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Workshop Tips — Working with Laminated Parts

Sep 03, 2014 3 Comments

So, last night I finished the center cutout bow for the Camel’s top wing. In all, it took about 48 hours for the laminated balsa strips to fully dry and lock into a ridged lamination. Here’s how I incorporated the new formed part into the Sopwith’s wing structure. Last time, we left off with the [...]

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Workshop Tips — Laminating Balsa Parts

Sep 02, 2014 4 Comments

As my online Build-Along for the Sopwith Camel continues, I recently did some lamination work on the top wing, and thought it would make a good How To. This technique has been used for decades but to a new generation of RC model builders might be worth explaining in detail. Here’s how I did. There’s [...]

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Soldering Made Easy — Dealing with Printed Circuits

Aug 21, 2014 4 Comments

Soldering things together takes all forms and sizes relative to our RC hobby. Back in the day, you needed to have the steady hands of an electronic tech guy to assemble entire RC transmitters from kits. Today most of the soldering chores deal with batteries and ESCs. One of the easiest ways to deal with [...]

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Scale Accessories for RC Airplanes

Aug 18, 2014 8 Comments

For our Question of the Week” we’d like to know what turns you on about scale RC airplanes. When it comes to scale model airplanes, its all about the details! Small additions that help bring the model airplane to life. It is easy to improve any model’s appearance by adding scale accessories. For the MAN editors’ [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 13 — Wings are the Thing!

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

Now that the Camel can sit up on its own articulated landing gear, it’s time to clean off the bench and start gluing ribs to spars. With all my wings, I start by pinning the spar to the board and then I use a couple of the ribs to space the trailing edges and sub-spars. [...]

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Stellar T-33 Shooting Star

Aug 13, 2014 1 Comment

Used during the noontime demo flights at the recent Warbirds over Delaware military extravaganza, this T-33 Shooting Star is the work of longtime WOD attendee Paul LeToureanu. This year, Paul was the Sky Boss for all of the mid-day demo flights and while he wasn’t making sure everything went off as planned, he was also a [...]

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Workshop Build-Along Part 12 — Sopwith Camel — Articulated Axle Assembly

Aug 12, 2014 No Comments

Wow! That’s a mouthful… Part of the character of the Sopwith aircraft, is the design of their landing gear and in particular their “articulated” (pivoting) axle assembly. Much of the landing gear assembly has been made from music wire which has been bend, bound and soldered together to replicate the shape of the gear, which [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster 4 — Top Wing

Aug 08, 2014 2 Comments

In part 3, we finished the bottom wing by adding the ailerons and joining the two wing halves together. Now we continue with the Top wing! Construction is very similar to the bottom wing. Differences being, it’s built as a single piece with no dihedral and no ailerons. It has a lot to sweep back to it plus, it has [...]

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