Wing Tips

Submitted by Chet Blake  03-31-2013

Everyone has their preferred method of making sure the wing or horizontal stabilizer is straight and true.

This has become my favorite and since the upgrade of 2.4GHz. Quite a few of modelers have access to an older antenna or if still flying 72 MHz (or both), just temporarily remove an antenna and use it as a reference for side to side checks that won’t slip, don’t have to set a screw or mark a string.

It’s even easy to use as a check at the field, must remember to reinstall the antenna if using 72 MHz.

Submitted by Chet Blake   12-01-2011

Old Visine, Natural Tears, Eye wetting solution, etc. bottles make great dispensers for CA glue Kicker.

Instead of wide coverage spray, just drip the kicker where needed.

Better yet if you have a small dia. tube, insert it in the nozzle and even better drip control.

This greatly reduces the use and extends the life of a bottle of kicker.

Note: Chet submitted this idea to FlyRC magazine and was published in December 2011 issue and he got a FREE subscription.  Submit your ideas to RC magazines too.

Submitted by Chet Blake   12-01-2011

This is an extremely low costsafety initiative that can save injury or lost plane.

One day as I was reaching for the throttle idle trim slide on my transmitter to shut down the engine, I accidentally pushed the power switch to off.

This caused the plane to go to failsafe mode (which I have the throttle set at 1/3 throttle) and it ran into the pit area from the field, out of control, causing me some minor injury.

A solution I looked up was to buy a neck strap balancer that would offer a reference that I just might be touching the power switch again.

That’s available for $16.00 to $24.00.

 I found that a nylon bolt (1/4-20) with a piece of hose over it offers the same obstruction and costs about $1.50.

Submitted by Chet Blake   12-28-2011

Ever have those unexplained flameouts only to find out that the Fuel Tank Clunk had swung forward due to hanging or standing the plane in storage with the nose down or (usually in my case a less than stellar landing with a nose over or ‘sudden stop’)?

My buddy Dean  told me about this fix. Slip a piece of large size soft drink straw over the fuel line. Just long enough to stop the clunk from being able to double itself forward, yet still allow full swing for side and inverted flight. Works every time!