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#1 UBILDIT Dec 04, 2012 09:35 PM

RC Taxidermy... going too far???
 
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Well,
It's been a while since I've made a blog entry, but I think this one is worth doing. Working at a Hobby Shop I've been presented with a great number of planes that simply don't need to fly again. For that matter, I've created a great number of planes that don't need to fly again, but that's not the point.. the point is..now I have a way to keep the plane alive almost forever.... well, part of it anyway.. I think that I'm probably not the first one to do this, but I may be the first one to do it and enjoy being creative with it!.. Who knows...
I like to call it RC Taxidermy. Mounting and preserving what's left of your favorite plane when it's simply beyond repair. In both of my first two examples, it is the tail section that survived mostly intact and then I realized that with a few magnets and a little creative paint and glue, I could create an illusion that the plane had just hit the roof of my car or gone through the side of a door. What a great way to mark your car at an event or even just at the club field. Or if you're like me and sometimes fly in large public areas, you can attach an Estes rockets parachute to the tail and have an instant wind sock.. So here are my first to attempts.... outside the hobby shop they have both received many long hard looks and even some close investigation.... (by guys only...no women...big surprise there). If anyone is interested, I can be a bit more specific about the materials I use and the type of magnets.. etc... The large T-34 with Darth Vader at the helm was difficult as it was much larger than the foam tail of the Flyzone FW190 and it's weight alone...at the angle I wanted to mount it made it a real project... but I'm happy with the results. Hope everyone who reads this enjoys the funny idea of keeping your planes... even when they're dead... LOL..

Bo

#2 LannyG Dec 04, 2012 10:03 PM

Very cool
 
I like 'em!

#3 SkyPirate67 Dec 04, 2012 10:07 PM

Nice! You have inspired me! I have to do it. lol :popcorn:

#4 dee-grose Dec 04, 2012 10:46 PM

That's some funny stuff, Bo! Very cool! :D

#5 lmopar69 Dec 05, 2012 12:06 AM

dude! Those are awesome man! I think you may have outdone yourself this time. Guess I'll have to go crash a plane just so I can bring it to you so you can make me one!

Laine.

#6 hosigard33 Dec 05, 2012 07:22 AM

going to go crash one today! awssome idea

#7 DismayingObservation Dec 05, 2012 09:52 AM

Beautiful! What a great idea!

#8 UBILDIT Dec 05, 2012 11:03 AM

Wow..
 
Thanks for everyone's nice comments... It just seemed such a shame to throw away a perfctly good tail .... lol..
and Laine... if you send me one for taxidermy... you won't get it back until I get my 4 EPP Eagles.... hint hint..

Building Materials: If it's a larger model like the t-34 it needs a base to stay upright in the wind. Bluecore or 10mm Cellfoam as a base, rare earth magnets in strategic places... and the opaque looking skirting around the outside is Aileens tacky glue. You have to stick the plane to some wax paper or in my case an un-used piece of ultracote and go around the bottom with the tacky glue and let it dry for about a day or so. You can then peel it right up off the wax paper or ultracote and it gives it a nice visual depth as well as keeping the foam from being seen or damaged by weather.

Bo

#9 SkyPirate67 Dec 05, 2012 12:51 PM

Now I have the perfect excuse for when I crash a plane at the field. "I meant to do it...need it for a project"...lol :D

#10 SkyPirate67 Dec 05, 2012 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by UBILDIT (Post 23447719)
Thanks for everyone's nice comments... It just seemed such a shame to throw away a perfctly good tail .... lol..
and Laine... if you send me one for taxidermy... you won't get it back until I get my 4 EPP Eagles.... hint hint..

Building Materials: If it's a larger model like the t-34 it needs a base to stay upright in the wind. Bluecore or 10mm Cellfoam as a base, rare earth magnets in strategic places... and the opaque looking skirting around the outside is Aileens tacky glue. You have to stick the plane to some wax paper or in my case an un-used piece of ultracote and go around the bottom with the tacky glue and let it dry for about a day or so. You can then peel it right up off the wax paper or ultracote and it gives it a nice visual depth as well as keeping the foam from being seen or damaged by weather.

Bo

Thanks for the info becuase I will def be doing this. I certainly have enough broken parts to use. :D

#11 BladeHead Dec 05, 2012 01:32 PM

Been there, done that
 
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You're right about re-purposing! I augered my MiG15 a while back and this highly modded version rose from that wreckage like a phoenix from the ashes. It has its advantages...
  • No more overheated LiPo's
  • No nasty surprises with handling characteristics
  • No touchy CG issues
  • Lands with a satisfying "thud"
  • Gets all the looks at the flying field
  • Depending on your throwing arm, will fly higher and glide longer than the hand-launched stock airframe

#12 UBILDIT Dec 05, 2012 04:21 PM

Yaaaahhh!
 
Now that's re-purposing at it's best... the Brick Mig... and decorative too!! Lol.. Awesome..

#13 Sonofagun Dec 05, 2012 08:19 PM

If you would like to get the girls to "check it out" may I suggest you crash one of these...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...14599&page=165

#14 deckert Dec 05, 2012 10:27 PM

LOL, it's crazy stuff like this that helps keep me coming back.. Just perfect! I can't wait until I try this out at the field. :D Anyone have a plane I can borrow?

Dan

#15 hosigard33 Dec 06, 2012 07:36 AM

re-purpose and re-use I love it.


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