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Archive for February, 2011
Posted by crash-man | Feb 28, 2011 @ 10:09 AM | 2,933 Views
Mud Duck Aviation

A guest in the workshop? Youbetcha!

In this 107th show we get to talk with Greg Drusjack, owner of Mud Duck Aviation. If you've been in the hobby for any real length of time, then you no doubt know all about the iconic "Ducks" that were designed by Tom Chipley. Over the years, the Mud Ducks have been described as "beautiful", "so ugly they're beautiful", "just down-right goofy", and even "what the Heck!". Whatever you may think of them personally, though, you'll agree that they are a must-have staple for any hangar. Don't believe me? Just build one and take it to your local field and see if you can find ANYONE without a smile on their face when they see it. LOL

LINKS

And, yes, I know that the website is screwed up right now. LOL I've already got a support ticket in with the host. They did some kind of update and totally messed up my site.
Posted by crash-man | Feb 21, 2011 @ 03:55 PM | 3,013 Views
Here's a quick little video showing my third flight of the new TriCopter.

I have written a little article about it on the podcast support site:

http://tinyurl.com/45rowrd



My First TriCopter (5 min 23 sec)

Posted by crash-man | Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:59 AM | 3,036 Views
Multi-Rotor Flight Stabilization

In this 106th release of our show, Tim and I continue on with our discussion from last week regarding "Unconventional Tools". Also, the RCadvisor tells us about using Expo in our radios for the throttle channel (something I honestly never thought of doing, but will certainly check out!), and we have a special guest in the workshop to talk with us about an inexpensive flight stabilization system for our multi-rotor designs.

We've got some great LINKS!
Posted by crash-man | Feb 16, 2011 @ 06:00 PM | 2,829 Views
Got my little Tri finished up and programmed today and, even though it's mondo-windy, I couldn't resist putting it in the air. It flies quite nicely for this super-cheap combination!

I've cut the whole thing from 1/8" Revell birch ply (got it at Michael's Craft Store for $8 for two sheets of 12"x24") and used 1/2" x 5/8" C-Channel that I had on hand.

Motors are Tower Pro 2410-09, ESC's are Hobby King 25Amp SS series, props are GWS 10x4.7 SlowFly, Receiver is the Hobby King Orange Box DSM2 with Satellite Antenna, BEC is Castle 10 amp, and the battery is an old Zippy 3s2200 20C. The stabilization system? Well, you can hear all about that on the next CrashCast.

Here's a quick picture from my phone that I just took. Please try to ignore the dead leaves stuck all over it - my front yard is dead and this thing really kicks all that junk up. LOL
Posted by crash-man | Feb 14, 2011 @ 11:39 AM | 2,890 Views
Unconventional Tools

In this week's installment we'll share some pictures and videos sent in from some of our listeners, and then discuss some tools we use that were not necessarily manufactured with the purpose of RC in mind. Also, the RCadvisor is back with another segment and you get still another update on my TriCopter project (it's only a ball-link away from flying!).

LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Feb 07, 2011 @ 11:47 AM | 2,877 Views
Broadening The Spektrum

This week we discuss perhaps the hottest product announcement this quarter - the release of a new flavor of Spektrum's DSM technology. Was it the "J" standard like what Futaba has with their FASST system that I predicted quite some time ago? It doesn't look like it. Spektrum continues the love with their release of the new DX10T transmitter with a form factor reminiscent of what the folks in Europe have enjoyed for many years. In addition to these discussions, we'll talk about some listener emails, the BluWing Tim is getting at SEFF, and the RCadvisor discusses the use of digital servos with FM transmitters.

You're gonna want to check out this week's LINKS