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Posted by fabric8 | Feb 17, 2015 @ 01:09 AM | 4,236 Views
So I had an unfortunate incident while coming in for a low pass next to the runway when my left wing clipped a bush. Fortunately, I was at less than 1/2 throttle and only about 4ft from the ground so the damage was very minor: the cowl was in pieces, the motor mount broke off cleanly, the wing had a clean split down the middle aside from the dents from hitting the bush, and I had a bent prop shaft adapter and busted prop.

I immediately ordered a replacement prop adapter and new cowl then got to work on repairs. I repaired the broken motor mount with bass wood strips. I glued the wing with gorilla glue, and also used it to build the gouges on the leading edge.
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Posted by fabric8 | Aug 04, 2012 @ 01:50 AM | 4,410 Views
I helped my dad finish a Dumas Windy boat that he started building. Most of the hull was built, and the tail/motor pod was partially completed. I finished the tail and motor pod, expoxied the entire boat, primed it, then painted it.

We decided to go electric instead of nitro (even though we love nitro), and went with the following:

Motor: RC Timer BL-2830/8 1300kV
Prop: APC 8x6e prop
ESC: Hobbyking Redbrick 30A ESC
Rudder Servo: JR PS-51S (circa 1990's)
TX/RX: Futaba Megatech JR (circa 1990's)
Battery: Blue Lipo 3S 2200mAh

All electronics (ESC, RX, and servo) were dipped in corrosionx for water proofing. To help cool the ESC, I removed the covering and replaced the stock heatsink plate with an aluminum finned heatsink from a local electronics parts store (for under $1.00). Plexiglass was used for the radio compartment cover mounted onto foam tape.

Some videos:
Video of rudder servo setup
Video of finished boat
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