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Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes — Video How To

Apr 15, 2016 10 Comments

During my recent workshop Build-along for the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, went into detail on the fabric covering process. The response from all of you was impressive and many of you wanted more specific information on the proper use of Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the workshop and [...]

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50th Anniversary Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome — Mission Event

Apr 14, 2016 4 Comments

If you are thinking about attending the 2016 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Jamboree for their 50th anniversary, (Sept 9 – 11), then you might want to enter the Mission event. This competition will include the challenging Balloon burst, bomb drop and spot landings events and are based on the older “Mission Event” competition the Jamboree was known for. [...]

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Getting Ready for Top Gun — Repairs and Do-Overs

Apr 14, 2016 9 Comments

So here’s the story. At Top Gun 2015, Frank Tiano offered me an invitation to the world’s greatest Scale Invitational competition. Wow! Really? I commented that he must have lowered his standards but no, Frank said it would be a first–for a magazine editor to compete. For 24 years I have covered the action, pilots [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6

Apr 14, 2016 2 Comments

Competing for the first time at Top Gun, Gérson Luís Nissola from São Paulo, Brazil, will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman class with his beautiful Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6. The model was started in 2010 by Thiago Pivoto, and Gérson completed the detailing and painting last year. The all-wood built-up Luftwaffe fighter was built from a [...]

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How to: Build a Static 3-Blade Prop

Apr 13, 2016 2 Comments

The ultimate must-have for scale warbirds is a beautiful static scale propeller. The biggest thing that ruins the scale looks of the model plane is that “smaller than scale” wood flying propeller. Many warbird pilots will paint their props the correct color and add the yellow safety propeller tips, but if you really want to get [...]

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Road to Top Gun — Long Island Corsair

Apr 13, 2016 1 Comment

Making the trip down to Top Gun again from Long Island, Lou Cetrangelo of Saint James, NY, has decided to bring a new aircraft this year in the form of a Ziroli-designed FG-1D Corsair, which he will be flying in the Pro-Am Sportsman category. Lou loves cool engines, so a new DLA 4-cylinder engine is bolted [...]

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Balancing Bipes: The Right CG for Safe Flights

Apr 09, 2016 6 Comments

When it comes to RC airplanes, I am of the “two sets of wings are better than one” kind of guys. For any model to perform properly and be safe to fly, it has to be properly balanced. This is especially true for multi-wing models. As a basic rule, you first find the MAC or “Mean [...]

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Carbon-Z T-28 Trojan ARF — Easy Warbird Makeover

Apr 07, 2016 2 Comments

Soon to be published in the upcoming August  2016 issue of MAN, this easy to do model makeover is a great way to make your ASRF stand out at the flying field. Text and photos by PJ Ash, this “How To” article  takes you step by step through the process of applying a scale and weathered finish [...]

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