Voyage of Discovery - (Great Finds) Sky Fly Max & other Everyday Stuff to Make Good Parts

I found the Fuse to a Sky Fly Max at a local hobby store and was instantly forced to buy it. It's a great, but simple starter plane which I think will make a great UAV. All of the parts except for the fiberglass boom are EPO type foam, all thick and well made. Like always, I will not buy an RTF so I'll need to part it together, but that should be less than $65. for just the air frame. I have a few ideas to make it more me, but that's for later. Click here for more Sky Fly Max Details.

Below are a few more pics of the fuse as well as a few shots of "Stuff" I've kept for projects and thought I'd share...

Boxes...

Candy/Gum boxes seem to be great for small projects. I like to use them to protect some of the electronic components on my planes when they would otherwise be exposed. You can drill small holes so they are vented or keep lids off and be mostly covered but well protected.

Floaty Key Chain things...

I've not installed it yet but I'm using these for mounting wireless camera (like a helmet cam) on the boom or underside of my wings. These could easily be made articulated and in damp'ish conditions by using a small clear dome to protect the camera and silicone to plug the other end where connections/batteries reside. I plan to power mine seperate from the camera pod, but using smaller lipo you could easily store the bat inside the pod w/the camera and only have the lead running to the camera's transmitter...

Cups...

Jello, Pudding, Tuna & Applesause... These are very handy and can be used from Cowls to Nacelles, to epoxy and everything in between.

Plastic sheets...

I use the thicker sheets for belly skids on my belly landers. It really helps keep the plane in good shape. I use recovered pop-bottle plastic (16oz/1ltr/2ltr) for lighter duty stuff like wing repair and reinforcement for weak designs. You can also use the pop bottle plastic as glue in hinges.

If you got the stuff around, use it...

Anyway, I'm cheap and this post shows it! But, I like to share so...

PS - The orange rectangle thing is one of those lighted magnifying glasses, cause I'm not blind, I just like stuff in bold!

-bcd

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Comment by Tim McMahan on July 29, 2010 at 10:35am
My Dutch buddy Jacques uses fast food drink cups on his EDF exhaust. :) I love this stuff!!!

Comment by Tim McMahan on July 29, 2010 at 10:36am

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Comment by Brian on July 29, 2010 at 8:54pm
Thanks for the link Tim, I've booked it cause there's just so many cool videos/how to's...

I thought of doing that too. I figured I'd go for those foam cups you get at sonic, or the light plastic ones and cut them down to fit. I've just not had an EDF to try it on...

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