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Posted by crash-man | Mar 20, 2011 @ 03:57 PM | 4,411 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-man | Mar 18, 2011 @ 07:23 PM | 3,632 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-man | Mar 16, 2011 @ 05:26 PM | 3,401 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!

www.AllThingsCrash.com
Posted by crash-man | Mar 14, 2011 @ 09:13 AM | 3,337 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-man | Mar 11, 2011 @ 02:51 PM | 3,968 Views
Build videos are up for the airframe over at www.AllThingsCrash.com! 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-man | Mar 09, 2011 @ 07:40 PM | 4,170 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 www.AllThingsCrash.com 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-man | Mar 07, 2011 @ 02:26 AM | 3,353 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 AllThingsCrash.com, as that's where all the dope will be!
Posted by crash-man | Feb 28, 2011 @ 11:09 AM | 3,041 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 @ 04:55 PM | 3,119 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 @ 09:59 AM | 3,142 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 @ 07:00 PM | 2,945 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 @ 12:39 PM | 2,999 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 @ 12:47 PM | 2,968 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
Posted by crash-man | Jan 31, 2011 @ 12:15 PM | 3,094 Views
Sniper And SlowBipe Reviews

In our 103rd show we delve into a couple of product reviews! After sharing a couple of listener emails, we'll tell you all about Ron's new Hyperion Sniper and my SlowBipe that I've been trying to spotlight for a couple of weeks now. Also, there's a pretty thorough update on my TriCopter project, and the RCadvisor is back again this week for some continued discussion on finding an optimal Center Of Gravity (CG) for your plane.

LINKS HERE
Posted by crash-man | Jan 24, 2011 @ 01:54 PM | 2,911 Views
Servos And C Ratings

This week we dip into the ol' mailbag to share some great emails we've received and answer a listener's question about batteries. We also share some cool video links and a great servo database I found while researching a modest-priced tail-roto gyro servo I've been needing for my helicopter. As well, the RCadvisor is back with another informative segment, too!

This week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Jan 17, 2011 @ 01:42 AM | 3,247 Views
Safety 101

We are smack in the middle of building season here in the states, so it seems as good a time as any to have our annual safety discussion to help our new pilots (and perhaps even some seasoned ones) to stay safe while enjoying this great sport. In this 101st installment we'll discuss safety in the workshop, safety while transporting your toys, and even some safety at your flying site. Remember, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye! LOL

LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Jan 10, 2011 @ 01:28 PM | 2,962 Views
Three, It's A Magic Number

Interesting title for a podcast, huh? It's the name of a children's song my kids like on the XM Kids channel on satellite radio, and I found it fit this week's show. This show starts the THIRD year of this podcast; this is our 100th installment (i.e., TRIPLE digits); this week we add a new THIRD person to our team. See what I mean? LOL If you've heard this song before, congratulations - you are now singing it in YOUR head.

Happy New Year! In this show we'll introduce my buddy Ron, we'll discuss the loot we got for CHRISTmas recently, we'll get another Ask The RCadvisor segment in, and we'll talk a bit about our resolutions for this year.

This week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Dec 28, 2010 @ 04:42 PM | 3,039 Views
2010 In Review, Pt 2

Sometimes an hour is just not enough time to cover all of the materials we want to, so in this week's 99th installment we'll pick up where we left off with last week's show.

Did you get some really cool swag for CHRISTmas? If so, SEND ME SOME PICS! LOL

With this show, we bring 2010 to a close. May each and every one of you enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe New Year, and may 2011 off you more properity than you know how to handle. We'll be back in a week, or two, with our 100th episode! Woot!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

Catch the show HERE
Posted by crash-man | Dec 19, 2010 @ 10:43 PM | 3,161 Views
2010 In Review

Hey, gang! I'm traveling today enroute to the grand state of Michigan to visit my family for CHRISTmas (wish me luck! LOL). Tim and I were, however, able to make some time to discuss some of the things that made 2010 a great year for us. There have been lots of great events; we've enjoyed many successes and accomplishments, and there have been too many new products hit the market this year to possibly cover (but we sure try!). We hope you enjoy this 98th installment.

This will be my last opportunity to wish you all the best for this holiday season. I hope that you all remember the "reason" for the season, and may Santa bring you all of the goodies on your lists!

Catch the show in iTunes (TheCrashCast), or you can download the file direct from my website.
Posted by crash-man | Dec 12, 2010 @ 05:59 PM | 2,818 Views
PhlatBoyZ - A Look Back At 2010

In this 97th installment, I interview the PhlatBoyZ one last time for 2010. Join us as we look at the evolution of their product line this year and try to peer just a bit into the future! You may notice that there's no Dorsal in this podcast. I am sorry to have to report that he's been stricken with some medical problems that prohibit him from doing the show. What a crummy time of the year to be down! Dennis, I'll be thinking some good thoughts for your speedy recovery, bud!

LINKS:

Hance's G480 Build Pics (Front Page News Presently)

Melbourne FD Using Some Quad Technology (Thanks, Matt!)

Stef Flying His New TriWii-Copter In A Bit Of A Breeze

PhlatBoyZ

PhlatForum (The place to find all the cool stuff we discuss this week)



Oopsie! Our show this week ran a little long and I totally forgot to mention an addendum to our "Dear Santa" list that we talked about last week! Our buddy and long-time listener, RCDude07, has a few really nice things on his CHRISTmas list...

Dear Santa,

I'm a newlywed and new home owner this Christmas, so you know I don't have a lot of money and time to enjoy my hobby. So if you could give me more time in the week to fly and more money to spend, that would be awesome! However, I'd really like to have the Spektrum DX8, Blade mSR BNF, Ultra Micro Beast, and/or the new Ultra Micro X Extra 300 BNF.


As nice as those would be, I'd even settle for a field box, glow fuel, engine starter, glow plug, battery charger, and tools. As you know I'm on my own now for R/C flying and I don't have the support tools. After years of sharing with my dad as I grew up, I didn't realize how much was needed!

I've been good. I try to help all I can via RealFlight sessions, while at the field, flying at the local park, and on all the forums. So I think I deserve something from my list.

Been a good guy,
rcdude07


You can pick up the links for this week's show HERE!