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Posted by crash-man | Dec 28, 2010 @ 03:42 PM | 2,956 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 @ 09:43 PM | 3,075 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 @ 04:59 PM | 2,741 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 @ 12:15 PM | 3,232 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 @ 07:40 PM | 2,757 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 @ 06:17 PM | 2,805 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 @ 07:24 PM | 3,355 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 @ 11:57 AM | 2,875 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 @ 08:59 AM | 3,033 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 @ 04:49 PM | 2,849 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 @ 05:16 PM | 2,720 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 @ 05:42 PM | 2,719 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!

Posted by crash-man | Sep 26, 2010 @ 05:13 PM | 2,875 Views

After editing this 87th installment, I am ashamed to hafta say that the pace is REALLY slow! LOL I apologize for this - very little sleep can have this affect. Nonetheless, we talk a bit about how RC has made an appearance on television this past week, some new offerings from Hobby Lobby that are certain to be a hit, as well as speculate what might be going on with the Ultra Micro 4-Site.

Posted by crash-man | Sep 19, 2010 @ 12:59 PM | 3,087 Views
CNC "Crack"

It's been two months since we've had a chance to visit with the PhlatBoyZ (Mark and Trish Carew) so what better time to get an update from them than right now when they're on the cusp of releasing their latest piece of CNC equipment - The PhlatPrinter MK3! Most of you guys that have been following the progress of this long-awaited jewel have a pretty good idea of what it will look like and the kind of things it will do, but in this 86th installment we get into some of the latest improvements to the electronics package and workflow that will be implemented in it. Believe it or not, (as if the PhlatBoyZ hadn't already made CNC easy enough) they are making it even EASIER for the rankest of beginners to learn how to use!

Get this week's show links HERE
Posted by crash-man | Sep 12, 2010 @ 04:52 PM | 3,320 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 | 2,679 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 | 2,876 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 | 3,279 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 | 2,714 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 | 2,845 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