DIY Tamiya Lunch Box Body Mount

DIY Tamiya Lunch Box Body Mount

TLDR: Cut off the head of a nail and epoxy it to the existing, broken body mount. So my body mount broke and I can’t believe how hard it is to replace! It’s the weakest part on the whole model, like, painfully obvious weak. And yet, extremely difficult to find a replacement. You can get the whole tree, C PARTS: 58063, but even these aren’t easy to obtain. And why would I want to replace it with something so easy…

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How to Control a Servo from Ableton Live

How to Control a Servo from Ableton Live

Jotting down my notes on having finally succeeded at getting Ableton Live to move a servo using Arduino. Will update it as I learn more and hopefully refine it. Most of what I learned came from this YouTube tutorial from Beat Lab. Here are some things I figured out… The Max for Live device you are looking for cannot be found by searching “Connection Kit”, try searching “Arduino” Before opening up Ableton, your Arduino Uno needs to be connected and…

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Virtual Tamagotchi in Ubuntu

Virtual Tamagotchi in Ubuntu

These are my steps to reproduce virtualization of Tamagotchis in Ubuntu 20. I came across this in a Hackaday Podcast. I was intrigued because the emulator developer wrote the software to be OS and hardware agnostic, thus implying it can be installed on a wide variety of devices. It sounded like a fun project to me so I took the first step to get it running just in linux. I started with a vanilla install so it required a couple…

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How to Become a Better RC Pilot – A Personal Study, Part 1

How to Become a Better RC Pilot – A Personal Study, Part 1

I’m trying to get back in to RC airplanes 20 years after moving away from an area where I became an expert at slope soaring. I’m finding powered flight to be a whole lot different and am yet unsuccessful at adapting. The increase mass and ground speed of powered flight has created a very expensive problem: catastrophic crashes. My slope soaring planes lasted forever, both in terms of flight times and durability of the plane. In returning to the hobby,…

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How to Setup Spektrum DX6 with Different Trim Values on a Switch

How to Setup Spektrum DX6 with Different Trim Values on a Switch

Here are my notes on how to setup a switch so that toggling it will give you one trim value that you can “turn off” in flight.. In my case, I want to hand launch a fixed wing model with some up-trim that I can bring back to normal with a switch. The manual is not exactly clear on how to do this. One solution is called Flight Modes, or F-Mode on the screen. Power On and make sure you…

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Setting Up a Spektrum DX-6 to Work Blade Theory XL Quadcopter

Setting Up a Spektrum DX-6 to Work Blade Theory XL Quadcopter

My notes on how to setup Spektrum DX-6 with a Blade Theory XL because the downloadable setup file was incorrect for me and resulted in hours of frustration. Writing down what I did in case I need to do it again months from now and will have long forgotten. And maybe it’ll help someone else out there…. First you need to get the setup file from spektrumrc.com or Horizon Hobby. Next you need to create a new model because loading…

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Traxxas Gearing Chart

Traxxas Gearing Chart

    I can never find this exact gearing chart online when I need it, so I’ve taken a pic of the one that came with my Slash and uploading it here for posterity. Good for the Rustler, Bandit, and Stampede.  

How to Adjust CPU Fan Speed on a Gigabyte Motherboard (Z97N-WIFI)

How to Adjust CPU Fan Speed on a Gigabyte Motherboard (Z97N-WIFI)

The Gigabyte BIOS is so un-intuitive that I’m documenting my notes in case it helps anyone else.  While searching online I did not find any answers on how to adjust the CPU Fan Speed.  Maybe it didn’t come up while searching because it’s so easy for everybody else to find that there’s no need to document it.  I’m good at detecting ambiguity.  It is my special gift. So here’s how.  Get in to the BIOS by holding the Del key…

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How to Remove Integrated WiFi from Linux

How to Remove Integrated WiFi from Linux

I’ve been having terrible problems with my wifi disconnecting randomly.  It seems the problem is with the Intel driver, called iwlwifi. I thought I solved it by turning off the Power Management setting for the driver, but the problem returned after 24 hours. The big headache is that the wifi interface is part of the motherboard.  Removing the interface from BIOS was not an available option.  I also knew that trying to ignore it by simply inserting a USB dongle doesn’t…

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