Monday, May 18, 2015

Durafly hyperbipe biplane enhancements

One of the first problem with this cheap plane is the landing gear.
It bends a lot upon landing... and it does land roughly despite 30% EXPO on the elevator and having an onboard gyroscope stabilisator.

First, glu the plastic support of the landing metal rod with generous amounts of epoxy resin (2 components resin) It will stabilise the entire wheels train.
Second, get rid of those tiny wheels and get some larger ones, i found some that still fit on the rod (wheel size 2.5 inch/19mm wide)
to prevent ample bending upon landing and hitting the propeller on concrete, glu a resistant light rope on each side of the wheels with several nodes around the metal, glu it with gorilla glu or other, hook it to a spring as shown on the picture. it now bounces like a rabbit upon landing :)

Enhancement #2
SMD Wing lights

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Pocatello, Idaho view from remote controlled plane s onboard camera

Fields at end of Vista Drive

onboard view

City creek

After a 25 min hike from upper citry creek parking, comes an area with a slight slope and a gravel road making landing poccible for a small aircraft...

before take off i like to take a picture as you never know 1- if all is going to happen according to plan, 2- if you are going to recover the aircraft in one piece, 3- if you are going to recover it at all.

First, the view from the ground with both the launched take offs.

Second, the onboard camera s HD video:


AMI/Kirkham trail (close to the zoo) and Ross park aerial panorama above Kirkham trail
i still need to refine the method of image capture as at this point, i need to rotate the entire aircraft to get the 360/180 degree pictures, and the reference point is not the same anymore after such a manoeuver...

First, the view from the ground with the 3 take offs, 1 successfull landing, 1 landing in a bush and the last landing tripping in grass...

Second, the onboard camera s HD video: