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Small details count: WW I “Axe Handle” Wingtip Skids

Feb 02, 2014 4 Comments

A great detail point for the Cole Palen Triplane is that the lower wingtip skids are made from ordinary axe handles. Even thought I have flown the Balsa USA triplane most of the 2013 flying season, I always planned to add this unique feature. It’s pretty easy to do. Here’s the Old Triplane on the flightline several [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel Part 2

Jan 31, 2014 4 Comments

So now that we’ve set the stage for creating a 1/4-scale sport scale Sopwith Camel, let’s start building. When it comes to any project, I gather all my materials and supplies ahead of time, that includes ZAP adhesives, sandpaper, new X-Acto blades and so on. The first job is to remove all your laser-cut parts and [...]

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Old Rhinebeck with my Triplane

Jan 28, 2014 1 Comment

I recently received some photos taken last September at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, during the Mid-Hudson RC Society’s WW1 Scale Jamboree. My 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane, built from the Balsa USA kit, was created specifically for this event, and I am pleased my good friend Tim Haggerty snapped these shots! It doesn’t get any better than [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Scratch Building a Sopwith Camel

Jan 27, 2014 8 Comments

My newest project steps away from building a commercial kit plane, and is more about designing and building my own scale airplane. This includes, using CAD and having final plans sent to a laser cutter to produce my own kit. Then in the workshop it is business as usual. So, to start, I will describe [...]

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Scale Weathering and Painting — Making a WW1 Rotary Engine Look Old

Jan 22, 2014 7 Comments

When it comes to really looking scale, it is in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane which I built and flown this past year, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front so I am installing a [...]

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Durafly Hyper Bipe — Video First Look

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

One of Model Airplane News’ Featured Bloggers, Carl Layden, just acquired a new biplane and has produced a video first look. The Hyper Bipe from Durafly, is a modern looking unusual multi-wing sport flyer. A very talented modeler and a regular contributor to MAN’s Canadian section, Carl has a lot of experience and offers his [...]

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Throw-back Thursday — Early FPV Gear

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

A great “From the Cockpit” video point of view! This great looking Head’s Up Display visor allows you to see from your RC airplane’s point of view! With the onboard video camera equipment (sold seperately) the HeadPlay visor gives you an amazing visual experience. With two seperate and adjustable eye screens you get a 3D [...]

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FunMaster 72 Build-along Part 3: The Wing

Jan 02, 2014 4 Comments

Continuing his Workshop Build-along for the laser-cut Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 kit, Jerry Smith presents his newest installment highlighting the construction of the wing. Here’s what Jerry reports. Now that we have the tail and fuselage built we’ll move on to a little more work.  The flat bottom wing is built in the traditional way by pinning [...]

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