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Posted by crucial | Feb 08, 2013 @ 11:34 AM | 1,674 Views
I found this in a thread and though it was great advice.

Bens field checklist
Here's what I do:

1.Grab every part of the airplane. Pull on every part. Make sure all hinges are glued. Make sure all control horns are glued into the surfaces (I see this a lot). Make sure the pushrod connectors are tight. I have seen every possible part loose. Whole tails. It happens. Check everything by pulling on it.

2.Most of the things the pilots are actually worried about (a gap at the back of a wing, whether they need to change the thrust line, lateral balance) do not matter and are never the problem.

3.I turn on the transmitter, remove the prop and power up the plane. I check high rates to make sure the ailerons move about 30 degrees up and down and are moving approximately the same amount. About half the time, I find that the ailerons are doing something wacky. It's always due to the pilot not understanding the flap programming on his radio and he's flying with flaps activated or mistrimmed and it's all screwed up. I have problems with this every time I buy a new radio too. Make sure you read the manual and understand this.

4. I check to make sure the elevator moves at least 40 degrees up and down, 45 is better. I grab the elevator at the trailing edge and try to move it up and down. There should be very little play. Sometimes I find a lot of play, normally due to a worn-out elevator servo. This is particularly common on HS-65MG because they tend to last a long time and...Continue Reading
Posted by crucial | May 01, 2012 @ 10:10 PM | 2,757 Views
Here is a pic of a PVC plane stand my Dad and I built. It works great for holding the plane while at the field. Comes apart in 2 pieces and takes about 10 seconds to set up.
Posted by crucial | Sep 15, 2011 @ 12:50 PM | 3,278 Views
Posted by crucial | Aug 24, 2011 @ 01:25 PM | 3,380 Views
50% scale Cub with floats (4 min 22 sec)

Posted by crucial | Feb 20, 2011 @ 09:53 PM | 3,612 Views
On this episode of Ax Men...

Helicopter logging with Blade Tandem Rescue (0 min 58 sec)