Archive for January, 2010

RC Scale Model Building Provides History Lesson and Fun

January 18th, 2010
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[Photo Credit:  Great Planes Super Stearman ARF]

World recognized scale builder, Dick Pettit, details every step involved with building this Radio Control (RC) scale model Super Stearman in his article.  It’s incredible the patience, time and attention to detail involved with building these RC scale models, but you will recognize it as a labor of love when you go to the site.

The original Stearman training planes were built between 1933 and 1945 serving the Navy and Army during World War II and later.  According to Pettit’s article and Aviation Enthusiast Corner,  “Many still fly today as prized antiques.”

To construct the airplane, Pettit started with the Great Planes Super Stearman ARF kit. 

Pettit says these additional items were needed for completion:

  • 2-stroke or 4-stroke .91-1.20 cu in (15-19.5cc) engine,
  • Prop
  • Fuel Tubing
  • Basic Hand Tools
  • Adhesives (Pacer and Zap adhesive products were used)
  • 4-channel radio w/5-7 servos, standard (do not need “quarter scale” servos)

We are amazed by the hours spent constructing and flying these planes and the attention to detail these enthusiastic hobbyists employ.  What a great way to learn about and preserve history while having fun, too!

Recycle Neckties Into Decorative Switch Plates!

January 13th, 2010
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craftvol1_0040_fg[Photo & Project Idea Credit:  Matt Marananian via Quick Craft]

Looking for a way to recycle and reuse those old “70’s style” neckties?  Here’s a great Quick Craft project idea:

Supplies Needed:  Wide 70’s necktie, plastic light switch plate, scissors, pencil, contact cement, X-Acto blade and needlenose pliers or tweezers.

Cut, Glue and Finish by following the specific directions in this picture or go to the original source Quick Craft for more details.

This is a great idea and something that will add a creative decorator’s touch to any home while also putting out-of-date, but still treasured ties, to good use!

Happy Crafting!  Thanks, Matt Maranian for the great idea!

Elephant Seal Scientists!

January 13th, 2010
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dn14506-1_250[PHOTO CREDIT:  Christophe Guinet via NewScientist]

What do Elephant Seals and Waterproof Epoxy have to do with scientific research?  Well, check out this fascinating story.

In a study initiated by France’s National Musueum of Natural History some important science is being conducted using creative measures.  58 Elephant Seals have been recruited as scientists in the Antarctic Seas.  The seals are being used to collect important data from the thick, ice-covered seas proven previously inaccessible by research ships.  According to the article, in NewScientist, by Tamsin Osborne, 58 seals have monitors glued to their heads “using epoxy, an extremely strong, waterproof glue.” 

With the sensor monitors the elephant seals “can take accurate measurements of salinity, temperature and depth, and relay them by satellite” aiding in important global warming research!  Elephant Seal Scientists – Wow!

It is amazing the many different uses people come up with for adhesives, but this is one of the most unique we’ve encountered in a long time.  We know that epoxies are very strong glues and Super Glue Corporation’s underwater epoxy could certainly hold up to the waterproof test.  Watch this video to see how it can even be applied underwater:

Anchor-Tite Product Knowledge Video from Super Glue Corporation on Vimeo.

Satellites made from Moon Dust, Carbon Nanotubes and Epoxy

January 12th, 2010
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dn14066-1_250[PHOTO CREDIT:  NewScientist Heather Chen Illustration]

According to NewScientist in an article entitled “Giant Telescopes Could Be Built From Moon Dust” by Kimm Groshong, scientists are experimenting with making a concrete-like substance, using Carbon Nanotubes, Epoxy, and crushed rock-like material similar to moon dust to build satellites that could be placed on the moon.  According to the article the testing has begun, led by NASA’s, Peter Chen.   “Using the mixture, they built a 30-centimetre disc.  They they added more liquid epoxy to its surface and spun it, coating it with aluminum in a vacuum.  They believe the process could be scaled up to produce 20 to 50-metre-wide telescopes on the moon.”  This would save shuttles and rockets from having to transport these satellites to and from the moon.

The process is still quite cumbersome and costly.  “To make a 2.4 metre mirror like Hubble’s, Chen estimates the recipe would call for about 600 kilograms (1300 pounds) of Moon dust, 60 kg (130 pounds) of epoxy, 6 kg (13 pounds) of carbon nanotubes and less than a gram of aluminum.”

But the uses of this special concrete are limitless, according to the article, “the technique could also be used to build other structures on the Moon, including reflectors for an array of solar panels, as well as habitats, or igloos for astronauts …”

Apparently, the moon is an excellent location for research.  Astronomers, like Yervant Terzian of Cornell University, “dream of the viewing opportunities such large telescopes on the moon would offer.”  The lack of atmosphere on the moon makes it an excellent place to study the sky clearly “at optical wavelengths” and because the backside of the moon never sees the Earth there is no manmade radio interference making it ideal for radio astronomy research.

Fascinating stuff, but not out of reach as we enter the new decade Twenty Twenty!

Crown Sinnet Paracord Bracelet

January 12th, 2010
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Paracord Bracelet[PHOTO CREDIT:  Stormdrane’s Blog]

Here’s an awesome gift idea, perhaps for that special someone on Valentine’s Day or to share with your family members or group of friends on Any Day!  You can find detailed instructions for making this Crown Sinnet Paracord Bracelet on Stormdrane’s Blog.  Along with some pretty advanced knot-making skills, all you need to make the bracelet is paracord, a side release buckle, and super glue.  (Note:  The super glue is used to secure the ends of the cord!)

We’d love to see other designs of this bracelet..send us YOUR pics!  Happy Crafting!

Super Glue is A NECESSITY!

January 12th, 2010
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We really enjoy hearing from consumers how much they love super glue and how they think it is A NECESSITY 🙂  Recently, we encountered a blog post by Katherine M.  We could totally relate with everything she was saying in the blog.  After the holidays it is really difficult to stop shopping – especially when all of the stores are offering discounts and deals everywhere you look.  It is hard to discern things you want from things you really need.

In her blog, Katherine M.  details a trip to the store and how she really didn’t want to buy anything, but then she ended up picking up a mascara, a corkboard and superglue along with the basic essentials she had gone to the store for in the first place.  After careful consideration she ends up putting everything back EXCEPT guess what?? THE SUPER GLUE!  This she decides is A NECESSITY!  We agree!  Not only will it fix up her grandmother’s china, but it will get her through lots of other binds as well.  Our hat’s off to your restraint, Katherine, and to your great mind, too!  We think alike 🙂 … Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions!

Rubik’s Cube Not Hard Enough? Try Extending It …

January 12th, 2010
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Has your regular Rubik’s Cube become boring and mundane … just too easy for you to solve?  Try extending your challenge by making a 3x3x5 Rubik’s Cube using the parts from two Rubik’s Cubes and superglue (we suggest Plastic-Fuse(R)).

Check out this video!  According to Lo Cug’s blog post it is “Not a very difficult puzzle to solve, but it takes awhile because of the odd shapes it can become.  It is actually no different to solve than the 3×3, but the fact that it is non-cubic adds a slight challenge.”  Uh, yeah …..!

 [You Tube]

Happy New Year!

January 4th, 2010
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Hoping 2010 is a wonderful year for you and your families! 

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May every good thing stick to you like super glue throughout the coming year!  🙂 Happy New Year!