How to change model airplane engine bearings (part 1 of 2)
The bearings in most model engines wear out eventually but fortunately changing them is a pretty simple task, requiring no special tools. This video shows you how to change your own bearings and is one of the informational series of videos coming from RCModelReviews.com If you'd like an advertisement included in this video, please contact me.
EFlite Carbon Cub Crash - RC plane
Poor old Wayne's Cub had a huge crash on Saturday -- I've never heard and RC plane make such a resounding thump. Straight-in, vertical, from about 180 feet or so. We still don't know what caused it but all the fun police will see that it occured well away from buildings and people (aw... nothing to grizzle about here :-) What surprised me the most is just how little damage was inflicted on the Cub... very impressive! In true Forest Fliers' style, Wayne is not daunted by his crash and still had a smile on his face at the end of the day. Unfortunately, he's given the wreckage to Roddy, who was last seen buying several cases of hot-glue. What will happen next?
Scale RC turbine heli runs out of fuel
A beautiful scale turbine-powered heli has a hard landing at the 2007 ANZAC jet meeting held in Tokoroa NZ. No major harm done, was flying again later in the day
Wickedly dangerous RC plane flying
This video demonstrates the kind of reckless low-level RC model plane flying and disregard for safety that resulted in my MFNZ wings being pulled. As you can see, many MFNZ rules are broken in this video: 1. I have flown through the pilot box (gasp!) 2. I have flown into a permanent structure (OMG!) 3. I clearly lack sufficient piloting skills (proven by the numerous crashes in this video) to fly without a supervisor or buddy box. Fortunately, there were no babies at the field or they surely would have been in imminent peril during that entire flight. But seriously -- perhaps this video demonstrates the fact that rules created in days of huge, oil-soaked, nitro-powered 10lb models are not always relevant in the 21st century where models like the AXN can be flown low, slow and in close proximity with zero risk to pilot or property. Unfortunately, a certain bunch of grumpy old men prefer to stay mired in the 1960s and consider any suggestions that their rules are out of date to be "contempt" worthy of the most severe punishment. However, as you can see here, low/slow flying like this is an *excellent* way to hone your flying skills without the risk of breaking your model or your wallet.