Just managed to update the RCBuddies.com mainpage and layout plus a host of other stuff like resizing of the gallery picture thumbnails, redoing the gallery layout, updating the software for the Forum & etc.
Also changed the Meta Tags for the site so that hopefully it would not be better placed once google.com has crawled the site with the new titles and descriptions.
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After having waited close to 3-4 weeks for my Local Hobby Shop to order my GWS Park Servos for me (since GWS did not want to assist by letting me order straight from them), the servos finally arrived and I managed to install them onto the plane. I now have the two halves of the fuselage glued together nicely. All that is left to do is to install the linkages to the ailerons and nose gear, screw in the full moving tail stabilizers and install the receiver and configure it on the radio. Oh of course there’s the dreaded putting on the stickers part. I don’t quite like the waterbased stickers… They are a bitch to put on!
Anyway here are some pictures which I took yesterday night with the camera on my Nokia 6300. The images have a lot of noise in them thus making them unclear. When the plane is fully complete, I’ll take some nicer shots of the F15.
For now…. I’ll hit the breaks and they’ll fly right by…
Here’s a picture of my F15 EDF jet which I hope to complete soon. Construction has been halted for almost a month as I have been waiting for my LHS to get me the needed PARK servos. I wonder how well this jet will fly. Apparently its a real floater. We shall see. Hopefully I have enough battery power to power the two electric ducted fans on the jet. You can see many pictures and videos of this jet on youtube.
Testing Geomapping capability on my blog. Will start off with zooming into my Flying Site at Kota Damansara. It’s interesting to see a bird’s eye view of the roads where we drive. What we think is a short cut sometimes just ain’t! Anyway this map seems to be pretty detailed however I think the Google Earth program provides a better satelite view with better zooming capability. Perhaps its because we’re talking about maps in Malaysia. Perhaps it would be better in the states. Will need to test that out! Over and out!
The Radio Control model forum which used to be hosted here at OPP has now been moved to its very own domain since it was a little off topic in this domain. I have decided that Ourplaypen.com will purely be a personal website.
The dedicated website for the Radio Control Forum & Gallery has been moved to its very own home at http://www.rcbuddies.com. Its about time the Forum had its own home and I’m glad to inform all members and visitors of the successful migration of all membership and forum postings to the new hosting as of yesterday (12 Feb 2008)
If you are a Malaysian Radio Control fan, do become an RC Buddy and visit us at http://www.rcbuddies.com! Is that a cool and easy to remember name or what!? I’m surprised the domain was still available for registration.
I finally finished my MD500 body which I bought from Singapore Hobby last December 2006. Took me about 11 months, but it was worth the time. Of course I took lots of time off from this project while I was busy with other stuff. Anyway if you were to work on this full time, I think you can get it completed within a week or so of casual hours. Most of the time was spent cutting the body from the moulding. Stickers were placed in quite quickly and installation also didn’t take long. It was a fun project and it looks lovely just sitting there. Perhaps I should opt for an Airwolf body next for my Mini Titan when I’m done with it. Currently underneath the MD500 body is a Zap 400 (Shogun 400) V1.
I finally did it! Got enough balls to flip my heli upside down for the first time in my life today (12 Nov 2007). Its a day to celebrate! I not only did it once but at least 3-4 times and though they were hairy.. at least I can say I did it. Somehow it’s just different doing it on a real RC chopper as compared to the simulator. The adrenaline was definitely flowing!
One thing that I’ve get to get use to is the amount of negative pitch to feed in to remain inverted. I noticed I was going to the extremes with the negative pitch in fear that the heli would come plumetting down! I guess I’ll have to refine my pitch and throttle changes for inverted flight.
This picture shown here is actually a picture of my chopper from a video which my friend took. Decided against putting the video up as its a whopping 25MB large and the video wasn’t that great as he used my camera in video mode to capture it. Thus its small and unclear plus very shaky. I must learn to fly a little more stable haha.
Note: I was flying my MINI TITAN E325 on stock parts except for carbon blades. GY401, S9257 Digital Tail Servo, HS-65HB for CCPM and FlightpowerEvo25 2170 pack. I was unable to use my semi-busted lipo 1800 Flightpower pack as it the ESC cutoff came into play ever since I put on the S9257 servo. I guess it was draws more power than the HS-65HB I used to have for the tail.
Trex 600 rocks! Check out the precise flight control of this chopper. Lots of power and cool moves. Bet you didn’t know helicopters could be moved around like that! This is a .50 sized chopper but its electric powered by Align. Enjoy!
Though I haven’t had the chance to fly my real helicopterÂ inverted before, I have had the chance to Â fly inverted with my trusty Aerofly Pro simulator. I would have to say the simulator has save me loads of money when it comes to learning new maneouvers especially inverted heli flight.
I have noticed thatÂ inverted forward flight is somewhat like backward flight in terms of cross controls for the aileron and rudder. When you input right aileron, left rudder is needed and vice-versa. And most of the time, it is also followed by forward cyclic to help keep the forward portion of the heli (either nose or tail dependng on inverted FF or normal backward flight). That’s why I recommend anyone going into inverted flight to master backwards flight first.Â Once you are comfortable with backward flights, all you need to do is then flip the heli over and do your cross control turns like how you would do it while in upright backward flight. One thing you need to bear in mind is of course the collective pitch is totally opposite so to go up, you need to push down and to go down you need to push up on the collective stick. Once you have had enough practise… everything will come in naturally.
As mentioned, you should learn on a simulator first. It helps keep costs low and definately helps speed up the learning process because you’re more relaxed and you can try over and over again without the fear of crashing. However you should be asÂ disciplined as possible toÂ treat simulator flying like real flying, as though the model is real because you wouldn’t want to learn to acquire bad habbits and bring them to the field unknowingly. Once you’re comfortable enough, then its time to take the big leap of faith and go into inverted flying with your real model. Of course it would be best if you’re able to perform inverted hovering before hand. Haivng a good bail out plan and lots of altitude should help until you’re comfortable with inverted flight.