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How to: WWI Warbird Lozenge Camouflage Covering

Mar 03, 2015 3 Comments

Tackling this particular aspect of WW I warbirds can be both challenging and rewarding. It’s really not di cult to do, once you understand the system and have relatively good organizational skills and a healthy dose of patience. Let’s start with some history. Before the advent of camouflage, all German aircraft were finished using clear [...]

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MiG-17 Fresco

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

My MiG-17 was designed around the Great Planes 56mm Hyperflow EDF unit and the Ammo 24-45-3790 brushless motor. This economical setup gives nice e-jet performance with a 4S 2200mAh LiPo battery pack. The outline is true to scale with the exception of larger ailerons and the position of the stabilizer to simplify construction. A fully [...]

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Proposed Rules for Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Feb 16, 2015 15 Comments

The FAA have released their proposed rules for commercial small unmanned aerial systems, including that these aircraft weigh less than 55 pounds, only be operated in daylight and always via line of sight. The FAA will also require operators to be certified with a small UAS rating and pass an aeronautical test every 2 years. These proposed [...]

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Two Consecutive Inside Loops

Feb 08, 2015 No Comments

    I often hear pilots refer to the loop as a simple maneuver. Simply pull back on the elevator stick until a complete loop has been flown, right? Wrong! Executing a perfect loop can be rather difficult. It must be round, must start and exit at the same altitude, the airplane must not drift in [...]

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Windy day? Expert landing advice

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

A common landing mistake is pointing the fuselage toward the runway during the approach in a crosswind. Note that while an airplane will crab into a cross-wind, it will continue to fly in a straight line as long as the wings are level. Therefore, rather than pointing the fuselage where you want the plane to [...]

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Drilling and Tapping Workshop Tips

Jan 30, 2015 11 Comments

One of the first non-wood building tasks that will present itself to RC modelers is “Drilling and Tapping” holes in metal parts.  Mainly this is required for attaching your glow engine to you aluminum motor mounts, but the same process is used when drilling and tapping hardwood blocks for nylon wing hold-down bolts. Knowing the [...]

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Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Jan 28, 2015 1 Comment

Kick your foam warbird up a notch by adding flaps! The techniques shown here upgrade a P-47 Thunderbolt that has optional functional flaps (an upgrade available on many small electrics). The flap outlines are already molded into the wing so it’s easy to figure out where the flaps belong. Here’s how to install them: YOU’LL [...]

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Shockwave Reno Racer

Jan 19, 2015 No Comments

I first learned about Shockwave in an Air Classics article that had a few photos and several artist concepts of the roughly half completed full-scale unlimited racer.  The purpose of this strange airplane is an attempt to hit 600mph using a radial engine. Yes, 600mph! With Reno unlimited racers often bouncing off the 500mph mark, [...]

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