Custom, hand-built electronic circuits designed to improve and enhance the fun and thrill of radio-controlled models.
In spite of the recent popularity of gasoline engines, there are still a lot of Nitro-powered models out there, and our line of Programmable On-Board Glow Drivers remains one of our best selling items. We are now offering three different versions of this circuit, one is designed for single-cylinder engines, one is for twin-cylinder engines and in response to several requests and suggestions, we now offer a new version that is designed for models with two glow engines (twin engine).
The main difference in the twin-cylinder and the twin-engine versions is the ground cables that complete the glow plug circuit. The new twin-cylinder version includes a pair of ground cables that are connected to the frames, one to each engine, eliminating the need to strap the engines together to make both glow plugs work. The single-cylinder version includes a single-cell Ni-Cad battery, the twins both include a 2-cell (parallel) Ni-Cad pack, to provide glow plug power that is independant of the receiver's power source. And both can be installed in any model without the need to mount a big, ugly panel on the outside of the fuse that spoils the scale look of a nice warbird. And they are also great for ANY model that has an engine that is difficult to reach with a standard glow ignitor. Check them out, you'll like them, I promise!
Customers now have the ability to "chat" with me any time I'm online. (and that's most of the time!) Look on the bottom right corner of each page for the red "Chat" bubble, and click on it to start a chat. If I am anywhere near a computer or my mobile phone, I'll respond quickly, and you can ask questions about any of our products. If I'm not online it will give you a convenient way to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you all! -David
Attention: All Modelers in the USA
If you are located in the United States, and flying RC planes or drones is one of your hobbies, you are probably already aware of the FAA's Proposed Rule for UAS that will require remote ID equipment to be installed on certain unmanned vehicles (radio controlled models of all types) flown anywhere in the US. There's a lot of buzz right now about the situation, and lot of modelers who would like to make their feeling about it known, but who don't really know how or where to do it. The AMA is working hard on behalf of its membership to insure that there will be provisions and exceptions in the new rules that will allow us to continue our hobby in much the same way as we have for many years now, but until the rules are actually passed into law we cannot be certain of anything. Last minute changes to the rules, or changes in the support for the AMA's proposals, could result in rules that would be very harmful to our hobby.
As with anything having to do with government agencies like the FAA, and the lawmakers who direct and control them, the success or failure of something like this often comes down to sheer numbers. The FAA and our Congressional representatives need to hear from every last one of us about these rules. They don't/won't likely read or respond to your comments, but they COUNT them, and that's what matters. So we all need to make sure our "votes" are part of the totals they consider. In order to try to make this process easy to do, the AMA has produced a "template comment" for us to use, and a form that, when completed, will send your comment to the appropriate contacts at the FAA to make sure your vote is counted. But the process might be a bit difficult for some modelers who are not as computer literate as others, and cause them to give up and not be heard.
So....I have put together a page of instructions that will show you step -by-step how to use the form, and how to complete it and send it to the FAA. Click here to go to the page of instructions, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or problems. The FAA is only allowing comments until March 2, 2020, so don't delay. -David
We're beginning to get some orders from modelers who build other kinds of R/C models, like boats and ships. Recently, a good customer in Pennsylvania (Hey Jerry!) inquired about a circuit to control a brushed DC motor used on his incredible model of the USS Missouri (BB-63/The Mighty Mo!) to turn the main gun turrets and raise/lower the anchors. Previously he had been using a mixture of toggle switches, servos, relays, and diodes to control these motors, but we designed him a small and easy-to-install circuit to replace it all. Our Brushed DC Motor Controller might be just what you need for your model. And we can customize it, too!
Swap Meet Schedule
February 1st, 2020
Iowa City Aerohawks
17th Annual Swap Meet
Coralville Marriot Hotel & Conference Center
300 East 9th Street
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
February 28th & 29th, 2020
Georgia Modelers Association
The Southeastern Model Show
Georgia National Fairgrounds
1-75 exit 135
Friday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March 14th, 2020
Central Pennsylvania Aeromodelers Association
40th Annual RC Expo
80 Rocherty Road
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Table numbers will be posted later
April 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2020
Weak Signals RC Club
The 2020 Toledo RC Show & Expo
SeaGate Convention Centre
401 Jefferson Avenue
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Main Floor-Booths 354-355
We have been asked again this year to conduct two classes at the 2020 Weak Signals Toledo Show on soldering. The class is intended to allow me to share information that will, hopefully, make soldering easier and more successful for you, no matter what your experience level. Times and location will be posted here as soon as I have it. I look forward to seeing all of you there!
The link below is a downloadable page with clickable links that was part of our symposium on "Basic Soldering-Tools & Techniques" at the 2019 Toledo Show. It will take you to eBay sites where you can purchase any of the tools we discussed at the symposium.
We hope to meet you on the road...
New Chat Option