Tools of the Trade - What folks are using for builds and maintenance

Discussion in 'CineStar FAQ - Tips and Tricks' started by Gary Haynes, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Gary Haynes

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    Steve max is actually 830F. I run 3 tips. The T15-D2 Heavy, T15-BLL for fine work and my general tip T15-D12. The thing I like about the Hakko is you can quickly change tips. Turn it off, swap tips, and power back up.

    Of course you could do the Navy soldering method. Hold the connector and wire together, wrap a bit of solder to hold them in place, stand behind an F18 Super Hornet in afterburner just prior to launch, extend hands holding connection into the exhaust core. This method is very quick. :eek:
     
  2. Steve Maller

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    Gary, I was actually thinking of heading over the local Army Navy Surplus store. You gave me an idea...

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  3. Steve Maller

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    Great...I actually own all three of those tips, but had been stuck on using the pointy little BLL. I will switch back for my bullets. Thanks!
     
  4. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Turn it off?
    You have to turn it off?

    Andy.
     
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  5. Dave King

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    I bought this station on Gary's recommendation and I used it in my PDB video tuturial.


    It really does the job and I had no problem soldering the 10 gauge wire to the EC5 connector pins. A few times I have gone back to my weller station (in a pinch) and noticed the drop off in performance.
     
  6. Steve Maller

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    Indeed, I switched tips in my Hakko and it works much better!
     
  7. Steve Maller

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    I just discovered this site, and it appears they have a terrific assortment of screws, bolts, and other hard-to-find stuff. Curious if anybody has used them, and has any experience.

    http://rtlfasteners.com
     
  9. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    I've not used them, Steve, but that's not to say I will not. I find fastener-express.com and boltdepot.com have pretty much all the socket head and button heads I need -- and the bulk pricing is better I think. But RTL Fasteners looks like a good find for the more specialized things.

    Andy.
     
  10. Steve Maller

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    Just augmented my ghetto fabulous PVC pipe UAV transporter gizmo because my new X8 with 3-axis didn’t want to fit in the old one. Found a cool way of cutting ’T’s so that they not only support the copter in a more stable way, but they actually positively lock to the CF booms.

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  11. Gary McCready

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    You are one busy worker!
     
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    Hi - does anyone know what software package this is? I sent a PM to Gary a while back but haven't heard back.

    Thanks,
    John
     
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  13. Steve Maller

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    Just bought a couple six-packs of these. I think a 3x3 set of these will make a nice, sturdy landing pad for my copter that breaks down to a neat, small bundle. I have used a moving blanket for a while, but it’s prone to flapping around under the prop wash, and gets very wet and dirty on some surfaces. They’re on sale right now at Sears in the USA. If you elect for local store pickup, they’re only $10 for a 6-pack of 2’x2’ tiles.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00962361000P

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  14. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    How well do they adapt to less-than-flat terrain, Steve?
    (And you do know these are not Haynes-approved blue, like the tarp, right? ;) )

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  15. Steve Maller

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    I just ordered them. I suspect if the terrain is very uneven they won't be much help, but i prefer to avoid such locations. :)
     
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    These work great. They are flexible, relatively light. Tack the corners down in windy weather with some big spikes to keep it from blowing away. Worst case wind used gaffer tape on the backside to hold them together. You can get them in blue but they are really expensive....
     
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    I have a local parts shop and I picked up some wires and such last week.

    I also picked up one of these: http://www.helidirect.com/lynx-lx0955-portable-solder-iron-2s-60w-3s-90w.html

    This is an "emergency" soldering iron for the toolbox that runs on 2 or 3 s batteries.

    I just got it and I've got to tell you, it's an amazing item. You may want to have one. In less than 15 seconds, I was able to tin and solder a 12ga wire with no problems or hesitation from an old 3200 3s battery I use for the gimbal.
    Karsten says he may pick up a few to test them out.

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  18. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Nice find, Mike. When you're out on location, this could be a "life saver." You do have to shield these smaller irons from drafts/the wind otherwise they don't get hot enough, but otherwise they're great.

    Andy
     
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    Looks like something to add to the emergency tool kit...thanks for the tip!
     
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