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New Project — Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane

Jun 13, 2012 No Comments

Wow! I just got my new kit delivered!  I ordered it at the Toledo show (preordered) and I think it was worth waiting for. It has a 93 inch span and comes in at about 25 pounds. I plan to hang my GT 80 on the firewall. Here are some photos I found online of [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair — Part 4

Jun 13, 2012 1 Comment

With the wing all taken care of, the next step is assemblying the tail surfaces. The first step is to attach the plastic attachment tabs on the elevator control rods. Be sure to thread each of them the same number of turns so the control linkage leverage is the same length. The horizontal stabilizer and [...]

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Alien Aircraft Stearman PT-17 Kit — Build-along Part 1

Jun 12, 2012 6 Comments

This is a new Model Airplane News Exclusive Build-Along highlighting the upcoming model airplane review to be published in MAN. Contributor Rick Bell has a long history in the RC hobby and has build countless RC kits and has published many articles, how tos and product reviews. This laser-cut airplane was designed by Tom Herr [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair — Part 3

Jun 12, 2012 2 Comments

The next step after getting the Top Flite Giant Scale Corsair up on its gear is to get the outer wing panels attached. There are some teflon alignment pegs that have to be glued into the outer ribs of the center section and then you have to install the forward carbon fiber attachment rod with [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair — Part 2

Jun 11, 2012 2 Comments

Well, the Corsair build is going nicely, and yesterday I basically finished the wings. That includes installing the flap and aileron servos and linkages and bolting in the new electric retracts from Robart. The first thing to do is to unwrap the servos and center them with the radio and receiver. After that, setup the [...]

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Sneak Peek: Top Flite Giant Scale F4U Corsair, part 1

Jun 10, 2012 18 Comments

Well, I finally cleaned up my workshop so I could start getting serious about my new project build, the Top Flite Corsair ARF. This giant scale airplane has a 86.5 inch span and it comes with most of the major assemblies built and covered with matt finish Monokote. Out of the box everything looks really [...]

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New Robart Electric Giant Scale Retracts — 90-Degree Rotating Corsair Gear

Jun 08, 2012 3 Comments

The long anticipated electrically driven Robart retracts are here! Wow! I just got the gear last night and right out of the box, they work flawlessly! The landing gear are controlled and setup with a control box that plugs into your radio’s retract (Channel 5) receiver port, and you have the option of using an [...]

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11th Annual CCRCC Big Biplane Bash — Multi-Wing Fun Fly

Jun 04, 2012 2 Comments

Come join the fun at the Central Connecticut RC Club’s 11th annal Big Biplane Bash event. This event is open to all Biplanes and Triplanes of all sizes and types and anything RC is welcome. From electric parkflyers, to giant scale warbirds, if your plane has two or more sets of wings, it’s legal. For [...]

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