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Quality Adhesives for RC Model Airplanes | Zap

May 29th, 2016
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Quality Adhesives Build Model Airplanes

 

Building Radio-Controlled Airplanes with Quality Adhesives

Building a RC (radio controlled) model aircraft from scratch takes dedication, patience and attention to every single detail. There are no shortcuts to get to the final product and there shouldn’t be. Similarly, none should be taken with the all-important adhesive that binds it all together.

Whether you are starting out with an ARF (almost ready to fly) RC airplane or you have ventured into balsa and plywood aircraft, one thing is certain, your plane needs to be able to handle the stress and pressure of flying. Just as you would need to keep your measurements down to a tee, your choice of glue can make or break the delicate balance of the aircraft. Aerodynamics is a tricky beast and every aspect of your airplane must be just right in order to fly at an optimum level.

How Do You Pick the Right Adhesive?

To get it right the first time, your choice of glue has to be relevant to the type of model aircraft you are building. For example, nowadays, ARF airplanes incorporate more foam and plastic so an ideal choice would be Zap-O Foam Safe CA for foam parts and Poly Zap for plastic parts. On the other hand, if you are creating a composite airplane with light woods such as balsa or plywood, then select Zap-A-Gap. For post applying adhesive to balsa wood joints use the wicking grade ZAP CA. For canopy assemblies on cockpits use ZAP ‘s Formula 560 Canopy Glue which dries crystal clear and remains flexible.

How About the Engine?

No problem. Zap has got you covered. For thread locking fluid, also known as securing nuts and bolts by applying adhesives to fasteners, there is the Z-42 Thread Locker. This product has the ability to resist vibrations and prevent fasteners from loosening, which provides stability to the aircraft’s engine. Think of the engine as the heart of the plane and the glue as the blood flow that keeps the airplane running smoothly and as one cohesive unit.

Zap adhesive products not only apply to the initial building process of the composite aircraft but to the maintenance and repair process as well.

How Important is the Quality of Adhesive for My RC Model Airplane?

Zap adhesive products are a testament to hobbyists who take themselves and their crafts seriously. Considered one of the highest quality adhesives for any recreational activity, Zap has time and time again proven itself to be the choice for model builders who spend countless hours perfecting their craft.

Picking the right adhesive to match your composite RC aircraft should be one of the first steps in the planning process because as you know, it’s mighty difficult to go back once you’ve made a mistake.

Much like a car engine that requires premium quality oil to run, when it comes to providing the right glue or adhesive, there can be no substitutes. That feeling of satisfaction and pride when your model aircraft successfully flies can be in part attributed to you picking the correct tools and equipment for the job.

 A Hobby is a Passion

Part of our mantra at Zap is that a hobby is a passion, and passion is what life is all about. We consider it a privilege to be lost in that moment of anticipation as you concentrate on gluing that one final piece. It is what we call a “being in the zone” and there is no other place you would rather be.

The process of creating a model aircraft, piece by piece, is as much of a joy to the builder as is the moment when the plane takes off for the very first time.

Whether it is radio-controlled aircrafts, miniature railway tracks, model boats or plastic figurines, every set has a piece that needs to be put together with care and dedication. Simply put, the love that is put into your project can only be matched by the quality of resources used to create it. Start now by choosing one of our premium quality adhesives at Zap.

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Getting Started: Tools for Drones, RC Airplanes & Helicopters

Getting Started: Tools for Drones, RC Airplanes, & Helicopters

April 28th, 2014
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There is so much in the news about drones and all of the different uses for them, from warfare to home delivery of packages, today.  As with many “new concepts” this is actually just a new twist or extension of something hobbyists around the world have been involved with for decades.  Remote Control (RC) Airplanes, Cars, and Helicopters have an entire industry and cult following that hobbyists have participated in building, flying, and competing in enthusiastically over many, many years.  Super Glue Corporation has been working with these hobbyists, and collaborating along side of them, developing highly technical super glues, epoxies, threadlockers and a wide range of other adhesives specifically for their purposes, since the beginning.

Zap adhesives, specifically ZAP Threadlockers and ZAP CAs (cyanoacrylates or super glues) are two longstanding favorites of these hobbyists.  We also have foam safe products, super glues and kickers, that work great on foam based models.

Here is a terrific video for anyone interested in getting started with building Drones, RC Airplanes & Helicopters:

 [Video Credit:  The Basic RC Helicopter Build Tools Tutorial]

Who knows?  Once you get started with the RC airplane or helicopter hobby you may find yourself on track and well-prepared for a whole new career as drones really start taking off!!  Knowing the best adhesive products to have handy, like the maker of this video does, will set you apart as an expert!

TOP GUN RC Airshow May 1 – 5, 2013 25th ANNIVERSARY!

April 25th, 2013
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Congratulations to Frank Tiano on the 25th Anniversary of his TOP GUN RC Scale Airplane Airshow and Competition, May 1 -5, 2013,  in Lakeland, Florida.  ZAP adhesives have been proud sponsors each and every year!!

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Disney Movie – Planes!!

March 27th, 2013
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[Video Credit:  You Tube “DisneyMovie Trailers”]

Ok, we LOVE the movie “CARS” and the Disneyland theme park based on it, but can you believe the new Disney movie, “PLANES” is coming out August 9, 2013?  We are so excited!! 

Super Glue Corporation and Pacer Technology began decades ago producing model airplane kits!  Since that time we have continued to work with model airplane enthusiasts and hobbyists to develop the best adhesives in the business for building custom Radio Control (RC) planes, jets, rockets, etc. 

Our ZAP brand partners produce the world famous TOP GUN and FLORIDA JETS air show/competitions for RC scale model airplanes and jets!

Many of the drone operators of the past came out of this hobby world and it is a world we know and LOVE!

According to this USA TODAY article, DisneyToon’s animated adventure “PLANES” will hit theaters in 3D August 9, 2013!  John Lasseter is Executive Producer.  So fun!  Can’t wait!!

Radio Control Hobbyists Launching Exciting Career Paths Via UAVs & Drones

February 23rd, 2013
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Over five decades ago, our company Pacer Technology (aka Super Glue Corporation) established its roots as producers of hobby airplane kits (and the job-specific glues and cyanoacrylates used to build them).  These kits transformed into radio-control (RC)airplanes, RC helicopters, and RC jets, and as such the adhesives used to construct and maintain them became more and more chemically challenging to formulate.  We branched off to produce the complex adhesives while all along the way maintaining strong bonds with the hobbyists participating in this evolving industry.  These hobbyists became, and remain to this day, some of our most trusted new product development team members and advisors.  Today, breaking news daily reports that an entire new career – qualified operators highly paid and highly sought-after – is here for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Drone pilots who learned their skills as RC  hobbyists.  We couldn’t be more proud!! 

This February 14, 2013  St. Louis Today article, written by Jesse Bogan, entitled “Kirkwood Man Goes From Hobbyist To Drone Pilot In Afghanistan”  is just one of the many success stories being written about our military drone operators and these “private contractors that are needed to help the military keep up with rising popularity of the unmanned aircraft.”  One thing they all have in common is they began as RC hobbyists and enthusiasts.   For the private contractor, Peter Sunder, highlighted in this article, “his route to Afghanistan began as a young child tinkering with remote control planes”.   Sunder began piloting unmanned aircraft in 2009 as a paid job.  “He operated drones in Iraq” seeing some “very intense stuff”.  Now Sunder works for AAI Corporation, “a firm that designs drone aircraft and contracts services with the military”.  The article states that Sunder is still an active hobbyist and “has a collection of model planes that he plays with when he has downtime on base …”.  He even conducts air shows for the local Afghans in his spare time.

Drones are very helpful to the military because they can be used to take photographs from the air, map terrains, document buildings and infrastructure along with providing aid in a variety of other ways to missions and operations.  Additionally, they can be armed with weapons reducing the risk of sending manned warcraft into dangerous situations. 

The growing use of these UAVs is also providing career paths stateside as well.  According to this, May 17, 2012, article from PoliceOne.com, entitled “Police UAV pilot:  A career path less traveled by”  the author Doug Wyllie lays out just what people interested in these careers need to do to get started on the path of piloting drones or UAVs.  “The first step an interested officer might consider taking toward achieving the goal of becoming a LE UAV operator is simply by becoming/being a hobbyist and enthusiast …”. 

In his article, Wyllie interviewed “Curtis Sprague, a retired SWAT Officer and former Federal Air Marshal who now serves as director of the aviation division for a company …”.  According to Sprague, ‘There is a lot of information to sift through on the subject of unmanned aircraft systems.  Subjects range from types of UAVs, how to fly, cost, FAA regulations, law enforcement applications, peripheral equipment training … the list goes on …’  “The best way to gain this information, Sprague said, is get involved in hobby flying RC aircraft.” …. “Far more than simply building and flying RC vehicles, Sprague advises the seriously-interested officer to join an AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) sanctioned RC club.”  

Along with safety and the ability to eliminate the risk of human capital, one of the main reasons drones or UAVs are starting to be used more and more by the military, police forces and homeland security is cost.  According to the Wyllie article, “… when compared to the cost of its full-size counterpart, the costs are nominal”.  “A full-size helicopter can require an investment of around $1.2 million just to buy the vehicle — this doesn’t even include associated costs such as storage fees, ongoing maintenance, or crew training and salaries…. A department may be looking at spending about $200K for a reliable unmanned aircraft system – including operator training and a year of maintenance …” 

According to one source, UAV pilots make between $30,000. to $150,000. to start.  In addition to salaries, another source notes that pilots and operators are also receiving reinlistment bonuses of $50,000 – $80,000. and mission flying bonuses of $840 per month.

Here is an interesting AMA article about one of our partners and chief advisors for ZAP adhesives.  Frank Tiano has been a leading RC enthusiast since 1972 and in 1979, along with other members of Sticky Group International worked with our company to produce ZAP, a form of super glue for the modeling industry.  ZAP has been one of the main sponsors of Tiano’s events:  Top Gun and Florida Jets two exciting international competitions that draw some of the most talented RC Pilots in the world.   

As we stated at the beginning of this article we are thrilled by this whole new career path open to our friends in this industry – talented people who started out as hobbyists and enthusiasts!  SOAR!!

Evolution of Innovation: The Story of ZAP Foam Safe Super Glues and Foam Safe Kickers

December 19th, 2011
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RC (Radio Control) Airplane Hobbyists make up a big part of our Research and Development Team at Pacer Technology.  We consult with them, and they consult with us, on a regular basis to work out solutions to new challenges.   As with other industries, an improvement in one step of a process can result in new problems or failure in another step of a process.  Innovation often arises out of necessity or as the Roman philosopher, Seneca, stated in 1st century AD, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” 

Balsa wood has been a mainstay building material for many years and our cyanoacrylates have proven to be the best – fastest and strongest – glues to use for traditional wood construction.  In recent years, a variety of foam and fiberglass materials are being used in building RC Airplanes.  “Foamies” can be made from free or inexpensive plans which can be found online or can come from RTF (Ready to Fly) or ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) kits.  In general, “Foamies” are much less expensive to build and when they crash they can either be repaired simply and easily or remade cheaply reusing the electronic parts.  These new foam materials used in building RC airplanes raised a particular challenge for our R & D team.  Regular CAs (cyanoacrylates) would burn through or melt the foam before curing.  This was a huge frustration for the airplane hobbyists.  Overall, these hobbyists have exacting personalities and strive for perfection in construction of their planes.  Understandably, they did not like adhesives burning through their foam materials yet they needed the added support and protection of  CAs to properly construct their planes.  After much testing, consultation and “trial and error” between the two teams two new terrific products were developed – Foam Safe CA and Foam Safe Kicker.

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When ZAP Foam Safe Kicker is sprayed on the foam surface prior to applying the Foam Safe CA (Zap-O) parts can be joined fast enough so that a foam meltdown doesn’t occur.  (Note:  Some users prefer to spray the kicker along the adhesive edge immediately after joining the parts, but our lab testing showed better bonding when the kicker is applied first.) Whatever works best for your purposes is what we recommend!  It’s always best to test your preferred process on a small piece of scrap foam.

If you do not use the foam safe kicker it will take longer for the adhesive to cure.   Additionally, we found that using the foam safe kicker along with the foam safe CA ensured a bond on materials that didn’t bond with just the foam safe CA alone.

The following video clearly illustrates a unique process of using Zap Foam Safe CA with Zap Foam Safe Kicker to apply fiberglass material onto foam and balsa surfaces.  In this case the CA is applied prior to using the kicker:

 [Video Credit:  Peninsula Silent Flyers with Brett Becker]

Constant communication with our customers and the consumers who use our products is a key to our success.  We want to hear from you.  Tell us a particular challenge you are having with traditional CAs or tell us how you use our products and you may win free samples!  We’d love to help develop a new adhesive product that will better meet your needs, too!

Giant Scale RC Aircraft Shows & RC Warbird Event Sponsored by ZAP

October 24th, 2011
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[Photo Credits:  Sam Wright – Pictured: Herschel Worthy]

Check out these AMAZING Monster Planes!  These giant scale RC Aircraft were recently showcased at the Monster Plane USA event in Lakeland, Florida.  This unique event is not a competition, but an opportunity to show off and FLY these incredible model airplanes weighing up to 125 pounds!  ZAP(R) is a proud sponsor of the Monster Planes events and we received the following specifics on these planes from representatives attending the event:

“The Bucker Jungmiester is 50%or 1/2 of the full size with a 143 inch wingspan.  The yellow bi-plane is all wood built up with ZAP(R), and the P-47 has a composite fuselage with a wood sheeted wing and tail.  This type of event is great for new builders …” 

ZAP(R) adhesives were originated for the model rocket, miniature railroad, and radio-controlled (RC) airplane hobby worlds.  Specific formulas of ZAP(R) were developed for use on plastic, fiberglass, balsa wood, and metal.  ZAP(R) is durable and versatile and is recognized as having extreme resistance to breakage and failure.  When you see the amount of hard work that goes into these hobbies you can appreciate how important it is to trust the products used in constructing the projects.   Strong bonds have formed between the manufacturers of ZAP adhesives and the hobbyists who use the products.  Events like these provide wonderful opportunities to meet, greet, and brainstorm ideas on how products can continuously be improved to keep up with developments in the each specific hobby.

Frank Tiano is the mastermind behind some of the great showcase events for RC aircraft model planes and ZAP(R) glues have been associated with Frank all along the way!   Starting with Top Gun (an elite competition for RC scale planes and jets), Monster Planes (an event featuring Giant Scale RC aircraft weighing up to 125 pounds) and the upcoming Twelve O’Clock High event (a new, exciting RC Warbird Event featuring all sizes of aircraft flown from 1914-1954).  These weekend long events are great fun for RC Aircraft builders and provide an opportunity for families, and interested spectators, to get an up close and personal look at all of the research, hard work, and detail that go into the RC Aircraft building hobby.

If you are ever in the Lakeland, Florida area you will definitely want to catch one of these fascinating airshows!  Who knows? … You may find yourself caught up in a whole new hobby!

 

 

 

Model Mania

March 3rd, 2011
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 [Video Credit:  Hoggamadog on You Tube ]

In an age where computers, televisions, ipads, ipods, and extreme technology seem to rule it is interesting to note how many hobbyists are still hard at work building scale models in their spare time.  We hear from all kinds of model builders, including scale model builders, who use our glues and cyanoacrylates to recreate accurate model replicas of airplanes, trains, cars, trucks, buildings, dioramas, ships, wargames (real and fictional) and more.

These niche markets attract hundreds and thousands of creative people who, along with assembling model kits and designing their own models, usually spend many, many hours researching the history, life and times, surrounding the models they build.  We think these people are amazing.  Preserving history is so important and these crafters are helping ensure that the images from our past can be viewed and recalled with accuracy for generations to come.  

Our company has a deep and wide connection with these creative producers.  Here’s a quote from the About Us page on the Super Glue Corporation website:  “From our humble roots producing hobby airplane kits, Super Glue Corporation/Pacer Technology has grown exponentially over the last four decades to become the worldwide leader in the manufacture of high grade bonding agents.”  Our premium brand cyanoacrylate product, Zap(R), seems to be a preferred adhesive product of model builders (note the bottle of Zap A Gap sitting on the work table for the ship in the video above).  We take our role in this model mania very seriously and our research and development team works hand in hand with hobbyists to continue to create the best products possible to meet the specific needs of the people using our products.

If you are a hobbyist specializing in model making we want to hear from you!  Your challenges are our challenges!  Share your stories with us and you may win free sample products!

Extreme Gift Idea May Launch Passionate New Hobby!

December 15th, 2009
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Looking for an extreme gift idea for your creative engineer this holiday season? How about this? Wrap up a radio control, scale, model airplane kit for your loved one (age 10 – 100) to design, construct, and fine-tune during the cold, winter months. Include an airplane ticket or two, with accomodations, to the Top Gun “Invitation Only” competition in sunny Lakeland, Florida April 28 – May 2, 2010.  There you, and your lucky gift recipient, will witness the best in class in model aviation.

You actually forget you’re watching radio controlled models as custom-designed, precise, reduced-to-scale, model aircraft perform maneuvers, loops, fly-bys and more; taking off and landing on an actual landing strip.  Judges, who are experts in the field, determine the category winners and ultimately award the biggest prize to the “Top Gun” of the year. It is an amazing event and Pacer Technology, maker of Zap adhesives, has been a proud sponsor of the event since its inception. For more information on this exciting event visit Frank Tiano Enterprises . We know their team of experts can set you up with an exciting adventure filled gift/hobby in time for the holidays!

To get an idea of what kind of interest your extreme gift might spark check out this video from last year’s event: