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  1. Practice the technique on a piece of photo paper...

    Practice the technique on a piece of photo paper first!!! ;)

    Oh, for making the circles, I print out a couple of copies of the roundel on photo paper (with a registration mark at the center). ...
  2. It is entirely possible to paint roundels with a...

    It is entirely possible to paint roundels with a brush and without any masking. And you don't have to be Rembrandt either. All it takes is the right step-by-step technique. The "trick" is to...
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    Be still my heart!!!

    Be still my heart!!!
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    Stress, I tell ya, stress! I made a valiant...

    Stress, I tell ya, stress!

    I made a valiant attempt to fly today, but despite my best efforts...
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    I've been in Japan for nearly 20 years, and I...

    I've been in Japan for nearly 20 years, and I don't believe I've ever seen a electronics repair shop on the corner, with or without a little old guy. :D

    At this point I have one functioning...
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    My plan at the moment is to upgrade to the...

    My plan at the moment is to upgrade to the SD-10GS with their trade-in program. The reduced price will be $279. It is perhaps no surprise that this is exactly the price of a new Futaba 8JA (from...
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    For WWI flyers (like you and I) anything over 8...

    For WWI flyers (like you and I) anything over 8 channels is overkill. I really like the simplicity of the RDS8000, I like that the display is at the top (where I can more easily glance at it), I...
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    From looking at it, it seems like the tricky bit...

    From looking at it, it seems like the tricky bit would be to make sure that the dots of solder don't touch neighboring dots of solder and that's a matter of a fraction of a millimeter.



    Not...
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    In the second email from Airtronics they...

    In the second email from Airtronics they confirmed that the SD-10GS uses a different gimbal design. They also said that the trade-in price would be $279 (down from the $399 list price so that's...
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    I got an email yesterday from the Airtronics...

    I got an email yesterday from the Airtronics service department. They told me to send it to them. Great. I'm in Japan and they are in California. But I will be in that area in late March so...
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    It really does seem like a serious CQ problem...

    It really does seem like a serious CQ problem that it is ALWAYS the red wire on the aileron gimbal. That's not random.

    I guess it won't hurt to try to repair it. It will certainly test my...
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    The first photo shows the recently failed...

    The first photo shows the recently failed RDS8000. The second shows the one that failed two years ago. Same red wire on the same aileron gimbal.
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    What makes one wire "more flexible" than another?...

    What makes one wire "more flexible" than another? Did you switch to a thicker gauge wire? The wires look incredible flimsy to me. Some people have suggested putting a dot of hot glue or epoxy...
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    While transferring the settings, I came across...

    While transferring the settings, I came across some interesting stored data. The INT function records the total time that the Tx has been switched on (up to a max of 99 hours and 59 minutes). Of...
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    Just checked on a third model (the SE5a) and yes...

    Just checked on a third model (the SE5a) and yes indeed the ailerons go to maximum deflection and then cease functioning. In flight this would guarantee destruction. The first step is to record all...
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    I've been putting off a move to Futaba (or JR)...

    I've been putting off a move to Futaba (or JR) for several years, but I suppose now it's time. At this point, I have 5 functioning Airtronics receivers (4 in models and one on a test-stand setup). ...
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    Quote from one of the reviews of the RDS8000 on...

    Quote from one of the reviews of the RDS8000 on Airtronics own website. This is EXACTLY what I experienced today. (And what almost certainly happened in the air last time.)

    "I've had mine for...
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    I assume that Airtronics/Sanwa servos are...

    I assume that Airtronics/Sanwa servos are compatible with a Futaba/JR Rx. (I know that Futaba servos can be used with Airtronics, if you cut off the little tab.) If I go with Futaba it would...
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    Second failure of Airtronics RDS8000

    For a second time I've experienced a transmitter failure on the Airtronics RDS8000. Once before a wire broke inisde the Tx gimbal resulting in the total loss of the model. Today, it appears that...
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    Awesome work, David! Each and every one of them!

    Awesome work, David! Each and every one of them!
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    My Sopwith Snipe resurrected from mothballs.

    My Sopwith Snipe resurrected from mothballs.
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    Thanks. I enjoy photographing the models almost...

    Thanks. I enjoy photographing the models almost as much as building and flying them. (Maybe even more than flying them. ;) ) Here's a color version.
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    No progress on my UMS 770. My best hope is the...

    No progress on my UMS 770. My best hope is the guy in Osaka (importer for Evolution engines).

    In the meantime, over the holidays, I pulled my Sopwith Snipe out of mothballs, re-did the rigging...
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    Yeah, I can just see the postman chasing Doc from...

    Yeah, I can just see the postman chasing Doc from Texas all the way to "rural" Tennessee! :D Regarding after-run oil, can't I just use the Klotz synthetic oil that I mix with the methanol?
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    Yesterday, I talked on the phone with a guy from...

    Yesterday, I talked on the phone with a guy from a company in Osaka that can do maintenance on the engine. And, luckily, the guy even spoke English and was quite helpful. We went through all the...
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