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Posted by Lafayette | May 15, 2010 @ 04:21 AM | 16,829 Views
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For thread on how to make a hot wire foam cutting bow in under 30 minutes.

Added pics of thin cuts 05/18/2010Post#7

HOT WIRE FOAM CUTTER 101.wmv (2 min 16 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | May 12, 2010 @ 01:52 AM | 26,806 Views
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I have been testing some film I found at the Dollar Store.
6 or 8 foot roll for $1. The stuff shrinks easily, very light weight, and sticks to the foam really well with a little 3M77. If your local dollar store does not carry the product (see video) you may order it online site to store.
Cheap way to cover any foamie instead of packing tape or to cover a built up balsa project.
I pounded the crap out of my test piece playing the drums with my kids this weekend, and not a sign of of tears, peel off, deformation or anything. The color might not be as intense as monokote or others, but it sure looks fantastic for a buck
I will paint some stripes and see how well the paint sticks to the film.
I will post pics of my projects using this covering and report on durability and color fading, or other issues that could develop. It is even cheaper than packing tape!!!

Also found some holographic wrapping that I will test later.
Stay tunned for updates!

Poor Man's Rc Covering Film (2 min 36 sec)

Poor Man RC wing covering holographic (0 min 44 sec)
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Posted by Lafayette | May 01, 2010 @ 07:48 PM | 19,729 Views off the wall handling and shipping charges...
This is a must read before you order from them.
One Big Ripoff...
Tell me what is wrong with this picture!

(1st price is if paid at post office, the second is if paid online)
Priority Mail® 2 days $15.70 $14.20
Priority Mail® Large Flat Rate Box
USPS Supplied Large Box: 12" x 12" x 5-1/2" 2 days $14.50 $13.95
Priority Mail® Medium Flat Rate Box
USPS Supplied Medium Box:
13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8" or 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" 2 days $10.70 $10.20
Priority Mail® Small Flat Rate Box
USPS Supplied Small Box: 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8" 2 days $4.95 $4.85


50x Rhino 1050mAh 2S 7.4v 30C LiPo Battery
weight: 3650 grams= 8.04687 lb

Subtotal $424.50
Processing Fee $42.45 (What the h... is that?)
Grand Total $466.95

shipping charge:United States Postal Service
Priority Mail $111.77
Express Mail $142.72
Federal Express
Ground $96.73
2Day $135.33

The highest price for shipping should only be $14.20

Why are they charging an extra $97.57 when they already charge a 10% processing fee?

For 5 lipos:
Subtotal $42.45
Processing Fee $4.24
Grand Total $46.69
weight:365 grams = 0.804687 lb
United States Postal Service
Priority Mail $17.41
Express Mail $36.76
Federal Express
Ground $19.86
2Day $32.10

Where did the extra $12.56 go? They already charged for a processing fee of $4.24

Figured it might help a few reconsider pushing the Payment key!!!
I order from HK and it works just fine for me.
Why did they ever put a USA warehouse? Does it physically exist? Or is it just a SEO rating stunt???
Happy flying,
Posted by Lafayette | May 01, 2010 @ 02:20 AM | 11,109 Views
This is the definition of short field takeoff and landing!

Short Landing and Take-off Piper Cub (0 min 28 sec)

How about a little more:"Extreme Gliding"?
Extreme Gliding (3 min 1 sec)
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Posted by Lafayette | Apr 27, 2010 @ 01:42 AM | 13,745 Views
Here is a list of programs and utilities links and a mini how to regarding PDF files.

File will be updated with new relevant programs as they become available, contributed(with full credit of course) or just stumbled upon.

Useful programs for Rc Airfoil database and template design, KFM airfoils, plan design, Different file type viewers, Printing utilities, CAD, Sound and Video recording utilities, PDF creation utilities and more…[B]All free[/B]!!!

I assume many might have these already, but I am sure many do not and this will help them!

May be some will be willing to share their usefull links by posting them on this thread. Here is a start.
I wish there was a place I could have found these programs and utilities posted somewhere.

Let's make this thread a treasure chest of cool stuff that will help the community in their quest for that great design!....And of course have the tools to make a video, post it so we can all see how that great design turned out...
See attached PDF.

Enjoy the goodies.
Posted by Lafayette | Apr 21, 2010 @ 02:22 AM | 12,435 Views
Hello all.
I purchased a Great planes Fling HLG to keep in the car and teach my kids and wife to fly rc.

Seemed to be a good little hlg for the money, included in the kit is a mini high start.
Opened the box, everything packed nice, in plastic sleeves looked great.
After bringing it home, and removing the wings and control surfaces from their plastic sleeves, I then saw what I had missed. The covering was big wrinkles top and bottom, on both wings and tail feathers.
Back to my LHS and purchased a shrinking Iron.
Back to the house, and about 2 hours to get all the wrinkles out. It looks great now, tight as a drum!

SO: if you get a fling make sure to get a covering iron. Do not leave the store without it! Just make sure to have a little extra cash on hand and open the box and check the kit well. May be you will luck out!
On the fling thread, it seems to be a common issue.

FLING $65 Iron $20 =$85!

GP should put a sticker on the box warning customer to make sure to get a covering Iron before they leave the store. It can be a serious inconvenience for the ones who live in remote areas and have to travel long distance to their local hobby shop.

All that said, It looks like a nice sailplane and I am glad I purchased it!

For those looking for batteries for the fling, I ordered 2 packs, 400 nimh 2/3 AAA from, made to my specs. Great product, shipped one day after the order was placed, perfect with great customer service. I had a brick...Continue Reading
Posted by Lafayette | Apr 17, 2010 @ 07:42 PM | 15,170 Views
Here is the info to set the proper date and time on your TR 800 minicam.
Below video Is a word document with all info and pictures for download.

Turnigy Tr800 Time/Date stamp edit (1 min 49 sec)

Hope this helped you.

Posted by Lafayette | Apr 08, 2010 @ 10:25 AM | 10,647 Views
Ridge Running (4 min 6 sec)

T31b Tandem Tutor Dune soaring

Dune Running (25 min 23 sec)
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Posted by Lafayette | Dec 21, 2009 @ 11:08 AM | 10,011 Views
Let it snow, lots of blucore, servos, wires, engines, esc's, new receiver, sodering iron, what could I do with all that?
It was snowing white outside, and it was snowing blue inside as I started a storm of bluecore for 3 days. On day one I build one of my new designs, which I want to try as a slope wing first(this will post as another build) and the next 2 days, a Slofly 26. Syas 28 but mine came out just a tad above 26 inch wingspan.

Z bends with paper clips and carbon rods, and stuck with only 2 sharpies! RED AND BLACK! Other than spendeing 3 hours to get my van and try to make it to the road, These were 2 days of serious building my first slowfly.
AWU stands at just over 8 ounces (not too sure of my scale, but for plane and servos, it registers lower weight than a 3s 1800 lipo.) Resodering new plugs on my 3s 500 lipos, esc to motor, esc plug to battery, etc...
THAT WAS FUN! That is my Xmas present to myself!

Attached pics, and may be a video after I come back from Florida.
I have cut a Surfer Dude, but did not have time to glue it together, when I come back...

I cannot wait to fly her and giver her her soul!!! Thought of adding a single light weight wheel and carbon skids under the wingtip, may be removable floats???

We will see...

Merry Christmas to all, a happy new year.
Wishing you the very best for 2010,
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