BMAC Announcements

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Club Christma Party Sunday December 19th

The BMAC Christmas Party will be this Sunday December 19th at The Stratton Elementary School gym. Activities are scheduled to get underway at 3 PM. Please try and bring a covered dish if possible.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Old Models Bring Big Prices

My first "gas" powered model airplane was a Cox control line Curtis Pusher plastic kit. I received it for my 8th birthday in 1960. Think my Mom paid about $10 for it at the local F.W. Woolworth's. It never did fly, think it was too heavy. It would just go around in circles on the ground and never did get airborne. I stumbled upon this one on eBay.

When I last checked the bidding was up to $400!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Charleston R/C Expo 2011

Saturday February 26th, 2011
Charleston, WV

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Charging Takes a Toll on a Battery's Insides

 The electric flyer's may find this of interest.

From Sciencemag:

As lithium ions flow from the positively charged cathode into the 200-nanometre diameter wires of tin oxide that make up the negatively charged anode, the nanowires writhe and bulge, causing them to expand up to 2.5 fold. The wires also change structure from a neatly ordered crystal to a disordered glassy material.
Complete article here:

Video here:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

AMA Update on FAA

The FAA process to create regulation for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the national airspace continues to move forward. There's been a lot of speculation about what will be contained in the sUAS proposed rule that is scheduled to be released as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) sometime in June 2011.
Read the complete article here.

Anytime the government is involved, it can't be good.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

How NOT To Land

Don't have any information on this video. A very bad day for someone.

RC Landing Almost Takes Out Pilot - Watch more Funny Videos

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Vacuum Forming At Home

Need a custom canopy or other small plastic parts? Check out this DIY approach over at Hack a Day.

A little dumpster-diving let [Nick Skvarla] build his vacuum form machine for around $5. He pulled a vacuum cleaner out of the trash, which was tossed away because of a broken power plug. He put it into a box which had been sealed with spray foam and used a piece of pegboard for the top side of the enclosure. He takes a piece of 40 mil PETG plastic from the hobby shop and mounts it in a wooden frame. That goes into the oven on broil until the entire sheet is sagging, then onto the vacuum former.