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Archive for December, 2011
Posted by rchank | Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:34 AM | 2,009 Views
I'm lovin' these incredible flying machines. When I started flying RC last summer, I had zero interest in them. Then I saw some of Lee's wing combat videos. An aerial demolition derby! But the funny thing is, after the planes collide, they seldom suffer significant damage and often recover from the hit and launch an immediate retaliatory strike against the plane that hit them! Just too cool!

I bought one of Lee's Assassin kits which are made of tough EPP foam and covered with iron-on laminate. I've yet to hurt it in spite of several hard doinks into hillsides flying slope lift in high winds.

I scratchbuilt one of Apache Pilot's 42" Divinity wings. At around 8.8 oz. AUW it's a delightful slow flyer.

I'm currently building one of Lee's Scythe 26" EPP wings which come two to a kit. I'll build this one light as a park flyer. The other I plan to build with an Assassin motor as a tough speed wing that can handle higher winds and wing combat.
Posted by rchank | Dec 09, 2011 @ 03:23 PM | 1,473 Views
There was a discussion on a thread today about the importance of sharing information through one's blog on this site. I thought about all the great stuff I've learned on several of the blogs and realized that we should all consider documenting things we've learned to help out fellow builders and pilots. Here are a few things I've learned. Bear in mind that many of these are classified as "This works great for rchank" and not as firm statements for being the only reasonable way to do something.

> If you've never scratchbuilt a plane, you should try it. It has opened up a whole new aspect of RC aviation that I find as enjoyable as the flying itself.

> Don't be afraid to try new ideas. Many of the scratch builders are current or former aviation professionals and engineers. Others are self taught. But the coolest thing is that Joe Average can come up with a brilliant way of doing something that works fabulously and is adopted by other builders.

> I'm fond of the buck-a-sheet Readiboard you can buy at the Dollar Tree. Many designs can come in at a total airframe cost of 1 or 2 dollars. I like to remove the paper from this foam after I cut out the individual parts. If it doesn't peel off dry, I put 91% alcohol on a cotton ball and wet the paper down completely. It always peels off easily for me immediately after applying the alcohol.

> I love using the clear Gorilla Glue that foams up and dries white. I laminate with it by spreading it ultra thin, just so it's shiny on one piece and then spraying a light mist of water on the other piece before bringing them together. I then use masking tape to keep the parts from shifting and put wax paper to keep any squeezins' from getting on stuff. Then weight down or clamp the snot out of the parts for at least 1/2 hour. There's more good info on Tsavah's blog about glueing and such.

Lots more tips and tricks to mention but I'm out of time for now. Will update periodically.