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Posted by crash-man | Feb 21, 2011 @ 09:59 AM | 3,107 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 | 2,903 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 | 2,957 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 @ 12:47 PM | 2,935 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 | 3,063 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.

Posted by crash-man | Jan 24, 2011 @ 01:54 PM | 2,879 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 | 3,213 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

Posted by crash-man | Jan 10, 2011 @ 01:28 PM | 2,911 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 | 3,011 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 | 3,123 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 | 2,784 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!


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


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,

You can pick up the links for this week's show HERE!
Posted by crash-man | Dec 06, 2010 @ 01:15 PM | 3,281 Views
All I Want For CHRISTmas...

Well, the Holiday Season is upon us and, after our personal updates, Dennis, Tim, and I each share what's on our wishlists to Santa this year (as well as some listener lists, too). Additionally, you'll hear me talk about cutting MDF on my new Phlatty, you'll hear about some new feats in the full-scale aviation arena, and the RCadvisor will tell us about how we'll know when our design project goals have been fulfilled.


Flying Buggy

An Electric Home-built Takes Flight

Dear Santa,

We hope you have had a great year this year and are ready for eating LOTS of milk and cookies during your trip around the world this CHRISTmas. I hope you're not working those elves too hard!

Leo wants a brand new HK600GT helicopter to take his skills to the next level. Santa, would you happen to know a good, reasonably priced power system for one of these helis? Maybe your elves will know, huh. He would also enjoy someone putting in a local hobby shop in the St Augustine Florida area.

Hance just wants some warmer weather so he can fly more, so if you should happen to bump into that Jack Frost character, could you ask him to lay off with the cold weather just abit? If not, he could prolly use some coal in his stocking to help him stay WARM!

Dennis has been a really good boy this year and would really like an E-Flite Blade mSR to help him get into helicopter flying. Oh, and if it's not too much to ask, could he also get an FPV system?...Continue Reading
Posted by crash-man | Nov 28, 2010 @ 08:40 PM | 2,801 Views
Micro Yaks And MultiRotors

In our 95th installment, we discuss our friend's new Micro Yak and and then break off into some MultiRotor discussion (Yep, I've been bitten by the bug!). Also, the RCadvisor shares with us some great information on making aerodynamic struts and braces (both decorative and strengthening) for our larger projects.

Next week, we will be talking about what we will be putting on our CHRISTmas lists to Santa this year, and you're invited to participate, too! Just drop me an email (crash.hancock AT gmail.com) and tell us what you'd like to get this year and we'll read the letters on next week's show. Not a bad way of letting your friends and relatives know what you'd like to get, eh? (wink wink)

Posted by crash-man | Nov 21, 2010 @ 07:17 PM | 2,852 Views
Sales, Kites, And Boxing Day??

Boy, we talked about quite a bit in this 94th installment! We cover some pre-holiday sales, where to get my SketchUp Basics DVD, a cool steal on a used PhlatPrinter, some contests, some wicked-cool RC Kites, another new offering from E-Flite, and the RCadvisor is back this week with some talk on battery technology.

Posted by crash-man | Nov 14, 2010 @ 08:24 PM | 3,404 Views
TheCrashCast - ROTK

Even though it's been a CRAZY week around my place, we've got our 93rd show here for you! There's some info on driving buses, shooting video, a123 batteries, and we have a special visit from our buddy and fill-in cohost, IFLYOS! Also, if you've been wanting to snag a copy of my SketchUp Basics for the PhlatPrinter CNC DVD Tutorial, there's info in this 'cast on how to order your copy today!

Posted by crash-man | Nov 08, 2010 @ 12:57 PM | 2,922 Views
Ninety-Two, Take Two

Some "technical difficulties" with the first recording lead to having to re-record this week's show. Nonetheless, I think you'll find some good information in this 92nd installment. I've got some videos for you to check out, some more contest information, some new places to get some great products that are made right here in the good ol' USA, and our RCadvisor sheds some light on the branding of some of the products we love.

Lotsa Links
Posted by crash-man | Nov 01, 2010 @ 09:59 AM | 3,076 Views
Building Bird Cages And Machines

Boy, it was one busy week for me! I'll clue you in on it in this 91st installment, as well as answer some listener emails. Plus, we've got an all new Ask The RCadvisor segment this week, as well!

Posted by crash-man | Oct 24, 2010 @ 05:49 PM | 2,884 Views
Micro Love

We're back again this week with a little more talk about the Micro Airplane scene. After flying my new Ultra Micro 4-Site a bit, I am lovin' it! We also discuss E-Flite's latest announcement a bit - The UMX Extra 300! This little plane looks to be BIG on performance and it looks like E-Flite has another winner on it's hands.

Oh, yeah - eventhough I was unable to attend the 3D Hobby Shop OktoberFest Fly-In in Austin this weekend (a true shame, since I was IN Austin!), I got a few notes to share from my buddy Ron, that WAS there.

Posted by crash-man | Oct 17, 2010 @ 06:16 PM | 2,764 Views
A Little SMALL Talk

In our 89th session, we talk about batteries, ESC's, Spektrum AR6100's, a little more about my playing with RealFlight G5.5 (boy, do I LOVE Dynamic Slope Soaring!), and my official entry into Micro RC Flight with the Micro 4-Site I got for my birthday! Also, thanks to Hobby People, we've got some more STEALS to talk about this week!

LINKS for this show
Posted by crash-man | Oct 10, 2010 @ 06:42 PM | 2,764 Views
One BIG Video Project

In our 88th airing, we talk about a bunch of stuff, including some new items coming out, another great contest, some great used equipment for sale CHEAP, and a BIG video project that I worked on this past week. We hope you enjoy it!