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Posted by crash-man | Sep 12, 2010 @ 04:52 PM | 3,251 Views
Hits, Misses, and Rants

It's been a really tough week for me and this show stinks of it! LOL After some off-topic discussion, we talk about some HITS that I've found on the interwebs (some of which I have included in my Steals Of The Week), a MISS that I would be concerned about gambling money on, and a RANT that I've harbored for way too long. I apologize in advance if you find that this 85th installment is too far off the mark - even for me!

This week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Sep 05, 2010 @ 04:34 PM | 2,613 Views
The "X" Planes

No, we're not talking about the "X" planes project that was started in the '40's. In this 84th installment of TheCrashCast, we have the honor of visiting with Mr. James Karpy of Millennium RC - makers of the SSX and MicroSSX series of planes! I also get to respond to a few letters I've received from around the world. Are you an avid RC enthusiast that is NOT in the United States? If so, please drop us an email and share how YOU enjoy this great sport in YOUR part of the world.

Links to this week's show...
Posted by crash-man | Aug 29, 2010 @ 06:20 PM | 2,818 Views
The "Call-Back" Show

In this 83rd show, we do a little "call-back" to some older material that we have some updates for (otherwise, not a whole lot going on LOL). I was able to get my Millennium RC MicroSSX finished and maidened, so I do a quick review of my experience with this cool little (and I MEAN little) plane.

Links? Get them HERE
Posted by crash-man | Aug 22, 2010 @ 12:40 PM | 3,211 Views
DIY Hot-Wire Power Supply

In this 82nd installment we discuss an exciting new product from Horizon, a potential solution for people with module-based JR radios that want 2.4ghz without using the Spektrum module, a DIY project for people wanting use use a hot-wire system instead of an X-acto to cut foam, and the RCadvisor explains Carlos' Power Rule!

This week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Aug 15, 2010 @ 01:31 PM | 2,644 Views
Sites, Letters, and Lanzo

This week we talk about some cool things discovered on the interwebs (lost plans found, LED tutorials, CNC information, etc,), some letters I've received, and a great Old Timer design that I contributed to.

Lots of LINKS are included in this week's show notes!
Posted by crash-man | Aug 08, 2010 @ 12:27 PM | 2,780 Views
Some CNC Discovery

Just like clock-work, we're back with an 80th installment this week, but alas, it's just been so stinkin' hot that we just don't have a lot of RC talk this week. If you know us, though, you'll know that both Dorsal and I are really into CNC machines to support our respective RC 'habits'. I spent some significant time in the workshop on a mission to discover more about these great machines and how they operate. Tune in as we explain the "Right-Hand Rule", as well as how I suggest that the PhlatScript might be improved for use with the upcoming PhlatPrinter MK3 machine and other such Overhead-Gantry systems.

We also have some other stuff, including a visit from the RCadvisor and also some great pictures of a listener's completed e-QSC! Have you completed your e-QSC from this summer's Scratch-build Club? If so, get your pics to me by August 15th so that you can be eligible to win a free power system!!

This week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Aug 01, 2010 @ 12:57 PM | 2,834 Views

We're back this week for our 79th show, and this time we've got a guest in the workshop - Mr. Greg Markley from WMParkFlyers. During our visit with Greg, we get a little insight as to how he's creating and painting the kits he sells, as well as some new kits that will be coming soon to his site.

Get your LINKS Here!
Posted by crash-man | Jul 25, 2010 @ 04:26 PM | 2,511 Views
Latest Project: Slipso 400

Lots of fun stuff in this 78th installment! Dorsal won a Millennium RC Micro SSX from RCRN, I've got a mess of Mercury Adhesives to try out, and the PhlatBoyZ are GIVING away a PhlatPrinter MK3 kit! Also, I talk at length (don't I always? LOL) about some options for club Pylon Racing, including the Slipso 400 that I am currently building.

On another note, if you are building your e-QSC from our Scratch-building Club, be sure you send me pics of your finished plane by August 15th so we can enter you in to our little giveaway of the motor and esc combo!

As usual, this week's LINKS after the jump!
Posted by crash-man | Jul 18, 2010 @ 02:52 PM | 2,467 Views
PhlatBoyZ PhlatPrinter MK3 Update

This week we get to catch up with the PhlatBoyZ, Mark and Trish Carew, to learn of the progress on the latest PhlatPrinter design, the MK3. This new machine is getting very close in transition from prototype to final product, and the list of features is mind-boggling! Just when you think that the PhlatBoyZ concept of "Quality CNC for the average Joe" can't get any better, IT DOES!
Posted by crash-man | Jul 11, 2010 @ 03:11 PM | 2,526 Views
A Memorable Weekend

A few things contributed to the name of this 76th show, but you'll have to give it a listen to understand the primary reason...

The e-QSC project finally comes to a close this week with a total of thirteen videos shot and uploaded to YouTube, including the maiden flight of the low-winged 'sport' version. Have you been building along with me? If so, submit photos of your finished project to me (via email) by no later than August 15th, 2010. I'll post all photos received to AllThingsCrash so that our listeners can view them and vote for their favorite. If your plane is chosen as "Listener's Choice", I'll send you a motor and ESC (the ones I specified for use on this plane) for your next project! Remember, if you should have a question that's not adequately answered on the PDF's or in the videos, don't hesitate to email me.

Posted by crash-man | Jun 27, 2010 @ 11:07 AM | 2,664 Views
It's 3DMon!

In this 75th installment (75 already??), after we get a few little news items out of the way, we get to hang out a bit with fellow PhlatClub member Shaun "3Dmon" Frank. We learn that Shaun, a capable 3D pilot as well as apt RC Aircraft designer, has created a website for the sole purpose of sharing his wares with the world!

Additionally, I've uploaded videos #9 and #10 of the e-QSC build where I cover some pushrods information, mounting the wing to the fuselage, and building and mounting the empennage. Have you started YOUR e-QSC yet?

This Week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Jun 20, 2010 @ 01:20 PM | 2,630 Views
Reflection And A Fuselage

After last week's LONG weekend trip I'm finally back in my workshop with Dorsal joining me for our 74th installment. Tune in for some reflection of last weekend's fun, talk of a new RC-based forum, another visit from The RCadvisor, and talk of the fuselage build for the e-QSC.

Here are this week's LINKS
Posted by crash-man | Jun 13, 2010 @ 06:57 AM | 2,969 Views
SPADFest 2010

What a busy week it's been! In this 73rd installment, I'll tell you about it, as well as a cool event I attended. Next week we'll get back with the RCadvisor and the e-QSC build, but in the mean time I hope you enjoy my tales.


Posted by crash-man | Jun 09, 2010 @ 09:53 AM | 2,891 Views
Scratch-Build Club and SPADFest 2010

Hey gang! This is just a quick note to let you know that I will be taking a 1 week break from the Scratch-Build of the e-QSC. The reason? I am heading out of town enroute to Slater, MO for SPADFest 2010!

Before I leave, however, I am planning on starting an official Build Log over at RCG to cover this project. I have been working diligently to build a second plane so I can shoot all the necessary photos for the RCG thread, and I have just about finished the wing portion of the build so that the thread will be caught up to the videos. Whew! This is a LOT of work! LOL

The next podcast, if all goes as planned, will be detailed coverage of SPADFest. I'm probably not going to have enough time to get some "plastic" ready to fly, but will have cameras and notebook in hand to give this cool event the coverage it so deserves. Remember, it was the SPADders that actually first taught us that materials other than balsa could be used to contruct our planes!

So, get those e-QSC wings built, but try to refrain from starting your fuselage just yet, since I have some neat things to show you on this - you won't be building over the plans for this part!

Thanks for your understanding...
Posted by crash-man | Jun 06, 2010 @ 10:48 AM | 2,888 Views
e-QSC - It's Wing Week!

It's been a busy week in the workshop! LOL Please join us this week for some information on a couple of upcoming events and news on some new products now available. Our buddy, the RCadvisor (Carlos), is backagain this week to discuss the potential use of Carbon in place of balsa parts, too.

The meat of this week's broadcast? Well, the Scratch-building Club has officially started! This week, we build the wing for the e-QSC! The total PDF Plans and Templates package is available on my site, and the first four video tutorials to help you along are on YouTube (links below).

Additionally, I have created a new "Listener's Stuff" section to the support site (AllThingsCrash.com) so that I have a place to show off the photos of the cool stuff you guys send in to me! If you've got an interesting build you want to share with everyone (whether it's a balsa or foam build), send in your pics and I'll get them posted!!

Got some great links this week, including a link to my plans and videos. Take the LEAP over to my site and check them out!
Posted by crash-man | May 30, 2010 @ 10:12 AM | 2,657 Views
Crash's Scratch-build Club

In this 71st installment, we discuss Dorsal's progress and newest acquisitions, a cool site I found (cardboard? REALLY?), Larry's Blue Foam Wonder (as featured in Park Pilot magazine!), the RCadvisor talks a bit about scaling down airplanes, and I offer up a couple more great suppliers of balsa kits (for Corey from last week's show).

As well, the cat is out of the bag! I've been kicking around the concept of online tutorials to help more people discover the magic that is balsa, but Fred (a very talented balsa builder) lit the fire beneath me so we're off. It's gonna be a great summer!!

Take the JUMP and check out this week's links and the Shopping List I mention in the show!
Posted by crash-man | May 23, 2010 @ 11:23 AM | 3,134 Views
Letters (Engine Tuning, Kit Suggestions, and Desktop CNC)

In our 70th show, we dip into the ol' mailbag and share some listener emails. We talk a bit about engine tuning, some "real" kit suggestions, and some Desktop CNC options. Also, Carlos tells us about some things to consider when doubling the size of a model in this week's Ask The RCadvisor segment. Oh, and is there a hint in the air of something new and cool on the horizon? Hmmm....

Links after the JUMP
Posted by crash-man | May 16, 2010 @ 07:04 PM | 2,810 Views
The Micro PhlatFleet

After a long time without one, we're back with the PhlatBoyZ for an update on the state of things in PhlatLand. In this 69th installment you'll learn what's in stock, what's being repurposed for in-house production, and what's on the horizon, so be sure to tune in! Fear not, fellow RCadvisor fans, Carlos will be back again next week to unravel another RC Mystery.
Posted by crash-man | May 09, 2010 @ 12:57 AM | 2,776 Views
A PhlatFormer Is Born!

It's been another busy week around here, but I've managed to squeeze in a couple of RC-related activities! First off, in this 68th installment I do a Mini Review on the PhlatBoyZ "PhlatFormer" Vacuum Forming Machine and then I tell a little about the SPAD e-PBF's I'm working on for SPADFest 2010. Do you have a "Spektrumized" 8103, 9303, or one of the 10 channel JR radios with a loose Spektrum module? If so, you'll certainly want the dope in this episode!!

This week's LINKS are HERE!
Posted by crash-man | May 02, 2010 @ 09:04 PM | 2,740 Views
Kites And Cakes

It's been a slow week on the RC front for me, but some airborne adventures were had when I took the family out for some kite flying at our local Kite Festival. My PhlatFormer arrived earlier this past week (with a couple of surprises in the box, too!), as well as my big order from HeadsUpRC, so you'll hear a bit about that, too!

Links after the JUMP