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Building a canopy

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Yak-54 of styrofoam

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Fk 12 Comet. Building a styrofoam biplane replica model

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EXTRA - my first experience

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PWM, PPM, FrSky and Turnigy

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This post is more of an answer to than a question about “why my ppm goes fritz”. Well, I'm going to take a roundabout approach to the issue, and I hope those holding a quadcopter remote control in their hands will learn a good thing.



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ZMR 250 quadcopter. For novices from a novice.

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Now I'm about to assemble my first frame. This topic is quite new and popular. Instead of retelling what you can read online, I’m going to tell you about the innovations, which have been introduced in this design. Also, I would like to recommend all hobbyists from Nizhny Novgorod who have all types of copters in possession, including mini FPV 250, to refer to this new VK.com community: http://vk.com/copter250. Please, join now!
And one more thing: in the end of the post you can read about simulators, which I use.


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A LiPo pack for a novice...

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Hand-made RC Sports Racer Boat)

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A long while ago, I and my father used to build small simple sailboats driven by battery-powered motors, etc.



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How to build a styrofoam airplane

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I’ve just looked through my writings and now I want to highlight the subtleties and techniques I haven’t mentioned before.

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Casting aluminum parts is easier than you think!

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Hello, dear RC hobbyists! In this post I’d like to describe and demonstrate the SIMPLEST way of casting aluminum parts of all complexity levels.

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Aerodynamics for Dummies

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single RC-hobbyist-oriented article on aerodynamics in forums, diaries or blogs, and there were no good references to the subject. Meanwhile, it raises a world of questions, which particularly concern novice hobbyists, and many of those who have dismissed themselves from the ranks of newbies won’t turn a hair to peep into a textbook. Well, I’m here to fix that!)))

I won’t enlarge upon it, because it takes as much as scientific research to highlight all aspects and a whole bunch of abracadabra formulas! All the more so, I won’t obliterate you with scary terms like the Reynolds Number, about which the most curious of you can read later.

Well, let’s make a vow: nothing except the minimum RC-hobbyist-oriented stuff!)))


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How to make wheels for lightweight RC airplanes using shrink tubing and other makeshift materials.

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My first hand-crafted RC aircraft was a lightweight Cessna 150. I cut wheels out of a ceiling tile, and, even though they looked beautiful, they collapsed during takeoff. The little incident got the rats in my attic to run around for new ideas. I wanted a quick, reliable and aesthetically vivid solution. I realized that manufactured wheels were less than expensive, but I knew the delivery service was slow as hell. What I found online was the technology of crafting wheels from foam rubber or using old sneakers. In my house I found neither.

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АN-14 Little Bee: lift-off and crash

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To continue the topic of large and light aeroplane models I suggest having a look at the stages of constructing AN-14 Little Bee.
Wingspan – 2.6 m
Weight – 1.9 kg



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My Fly Baby Biplane

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I’d like to tell you about my copy of Fly Baby. In this article I will describe its construction and my competition with it in detail)

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No more drinking! Build a laser engraver out of nothing!

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So… No more booze, the cutter has been assembled, the Arduinо purchased, arms getting straighter all the time, and now it is all but a homo sapiens. And we know that it is a creature with a knack for getting in and out of trouble. The Russian way, isn't it!
The Nothing Kit includes:


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How to tighten up a brushless "bell" motor

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Once I have seen an article here; its author proposed to overlay output wires of a brushless motor with epoxy resin in order to prevent breaking away and separation of wires in the course of operation...
I do it something differently. As concerns the "bell-type" brushless motors, it is possible to do it much easier and with more elegance.

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Casting aluminum parts at home is easy! A muffle furnace and equipment.

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Here is a little story about how easy it can be to cast parts from an aluminum alloy. Particularly – at home.


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Casting aluminum parts at home is very easy! Lost-foam casting.

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This is how I cast small aluminum parts at home.

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Build your first quadcopter

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Hello!
I advise you that you let a quadcopter be your first RC hovercraft. Proper setup of its electronic components guarantees its stable work, while proper soldering and correct choice of controllers/motors ensure high integrity. Quadcopters are universally controllable: resembling a helicopter on the one hand (vertical takeoff and landing, thrust braking), a quad’s movement in the air is in a way more similar to an airplane’s. Finally, quads do not require expensive maintenance and are more crash proof. Just a little background with quads enables you to easily switch to any other hovercraft type.

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How do I build my first quadcopter without knowing jack about it? Questions you are too shy to ask.

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Well, here is my first post about quad- and other types of copters, I hope you won’t be too strict on me. I’ll try to be consecutive and concise about whatever I know about copters. Being a beginner copterologist myself, I’m here to make the whole thing easier for newbies just like me. We are going to discuss:
1. Choosing parts and components
2. Tuning a completed copter
3. Introducing 'aircraft guys’ vocabulary


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