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Aug 01, 2006, 02:10 PM
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Measure Twice,
Cut once,
Realize your mistake,
Go back to the hobbyshop for more wood...

My girlfriend thought I was cheating on her so she hired a PI to follow me around one weekend. After 3 hobby shops and 2 Home Depot's, he gave up...

--ZIP TIES!!!! (with a tension/cutoff tool) They are the best thing that ever happened to my models. Things stay put and you don't have to scrape glue off of your servo's.

--When you cut yourself with your Xacto knife, grab your CA and glue it shut. It's perfectly healthy (clean the cut first!!!). You can hit it with accelerator but be ready for the heat. It's an intense 15 seconds of pain, but you're back to work faster.

--Always have 5 or 6 projects going at once... When you get bored of one you can move on to another and it's a whole new bag of worms. (and this way, your bank account won't get dangerously full)

--People say that this hobby can "nickle and dime" you till you're broke... I don't know what you're talking about, the only way I can get out of the hobby shop for 15 cents, is to not go.
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Aug 02, 2006, 10:57 AM
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#1 - You can't build a stright wing without a good straight edge.

#2 - Put a masking tape "flag" on all your hobby knifes to keep them from rolling off the work bench, or even better one of those triangle rubber grippy things made for pens.

#3 - If you are getting mad at the model under construction, go do something else!

Aug 02, 2006, 12:06 PM
Registerd Beaver
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that is the funniest post I've read in a while.
made me laugh anyway - cheers
as for the girlfriend?...

Aug 03, 2006, 09:42 AM
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She'll deal
Aug 04, 2006, 04:50 PM
Registered User
Read the instructions
Use small amounts of CA glue
Read the instructions
Aug 04, 2006, 04:52 PM
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jrbackus that was funny
Aug 05, 2006, 10:58 AM
Just a sip
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don't mess up XD
Aug 05, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Footnote to Robbie's "Know when to walk away":: KNOW WHEN TO RUN!

Aug 05, 2006, 11:19 AM
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Simplicate and add lightness.

Aug 05, 2006, 04:04 PM
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Something I read here on RCG:

The more you beef it up,
the more it'll fly like a cow.
Aug 05, 2006, 04:29 PM
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Dont clean off the work bench....if you put everything away, clean everything will take twice as long to build the next plane, because the stuff is not where its supposed to be jeff
Aug 06, 2006, 08:53 AM
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The probability that an Exacto knife will roll off your workbench and land point down is directly proportional to the type of shoes you are wearing.

Aug 10, 2006, 10:46 PM
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When in doubt, ask prior to making any mistakes
Aug 11, 2006, 03:14 AM
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some great tips. One that's got me out of a few situations was passed down to me by my dad...

Drilling holes in impossible places or when you have no drill or drill bit:

Sometimes you build the firewall in, and there's no way to get a hole where you need to mount the motor, after you have all the cowl parts on, because you simply can't get the drill to it at all. Just sharpen a metal rod and get it as hot as you possible can, and just jam it through the firewall.

...a really hot poker can almost glide through quite thick plywood like butter if it's hot enough. If you can't get it hot enough, you may need to try a few times.

Using this technique, I've managed to drive holes into plywood where I could have never reached with a drill (firewalls in teeny weeny cowled pylon racers), or at times when I have no drill but still posess the ability to make fire!
Aug 11, 2006, 06:04 AM
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For small holes I never buy drill bits. I cut piano wire of the desired size and length and use it as a drill bit. The end where you cut it with plier or wire cutter is always sharp. It never break and you can have it as long as you want. It even drills at angles around corners. Best to use a variable speed drill.

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