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Posted by sparks | Mar 05, 2010 @ 01:49 PM | 14,548 Views
Over the years I have found it necessary to make several tools that are either not commercially available or are simply too expensive.
being a hobbyist I have taken it upon myself to make the tools myself. I have no plans available for any of this, I'm simply getting the ideas out there.
Any one that wants to take the idea and run with is welcome to .

The first one is a tape dispenser.
I found that picking at the tape to get a strip cost time.
No big deal until you are put on a pot life deadline.
While the epoxy cures, there I was picking at the tape roll or looking for it this cured the whole problem.
When I pulled at the first one it fell to the shop floor and broke.
With the next one I added improvements and have worked out all the bugs.
Enjoy.
Posted by sparks | Feb 24, 2006 @ 12:06 PM | 41,766 Views
I have reduced this part because it came out Bla, Bla, Bla. I thought I would let the models do the talking. it should be more entertaining any way.
In a nut shell.
9 years old, Free flight rubber power.
11 years old, first free flight design
15 years old, control line stunt.
20's RC boat racing
28th. birthday, my first four channel radio. three trainers and one motor later and I soloed.
I started numbering my models so my trainers would know how many models I've been through learning to fly. (excluding scale subjects)
From there I kit bashed every thing I touched.
I'm up to 200 models built. You might notice that every article I have published there is more than one model. This is to make sure I don't have a poor design out there.
It is gives me the perfect chance to test the patterns and work out any bugs the design may have.
So. . . .I guess I design bash my own stuff.

I prefer building with foam, it's faster, lighter and looks better in my opinion.
My foam designs have not seen much traffic so I wrote a book in hopes of converting a few modelers. It cost me about a year and three grand to get it off the ground and It's doing OK.
It's in it's 8 th printing now and being sold in the UK.

Here is my path to 200 models. ( highlight to the right)
Enjoy the trip.