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Posted by noodle | Apr 25, 2006 @ 07:35 AM | 4,761 Views
Geez... I've been busy lately! It's been ages since I last checked the forum. Wow! As usual, I do have excuses:

1. I've been deep in the throes of getting my first job: Part-time lifeguarding at the local pool. I just got my first paycheck the other day, and that made all the work seem to be worth it.

2. I got my first car: A 1988 Mazda B2200 pickup. I intend to convert this car to electric so I can be gasoline free, using one of the conversion kits sold by Electro Automotive . I encourage you to check out the site.

So that's why I haven't been able to check the forum lately. Hopefully I'll have more time to check it now that things are getting back to "normal". Whatever that is...
Posted by noodle | Mar 14, 2006 @ 10:27 PM | 4,997 Views
Darn... A day late AGAIN! I always seem to have difficulty getting this updated. At least I have an excuse... I've been working like a dog on this research paper I'm submitting in a competition. It's really a pain. I've almost gotten it all taken care of now, though.

Now... For the link of the week!

Steve's RC Home Page

This is, well, Steve's RC Home Page. It's packed with interesting stuff. He's got a bunch of plans available for download, along with some interesting articles. Bookmark it!
Posted by noodle | Mar 06, 2006 @ 12:28 PM | 5,234 Views
Ha! On time today. And the link of the week is:

Airfoil Aviation

This place is really just an interesting curiosity. They sell R/C powered parachutes. They make little electric versions, but the most interesting part would be the BIG one, the large scale UAV. It has a 100 lb. payload. Pretty interesting!
Posted by noodle | Feb 28, 2006 @ 04:42 PM | 4,925 Views
Okay, a day late again. I don't really have an excuse this time. Here's the link of the week:

NASA Dryden Research Center Graphics Index

If you want a 3-view of something interesting, try this place. They've got 3-views of lots of interesting aircraft including the Pathfinder, the Helios, the Gossamer Albatross (or Condor. I forget which), and many others. Check it out!
Posted by noodle | Feb 20, 2006 @ 12:29 PM | 5,691 Views
It's Monday again! Time for a new link of the week:

This site is the Charles River Radio Controllers. The best part of the site, IMO, is the "Articles & Tips" section. They've got lots of free plans, as well as plans for a few hot wire cutters, and a whole bunch of cool stuff. Now that I've got a hot wire bow I'm planning on building a few of these planes. Check it out!
Posted by noodle | Feb 14, 2006 @ 09:49 AM | 5,619 Views
Well, I'm a day late, but that's only because I was really sick yesterday.

This week's link isn't really model airplane related, but it's still a neat page:

It's Scaled Composites, the company founded by Burt Rutan (designer of the LongEZ, VariEZ, and many other homebuilt airplanes). They're the ones who built the White Knight and Space Ship One, and captured the X-Prize. They're a very interesting company; take look at the "projects" section of the site. Pretty wild.
Posted by noodle | Feb 08, 2006 @ 04:31 PM | 6,602 Views
Well, I finished the hot wire bow. And guess what?

IT CUTS FOAM!!!!!!!!!!

After a little fiddling, I got the bow up and running.

The one major thing I had to change was the transformer; it had nowhere near enough power to noticeably heat the wire. So, I pulled a BIGGER train transformer out of the attic. It's a huge, 275 watt, 20 volt monster, proudly made in the USA. The wire really sizzles with this thing.

The pics show the basic layout of the bow and how I hooked up the wire. It's really very simple to build, and it works great. It's 48" long, so it has to be operated by two people, but it's very easy to use. I was able to cut a 48" cylinder and slide it out of the foam- way cool!

I have also successfully cut a wing core. It came out very nice, and I was amazed at how accurate it was- I was even able to cut spar notches. Very impressive.

Now, back to cutting foam!

Posted by noodle | Feb 06, 2006 @ 05:27 PM | 7,008 Views
So I dropped in at the local home improvement store today and picked up a few things. The attached pic shows everything I've got so far. I've got:

Hot Wire
1"x2"x6' Pine
#10-32 x 2" Bolts and Nuts
Eye Screws
Alligator Clips
Speaker Wire
Power Supply

I just need to dig around a little and, with luck, find a big spring and some non-stretch material to use for a tracer wire.

The cat is "Monzo" (don't ask), and is included in the pic because, well, he's just got to be a part of the project.
Posted by noodle | Feb 06, 2006 @ 12:47 PM | 6,728 Views
For the purposes of keeping this interesting, I'll post a "link of the week" every Monday. I've got a phenomenal number of links in my favorites folder, on many different topics, so it ought to be pretty interesting.

Here's the first link:

Colorado Gliders Links & Calculators Page

This site is a very useful resource. There are tons of links, articles, calculators, etc. on this site. So bookmark it!

Posted by noodle | Feb 04, 2006 @ 09:04 AM | 8,782 Views
Well, I think I've found a power source for my "bow-on-a-budget." After a little scrounging around, I dug out this old N/HO/G-Scale model train transformer. Max output is 17 VDC, but it also has an output for 20 VAC. I'll probably be using the DC output.

I also have the hot wire, which I got from It's the T/370 hot wire. It's supposed to have a very low thermal expansion coefficient, so it won't stretch as much. I bought 3 rolls of the stuff for about $15, totaling about 24'. I should be able to build a few hot wire bows with that.
Posted by noodle | Feb 03, 2006 @ 02:17 PM | 13,836 Views
I'm going to start building a hot wire bow for cutting foam wing cores pretty soon. Hopefully, I'll be able to start building in the next few days, and I'll document it here.

Watch this space for more info! [I've always wanted to say that. ]
Posted by noodle | Feb 03, 2006 @ 08:35 AM | 19,778 Views
Just testing the new blog!