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A Metal Finish Made Easy

Dec 18, 2013 16 Comments

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang”, from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it [...]

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7 tips for helicopter flight success!

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

Micro RC helicopters are fascinating. For many, they are the ultimate flying machines. To master a miniature helicopter so you can fly it in your living room or from your back porch and turn your picnic table into a heli pad is amazingly satisfying. Micro helis are great for someone wanting to learn to fly [...]

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Alien Aircraft FunMaster 72 — Workshop Build-Along Part 1

Dec 17, 2013 2 Comments

Designed by Tom Herr, owner/operator of Alien Aircraft, the FunMaster 72 is his newest laser-cut 6-foot span kit plane. Designed to be a multi-role RC airplane, it is great for use as a trainer, fun fly plane or a flying experimenter test bed.  MAN contributor Jerry Smith is building a FunMaster 72 for a future [...]

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How To Make a Scale Prop

Dec 16, 2013 7 Comments

Reproducing Laminated wood propeller details

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How to: Add Flaps to your Foam Warbird

Dec 04, 2013 1 Comment

Kick your foam warbird up a notch by adding flaps! The techniques shown here upgrade an E-scale P-47 Thunderbolt from Hobby Lobby (hobby-lobby.com) 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 [...]

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ProTek Greggor McGrath Team Edition Servo

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

Looking for a servo that can hold your heli steady during insane 3D maneuvers while offering lightning fast response times? This Team Edition 270T servo delivers! At 6 volts, it has .09 transit speed and 445 oz.-in. of torque. Pro pilot Greggor notes, “These are the first servos I have ever used that gave my [...]

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EcoPower’s New Micro Quad-Copter

Nov 28, 2013 No Comments

If you want to get in on the quadcopter craze but aren’t sure where to start, a micro ready-to-fly unit like this one from EcoPower is a great bet. It comes with a 2.4GHz Mode 2 transmitter, 240mAh LiPo, USB charging cable and spare blade set. It has multiple flight modes, so you can even do [...]

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Taming the Stall

Nov 25, 2013 5 Comments

There are many misconceptions, especially among non-fliers about stalls. The first is that a stall is related to engine failure. An aerodynamic stall has nothing to do with engine power, and the plane will not fall out of the sky if an engine quits. Another misconception, as often seen in Hollywood movies, is that the [...]

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