Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Wing-Tips

Broken Prop Velcro Knife

A blade from a broken prop is an excellent removal tool when using hook and loop material to hold batteries to your airplane. It is usually difficult to remove the component without damage to the mounting or surrounding …

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Exhaust Deflector

The nylon tie wraps provided to hold a plastic exhaust deflector to the muffler frequently fail to work, with loss of the deflector during engine run. I fix the deflector in place with small screws. Position the deflector …

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Free Small Fan For A Variety Of RC Uses

Recently I salvaged an internal PC fan from a computer destined for the scrap heap. I now power it using a 3S 11.1v Lipo battery. I use Deans connectors on my batteries and so I soldered one to …

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Removing Film

Like many modelers I have found that removing covering film can be challenging. Even when using heat, the color and adhesive layers often separate from the film, leaving fragments that have been difficult to remove. Ordinary packing tape …

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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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