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Propeller Nut Tool

I’ve never liked using Allen wrenches to tighten prop nuts; I find them difficult to hold and they just aren’t the right tool for the job. So I decided to create a better tool. I searched through an …

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Cooler Model Storage

I have several park flyers and recently hit on this idea for easy transportation and convenient storage for them. I bought a cheap foam cooler and notched the sides to accept the wings with the models positioned nose-down. …

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Swashplate Fix

I was given a 380-class helicopter and am very impressed with it. Like any novice, I expected some crashes, and I wasn’t disappointed! The instructions about making repairs with new parts are very clear, but I thought I’d …

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Break-In Model Holder

After searching in vain for a model hold-down that would keep my model off the ground while I broke in my new engine in clean air, I decided to build my own. I drilled a couple of 1-inch …

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Portable Battery Warmer

I enjoy flying off snow, and I developed a way to preserve the power in my backup batteries while on the flight line in cold weather. I fill a Ziploc bag with uncooked rice, microwave it for a …

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Draining Puffed LIPOs

Here’s an easy and inexpensive way I drain my “puffed” LiPos. I connect the battery to a 50W, 12-volt light bulb and let it light the bulb. In a few minutes, the light goes out. After 24 hours, …

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Micro Runway

Many times weather conditions prevent micro airplanes from using their usual and dependable, outdoor, hard-surface landing strips. I have solved the problem by using the hard backed side of a length of carpet runner as an operational landing …

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Tight Places

Sometimes it’s necessary to install a nut and bolt into a tight place. It’s often very difficult to hold the nut in position while it is being driven onto the bolt. Sometimes tiny wrenches don’t work well or …

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Stronger Split Elevator Control

If you have an ARF with split elevators and you want a stronger elevator control setup than the traditional torque-rod, single-control-horn technique, create a Y-split in the control rod as shown. Bend music wire to the needed shape, …

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T-Pin Organizer

Here’s how I organize and store my T-pins. This paperclip organizer keeps the pins from going all over the floor and workbench, makes them easily accessible (especially when sheeting) and is very economical. These can be purchased at …

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Easy, Light Parallel Pack Connector

Here’s a handy, lightweight Y-harness design for connecting lithium polymer battery packs in parallel to increase available capacity and discharge rate (for example, two 1200mAh packs in parallel become a single 2400mAh battery with twice the discharge rate …

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Lithium Charger Leads

A number of the new lithium chargers have banana plug leads to which you solder your connector(s) of choice. Because different lithium packs of different capacities come pre-wired with any of several types of connectors, solder additional connector …

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Easy Antenna Mount

Radio Shack heat shrink tubing has a glossy surface and can serve as a handy antenna support. Simply mount the tubing (no heat shrinking involved) in the fuselage and slide the antenna through the tubing. This relieves the …

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