May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009

Well, late entry today. I am on my way to a concert in King of Prussia. We are going to see Poco and Craig Beckheart. Its about a 2 hour trip. I have the Toshiba today and we took the truck this time so nice and comfortable this time. So, lets start the “update” section.

Slash news first. Why Slash first? Its simply really. I said so! Anyway… I am thinking of replacing the NIMH batteries I use with some 3 cell LiPo packs. This is more of a “supplementing” replacement though as I will still use the old batteries. If I don’t use them on the Slash, the Evader will use them for sure.

So, why the sudden change in thoughts on LiPo? My complaints have always been cost and the fact that they tend to be able to charge up less then a NIMH. I have read that NIMH can take around 1000 charge cycles while LiPo can only take 300 but I may be wrong on that. Cost wise I can not justify spending 150 or more on ONE battery. Well, the batteries I want are only 50 bucks each.

The downside to such cheap batteries? Ordering them from Hong Kong. Yes they are from Hong Kong. They are 3s 5000MAH 25c Zippy batteries, for 50 bucks each. Why so cheap? Hobby City owns the factory that makes them. I have 2 of the 2200mah 3s Zippy-H (midrange line) for my Blade 400. I will also be ordering a second Accucell 6 charger.

Of course, I need to save up at least another 100 bucks before I can order so it will be some time before I do get them. I have 85 now, and will need about 190 plus shipping. Think of it though, I will be able to run at over 60MPH on my Slash. That is going to be insanely fun. I like using it with NIMH but they don’t last long with the high drain on them with brushless.

If you told me 10 years ago an electric can do speeds over 75MPH I would have skipped nitro in a heart beat. I am sorry I went nitro in the first place. Its a huge money pit and too annoying and messy for me. Electric is charge plug play. I just have to say one thing though.

Electric will always fail in one aspect of nitro. Nitro has that smell, sound, sight, power, its a rush. Now seeing a Savage Flux do a standing backflip is a huge rush too. Nothing though, can compare to the sound of a small engine ripping and screaming. Electric doesn’t have any exhaust either. Thats one of the real reasons I love nitro. The smell and sound.

Speaking of the Savage Flux. Holy hell that thing rips hard. Seeing it do a standing backflip on 2 2s LiPo packs is amazing. Traxxas, I don’t care if the E Revo has neat suspension, unless it can do a standing backflip, I am not very interested right now. Sorry but I want a Savage Flux now. Running ona pair of 3s would be amazing since it does 62MPH. Now that, on a monster truck, is INSANE!

Speaking of which. I would LOOOOVE to convert my buggy to brushless and run a pair of 3s. I can not spend 300 bucks on a Mamba Monster Max though. They can do 85MPH in videos I have seen online. I do miss having four wheel drive on my Slash too. I got to say I am still in love with my Slash. Its not the best in grass, but on dirt or road its a beast.

Now, lets move on to Evader real quick. The ball differential went NOMNOMNOM and killed itself again. Now I am thinking of buying some better Carbide steel balls this time. They cost more though at 12 dollars for the 12 main balls. They are supposed to hold up a lot better. I am also going to get differential grease as I think the Silicone one I used wasn’t good enough. Ball differential grease is supposed to be different then plain grease, and I read I should be using white lithium grease on the trust bearing to keep it very smooth. I also should plug the outdrive up with something to keep the dirt out as that is one way the differential can die.

The evader is running the stock motor right now but with an XL5 speed controller from my Slash. It will get the Method R once the stock motor dies out. I would like to go brushless on it one day with a cheap setup from hobby city or maybe a VXL. I really like the VXL since its easier to setup.

Short helicopter update: I put deans plugs on the Blade 400 but the one wire had a bad solder joint so I am redoing it soon and will be starting RADDS school. I think this may be the best way to learn for me. I have tried on the simulator and its just too hard for me.

And finally a short computer update. I have been using the Fujitsu with Windows 95 now. I am trying to learn Python again so I am writing down and entering a tutorial into the Fujitsu. It kills 2 birds with 1 stone. I learn something and have an excuse to use the Fujitsu.

Supper today was Papa Johns pizza and I really enjoyed it. The concert was a lot of fun but I had some trouble finding good wifi which really sucks. I did get one though so this was posted a little later then normal but not too bad.


May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Well my arm is feeling better so here is a normal sized entry for a change! I GOT SLASH VIDEO! I have to review whats on the card and join them together as its clips. I will put on online soon. I had hot dogs and fries today which was pretty good.

Weather was nice today. It will be 71 and mostly sunny. I will be trying to get more slash video soon so that video may not be uploaded soon. I also have to get my mini T fixed as I tried to glue the broken camber link, but it broke again today. I also got velcro to attach my speed controls and radios.


May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

Well another short one today since I am still sore. I had artichokes for supper. Weather was nice today and we got some rain. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and 75. I set the desktop up again and I am starting to clean my room. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better entry.


May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

I feel off my bike and didn’t feel like tying this up yesterday so… I had speedies, a baked potato, and a salad for supper and the weather sucked and rained a little. I also got a Deans plug onto the Blade 400 and want to start learning how to fly it soon.

Supper today was left over pasta fried in butter and garlic bread. Weather today was dark and chilly and was supposed to rain but it never did. Tomorrow will be 72 and showers. Still pretty sore from yesterday so this is all I am posting today sorry.


May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009

No entry today. Feel off my bike and I am too sore to type a full entry. Will put todays into tomorrow.


May 26, 2009

May 26, 2009

Well today was crappy. It was chilly and rained. It will be 69 and showers tomorrow and I have still yet to get 95 installed on the Fujitsu. I found a copy of 95B upstairs so I will see if it works. I also have pretty much given up in this damn Evader too. I am really sick of this crap. I just want a working car.

Supper today was barbecue chicken wings on the grill. They came out pretty good too. I also want to say one thing: I found a video for Weezer’s Buddy Holly on the 95B CD. How cool is that? I have too see why its on there since I thought that song came out in 2000ish not 1995.


May 25, 2009

May 25, 2009

Well late today sorry. I was busy taking apart the Fujitsu to try installing a new OS. I will post more tomorrow. I also have to say I am not sending my Evader in again even though its acting up again. I will fix it come hell or high water.

Weather was great today but tomorrow will be 58 and showers then rain tomorrow night. Dinner today was pasta, no cook out here! I also want to say I took a really nice picture yesterday and will post the image tomorrow as I rushed to get this written and up.