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Posted by crash-man | Apr 18, 2011 @ 03:26 PM | 4,242 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-man | Apr 07, 2011 @ 10:00 AM | 8,773 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-man | Apr 04, 2011 @ 12:07 PM | 7,879 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-man | Mar 31, 2011 @ 06:39 PM | 4,607 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-man | Mar 28, 2011 @ 10:05 AM | 3,899 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-man | Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:28 PM | 3,696 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-man | Mar 21, 2011 @ 09:24 AM | 3,423 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-man | Mar 20, 2011 @ 02:57 PM | 4,456 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 @ 06:23 PM | 3,661 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 @ 04:26 PM | 3,424 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-man | Mar 14, 2011 @ 08:13 AM | 3,360 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 @ 01:51 PM | 3,992 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-man | Mar 09, 2011 @ 06:40 PM | 4,209 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-man | Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:26 AM | 3,377 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-man | Feb 28, 2011 @ 10:09 AM | 3,068 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.
Posted by crash-man | Feb 21, 2011 @ 03:55 PM | 3,144 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:

My First TriCopter (5 min 23 sec)

Posted by crash-man | Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:59 AM | 3,166 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 | 2,972 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 | 3,030 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!).

Posted by crash-man | Feb 07, 2011 @ 11:47 AM | 2,996 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