Installing Blind Nuts
Here’s an easy way to avoid
frustration when installing blind nuts
in areas where you cannot reach,
such as inside the nose of an airplane.
Insert a threaded rod matching the
thread of your blind nut through
the hole from the outside. Thread
the nut a little way onto the rod and
then pull the rod out so that the
blind nut is at the hole.
Thread a washer and a nut from
the outside of the airplane and
tighten it down while holding the
rod to keep it from turning. The nut
pulls the blind nut into the hole and
seats it. Then loosen the nut and
remove the rod. That’s it. You’re
Handy Sanding Stick
Steal one of your wife’s emery boards
and keep in your flight box for a small
Charged Battery Notification
I wrap rubber bands around my fully
changed LiPo batteries for a better grip.
Then after use, I remove the rubber
band as an indication that it is no longer
Fishing Servo Extensions Through a Wing
Most of the ARFs on the market today have strings
inside the wings to help pull servo wires through them, but
sometimes they don’t. When that happens, what is an easy way
to pull the servo wires through?
Go to the local hardware or big-box store and buy a
couple different sizes of pull chains for ceiling lights. I get
approximately 4 feet of each, which is more
than enough to go through most wing halves. Tie
a string to one end.
Holding the wing panel vertically, start to feed
the end of the lamp chain (without the string)
through the servo opening. The chain will easily
find its way to the other end. When it is there,
simply pull a piece of it through the opening
where you want the servo plug to be placed.
Tie the string to the servo plug and begin to
gently pull the other end of the lamp chain.
The servo wire will work its way through the
wing panel behind the chain. If it hangs up, try
shifting the position of the panel or giving it a
Keep working the servo wire through until it exits at the
root of the wing panel. Remove the string from the servo plug
and secure the servo to the wing in the usual fashion. Mission
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