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Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Steaming Dents Out Of Foam
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:08:35 AM »
This is a technique which I have been using. I even thought that I had invented it! On several recent occasions, I heard folks asking for advice about this.
I came across this write-up, with pictures, and thought that it would be useful to post here:


 In cases where there is some major damage, say, near the leading edge of a glider wing, you may not be able to completely heal it using this technique. You may even have had to splice in a chunk of foam and then try to conform the repair to desired shape. I had to do such a repair on a large foam sailplane canopy after it popped off and encountered the prop on its way out.

 Light spackling compound is your friend! It weighs very little, can be  thinned with water as needed, applied in layers and easily sanded. Give it lots of time to thoroughly dry, don't try to build up huge globs as once, especially if you have mixed any water in. Overnight is a perfect cure time. After sanding, you can paint over it, and the surrounding area, if you wish. My canopy was a real mess, but after repairing and painting (several coats of brushed on water-based acrylic craft paint), it is very hard to tell that it was ever damaged.

General Discussion / Inside a Drone Factory
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:52:09 AM »
Another great item posted on the FLITETEST forum. This also gives a great insight into what one of China's great cities and manufacturing hubs is like - not really what many folks imagine.

VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Posting Pictures
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:23:42 AM »
Perhaps we can help folks successfully and easily post pictures.

There are probably a number of ways, and tools, to accomplish the primary task, i.e., compressing the picture so that it uploads/downloads in reasonable time and within the allowable sized for a specfic Forum.

I use a freebie (at least it was when I picked it up a few years ago) which will take anything that is in a specific Folder and resize it to whatever you wish, placing the output into a suitable location (I leave it as c:\My JPEGs). Unlike so much "free" software, this seems not to limit your use, nor does it have an expiry date, nor does it continuously pester you for an upgrade or money ...

The Simple way (at least to me) is to Copy the pictures you intend to post into some temporary Folder on your desktop, then invoke JPEG Resizer and point it to that Folder. When you have finished uploading the resultinf compressed pictures, go back and clear out the My JPEG Folder.

The KRCM Forum package has a limit on the number of Attachments (pictures, usually) per post. If you have more than that number, and you really do want to post them, simply note in your first post that there are more to come and upload them in the next post.

Here is the package I am talking about, at one of its download loactions:

I hope that others will supply further tips, other packages or techniques, etc., in here.

Note: The most important thing you can do with a picture is to COMPOSE it properly. Many times, what may have been a great photo is merely a dull or uninspiring or confusing "snapshot". Yet, if you look at it more closely and critically, it may be worth saving, even ending up as something to be very proud of. This is the great thing about digital photography! Take the time, consider re-cropping, adjustment of brightness and/or contrast and even some hacking to remove some unwanted item (like someone's foot in the foreground of an otherwise beautiful and creative picture). High resolution cameras leave little excuse for not doing some artful "dodging" of pictures, without losing definition. Zooming in on an aerial shot during post-processing with Photoshop can sometimes produce spectacular results. Remember, always keep the perspective - an aircraft is just a blob in a blue sky, but if you can include some trees or other ground-based objects, it may make all the difference.
(Remember: Do as I SAY, not as I DO )

VIDEOS and PICTURES from KRCM Events and Activities / Posting Videos
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:22:42 AM »
Here is what I do, using YouTube:
1. Prepare and save your video on your computer (I save as MP4, other packages should also work).
2. Log into your account (set one up if you don't already have one, it is free)
3. There is an UPLOAD button near the top righthand corner. Click it.
4. Drag and drop your video into the YouTube box, as suggested.

You will see a progress indicator. The process will take  long time, e.g., perhaps an hour or more for a sort, 2 or 3 minutes, video. You will see the progress, sort of like watching concrete dry.

In one of my limited number of uploads, the system said it detected some camera shake and offered to try to correct it. Nothing to lose, so I agreed. I really cannot say where it fixed something, nor did I care to spend a lot of time looking.

When it has finished all of its work, you will see a PUBLISH button appear. Click it. If you want, you can restrict it to specific viewers only. I have not done that.

Pick up the URL that the system presents and paste into whatever you wish - a Forum, an Email, etc.

Suggestion: I try to remember to put       KRCM -     at the beginning of the title, which seems like a good standard for any of us who post stuff that is related to our Club flying.

Best Practice: Whatever you do, e.g., include a video link onto a posting on a Forum, take the time to go to that location and click the link to ensure that it works as expected.

NOTE: Reg uses Vimeo instead of YouTube. I have never looked into that, I only use YouTube because I tried it once and it seems to work well enough for me. Perhaps Reg will comment on Vimeo. The end result will be the same - you get a URL to paste somewhere.
Modify message

This will pull together and replace a couple of items which may be of help to someone trying to figure out how to post their product.

Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / MOVED: Aerobatics
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:15:50 AM »

Lost And Found / Introduction to Lost and Found
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:57:48 AM »
Please post a description of the item(s) in here.

In the case of a lost aircraft, tell us what kind and colour the plane was and  try to describe landmarks which may enable someone else to track it down.

For example:
"Standing at the Clubhouse door, look toward the second Flight Station. I think the plane may be a long way out, past the first tree line. We saw it go down".

OR, perhaps:

 "Joe X. saw it go down from where he was standing." (That way ,Joe can point out to others more specifically what he saw).

General Discussion / Re: Ok dumb question time
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:10:53 AM »
What is Hucking?
 Fair question, D, one that I have been asked by others, so here goes:

 Think of Freestyle BMX riding, snowboarding, etc. The term Hucking originated there. In the RC world, for our immediately upcoming event, it is primarily large scale planes, many of which are scale models of people-carrying aerobatic aircraft which you might expect to see at a conventional airshow; however, our Huckers and their planes can perform feats that no human-occupied plane can, nor could any pilot. Generally, it is 3D flying with large toys!

As of today, we have about 15 pilots signed up. Most are from the GTA and Western Ontario regions, others from the Ottawa Valley and at least one from Quebec, Brad, of our own Club, is the organizer and keeps the list updated, in the first posting at the event's site. Believe me, there are a bunch of pretty excited guys just chomping at the bit to get this event under way.

There will be an attempt to set a new Cluster Huck record here in October. The previous record is 14 planes, set just last weekend at the Great Canadian Clusterhuck in Orillia.  Seeing more than a dozen large aircraft launch in a row, eventually form up for the Cluster Huck, break out, do their own thing and return to earth, all without incident, is pretty amazing. I have seen it, it leaves quite an impression. There is a lot of skill, and trust, involved. Most of these guys have been there before, the bar (and therefore the record) keeps getting higher at each event. At the HuckFest, Brad was the marshall. For Huckowe'en, we want him to be in the air for the attempt, so I will volunteer to "heard the cats", if they wish. I hope we get a couple of good photographers and videographers on deck.

A terrific example of flying, videography, and great production values is the following little segment. Both Matt and Nick (the drone flyer/video guy) are at the top of the heap amongst this crew. Just the drone flying alone is in a class all to itself.

General Discussion / Perlan 2 Stratospheric Glider - New Altitude Record
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:03:04 AM »

Airbus Group
El Calafate, Argentina--The Perlan 2 stratospheric glider flew to 52,172 feet over the Andes mountains on September 3, establishing a new world altitude record for sailplanes and marking a key step on the way towards an eventual target of 90,000 ft.

The 82-ft span pressurized aircraft was lifted to high altitude by stratospheric mountain waves which developed over South America in early September. The favorable weather pattern occurred just days before the Airbus Perlan Mission II project team was due to complete its 2017 southern winter test campaign and return to its base in Minden, Nevada.  It was the longest Perlan 2 flight at 6.6 hours and was piloted by chief pilot Jim Payne and co-pilot Morgan Sandercock.

The flight was an important step towards using the Andean waves to reach even higher altitudes where Airbus Perlan hopes to intersect with a seasonal polar Jetstream wind that circles the South Pole at speeds up to 260 kt.  Using this mechanism the team hope to achieve sustained flight at altitudes where the Perlan could support investigations into phenomenon ranging from climate change and radiation impacts on crew to control concepts for future exploration vehicles operating in low-density altitudes like that of Mars.

Airbus Group
The flight, which beat the previous 50,727-foot glider record set in the unpressurized Perlan 1 by Perlan Project founder Einar Enevoldson and lead project sponsor Steve Fossett in 2006, was a welcome change in fortune for the program which had been frustrated in its efforts to reach higher altitudes by several weeks of unfavorable conditions. The aircraft has been based at El Calafate, in southern Patagonia, since July waiting for suitable high-level mountain waves to form which propagate into the stratosphere.

The record mission also goes a good way towards achieving the target for this year’s campaign which was to expand the flight envelope towards an interim altitude target of 60,000-65,000 ft. 

This is a new but widely used and well respected Transmitter targetted for multi-rotors. I bought it as an experiment to see if it would work on airplanes. It did the basic job but lacked certain features that I require. (It looks like there are some Open Source efforts underway to modify it for more general purpose use, but no updates yet.)

- Evolution Transmitter, with originally included Receiver
 - 2 additional receivers
 Original value, over 100$CDN.
 Make a reasonable offer!

General Discussion / 2017 Record ClusterHuck
« on: August 28, 2017, 05:48:12 AM »
Lots of posts surrounding the HuckFest this past weekend! In here is the video of the ClusterHuck - new record, 14 in the cluster! KRCM was well represented by Brad, see if you can spot his plane in there ...

Wouldn't it be fun if we could entice the group to come down here some weekend? Folks would be able to see and learn about top notch 3D and regular sport flying, as well as the intricacies of the most advanced technology in our sport from some of the best in the field.

General Discussion / Real action!
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:35:28 AM »

 Now, that's what I call FUN!

Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Re: Lemon rcvrs
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:31:12 PM »
I second Gord's comments. I have used Lemons for several years now, no problems. I have a couple of the non-stabilizer very small ones, a number of the original stab version and some of the new Stab Plus. The latter units are nominally 6 channels but can be set up for 7 channels ( you disable stabilization on the original one, but the Plus one can give you the 7 channels without losing stabilization.)

Contrary to what some folks may say, the stab does not "fly the aircraft". It simply lets you fly it better and more often, such as in strong, gusty conditions. Or, if you have a highly sensitive (even approaching unstable) plane, or have something that you hand launch, this is where they can be essential.

The stab versions allow selection of Modes and Master Gains. The Plus also adds Self-levelling.

If anyone wants some help with one of these, ambush me out at the Toyground and we will see what we can do. Please read the user-developed manual, which was written by a Canadian and a New Zealander with considerable input from the community.

Check out the Plus manual (I always have a copy in my flight kit and use it often):

The developer of Lemon products is a fellow in Vancouver and is very supportive of his customers.

General Discussion / STEM
« on: August 21, 2017, 12:11:38 PM »
The Filtetest guys are really  great bunch and have brought some terrific ideas and products to the RC world. Perhaps more than any other individual or group, they have been responsible for attracting and keeping more young people in particular.

STEM  (Science, Technilogy, Engineering, Math) is being emphasized in schools in Ontario, as well as in may other jurisdictions. The future - of society and our hobby!

The following video is a great example of what the FT guys have been up to and what young students can accomplish. Enjoy!

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