Removing Epoxy From Your Hands
To get 5-minute epoxy off your hands quickly, easily, and
safely, use apple cider vinegar. It works in 2 minutes with no
harsh chemical smell or burning. I found this out by accident.
EZ Connector Pliers
To help me seat EZ Connectors, I
drilled a hole in one side of a small pair
of flat-nose pliers. I start seating the
plastic (or metal) clip manually then use
the modified flat-nose pliers to finish the
job. It helps if the servo arm or control
arm is removed, then reinstalled after
the connectors are added.
Collet Propeller Adapter Wrench
Some collet propeller adapters are perfectly circular and
do not have two flat spots you can use to grasp them with a
wrench. If you’re having trouble holding onto a collet propeller
adapter while threading on a new propeller or removing a
broken propeller, take a short strip of the foam rubber that
you would wrap around a receiver or other electronics and
place it in the jaws of a good set of pliers, then use the padded
jaws to grasp the collet propeller adapter. This usually provides
an effective grip without the damage caused by using pliers
without foam rubber padding.
Fabric Softener Sheets
Since as far back as 1995, I have been using Downy
fabric softener laundry sheets. They are approximately 5. 25
x 9 inches and are very thin. They can be formed around
compound curves and also 90° corners. Cut them to fit and
tack-glue them with Sig-Bond or similar white glue. When
dry, go over the sheet with a thin/smooth layer of 20-minute
hobby epoxy and sand as needed.
I have been using an old-fashioned
potato peeler as a hand planer to
shape balsa into leading edges for
years. It works better than anything
commercially produced. When it gets
dull, throw it away and buy a new one
for $1 at the dollar store.
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