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Posted by Dakrat | Oct 26, 2007 @ 04:23 AM | 16,967 Views
I just got a new foam cutter added to my arsenal of tools for making foamies.

Before I got my newest cutter I had been using the Super Beveller, a neat tool to belevel all my control surfaces. The Super Beveller when used correctly bevels flat foam such as Depron, and blue core at a near perfect 45-degree angle. You can get one from Charger RC for $6 or so, it really works well but it does have one flaw in that cutting a 45 into a corner is not possible. You must finish the job with an X-Acto knife or sand paper it. I also like that this uses ordinary razor blades so swapping out new blades is cheap and quick.

My newest tool is a Logan series 1500 foam board cutter. This little gadget is for making straight cuts as well as 45 deg ones. What I like about this tool is that you can HOLD it really firmly and control it with a straight edge or a tee straight edge ruler. It has a razor blade that you can adjust for depth or direction of cut. 45 deg cuts are a snap, just slide the blade opposite of the straight cut, flip over start cutting! Simple and easy to use, you can also get into corners!

You can get this tool at variety of places, I got mine at Michaelís, just remember to steal your wife's 50% off coupon before purchasing.
Here is a quick picture: http://www.misterart.com/store/image...?group_id=8199

I highly recommend both of these tools for you foam cutting convenience. They are both speedier then any X-Acto knife or sanding block.
Posted by Dakrat | Oct 09, 2007 @ 12:50 AM | 14,413 Views
After reading about it time and time again, I finally took the plunge and bought some LEDs for some night flying. I wasn't sure what plane I wanted to use or how much I wanted to spend. One of the guys on the forum boards suggested Celebration Lights. These lights are used for parties, balloons and such. You get 12 to a package for about $10 from Wal-Mart. The package says that they last for about 8hrs.

These were perfect for me since I was not sure I was going to enjoy the night flying thing nor was I sure how much I wanted to spend setting up a plane. So I got my "all purpose" EStarter and some masking tape and got to work. I used about 5 for the first test, two under the wing one on the rudder and one on the bottom by the cowling and one on the top between rudder and the wing.

Flight Report:
I had no problems getting her up to altitude, I didn't get too crazy, just high enough to avoid trees and light posts.
Orientation was not that bad but I kept her close, I had only white lights but I could see how having different colors could be helpful. I didn't fly for too long it was getting a little cold (31 deg) but I am hooked on this night flying stuff. Winter is almost here and with the days getting shorter I can still get my flying in. Now to try this on my SLofly 28 and see if I can fly a little night 3D!

I highly recommend these LED's they are inexpensive, portable between planes, and very bright. Since I have several LED's I can experiment with different configurations on plane. I probably will get a better LED or glow wire system but for the time being this is cheap fun!