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N-Strut Installation

Apr 25, 2011 No Comments

So the very last thing to do before I start covering the Mini Fokker D-VII is to install and adjust the wings’ interplane struts. Often referred to as “N” struts because of their shape, these struts give tremendous strength to biplanes.    Above: you see the laser-cut struts made from 1/8 inch 5-ply A/C plywood. [...]

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Happy Holiday!

Apr 20, 2011 1 Comment

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and a fun, safe and long weekend! It is a little known fact that the Easter Bunny has an instrument rating so he can fly from coast to coast regardless of the weather to drop the Easter eggs on time and on target! Here’s his Co-Pilot and Navigator!

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Making and Soldering Wire Landing Gear

Apr 20, 2011 1 Comment

The last bit of building before we cover the ongoing Build-along Mini Fokker D-VII project is to make and install the wire landing gear. Here’s how I do it! Here’s the bacis tools and materials! You need your music wire, a 40watt soldering iron, Silver solder and liquid flux (I use Stay Brite), and some [...]

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Next RC Building Project

Apr 19, 2011 No Comments

Well, this is sort’a a return to a project as my 33% scale Pietenpol Aircamper was started some 7 years ago. As soon as the Mini Fokker D-VII build-along is competed, I will be turning my attentions to finishing up the Piet! I designed it and drew the plans with CAD using the reall full [...]

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Installing a Bottom Wing

Apr 18, 2011 No Comments

Part of the MAN Build-along for the Mini Fokker Project, I just installed the Fokker’s bottom wing so I can address the construction of the main landing gear. Check out the ONline Build-along for the Mini Fokker by clicking here:  http://tinyurl.com/4vsovnj

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Mini Fokker Build-Along Paint scheme

Apr 17, 2011 No Comments

Finally after about 3 months of building, I finally decided on a paint scheme for the Mini Fokker D.VII. I will be using the red and white scheme of the Jasta 18 fighter group.

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Designing and building the Fleet Biplane: An interview with Pat Tritle.

Apr 15, 2011 4 Comments

From our very first, a very important part of Backyard Flyer (now Electric Flight Magazine) has been our “Homebuilt” articles where we feature scratch-built RC aircraft designs that our readers can build. The model designers who produce the working plans and develop the models put a great deal of effort into their final products. Pat [...]

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An interview with Jean “John” Chevalier–Scale Modeler Extraordinaire

Apr 15, 2011 3 Comments

THROUGHOUT MY WORK at Model Airplane News, I have traveled to cover countless regional and national scale competitions and fly-in events and over the years I have constantly bumped into one particular competitor. Jean “John” Chevalier of LaColle, Quebec, Canada, has a rich and lengthy scale modeling history and I consider myself fortunate to have [...]

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