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Conquer the Three-turn Negative Spin

Sep 22, 2015 3 Comments

In the early days of aviation,  spins were often fatal because most pilots did not understand how to properly recover from a spin. While in an upright spin, the pilot would pull back on the elevator stick in an effort to save the airplane (and their life!) and only make the situation worse. Since the [...]

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Sopwith Camel

Sep 17, 2015 No Comments

A classic 1/4-scale British icon of World War I. Viewed by many as the British airplane that best defined air combat during World War I, the Sopwith Camel is one of the best-known fighters to come out of the Great War. First introduced at the end of 1916, it was a replacement for the Sopwith [...]

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Pilatus Porter PC-6

Sep 17, 2015 No Comments

A sport-scale STOL aircraft for glow or electric power. My original goal was to develop a light 50-inch-span airplane to fly with the small-block O.S. LA .15 glow engine. I chose the Pilatus Porter (PC-6) because of its beauty and full-scale performance and because it was in my “someday” list. After seeing the glow version [...]

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Magnetic Cowl Attachment

Sep 17, 2015 3 Comments

Neodymium magnets are members of the rare earth family and made from a combination of iron, boron and of course, neodymium. They were developed by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals in the early 1980s and are the strongest permanent magnets to date.  These magnets are truly amazing. Their strength is over ten times the [...]

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Wow the Crowd with a Slow Roll!

Sep 16, 2015 1 Comment

Want to spice up this weekend’s flying? The slow roll is a challenging classic maneuver that’s actually much harder to perform than it looks. With a little practice, though, you’ll be ready to put on a show!  Enter straight and level, full-power roll left Slowly add right rudder Maximum right rudder Smoothly release right rudder [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 2

Sep 15, 2015 1 Comment

Work always get in the way of fun time so it takes a little longer than normal when I work on a project during the work week.  I have broken this Technique into three parts and here is the rest of the painting and finishing portion. Part 3 will deal with attaching and securing the [...]

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Installing a Dummy Rotary Engine — Dressing up my Camel — Part 1

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments

If you’ve been following my online Build-Along Series on the MAN website for my Sopwith Camel, then you know I have been featuring little mini projects as they pop up in the construction. Well, as Dave Platt, master scale modeler has said numerous times, “A scale model is never truly finished–you simply stop working in [...]

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How to: Laminate Wood Parts

Sep 10, 2015 5 Comments

One of the main things we builders have to do when kit building is laminate pieces of balsa wood or plywood together. The manufacturers have us do this to be cost effective with the different thicknesses of balsa and plywood they purchase. If they only need a few pieces of 1/4-inch thick wood, then they [...]

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