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Posted by aero104 | Jan 11, 2013 @ 06:35 PM | 3,119 Views
Here is a video I shot to show basic soldering skills for a mini-Deans connector.

Aero104

Basic R/C Connector Soldering (w/music) (3 min 55 sec)

Posted by aero104 | Mar 15, 2012 @ 09:01 PM | 4,944 Views
Posted by aero104 | Mar 15, 2012 @ 07:14 PM | 4,673 Views
I finally edited this video of me DSing in 2009. Estimated 65-100mph.

R/C Dynamic Soaring - Frankfort, KY (3 min 16 sec)

Posted by aero104 | Mar 07, 2012 @ 09:25 PM | 11,717 Views
I have decided to share my experience painting a EPP/EPO/Elapor/Z-Foam airplane, the Multiplex "Fun Cub."

It's very easy and can be done with minimal investment. I have used an IWATA airbrush gun with Createx water based t-shirt paint, but you could use a variety of spray can paints, like Krylon H2O series. Just be careful as some paints will melt the foam. Test first!

I purchased my airbrush gun(s) and paints at a local Hobby Lobby craft store. Hint, don't forget to print off the 40-60% coupon on their website.

The box fan, air filter, and air compressor was purchased at Lowes.

I'm no artist or painter! However, using my simple technique, you will find it is very easy to customize your plane, it's easy as 1-2-3.

One more note about Createx paints. They are extremely durable and last for years, with one exception. You cannot put any tape on the paint, it will pull it off. So you will notice that i plan ahead with the taping so that i never tape over an already painted area. There are ways to overcome this glitch, but it is much easier my way.

Btw, this painting project took about 10hrs to complete including taking the photos.

So, I'll walk you through the steps by narrating the photos that follow...

Good luck!

"Aero104"

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Posted by aero104 | Sep 20, 2010 @ 11:53 AM | 8,834 Views
This is my latest ARF-bash, an eflite Taylorcraft 450.

I clipped an additional 6" of the wing, modified the wingtips and fuselage, added full lighting kit, etc, etc...

Chris
Posted by aero104 | Jul 13, 2010 @ 04:50 PM | 10,096 Views
I use "Permagrit" Sanding sticks. If you build or repair models, these sanding sticks are invaluable! They also work on EPP foam very well.

"the first choice of abrasive tool for
professionals and modellers worldwide

Perma-Grit design and manufacture Tungsten Carbide grit abrasive tools for the Performance Car, Boat and Aircraft market. Our tools are renowned for their longevity and ability to work modern composite materials – Carbon Fibre, Kevlar, Glass Fibre, Perspex, Plexiglas, Lexan, Acrylics, Plastics and Polystyrenes and more conventional materials – Woods, Ceramics, Stone, Marble, Glass and Metal. Designed and used by Hobby and Prototype Model builders and high performance Aircraft, Boat and Formula 1 Racing Car manufacturers around the world."

http://www.permagrit.com/index.php

I buy mine here at Aircraft Spruce & Specialty (A+++company):

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/...permagrit.html

Also, BVM sells the line (higher price) but they also sell the Dremel bits...

http://www.bvmjets.com/Pages/Catalog/permagrit.htm

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Posted by aero104 | Apr 03, 2010 @ 08:47 PM | 9,435 Views
Sunset Flight 10/09 (2 min 5 sec)

Posted by aero104 | Feb 22, 2010 @ 12:14 PM | 10,179 Views
This is an incredible video!

Skip Stewart and I are old friends. We both went to MTSU. He taught me to fly RC aerobatics and I taught him to fly full-scale aerobatics in a 1947 Bucker Jungmann & 1991 Super Decathlon. I was working for Leo Loudenslager (Laser 200) as a mechanic and introduced Skip to the airshow business. He certainly has progressed well beyond my level. Great job!

Skip Stewart Pensacola 2009 Raw Uncut what I see! (10 min 32 sec)

Posted by aero104 | Nov 03, 2009 @ 05:17 PM | 10,461 Views
Posted by aero104 | Aug 05, 2009 @ 11:39 PM | 13,911 Views
I just finished my first ever airbrush project! It was well over my skill level but I learned a lot in the process. I can't wait to paint another one! Lesson#1, paint before you finish and fly plane!

I really like the ParkMaster! It is a fantastic little outdoor flyer. In my top 10 list of favorite planes.

Chris

PS- Thanks to Donatas from www.donuts-models.com for the SUltimate scheme inspiration!
Posted by aero104 | Jul 02, 2009 @ 05:04 PM | 9,598 Views
Here is some onboard footage of slope soaring, formation slope soaring, and dynamic soaring from www.hobby-lobby.com FlyCamOne2.

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/video-camera.htm

This was an experiment if we could slope on 30ft rock side of dam and DS on 50' backside. It worked but a bit tight for laps and not much room for error! Oct 2008.

Glider is 1.5m (60") "sixty" or "epsilon 1.5". Approx 23oz RTF. Mine was Not a DS version but mixed carbon fiber fuselage. Awesome all-around thermal, slope, DS glider!

http://www.soaringusa.com/products/p...ategory_id=257

JR9303 2.4ghz and Spektrum 6200 receiver. You will see the whiskers in the video.

Dynamic Soaring (DS) on 50ft Dam in Tennessee... (onboard video) (7 min 12 sec)

Posted by aero104 | Jul 02, 2009 @ 04:45 PM | 8,839 Views
Just learning to go fast in East TN. Not the best location for DS, but it worked. This plane, known affectionately as "Red Tips", crashed on slope in KY, May 2009. RIP.

Dynamic Soaring with Sixty (epsilon 1.5m) near Lake City, TN (0 min 28 sec)