DU-BRO 101

DU-BRO 101: How to Use Safety Lock Kwik Links

DU-BRO 101: How to Use Safety Lock Kwik Links

Safety lock kwik links work in much the same way you would use regular kwik links. The advantage is that they have a built-in lock to retain the link in place that makes for easy inspection and maintenance.

In this overview, the use of the link and the lock is demonstrated so you know what to look for when using them on your models.

DU-BRO 101: How To Install A Servo Saver

DU-BRO 101: How To Install A Servo Saver

A handy kit, the Du-Bro Control Over-Ride Servo Saver, comprised of parts that you probably should have at least one of in your shop for when you need it. It’s an essential and handy fix for models.

The installation is as follows:

  • Insert the two screws into the two brass collets. These will act as end stops.
  • Determine the amount of movement you need in your application and from there also determine how many springs you should use.
  • Install the stack of parts as described in this video, as well as on the packaging. 
  • Adjust centering as-needed with the collets and clip off excess push rod material to avoid binding of the push rod. 

    DU-BRO 101: How To Select The Right Fuel Tubing

    DU-BRO 101: How To Select The Right Fuel Tubing

    Selecting the proper tubing for your application is equally important for your model as it is for your car. Chemical compatibility is formulated into the material used for a specific fuel usage. The rules to follow are:

    - Tygon for gasoline-based fuels

    - The silicone tubing also comes in several fun colors.

    - Silicone for nitromethane-based fuels

    DU-BRO 101: How to Install a Motor Mount

    DU-BRO 101: How to Install a Motor Mount

    Unique in design, the Du-Bro engine mount system prevents wear and tear on your entire model by reducing vibration. A breeze to install if you take it one step at a time. The installation instructions to this critical step are outlined as follows:  

    • Remove the elastomer bushings from the mounts. There are 4 per side of the mount.

    • Holes need to be drilled for your specific engine by using the instructions for your model to determine the distance between the firewall and the front of the prop hub on your engine. Don’t forget to account for an additional 5mm of depth for the elastomer!

    • Using a small spring clamp, you can mark the hole locations for drilling.

    • A clamp or vise is recommended to secure your mounts while you drill them. Also use lubricant when drilling.

    • With the mounts cleaned of any metal shavings and bolted to the motor, lubricate your elastomers with castor oil or similar oil.

    • Determine the orientation of the motor on your model’s firewall and measure the distance between your mounting holes for your firewall.

    • Determine the center point on your firewall and use reference marks to then transfer your mount hole measurements to your firewall.

    • If retrofitting, plug old holes using hardwood dowels and epoxy/CA glue.

    • After drilling holes, install two blind nuts (supplied) at opposite corners on the inside of your model using another bolt (supplied) and blind nut to compress the nut into the wood.

    • Install the motor mounts into your two blind nuts and then install the other two bolts and blind nuts.


    DU-BRO 101: Threaded Rods and Couplers

    DU-BRO 101: Threaded Rods and Couplers

    Threaded rods and threaded couplers are made for each other for a secure and robust linkage for your control surfaces. The threaded coupler has a cup that is 1cm deep that will receive your threaded rod once you cut it to the length you need.

    In this video I cover some best practices with the procedure to make your own custom linkage using threaded rods and threaded couplers. The main points, with some details too, are:

    • Measure the length of rod needed between linkage points. I’m using Du-Bro Safety Lock Kwik-Links. I measure the length to use by intending to us threads entirely into each link.
    • Using a Metric ruler (remember that 1cm deep cup), mark where to cut the rod and cut it using side cutters or dykes.
    • Rough up the end of the rod with some old sand paper laying around just to create additional surface area for solder to grab onto. Clean this end too with rubbing alcohol or another suitable degreaser.
    • Dip the freshly cleaned threaded rod end into some soldering flux and insert this into the cup of the threaded coupler.
    • Using mechanical (not electrical) solder, create a half-circle of solder and set this on the joint of the rod and coupler using helping hands to keep the this upright for solder to flow into the cup.
    • Apply heat using a small butane torch or other suitable heat source for soldering only just until the solder stops boiling in the cup so that you know all the air is out and there will be no voids.
    • Once cooled, clean your solder joint and I recommend just a drop of ketchup to do this. The acid in it will clean up the joint very well.
    • Install your clevis links on each end and install to your control surface.

    * Silver solder used in video*


    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install HD Adjustable Control Horns on RC Airplanes

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install HD Adjustable Control Horns on RC Airplanes

    Here’s a basic overview of how to install Heavy-Duty Adjustable Control Horns.

    1. Insert bolt into beveled washer with the bolt head against the flat side of the washer
    2. Place a bump washer onto the bolt next with the bump facing the beveled side of the washer previously installed
    3. Insert the bolt into your prepared control surface hole.
    4. Place the other bump washer onto the bolt in the control surface with the flat side facing the control surface.
    5. Screw down the threaded aluminum barrel and snug it tight to slightly crush in the balsa.
    6. Thread on the lock nut and use two pliers (any kind will do) to snug the lock nut against the threaded aluminum barrel
    7. Thread on the remaining plastic arm and determine where to cut the bolt for the height needed for your control surface.
    8. Remove the plastic arm, use a cutoff wheel on an electric rotary tool, and replace the arm.
    9. Using the supplied Safety Lock Kwik-Link, connect the arm to a threaded push rod

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install Turnbuckles on RC Airplanes


    This video demonstrates how to use and install a DU-BRO ¼ Scale Turnbuckle. Here are some highlighted notes:

    1. The turnbuckle has two different threaded ends that allows the turnbuckle to be used to loosen or tighten a line by twisting the center barrel section
    2. There is a locking nut that can be tightened up against the barrel to lock the turnbuckle into position using a small screwdriver (or allen key) and needle nose pliers
    3. Affixing each end can be done any number of ways but you can also use nylon-coated beading wire and crimps using similar techniques that were used in our pull-pull line video
    4. Turnbuckles are a beautiful scale addition to your model that will can also be used for functional strength and reinforcement

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install Pull-Pull Systems on RC Airplanes

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install Pull-Pull Systems on RC Airplanes

    This video demonstrates how to install and use a DU-BRO pull-pull systems. Here’s our suggested approach:

    • Prepare your tools and supplies needed for the installation
    • Select the appropriate size (Catalog numbers: Micro: #846, Standard: #517 (2-56), #518 (4-40), and Heavy Duty: #881 & #883)
    • If using the Heavy Duty system, assemble the control horn
    • Assemble your clevises
    • Cut your lines a bit long and create your loops, adjust as-needed, and crimp your crimps
    • Trim the excess line and adjust the threaded rods for fine adjustment of the system
    • Apply the shrink tube to the crimps and secure the clevis connections as well

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install Hinges on RC airplanes

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Install Hinges on RC airplanes

    This video shows the proper way to install DU-BRO nylon hinges and Electric Flyer Hinge Tape on the control surfaces of an RC airplane model. Some key information about the DU-BRO hinge slotter:

    1. There are two styles you can order: No handles = Cat. No. 216 and With handles: Cat. No. 660
    2. Small parts from the kit can be easily stored in an old servo box.
    3. The center piece of the parallelogram tool is interchangeable for different slot widths and the hole center tool
    4. The hole center tool can be used to make holes for aileron torque rods as well as holes for CA application
    5. Fork tools are inserted using a rocking motion until the slot is created.
    6. For harder woods, mark the edges of the slot to be made and drill holes. The hook tool is then used to make the slot.
    7. Be mindful of your fingers as injuries can happen with these fairly sharp instruments.
    8. Store everything clean so they are ready to use again in the future.

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Use the Hinge Slotter Tool

    Du-Bro 101 – How To Use the Hinge Slotter Tool
    In this video we show you the benefits and proper use of the DU-BRO Hinge Slotter Tool (Cat. No 660 and 216). This innovative tool will help you create the perfect slots for the hinges on your RC model aircraft.

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