Showing posts from February, 2015

National F3B team website

The French National F3B team 2015 just opened his webpage where you will find information and can participate to a tombola to win a FS3 from Tud-Modeltechnik, or buy a Polo T-shirt. They are waiting for your support !

Tornado, a new kid on the block

Matthieu Barrabes design this new F3F plane and teamed up with RCRCM for the manufacturing. The Tornado has a 2.9m wingspan, and feature an original wing planform. Matthieu just received the prototype and should fly it soon.

More pictures and the assembly log here.

F3F model template for Taranis

I realized that I have not shared my F3x model template for the Taranis. The zip file contains the model template with the sound files in addition to put in /SOUNDS/EN/

You can download it from here.

Taranis plus and new battery

I received my second Taranis Plus today, so I'm equiped and ready for the F3F season. It will be easy to maintain the 2 Taranis excatly in sync thanks to companion TX software.

I also received my LiIon batteries for the Taranis. On the first picture you can see the original battery (NiMh, 2000 mAh), an hyperion LiFe 2S normally use in a glider, but that was fitting well in the compartiment, and the new Li-Ion battery I need to assemble.

It's a 26500 format, 3.7 nominal voltage, 3 Ah capacity, 2S. Each cell measures 26mm in diameter byr 5 cm in length. They fit particularly well in the compartiment and let lots of space. I'll will have about plenty of flying time !

RC Soaring Digest, March Issue

My review of the Rotmilan from RTGModel is in the March issue of RC Soaring Digest, among other interresting articles and reports. you can download this issue at the following address:

RCSD March Issue

F3F practice LUA script for Taranis

I have posted the F3F Practice LUA scrip zip file on RC Settings

You can also download it from here

Enjoy !

Robbe Modellsport GmbH in bankruptcy

Robbe Modellsport GmbH  announced last friday 02/06/2015 that they were in bankruptcy. Problem with Robbe is that they are just rebranding goods/products coming from China. Robbe Radio are Futaba. Not sure that someone will be interested to buy Robbe, like SJ did with Graupner.

OpenTX, the ultimate F3x radio firmware ?

After leaving the Team JR as an official pilot for 3 year, I was again on the radio market to find the radio that would fit my needs.

My requirements were quite simple: I needed a very flexible programming allowing to implement in flight adjustements. For exemple, I wanted to change the snap flap rate with a clic of trim, per flight mode, or I wanted to change the ailerons differential with another trim, change the camber with a knob, change the elevator compensation with butterfly in a trim clic, etc ... So Flexibility first, but not only, I also wanted an easyly upgradable radio, a good choice of receiver with small size for tiny F3X fuselages, voice capabilities ...

After studying user manuals, I have identify the Jeti DS/DC, the Weatronic Bat 60, the FrSky Taranis, and possibly the T18MZ . Most of these radio are high end radio, so the entry ticket is quite expensive. If you add the price of 5 or 6 receivers, then the investment start to be really high.

And the winning Radio is ?

Nüremberg 2015 Photo Report

Thanks to Flash-RC, here is a nice photo album about Nüremberg 2015 ! Many thanks Hervé !

According to him, disappointing edition, lots of multicopters, big brands like MPX, Graupner, Robbe had very few or no new items. However MPX should release 4 new items within the year 2015. One should have been released now, but after a problem with some parts, they decided to shift the release date and not talk at all about it.

Hacker Model Vagabond XL

The now popular VTPR glider Vagabond is now available in a larger wingspan version and feature a full moving elevator control using pulley to reach a deflection of ±90°!
Like its little brother, it is made from EPP, printed, and covered with a laminate film. available in different color schemes, it is also proposed in electro version.

 Weight: from 750g Wingspan: 2010mm Lenght: 990mm

SKG Hacker Model glider range

Hacker Model announced a new model range called SKG (simple known gliders) proposing 4 well known semi-scale aerobatic gliders (Fox, Blanik, Swift, Lunak) in several colors with full-color full printing. Some of same also exist in electro version.

They are all 2m wingspan with a length between 950 mm and 1060mm, weight is about 780g. They are made from EPP, printed, and covered with a sort of laminated foil.