There are a ton of articles and videos on converting toy styrofoam gliders to a functional, powered RC airplane. Most of the DIY sites I've flipped through detail things like hot gluing servos directly to the foam body, or wrapping components in copious lengths of packing tape.
I've been wanting to combine a few favorite hobbies, woodworking and physics, and dive head first into a project I know nothing about - sailboats. I have been thinking about dusting off the old RC gear and configuring it for small-scale sailing for a long time, so I thought I'd build a boat over the winter. There's something unbelievably rewarding about building something like this from scratch, even more so if you tackle something that you know has a significant probability of failure . This is definitely a boat that is much better built than bought... IF IT WORKS.
After my second power rear wind jumped the track on my 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I decided to document the fix. Hopefully this helps someone else out because this was
a real pain in the ass doing this with little information and avoinding getting screwed but the dealer. I just had this image of some dude/dudette popping off the door panel and whacking something with a rubber mallet for a mere $400.
The only drag with this hobby is the sound the tumbler makes for months on end. Its not really a problem for me, as the tumbler is in the shed... but I feel bad for the neighbors. There are tons of articles on sound dampening techniques and Ive tried several, including a plywood box covered with carpet samples. I like the idea of using styrofoam insulation because it easy to work with, has minimal resonance across all audio frequencies, and its non-flamible.
Make your own stimpmeter
I had been playng golf for about twenty years but just began regular putting practice when I joined my first men's club last year. Between the two public courses that I sneak out to for putting practice, one feels like a shag carpet and the other feels like glass. I've been seeing signs reading "Current Stimp xx.x feet" for years and decided to build my own Stimpmeter.