Monday, October 13, 2008

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Well, tomorrow's the big day - Birthday #42! Figuring that I would "treat" myself, I opted for something completely different; something I've never tried before. I have decided to initiate myself into the world of Micro RC! This makes good sense to me, as I have been looking for that perfect plane that I can fly in the front yard, fly in our small gymnasium during the Winter months, and even have something small enough that I can pack away in one of my saddlebags on my Honda VTX 1800 (Hey! Wouldn't it be great to be able to enjoy TWO of my favorite pastimes in one afternoon?).

I have been looking at Plantraco's wares ( for some time, but the cost of the equipment has been just out of my reach. I don't doubt that the stuff is great - if it wasn't, you wouldn't see so many of their products out there!

Termite (on RCGroups) is one of my favorite sellers. This last weekend, he advertised a complete package consisting of a P-51 kit, HXF900 Transmitter, actuators, batteries, a motor, and props. I couldn't pass up the price of $120 for the whole package!

It looks as though the plane is constructed of some very thin (0.025") depron with some carbon fiber to add strength to the fuselage. The wingspan is only 10" and has an AUW of about 12 grams, but the manufacturer claims that the plane can be flown in winds as high as 15mph. I was a bit doubtful, but after seeing some videos of the plane flying in heavy winds, I was sold on it.

This set up allows for RET control and uses actuators instead of servos. I am expecting a serious challenge in building this little thing, as I have very large hands and the typical growing inability to see things that are tiny (stupid middle-age! lol ), but replacement kits are only $15 so if I trash it during the build, I should be able to just get another and try again!

The radio system included in this package is quite intriguing. It is a 900 megahertz system that will offer about a 300' range - plenty for navigating a 10" model around. The radio allows for charging, similar to what so many of the Air Hogs branded toys are doing these days.

If I can manage to get a good build on this one, I fully expect to be able to work up a small case where I can safely store the plane, radio, and whatever other items I want to carry, for transportation in my saddlebag.

I should be receiving the package in the next week, or so. I'll post pics of my progress and let all of you know what I think of it! Picture below is courtesy of Plantraco's website.

Friday, October 3, 2008

RCFlightCast WebSite Gets FORUMS!!

Frank and Brian have added a new Forums section to the RCFlightCast website! This is so cool! And, get this, they put in a section for threads dedicated to posts specifically for the PhlatPrinter!!

Perhaps some of you that have been following the PhlatPrinter threads that were in the RCGroups "Foam Scratchbuilder" area found that RCGroups' Moderators found it necessary to move the Introduction Thread and my Build Thread out of that section and into the General "Builders Workshop" area. Heck, they even moved the PhlatCodez Thread there, too! After many people complained, the finally moved that one back to the Scratchbuilders thread, since it contained the gCode files for people to cut out scratch-built planes. I guess I can understand why they moved the other two threads, but nonetheless, traffic to those valuable threads has dimished significantly. I expect that some people don't even know where the threads were moved to!

Anyway, now all of us PhlatFanz have a place we can call home with no fear of moved threads, and such. I really hope that this new forum board takes off and becomes the "hub" for all of us!

There are some general discussion areas on this forum, as well as places for us to talk about the other podcasts that we are fans of!

Slide on over there and check out the new forums!