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Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time with a friend of mine is build an RC site that caters for the casual basher rather than the wannabe racer.

So we spent some money on some kit and in the next few weeks will be busy making as much content as we can manage…

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At under £120 with brushless motor, ESC and servos it had to be done.

The Wot series of planes from Chris Foss are well known among RC pilots, especially the British ones. The Wot4 being one of the best flying models ever created, the first version over 25 years ago.
The foamie version sharing the same looks as the larger original, but still maintaining the great flying characteristics.

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The normal method of making suspension links is to use a pillar drill, or drill press, requiring careful positioning of aluminium rod so you can drill the end, then you have to tap the hole using a bottom tap which isn’t the easiest thing to do.

Instead I use commonly available, fairly cheap aluminium and brass tube from B&Q, and M3 studding which is available from most model engineering suppliers.

I’ll assume you can work out the length yourself and go straight into making the links.

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Just a quick video demonstrating the skeleton program for controlling lights on an RC truck (Axial Honcho) from the transmitter with only a 2 position switch (Ch3) to control normal/mode selection, and the steering to choose the mode.

The box can currently handle 8 LED channels, such as brake/tail, headlight, left indicators etc.
It gets it’s channel information from the 3 servo connectors on the receiver.

I’m also considering ways to monitor the motor speed, with that and the throttle position it will be possible to work out when your driving in reverse, so turning on a reversing light.

And yes, thats an Arduino, a Pro mini at 8MHz on 3.3v.

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Came away from this one with a face like a beetroot and forearms to match… Can definitely tell our 2 days of summer have arrived.
Lots of model flying, from small EDF powered foamy commercial jets, through 18 foot span electric models to 600cc 60% scale aerobats. Boats in the boat pool and this year an indoor (tent) 1:18th scale car track which only had a small aperture at the end for viewing, so if there was anything to see you couldn’t get near it…

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As requested by kevinhines of RCGroups, some close ups and a little detail of the motor mount and undercarriage on my EasyStar.

Forum post available here

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I have now installed the CDHK software on my Canon Ixus75 and a intervalometer script to automatically take a pic every 10 seconds. I still only have the camera taped to the side of the fuselage, but, it still gives some interesting results.

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Since the Multiplex EasyStar seems to be the aerial photography platform of choice for many, I decided to give one a go.

Fitted with a 3800mAh LiPo and a 22-12-10T brushless motor from BRC Hobbies it climbs almost vertically, and will fly for around an hour, which, to me at least seems quite ridiculous…


Please excuse the typo in the URL, oops…

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My Tamiya R34 drift car having lights gave me an idea, I recorded some video at night and attacked the footage with Final Cut giving a rather nice effect.

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A 100 mile trip each way, well worth it, lots to see, club stands, venders along with live flying and driving. Even more than last year!

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