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How to a Wire a Double Crossover Using Arduino and Relays

Building turnouts or points for a model railway is actually very common and easy to do. There are many reasons that you might want to build a set of points. Not only is it considerably cheaper to build your own but there is tremendous satisfaction when the points are completed and your rolling stock runs through smoothly. Of course, building your own points allows you to make a set of points to suit the layout perfectly as opposed to fit your track to the points your hobby ship had in stock. You don’t have to wait until the store opens or the snow clears. Provided you have a few basic components you can fabricate a set of points in between half an hour to an hour. The more you make the better you’ll get at it. It might take you a few attempts to get it right to start out simple first and work your way up to more complicated trackwork.

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Whoop There It Is: Micro Drone Hovercraft Kit

Micro drift hovercrafts are tipped to be ‘the next big thing’ in the hobby community. So enthusiastic are the followers of this hobby that the first ever micro drift hovercraft championship has been announced. It will take place at the UK Drone & Technology show in December (and with a £500 cash prize!!!!). Continue reading Whoop There It Is: Micro Drone Hovercraft Kit



Zipline Creates World’s Fastest Life-Saving Drones

As HobbyKing News has previously reported, drones have been used to benefit society in a number of ways. But arguably the most important use of drones has been their ability to save a life. Last week, we reported that Verizon was working on a drone that would be able to transmit cell phone service in times of crisis and natural disaster. Continue reading Zipline Creates World’s Fastest Life-Saving Drones


Commercial Drone Alliance Attempts to Repeal Section 336

Many major drone operators, including those who are part of the Commercial Drone Alliance (not be mistaken for the Alliance for Drone Innovation) have called for a repeal of Section 336. The law that the alliance is trying to repeal currently protects the hobbyist from some formidable rules and Continue reading Commercial Drone Alliance Attempts to Repeal Section 336


Drone Used to Provide Mobile Service in Extreme Weather

In the case of a natural disaster or similar extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, it can be really hard to get power or mobile service to call a family member or other services for assistance for many days after the initial devastation. Continue reading Drone Used to Provide Mobile Service in Extreme Weather


DJI & GoPro Among Those In Alliance for Drone Innovation

With rules and regulations surrounding drone safety and its use constantly changing, it is forcing manufacturing and distribution companies of drones to become wary of its effects. This has lead to a group of industry-leading companies announcing that they will come together to form what is known as Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI). Continue reading DJI & GoPro Among Those In Alliance for Drone Innovation


Walmart Applies for Patents on Drone Shopping Assistants

Giant US retailer Walmart has reportedly filed a host of patents that could potentially change the way consumers shop in store for good. According to Gizmodo, the technologies in the patents will not only change the consumer shopping experience but will also be able to more accurately measure and keep track of inventory. Continue reading Walmart Applies for Patents on Drone Shopping Assistants



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