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Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Mar 24, 2015 1 Comment

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges. I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local [...]

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Monster DC-10 — Robert Pannell’s Best Electric Jet Performance Winner

Mar 23, 2015 14 Comments

Florida Jets is an annual event in Lakeland, FL that has grown dramatically over the past few years—mostly due to site improvements and the huge, growing interest in jet RC flying. Adding impetus is the availability and accessibility of a wide variety of jet models and accessories. In general, the models are large, highly pre-fabricated [...]

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RC Aerobatics – Master the Stall Turn

Mar 20, 2015 6 Comments

The stall turn (sometimes also referred to as the “hammer-head”) can be broken down into five steps. While this maneuver may seem fairly easy, it can be rather difficult to perform time and time again. Let’s begin!   ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS & CHROME CITY STUDIOS The basic stall turn is performed by pulling the model [...]

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SkyEye Pusher

Mar 18, 2015 No Comments

Fourteen years ago, my original SkyCrawler design was published in Model Aviation. At that time, neither LiPo batteries nor brushless outrunner motors were available, and video cameras were still pretty big and bulky. As these technologies developed and affordable versions became available, I decided to update my old SkyCrawler. With a name change and a [...]

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Fly the Cuban-8

Mar 17, 2015 7 Comments

This precision aerobatic maneuver looks like a figure-S lying on its side. It consists of a 3/4 loop with a 1/2, roll as the plane flies inverted downward at a 45·degree angle, followed by another ¾ loop and another 1/2 roll during the second descending angle. It is especially impressive when performed close to the [...]

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Keep it cool: 10 steps to control air flow

Mar 04, 2015 4 Comments

When working with an internal combustion engine, we always have to deal with the heat that is created by this process. In many cases, the opening in the cowl will allow enough air to flow over the engine to maintain a cool temperature. But when performing extended 3D maneuvers, we have only the air produced by [...]

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How to: WWI Warbird Lozenge Camouflage Covering

Mar 03, 2015 3 Comments

Tackling this particular aspect of WW I warbirds can be both challenging and rewarding. It’s really not di cult to do, once you understand the system and have relatively good organizational skills and a healthy dose of patience. Let’s start with some history. Before the advent of camouflage, all German aircraft were finished using clear [...]

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MiG-17 Fresco

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

My MiG-17 was designed around the Great Planes 56mm Hyperflow EDF unit and the Ammo 24-45-3790 brushless motor. This economical setup gives nice e-jet performance with a 4S 2200mAh LiPo battery pack. The outline is true to scale with the exception of larger ailerons and the position of the stabilizer to simplify construction. A fully [...]

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