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Build-Along Part 8 Alien Aircraft ArrowMaster biplane — Covering

Oct 13, 2014 2 Comments

Now that the ArrowMaster has been completely built and final sanded, the really fun part begins–covering the plane and making it look truly unique. For this project, I used UltraCote as it’s very easy to work with and produces outstanding results. To do this job, you need a covering iron, a straight edged ruler (36 inches,) a razor [...]

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FLY THE VERTICAL S

Oct 07, 2014 1 Comment

The vertical S combines a half-inside loop with a half-outside loop to perform an S-shaped figure. This maneuver is one of many that are also performed by full-scale aircraft, and it is used to climb or descend at a consistent speed. In the aerobatic world, a perfectly set-up aircraft helps the pilot focus on one [...]

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Magnetic Cowling Attachment

Oct 06, 2014 1 Comment

Mounting a cowl with Neodymium magnets. By Sal Calvagna. 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 [...]

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Formation Flying — RC Warbird Wingmen bring it Home!

Oct 03, 2014 No Comments

As if flying giant scale warbirds like the Top Flight giant scale P-51D Mustang isn’t exciting enough all but itself, some guys who attend large national and regional warbird meets are always looking for a little something extra. Recently, at the 2014 Warbirds over the Rockies event, Rich Uravitch caught a sight that surely got [...]

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Master the Outside Snap Roll

Oct 01, 2014 4 Comments

Inside and outside snap rolls can add great excitement to your flying while opening up a whole new world of maneuver possibilities. Outside, or “negative,” snap rolls are accomplished by applying full (normal rate) down-elevator while at the same time cross-controlling the rudder and aileron. How does this work? The ailerons produce the same direction of [...]

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Weathering Tricks to Bring Your Plane to Life

Oct 01, 2014 4 Comments

After you’ve painted your model, add some weathering to really bring a scale plane to life. Each technique by itself is very effective and, added together, really produce astonishing realism.  My friend Dave Reid commissioned me to paint his giant-scale SNJ Texan, and it has been the example for these ongoing how-to articles. I weathered and [...]

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Video Tip: Proper Care of Inflatable Tires

Sep 24, 2014 3 Comments

Air filled model airplane tires are not steel belted or as rigid as automobile tires and can easily be over-inflated.  They are durable and can provide many landings and years of use if you take basic care of them. To inflate, acquire a small sports ball (basketball/football) hand pump (do not use a compressor or [...]

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Float-Flying Tips [video]

Sep 18, 2014 2 Comments

Flying floats adds a new dimension to RC flight, but there are a few differences from flying with conventional gear. In this video, contributor Kevin Siemonsen shares his tips and techniques for flying off water, using the new FlyZone DHC-2 Beaver as an example.  Enjoy his float-flying advice, and be sure to check out the [...]

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