Editors Blogs

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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Rudder: Use it to Fly Better!

Jan 26, 2015 3 Comments

Actually, pilots should begin their flying careers by using rudder from the very beginning. One of the ways we used to help beginner pilots is by programming in an aileron/rudder mix from the very start. This improves the plane’s performance by eliminating adverse yaw, which is the opposite yaw or skid inherent with aileron deflections [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 4 – Tail Boom

Jan 22, 2015 No Comments

This installment continues construction of my 700-size AH-56 Cheyenne.  The project begins here. With the Cheyenne’s powertrain and cyclic control issues resolved, next step for the project was completing the tail boom.  As noted previously, I’m stretching a Blade 600 X to 700 size, so I needed to fit a longer tail boom and torque [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 3 – Powertrain and Cyclic Servos

Jan 21, 2015 No Comments

Here we continue my Cheyenne scale heli project, introduced here.  The construction of the complex tail unit was covered here.   MAIN GEAR AND CYCLIC SERVOS: While I had good reasons to choose the Blade 600 X for my mechanics, there was one feature of this particular heli that cost me some extra work. You [...]

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AH-56 Cheyenne Project – Part 2 – Mechanics

Jan 21, 2015 6 Comments

BUILDING THE MECHANICS: As noted in my intro posting, my first priority for my 700-size Cheyenne project was to build and test fly the mechanics. After all, if I couldn’t get the outrigger tail and variable-pitch pusher prop to work properly, what was the point? First decision was choosing the basic mechanics. Although this is [...]

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Fast Foam-Wing Fixes

Jan 21, 2015 6 Comments

Let’s face it! Accidents happen and when it comes to flying RC airplanes, the chances are sooner or later, you’re going to damage your airplane. There’s no reason to trash your crash. With today’s beautifully molded and great flying foam flyers, you can get back into the air with very little effort. You also can [...]

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Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Project

Jan 20, 2015 5 Comments

A few years back I designed a scale model of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne, probably my favorite helicopter of all time.  The experimental Cheyenne featured a variable-pitch pusher prop and small wings, which allowed it to fly much like an airplane and gave it a top speed of nearly 250 MPH.  My Cheyenne was based [...]

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