Balsa USA Vintage 3-Point WW 1 Floats

Feb 12, 2016 No Comments by

If like our editors, you like WW 1 scale airplanes, and are looking for a way to spice up your vintage flying! Try adding water! Flying your Fokker or Sopwith off of water with scale-like 3-Point Floats adds a whole new dimension to the sport. Featuring Balsa, Basswood, and Plywood construction, the new Balsa USA 3-Point [...]

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WW II’s Last Dogfights Flight Journal Special Issue

Feb 11, 2016 No Comments by

Flight Journal’s WW II’s Last Dogfights special issue captures those last desperate battles which put VE/VJ days in a whole new perspective in this extended-length bookazine. When you pick up this latest special issue from Flight Journal, you had better have some time on your hands because once you start reading, you won’t be able [...]

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15 Building Tips To Maximize Your Workshop Time

Feb 11, 2016 3 Comments by

Regardless of the type of model you want to create, there are many similar building tasks and assembly techniques. Here are some of basics that I’ve used over the years, which will help you speed up your builds and improve your skills. And remember, a workshop is what you make it: A basic folding table [...]

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12-Engine Flying Boat

Feb 11, 2016 10 Comments by

A true scratch-built project, this 1/10-scale Dornier DO-X done up in 1929 Lufthansa livery was designed, built and piloted by Michael Bräuer. This impressive built-up plane has a 16-foot wingspan and weighs in at 132 pounds, and it’s powered by twelve (12!) O.S. .62 4-strokes. Michael notes that he spent a year building this giant plane [...]

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Winning Wildcat

Feb 04, 2016 10 Comments by

This 1/4-scale model of a Grumman Wildcat F4F is the handiwork of Nigel I’anson, who built it from a Modell Einer kit. The 50-pound fighter has a wingspan of 114 inches and is powered by a 250cc Moki five-cylinder radial engine spinning a 32×18 three-blade prop. Its unique landing gear is retracted by an air [...]

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Charging Multiple Packs

Feb 03, 2016 8 Comments by

Lithium-polymer cells have revolutionized electric flight, but as any e-flier knows, LiPo charging and maintenance can be time consuming. For optimum service life, LiPos should be stored around 3.8 volts per cell, which creates a bottleneck for spur-of-the-moment flying, and recharging batteries at the field can be a chore when you’d rather be in the [...]

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Stall Recovery 101

Feb 02, 2016 5 Comments

One of the hardest things to learn when you see a stall starting on a straight-ahead landing is that you should push on the elevator stick. This is difficult because all your instincts tell you to pull up! But to save the plane, you need a lower angle of attack, and you can get that [...]

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How To Make a Scale Prop

Feb 01, 2016 8 Comments

The propeller plays a significant role in the realistic appearance of a scale model aircraft, especially if it’s laminated wood.  With a little effort, you can capture the effect of wood laminations by using any ordinary wood prop.  First, refer to a 3-view drawing and scale-up the prop to the right size for your model. Note: [...]

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