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Detailing the Dirty Birdy

Feb 25, 2013 3 Comments

Great Planes has been my favorite hobby supplier for decades. OS Engines power my planes, and their ARFs, especially the Top Flite warbirds, are excellent quality and top value.  GP products have served hobbyists well over the years.  When they resurrected Joe Bridi’s Dirty Birdy pattern ship it seemed like a great idea for us [...]

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Blade 500 3D

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments
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Two Consecutive Inside Loops

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments
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The Flight for Freedom … and Souvenirs

Feb 05, 2013 1 Comment

By Budd Davisson, Photo courtesy of Jack Cook Is it a strictly American trait? Or is it the same for fighting men worldwide: when the fighting is over, or even in a lull, they start looking for souvenirs. And sometimes do so to amazing extremes. Most of the time, this souvenir addiction only comes to light [...]

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Tech Tip: Easy servo lead ID

Jan 25, 2013 4 Comments

Looking for an easy way to identify the tangle of servo leads in your plane’s wing or fuselage? Check out this video tech tip from John Reid.

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Motor Efficiency: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

While winding resistance (Rm) is an important consideration in calculating losses, an equally important factor is motor efficiency. Real world efficiencies for electric motors – as measured on a dynamometer – can be all over the map. Some high-quality brushless motors can hit efficiencies in the 90% range, while others may be under 60%. This [...]

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DIY Balsa Rack

Jan 16, 2013 4 Comments

Wayne McNab writes, “I am an organizing kind of guy. I hate messes even though I seem to be very good at generating them. Up until four years ago, I had been out of model aircraft for about 20 years. My memory was of a time when if you wanted to fly, you had to [...]

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Finwing Penguin

Jan 16, 2013 2 Comments

I’ll start with a simple question: can penguins fly? Finwing thinks they may have the perfect answer to that question.  The Penguin is an EPO foam mid-wing pusher aircraft.  The ARF contains two molded wings, vertical and horizontal stabilizers and fuselage with wooden rib reinforcements.  Also included is all of the hardware needed to finish [...]

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