Power Pod Bushings.

by jw423 | November 20, 2013 | (14) Posted in Tips

Here is a quick tip for adding a bushing for BBQ Skewers to go through foam with Prop Bushings.


I have a lot of Prop Bushings that I don't need, the smallest ones are best.


In fact I had to make the hole just a bit bigger with a drill when using the smallest on this set.  The smallest bushing from a 10" prop was perfect and needed no drilling.


After making the bushing the right size I cut the foam out to make a place for it to go.  Use a BBQ Skewer to hold it in just the right place. Do not cut all the way through. Use the end of the blade to pick the foam out deep enough for the bushing.  A tight fit is best almost press fit.

Put a dab of hot glue there and press the bushing in quickly follow up with a scrap piece of BBQ skewer to clean the hot glue out of the hole. Clean the skewer and bring back through to make sure all the glue is out of the hole.


If you are doing a power pod it is best to do this before tapeing.  The tape will help hold in place.


Easy peasey and so nice to not have your foam getting sloppy with wear.




Red20RC on December 5, 2013
Bingo! I was thinking last night I should find something to use as a bushing for my powerpod skewers. Thanks for the tip.
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jw423 on December 6, 2013
That is exactly where I started :) I'm glad you like the idea.
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rockets4kids on December 5, 2013
Another option is to roll your own... literally!

Take a piece bamboo skewer several inches long and wrap it with a few layers of packing tape. Cut a strip of paper an inch shorter than your skewer by eight inches long. Paint the paper with a thin coat of white glue and roll it around your skewer. When you reach the desired thickness, you can cut off any excess paper. Let the glue dry overnight.

The packing tape will prevent the glue from sticking to your skewer mandrel, but the paper will shrink forming a tight physical bond. Roll the tube under your x-acto blade to cut off the desired length of tube. You might need to cut all the way through the skewer, and then use something pointy to push the skewer out of your bushing.

If you find that your bushings are too tight, simply use more layers of packing tape around your mandrel.

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Fety on December 5, 2013
I use a small patch of Gorilla Tape with a hole cut in it on both sides of the foam. I don't want to stab through anywhere else but the hole so I figured to reinforce it.
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RotateB4TheEnd on December 6, 2013
What a great use of already available materials! Fits the FliteTest theme!
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jw423 on December 17, 2013
Thank you very much. I thought so too.
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cholfeltz on December 6, 2013
Genius! Now I won't have those huge gashes and multiple holes in both the plane and the powerpod! great tip
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