Mar 29, 2009
This is the the part of model airplane flying that some people love! I don't love it, I deal with it. I spent a good 6 hours between Friday and Saturday fixing the problem. First I had to remove the servo from the wing pocket by gingerly cutting the glue from the foam. Next I took the servo apart, and replaced the stripped gears with some extra gears I had lying around. Hooking everything back up, I noticed that the servos were not centering correctly. The only way to fix that is to take the servo apart again. Every thing looked fine, so I went online and read about servo problems. Amazingly, I found a forum that was more than helpful. It looked like the gunk I'd put between the gears may have gotten into the servo pot? Taking the servo pot apart, I cleaned it with alcohol on a cotton swab, and reassembled everything. Now the servo was centering correctly, so I put it back into the airplane. However, now I can't seem to get my control throws correct, even though I have the mechanical linkage exactly the same as my left aileron. Maybe its the servo? I get a new servo and hook it up and place it in the wing, and I still have the same problem. Maybe its a setting in my computer radio? I spent 45 minutes looking through the radios instruction manual, everything there is fine. Finally, I give up and place the fixed old servo back in the plane and glue it in place. To make up for the 3mm of control throw that I can't get through the mechanical linkage, I resort to setting 120% end point adjustments in my computer radio.
Maybe I'm just to particular... Anyhow, the airplanes as good as new, and I've ordered wing tip skids, and aileron control rod fairings to protect the long servo arms, lest we have another mishap. The lesson to be had here, is that this hobby has its more frustrating moments, just like everything else in life.
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
The Parkzone Vapor is an amazing model. With its thin film covering stretched over carbon fiber rods it looks like a strange yellow butterfly. It's light as a feather, yet strong enough to withstand a decent amount of crash abuse. Weighing in at .5 oz this little plane packs in 3 channel control and loads of fun.
To top it all of, this is one of Parkzone's bind and fly models, so you can link it to an existing DSM2 transmitter and your ready to fly, or purchase it with a transmitter.
Mar 6, 2009
The DX6i is a full range computer radio that can be used for airplanes or helicopters. I'd like to highlight some of the things that I didn't realize I was missing untill I purchased this transmitter.
Mar 1, 2009
With a gentle throw, my Easy Glider was air born, sailing skyward. After 10 minutes or so of avoiding all the obstacles around the football field, I decided to bring the plane back to good ol’ terra firma. My competitive spirit kicked in as my brother said “I bet you can’t bring that plane right between the goal posts uprights when you land.” I started landing, aiming the plane right between the goal posts. Shortly thereafter, the plane’s left wing hit the goal post, 4” from the tip. My plane went into a spiral smacking the ground with a thud. I thought Thanksgiving was ruined.
Running over to the plane, I was relieved to find that the only damage was a little dent in the leading edge of the wing, and a broken canopy latch from the force of the impact. I popped the canopy back on and did one more quick flight, before heading home. Any other plane would have lost a wing.