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Old 01-25-2018, 07:04 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Thank you for your comments. I was thinking 60 would be a good start. You are reading my mind on reusing batteries, potentially saving $$$. For my B600 though, I have two 6S-4000 packs, so I would give them a try. I will pass on trying to squeeze my 6S-5000 packs in, if I do get an Extreme 60.

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The 60" is a good size. They fly amazing, unless its really breezy it honestly flies better than my 10 year old 85inch gas airplane. They are THAT good now.

They do make smaller 48 and 52" planes that use 4S but I never got to like those sizes... just not big enough to fly like a large airplane.


On the batteries... People fly these 60 inch planes on everything from 3000 to 3700 packs. The battery tray is in front of the wing tube, and with a 3700 I had to put the battery right against the tube to get it balanced neutral for precision acro flying. The hard 3D guys like to use 3300s to get the balance point even further back. If you use a 4500 or 5000 you would be forced to put a lot lead in the tail, and the higher wing loading will hurt 3D performance.
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Old 01-26-2018, 03:20 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Work has been.... to say stressful would be an understatement. So today I took advantage of a break to get out a couple hours between meetings. Now I have to go back

Anyway, nice day for some flights. temps around 30, a slight breeze to start and then it was near calm. I got 4 more flights, Id say bother new engines are well broken in now and I was trying out the new 18sz transmitter I picked up... wow that is a sweet radio.

Raja joined me and we both managed to show up at hte same time and alternated flights all afternoon for a nice time. Just as we where packing Sanjeev showed up with a brand new Extreme Flight/3DHS 60" Slick v2 for a maiden flight. Luckily I stayed to watch as it was badly out of trim and he needed a lot of help on the maiden... We got it trimmed but he needs to go home and go over it to understand why (it needed something like 50 point of up ele and 30 points of ail trim!) . He says that all the surfaces ligned up straight and the CG was good so I told him it was time to get out the incidence meter and check everything because something must be way off, warped, twisted, or something.

Whiplash G2 conversion:3
Helix:1

2018:
Whiplash G2 conversion:7
Helix:3
2018 total: 10
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:49 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Default Millis club fun fly 1:30-4:30

As Raja mentioned, the Millis club rescheduled their frozen finger fun fly to today. After Joey's basketball practice we went over to join the festivities in progress.

It wasn't a frozen fly... it was a mud fly.

Did I mention mud?


Had a good time. Sky was tough (gray, but there was zero wind so we had a great time flying planes for a change. I banged out a bunch of flights on the Extra getting used to the new TX... We brought Joeys plane also but he was a bit overwhelmed by the large crowd and busy flightline and only flew twice.

I had the Whiplash, but never got around to taking it out.

The Millis guys had the potato gun out again and this time music man had made up a target drone which they towed around to play flak gun.. however that didn't pan out and the tow plane crashed.... followed a moment later by Sanjeev crashing a foamy when he missed the LVC.

They did get some good shots of the cannon clear to the river, and I think Raja has some good video he might post.


EF 60" Extra: 4
Sensei training flights with Joey: 2


2018 annual totals:
EF 60" Extra: 4
Whiplash G2 conversion:7
Helix:3
Subtotal: 14
Sensei training flights with Joey: 2
Total: 16
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Old 01-28-2018, 08:54 PM   #65 (permalink)
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Default Ladies and gentlemen, grab some popcorn, get comfortable and watch!

So here we are out today, for the "frozen fingers funfly" that never happened on January 1st because it was like 10 degrees out. Today it was the "Mud Fest" as Jeremy mentioned, warm and calm, high 40's and overcast. again!

More than 10 cars at the field, a nice showing and a bunch of folks with airplanes I brought a helicopter to break up the monotony. We had a nice BBQ, some drinks, and a Potato gun ready to shoot down trainers towing gliders. See this video first:

IMG 5167 (3 min 49 sec)


After a few shots both airplanes crashed due to pilot error, not potatoes...!, the trainer with the glider in tow, and Sanjeev's low wing sacrificial airplane. Pictures of the carnage attached below.

I decided to mount the gun in the back of the truck, after all, that's were guns like this belong, right, and shoot a couple of movies for you. See pictures below

The first video is an instructional video showing the loading and firing process of the red neck gun:

IMG 5176 (2 min 14 sec)


The second video is a 2nd chance and making a potato land in the river, and listen carefully, we got it That's about 250 yards away!!

IMG 5178 (0 min 18 sec)


The third shot was Jeremy taking a turn with the gun, here you go:

IMG 5179 (0 min 28 sec)


Last but not least, remember when I told you guys about Mickey Mouse living in the BBQ at the field? Well today he was out of his nest and the local hawk spotted him, swooped down to the container and snatched him up. John was able to get close enough to take these excellent pictures of the hawk devouring Mickey. Poor mouse, nothing but a chunk of fur was left of him...

Last picture is a beautiful one of my Whiplash John shot back on October 20th.

And now for the flight counts, I didn't log last time out so combined it here:

MA 1005 = 1 a couple of days ago
Whiplash V2 = 3 a couple of days ago and 4 long ones today

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 14
Spectra-g = 14
Whiplash V1 = 2
Whiplash V2 = 21

Total = 51
Gallons Mixed = 8

John added some more pictures for me of the Whiplash from October, and today's airplanes in harrier mode, see here:

https://kata.thewarnershome.com/phot...D625EXih#!List

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Old 01-31-2018, 05:04 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Default Outing today between 1 and 4:30pm.

The order of events today was shovel, fly, shovel, fly, shovel, fly, shovel, fly, fly, fly, fly. We had about 5 inches of snow that came down yesterday and I figured it might be a little less up north in the field so I took the shovel instead of loading up the snowblower.

The field was pristine, untouched as of yet, and I drove in in 2WD no problem and parked on the tall grass by my spot. Used the shovel to make an area large enough to takeoff and land and took a flight. Then I just basically alternated shoveling and flying until I was done and took 3 more flight as the day was so nice I didn't want to stop! See pictures below.

So the temp was 31 down to 27F, not much wind, I'd say 7mph max when it was there, other times it was calm, and sunshine with white snow cover making it a day.

I put in 3 flights on the 1005 and 4 on the Whiplash. Not a sole today except for one guy jogging, that was about it. The music was blaring, and I was flying. They put on a good song while I was in between flights, and I shot a little snippet of the scene for you guys:

IMG 51961 (1 min 0 sec)



MA 1005 = 3
Whiplash V2 = 4

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 17
Spectra-g = 14
Whiplash V1 = 2
Whiplash V2 = 25

Total = 58
Gallons Mixed = 8

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Old 01-31-2018, 08:23 PM   #67 (permalink)
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That looked like loads of fun! I love the potato gun!
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:12 PM   #68 (permalink)
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Havent updated in a while
Went out Tuesday 1-24 did 2 tanks on the synergy N5 and 3 on the gasser

Today was a great day wind out the west at 4 mph temp 80f blue skys

All the touch and goers were standing around telling war stories when I got to the field
so I just flew a tank right away waited a couple of minutes
still talking so I flew again and again and so on

They never stopped talking so I just flew

Switched it up some today though flew my favorite slimer the most 5 tanks on the Synergy N5 and only 2 on the gasser

The touch and goers were still yapping when I left
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:52 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Only 3 on the gasser today
Didnt fly anything else


The flight line was busy today with guys that actually know how to fly
I didnt get to fly much for the amount of time I was there

But at least I got to watch some planks that did a lot more than touch and goes for a change

And these guys when I talked to them were not complaining about how the U.S.
is going to hell in a hand basket because of todays youth or politics

It was a nice change from the usual crowd thats been there lately
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:36 PM   #70 (permalink)
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Outing today between 3:30 and 5:30pm. I waited until later in the day as in the morning we have a snow storm bluff where it snowed what looked like a bit on the heavy side for a little while and then it all evaporated away very quickly on radar. Only snow from this seems to have stuck to existing snow cover, that's about it.

Some wind today so I waited until later for the winds to diminish. I was rewarded with calmish weather at 3:30 and by 4:30 it was dead still. Love those kinds of days. We got some extra sunlight sunset is at 5:06pm now last flight took off at 5:03pm.

MA 1005 = 1
Whiplash V2 = 4

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 18
Spectra-g = 14
Whiplash V1 = 2
Whiplash V2 = 29

Total = 63
Gallons Mixed = 8

The 1005 broke a boom support end after the first flight so I put it away. Whiplash V2 covered the rest of the day as I did 2 with Whippy 2, then 1 with the 1005 and had to go back to Whippy 2 for 2 more. Whippy 1 is in pieces on the bench, I tore it apart to rebuild it into a Whippy 1-2. Everything is out now, I'm redoing the generator wires for the LEDs but the frames are together. Still got to put the motor back in, head, and tail after the wiring is redone.

One 2 1/4 gallon container is all done, on to the next one now.

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Old 02-08-2018, 05:48 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Default Outing today between 3 and 5:15pm

I did 5 flights today, but did I really fly?? To be honest not much...! I spent alot of time driving the helis on the ice like RC cars. Its just so different and having the conditions to do it you don't want to fly but take advantage of the ICE when you can!!

Temps were 28 down to 24F, and it was calmish, decided to go later in the day again as the winds tend to relax later in the afternoon.

The ice was crazy, you give a little bit of negative pitch and then when you cyclic forward you go backwards, backwards you go forwards, right you go left, and left you go right. That really messes with your mind and sometimes you get confused. You try to collective down to slow it down, but it actually speeds up with more negative pitch!! I almost ran into the fence here and there, and I ran up on the snow bank a couple of times and dug the tail blades into the ice. Chipped a little gel coat off, but it was really fun, I had to record videos for you guys to see. Check below:

IMG 52231 (5 min 28 sec)


IMG 52241 (5 min 16 sec)


This was so much fun I'm going to upload all the footage for history to watch later down the road. I like launching the helicopter on the ice on the 3rd video here:

IMG 52251 (4 min 11 sec)


It looks like about -3 degrees or so is the sweet spot. Its just hard to wrap things around your head that the controls are all reversed with negative pitch. I got it perfectly going left then right then forward then back smoothly on the ICE but the phone space ran out and the video recording ended. With positive pitch you can skate on the ice and do ground funnels, travelling ground pirouettes, and even sliding sideways with no issues while under power. Just a whole different ballgame today, and had to take advantage as the ice won't be around for long like this.

Spectra-g = 2
Whiplash V2 = 3

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 18
Spectra-g = 16
Whiplash V1 = 2
Whiplash V2 = 32

Total = 68
Gallons Mixed = 8

The Whiplash V1 is getting close to being converted to a V2, should be debuting at the field in the near future.

On the scary note of things, the voltmagic saved my buff today. After the first flight with the Whiplash I gassed up quickly for another flight and fired it up, put it on the ice. Before I go to take off I see the voltmagic full green but blinking lowest LED red. Why? Thankfully my mind put 2 and 2 together and I thought to check whether I turned it on or not and low and behold the power switch was still OFF!! The generator makes full power at idle and it can fly, actually it was initialized on generator power and ready to go, but many times I fly until I run out of gas and if I didn't figure this out before taking off I could have fallen out of the sky like a dead duck if I flew it until dead stick...!!

Boys and girls make sure you listen to your voltmagic monitor if you have that with a generator system. It very well could save your heli from a stupid mistake like this.

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Old 02-08-2018, 06:45 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Picturing you driving down the airfield road reminds me of this one that was in the news 2 weeks ago

https://www.facebook.com/ckearneykat...5607362195642/
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:40 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Default Outing yesterday with Ansy in Medfield

Met up with Ansy to help him dial in his Spectra-g after some issues with it that he was having and not being able to get it running properly. I also picked up his spare torque tube for the Whiplash V1 to V2 conversion that I'm working on.

We did 1 flight with his Spectra to sort it out and then he had to go so I decided to crank out some flights in the calmish and warm weather of 55 down to 53F with no radio glove needed.

Pretty much it was the Whiplash V2 flying and I did 4 in a row before deciding to see if I could skate on the ice once more like I did the day before. Skating was beautiful the day before by the way, I should show you guys how it was let me upload it to youtube now...

Here it is:

IMG 52371 (3 min 2 sec)


I mentioned "tomorrow" in this video could be 50 degrees, turned out it was 55F which is OK for flying but unfortunately has ruined my ice for skating. I tried to go again yesterday to the pond after the 4 flights and got on the ice with the skates but the ice was too soft and breaking below my skates not allowing me to glide smoothly like the day before.

Today is even worse, 40F and raining...where is my snow darn it, another storm "wasted" I hate rain in February!!

Ansy's Spectra-g = 1 (not counting it in my totals wasn't a full tank).
Whiplash V2 = 4

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 18
Spectra-g = 16
Whiplash V1 = 2
Whiplash V2 = 36

Total = 72
Gallons Mixed = 11.25

Today I went and got some more gas for the cars and helis. Raining all day...

One more video showing the ice fishing. This guy caught a 23 inch fish but I missed it as I was off skating. I tried to hang around to see another catch but it didn't happen while I was there. Anyway, you get to see the process and the bait he had here:

IMG 52401 (1 min 14 sec)


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Hi Raja, Im unable to fly right now......Im in St Louis. So Im going to need to see some flying video as I will need to live vicariously through you.

Thank you for your help.

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Default Outing today from 2 to 5:30pm

We went from muddies to crunchies, as the temperature went from 40F down to 26F at the field by almost dark. The ground was soggy everywhere, Ansy showed up to get his Spectra-g dialed in again and brought the laptop with him, and I was there to Maiden the Whiplash V1-2 plus get a flight on the V2.

I started out with the V1-2, and it looked nice and pristine all cleaned up and done up nicely. I'll record a little video later to show you guys. it flew quite well, and needed the usual servo ball link adjustments. Engine was too fast needed to turn the link out 1 turn. Collective was too much on one side versus another and needed some turns there to even out, and the tail rotor new CF pushrod was out a few turns as I guesstimated where it should be.

I got 3 flights on it before Ansy showed up and then spent the next hour dialing in his Spectra-g. That needed some link adjustments as well as some fine tuning with the Demon software and everything is good. He got to fly it a tank after I got done with my tuning tank and he was very happy with it.

Ansy's Spectra-g = 1
Whiplash V2 = 1
Whiplash V1-2 = 4

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 18
Spectra-g = 16
Whiplash V1-2 = 6
Whiplash V2 = 37

Total = 78
Gallons Mixed = 11.25

Sorry I didn't think to ask Ansy to record a video for you Kandace, anyway when I was done with his machine and he finished his check ride he bolted as he wanted to go home and eat. I said wait watch me fly the Whiplash V1-2 1 more time, but he was ready to leave and off he went.

The temp crashed fast as the sun set, and the soggies started freezing you could feel the crunch as you walked on the grass. I dug up some trenches with my truck in the tall grass, its a good thing I'm staying on that side as if I was in my space it would be all ripped up.

I'll add a video to show the Whiplash V1-2 later tonight. Almost forgot to add the wind was very annoying and freezing me today, that eventually I moved my truck to face into the wind (heading 310) and that was alot more comfortable with wind from my back with the truck shielding me instead of the left side. It gusted to 21mph at home and the best time at the field was the last flight after Ansy left, it was calm then.

IMG 52751 (10 min 4 sec)


Ran out of phone space at the end but I was pretty much done anyways, what I tried to say at the end is that the nitro fin is red and it matches with my red canopy nicely.

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Old 02-13-2018, 05:57 PM   #76 (permalink)
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It was that picture perfect winter day, 32 down to 27F with no wind whatsoever, a perfect and one of those days that you didn't want to end!! I flew it until the last minute, just past 5:30pm and took a picture after I landed in the darkish setting. The fuel tank light was bleaching out the picture so to speak. See below.

I spent the afternoon tuning helis and trying to see how the power compares between the two. My V2 engine is definitely stronger than my V1, so I decided I'm going to send both back and have the V1 engine updated to match the same parameters as the V2. Tonight I will remove the engines and box them up to get this done.

The V1-2 is flying very nice and quiet, I need to upgrade the V2 to the same CF tail pushrod as it makes a big difference in the sound of the machine - no extra noise over the engine drone.

Whiplash V2 = 2
Whiplash V1-2 = 3

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 18
Spectra-g = 16
Whiplash V1-2 = 9
Whiplash V2 = 39

Total = 83
Gallons Mixed = 11.25

Check the pictures below. Canopies off, laptop around, pitch guage, the works to see how the two machines compare. Man I still can't get over how nice the afternoon was, and how nice the V1-2 is flying, I'm excited its like a brand new heli again

Last picture the damn mud froze to the skids and turned to ice with grass stuck to it. When I got home I had to wash the skids in the kitchen sink to melt the ice and clean off the grass that was sealed in.

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Old 02-14-2018, 07:34 AM   #77 (permalink)
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So Raja...what the deal with the "V12"?
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...The V12 is flying very nice and quiet...
Is there 12 versions of the Whiplash gas heli? Or do you mean "V1.2"?
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:25 AM   #78 (permalink)
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Hi Ray:

Its the V1 converted to V2. So V12 or V1-2? What do you think?

Edit, I just added the "dash" to avoid confusion. Better now?

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Old 02-14-2018, 09:58 AM   #79 (permalink)
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I just called mine "G2 conversion' in my log. I know you are facing character limits with the sig however....
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:07 PM   #80 (permalink)
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52F down to 49, met up with Jeremy to air him out from being unable to make it to the field in so long sure to lots of work load. It was nice to get together and we managed to get several flights in between the two of us.

I grabbed the 1005 and Spectra as the Whiplashes are waiting on motor updates. Started out with the 1005 and tried to put some time on her. I was talking to Jeremy and thinking perhaps I should retire her in the AMA museum when the time is right. Well, when is that time? Its at 4168 flights now, 20.5 years in service. You know me I like round figures, so how does 5000 flights and a date of September 22nd, 2022 sound? You got 5000 flights, 25 years of service ending on 9/22/22. Sounds good right? Means I'll have 4.5 years or so to log 832 more flights, or say an average of 200 flights per year which should be "OK" as I have 3 other machines sharing my flight time. Might be a little tight but I could make it.

For those who don't know, the maiden flight was on 9/22/1997 and I'll have to fly the final flight of "old faithful" on 9/22/2022, presumably at the AMA field.

MA 1005 = 4

2018 count:

MA 1005 = 22
Spectra-g = 16
Whiplash V1-2 = 9
Whiplash V2 = 39

Total = 87
Gallons Mixed = 11.25

The mud is still at the field, but today was dead calm for the most part. A perfect day we had a little rain intermission when I showed up but it didn't last long. I wanted to fly more but at the end of the 4th flight on my last auto the radio started beeping 6.6v low battery. I guess I forgot to charge it and didn't realize where the charge level was at so it was time to go home.

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