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Not all screw drivers are the same – Try a JIS

Sep 13, 2011 No Comments

If you have ever put together a European or Asian model you have probably experienced the need to have access to a “Phillips” head screw driver.  I do a lot of mechanic work on my farm and I am a big fan of Craftsman tools.  But even if you do use quality tools these American [...]

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A Favorite Mom and Pop Hobby Shop – Mark Twain Hobby

Sep 13, 2011 No Comments

I live in the midwest and have experienced a loss of local hobby shops.  I love walking through brick and mortar hobby stores.  One of my favorite hobby shops in the St. Louis area is Mark Twain Hobby located in historic Saint Charles, just west of St. Louis.  They opened in 1976 and have a [...]

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Hobby People’s new Superfly X

Sep 13, 2011 No Comments

Just got my hands on one of these so be looking for my review soon.  I have the receiver ready brushless version so I know this will be a great performer.  I will couple it with my Airtronics RDS 8000 transmitter and a RX600 receiver.  My first impression is the Superfly is big and comes [...]

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Bushnell Speed Gun

Sep 09, 2011 No Comments

If your club has a few folks that breath speed or you are pylon racing, take the argument out of who is the fastest with Bushnell’s Speed/Velocity Gun.  This is an accurate way to make sure you know the exact speed of passing planes.  This would be a great use of club funds or as [...]

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MPI announces new On-Board Watt Meter/Battery Monitor System

Sep 09, 2011 No Comments

MPI/Maxx Products continue to make our lives easier with better ways to make sure we know the condition of our on-board battery packs (MX8260).  This new system will monitor batteries from 3.5v to 10v and up to 8000 mAh.  The onboard unit weighs in at 0.4oz. (11g) and uses a handheld unit that plugs into [...]

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Yes, I wreck them too!

Sep 09, 2011 No Comments

One of the fun things about photo shoots is the camera person keeps the shutter open no matter what I am doing as the pilot.  This is a 2DogRC Jimmie Wade EPP 3D that was an absolute dream to fly.  I still wonder what I did to auger this little beauty into the ground, but [...]

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One of my favorite airplanes

Sep 09, 2011 No Comments

I have always been a Piper Cub fan.  I dream of opening a barn door some day and finding one inside ready to be restored.  But I am height challenged at 6’6″ and wedging my way into a Cub is just not that comfortable.  I remember several years back I had exhausted myself looking for [...]

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Weight and Balance the old fashioned way

Sep 08, 2011 4 Comments

Setting up a plane for your first flight is a critical step. Most of us fiddle with stuffing all the electronics into the fuselage and then placing it on the center of gravity (CG) stand.  If we are wrong, we move some things around and try it again hopefully getting it right through trial and [...]

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