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Mixing Custom Colors for Scale RC Airplanes

Apr 08, 2015 1 Comment by

Mixing custom colors for scale airplanes can be a tricky job, and the difference between accurate and “pretty close” can be the difference between winning and not even placing at a scale contest. For those who are considering going the next step in scale accuracy, this article digs a little deeper into this “colorful” and [...]

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Tipsy S2 — An electric sport scale vintage airplane you can build

Apr 07, 2015 No Comments by

Designer Dennis Sumner has build several excellent flying model and his newest is the Tipsy S2, plans now available at the AirAgeStore website. Featured in the July 2015 issue of Electric Flight, the construction plans are at: http://www.airagestore.com/tipsy-s2.html Here’s Dennis’ take on this attractive vintage flyer. Scale and unique airplanes always appeal to me and [...]

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RC Aerobatics: Take off with a Snap!

Mar 30, 2015 4 Comments by

A takeoff with a 1 1/2 positive snap roll will get everyone’s attention on your flight right from the start! Before attempting this move, you should be proficient with performing positive snap rolls in general. When you execute this move, you must be in complete control and exit the maneuver at a safe altitude. Do not drop [...]

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Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments by

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local [...]

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Monster DC-10 — Robert Pannell’s Best Electric Jet Performance Winner

Mar 23, 2015 14 Comments by

Florida Jets is an annual event in Lakeland, FL that has grown dramatically over the past few years—mostly due to site improvements and the huge, growing interest in jet RC flying. Adding impetus is the availability and accessibility of a wide variety of jet models and accessories. In general, the models are large, highly pre-fabricated [...]

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RC Aerobatics – Master the Stall Turn

Mar 20, 2015 6 Comments by

The stall turn (sometimes also referred to as the “hammer-head”) can be broken down into five steps. While this maneuver may seem fairly easy, it can be rather difficult to perform time and time again. Let’s begin!   ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS & CHROME CITY STUDIOS The basic stall turn is performed by pulling the model [...]

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Fly the Cuban-8

Mar 17, 2015 7 Comments

This precision aerobatic maneuver looks like a figure-S lying on its side. It consists of a 3/4 loop with a 1/2, roll as the plane flies inverted downward at a 45·degree angle, followed by another ¾ loop and another 1/2 roll during the second descending angle. It is especially impressive when performed close to the [...]

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Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Mar 04, 2015 4 Comments

When working with an internal combustion engine, we always have to deal with the heat that is created by this process. In many cases, the opening in the cowl will allow enough air to flow over the engine to maintain a cool temperature. But when performing extended 3D maneuvers, we have only the air produced by [...]

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