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Clear Vision with Extreme Glare Sunglasses

Oct 18, 2013 2 Comments

It happens all the time. Most of the planes I have lost or damaged were because I could not see them clearly. Sometimes you have to fly through the glare of the sun, or at the end of the day, the plane becomes a dark silhouette when flying far away from yourself. If you don’t have [...]

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Quick and Easy Wing Repair

Oct 17, 2013 8 Comments

Sooner or later it’s bound to happen, you move something and your built-up wing falls and hits a sharp corner, or, you’re moving your model out of the workshop and misjudge the width of the doorway–Instant hangar rash! This happened to my Florio Flyer 60 wing while cleaning up my shop. The dent isn’t so [...]

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New Rubber Toughened — ZAP Glue

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

There’s probably not one single RC modeler on the planet who hasn’t heard of ZAP Glue. Distributed through several outlets including Robart Mfg., and, Frank Tiano Enterprises (FTE) . The Zap Gang has an adhesive for just about every conceivable job where you want to stick two things together regardless of what they [...]

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New 1/3-scale British WW1 Vintage Wheels from Williams Brothers

Oct 14, 2013 No Comments

Known for decades as the Go-To place for quality scale airplane accessories, Williams Brothers Model Products has come out with a great set of British WW1 style Vintage Wheels for giant scale lovers. These 1/3 Scale reproductions are based on the 700 x 100 mm wheels  and have a diameter of 9.2 inches. The Axle Hole length is 2.3 [...]

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Making Strong Wood Splices

Oct 06, 2013 12 Comments

I was sitting under a shade tent at a giant-scale fun fly recently when someone asked me where I got the longer-than-standard-size materials I use to build my big airplanes. I didn’t know what the fellow meant. He told me that his local hobby shop carried only 36-inch lengths of balsa and spruce, and that [...]

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Micro Lightning–Test Flying the new P-38 from Flyzone

Oct 03, 2013 1 Comment

I just got back from the flying field here in Wilton, CT after test flying the neat little P-38 Lightning from Flyzone. I remember growing up building Revell plastic scale models and one was a P-38 and it was not very much smaller than this all-foam RC park flyer. With great molded in details and [...]

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How To: Make Scale 3-Panel Windshield Frames

Sep 27, 2013 4 Comments

This technique is an updated version of my original “How To” using thin 1/32 inch plywood for making 3-panel frames to hold clear windshield panes. The opening photo is of my older Stearman and it shows how the finished frames look when finished. Come back often as I will be updating this post as the project goes along. Let’s get started. [...]

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Piper PA-18 Super Cub–MAN Construction Article

Sep 27, 2013 1 Comment

Here’s the complete construction article from the upcoming January 2014 issue of MAN. Pat Tritle designed this amazing super scale Piper PA-18 Super Cub as a tribute to the ultimate Bush plane. This online article includes all the details of the build including construction photos, a complete Bill of Materials and Flight performance. The Ultimate [...]

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