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Posted by crash-man | Mar 31, 2011 @ 06:39 PM | 4,596 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 | 3,886 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 | 3,687 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 | 3,410 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 | 4,433 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 | 3,648 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 | 3,415 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 | 3,350 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 | 3,979 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 | 4,191 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 | 3,366 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 | 3,054 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 | 3,133 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 | 3,157 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 | 2,962 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 | 3,017 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 | 2,985 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 @ 11:15 AM | 3,107 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 @ 12:54 PM | 2,923 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 @ 12:42 AM | 3,255 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