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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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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!!

Hobbies and Holidays – Hold On To Your Wheels!

October 16th, 2012
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are truly thankful for our amazing customers.  Consumer stories keep us informed and up-to-date on product specifications that work for our customers and enable them (you) to do the things they (you) enjoy! 

Holidays are the perfect time for family fun!  And whether you are into hobbies where you build things, like model-making, or hobbies where you go places, like bike riding, you need to make sure you hold on to your wheels!

[Photo Credit:  Keep Your Wheels On blog]

We recently ran across this great blog post by aviation enthusiast and modeler Thayer Syme titled Keep Your Wheels On!  In it the author gives a great tip for doing just that – reinforcing the wheels on the RC model’s axel by adding a few drops of our removable threadlocker product, Pacer Z-42 (pictured): 

[Photo Credit:  Keep Your Wheels On Blog Post]

He says, “Grinding a flat on the axel and applying a drop of Pacer’s Z-42 Threadlocker ensures the best possible chance of secure mounting with wheel collars.”

The author goes on to suggest, “while wheel collars are handy and easy to use they aren’t always appropriate.  They can look out of scale  on smaller models and add unnecessary weight … I’ll often use a lightweight cotter pin instead …”  You should read the entire blog post as the author, Thayer Syme, is very descriptive and technical.  He gives excellent advice for securing RC model airplane wheels and you don’t want to miss one step! 

We particularly liked this reinforcement process though because he ends it by mentioning another product of ours ZAP:  “While you can solder it to the axle, I usually just use a drop or two of thin Zap super glue to hold the tubing in place.”

So if your hobby is model airplanes we know that Pacer’s Z-42 removable threadlocker, and ZAP will keep those wheels secure, but what about if your hobby is bikeriding?

[Photo Credit:  Gear Post from Tall Guy On A Bike blog]

Turns out Pacer’s Z-42 removable threadlocker is a great product for holding onto bigger wheels as well.  According to Tall Guy On A Bike blog the bicycle pictured here took him “across the country … The most important part of a touring bike – the wheels … dripped some Pacer Z-42 removable threadlock into the spoke ends and the wheels stayed true for the entire ride.”  Again, great news and we appreciate the shout out! 

It’s important to know that our products are successful in keeping hobbyists and sports enthusiasts in good working order so they (you) can go about the business of enjoying what they (you) love to do!

Please continue to blog about our products and also send us your stories.  It is really important that we keep in touch with our customers and know how our products can best meet your needs.  We are super thankful for all of our customers and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and terrific beginning to a holiday season filled with lots of time for doing all of the things you love to do!!  Hold onto your wheels … here we go!

 

Mythbusters: “Super Adhesive Heroics”

May 21st, 2012
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We LOVE the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.  It is such a fun and interesting show!  A recent episode featured using super glue (or “super adhesive” as they refer to it) to glue an entire hotel room full of furniture to the ceiling! 

Incredibly they were able to glue every piece of furniture (except the bicycle which was inadvertently left out) to the ceiling.  You can see see it all by watching this after show discussion video INCLUDING the fact that they used our Zap Super Glue Products (aka “super adhesive” as they call it) to get the job done.

Check this out: 

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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!

 

 

 

Zap Adhesives Sponsors Top Gun RC Airshow

May 23rd, 2011
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Pacer Technology’s ZAP adhesives proudly sponsors the exclusive, invitation only, Top Gun Airshow held annually in Lakeland, Florida.  This year’s 23rd annual invitation only scale competition for RC aircraft lured the best of the best pilots, designers and builders of R/C aircraft.  Check out this slideshow video of the event.

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!

Timeless Treasures

February 17th, 2011
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[Photo Credit: James Hakeem]

Miniatures are so cool!  Look at these life-like model car, trucks, and trailers created by satisfied customer, James Hakeem.  The attention to detailed required to create these treasured scale models is incredible.  Here’s Jim’s story about how he uses our Zap gap filling super glue, in his model building, and the steps involved in the process:

“I use it for attaching a trailer hitch to a 1:18 scale Die Cast Model.  I tried all kinds of super glue on my quest to modify 1:18 scale die cast model cars, to sell on E-bay. In the testing process the glue had to hold up to months of weight pull down on the Trailer hitch nothing would hold up then while in a model shop that sold RC Models I ask them what they use to glue the Models together I knew that RC take a beating they told me Zap gap filling super glue was the only glue that would hold up. I tried it on my test model and that was 3 years ago and it’s still holding up today. I have sold hundreds of die cast models modified with a trailer hitch and as of today not one has come back. I now make an over head rack for a 1956 Ford pickup 1:18 scale it look like the same truck a handy man would drive I make out of square plastic and I use Zap on that as well to glue the assembly and glue the finished assembly to the bed of the truck.”

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Thanks so much for sharing your story, Jim!  We admire the dedication and passion you have for your work!  We share your desire for Adhering to Excellence!