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Master the Harrier Pass

Jul 15, 2015 1 Comment

A major cornerstone of 3D flying, the harrier pass consists of flying an airplane at a very high angle of attack at a very low airspeed. In this “high alpha” or post-stall position, it can be said that the plane is flying more on the prop than on the wing. Control during a harrier is [...]

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Master-class FW 190 Butcher Bird — Sneak Peek

Jul 09, 2015 12 Comments

MAN always seeks out the best scale models to share with its readers and this one has a track record that’s hard not to be impressed with. Few RC models can design, build, paint and finishe a classic WW2 fighter and then bring it to national contests and win the Best-in-Show award. That’s what Jeffery Fiscus Bridgeport, WV [...]

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Zipp Kits Report – Riot Planes “Gym Jets”

Jul 07, 2015 No Comments

Recently, I stopped to see my old friend Joe Petro’s, Zippkits.com booth while attending the 2015 Toledo Show. He had two new offerings, both easy to assemble, semi-profile foam board jets. The F-22 has a 16.75 inch wing span and the F-18 has a 17.75 inch span. Both are 24-inches long and the motors are mounted mid wing as a [...]

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Budget building: how to edge-glue balsa

Jul 07, 2015 8 Comments

At some point in your model-building career, you will be faced with a problem.  You will have an area of your model that requires a sheet of balsa wider than the material you have on hand.  If you are like me, this usually happens when you are starting to make significant progress and when the [...]

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Fourth of July: The Birth of a Nation, Celebration of a Culture

Jul 02, 2015 1 Comment

Eleven score and nineteen years ago, our great, great, great, great, great, great. great grandfathers put their butts on the line to create a new nation and, to follow Abe’s words more precisely, the new nation was “…conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Although he was dedicating [...]

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Fancy landings: Inverted Approach with a 1/2 Roll

Jul 01, 2015 1 Comment

For the extreme aerobatic enthusiast, there is nothing like performing hotshot maneuvers inches off the ground. One unexpected way to take the crowd by surprise is to add aerobatic moves to your landing. During a normal landing approach, the airplane is in upright level flight and flies downwind parallel to the runway, turns 90 degrees to [...]

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Workshop Tip – How To Rebuild a Du-Bro Fueling Valve Fitting

Jun 30, 2015 4 Comments

Over time, fueling valve fitting like those from Du-Bro can become contaminated with debris even if you use an inline fuel filter. Internally, the fueling valves’ O-rings can dry rot and begin to fail over time. Du-Bro even sells a rebuild kit to make the job of restoring your fueling valve to top working condition. Here is a [...]

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Ares Advantage Optim 300 CP

Jun 26, 2015 No Comments

If you’ve always been intrigued by RC helicopters but thought they were too hard to fly, you need to check out the Ares Advantage Optim 300 CP!  Equipped with Aegis Natural Flight Progression (NFP) technology, it has a breakthrough six-axis sensor system that automatically stabilizes the heli if you let go of the sticks. That [...]

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