In this 226th installment of our show, we finally get to do a wrap-up of this Summer's main focus - Summer Of Multi-Rotors And FPV. I think it's safe to say that our focus on this one special interest has really hooked all of us and we will, no doubt, have some discussions each week on the subject from here on.
I would especially like to shout out a special THANK YOU to Witespy over at ReadyToFlyQuads. His great products, sage advice, and patient customer support has certainly been the key to all of our mutual successes. If you are looking to get in on the fun, whether you want to do the DIY thing with putting together your own Quad or buy a great-priced turn-key solution, RTFQ should be your FIRST stop!
We've also like to thank Romeo over at MassiveRC. He has pretty much redefined the phrase "gateway drug", as his inexpensive wares have helped to transform "toy grade" products into a true "hobby grade" experience. If you want to try the quad thing out but you're not ready to drop $150+, then you certainly want to consider getting one of his quads. He removes the worries of "Is this a good one to buy?", because if it's on his site, it's going to be a good purchase.
Overall, this little excerise has proved rewarding for all of us and maybe next Summer we will entertain focusing on another single facet of our great RC Hobby.
We started off this week's show (225th!) with the intention of wrapping up our "Summer Of Multis/FPV", but as we usually do, we got sidetracked. LoL What you'll get in this one is some great RCA&E event coverage by Tim, some "OPQ" Beta Test results by me, Tim, and Ron (YES! Ron got a chance to pop in this week!), as well as a mess of our other usual goofiness.
It is our intention next week to conclude the Multi/FPV discussion and attempt to recap all that we've learned this summer. As I mention in the show, we plan to make the Multi-Rotor and FPV discussion a weekly part of our discussions, since we ALL have become smitten by this fast-moving part of the RC Hobby. We will be bringing back the fixed wing and helicopter discussions, though, so you guys that have been missing this content won't feel left out.
As far as the "OPQ" (One Piece Quad frame) project goes, I expect to have 40 units in production next week, so if you are one of the folks wanting to get your hands on one, they should be ready to start shipping next week. You'll want to watch our alternate site (AllThingsCrash) and our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE for details on how you can get your hands on one. From the interest that I've received thus far, the initial 40 units will probably be sold out within the first day I open the sales. No worries, though, as I plan to get another order of raw materials started immediately after we sell out the first run.
Welcome to our 224th recording! In this one we share my progress on the "OPQ", the success of the Wings For Wishes Montana 2013 event (Thanks to Eric for coming on!), and Tim and I discuss a bit about the trailers we use for big events.
Unfortunately, our sound quality may be a little off on this one, as we had two of our co-hosts linked up via cell phone. Navionflyer is in the midst of unpacking from his big move, and KarlK was stuck in a BIG traffic jam! LoL
In this 223rd installment of our show, we get to meet up with our friend (and long time listener), Mark Harrison. In previous shows we've mentioned that the new Taranis 16 that has surfaced in the world of Transmitter offerings may be something worth a second look, and Mark shares his experiences with the one that HE has!
Also, I am ashamed to admit it, but I totally forgot to mention the fact that I had the opportunity to be on another podcast last week! I was a special guest on the RC Hangartime podcast for Episode #29. These guys are doing a great job with adding some more RC-related podcast content, and have been MY personal fix as of late while I've been whiling away the hours in my workshop. Check them out sometime! Oh, and be sure to check out Episode #28 where KarlK Sits in.
In this 222nd installment of our show (and our 2nd Wednesday night recording) we have everyone here except Navionflyer. We bring you some news about some new offerings in the RC world, as well as a new Quadcopter frame that I will be offering very soon! Oh, and if you've been wanting to get your hands on one of Laine's Cuda or Norman kits, now is the time to put in your pre-order!In this episode I detail MY plans to market and manufacture a small quad frame that I have based highly on that beautiful Ecks Frame. If you are interested in getting one, you'll certainly want to stayed tuned as I should be announcing the details in a week, or two. If you want to see what the prototype I'm flying now looks like, head on over to our FACEBOOK FAN PAGE to take a peek!
Also, remember that we no longer stream our LIVE webcast of the show each week on Sundays. We have moved the session to Wednesday nights at 7pm Central. Come and join us and hang out in the LIVE chat!
Our 221st episode of the show marks our first time to record/stream on Wednesday! We didn't really have much to discuss in this one, since we just did a show last Sunday. LOL Nevertheless, we pulled together and tried something a little different - we grabbed three of our listeners that were there for the live stream of the show, and found out what THEY had been up to!
Guest #1 turned out to be RCRich! It was nice getting a chance to visit with him for a bit. He's busing preparing for NEAT Fair. We have talked a bit about Rich because we are fans of his designs (remember the Flying Monster and the Flying Minion?)
Guest #2 was Joel 'MetroGTi' Dirnberger, and he was taking a break from packing to listen to the show. You see, Joel will be heading out to Watts Over Owatonna!
Guest #3 was Joe Ford from Castle Creations! Joe popped on after some prodding by Laine. We had a chance to show him some love for his company's products and great customer service. Joe told us a bit about the new Castle Serial Link, and we got to share with him some things that WE would like to see from Castle in the form of a more affordable ESC for Multi-Rotors.
This 220th installment of our show will be the last show we record on Sunday evenings. We are moving to Wednesday night recordings starting this week, so if you'd like to listen in LIVE and participate in our LIVE chat, be sure to check us out every Wednesday at 7pm CENTRAL!
This week we share what all we've been up to, a couple of new offerings from Horizon Hobby, and we get a chance to visit with our friend Frank 'Murocflyer' Geisler about a new challenge he's trying to put together. As if the Wings Across America project wasn't already epic enough, the new TransAmerica Tour scheduled for 2014 will be even MORE incredible! You're going to want to tune in to this one, for certain!
In this, our 219th installment of the our show, we change things up quite a bit from our normal routine. Due to technical problems beyond our control, we were forced to start a little later than normal, but we were able to roll with it. LoL We get an update from our good friend Eric Kendall regarding the Wings For Wishes III Montana event that is fast approaching. There are going to be some great prizes to be had by those that attend!
We also get to visit with a long-time friend, Mr. Greg Markley from West Michigan Parkflyers! His visit is timely, in that I also do a short review on the Tuff Cub that WMP is now kitting (what a great little plane!). I have to say that John Vanbaren (aka "aircontrol") did a fantastic job in the design of this plane, and WMP is supplier an awesome kit! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to any newb starting out fresh in the hobby!
We've got the full gang together again for this 218th installment of our show, and in this one we share what all we've been up to, including some more MultiRotor talk. We are happy that Navionflyer has made it safe and sound to his new North Carolina residence and, hopefully, Tim will get him in with the great bunch of guys that he gets to fly regularly with, We've also got some new products to talk about and some letters to share.
Oh, and let's not forget that Laine is offering up another challenge. LoL Really, Laine??
Again, if you're wondering about the title of this week's show, your mystery will be solved when you listen to this 217th installment. KarlK was unable to make it tonight, as was Navionflyer, but Tim and Laine were able to make it, so you'll get to hear all about what we've been up to. We covered lots of ground this week, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!
What in the world is "Karling" you ask? Well, you'll find out in this 216th installment (and we expect you to use this term as much as possible in your day to day lives LoL). This week, we've got lots of news, links, and we even answer a few letters. We've also got the Coreman with us to share what all he's got going on over at RACores!
We gave away the last of our prizes this week, and our lucky winner was Buckley Stamps (aka Cloudsplitter). Buckley won an RACores Yak55 kit (courtesy of the Coreman) that also included a Thunderbird 9 ESC (courtesy of Castle Creations). Now here's the COOL part: Buck asked that we send the package to Eric's Wing For Wishes Montana event on behalf of him and the rest of the Crash Cast listeners! How awesome is that?! God bless you, Buckley!
And on a final note, if you should have an idea where a valve cover for an OS FS-91 Surpass could be found for cheap, please email KarlK! Yep, he "Karled" the new plane! LoL
In this 215th installment of our show, we get an update of the National Electric Fly-In that was held this last weekend from our buddy Steve "Vintauri" Mills. Steve had a great time and it looks as though the event was a huge success! Special thanks goes out to Vintauri for taking the time to visit with us fresh off the road from this trip.
We also did something a bit different, in that we did a "brainstorming session" on a new project we will be working on, and we are looking for YOU to participate! We are looking for the best, least expensive design, but very aerobatic Quad design that you guys can come up with for an additional "Crash's Scratchbuild Club" project. When we pick the best design I will do a Build-Along Video Series on it, crediting the designer in the video. Remember, it needs to be something that a newbie can build with typical hand tools and we plan to incorporate the typical "Blue Wonder" type motors (2712-12). We'll discuss this project a little more in depth during the next show, but start working on YOUR design NOW!
Our lucky winner this week was BrownEyedFool, taking away a nice new Castle Thunderbird 54 ESC courtesy of our good friends, Castle Creations, the manufacturers of the greatest controllers on the planet!
In this 214th installment of our show, we continue on with our "Summer Of MultiRotors/FPV" theme by visiting with Paul Baxter (aka Witespy), an avid MultiRotor pilot and the owner of ReadyToFlyQuads. Paul loves and promotes this aspect of our hobby and has some of the best deals you'll ever find on parts and accessories for your MultiRotor needs, as well as offering some great ready to fly Quads (hence the name of his business) that are high on quality, but still easy on the wallet. Best of all, when you get one of his Quads, you can rest assured that it will fly right out of the box since he tests every one he sells before boxing it up and shipping it to you! I have been flying one of my older Quads using his FLIP 1.5 board (only $15!!), as well as a complete FLIP FPV system, and I can certainly assure you that these things are NICE!
Also, we continue to exhaust our prize pool by plucking another name out of the hat. This week, Dougbo gets to add another great ESC to his collection, as he won a Thunderbird 36 courtesy of our good friends over at Castle Creations! Congrats, Doug, and thanks for your support!
This 213th installment of our little show has a LOT to offer! We had a little impromptu "Happy Birthday, Kristy" contest in addition to our weekly giveaway (Ryan B won a Castle 10amp BEC, courtesy of our friends over at Castle Creations). We also got a great report from our buddy Steve "Vintauri" Mills on the Sig Fly-In that he was able to attend this weekend, too. And finally, our special guest this week is none other than Geoff Dryer! If you're into BIG electric projects and follow the RCGroups site, then you probably already know about his incredible scratch-built 50% Clipped Wing Cub. This guy does some fine work!
So if you're wondering about the name of this 212th show, then you need to start listening to our LIVE stream on Sunday evenings at 8pm CDST. I will say, though, that MetroGTi is the one that coined this unigue title. LoL
For those of you that have been wanting more Multi-Rotor talk, well, it's starting to happen! Tim and I have been having some great success with the Flight Controller boards that we've gotten from ReadyToFlyQuads, and we are growing our skills fairly quickly learning all of the cool things these systems will provide. Best of all, they are not expensive at all! If you're looking at getting a quad in the air on a budget, you'll certainly want to listen in because I give a nie little recipe for success!
Congrats to our winners this week! We gave away Castle Creations 10amp BEC to BigD61 and a ReadyToFlyQuads Flip 1.5 Flight Controller to PCPhil! A special thanks goes out to the fine sponsors for offering up these great prizes. Hit their links and check them out!
This 211th installment of our show is full of all kinds of fun stuff! The whole gang is in the workshop this Memorial Day weekend, and we get a special update from our roving reporter, Hance Andreason! He comes to us all the way from the great Northwest to give us a little update for the Wings For Wishes Washington event! We also get to talk to Clark, DougBo, and Eric, as well as Leslie who tells us a bit about how the funds they're raising benefit some great kiddos that are dealing with some really hard times. Although that event won't come to a conclusion until Monday, it looks like they are raising some great dough!
Also, we get in a fun interview with Peter Sripol, who you probably know better as "Foam And Tape" from the RCGroups Forums. We had a nice time talking RC with this young man and I'm certain you'll enjoy listening.
We gave away a couple more prizes this week, and the lucky winners were Richard "Webdragon" Cooper (CastleLink) and Doug "DougBo" Bowman (Thunderbird 18). Many thanks go out to Castle Creations for these sweet products!!
We are back in the studio this week for our 210th installment of the show. We have some listener emails, some special events thats are coming up, and we get a chance to visit with our "special" friend, Joel "MetroGTi" Dirnberger! Joel is the author of that cool little plane that Tim and I loved playing with a few weeks ago called the Blu-FO. He's concocted a few different iterations of this design, including a Night-Flyer, a "Low Rider", and even an amphibious version called the H-Blu-O. What makes Joel extra "special" is that he has even coordinated TWO club builds of this design, helping others get on that building bandwagon!
This week's show (#209) was actually recorded by KarlK and Navionflyer while Tim and I were at SEFF. I really hated missing out on this one, as I have been a big fan of the Flitetest guys since meeting them about 2 years ago at SEFF 2011, but nonetheless, the guys did a great job covering all the bases with Chad K, Josh B., and David W.
For this 208th recording of our show, the entire team is all safe and sound back from SEFF in our respective homes. Join us for talk about this year's big SEFF event where we try to share with you all of our fond memories (while they're still fairly fresh on our minds LoL). Great friends and flying made for an awesome week! Please note that we will try really hard not to harp on all things SEFF every single week, but once you attend this event, you'll understand why its so hard to NOT talk about it all the time.
Be sure to check out next week's show that will go up on Sunday May 12th! KarlK and Navionflyer interviewed some special guests while Tim and I were away at SEFF. We've been wanting to get them on the show for ages!
While next week's show will not be streamed LIVE, we will still be getting together with our friends LIVE on talkshoe for an hour, or two, just to shoot the breeze. Please join us every Sunday night, 8pm CDST.