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As the winter is creeping upon us does anyone have any goals for the winter? Builds, simulator goals, or anything else to keep you busy during the cold months? Or do you guys kind of pack stuff up and wait for spring?

Things that I want to do this winter is keep flying as the winter weather permits, but I know not as much as I would like. Here is a list that I want to do this winter, and by spring I hope that I've checked them all off.

1.) Fine tune the Diabolo and have its setup finalized. This is at the top of the list!
2.) Build up the new Compass 6HV Ultimate, and have it tuned.
3.) Start heavy into simming again. Things that I want to get nailed down.
            a.)Pirouetting funnels: I can do them in the sim but have been to scared to do them in Real Life
            b.)Inverted pirouetting mobius: Its spinning while doing a flat figure 8 while inverted. Also can do these on the sim, but haven't actually tried                          them in Real Life
            c.)Start really working on Right Pirouetting. I'm a primarily left piro pilot right now, and right feels unnatural. This is my biggest goal. This will                    open a lot more maneuvers, and will be one of the last orientations for me to learn.
            d.) Start getting more into auto rotations
            e.) Work on doing more nose right as right now I'm nose right dominant.
4.)Get my Henseleit TDR frame brace installed for it to handle the Kontronik motor from the Diabolo. It has the correct esc for the motor to run properly so it makes sense to put in there. I also want to take the Vbar off of it and put an IKON Fbl controller on there. Maybe also set it up with fans, and heat sinks with the oversized power setup.
5.) My JR Forza is going to get a bigger motor in it also. I'm going from an Align 750 to the Align 800 motor that I originally wanted to put in it. I had issues with the Vbar when I was building it, and I had to eliminate things until I found the problem. Now to set it up as I planned.
6.) I have a Compass Atom 500 that I crashed 2 1/2 years ago that I want to finish and get back in the air. This is the helicopter that I want to setup as a buddy box.
7.)I purchased a second Futaba 8fg Super to setup for buddy box so really any of my helicopters can be setup. I just need to figure it out.
8.)I need to clean out of stuff that I don't use anymore. Need to sell off 2 700 class helicopters that I don't fly anymore, and a slew of electronics.
9.) Finish up my foamy biplane.
10.) Start over on setup on my Blade 180's setup. It needs a head setup that a pain with it being so dang small, and I've been putting it off.
11.) Start picking LIPO packs for next spring.
12.)Do a bigger charging setup. I want to pick up another charger so I can have more than 1 set of packs charging. I have a 1200 watt power supply already to feed it. So I'd like to do a professional like charging case with 2 1000w+ chargers, and 1 smaller charger for smaller packs.

Looks like an ambitious list, but I think we have a long winter ahead of us. I'd be ok if I don't get the charger case setup, but it would be nice to have for spring time. I really want to get better as a pilot for next year, but need the tools to get there.

Lets hear what you guys have planned.

Anthony
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Good grief Anthony. I fly as much as possible all winter, use skis if necessary. I have a bunch of repair work to do, including getting my slope soaring planes ready for spring winds.  What a less than ambitious list. I do have a giant Aeromaster that needs a going over to get it in the air again.
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RRMerlin said

Good grief Anthony. I fly as much as possible all winter, use skis if necessary. I have a bunch of repair work to do, including getting my slope soaring planes ready for spring winds.  What a less than ambitious list. I do have a giant Aeromaster that needs a going over to get it in the air again.

Why good grief?

Is slope flying over til spring? I would have thought the winds would keep up from now on through winter?

Helicopters might keep me a little more busy over the winter months but its fun to experiment on setups. I've got a lot of inspiration to make a big leap by spring otherwise I'd barely be up to where I am now by mid summer. Simulators only take you so far, and I need more stick time to make the next step. I just want to keep progressing, and a break will only hurt me.

Anthony
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Anthony,
I agree, good grief. Your list of to-do stuff looks so intense. Mine is also modest, or at least less technical, than yours. It is primarily repair work, or upgrade work.  As for slope flying during the winter...some folks do it, but for the most part standing on a hill in the wind with low temperatures doesn't equal fun. Even during the spring there are times when the chill from the wind is a little rough. Add to the above, the fact that our normal slope soaring hills become difficult to access. Fingers are particularly difficult to keep warm enough to have any feeling. I've been tempted to buy one of those insulated bags to put your radio and hands in while flying, but since I'd have to slip my right hand into the bag after launching, when I need to have it to fly seems a little tough for a klutz. 

I have a heavy duty tow plane to set up for a release so I can cut errant sailplanes loose if they threaten the tow plane. It's Italian made, called a Taurus. At sea level they can launch sailplanes up to 6 meters in span, up here I would not dream of trying that. I have a somewhat worn Riser 100 sailplane to which I'd like to add an electric motor for launching. It needs to be recovered and the vertical stabilizer rebuilt to remove the counter balance. I have a Kadet Senior that needs to be stripped and recovered (for me a very time consuming task). So my tasks are pretty mundane too. 


Thermals---I need thermals!
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Tippodriver said

Anthony,
I agree, good grief. Your list of to-do stuff looks so intense. Mine is also modest, or at least less technical, than yours. It is primarily repair work, or upgrade work.  As for slope flying during the winter...some folks do it, but for the most part standing on a hill in the wind with low temperatures doesn't equal fun. Even during the spring there are times when the chill from the wind is a little rough. Add to the above, the fact that our normal slope soaring hills become difficult to access. Fingers are particularly difficult to keep warm enough to have any feeling. I've been tempted to buy one of those insulated bags to put your radio and hands in while flying, but since I'd have to slip my right hand into the bag after launching, when I need to have it to fly seems a little tough for a klutz. 

I have a heavy duty tow plane to set up for a release so I can cut errant sailplanes loose if they threaten the tow plane. It's Italian made, called a Taurus. At sea level they can launch sailplanes up to 6 meters in span, up here I would not dream of trying that. I have a somewhat worn Riser 100 sailplane to which I'd like to add an electric motor for launching. It needs to be recovered and the vertical stabilizer rebuilt to remove the counter balance. I have a Kadet Senior that needs to be stripped and recovered (for me a very time consuming task). So my tasks are pretty mundane too. 



How is the Kadet Senior, and tow plane setup coming? Spring will start poking its head here in 2 months!
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So winter is definitely here, and half way to spring now. I'm trying to stick to my winter duties, but can be difficult as we know. Here is my halfway point update.

1. My Diabolo is under going some more renovations, but making some progress. I've decided up bump up the head speed up to 2050, and 2100. To do this I slowed the tail down, and might try a tri-blade tail too for a little more umph. Also I added a custom made heat sink on the motor as I noticed excessive heat build up. Its almost ready for a few flights. Oh! I also added a bluetooth module that is compatible to tune via my phone which will be very handy. I also bought a Optipower ultra mega power guard, but I'm not sure if I wanna rewire the Diabolo again...

2. 6hv Ultimate is done minus the same bluetooth module that I install on the diabolo. The only thing really lacking for a maiden is a final run through the fbl setup and its ready!!

3. Simulator time is still everyday. I have inverted piro mobius nailed, right piro flips are coming and I did my first full right piro flips today on the sim! Autorotations are coming but have taking a back seat to right piro stuff. Also working on nose left and right stuff.

4. My Henseleit TDR has the Kontronik motor installed and the extra frame brace installed to handle the extra power. Just some extra programming is needed. Undecided if the Vbar will be replaced with an Ikon.

5.  The new Motor for the Forza 700 isn't installed but I'm planning on installing in this weekend.

11. I've picked up 2 sets of 6s 4500's, and a set of 6s 3000 packs for the 6hv Ultimate. They are all soldered up ready to go.

The rest is still undone, but I think I've got some time left.

Anthony
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Anthony,
My wife bought me a Hanger 9 1/4 scale Dehavilland Tiger Moth for Christmas. I have a 3200 watt motor for it to tow gliders with. I just pulled everything out of the box and will start assembling it tomorrow.  O_o

Randy

Onward and Upward.
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Nice Randy! Cool looking Bi-Plane. Hopefully I'll be able to see it fly! Good luck, and have fun.

BTW, you don't seem excited?
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Oh yes, I'm excited. I can't believe she bought it for me. If it weighs 16 pounds, it should have just under 200 watts per pound! It ought to be able to pull some fairly large gliders. :lol:

Onward and Upward.
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Now we just need a scale model of an antique glider to tow. Where is Mr. Hatch?

Anthony, I haven't gotten a da?? thing done on the Senior, the sailplane or the Taurus. Around here, the holidays are a total loss as far as doing anything not related to jingle bells. Once I get all the lights and other stuff put away, I may be able to get back to some airplaning. I did get the bottom of the wing for one of my sailplanes recovered, not I just have to repair the internal damage on another and then move forward with the other projects. I have to relearn how to program the DX-18, which so far has not come easily to me. Seems like the programming is very different than the DX-7. Since I intend to shift all my Spectrum outfitted airplanes to the 18, I have got to figure it out. So far I've only flown one of my sailplanes with the 18, and clearly needed to lengthen the sticks to the max, and program in more exponential. 

Thermals---I need thermals!
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That DX-18 is a nice radio. It has lots of capability. That's the first thing I do with a radio, is extend the sticks all the way to desensitize them and throw in a good bit of expo for new flight jitters. 

Onward and Upward.
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Since I have the tremor problem, I may extend the sticks even farther if I can figure out how to do it and still be able to reach the locking bolt down inside the factory sticks. I extended the stick on my old AM radio with short pieces of dowel rod, but the original sticks locked in place with an external nut. I may end up putting a larger diameter extension on the 18 where a hole in the center won't be a potential problem.  Just have to try something to see if it'll work.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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There are some extensions out there, available. You might have to look them up. :(

Onward and Upward.
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Tippodriver said

Now we just need a scale model of an antique glider to tow. Where is Mr. Hatch?

Anthony, I haven't gotten a da?? thing done on the Senior, the sailplane or the Taurus. Around here, the holidays are a total loss as far as doing anything not related to jingle bells. Once I get all the lights and other stuff put away, I may be able to get back to some airplaning. I did get the bottom of the wing for one of my sailplanes recovered, not I just have to repair the internal damage on another and then move forward with the other projects. I have to relearn how to program the DX-18, which so far has not come easily to me. Seems like the programming is very different than the DX-7. Since I intend to shift all my Spectrum outfitted airplanes to the 18, I have got to figure it out. So far I've only flown one of my sailplanes with the 18, and clearly needed to lengthen the sticks to the max, and program in more exponential. 

I feel your pain figuring out a new tx. I changed from Spektrum to Futaba, and that was not easy. Actually I still struggle with it. You can figure it out, though. Hopefully things will slow down a little bit for you get time before spring time hits.
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Jim,
I ran across an rcgroups article on setup for DLG that includes the following with regard to your control stick adjustments:

Take the transmitter sticks and set their spring tension to the max. With soft springs, one
CANNOT feel the location of the control surfaces with sufficient precision. Soft sticks sell radios.
Stiff sticks win competitions. If the max is not high enough, get stiffer springs. They are available
for pretty much any radio.

He goes on to recommend removing ALL expo etc. etc.  If you want the whole article I will figure out how to use this editor's attachment feature.

Byron
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