Posted by Motorheadmike | 12-21-2016 @ 11:30 PM | 10,242 Views
Hi you all, just having signed up for flying giants. I have been flying for 8 years now currently 16 and have mostly worked with electrics anywhere from smackdown 3D to scratchbuilt pylon racers, basically slowly building up in complexity and size. Being not a noob to electronics, I still have some issues.

Now I currently own a 89in. 50cc extra 300, it being my first gas airplane won't win any beauty contest but is my first large scale rc over 60 size planes. I've worked out most of the kinks of interference that the CDI puts off and various things, but now have encountered a more interesting problem; Brownouts (I presume). I have 6 HS hites 5645 digital servos in the plane that are obviously pulling quite a bit of power. I have a battery being regulated into a castle creation 10amp BEC that powers the radio setup on the plane. Also a turnigy capacitor set that is supposed to prevent brownouts plugged into the receiver. When I power up the system and I move the surfaces back and forth they randomly stop and resume again after a couple seconds. Having no servo distribution board, would it be worth it to put one in to solve the brownout issue? My dad being a avionics technician and having worked with models for 40+ years suggested taking two of our castle BEC's and running them in parallel to double the amperage for the hungry servo's which would avoid a expensive servo distribution board. What do you think? If I were to get a servo distribution board, where would I even get one that could support a minimum of 20 amps?
Posted by scottyb313 | 12-19-2016 @ 10:42 PM | 12,857 Views
Here is another quick tip on sealing hinge gaps.

RCTEK Episode #2 (Sealing Hinge Gaps) (10 min 28 sec)

Posted by megaman | 12-15-2016 @ 04:30 PM | 11,126 Views
Just woke up, tired.
Posted by Old cub | 12-13-2016 @ 09:43 PM | 10,421 Views
1/4 Scale cub Project
Posted by Xpress.. | 12-13-2016 @ 03:57 PM | 13,762 Views
Well we are down to the last couple of weeks for 2016 and let me say, it's been one hell of a roller coaster (at least for me anyways). My time with Hitec has graced me with so many opportunities this year in the hobby and has taken me places I have only dreamed of going to. I've made lots of new friends, grown closer to the ones I've had, and overall had copious amounts of fun along the way.

It kicked off with a bang, AMA Expo 2017. I had one week to prep a number of airplanes for display at the show both at work and in my own time off, including assembling 2 brand new airplanes for demo inside of the flight demonstration area.

It would be the first time I've ever had to work a show and was going to be there Wednesday through Sunday. Most of my time was spent talking with people- from vendors, to customers, to old friends and new, the whole event felt like it whizzed on by in a blur. I did fly a couple of demo flights with the ParkMaster Pro I had built the week prior with the maiden happening indoors. Didn't really have time to set the airplane up properly before the event so it flew a little odd, but we still had fun with it.

Even though Sunday came quickly, it couldn't come quick enough as I just wanted to get home and get away from everything for a bit. Back to work on Monday

As January came to a close, the first giant scale event of the year took place and me and my flying buddies were all back at it with instigating on the deck shenanigans. Joe Hunt was nice enough to put the event together and I found myself and my girlfriend staying up there Friday and Saturday night and heading home Sunday- originally our plan was to head up Friday night and head home Saturday night but we had so much fun Saturday that we decided to stay a little longer

About as low as you can go before your airplane gets lighter!!!!

Posted by scottyb313 | 12-12-2016 @ 11:21 AM | 10,926 Views
Check out a new line of RCTEK videos coming out from aj aircraft. This will be an ongoing series of RC Tek tips and quick instructional videos. with varying topics from Covering to building, set ups both 3d, IMAC, radio setups, And much more. Stay tuned!!! subscribe to see whats next!!

RCTEK episode #1 (Power box ignition switch) (8 min 47 sec)
(8 min 47 sec)
Posted by orthobird | 12-11-2016 @ 07:04 AM | 17,030 Views
Anyone have any advice, any words of wisdom, any suggestions, as to how we can increase numbers?

My club, when I joined, had over 120 members. Now, our club has under 60.

In the past 3 to 4 years, a surrounding neighbor of ours, sold dirt from around our flying field, so that the Interstate 49 extension could be built. Meaning, they took dirt from his property, and used it for the construction of the highway. As a result of this, the area near to our property, is now a huge hazzard! mainly, water!

I have attached some photographs I took, one day, having fun, installing a camera to my 91" Extreme Flight YAK. Fun day that was!

Well, last night, we were at our club's Christmas party, and talking to the members, we discussed this, and I was trying to figure out, what is happening to our hobby. One of the members, who is a retired colonel, and has been flying RC for over 50 years, says, in general, the hobby is gone. People do not build, and do not spend that time talking about building, flying, repairing, as they used to in the past.

I mentioned to them, and I do not know if this is valid at all, that in 2015, the sales of drones exceeded 1 million. Thinking, this is one way for anyone to enjoy RC stuff, without dealing with airplanes, and the amount of time required in our hobby to get one in the air, and the amount of skill required to land one (we all take this for granted), however, as compared to a drone, they are cheap, and anyone can fly one, and you hit a switch, and it lands on its own (some of them).

Well, one of my friends mentioned, how ARF's has made it so much easier for people to fly, and although those pilots do not spend the time to build them, maybe, it is easy to get in to the hobby as it is to get out of it, if anything happens to their ARF.

Well, what are your thoughts?
Posted by Iflyalot | 12-10-2016 @ 03:18 PM | 8,587 Views
Is there a difference between the RCEXL #3 and the RCGF ignition units? In other words, will one replace the other?
Posted by redneckplane | 12-07-2016 @ 12:59 AM | 7,659 Views
Hello everyone,

My name is Dane Edwards. Some of you may know who I am. I've been flying with my father Drake since I was 8 years old back in the early 90s in North Carolina. We used to fly a Bud Nosen P-51 with a 3 Cylinder Inline triple on it for a number of years. For the past 2 years, I've been doing a model airplane reality show called "Redneck Planes" that takes place in various locations around the East Coast. I've been at Joe Nall the past 2 years and I have also been at many other events. Please check out my latest episode in the series that takes place in Fayetteville North Carolina. Feel free to leave comments and subscribe to me on youtube. Thank you.


"Redneck Planes" Season 4 Episode 5 Fayetteville Warbird Event 2016 (42 min 41 sec)

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Posted by scottyb313 | 12-06-2016 @ 11:51 AM | 9,587 Views
Posted by Vapor Trails | 12-05-2016 @ 12:15 PM | 13,141 Views
Charles Bombardier's concept...

Posted by rsteev | 12-03-2016 @ 02:36 PM | 6,993 Views
I need info on installing a smoke system in a GP Escapade MX 30
Posted by fpvmodel.com | 11-24-2016 @ 12:54 AM | 8,218 Views
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Posted by pittsartist | 11-23-2016 @ 10:15 AM | 9,829 Views
Time Flys 2016 (3 min 28 sec)

Seasons greetings video viewers !

Only 34 days to Christmas ..... Time for another "Time Flys" methinks !

Here's the 2016 vintage, the latest of a line stretching Waaaaaay back to 2012 no less.

Crank it up to 11, sit back and spend 3 mins, 28.1 seconds looking back at 2016 with WIGY TV.

Thanks to the Cesars for the "Jerk it out" soundtrack (not that I asked them .... but I did pay itunes a £1 for it)

The "Phew" right at the end is all my own - probably the most sincere you will ever hear.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it, see you again in 2017.
Posted by pilot 2524 | 11-22-2016 @ 11:04 PM | 7,457 Views
so has anyone out there suffered the loss of an airplane due to gpx.they have lost mine and dont seem to interested in helping me out by finding it.i have been given no information ,they cant even track the plane.....and every time i talk to someone its like the first they have ever heard of it.i have had 6 different people put a tracer on the same plane on the same day....its like they are just pretending to look for it...and they dont care.i am so frustrated right now!!!!!!!!!can anyone offer any help?how can they get away with this?one month overdue!.............help!!!!!!!!!
Posted by rclad | 11-15-2016 @ 12:54 PM | 9,064 Views
[Updated 5-24-2017]

Dense fog shrouds Coronado, diffusing the morning light. I'm supposed to take off on my first solo cross country flight as a private student pilot in an hour. It's Saturday, February 18. I glance out the window from the Navy Flying Club here at NAS North Island in San Diego, where I'm stationed for a year with an S-3 squadron. Still no sign of clearing. I review the aeronautical charts with my instructor, listen to a weather briefing, verify weight, fuel and takeoff calculations, and file a VFR flight plan. Visual Flight Rules require that I maintain eye contact with the ground and stay clear of other aircraft by sight. So I have to wait for the fog to burn off before I can fly. Hours tick away. Finally, the sun breaks through. I do a quick preflight of the plane, a Cessna 152, and depart. It's well past noon, but I 'm relieved to be in the air and on my way.

My destination is Yuma, Arizona, on the border with Mexico, about an hour and thirty minutes east of San Diego. The sky is a silky cerulean, and the plane hums along without a hint of trouble. Heading southeast I climb out of San Diego at the maximum rate I can coax from the plane, leveling out at 5,500 feet above sea level before turning east toward Otay Mountain, its peak rising to 3,551 feet. When I leave the coastal mountains and enter desert air I can see forever, beyond the green Imperial Valley, past the Algodones sand dunes to the Chocolate Mountains over seventy-five miles away. I am flying, on my own, on a perfect day. Beautiful.

After landing in Yuma I refuel the plane, eat a leisurely lunch, call for a weather briefing, and take off for the return flight home. The late afternoon sun beckons in the west, undiminished by its descent, as I climb back into blue sky and desert vistas spread out below in browns and reds. I can inspect every rock and shrub thousands of feet below me. Landmarks are clearly visible for navigation. As the desert recedes the San Ysidro mountains loom ahead, the last barrier before reaching San Diego. Each ridge crossing brings me closer to my base, until I reach the last one. Then I panic.

The fog is back. It had crept in, right up to the mountains I just crossed. Like high tide in the Bay of Fundy, it covers the entire city and my route home. With my options limited by available fuel, my thoughts turn to a nearby airfield where I had practiced numerous times, hoping it might have enough visibility to land. Banking sharply to the left I descend quickly in a tight circle, looking for other traffic while clouds lap my wings to the west and mountains rise above me to the east. At 800 feet above sea level, only 300 feet above ground, I still can find no ceiling to the clouds. Without a ceiling to fly under I have nowhere to go but up. It's a slow climb back to clear air.

OK, enough of that. I'm out of patience with VFR rules. Only twenty miles from my base, I call the control tower and request a vector to the “blue crane,” a large ship loading crane on the edge of the bay where we normally begin our approach. The reply is a lifeline: “4-8-Niner-Niner Mike, turn right heading 2-8-5.” I hold that bearing as if being pulled from water, and fly above the clouds, my vice grip on the yoke relaxing with the sight of sun and sky again. I'm in the womb of heaven and can't stay. I scan the horizon for the blue crane but can see only sky and clouds, like a winged insect buzzing an endless field ripe with cotton. And then it appears. There, directly below me, is the crane, in the center of a hole in the clouds, the only one I have seen. I'm home. I make a circular descent through the opening, find a ceiling above my approach altitude, and land in the dark.

I expect the FAA to cite me on the spot. I find my instructor instead. She is alone, waiting for my arrival. It had been a long nine hours, but I emerged where my adventure began.

According to my logbook, I spent only 3.4 hours in the plane on that day in 1989. For most of that time I was in the air, alone. I owe my safe return - and my life - to the controller who delivered me from the clouds, whose welcome voice passed no judgment. I still wonder, though, how such a thin line could separate success from failure, and a vapor so ethereal could both thwart and embrace me. That day I understood I'm not invincible, and I learned to respect the limits imposed by nature.

I completed my training as a Naval Flight Officer and flew many times in the right seat or back seat of the S-3, off the deck of a pitching aircraft carrier, both day and night and with no horizon. But I decided that piloting a plane takes more than just skill and hard work. It takes a certain amount of the "right stuff," a confidence that was deeply shaken in me. For full scale planes I've been content ever since to let others do the flying.

Why do I fly RC? I love aviation. I love the synthesis of form and function, the physical beauty of a machine that is the culmination of theoretical science, testing and many practical engineering decisions. I am fascinated by structures that must withstand the incredible stresses imposed by flight. I enjoy designing model planes and building them. I love the allure of a perfect design, how it impels me to pursue improvements and modifications on every kit and plane I buy. I love the endless variations, bold designs and creative schemes found in and on aerobatic planes and airlines around the world. I never tire of watching a plane fly overhead, a fellow modeler maiden a new plane or grease a landing, or the experience of flying in the air and watching the world below. I love the skill it takes to master flight, for both full-scale and model planes. I love the thrill of competition and the opportunity to test those skills in a friendly and supportive venue.

I enjoy piloting RC planes, because I can keep my feet on the ground and my imagination up there, where the sky is blue and I can see forever.
Posted by scottyb313 | 11-12-2016 @ 11:43 AM | 10,870 Views
ARS 300 Build Video Rudder Assembly #4 (23 min 54 sec)
(23 min 54 sec)
Posted by scottyb313 | 11-12-2016 @ 11:41 AM | 10,892 Views
ARS 300 Build Video #3 Elevator Assembly (18 min 32 sec)
(18 min 32 sec)
Posted by scottyb313 | 11-12-2016 @ 11:39 AM | 10,749 Views
ARS 300 Build Video #2 Wing Assembly (25 min 36 sec)
(25 min 36 sec)