Mon, 30 May 2011
In our 120th installment, we talk about build projects for the kids, the "Charging Cube" I am working on, checking your model's speed with an iPhone app, a free 3D CAM solution, LED strips cheap, and Carlos answers a trick question. Also, I do a little review on the new Radical RC Stinger Quad that I built this week.
RCSpeedo Is Now Available For iPhones!
WMParkflyers Has LED Light Strips Cheap! (They'll be listed on the site soon!)
SketchUCam Is Now Available (Create code for 3D milling from within SketchUp!)
Radical Cast (A great new RC-related podcast by our friend Dave at RadicalRC)
Please take a moment during your activities Monday to remember all of the brave men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice securing this great nation!
Have a Safe And Happy Memorial Day!
Mon, 23 May 2011
Tim is back in the workshop for our 119th installment and he imparts some impressions of his visit to the Joe Nall event two weeks ago, as well as sharing a Teensie bit of information on a new plane he's built and flown recently.The RCadvisor is also in the shop this week to discuss some considerations on horizontal stabilizor design.
We get an opportunity to review a couple of items for you this week. If you've been wanting to try your hand at some Aerial Videography, you're in luck as I review two inexpensive keychain cameras from a couple of our favorite suppliers. Also, I tell you about a must-have gadget for your field box for checking the voltage on your LiPos before you fly!
SKS Video Productions (Tim has the DVD for SEFF 2011 and says it's great!)
SEFF 2012 Dates Announced (Be there, or be SQUARE! LoL)
Are Norvel Engines Coming Back? (It's looking good!)
Free Control Horns (While They Last!)
RCMiniCams (Great little cameras from my friend, Alex)
LazerToyz KeyChain Camera (Great camera from my friends Dan ad Diane)
LazerToyz Battery Tester (Scroll down to the Battery Quick Tester)
Pin Adaptor (Use this with the Battery Tester for your LiPos with the 2mm pin spacing)
Mon, 16 May 2011
We covered quite a bit of ground again in this 118th installment, but perhaps the biggest news is the release of the files for the new QSC QuadCopter, so if you've been holding off on starting your own multi-rotor project because you wanted an inexpensive Quad instead of the TriCopter we did, now is the time to get started!
The other big news item we deliver this week is that you can now order your bare, v2.1 QSC Interconnect Board so that you can build your own FSS. So many of you have been asking for this (since the minimum board order through ExpressPCB is 3 boards), and now we are ready to take care of you. This is how it works: PayPal the money to me ($35/board USD) using the email address I provide in this show and tell me which bare board that you want (Arduino Pro Mini-based or ATmega 328-based). I will place the group order on Monday, May 23rd, 2011. As soon as I receive the boards here (7-10 working days from date of order), I will put them in a padded envelope and send them out to you within two days via regular post. Remember, the ATmega 328 board will require you to flash the chip, but if you don't have that ability, we can do it for you (just email me and we'll work it out). Also, we hope to publish the build instructions for the ATmega 328 board, along with the shopping list, very soon. Everything you need to know about the Pro Mini-based board is already on my site. Please remember, these are bare boards only. You have to buy all of the goodies for them and populate them yourself.
Also, the RCadvisor is back again this week with further discussion on thrust angles with this week's discussion concerning downthrust.
An ESV that should be a staple in your flightbox if you use NiCd or NiMh flightpacks
Precision Routers (A new CNC machine on the market)
DevFus (Interesting new CNC software)
Mon, 9 May 2011
In our 117th show, Ron and I ramble on about all kinds of cool stuff! We discuss what we've accomplished this last week, a new QuadCopter I've just about completed, some new Flight Stabilization System boards you can order, some new capabilities a friend of ours has added, and even a really inexpensive camera I just ordered! Oh yes, we have an Ask The RCadvisor segment this week, too! We covered so much ground this week that I honestly haven't a clue what we could have left to talk about next week! LoL
New FaceBook Fan Site (Thanks to Bill for setting this up!)(Log in to see it)
Woot! I am now officially a FlightPass subscriber!
2010 Joe Nall Jet Crash (Explosion, really)
WMParkFlyers Control Horns (and some LED lighting soon!)
RC Mini Cams (I just ordered mine from Alex)
RadicalRC Quad Designers Kit (I should have mine finished in the next few days)
FunBat Kits Sold HERE (I'm building mine this week for the RCPA group build)
Mon, 2 May 2011
In our 116th installment, we delve into some of the lighting systems we are using in our Night-Flying airplanes. Setting up a Night-Flyer is surprisingly easy to do, so if you've ever thought you might like to try this out, now is the time get one ready to go!
RC Pilots Association on FaceBook (You'll need a FaceBook account)
RiteWingRC Sells LED Lighting, Too!
AndersonR-C (Give them a call and mention TheCrashCast when ordering LED's)