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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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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 Workshop Build-Along Part 2

Dec 27, 2013 1 Comment

Continuing his “from the workshop” sneak peek, MAN contributor Jerry Smith presents his second installment for the model builder community! Now that we  have the tail feathers completed, let’s start building the fuselage. The fuselage is really sturdy built entirely of 3mm ply. The laser cut parts permit easy assembly and fast building.  Follow the instructions [...]

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Sneak Peek — HyperBipe from Durafly

Dec 18, 2013 1 Comment

Just test flown for a future review in MAN, is the new Aerobatic HyperBipe from Durafly. Available from Hobby King, this sleek aerobatic multi-wing model is a PNF (Plug and Fly) design and has quick and easy assembly, pre-installed 3S power system including motor and ESC, and Fully hinged surfaces. It features rugged molded EPO foam construction [...]

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Balancing Biplanes — Finding the CG Range for Safe Flights

Dec 12, 2013 2 Comments

When it comes to RC airplanes, I am of the “two sets of wings are better than one” kind of guys. For any model to perform properly and be safe to fly, it has to be properly balanced. This is especially true for multi-wing models. As a basic rule, you first find the MAC or “Mean [...]

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