In this 231st installment, we get to visit with an old friend - Radical Dave from RadicalRC! Dave is finally getting to cool his heels a bit, as the grueling show season has come to a close for him, and we take an opportunity to do a little catching up with him.
Some quick notes as to our personaly schedules: Karl will be traveling south to meet up with Dougbo and Hance in Reichland, WA, this weekend (Oct. 11-13th) for the Indian Summer Jamboree, so if you're in the area, drop by and say HEY! Also, it's looking like Tim, Navionflyer, and I will be attending HHAEFI October 17-19th, so again, if you're in the area, stop by and say HEY!
In this 230th installment of our little show, we have the opportunity to visit with a gentleman that has offered many of us the "gateway drug" to Multi-Rotors - Romeo (aka MassiveOverkill) from MassiveRC! You may recall that quite some time ago, we got turned on to a little quadcopter (thanks to Hance letting us in on it) called the V202 Scorpion. That little quad (complete package RTF for about $50) proved to be so much fun and so much bang for the buck that we ALL had to get one! LoL I think you guys will enjoy the story of how Romeo started it all with online sales and how he's been able to transform a bunch of "toy grade" flying thingies into a true hobby grade experience! I shudder to think how many folks are now out there flying Quads, thanks to the inexpensive start into the hobby, thanks to MassiveRC!
Also, we gave away a couple more Power Distribution Boards (courtesy of ReadyToFlyQuads) during this show and our lucky winners were Nick K. and MadMarl! These little boards are a MUST if you're building a multi, as they make putting together a wiring harness SO EASY!
In our 229th installment, we have a special guest! Chris Scoggins, the Contest Director for the Hodges Hobbies All Electric Fly-In pops on to share with us a little about HHAEFI and how the event is shaping up. Three of your CrashCast hosts are planning to attend this event, so if you're in the area October 17-19th, plan to drop by and enjoy the RC goodness! Akso in this episode, we give away a couple of Power Distro Boards courtesy of our friend Witespy over at ReadyToFlyQuads. The lucky recipients were Damage and MassiveOverkill.
In this 228th installment, we talk about upcoming events and Coreman drops in to share his experience at the NEAT Fair this year. Also, our friend sawatt shared pictures that he took while there, so you'll want to check them out (thanks, Steve!). A lot of folks made it to this one this year, and from what I've been told, this event is the "SEFF" of the Northeast! This event just has to make it on my bucket list. LoL
In our 227th show, we share what we've been up to, some interesting new stuff that's coming out, some videos, and moving (MOVING?). There's also a little update on the OPQ project, too.
Hey, do you remember how the SlowBipe plane kind of disappeared? Well, I am happy to announce that it is coming back in kit form! If you've been wanting to get your hands on one of these, you'll have a chance very soon!
Oh, and my hopes for getting through this show without any unicorn references were quickly dashed early on in this one (gee thanks, Tim). LoL
The first production run of OPQ (One Piece Quad) Frames are rolling off the machine at a rate of 8 per hour! I should be able to get them all produced this weekend and get them in the mail on Monday for the folks that got in line.
For more information about this project, check out the last few episodes of the podcast!
If you think you may be interested in getting your hands on one of these practically INDESTRUCTIBLE airframes, listen to one of the latest shows and email me at the address I include in every show. Just remember to put "OPQ" in the subject line so it doesn't go to my SPAM folder.
These sporty little frames weigh 6 oz and are "dimpled" with reference marks for mounting your 45mm spaced boards. They also include motor slots for mounting your favorite motor. The landing gear are made simply by screwing in a 1/4-20 nylon bolt into pre-threaded holes on each boom and securing it with a nylon jam-nut (not supplied). This frame has 346mm spacing, making it just right for 8 and 9" props.
My favorite gear for this is the Flip Standard motors or the new Red motors over at ReadyToFlyQuads.com., 9" Gemfan props, either the 16 amp or 20 amp ESC's (the 20 amp ones allow you to use a 4s battery and 8" props), the power distribution board (those dimples are made for that distro board), and the FLIP 1.5 MWC in the new protective case. This gear with a light 3s1300 battery makes this little thing BALLISTIC!
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!