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2019 RC Resolutions

bracesport

Well-known member
#81
reviewing my resolutions at the halfway mark.

1- learn to fly admirably - I can only say the flying is average to fair (too much building and not enough flying) - I need to borrow @rockyboy 's resolution to fly once a month!
2- build and launch a DLG that @flyboa would be proud of - the building is getting there on the v2 (this time it has the correct tail)!
3- slope soar with and without prop support and survive to tell the tales - the flat nose Versa and the DLG v1 are ready for the slope and I have found the mega launch site.
4- make a set of plans for a glider that someone else builds and likes - I have the Pheonix Hybrid and DLG v2 plans available but nobody that I know of has put their hand up to make one! YET!
5- have more fun - this part is on track - especially with a Spitfire build underway in Aug - one for the park and one for the slope! :p
 

JennyC6

Well-known member
#83
Hah. My RC plate is quite full indeed.

* Nitro FT Spear project

* RC10B4.2 on carpet

* 3Racing FGX Evo F1 car on carpet

* More tinkering with my CA-10 scale truck

* Finish the CA-10's trailer

* Get FPV gear installed across my entire fleet(So far, CA-10, got two more sets of VTx/Cam en route so the Nitro Spear and one of my nitro surface cars will be next up)

* Hopefully convince my SC10GT to stop breaking diff bolts(I miiiiiiight have put too much engine in it but, heh, I'll work something out)

* Get, build, FPV a 1/7 Kyosho Scorpion XXL(Will be nitro, most likely OS 30VG powered)

* Do a 4 stroke surface nitro build(Perhaps the Scorpion? Perhaps the SC10 gets another engine swap? MCGP thumper? Iono yet)

* See how many FT aircraft I can run nitro. The minis should be fine on tiny little Cox powerplants, the bigger birds I'll have to weigh options on power for.

* Build at least one foamboard aircraft of my own design that flies.

* Hovercraft?

* Airboat?

* Find a waterway and build some naval vessels. I've always love RC boats but there's just nowhere around me that I can sail them. Also includes floatplanes, amphibious vehicles, and similar shenanigans.

* Perhaps make foamboard bodies for my surface vehicles? Cheaper than Lexan and if I crash the car itt'l hold deformation.


Yeaahh. Got a lot of plans, RC wise. And most of them involve internal combustion power. I love engines of all sizes and fuel sources, so most of my RC stuff revolves around them.

Update time:

Nitro Spear: Tried to fly it, engines weren't cooperating, ended up robbing parts to get my NexSTAR airborne. Its starboard engine lives in my FT Commuter, its reciever, receiver pack, FPV system are in the NexSTAR. I'll get it in the air soon I swear....need some stronger engines for it.

RC10B4.2 and FGX Evo still untouched.

CA-10 trailer is done, but the CA-10 itself needs a LOT of electrical work. It still runs and drives but the FPV system, headlights, trailer lighting all got sucked into the driveshaft and ripped asunder x.x

My Traxxas Slayer is FPV'd! So I'm making progress on FPV'ing the fleet.

SC10GT is, so far anyway, holding fast. Haven't broken a diff bolt again. Here's hoping I can keep a diff in it, 'cause that thing is a riot.

Kyosho Scorpion is on hold; ended up picking up a Traxxas Slayer with a blown engine instead. GG. Slayer's a sweet rig, though, have it starting from the Tx, FPV, Reverse, with a Dynamite 19T engine in it now. Nitro surface FPV is so much fun you gotta try it someday!

I've located a mint-in-box OS FS-26C II. Still saving up to buy it, then I'll need to track down a few parts to convert it to the pull start version. and then I have to figure out what itt'l go into. Probably the Slayer, but I absolutely adore being able to start the engine from the transmitter so Iono. Too smol for the Mad Crusher, and I'm chuffed to bits at how the SC10 runs with its OS 18CV-RX. Decisions decisions...

I've successfully nitro converted and flown an FT Commuter! Even got nods of approval from none other than Ben Harber himself!

Making progress on my own scratchbuilt DTFB plane. WAAAYYYY back when I first built my Spear, I also built a tiny little 15" span jet out of the scrap foamboard. I've now secured a suitably microscopic EDF and some servos to power and control it with.

Minimal progress on a hovercraft or airboat, as well, no clue about where I might run RC watercraft in general.

I did build a DTFB body for my Slayer, though! It has a proper SCT body(IN fact the original Traxxas one, which remarkably enough is nearly pristine), but this body is incompatible with FPV due to blocking the view. So I built a bodyshell out of DTFB that'd allow for a useable view while keeping dust off the lense. Works a treat even if it looks a bit hacky.


Things not on my original list, but otherwise should have been: Get my NexSTAR in the air(It has flown twice! It's maiden was more or less done by another pilot but I did get stick time, flight two I was on the sticks takeoff-to-landing!), and I've taken on a restoration project. Bought a Midwest Aerostar 40 with an OS 40FP from my LHS, secondhand, for just 40 bucks. And I already have the then-siezed engine running like a swiss watch. I doubt she'll fly again until wintertime but I got the important bit working; it's just a matter of getting the dosh up for a receiver, receiver battery to put in it, make some covering repairs, and general light restoration work. And perhaps put FPV on it.
 

rockyboy

Skill Collector
Mentor
#85
Update time!

Things in Green are complete or on track, and Red aren't happening.

1. Finish and maiden my FW-42 project
- Just need to balance, mount the batteries, and go fly!

2. Get to FliteFest
- I purchased tickets, joined the FliteLine crew, and made my packing list - but the wife's new job sent her on a trip that week and my daughter's band had their second paying gig on Saturday so the final choice was Family First.

3. Fly every month
- This is really my top priority of my 2019 resolutions, and I'm still on track with this! 85 flights including 12 crashes so far! :cool: The most flights are on the Dreamer biplane (11) and FT Simple Scout (9), and most flight time on the Wanderer powered glider (1 hour 8 minutes total) followed by the Dreamer at 44 minutes :D

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4. Build a biplane for my club's summer bipe contest
- Gee Bee Dreamer biplane built and used in the contest!! I had to leave early to take my wife to the airport and wasn't able to compete in all of the events, but she did great in the taxi races!

5. Learn to fly the Club Class pattern sequence.
- I'm working on this one, and that pesky "Straight Inverted Flight" is my next focus. I can do inverted for a short period with my Cuda, but that doesn't have landing gear and doesn't qualify. Going to start taking my Mountain Models EVA to the field more to practice this. I can do the rest of the maneuvers, and am working on getting them in the right order too.

6. Design and release a new plan to the forum.
- The big summer forum challenge is started, and I'll be doing the Clancy Aviation Speedy Bee for this!

7. Find someone in my club to take over as president for 2020.
- I just started up a Vintage Radio Control Society chapter at our club so there is more RC administration in my future, not less o_O But that's OK - I'm having fun with it, so I'm going to change this goal to instead "get club members more engaged to help out" with activities.
 

SquirrelTail

Well-known member
#86
Update time!

Things in Green are complete or on track, and Red aren't happening.

1. Finish and maiden my FW-42 project
- Just need to balance, mount the batteries, and go fly!

2. Get to FliteFest
- I purchased tickets, joined the FliteLine crew, and made my packing list - but the wife's new job sent her on a trip that week and my daughter's band had their second paying gig on Saturday so the final choice was Family First.

3. Fly every month
- This is really my top priority of my 2019 resolutions, and I'm still on track with this! 85 flights including 12 crashes so far! :cool: The most flights are on the Dreamer biplane (11) and FT Simple Scout (9), and most flight time on the Wanderer powered glider (1 hour 8 minutes total) followed by the Dreamer at 44 minutes :D

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4. Build a biplane for my club's summer bipe contest
- Gee Bee Dreamer biplane built and used in the contest!! I had to leave early to take my wife to the airport and wasn't able to compete in all of the events, but she did great in the taxi races!

5. Learn to fly the Club Class pattern sequence.
- I'm working on this one, and that pesky "Straight Inverted Flight" is my next focus. I can do inverted for a short period with my Cuda, but that doesn't have landing gear and doesn't qualify. Going to start taking my Mountain Models EVA to the field more to practice this. I can do the rest of the maneuvers, and am working on getting them in the right order too.

6. Design and release a new plan to the forum.
- The big summer forum challenge is started, and I'll be doing the Clancy Aviation Speedy Bee for this!

7. Find someone in my club to take over as president for 2020.
- I just started up a Vintage Radio Control Society chapter at our club so there is more RC administration in my future, not less o_O But that's OK - I'm having fun with it, so I'm going to change this goal to instead "get club members more engaged to help out" with activities.
Awesome! I recommend trying a S.P.A.D. combat league for your club! We are going to try that next year.