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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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Precision Scale Stinson SR-5E with free 3-view drawings

May 31, 2013 19 Comments

When it comes to scale subjects, nothing is so appealing as a classic subject from the Golden Age of Aviation. Ron Peterka has an amazing Subject that will soon be featured as a Construction article in Model Airplane News, his amazing Stinson SR-5E. This 1:5 scale model of Stinson “Reliant N-14187 is, in a way, [...]

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Giant Scale Pull-Pull Cable Installation Made Easy

May 29, 2013 4 Comments

Everyone knows that saving weight in the tail of your airplane is a good thing. An ounce saved in the tail equals twice that much (or more,) you don’t have to add to the nose. Eliminating a pushrod by using cables is also an excellent way to keep your model more scale like in appearance. [...]

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