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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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Land Now! 9/11 – An Anniversary Worth Remembering

Sep 10, 2015 2 Comments

From our sister publication: we at Flight Journal consider it to be an honor to present stories of those who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 as pilots or flight crew. This is yet another view of the event that has shaped our present and our future. “Our plane has been hijacked. Flight [...]

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Scale How to: Retractable Landing Lights

Sep 02, 2015 3 Comments

Tim Cardin’s operating landing lights are beautiful on the Beechcraft Staggerwing he built from Ziroli plans. Since then, Tim has installed them on a P-47 and they could be modified and applied to almost any World War II aircraft. The exact lights that Tim used for this aircraft are now only available out of Europe. [...]

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Aug 27, 2015 No Comments
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Friday Fractured Flyers!

Aug 21, 2015 2 Comments

Here’s a fun way to end the work week! We found several great RC airplane crash videos from a fun loving club who’s not afraid to show the darker side of our hobby. We all know watching airplanes losing the aerodynamic argument with gravity is painful, unless of course it’s someone else’s airplane doing the ground [...]

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De Havilland Turbo Beaver

Aug 18, 2015 1 Comment

The Turbo Beaver is a large, light-weight park flyer with good small-field performance. With a 60-inch wingspan, it’s rather large as park flyers go, but it handles beautifully in tight places and performs well on small economical brushless power systems. The wings plug in and are retained by rare earth magnets. A hatch provides access [...]

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Fly the Shark’s Tooth

Aug 14, 2015 No Comments

The basic shark’s tooth consists of a vertical climb followed by a 45-degree segment that traces the outline of a shark’s tooth. To perform it, fly straight and level, add full power, and do a small loop to a vertical upline before the plane reaches the center of the field. Continue to fly vertically for [...]

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Flying Field Etiquette

Aug 06, 2015 22 Comments

It’s the height of summer, and the flightline (and everyone’s nerves!) are starting to really heat up. What are the top flying-field etiquette tips you’d like to share with your fellow RC pilots? Here’s a start … If more than two planes are airborne, please follow the pattern. Always return the tools you borrow (or [...]

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