I use a Spektrum radio to fly my planes and helis, which has the ability to save model memories from the transmitter onto an SD card. A while ago this lead me to think it might be useful to create a website whereby people could upload saved model files and share them easily with others using simple web links. Building on this idea I thought it might be nice to offer some sort of visualisation of the saved model file on the web.
I’ve had an attempt at building this, it is early days yet but so far you can register, login, upload a model and view some basic information about the saved file. The site is at http://spektrum.riviera.org.uk/ at the moment the only model uploaded is a file from my DX8 which is used for my Edge 540QQ, you can view that here.
For a while now I’ve been meaning to explore a way of protecting wings from damage whilst sat around my office and also in transit. The poor mini tyro had a Wot 4 aileron servo horn go through the wing covering, which was the last straw!
I had a bit of a google and found that a lot of the commercial wing bags seem to be bubble wrap with sort of tinfoil material sandwiched in. Thanks to a few people on a friendly forum this lead me to a roll of material from Homebase which is offered as thin insulation. For use in tight spaces, behind radiators and the like. So off to the local DIY stores it is then! I struck out at Homebase but did stumble across this stuff at Wickes.
Out of the one 8 meter roll I’ve managed to make bags for: an Acro Wot, Wot 4, Cambrian P51 (25 sized funfighter) and of course, the mini Tyro.
I was warned gaffer tape didnt stick very well, so took the opportunity to grab a roll of what was sold as cloth tape.
I simply measure out two rectangles for the two sides of the wing, then joined them together by running tape along three edges. To strengthen the exposed edges at the open end I also wrapped tape over each side so there are no exposed edges.
Sliding in a wing with aileron servos sticking out requires a little care to ensure the horn or control rods don’t snag inside of the bag.
Total cost to protect the four wings was about 15 for the material and 5 for the tape which has loads left for next time. For me an hour and 20 quid to protect four wings in storage and in transit is well worth it!
Partly because we are having a general tidy up in preparation for the new baby and partly because I want to raise some funds for a Blade 450, I’ve decided the HPI Savage has to go.
I’ve tried starting it a few times recently and got it running, but as soon as I throttled up it stalled. I’d pretty much given up with it when I had a brainwave: send it to Peter down at 308 Holloway Road and see if he could make it work. Turns out after a bit of heads scratching he found a speck of dirt in the carb. No it’s running sweet, already to go up on eBay tomorrow.
One last video of me testing it after I got it back this morning.