @ 09:44 AM | 3,581 Views
Hey guys, i was just wandering what kind of expirience you have had with the hobbico nexstar, and i was wandering if it would be a good starter plane for me. Thanks a lot!
Posted by metalmike | 04-01-2008 @ 12:28 AM | 3,592 Views
i hate living on a budget. with me going back to school it's hard to find the money to buy new planes. it sucks. anyone wanna buy a slightly abused fliton inspire 60? cheap. make an offer and come to my house and get it.
Posted by metalmike | 03-28-2008 @ 02:48 AM | 3,689 Views
so you go into surgery to have an aortic anuerism repaired, and let me tell you that bites the big one. then less than 12 hours later you have to go in have that redone becuase it is leaking. then less than 24 hours from the original surgery you have to go in and have your entire colon removed because somewhere during the previous two surgeries the blood flow to it was compromised and now you have a bag on you belly collecting your poop. then less than two weeks later you are in renal failure, you have MRSA (methycillin resistant staph aureus, very bad), and you have blisters and sores all over your body from it and you backside is rotting away from that combined with laying on your back that whole time. oh yeah, and you have to have a trach tube placed to breath for you and your left leg amputated above the knee because it's already rotting away. and these are actually very good surgeons taking care of this poor person. sometimes you just can't win. oh yeah, and my PA addiction is destroyed and i have to order a new one. i love that little plane.
Posted by metalmike | 03-19-2008 @ 11:42 PM | 3,612 Views
why is it that doctors wait until the cafeteria opens to post cases? i'm hungry and now i have to go remove someones appendix. what's up with that?
Posted by shortlandings | 03-19-2008 @ 12:14 PM | 2,178 Views
THE GREAT PLANES FOLKS SURE DO KNOW HOW TO AD THAT PLANE. IT LOOKS GREAT AND ALMOST ANYONE WHO EVER FLEW HAS BUILT A GREAT PLANES ARF AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER..........AND I ALMOST......ALMOST BOUGHT ONE!

THEN I LOOKED CLOSER......AND CLOSER. IT HAS GOT A COMPOSITE GEAR FOR LANDINGS........ AND I HAVE LEARNED THE HARD WAY (THREE TIMES) AND I AM HARD HEADED AND HARD TO CONVINCE......THAT MY POOR PILOTING SKILLS AND A COMPOSITE LANDING GEAR MEANS AN OCCASIONAL HARD LANDING. ADD TO THAT THE WEIGHT OF A 38% PLANE AND THE SIMPLE FACT OF LIFE THAT DA 150 ENGINES, $160 3 BLADE COMPOSITE PROPS AND PROP STRIKES ADD UP TO PAINFUL DOLLAR SIGNS REALITY.......NOT TO MENTION MEMORY OF THREE TIMES WHEN i WATCHED MY PLANE (ONE ON TEST FLIGHT) IN YEARS PAST CAREEEN AND CARTWHEEL TO DESTRUCTION FROM BROKEN LANDING GEAR LEG ON LANDING ...........AND NOT THAT BAD OF LANDINGS I MIGHT ADD........

BRINGS US TO THE BOTTOM LINE. THEY GOT TO OFFER A GOOD STRONG ALUMIUM GEAR FOR ME TO BUY IT FOR MY BIG PLANE. ON THE 1.60 SIZED PLANES AND BELOW A PROP STRIKE CAN HAPPEN, BREAK THE PROP AND ALL.........AND WE GO ON. ON THE DA 150 BIG PLANES IT IS JUST TOO MUCH........TO RISK. THAT IS WHY TNT LANDING GEAR FOLKS EXIST.

SO , I SAY.......GREAT PLANES........LEARN FROM ALL OF US WITH BIG PLANES...........UNLESS YOU ARE A CRACKER JACK PILOT LIKE QK............... STICK TO A STRONG LANDING GEAR!!! I WILL NOT PAY A THOUSAND BUCKS FOR THAT NEW GREAT PLANES EXTRA WITH THAT LANDING GEAR! AS MUCH AS I LIKE THE PLANE.........AND I GOT AN ENGINE HERE AND RADIO NEEDING THE PLANE!

PLEASE COMMENT.
SHORT LANDINGS
Posted by mflander | 03-19-2008 @ 08:41 AM | 4,552 Views
Well, finished fixing the pull-pull cables on my 3D Hobby shop 55" extra last night. Brought it with to work today and plan on putting a couple flights in at lunch time.

Time to start practicing for my first IMAC event.

This week and weekend my primary focus will be on plane set-up. I need to get this plane dialed in as it will be my primary practice plane during the week when it is just not feasible to get the 96" extra out. Some CG adjustments need to be made, and I believe I need to add some tip weight on the right side, the left wing is dropping when pulling from a down-line.

I am also still trying to decide if I am going to change the physical side thrust on the motor or if I am going to use a rudder mix. I think I will try a 14" prop first to see if that tames down the torquing fo the motor at all.

More to come...
Posted by metalmike | 03-19-2008 @ 12:23 AM | 3,529 Views
las night i got lucky at work. we were just starting a craniotomy for a patient who fell in his driveway and struck his head and needed to have the blood evacuated from around his brain and have the bleeding stopped when we got a call the we might also have to revise a ruptured aortic anuerism from earlier in the day that had already been revised once. re-revision? isn't that undoing what you've done? or is that un-revision? hell, i'm too tired to care. anyways, forunately the aorta patient stabilized. hope they're doing well. the crani patient did well, fortunately.
Posted by metalmike | 03-17-2008 @ 03:25 AM | 3,711 Views
i got in a precision aerobatics addiction last week, awesome plane. i might try to fly it at the nall this year since i think i heard it mentioned that there'll be a parkflyers field for people with 2.4 ghz radios. i might be in too much awe of all the amazing planes from the people who are lucky enough to have the time and money(and some sponsors) to invest in this hobby. anyways, i'm having some problems with the cg. i have a 1800mah battery as suggested by PA and i have everything about as forward as it will go but it is still a tad tail heavy and since i am by no means an expert at 3d (yet) i don't care to go out and crash it. i just don't want to add any more weight to it to get it right. and the wires from my elevator and rudder servos aren't long enough to reach the receiver if i move it farther forward. i could add extensions, but that would be a little more weight and the possibility of something else to go wrong if those wires seperate which has happened to me before. i'll play around, maybe if ordered their carbon spinner that would add enough weight to the front, plus look sweet as hell.
Posted by Matchless | 03-15-2008 @ 10:15 PM | 7,353 Views
Spent each naptime today painting up foamies for the ETOC.... Need to frame them tomorrow.


And how about a finished pic.....
Posted by k8svrick | 03-14-2008 @ 07:45 PM | 3,334 Views
Greetings to all fellow FG members. This is my first post on my Blog. It will supplement my website - URL below.

There is a lot of activity on the FG site; a very interesting place I really enjoy reading the forums and poking around the site evenings after work.

The website has been updated effective 3/7/2008. Most activity is focused on the Extreme Flight RC 88" Yak I bought back in November.

There has been an increase in traffic on the site and I've been getting some good feedback from visitors. Thanks very much to those who have dropped me emails and signed the guest book.

You can access the Yak build log at www.ricktressler.com/id16.html.

I retired the old Sony Cybershot 3.1 mp camera and, after 6 years of use, replaced it with a new Sony Cybershot 8.1 mp unit; the DSC-H3. Check it out. As this is written, the battery is charging. It should top the old one well with a minimum focus distance of 3.5", I should be able to get some nice close-ups of the construction project. That was the achilles heel of the old camera. Stay tuned.

Rick
Posted by Cdminter55 | 03-09-2008 @ 09:50 AM | 3,228 Views
I have several questions about PPG paint products. Let me explain what I intend to do. I have a 1967 RS camaro that was keyed and has a problem with rust causing the paint to bubble on the roof. I have had it stripped and painted twice before by 2 different shops. I am going to strip the top to bare metal. Then spray with Eastwood's rust converter and then coat with Eastwood's rust encapsulator. I went to a local PPG dealer and bought supplies. My list of supplies are OMNI primer/sealer MP171, OMNI catalyst MP 175, Shopline 2K primer JP 202, Shopline hardener JH 301, Omni paint MBC, OMNI reducer MR 186, Concept clear DCU 2021 reducer DT 885 and hardener DCX61. Question: why was I sold the Shopline 2K primer and instead of OMNI. Can I mix different lines of primer as long as from PPG
Posted by metalmike | 03-07-2008 @ 09:05 AM | 3,703 Views
so i have been a surgical tech for 6 years now, and have been working 3rd shift for almost two years just doing emergency cases. after all this time i finally got my opportunity to ram my finger into someones aorta that was ruptured in order to prevent them from bleeding to death while the surgeon did his work trying to control the bleeding. to be honest though, it's not as fun as you might think. with all the plaque and calcifications this poor lady has at 81 years old it felt sorta like jabbing my finger into the prop of f-22 parkjet. good news though, i heard that the day after surgery she was actually doing very well and my finger, too, has recovered. over the years my focus has been primarily on orthopaedics and some neuro. so hip fractures on the jackson trauma table are a breeze. vascular surgery is something i have had minimal experience in. so it was very educational. oh, and thanks to a nice sizeable refund from uncle sam this year and my wife recognizing all the hard work i have done in the yard for her i just ordered the addiction from precision aerobatics (atlantahobby actually). next week should be a fun week.
Posted by krokko | 03-03-2008 @ 02:18 PM | 2,944 Views
that Futaba region codes their 12FG Tx and the HF Module so you can not change the HF module yourself and have it working when you travel the world!?

I recognize this from early DVD era when DVD:s were coded so you couldn't play them on other regions DVS players. It dissaperaed very soon, didn't it!

Lets hope that Futaba Prod Mgmt, (if they have any) get back to their senses soon, before they go bust!

Posted by Matchless | 03-01-2008 @ 05:35 PM | 7,663 Views
Finally decided to break down and put up a proper website. My degree is actually in internet marketing, so I might as well use it. I don't sell anything on the site, its just there as a place to put my vids and pics and other stuff....

Anyway, it was fun to build.

www.chinnaero.com
Posted by Toro | 02-28-2008 @ 07:03 PM | 6,683 Views
I have never been this sick. 4 days so far of temperatures at night hitting 102, A cough that feels like fire in my chest. Im ready to go absolutely berzerk.

Bright note: I got some really great cough syrup that puts me right to sleep.

This is completely out of the norm for me. I havent been this sick since being in Mexico for the Superbowl in 1998. 10 years

Any of you guys get this ?
Posted by CSpaced | 02-24-2008 @ 10:56 PM | 13,067 Views
Well I've been waiting for an excuse to try out 2.4 on my airplanes and with the introduction of a second flight line at Joe Nall this year I now have my excuse .

I picked up the Spektrum module and AR9000 receiver for my 9303, and an additional remote receiver. I tucked one remote receiver way back in the tail of my 33% Edge, and the other remote receiver up on a mast that reaches straight up into the cockpit area.

The first thing I noticed, and the only complaint I have, is that I have to be real careful about laying the transmitter down with the Spektrum module in the back, as it sits on the antenna connector instead of the transmitter handle. My friends 10x doesn't seem to have this problem with the same setup as the handle sticks out further. I bound the receivers and set up my failsafe, and I made sure that my optical kill switch still performed the way it should. In fact it didn't perform at all when I first set it up. After much head scratching I realized that I had to do a "smart bind" to make it work.

Out at the field I range tested it, with and without the engine running. I literally ran to the opposite end of the field with the little button pressed down to see if there was any sign of a glitch. There were no problems. So with buttocks clenched I took to the skies, hoping I would see my baby on the ground again in one piece. It flew great, and after a succesful flight I brought her back down to the ground safely. Since then I've put a gallon of gas through this setup and its locked in solid.

I know several people who fly Spektrum, all without problems. I'm not sure what I was so worried about, I knew it would work, but there was just something about switching from something known and proven to something new and exciting that got the nerves going...
Posted by kevnd | 02-23-2008 @ 12:15 AM | 2,652 Views
Hey guys, its Kevin again. I'm wanting to get some opinions on a few things. I'm wanting to get a new plane (2 actually) and I'm looking at A Godfrey Extra 32.5% and possibly a Wildhare Sukhoi or BME Edge 50cc. Just want to know some opinions on these planes and if either would be a good buy. I know Godfrey has a great name and I'm wanting a good 50cc just to kinda practice some 3D stuff on... Thanks and I look forward to the comments!!.... Happy Landings!!
Posted by Matchless | 02-22-2008 @ 05:47 PM | 7,565 Views
This has been a really fun week. On Monday, two of my better designs started shipping.

The Extreme Flight 'Chinn Yak' 55SP Arf began shipping earlier this week. This is truly one of my favorite designs that I've ever done. I've built it in everything from 15" span electrics on up to the 47" ARF size. And to have Extreme Flight produce the thing is just awesome.

Also, the Fancy Foamy Vantage began shipping this week from Fancy Foam. I began work on this airplane last year almost immediately after the ETOC. My goal was to design an airplane combining the best of both the European monoplanes used in FAI F3p and the the biplanes which most pilots used in the 07ETOC.

With that goal in mind, I think I succeeded. The airplane builds extremely light without any mods, and flies more like a pattern plane than a 3d foamy which has been modified to fly straight lines. I guess I came at the problem from the 'other' direction. I hope it works! : )

Of course my goal with the airplane was/is to get into the 08 ETOC with it. Can't wait for the final list to come out
Posted by webfish | 02-19-2008 @ 03:49 PM | 2,762 Views
After visiting a hobby store with my wife and having admired some of the planes there, she gave me an electric plane for christmas (a couple of years ago).

The guy at the store (a different store) told her it was the easiest plane to learn to fly. Wow, I felt bad not being able to get that sucker in the air. I watched videos, practiced on a flight sim, and repeatedly crashed that plane. Finally the wings broke in one crash ~50m after takeoff. Damn

After sitting in a heap for a year and a half, I've dusted the thing off again and ordered a couple of sets of new wings.

Looking at forums and reviews of this plane, I've found that it is NOT a great plane for beginners & requires excessively high speed to stay in the air. It's also prone to stalls when turning.

It's a hobbyzone Firebird Freedom, but I think of it more as a Fireball. One on-line reviewer said that his wings were warped when he got it & it was really hard to fly. I wonder if that's my problem?

Helicopters seem really easy to fly compared to this fireball, but my friends tell me that they've had the opposite experience.
Posted by hotrodder57 | 02-12-2008 @ 11:19 PM | 3,656 Views
I am new to the 50cc 3d world. Looking forward to learning all I can about it.