Friday, November 2, 2012

Photos of our recent fun-fly!

Below are some of the photos taken during our recent fun-fly!

Benny helping to launch a funjet
Nathan's Balsa
Me flying my funjet

Something went wrong with Han's Blizzard during flight

Chasing another plane with my funjet! :-)

Nathan hovering his quad

A UFO? No, it's Nathan's Quadcopter!

Quad engine foamie. This thing is HUGE!

Jimmy launching his glider

The JR11X, one of the best Tx around!

Kevin preparing his plane...

All eyes in the sky!

Sara helping to launch a fellow flyer's plane.

Checking if the car is male or female? LOL!

Father and Son bonding time!

My Nitro BMW M3!

We playing everything. RC planes, RC Helicopters, RC Quadcopters, even RC Cars!

Nathan and Sundrum with their prize possession!

Getting ready to ROG!

Vijay hovering his 3D. One of the best 3D hoverer among us!

Oh oh... 

Benny checking out the FPV (First Person Vision) of Nathan's Quad

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My RC Buds!

Here is a photo of my current RC buddies! Actually there's more of us! These few were the ones that were present when we decided to take a group photo shot! We are planning for another group photo shot with as many of us as possible! :-)

Latest addition to my car family - an Nitro on-road car!

I figured that since I have a monster truck (Savage X) and a Truggy (Hyper ST), I might as well go for an On-Road Car to complete the family! After hunting around for a while, I decided to go after the HPI RS4 3 18SS on-road car.

This is a 1/10 scale nitro on-road car. Forum feedback is that this is a good on-road to start for beginners. Furthermore, Tai Seng was selling this at a promo price of $350! This is a complete unassembled kit with a 18-sized engine.

Even the body is a clear un-painted one. The kit comes without electronics (i.e. no radio and servos included), which is exactly what I want because I already have my trusty old Futaba 3PK and does not need to have another lousy stock radion lying around doing nothing.

There are 2 car bodies version to choose from : The Lamborghini Gallardo and the Ford GT. I like the Lamborghini version more so I chose that one. The RS4 3 is a 2-speed setup car and the timing of gear change is adjustable by means of a 1.5mm hex screw. Tighting the hex screw will delay the gear change while loosening it will result in earlier gear change. Most of the stock parts are plastic.

Assembly is pretty easy, thanks to the well-documented instruction manual. The assembly process is split into various stages and the parts for each stage assembly are packed into individual packs and labelled with an alphabet. During assembly process, the only issue i came across was the air filter element. I guess it has been packed for too long as the air filter sponge element almost disintegrated into little pieces when I inserted it into the air filter. In the end, I had to go back to Tai Seng to get another air filter as replacement.

I spend about 3 nights of 3 hours each to assemble the complete car together, including electronics. And another couple of hours for cutting the body, spray painting and applying decals. As this is the first time I am assembling a RC car, the time taken is naturally longer. I am sure a professional would need only 3 hours at the most to complete the entire assembly process. :-)

Below are some photos of the completed car :

Completed assembly!

Front harden foam bumper and shocks

18SS Engine, Cone air filter, and you can catch a glimps of the 2 speed clucth bell.

Pull-start system

Hitec Digital Metal Gear servo for stronger steering control

Below are some pictures with the completed body!

Breaking-in the engine was relatively easy. The fuel tank came with a primer. All I need to do is to prime the engine with sufficient fuel and a couple of pulls later on the pull-starter, the engine fired up without any problems. I left my first 3 tanks on idle mode. With the relatively small fuel tank (75cc), each tank took aound 7-8 mins to be consumed. This is also because I was running the engine very rich during break-in procedure. On the forth and fifth tank, I ran the car at very slow speed with frequent throttle blips to blow the excessive fuel out from the exhaust.

When weekend came, I took the car out for some high speed runs and also took the opportunity to tune it for higher speed through leaning the high-speed-needle (HSN).

Performance of the car has been very satisfactory for me. Although the box mentioned that the car has capability to run beyond 50+mph (80+kmh), I don't feel that my car was really running at that kind of speed during WOT (Wide Open Throttle). But still, the car felt fast! Well, maybe I can lean the HSN further for better speed but I am not going to do that at the moment. At least I still have good control of the car at the current speed. I'm not about to risk crashing the car just yet! :-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Engine for my Monster!

For some reasons, my stock HPI engine for my monster truck cracked at the engine housing and it cannot be started again. I went to TaiSing and got myself the Nosram (LRP) RS.30 engine as a replacement. Wow! This engine is awesome and packs a lot of punch! It's a 4.9CC engine and gives our 4.12HP at 33.500rpm!

My Hopped up Savage X 4.6!

Just realised I have never posted up pictures of my hopped up Savage. So here are a few!

My Hopped up Savage X 4.6

On road tires and rims, alloy upper and lower arms.

Alu front bumper, big bore shocks. Alloy C-hubs.

Aluminium rear bumper. Alloy upper and lower rear arms.
Big Bore shocks, Alloy C-hubs.

STS Tune Pipe

LED Front lights, CCFL body lines.

LED rear lights

Recent back to RC Nitro Car craze again!

Recently I am back to nitro car craze again. It all started 2 months back when I decided to take out my Savage X after shelving it for almost >6 months to try and start the engine again. A new flyer who recently joined our group saw my monster truck was so facinated and amaze at my fully blinged up Monster truck has probably lose sleep just by thinking about my truck. He went online and found someone selling a Savage X and decided to get it.

As this was his first RC nitro truck, naturally he came to me for advice on the tuning and setup of the truck. And over a couple of weeks of helping him, I sort of got hooked back again into RC Nitro cars again.

Since then I have bought a new engine for my Monster Truck (Nosram RS.30) and also bought a new engine also for my Hobao Hyper ST (STS D28M).

A picture of me starting my Hyper ST! :-)

Monday, July 4, 2011

First POT LUCK at Lor Halus!

On 2 July, the guys at Lor Halus decided to have a pot luck session after our fun fly in the evening. Well, it's my first pot luck session with these guys and so I didn't know what to expect. But wow! These guys are awesome man. They turn up with tables, chairs, water dispensers,and most important of all, awesome tasting food!!! There was fish balls, BBQ chicken, sandwhich, otahs, roast duck, seafood tom yum, durian, jackfruit, twisties, chips etc...etc..

It was truly an unforgettable evening!