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GET THE EDGE
Have you ever tried to separate the backing o; some covering film and
found it almost impossible to find an edge? Here’s a way to separate
di;cult covering film from the backing sheet: Attach a strip of masking
tape to each side, and create a handle on which to pull. You’ll find that
sheet is much easier to peel apart. If it doesn’t, just restick the tape down
with extra pressure and try again.
Ken McSpadden, Chino, CA
When you get new LiPos, wrap a piece of white label tape around each
one and write the date on it. ;en put a large dot on the tape each time
the battery is charged. ;is will help you equalize the battery with the
others and let you see just how old the battery is.
Roger Snowdallm, Raytown, MO
SOFT HELPING HAND
One of the tools that I almost always use in the shop is a helping hand,
which consists of a weighted-down bar with two alligator clips. ;is tool
is a lifesaver when you need to hold something in place while soldering.
;e teeth on the alligator clips, however, are rather destructive on the
rubber coating that insulates wires, so I slip fuel tubing over them to
avoid damaging the insulation and stop heat transfer when soldering.
Fuel tubing tolerates heat very well.
Steve Wixom, Blackfoot, ID
LOCK IN PLACE
When it comes time to install nylon control horns, mark the correct
location for the horn with a felt-tip pen or masking tape. Lift up the
horn to apply a tiny drop of thick CA to the bottom of the horn where it
contacts the covering. ;en let it dry, which can be sped up with a little
accelerator. ;e glue holds the horn in place while you drill and install the
screws. No more crooked or wrongly placed horns.
Terry Bolin, Neosho, MO