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Posted by Murocflyer | Oct 11, 2014 @ 10:50 PM | 2,607 Views
Everyone likes to save money and since I have a list of over 300 RC vendors (probably most of them), I am checking all of them for how much their shipping costs are. It will take me some time to gather the data but it should turn out to be an excellent resource for online shoppers. Please be patient with me as I do the research and update this post.

So as we know we are comparing apples to apples, the ground rules are that we are shipping a servo or other small items. Oversized containers make shipping more expensive no matter who is shipping it unless a company offers special deals or promotions.

Speaking of free, you can help donate to a worthy cause that is free to you by using Smile.Amazon (http://amafoundation.modelaircraft.o...through-amazon). My donations go to the AMA and since we shop there quite often it is great to know we are benefiting from me spending money.


Free
Amazon
Custom Standoffs
Your LHS

$1.99
Tower Hobbies (Free if >$99 and SSC)

$2.00
HeadsUp RC

$2.31
Heli Direct

$2.32
Banana Robotics

$2.49
Hobby People

$2.50
General Hobby

$2.79
A Main

$2.82
Falcon Hobby Supply

$2.95
3drcparts
Small Parts CNC

$2.99
Horizon Hobby (Free if >$99)
Trimcraft Aviation RC

$3.00
Radical RC

$3.27
Aloft Hobby

$3.32
Atomik RC
Blue Sky RC
GetFPV

$3.41
Buddy RC

$3.45
Aloft Hobbies

$3.49
Altitude Hobbies

$3.50
3DRCForums Swag
BP Hobbies
DW Foamies
Innov8tive Designs

$3.62
Cheap Battery Packs

$3.95
3D Foamy
Davis Diesel Development

$3.97
DonsRC

$3.99
Dubro
Value Hobby

$4.00
Micro Fasteners
Callie Graphics
Fox Manufacturing

$4.12
Century Jet Models Inc

$4.32
3DXHobbies

$4.50
Millennium RC

$4.75
BuyAero
$4.50
Millennium R/C

$4.95
3DRC Hobbies
Hansen Hobbies

$5.00
Motion RC (<$100, Free for >$100)
Armattan

Frank
Posted by Murocflyer | Jul 20, 2014 @ 12:50 AM | 3,979 Views
I know folks rarely take the time to thank you for your efforts in helping out the community and it is great to hear that every now and then. Just recently, I was thanked about the work done on my blog and it made me wonder who visits it and appreciates it.

So I took a snapshot the other day. Hard to believe I have helped almost 15,000 people.

That's awesome!

Frank
Posted by Murocflyer | Jul 08, 2014 @ 11:42 AM | 5,095 Views
We all love model aviation no matter what the form. Some like airplanes, some helicopters, some sailplanes or gliders, others like multicopters, cars and/or boats. No matter what form of model aviation you participate in or like to do, at one point in time there was someone to teach you the ropes and show you how to build, fly, or how to know what power system to use on your new model. We were not born with knowing how to fly model aircraft or knowing how to build a foam or balsa plane. That skill or talent was most likely taught to you by someone close to you, or someone you met at your local club. But for some, finding that person to teach them the necessary skills is not always easy to do.

I have found a solution which will make it easier for modelers to get help in their local area, and an easy method that allows providing and offering help to others in this hobby. I have coined the term for those willing to help others “Model Aviation (MA) Mentors.” The idea is quite simple and it uses an online map program that is available to everyone.

The online Google Maps titled “Model Aviation Mentors; Model Airplane Builder Volunteers & Flight Instructors” allows MA Mentors to identify themselves with a location and contact information such as an email address and/or phone number so modelers or newcomers in their local area can contact them if they are looking for help. We will also need to know what kind of help you can provide to newcomers such as flight...Continue Reading
Posted by Murocflyer | Mar 15, 2014 @ 03:45 PM | 6,827 Views
A discussion with a fellow RCG member has led me down this path to help solve the issue of how much current a servo draws under regular use and max use current draw. Knowing this information is a great way to determine if an external BEC is necessary and it is also a great way to prevent brownouts and subsequent crashes.

Just think if this information was known years ago. I can only imagine how many crashes would have been prevented if servo manufacturers would list this data.

I have been trying to nail down this data by searching the WWW and was led to a french website that did have some servo draw information. It's fairly old and does not list a number of newer more popular servos.

As a testament on how scarce this data really is, here is a thread; http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2123039 with over 500 views and yet no one has been able to put a finger on any kind of decent data that we can use relative to max servo draw numbers.

ServoCity (my favorite place to buy servos) does help us out some by giving is this for example:

Current Drain (4.8V): 5.3mA/idle and 400mA no load operating

But knowing that is not enough for us. We really need to know what these servos are pulling under load and what is their max draw.

So in an effort to help my fellow modeler, (do I have Mike and Bryan to blame for this? ) I have started down the path to discover something that is not freely known. I hope to get my test equipment up and running within the next week or so and start testing servos. I'll keep a running list of what I learn and I hope this will help us all out in the future. Just like Dr, Kiwi did with brushless motor testing when there wasn't any info out there for us.

And of course I'll list the equipment I am using and post some photos of my test stand so if anyone else wants to try this for themselves they can do it. And as usual, prototypes can always be improved on so yours will be better than mine.

Frank
Posted by Murocflyer | Feb 10, 2014 @ 12:58 AM | 5,846 Views
Years ago it was hard to figure out what prop, ESC, Motor, etc you needed to fly your plane safely. Now, there are a number of websites that do the work for you.

Here is how I easily figure out what my next power system is and it only takes me a few minutes to do so.

How To Pick Your Power System For Your Model Airplane (12 min 3 sec)


Frank
Posted by Murocflyer | Jan 25, 2014 @ 10:38 PM | 6,224 Views
I have been videoing a few of my balsa builds as of late and as I been doing so, I have have been getting emails, phone calls, and PMs with questions about certain things pertaining to a certain part of a build.

I figured I would extract some of this things from my videos and make them into separate "how to" videos.

Here are some of them and if anyone would like me to make a video on something they do not quite understand or need clarification on, please let me know.

As I make more of these, I will drop them below.

Frank


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Making Clean Holes in Covering Film (2 min 30 sec)



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Posted by Murocflyer | Jan 25, 2014 @ 08:53 PM | 6,252 Views
We all know that the Mountain Models Switchback Sport is the quintessential park flyer. Nothing can beat its ability of flying at such a slow speed and yet still be aerobatic enough to keep an experienced pilot happy. It is also a great plane to fly in smaller parks and areas of 1.5 acres or so. I have often taken off and landed my SB width wise on my driveway.

But, along came an even sweeter flying model that has an even lighter wing loading than the SB Sport and two servos per wing. This beauty is call the EVA Sport and is also designed and sold by Mountain Models & Laser Arts.

As with my other build videos, I plan to build this airplane and video the construction of it as a guide to help others in building this plane or as a reference to build other balsa kits.

Below I will list all the components I plan on using in the EVA Sport and will follow that with step by step videos from initial unpacking to her maiden flight.

Please let me know if there is anything I should cover and I will be sure to include that in my video.

Frank

Components


Motor: http://www.innov8tivedesigns.com/pro...roducts_id=778

Servos: http://www.servocity.com/html/hs-5055mg_servo.html

ESC: http://www.castlecreations.com/products/talon.html

Battery: http://www.buddyrc.com/glacier-30c-1550mah-3s1p.html

Rx: https://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/...dId=SPMAR6115E

Prop: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXZK92
Posted by Murocflyer | Jan 04, 2014 @ 11:11 PM | 6,669 Views
I put together a list of recommended tools with the help of my friends on RCG. You do not need all of these tools, but if you plan on sticking with the hobby, these are some recommended tools you will acguire during your building career.

The tools in bold are tools I feel you really need to have.

Acetone
Allen (Hex) Wrenches (Metric)
Allen (Hex) Wrenches (SAE)
CA Tips (Pipette tips)
CG Tool
Clothes pins
Covering Iron
Cutting Mat
Dental floss
Dial Calipers
Dremel Tool (Cordless)
Fourmost Miter Cut
Fourmost Miter Sander
Great Planes Easy-Touch Bar Sander 11"
Great Planes Easy-Touch Hand Sander 5.5"
Great Planes Easy-Touch Sandpaper 150 Grit
Great Planes Easy-Touch Sandpaper 220 Grit
Great Planes Multi-Sander
Great Planes Pro Building Board 16x36x3/4"
Hayes Large Clamp 4"
Hayes Small Clamp 1-3/8" (2)
Heat Gun
Heat shrink tubing, multiple sizes
House of Balsa Upright 90 Degree Alignment Jig
Infrared Thermometer
Jeweler's Files
Levels, small
Magnifying glass
Masking tape various widths
Master Air Screw Balsa Stripper
Master Air Screw Razor Plane
Metal straightedge 36"
Mircobubbles or sawdust
Multimeter
Modeling or T-pins
Paper towels
Parchment paper
Pin Vise
Pro-Edge Speed Clamp 4"
Prop Balancer (used between two magnets)
Q-Tips
Rubber bands
Rubbing Alcohol
Rulers 6" or 12"
Sanding blocks (PermaGrit is top of the line)
Scalpel with #23 blades
Scotch tape
Screwdriver Set
Small Drill Bits
Soldering Iron or Soldering Gun
Soldering Jig (The Jigs Up is the best)
Square
Syringe
Third Hand
Thread or fishing line
Toothpicks, round and flat
Tweezers large and small
Vise
Waste basket
Watt Meter
Weights; sandbags, steel plates, lead shot, etc
Wire Bender (needle nose pliers)
Z-Bend Pliers
Zona Berna Clamp Small
Zona Miter Box
Zona Razor Saw 42T/in
Posted by Murocflyer | Nov 30, 2013 @ 12:58 AM | 7,468 Views
For my next build video I plan on building a Stevens Aero SPORTStik.

I am thinking this would be the perfect step up for a beginner wanting to learn how to fly with ailerons and learning how to build something out of balsa. This is a very easy kit to build and perfect for a beginner builder.

I will be using the following components:


Motor: http://www.innov8tivedesigns.com/pro...roducts_id=814

Servos: http://www.innov8tivedesigns.com/pro...roducts_id=138

ESC: http://www.innov8tivedesigns.com/pro...roducts_id=897

Battery: http://www.buddyrc.com/glacier-30c-1300mah-2s1p.html

Rx: https://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/...dId=SPMAR6115E

Fuselage: https://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?i...5&pid=G1234346

Motor Mount: http://www.flyerc.mybigcommerce.com/...r-motor-mount/

Covering: https://www.stevensaero.com/AeroFILM-TM/

MLG Wheels: http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...60&pid=S456947

Tail Wheel: http://www.empirerc.com/dubro-1-1-2-...s-2-p-179.html

Prop: http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...-sf-APC11047SF

We all know that the plastic that comes with the standard SS is pretty poor quality. So I am upgrading the plastic and adding a steerable tail wheel. The parts can be ordered from Millennium R/C.

Fuselage Kit: http://www.flyerc.mybigcommerce.com/...e-accessories/

Stay tuned for the build videos. I'll be posting the links to them as soon as I can get them edited and uploaded.

Here is part 1. And as always, please let me know if I missed something that...Continue Reading
Posted by Murocflyer | Nov 29, 2013 @ 10:40 AM | 7,043 Views
For my next build video I plan on building a Zeke's Park Scale Models "LoLo"

I will be using the following components:


Motor: http://www.innov8tivedesigns.com/pro...roducts_id=864

Servos: http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/SPMDSP75#t1

ESC: http://www.innov8tivedesigns.com/pro...roducts_id=897

Battery: http://www.buddyrc.com/glacier-20c-800mah-2s.html

Rx: https://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/...dID=SPMAR6115E

AUW came out to 7.2 oz.

Stay tuned for the build videos. I'll be posting the links to them as soon as I can get them edited and uploaded.

Frank

Part 1

Building the Park Scale Models LoLo Part 1 (4 min 53 sec)


Part 2

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Posted by Murocflyer | Sep 08, 2013 @ 08:37 PM | 10,358 Views
There has been a lot of discussion in the past few years on how difficult working with balsa is and how tough it is to build a balsa kit. Since many of us know that is not the case, even for a newcomer in this hobby, I have decided to make a video while I build a Stevens AeroModel Buzz 400.

The Buzz 400 is the next generation of SQuiRT 400 that many of you have flown in the Wings Across America 2008 adventure.

Here is how to build a balsa airplane.

Frank


Building the Stevens Aero Buzz 400 (8 min 3 sec)


Part 2

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Posted by Murocflyer | Jun 29, 2013 @ 03:52 AM | 6,234 Views
I often see many of the same questions asked over and over so I am going to start a list of things a person should know when participating in this hobby. This will be a living document and grow over time. I thought I had this in my blog here on RCG, but I guess it was in another forum so here it goes.
Posted by Murocflyer | Jun 10, 2013 @ 02:11 AM | 7,070 Views
I have come to the conclusion that there are very few balsa parkflyers available on the market today, The best balsa parkflyers are all built from kits from places like Mountain Models, Stevens Aero, Zeke's Park Scale Models, and the like. After searching over 70 retailers and seeking advice from multiple RC forums and of course model aviation groups on Facebook I have built the list below.

Sadly, for those that do not have the time to build airplanes we are being shorthanded. Please note that this list does not include profile planes. That will be another list entirely. Also note that I am using the AMA's standard for a parkflyer which is 32 ounces or less for the airplanes below.

We all know that the MM Switchback Sport is one of the greatest parkflyers ever designed. It really is the commensurate parkflyer and perfect for flying in fields and parks no bigger than an acre or two. It can be very aerobatic or as tame as a three channel beginner plane. The Switchback comes in at around 13 oz AUW and can slow down to a walking speed for landing.

Sadly, I have discovered that there is an extremely limited number of balsa ARFs on the market today and even fewer great flying planes like the MM Switchback. This makes me believe that the reason why foam planes are so popular is that companies are producing many different options of foam planes for the parkflyer pilot. Hence the reason why so many people are such big fans of foam planes. I am as well, but some people simply...Continue Reading
Posted by Murocflyer | Feb 17, 2013 @ 04:05 AM | 14,597 Views
We all love model aviation no matter what the form. Some like airplanes, some helicopters, some sailplanes or gliders, others like multicopters, cars and/or boats. No matter what form of model aviation you participate in or like to do, at one point in time there was someone to teach you the ropes and show you how to build, fly, or how to know what power system to use on your new model. We were not born with knowing how to fly model aircraft or knowing how to build a foam or balsa plane. That skill or talent was most likely taught to you by someone close to you, or someone you met at your local club. But for some, finding that person to teach them the necessary skills is not always easy to do.

I have found a solution which will make it easier for modelers to get help in their local area, and an easy method that allows providing and offering help to others in this hobby. I have coined the term for those willing to help others “Model Aviation (MA) Mentors.” The idea is quite simple and it uses an online map program that is available to everyone.

MA Mentors can volunteer to do many things. They can teach others how to fly, build airplanes, or helicopters, or multicopters or whatever you choose. Forums are great, but they lack the personal one on one ability and real time interaction that we get working with people face to face. And as you know, looking at a PC screen is no substitute for a real person.

This idea is great for AMA members because as a...Continue Reading
Posted by Murocflyer | Oct 27, 2012 @ 03:55 AM | 3,954 Views
I have been honored as a user member of the month. Yup, here is proof: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1757960

That is pretty cool and I am looking forward to chatting with Jim on RCG's podcast and shooting the bull about the hobby and other things. You really never know what a person is like from a forum such as this, so it will be neat to speak with Jim in real life.

I really think it would be cool for Jim to interview RCG members regularly on his podcast. Perhaps he can do two shows per month and have for one show a complete line up of just RCG members talking about what they have been up to and what they are planning in the future. I'd love to listen to that.

Thanks for stopping in and I always wonder who reads people's blogs. I never see too many comments in blogs so it makes me wonder if anyone reads them.

Frank
Posted by Murocflyer | Jul 15, 2012 @ 02:05 AM | 7,958 Views
Balsa Kits/Planes

A2ZCorp… www.a2zcorp.us/store/
ADH Publishing… http://www.adhpublishing.com/shop/st...radio-control/
AALMPS… www.aalmps.com/
Aero Craft Limited… www.aerocraftrc.com/index.php
AEROLiteRC,,, www.aeroliterc.com/
Aero-Werkes… www.dpcmodels.homestead.com/
Air Flair… www.airflair.com/
Alien Aircraft Corp…. www.alienaircraft.com/
Arizona Modelcrafters… www.arizonamodels.com/
Balsa USA… www.balsausa.com/
Blazing Wings… www.blazingwings.com/
BlueJay Airplane Kits… www.bridiairplanes.com/
BMJR Models… www.bmjrmodels.com/rccatalog.cfm
Bob Holman Plans… www.bhplans.com/DBPlansPg1.html
Bridair Airplanes… www.bridiairplanes.com/index.htm
Brodak… http://www.brodak.com/dare-design-pr.../electric.html
Bruce Tharpe Engineering… www.btemodels.com/
BSD Micro RC… www.bsdmicrorc.com/
Carden Aircraft… www.carden-aircraft.com/
Carl Goldberg Classics… www.carlgoldbergproducts.com/index.html
Classic Aero… www.classicaero.com/main.php
D.B Sport & Scale… http://www.dbsportandscale.com/Model...aft%20Kits.htm
D&L Designs… www.dldesigns.net/index.htm
Dare Design and Engineering… www.darehobby.com/
Diamond Dust RC… www.diamonddustrc.com/
Diels Engineering Inc…. www.dielsengineeringinc.com/
DJ Aerotech… www.djaerotech.com/
dv Flight Technologies… www.dvflighttech.com/kits.htm
E Star Models… www.estarmodels.com/
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