Posted by wing2008 | 01-11-2008 @ 04:20 AM | 2,785 Views
I have two motors one is a OS 1.60 pitts muffler and a 18x6 zinger Pro prop. The other is a RCS 1.80 30cc pitts muffler Gas Zinger 18x8 or 20x6 prop. Which one would be best? The OS 1.60 is 3.7 Hp the 1.80 is 3.5 Hp. I'm leaning towards the RCS 1.80. The weight will be around 11.5 too 12.0 pounds flying. Thanks
Posted by Matchless | 01-10-2008 @ 10:35 PM | 6,901 Views
Little further along with this pretty little bird.....

Covered it in Coverlite. Lot of work with those compound curves, but it turned out really nice. Very light so far.

Time to start detailing...
Posted by Huckeneer | 01-10-2008 @ 07:58 PM | 7,526 Views
Hey Guys, I thought I would share this with you guys. I got a new design I made. Some of you might have saw my other design the Sentral. I have a new one the Sentrus.

I got some brakes on it. I got a 2 sec flight on it this afternoon, but it was windy and raining hence the reason of a short flight.

I am not sure of the weight.

It was designed after one of my Sentrals.

Eflite 250
Thunderbird 9 esc
spectrum 6100
thunderpower 350

What do you think?
Posted by flyboy1020 | 01-08-2008 @ 06:42 PM | 3,912 Views
Hey guys,
This year I am going to start competing in IMAC. I have never competed before. I am very excited.

I was looking threw the 2008 sportsman sequence. I could understand the sequence very well, but I am not sure what the name of the first manuever in the sequence is? I could not find it any were. I would realy apreceate the help. I you guys have any suggestions be free to let me know. Until then, thanks for the help.
Posted by Matchless | 01-05-2008 @ 01:37 PM | 7,001 Views
Little more progress on my Indoor Scale Stinson. Still really nice and light!

Its running 2 falcon servos along with a 5.5 gram Mighty Midget Outrunner.
Posted by metalmike | 01-04-2008 @ 10:25 PM | 3,719 Views
the last two weeks have been hell. i am 35 years old and i just had my tonsils out. if it weren't for percocet i couldn't have managed to survive at all. my wife assures me that it was totally worth my suffering now that she no longer requires ear plugs to sleep in the same room with me, and that i don't stop breathing every few minutes like i did before. so that's good. hooray for health. tomorrow is supposed to be my first day out flying in several weeks. i have my new (since i crashed my last one into a telephone pole) yardbird rc f-22, 3 batteries, a new futaba 6ex radio, and a devil may care attitude. i run with scissors. wish me luck.
Posted by 3D-Seth | 01-03-2008 @ 07:16 PM | 13,732 Views
Some of you may have seen the video I posted yesterday of my new F3P plane, if not, here is a link to the video and my setup.

Eflite Park 250
Castle Creations Phoenix 10 ESC
Spektrum Nanolite Rx
Thunder Power 2 Cell 350 mah batteries
JR 185 for Ailerons
GWS Pico for Elevator
Eflite S60 for Rudder (will be changed to GWS Pico when I get more)

Pull-Pull on rudder/elevator.

AUW W/Battery is 4.7 oz

There are a good bit of things I could do to reduce it more, and could probably get it to 4.5 oz or less with the battery and nonmilled. Milled, I could get it to around 4.0-4.2 oz RTF.

Going flying Saturday at the dome possibly, and gonna try some more little "gadgets and gizmos" to help it fly a little better as well as changing the shape of parts of the airplane (mainly rudder to reduce the little roll coupling it has).

Flies really well and will hopefully fly better with the changes I am making.


Pics and Video:

Posted by Matchless | 12-31-2007 @ 08:23 PM | 6,796 Views
Well, holiday 'fun' has kept me out of the shop a bit. Good news though is that I've finished another great foamy design and a manufacturer has agreed to market the design.... More details on that later.

I spent most of early December finishing up the Ultimate Indoor Foamy Build Thread. Parts 4 and 5 are yet to go up, but should go up within days.

I spent some time yesterday during my daughter's naps to build a new road bike for my wife. She commented that she wants to start riding with me. I don't know if she will, but it was fun to build the new ride. Its pretty sweet - an older Trek frame that is downright tiny mated to a full Shimano Ultegra set I had laying around. I polished for several hours to get it looking like it does and I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.

I've also begun work on my entry for the scale competition at the E-Fest. Should be fun if it turns out like I think it will....

Now on to my New Year's resolution for the year......

Last year, I made a resolution to get below 200lbs by the end of the year. I started a 226, and I weigh 198 today..... My goal for the end of 2008 is to get below 180lbs. I think I can get there.....

My secondary goal is to get my wife riding with me. That would be really cool
Posted by madmax | 12-30-2007 @ 02:53 AM | 14,616 Views
Yup, so Christmas came a little early to the Duncan residence! Just a few days back, I decided that it was time to retire my 4 year old, 3.0ghz Pentium 4 HP rig. Installed Vista on it earlier this year, and I've been tortured ever since, while the applications keep getting more and more memory hungry. For development on FlyingGiants, I am constantly in the Adobe CS3 Suite-- Dreameweaver, Photochop, Illustrator, and many other applications for simple video editing (I use a Intel MAC with Final Cut for all the videos on the site), and photo resizing and various manipulation. Ugh. Anyways, been slowed to a crawl.

Some of you may know, I'm a techie from waaaay back. I've been working in IT, and for the past 5 years, Internet Security. I've always been a BIG fan of, "hey dude, go buy a Dell" in leiu of going full on best buy noob dork home brew systems. It's been about 10 years since I build my own PC, and decided to do it again.

The current generation of Intel processors are hitting 3.3ghz on the high end - in QUAD core configurations. What's a core? Think of it as being KINDA like running 4 seperate processors of the same speed. I say KINDA because there are a few caveats that are technical in nature that are way to geeky for this conversation.

In early 2007, Intel released the Q6600 - a Quad Core 2 Duo 2.4ghz chip that turned out to be a BEAST. Why? Because you can overclock this puppy to some astronomical levels. What's overclocking (OC'ing)? In the system bios, or pre-boot motherboard configuration, you can kick up various voltages, and system speeds which will actually increase the system processor and bus speed. Honestly, it's pretty much the same as dumping extra octane, or nitro into model airplane fuel for better performance. The results are the same too. When OC'ing, HEAT is a very important variable, along with countless other factors.

Not going to go into how to OC a processor, but check out these excellent links:


Video overclocks:


There are tons of videos of people OC'ing on Youtube, this guy did a cryo freeze and got his P4 to run at 5.0ghz.


AAAAANYWAYS. I'm not going that extreme. Why OC? Bang for the buck. The Q6600 is $275, and with a little OC, I can make it perform to the same specs as it's $1100 counterpart. Again, not going to go into all of the ins and outs of OC'ing, but if you want to do it, get ready to do some serious research. Being new to OCing, it took me a good few nights of sitting back and clicking away. Google is your friend.

This is the system I purchased:

Antec Ninety Nine case - massive cooling
4gb Corsair DDR2 800 with the big heat sync
ASUS motherboard which later turned out to be a turd of OC'ing. Ended up replacing with ABIT L35 Pro (EXCELLENT!)
NVidia 8800GT 512mb video - new video card on the market
2x Pioneer DVD burners (gots to burn them DVD's!)
Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler
Artic Silver 5 CPU grease
Intel Q6600 Quad 2.4 G0 Stepping (G0 is very important of OC'ing, google will tell you why)
Dell 24" panel monitor - BAD TO THE BONE! Don't research, just buy a dell panel
5.25" CF card reader
Antec modular 700 watt power supply
Extra 120" case fan
QTY 2 Western Digital Caviar 500gb SATA 3 HDD's

All up cost, around $2k. You can get this figure around $1000 for the CPU alone with some shopping.

After all the research I did, that was the configuration I ended up with. I ended up OCing the 2.4 CPU to 3.2ghz on air cooling (many are running 3.5+ on water cooling with excellent results)!! I'm currently running Vista 64 Ultimate, and it's pretty darn snappy! Vista is still however a pig, but service pack 1 (SP1) is on it's way, currently as a release candidate, and gold expected in Q1 of 2008. Many have bitched about Vista, and moved back to XP, and honestly, from all my experience, I cannot blame them EXCEPT, the general rule of thumb with Microsoft OS's, is WAIT TILL SP1 to install. NT4, 2000, 2003, and XP all fit this bill. Vista will definitely solidify this practice.

So, that's my new PC story. If you're want to build a home brew PC, I recommend it to the advanced user who understands hardware, and components. It's not for the faint of heart. If you want a killer system, but don't want to deal with the hassle, Dell's or HP's are my favorites, in that order. They will run for ever. If you have any questions, fire away. Anyone else out there a OC freak?

And BTW, buy all your shiz from NewEgg.com. Read all their product user reviews. It's an amazing, and content rich site.


Posted by RYAN1808 | 12-27-2007 @ 11:25 AM | 2,424 Views
Please can someone help me with where to go to get a diagram or some installation instructions on installing my DL50 engine. The plane came with notes on how to maintain it and run it but no installation and setup instructions. If anyone can perhaps help me or tell me where to go to get installation instructions on this engine, that would be so helpful. Thanks
Posted by Dennis Reeves Sr. | 12-26-2007 @ 07:40 PM | 2,507 Views
I have scaled up a37% weeks solution 50% larger. It now has a wingspan of 118.5 inches. I am attaching some photos of it.
Posted by ChrisHays | 12-25-2007 @ 11:00 PM | 4,430 Views
What gives with TroyBuilt Models? closed

Independent tests


BA Dual conversion receivers

Lots of folks have complaints about orders

Hitec) How useful is this -- NOT!

Berg 7 in 33% gasser

totally pee'd off

Current order turn-around time?

Optic 6 limitations strike again?

And just when you thought things were going well...

A design problem with the Berg 4

Crystal stuff-ups

3 forums.. 6-7 mfgrs....95% ... 5& cust svc... only 3 non threads w/ positive accounts..hmm
Posted by franck | 12-25-2007 @ 06:24 PM | 3,213 Views

I have made a new video with my Rush 3D, the pilot is my Brother Niccolò Nassi and i am the cameraman

We can find the video in the >>VIDEO<< on my web sites www.niccolo-nassi.it or www.nassimodi.altervista.org

Posted by tech10 | 12-24-2007 @ 09:46 PM | 2,868 Views

I picked up 102" QQ Yak,and IT sure looks great. It is GenIII. Can hardly wait to get started putting it in the air.The quality looks better than my last plane.Will keep you posted, and have pictures if I can learn to post them. tech 10
Posted by rc3dflyr | 12-16-2007 @ 11:43 PM | 3,258 Views
here is a link to my new website. http://harrismodelproducts.com/Home_Page.html
My father Don Harris retired 2 years ago making the Don Harris Smoke Pump for those of you who remember. Over the past few months my father and I have enginired a new compitition level programmable brushless smoke pump for glow, gas or turbine engine. This new smoke pump is the smallest and lightest in its class, weighing in at only 2.2 ounces. The pump is 2.5" long and 1.5" diameter and runs on a battery pack as small as a 480mAh 2-cell. These pumps will be available January 2008 and will retail for $159.00.
Thanks, Chance Harris email: [email protected]
Aircraft in photo is the new QQ Aircraft 100cc Pitts Python DA100, stock mufflers
Posted by 3D-Seth | 12-07-2007 @ 06:32 PM | 13,296 Views
Flew my third prototype of my design today. Didnt get to fly it indoors, but will hopefully be able to tomorrow night at the golf dome in Columbus (I think the fly-in is tomorrow night - correct me if I'm wrong).

Was light winds 1-2 mph and everything went well. This one weighs in at 5.75 oz with the battery (a little disappointing, but weight could've been saved more in certain places). This one had its CG further back than the others as well.

Flew super slow and had some small coupling. Rolls are crisp and stop when you want them too. Snaps are snappy (faster than a normal F3P bipe like the Vrolet) which is good for my liking. Counterbalances on the inner part of the ailerons create a good bit of drag, so when deflected they slow the plane down a good bit.

After five flights with my 2 cell 350 packs, I added my drag plates and put 3 more flights on it with me 2 cell 480s. SSSSUUUUUUPPPPPEEEEEERRRRR SSSSLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWW now! Absolutely the slowest flying plane that I've flown! I could do 1 1/2 rolls on a downline at around a gym ceiling height, and have a line on either side of the roll .

4th Prototype will have:

-1" Longer fuse
-Try to fix the coupling problem (either fuse area or rudder changes)
-pull-pull on rudder/elevator
-smaller carbon bracing in wings (.030" in wings, .020" on tail - IF I CAN FIND SOME - Any place to get this?)
-counter balance on tip of ailerons (more aileron authority when flying slow)

Any tips on fixing the coupling?

Posted by madmax | 12-04-2007 @ 01:38 AM | 13,964 Views
Just came about this. It's a very interesting throwback to pc technology of the past 35 years.


I personally think the Apple II (1977) should have been the #1, or at least higher than Windows XP. Bleach. The AII was the first computer I owned back in 78. I was programming binary and ACOS on that puppy when I was 8. You think we have it bad with Chinese knock offs, that computer was ripped off hugs back then. Clones all over the place.

Anyways, cool link. check it.

What do you think should have been number one?
Posted by franck | 12-03-2007 @ 02:46 PM | 3,177 Views

I have made a my personal web site and a web site for my brother Niccolò Nassi about rc-plane ...there are some videos, photos ,ecc...

The links are this




Posted by Matchless | 12-01-2007 @ 05:26 PM | 6,608 Views
This past summer, I had the opportunity to do a full review of the Extreme Flight Vanquish. I loved the airframe so much. Well thought out and a joy to fly. Unfortunately, I put mine in about a dozen flights after I finished the review.

I finally got the gumption up to get myself another. Very rarely do I ever fly someone else's designs, and even more rarely do I ever like one enough to get another.

EF shipped mine out last week and I've got it flight ready now. Can't wait to get it in the air.

I assembled this one with Futaba servos and only put pattern throws on it - no 3d.

I also added some deflectors in the fuse to direct airflow over the batteries somewhat more.
Posted by Tweek | 12-01-2007 @ 07:54 AM | 4,744 Views
East R/C is growing by leaps and bounds...our new Zebulon store is packed so tight, one has to turn sideways to walk between the isles, hehehehe. More space is coming in the near future, though, so things can be more comfortable. We now stock aircraft from micro to giant scale...models like Extra 260, Extra 330L, and Yak are in stock in 25%, 30%, and 35% size! In house are 98 different aircraft models, and several pieces of most every model. LOTS of AIRPLANES!

Our helicopter lineup is growing. We decided to get a heli, then stock all of the parts for it. Once that models is completely supported, we move on and pick another. The way, what ever you buy to fly, we have the parts to repair and/or hop it up! we carry the famous V3-Lama Helicopter, Falcon 3-D, Belt-CP EP Heli, RCER DRAGONUS II N-Plus 3D Heli Kit (a true heli KIT), and the Venom Micro heli. T-Rex is coming next!

The shop is PACKED with hardware...over 15,000 packs of hardware alone. Building materials from balsa, carbon, ply, birch, nylon, and foam are here. Radio gear, flight packs, servos, replacement servo gear sets, batteries (NiCd, NiMH, NiMa, LiPo, etc) of all sizes from 100ma to 50005c1p, charges, balancers, etc, etc.

Supplies abound at East R/C. Landing gear, motor mounts, fuel tanks of all sizes, hinges, horns and bellcranks, field support equipment, tools, and more. LOADS of fuel in several percentages and styles, lubes like MC-1, Amsoil Sabre, and even Turbine oil are in stock!

The website is growing every day, in an effort to get all of our inventory listed online. We still have over 1000 items to add, and about 14 more aircraft to get online. The website shows ONLY our stock...not what we can get...it shows what you can order on the phone or internet and have shipped immediately! Check us our at www.eastrc.org and spend a bit of time browsing. We offer free shipping on items in the lower 48 states for orders over $100, full time telephone and online support, and a walk in store for the locals that is open mon-fri 9-5, tues & thurs nites until 9pm, and sat 9-4. Have a look at the website or stop by the store when you can!

Oh, check out the holiday specials page by clicking the banner on the front page of the site at www.eastrc.org .