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Old 06-15-2003, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Tips & Tricks

Hey guys how about a Tips & Tricks Thread with bright Ideas like they have in the Mags.

I thought it might be a good Idea as I am sure many of you have thought of some great tips you might like to share.

Why not give it a go any way,

I'll even start it off ..........
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Old 06-15-2003, 09:35 PM   #2
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Default BLUED SCREWS

If you are using those mild steel blued hex head screws and they are starting to get some surface rust, here’s a way to make them like new again.

Simply soak the screws in a light oil overnight and then remove one at a time from the oil and hold over a gas flame with tweezers until the oil burns off and stops burning. Then put the hot screw into a small amount of oil to quench it and remove when cool. Wipe off the excess oil and your screw will have an as new blued finish.

This will work for light surface rust but I have not tried it on a really rusty screw yet.

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Old 06-15-2003, 09:37 PM   #3
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On your esc lead wires, make sure u can have them go any way for hard soldering. This will insure easier soldering for your battery packs. It will then not matter how they are soldered for format.
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Old 06-15-2003, 09:44 PM   #4
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Good Start,
Just to make it easier to scan through the Tips perhaps it would be a good Idea to use the "POST SUBJECT" line so people have an Idea about what the Tip is about

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Old 06-16-2003, 12:18 AM   #5
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Default EASY PAINT MASKS

Here's a tip for some easy paint masks.

Draw your design onto a piece of paper or find a design from on the net and print it onto a piece of paper at the size you want.

Next get some "Contact" Self adhesive Vinyl which is available from most department stores or stationers, (I use the black one)and stick the design onto the back of the Contact Vinyl Sheet with some adhesive.

When its dry cut out the design of your paint mask and there you have it, a ready to use vinyl paint mask.

Make sure you press down firmly around the edges and paint immediately after as it can lift a little if left too long.

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Old 06-16-2003, 02:13 AM   #6
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can having your ariel to close to your speed controler mabe casue you come interfearance
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Old 06-16-2003, 05:54 AM   #8
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In reguards to the paint mask idea, spend the money on decent quality self adhesive cover stuff. The cheaper stuff (its transparent) doesnt stick aswell (the stuff i used anyways)

But it works well, i have done it on two bodies now and its easy as!
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Default Simple line paint mask

to mask up simple linesand curves use thin electrical tape, it can easily bend and twicst to do compound curves with ease..... agian make sure you paint soon after you finish masking, and remove as soon as the paint dries to the touch..... this will keep the tape from transferring any adhesives to the lexan....
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When masking your body only use quality 3M brand masking tapes, cheaper masking tapes leave residue that can only be seen once the tape has been removed and paint laid down on the area.....
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When masking your body only use quality 3M brand masking tapes, cheaper masking tapes leave residue that can only be seen once the tape has been removed and paint laid down on the area.....
I agree with the 3m tape.. the blue stuff. easy to work with and gives a nice crisp mask line. only down fall is it is a little more money. but whats money we are in the r/c hobby we like to spend money.
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Default Hard Wiring Battery Trick

If you hard wire your batterys with tabs like battery bars or something, make sure you put a small piece of servo tape under the battery bar tab where you solder, so the servo tape would be in between the battery and the tab. This is to help prevent solder dropping off of the battery bar and going onto the battery.
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Default easy screw installation.

If you find a screw that is hard to screw in put a little beeswax on the threads.btw, you can find beeswax at a hardware shop
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Default temporarely locked diff.

just put silly putty in the diff case and when you want to make it fully functional again you can just take it out.
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Default perfect mesh.

take out 1 motor screw and put a iece of paper in between the spurr and pinion, then press the piniion as hard as you can against the spur, then turn the gears to remove the paper.
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