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#1 Pakman

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 12:01 PM

So I just created this thread in hopes of getting fellow gamer R/C hobby enthusiasts to share what they drive/fly!

Here's my garage/hangar so far:

Mainstays:
TRAXXAS SUMMIT w/ Castle 1518 motor (1800 Kv) and XERUN 80A esc
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TRAXXAS E-MAXX w/ Feigao 7XL motor
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TRAXXAS SLASH 2WD w/ Medusa 3300 Kv motor and ZTW 60A esc
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Airplanes (ARF and scratchbuilds):

Kyosho EDF55 foam F-16 - running stock setup with 11.1v 3S 1350mah 20C lipo cells
Parkzone Slo-V - Tower Pro BP-21 motor w/ 2s and 3s lipos.
Great Planes Micro Whizz - same setup
Great Planes Mini-Slinger - stock

42" Blu Baby foam build
50" Cargo plane w/ pusher prop - foam build
60" A-10 style twin boom pusher - foam build

I'll add pictures later.
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:14 PM

I used to have a electric r/c helicopter. I miss that thing, I sold it.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:25 PM

lol, I remember that, dude, we have a video of me flying it!
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:29 PM

I used to have a electric r/c helicopter. I miss that thing, I sold it.


RC heli's are hell to learn and fly if you don't have experience with RC aircraft at all! I used to have a BLADE CP for about a year before selling it off. I could only get it to hover a few feet off the ground and fly in one orientation - tail toward me. Was fun as hell when it flew right (indoors only btw, too scared to go outside) and not so much fun when I chipped a blade ($15 for a set of 2).

Getting into RC as a hobby is cheaper and less complex than it has ever been. I'm an electric RC guy primarily, and I've been in the hobby for only 7 years and I've already seen things improve for the new folks who would otherwise be put off by the cost and somewhat extra skill/knowledge required to get a model going. You can get "ready to run" models now for cheaper than it used to cost for one unassembled "kit" that needed motors/radio/parts and hours to complete.

Some would say it's bad because now you have a bunch of kids driving their $200 Christmas gift RC truck, breaking a part, and then either tossing it in the corner, or paying the hobby shop $25/hr to replace a $5 piece of plastic because they didn't want to take the time to try themselves. ;)

In any case, long gone are the days of electric models being a novelty with 4-5 minute run times, going 10-15 mph, with 12 hr or 2 hour charge times. Now you can run your model for 15-30 minutes off one charge, go as fast as you can dare to (most of my models can reach in excess of 25-55 mph) and be ready to go in another 1 hour charge (letting some time to cool the battery and motor off some).

Lithium batteries (lightweight units of similar chemistry to the one in your phone), brushless motors (as found in PC fans/CD Rom drives), and lower priced options thanks to China, are now the norm in most areas of RC (airplanes especially so due to the power to weight ratio of said components) when compared to the still available older tech NiMh batteries and brushed motors (as found commonly in toys and other applications).

One of the growing aspects in the field of RC is FPV or RPV... First Person View or Remotely Piloted Vehicle. That's right, you can with some spare few hundred bucks setup most any of your RC planes or cars with a small wireless camera and transmitter, with a recieving unit and TV/video goggles and control it from your favorite lawn chair like you're in the driver/pilot's seat! I tried it once with my truck, and then later with my airplane. Holy cow! Talk about immersion!
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 02:35 PM

I found it quite easy to fly for a first timer... flew it inside and out.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 03:15 PM

I found it quite easy to fly for a first timer... flew it inside and out.


Guess I should have pointed out something. There are easier ones to fly than others. Usually the coaxial ones are inherently stable than the more usual single large rotor and tail rotor setup. ;) What brand/type did you guys play with?
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 05:02 PM

Don't remember.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:17 AM

I just remember us coming close a few times to landing it in the pool, lol.
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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:07 PM

Hah that's great. I'm sure it would have been worth it, seeing it fizz some magic smoke out upon landing in the water. Added some reference pictures of the type of R/C stuff I own on the first post.
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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:28 PM

We were nowhere near the pool.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:32 PM

I could have sworn we flew over the fence to that area a couple of times. Maybe it wasn't that close but in the area.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:47 AM

I could have sworn we flew over the fence to that area a couple of times. Maybe it wasn't that close but in the area.


Haha.... judging distance in the air is hard when the plane/heli is further away. I've only had that cause me to crash a few times in the past 7 years of flying R/C.

BTW, not sure what model heli you guys are referring to, but here's a couple of popular hobby grade entry level heli's to learn on and then move up from there:

Absolute Beginner, tiny size - near impossible to break:
E-Flite Blade MCX coaxial micro heli
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A larger entry level, still considered "small" but good size to move up to:
Exceed RC Falcon 40 Ready to Fly - 4 channel fixed pitch heli
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