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Posted by Crash Hancock | May 22, 2011 @ 11:57 PM | 3,473 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 Hancock | May 16, 2011 @ 09:36 AM | 3,549 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 Hancock | May 09, 2011 @ 11:17 AM | 3,503 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 Hancock | May 02, 2011 @ 01:10 AM | 3,440 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!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Apr 25, 2011 @ 12:13 AM | 3,459 Views
SEFF 2011 Wrap-Up

Our 115th installment has us again babbling about SEFF. We are safe and sound now in our respective homes, but our minds are still reeling from this incredible event, so please indulge us as we cover the events of the last day, including SEFF Night Bowling and significant adult beverages. LoL

You can catch the show and links HERE
Posted by Crash Hancock | Apr 18, 2011 @ 03:26 PM | 4,253 Views
Quasi-Live From SEFF 2011

Our 114th installment has all three of your hosts together for the first time. We all piled into Bob's camper, fired up the ol' laptop, and attempted to give you our impression of SEFF live from Hodges Field (well, it was live when we recorded it LoL). If you listen carefully, you may hear the generator running in the background, as well as the occasional Ritewing fly-by, as my noise filter just couldn't get it all.

Thanks to every one of you that went out of your way to make us all feel so welcome. This was, by far, the greatest event that I have ever attended and will be making plans to do it again next year!

Here's the LINK to this week's show.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Apr 07, 2011 @ 10:00 AM | 8,786 Views
I wanted to take a QuadCopter with me to SEFF this year to demonstrate how well the Flight Stabilization System that John and I have been using works. The QuadCopter I've come up with is, by no means, an optimal setup. It is WAY over-powered and WAY small - so small in, in fact, that with the props off it will fit inside one of my larger transmitter cases!

As you can see in the video, I have some settings that I need to adjust to make this as stable as my TriCopter, but it is quite flyable with the "stock" settings that I am using here. I think that once I get it dialed in, it will prove to be a very nice flyer and will be able to hover "hands off" like my Tri.

SEFF Quad Maiden (4 min 14 sec)

Posted by Crash Hancock | Apr 04, 2011 @ 12:07 PM | 7,894 Views
That Sweet Smell Of Diesel

It's been a busy week for all three of your hosts as we are preparing for our week of fun in Georgia. Nonetheless, we get together for this 112th installment of the show to talk about some new offerings that have popped up (some are just totally unbelievable! LoL) and a conversion that Ron has been considering. Additionally, the RCadvisor is back this week to discuss another publication that may help you understand these models we fly.


Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 31, 2011 @ 06:39 PM | 4,616 Views
Woot! After a month of hard work, the QSC TriCopter build-along project is now complete! If you are going to SEFF, you will be able to see it up close and personal, too, as I plan to bring it along to play with.

Head on over to my site for the last installment of the build log, complete with video, as usual.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 28, 2011 @ 10:05 AM | 3,908 Views
Wii MultiCopter Interconnect

For our 111th installment, this week it's just me, but I have a guest in the workshop! My friend John joins me and we discuss our custom Wii MultiCopter Interconnect board. As you probably know, this board goes far to tame the wiring mess that is inherent in the Flight Stabilization System for our Multi-Rotor projects, and we've already shared the necessary files so that you can order them yourselves. However, if you do not want to order the minimum order of three boards from the manufacturer, we will start coordinating group orders this week so you can order less than three - be watching for the article to pop up on AllThingsCrash this week with instructions on how you can get in on this!

Albeit a bit somber, I take an opportunity to say goodbye to my dear friend Dennis who lost his fight with Cancer last week. If you would like to send a card or letter to his wife Anne, please email me and I'll provide her address. You can also share your kind thoughts on the Online Memory Book, as I am certain that the family would find it uplifting to hear from all of Dennis' online friends.

LINKS for this week's show.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:28 PM | 3,706 Views
I've just uploaded a couple of videos and instructional information to my site to help you guys with the software and programming end of the Flight Stabilization System (FSS). I hope this helps you to make sense of this stuff.

Here's the LINK to the latest information!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 21, 2011 @ 09:24 AM | 3,431 Views
Bearings And Boards

So this week, it's just me and Ron in the workshop for episode #110. We do a little reminiscing and discuss bearing replacement in nitro motors and give a status update on the QSC TriCopter project. Wow! This year's Scratch-Build Club project has turned into more work than last year's design! LOL Bear with us, though - we're almost done!

Be sure to join us next week, as we are expecting to have the information ready so that you can order your board kits directly from us so you can avoid that "bird's nest" of wires! Also, be watching AllThingsCrash this week for the setup and configuration information for the FSS.

Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 20, 2011 @ 02:57 PM | 4,470 Views
If you've been wanting to get into Multi-Rotor flight but don't want to have that "bird's nest" of wires with the hand-wired system, you may be interested in using the custom board that we have been using.

Below is a picture of the board's graphics and a final version ready to go.

If you are itching to get your hands on one, then check out our latest article HERE!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 18, 2011 @ 06:23 PM | 3,673 Views
Well, what do you know - I'm actually ahead of schedule for a change! I have uploaded the build overview video and PDF Support Document for the hand-wired version of the Wii-based Flight Stabilization System over at AllThingsCrash. Check it out!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 16, 2011 @ 04:26 PM | 3,433 Views
Continuing with our Scratch-Build Club project for this year, I've just published the video for this week covering the Power System installation for our QSC TriCopter!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 14, 2011 @ 08:13 AM | 3,367 Views
Power Systems

In our 109th installment of the show, we talk a bit about electric power systems, especially how they apply to designs like our QSC TriCopter that we are building for this years Scratch-Build Club project. We actually have two systems that John and I have tried and we like them both. Also, the RCadvisor discusses issues that are the real root cause to crashes.

Click this LINK to find out what we are suggesting as optimal power systems on the QSC TriCopter, as well as a couple of other cool links.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 11, 2011 @ 01:51 PM | 4,009 Views
Build videos are up for the airframe over at! Also, the PDF templates are available in the DOWNLOADS section under Multi-Rotor Files.

Next week we'll tackle the installation of the specified power system for this project.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 09, 2011 @ 06:40 PM | 4,226 Views
I just finished throwing this thing together and have shot all of the necessary videos to cover the build.

If you are interested in building along with me on this segment of "Crash's Scratch-Build Club), head on over to so you can get the Bill Of Materials for the airframe, as well as the link to download the templates.

Remember, this week is "Airframe Week". Next week we'll cover the power system, and then the week after we'll show you how to build your own MultiWii Flight Stabilization System!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:26 AM | 3,387 Views
Let's Build A TriCopter!

Last year we kicked off Crash's Scratch-Build Club with a design of my own, the eQSC. The project was aimed at helping first-time builders successfully build a great flying model via easy-to-follow instructional videos, plans, and templates. This year, we're making this an annual event by jumping in on the Multi-Rotor craze with comprehensive resource materials (plans, templates, documents, and videos) so that ANYONE can build their own Quick, Simple, and Cheap TriCopter! We're going to kick it off this week in our 108th installment by talking all about the airframe!

Also in the episode, the RCadvisor gives us the low-down on Lipo safety and, of course, we talk about a bunch of other stuff.

This weeks' LINKS

If you are diggin' on TriCopters and you plan to build along with us, following is a Bill Of Materials you'll need to gather for this weeks' segment: QSC TriCopter Airframe:

Two: 12" x 24" x 1/8" Light Ply or Birch Ply

One: 3/4" square, 48" long dowel (or Two 36" lengths)

Six: 4-40 screws 1 - 1 1/4" long

Six: Blind Nuts (preferrable) or locking nuts

Six: 4-40 sized washers (or Twelve if you use the locking nuts instead of blind nuts)

One: 4 1/2" - 4 3/4" x 1/4" diameter rod (aluminum or music wire)

One: 1/4" I.D. Wheel Collar

Three: Nylon Washers, 1/4" I.D.

Two: Nylon Shoulder Bushings, 1/4" I.D.

I am planning to have the templates, instructions, and videos up for the airframe build in the next day, or three. Keep checking, as that's where all the dope will be!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Feb 28, 2011 @ 10:09 AM | 3,077 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


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.