You have to figure out ways to convince your wife that this is a good addiction. Use phrases like "It keeps me out of the bar", or "Look on the bright side, it's better than being hooked on porn".
Yep, I'll be posting photos and the upscaling formula on the 540 build as I go for others to follow. You have to remember that 540s and Sub Cs are mainly used in RC cars and trucks. There aren't too many electric planes out there using them...at least in park flyers. That's why I'll be sure to post all the details on this build and any others I upscale to the 540(s). "SO Big"!
Very funny. I'll tell you what I'll do. Since I plan to paint her up like a P38 or some other WWII war plane, she'll get the name "So Big" written on the side just like they named planes in the war. Of course the name will have a different meaning then being a big version of the "So" series. More like a "lucky with the ladies" theme, if you know what I mean. Yea, carbon rods will be the rule of thumb where ever I feel the need to use them. For sure in the wing it'll get one, regardless if the wing is a single piece or two....It'll have one or two in it. The tail boom/body area might as well. I don't like leaving anything to chance when it comes to building a plane. Strength and ease of use in the field is my first priority. What good is a light plane if it crumbles into dust the first time you crash it? Most of my builds are like flying tanks. I don't care if it costs me a few ounces more of weight.
Hey, off topic here...Was watching the discovery channel today and saw them build an RC plane that looked like an albatross (spelling is wrong...those flying reptiles). They did it to discover how these animals flew. Very cool. Gave me an idea. In the future when I'm real bored I may build a foamie and then cover it with feathers and a head, making it look like some kind of prehistoric creature. I can see the problem now...."Hey, that bald eagle just eat my RC plane!"
Expresso, depending on how well things go for me I might take you up on that if nobody else does. I'll at least post the most simple way to build and use one once I stir through the stacks of material I have to read.
Hey, was it you Fisher that was talking about wanting to build a CNC foam cutter? I'm pretty handy with electronic hack jobs (built things like deer trail cameras, electronic fish bite alarms, robo goose (remote control goose for hunting), deer feeder, etc. Most of this has been my own "hack and wack" electronics I've hacked together from other projects. I may take on a project like this. I know all the basic components and their functions and can build some basic circuits. Put it this way, I know enough to where I don't let the "magic smoke" out of the parts that makes them work...most of the time.
One more question for you....I'm really tempted to not use that EPS foam and instead go to the Owens Corning stuff which is stronger and smoother. I know it weighs more but the stuff looks so much better and most foamies are built from this stuff. Do you think the extra weight will be too much wing loading?