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Old 12-01-2016, 03:27 PM   #41
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We just moved into a house a few months ago. I am still getting my heli area setup. Luckily, it's my man cave, so I have my tv there so I can have some ambient noise going on while I work. Dead silence is so loud.
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Old 12-01-2016, 05:52 PM   #42
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I save the plastic cases from servos and put parts in them when I'm working on a model. I use separate ones for different sub assemblies. Makes keeping everything straight a lot easier.


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Old 12-02-2016, 07:57 AM   #43
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One other tool that I just realized last night that I use a lot as I was grabbing it.

Small needle nose pliers that have a smooth jaw. Mine were in a kit of pliers that I bought cheap from Sams Club. It's great when you're worried about marring something. I use them any time I need to grab any type of wire or those thick rubber bands that some manufacturers provide for holding down electronics.

You still have to be careful, but it works better than standard pliers.
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:41 AM   #44
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Enjoyed the show and follow on discussion about organization. I'm a fan of the island concept and configured so the heli can sit in any orientation.

Not sure if it's been mentioned, but a shop air line from a small shop compressor has been good for me. I also like the idea of improving my power strip as I do tend to run out of plug-ins on my shorter power strip.

Change subject Nitro Heli - I've been flying RC helis since 2 years, 7 months, 2 weeks, and 5 days. Most of my experience thus far is with nitro helis. I use OS-105 almost exclusively. Although I appreciate the added issues with nitro, I don't seem to experience the problems to such a degree as to feel exasperated like it is expressed on the show. I think Dan expresses his experience to be pretty much ok.

I do have problems from time to time, but I most always have more than one nitro heli with me.

But I can see both sides. If I was advising someone I wouldn't say Nitro or Electric is the way to go. I think nitro helis can be a very viable option as a primary heli. I think it will depend on the person.

I just wanted to throw that out that as a friendly counterpoint for those that might be considering nitro as a primary heli.

Lot's of good discussion on this show.

The servo question was interesting. I'll will say my experience with servo's has not been the greatest, with expensive or economy. For me jury is still out, but I have had equally good luck with my Turnigy servos as compared to more expensive ones.
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Old 12-03-2016, 05:18 PM   #45
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I'm thinking electric heli are so much better...easier to clean, as ton of power, I charge at the field so I don't need 20 batteries.....I flew nitro when electric heli didn't exist, in fact nothing decent existed in electric....not even our TX or RX battery.

I stop flying heli because of the cleaning I had to do all the time. Especially for my FAI (F3C) fused Heli, it took me hours to take the mech out to clean the oil and i was running Cool power....

Now if you don't mind oily heli....then nitro is okay
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:00 AM   #46
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The oil is polish.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:03 AM   #47
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The oil is polish.
Automatic lubrication....
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:07 AM   #48
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This is my workspace. I share the room with my better half who has an office desk on one side, and this is my side.

It's an adjustable height table than can go all the way to standing work height but I tend to prefer sitting.

Some peg board on the back and then lots of storage bins for organization:



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Old 12-04-2016, 01:19 PM   #49
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I didn't get a chance to be on this weeks show but here is a picture of my workspace. Im still in the process of making this a mobile workbench by adding some wheels and having the wiring self contained. For anyone looking to build a workbench be sure to look at using a solid core door as a bench top. Yes I said a door! These things are very stout and I could set anything I want on this bench. I know here locally we have a door manufacturer that sells them dirt cheap if they have any flaw in them.

This layout works well for me. I keep all my tools to the left of the bench in my field box and the helis are always on the wall. In the near future I'm working on adding some cabinets above the bench and some pegboard! All my parts and speciality tools are stored under the bench in the white bins.
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Old 12-04-2016, 06:26 PM   #50
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I've been using a cheap door I got at Home depot many years ago. They also have folding legs that i bolted to two small pieces of plywood, then glued the plywood directly to the surface of the door. The nice thing about doors is by design they will retain their true shape for much longer than a simple piece of wood.
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:17 PM   #51
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this is my shop......being put together...one day I will be done..
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:18 AM   #52
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So which mini cordless screwdriver were you guys talking about? I love my little Skil "ixo" driver but it is not variable speed.

Been trying to find one that small but variable...

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Old 12-20-2016, 11:16 AM   #53
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This is the one that I use:

http://m.sears.com/craftsman-17586-n...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 12-22-2016, 08:33 PM   #54
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This is what I have impact and regular both variable speed li-ion in one case. The impact has over 900 in lbs torque, I love it.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:52 PM   #55
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I finally had to do something with my rolling tool chest that goes in and out of my trailer depending on whether I'm traveling or at home. No matter how hard I try the tools get all jumbled up when I travel and I spend too much time trying to straighten them out. I decided to try some Kaizen Foam from Fastcap and it works pretty well. Might find some before and after pictures to show.
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I finally had to do something with my rolling tool chest that goes in and out of my trailer depending on whether I'm traveling or at home. No matter how hard I try the tools get all jumbled up when I travel and I spend too much time trying to straighten them out. I decided to try some Kaizen Foam from Fastcap and it works pretty well. Might find some before and after pictures to show.
That looks awesome Doug.

Can I ask where you got that small pulley puller? It would work wonders on a SAB motor pulley.

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The puller is a simple battery post terminal puller that I got from an auto parts store like Auto Zone. I modified it a little by grinding a notch in the arms so it will "center" on a shaft. I use it on hundreds of small jobs
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Very nicely done Doug. I've been wondering about the usefulness of the kaizen foam too, now I have no doubts that it works well. Their web site also has a video about how to make the perfect finger pull holes for the tools in the foam, if you haven't seen it yet check it out :-)!
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I just bought a 1/2 copper stub pipe today to make the finger pulls... Caution!!! It does not take much heat to melt it to smooth it out nicely.. Too much heat and you get to "start over"...

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I just bought a 1/2 copper stub pipe today to make the finger pulls... Caution!!! It does not take much heat to melt it to smooth it out nicely.. Too much heat and you get to "start over"...

LOL
haha, don't burn the fingers you need them for flying ;-)
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