Magnum XL 70 RFS 4-Stroke Engine (Red Bull 540 Update)

I blasted out an update on the Red Bull 540 build rather quickly. I am stuck trying to get the plane in a fly-able condition. This is why I haven’t had another update on the plane. I can’t fly it! I ordered a Magnum XL 70 RFS 4-stroke glow engine from HobbyPeople.net. If you read the update post you’ll know that ordering from HobbyPeople.net was a pleasure. However, getting the engine to work has not. I am having some trouble getting this engine running correctly. After searching around with Google and looking through posts here and other forums I cannot find a … Continue reading

SPMReader Update

Here is a quick update regarding the SPMReader application I created for Spektrum RC Aircraft Radios. It’s been about a month since I announced the SPMReader application. The amount of work that I’ve been able to put into the application hasn’t been as much as I hoped. The biggest updated is that the application now supports the following radios and features: DX18 Converts the SPM to a standardized XML format. DX8 Converts the SPM to a standardized XML format. Currently working on the conversion. It doesn’t look like much now, but the first two points under each radio is important. Once … Continue reading

Using Gitorious, TortoiseGit, and Msysgit Together

And Not Crying! So if you’ve read previously I’ve setup a Gitorious server at my work to do some POC that doesn’t necessarily need to go into our source control systems for standard release software. Up to this point I’ve only used the CLI on Ubuntu to issue git commands. I kinda was at a loss on how to work with Git on a Windows machine. Since I’ve used TortoiseSVN and I knew there were other Tortoise* derivatives I checked to see if there was a flavor that supported Git. Turns out there is, TortoiseGit. TortoiseGit is just an interface … Continue reading

CentOS 6 and Gitorious

At my work we use and I manage Team Foundation Server for our source control system. TFS has great application life-cycle management. Outside of work I use GitHub.com for project hosting. Git is a great source control system. GitHub provides a great service for those needing a remote repository.  TFS has its benefits. Git/GitHub has its own benefits. This post won’t degenerate into which is better or how you should avoid one and use the other. That said, I’m a big proponent of using the best tool when the situation dictates it. Anyhow, recently I wanted to do some development at work that … Continue reading

Airfoilz Foamie Planes

I just ordered and received an Airfoilz Edge 540 NX plane. This isn’t the build thread. While waiting for the plane to arrive I wanted to familiarize myself with how it was built. Turns out I couldn’t find the manual online. Here are the manuals that came on the CD. Hopefully your Google search will land you here! Airfoilz NX Series Airfoilz NX Manual Bipe NX Manual Ver 1 Full Fuse Planes Bearcat Bearcat Manual Bearcat Part Sheet Rev 1 Edge 540 Edge 540 FF Manual – Ver 1 Edge 540 Part Sheet Extra 260 Extra 260 Manual (DropBox) Extra … Continue reading

Red Bull Zivko Edge 540 Build

Initial Fitting

I fell in love with the Red Bull Zivko Edge 540 planes from the Red Bull Air Race World Championships. They invoke the feeling of speed and performance, not to mention they look amazing. After some searching I found a RC model of the planes. This is my build thread for the plane. Continue reading

Announcing SPMReader

So after a few comments on the DX18 Template Editing Application showing some interest I decided to create a quick POC type project on GitHub. The application is called SPMReader. This application reads the SPM files from Spektrum radios (currently only the DX18). Currently it is written in .NET 4.5.1. There’s no reason that it couldn’t be compiled in a more Mono friendly version of .NET, though. If you’re on a WinOS or have access to a Windows VM I suggest grabbing the latest version of Visual Studio Dev Express and trying it out. I’m not ruling out a Java port. I’m … Continue reading

Where is Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Headed?

I decided to a little spring cleaning recently. I got onto LinkedIn, Monster.com, and Careers.StackOverflow.com to update my resume. After some refreshing I decided to punch some info into the various job searches just to see what would show up. You know, not even testing the waters, but looking to see what people are looking to fill. Mobile development, native and web, seems to be a hot place to be. Having experience in “open” languages like Java, Ruby, PHP, etc also seem to be highly sought for in a developer. I decided to look for the stuff that I work … Continue reading

Value Hobby Aviator 60 ARF Build

Test Fit

Value Hobby Aviator 60 ARF Build This past Christmas my dad decided to feed my model addiction by giving me a Value Hobby Aviator 60 ARF. If you’re looking for a good high wing aerobatic trainer or just a good lazy afternoon plane then look no further! At the time of this post this ARF cost $100. To my dad’s house it was less than $130. You read that correctly, the ARF to your door should be less than $130! Now, you’re probably think that for only $130 it has got to be a piece of junk. I can say … Continue reading