It’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Just in case we have an FAA worst case scenario, which means you need to get out of the model airplane / drone hobby, what next? R/C boats and cars come to mind. Here is an interesting video on how to build a simple, inexpensive airboat.
Many people are saying that the new FAA rules regarding UAS has the potential to destroy the hobby. Below is a link to a well written article in Ars Technica that explains the situation. Also a link to a site named Drone Enthusiast. The link is to an article they published about R/C airboats. No proposed FAA regulations on R/C airboats. Yet. If a drone enthusiast site is doing articles about air boats, you have to wonder where things may be headed.
When I am working on a project I often have small parts sitting around. I had been keeping them in a small, plastic cup – probably one from Taco Bell. Only problem was that I kept knocking it over. Quick fix was to hot glue the cup onto a piece of foam board. Now it doesn’t tip over so easy.
This one is from the guys at Flite Test.
In an upcoming project I am going to start with a foam board model from Flite Test, then cut part of the fuselage off and replace the missing part with balsa sticks. Gluing balsa is different from gluing foam board, so I decided to review some basic balsa building techniques for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the process. Here is the setup that I use when building balsa models. In this picture the bottom is a balsa building board. Balsa building boards are difficult to find these days. Someone told me that an acoustic ceiling tile will work. There are occasionally single tiles available from a damaged package at your local home improvement store. Next layer is the plan sheet. On top is a piece of wax paper to prevent the wood glue from sticking to the plans. I usually use thumb tacks to hold the plans down and building pins, or straight pins, to hold the balsa in place while the glue dries. T-pins are still available from several suppliers, including Tower Hobbies.
Currently working on my first foam board scratch build, an Aeronca C-1. Saw this video of a full scale C-3. Thought it would be good to post.
I brought the Flite Test Old Speedster to the September Meeting for the Show & Tell. Here is the video.
Finished the Old Speedster and decided to taxi it around the back yard to make sure everything is working correctly. Looks like it is. Next is to take it to the field on a not windy morning. The landing gear is from a MultiPlex FunCub.
Not quite finished but close enough to take pictures. Still need to install the landing gear and wheel pants. Also set the control surface throw, balance, and do the range check.