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Forum: 3D Flying
06-22-2012, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,048
Posted By fmw

One of the best bargains in the entire industry....

One of the best bargains in the entire industry. They call it the buck and half huck because it is only $150. Here's mine.

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06-21-2012, 01:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,186
Posted By fmw

Outstanding batteries (blue Turnigy I mean) -...

Outstanding batteries (blue Turnigy I mean) - maybe the best available anywhere. The other stuff is variable in quality. Lousy support, though, so you'd better know what you are doing.
Forum: Beginners
06-08-2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,541
Posted By fmw

The earlier Spektrum technology picked two...

The earlier Spektrum technology picked two frequencies randomly when you booted the radio. They weren't the same two every time. The chances of two transmitters choosing the same two was remote,...
Forum: Beginners
06-07-2012, 09:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,541
Posted By fmw

I'll try to explain the problem as briefly as...

I'll try to explain the problem as briefly as possible. Most 2.4 radios use what we call frequency agile spread spectrum technology. It moves the frequency in the band using 100 or more frequencies....
06-07-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1,218
Views: 111,944
Posted By fmw

I've come to the conclusion that the size of...

I've come to the conclusion that the size of planes isn't all that important. If you want your model to look bigger, just fly it closer in. 48" is my new wingspan limit. Anything bigger and I...
06-07-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,717
Posted By fmw

Glue?

Glue?
06-04-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 972
Posted By fmw

Apparently, you survived it.

Apparently, you survived it.
06-04-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,586
Posted By fmw

Marketing.

Marketing.
05-14-2012, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By fmw

Love EZ connectors. I install them on every...

Love EZ connectors. I install them on every plane. I buy them in bulk packs to save money. The fun cub was not one of my favorite models. Good luck with it.
Forum: Beginners
05-14-2012, 08:56 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,810
Posted By fmw

I'm horrible at inverted flight as well. I have...

I'm horrible at inverted flight as well. I have one plane - Eflite Eratix - that handles fairly elegantly with very little need for down elevator when inverted. The warbirds, on the other hand,...
Forum: Beginners
05-07-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,034
Posted By fmw

The purpose of dihedral in a wing is to make the...

The purpose of dihedral in a wing is to make the plane somewhat self correcting. In other words, a plane with enough dihedral will tend to return to straight and level flight to some degree when you...
Forum: Power Systems
05-04-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,367
Posted By fmw

The KV rating of the motor pretty much determines...

The KV rating of the motor pretty much determines what input voltage you should use. For 6S I would think you should be in the 400 - 600 KV range. Although you might get by with a slower motor and...
Forum: WWI Era
05-04-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,546
Posted By fmw

I generally ignore the manufacturer's recommended...

I generally ignore the manufacturer's recommended CG, set it so it "looks" right when I balance the plane on two fingers and then fly it. I adjust from there until it is nailed. I view static CG...
05-04-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,962
Posted By fmw

More important than the motor's dimensions is its...

More important than the motor's dimensions is its weight. The reason for that is that power handling capacity is a function of the amount of copper in the windings. Heavier motors can take more...
05-04-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,495
Posted By fmw

The Corvallis has weak landing gear. Otherwise...

The Corvallis has weak landing gear. Otherwise it is a super model. I own the Cesnna 182. It is underpowered. Otherwise it is a super model. In your shoes I would plan on beefing up the...
Forum: Beginners
04-30-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,021
Posted By fmw

You're in luck. I sometimes get birds to attack.

You're in luck. I sometimes get birds to attack.
04-30-2012, 11:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,881
Posted By fmw

When dealing with adults, anger from a youngster...

When dealing with adults, anger from a youngster doesn't go very far.
04-29-2012, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,881
Posted By fmw

Periods are a handy way to separate thoughts when...

Periods are a handy way to separate thoughts when you write.
Forum: Beginners
04-26-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,491
Posted By fmw

I hear you all, but you're overly cautious about...

I hear you all, but you're overly cautious about the clone receivers, I think. The FrSky receivers are every bit as good as the Futaba ones. They are just as reliable. The range is exactly the...
Forum: Beginners
04-23-2012, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,256
Posted By fmw

The rule of thumb most of use for motor power is...

The rule of thumb most of use for motor power is 3 watts per gram of motor weight. A motor that weighs 100 grams should be able to handle 300 watts without over heating. I put it in grams because...
Forum: Beginners
04-23-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,538
Posted By fmw

The manufacturers may know best, but they don't...

The manufacturers may know best, but they don't always do best. They have different priorities than you and I do. They want to present as low a purchase price as possible and prevent as many...
Forum: Beginners
04-23-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,491
Posted By fmw

There are lots of great radios. You want one...

There are lots of great radios. You want one that is programmable. If your budget allows you should go for a major brand. Personally I use Futaba and I recommend either that brand or Spektrum. ...
Forum: Beginners
04-23-2012, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,451
Posted By fmw

Good job. On a side note, don't run your...

Good job. On a side note, don't run your batteries to the low voltage cutoff point. Only run lips down to about 3.6 volts per cell. Your batteries will last a lot longer.
04-23-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 924
Posted By fmw

Pretty hard to do without knowing the flying...

Pretty hard to do without knowing the flying weight of the model and what your performance expectations are. There are some Turnigy motors rated like fuel engines that you can check out. There is a...
04-23-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,325
Posted By fmw

Let's settle on intermediate. I can do all the...

Let's settle on intermediate. I can do all the things you mention and more but I'm an intermediate. If you want to see advanced flyers go to an F3A or 3D aerobatic competition. Those are the guys...
04-23-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,819
Posted By fmw

You have a mode 1 transmitter perhaps. In the...

You have a mode 1 transmitter perhaps. In the U.S. we use mode 2. Can you plug the control surfaces into receiver pins that straighten this out. As mentioned above. right stick up and down for...
04-17-2012, 04:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,551
Posted By fmw

Not from the transmitter. It uses spread...

Not from the transmitter. It uses spread spectrum so the frequency is changing constantly.
04-17-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By fmw

\ Interesting. You think the Stearman is...

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Interesting. You think the Stearman is in the same class as the Rhapsody in terms of flyability?
Forum: 3D Flying
04-10-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,721
Posted By fmw

I fly a PA Extra 260. I use the recommended...

I fly a PA Extra 260. I use the recommended motor. Understand that, in the first place, I'm a rank beginner at 3D. I'm still learning to hover. For me, a somewhat heavier plane would have been...
Forum: 3D Flying
04-10-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,432
Posted By fmw

You want 1400-1500 watts or so for 3D...

You want 1400-1500 watts or so for 3D performance. That means you want a motor in the 450 to 500 gram weight class of 300-500 KV. You may be able to run the plane on 6S but I'd consider an ESC that...
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