Tips & Tricks

July 23, 2019

Hangar 9 10cc Ultra Stick Rebuild Project

July 2019: Maximillian (Max) Burton our Club Treasurer, crashed his Hanger 9 Ultra Stick Wednesday, July 17th. As you can see not pretty. However; since I was flying at the field to maiden one of my rebuilt mash-ups and witnessed the ‘thump’, and looked at the remaining pieces, I offered to rebuild it for Max as a project and post the process and pictures to the website. Luckily for Max the OS .65 Engine was fine along with the servos. The receiver was toast, yet the satellite receiver was good. Wheel pants pretty wrecked as well as fuel tank. Horizon […]
February 1, 2016

Digital Scale – Weights for RC Plane

An efficient way to determine how much weight you need to add to your plane to balance it is to put coins on the plane then weigh the coins and covert the weight to an equivalent weight of lead. A handy scale is a 0 – 5 lb digital food scale which can measure in 1/8 oz or 1 gram increments. The photo shows the scale I use which I bought at Target which I use exclusively for balancing the plane. Email
January 31, 2016

RC Plane Work & Transport Stand

For a robust way to work on your plane and transport it to / from the flying field, build a stand from 3/4″ PVC pipe, 3/4″ pipe flanges, stainless steel screws, pipe insulation and poplar. It takes about 4 hours to build, but the effort is worth it. With my stand I can work on the plane in normal orientation or upside down. When upside down I can attach and remove the wings. Email
January 31, 2016

Balance of a Tail Heavy Plane

If you discover your plane is tail heavy when you balance it for the first time, first ensure your battery or other “heavy” objects already in the plane are as far forward as possible. Once done consider moving the engine further forward by adding spacer washers between the engine mount and the firewall. Email
January 29, 2016

Don’t Screw Up

If you need to screw in an Allen head servo screw and it won’t stay in place, you can use a little bit of a plastic bag to hold it in position. Just cut, or tear off a little piece of a plastic and double it up and press it into the screw. It should hold it long enough to get the screw started. Email
January 26, 2016

Plane Balance Rig-up

For a quick and easy way to balance your plane, drill small holes in the opposite side of the fuselage at the CG and insert a small eyebolt in each hole. Hang the plane from the ceiling using light weight chain with “S” hooks and you have a handy and secure way to quickly balance the plane without help. Once balanced, remove the eye bolts and cover the holes. Email