Broken. Fixed. Lost. Bought. Built. Broken.

Kim or Matt related February 22nd, 2014

So, do you remember how Matt bought a radio-controlled airplane? And got it stuck in a tree? Twice? And then broke it?

Well, he fixed it. And ordered some replacement parts. So when the replacement parts arrived in the mail, I thought he’d be excited. Not so much. ”Well,” Matt said, “that would be useful. If I still had a plane.”

Turns out he took his repaired plane out to fly in the park where he got it stuck in a tree the first time. The wind was minimal down on the ground, but stronger higher up, and since the plane is really light (styrofoam!), it got caught in a breeze and stuck in a tree. Again. But this time, about 60 feet up.

There wasn’t going to be a soccer ball savior this time.

So Matt decided to invest in planes built with modular parts, rather than buying another all-in-one and risking losing all the electronics if the plane were to, say, get blown off course 60 feet up into a tree. (Admittedly, he did buy a little plane when we went to Berkley with Kevin, but it was $35, and he’s only flown it inside.) Guided by non-stop Flite Test videos (I am so tired of Josh and Josh), Matt’s been turning dollar store foam board into a pretty cool plane.

Matt's new plane

The plans for the Flite Test planes all have a removable power pod, which houses the motor, receiver, and battery. So Matt can build a bunch of different models, and just fit the power pod to each. Or he could.

If he hadn’t broken the power pod.

With three nose dives. On the first three launches of his newly built plane.

“User error,” Matt said. “The humidity from the kitchen warped the poster board, and I didn’t properly check the ‘trim’ (air quotes his) before launching. Resulted in nearly catastrophic failure.”

So now he’s rebuilding the power pod. Good thing balsa wood and dollar store foam board are cheap.

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