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General Discussion / Ideas for increasing public awareness of the Club
« on: August 04, 2017, 07:28:49 AM »
So I am wondering if it may be worth while investing some effort in to letting the public know we exist. Not only to drive up membership numbers, but to let folks know that this is a place they can bring their families for a pleasant weekend afternoon. I reckon the upcoming Giant-Scale and Warbirds events may be good ways of bringing in some looky-loo's (and additional revenue for the canteen)

I understand that there may be friction with a lot of these ideas and that there is a lot of folks still leery of letting the populace know we exist, after the break-in, but please keep an open mind. If the club is to survive, we need to maintain our growth and public awareness. I am afraid that, within 10 years, the club will dwindle in numbers and self-extinguish.

I would like to point out that our Club's name is "Kingston Radio Control Modellers" and that while an aircraft is prominent in the logo, we are not directly advertising that we are strictly an "aircraft specific" club.

Please post feedback and any other ideas you may have. I welcome an open discussion on this subject.

~ get CKWS to come out and do a segment for their 5:30 show, both prior to the event (to let folks know it is happening) and after (to let them see footage of what we do)
~ Host a regular canteen on the weekends. Nothing fancy, pop/water and BBQ fare.
~ More signage at high-traffic intersections leading to the club
~ Is there an "Official" club social media presence? (someone to post event notifications to facebook, etc? Them youngin's eat that stuff up. It is like the world outside of social media doesn't exist, to them.
~ Provide a "Google Maps" link with directions to the field, on the main page of the Club's website?
~ From my understanding, Leading Edge Hobbies' RC Car Club is without an off-road course. We could open up membership to them and provide space opposite the road from where the Drone FPV area is proposed to go in. (it would also be pretty neat to see more of them RC tanks in action)
~ Finish the FPV Drone area and start letting folks know it exists and we may get more drone-users out flying.
~ Strong-arm family members in to coming out. Host your (as in Club member) family's event out at the field, show them around and how nice it is.
~ Host "Free Trying out Flying" events. How many of us have FliteTest planes that are collecting dust and could be donated to the cause of getting folks interested in flying? Have kiosks with information about various aspects of the hobby, etc.
~ Set up a kiosk at community events at parks in town. Bring down some computers with RC flight sims installed and let folks try that out. Have other various information about the club available.

General Discussion / Solar-Powered Recharging Station?
« on: August 04, 2017, 06:47:51 AM »
So I got to wondering, the other day; "Could we set up a small solar panel on the roof of the club to charge a car battery to be made available to members as a means to recharge batteries?"

I do not know much about electronics (other than red to red/black to black and that blue smoke is what makes things work and if it gets out, they stop working) but would it be overly difficult and/or costly to set up another solar panel (like the one powering the weather station) to charge a car battery (or two) to act as a power bank for folks to recharge their batteries from? Maybe set up a pair of dedicated outlets?

With more folks flying electric, as opposed to liquid-fueled, I was wondering if there could be an addition to the flying lessons curriculum to cover proper Lipo handling practices?

~ More people might come out to fly if they are able to charge their batteries at the field.
~ Ease of access to charging services may result in more planes being in the air.
~ Folks will not have to have their vehicle batteries drained, risking getting stranded (small risk, but still)
~ Possible reduction in noise/air pollution by saving folks from having to run generators (and also save them money)
~ Charging devices closer to the flight line are more likely to be heard and monitored, than those in the parking lot. (I often hear chargers ringing along the parking lot line while folks are sat opposite the clubhouse, oblivious to their chargers. No judgement, just saying it happens)

~ Expensive and a possible theft-risk (pretty much the clincher)
~ Difficult(?) to set up and regulate.
~ Risk to the clubhouse of people leaving batteries charging unattended.
~ Over-use/output. Will it be able to supply enough power to meet demands on a busy day?

Any thoughts on the subject?

Plans, Projects and Building Tips / Re: Fun Cub Gear Mount
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:42:12 PM »
Marvin and I will get around to assembling one of these, someday... Likely the day after our monstrosity of a landing gear attachment dies (naturally!)

Thank you for sharing, though. We have the plans printed and ready to go, just need the gumption to get moving on it.

Plans, Projects and Building Tips / Re: Hinging of Foamboard
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:40:05 PM »
And bookmarked for future reference, thank you for sharing!

Think I'll try this on that Typhoon :)

Is the Field Available? Who is Flying Today? / Re: August 02 2017
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:34:48 PM »
Muahahahahaahha! Marvin got the Tractor from Art and we spent the morning trying to pull a stump up (with little success, that thing has some serious roots) and while Marvin was tackling the stump with the big tractor, I was doing other assorted tasks around the area at the east end of the field.

Soon... Soon we will have more space to fly and have fun! MUAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!

Also, damned dem flies to all hell! One of them suckers got me between my toes and by golly it was a good one!
(I hum this a lot while working out in the brush)

Upcoming Events at KRCM and elsewhere / Halloween Event?
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:29:15 PM »
Any interest in having a halloween event? I don't know if you have done them in the past or not. Maybe the weekend of the 28th/29th?

Just have folks show up in costume. Maybe fly funny plane designs? (lookin' at you, Flypaper!) Hand out some candy, have a small canteen and BBQ some hot dogs and hamburgers? Nothing super fancy, just a silly fun-fly.

Could.. Could we do a bomb-drop with candy?

Is the Field Available? Who is Flying Today? / August 02 2017
« on: August 02, 2017, 05:33:48 AM »
Heading out with Marvin to do some flying and some work. We mowed the field yesterday, so no worries about us getting in your way, out there.

I was wondering if we could maybe get CKWS to show up and do a little segment on the club, field and event, the week leading up to the event. Try and let folks in town know we exist and such.

Does anyone work someplace that they'd allow a poster to be put up? (8.5x11 size)
Do we advertise at Leading Edge?

C'mon! Let's hear some ideas for bringing the club's existence and events to the public's awareness!

FPV at KRCM / Re: Rolly and Wilf FPV Video
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:41:56 AM »
Subscribed, thank you for sharing :)

Currently in the planning phase, I need to learn pretty much everything I might need to know about constructing a plane out of insulation foam boards.

How big can I make it? (I wouldn't mind a wing-span comparable to the Fun Cub)
How do I calculate the dimensions?
How heavy can it be? (I would like some heft to it, if I can)
How big of a motor will I need? (I'll dig through our collection of spare parts and see what I can find)
How do I determine the required minimum power needed?
Should I use a gyro/stabilizer or not? (I'd rather not, but if it will smooth out the jostling that these light foamies experience, in winds, I might give it a try)
Landing gear or belly-lander? (I'd prefer landing gear and have the gear from that P-51 that I have salvaged, anchors and all)
If I make the Swordfish, could I use the "Flaps" channel to operate a bomb-drop device? (My brother has an RC tank, this could be fun) (Swordfish 3 view) (Typhoon 3 view)

General Discussion / Re: *Maniacal Giggling*
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:25:27 AM »
Well, with regards to the Spitfire, I have been flying it pretty hard. Trying new things and testing my abilities, learning how it handles and how flying works, etc. While flying close to the ground, yesterday, I simply made the mistake of my brain saying "right" and my thumb going "left" with the ailerons. It wasn't from more than 5 feet and throttle was low, but the Spitfire hit nose first, at an angle, catching one of the wings. The frame twisted and the fuselage is pretty much toast. The wings and tail are fine. The fuselage is pretty toast, though. I see the value in these plane being so cheap to get in the air, but I think I need something a bit 'meatier' (like foam insulation) and a means of powering a hotglue gun remotely (without available wall power).

I did notice an awful lot of twisting and bending, while flying the Flighttest Spitfire. I need to either calm the fart down, with my flying, or get something bigger and more sturdy. I was thinking, with my ideas to make a "Flypaper", that I might try and over-size the engine, in an effort to make the plane a bit bigger and to install dowels for stability. Or maybe I just need to graduate from electric to gas and fly bigger, heavier planes (cos that'll end well, in short order, heh)

Bleargh. At least I have some time to plan things out.

(edited for language)

General Discussion / Re: *Maniacal Giggling*
« on: July 11, 2017, 10:29:38 AM »
Favourite WW1 plane? Uhmmm, I think it has two sets of wings. (I don't know a heck of a lot about biplanes, to be honest) Though I'll be getting at whatever project I had lined up next, as I totaled the Spitfire, today.

I dunno, I think Reg might have an edge on maneuverability, here.

General Discussion / Re: *Maniacal Giggling*
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:28:29 PM »
Thanks Gord. I hadn't thought to check out Lowes, though we had been to Home Depot. So any old brand of foam sheet is fine? Or are there a brands I should look for or avoid?

I'll poke around Google for some images of Typhoons and see what I can come up with.

This might be a good set of profile images.

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