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Archive for May, 2011
Posted by crash-man | May 30, 2011 @ 12:13 AM | 3,722 Views
Stinger Quad Review

In our 120th installment, we talk about build projects for the kids, the "Charging Cube" I am working on, checking your model's speed with an iPhone app, a free 3D CAM solution, LED strips cheap, and Carlos answers a trick question. Also, I do a little review on the new Radical RC Stinger Quad that I built this week.

This week's LINKS

Please take a moment during your activities Monday to remember all of the brave men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice securing this great nation!

Have a Safe And Happy Memorial Day!
Posted by crash-man | May 22, 2011 @ 11:57 PM | 3,273 Views
Cameras And A Teensie Bit Of Fun!

Tim is back in the workshop for our 119th installment and he imparts some impressions of his visit to the Joe Nall event two weeks ago, as well as sharing a Teensie bit of information on a new plane he's built and flown recently.The RCadvisor is also in the shop this week to discuss some considerations on horizontal stabilizor design.

We get an opportunity to review a couple of items for you this week. If you've been wanting to try your hand at some Aerial Videography, you're in luck as I review two inexpensive keychain cameras from a couple of our favorite suppliers. Also, I tell you about a must-have gadget for your field box for checking the voltage on your LiPos before you fly!

You can listen to the show and see this week's links HERE (also, you can subscribe to our show in iTunes by searching for "TheCrashCast" - all one word).
Posted by crash-man | May 16, 2011 @ 09:36 AM | 3,365 Views
QSC QuadCopter And FSS Boards

We covered quite a bit of ground again in this 118th installment, but perhaps the biggest news is the release of the files for the new QSC QuadCopter, so if you've been holding off on starting your own multi-rotor project because you wanted an inexpensive Quad instead of the TriCopter we did, now is the time to get started!

The other big news item we deliver this week is that you can now order your bare, v2.1 QSC Interconnect Board so that you can build your own FSS. So many of you have been asking for this (since the minimum board order through ExpressPCB is 3 boards), and now we are ready to take care of you. This is how it works: PayPal the money to me ($35/board USD) using the email address I provide in this show and tell me which bare board that you want (Arduino Pro Mini-based or ATmega 328-based). I will place the group order on Monday, May 23rd, 2011. As soon as I receive the boards here (7-10 working days from date of order), I will put them in a padded envelope and send them out to you within two days via regular post. Remember, the ATmega 328 board will require you to flash the chip, but if you don't have that ability, we can do it for you (just email me and we'll work it out). Also, we hope to publish the build instructions for the ATmega 328 board, along with the shopping list, very soon. Everything you need to know about the Pro Mini-based board is already on my site. Please remember, these are bare boards only. You have to buy all of the goodies for them and populate them yourself.

Also, the RCadvisor is back again this week with further discussion on thrust angles with this week's discussion concerning downthrust.

Lots of great links HERE
Posted by crash-man | May 09, 2011 @ 11:17 AM | 3,325 Views
Rambling On

In our 117th show, Ron and I ramble on about all kinds of cool stuff! We discuss what we've accomplished this last week, a new QuadCopter I've just about completed, some new Flight Stabilization System boards you can order, some new capabilities a friend of ours has added, and even a really inexpensive camera I just ordered! Oh yes, we have an Ask The RCadvisor segment this week, too! We covered so much ground this week that I honestly haven't a clue what we could have left to talk about next week! LoL

Listen to the show and check out this week's links HERE
Posted by crash-man | May 02, 2011 @ 01:10 AM | 3,241 Views
Night-Flying Tips

In our 116th installment, we delve into some of the lighting systems we are using in our Night-Flying airplanes. Setting up a Night-Flyer is surprisingly easy to do, so if you've ever thought you might like to try this out, now is the time get one ready to go!

Here's a LINK to this week's show and links!