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Posted by franck | 12-03-2007 @ 02:46 PM | 3,422 Views
Hello,

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

www.nassimodi.altervista.org

&


www.niccolo-nassi.it



Bye!
Posted by Matchless | 12-01-2007 @ 05:26 PM | 7,277 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 | 5,146 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 .
Posted by madmax | 11-28-2007 @ 09:49 PM | 15,043 Views
Alright hatas.

There's been more talk around this place about my teeth in countless posts, threads, and even videos, and it's time to lay down the law. As of today, we are instituting a zero tolerance tooth talk moratorium here at FlyingGiants. Why? Take a look at the attached picture. After a visit to my dentist, I was handed this little gem on the way out the door.

Oh wait, what's that Madmax? A $5600 bill to keep those pearly whites in my mouth? BUT WAIT! There's more! Guess what Max? That doesn't include the $1500 root canal that isnt on the bill! Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugin SWEEEEEEEEET! Man! I thanks doc. You made my day.

So next time you think you're cute by deifying my yap, think again. Aparantly I'm a yuk mouth.

Considering chewing on an M-80 to get this over with. Dentures are the way to go.
Posted by Kiwi | 11-24-2007 @ 09:41 PM | 9,634 Views
With a good nights sleep under the belt it was a dingoes breakfast (pee and a quick look around) and into the frontier post for the formalities. Customs, immigration all Ok and off we sailed.

Now the road from San Pedro is all paved and weaves its way along the borders of Bolivia and Argentina. You can take your pick which country you want to visit. Just turn left for Bolivia. But we were on a mission to make Argentina, again with no map, a Garmin handheld GPS that had some roads marked in the map but still no idea what we were heading into at all.

Departing the frontier the road was all uphill. The night was spent at 8000 ft and we soon topped out at over 10,000 soon after leaving SP. Thinking we doing OK son N01, who was commissioned to take the photos, decided hunger was no way to die and proceeded to knock up a sandwich. Luckily I had topped up with Red Bull in the morning so was in autopilot and not hungry.

Well we passed 10,000 in short time and soon seen 12,000 go onto the GPS screen. Then the sandwich hit. Something had been a bit crook in the filling and the young one called me to halt while the barfing went out the window. Thinking the barf had cured him I carried on, no mercy shown. Well soon we passed 14,000 and the lad sick from the crook tucker was now stricken with altitude sickness. Crikey he was not looking to cool at all but again Dad is about as merciless as a darned hangman so I told the little bugger it would not be long and we would be dropping altitude and he would be OK.

Stone the crows, soon we had the GPS showing 15,000 ft above sea level and still I could see we had some more up to go before got to go down. He was crooker than a robbers dog by this time but Dad, thats me, reckoned if we were going to make Argentina and the world champs then he better hang in.

Finally we hit 15.800 feet and I could see we were on the down hill run. All this had us about an hour or more so I figured that seeing as we were going down hill it wouldn't be long and would start breathing again.

WRONG!!!!!! assumption. Two hours later we arrived at the Argentinian frontier post. Still at 13,000 feet ASL. He was puking foam by this time and I think he must have been close to an inverted sphincter failure. Well we passed customs and immigration and the guys reckoned the young one needed some local herbs to conquer the altitude effects. So out we went to the little lady sitting in the tea shop, all 4 ft by 4ft were he was promptly dosed with a big mug of hot tea made from Coca leaf. Yep the stuff those guys sniff up the nose, same plant, but in tea form it really helps combat altitude sickness. Its quiet legal and sold in shops in the tea bag form. Well that helped and he went from barfing foam to barfing up luke warm coca tea.

Me, once again having no darned idea what the heck was ahead just kept going. I mean FG had me on a mission, we had to have coverage of the world champs, altitude sickness or not, we could not be stopped.

Ok lets look back here. 1.5 hours climbing up to 15,800, two hours at over 13,000 until we got to the border. It had to be downhill from there right??

WRONG!!!!! Another two hours at 13,000 and we finally arrived at this horrendous zigzag decline. Hells bells when we broached the top and seen where had to go down I almost joined the boy with sphincter problems. It was no place for a brake failure so our trusty steed was placed in second gear and down hill she went. We entered the top of that decline at 13,800 feet and about 50 minutes later rolled out the bottom at 7000 ft. They say that part of the road is a world heritage thing. I believe them as man it must have taken some skill to build a road up it in the first place.

Funny thing about all this altitude stuff is between 11,000 and 14,000 ft the place is teaming with wild life. Vicuna's, ducks, Llamas, Alpacas and even Nandu. Thats a South American Ostrich that a lot of people dont even know exists. They do trust me. So Africa, Australia and South America have these large birds. New Zealand had them as well but the conservation conscious natives made them extinct even before the white blokes arrived there so it gives some credence to the fact that all these continents must have been joined together at some previous point in history.
Posted by Kiwi | 11-24-2007 @ 09:13 PM | 9,513 Views
Well guys and gals I promised some photos and a few stories to give you an idea of what it took to get to Argentina for the World F3A champs.

Friday 9th we filled up the old truck with fuel, that hurt as it holds nearly 100 gallons of diesel and set sail for the East. Our intention (me and 22 year old son) was to make a small village way to heck and gone out the back called San Pedro de Atacama. That is the frontier where we needed to do immigration and customs etc. Its about a 4 hour drive from where we live.

Well we kicked her in the guts about 7pm and off we went like a startled rabbit, with no darned idea what lay ahead. I had never done this trip before and we did not know the way, had no map and no idea.

4 hours later we made the frontier and pulled up behind the military post to sleep the night. Now Latin America is no motor home haven and there are likely only a few dozen in the entire country. So sleeping sites dont exist, thus the choice to stay close to the police or the military. Maybe a false sense of security but its better than taking a chance out in the wop wops.

Seeing as that portion of the journey was in the dark there was a definite lack of opportunity to take photos.
Posted by Matchless | 11-24-2007 @ 11:04 AM | 8,560 Views
I finished the Juka last night. Finished installing gear and getting the whole plane set up.

I used my new laser cut hardware, and it worked well. This set is good for a Freestyle airplane. I'll definitely need to make another set for precision airplanes (more spacing)

The airplane finished up at 135 grams with a 2 servo setup and the new Berg 7 side pin receiver with an Azarr antenna. I love the new receiver! All Dymond 4.7 servos and an Axi 2203-46 for power.

After finishing it, I had to take it out for the obligatory 'first spin'. It handles much like I expected it to. Maybe a little lighter on the wing and the fuse than I had expected- but thats a good thing.
Posted by metalmike | 11-23-2007 @ 12:09 AM | 2,196 Views
it's midnight on thursday the 22nd of november, well actually i guess it's friday the 23rd, and i'm getting ready to yank out someones appendix. apparently the gravy didn't agree with them or the bacteria hanging out in their gut. next year try tofurkey. maybe we can get the gall bladder, too.
Posted by Matchless | 11-22-2007 @ 03:20 PM | 7,382 Views
After cutting last night, I got out the airbrush and sprayed some paint! If I'm lucky, tomorrow or late tonite, I'll get it assembled.....
Posted by Matchless | 11-21-2007 @ 11:30 PM | 7,356 Views
I finally finished messing with the drawings and went ahead and cut a full JUKA. Like always, I tile printed the plans I drew in CAD, then taped them together carefully, and finally glued them to the depron with 3M Removable Gluestick. A few swipes with a #11 blade and I had myself a foamy kit....

While I was cutting, I added in the same aileron counterbalances that I'm running on several other airplanes.

The horiz/ele is a bit odd to me on this one... the full scale has a ProBro style 'dog-eared' elevator. I went ahead and drew the foamy with that feature as well.

The fuse is overly tall. Really, its a caracature(sp?) of a JUKA. Truth is that most foamies and profiles are. Frankly, most competitive IMAC planes are 'interpretations' of the real things (10% my a$$ LOL)

Hopefully I'll get to spritz some paint on this one before turkeyday festivities begin at the in-laws.
Posted by Matchless | 11-20-2007 @ 12:31 PM | 7,280 Views
Last night, I spent a good amount of time fiddling with the drawing of the JUKA I'd like to finish up.

Before going to bed, I decided to cut a fuse out to see how it sized up. Frankly, I did not like what came out of the depron.....

So I decided to re-draw much of the fuse. I really wanted more side area on the fuse to allow it to float a little more when in KE. Span went up a little as well.

Attached below is the revised drawings....
Posted by Matchless | 11-19-2007 @ 09:39 PM | 7,539 Views
I really want a new freestyle airplane for this year, so its time to knock it out...(already finished my new precision design).

I've designed countless foamys now, including some that have seen production or been published in magazines. I believe most other designers follow a similar method for their madness.

I start off by deciding which direction to go- Scalish? Wild? Bipe? Mono? For this one, I've decided to go somewhat scalish and a monoplane. I hope this will end up being a good enough design to fly in freestyle's this year, and I hope it will suit my flying style as well.

Wife is at work, baby is asleep, so why not start working on the new bird!

For this design, I decided to do a foamy of Jurgis Kairys' JUKA. This is a totally unmodelled airplane. Only a couple of Euro designs of it have been done, including the one by CPLR for New Power. Incidentally, I managed to get the opportunity to get one of those for a magazine review.....

I wrote Jurgis and asked for a 3view, but never got a response after several tries..... So I went trolling the net for every picture of his airplane. Knowing the call letters helped the search in several aero databases.

Once I got all those pictures, I studied them for about a week. Trying to 'burn' all the interactions of all the shapes into my mind so I could interpret them into shapes in depron and carbon.

I started the design work by drawing a scale accurate 3View of the airplane. Then I 're-interpretted' the shapes to be something I though would work better and to take into account the balancing of areas all around the airplane.

Finally, I shrunk the interpretted 3view to the span and length I wanted. Only once I'm truly satisfied with the shapes and how I think they'll cut, I'll go ahead and draw in much of the structure such as the tabbing of the fuse, and the part lines. Redrawing that stuff if I decide a wing is too big is a nightmare!

This will take me a week or so to get this airplane looking like an airplane and totally flightworthy, hopefully the holidays will help....

Oh yeah.... I learned CAD back in school and have a ridiculous amount of instruction in velum/graphite drafting. Therefore, I CAD like I used to use the pencil and straightedge in projecting the shapes out.

Here's the first drawings.... I'm going to tile print them and hope like crazy that they look good printed full size!
Posted by Matchless | 11-18-2007 @ 04:58 PM | 7,482 Views
Finally got the workshop back in running order.... Took 4 hours to tear apart, and took 4 days to get it back in running order.....

Final specification - 2 car garage which has to hold the wife's car, my vintage car, all my bicycles, the mower... and finally, one 'working workbench', 2 storage benches and one cabinet.

The working bench is a home built frame with a solid core door on top, then topped with sheetrock to have something to pin to. I leveled the entire bench to within 1 tenth of a degree all the way across the board. I doubled the lighting while I was at it.

Rehung all the pegboard with backing spacers and added 50% more. I also cleared all the working surface... My goal is for it to NOT be a storage area - Of course that is my bad habit, but I might be able to overcome it....

I also built some profile racks while I was at it to hang the two profiles that previously lived on the floor and had recently been hit twice by the wife pulling into the garage.........
Posted by pitviper51 | 11-17-2007 @ 09:39 PM | 10,510 Views
nothing too crazy to report, had a good time on one of the cave trips i havent seen, and wandered the trails a bit, anyone that hasnt been to this cave, should go atleast once.enjoy some pics

mike
Posted by Matchless | 11-16-2007 @ 11:04 PM | 3,357 Views
Though I've been flying for wayyy too many years, I've only been flying giantscale for about a year.

I rebuilt a Terry Boston built Carden 35% Edge two summers ago and have really enjoyed thrashing it around.

It was bound to happen eventually, so fate reared its ugly head today. While in a low hover, (tail about 3ft off the ground) the engine flared out and the airplane slowly fell to the ground.

It did the most perfect tailslide anyone has ever seen, and the rudder stuck about 10" deep into the mud in the beanfield that borders our runway. After sticking in, the airplane simply fell onto its lid very slowly.

I got off lucky! The rudder is broken and needs a total rebuild. One elevator servo is stripped and I broke a new Vess prop. No other apparent damage to the airplane though.

To fix it, I'm going to pull the rudder sometime soon as well as the DA off the nose. I'm going to send off the DA and I'll rebuild the existing rudder and recover it. I might take this opportunity to make some improvements and change the covering scheme slightly at the tail to make it my own I'm also going to go through the rest of the airplane in full to check for any hidden damage that would show up later....

The way I see it- I got a free airplane today....
Posted by Matchless | 11-16-2007 @ 10:57 PM | 3,180 Views
Well, its finally coming back together....

I decided to replace the old hollow core door with a solid core door. I can't believe how much that thing weighs!!!!!! Then again, its lighter than the granite worksurface my father tried to pick up for me when he was getting the new countertops for his new house.....

I mounted the door on the bench I built, then I squared up the thing. Checked it for level every 6" on both axes all the way down, shimmed it where it was not level.... Its smoooooooth. I also anchored it to the bench at the back to keep it stable and prevent my adjustments from getting moved...

Then I topped the board with 1/2" sheetrock and checked everything for square...

Finally, I took the old pegboard and re-installed it, but did it right this time with spacers off the walls. I also hung the old parts divider to get it off the bench....


Ohhhh yeah, notice the fire extinguishers? If you don't have some mounted near your bench, you are asking for trouble.....
Posted by 3D-Seth | 11-12-2007 @ 10:00 AM | 14,262 Views
Hey guys,
I have the airframe finished, and motor, ESC, aileron servo and rudder servo installed of my third prototype of my own design. First design was a little large for my liking, so I scaled it down to a smaller version, with a few little tweaks such as larger ailerons (to scale). That one seemed a bit small, and the wings somehow got warped. The small one was a tad heavier than what I really wanted too.

Needless to say, I am on my third version which has an inch bigger wingspan, 1 1/2" longer fuse, wing chord is same, as well as distance between the wings. Also used carbon in the wings of this instead of thread.

Finished airframe weight is 2.15 oz. With motor, ESC, aileron and rudder servo installed it weighs 3.65 oz. Threw a heavy Eflite S75 (actual servo will be almost half the weight), and battery, prop, o-ring for prop saver on the scale as well and the scale reads 4.75 oz. I am figuring I will be at 5 ounces after I add all of the pushrods and control horns. Real happy with the estimated weight considering my smaller version weighed 5.3 oz, and this one is bigger.

Will post pics as soon as I get home from work after school.

EDIT: PICS NOW POSTED FURTHER DOWN.

Seth
Posted by Matchless | 11-11-2007 @ 09:38 AM | 3,281 Views
Last year I was lucky enough to have fellow Indoor competitor AC Glenn flying with me here in Memphis. Practicing by yourself is not nearly as productive or fun as is practicing with a friend.


Another significant benefit is that I come from more of a 3D background and AC comes from more of a precision background- my successes have been in freestyle contests, and AC's have been at the NATs pattern comps. AC does not need my help much with Freestyle anymore, but I definitely still need his assistance with pattern....


Bad news is that AC went away to school for this year, so we won't get to practice in the gym as often as last year, however he's not too far away to pop over for a weekend.


So last night, he came to Memphis and we headed for the parking lot I normally practice in during the winter. I get more flying time out there than pretty much anywhere else. We were not practicing so much last night as we were trimming the airplanes and picking props.


AC flew the full FAI pattern with my new airplane, and I flew parts of the FAI F3P pattern with his.

All in all a lot of good fun.....
Posted by Matchless | 11-10-2007 @ 03:12 PM | 3,389 Views
Well, the house is now through its 'warranty' phase, so its time to get a termite contract. We signed one the other day and made arrangements to have the house treated shortly...

Unfortunately, that means I have to pull my workbench out....... so they can get back there and finish the treatments.

I decided to take this as an opportunity to put a new work surface on my workbench and to clean up and organize all of whats up there........

This is what it looked like before I started.

I used to keep a pretty clean shop, but having less time means somethings gotta slide, and unfortunately, for a little over a year, that's meant no cleaning of the workbench when I'm done.....