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Posted by A Useless Geek | Nov 28, 2008 @ 03:07 PM | 4,805 Views
I don't know where I got this beater, but a bad Dean's knock-off male Ultra showed up in my bag o' tricks. The bad one is only marked on the vertical pin, and it is marked positive. See the pic.

The knock-off is very well made, using gold plating and plated spring steel for the tensioner. It is visually identical to a real Dean's except for the bad marking.

Sorry that I can't identify where this turd came from. I have gotten so much stuff from so many different vendors over the last couple of months that I couldn't ID the source to save my life. But hopefully this alert will save your electronics package.
Posted by A Useless Geek | Nov 27, 2008 @ 01:14 PM | 4,507 Views
Okay, so my MSComposit Mini-Swift wing flies kinda crappily out at the golf dome. I still like the EPP wing idea, a little. Enough that I am willing to try out another Swift, this one a medium size unit. However, I want it to be a little softer than the Mini, so I'm injecting a little dihedral to smooth it out some. That is accomplished via a strip of balsa trailing edge material. The angles between the sides seems just right in getting the dihedral set.

I mounted the motor to the top side by using some more of the same trailing strip balsa. We'll see how this works out.
Posted by A Useless Geek | Nov 24, 2008 @ 03:55 AM | 4,628 Views
Okay, so I got one of those 2500 mAh 3S transmitter packs (http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/...roducts_id=778) from Grayson. Put a .1" two-pin female connector from a computer LED on it, and I'm in biz. Attach some Velcro to the battery, some more inside the battery compartment, and now I can fly for a week without worrying about Tx charge. See the pics.

The pack will stay in place very firmly with Velcro. This pack has a balancing connector on it, so you can charge it via your regular charger. An inexpensive solution.
Posted by A Useless Geek | Nov 13, 2008 @ 12:20 AM | 3,966 Views
Man, there are so many possibilities. Everybody out there has an idea on what to build and how to fly. I see these guys putting together ultralight EPP biplanes and doing wingtip-dragging rolls right off the ground. I see guys scratch building 1/60 and 1/45 scale warbirds that just make my mouth water. I see flat F-22s and SU-37s that zoom in and out of the frame so quickly that the camera can't even get a single good image of them. I see scratch scales of Beech, Piper, Cessna, and all kinds of other private planes. I see weirdness abounding, most of it expressed in blue foam. Stuff like flying saucers, hotdogs, pseudo-helicopters, zeppelins, even a Holy Cross.

I don't know what to build.