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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby Joey » Mon May 19, 2008 9:20 pm

I used to fly ... er ... crash ... radio controlled helicopters. Mine were ICE powered.

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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby mr_exon » Mon May 26, 2008 3:10 pm

My HPI nitro RS4.2 belted going as fast as I needed that year (Nearly 100mph)

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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby ngocthach1130 » Mon May 26, 2008 4:12 pm

Yeah i also stopped because i realized it would have been cheaper and more fun if i just take the money and burn directly. At least it'll keep me warm burning the money. The rc stuff breaks every time i take it out. I guess even monster truck can't take a 3 feet ramp without breaking. You're lucky to have such a nicely paved parking lot. I can't run those low on the ground car here. With the cycle of freeze and thaw here, the ground are pitted with cracks and pothole so only monster truck for me. I still love it though.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby nomad85 » Mon May 26, 2008 4:29 pm

I've been flying RC planes(well one plane) for a few weeks. I have the Multiplex Easystar RTF kit, it was pretty fun stock but, I have since upgraded all the components and bought a fancy Spektrum DX6i transmitter/reciever. Brushless motor 30amp ESC and Lipo batteries. It's a great hobby. Learned all about soldering and electronics. Here's a recent video, my second flight with lipo batteries. My little brother is the camera man.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby truckerzero » Wed May 28, 2008 2:12 am

hey nomad that easystar was my first "real rc plane" it got me to learn a lot of basics but it was a real beast to handle in the wind
we get 10 to 15mph almost every day around here
but any way my next plane after that was the brushless stryker found on horizon hobbies website
i have well over 200 flights and am on my 2nd battery pack
i fried the first one by trying to charge it with out letting it cool off first it was a lipo and it puffed up and now will only run for 2 min on a charge
that stryker has seen 35 mph wind gusts and flown on days nobody else had the testicular fortatude to fly on becase of the wind and is still in one peace
oh by the way did i mention it goes 80 mph and another guy i know put a better motor on it and got it up to the mid 100's this thing is super fast
here is a youtube video of a stock one
ps this thing also flys great slow because it is very light since its made from foam
plus in the case of a bad accident it can be glued back together
oh yea i have flown like the guy in this video but would not suggest it to the beginner keep it high in the sky but close to you it can get away from you real quick
if this plane would be your first that would be alright if you can fly very good on a rc plane flight simulator otherwise a perfect 2nd plane
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby Ypedal » Wed May 28, 2008 6:39 am

Man.. loose control of that thing and it might take you head off.. DUCK>>> :D
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby truckerzero » Thu May 29, 2008 2:10 am

i usally only fly that fast at my local rc field and keep it up high and its been a blast and the only money ive put in it is 65 bucks for a new battery i think its 250 bucks at my hobbie shop but i do suggest having a rc flight simulater look up fms free flight simulater thats what i learned on with a game controller for 15 bucks from wally world here is a video of my fliing field ps ive flown my stryker in winds like this on several occasions with no incendences and a couple times with even more wind with out a crash
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby Drunkskunk » Thu May 29, 2008 11:51 am

Since we're sharing videos, here's mine: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9006567111187082687&q=tiger+moth+gws&ei=U94-SIzTKpHQ4AL0ir3tAw&hl=en

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Edit: how the heck do you get those videos embeded?
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby mr_exon » Thu May 29, 2008 3:06 pm

hit the youtube/googlevid key on the top of the post screan and put the ********.com with out the .com

so if your video was http://www.rextuv.youtube.com, you would enter just "rextuv" with out all the extras
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby stew007 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:53 am





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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby Zoot Katz » Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:29 pm

Feh!

I was a gum bander.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby swbluto » Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:53 pm

I really haven't invested much time in "RC" but I have an Air-soft(Plastic-BBs) tank that I equipped with a wireless video cam. :twisted:

I have plans in the future but I'm not going to elaborate.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby bquick » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:12 pm

I've been flying RC for over 25 years. I have a bunch of planes, all electric now. Last winter I built an all foam Extra 300 that is powered by five A123 cells. The motor draws 50 amps and it climbs vertical easily.

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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby truckerzero » Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:30 am

nice foamy and great thing is it will take several "oh crap"s since foam is so easaly repaired
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pontiac sunfire 30 mpg
883 harley sportster 55 mpg
raze rc nitro buggy 196 mpg on 5% nitro methanol fuel
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby v_tach » Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:04 am

Been flying R/C planes now for about 30 years. Too many to remember let alone list. Everything from .10 to very large scale 120cc gasoline powered. No electrics in my fleet.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby truckerzero » Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:18 am

the 120 cc a scale warbird or more of one of those crazy 3d hover over the runway 1 foot off the deck jobs
ford explorer 12 mpg
pontiac sunfire 30 mpg
883 harley sportster 55 mpg
raze rc nitro buggy 196 mpg on 5% nitro methanol fuel
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby johnrobholmes » Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:20 am

I have a few gliders, a few powered planes, a discus launch glider or three, and about 10ish RC cars. Mostly solid axle crawlers. Crawlers are my thing for sure. I spend most of my time on RCCrawler.com/forum
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby will_newton » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:37 pm

I build and fly and compete with carbon fiber and kevlar gliders. fly a few electric helis and other powered planes. I did the rc car thing as a young teenager. I probably keep a dozen or so r/c toys on hand. That background has helped make the transition to e-bikes somewhat smoothly. A lot of my RC stuff has faded into the background now because of the e-bike.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby filbert » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:06 pm

I race on road indoor carpet, it makes the winter shorter. 1/10 scale touring cars and 1/12 scale pan cars. lipo's and brushless motors. Fun stuff!
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby geekybiker » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:27 pm

I've had a bunch of RC cars over the years. Started in Buggies, then raced touring car for awhile down in LA. Moved to Chicago and got into 1/8th scale nitro buggies.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby kfong » Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:13 am

It was the RC stuff that brought me into to the ebike world. I saw a post on one of the threads on what people were doing with the batteries with a bike and knew right away what I wanted to make next. Now I spend more time with ebikes and have left the RC stuff to gather dust, but I still keep a running blog and check up to see what's new. The micro RC stuff is pretty cool, as well as UAV, FPV/RPV, and DLG's. Stuff like that always brings me back into it.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby Thud » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:13 am

I started flying rc back in 84'
Made the transition to 12th scale carpet racing. That kinda died out & I do enjoy 10th scale off road. Buggies more than the trucks. Have one GT asociated also, thats fun.
Still enjoy scratch building small balsa airplanes & crashing them at the local schoolyard when I have time for it.
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby justadad1957 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:36 pm

1/12 carpet racing was my life back in the day matching cells working on motors fun stuff for sure
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Re: how many dabble in radio control

Postby mdd0127 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:47 pm

About ten years ago I walked into the hobby store at the mall, came out with a Traxxas 4-tec and every goodie I could find for it. It wasn't long after that I started modding it, ripping random electronics apart looking for better motors, etc. After a few months, it would go around 80mph, drain the batteries in a couple of minutes. The only problems were that it would get out of controller range in a split second if you weren't careful and it was pretty much directionally uncontrollable at anything over 1/8 throttle. It also seemed magnetically attracted to curbs and light poles! The only place I could find to play with it was the mall parking lot but they eventually asked me to stop because they were scared it was going to damage something. I ended up totaling the car a few times and rebuilding it but eventually sold it for gas money. RC performance potential definitely sparked the EV interest in me.
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