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Workshop Build-Along — Fiberglassing the Sub-Wing

Jun 28, 2013 1 Comment

The newest task for my ongoing giant scale Fokker Triplane build, now that it is all covered, is to seal and finish all the wood parts like the Strut fairings and the landing gear’s Sub-Wing structures. Fiberglass cloth and Finishing resin provides a smooth sub surface for primer and painted finishes and it greatly increases the durability of [...]

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Avoiding Crashes — 5 tips to save your RC airplane!

Jun 21, 2013 11 Comments

We’ve all been here, done that! The life expectancy of your RC airplane is directly proportional to how well you follow directions. That is to say, you’ve built and setup your plane properly as explained by the instructions. This article is intended to give the first time model builders some helpful tips for being successful [...]

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On this Day in Aviation History — June 11, 1948

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

Today in 1948: The USAF revised its aircraft designations from “P” for pursuit to “F” for fighter. So aircraft such as the P-51D Mustang became known as the F-51 Mustang.

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How To Cover Wings with Cloth — Tips for a Blemish-Free Finish

Jun 10, 2013 3 Comments

When it comes to covering a model airplane’s wings, you have to make sure the fabric covering material is adhered properly to the wing structure. The wing is the part that produces lift so the model can fly and more than the fuselage and the tail surfaces, it is subjected a lot of stress. To [...]

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Covering Models like the Real Thing — 10 Tips for Applying Stits Lite Fabric

Jun 10, 2013 3 Comments

There’s an old saying in the hobby that goes: “Once you’re finished “building” your scale RC airplane, you’re only half done!” That’s because all our efforts of gluing and bolting parts together lead up to one final goal—producing a smooth and even surface to apply the covering to. With any fabric covering job, the end results are [...]

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Workshop Build-Along Triplane Hinging

Jun 04, 2013 2 Comments

One of the most important tasks to do with any giant scale airplane is to install your hinges correctly. I recently completed construction of my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, and with this giant scale 33% WW1 fighter, I wanted everything just right. Lets check out those Hinges and how to install them. Hinging Made Easy. [...]

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Arizona Model Aircrafters — Engine Cowling

Jun 04, 2013 No Comments

Well, the last thing we have to do before breaking down the Balsa USA Triplane for covering, is to assemble and attach the engine cowling. The kit comes with a decent fiberglass cowling but for some improved scale appearance, I replaced the one that comes with the kit with an aluminum cowling from Arizona Model [...]

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Only 1 Day to Go! RCX — 10 Reasons to Attend!

May 31, 2013 No Comments

If you have to ask why should I attend the RCX Radio Control Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend (June 1 -2) then here are 10 reasons to go! Besides seeing all the great new RC Airplanes and Gear… 1. Make your own Balsa Airplane and fly it. 2. Try out the [...]

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