Hints and tips

Below you will find various helpful hints and tips to help you enjoy the hobby more. Submissions are welcome.

Servo Torque - Metric To Imperial Conversion

Choosing the correct servo for your airplane can sometimes be a daunting task.  Something that further complicates this is when manufacturers quote the torque of the servo in kg/cm.  The more common measurement is in oz/in.  Select the link below to download a chart that will help you convert from metric to imperial.

Starbond Adhesives

A recent discovery of mine are Starbond  Cyanoacrylate Adhesives.  They are available in a wide variety of thicknesses and curing times.  Each package contains the CA, two screw-on nozzles, and 8 small pipette applicator tips.  They also have a 10oz aerosol can of accelerator available.

They tend to be less expensive than the traditional Bob Smith Industries clues that most of us have been using.  The pricing for a 2oz. bottle of Medium CA compares as follows:



Great Hobbies (Bob Smith)


KJP Select Hardwoods (Starbond)


Lee Valley (Starbond) *


  • Lee Valley do not appear to carry the Thin Starbond CA.  KJP has the full line though.