These recycled components check out on
the bench, but how will they perform when
exposed to in-flight heat and vibration?
I’ve got it wired, dude! It’ll be a real trip! You’ll be floored!
Have some glue ... it’s on me!
You likely have heard of models with a dummy engine. Well, my models sometimes have a
dummy builder, especially when I use
CA glue. It just seems to bring out the
clumsy in me.
Sometimes I glue myself to a half-built model, or worse, spill CA glue
on my pants. Ruining a pair of slacks
is sure to bring some witty, wifely
wisdom from Sweet Diedra about how
she’ll stick with me but the stained
pants have to go.
My friend, Wynn Hammer, had some
advice for me on this sticky subject. He
is 90 years old and has learned a thing or
two along the way.
Wynn recently spilled CA glue
on his pants but didn’t worry about
it. He simply grabbed some Golden
West Super Solvent (CA debonder)
and removed the hardened glue in a
jiffy. Wow, I never thought to try it
on clothing! He suggests testing it on a
hidden part of the fabric, in case they
don’t get along.
I used to keep this product handy
during building activities with kids in
case of stuck fingers, but seldom used it.
Patience and some warm water usually
will unstick CA-adhered skin. Golden
West Super Solvent is produced
by Satellite City, the company
that first introduced CA glue
to the aeromodeling world.
Impatient modelers such as I
owe that company a lot!
Maybe It Just Seems
Tim Holly forwarded
me a recent scientific study
showing that having a
hobby you are passionate
about can extend your life
and keep you healthier
and happier. Based on the
number of mature friends
that I have in this sport, I
Aeromodeling can be a
fascinating pursuit. Building,
flying, studying, designing, and
improving our aircraft are fun
and challenging. I don’t understand
why some non-modelers say, “I don’t
have the patience for that.” My model
building time is anything
but dull drudgery and I
intend to keep it up until
I’m in my 90s.
There are some big
piloting full-scale aircraft
and models. Imagine an
aborted takeoff situation.
The throttle is open and
the wheels are rolling,
but the pilot realizes that
something is wrong with
the airplane. A decision
must instantly be made.
The pilot of a full-scale
airplane would close the
throttle and hit the brakes
to fix the mechanical problem while
safely on the ground.
At the model field, there usually are
no brakes and running off the pavement
guarantees a damaged airplane. I
have seen some pilots “horse it off
the ground” and plan to deal with the
trouble in the air, hoping for a better
chance of saving the model.
This requires an open, unpopulated
area where you can “dump it” if needed.
In such circumstances, it might make
sense. Not being inside the airplane
opens your options, right?
Got It on Video
Maybe this is related, or maybe not.
Several readers sent me video links
showing a large RC Scale model crashing
during takeoff at a public event. It was
sad that the airplane was destroyed, but
a relief that no one was harmed.
The most interesting part was the
wave of Internet conversations about
the cause of the crash. People viewed
the video several times and analyzed it
to pieces. Was it a case of taking off to
avoid runway overrun?
No video can show the pilot’s
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SAFETY COMES FIRST