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Pilot Projects: FS-6.66 Flying Saucer [April 2012]

Apr 02, 2012 1 Comment

FS-6.66 Flying Saucer: Designer and builder LaVerne must not mind the spotlight: this unique, 20-pound plane has a wing diameter of 66 inches and is just over 7 feet long! An Exceed Monster 160 motor, Castle Creations Ice 100 speed control, 20×10 APC prop and an 8-cell, 5800mAh LiPi provide the get-up-and-go (LaVerne notes, “Next [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Simple Crush Plate [April 2012]

Apr 02, 2012 No Comments

Simple Crush Plate: Purchase Lucite at the hardware store and pick up a 1 1/4-inch hole cutter.  Use the hold cutter to cut out some Lucite 1 1/4-inch disks. Then use a drill press to cut out a 1/4-inch hole in the center of the disk.  This large Lucite disk can be used with the [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Cheap And Easy Wheel Chocks [March 2012]

Mar 20, 2012 No Comments

Cheap And Easy Wheel Chocks: A quick way to keep your plane in one spot is to use these wheel chocks made from 1/2-inch PVC pipe. You can vary the length of the side pieces to accommodate different sizes of wheels.  Before gluing the final pieces, fill the assembly parts with sand.  You can make [...]

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Pilot Projects: Mach 1 [March 2012]

Mar 01, 2012 No Comments

Mach 1: Built from Model Airplane News plans (FSP067330) published in 1973, this pattern ship has foam wings and a stabilizer covered with balsa and finished with epoxy. A Thunder Tiger .60 engine provides more than enough power. Ken writes, “The original plane was designed by Norm Page, a well-known pattern pilot, and the design [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Saved By The Bowl [February 2012]

Feb 25, 2012 No Comments

Saved By The Bowl: When I’m working on a project with a lot of small screws, nuts, etc., I do so over a small 4- or 8-inch-diameter magnetic bowl (available in car parts stores or Harbor Freight).  When I accidentally drop these small parts, they fall right into the bowl and not on the floor, [...]

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Pilot Projects: Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe [February 2012]

Feb 01, 2012 No Comments

Bower’s Fly Baby Bipe: Built from a Pat’s Custom Models short kit, this 1/8-scale aircraft has a 33-inch wingspan and is powered by a 370-size motor.  The 15-ounce plane is covered with Coverite Microlite film and sports Callie Graphics decals. Bob writes, “The airplane is a superb flyer with plenty of power for scale-like flight [...]

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Tips & Tricks: Handy Hinge Flue Spreader [January 2012]

Jan 30, 2012 No Comments

Handy Hinge Glue Spreader: Many of today’s 3D foamie airplanes utilize contact adhesive as a hinge material. Spreading the glue can be a messy job. A single-edged razor blade makes an excellent spreading tool but sometimes it can be difficult to use in tight places.  By attaching a wooden clothespin to the razor blade, it’s [...]

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Pilot Projects: Hawker Hurricane [January 2012]

Jan 30, 2012 No Comments

Hawker Hurricane: Based on an aircraft flown in North Africa, this 70-inch-span warbird has flaps, Unitracts air retracts and a sliding canopy, and Henry writes that he spend a year building it from Brian Taylor plans and a short kit from Bob Holman Plans.  The 11.1-pound model has an enlarged air intake to cover the [...]

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