right thumb. Lee wrote that it doesn’t
take a big propeller to do serious
damage, so we should watch them all.
Readers sent follow-up information on
past topics. In my March 2013 column
I discussed ways to store your hobby
equipment so that it is less vulnerable
to natural disasters. Bill Hannan sent a
photograph showing how he displays his
models, protecting them from California
earthquakes and cats. Hanging them by
the tail (the models, not the cats) greatly
reduces dust accumulation.
Take a close look at the photo and you
might recognize some of the models.
Bill has published plenty of great
aeromodeling material, and some of the
airplanes pictured are somewhat famous.
Shake It Up
Ricky Gode wrote to me about adding
a vibration feature to transmitters. Pilots
who have difficulty hearing sometimes
cannot detect the beeps of a low-battery
warning. Ricky tracked down and
installed a device that slightly shakes his
radio instead of simply beeping.
He noted that there are many
products available, because partial
hearing loss varies from individual to
individual. I won’t go into details, but if
you need them, they are available.
Wild Animals at Flying Sites
A large hawk recently watched over a
club’s picnic. Yes, it was that close! The
bird didn’t seem interested in the baked
beans or the models flying close by, but
when a rodent raised its head on the
field, you could nearly hear a dinner bell
ringing, and the hungry hawk got fed.
Wildlife can be interesting and
picturesque, but also possibly hazardous
to us as we fly. A snake could be hunting
the same mouse as that hawk, and
he might put the bite on any unwary
human who steps on him.
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