Editors Blogs

Engine Cleaning 101

Jul 07, 2014 16 Comments

During a recent flying session, your engine let you down big time: it flamed out during a hovering maneuver at low altitude. What went wrong? The mill was almost new; you had run only about 10 gallons of fuel through it since break-in. I’ll play detective and ask several questions regarding this engine’s operation during [...]

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Can you solve this “model mystery”?

Jul 02, 2014 43 Comments

Fifteen years ago, a Chattanooga man flying his RC airplane lost control of it, and the plane flew away, never to be seen again. The pilot and his family never looked for the plane, and he died a decade later. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when a St. Louis man found an RC plane [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 8 — Tail Surface Attachment & turtle-deck

Jun 30, 2014 No Comments

This weekend was pretty productive as I now have the tail surfaces finished and installed. These were made removable for maintenance and for access to the tailskid’s suspension bungee setup. Under the horizontal stabilizer base, I glued 1/4-inch balsa cross pieces and installed 4-40 blind nuts in four locations matching holes drilled into the stabilizer. [...]

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Great Find! Guide Book to over 900 Aircraft Museums!

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

We have to admit it, the editors here at MAN love full-size aircraft almost as much as RC models. When ever we travel to a big RC event, we usually check out the old GPS for local points of interest and hit the “Museums” selection. Aircraft museums are across the country and make a great [...]

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Drone pilots say the darndest things…

Jun 25, 2014 5 Comments

Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock compiled a list of things drone operators have said when they get into trouble and we pulled our favorites here. How many of these sound familiar? For the full article, click here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/craig-whitlock/2011/02/28/AB5dpFP_page.html. “This thing’s kind of climbing like a pig. Climb, you pig. . . . Boy, this is going [...]

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First Flight! DC-3 Masterpiece

Jun 25, 2014 14 Comments

This stunning DC-3 done up in Flugfélag Íslands (Air Iceland) colors is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction and true aluminum parts, like the wing fairings made from aluminum plate. Two RCG 26cc gas engines power the 36-pound DC-3, while Best Pilots figures occupy the cockpit. [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 7 — Tail Surfaces

Jun 25, 2014 2 Comments

Leaving the soldering iron and landing gear alone for a while, let’s switch gears a little and break out the ZAP glue and build some wood parts again. The build of any model airplane is based on certain tasks that need to be done in order for other tasks to take place. With the Sopwith [...]

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Workshop Build-Along — Sopwith Camel Part 6 — Soldering Landing Gear

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments

It has been a little while since I snapped a few pix of the Sopwith Camel project, but here we are. As you may remember we left off last time by precisely bending all of the music-wire pieces to form the landing gear. Here’s how I soldered everything together. The first step to producing any wire landing [...]

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