Archive for June, 2009
Great place to get Henry’s Style Fiberglass Weave.
As you probably already know from watching our YouTube Videos, both Frank and I have been building EPP Planes covered with the Henry’s Fiberglass Weave. A lot of you have been emailing or leaving comments about where this stuff can be purchased. We have been purchasing it through Home Depot, where it is typically about $9.00 for a 6-inch wide by 25-Foot roll. Not too bad, but can get kind of pricey if you use it a lot. So I went off searching on the internet to try and find a good source to buy this stuff for cheaper. Whenever we can, both Frank and I like to pass on the information to all of you when we find a way to save money.
Well my searches were far and wide, but I did finally find a place out of Arizona that sells roofing supplies. They have a material pretty much identical to the Henry’s Weave, Only they have it in 150 foot rolls and in different widths! They have it in 4-inch, 6-inch and 36-inch widths! Awesome, this is great for building RC Planes. both Frank and I have ordered some of the weave from this site and are very happy and pleased with their quick shipping and the quality of the fiberglass weave. It is pretty much dead on the same as Henry’s. I would not be surprised if it was made by Henrys. Oh, and the best part is its cheaper for a 6 inch 150 foot roll from BestMaterials.com, then it was for a 6 inch 25 foot roll from Home Depot! It’s only $6.75 for the 150 foot roll! That’s Five times as much weave for a cheaper price, what a great savings! I believe they do international shipping too.
Well here is the site link to Best Materials.com where the weave can be found (Just Click on the Picture):
To all our Viewers and Subscribers we would just like to thank you all for the great support you have been giving us! From the begining of our Youtube Channel, 5 Months ago, You have all been very supportive and continually encourage us to make our videos and website better. Frank and I are always in a constant struggle for time, so we apologize in the areas we are slow to get too… Like making plans, working on the website and other stuff. You have all been great. Thanks for being patient, giving us constructive criticism, and ideas of how to improve our videos, planes and website. We greatly appreciate it.
So, we had an idea to have a monthly drawing that all of our YouTube Subscribers can Enter. We wanted to use this Drawing to hopefully thank you all and also at the sametime try to encourage more people to join our growing network of friends.
Information about the Monthly Drawing.
So here is what we are planning to do as a trial run. Each month we will be giving away some sort of Prize. It may be Brushless Motor, Lipo Battery, rcFoamFighters T-Shirt, or even a Mystery Prize. You, our YouTube Channel Subscriber, will be able to choose what drawing you want to enter by sending us an Email for that specific months Drawing/Giveaway. During the last Week of each month we will randomly pick an Email and thus select the One Winner.
How to Enter the Drawing.
To enter the Drawing, Each month you will need to do the following:
- Subscribe to our rcFoamFighters YouTube Channel if not already
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- In email include your YouTube Name
- Make Email Subject ” (Month) (Year) Drawing” . Example: “June 2009 Drawing”
That’s it, do this and you will have a chance to win a monthly prize.
Prize to kick off our Trial Drawing/Giveaway:
For this first Drawing/Giveaway, for the Month of June, the prize will be:
- One 2700kv Brushless Motor (rated at 500w)
- One Motor Mount (Stick type)
- One 50A brushless ESC
- One 5v BEC
We wish each of you good luck and again wish we were super rich so we could afford to give you all a prize. I guess this will be on a trial basis to see how it goes. Please feel free to give us your opinion or feedback if you like or dislike this idea. We want to build rcFoamFighters into a place you like to visit, so again your feedback is precious. Thank you all very much!
Please Help Support rcFoamFighters Efforts…
Please help support our website and Youtube Channel by spreading the word about us with your friends that may be interested in RC planes.
Also you can help us greatly by please visiting our Ad Sponsors listed in the sidebar that interest you. The better support we give our sponsors, the more they will help in sponsoring rcFoamFighters. And this hopefully will mean we will be more able give better prizes, keep plans and information Free of Cost and hopefully one day make rcFoamFighters our Primary Focus.
Update! Gary Shoaf is the winner of the June 2009 Drawing!
Our congratulations to Gary and Thanks to all those who participated and entered the 1st ever monthly drawing! Stay tuned, more drawings to come.
New Project Idea
Ok, now that I have finished the EPP Park Jet Plane I will be starting on a new project. This project will be to build an experimental Forward Swept Wing RC Plane that my good friend Chris Malysiak in California helped me design. Chris sent me his original concept idea and then I worked with him to develop it into an RC Plane design. We are both not sure how this design will perform, but figured we would give it a try and see what happens.
Here are some of the features that are planned for this new experimental plane.
- EPP Construction
- Use of Henry brand Fiberglass Weave to make stronger (Bulletproof IT!)
- 24″ Wing Span (Forward Swept)
- 2 Vertical Stabilizers (Tail Fins)
- Stationary Front Canards
- Elevon Controls Only
- 3S Lipo Battery (Probably 1350mA)
- Low Cost $6 Turnigy Motor (Same as on our Monkey Plane)
- 25A ESC
- KFm2 Airfoil (Not sure how this will work on forward swept wing)
Here is a picture of the concept design:
So, wish me luck in getting this bird built and flying! I will be posting video on our Youtube Channel of the progress of the Build of this plane. So please stay tuned!
We have been getting a lot of questions in regards to what we have been using to cover our RC Planes.
“How do get your rc planes so smooth?” “What do you use to cover your RC Planes?” “Where can I get Colored Sealing Tape??
So We wanted to just do a little write up to answer these basic questions. Typically we have been using simple, low cost, colored carton sealing tape or packing tape. This low cost covering adds a nice shinny finish to your scratch built remote control foam plane. Below are a few examples.
The sealing tape works best with Foamboard RC plane designs since the surface of Foamboard is more easily gripped by the tape’s adhesive. The sealing tape will work good with EPP, Depron or other foams too, but may be a little trickier to get it to attach to the surface well. Usually when we use the sealing tape with EPP or other Foam materials, we first put strapping tape around the edges of the wing and parts of the fuselage since it is more tacky and better at attaching to the foam. Then we run the layer of sealing tape from edge to edge, attaching to the strapping tape at the edges and uncovered foam in the middle. Also we have noticed the sealing tape bonds much better when it is an EPP RC plane covered first with the Henry Brand Fiberglass Weave and adhesive, like on the EPP Park Jet and Bulletproof RC Plane.
One tip about using sealing tape that may help you in making your remote control plane look better, is to use a heat gun to shrink the tape. Typically Frank and I use a heat gun after the RC plane is fully taped up. You can use the Heat Gun to slowly heat up the tape till it starts to shrink just a little. This will get rid of the wrinkles and make for a nice tight covering. Usually the sealing tape will first suck up close to the foam as its heated and actually reveal more wrinkles. But then as it slowly shrinks more, all the wrinkles tighten up and go away. Just be very careful not to hold the heat gun too close and over heat the tape. This will cause too much shrinkage and can even burn right through the tape. Its best to keep the heat gun moving back and forth and slowly heat the tape up. Hopefully soon we can do a video demo of taping a plane with this method.
Just remember sealing tape is just one option you can use to cover your RC plane and make it look nice. It will also make your RC Plane stronger. You can always use stuff like Monokote or Trimkote or similar materials. These just tend to be a little more costly. Anyway hope this helps. Just know we are constantly looking for new ideas and ways to make the hobby more affordable. We will try and pass along any tips we learn about to you our fellow RC Pilots/Builders. Please feel free to let us know of any tips you may have too make RC planes better and/or more affordable. The more we all learn together, the more fun we will have at this hobby of scratch building cool remote control planes.
So far we’ve had a hard time in finding any stores locally that sell colored sealing tape. We usually just buy our tape supplies from the internet. So last I just wanted to provide you all with a link to TapeBrothers.com, the place we get our tape from and seem to be the best priced. rcFoamFighters is not an Affiliate of Tape Brothers, but we do recommend them based on our past purchases. They are fairly quick to ship and have good prices.
(click on picture to go to Tape Brothers Site)