Posted by 3D-Seth | 01-03-2008 @ 07:16 PM | 14,850 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 | 7,445 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 | 16,358 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 | 2,614 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 | 2,689 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 | 4,746 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 | 3,443 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 | 3,029 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 | 3,692 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 | 14,381 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 | 15,635 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 | 3,383 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 | 7,188 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 | 5,068 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 | 14,820 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 | 9,521 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 | 9,400 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 | 8,481 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 | 2,178 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.