Armor-all is considered to be a standard lubricant that many people use. I found it to be good, and I've heard that silicon-based lubricants work very well (have never heard anything about hand lotion though). As for a torque meter, I know freedom flight models and laser cut planes sell one, but if budget is a problem you can also make your own from here: http://www.indoorspecialties.com/articl ... 0Meter.pdf Using a torque meter isn't that hard, but a bit difficult to explain in text - here's a video showing using one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MoozVXuuYY&t=32s As you wind the rubber clockwise, torque increases which is shown by the ticker turning clockwise.Ten086 wrote:...Also, after struggling a lot last year with testing rubber bands, I figured I should probably actually like learn about torque...where can you get a torque meter and how do you use one with a rubber band? Again, sorry to anyone who's probably cringing at how dumb I am. I read posts, especially Jeff Anderson's, about how to use a torque meter to compare data and such but I don't even know how to use a torque meter period.....
For lubricating rubber bands, is armor-all considered the best lubricant? I remember something about using hand lotion, wouldn't that be bad for rubber bands?
Is the Freedom Flight kit really doing a chinook design this year? I'm kind of sad because our school's team just like didn't get funding this year because the money isn't for "classroom purposes" so we're frantically trying to raise money for builds, and I feel like it's not possible to be competitive in helicopters without the kit.
Sorry for such a long post.
Kits are a good starting point but don't let that discourage you. I'm pretty sure one of the national medalists last year didn't use a kit, and you can definitely be very successful with or without the kit or chinook bonus. Also, it seems like everyone on scioly.org knows what they're talking about, but there's plenty of people who don't (including myself) so don't be afraid to ask questions.