Category Archives: Equipment

Making a camera ‘wedge’ or ‘ramp’.

Sometimes, you want the camera to point further down (or up) than the default mount allows for. My solution for this is to build these simple, fixed wedges from foam and ultra-thin plywood. This one holds the camera at about … Continue reading

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RunCam 2 – first footage

Here is the first footage from my newest camera, the RunCam 2, hoisted aloft on the Papa Divine.

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New camera – RunCam2

After I lost my trusty Mobius in a fly-away accident, I replaced it with a new RunCam2.

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Building a prop saver tool

I use prop savers on a lot of my planes. I’ve had bad luck with o-rings, so I know generally use a small slice of surgical tubing to hold the prop in place. This works great except … it’s really … Continue reading

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Building a rack for my RC planes

About 50 feet of 1/2″ PVC, 40 ‘T’ joints, 30 end caps and some corner bits.

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A new lamp!

I finally broke down and bought a new lamp to help me see what I’m doing at the worktable. (Also pictured, my perpetually under repair Tower Hobbies P-51.)

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New Xoar prop for the SE5

Trying a new 12×6 Xoar Beechwood propeller from justmodelprops.com on my Parkzone SE5.

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My Camera Collection (update)

It’s been three years since I posted a photo of my flight cameras and that one’s gotten pretty outdated, so I decided to snap a pic of my current collection of cameras. Front row: (1)808 #11 camera with fisheye lens glued on; … Continue reading

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Motor Test Stand – What’s my thrust?

My latest project is a motor test stand inspired by an old Flite Test video. The idea is to try out different motors and props and directly measure their thrust and amp draw. It’s form is an Isosceles triangle. The idea … Continue reading

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You know – just in case

Sometimes, you have a Type A battery that you want to use in a Type B plane. I’ve made up at least two EC3 -> JST adapters in the past, but I’ve lost them both, so it was time to … Continue reading

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Time for a new cutting mat

After over three years of nearly continual use and abuse, my cutting mat is grimy, bumpy and fugly. I decided it was time for a new, clean mat, and ordered one of these 24″x36″ Alvin cutting mats from Amazon. It’s hard … Continue reading

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Hot Wire Cutter

I’ve wanted to build a hot wire cutter for quite a while but have been too nervous about the electric part of it. Well, I’m finally biting the bullet. I’m starting with this – – a vintage Louis Marx Model … Continue reading

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