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U.S. Border UAVs reach 10,000 hours!

Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

Yesterday, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced that its office of Air and Marine Unmanned Aircraft Systems had reached a historic 10,000-hour milestone! Since 2005, their primary mission has been to secure the border and prevent acts of terrorism by identifying and intercepting potential terrorist and illegal cross-border activity as well as helping with federal [...]

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2011 Farmington NEPRO Q-500 RC Pylon Race

Jun 06, 2011 1 Comment

2011 Farmington NEPRO RC Pylon Race (424) By Gerry Yarrish; Photos by Damon Rosenthal (above) View down the flightline. The main lap count, timer tent, (left) me at Pylon 3 calling station and Plyon 1 calling/light station (far left). June 5, 2011 was the Central CT RC Club’s annual NEPRO 424 Q-500 pylon race. This [...]

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Inverted 4-stroke questions

Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

Mr. Lee, I have been a long term reader and thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge!      My question: I have installed a Thunder Tiger 91 4 stroke in a P-47 with the head at about 7 o’clock position. (Not quite totally inverted). So now the drain nipple on the bottom [...]

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E-flite Beechcraft Staggerwing 480 ARF & Air Retracts

Jun 04, 2011 No Comments

Anyone who’s got a soft spot for biplanes is familiar with the classic stagger-wing  cabin bipe from Beechcraft. Use in both civilian and military roles, the D-17 is a great looking and fun to fly design New from E-flite is the exciting Staggerwing ARF. Modeled after a U.S. Navy VIP transport variant, the E-flite Beechcraft [...]

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Cub on Floats

Jun 03, 2011 No Comments

I’ve dusted off my tried and true 1/4-scale J-3 Piper Cub from Hangar 9 and thought I would try something different. As many already know, Hangar 9 also has a set of floats specially designed for the Cub. I want to do a How To video on making the conversion from land based Cub to [...]

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The Need for Tail Bracing

Jun 02, 2011 No Comments

Some aircraft have built-up tail surfaces, which need tail bracing wire. The AMR 42% Super Decathlon shown in the photo, has a built up tail like the full-scale Super Decathlon, and tail bracing is needed! First, check with the instruction manual of your aircraft if tail bracing is needed. Otherwise, if you feel that there [...]

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Ignition and Electrical Component Safety!

Jun 02, 2011 3 Comments

When I build an airplane, I always spend extra time to ensure that all internal components are installed properly and well-secured, whether I am building a .25-size glow-powered model, or a 170cc giant-scale aerobat! This time, we will take a look at my ignition installation on my 2.6m Composite-ARF Edge 540. This is an all-composite [...]

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Mini Fokker D-VII Cover and Finishing

Jun 02, 2011 No Comments

Well, finally I got back to the D-VII and I started covering it. Using the painted fabric from 21st Century Coverite line, it is starting to look pretty good! Starting with the tail surfaces, I used white and brought the covering up to the cockpit. The dark red is then added so the seam faces [...]

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