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Half-Scale RC Sopwith Camel — Video of the Day

Feb 11, 2015 11 Comments

Some guys like the big stuff and for many, half scale is the new 33%! More and more 50% scale aircraft are showing up at RC events and so when we saw this video of William “Billy” Thompson flying his half-scale Camel at the Hoosier Dawn Patrol event we took notice. Featuring traditional wood construction, [...]

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Fabric Covering for RC Airplanes — Video How To

Feb 11, 2015 6 Comments

During my ongoing workshop Build-along for the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, we recently started the covering process. The response from all of you was impressive and many of you wanted more detailed information on the proper use of Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. Well, during a recent snow storm, I broke out the [...]

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How To Cover Wings with Fabric — RC Sopwith Camel Build-along — Part 21

Feb 06, 2015 1 Comment

With the tail and fuselage all covered, it is now time to cover the wings with the Stits Lite fabric. I really enjoy the wing covering process as it impresses me just how much the fabric strengthen and stiffens the wing panels. Just like the fuselage, the first step is to sand the structure smooth [...]

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Thunderous Tempest

Feb 05, 2015 22 Comments

You won’t believe how low the pilot of this 1/4-scale Hawker Tempest will fly! Henning Schlömer scratch-built this 125-inch-span, 51.8-pound beauty and powers it with a King 140cc two-cylinder in-line engine. Thanks to Rcscaleairplanes for taking this great video at the Warbird Meet MFC-Oberhausen 2014.

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Full Spectrum Laser LLC — 40Watt Hobby Laser Cutter Review — Sneak Peek with Video

Feb 04, 2015 2 Comments

Ever want to get a laser cutter for your workshop? Well, we have an upcoming MAN review of the impressive Full Spectrum Laser LLC, Laser Cutter & Engraver. This impressive easy to used unit was designed especially for the hobbyists and small home businesses wanting production quality results.  The 5th Gen Hobby Laser Cutter has a 20×12 [...]

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Weathering Scale Airplanes — The Final Touch!

Feb 01, 2015 8 Comments

So you’ve finished painting your new scale airplane and it looks nice and shiny and brand new. You check your model one more time against your photo documents of the full-size plane and there’s something just not quite right… What is it? Well, it would be a safe guess that your full size subject airplane, [...]

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Fabric Covering Tips – Sopwith Camel Workshop Build-along — Part 20

Jan 30, 2015 13 Comments

Now that the Sopwith Camel’s fuselage and the rest of the project has been all buttoned up, and the engine cowling’s magnetic attachment arrangement taken care off, we can how move on to the covering process of the project. For this model, I am using Scale Stits and Polytone paint and adhesive. The fabric is specially produced [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 5 – Tail Controls

Jan 30, 2015 No Comments

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here. Since the Cheyenne’s tail rotor is mounted at the end of a long extension shaft, I needed to fabricate a control linkage with a bellcrank,.  I’ve just gotten into having parts 3D printed by Shapeways.com, and this was a perfect application for their [...]

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