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Topic started 29 Feb 2012 05:43 by admin
Nothing special is required here. You do not need to be a great writer or photographer. When looking to flash the cash, people are more interested in the facts. a good format to follow would be this. Make the topic title the name of whatever you're reviewing. Tell us a few things about it. Where...
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Last Post by Polyphilla 03 Mar 2012 20:08
Quote: Front page ads, don't see why not, provided they don't spill over into the 'live' stuff, where they clutter up the screen. That's one thing I like about this place that we may take for granted. When the forum is up on the screen, we have the full width of the monitor devoted to the body of text...
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Topic started Yesterday 19:04 by DominicM
A variation on the timeless classic that is the 'Slow Poke'. From Durafly...this new version of this retro flier takes minutes to assemble from the small number of components in the box. For relaxed easy SLOW flying it's fantastic. Super slow fly-bys, tight turns and easy inverted flight all make it...
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Last Post by Flytilbroke Today 09:15
Tried Dom's vid. Worked fine this morning for me.
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Topic started 21 Apr 2018 14:17 by DominicM
Version 2 of the H-King Bonsai wing. Minor tweaks for FPV. Great little EPP wing that's almost indestructible as we found out when I gave my buddy Al the responsibility of the first flight. Never again !
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Topic started 25 Mar 2018 15:37 by DominicM
Not often you will see a biplane jet. Just looks kinda weird...but it does fly well. Landing was a big disappointment. Not sure if it would be classified a crash. Will fly again soon!
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Last Post by DominicM 26 Mar 2018 13:15
When the original turbine version of the Quantum came out from Tomahawk Designs it wasn't met with much enthusiasm so not surprised most think the EDF version is not pleasing to the eye. As for the retracts, yes, not much glue but fortunately no damage done and now in securely with gorilla glue I am...
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Topic started 14 Mar 2018 18:16 by DominicM
At 1.7m wingspan this is one BIG foamie. Bigger is better and this Grand Tundra flies much like it's original 1.3m version from 2 years ago but in a BIGGER much more stable way. Same big Bush wheels, same big barn door flaps...but there are some awesome new enhancements. 6 part light system is one...
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Last Post by Eric 25 Mar 2018 21:15
Continuing from an earlier comment re the flaps - here's a series of pic's showing the horn geometry on the standard Tundra. (Sorry about the mud splats!) [attachment] [attachment] [attachment] [attachment] [attachment]
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Topic started 28 Jan 2018 20:02 by DominicM
Brilliant VTOL. So simple to fly even in strong wind ! Take-off vertically, transition to normal flight with flick of a switch, and then flick switch back for vertical landing (or hand grab). Superb.
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Topic started 03 Jan 2018 13:39 by DominicM
HobbyKing and the Avios Team collaborated with RC Groups to provide this excellent rendition of the real Extra 300 LX owned and flown by RC Groups founder Jim Bourke. The original planes color scheme was worked on by Italian designer Mirco Pecorari and is based on the RC Groups color scheme. This...
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Last Post by DominicM 23 Jan 2018 19:04
Out again for my second flying session with the Extra 330LX. I'm liking it more and more each time I fly it.
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Topic started 25 Dec 2017 10:14 by DominicM
My buddy James brought his new radio controlled DC-3 out for its maiden flight yesterday (Christmas Eve). It didn't quite go to plan...good outcome in the end though. A bit of fibre tape and persistence pays off. :)
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Last Post by DominicM 27 Dec 2017 15:33
He'd gone with the CG stated on the RCGroups thread. Transpired it wasn't correct. For second flight he pushed the flight pack forward to get the HobbyKing CG and it flew well. Weird how it would be wrong on a thread dedicated to the model but hey ho. In hindsight he might have got away with it if...
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Topic started 24 Dec 2017 16:26 by DominicM
Some might recall the Ripmax 'Alienator' forward swept wing RC aeroplane from about 15 years ago. I had one and never got it flying. I feel redeemed having assembled this awesome wing in a few minutes and it flew brilliantly. Great fun on a Winters day.
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Last Post by Eric 27 Dec 2017 11:16
Not Post N Packing, it means Plug and Play, ie plug in a receiver and battery, and it is ready to go. :P
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Topic started 07 Dec 2017 09:00 by DominicM
Got my hands on the new version of the Bixler 3 a few weeks back ahead of its launch yesterday (6th December). Minutes to put together. Apparent changes from the original are larger space up front for bigger lipos, so more flight time. Re-designed for FPV. It comes with a pre-assembled ply mount for...
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Last Post by Eric 07 Dec 2017 10:13
The 3 seems to have less prop noise, but is more 'whiney' than the mk's 1 and 2. It will be interesting to hear one in 'real life' rather than on-screen, of course, as camera mike's don't always hear things the same way as protein ears do. They do seem to be popular trainers/rough field models.
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Topic started 04 Dec 2017 20:33 by DominicM
Was sent this to try out. Decent size and comes with 2.0MP cam that transmits to your smart phone with a downloadable App , captured to a micro SD card. 2 speed modes. Comes with 2 batteries each of which give a good 10 minutes flying time. I thought it was good if you want to try out FPV and aerial...
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Last Post by DominicM 05 Dec 2017 17:54
I didn't Eric. My vids are viewed worldwide so BMFA wouldn't apply to the whole audience. I was thinking of just conveying basic common sense rather than go into detail. Viewers just wouldn't read it if I did that.
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Topic started 01 Dec 2017 13:10 by DominicM
Have been flying FPV for a while now and if there's one thing I've learnt is that not all FPV cams are the same. RunCam make the best spec cams at the moment and the most recent Eagle 2 Pro has a lot of configuration options to change the image based on your preferences and conditions. Well worth...
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Topic started 15 Nov 2017 13:25 by DominicM
Doesn't get much easier than this. No glue. Just push the wings onto the fuselage and the elevons, plug in your receiver and go. Dropped in a 3S1300 pack and put a RunCam2 on the nose to balance. Fortunately it was blowing a gale outside so really did test out the included gyro flight stabilisation...
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Last Post by DominicM 29 Nov 2017 13:07
Second outing with the ZOHD Nano Talon....this time only low wind as opposed to the storm conditions I flew in last time. Allowed me to play with the 'beginner' stabilisation/gyro mode. Really surprised me how easy it made it to fly this plane. If you were a first time RC pilot you would have NO...
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Topic started 06 Nov 2017 20:47 by DominicM
Great fun testing out the Bixler 2. This thing can take some knocks!
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Topic started 01 Oct 2017 07:40 by DominicM
Great to get a wing that just requires 4 screws to put together. No glue. Took more time to apply the 6 decals than it did to get it flight ready. 90cm wingspan so good size. Comes with everything pre-installed and a 3-in-1 cam/VTX/antenna that fits into a purpose made recess in the wing. Needs a...
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Topic started 30 Mar 2017 13:34 by DominicM
Hard to imagine they could improve the 2014 version of the EFX Racer but seems they have done it with increased internal capacity to take up to 6S (if you change up to 80A ESC), full wing spars, FPV ready, slope soaring nose cone, props for 3S and 4S power etc. Fitted mine out with a RunCam FPV...
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Last Post by DominicM 03 Apr 2017 12:32
Hey Eric...to answer your question, the EFXtra is definitely faster than the Excalibur on 4S and can be cranked up to 6S1500 apparently. They are very different models to fly. Excalibur very nice for those unpowered dives, level out for low slow axial and 4/8 point rolls, out to reversal and cruise...
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Topic started 20 Mar 2017 18:13 by DominicM
A 3 or 4S powered 3D EPO foamie. Has to be said it has some quality servos. Must have to keep up with the stick stirring I was managing in the heavy winds at the weekend. [video]
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Topic started 13 Mar 2017 13:00 by DominicM
Good to see another company competing with E-Flite in this space. Fairly impressed by this although in 3D mode it is sensitive especially in roll. Easily resolved by extending the sticks I think. Looks good and flies very well in both 6G stabilised and 3D aerobatic mode. Available here...
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Last Post by one tenor 13 Mar 2017 22:36
I like Bang Good site I could spend all day browsing Quality and prices are good too.Gear Best is almost as good. I suggest that those who haven't alread done so Have a look they may surprise you. Loads of knick =knacks to get you out of trouble too.
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Topic started 27 Jan 2017 19:53 by DominicM
I've flown a few FPV quads but not an FPV plane...so thought I would try out the Reptile S800 FPV wing. Came with everything except the receiver and flight battery. Relatively simple to put together. Flew it FPV for the first time today. Never had so much fun. Vid below of my flying experience......[video]
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Last Post by DominicM 28 Jan 2017 08:42
Quote: The guys at our club who fly FPV usually find it easier when sitting down - then they don't get disoriented and fall over! :evil: I should have worked out by now that a chair would be very useful but I forgot it. Was actually OK. Couldn't standup fly quads/drones FPV but flying a plane that is...
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Topic started 02 Dec 2016 08:40 by DominicM
What a great year! Time to recap on recent projects (just in case you missed them) and share the exciting things we've got coming soon... [video]
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Topic started 26 Nov 2016 16:23 by DominicM
Hi Y'all. Trust you are all well. Had good fun today flying this new quad. We flew it line of sight, FPV with some onboard footage, did some aerobatics and crashed it a few times just to prove how durable it is. Made for a great start to the weekend on a typically foggy British day......[video]
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Last Post by DominicM 27 Nov 2016 09:12
That's something I've get very used to :woohoo:
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Topic started 20 Nov 2016 17:11 by DominicM
Tried this on 3S last week, which was good because it gave us time to get used to its flight characteristics...but this week on 4S...totally different animal. Once pitched forward and full throttle this thing scorches along. Our new race circuit flags made it even more fun getting quicker and...
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Topic started 24 Oct 2016 08:09 by DominicM
200+ flights later and I can honestly say this is the RC product of the year for me. It's opened my eyes to a totally different RC flying experience. So here are some repair tips and upgrade recommendations... [video]
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Topic started 13 Oct 2016 20:03 by DominicM
Our big training room wasn't available but that didn't stop me pulling it out of the box and having some fun in a tight space. After an espresso it really does get the synapses popping first thing in the morning! Looking forward to trying some pukka 3D tomorrow. This model already feels a big...
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Topic started 05 Oct 2016 14:55 by DominicM
Not only does this new little micro FPV drone fly really well...it can survive a lot of punishment. The bullets were bouncing off...as I flew downstairs to see the CEO...before I nearly got fired [video]
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Last Post by DominicM 06 Oct 2016 08:05
Yeah...best place I've worked in. Same company for last 9 years but we relocated to an office in Brook Green near Hammersmith 4 months ago. Awesome for flying micros indoors and a casual Google style of working which suits me.
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Topic started 19 Sep 2016 10:51 by DominicM
Always been doubtful of these cheap and cheerful, everything in the box models, but this ACTUALLY worked and flew very well. Currently only $30 and you get the plane, flight battery, charger and transmitter. Crazy prize for something that will fly outside and at indoor sessions during the Winter....
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Last Post by DominicM 05 Oct 2016 14:38
Yeah, all the best mate. Get back to full health and get flying!
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Topic started 23 Sep 2016 12:51 by DominicM
Really is the best sim I've owned to date. Flight characteristics and graphics are about as real as I'd expect to get on a sim. Range of aircraft and sceneries is huge. Hours of entertainment. Few vids from my recent sessions. [video]...[video] [video]
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Last Post by Quorneng 23 Sep 2016 16:23
Haven't flight sims come a long since the ZX81 Flight Simulator! But I am not sure this is entirely realistic. [attachment] The last Russian pilot(s) who did this for real had to eject! [video]
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Topic started 20 Sep 2016 10:54 by DominicM
At 1.3m wingspan this is a decent size for an aerobatic model but the innovative servo connection system for the wings means breaking it down for transport (and assembly at the field) is very quick and easy with no servo lead connections. Precision flight and aerobatic characteristics are superb due...
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Topic started 05 Sep 2016 08:29 by DominicM
Never flown FPV before. Looked into it a while back and entry level seemed fairly expensive. Seems that has changed. Very keen to find out what all the fuss was about. So did some research and selected the Blade Inductrix 200 FPV from Horizon Hobby and the Quanum Cyclops goggles from HobbyKing. To...
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Topic started 28 Jul 2016 13:17 by DominicM
First flight and I crashed it! Was thinking initially that was a bad thing... [video]
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Last Post by DominicM 04 Aug 2016 15:15
After the premature end of my maiden flight I felt compelled to do another of some basic flying and aerobatics with the awesome little trainer. So much fun for the money. I get asked frequently for the best model to start out with in RC flying...and this will now be my stock answer!...[video]
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