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Model Airplane News - April 2013

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Model Airplane News - April 2013

Tips&Tricks USEFUL HINTS

Tips&Tricks USEFUL HINTS FROM MODELERS | Illustrations by Richard Thompson Lock onto the spinner I have had problems with plastic spinners slipping off, and this is one way I was able to stop that issue. First, cut two 1/32 soft balsa discs to fit on the crankshaft. You will place one next to the crank thrust washer and the other will go on after the plastic spinner backplate. Then the prop will go on in front of that and everything will be bolted in place. You will also find it easier to lock down the nut because nothing is spinning out as you tighten. Problem solved. Louis Golberg, Jackson, TN Lower cost, better blades I found when using the light iron on coverings on park flyers, the standard double edge and single edge razors were not sharp enough for clean cuts. These blades also rapidly dulled, requiring disposal. I found the disposable plastic shaving razor blades to be sharper, thinner, and more economical. These blades can be liberated very easily from the plastic handle by popping off the plastic retainer strip that secures the blade with a small common screwdriver. The blades fall free without any residue and will fit into a hobby blade handle for use. James A. Liska, Bridgeville, PA Wire wrangling Large and full house RC planes typically have a built-in problem of disorganized internal wiring. Servo cable, BEC wiring, retracts, and lighting wires usually form a “bird’s nest” groping that not only looks bad but can lead to technical problems such as disconnecting, pinched wires, or electrical shorts—none of which are desired while in the air. To solve that disorganized and risky problem, I have started to use black foam plumbing pipe insulation as conduit. This material provides a non-chafing wiring conduit that is cut along its length for easy wire additions or removals, and it will also support the wiring bundle when they are disconnected. Conrad Rompala, Green Lake, WI Zip it up I have found that sometimes the factory neck strap may come disengaged when you walk with them around your neck. There’s nothing worse than seeing your expensive transmitter fall to the ground in front of you. One way you can prevent this from happening is to use a zip-tie as added security on the transmitter loop and neck strap. That way, in case the metal spring becomes disengaged, you will have a safety backup. Steve Scheinpflug, Lakemoor, IL SEND IN YOUR IDEAS! We’ll give an Alien Aircraft Corp. kit and a Model Airplane News baseball cap for every idea used in “Tips & Tricks.” Send a rough sketch and a brief description to Model Airplane News, c/o Air Age Media, 88 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897 USA. Be sure that your name and address are clearly printed on each submission. Due to the number of ideas we receive, we can neither acknowledge each one nor return unused material. 16 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT MODELAIRPLANENEWS.COM

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